Jaunties, welcome historical author Jessica Peterson back to the blog and read on to find out how to win your copy of her latest release Undercover Scoundrel.
What is it about scoundrels that we find so irresistible?
Scoundrel is just a fancy word for bad boy; they come in all shapes and sizes. Is it the biker dude’s devil-may-care attitude that makes our toes curl? The rake’s dangerously suave sense of confidence? The vampire’s dark looks, or his promise of an eternity sleeping next to him in his super luxe silk-lined coffin?
Sometimes there is nothing more delicious than a taste of forbidden fruit, whatever flavor you prefer.
Don’t get me wrong – I love the thoughtful, kind-hearted hero as the next reader. And I don’t think being scoundrelly and being sweet are mutually exclusive. In fact, it’s when those two things come together – when the bad boy’s good side is revealed – that the magic happens. Maybe beneath the hockey captain’s gruff exterior, he harbors a thoughtful, deeply loving heart; the secretive spy may treat his targets with amused disdain (disdain that is served shaken, not stirred, of course), but treats the target of his affections with love and respect.
There’s just something so right – so satisfying – about seeing that sweetness, that vulnerability, come out. Especially when we see the bad boy doing a good deed for his lady love. The hero of my latest Regency-set release, THE UNDERCOVER SCOUNDREL, may be a scoundrel twice over – Henry Beaton Lake is a spy with something of a rakish past – but he’s got a seriously mushy soft spot for his long lost first love, Lady Caroline. In many ways, Henry is master of his universe, but the tables are turned when he’s reunited with Caroline after a decade-long separation. Yes, he’s still a scoundrel with a wicked smile and a closet full of skeletons, but Caroline brings out his softer side.
And I don’t know about you, but I happen to think the mushy, ooey-gooey stuff can be just as sexy as the bad boy stuff.
Together, they make a pretty potent combination. I wonder what scoundrels have tickled your fancy – any particular bad boys with good hearts capture your imagination? For me, it’s gotta be the ultimate scoundrel, Rhett Butler, along with the cutie Eggsy from The Kingsman (if you haven’t seen that movie yet, rent it ASAP, if only because Colin Firth is in it!).
Please share your favorite scoundrels for a chance to win a signed copy, along with some fun author swag, of THE UNDERCOVER SCOUNDREL!
As always, a big thanks to the ladies of The Jaunty Quills for having me. It’s always fun stopping by and saying hello!
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As you probably saw on the news, the weather in Texas the past month has been a nightmare. We’ve had rain and more rain. So when a monster storm blew through in the wee hours of the morning following Memorial Day, there was absolutely no where for the water to go. I woke about 2 in the morning because the lightning and thunder were so continuous and so loud. Even Princess Galen woke up about forty-five minutes later because the lightning was so bright.
We lost power for an hour or more, but when we looked out windows, the water hadn’t pooled or risen in the lawn or street. This wasn’t true of my friends and neighbors living only a mile away. I started getting texts at about 2:30 a.m. from a friend who was staring at water covering the wheels of cars parked on her street. An hour later the pictures were of water almost to her front door. The water stopped rising then, but many, many people weren’t so lucky. The bayous spilled out of their banks, inundating many homes with 3 or more feet of water. People were stranded at the Rockets’ game and on highways where water below some of the underpasses reached 11 feet.
The worst part was that the storm came under cover of darkness, and so many people didn’t how high the water had risen until too late. Some people lost everything, including their lives.
But when daylight came, so did a new flood. A flood of heroes. Men may hold most positions of power, but women rule the world. A half day hadn’t even passed before groups of neighborhood moms who usually met to sip wine or have playdates had organized donation drop-offs, meal trains, and sign up sheets for those in need. Moms who needed help sent out calls, and the calls were answered. Moms showed up to help other moms pack, wash clothes, babysit kids, run errands, or rip baseboards from sodden walls. Wherever there was a need, there were and still are hands to help.
I saw moms out with kids pulling wagons full of cleaning supplies, food and water to help those affected by the floods. These are the everyday heroes, who will never make it on the news or have their picture in the paper, but they are heroes nonetheless.
Of course, it wasn’t just people affected. Animals were in the path of danger. In this video, the owner of a doggie day care near me videos his trek through chest-high water to reach the building and help the overnight worker rescue the dogs.
If you want to help the doggie day care, you can do so here.
Do you know of any everyday heroes? Give them a shout out here because they deserve to be recognized too.
Robyn was supposed to blog today, but her internet is still out from the floods in her area earlier this week. I told her I’d do it for her because even though there was historic flooding in Houston, where I live, last night and today, I was lucky not to have been affected.
I know some of you are living in areas right now that are under water restrictions or in the grip of a drought. I sincerely wish we could give you some of our rain because we have way too much. I’ve pretty much exhausted all of my rainy day activities for kids. Princess Galen insisted on reading every single beginning reader/BOB book to me today. All I can say is that Biscuit has a lot of friends–kittens, frogs, ducks, and hens.
I managed to pull her away from all the cats on mats to go for a short bike ride. That seemed safer than braving the streets, some of which still had high water even late into the afternoon. A lot of people were out bike riding, and it was fun to wave to families biking together as we passed. That’s not something you usually see at 2 on a Tuesday afternoon. Sometimes maybe we all need a rain day to make us stay home from work and school and spend some time together reading or bike riding.
I’m not making light of those who lost their lives or their homes in the flooding. I certainly didn’t want a storm or flooding, but I am thankful for the extra time with my family.
And now I am really ready for everyone to go back to work and school!
Have you ever been through a flood or hurricane or natural disaster?
I’ve returned from the Romantic Times Convention in Dallas. It was a whirlwind of reader events, workshops, and parties. The first thing I did upon arrival was to check in, whereupon I got these room keys
and was greeted by these elevator wraps.
One look down from my room, and I had a bird’s-eye view of the restaurant and bar.
One of the most fun workshops was one where we authors gave the readers a chance to write their own blurbs after randomly selecting a hero, heroine, trope, and keyword.
I also got to be part of Eloisa James’s Flaunt Your Fascinator event. Readers and I made fascinators with tables full of material.
Some of them looked like this when we were done!
There was plenty of food,
plenty of swag,
and plenty of tiaras!
Hope to see you next year!
It’s that time again in the romance world where authors begin to gear up for conferences and conventions. I know Kristan Higgins was just at the Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation Luncheon, and next week I’ll be at the RT Booklovers Convention in Dallas.
If you’ve never been to RT, it’s something you must try once. There are tons of panels and workshops for authors, readers, and booksellers. Plus, if you like to party, there are themed parties and events every night. Lots of attendees dress up, and it’s fun to see all the creative costumes.
If you’re going to Dallas, I’d love to meet you. Here are my scheduled appearances, but you might see me out and about too!
Wednesday, May 13, 12 p.m.: Everything Old is New Again Workshop
This is going to be a really fun workshop where authors ask readers to play a game where readers come up with their own high concept story ideas.
Wednesday, May 13, 3:45: Writing the Authentic Historical for Modern Readers
This is a panel that’s more geared toward authors who write historical romance, but it will be interesting for readers who love historical romance too.
Friday, May 15, 10 a.m.: The Historical Market Today
This panel is going to rock. There will be lots of tips and tricks from New York Times bestselling authors.
Saturday, May 16, 11-2: Giant Bookfair
This event is open to the public. There are rows and rows and rows of authors. You couldn’t possibly meet every one.
Saturday, May 16, 4:30: Flaunt Your Fascinator
This is an event sponsored by Eloisa James. The readers and authors will be creating our own fascinators! There will be other fascinators (pictured below) given away.
If I don’t see you in Dallas, I hope to see you in Vegas next year!