Robyn DeHart

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A life-long lover of stories and adventure, it was either become a stuntwoman for the movies or live out those adventures from the safety of her PJ’s and computer.

Award-winning author, Robyn DeHart chose the latter and couldn’t be happier for doing so.

Known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers. Publishers' Weekly claims her writing to be "comical and sexy" while the Chicago Tribune dubs her "wonderfully entertaining."

Robyn is a three-time RT Bookclub Reviewers' Choice award nominee, and her book Seduce Me won for the 2009 Best Historical Romantic Adventure. The same book also won the inaugural RomCon Reader’s Crown award.

In March, Treasure Me, the much anticipated conclusion to her Legend Hunters trilogy hit stores. You can find Robyn on-line her website or here at Jaunty Quills.

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This time of year most of us are getting ready for the holidays. We’re shopping and wrapping and baking and decorating and its easy to get lost in the bustle of the busy season. One thing I never skimp on though is decorating my tree. Not because I feel it has to be perfect, it’s actually kind of haphazard, no theme tree at my house. No, I take my take while decorating the tree because my ornaments are special to me.

While I was growing up my parents had a tradition of giving each of us kids one

ornament a year so that when we grew up and moved away we’d have an ornament collection to put on our own tree.So I have many of these though some of them haven’t survived over the years, I still enjoy looking at the ornaments and remembering when I was in Jr. High and I loved unicorns, or that odd phase I went through in high school where I had a thing for black & white cows. All of it is represented there in my ornaments and I get to walk down memory lane every Christmas.

But those aren’t the only special baubles I hang on the tree, I also have ones that I’ve bought as I’ve travelled. Whenever I go somewhere I try to get an ornament to remind me of that trip. I also ask friends who travel to bring back ornaments for me and I have them from all over the world. Emily brought me a wonderful handmade ornament from Greece and another from Denmark. Another friend brought me one from Bethlehem. My brother gave me ones from Argentina and Poland. And from my own travels I have the Bahamas, Jamaica, London, New York and Las Vegas (among other places) represented.

And then there are those ornaments that mark certain events in my life, like when I graduated from college or when I got engaged and then subsequently married and then when we built our house. It’s all there, hanging on my tree every year and I love unwrapping each one to remember where I got it.

So how about you? Do you have special ornaments on your Christmas tree? Or do you have another holiday tradition that you always take your time to relish?

 

**Also, I have a new book. Well, it’s not technically new, it’s the bundle of my Regency spy novellas, the Masquerading Mistresses. I hope you’ll check it out! And you know it makes an excellent gift this time of year. :-)

 

Robyn DeHart

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A life-long lover of stories and adventure, it was either become a stuntwoman for the movies or live out those adventures from the safety of her PJ’s and computer.

Award-winning author, Robyn DeHart chose the latter and couldn’t be happier for doing so.

Known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers. Publishers' Weekly claims her writing to be "comical and sexy" while the Chicago Tribune dubs her "wonderfully entertaining."

Robyn is a three-time RT Bookclub Reviewers' Choice award nominee, and her book Seduce Me won for the 2009 Best Historical Romantic Adventure. The same book also won the inaugural RomCon Reader’s Crown award.

In March, Treasure Me, the much anticipated conclusion to her Legend Hunters trilogy hit stores. You can find Robyn on-line her website or here at Jaunty Quills.

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A Spy Unmasked Cover - Tina Gabrielle First I want to thank the Jaunty Quills for inviting me to guest blog. It’s wonderful to be here!

They say write what you know. I write Regency period historicals. Although I love to travel, I can easily say I’ve never been in England in the early 1800’s. My hero in my new release, A Spy Unmasked, is a spy and expert safecracker whose latest mission is to investigate a series of suspicious deaths of prominent members of the London Inventor’s Society. My lady heroine is an inventor. So how did I did use my background here?

I’m a licensed patent attorney and in my past I worked with some interesting inventions and eccentric inventors. It was a bit like Shark Tank, but instead of asking for money to invest in their inventions, clients wanted patents to protect their works. I’ll always recall some of my favorites, a retracting needle to keep medical workers safe, a nifty mixing bowl with a no-slip rubber bottom, a light up hood to help you find your car in a crowded parking lot, and yes, even sex toys (they’ll remain anonymous). So how on earth did I “write what I know?”

A Spy Unmasked is right up my alley. My heroine, Lady Sophia, is a feisty female inventor who’s a woman ahead of her time. Before I was a lawyer, I was an engineer and Sophia is a character of my heart. She’s also a bit like me in that I loved hanging out with my dad and tinkering in the garage. Sophia is on a mission for justice, and she is just what my hero needs.

What about my hero? What in the world do I have in common with a spy and master safecracker? I admit to being a lover of Ian Fleming novels and James Bond movies. He’s elegant, self-confident under pressure, and always sexy. He has style, class, and sophistication. So who’s my favorite Bond actor? Although I enjoy watching Sean Connery master the part, I have to say Daniel Craig stole my heart in Casino Royale. When I was thinking of my own hero, the result was the cunning spymaster Robert Ware, the new Earl of Kirkland. Just like Q from James Bond, my hero has cool gadgets. Robert is an expert in the fine art of finessing open safes. He has state of the art lock picks and he uses them on more than one occasion. The scenes where he’s opening safes were very fun to write.

So what do you love about spies in books? And if you’re a writer, how do you write what you know? Please share for a chance to win an ebook of A SPY UNMASKED (the first book In The Crown’s Secret Service Series).

About A SPY UNMASKED

The mission did not go quite as Robert Ware—known in society as the new Earl of Kirkland—planned. A spy in the service of His Majesty, Robert is a “guest” at a masquerade party as he retrieves vital information for a murder investigation. Until he’s quite unexpectedly interrupted by an exquisite, masked woman with glittering green eyes. And a pistol she has cocked and aimed right at him…

Lady Sophia Merrill has defiantly taken up justice’s shining sword, determined to expose the brigand who murdered her eccentric but brilliant father, and stole his latest invention. Now she must masquerade as Robert’s betrothed in order to infiltrate the Inventor’s Society and find the killer. But the undeniable potent attraction between them not only imperils the investigation, but Sophia’s reputation… and both of their lives.

DSCF0009About Tina Gabrielle

Best-selling author Tina Gabrielle is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She often picked up a romance and let her fantasies of knights in shining armor and lords and ladies carry her away. A Spy Unmasked is the first book In The Crown’s Secret Service series. The second book in the series, At The Spy’s Pleasure, is coming in April 2015 from Entangled Publishing. She is also the author of adventurous Regency historical romances, In The Barrister’s Bed, In The Barrister’s Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Kensington Books. Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical romance by Romantic Times Book Reviews. Tina loves to hear from readers. Please visit her website for free monthly contests and giveaways. www.tinagabrielle.com

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Robyn DeHart

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A life-long lover of stories and adventure, it was either become a stuntwoman for the movies or live out those adventures from the safety of her PJ’s and computer.

Award-winning author, Robyn DeHart chose the latter and couldn’t be happier for doing so.

Known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers. Publishers' Weekly claims her writing to be "comical and sexy" while the Chicago Tribune dubs her "wonderfully entertaining."

Robyn is a three-time RT Bookclub Reviewers' Choice award nominee, and her book Seduce Me won for the 2009 Best Historical Romantic Adventure. The same book also won the inaugural RomCon Reader’s Crown award.

In March, Treasure Me, the much anticipated conclusion to her Legend Hunters trilogy hit stores. You can find Robyn on-line her website or here at Jaunty Quills.

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I don’t watch the news much. Primarily because if it’s important or interesting, The Professor will tell me because he is a news junkie. But you know there’s also the my-time-is-precious thing and if I get free time away from the kiddos, then there are any number of things I’d rather do. That being said, every now and then I go looking online for something news specific and today happened to be one of those times. Here are the 5 oddest/most interesting headlines I came across…

1. Um….Chalres Manson is getting married! What? There’s so much wrong with that headline. But the one I keep going back to is that there is someone out there who *wants* to marry him. Charles Manson with the dead, shark eyes. 

2. First pot auction held in Washington. Pot as in marijuana. Sold at auction. I don’t even know what to say. 

3. World cup of skydiving in Austin this weekend. If you know anything about Austin, this shouldn’t surprise you at all. 

4. ‘Honey Boo Boo’ star Mama June denies relationship with child molester. Okay, I don’t watch this show (I’m pretty sure I’ve blogged about reality TV on here before) But seriously, why is this even a conversation? Surely if she is dating a child molester, then the police should get involved or at the very least Child Protective Services. 

5. And finally…Serial robbery by knifepoint. So recently we’ve had a string of robberies occur in shopping parking lots where this guy is taking people’s purchases. It seems like this sort of thing happens every year. You hear about people having their cars broken into and people stealing all their Christmas purchases. It’s nuts. Even if you can’t afford presents, how is stealing other people’s effective? I mean, let’s say someone stole all of the gifts I’ve bought so far – unless they have young daughters and a brainiac husband, they’re going to be super disappointed. 

So have you seen any interesting/odd/funny news headlines lately? 

Robyn DeHart

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A life-long lover of stories and adventure, it was either become a stuntwoman for the movies or live out those adventures from the safety of her PJ’s and computer.

Award-winning author, Robyn DeHart chose the latter and couldn’t be happier for doing so.

Known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers. Publishers' Weekly claims her writing to be "comical and sexy" while the Chicago Tribune dubs her "wonderfully entertaining."

Robyn is a three-time RT Bookclub Reviewers' Choice award nominee, and her book Seduce Me won for the 2009 Best Historical Romantic Adventure. The same book also won the inaugural RomCon Reader’s Crown award.

In March, Treasure Me, the much anticipated conclusion to her Legend Hunters trilogy hit stores. You can find Robyn on-line her website or here at Jaunty Quills.

Robyn's Website


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idea-clipart-canstock15210914Last night I went to the monthly meeting of my local RWA chapter. Most of the time we have a speaker come in and give a talk, but a couple of meetings a year we do a more social/interactive thing and these always end up being my favorites. So this meeting was a giant brainstorming party, but we did it like speed dating. What a blast it was. Not only did I get to learn about the writing of some people that I don’t often get to talk to, but I got some help on my next book. 

The cool thing about brainstorming is that you can really do it anywhere and with anyone. Even people who aren’t helpful (often for me this is The Professor) can be helpful in their unhelpfuness – if that makes sense. It’s like you give people your writing problem and then have people throw out ideas and sometimes you just have to pull the weeds to find the pretty flowers. Okay, that’s a terrible metaphor, but often for me, I know when I an idea doesn’t work and it can lead me to the one idea that rings my bell. 

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Why, Tom Hiddleston, is that you???

Which brings me to the point of my blog, I need some brainstorming help…here’s my issue, I’m about to start book 2 in a trilogy and I *think* my hero and heroine know each other from the past, but they weren’t romantically involved. She’s older than him and now their paths are going to cross because of his work and something with her late husband. So give me your best ideas for how they know each other…ready, GO!

And just so you can have a little “reward” for all your efforts, here’s my inspiration for my hero, Gabriel. 

Robyn DeHart

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A life-long lover of stories and adventure, it was either become a stuntwoman for the movies or live out those adventures from the safety of her PJ’s and computer.

Award-winning author, Robyn DeHart chose the latter and couldn’t be happier for doing so.

Known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers. Publishers' Weekly claims her writing to be "comical and sexy" while the Chicago Tribune dubs her "wonderfully entertaining."

Robyn is a three-time RT Bookclub Reviewers' Choice award nominee, and her book Seduce Me won for the 2009 Best Historical Romantic Adventure. The same book also won the inaugural RomCon Reader’s Crown award.

In March, Treasure Me, the much anticipated conclusion to her Legend Hunters trilogy hit stores. You can find Robyn on-line her website or here at Jaunty Quills.

Robyn's Website


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Latest Books

IMG_2895So I’m in the midst of a deadline right now and I’m so far behind that I can’t even remember where I’m supposed to be. It’s quite sad. When this happens, sadly all of my creative energy must go to the book itself so today I am sharing random facts about myself, in hopes that you will do the same because y’all I could use a bit of diversion. So please, entertain me with your own random facts…

* I got my hair cut this summer into an inverted bob and this pic doesn’t do it justice, but I love it!
* My nails are always painted
* I think cats are the best animal ever
* My eyes are green, but everyone thinks they’re blue
* I used to be a Diet Coke junkie, but I’m reformed and now drink only water, mostly in the form of La Croix
* I’ve almost been married for 10 years
* I have 2 children, both girls and they’re 6 and 4 and so cute, it’s kinda ridiculous
* I’m the youngest in my family
* I could spend hours looking at organization ideas (and have done that very thing)
* I took American Sign Language in college for my language requirement
* I have a collection of ink wells
* I am addicted to office supplies (as are most other writers that I know)
* I get headaches all the time
* I’m scared of heights, and water critters and I’m terrified of tornadoes
* The Professor watches TV at night in our bedroom and my preferred program for falling asleep is Law & Order (any of the 3 versions)
* I don’t think The Simpsons, Seinfeld or There’s Something  About Mary are funny despite popular opinion
* I love to spend the day snuggled on my couch doing nothing but reading, but I rarely get to indulge in this
* I love Country music, good rock-n-roll and Broadway showtunes
* My happy place is the beach – I don’t even care if it’s an ugly beach as long as there is sand and waves I can listen to
* I hate being late on a deadline, but sometimes there’s no way to prevent it

So tell me some goodies about you, no matter how small or big, I wanna know. 

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