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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Febutante Heather Snow

"Hello, and welcome back to the next segment of The Nearly-Wed game. I'm your host, Beau Brummell, and I thank you for staying with us into the next hour. Now, in case you missed last episode, I'm sorry to say that, while certainly quite entertaining, Miss Sinclair and Major Prestwood scored no points. Let us see, shall we, if our next couple isn't a little more simpatico...” His voice trails off. “Oh, my..."

Brummell's face loses a shade of color. He turns his head to look at the stage director and whispers, a little too loudly, "Is the name of this couple's story truly SWEET ENEMY?" The director frantically nods and waves his arms in a 'go-on, man!' gesture.

Liliana Claremont smiles. "Really, Mr. Brummell, there's no need to fret. Geoffrey and I aren't enemies any longer, are we?"

Geoffrey Wentworth, Earl of Stratford, chucks his affianced gently under the chin. "Far from it, love."

Brummell's brows dip into a disbelieving vee, but he gamely goes on. "Yes, well. May I introduce Miss Claremont, a brilliant lady chemist who--" Narrows his eyes at the paper he's reading from, then glances up at Liliana. "I say! Did you truly go undercover as a husband-hunter at the earl's house party?"

Liliana's cheeks pinken, but she maintains her straightforward gaze. "Why, yes. I traded in my beakers for ball gowns, but only to uncover whether Geoffrey's family had something to do with the murder of my father," she says, quite reasonably.

Brummell's eyes widen. "And did they?"

Geoffrey chuckles. "Now, Brummell. You don't really expect us to give away the entire story, do you?"

Beau clears his throat. "No, no, of course not." One perfectly trimmed eyebrow wings high. "But you're certain you're no longer enemies?"

Both Geoffrey and Liliana smile. "Quite sure," she answers for them both.

"Well, if you were watching from back stage, you understand how the game works. My lord, would you mind removing to the green parlor so I might ask Miss Claremont a question?"

Geoffrey gives a sharp nod before brushing a kiss on Liliana's temple. Then he straightens, turning on his heel in such a way that speaks of his years of military training and strides for the exit. Liliana's eyes follow him--

"Miss Claremont--"

She jumps, snapping her attention back to the host. "Yes."

"Miss Claremont, if Stratford were to pick out a bouquet of flowers for you, what would he choose?"

A secret smile flits over Liliana's face and she drops her eyes to her vellum, hastily scribbling an answer.

Moments later, Geoffrey re-enters and Brummell poses the question to him.

A grin of masculine arrogance curves Stratford's lips. "Globe Thistle," he says confidently.

Liliana smiles an answering grin and flips her vellum. "Just so."

Brummell frowns. "But...isn't that a weed?"

Both Geoffrey and Liliana turn frowns upon him. "It's prickly," Liliana admits.

"But passionately purple," Geoffrey says. The two lovers look at each other a long moment, and it becomes clear to the entire audience that there is some private significance in Geoffrey's choice. "Besides, it's the precise color of Liliana's eyes."

"I...see," Brummell says, though he doesn't. "Yes, well, well done, you. You win the points. Now, Miss Claremont, if you please?"

Liliana leaves the room.

"My Lord, what would Miss Claremont say was the most romantic gesture you ever made towards her?"

Geoffrey debates a moment, then writes his answer. Liliana returns to the room and listens attentively to the question.

"Oh, my," she says, chewing her bottom lip with pearl white teeth. "I'm not certain. It could be the time he took me to the bog at the west side of his property and waded in to help me collect specimens...or, the fact that gave me a piece of expensive chemical glassware instead of a ring when he asked me to marry him...or, oh! I know. When he gave me his folly to use as my own private laboratory." She nods, but Geoffrey slowly shakes his head, his cobalt eyes turning rather heated. "No?"

Geoffrey slowly walks over to Liliana and flips his paper over, for her eyes only. Her pixie-like face quickly turns nearly as red as the glints of copper in her chestnut hair. "Geoffrey Alisdair Wentworth," she says sternly. "I'm quite certain this particular show is rated PG-13."

Beau tries to peak over Geoffrey's shoulder. The earl doesn't spare him a glance, having eyes only for Liliana, though he does crumple the vellum in his fist before the host can see the answer. "We forfeit this round, Brummell," Geoffrey says and takes Liliana by the hand. They hastily exit the stage, that secret smile they share pasted on both of their faces.

Brummell adjusts his cravat. "Well, there you have it. Please stay tuned for the next segment of our show after this short break... Now, if you have any questions for Miss Claremont or the Earl of Stratford, please do speak up. I'm certain...well," he cuts his eyes to where Geoffrey and Liliana were last seen, "I mean I expect they shall return to answer them at some point."

As the lights fade, Brummell can be heard grousing to the director. "Such behavior! This is the last time I agree to host a show with a bunch of love birds as contestants, I can tell you that."




One lucky commenter will win a copy of SWEET ENEMY. And all U.S. participants will be eligible to win a free Kindle! YOU DON'T HAVE TO ASK A QUESTION TO ENTER, BUT WE NEED YOUR NAME.

Be sure to check in throughout the day to meet all of the Febutantes and for more chances to win autographed books and a Kindle. Just leave a comment to have your name entered into the drawing. Leave comments on all six blogs for more chances to win. The contest ends at midnight CST Sunday, February 5th. Winners will be announced Monday evening.

Please visit Heather at
www.HeatherSnowBooks.com, on Facebook or on Twitter.

82 comments:

  1. Hi..

    Is this giveaway including international giveaway, because i want to win heather's book, but if not, dont count me ;)

    thank you

    eli_y83@yahoo.com

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    1. Eli, I'd be happy to send SWEET ENEMY internationally. I do believe the Kindle drawing is on for US, however.

      Good luck! It's lovely to see you again :)

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  2. I loved the scene above, which has really got me wanting to read "Sweet Enemy". I've read such good reviews about it, and it's the type of book that will keep me entertained, and enrich and enlighen me at the same time.

    Thanks for this opportunity.

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    1. Diane ~ Thanks so much! I've been so happy with how Sweet Enemy has been received and reviewed. I do hope you love it. Good luck in the contests!

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    2. Thanks Heather. In my excitement, I forgot to leave my email address.

      dpd333 (at) aol dot com

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  3. Febutantes! Love that!
    I'd love to subscribe to this blog by email, but I don't see that as an option.

    I got here because I followed Heather.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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    1. Di, Thank you so much for coming by!

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      I'll check into how to subscribe by email for you asap. :)

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  4. Wow, if the scene above is anything to go by, then the reader will need oven mitts to read "SWEET ENEMY"!

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    1. LOL...yes, indeed. Don't forget, Liliana is a scientist with a curious nature, and not just in the laboratory :) Thanks for coming by!

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  5. This game is such a great idea! They seem VERY much in love. But, I really like the host! He is hilarious! Sounds like a great read! Added to my TBR. ;)

    trb917@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Tina! Isn't it fun? I'm thrilled to be part of such a talented and creative group of authors. Glad you are enjoying it...keep coming back, more episodes to go!

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  6. I love the "Febutantes Ball." SWEET ENEMY sounds very entertaining, and I'd love the chance to win!.

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    1. Hi Lauren! Thank you for coming by...it's amazing how many great historical romance debuts are coming out in February...love being a Febutante!

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  8. Loved the scene!!!! Sweet Enemy sounds like an awesome read!!!!
    ctibby73@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks cherthib! Good luck in the contest

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  9. I love it, Heather! I'm looking forward to reading Sweet Enemy. I always find it interesting when the heroine isn't a just society miss, but has a talent or vocation. :)

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    1. Hi Olivia! Thanks for coming by. You should love the Veiled Seduction series, then...all of the heroines are science-savvy young ladies with mysteries to solve

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  10. I love the cover, too! It's gorgeous!

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    1. Hi Suzie...I know, right!? NAL did such a gorgeous job...love the colors, the detail, everything about it. But wait until you see the cover for SWEET DECEPTION, coming in August...so pretty Thanks for coming by!

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  11. These scenes are very funny! Sweet Enemy's been on the wishlist for a while.

    yvonnedvn[at]yahoo[dot]ie

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    1. Thanks Beebs! Hope you love it. Good luck in the contest!

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  12. Beau should know better than to ask such leading questions... Looking forward to reading more of Heather Snow's work!!
    CateS

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  13. Hi girlygirl...seriously! I mean, what did he expect? ;) Thanks for coming by

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  14. Cant wait for Sweet Enemy's release!!! Looking forward to a very entertaining read!!!

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    1. Thanks, Tracey! I can't believe it's only 3 days away now...

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  15. Heather,

    This is so fun! Thanks for giving us a sneak peek into Liliana's and Geoffrey's relationship. :)

    I can't wait to receive my pre-ordered copy!

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  16. Heather,

    Can't wait to read Sweet Enemy!!!

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  17. Welcome, Heather! Love a couple who can confound The Beau!

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    1. Hi Deb! So glad to see you. Thanks :) Liliana can confound most men...lol

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  18. Hi Heather, I can't wait to welcome your debut. It sounds just as interesting as a debut in historical times. I saw the cover some time back and adore it and now it's big day is looming. I really like the little nuances here - the raised eyebrows, the telltale signs of reddening cheeks and all :)

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Na! Thank you...the scene was fun to write :)

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  19. Gotta love those secret looks between couples, my hubby and I do that frequently to each other..I am one lucky woman! Sounds like a book and a series that I will Love!!!

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    1. Hi Rhi -- I'm sure your husband is one lucky man, too :)

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  20. Oh Heather! I remember when you won the Romance Through the Ages contest with this book. How wonderful! I can't wait to read it!

    What an interesting set of characters. I can see why Ms. Poelle loved your book from the start. Congrats!!!! Wishing you the greatest success. ;)

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    1. Hi Katherine, That was such an awesome and surreal night :) I can't believe that the release is finally here after all this time! Thank you very much

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  21. I love finding new authors. Can't wait to read your book Heather. I also love the cover.




    gatormaryd@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi, Mary -- Well, then we are a perfect pair, as I am a new author who loves to be found ;) Thank you very much

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  22. Congrats on your upcoming debut release, Heather.

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  23. Even I don't win I still plan to buy it because it just sounds like I might have fun reading.

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    1. Thanks, Melody! I wish you luck in the contest, but appreciate that you're willing to try SWEET ENEMY if you don't! I hope you have great fun reading Geoffrey and Liliana's story :)

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  24. Hi Heather! What a great post - I'm all out of questions, but I *am* dying to know what Geoffrey wrote as his answer. ;) Scandalous!
    I love the fact that Liliana is the one who "starts the ball rolling" as it were in this book, and am fascinated with the fact that she's a chemist!

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    1. Hi limecello! Yes, Liliana does tend to take charge of things, doesn't she? She's a bit more straightforward and practical than many heroines, but that's one of the things that made her such fun to write. I'm so glad to hear people say they love the fact that she's a chemist--there's nothing on the bookflap that indicates that, though :( I'm hoping that people do find by good old word-of-mouth or my website!

      Thanks for coming by!

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  25. I've been hearing great things about your book and just love debut stories!

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    1. Hi catslady! I'm so glad people have been saying such nice things :) It's always a little scary once you know it's in readers' hands! I appreciate how many people are willing to take a chance on a new author. I hope you love it!

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  26. I've pre-ordered your book and am just waiting for my copy to arrive. Really excited!

    Congratulations on your debut novel!

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    1. Tin - Thank you and THANK YOU :) I hope you enjoy Geoffrey and Liliana's story!

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  27. Looking forward to reading Sweet Enemy and winning a kindle. :)

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  28. Hi Heatherc, love this interview thing:D. Globe thistle hmmm I may say the groom makes a good choice :). Will the bride agree? Congrats on your release heather:). Can't wait to read it, count me in in the drawing please! Thank you:), aretha_zhen@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Aretha -- the scene with the Globe Thistle was one of my favorites in the book. I laughed the whole time I was writing it :)

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  29. Thanks for the chance to win :)

    Savannah
    brandon_savannah@yahoo.com

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  30. I gobbled this one up in a single day! Very very good. Readers are in for a real treat. I cannot wait to see the next book. I've already added it to our Staff Pick list and to my auto buy list. Congrats on your release Heather!

    temptnfate13@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh, Misty, yay! I'm so glad...when you said you were reading it on my FB page, I got a little nervous :) Wow, my first Staff Pick list! Thank you! If you need bookmarks or such, do e-mail me!

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    2. Thank you Heather, your publisher is one of the "nice" ones that remembers the Indies and sends them to us. I really enjoyed it, in fact it's one of the rare books that got me "misty" eyed lol no pun intended lol. Hopefully after my test schedule this week dies down I'll be able to sit down and write a review for Amazon and Goodreads for you.

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  31. Best wishes on your new release
    Mary A

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  32. I love character interactions blog posts, they are such fun :) Congrats on your debut!

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  33. I can't wait to read Sweet Enemy, it sounds like such a fantastic story. I love that the heroine is a lady chemist and not the usual sweet debutante.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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    1. Hi Barbara! I'm thrilled to hear you say that :) When I first started writing my lady chemist, I knew that I would love her, but I wasn't so sure anyone else would! I'm glad to know I was wrong. The rest of the series also features science-savvy heroines, too!

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  34. I love the unusual heroine angle too!
    Cindy H.
    cholub1968@aol.com

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  35. This looks like an interesting debut. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Rosie
    abbydillon16 AT yahoo DOT com

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  36. +I love the post. Intriguing way of doing the interview.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks! This "Nearly-Wed Game" was great fun, but mostly because of the amazingly creative and talented Febutantes! Glad to be counted amongst their number :)

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  37. Terrific contest! :) Thanks!

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  38. Can't wait to read it:-)
    catlover0112 at yahoo dot com

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  39. Sounds like a fantastic read! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!
    -Lauren Smith- ldsmith1818@gmail.com

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  40. Congratulations on your debut novel.
    penfield716(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  41. Heather, I have been looking forward to this book for quite a while! Good luck!

    Karin Anderson
    AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

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  42. Congrats on your debut! can't wait to read it!
    Kama
    Kamasutra128@Yahoo.com

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  43. I have it on my Kindle now, Heather! Yay!

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