Guest Author & Giveaway: Anna Randol featuring A Secret in Her Kiss

Tuesday, January 31

I used to travel...quite a bit actually *sigh*.  Unfortunately, I can't even begin to tell you the last time I traveled somewhere other than my local supermarket, preschool & bank. Target is about as exotic as it gets for me.   

To satisfy my wanderlust, I travel vicariously through my romance reads, which is why I love it when I find a book set somewhere other than the place I live (Midwest) so that I can "virtually" visit different times and places....especially if it is in an exotic locale.

And while a modern day trip to the Middle East isn't high on my places to visit(really it's not even on the radar), I can't help but have a romanticized view of that culture in historical romance ever since studying art from the Orientalism period in Art History and reading several romances by Bertrice Small.  So when I found out about Anna Randol's debut historical romance, which is set in the Ottoman Empire during the Regency period, I was more than just a little bit intrigued!  I was smitten and ready to pack my booklover bags so to speak :)  

Anna Randol is my guest today to share a bit about A Secret in Her Kiss and why a Regency historical romance doesn't have to be set in merry ol' England.  Read and enjoy!

Where are the hedgerows?

When we pick up a Regency romance, there are certain things we’re conditioned to expect. Almacks. Hyde Park. Lavish balls and soirees. Basically all the things that we love about the time period. But my debut novel, A Secret in Her Kiss, is set in Constantinople. Yep, smack dab in the middle of the Ottoman Empire in 1816.

Why, you might ask? Does she have something against England? Does she not like hedgerows? No, to both questions! I love England and carefully trimmed bushes.  I didn’t write this book to try to rebel against the traditional Regency. I’ve loved them ever since I was a teen trying to scope out the library’s collection without being seen. (Who me? I’m looking at these books on automotive repair…) When the idea for A Secret in Her Kiss came to me, I hesitated. Would a publisher want to buy it? The story’s hero is a handsome British army major fresh from the fields of Waterloo and the heroine is a half-English spy, but was that enough? Would the readers miss England?

England? England, who? In Constantinople, the clothing is just as elegant and lavish (and there are veils and caftans!). There are rules of etiquette Mari, the heroine, has to find ways to break.  And while Hyde Park may be thousands of miles away, there are new places for Mari and Bennett to explore: open-air bazaars, lavish walled gardens, Turkish baths...

But most importantly, I think that readers will find that the story is at its heart a Regency—a love story that sizzles with intrigue, adventure, and a passion that is impossible to avoid.

Readers, what do you think defines a Regency? One randomly selected commenter will win a copy of A Secret in Her Kiss!

She would gladly relinquish her life of intrigue…

A rare beauty, raised in the exotic heart of the Ottoman Empire, Mari Sinclair knows it’s time to end her career as a British spy when she narrowly avoids a brush with death. Unfortunately her employers think otherwise—and they are not above using blackmail to keep Mari in the Game.

Saddled with a handsome, duty-obsessed “minder” to ensure that she completes—and survives—one last mission, Mari is incensed…for her guardian, Major Bennett Prestwood, is simply too dedicated, too unbending, and too disarmingly attractive. But in the face of dark secrets and deadly treacheries, as the true peril to Mari is slowly revealed, loyal soldier Bennett realizes that, to save and win this extraordinary woman, he will have to do the unthinkable and break the rules—rules that passion and desire have suddenly, irrevocably changed.

Enjoy this very special excerpt just for Musings readers:

read in a Google document here

Congratulations Anna & thanks for being my guest on this very special day!  I love Regency romances. They are a staple in my romance reading diet.  So any time something different comes along, especially a story set in an exotic location, with a heroine just as unique...then I'm there!

If you'd like to learn more about Anna Randol and the historical romances she writes you can find her at her website,, at the Dashing Duchesses blog, Twitter, & Facebook.

To celebrate the release of her debut novel, A Secret in Her Kiss, author Anna Randol would like to giveaway a print copy of the book to one lucky Musings reader.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Answer the question Anna asked readers in her post & don't forget to leave her some comment love about the excerpt or even a question about the book! (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 
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Good Luck!

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Elf2060 January 31, 2012 at 12:42 AM  

I think a Regency has a set of rules and interactions that are defined and expected. The beautiful clothes, the standards of behavior (maids, footmen, father's rules, afternoon calls, etc.) are all conjured up instantly when the term Regency is used. Your excerpt has a nice melding of the exotic and standard (although I wouldn't have immediately known it was a Regency, the use of the carriage gives some intimation of a particular time period). Good luck with the new release, you must be so thrilled!

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Jane January 31, 2012 at 1:49 AM  

Happy Release Day, Anna. A regency involves the social customs and interactions between the different social classes.

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Maureen January 31, 2012 at 6:37 AM  

I do enjoy visiting other places and times in historical romances myself. When I think of the Regency I think of the gowns and the balls and the rules that governed polite society's behavior.
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Carol L. January 31, 2012 at 7:11 AM  

Congrats on your new release. I enjoy traveling into different locations back in history. Since it's the only way I'm able to travel anyway. lol For me Regency immediately brings to mind the strict rules in society, balls, handsome Dukes etc. I look forward to reading A Secret In Her Kiss.GFC name is Lucky47.
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erin January 31, 2012 at 10:20 AM  

Thanks for the lovely post and giveaway! I have to admit, I've had book lust for this title ever since I saw the cover ;) I also love that it is set someplace other than England. I loves me a lot of Regency, but it's nice to have one that's different from the rest.

I guess I'm not very discerning when it comes to what defines a "regency". I guess I expect women in fancy gowns, men with cravats, horses and carriages, strict etiquette rules that the characters always manage to break and tea. So... I'm not the best one to ask! But I also love that time period... the elegance and the simplicity of that life. But I love when a story takes that time period and puts a twist on it like this book seems to do!

Congrats on the new release and best luck for the future!

Diana Quincy January 31, 2012 at 11:28 AM  

So. You had me at Turkish bath.

Honestly, I wasn't 100% sold on a Regency set in Constantinople. But hearing you describe the various settings, including the bazaars and the TURKISH BATHS, caught my interest.

Now I'm totally intrigued.

Throw in a handsome war hero and a half-English spy and you've got a book I am anxious to read!

Anna Randol January 31, 2012 at 1:54 PM  

Thanks everyone for the congrats! One of the things I love best about the Regency is how dedicated and knowledgeable all the readers are!

Barbara E. January 31, 2012 at 7:00 PM  

I think what defines a Regency is the lovely fashions, the parties and the Prince's extravagances.
A Secret in Her Kiss sounds like a fantastic story and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Lexi January 31, 2012 at 8:53 PM  

To me Regency is a step back in time to outrageous social protocol and beautiful clothing, a time where tea was a must and flirting was innocent. I love that you took a new direction on a regency novel, it is nice to have a change of scenery! Not that I know much about the area, or exactly what a caftan is, after hearing you describe your book I have added it to my TBR list. Also you certainly have a beautiful cover! It would stop me in my tracks and beg to be opened up. I hope it does very well for you!

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*yadkny* January 31, 2012 at 10:57 PM  

Congrats on your release, Anna!!! What I think defines a Regency is the clothing and the language. Of course the people of that time dress in a certain fashion, but even more proper than their clothing was the language they spoke and the dialect. For that alone I don't think I'd survive in such a time period although I would love to give their fashion a try:) Thanks for the very special excerpt!

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Anonymous,  February 1, 2012 at 2:59 PM  

Anna, Congratulations on the release of A SECRET IN HER KISS. The cover is lovely and will definitely draw attention. These types of stories set in "exotic" locations rather than the parlors of London are a favorite. I hope the release is going well for you.

To me, a Regency novel is set in that time period before the Victorian Era when London society was at its peak with lavish balls and social engagements. People were more relaxed in dress and behavior than they had ben previously. Clothing, makeup, wigs, etc. were less cumbersome/heavy or in the case of wigs, not generally in use. It was a time of excesses as well as intrigue. The war with Napoleon added its own element. England was making its presence know in the Middle and Far East with trade, exploration, and political influence. Makes for a time fertile with many good plot possibilities.

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Cialina at February 5, 2012 at 8:33 PM  

I think a regency is defined by a rigid set of rules from etiquette to dress. So I think it IS very refreshing to hear that you managed to stick to the regency that we all love but set it in the Ottoman Empire.

Thanks for the giveaway. Looking forward to reading your book!

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