Guest Author & Giveaway: Jennifer Haymore featuring Secrets of an Accidental Duchess

Thursday, February 2

It's Groundhog day, and I can't even begin to tell you how much I am hoping for an early spring.  It's not been a bad winter snow-wise, but spring is my second favorite season and I long for it every day.  Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, the sun is shining.  Happy, happy, happy...spring makes me think of possibilities and of blooming love.  

The cover of latest Donovan Sister novel, Secrets of an Accidental Duchess, by Jennifer Haymore also makes me think of spring...and love :)  Could be all the happy pink and yellow on the cover.  Could also be Paul Marron on the stepback, LOL :)  That's enough to make anyone happy don't you think?  Either way, for me, this book has become my harbinger of spring.  Forget the groundhog!  Spring has arrived!  

I know that's probably a whole lotta wishful thinking on my part, but Jennifer Haymore being my guest is not, LOL.  She's here today sharing a bit about Secrets of an Accidental Duchess that I hope you will enjoy.

Tell us about your hero, Max.  What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Olivia, fall in love with him despite him seducing her as a wager? And can you tell us some insight into their story in Secrets of an Accidental Duchess?

Max is intrinsically a good man.  His weakness is in allowing people (like the villain, Lord Fenwicke) to rile him. He falls head over heels in love with Olivia, and what sane woman wouldn’t love to have a young, handsome duke madly in love with her?

What's your favorite scene or moment from Secrets of an Accidental Countess, and why? Can you describe it (or provide a short excerpt) for us without giving too much away?

One of my favorite scenes is one in which Olivia, who’s prone to bouts of fever from her malaria, falls into a fever. I love how Max, a man who’s used to control in all aspects of his life, realizes he has no control over her illness. He doesn’t know what to do, where to go, how to help her, and it nearly kills him.

Something about that scene…I don’t know. There’s something in it that resonates with me. Lately, I’ve been thinking it must have something to do with my battle with breast cancer in 2010--how helpless my husband felt when I was going through that, and how much it bothered him. I didn’t think of that when writing the scene, but now I think it must have been a subconscious thing on my part.

What are five fun facts about this book that readers would love to know?
  1. Secrets of an Accidental Duchess is book 2 in the Donovan sisters series and features Olivia, who is the third of five Donovan sisters.
  2. Olivia is the quietest and shyest Donovan sister. Really, she’s the one most likely to end up an old maid. That’s why it’s so much fun that she ends up getting the duke!
  3. I base most of the houses in my books on real historical homes. In the Donovan series, the houses in St. James’s Square are based on the real houses at that address that still stand today. The small house in Prescot is based on a house in Canada that was built in the mid 1700s by my great-great-great grandfather.
  4. I first read about malaria and how it was treated in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books. I was intrigued by the disease that lay dormant inside its host, only to rear its ugly head at the most unexpected times. I love researching about medical beliefs/treatments of the early 19th century.  How far we’ve come!
  5. The sport of tennis was played in the early 1800’s, but it only has a few things in common with what we think of as British lawn tennis! Nowadays, the “old fashioned” tennis is called “real tennis,” and it’s played in a few countries. I believe there are less than 50 remaining real tennis courts in the world.

With her pale hair and slim figure, Olivia Donovan looks as fragile as fine china, and has been treated as such by her sisters ever since a childhood bout with malaria. But beneath her delicate facade, Olivia guards a bold, independent spirit and the kind of passionate desires proper young ladies must never confess...

It was a reckless wager, and one Max couldn't resist: seduce the alluring Olivia or forfeit part of his fortune. Yet the wild, soon-to-be Duke never imagined he'd fall in love with this innocent beauty. Nor could he have guessed that a dangerously unpredictable rival would set out to destroy them both. Now, Max must beat a Madman at his own twisted game-or forever lose the only woman to have ever won his heart.

Congratulations Jennifer, and thanks for being my guest today!  Jennifer had a double release date with both Secrets of an Accidental Duchess, as well as her Donovan Sisters e-short novella, Once Upon a Wicked Night featuring both Serena (book one) and Olivia (book 2) on February 1st.

If you'd like to learn more about Jennifer and the books she writes as either Jennifer Haymore or Dawn Halliday you can find her at her websites,, her blog, Facebook and Twitter.  Jennifer also has a new quiz you can take to find out which Donovan sister you are most, I was like Olivia.  No big shocker there, but I guess that means I'm just a Duchess deep down inside, LOL.

To celebrate the release of Jennifer Haymore's newest historical romance, Secrets of an Accidental Duchess, her 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: So tell me, after reading the excerpt if you were in Olivia's shoes would you opt for the safety of being the spinster Aunt, or choose to be a scandalous spinster Aunt...that is of course until the "accidental" part of becoming a Duchess?  And if you took the quiz which sister are you?  Of course Jennifer would love your questions/comments 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.
  • 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 Sunday February 5th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using
  • 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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Cialina at February 2, 2012 at 12:44 AM  

I just took the quiz and I ended up being Olivia! Haha, I guess if you're a duchess, I'm allowed to be one too right? :)

And to Jennifer: Oh! I love hearing that you first learned/read about malaria from reading the Outlander books. I definitely learned a lot more medical stuff from reading Diana Gabaldon than from anywhere else.

I had no idea there's such thing as "real tennis".

Jane February 2, 2012 at 12:50 AM  

Congrats to Jennifer on the new releases. The results say that I'm Serena. I would like to think I would be the scandalous spinster. I want to have some fun.

*yadkny* February 2, 2012 at 1:12 AM  

I would definitely choose to be a scandalous spinster Aunt... life is to short not to be a little scandalous:) Can't wait to read this new release!!! And Paul Marron on the stepback?... OMG! Love it!!!

*GFC Follower

Sheree February 2, 2012 at 2:25 AM  

I'm mostly Olivia, too, with Serena a close seond.

I'm just thrilled a second Donovan sister is marrying Paul Marron. LOL I know he's not on the next one, but what about the last two? ;)

Carol L. February 2, 2012 at 6:48 AM  

I think being the scandalous spinster Aunt is more to my liking and exciting. :) I'm Serena as far as the quiz goes.I'm in the middle of reading Confessions of An Improper Bride and loving it. Looking forward to read this newest series.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com.

Bethie February 2, 2012 at 9:06 AM  

The quiz says I am Olivia. I love a good scandel, so I guess I would be the scandelous one.

I follow on GFC

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erin February 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM  

Thanks for the great post and giveaway!

I'd say that I'd rather be the scandalous spinster Aunt b/c being proper is no fun :) and if it leads to becoming an accidental duchess than more the merrier!

GFC: erin

Kathleen O February 2, 2012 at 11:45 AM  

Oh I know I am the Scandelous Aunt..The quiz says I am Serena.. I would say i am littl bit like her in that I am very loyal and love my family and I would so anything for them.. But I can still kick up my heels now and then..

Thanks for the giveaway
I am GFC follower

Jean P February 2, 2012 at 12:49 PM  

Oh I would be the Scandalous Spinster Aunt. Took the quiz and it said I was Serena. Look forward to reading the latest release.
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Unknown February 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM  

Congratulations on the new release, Jennifer!

I took the quiz, and oddly enough, I am also most like Olivia, lol!

I would choose to be the Scandalous Spinster Aunt. 'Tis better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all!! I'd want those memories to keep me warm at nights ;-)

GFC robertsongena

Thank you for the giveaway chance! I can't wait to read this most delicious book!

Gena Robertson

Barbara E. February 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM  

Secrets of an Accidental Duchess sounds fantastic, I can't wait how Olivia becomes a Duchess accidentally.

I took the quiz and I seem to be the most like Olivia. If I were in Olivia's shoes, I think I'd go for the scandalous spinster Aunt, it sounds a lot more fun, especially the Duchess part.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com
GFC follower - Barbara E.

chey February 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM  

I'd choose to be a scandalous spinster Aunt.
gfc follower.

June M. February 2, 2012 at 8:47 PM  

Congrats on the releases!

I took the quiz and ended up as Phoebe Donovan, lol.

I would definitely be a scandalous spinster aunt. Gotta live while you can, right?
GFC follower: June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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Anonymous,  February 2, 2012 at 9:27 PM  

librarypat said...
I took the quiz. I am most like Olivia and Serena and the least like Jessica.
If I were in Olivia's shoes I would end up being the spinster Aunt. Not that I wouldn't be tempted. I would hope the attraction would result in an "honest" proposal, but not do much more than that.

Jennifer, I have the first book in this series and look forward to getting the entire series. You have been lucky with the cover gods. They have all been lovely.
I hope the release of SECRETS OF AN ACCIDENTAL DUCHESS does well. Best of luck with the rest of the series.

I am a GFC follower as librarypat.

I tweeted this giveaway on 2/2.!/pbbearclaw/status/165259385759744000

Elf2060 February 3, 2012 at 12:58 AM  

I also am most like Olivia. I think I would have to be the scandalous Spinster Aunt...I don't mind being quiet in the country afterwards as long as I have gotten a chance to have fun first! Thank you for sharing the great excerpt!

GFC follower ELF2060

Carol L. February 3, 2012 at 5:31 AM  

Forgot to add my GFC name--Lucky47.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Di February 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM  

I'm already the spinster aunt, so I'd go scandalous - why not!
The test says I'm Olivia.
GFC follower - Diane Sallans
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sallans d at yahoo dot com

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