Guest Author & Giveaway: Jane Feather featuring A Wedding Wager

Thursday, June 23

It's not very often that you get the chance to interview a Romance legend, and my guest today is just that to me...a legend.  She's a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and has been published for over twenty five years!  That is amazing!  I am in complete awe.  Seriously.  When I think of historical romance legends, Jane Feather is one of the first authors to pop into my head (along with Bertrice Small and a few other great writers).

Jane Feather is my very special guest today to share a bit about her newest historical romance tale in her Blackwater Brides Trilogy, A Wedding Wager.  Read and enjoy!

Welcome to Seductive Musings Jane! It is my complete honor and privilege to have you as my guest.  Thank you so so much for being here today.  You’ve written over thirty romance novels during your long and illustrious career which I think is absolutely amazing.   For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story and what makes writing historical romances so compellingly seductive to your muse?

Like all great love stories, there has to be some kind of struggle. The protagonists have to fight to get what they want, otherwise it’s not really worth having. They have to overcome hurdles both in the plot situation, and in the relationship itself. There has to be some kind of internal struggle that prevents them falling easily into each other’s arms.

Out of all of the books that you’ve written, do you have any favorites? A story that really touched your heart, or do you have any characters that you would you like to revisit someday?

A couple of very early ones still resonate with me: Beloved Enemy and Chase The Dawn. I also have a special feeling for the Kiss trilogy: The Widow’s Kiss, To Kiss A Spy and Kissed By Shadows.

Your newest novel in the Blackwater Brides Trilogy is A WEDDING WAGER. Can you tell us how RUSHED TO THE ALTER and A WEDDING WAGER are related, and for someone who has not had the pleasure of reading the first book in the series, can you give us a brief summary about each of the books planned for the series? Do they need to be read in order? 

The stories are about three brothers in Georgian England who, to save the family name and estates, have to satisfy a condition in their immensely wealthy but very unscrupulous uncle’s will: that they each marry a woman in need of redemption. The uncle, in revenge for the way his own early love had been treated, hoped to oblige the prudish and judgmental aristocratic Blackwater family to accept brides who fell far short of their standards of respectability. Social outcasts in other words. Each story stands alone, but obviously there are references within each to the preceding brother’s narrative.

If you had an opportunity to provide only a two or three sentence "teaser" quote from A WEDDING WAGER, to grab the attention of potential readers and give them a glimpse and feeling of what the story is about what would it be?

Serena shook her head. “I have never loved you, Sebastian. I cannot afford to love anyone.”

Silence greeted her words,, then Sebastian spoke very quietly. “I don’t know you,” he said. “I don’t know you at all.”

Tell us about your hero, Sebastian Sullivan.  What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Lady Serena Grantley, fall in love with him? And can you tell us a little bit about their love story in A WEDDING WAGER?

I think he’s witty, charming, views the world with a certain careless insouciance that makes him easy to like. But he’s also vulnerable, and capable of strong passions. He and Serena’s story is, to use a catch phrase, basically a second chance at love. Once badly hurt by her, Sebastian finds it very hard to trust again in either Serena or his own feelings for her.

What are some fun facts about this book that readers would love to know?

I’ve always had a fascination with the vicious underbelly of Georgian London and for years I’ve been collecting books with wonderful titles, like, Wits, Wenchers and Wantons, delightful historical anecdotes of the rakes, the bawds and the brothel keepers around Covent Garden. This was a fun theme for me to develop in the stories of three brothers who somehow have to navigate a path to true love through this minefield.

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, or new projects that we can look forward to?

The third book in the trilogy, Peregrine’s Story, will be out next!

New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather again delights with her new book in this entrancing Georgian trilogy featuring three noble brothers who are offered a preposterous opportunity to restore their family's mortgaged lands. An eccentric uncle promises a lavish inheritance, but only if each marries—thus redeeming—a fallen woman. And if even one brother fails to fulfill the old man's decree, none will gain the windfall.

Lady Serena Grantley was born to the nobility, but fortune's whim placed her in control of her gamester stepfather, who uses her beauty to lure young men to his gambling tables. Serena even dismissed her first love, the Honorable Sebastian Sullivan, at her stepfather's command. But when he attempts to force her into a liaison with a dissolute earl, Serena resolves to do his bidding no more. Sebastian is the only man who ever captured her heart, and it is to him she turns. . . .

Torn between family loyalty and the woman he loves, Sebastian faces a devilish dilemma. His uncle is ailing, and time is running short. Desperate to find a solution, Sebastian conceives a dangerous plan—a wager that could bring him and Serena happiness at last . . . or separate them forever.

Read an excerpt

Congratulations Jane, on what I am sure will be another New York Times bestseller!  Thank you so much for being my guest.  I am completely honored!  If you'd like to learn more about Jane Feather and the over 30 books that she has written, you can find her at her website

To celebrate the release of the second book in her Blackwater Brides Trilogy, A Wedding Wager, Jane's publisher Pocket Books, would like to giveaway a copy of the book to one very lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Do you have a second chance love story to share? If not then tell me what your favorite Jane Feather novel is, or what intrigues you the most about A Wedding Wager  (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US addresses only
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
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Jane June 23, 2011 at 2:36 AM  

Congrats to Jane on the new release. So hard to choose a favorite, but I love "To Kiss a Spy." "Vice" is another favorite.

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June M. June 23, 2011 at 4:01 AM  

Congrats to Jane Feather on the new release. I can not wait to read this, I loved the previous book (RUSHED TO THE ALTER). My favorite would have to be THE LEAST LIKELY BRIDE. I loved that trilogy and especially this book.

Thank you so much for the interview and teh giveaway.

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Bethie June 23, 2011 at 9:10 AM  

Thanks for the giveaway. We have a family friend that is on her second marriage to the same man. They are much happier the second time around.
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Tore June 23, 2011 at 9:30 AM  

I am a follower and email subscriber. I don't have a second chance story to tell but I would love to read her books. She is a new author to me and I believe in soul mates and true love. Please enter me in contest.

Maria June 23, 2011 at 12:49 PM  

Congratulations on the new release! I haven't read the first book but this looks like a really interesting series.

I do have a second chance love story to recommend - I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Christie Ridgway's "Can't Hurry Love" and I really enjoyed it.

I Tweeted the Guest Post and Giveaway:!/crazymidwestgal/status/83937625886572544

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Barbara E. June 23, 2011 at 6:24 PM  

I have a favorite second chance at love story - Sherry Thomas' Private Arrangements, as well as a real life story. My parents were married for 20 years, divorced, each remarried to other people, then remarried 20 years later and were together until my mother passed away at 82 (another 20 years). When they remarried, it was like they'd never been apart, and it was the fulfillment of every divorced kid's dream to have their parents back together again.
A Wedding Wager sounds wonderful, and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

misskallie2000 June 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM  

I have read several of Jane's books but can only remember the name of the last one since I started a list in 2006. That was "Almost a Bride" which I loved.

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gamistress66 June 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM  

Years after high school ran into the guy I was interested in back then (the "bad" boy) & found out that he was interested in me (the "good" girl) but we never realized it at the time that it was mutual. Instead we were just friendly and would occasionally chat with each other when we met up during those school years. As adults, we went out for a few years after that. Though it didn't end up lasting still had a 2nd shot at giving it a try.

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Anonymous,  June 23, 2011 at 10:48 PM  

Nice interview. I have enjoyed Jane's books for years. Always well drawn characters and a plot that keeps you involved and interested. This sounds like it will be a good series.
My and my DH's story is sort of a second chance story. We were friends our junior year of high school. Not close, just friends who sat next to each other in class. We met each other again 7 years later and it was a bit like love at "first" sight. After seeing (not dating) each other a few times i went to my job, which happened to be on the other side of the world. He showed up 4 months later and proposed. We never even dated. We celebrated our 39th anniversary this month, so it was meant to be. I am certainly happy we got our second chance to get it right.

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Sheree June 24, 2011 at 1:04 AM  

Congrats on your new release and such a great cover, too!

I don't personally know any second chance stories although I have read a few, including "Hot Finish" by Erin McCarthy.

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Chele Blades June 24, 2011 at 9:52 AM  

second chance current (been together 15yrs) happens to be the first guy i kissed in 4th grade...then 10 years later after moving to another state & returning he tried to pick me up in a bar...i laughed a first...we still together never married (been there done that)but we "exist" Not quite a HEA but not to bad

thanks for the chance to win gfc follower

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