Guest Author & Giveaway: Katy Madison featuring All About Seduction

Wednesday, November 2

Many of you know I love historical romances.  In fact if you follow this blog for even a short amount of time you can't not know that :)  And I've also made no secret about my love for historical romance heroes that are non-titled...a common man (hello..Mr. Darcy).  In fact I even wrote a post about it earlier this year over at Ashley March's blog.  So when I read the description for Katy Madison's new historical romance and saw that the hero was a laborer...I was over the moon!  The story itself also sounded really good, but the fact that the hero was a common man made me add it to my pronto. 

Author Katy Madison is my guest today to share a bit about her new novel, All About Seduction, and has even provided a special excerpt for Musings readers.  Read and enjoy!

Welcome to Seductive Musings Katy! For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story and what makes writing historical romances so compellingly seductive to your muse?

It’s great to be here at Seductive Musings.  Thanks for having me!

What makes a great love story is to have two people get dragged through hell and back and fall in love with people who are perfect for them and inspire them to be the best they can be.  Taking the hero and heroine to their Happily Ever After leaves me feeling good and inspired by the healing power of love.  Honestly, I HATE love stories that don’t end with a Happily Ever After.  If I care about the characters, I want to believe that a loving relationship is the reward for the trials and tribulations they go through together.

I have to admit that I love the fact that the hero in your new novel, All About Seduction is a commoner.  Some of my favorite heroes from historical romance have been working men...simply “Mr.”, and I was lamenting the lack of non titled heroes in historical romance earlier this year.  So I was very excited when I discovered your book!  Tell us more about Jack.  What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine, Lady Caroline fall in love with him despite their class differences in a very class conscience society? And can you tell us a little bit about their story in All About Seduction?

Jack is a mill worker and the son of mill workers.  In spite of his humble beginnings, he is truly an honorable man at his core.  He’s ambitious, proud, yet caring and intrinsically decent.  He struggles with balancing his responsibilities and his quest to better himself.  He also longs for the possibility of having a wife like that of the mill owner Mr. Broadhurst—or at least that’s what he tells himself.

At their core, Jack and Caroline have a lot of similarities.  They both have had to sacrifice their dreams to take care of their families.  They both care deeply about people and their wellbeing.  They are both hardworking, business-minded, and ambitious.

Here is a little bit about their story:

Caroline wants nothing more than to run the mill and prove that her ideas for a safer working environment are not incompatible with profit, but her elderly and impotent husband threatens to will the mill away and leave her destitute if she doesn’t do one little thing for him—provide a blue-blooded heir.  He offers her a smorgasbord of eligible gentlemen to choose from, but she finds them all disgusting.  There is only one man who has ever interested her, but he’s the farthest thing from a gentleman.

Jack is on the verge of leaving to seek his fortune when he is caught in some machinery while rescuing a little girl—Caroline has repeatedly tried to get the young children out of harm’s way in the mill—his accident provides them with the opportunity to get to know each other as he heals in her home.

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

This is from a scene where Jack is practicing taking the stairs with crutches, and Caroline is helping him.  She has just told him she doesn’t understand what he wants:
“I want this.”  Jack waved his arm around and then gripped his crutch.


“To become wealthy like Mr. Broadhurst, to live well, to have a beautiful wife, like you.”  But he’d never conceived of paying a king’s ransom for her or the mysterious woman who might eventually become his dream wife.  A woman who looked like Caroline, had her poise and courage and most of all had her generous heart.  Hell, he wanted her.  All along he’d wanted her, not some poor imitation of her.

Many authors have a synopsis, outline or idea of what the story they are about to write will be.  However, sometimes during the writing process your “Muse” might speak to you and lead you in a different or unplanned direction.  What surprised or changed the most from your original intent for Caroline and Jack’s story?

I’m pretty much a blind writer.  I fly off into the mist, put my characters in some horrible predicament, and just let the characters react and dictate where the story will go.  One thing that did change is Caroline’s decisions. I saw her very much as a woman of her time with little ability to make choices for herself.  After all, women were still considered chattel at the time and could only own property in their own right if they were widows.  She is still very much caught in the conventions of her time and the thought that women weren’t capable of much more than giving birth and raising families, but she is clear that she wants her independence.  She does not want to move from her father’s house to her husband’s house and then back to her childhood home, now ruled by her brother.  She wants the mill. She wants to prove that a woman can run a successful business and be caring about her workers. The last thing she wants is another man to own her.  To achieve complete independence she decides to go along with Mr. Broadhurst’s nefarious plan.

Oh, and Jack was supposed to be a below-the-knee amputee, but the powers that be (my editor) were a little squeamish about that, so I dug around and found that a pair of European surgeons had performed the first limb-saving surgery for a crushed ankle using silver wire.  Jack started out very angry at Caroline, but that had to go.

Just a warning, my tales can be gritty.  There were lots of times I took Caroline and Jack to cringe-worthy places.  I really mean it when I say, "Dangerous Love, Desperate Passions".

What's your favorite scene or moment from All About Seduction, and why? Can you describe it (or provide a short excerpt) for us without giving too much away?

My favorite moment is the epilogue because I get to show the characters happy and not throw stones at them.  But there are a lot of other scenes along the way that I enjoyed.  I liked seeing this guarded woman feel safe enough to open up to Jack and having Jack realize Caroline admired his ambition and believed he could succeed.  I do like the scene of the first time they have sex because it is so poignantly awkward, and Jack has this sad/fun line of thought (which has already been outed in a review) What had he thought—she’d take a ride on his magic pole and find incredible pleasure? But I promise, they do figure it out.

What are five fun facts about this book that readers would love to know?
  1. Mr. Broadhurst does not have a first name.  Neither do the twins (Caroline’s younger sisters) or most of Jack’s siblings.
  2. Jack has 16 siblings at the start of the story.  The sexes and ages of the children in his family are:  Jack, Male (28) Female (26) Female (24) Female (23) Female (21) Female (19) David, Male (16) Female (14) Female (12) Male (9) Male (8) Male (7) Beth, Female (6) Daphne, Female (3) Female (2) Male (1) The five oldest girls are all married.
  3. Victims of suicide were not allowed to be buried in consecrated ground, hence the burials at the crossroads.  However, Jack and Caroline have had the two previous Mrs. Broadhursts exhumed and moved to a cemetery near the second Mrs. Broadhurst’s parents.
  4. Jack’s last name was changed to Wright at one time, but my critique partners said that Wright wasn’t right for him, so I changed it back.
  5. On Thanksgiving—as a way of showing thanks to my fans—An extra epilogue for ALL ABOUT SEDUCTION will be posted to my website and available for download.
Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, or new projects that we can look forward to?

Up next (depending on publishing schedules) will be BRIDE BY MAIL a Harlequin Historical under the name Kate Madison. Raised to be a pampered princess, Olivia Hansson’s world was turned upside down when a train wreck killed her parents. Penniless and without skills, she answers an advertisement for a wife.  Jack Trudeau needs a brave calm helpmate who can hold her own in the dangerous Rocky Mountains, not a fashionable flower who needs coddling and can’t cook. (I know by a weird twist of fate I’m going to end up with two heroes in a row named Jack, although this one was christened Jacques. I didn’t write their stories back to back.)

I’m currently finishing up a dark tale of a man who returns home after years of being held captive to find the woman he believes had him poisoned, and left for dead is ensconced in his father’s castle as his wife.  He’s ready to repudiate her and their questionably-legal marriage, but he learns they have a son.

That one will probably will be out in late 2012

If you could ask readers a question, or have them finish a sentence what would it be?

I like to write about couples where one or the other of them is suspected of some dastardly deed.  But in all honesty I wonder about the sanity of someone who would fall for a person who might very well be a villain.  So if you had a friend who fell for someone who was suspected of murder, but your friend swears the person is innocent how would you advise your friend?

a) Run for the hills.  Even if he/she is innocent, it just isn't worth the risk.
b) Follow you gut, if you believe he/she are innocent he/she must be.
c) Proceed with caution, but if he/she asks you to go to some remote or dangerous place, make an excuse to not go. And carry mace.
d) Something else, please explain.

Finally, just for fun…if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie what would it be?

Actually, I have done this.  I made fortune cookies for a writer’s conference, and included such gems as:  *Romance is in your future* *You will learn much* *You will finish a book*  So may this come true for all of you.  Romance is in your future (Hopefully in the form of my book, ALL ABOUT SEDUCTION), you will finish reading it, and if you’ve read this blog, you have learned much about me.  

She had never known passion like this…

Caroline Broadhurst is about to take a lover— At her husband’s command. For fifteen years, Caroline has done everything her much older husband has desired—except provide an heir. Now he has given her an ultimatum: seduce a suitable gentleman and bear a son. Caroline would never think of bowing to such a shameful order, but then she meets Jack Applegate.

Jack has longed for the beautiful, untouchable Caroline for years, but the chasm between a lady and a laborer was too wide to ever dream of crossing. Now, fate and passion have thrown them together, but the potential scandal threatens to smother their love. And when a violent secret comes to light, only a terrible sacrifice will prevent the flame of their affection from being snuffed out forever …

Read an excerpt  & for your reading enjoyment please enjoy the exclusive excerpt just for Musings readers in the flipbook:

or you can also read it in this Google document.

Congrats on your new release Katy and thanks so much for being with us here today!  If you'd like to learn more at Katy Madison and the "Dangerous Love, Desperate Passions" romances that she writes you can find her at her website where she's got a yummy recipe for Peppermint Chocolate Cookies (supposed to taste like Girl Scout Thin Mints) that are calling my name :)  And make sure you mark you calendars for the extra epilogue for All About Seduction later this month.

To celebrate the release of All About Seduction, Katy and her publisher Avon Romance are giving away a $25 Amazon GC to one very lucky commenter from her blog tour.
Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Katy asked readers in her interview and please leave a meaningful comment or question for Katy regarding All About Seduction or any of her other books.(good for 1 entry)
How to enter:
  • Leave a comment at each stop on the blog tour to earn additional entries
Rules and disclaimers:
  • The winner(s) will be selected randomly from among all of the comments of the blog tour by either the author or by Goddess Fish Promotions who will also be responsible for contacting the winner(s).
  • 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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Bethie November 2, 2011 at 12:11 AM  

Love your question! If a friend fell for such a villian, I would tell her to run for the hills!

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Barbara E. November 2, 2011 at 2:27 AM  

All About Seduction sounds like a fantastic story. It's an unusual subject and I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

gamistress66 November 2, 2011 at 9:04 AM  

enjoyed the interview & 5 facts :) in answer to Katy's question I'd pick C proceed w/ (extreme) caution.

gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

Karen H in NC November 2, 2011 at 10:46 AM  

Enjoyed the interview today. And to answer your question, I'd pick C..proceed with extreme caution.

I haven't read your work yet, but do you write books set in relatively the same time period or are they set in various time periods. What about location? Bride by Mail sounds like an American West setting in the late 1800's.

Tamsyn November 2, 2011 at 12:24 PM  

Congrats on your new release, Katy! I love the blurb. This sounds like a great read. My answer to your question would be d) help him clear his name.

Katy Madison November 2, 2011 at 1:20 PM  

Karen H,

BRIDE BY MAIL is set in Colorado Territories, early 1860s (parallel to the Civil War, but the war didn't affect the area.)

My Gothics for Avon are set in the British Isles, during the early to mid-Victorian period. AAS was set in NW England.

Katy Madison November 2, 2011 at 1:21 PM  

Great answer,Tamsyn!

Di November 2, 2011 at 1:43 PM  

I would say definitely proceed with caution, but also listen to your gut & use your head - that would be a really tough position to be in!
Since you mention that there are a lot of siblings, do you have any thoughs to write any of their stories?

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Kah_cherub November 2, 2011 at 1:59 PM  

Hum... maybe:
"Don't plan so much. The best things in life come as a surprise."

LOL. Well, at least it's being like this for me.
It's good to finally see a historical romance with ordinary characters! I've HAD IT with so many Lords, Viscounts, Dukes and whatnot! So, a humble mill worker really does it for me. :))
thanks for the chance!

kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

Na November 2, 2011 at 2:32 PM  

I would advice my friend to be cautious and to listen to what instinct is telling her. She can't overeact but she can't willfully close her eyes. At the end of the day it's her choice.


Katy Madison November 2, 2011 at 3:25 PM  

Di, I haven't ruled out a story for one of the sibs. Beth comes to mind as a good candidate, although she's a little young right now. But she shows a little bit of a headstrong, independent nature that might make a great heroine. =)

Maria D. November 2, 2011 at 3:46 PM  

Congratulations on the release of All About Seduction..I just love the cover and gave Jack 16

If I had a friend who falls for someone suspected of murder...I would tell her to proceed with extreme caution! The person might be innocent but you really would need to be super

Thanks for the giveaway!


Kathryn Merkel November 2, 2011 at 3:48 PM  

What would I tell my friend if she fell for a villain? Funny should you ask. My best friend had a relationship with a guy who was in prison & coming up for parole, not for anything like murder, but he's far from being a good boy. I told her at the time to proceed with caution. She didn't, now has a son with him & he's back in prison. If I had it to do overagain, I probably would tell her to run for the hills, but I doubt the end result would be any different.

I'm so excited to know that there will be an extra epilogue for All About Seduction on your website for Thanksgiving. I can tell you that we fans really do appreciate another tidbit or two about our favorite characters.

drainbamaged.gyzmo at

Jane November 2, 2011 at 4:18 PM  

Congrats on the new release, Katy. I would proceed with caution. I would hope she would heed my warning and be careful with the guy.

GFC follower

Chelsea B.,  November 2, 2011 at 5:00 PM  

I pick # C :-)
And I would write: "You will eat a cookie in the near future.... Ohhhh, look at that." Haha!


JenM November 3, 2011 at 1:24 AM  

I hadn't heard of this book before, but I'm another reader who is a big fan of "common" heros and heroines in historicals so I'm adding this to my wishlist right now. It sounds great.

As for the question, I would advise C). I'd also advise my friend that many sociopaths have the ability to come off as very charming and charismatic. They also often don't believe they've done anything wrong, therefore they are able to lie about their misdeeds with complete conviction, so you really can't trust your instincts regarding them.

Anonymous,  November 3, 2011 at 2:08 AM  

When I worked in a small public library, this actually came up with a few of our regular patrons. I did have long talks with the young lady in one instance and did my best to talk her out of the marriage she planned. It wasn't as serious as the guy being a suspected murderer, but she was 20 and he 55 with two ex-wives and a son at home her age. That son had already both warned her off and tried to hit on her. She agreed with much of what I said (and I wasn't the only one expressing misgivings), but was desperate to have her own home and be a wife. Despite the red flags, she did marry the man. She was back in just a few months. Her mother had to go get her. He was an abusive husband, didn't allow her to leave the house, had no phone so she couldn't contact anyone, and was physically abusive.
When someone is "in love," they tend not to listen to what anyone has to say. They ignore warning signs and/or think they can change the other person. I guess the best you can do is to be there for them if/when they need you.

I like the premise of ALL ABOUT SEDUCTION. There were many more people in England than just the aristocracy and they had their own stories to be told. A strong story can be told about people of all stations in society. I look forward to reading this one.

librarypat AT comcast DOT net

ClaudiaGC November 3, 2011 at 10:19 AM  

It's a nice change to read a book about common people and not only about lords and ladies. Looking forward to reading this one!

claudigc at msn dot com

marybelle November 4, 2011 at 6:38 AM  

I'd be telling my friend to run for the hills.

My Fortune Cookie would say: Words can hurt. So, don't throw books.

I loved the 5 fun facts thank you.


Maureen November 4, 2011 at 5:36 PM  

I am a big fan of historical romances too and this looks like a unique story. I like the idea of a common type of hero. When you asked your question I think if my daughter was interested in someone accused of murder and my reaction would be to get far away from the situation.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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