Monday, March 8, 2010

TO SIN WITH A SCOUNDREL: BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY

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TO SIN WITH A SCOUNDREL

BY CARA ELLIOTT
ABOUT THE BOOK:

A reclusive widow known for her scientific scholarship, Lady Ciara Sheffield is shadowed by rumors that she poisoned her husband . . . A rakehell rogue notorious for his devil-may-care antics, Lucas Bingham--the Earl of Hadley--is not accused of murdering anything--save for the rules of Polite Society. The only thing they have in common is seeing their names featured in the lurid gossip columns of London's newspapers. Until an ancient manuscript draws them together.

Ciara needs a titled fiancé to quell the slanderous speculations which may send her to the gallows. Lucas needs brilliant scholar to help his elderly uncle decipher the secrets of the mysterious manuscript. So when her friends urge her to accept the earl's proposal of a temporary alliance, Ciara decides that she has no choice but to make a deal with the Devil. And so begins a seductive dance of sinful pleasures and hidden desires as the two of them waltz through the mansions of Mayfair. Lies, intrigue, treachery, sex. They find themselves facing
slanderous whispers, unscrupulous relatives-not to speak of their own simmering passions, which quickly ignite into dangerous flames. It's a potent mix and the result may be explosive-and perhaps deadly-if they don't watch their step.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I started creating books at the age of five, or so my mother tells me. And she has the proof — a neatly penciled story, the pages lavishly illustrated with full color crayon drawings of horses and bound with staples — to back up her claim. I have since moved on from Westerns to writing about Regency England, a time and place that has captured my imagination ever since I opened the covers of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

I have a BA and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and now work as the creative director of a lifestyle sporting magazine, a job which lets me combine my love of the printed word with my love of art. I’m very fortunate in that my work allows me to travel to interesting destinations around the world — however, my favorite spot is London, where the funky antique markets and used book stores offer a wealth of inspiration for my stories.

YOU CAN READ AN EXCERPT BY CLICKING ON THE BOOK COVER BELOW:

Five Fun Facts

Research is always a fun part of writing a Regency-set historical romance. In To Sin With a Scoundrel, my heroine is the object of nasty gossip because she dares to be smart so I had a fascinating time visiting London and exploring the lives of real-life scandalous women. Here are a few of the interesting things that I learned:

1. Over 20,000 satirical prints were published in London between 1770 and 1830, and the famous artists were even more ruthless than our modern paparazzi at showing the celebrities of the day at their worst!

2. Lord Byron’s daughter, Augusta Ada Byron King, the Countess of Lovelace, was a mathematical genius—in fact, the U.S. Defense department has named one of its computer programs “ADA” in her honor.

3. You can find amazing original miniatures of Regency beauties and buck of the ton at antique markets on Portobello Road . . . but they don’t come cheap!

4. You can tell what regiment a Guardsman belongs to by the arrangement of the buttons on his red tunic.

5. If I could choose a dream house in London, I would love to live in Apsley House, the Duke of Wellington’s private residence, and throw a tea party using all the incredible silver and china that was given to him by a grateful Europe for winning the Battle of Waterloo.



GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO ANNA AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I HAVE
FIVE COPIES OF THIS
EXCITING BOOK TO GIVEAWAY!

THE RULES:

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--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE
SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT
AS MORE THAN ONE ENTRY




HOW TO ENTER

+1 ENTRY: GO TO CARA ELLIOTT'S WEBSITE HERE AND COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING THERE.

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ABOUT BECOMING A FAN OF CARA ELLIOTT'S ON Facebook

+1 MORE ENTRY: FOLLOW CARA ELLIOTT ON TWITTER @CaraElliott_1 AND TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY ONE TIME

+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND THEN COME BACK AND LEAVE A LINK

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT CARA IN THE FUN FACTS ABOVE

GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, MARCH 31

GOOD LUCK!

32 comments:

rubynreba said...

If she could pick a dream house in London she would pick the Apsley House, the Duke of Wellingtons private residence.
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rubynreba said...

You can download and print a To Sin With A Scoundrel bookmark.
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g.g. said...

She has an alter ego name

anjamie4 AT gmail dot com

g.g. said...

You can find original miniatures of Regency beauties at antique markets on Portobello Road

anjamie4 AT gmail dot com

Mariee said...

To Sin With a Scoundrel is part of a trilogy, and the second book is called To Surrender to a Rogue.
Great titles!

marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

Mariee said...

Lord Byron’s daughter, Augusta Ada Byron King, the Countess of Lovelace, was a mathematical genius—in fact, the U.S. Defense department has named one of its computer programs “ADA” in her honor.

traveler said...

Her alter ego Andrea Pickens. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

traveler said...

You can tell what regiment a Guardsman belongs to by the arrangment of his buttons on his red tunic. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

chey said...

She and fellow romance author Lauren Willig are teaching a college seminar on historical romance at Yale this semester.

chey127 at hotmail dot com

chey said...

I found it interesting that Over 20,000 satirical prints were published in London between 1770 and 1830, and the famous artists were even more ruthless than our modern paparazzi at showing the celebrities of the day at their worst!

chey127 at hotmail dot com

Lisa R said...

+1 blogged
http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/2010/03/bookin-with-bingo-to-sin-with-scoundrel.html


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CrystalGB said...

To kick off the debut of her new trilogy, she read from To Sin With A Scoundrel at Lady Jane's Salon in downtown NYC on March 1.

One of her favorite books is The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt.

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CrystalGB said...

I sent Cara a Facebook friend request.

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CrystalGB said...

I am following Cara on Twitter. @CrystalGB

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CrystalGB said...

I found it interesting that you can tell what regiment a Guardsman belongs to by the arrangement of the buttons on his red tunic.

Jane said...

"To Sin With a Scoundrel" is Cara's debut, but she previously wrote under the name Andrea Pickens.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

Jane said...

Her dream house is Apsley House, the Duke of Wellington’s private residence.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

justpeachy36 said...

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Please enter me in the giveaway.

She has an alter ego, Andrea Pickens

Martha Lawson said...

I found it interesting that she also writes as Andrea Pickens. I didn't know that!!

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Martha Lawson said...

. You can tell what regiment a Guardsman belongs to by the arrangement of the buttons on his red tunic.

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Virginia said...

I would love to read this book! Thanks for sharing.

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Mitzi H. said...

We share a favorite author....Elizabeth Hoyt.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

etirv said...

As an undergrad at Yale, Cara majored in art and went on to get a MFA in Graphic Design.

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

etirv said...

I think it's amazing that Lord Byron’s daughter, Augusta Ada Byron King, the Countess of Lovelace, was a mathematical genius—in fact, the U.S. Defense department has named one of its computer programs “ADA” in her honor.

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the visit at Cara's website. It is very informative, colorful, and easy to navigate. Her alter ego is another writer- Andrea Pickens
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Tore said...

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misskallie2000 said...

Lord Byron’s daughter, Augusta Ada Byron King, the Countess of Lovelace, was a mathematical genius—in fact, the U.S. Defense department has named one of its computer programs “ADA” in her honor.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 said...

Her altered ego, Andrea Pickens, writes about Mrs. Merlin’s Academy for Select Young Ladies, a secret school for Hellion Heroes.


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MarionG said...

I was surprised to hear that the author was teaching a seminar at Yale.
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MarionG said...

You can find amazing miniatures on Portabello Road. Cheers.
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Mariela said...

I found the fact that you can know the regiment of a guardsman by the arrangement of his buttons. I find these little facts so interesting. Its similar to the 20's where the way the bow on the hat was tied had a meaning as well.

marimasiel@aim.com

Mariela said...

I went to Cara's site and the caricatures found there are quite funny in a way specially the one of the view of the r-g-t-m's bomb lolz.

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