Guest Author & Giveaway: Leigh Michaels featuring The Wedding Affair

Tuesday, September 20

House parties in Historical Romance are notorious for a scandal....or two...or in the case of Leigh Michael's new book, The Wedding Affair....three!  Author Leigh Michaels is my special guest today to share with us a bit about The Wedding Affair.  Read and enjoy!


One of the things I love best about writing historical romances is the way that society’s restrictions forced choices which today’s young women would find ludicrous. Marrying a stranger because her parents arranged it? Being traded off in marriage for property or money? Marrying a man she doesn’t love in order to have a home and food on the table?

Those would be horrible options in real life, but they’re lots of fun in fiction.

In The Wedding Affair, the three heroines—Olivia, Kate and Penelope—are all facing desperate problems, and that makes them willing to look at desperate solutions. When the three are invited to the wedding of the Duke of Somervale’s sister, each sees the gathering as an opportunity to salvage her life.

Olivia is widowed and has a daughter to support, which means that even the few jobs which were open to women of the time aren’t available to her. No one would hire a governess or a housekeeper who had a small child in tow. When the Duke of Somervale, who’s being pursued by his sister’s bridesmaids, propositions Olivia, telling her that if she’ll pretend he’s courting her, he’ll make the charade worth her while… Olivia has to consider the offer in order to provide a future for her daughter. And if they have a passionate affair on the side, who’s to know?

Kate is the vicar’s daughter, which means that her father’s death has left her homeless as well as without a source of income. There are no jobs in the village and no one who can even recommend her to employers. Surely someone at the wedding will offer her a job as secretary, companion, or governess, for Kate is willing to do anything for security… until her past returns to haunt her in the person of adventurer Andrew Carlisle. Andrew is just as exciting as he was when Kate was seventeen – but he’s still not offering anything that resembles stability. In fact, he wants Kate to toss everything aside and come with him on his next New World adventure. But opposites attract—flirting and fighting with Andrew makes Kate wonder whether security is really what she wants.

Penelope is the daughter of a prosperous brewer and has plenty of money, but she’s caught in a loveless marriage of convenience with the Earl of Townsend. He married her only for her wealth, and the fact that she’s anything but aristocratic has kept their marriage as cold as the Arctic. The Townsends barely speak to each other, but a week in the country with a wedding to attend might just thaw the ice and turn their marriage into something bearable. Penelope is determined to do anything it takes— including seducing her husband, if only she can figure out how to reach him.

None of these women is looking for love, even Penelope hopes only to achieve a tolerable marriage, not a happy one. Still, even when a loveless marriage seems to be the best option, not one of these feisty women is willing to settle—and in the end, they all find far more than they hoped for when they embark on The Wedding Affair.

The Duke of Somervale's sister is getting married in the wedding of year -- but the wedding guests are in the mood for affairs, not vows!

The Duke needs the help of beautiful, stubborn Olivia Reyne to fight off the debutantes who have taken over his country estate. Olivia's willing to help -- at a price which will secure the future for her small daughter.

Penny Townsend sees the wedding as her last chance to salvage her arranged marriage and turn it into something more than a matter of convenience.

And vicar's daughter Kate Blakely needs a job -- and fast -- before she gives in to the tempting presence of her first love!


Congratulations Leigh & thank you for being my guest today!  I don't know about you but I love that their are three interconnected stories in one book. It's one of the things that I like most about her Sourcebooks titles.  To learn more about author Leigh Michaels and the romances she writes you can find her at her website www.leighmichaels.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.

To celebrate the release of The Wedding Affair, Leigh's publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca would like to giveaway sets of her trilogy books to two lucky Musings followers!  Each winner will receive The Wedding Affair, Just One Season in London, and The Mistress House.  How great is that!  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Which one of the three heroines from The Wedding Affair appeals to you most and why?  (psst...don't forget to leave Leigh some comment love!) (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 
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21 Comments:

Carol L. September 20, 2011 at 5:18 AM  

I'm definitely looking forward to reading The Wedding Affair. I love reading books with more then one romance going on. I think Olivia and Kate have the most dire circumstances but I'll go with Olivia because she has a young daughter to take care of and I also think with a Duke involved makes it sweeter. :)GFC follower under Lucky47
Carol L
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Lexi September 20, 2011 at 7:01 AM  

Me too, Olivia's story is the one I am very curious to see how this unfolds for her...so many possibilities!
I havent read many books with multiple romances going on, quite a talent to bring more than one story line together! Sounds like a great read, and a beautiful cover! Thanks for the chance to check out this new author for me!

GFC follower Lexi
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The_Book_Queen September 20, 2011 at 12:17 PM  

After reading Just One Season in London recently, I am eager to read more of Michael's novels--perhaps this is just that chance? :D

It's so hard to pick one character from this book, all three of the women sound like they have the opportuity for a lovely story...but, I am a bit partial to Olivia. Maybe it's due to the "pretend you are to be my fiancee" type of scenario, which we know will no doubt end up being the truth, that pulls me more towards her.

I'm already a follower.

And I am going to post a little something on my blog (http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspot) to let others know the contest is going on. :D

Thanks you Leigh for the wonderful oppportunity to read all three books in this series.

Enjoy!
TBQ

Pam S (pams00),  September 20, 2011 at 2:47 PM  

Congrats on the release Leigh. It sounds like it is going to be an absolutely wonderful read. Al three heroine's stories appeal to me and I'm eager to see how they all connect. If having to pick however, I guess I'd choose Olivia. I am single mom and can relate in that regard. LOL no ravishing Duke's for me though unfortunately.

gfc - pams00

pams00 @ aol.com

Leigh Michaels September 20, 2011 at 3:50 PM  

Hi, all -- and thank you for stopping by! I'm intrigued that everyone so far has been most drawn to Olivia's story.

I love MOC and EOC stories -- the first romance novel I remember reading (back in the Dark Ages) was a marriage of convenience story... and here I am, still fascinated by them.

I am so pleased to be able to share this story!

Estella September 20, 2011 at 4:34 PM  

Can't wait to read The Wedding Affair.

Penelope appeals to me because she is trying to make her marriage work.

kissinoak at frontier dot com

Maria D. September 20, 2011 at 8:28 PM  

Love the covers to all of the books in this series - they're on my wishlist.

I'm really torn as to which lady I'm most intrigued by but I finally settled on Penelope because she's in a difficult postition...she knows what she wants and she's probably used to getting what she wants- thanks to her father's money- but she hasn't got a clue as to how to go about getting what she wants which is something she should already have- her husband's love and attention.
The fact she even wants to make it more than just a marriage of convenience is special in itself.

junegirl63(at)gmail(dot)com

Barbara E. September 20, 2011 at 10:56 PM  

All three of the heroines are appealing but I'd choose Penny Townsend. She appeals to me because I enjoy seeing a couple thrown together in an arranged marriage find something in common and end up falling in love.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com
GFC follower

June M. September 20, 2011 at 11:33 PM  

I would have to go with the answer that seems to be the majority, Olivia. I am drawn to her because she is having to worry about her daughter, not just herself. However, all 3 of the ladies interest me greatly. Kate because I love 2nd chance stories and Penny because I love when arraged marriages become love matches. All 3 sound really good.
June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

JenM September 20, 2011 at 11:51 PM  

I've had my eye on Just One Season in London since it came out. Now I'm very interested in The Wedding Affair also. I like it when there is more than one romance included. I think the one that most appeals to me is Penny because I really enjoy Regencies where there are class differences between the main characters and I like the marriage of convenience storyline. Best wishes on all of the books.

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Artemis September 21, 2011 at 10:18 AM  

I would have to go with Kate. What does she have to loose? Grab hold of that guy and don't let go!

Ms. Michaels I have to applaud you. Penning one story is hard enough, but knitting three stories into one, BRAVO! Can't wait to read about your heroines and their desperate situations.

GFC Follower
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librarypat September 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM  

All three heroines appeal to me, but I think Penelope appeals because she is trying to make her marriage more than it seems it will ever be. All three women are trapped in circumstances beyond their control and fighting to make the best of it. Olivia not only has her own welfare but that of her daughter to consider. Kate appeals to my sense of adventure.

Leigh, I love the way you have blended these three women's plights into a single story. It gives the book added depth and interest. I have read some of your contemporaries, but not the historicals. An oversight since historicals are my favorite. THE WEDDING AFFAIR sounds like a book I will really enjoy.

I am a GFC follower of Seductive Musings as librarypat.

I tweeted the giveaway.
http://twitter.com/#!/pbbearclaw/status/116563519964577793

I shared it on Facebook as Patricia on 9/21 about 1:38 PM. I think this is the link.
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1505535916#!/profile.php?id=1505535916&sk=wall


Thank you for hosting the interview and the giveaway.

librarypat AT comcast DOT net

librarypat September 21, 2011 at 1:58 PM  

This is the correct link for my Facebook post.
http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=136625953103433&id=1505535916

erin September 21, 2011 at 3:38 PM  

Thanks for the great post! It was really nice to "meet" Leigh. She is a new author to me and I'm always eager to find new voices!

I'd have to say Penelope b/c it's harder to fix an already existing relationship than to develop a new one.

Kudos on your new release and fingers crossed that I can read it :)


GFC ~ erin
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gamistress66 September 21, 2011 at 6:58 PM  

sounds like an interesting concept & book -- 3 romances entwined in one book. as to which heroine sounds most interesting to me is hard as they all do, but I think Olivia just pulls ahead of the others.

gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

Ivy September 21, 2011 at 8:34 PM  
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Ivy September 21, 2011 at 8:35 PM  

If I had to choose it would be Kate w/ Olivia a close 2nd. This sounds like a great read & I like that the 3 all tie together...keeps things hopping & interesting.

GFC follower.

Na September 22, 2011 at 2:35 AM  

Katie appeals to me the most. I have always loved second chance stories and I think Katie deserves her chance at love. Who better to show her this than someone who has known her for a long time?

For similar reasons, Olivia's story also interests me. I am rooting for her happiness as well. Leigh, you have created some pretty worthy heroines whose journeys I would love to read about.

I am a GFC follower.
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Alicia0605 September 23, 2011 at 8:58 AM  

Penelope bc she is trying to keep her marriage together!

Your book sounds great! I look forward to reading it!


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Meredith September 24, 2011 at 11:15 PM  

Olivia appeals to me most, since I've been the single mother with children.

meredithfl at gmail dot com
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winnie September 25, 2011 at 8:06 PM  

I think Penny appeals to me most because she is standing up for herself to salvage her arranged marriage.

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