Tuesday, April 28, 2015

TBR Tuesday: Lily Maxton's The Mistake

I am so excited to welcome Lily Maxton to Romancing the Victorians! I first discovered Lily when I read and reviewed her novella, The Love Match, for Night Owl Reviews. I was hooked on her characters, her voice, the lovely banter and attraction she was able to create between her characters and I have vowed to add every single Lily Maxton book to my TBR pile. 

Her newest release is The Mistake, and I can't wait to read it. 

Here's a bit more about The Mistake...

Infamous courtesan Julia Forsythe is the former mistress of a ruthless marquess. She’s also expecting his child. But while she longs to flee from his cold clutches, the welfare of her unborn babe prevents it. Now she must find a way to remain a “mistress” in name, if not in deed. And her plans are only complicated by a growing affection for the estate’s head gardener…
Fifteen years ago, Adam Radcliff once shared a close friendship with Julia. Now they stand worlds apart in both lives and statuses, sharing only the memory of that old friendship. But even as Julia slips out of the marquess’s lascivious clutches, she finds herself seeking the pleasure of Adam’s company. Now Adam is falling more deeply for Julia, even knowing that wanting another man’s mistress will only bring ruin upon them both…

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Add it to your Goodreads "Want to Read" Shelf

Now let's find out a bit more about Lily...

Lily Maxton grew up in the Midwest, reading, writing, and daydreaming amidst cornfields. After graduating with a degree in English, she decided to put her natural inclinations to good use and embark on a career as a writer.

When she’s not working on a new story, she likes to tour old houses, add to her tea stash, and think of reasons to avoid housework.

Fast Five with Lily Maxton

1. What book have you read more than once and still go back to because you love it so much? What keeps you coming back?

Almost anything by Lisa Kleypas, really—I think that woman might own my soul. To get more specific, I’ll say Seduce Me at Sunrise in the Hathaway series. In Seduce Me at Sunrise, the humor that comes from the family dynamic is wonderful, and I absolutely love the romance between Win and Kev, who have longed for each other since they were children and never acted on it (I’m a sucker for childhood love if it’s done well…so much angst and sweetness!).

2. What convinces you to add a book to your TBR pile?

The first thing is if I’ve read and enjoyed other books by that author—then I’ll automatically add them to my TBR. Second is a toss-up between an interesting blurb and recommendations from other readers.

3. What's the one writing accompaniment you can't do without? (music? tea? coffee? sticky notes? fuzzy slippers? etc.)

Something caffeinated! Coffee more often lately, but I like tea as well!

4. What's your favorite scene in your most recent book?

There’s a scene where my hero and heroine are at a pub, and they’re making up a back story about a morose man who’s drinking away his sorrows. There’s one point when they’re arguing about something and the heroine brings up Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet to prove her point, and our baffled hero asks who Mr. Darcy is. I had so much fun writing that scene. Another reason I like it is because it’s the first scene that really shows how these characters interact together when they let their guard down.

5. Reveal something you learned while writing your last book (about yourself, your setting, history, etc.)

I learned that the flower Sweet William is edible and supposedly tastes like cloves (I’ve never tried it myself). I don’t know if I’ll ever fully understand the directions my research takes me in.

Be sure to enter the Rafflectopter giveaway to win a $5 Amazon gift card or an ebook copy of Lily's wonderful novella, The Love Match.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

New Series Coming from Avon Impulse! The Accidental Heirs

What would you do if you found out you'd inherited a title and all the wealth and responsibility that came with it? How would it change your life and your choices? What would you need to do to adapt to your new life? How would it affect your family?

That's the premise of my new series coming soon from Avon Impulse. Beyond being thrilled to be writing for my dream publisher, I am so looking forward to sharing these characters and their late 19th century world with you!

Set in England during the 1890s, the Accidental Heirs are men who never expected to inherit titles or wealth. Whether second sons or not from aristocratic backgrounds at all, they carried on with their lives expecting to make their own way in the world. But when they're told they've inherited titles, wealth, and all the responsibilities that go with it, all their best laid plans are turned upside down. 

ONE SCANDALOUS KISS (coming September 2015!)
Kissing a viscount for a hundred pounds sounded like a good idea at the time...

Take Jess, a suffragette struggling to keep her father's bookshop afloat, and Lucius, a second son who never expected to be heir to his father's crumbling estate, and one scandalous public kiss that neither of them can forget, and you have the recipe for One Scandalous Kiss. 

Garnish with a clever matchmaking aunt, a scheming marquess's daughter, an American heiress bent on aristocratic husband hunting, and irresistible twin pugs.

You can pre-order Jess and Lucius's story now for $1.99 and it will be delivered to your e-reader in September.

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Stay tuned for more about my characters, giveaways, and the reveal of my cover. And don't forget to add One Scandalous Kiss to your Goodreads shelf.

To see some of the my visual inspiration for the story, head over to my One Scandalous Kiss Pinterest board.

In the meantime, tell me, have you ever inherited something you didn't expect? Would you want to inherit an aristocratic title?