Guest Author & Giveaway: Maggie Robinson featuring Master of Sin

Wednesday, March 28

We all have those characters that we impatiently wait to read their stories, don't we?  Hounding the poor author with emails/twitter/facebook pleas, begging for them to write faster, or to forget "so and so's" book in favor of the character that we are practically dying for.  I'm not alone in this am I?  I confess to bribery, though to date it hasn't worked :)

Historical romance author Maggie Robinson is my guest today to share a bit from her new Brava romance Master of Sin, which is the fourth and final book in her Courtesan Court series, which just so happens to feature her hero Andrew Rossiter whose story I've practically been dying for since reading Mistress by Marriage last year!!  I mean come on, with a title like Master of Sin, you know he has a lot of seductive wickedness to live up to, LOL.  It's evil genius to tempt us like Ms. Robinson has with this book.  Enjoy :)


Series Swan Song and Series Sneak Peek

Thanks so much for having me back for my new release, Master of Sin. I realize from checking my own personal blog posts that I began MOS quite a while ago—in 2009. I had to put it aside while I finished another book, but the hero Andrew Rossiter never really left me.

He started off as a secondary character in last September’s Mistress by Marriage (one of Seductive Musings 2011 Favorite Romances!). I needed to give the heroine Caroline a “bad man” in her past, and boy, did Andrew deliver. For the few scenes he had, he completely took over the book for me. I sent him to Italy on the page, thinking to put him far away, but did he want to stay there? Oh, no. Once I got to the last chapter of Marriage, he was even writing to Caroline’s husband Edward that he was dead, although, as Edward said, “Not in the strictest sense.”

Andrew was determined to be the hero of my next book, thereby giving me quite a challenge. I’d given him a ton of baggage—could I pull off his redemption? Readers will have a chance to find out as the Courtesan Court series comes to a close.  RT Book Reviews says of Master of Sin:
“Robinson crafts an intelligent, powerful, emotional, highly sensual love story with a damaged hero and an exceptional heroine, moving the story beyond the typical and into the unconventional. Readers will become so invested in the characters that the fast pace and heated sexual tension only add to the delight. Fine storytelling.”

MOS takes place on a remote Scottish island, a long way away from Jane Street, AKA “Courtesan Court.” I’ve grown fond of the little fictional London world I’ve created, and it’s sad to close all the doors and end the series. But I’m happy to report that in my next book, December’s Lord Gray’s List, Jane Street and her ladies make a cameo appearance.

The new series, The London List trilogy, centers around a newspaper that’s kind of a combination Craigslist/National Enquirer. I love the tagline: “Sometimes scandal comes looking for you.” No one is quite as scandalous as Andrew Rossiter, though—I think I may have exceeded my scandal quotient with him. *smiley* But the characters are unconventional, to say the least.

I’m really enjoying my bare-chested blond cover boys, even if their shirts are not historically correct. (and you’ll notice Big Ben, which was not even built at the time of LGL, LOL) What imagery on a cover makes you pick up a book? I have a signed copy of Master of Sin for one commenter!

Flying from sin…

Andrew Rossiter has used his gorgeous body and angelic face for all they’re worth—shocking the proper, seducing the willing, and pleasuring the wealthy. But with a tiny son depending on him for rescue, suddenly discretion is far more important than desire. He’ll have to bury his past and quench his desires—fast. And he’ll have to find somewhere his deliciously filthy reputation hasn’t yet reached…

..into seduction

Miss Gemma Peartree seems like a plain, virginal governess. True, she has a sharp wit and a sharper tongue, but handsome Mr. Ross wouldn’t notice Gemma herself. Or so she hopes. No matter how many sparks fly between them, she has too much to hide to catch his eye. But with the storms of a Scottish winter driving them together, it will be hard enough to keep her secrets. Keeping her hands to herself might prove entirely impossible…

Congrats Maggie on the release of Master of Sin this week!!  And thank you so much for not only being my guest today, but also for writing such a wonderful series.  While I'm glad to finally get the chance to read Andrew's story in Master of Sin, I'm also very sad to see the series end  :(  I'm happy to hear that these much beloved characters will make appearances in the new London List series (and yet again evil genius to tempt us with that book cover!).

If you'd like to learn more about author Maggie Robinson and the lovely books she writes you can find her at her website, her blog, Facebook, & Twitter.  It's also where you can find her alter ego Margaret Rowe, who had a short story in the recent Agony/Ecstasy anthology edited by Dear Author's Jane Litte (I've read that Margaret's story was the best!).     

To celebrate the release of the fourth (and final *sad face*) book in Maggie's Courtesan Court series, she'd like to giveaway a signed print copy of Master of Sin to one very lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Maggie asked readers in her post (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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Good Luck!

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Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe March 28, 2012 at 7:13 AM  

Thank you so much for the guest spot. I never get tired of those covers! ;)

Carol L. March 28, 2012 at 7:17 AM  

The end of Jane Street :( I too am glad to hear that the ladies make a cameo in Lord Gray's list from her new trilogy. Andrew drew me in right from the start. I really am looking forward to reading Master Of Sin.
I have to honestly say it's those beautiful cover models and abs that first draw me in. :) Even if I can't see their entire face. It gives my imagination the freedom to picture the hero in my mind. And beautiful colors. That's what does it for me. Thanks for the opportunity ladies. Maggie, it's been a pleasure meeting the occupants on Jane Street. Thank you for your delicious creativity. :)
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Ivy March 28, 2012 at 7:44 AM  

I haven't read these far behind in my personal reading. Love a hero whose redemption is questionable & hard.
The new series sounds fun too..
This year I've promised myself to read more personal list books and these are on it!

gamistress66 March 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM  

had to think about this a little, but really can't think of any one or two things that call to me on a cover (though sexy hero revealing some yummy skin never hurts) :) it's more what doesn't lead me to pick up -- it tend not to look twice at the covers that have sweet scenic views only on them, I guess I like having the hero, heroine or both on the cover at the least

erin March 28, 2012 at 11:52 AM  

Thanks for a fantastic post! I just picked up the first book in this series and I can't wait to get started and catch up :)

To be perfectly honest, I'm usually not thrilled by romance covers. Part of the reason why I buy most of them on my Kindle. I'm not ashamed to read them or be seen reading them. But nothing is more annoying than having someone interrupt me while reading to comment on the "bodice ripper" cover. And to be honest, I think that most of them are kinda overdone. But... if they are colorful and tastefully done I will usually pick them up and see what they are about. And for a lot of the PNR/Romantic suspense they are usually very eye catching and I really like those.

The_Book_Queen March 28, 2012 at 11:55 AM  

Hi Maggie!

Great post, thanks for sharing. :) I have to say, it seems like you have some great luck with all your covers!

Well, I think the covers that grab me most often are the yummy ones--we all know the time, hunky male on the cover, shirt either opened or completely gone....Tattoos optional, but always appreciated (at least by me). Heroine? Also very optional, for the cover that is. Lol.

But I've grabbed just as many "pretty" covers, the ones with great colors or designs, ones without a hunky man in sight. It just depends on the book, depends on my mood. :)

I have to say though, after seeing all your covers, I'd definitely pick them! :)

TBQ's Book Palace

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe March 28, 2012 at 1:17 PM  

I want to share my 4 yr old granddaughter's take on the MOS cover: "Ewww." LOL. Too much manscaped chest for her, I think.

I used to get teased about romance covers when I ate lunch at the schol I worked at (before I was published), so Erin, I know just what you mean. So tired of explaining.

CrystalGB March 28, 2012 at 1:32 PM  

Hi Maggie. Your book sounds great. A cover that has a sexy guy on the front will get me to pick up a book to see what it is about.
GFC CrystalGB

Estella March 28, 2012 at 3:53 PM  

I don't pay much attention to the covers. It is the author and back blurb that has me buying the book.

GFC follower-Estella

Na March 28, 2012 at 5:10 PM  

I like for covers to suit the story, but ultimately it's the blurb that makes me choose whether to read a book or not. There's not a particular imagery I look for but the overall package which in turn conjures up images for me. I do want pictures to be clear along with the message.


Barbara E. March 28, 2012 at 6:14 PM  

The imagery on a book will catch my eye when it has bold colors and either a great clinch or a nice looking woman or man on it. I especially like it when the subjects have heads, it bugs me when they cut the heads off, and a nice brawny bare chest doesn't hurt. :D

I'm glad to hear about the new series, it sounds like fun.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

chey March 28, 2012 at 8:33 PM  

I've seen so many covers that so totally didn't reflect the book at all that I don't pay attention to covers anymore. I pick up a book because of word of mouth recommendation, reading about it on the web, author or the title. Then I read the blurb on the back, and excerpt if there is one, then decide if I want it.
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Tore March 28, 2012 at 9:50 PM  

The cover usually catches my attention. Then I pick up the book and see what it is about. Then I decide if I want it. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest.

June M. March 29, 2012 at 12:33 AM  

Congrats on the release!
A sexy guy either shirtless or with his shirt open catches my attention quickly. However, if the story does not sound like it is interesting and would be something I enjoy, I won't buy it. Too easy to just go online and look at it, lol. I don't think that would be a problem with your books, they all sound great and I can't wait to read more from you.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

JenM March 29, 2012 at 4:48 AM  

Blurbs sell me much more than covers do. I don't think I've ever bought or not bought a book based on the cover. On the other hand, for some reason, tattoos (on either a male or female model) always catch my eye. They are overdone on the paranormals these days, but that's probably why - they are attention grabbers. Best wishes on the new release.

GFC follower - JenM

flchen1 March 30, 2012 at 1:14 AM  

That IS a lovely cover, Maggie! I have to be honest--these days I don't do a lot of shopping in person, so the author and title probably snag my attention first, since I often go with books by authors I already love or have "met" via blog visits, chats, etc. While the cover is a lovely bonus (I do appreciate a fine set of abs, for instance ;)), it doesn't seal the deal for me these days ;)

Congrats on the new series--woohoo!

f dot chen at comcast dot net
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JessS April 1, 2012 at 5:07 AM  

Prettyness definitely makes me pick up a cover, and stuff that's new and interesting. Like a YA zoomed in on a girl looking mopy not so much. And non-tacky shirtless men are good. But as someone said above, the blurb is way more important on whether i'm going to buy it or not. Thanks!

GFC - JessS

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