Guest Author & Giveaway: Bronwen Evans featuring Invitation to Scandal

Friday, May 11

If you didn't already guess, this week was all about heroine's with secrets, BIG and dangerous secrets...and today's heroine is no exception. 

My guest today is heroine Rheda Kerrich, from Bronwen Evans' new Brava Historical Romance, Invitation to Scandal.  She's going to reveal a few of her most incriminating, and closely held mum's the word, cross your heart and all that ;)  Enjoy!


This Notorious Smuggler is a Lady

Hello, my name’s Rheda Kerrich and Bronwen’s kindly invited me to talk to you about how I saved my family home—and my brother’s inheritance—from our creditors.

I live in Deal, Kent, on the English coast. It’s 1809 and a very different time to the one Bronwen now lives in. The war with Napoleon is savaging the availability of fine French goods such as silk, tobacco, gin and brandy. They are in high demand and earn large amounts of money.

Napoleon allows English smugglers entry into the French ports of Dunkirk and Gravelines, encouraging them to run contraband back and forth across the Channel. Deal is an ideal location for smuggling. It’s particularly well situated for overnight crossings to the French coast, and our local knowledge of the treacherous Goodwin Sands, three miles out to sea, means we have an advantage over the revenue officers.

I’m the impoverished daughter of a baron. My parents died when I was seventeen. Everyone, including my Guardian, expected me to save my home and my brother’s inheritance, by marrying my wealthy neighbor. But I had other ideas. I wanted my financial independence. Marriage—my mother’s lot—with a husband who sees me as nothing more than a brood mare, is not for me. I also wanted to help the local widows and orphans. Fishing and smuggling are the only viable trades in Deal, and many of the women have lost their men to the sea.

My friend, Meg, is one of them. But we have her husband’s boat, a fast cutter, whose streamlined shape and efficient system of sails gives us an advantage over the heavier, slower Revenue boats, and makes it easier for us to evade them. So, with Meg’s help, I set up a smuggling ring, run by the local widows. We use the caves under my home, Tumsbury Cliff Manor, to gain access to the sea without being seen. We simply row our cargo in and store it in hidden caverns.

I’ve tried hard not to get too greedy. I tend to exchange goods rather than coin. I don’t want to directly fund Napoleon. I also don’t want the Revenuers poking their noses in.

It was before I was born, but everyone still remembers 1784 and the Prime Minister, William Pitt’s order to destroy all vessels found on the shore at Deal. It led to misery for many as they now had no way to make a living. I don’t want to bring that kind of attention to Deal ever again.

Over the years I’ve become an expert on the art of hiding goods. We fitted tea cases between the vessel's timbers and make them look like the floor of the cutter. The ladies make the tobacco into ropes of two strands. Nobody looked twice at a woman carry a coil of rope. [CLUE THIRTEEN: HE]

Spirits, both brandy and gin, have intriguing journeys to my caves. We rope brandy or gin tubs singly or in pairs and anchor them with sinking stones. If Revenue boats get too close the tubs can be cut off easily and left with markers. We simply go back and pick them up later. We also pack tubs of spirits into the hollowed keels of boats, hide them under false bottoms, or fit them into rafts or punts and float them on a flood tide to people waiting on the shore.

Women smugglers are not common and we are seldom suspected, especially a lady such as me. Our attire allows us to hide goods easily. The voluminous skirt is a particularly useful fashion. My band of widows wind yards of silk and lace round their bodies and reach home quite peacefully as a rule with our contraband. Also my girls often have their petticoats puffed out by bladders filled with spirits.

No one in Deal knows who the head of the smuggling ring is, but they certainly don’t know it’s a woman. They’ve named me Dark Shadow. Customs Officers are thin on the ground here, but now I have a real problem. The handsome Viscount Strathmore has arrived in Deal asking questions about Dark Shadow. It is most disconcerting.

I’ve managed to pay off our debts and I want to stop smuggling but I need another venture to help feed the widows and orphans of Deal. So, I’m starting a horse-breeding venture, breeding cavalry horses for the army. I was gifted two beautiful Arabian mares, but stud fees are expensive and I’m a bit short on coin. So I have a plan to ‘borrow’ Viscount Strathmore’s magnificent stallion, Caesar, for the night.

It serves the wretched man right. He’s in Deal trying to capture Dark Shadow. Me!

I can’t have that now, can I?


Her secrets are coming undone...

Plagued by scandalous rumors, Rheda Kerrich will stop at nothing to restore her reputation and make an honest living for herself-and she's determined to do it without a husband. But times are hard, and smuggling is a risky though profitable trade. So when a dashing agent for the English government catches her in the act, she desperately resists his charms and conceals her illicit profession. Until she realizes he may be the key to her ultimate freedom-and unbridled passion.

Rufus Knight, Viscount Strathmore, has never had trouble beguiling the ladies of Kent. When his search for "Dark Shadow," a cunningly elusive smuggler, leads him to alluring and headstrong Rhe, her objections to his amorous advances merely incite a tantalizing game of cat and mouse. Soon, they'll find the very secrets driving them apart could ensnare them in a love they can't escape…

or read it in a Google document here


Congratulations Bronwen, and thank you so much for being my guest today!  I have to say that I love Rheda as a heroine because she's not waiting for a man to come and save her, but at the same time she's not all kick ass and alpha, which wouldn't really be characteristic of her time.  She's interesting, and complex, with a dangerous career in a man's world.  I like that, a lot.

 If you'd like to learn more about Bronwen Evans you can find her at her website, her blog, on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.  While at her site make sure you check out her massively big Invitation to Romance Tour because she is giving away many many books, as well as a $200 Gift Card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble as a grand prize.  That will buy a lot of romances my book loving friends!  There's a clue needed to enter the Grand Prize in her post, did you find it?

To celebrate the release of Invitation to Scandal and her Invitation to Romance Tour, Bronwen would like to giveaway a signed print copy of her new book to one lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: What's your favorite part, or line from one of the excerpts?  AND/OR ask Bronwen a question about her book or characters (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 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US & International addresses
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on May 13th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
  • Winner(s) will be selected using, and/or by the author
  • 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!

 Booklover signature (revised)

*Seductive Musings is an Amazon affiliate and receives a very small referral fee for purchases made via the links on the blog and through the Seductive Musings Amazon Store. Read the full disclosure here.


Linda May 11, 2012 at 2:37 AM  

1. I like the 1st line best "The night was clear and the gibbous moon shone brightly."
It's the word "gibbous"; for some reason or another it tickles me no end!

2. GFC follower (thumbelinda03)

3. Tweeted:!/LindaThum/status/200834029837234176

Thanks for the opportunity to win. I loved both Invitation to Ruin & To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield to bits.

Bron May 11, 2012 at 5:22 AM  

Hi Linda - I think my editor takes the applause for that sentence. Thank you for the kind words.

lorimeehan May 11, 2012 at 6:01 AM  

I don't really have a favoritelinr from the excerpts yet but I love the story line. Women doing what most people would think only men did. My question is did you do research for this book and find any infamous lady smugglers?
GFC: Lori meehan

Maureen May 11, 2012 at 6:22 AM  

"I'll get what I want, but I warn you, my Lord, I'm sure you'll be left wanting."
I like reading about a heroine with confidence.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Bron May 11, 2012 at 7:08 AM  

Hi Laurie

Women were involved in smuggling. There were a couple of somewhat famous smugglers but they usually got labelled as pirates.

Karen H in NC May 11, 2012 at 10:56 AM  

The entire excerpt is loaded, seriously, with great lines...but I think my favorite has to be this passage:
So, it was Caesar she had been taken with. He thought she’d been afraid of his steed, but she’d been assessing his horse’s
character. His pride stung. It wasn’t often he had to compete with his stallion for a lady’s attentions.

I've had the pleasure of reading 'To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield' and loved it. I'm in the market for more of your books!

GFC follower: Karen H in NC

Maria pronounced Mariah May 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM  

There were lots of great lines to choose from but I like this one...

"I'll get what I want, but I warn you, my Lord, I'm sure you'll be left wanting."

It implies so much is yet to come!

Posted the except on Twitter:!/Maria_Smith_76/status/200973525585108993

Thanks so much!
GFC: Maria pronounced Mariah

Mary D May 11, 2012 at 11:53 AM  

My favorite line is"When his search for "Dark Shadow," a cunningly elusive smuggler, leads him to alluring and headstrong Rhe, her objections to his amorous advances merely incite a tantalizing game of cat and mouse." I follow you on GFC. Name: gatormard. I will win this book!!! LOL! Thanks for doing the giveaway. Bronwen you really confused me with having clue thirteen instead of clue eleven. You really can't do that to my 49 year old brain. lol.

Artemis May 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM  

I found it so very interesting the history and background you gave us on woman smugglers. Tell us please, what research did you do on smuggling during that time and did you find any woman smugglers?

Shared the flipbook on FB here:

GFC Follower

cindersmaria AT yahoo DOT com

erin May 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM  

Thanks for a great post and excerpt! WOW! I thought that the premise was awesome, women smugglers, but the excerpt definitely got me hooked.

I liked this exchange, Rheda handed Desert Rose to Jamieson, approached the panting stallion, and rubbed his nose. “He’s gorgeous, aren’t
you, boy? Who wouldn’t be impressed by those strong shoulders and lean, powerful legs?”
“Most women are thoroughly impressed with my physique,
thank you for your praise,” an enraged male voice heralded from
the shadows. “Caesar, here.”

But my question, can you really get a horse to come when called? (asks someone w/ no horse experience)

Thanks again!

gfc: erin

Tamsyn May 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM  

Love the post and the guest! She's one shrewd lady!
"But what good is a dozen mares if there is no stallion to service them?"
Absolutely love the cover too. Gorgeous and sexy!
Thanks for making the giveaway international.

GFC follower

Bron May 11, 2012 at 3:12 PM  

Good morning! It's 7am on Saturday morning here in NZ and I'm sitting up in bed with cup of tea watching the Players Golf Tournament. I love my golf.

Erin - yes horses do come when you call, well trained horses that is. My horse Patch used to come to me as soon as I arrived at his paddock.

marybelle May 11, 2012 at 8:45 PM  

I love:"For a woman starting her fourth decade of life, Lady Umbridge was still beautiful enough to have any man wanting to rise to the occasion." Good for her.

GFC: Mary Preston


Elf2060 May 11, 2012 at 11:53 PM  

Somehow my mind boggles at the idea of trying to walk with bladders of liquid sloshing around in your petticoats. I imagine it makes it a bit difficult to walk gracefully!

elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

Lexi H May 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM  

Oooh I love his parting line, "I always get what I want, and right now, I'd like a kiss to seal the deal, Rheda."
These two should be staying away from each other from the sounds of it, instead of making deals. But what delicious fun that they aren't!

GFC Lexi
eyesofblueice (at) gmail

Filia Oktarina May 13, 2012 at 6:25 AM  

I like "I always get what i want, and right now, i'd like a kiss to seal the deal"

GFC as Filia Oktarina
filiafantasy at gmail dot com

Post a Comment

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Post Archives


1 star 2 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars Andrea Angels Anthology Aphrodisia Author's Angels Avon Awards Ballantine BDSM Berkley Billionaire Blaze Blog Hop Blue Book Trailers Booklover BookTrib Brava Candlelight Promotions Carina Character Interview Charity Chick Lit Christmas Cleis Press Conference Contemporary Contests Coupons Cover Reveal Cowboy DD Delacorte Demons Disappointments Disclosures DNF Domestic Violence Dorchester Dreamspinner Press ElaineReads ELF Ellora's Cave Entangled Publishing Erotic Romance Erotica Event Everything Else F/F Romance Fantasy Romance Favorites of 2009 Favorites of 2010 Favorites of 2011 Favorites of 2012 Favorites of 2014 Feature Feel the Heat Firemen Flipbook Forced Seduction Forever Romance Freebies Fun Friday Futuristic Gallery Ghosts Giveaway Goddess Fish Grand Central Guest Harlequin Hidden Gems Highland Romance Historical Fiction Historical Romance Holiday Theme HQN Humor Infidelity Intermix Interracial Romance Interview Irish Romance Julia Just Jinny Kensington Lendle Giveaway Librarian Links LitConnect Loose Id Loveswept M/M Romance Medieval Romance Melissa Meme Menage Menagerie Michele Military Romance MIRA Mira. Month in Review Movie Star Movies Muse Pictures Music Musician Mystery NAL New Adult Newsworthy Noble Romance Non-Fiction Novella Paranormal Romance Pierced Pirates Pocket Books Poem Poll Quickie Giveaway Quiz Random House Reading Challenges Reading Lists Recipes Reviews Riptide Publishing Rock Star Romance Hint Fiction Romantic Suspence Royal Romances Samhain Sci-Fi Scorpio M Seductive Museums Seductive Saturday Self Published Serial Novel Shapeshifters Share the Love Siren Small Town Sneak Peek Sourcebooks Spice Sports St. Martin's Steampunk Romance Summer Reads Sunday Brunch Surveys Susannah Tattoo TBR Thursday's Thoughts Time Travel Romance Tuesday Teasers Urban Fantasy Vampires Victorian Videos Vikings Virgin Western Winners

My FREE Kindle Quest

I've wanted a Kindle for what seems like forever, but haven't been able to afford it (and that's saying something since I can justify the cost of just about ANYTHING that I really want). I've tried winning one in one of the many giveaways that have taken place over the couple of years, but with no luck :( So I've decided to take matters in hand so to speak :) I've now decided that I am going to accumulate enough Swagbucks from my Swabucks searches to buy in essence my new Kindle will be FREE...funded entirely by my internet searches done on Swagbucks. I'll keep you informed of the Great Kindle Quest below (in case you're interested....if not feel free to just skip over this part, but really who wouldn't be interested in a FREE Kindle?)
Goal: $119
Current Swagbucks Amazon Gift Card balance: $90.00
If you'd like to learn how you can earn Swagbucks and earn your own Amazon Gift Cards to buy books, a Kindle or other merchandise sold at Amazon contact me and I would be more than happy to tell you how I plan to go about it. (just so you know you can earn both and gift cards on this rewards site)
Invesp landing page optimization

Book Blogs

  © Blogger template Foam by 2009

Back to TOP