Guest Author & Giveaway: Alexandra Hawkins featuring Till Dawn with the Devil

Wednesday, September 1

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Last February I shared my love for Alexandra Hawkin's Lords of Vice series. I was so intrigued by all of the Lords that we were introduced to in All Night with a Rogue that I have been counting the days until we could get the next story in Till Dawn with the Devil.  It was definitely worth it, but my wait continues because after reading the second book in the series, I want more more more!

In the meantime, I was able to corner have a conversation with Lord Rainecourt, the hero from Till Dawn with the Devil, to chat about how he became a Lord of Vice, what his friends think of him, and about his love for Lady Sophia.  Read and enjoy!


My dear Lord Rainecourt! I'm so glad that you could spend some time with me so that I could get to know you a bit better.  I've heard so many things about you.  Can I offer you a something to drink?

Rainecourt: The honor is all mine, my lady. Since I suspect a clear head will be required for our visit, I will abstain from my usual brandy.

Nonsense, I'm completely harmless :)  For a woman that you hadn't met, how would you describe yourself – your personality and physique? Maybe someone you were trying to seduce in your bachelor days.  I'm curious to know how you see yourself.

Rainecourt: I have often been told that my face and physique are pleasing to a lady’s eye, but I see nothing extraordinary about my dark brown hair and blue eyes. I am not one to strut or fuss in front of the mirror, unlike some gents I could name. As for temperment, I confess, I am less jovial than my friends, and there have been occasions when I have allowed my emotions to overrule logic.

Mmmm, yes I would have to agree that you are indeed a handsome devil.  Some of the things you mentioned have earned you your notoriety as a Lord of Vice.  How does one go about becoming an honorary "Lords of Vice" and how much of your reputation is fact or fiction?

Rainecourt: You remind me of Frost’s little sister, Regan. When she was five and ten, she aspired to join our notorious ranks. I mean no disrespect to your fair sex, but our little club was born from friendships that can be traced back to boyhood. As for my reputation, I would be lying if I told you that all of it was undeserved. Until Sophia came into my life, I did little to discourage the ton’s salacious tales about me. The notoriety that surrounds the Lords of Vice has always amused me.

Now that we are better acquainted would you mind if I dispense with formalities?   Let's see...what should I address you as?  Each of the Lords of Vice has a sobriquet, what is yours and how did you come about it?

Rainecourt: My friends call me, “Reign”. Most people assume the sobriquet is just a variation of my title, and the explanation satisfies the curious. However, there is more to the tale. Shortly after my first wife’s death, there was an incident one evening. Foxed, and bitter about my marriage, my friends tell me that I announced to a crowded ballroom that I would rather reign in the lowest bowels of hell than bind myself to another lady. Even sober, I saw no reason to renounce the words so I kept the name.

Obviously Lady Sophia was able to change your mind :) Even though Lady Sophia has done nothing but sing your praises I asked each of your Lords of Vice brethren to describe you, and here's what they said:

Sin: “A loyal, steadfast friend. I trust him with my life.”

Dare: “Generous with his friends, and fair with his enemies.”

Frost: “Strong, agile, and a respectable opponent.”

Saint: “Conservative when it comes to wagers.”

Hunter: “Too serious.”

Vane: “Pitiful at puff and darts!”

You have a lovely wife, whom I consider a dear new friend.  What was your first impression of your love, Lady Sophia?  And can you tell us what your five favorite things are about her?

Rainecourt: My first impression was that she looked like an angel, but was rather clumsy in an endearing sort of manner. Five favorite things that I love about her, eh? Well, I love how she looks at me. She gets a tiny wrinkle between her eyes as she studies my face that I absolutely adore. I admire her courage and desire for independence. Although she loathes to admit it, new surroundings are difficult for her because of her poor vision.

It’s a simple thing many take for granted, but I love the sound of Sophia’s laughter. When I’m working in my study, her joy can warm my heart even from a distance. And finally, what I love best about Sophia is how she has changed my life. I am a better man with her in my life. Or, at the very least, I strive to be.

*Sighing*...that was so lovely.  No wonder she's madly in love with you. You and Sophia were recently married. Felicitations on your nuptials! I wish I would have been able to attend. What was life like before you met her and how did your previous marriage influence your new one?

Rainecourt: My marriage to Beatrice was one of necessity because of her delicate condition. I was young, and I loved her—or so I believed. If it was love, it withered rather quickly when I realized that Beatrice could not abide my touch.

After her death, I had no intention of marrying again. I had married for love, and it had brought me nothing but misery. I was content to remain a bachelor until I noticed Sophia at the Harpers’ ball.

The Harpers' ball was such a crush that I'm surprised you were able to notice anyone.  Ummm, I have a somewhat delicate inquiry, nevertheless I feel I must continue.  I know it is shocking and scandalous to even mention this, but when Sophia brought me into her confidence and told me how you all but botched your wedding night despite your reputation as a legendary lover... I was completely aghast! I'm surprised you were able to win her heart after all you've put her through.  Really Reign what do you have to say for yourself?

Rainecourt: Christ! (tugs at cravat) It’s bad enough that Sin’s wife knows my private business. If I wanted all of England to know about how I muddled things that night, I would have posted the details in the bloody Times! On second thought, I think I’ll have that brandy, after all.

Right, moving on....At what point did you realize you were in love with Sophia? Was it an aha! moment, love at first sight, or did it build gradually?

Rainecourt: It took me a while to figure out that I was falling in love with Sophia, but it began with the waltz.

Ahh, the waltz....my personal favorite because it's such a deliciously romantic dance.  Imagine you could create the perfect ambiance for a romantic interlude with your wife, what, or where, would it be and why?

Rainecourt: I do not have to imagine it, my dear lady. I have demonstrated to Sophia on several occasions the sort of mischief two lovers can achieve while dallying in the back gardens.

Sir, you are devilishly wicked and I'm sure Sophia enjoys it immensely!  Let’s pretend that you need to write a brief memoir of your life and highlight the best parts, or life lessons you'd like to impart for future generations to cherish, what would you say?

Rainecourt: My beautiful wife has taught me that the true measure of a man’s soul is not percieved with one’s eyes, but rather with an open heart.

*Sigh* (again)...that's such a beautiful sentiment.  You two are truly meant for each other.  It makes me long for a love of my own. Which of your friends do you think will be the next to succumb to Cupid's arrow....because I'm more than ready and willing to be seduced by a Lord of Vice :)

Rainecourt: Whether he desires it or not, Vane’s family seems determined to marry the poor gent off. Vane is resistent to the notion of marriage, but if you are interested in claiming a Lord of Vice, you might want to petition his mother.

I, too, might have wagered on Vane as the next victim of Cupid’s arrow, if not for Dare’s moodiness whenever someone mentions Regan. Frost sent the dear girl off to Miss Swann’s Academy for Young Ladies after he caught his sister kissing Dare. However, Frost can’t keep Regan away from London forever, and Dare was never one to be satisfied with a single kiss.

Dare and Regan you say...how interesting.  I'll be waiting with baited breath, especially to see how Frost reacts. But I'm not one to gossip, so not to worry, I'll keep your confidence. Thank you for sharing your time with me, it's been a pleasure.



SOMETIMES IT TAKES A ROGUE…

Few women can resist a man like Gabriel “Reign” Housely, the Earl of Rainecourt. With divine good looks, delectable charms, and delicious wealth, he would seem to be every marriage-minded mother’s dream match for their daughters. But not so, given the mysterious death of his first wife. Fortunately for Gabriel, he has no plans to seriously court any of the London ladies ever again. That is, until he shares one unforgettable dance with a mysterious stranger…

TO CAPTURE AN ANGEL…

Exquisitely beautiful though decidedly modest, Lady Sophia usually shuns the festive ballrooms of London society. But when a man who calls himself “Reign” enters her life—seemingly from out of nowhere—and shows her true kindness, her wary young heart begins to melt. Of course, Sophia would be shocked to learn the truth about Reign’s past. But when scandal strikes, this devilish stranger may be her only salvation…


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Thank you Lord Rainecourt and Alexandra! I really enjoyed Till Dawn with the Devil and I am eager for the next installment in the Lords of Vice seriesAfter Dark with a Scoundrel due out in February. Just in time for those long cold winter nights ;)  I am still hoping and praying that you all enjoy the series as much, if not more than I do and you encourage all of your romance reader friends to buy it so that Alexandra can finish writing them, and I can eventually get to read "Frost's" story (book 4?). I'll beg if I have to. So don't mind me if you see me at the bookstore trying to gently coax anyone located in the general vicinity of the romance aisle into buying them :)

If you'd like to learn more about Alexandra Hawkins, and the Lords of Vice series, you can visit her at her website www.alexandrahawkins.com, or Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter, as well as Goodreads.

To celebrate the release of the second book in the Lords of Vice series, TILL DAWN WITH THE DEVIL, Alexandra Hawkins is giving away TWO copies of her newest book! Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
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28 Comments:

Bethie September 1, 2010 at 12:29 AM  

What a sexy cover. I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance.
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Barbara E. September 1, 2010 at 12:32 AM  

The Lords of Vice series sounds fantastic. I haven't had a chance to read All Night With a Rogue yet, but after reading the post, I can see that I need to get right on that so I can read Till Dawn With the Devil too.

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JenM September 1, 2010 at 12:53 AM  

This book caught my eye because the heroine has a disability. I love books with that plot so I've got it on my wishlist. Would love to win it.
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Jane September 1, 2010 at 1:38 AM  

Great interview with Rainecourt. Congrats on the recent release of "Till Dawn With the Devil," Alexandra. I'm looking forward to reading your Lords of Vice series.

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stacey September 1, 2010 at 4:10 AM  

I love a good rogue thay make the best book hero's to turn a lady on.Can't wait to read your new book.
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debbie September 1, 2010 at 6:20 AM  

I loved the interview. The cover is really nice, and the book sounds great. I would love to read it.
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Ivy September 1, 2010 at 6:54 AM  

I loved the interview. I want this series in the worst way. Love those rogues. This blog really is bad on my budget....
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Armenia September 1, 2010 at 10:59 AM  

I just learned a new word today: sobriquet, and I enjoyed the story behind Gabriel's endearing "Reign". This rogue seems to have lots of heart, which needs to be mended. Looking forward to the story.

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jeanette8042 September 1, 2010 at 2:07 PM  

This was such a wonderful post, I love it when the book characters like Raine do interviews. Love Alexandra Hawkins, she's such an amazing historical writer!

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Alexandra Hawkins September 1, 2010 at 3:33 PM  

Thanks, ladies, for dropping by and reading Reign's interview. I probably shouldn't admit this but Reign has always been one of my personal favorites--However, let's keep it our little secret. I live with these gents 24/7, and I'd never hear the end of it! ;)

Estella September 1, 2010 at 3:59 PM  

I love character interviews!
Alexandra is a new to me author and I am looking forward to reading her books.

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alba September 1, 2010 at 5:27 PM  

I so loved the interview it rocked..
Now I must get this series.
I had them listed on my TBB order for mid September.
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Tore September 1, 2010 at 5:52 PM  

I am an email subscriber and follower. I would love to read this book. Please enter me in contest. I am very interested in writing a book. I love reading alot and I can spend hours just reading and be happy. What suggestion could you give me on where to start?

chey September 1, 2010 at 8:21 PM  

Reign's book sounds fantastic! How have I missed this series so far?
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Scorpio M. September 1, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

I read the excerpt and really love Reign & Sophia's chemistry. Their banter is a perfectly balanced pull & push dance. Love it! =)

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Alexandra Hawkins September 1, 2010 at 9:05 PM  

Last week I was dealing with edits and the migraine from hell so I haven't had a chance to brag about some good news--TILL DAWN WITH THE DEVIL has gone into a second printing!

Robin K September 1, 2010 at 10:34 PM  

Of all of the covers I love this blue toned one. Stunning. Great interview.

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Martha Lawson September 1, 2010 at 10:41 PM  

Awesome cover and I loved the interview!! I have been on a historical reading binge lately, I'd forgotten how much I loved them. I'd love to read this series of b ooks, they sound really great. Please enter me.

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throuthehaze September 2, 2010 at 1:40 AM  

That cover is gorgeous! The excerpt is great and really makes me want to read this :)

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Sara September 2, 2010 at 5:58 AM  

A flawed hero and heroine would make an interesting story and also make it more real. I like it when a series gives the secondary characters their own HEA and would love to start reading this series.

I'm a GFC follower, as sweetbrier.

I found you through a facebook posting by Alba. (Thanks, Ann! :)

I'm at sweetbrier at shaw dot ca, if I'm lucky enough to win. :)

Linda Henderson September 2, 2010 at 6:57 AM  

I enjoyed the character interview very much, it just makes me want to read the book more now.

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Shelby Morgan Summers September 2, 2010 at 8:51 AM  

What a delightful interview! I'd love to meet Reign in person.

Looking forward to the next book too.

Melissa September 2, 2010 at 12:40 PM  

This sounds like a great book. Love books with a bit a mystery to them wonder if they resolve the mysterious death of the first wife.


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CrystalGB September 2, 2010 at 4:06 PM  

What a great character interview. Sounds like a great book. I love the cover.
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Alexandra Hawkins September 2, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by! If you have any questions about the book or series, please don't hesitate to ask. :)

Artemis September 2, 2010 at 11:01 PM  

I have the first Lords of Vice on my TBR pile. Oh my, it has now been moved up! This interview was great. I enjoyed learning how Reign got his nickname and was wondering if that bit of information was in the book also.

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mrsshukra September 3, 2010 at 2:26 AM  

Alexandra is a new author for me and I can't wait to read her novels!

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Sue A. September 4, 2010 at 3:05 AM  

Gabriel “Reign” Housely sounds like a man of mystery and like the title suggests a hero likely to give you a devil of a hard time!

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