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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Dirty Dozen

So, I published my twelfth ebook last week on Valentine’s Day. Big achievement. Huge. It was a fantastic and nerve-wracking way to spend the most romantic day of the year. Engaging the Enemy is the first novel in my new regency historical series set in Hampshire, England and I’m as excited about this release as if it were my first.


Every great family has a few secrets best left unspoken. 
The wild Randall’s of Hampshire excel at them.


A duchess should be regal, aloof and the image of calm elegance. But those words have never applied to Mercy Randall, Duchess of Romsey. A widow and mother of a young duke, Mercy is lonely and floundering to keep the estate afloat. When she discovers the existence of Leopold Randall, her husband’s estranged cousin, Mercy commits to help him locate his missing siblings if he’ll return the estate to order. Although cautioned against trusting a man who would inherit everything should her son die, she impetuously hands over the estate to Leopold’s care in the hope of keeping him near.

Leopold Randall, heir to the young duke, has returned to Hampshire to demand information regarding the fate of his missing siblings. Unfortunately, the Duchess of Romsey is clueless about them, yet her struggle to maintain the estate tugs at Leopold’s sense of duty. At her insistence, he steps in to bring order to chaos while searching for hints to his family’s whereabouts amongst the old duke’s papers. Yet the duchess tempts him in ways best unspoken. He fights to hide his weakness for her and a shameful past that could see him banished again. But when Leopold discovers a threat against the duchess and young duke’s life, he must join forces with the temptress to protect his last known relative.


I had some great help for this book and for the release. Many thanks to my writing partners Tammy Falkner, Julie Johnstone, Jane Charles, and Tamara Gill for seeing the book through to the end. A special shout out must go to Suzie Grant for putting together this stunning book trailer for me in a very short period of time. Here’s the trailer:





To celebrate the release, I’m giving away a digital copy here on the blog. To enter the draw, share with us your best Valentine’s Day moment.  Winner will be announced

To read more about Engaging the Enemy, go to my website and read the excerpt, or go to Amazon to buy or download a sample.

28 comments:

  1. I think my best valentines day moment was when we found out that we were pregnant. We were getting ready to go out and I was on the computer and it was giving me problems and so I snapped at my husband. He asked me why I was snapping at him. I told him I don't know. Let tell y'all that I never snap at him. So he decided to finish getting ready. I started thinking hmm I wonder. So broke out my home pregnancy test. I happen to have one because we were planning on trying. So, I take the test and wait the 3 minutes. Most agonizing 3 minutes of my life. Well, I told my husband what I thought. Three minutes later I go to the bathroom and he follows and it came back positive. Of course I couldn't believe just one so decided to some more after our dinner. Well, the other test came back positive. That has to be one of the best, because it was something we both wanted.

    countessofmar@yahoo.com

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    1. LOL What a wonderful Valentines Day moment! I remember doing multiple tests too when I was hoping to be pregnant, but it wasnt on Valentines Day. Good luck

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  2. Heather,

    Congratulations on your new release. I already have my copy and look forward to reading it. I love your cover! It's gorgeous!

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  3. Melody, that's a lovely story!
    Heather- congrats! Twelve books is a HUGE accomplishment, you should be so proud. :)
    I'm not really into Valentine's Day, so we don't do much of anything. But this year my husband (who does NOT make romantic gestures- the last time I got flowers, I was pregnant with my 6 year old) wrote me a lovely letter, with poetry, about how much he loved me and was so proud of me. It was so sweet.

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    1. I can't remember the last time hubby bought me flowers. After 20+years of marriage, I've given up dropping atomic bomb size hints on how much I love getting them. Getting letter and poetry on Valentines sounds lovely though. He sounds like an amazing hubbie.

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  4. Congrats on your new release, Heather. I've spent many a lonely Valentine's Day, so my best V-Day moment was the year I decided to celebrate Singleton's Day. A few of my other single friends and I got together, gave each other candy and flowers, had dinner and drinks, and had a great time. Never again will I let Valentine's Day get me down in the dumps. :)

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    1. Singleton's day is still Valentines Day. You shared the time with people you cared about, and had fun by the sound of it. LOL Sounds perfect to me.

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  5. Wow - 12 books! Congrats on the new release, and pat yourself on the back for such a great accomplishment. As for Valentine's day, I don't really celebrate it as an adult, but I loved it as a kid. Every year my dad would leave a single rose next to our beds so we would find it as soon as we woke up. Pink orange juice and silly notes in our lunches were a must, and a lovely dinner on my parents' china to top things off. To this day, I only ever like to get red roses from my dad :)

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    1. Wow. What a dad you had!! I had to remind mine about his wedding anniversary so he stayed in mums good books. Valentines Day? ... I'm pretty sure it was never on his radar. LOL Thanks for the congrats.

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  6. 12 books! Woo hoo! Major grats and let me just say I love, love, love the premise of the book. It sounds delightfully suspenseful. I so loved making the trailer because of the dark, sensual feel to the series. The book looks great! Grats again, Heather and good luck!

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  7. My birthday is the day before. I don't know if it's the best, but last week was pretty awesome. My husband surprised me with tickets to Wicked. It was so good! I love going to the theater. Thanks!

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    1. Oh I loved Wicked!! What great gift for any occassion. Happy Birthday for last week.

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  8. Congratulations on your 12 books, Heather! How exciting!! :)

    As to Valentine's Day, I'm another non-practicer. I usually buy my DH a Reeses and he gets me a Godiva bar. I'm not a fire-breathing, anti-Valentine person, though. I just think it's extra expensive to get flowers on V-day. So I tell him not to bother and just buy them some other day. We usually go out to dinner within the mouth surrounding the day, but just not on THE day. Too crowded and weird menus usually. (Boy I sound old.)

    BUT, on the other hand, the stores are flooded with all that great chocolate and I do partake. It would be a real shame to let all that commercialism go to waste, right?

    RIght?!

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    1. Absolutely! I'm a firm believer that no chocolate should be left behind. Easter is coming. Chocolate bunnies are in the shops already, waiting for a new home. LOL

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  9. Congrats, Heather--a wicked dozen under your belt. ;) The trailer was amazing, too!

    Of course *I* lurve Valentine's Day!!! Always have and always will. For obvious reasons.

    One of the best Valentine's Day presents I ever received was when Hot Builder told me (on Valentine's Day) that he wanted one of our children (this was pre-child days) to have my maiden name as a part of his/her name. It was a present four years in the making though, lol!

    Congrats again, Heather!

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    1. You really know a man loves you when he's willing to compromise on his kids names. LOL Naming your children can be so fraught with tension. Thanks for dropping by.

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  10. Heather,
    Congratulations on your 12th e-release. That's quite an accomplishment, and I must say this book is AWESOME! As for my best Valentine's memory, I've been lucky to have some great Valentine's. Now that I have kids, my husband and I celebrate Valentine's Day on the weekend if it's during the week, and this year was the best so far. My husband took me to a great new restaurant called Vino, and we spent hours at the table talking about the future, planning our summer vacation, and planning where we wanted to take the kids for years to come. It was so great to realize I'm lucky enough to have this wonderful man in my life who has the same dreams for the future as I do.

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    1. Julie, that sounds like a wonderful strategy you have going there. This year I was a little bit distracted by the book release for Engaging the Enemy to have thought of doing much. However, I plan to make it up to my dh on our anniversary in a few weeks time.

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  11. Congrats Heather on the release of your 12th book! & it looks like a fantastic read (fingers crossed i win it :D)

    I have to admit a don't have a best Valentine day moment. It's not celebrated in a big way where i live (I live in Asia); & I'm single with no significant other to share it with (where are those delectable heroes when you want one?).

    thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks Linda! Even if you don't celebrate Valentines Day there is always chocolate and fictional heroes to get you by.

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  12. My best Valentine's Day moment was receiving lovely flowers at work, and getting all the other women jealous.

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    1. Barbara, I can totally relate. I once recieved a bunch so big my arms ached to carry them home. (Hubby had almost forgotten our anniversary and had to be reminded) I had a 2 hour commute -- lots of green eyed stares on that trip. LOL

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  13. What a milestone, Heather! Congrats!

    I'm hosting a best/worst Valentine's Day contest on my newsletter and I've been hearing some amazing and strange stories! None of mine are quite so exciting, although dh did bring me the most lovely, unusually magenta colored roses this year.

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    1. Magenta Roses?? They sound lovely, Deb. I hope you get lots of replies on your newsletter contest... Everyone! Sign up for Deb's newsletter and leave a comment.

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  14. Congratulations on your new book! I would say enjoying a nice meal with my family.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Sometimes simple is best. Good luck in the draw.

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