Giveaway: No Longer a Gentleman & The Rake by Mary Jo Putney

Wednesday, April 18

So, we have a little change in plans for today.  Originally author Lila DiPasqua was scheduled to be my guest today, but due to unforeseen circumstances we've had to reschedule.  I'll let you know when I have a new date.  In the meantime I have something equally tempting :)

Historical Romance author Mary Jo Putney has two newly released books out within weeks of each other.  No Longer a Gentleman, the fourth book in her Lost Lords series, which releases on April 24th, and a re-released older book, RITA award winning novel, The Rake, which came out March 27th.  

To celebrate, BookTrib and Surrounding Flowers is giving away three months of Romantic Indulgence  (books & the most lovely flowers).  Who wouldn't want that?  To enter that giveaway to win you can click on the banner to the right, or click here and follow the instructions.

But that's not all!  They also offered to giveaway a print copy of each of Ms. Putney's new books, No Longer a Gentleman, and The Rake to followers of Seductive Musings, so I've decided to select two different winners who will each receive one book. That is indeed a Romantic Indulgence!  Here's a little bit about the books you can win:

Grey Sommers, Lord Wyndham, never met a predicament he couldn’t charm his way out of. Then a tryst with a government official’s wife during a bit of casual espionage in France condemns him a decade in a dungeon, leaving him a shadow of his former self. Yet his greatest challenge may be the enigmatic spy sent to free his body—the only woman who might heal his soul.

Half English and half French, Cassie Fox lost everything in the chaos of revolution, leaving only a determination to help destroy Napoleon’s empire through her perilous calling. Rescuing Grey is merely one more mission.  She hadn’t counted on a man with the stark beauty of a ravaged angel, whose desperate courage and vulnerability touch her frozen heart as no one ever has.  With Grey, she can become the passionate woman she has long denied.  But a spy and a lord are divided by an impassable gulf even if they manage to survive one last, terrifying mission…. 

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The Rake

Known as “the despair of the Davenports,” Reginald Davenport lived a reckless, rakish life while waiting for his hated uncle to die and leave Reggie an earldom.  Then the rightful heir claims the title and property and offers Reggie one last chance: Strickland, the estate where he was born and the site of his greatest joys and sorrows. Reggie returns to Strickland, resolving to build a healthier, more honorable life—if he can.

The Reformer

Young Alys Weston fled her home in despair, vowing never to trust another man.  Over the years, she’s built a good life with a foster family and a position as steward of Strickland.  She uses her skills to help her people, and her initials to convince the elderly earl who owned the state that she’s male.

Then the new owner appears in all his dangerous masculinity and threatens everything Alys holds dear.  Good resolutions crumble when two passionate, complicated people are drawn together despite their best judgment.  Can love lead to redemption and trust?   Or is it too late?

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Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Which type of hero do you alcoholic rake or a vulnerable spy and why...or if you've read other books by Ms. Putney and you have a favorite hero of her's, who is it and why?   (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 & Canadian addresses only
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on April 20th 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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Maureen April 18, 2012 at 6:33 AM  

I think an alcoholic rake would be a very compelling story as he battled his demons. I follow on GFC.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Diane D - Florida April 18, 2012 at 7:55 AM  
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Diane D - Florida April 18, 2012 at 7:59 AM  

The tortured alcoholic rake is one of my favorite types of rake. Dark, broody and withdrawn, and losing themselves in liquor. It’s those very layers that need to be peeled away slowly and expose what he is trying to conceal. Who wouldn't love to be the woman to heal him?

I'm a GFC follower.

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Lexi H April 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM  

I am going to say the vulnearble spy, spies have at air of easy seduction about them. They have to be able to be many things and one of those things is solitary. So when a woman or man can break through the walls and get to the heart of the there is a good love story.

Thanks for passing along the fun! I haven't tried a book by Mary Jo yet.

GFC follower Lexi

erin April 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM  

Thanks for a great giveaway! I love Ms. Putney! I recently discovered her and I've been moving through her backlist. My favs so far have been the Bride trilogy. I think I read all three in like 4-5 days and I was ever so thankful for my Kindle cuz as soon as I finished one, I could immediately get the next :)

I like the vulnerable spy... the one who gave all to king and country and is trying to figure out his/her new place in life.

Thanks again for the giveaway!

gfc: erin

CrystalGB April 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM  

I would choose vulnerable spy. It would be an interesting story.
GFC CrystalGB

Carol L. April 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM  

I enjoy both really. Depending on the story and the Author. But do enjoy reading about those hidden vulnerabilities that would cause the Rake to become an Alcoholic. Peeling the layers away would be an interesting story.
Carol L
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Sheree April 18, 2012 at 4:52 PM  

Vulnerable spy is my choice but I do know some recovering alcoholics so that may color my view of alcoholic rakes.

I like the NO LONGER A GENTLEMAN cover a bit better - is that Steve Kuchinsky and Serene Aandahl? And that looks like Laura Williams on THE RAKE.

ironss [at] gmail [dot] com
GFC follower

Barbara E. April 18, 2012 at 6:46 PM  

I'd prefer a vulnerable spy because I think I might be able to help. With an alcoholic, there isn't much you can do to help, they have to help themselves. I have read other books by Ms. Putney but I can't remember a favorite hero, I just remember that I've enjoyed the books I've read.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com
GFC: Barbara E.

Lisa Jo @ Once Upon A Chapter April 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM  

I'm thinking spy. Rakes are not my favorite type of hero (I do love them, but not my favorite!) and I'd have to really trust the author to try and make it through a book with an alcoholic hero! Also depends on how severe the addiction is too...that makes a difference to me. I love the sweet, gentle romantic heroes, and I've read quiet a few spy books with heroes like that. So my first instinct says spy!

I've only recently discovered Mary Jo and love her work, so I'm anxious to read these novels!

Lisa Jo

Anonymous,  April 19, 2012 at 1:28 PM  

I would prefer the vulnerable spy. Alcoholism is a hard thing to deal with and beat. It is never really gone and can overshadow your life forever. The spy trade can also be hard to get out of, but I think it is more of a problem now than it was in the Regency era.

I have read many of her books, but off hand can't think of a favorite.

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Maria pronounced Mariah April 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM  

I have not read any of her stories yet but both sound great. While the alcoholic could be very entertaining I would probably prefer the spy. The vulnerable spy sounds like a story that could have lots of twists and turns and keep my interest quite well.

I'm a Gfc follower.

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LilMissMolly April 19, 2012 at 10:43 PM  

I'll go for the vulnerable spy please! I've kind of always liked the beta hero and it just sounds right. never been into drunks...
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