Guest Author & Giveaway: Grace Burrowes featuring Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal

Wednesday, May 9

Yesterday we talked about secrets in Lila DiPasqua's Undone, today we have another heroine who also has secrets, and despite doing her very best to keep them has found herself in a bit of a pickle.

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, and 2012 RITA finalist for Best Regency Historical Romance, Grace Burrowes is my guest today to share with us Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, her newest book in her Windham Family series, and how in asking for help, she found love.  Enjoy!


A Damsel in Distress….

When I undertook to write books for the Windham sisters, I started off with an easy challenge: Lady Sophie’s book was scheduled for the Christmas slot, so I could turn to all the Christmas traditions—no room at the inn, the three wise men (older brothers) bearing down on Sophie just when she wants to be Left Alone, an abandoned baby with oodles of charm and a handsome swain who knows his way around the nursery. Suffice it to say, the writing went fairly easily.

Then…. Then came Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, and my confidence faltered. Maggie is the oldest of five girls, the second oldest of ten siblings. I’m the sixth out of seven. Maggie is wonderful with figures, I’m math-avoidant. Maggie is tall with flaming red hair; I’m not tall and my hair has never been anything but brown (and gray). And yet… Maggie is the Windham sister whose story called to me most strongly after Sophie.

In Maggie, I found a heroine with a universal problem. She has to choose between her families, between her mother, with whom she spent the first five years of her life, and her paternal ducal family, whom she has loved and protected for the last 25 years. Her efforts to protect each family from the other, and to not be caught out in her role, have left her with not much of a life.

To this extent, I think Maggie makes a very sympathetic heroine. She has something in common with the mother trying to look after her teenagers and her aging parents; with the mom who works a full time day job, and still takes the homework shift after getting dinner on the table. Those roles are hard, exhausting, and sometimes in conflict with each other.

Maggie learns a significant lesson, in that, when she finally permits Benjamin Hazlit to help her resolve the tensions in her life, he does not let her down. In real life, tall, dark, handsome heroes aren’t in abundant supply, but sometimes, help is just a phone call away.

Is there a situation in your life where you finally, finally let somebody give you a hand, and found out not only did the sky remain in its assigned location, but life got a whole lot better when you asked for just a little bit of help?

Lady Maggie Windham Has Secrets

And she's been perfectly capable of keeping them...until now. When she's threatened with exposure, she turns to investigator Benjamin Hazlit to keep catastrophe at bay. But Maggie herself intrigues Benjamin more than the riddle she's set him to solve. As he uncovers more and more of her past, Maggie struggles to keep him at a distance, until they both begin to discover the truth in their hearts...

Read an excerpt

Congratulations Grace on the recent release of Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal and thank you so much for being my guest today!   Grace wrote one of my favorite romances in 2011, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish (which is also the book she is a RITA finalist for), so I can't even begin to tell you how much I've been looking forward to not only this book, but also the two other Windham stories due out this year, Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid.

If you'd like to learn more about Grace Burrowes and the books she writes you can find her at her website, her blog, on Facebook, Twitter and occasionally at Blame it on the Muse.

To celebrate the release of Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Grace would like to giveaway signed print copies to TWO lucky Musings followers.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Grace asked readers in her post.  And feel free to leave her comments/questions about this book, or any of her previous stories (good for 1 entry)
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  • 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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marybelle May 9, 2012 at 5:50 AM  

I made a friend for life when I stopped thinking I had to do everything by myself & asked for help.

GFC: Mary Preston


Grace Burrowes,  May 9, 2012 at 8:07 AM  

Mary, why are we always surprised at how helpful others can be? Even if they just tell us, "I'll keep you in my thoughts," I think our impulses toward those we know are largely benevolent.
I was the sixth out of seven children, and as a consequence developed the habit of learning by observation, trial and error. You'd think by now I would learned to occasionally ask for help before disaster looms, but noooooo...

Maureen May 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM  

I do have sympathy for a character who is looking out for her family's welfare. As I was raising my kids I found that there were times that they were better off learning things from others instead of me.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

G,  May 9, 2012 at 11:21 AM  

Interesting comment, Maureen. I was fortunate that I had siblings as much as thirteen years my senior. They weren't quite adults, and they weren't peers, but I was glad for their occasional advice and example.

June M. May 9, 2012 at 11:59 AM  

I have always had difficulties asking others for help. This often makes things a lot more difficult. Since an injury to my back, I have to have more help, I can't lift things, bending, stretching, etc to get things is harder to do. When I do ask for help, the world does not stop spinning, lol.
GFC: June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

erin May 9, 2012 at 12:03 PM  

Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I've really enjoyed reading about the "Windham brothers", I can't wait to read about the sisters ;)

I'm a fairly stubborn and independent person. So, it's a bit hard for me to "admit" defeat and ask for help. But lately, as I've gotten older, I've realized that it's not a sign of weakness or "giving up" to ask for help. In fact, my relationship w/ my BF has grown b/c I've asked him for help on big and small things. He says that it's nice to be needed and when I ask for his help, he likes that I trust him enough to ask.

gfc: erin

krazymama_98 May 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM  

GFC Lisakhutson
Oh my goodness, what a good question. A lesson that we all need to learn and relearn every once in a while. It does not make us weak or incompetant to ask for help sometimes.

LilMissMolly May 9, 2012 at 2:21 PM  

I don't recall asking for help from any of my friends of family. It seems like I'm the one always lending the hand. :)
GFC follower
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CrystalGB May 9, 2012 at 2:32 PM  

Hi Grace. I love your books. Can't wait to read Maggie's story.Such a beautiful cover.
When we were building a laundry room onto our house, we asked my brothers to help and it made the project go so much easier.
GFC CrystalGB

Jeanne M May 9, 2012 at 3:05 PM  

Hi Grace -

I think that all of us have the need deep inside us to reach out and find not only a sympathic ear but also to cheer us, encourage us and grieve with us.

Having an all male household when I need that special boast and encouragement I know my oldest sister will always be there to lend me the strength I need.

I'm the youngest in the family but also the most independent and the one that started working at the youngest age and still am working in my 60's. Even though she never worked but sister is a great diplomat and negotiator who knows how to dispense advise, calm the soul and best of all to just sit and listen!

Over the years I've realized that often the best person to reach out to in an emergency or stresful situation is the one that simple sits and listens and realizes that sometime words aren't necessary but being there to support and understand are the most important thing they can share.

Di May 9, 2012 at 4:32 PM  

I had a great deal of help as my parents got older & would have health issues. That seems to happen often in a circle of female friends.
GFC - Diane Sallans
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Barbara E. May 9, 2012 at 6:44 PM  

That's a hard question to answer, because I don't ask for help much, I'm pretty independent. My sister has given me help so many times over the years, without my asking for it, and it has been appreciated. If I really needed it, I would ask her for help, because I know she would always give it. She's one of the most giving people I know. You better believe I jump in to help any time she needs it as well, no matter what.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Grace Burrowes,  May 9, 2012 at 7:09 PM  

June, I hope the back soon heals, because there is no arguing with a bad back. And no, the world does not stop spinning, and no announcements appear near those Wanted posters at the Post Office that JUNE ASKED FOR HELP. Amazing.

Erin, you have found a keeper in that BF. Be sure you tell him thanks often and emphatically.

Krazy, sometimes it makes us brilliant and much appreciated and the glue that holds the relationship together. Somebody ought to write a book about that.

Crystal, there is NOTHING like a shared project to get the bromance going. I'll bet you stood in the kitchen sometimes, just listening and smiling.

Jeanne, I do love my sisters. My brothers are dear men, and they'd help any way they could, but you're right: My sisters can listen without judging. I must thank them for that.

Di, you mention the elder care phase, and you're right. You quickly learn whose been through the same thing with their parents, and elders. In some ways, I think our OPs are the most brave among us.

Barbara, my sisters are the same way, and so is my mom. When I was faced with going into the hospital to finish out a high risk pregnancy, she dusted off her RN degree, jumped on a transcontinental flight, and made it possible for me to finish the pregnancy at home. She set an example for us all and is still carrying the family standard. Your sister is lucky to have you!

bas1chs May 9, 2012 at 10:38 PM  

I'm a GFC follower - Shannon.

I shared about the post via twitter:

This is a hard one to admit to, LOL. I often try to do things by myself - having a Type A personality doesn't help matters - but I have come to learn that I have to ask for help because I can no longer learn or teach myself everything I need - I just don't have the time for it anymore. One of the biggest lessons was when I had my garage built and didn't want to ask my father for advice because he has his own ideas and his own ways of doing things, not always in the same vicinity as mine. But I wound up turning to him because he does have over 50 years experience in construction. Turns out it was fine, but I gave it my best try before pulling him in.

bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

Filia Oktarina May 10, 2012 at 5:53 AM  

I always often try to do things by mayself, if i think that i need help, i wiil search it. Fortunaly, that seem not to happen often. But if my family want help, i am not hestitate to help them :)

GFC as Filia Oktarina
filiafantasy at gmail dot com

lorimeehan May 10, 2012 at 7:08 AM  

That is a great question and hard to answer. I guess the main time I asked for help was years ago when I was in my late teens. My father was an alcoholic and my friend told me about Alateen. I went and it was life changing to know that I wasn't alone. I learned so much and met my husband.
HTC:lori meehan

Jeanne M May 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM  

Oops! I just realized that went I submitted my post of Wed., May 9th at 3:05 pm that I didn't include the following insformation.

GFC follower
jeannemiro (at) yahoo (dot) com

Carol L. May 11, 2012 at 3:45 AM  

My whole life I was rather independent and always did for myself. Raising 7 kids as a single parent I had to do things my way on a schedule so I didn't bother asking anyone for help. But God Bless my family because they'd help while I was swarmed with events and I'd never have done it without that help which taught me you just have to let go and ask.. :)
I'm in the middle of Lady Sophie's book right now and loving it.I've loved all your books Grace and look forward to the rest .:)
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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