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Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching."

She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

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The winner of THE MILLIONAIRE ROGUE is Kate Sparks. Thanks to all of you who stopped by and commented.

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Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching."

She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

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“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – e.e. cummings

Hello all!  Many, many thanks for having me back on the blog today; a special thanks to the inimitable Shana Galen for hosting me a second time around!

I’m turning the big 3-0 this month, and I’ve been thinking a lot about the things I’ve learned over the past decade.  The things I’ve learned about career, about passion, about relationships; the things I’ve learned about other people, my friends, my family; but mostly, the things I’ve learned about myself.

My twenties were, as Taylor Swift (love ya girl) so aptly put, “miserable and magical”; like T. Swift I was “happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time.”  After I graduated from college, I went to work at an investment bank, thinking the “big” career with the “big” salary were the things I wanted – the things that would make me happy.  I was going to be the ambitious, career-oriented gal I’d always dreamed of becoming.

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Turns out, working at the bank was hardly a dream come true.  I met lovely people there; I made great money and better friends; I worked hard, learned a lot, and traveled widely.

I was also miserable.  Like, burned-a-hole-through-my-stomach unhappy.  It wasn’t the job itself that was so bad; it was the fact that the job wasn’t me.  I was a super sensitive, super creative introvert working on a loud, intense, raucous trading floor.

Needless to say, I cried in the women’s bathroom, quietly, a lot during those years.  But I learned a very important lesson working at the bank: that no matter how much I wanted to be that girl with the big corporate job (and big paycheck), that wasn’t who I was; that job and that money weren’t going to make me happy.

I fought that lesson.  I was terrified of falling behind my peers, most of whom were becoming doctors and lawyers, savvy investment bankers and advertising executives.  I wanted to keep up.

But I also wanted to write.  Badly.  It had always been my secret dream (after dominating the corporate world) to write romance.  I fought this dream, too.  It didn’t jive with who I thought I should be; what I thought I should be doing with my life, my time.  I would fantasize about my writing career, but I was too scared to take the leap, and make it happen.

Until one day I couldn’t fight it anymore; I could no longer fake it.  I couldn’t fight who I was, and what I really wanted, apart from what everyone else was doing.  I was unhappy, my stomach hurt, and I had had enough. 

I was going to be me, for the first time ever.  “You do you,” as my friend Janice wisely counseled.

And I did.  I did me.  I wrote.  I still cried (turns out being who you really are is really hard!) but my stomach stopped hurting and I was, for the first time in what felt like forever, a pretty happy gal.

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I explored this theme – of accepting who you really are, versus who or what you think you should be – in my latest release, THE MILLIONAIRE ROGUE.  Lady Sophia Blaise, our heroine, thinks she wants “to make a brilliant match with the season’s most eligible bachelor, and a suitably large castle to go with him.”  She believes trumping her fellow debutantes in the hunt for husbands will make her happy.  She has, after all, been raised on Debrett’s; what greater joy than to land a Marquess with ten thousand a year?

But the hunt proves rather less exciting than Sophia had hoped.  And those Marquesses – they are not exactly scintillating company.

Enter Thomas Hope – banker, orphan, foreigner – everything, in short, that Sophia doesn’t want.

Only she ends up wanting him, quite ardently.  He is witty and smart and good Lord those wicked blue eyes of his.  He makes her laugh; he makes her feel alive; he makes her feel all sorts of confusing, delicious, maddening things.

But unlike Sophia’s beau, the Marquess of Withington, Thomas does not have a title.  Or a castle.  Or, after an infamous diamond is thieved from his ballroom, much of a fortune.  Which means Sophia must choose between what she thinks she wants – the man she should marry – and what she really wants – the man who makes her happy.

I think I had so much fun writing Sophia’s story, exploring this theme of accepting who you are and what makes you happy, because I know that struggle so well myself.  And I think choosing your own happiness above all else makes for the happiest of happy endings, don’t you?

So tell me, friends – have you struggled to accept who you are?  What have you learned about yourself in the past year, the past five years, the past decade?  Comment for a chance to win a copy of THE MILLIONAIRE ROGUE!

Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Rhett Butler and Mr. Darcy, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark, and handsome heroes of her own.

A graduate of Duke University, Jessica worked at an investment bank before leaving to pursue her writerly dreams. She lives with her husband, the tall, dark, and handsome Mr. Peterson, in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Check her out at www.jessicapeterson.com.

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Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching."

She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

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Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching."

She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

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Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching."

She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

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Readers, please give a hale and hearty welcome to historical romance author Theresa Romain. Theresa’s latest, Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress, released on Tuesday, and it’s a fabulous conclusion to her Matchmaker trilogy. Keep reading to find out how to win your own copies of the first two books in the trilogy!

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Shana: Welcome back, Theresa. First things first! How was your holiday? What was Little Miss R’s favorite gift?

Theresa Romain: Hi, Shana! Thanks for the chance to visit the JQs again. I brought extra pine nuts for Jaunty this time so I could stay on his good side.

We had a quiet Christmas, with no traveling. But it was a nice holiday. Little Miss R got a LOT of craft supplies, which she adores. Those have been helpful in passing the days of her long break from school. How was your holiday and Princess Galen’s break? These future romance heroines don’t take kindly to calm and quiet.

Shana: Princess Galen also got lots of craft kits and supplies! She also got quite a few books. It was a lovely holiday.

Tell us about Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress. I just loved Augusta and Joss. I always love a scandalous heroine and a dark hero.

Theresa Romain: Thanks! I like it when the heroine has a wild streak too. Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress features characters who appeared in my previous Matchmaker romance, To Charm a Naughty Countess, but their story can stand on its own. Augusta is heiress to a cosmetics fortune, and though she has friends in the ton, she doesn’t fit into polite society. Joss is Anglo-Indian, cousin of a baron but impoverished. He works as his cousin’s man of business. Joss and Augusta meet in Bath when he’s chasing the baron’s blackmailer and she is dealing with a series of losses by hiding under a false identity. They wind up keeping each other’s secrets—and, of course, falling in love.

Shana: The reviews for the book so far are amazing! Publisher’s Marketplace said, “Romain concludes her Matchmaker Regency trilogy (after To Charm a Naughty Countess) with irresistible brio and wit.” Was the book fun to write? Sometimes I find writing humor enjoyable, and sometimes it’s way tougher than writing “straight.”

Theresa Romain: It was sometimes fun and sometimes very difficult. :) So, it was just like writing most books! My favorite scenes to write are usually the ones in which characters argue (I’m not sure what that says about me…). Since Joss and Augusta are both stubborn and determined, they butted heads a lot, and I liked writing their interactions. The Sutcliffes—Joss’s cousin and his wife—are a little more comic. Sutcliffe, who is all impulse and id, was inspired by my interactions with toddlers. (Don’t tell my daughter.)

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Shana: My lips are sealed! This novel is set in Bath, which is a refreshing location. Why did you choose to set it in Bath, and did you learn anything interesting or unusual in your research?

Theresa Romain: I don’t know why I chose to set it in Bath—a bolt from the Muse, maybe?–but the setting was one of the first things I planned. I just decided on Bath, and the setting informed a lot of the story’s events. There are several characters in need of healing, though not always of the kind that could be helped by Bath’s famous mineral waters.

Bath had a culture all its own during the Regency, and I liked learning about the things that made it unique. For example, the chair-carriers had to be licensed, and they had a set schedule of fees they could charge. And the two major assembly rooms coordinated their schedules so they could take turns drawing large crowds. I pored through some 1800-era tourism info and learned so much!

Shana: Finally, tell us what you have coming next.

Theresa Romain: Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress wraps up my Matchmaker trilogy, so my next book will be in a new series. Actually, I am working on two new series! I can’t share all the details yet, but I’m looking forward to telling more Regency-set stories with characters and settings that are new to me.

Readers, now it’s your turn. Though its main focus is romance, Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress also has its comic moments. What are some books that make you laugh? I’d love your recommendations!

One reader who comments will be randomly chosen to win print, Kindle, or Nook copies (winner’s choice) of the first two romances in the Matchmaker trilogy: It Takes Two to Tangle and To Charm a Naughty Countess. This giveaway is open internationally. The winner will be announced and contacted Sunday.

Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book.

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ONE GOOD PROPOSITION DESERVES ANOTHER…

Heiress Augusta Meredith can’t help herself—she stirs up gossip wherever she goes. A stranger to Bath society, she pretends to be a charming young widow, until sardonic, darkly handsome Joss Everett arrives from London and uncovers her charade.

Now they’ll weave their way through the pitfalls of the polite world only if they’re willing to be true to themselves…and to each other…

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