Guest Author& Giveaway: Eileen Dreyer featuring Always a Temptress

Wednesday, October 12


I know many of you have enjoyed the previous books in Eileen Dreyer's Drake's Rakes series, so when I had the opportunity to have her as my guest to celebrate her new historical romance, Always A Temptress, I couldn't say no :)  And of course when the hero is modeled after Daniel Craig....a very drool-worthy Muse...need I say more?

Eileen is my guest today to share a bit about Harry and Kate's story in Always a Temptress with some very tempting excerpts just for you my friends ;)  Read and enjoy!

Welcome to Seductive Musings Eileen! Your newest story in the Drakes Rakes series is ALWAYS A TEMPTRESS. Can you tell us how many books are planned for this series?  How BARELY A LADY, NEVER A GENTLEMAN, and ALWAYS A TEMPTRESS are related, and for someone who has not had the pleasure of reading them, can you give us a brief summary about each of these stories? And do they need to be read in order?

Temptress is the third in what I hope is a series of nine books that would follow the story of each of my team of gentlemanly spies, DRAKE’S RAKES. The series actually began as a trilogy following my heroines from the moment they meet in Belgium during the battle of Waterloo. But when I realized that they were caught up in espionage, I knew I needed heroes to fight against the nefarious spies. And as I progressed through the second book, NEVER A GENTLEMAN, the Rakes started making their appearances, encouraging me to tell their stories. Right now I’m signed through book 5. My fingers are crossed that I get to do them all.

I think you can read each book by itself, but I hope you would get a more complete enjoyment by reading them in order. BARELY A LADY introduces the series when Olivia Grace, Grace Fairchild and Lady Kate, the Dowager duchess of Murther, meet in the medical tents of Brussels during Waterloo. Searching Waterloo for Grace’s father, Olivia instead discovers Jack Wyndham, Earl of Gracechurch, who divorced and disgraced her five years earlier. Not only is he missing much of his memory from a head injury, but he is clad in an enemy uniform, and no one knows why. Even though she’d rather leave him in the dirt, Olivia protects him until he can learn the truth.

In NEVER A GENTLEMAN, handsome, debonair Diccan Hilliard is drugged and left naked in the bed of painfully plain, undeniably honorable Grace Fairchild. Marriage is inevitable. Love isn’t. Caught in a tortrous web of intrigue, the two must work their way past lies, betrayal and danger to find each other.

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

     “I’m not doing anything!” he snapped. “I’m certainly not betraying my country.”

     “And you immediately assume I am.”

     She was trembling, the cold wall damp against her back. Her first instinct was to cower, throw her arm up to protect herself. She knew too well, though, that cowering only made it worse. She held perfectly still.

     ‘Yes,” he all but snarled, too close. Too angry. “I do.”

Tell us about your hero, Sir Harry Lidge.  What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Lady Kate, fall in love with him despite their past and their antaganistic relationship? Can you tell us a little bit about the obstacles they overcome in ALWAYS A TEMPTRESS?

It is obvious that Harry is courageous. After all, he was knighted for bravery, and led a Forlorn Hope, a suicide action. He suffers, not only from physical injuries, but the mental and spiritual tolls of war. He protects those who rely on him, like Mudge, his batman. And even as furious as he is with Kate, he never hurts her. But it is when her secrets are revealed that Harry’s true strength and compassion are shown. When they have the courage to go back and untangle the lies and missed opportunities that turned them against each other. Harry believes that Kate betrayed him. She believes he deserted her. He believes that she ruined his two engagements(she did). She believes that he is vengeful(he might be, a little). But when trouble comes they band together and fight for their future.

What's your favorite scene or moment from ALWAYS A TEMPTRESS, and why? Can you describe it (or provide an excerpt) for us without giving too much away?

My absolute favorite scenes are the revelation scenes. I hope you understand why I don’t feel ready to share them. But my second favorite scenes are when Kate and Harry banter. Below is an example, when Kate, attending a ball with Harry, is surrounded by her adoring acolytes:

"I will write a poem," young Luddy Clarke said, hand to heart for his goddess. "The legendary beauty rewarded for her faith by the return of her love after ten long years. I will call it, The Return of Odysseus. Cannot you see how your story parallels that of that great hero? Kept away for ten years, while the faithful Penelope weaves?"

    Kate caught the wicked glint in Harry's eye and saw the perfect opportunity to distract him from Ian.  "Oh, lord, Luddy, don't compare me to Penelope," she objected. "She was a ninnyhammer. And  she  waited twenty years, Luddy. Not ten."

    Harry chuckled. "Why, Kate. You used to think the Odessey the most romantic book in literature."

    "You've read the Odessey?" one of the court asked, looking a bit flummoxed.

    "In Greek," Harry said, an amused twinkle in his eye. "She loved to quote it."

    Kate scowled. "I was also fifteen. Everything is romantic at fifteen. After further study, however--and--" she cocked a wry eyebrow at Harry. "--much experience--I've decided that after what Odysseus did, Penelope should have fed him to her own pigs."

    Now they had an audience. But Kate was focused on Harry, the exhilaration of debate rising like champagne bubbles in her blood.

    "After what he did?" Harry echoed dryly. "What? Win the Trojan War?"

    "Don't be silly. I'm talking of course about how quickly he dashed home to be with his ailing mother and faithful wife, who, silly nit, kept herself chaste for him while he caroused with every siren and witch in the hemisphere. He didn't deserve her, and so she should have told him."

    Harry's eyes were twinkling. "But he was ensorceled. He couldn't help it that he was Calypso's lover for seven years."

    Kate snorted. "How like a man. 'Couldn't help m'self,'” she barked like an old general. “'Bewitched me and all that. You understand, old girl.' Pull the other one, Harry. And then he has the gall to test Penelope's faithfulness. I repeat. Pigs."

    Tommy blinked. "I say." Luddy looked vague, as if already translating her diatribe into rhyming verse. Someone clapped.

    "Don't encourage her," Harry protested, laughing.

    "He doesn't have to encourage me," Kate retorted, giddy with the sly challenge in Harry's eyes. "I've been saving up opinions for ten years."

    "Oh, lord," he groaned. "And I married you before I knew it."

What are five fun facts about you or this book, that readers would love to know?

  1. I always listen to music when I write, and each book has a 'soundtrack.' The soundtrack for this book was Book of Secrets by Loreena McKennitt, Lord of the  Rings, Waking Ned Devine, Some Devil by Dave Matthews, and Fallen by Evanescence.

  2. No debutantes were harmed during the writing of this book.
  3. Daniel Craig was the inspiration for Harry. I needed someone who was earthy, dangerous and strong. Okay. And handsome. Kate was a lot harder, because I think her personality is so big that the closest would be a cross between Kate Hepburn and Ava Gardner.
  4. Sadly, until relatively recently, it was perfectly legal for a husband or brother to commit his female relative into an asylum for no better reason than her disobedience.
  5. I got the chance to walk the streets Mayfair and trace Kate's steps, choose her house and figure where to stable her horses. The wonderful thing about London is that even as it changes, it keeps so much of its historic character. I can easily see Kate and Harry walking into their townhouse on Curzon Street.


His greatest battle is just beginning . . .

Captain Harry Lidge has done his duty. After losing too many good men on the battlefield, he's ready to put his responsibilities behind him and live a life free of care. But first he has one last mission: find out what the most outrageous woman in London, the same woman who betrayed him nearly a decade earlier, is concealing, before her secrets take down the crown.

Her heart is the only thing she won't risk . . .
Surrounded by ardent admirers and a few loyal friends, Lady Kate Seaton glides through the ton on a confection of couture gowns and bon mots. No one suspects that beneath her lighthearted fa├žade Kate hides a sorrow so scandalous she'll do anything to keep it hidden. But only when she trusts Harry with the truth and only when he trusts her with his heart can they stop the villains all too willing to kill Kate to attain their ultimate goal: destroy England.

Read an excerpt, & an exclusive excerpt for Musings readers in the flipbook below:


psst:  the flipbook is now playing nice:), so I added it back to the post.  Either way you can read the exclusive excerpt here.


Congratulations Eileen and thank you so much for being my guest today.  Always a Temptress sounds sooo good, I can't wait to read it!  It's getting great reviews so it very well may follow in it's predecessor's steps by being one of the best historical romances of the year.

If you'd like to learn more about Eileen and the books she writes you can find her at her website www.eileendreyer.com, her blog, as well as Facebook, Twitter, & Goodreads.  Eileen has a great extra on her website for readers...Romance Trading Cards.  They are all the rage right now, and you can get ones for Eileen's books for FREE.  And if you love jewelry (hello!) make sure you check out her Contests page where she is giving away two beautiful bracelets.  See her website for all the details.

To celebrate the release of the third book in the Drakes Rakes historical romance series, Always a Temptress, Eileen's publisher, Forever Romance, would like to giveaway a copy of the book to THREE lucky Musings followers.  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer this question: One of the reasons Harry refuses to trust Kate is because she did something to him. Twice.  What did she do?  AND please show Eileen some comment love with a question or thought about her books. (hint: the answer to the question is in the interview)  (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.
  • You can also earn extra entries by sharing the flipbook excerpt on Facebook, Twitter, your website or blog or other social media sites. You can earn 5 entries for each place that you share it and leave a link in the comments.    
  • 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 & Canada addresses only.  No PO Boxes.
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on October 21st at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using Random.org
  • The winner(s) will have THREE days from the date they are posted to provide a mailing address. If you do not contact me within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Winners will be subject to one copy per household, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, that you will only receive one copy of the title in the mail
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!
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16 Comments:

Maureen October 12, 2011 at 5:31 AM  

I do enjoy reading stories about couples who have a history and Kate and Harry seem to have quite a volatile one. Kate ruined Harry's two engagements which I would imagine wouldn't make him too happy. I follow on GFC
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

The_Book_Queen October 12, 2011 at 11:23 AM  

Hi Eileen! I'm sorry to say I haven't had the pleasure of reading your novels before, but believe me, I'm off to add all of them to my want to read list--especially this series! The covers are gorgeous, the stories sound interesting, and after the two teasers you gave us, I can see that the conversations, especially between the h/hr are very lively and witty! Perfect combination for a good romance novel! :D

I laughed at number 2 on your list of things we would love to know. :) I wasn't expecting it, and I now see that you have a sense of humor, in and out of the novels! :D

Kate ruined two of Harry's engagements. Kate definitely isn't the average debutante flitting around! Lol.

I'm a follower already (The_Book_Queen). I'm also posting a link about the giveaway on my blog sidebar (http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspot.com)

Enjoy!
TBQ
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erin October 12, 2011 at 12:42 PM  

Holy Guacamole! I've been *waiting* for this book. I loved, loved, loved the first two in this series and *want* this book ;)

From the interview, it sounds like Kate broke up Harry's engagment twice.

OOOOOOH. Daniel Craig. I'm so glad that's Harry!

Thanks for a wonderful interview and giveaway!

Have a fabulous day :)

efender1(at)gmail(dot)com
GFC ~ erin

Jane October 12, 2011 at 1:46 PM  

Congrats to Eileen on the new release. I've read and enjoyed the first book in the series.

Harry distrusts Kate because she ruined his two engagements.

GFC follower

librarypat October 12, 2011 at 3:11 PM  

She ruined his two engagements. The excerpts, both the short one here and the longer one on your website are tantalizing. I can't wait to read this whole series. I already have the first two books and am waiting for the whole series. After reading these excerpts, however, I don't think that will be possible. Two very well defined characters with broken souls.
I hope the release of ALWAYS A TEMPTRESS goes well and I hope the rest of the series is approved.

GFC follower, librarypat.

I tweeted this giveaway:
https://twitter.com/#!/pbbearclaw/status/124198995584221185

Shared this on Facebook:
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Thank you both so much for the giveaway.

Estella October 12, 2011 at 3:45 PM  

Kate ruined his two engagements.

Always A Temptress sounds very good!

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Eileen Dreyer October 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM  

Thanks so much for inviting me over. I'm afraid I saw the Monday Muse and got a bit sidetracked, or I would have been here sooner. I'm really thrilled that you are interested in reading Kate and Harry's story. And Librarypat, I think the whole series is going to take a while. These three books are a good stopping point, though, so I think it's safe. I'm thinking of this series in kind of three, three-book arcs. Let me know.

Best of luck to everyone. I'll stop by during the day to answer questions. And if you win, I'm happy to autograph just about anything. Let me know.

chey October 12, 2011 at 7:16 PM  

Hi Eileen,
I enjoy your books. This one sounds great!

She ruined his two engagements.
I follow by gfc

chey127 at hotmail dot com

Sheree October 12, 2011 at 7:22 PM  

Kate ruined TWO of Harry's engagements, but I'm sure it was for his own good, in the end.

Another reason I want to read this book, aside from Eileen's writing, is that my fave Paul Marron is on the cover. Too bad there isn't enough of him. ;)

ironss [at] gmail [dot] com
GFC follower

Barbara E. October 12, 2011 at 7:23 PM  

She ruined his two engagements.
I read the excerpts and I'm dying to read Always a Temptress even more now. It sounds like a fantastic story, I love Kate already.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Maria D. October 12, 2011 at 7:33 PM  

Kate ruined Harry's two engagements...I loved the excerpt and the dialogue between Kate and Harry it was great. I really feel like the covers for this series have been improving as the series progresses and I really love the yellow dress on this cover!

I am a GFC Follower (Maria)

I shared the Flipbook on Facebook:
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Thanks for the giveaway!

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Alicia0605 October 12, 2011 at 9:58 PM  

I cant wait to read this one!!

Kate ruined two of Harry's engagements

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Na October 13, 2011 at 1:25 AM  

I think I would definitely like to walk the streets of Mayfair myself and place myself in Kate's shoes. Seh can be quite a troublemaker seeing as she ruined two of Harry's engagements.

You are a new author to me and I am hopping to change that soon. This is the first time I used a flipbook and I love it! Very cool.

I am a GFC follower.
Cambonified [at] yahoo [dot] com

Cialina at Muggle-Born.net October 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM  

Kate ruined two of his engagements.

Hi Eileen! I'm so happy to have stumbled upon this interview. I always love romance novels that have a little more to it, and spies & espionage sound like so much fun! I'm looking forward to reading your books.

books[a]muggle-born.net
GFC - Cialina

elaing8 October 13, 2011 at 5:35 PM  

Great post and Congrats on your new release Eileen.Great to hear there may be nine books in this series.
Enjoyed reading the snippets of the book.
The answer is Kate ruined two of Harry's engagements.

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JenM October 14, 2011 at 3:05 PM  

I'm a bit behind, I loved Barely a Lady, but I just got my copy of Never a Gentleman, and now this book is out. I'm looking forward to getting Kate's story and seeing if Harry is a worthy hero for her.

We already know she's been keeping an eye on him since she ruined his two engagements. I can't wait to read the story behind those. Best wishes on the new release.

jen at delux dot com - GFC follower

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