Guest Author & Giveaway: Maggie Robinson featuring In the Arms of the Heiress and Lady Anne's Lover

Tuesday, July 9

Hello my friends!  It's been awhile (unfortunately) and I'm glad to be back to share with you two new historical romances that should be great summer reads by Maggie Robinson.  Maggie Robinson is one of my favorite historical romance authors, and apparently I'm not alone in my opinion since RT Book Reviews recently gave her newest book In the Arms of the Heiress 4.5 stars!  Pretty impressive :)

Maggie is my guest today to share with us not one, but two of her new summer romances, In the Arms of the Heiress, and Lady Anne's Lover with an exclusive excerpt just for us.  Enjoy!


Thanks so much for having me back, and a HUGE thank you for the gorgeous blog banner! I am doubling my pleasure this month, talking about my two new releases, In the Arms of the Heiress and Lady Anne’s Lover.

It’s kind of scary to have two back-to-back books, since you worry you’ll say too much about one and not enough about the other. Plus, my husband has planned the vacation of a lifetime for us for the first two weeks in August, so I won’t be around much to talk about Lady Anne’s Lover when it comes out on July 30. I’ll be in London and Scotland doing research, and then coming home on the Queen Mary II, wearing cocktail dresses and going to masquerade balls! This is completely unlike me…I live down a dirt road in the middle of the woods and my idea of getting dressed up is to put on matching shoes and lipstick. My husband has even bought a tuxedo. We’ve been married decades, and I’ve never seen him in one!

So in the interest of being fair, I’ll give away an early copy of Lady Anne’s Lover today, and here’s an exclusive excerpt. I wouldn’t want Major Gareth Ripton-Jones to feel neglected. He’s had too much bad luck already—he’s lost his arm, his fiancée, his sobriety and is about to lose his home. But his new housekeeper is here to the rescue…

“Gareth tripped on the kitchen step and let himself in.  A stubby tallow candle burned on the center of the table. He’d have to speak to Mrs. Mont—he had no coin for wasting candles to welcome him home. He could see in the dark, knew every inch of his father’s house, every squeaky floorboard above, every uneven piece of slate below. It was still a solid dwelling, even if he’d let things go to hell this past year.

Ripton Hall had begun its life a couple of centuries ago as a humble farmhouse. He’d slept over the kitchen wing since boyhood. The sloping ceilings were a nuisance to a man of his height, but at least he was warm enough through a Welsh winter. The rest of the bedrooms in the newer, more ambitious addition were shut up. Gareth never had visitors, although once the house had been a happy one.

No more.

He blew the candle out rather than carry it upstairs. He didn’t need light to strip out of his clothes and find his bottle. And more to the point, he needed his hand to steady himself up the rope railing.

One hand proved insufficient. His worn wet boots slipped on a stair tread. Before he had a chance to catch himself, he was bumping down the stairs in the dark, arse over teakettle. So much for being sure-footed and quiet in the dark. And blast it, he was not drunk, not really. The ridiculousness of his situation sank in and he sat in a tangled heap, laughing at the absurdity of his life.

Mrs. Mont was up in an instant, her white nightrail a ghostly blur in the back hallway. She had not paused to light a lamp or put on a dressing gown, but Gareth could see her anyway.

And hear her. She was shrieking over his laughter, but he couldn’t seem to stop.

“Are you all right? You must be, if you can cackle like a madman. You’re not hurt then?”

Gareth drew in a breath. Every inch of him throbbed, but he couldn’t call it pain. He knew what pain was, and this was its very distant cousin.

“Can you stand? Come into the kitchen and I’ll fix you some coffee to clear your head.”

“I am not foxed, madam.” He heard her sniff. He imagined her little freckled nose twitching like a rabbit’s. “I’ll admit to a few pints of ale, but no more.” He wouldn’t mention the gin.

“You are not sober,” she said tartly.

“Sober enough to know your coffee might kill me.”

“It was much better this morning!”

He’d hurt her feelings. Good. Her coffee was ghastly.

“If you say so.” Gareth untwisted his long legs and steadied himself against the floor before he tried to rise. He wouldn’t admit his head was swimming just a little—no doubt he knocked it on the wall as he came down so unexpectedly.

“Here. Take my hand and I’ll help you up. It’s a wonder you didn’t set yourself on fire with the candle I left you.”

“I didn’t bring it up with me, Mrs. Mont. And don’t leave a light burning for me again. It’s a wicked waste. I can see where I’m going.”

“Oh, yes, I can see that you do,” she said with sarcasm. She reached down and touched his shoulder. “Give me your hand,” she repeated.

“Which one?”  He was rotten to be so churlish with her, but she simply bristled with disapproval. Old Cecily would never have pursed her lips as he thought Mrs. Mont must be doing—it was really too black in the hallway to tell.

He felt her stiffen over him. She smelled good, like spring. Spring was a long way off. By spring, he wouldn’t have a housekeeper—there’d be no house to keep.

“Major Ripton-Jones.” She now sounded a lot older than she looked. “It is a great pity you have lost your arm, but it is gone. The war has been over for five years. It is time you made peace with your infirmity.”

By God, she sounded like his old governess. He’d had one. The house had been full of servants when he was a child, the land productive, the future a bright and glowing place.

He didn’t bother telling Mrs. Mont where she’d gone wrong in her assumptions. “You think I feel too sorry for myself, do you?”

“It is not my place to say. But you are still a relatively young man with a long life ahead of you, God willing. You have property. Your health. You should not waste your days working your way down to the bottom of a gin bottle. I have seen the effects of gin in the city, sir. It is a wicked thing. Men and women—even children—lose their principles.”

“Principles.” He’d had them too, as well as a governess. But damn him if he was going to sit on the floor and be lectured by his housekeeper. She couldn’t even make a proper pot of coffee. How dare she tell him how to live his life?

This is what one got by advertising in a London newspaper for help. He should have gone to an employment agency on the other side of the border in Hereford. Found a nice old thing like Cecily who wouldn’t die and would leave him alone while he drowned his sorrows. Of course, they knew of him over in Hereford. Everyone within a hundred mile radius knew of Major Gareth Ripton-Jones. He was a bloody local hero.

And a murderer.”

It’s all fun and games until someone falls in love…

Independent heiress Louisa Stratton is going home to Rosemont for the holidays, and at the family’s request, she’s bringing her new husband—Maximillian Norwich, art connoisseur and artful lover, the man she’s written of so glowingly. There’s one hitch—he doesn’t exist. Louisa needs a fake husband, and fast, to make the proper impression.

Charles Cooper, captain of the Boer War and far from silver spoons or gilded cages, is so hard up that even this crazy scheme appeals to him. It’s only thirty days, not till death do them part. What’s so difficult about impersonating a husband, even if he doesn’t know a Rembrandt from a Rousseau?

The true difficulty is keeping his hands off Louisa once there’s nobody around to see their ruse. And then there’s the small problem of someone at Rosemont trying to kill him. Keeping his wits about him and protecting Louisa brings out the honor he thought he’d left on the battlefield. But when Louisa tries to protect him, Charles knows he’s found a way to face his future—in the arms of his heiress.

Read the first chapter of In the Arms of the Heiress, the first book in the Edwardian-set Ladies Unlaced series!

Lady Imaculata Anne Egremont has appeared in the scandalous pages of the London List often enough. The reading public is so bored with her nonsense, she couldn’t make news now unless she took a vow of chastity. But behind her naughty hijinks is a terrible fear. It’s time the List helped her. With a quick scan through its job postings and a few whacks at her ridiculous name, she’s off to keep house for a bachelor veteran as plain Anne Mont.

Major Gareth Ripton-Jones is dangerously young and handsome on the face of it, but after losing his love and his arm in short order, he is also too deep in his cups to notice that his suspiciously young housekeeper is suspiciously terrible at keeping house. Until, that is, her sharp tongue and her burnt coffee penetrate even his misery—and the charm underneath surprises them both. Trust the worst cook in Wales to propose a most unexpected solution to his troubles…

Read the first chapter of Lady Anne's Lover here.

Thanks Maggie for being my guest today and congrats on the double summer release!  That trip sounds A-MAZING!  What a great summer to have a great vacation, then to have two books go girl!!!   Can I be you someday? LOL.

If you'd like to learn more about Maggie Robinson and the books she writes under that pen name as well as her alter ego Margaret Rowe, you can find her at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.

To celebrate the release of Lady Anne's Lover and In the Arms of the Heiress, Maggie would like to giveaway a copy of Lady Anne's Lover to one Musings follower.  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below:

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Cheryl S. July 9, 2013 at 2:14 AM  

Clean first thing in the morning. Procrastination takes root the later the day gets ;)
Thank you for the amazing giveaway!

Carol L. July 9, 2013 at 5:20 AM  

Maggie is an auto buy for me. I love her books. Lucky Maggie, London and Scotland. My dream vacation. :)
Hmmm, a cleaning tip ? I take all my mismatched socks and slide them on my hands and use them to dust. It's easier to get into intricate carvings etc. And it's nice and quick.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Linda July 9, 2013 at 7:29 AM  

My mum makes this amazing enzyme we call her "Miracle Enzyme" that gets rid of every conceivable thing. It's made from fruit peel & brown sugar, left to ferment for 3 mths.

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe July 9, 2013 at 7:38 AM  

Good morning, ladies! I'm going to take notes. :) Actually, today my "Dust Angel" is coming...and I have to clean up before she arrives, LOL. She comes every other Tuesday for a couple of hours. This weekend we had 5 (!!!!!) dogs here and the dog hair is everywhere!

Carrie, thanks so much for having me!

erin July 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM  

Congrats to Maggie on the newest release!!! My tip is... vinegar, hot water and a magic eraser will clean *anything*. I'm not kidding... bad soap scum? Fill the tub w/ hot water (scalding), add a gallon of vinegar and let is sit for about 30-60 minutes. drain 1/2 way and use a magic eraser to lightly scrub sides. It comes off like butter :)

Leni July 9, 2013 at 11:53 AM  

Biggest tip is to have lots of vinegar on hand to clean up just about anything.

Barbara E. July 9, 2013 at 6:25 PM  

I like vinegar and baking soda, especially for cleaning drains. Baking soda is great for cleaning silver and burnt food off pots and pans too.

Di July 9, 2013 at 10:31 PM  

I would say be organized & wipe up spills before they dry on or get too sticky

gamistress66 July 9, 2013 at 11:32 PM  

closets & under beds can make great places for hiding messes ;)

JenM July 10, 2013 at 12:12 AM  

I love these tips. I need all the help I can get when it comes to cleaning. I have no tips - i just try to hire a housecleaner whenever I can afford one.

Mary Preston July 10, 2013 at 5:23 AM  

Clean and tidy up sooner rather then later. The longer you put it off the bigger the clean up.

mrsshukra July 11, 2013 at 2:46 AM  

Just saying Hi and congrats to Maggie!

Please do not enter me in the giveaway.

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