Guest Author & Giveaway: Maggie Robinson featuring Mistress by Marriage

Thursday, September 1

One of the hardest words to say is also one of the most simplest in the English language.  It has a tremendous amount of power, this one little word.  And while it has negative connotations, it also has the power to give you choices and even freedom.  I'm talking about the word "No".  

"No" is especially hard for women to use, because most of us are inherent people pleasers...myself included :)  Using this one simple word changed both the hero and the heroine's lives for better and for worse in Maggie Robinson's newest Brava Historical Romance Mistress by Marriage, the third novel in the Courtesan Court series. Maggie is my guest today to share a bit about her new book with us, and about Caroline and Edward's dilemma with the word "No".  Read and enjoy!

"Caroline had no one to blame but herself. It was her pride, her dreadful Parker pride, which had prevented her from saying one simple word---no. If only her rosy lips had opened and she had managed to get her tongue to the roof of her mouth and expelled sufficient air, she would not find herself living in Jane Street, home to the most notorious courtesans in London.

When Edward asked her to marry him after less than a week’s acquaintance, she should have said no. When he’d asked her that horrible, vile, impertinent question five years ago, she should have said no. But instead she’d said yes to the first question, rather gratefully if truth be told, and hadn’t said a word to the second, just cast her husband the most scornful look she could conjure up and showed him her back."

Just Say No

Lady Caroline Parker Christie, the heroine of Mistress by Marriage, is a woman of many words. She’s a romance writer, after all. But one two-letter word—or lack thereof—is her downfall. Of course, if she’d turned down Edward’s proposal, there would be no story. ;) The last Mistress book in the Courtesan Court series (there’s a Master book, Master of Sin, next April) tells the tale of oh-so-proper Baron Edward Christie and his very improper wife. They are a match made in hell except for the heaven of the bedroom. Oil and water. Chalk and cheese. Beauty and the Beast.

Edward’s good-looking enough, but he is impossible to live with, carrying generations-worth of strict Christie rules to lord over impulsive, rule-breaking Caroline. It’s for his rigid respectability that she marries him, only to discover that respectability is overrated. And then he places her beyond the Pale—in a house on ‘Courtesan Court’ for her perceived sins.

Caroline’s not about to let a naughty address stop her from trying to enjoy life. She is a nurturer for all her flighty ways. She tried to be a good stepmother to Edward’s children, and now she has eleven courtesans on Jane Street to mother. She’s self-indulgent yet soft-hearted, bad-tempered but quick to cool. And of course she has a dark secret from her past that has doomed her marriage even more that Edward’s calm, controlling ways.

Once she discovers she can say ‘no’ to the reconciliation that Edward has mustered all his logical list-making skills toward, it’s up to him to make her say ‘yes,’ even if he has to kidnap her quite out of character—because he’s finally fallen in love with his own wife, faults and all.

Life is full of misplaced ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers. What should you have said ‘no’ to save yourself some grief? What do you wish you’d said ‘yes’ to? One commenter will get a signed copy of Mistress by Marriage.

Too late for cold feet

Baron Edward Christie prided himself on his reputation for even temperament and reserve. That was before he met Caroline Parker. Wedding a scandalous beauty by special license days after they met did not inspire respect for his sangfroid. Moving her to a notorious lovebirds’ nest as punishment for her flighty nature was perhaps also a blow. And of course talk has gotten out of his irresistible clandestine visits. Christie must put his wife aside—if only he can get her out of his blood first.

Too hot to refuse

Caroline Parker was prepared to hear the worst: that her husband had determined to divorce her, spare them both the torture of passion they can neither tame nor escape. But his plan is wickeder than any she’s ever heard. Life as his wife is suffocating. But she cannot resist becoming her own husband’s mistress…

Congratulations Maggie and thank you so much for being my guest today! I absolutely adored Caroline and Edwards love story, in fact it's my favorite so far in the Courtesan Court series.  It's like Maggie read my romance readers heart and mind when she wrote Mistress by Marriage.  The semi-villain in Mistress by Marriage is her hero in the next book in the series, Master of could you not love a reformed villain turned hero with a story that inspired a title like that?  I can't wait :)

If you'd like to learn more about Maggie Robinson you can find her at her website, where you can find her blog, as well as a link to her alter ego Margaret Rowe. She's also on Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace.

To celebrate the release of the third book in the Courtesan Court Series, Mistress by Marriage, Maggie would like to giveaway a signed copy of the book to one very lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Answer the questions Maggie asked readers in her post and leave her some general comment love. (more than "I'd like to win".) (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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Sheree September 1, 2011 at 3:34 AM  

Hi, Maggie! Congrats on your new release! Love the yellow cover!

I suppose I could have said "no" to my choice of major in college or to the last job offer I had. There's at least one boyfriend I should have say "no" to as well. :)

I don't know what I could have said "yes" to that I didn't. Maybe my high school crush? ;)

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Carol L. September 1, 2011 at 4:50 AM  

Congrats Maggie on your newest release. I love the Jane Street series. I should have said NO to my first husband. :) Without going into details. But I also don't know what I would have said yes to that I didn't. Thanks for the opportunity.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe September 1, 2011 at 6:40 AM  

Good morning, Carrie and Carol and Sheree!I'm delighted to be back, although I feel like I should have said "no" to waking up this morning, LOL. Mistress by Marriage is my favorite of the mistress books too.It was so much fun writing Caroline's bad books!

Ora September 1, 2011 at 8:47 AM  

Congrats on the book. I am hoping to have time to start reading it today. I love all of your books!
I should have said no to my last boyfriend before I met my husband.

Tamsyn September 1, 2011 at 9:31 AM  

Hello, Maggie. That is one sexy cover! Congrats on your release. Sounds like a great read. I think I should have said "no" to buying my first apartment. Fell to a quarter of its value and I could have used that money better now! :(
And I should have said yes to continuing my Masters Degree!
Thanks for sharing!
GFC follower/international

gamistress66 September 1, 2011 at 9:41 AM  

the power of "no" can certainly be something. glad your h/h had trouble with it though, or as you pointed out, it would have been a very short & dull story ;) I have a "no regrets" policy -- if make the best decision I think I can based upon the facts at hand at that time then I feel that regrets and "if only" is a waste of time/energy -- therefore nothing comes to mind where I wish I had (or hadn't) said "no" at the time.

gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe September 1, 2011 at 10:32 AM  

Ora, I hope you love it!

gamistress, I think you're right. No point to crying over spilled milk, but sometimes I can't help but wonder what would have happened if....

Tamsyn, you're not alone in the real estate wreckage. I had to sell a house for less than we paid for it. Buy high, sell low, that's my motto, LOL.

My covers from Kensington Brava have been spectacular. Wait until you see Master of Sin!

I'll be checking in a little later. Am leaving for Boston to visit daughter #3 with daughters #1 & #2. Girl time, which I'm so looking forward to. :)

Danielle Gorman September 1, 2011 at 1:19 PM  

Hey Maggie,

I can't wait to read this book. I love these kinds of love stories. They are always so full of sparks and tension between the h/h.

I need to say "no" to my BF when he wants to buy something we don't need. He is forever wanting to buy items out of shear boredom and I need to say "no." It's just so hard to resist him sometimes.

chey September 1, 2011 at 4:49 PM  
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chey September 1, 2011 at 4:51 PM  

Congrats on your latest release! It sound like a fabulous book.
I should have said yes to a couple new jobs, and no to a couple others.
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Estella September 1, 2011 at 5:01 PM  

Congrats on your new release!

I should have said no to my first husband.
Can't think of anything I should have said yes to.

GFC follower
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Tore September 1, 2011 at 5:57 PM  

Congratulations on your release. I can't really think of anything I should have said yes to either. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Barbara E. September 1, 2011 at 7:14 PM  

I should have said "no" to transferring to my same old company when I moved to Florida. I wish I had just found something else when I had the chance because I ended up leaving there anyway and went through 6 months of unemployment.
There have been many things I haven't said "yes" to because I was afraid or too timid and thought I couldn't do it. I wish I had been bolder and more fearless.
Yeah for another fabulous book release. I can't wait to read Mistress by Marriage, it sounds like a fantastic story.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Lexi September 1, 2011 at 7:34 PM  

A beautiful cover for an interesting sounding book. I think I am going to have to go back and find book one!

Tough question, I wish I would have said yes to study abroad. One of those things that I talked myself out of for numerous reasons, but now I wish I had just said screw it all I'm going. On the other hand now I am happily married with a beautiful daughter I may not have had if I had gone and wouldn't change that for anything. Maybe someday she will study abroad.

eyesofblueice (at)gmail (dot) com

librarypat September 1, 2011 at 11:30 PM  

I am a GFC Follower, librarypat.

Unfortunately, I have a hard time saying no. I ended up on too many boards, committees, and in charge of things over the years just because I couldn't say NO. I am finally getting better, but it took over 60 years. I say this after accepting a board position this afternoon : )
As for wishing I had said yes, I was offered a job as a radio announcer/show host and turned it down. I had never even considered it before and had no experience. I sort of chickened out. I wish now I had done it. I may have found something I really enjoyed doing.

I like the premise of your story. I can relate to Edward. Being the oldest, always having to be the responsible one and set an example (something parents often do to the oldest child, unfortunately) can make you reserved and a bit afraid to "let your hair down." I'm glad Caroline finally gets to him.

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JenM September 2, 2011 at 12:52 AM  

Ooh, I love those "marriage in trouble" stories and this one sounds like a doozy.

I'm pretty good at saying no, but one time, I moved into an apartment in spite of the fact that I really disliked the woman I'd be sharing with. I knew she was leaving in four months, but the time just seemed to pass so slowly in that four month period.

As for saying yes, I wish I'd taken a chance to study abroad while I was in college. At the time I was counting my pennies, but now I wish I'd taken out a loan and done it. However, I have done a lot of travel to make up for it.
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jeanette8042 September 2, 2011 at 3:52 PM  

I wish I said no when my friends asked me to join them in they crazy Halloween partying. I wish I said yes when my friend asked me if I wanted to apply for an on campus office job with her because I really want to find a job now.

Great post and I loved all the other books in the series. I'm already loving Caroline!

GFC follower

Na September 2, 2011 at 6:15 PM  

I really like the premise for this book, especially because it looks into a couple's relationship after they have married and gives them a second chance. I should have said yes to my first job offer, though I believe everything happens for a reason. I should have said no to eating all that great food at the last family gathering we had. I'm still stuffed! Lol.

I am a GFC follower.

Cialina at September 2, 2011 at 8:21 PM  

I LOVE the sound of this book. I'm looking forward to reading it.

I guess there are some jobs or favors that I wish I could have said "no" to over the years. I easily feel guilty about denying a friend's request.


Jessica September 5, 2011 at 10:49 PM  

I'm a follower! tjotjoc at gmail dot com

I wish I had said no to my hairstylist for my wedding (it's my anniversary so I'm wedding-minded) and I wish I had said yes when it came to working an extra year (I need the money!)

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