Guest Author & Giveaway: Bronwen Evans featuring A Kiss of Lies

Tuesday, January 14

I happen to be a big fan of Ms. Evan's historical romances.  I found her with INVITATION TO RUIN several years ago and have been a devoted reader of her romances ever since.  Bronwen is my guest today to share with us her latest historical romance, A KISS OF LIES, the first book in her new Disgraced Lords series.  It's about a scarred hero, and a woman damaged by her past....sounds like something I will love :)  Enjoy!


A Woman on the Run – A Kiss of Lies, Bronwen Evans

Hi ladies, thanks for letting me visit today to celebrate the release of A KISS OF LIES, book#1 in my new Disgraced Lords Regency series.

My new series is hero-centric, in that all the books in the series are about a group of men who are systematically being ruined by a common enemy. However, heroes cannot carry the series alone. These special men need incredible women to help them grow as individuals, but also to aid them in catching the villain.

Book #1, A KISS OF LIES, is Christian Trent, the Earl of Markham’s story. His heroine is Mrs. Sarah Cooper, and she sets Christian’s world alight at their first meeting.

However, unbeknown to Christian, Sarah has a problem of her own. A rather large problem. She’s a woman on the run. Why? She killed her husband but it was in self-defense. 

I find it sad that domestic violence is still as prevalent today as it was over a hundred years ago. However, unlike in the Regency period, there are organizations that try to offer support and help. Imagine what it must have been like for Sarah. She had no money, no protection, no job and no transport. Not only that, she was stranded thousands of miles from her home in England. She escapes from West Virginia, and journeys with runaway slaves, from her husband’s plantation, up into Canada.

Reaching Canada tired, scared and alone, she sees an advert in the York paper (we’re talking York, Canada now called Toronto).  Even though she was never formally introduced to him, Sarah remembers Christian from her previous life in England, and when he places an advert for a Governess, Sarah thinks it fate. The Earl is returning to England and she can make her escape…

But the spark of attraction between these two puts her plans in jeopardy.  Sarah never thought she’d ever desire any man, but the Earl is the type of man she wishes she’d married but now she never can. How can she let Christian fall in love with a murderess?

     The gentle sway of the ship, the soft sea breeze, and the light of the full moon made the room appear magical. Her instincts were on a reckless path, her skin felt oversensitive, and her body was a mass of tingles and feverish longing. Why did he affect her so?

     Then Christian touched her. His fingers threaded themselves in her hair, pulling down the neat chignon she wore. Feeling her breath falter, Sarah wondered if this was in fact a dream. Had she gone to bed earlier and was merely dreaming this? But no, his hand moved on, his fingertips tracing the shell-like shape of her ear, leaving a trail of exciting sensations in their wake.

     As his thumb traced around her jawline and found her parted lips, her breath fled altogether. Words that would halt his arousing touch died in her throat and she stood mute, simply unable to utter a sound.

     For the first time in her life she felt on fire from a man’s touch. Her blood pumped hot and fast through her veins in her rising excitement.

     Both his hands found their way into her hair, pulling at her tresses until they flowed freely, and then moving to the bare skin of her shoulders. The neckline of her linen dress was low enough to expose the swellings of her aroused breasts. She’d put on such daring attire because of the heat, she had told herself, but now she knew she’d only been fooling herself. Wasn’t this what she’d been angling for all along? She knew he would desire her thus attired.

     Perhaps his touch could heal her as much as her touch soothed him. Would he be able to help her overcome her fears and forget her sordid past experiences?

     When his arms slid around her, his roughened palms stroking the bare flesh of her arms, she gave no resistance. Still she gave none as his fingers swept over the swell of her breasts and found their peaks beneath the thin linen of her bodice and chemise.

     She should stop him.

     “I can make you forget . . .”

     Swept up in the moment, she truly believed him.

It must have taken a lot of courage to let Christian into her heart. What have you done that’s courageous lately? Me, I picked up a bird that’d flown into my living room and let it go outside. Share your latest courageous moment and be in to win a copy of INVITATION TO SCANDAL.

In Bronwen Evans’s Loveswept debut, a pair of damaged souls ignite each other’s deepest passions—even as they tempt fate by deceiving the world.

Desperate to escape her abusive past, Sarah Cooper disguises herself as a governess in the employ of Christian Trent, Earl of Markham, the man who, long ago, she fantasized about marrying. Despite the battle scars that mar his face, Sarah finds being near Christian rekindles her infatuation. A governess, however, has no business in the arms of an earl, and as she accompanies Christian on his voyage home, Sarah must resist her intense desires—or risk revealing her dangerous secrets.

One of the renowned Libertine Scholars, Christian Trent once enjoyed the company of any woman he chose. But that was before the horrors of Waterloo, his wrongful conviction of a hideous crime, and his forcible removal from England. Far from home and the resources he once had, Christian believes the life he knew—and any chance of happiness—is over . . . until his ward’s governess sparks his heart back to life, and makes him remember the man he used to be. Now Christian is determined to return to England, regain his honor, and win the heart of the woman he has come to love.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from other Loveswept titles.

Thanks Bronwen for being my guest today! I have such admiration for both of these characters in their fight for love and justice.  I can't wait for more of the Disgraced Lords!  If you'd like to learn more about Bronwen and the books she writes you can find her at her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She has always indulged her love of storytelling and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theater. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer? Evans is a two-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.  

To celebrate the release of A KISS OF LIES, the first book in the Disgraced Lords series, author Bronwen Evans is giving away a print copy of INVITATION TO SCANDAL to one lucky Musings follower who answers the question she asked readers in a comment below.  In addition to that you can enter to win a $35 Gift Card to one person from the blog tour.  Enter to win that in the Rafflecopter form below.

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Nicole Laverdure January 14, 2014 at 8:31 AM  

Bronwen wrote an amazing story! I found Kiss of Lies an excellent passionate love story that I will never forget. She is a great writer.

Annette N,  January 14, 2014 at 11:12 AM  

I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but Bronwen's web site has been hacked and there is no way to get around the hacker's page.

Cathy P January 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM  

The most recent thing I have done that was courageous is to learn to live without my DH of 39 years who lost his 1-1/2 year battle with cancer on August 1st of last year.

Anonymous,  January 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM  

I love the sound of this book/series.

I don't know if it was exactly brave, but I agreed to have a surgery that scares me.

Marcy Shuler

bn100,  January 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM  

Traveling by myself

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

BookLady,  January 14, 2014 at 10:17 PM  

Underwent eye surgery

Nicole Laverdure January 15, 2014 at 6:48 PM  

To answer your question, I am not sure what you meant by courageous! All I can say, is that I shared some time with a friend who was recovering from a cancer.

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