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I’m thrilled to bring you A Rogue’s Deadly Redemption as part of a limited boxed set edition with 6 other amazing historical writers — books you’ll love!   Do you love Scottish Highlanders, Regency Rakes, Confederate Spies, Mountain Men & Sexy Smugglers? Check out HEATING IT UP, One Hero at a Time!

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11/16/14 http://www.ramblingsfromthischick.com/ Tracey Devlyn
11/16/14 http://www.sillymelody.blogspot.com/ Tracey Devlyn

11/17/14 http://www.bookinitreviews.com/ Lane McFarland
11/17/14 http://www.romrevtoday.blogspot.com/ Lane McFarland

11/18/14 http://www.brookeblogs.com/ Eliza Knight
11/18/14 http://www.eclecticpassionsbc.blogspot.com Eliza Knight

11/19/14 http://www.sosaloha.blogspot.com/ Jennifer Jakes
11/19/14 http://www.readinginpajamas.wordpress.com/ Jennifer Jakes
11/19/14 http://www.wowfromthescarfprincess.blogspot.com/ Jennifer Jakes

11/20/14 http://www.BookObsessedChicks.com/ Tara Kingston
11/20/14 http://www.romancingthereaders.blogspot.com/ Tara Kingston

11/21/14 http://www.somanyreads.com/ Averil Reisman
11/21/14 http://www.adriasromancereviews.blogspot.com/ Averil Reisman

11/22/14 http://www.cluereview.blogspot.com/ Jeannie Ruesch
11/22/14 http://www.totallyaddictedtoreading.blogspot.com/ Jeannie Ruesch

 

 

A Rogue’s Deadly Redemption is Now Available for Reviewers and Pre-Order

RoguesRedemption_FINAL_JeannieRuesch_200x300I’m thrilled to announce that Rogue’s Deadly Redemption is now available for pre-order!  And for blog reviewers, I’d be happy to provide an eARC for your honest review.  Please contact me directly if you are interested.

Rogue’s Deadly Redemption is also one of seven books on pre-order in HEATING IT UP: ONE HERO AT A TIME, a Limited Box Edition with 7 sensual stories of historical romance.

Both are currently on pre-order for $0.99!

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Rogue’s Deadly Redemption is also part of a HEATING IT UP, One Hero at a Time: A Limited Box Set Edition Now available for $0.99!

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A Rogue’s Deadly Redemption Cover Reveal! Win a $20 Gift Card

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Outrageous Heroes: Michael Ashton, Duke of Ravensdale

Just last week, Outrageous Heroes (on Facebook)  included Michael Ashton, the Duke of Ravensdale — hero from SOMETHING ABOUT HER — among their Outrageous heroes.

Why?

He’s a duke embroiled in two scandals!
Duke’s involved in scandals are very outrageous. Tell us more!

Happy to!  Thanks for the mention.  And it tickles me that being considered “outrageous” would send Ravensdale to the spirits.  That is the LAST thing he wishes to be considered.  His overwhelming sense of honor and his incredible desire to not perpetuate his parents’  scandalous past puts him in the situation of always feeling the need to behave exactly according to what’s expected of him.  He takes his position very seriously, to his own detriment at times.

In SOMETHING ABOUT HER, Michael is caught in two scandals— and he’s desperate to keep them under control.  His cousin, Thomas Ashton, has fleeced a number of gentlemen out of great sums of money and it’s up to Michael to set things to rights.  However, when he learns that his “dead” cousin may not be as dead as believed, he goes in search of answers—and finds Thomas’s widow Blythe.

The other scandal Michael faces is that of a young woman who claims he spoiled her and fathered her unborn child.  For a man who has lived a careful life,  not wishing to create any scandal whatsoever, he’s smack in the middle of two of them.

Michael Ashton was a really fun hero to write.   One of the things I enjoy writing in characters is how their flaws and virtues can be counter productive at times.   Flawed characters are so much more interesting, and Michael’s determination to be as different from his parents as possible causes him to make decisions that hurt those he loves.

Who is the most flawed character you’ve ever read?

 

 

In SOMETHING ABOUT HER, Adam Willoughby, the Earl of Merewood has little regard for Michael Ashton, the Duke of Ravensdale— the cousin of his sister Blythe’s first husband and a man he wants far away from her.  An excerpt from Something About Her:

Michael looked up and tensed. Blythe’s brother sat across the table and tossed his cards down.

“Merewood, I did not know you were a member,” Michael commented.

The Earl slid from his seat and stood. “I have maintained membership here, though I rarely come. I can see that won’t change. If you’ll excuse me, I believe I shall find more desirous company.”

Michael shoved back from the table. “A word?”

Without waiting for an answer, he strode down the hallway until they had a relative amount of privacy. He turned to find Blythe’s brother on his heels, hands fisted at his side.

“You have no idea how badly I want to call you out, you bastard,” Merewood said.

“If you will recall, it was your sister who told me to leave.”

“The first smart decision she made since your arrival.”

“I will not fight you here anymore than I would at Rosemead. What happened between Blythe and me is our affair.”

He saw Adam’s hand come up a second too late. The blow snapped his head back and pain stabbed his jaw.

Michael tensed his arms to fight the instinct to hit back. He would not hurt Blythe’s brother. He’d done enough to her.

“I will not fight you,” he repeated.

“Fine. But you will agree to what I’m about to say.”

“Which is?”

“We need to be in agreement about how Blythe is introduced to society. We cannot pretend the marriage did not happen, because you ruined her.”

Michael clenched his jaw, but said nothing. Adam was right. “Very well. What did you have in mind?”

“We are introducing her as a widow.”

“Which she is.”

“But not Thomas’s widow.”

Michael snapped his gaze to Adam’s. “Pardon?”

“I’ve seen to it that no papers remain to prove her marriage to Thomas ever happened, other than anything you might possess.” He waited.

“I have a copy of a marriage certificate, but as it was hand copied, it would be useless in proving anything.”

“Very well. We are going to say she married a family friend she had been betrothed to her entire life. His death was very sad for her and she wishes not to discuss it.”

“And this paragon of a man has a name?” Although Michael knew his reaction was childish and idiotic over a fabricated man, he hated that Blythe would be seen as having loved this man so much she grieved for him still.

“Yes. Lord Peter DeBruin, brother to William DeBruin, the deceased Earl of Lankingsly.”

“Why do I know that name?”

“Lankingsly died the end of last year. He was the last of his family, and the title reverted back to the crown. He and I were acquainted.”

“Did he actually have a brother?”

“Yes, he did. Peter was of an age with Blythe, and they knew each other as children. Peter died at the age of thirteen in a horse accident. He was a country man. He’d never set foot in London. For fact, William himself rarely went. The timing suits; the story is irrefutable. Peter and William would have helped Blythe anyhow. No one remains to speak otherwise.” Adam leveled a hostile gaze at him. “Except for you.”

“I would not hurt Blythe.”

“You’ve done nothing but hurt her since she met you. You are hurting her still.” Adam raised his fist slightly.

Michael tamped his temper down. “I would advise against that course of action. I will disregard your earlier display due to the situation that occurred with your sister. But do not press me.”

“She came here for you, you buffoon. You crushed her.”

“What in hell are you talking about?”

Adam shoved his face within inches of Michael’s. “She came to London to forgive you. And she arrives to discover you’ve betrothed yourself to another who is pregnant with your child.” Disgust filled his sneer. “Duke or not, you are not fit to wipe her boots.”

 

In CLOAKED IN DANGER, Adam’s story, his issues with Michael continue to run deep and continue to cause friction. So you vote: Who would win in a smackdown, Adam or Michael?

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COVER REVEAL: How a Control Freak Cover Artist Dealt with Someone Else Designing HER Cover

I’m thrilled to be able to reveal the gorgeous cover for CLOAKED IN DANGER.  The artists and marketing team at Carina Press did an amazing job – I love the colors, the backdrop, the woman in motion… all of it.

And frankly, I’m not a very easy gal to please when it comes to covers.  As some of you have figured out, I’m also a cover artist for another publisher as well as individual authors.  So I know what goes into a cover, I know what it takes to find that right look, the right message, evoke the right emotions…  which all means that I could probably be like a doctor who needs medical attention when it comes to someone else creating MY book cover.

A pain in the you-know-what.

The cover art form, where they ask the author all sorts of questions about their thoughts on the cover, was 4 pages long.  Yup.  That was me.  (Sorry to the amazing artist who got it, but you rock!)  Then I spent months being my usual neurotic self.  I knew I loved Carina’s covers.  I also admit to being a wee bit of a control freak.  (Shhh..don’t tell my husband.)  So cover artist control freak giving up control of her cover? Yeah.

Took lots of this:

coldstone_jack2009And a bunch of this:

cider

And before you look at me like I’m nuts, yes, that is sparkling cider and yes, I realize it doesn’t have any alcohol in it.  But it makes me happy. My hubby buys it for me and calls it my crack. What can I say.

But the cover, right?  Yup… so after the art form, the excuses for eating badly,  I got my cover.  And I have to say that the peeps at Carina Press took my thoughts, fine-tuned it with that Carina Press/Harlequin brilliance and gave me a cover the leaps off that page. (At least I think so…)

So without further ado:

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Isn’t it pretty? I’m in love with the colors.  And yup, the designer in me considered redoing my entire site to match.  But only for a day.  Okay, so maybe I did attempt a design…. but anyway.  Love the cover? I know I do.  I hope you love the book, too.  I loved my spunky heroine, Aria, and of course Adam— the brother of Blythe from Something About Her.

Adam and Aria’s Story:

Aria Whitney has little in common with the delicate ladies of London society. Her famous father made his fortune hunting archaeological treasures, and her rustic upbringing has left her ill prepared for a life of parties and frippery. But when Gideon Whitney goes missing in Egypt, Aria must embrace the unknown. Armed with only the short list of highborn men who’d backed her father’s venture, she poses as a woman looking for a husband. She doesn’t intend to find one.

Adam Willoughby, Earl of Merewood, finds London’s strangest new debutante fascinating, but when he catches her investigating his family’s secrets, he threatens to ruin her reputation. He doesn’t intend to enjoy it so much.

When their lustful indiscretion is discovered, Adam finds that he regrets nothing. But now, as Aria’s father’s enemy draws near, Adam must convince his betrothed that she can trust him with her own secrets…before it’s too late.

 Some great Reviews from some incredible authors

“Cloaked in Danger has all the elements readers crave— larger-than-life characters, a vivid and believable setting, heart-pounding romance and just the right amount of mystery. Don’t miss it! It kept me reading deep into the night.”
— New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

“In ‘Cloaked in Danger’ Jeannie Ruesch has crafted a taut, emotional thrill-ride through the streets of Regency London. Archaeological adventure and drawing room intrigue are combined in a story that will keep you reading late into the night. Jeannie Ruesch is an author to watch.”
— RITA Award Nominated Author Elizabeth Essex

 

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A title for Adam and Aria!

CoverComingSoon_cloakedindangerJust this past week, I got an email from my editor with the title that Harlequin’s Carina Press has come up with for Adam and Aria’s story of suspense and romance.  And I LOVE it!  I think it perfectly fits the mood of the story, the history and the suspense.   Drumroll please…

CLOAKED IN DANGER

So what do you think?

For the longest time, I referred to this story as I was writing it as THE LIST.  And it had other titles along the way… including At Any Cost.  But none of the ones I came up were right or particularly provocative.  So I wasn’t really tied to the title I queried the book with.  But I truly LOVE this title.  I think it’s a perfect blend of the history of the times, the suspense aspect and it very clearly explains the story.

And because I still have Lily and Cordelia to write stories for, I can absolutely see the titles that come after this.   I now have a working title in my head for Lily’s story as well.   And because coming up with titles is tough, I thought I’d share some of the less-than-stellar (and not all totally serious) contenders I offered up for this story (which the Harlequin/CP team rightfully rejected. LOL)

Abduction makes the Earl Grow Fonder

Three Men and Miss Whitney

One Good Scandal Deserves Another

Anyway… next up for Cloaked in Danger — an updated blurb and cover art!  The release date is January 27, 2014.  Can’t wait!

Getting ..and Missing…”The Call”

Having received the news last week that my second book is set to release with Carina Press in January 2014, I thought I’d share how Adam and Aria’s story came to came to be.  Though Adam’s story is my second to be published, it’s the first one where I’ve received “the call” that I can share about.  My first book was published by Wild Rose Press and for that contract, I received “The Email.”   And while The Email still induced plenty of spinning in circles and jumping up and down in glee, my reaction to the “The Call” wasn’t much more dignified.   And what’s worse?  This time, it was in the parking lot of a grocery store, not the privacy of my own home.

My first book, SOMETHING ABOUT HER, introduces the Willoughby family in Regency era England.  Blythe is one of five siblings, and Something About Her is Blythe’s story.  I knew when I started writing it that I wanted to write for her siblings, too – Lily, Adam, Cordelia and even young Georgie had distinct ideas about their own stories.  So after Blythe’s was published by Wild Rose Press (and now available on Amazon directly through me), I began to work on Adam’s story.  His heroine is Aria, the daughter of a treasure hunter with an agenda of her own.

Once it was completed, edited, polished and Margie-ized, I submitted this story to Carina Press back in August 2012.  The week of Thanksgiving,  I was at the grocery store picking up flowers for a coworker’s birthday and saw my phone ringing with a number I didn’t recognize.   I rarely answer numbers I don’t recognize.  98% of the time they turn out to be telemarketers and I was running late for work, anyway.

So I didn’t pick up.

I got in line to pay for my flowers and headed out to my car, and in the parking lot, I heard the blurp on my phone that signaled a voice mail.  Telemarketers don’t usually leave voice mails, so I grabbed my phone to give a quick listen, one hand settling flowers on my front seat, the other hand holding the phone.

The voice mail was from Angela James from Carina Press.

Hearing her say her name was surreal — I blinked, shook my head, certain I’d misheard. But the voice mail went on to say that she was extending an offer for Adam’s story.   I listened to it about five more times (and okay, I have to admit that the message is still saved on my phone) and by then an email had arrived, reiterating her offer.  We connected via email to start the process.

One of the best parts?  Once the contractual stuff was finished, getting that email that said “welcome to the Harlequin Author’s Network.”   Somehow, I kept expecting to get a “oops, we made a mistake.” email… so being welcomed to the amazing Carina Press/Harlequin team of authors was a moment I’ll never forget.

I’ll be starting edits with my editor this month.   I can’t wait to share Adam and Aria’s story with you soon!

 

 

Where do you get ideas for names?

Often, writers are asked where they come up with names for the characters in their books.   I don’t know if other authors are the same, but for me, the wrong name on a character can make it hard to write them.  I would imagine a misconception for many readers is that authors use names they love.  For me, at least, that’s not always true. I use the name that fits…and sometimes finding that name can be happenstance.

For instance, for my book SOMETHING ABOUT HER, my heroine’s name is Blythe.  For me, finding this name was a trial and error and involved many hours of doing searches in baby name books and websites.  I knew that it had to be unique, and I knew the “feeling” I wanted from it.    When I remembered the name Blythe from a book I used to love, I knew it was the perfect fit.  It was perfect for my character and for me, it was a silent nod to an author I admired and loved.

The same was true for the heroine in my second historical — Her name is Ariadne Whitney (she’s called Aria for short.)   Her father is a antiquarian, so I knew that her name needed to be specific to his passions, to his world.   Ariadne is a name from mythology:

ARIADNE was the immortal wife of the wine-god Dionysos. There were several versions of her story. In one, Ariadne, the daughter of King Minos of Krete, assisted Theseus in his quest to slay the Minotaur, and then fled with him aboard his ship. However, when they landed on the island of Naxos, Theseus abandoned her as she was sleeping. It was here that the god Dionysos discovered her and made her his wife. Some say that she was later slain by Artemis, or else granted immortality. In another account, Ariadne’s bridal with Dionysos occurred several generations before, when the god was still wandering the earth introducing his cult. But when he rode into battle against the Argives with his band of sea women, she was slain or turned to stone by King Perseus. The god then descended to the underworld through Lerna to bring her back, before ascending to Olympos.  Theoi.com

FromPantheon.org, we add:  Concluding, we can say that Ariadne represented a tragic heroine figure in all the different versions of her myth. Therefore we can also understand that she was suffering from a terrible dilemma, namely between her wish for happiness and the obligation to obey to a divine command. Due to this internal fight, she felt a great sorrow and suffered death in so many different ways.

I’ll leave it up to my readers to decide if there is any correlation from the mythical Ariadne to my character.  While their stories are very different, I would say that my Ariadne (Aria) faces tragedies of her own…  And her last name? Once again, a nod to another character from one of my all time favorite historical romance books.  (For all you historical romance readers, any guesses on which one?)

Other names I’ve chosen have been first or last names of people I’ve known in my past… and yes, I admit a few exes or former crushes ended up as shall we say, “interesting” characters in my stories.. ;)   Some character names come easy, some go through renditions of changes.    But above all, the name has to be right.

So for other writers, how do you choose your names?