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Friday, February 3, 2012

Guest Blogger Anna Randol

The Lady Scribes are happy to welcome Anna Randol, debut author of A Secret in Her Kiss. Anna lives with her family in Southern California. She writes sultry, adventurous Regency romances for Avon. Her debut novel, A Secret In Her Kiss, is set in Constantinople and earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, who called it a “...masterful debut…[that] spins a tale replete with mystery, espionage, and memorable romance.” When she’s not plotting fun, sexy storylines, Anna’s usually eating dark chocolate, having wild dance parties with her kids in the living room, or remodeling her house one ill-planned project at a time. She loves hearing from readers at her website http://www.annarandol.com/ or on Twitter at @AnnaRandol!

Hero or Zero: A Quick Reference for Heroines

We all know how it is—by Chapter One you’re already engaged to a man. But with all the things a romance heroine has to juggle (spy work, raising siblings, lost treasures) it’s hard for a woman to know if she’s found her true love. To simplify things and save time, I’ve compiled a simple quiz.

1. Is the man in your life:
A. Selected by your overbearing father, or a lecher old enough to be your father?
B. A childhood friend, pleasant, dull but safe?
C. Dark, tortured, and misunderstood?

2. A stable boy spooks your man’s horse. Does he:
A. Beat the lad with a riding crop?
B. Get flustered and out of sorts?
C. Offer the malnourished lad a position on his own staff?

3. When it comes to a discussion of marriage, your man:
A. Insists upon it immediately and is willing to use force to see it happen.
B. Content to do his duty but not interested in anything more romantic.
C. Shies away from it because he knows it is too important to take lightly.

4. When your man sees you riding astride in the park, he:
A. Goes straight to your father with threats.
B. Worries what his mother will say if word gets out, but swears he won’t be the one to tell her.
C. Berates you for your lack of groom but then challenges you to a race.

5. Describe his kiss.
A. Like two fat slugs sliding over your skin.
B. Brief, chaste.
C. Sweet mercy, my head's spinning too much to expound on it.

If your answers are mostly ‘A’s:
This man is not your hero. In fact, he is most likely the villain. If there are any suspicious deaths in the recent past, I would look closely at this fellow.

If your answers are mostly ‘B’s:
This man is also not your hero. He is most likely the placeholder until the real hero comes along. You may break his heart when you leave him, but he will understand and want you to be happy. There is also the strong possibility that he’s just fallen in love with one of your best friends but doesn’t have the heart to tell you.

If your answers are mostly ‘C’s:
This is your hero! Despite what society thinks of him, he truly has a sensitive, caring heart. He just needs the right woman to come along and see it. If you’re concerned about his reckless ways, fear not. He’ll change them after meeting you. Also, there is a good chance it was all a ruse to cover his career as a spy.


A rare beauty, raised in the exotic heart of the Ottoman Empire, Mari Sinclair knows it’s time to end her career as a British spy when she narrowly avoids a brush with death. Unfortunately her employers think otherwise—and they are not above using blackmail to keep Mari in the Game.

Saddled with a handsome, duty-obsessed “minder” to ensure that she completes—and survives—one last mission, Mari is incensed…for her guardian, Major Bennett Prestwood, is simply too dedicated, too unbending, and too disarmingly attractive. But in the face of dark secrets and deadly treacheries, as the true peril to Mari is slowly revealed, loyal soldier Bennett realizes that, to save and win this extraordinary woman, he will have to do the unthinkable and break the rules—rules that passion and desire have suddenly, irrevocably changed.

One lucky reader will win a copy of Anna's amazing book. Leave your name and email address in the comments section to be entered into the drawing.

24 comments:

  1. Anna,

    Thanks so much for being with us today. I love this quiz!

    Good luck with your debut. I've been hearing lots of great buzz about A Secret in Her Kiss. I can't wait to read it. :)

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    1. Thank you, Lady Scribes, for inviting me! It has been a ton of fun!

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  2. I loved the quiz, Anna! I'm really looking forward to reading A Secret in Her Kiss- Capt. Prestwood sounds delicious. As much as I love Regency England, I enjoy reading stories set in other locales, they are always interesting and give you a great idea of what the world outside of the British Empire was like in the 1800s.
    Thanks for coming to Lady Scribes, good luck with your debut and can't wait to see you, Samantha and the other ladies tomorrow at the Febutante Ball! (Here on Lady Scribes) :)

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    1. Tomorrow should be a ton of fun! The Febutantes are a hilarious bunch and one lucky commenter will win a Kindle! Super fun.

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  3. Hi Anna, love your book cover and the excerpt so much:). I think the story is really2 Interesting because it is not located in England . Can't wait to read it:). aretha_zhen@yahoo.com

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    1. It was definitely fun to set a book outside England. There was so much interesting history to explore!

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  4. Hilarious quiz, Anna. I do hope no one ended up with Man "A". I just got chills thinking about it. :) Good luck with your release!

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    1. If anyone had any A's I figure we had better hurry and find them a C!

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  5. I got all "C's" so this man is my Hero.

    I enjoyed the teaser excerpt and would love to read the book. I love to find new Authors and add them to my list.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway Samantha, and lots of luck to Anna on her new release.

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    1. Glad you got all C's. That means you know how to pick them!

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  6. Congrats on the new release, Anna. It sounds so intriguing and I can't wait to read it!

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  7. Congrats on your debut, Anna! Gotta love a straight arrow who finds himself bending the rules!

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    1. They are so much fun to write. So strict and regulated on the outside, but so full of passion inside. It's interesting to see how they finally crack!

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  9. Congrats on your debut! Sounds like a book I'd like to read!
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

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  10. Happy debut, Anna! Love the idea of a Constantinople setting. The quiz was fun!

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    1. The was a blast to write! Now we just have to hope our heroines are as smart as our readers...

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  11. BTW, Anna is spending the day with her kids, but she'll check in later. And she'll be back with us tomorrow for The Febutante Ball along with Jillian Stone, Manda Collins, Heather Snow, Kristen Callihan & me! :)

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  12. Thanks for joining us today, Anna. Hilarious quiz. I was snorting at all the A answers. :) Good luck with your release. It sounds great, and I can't wait to pick up my copy.

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  13. I liked your quiz. Your book sounds very good.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. ooh - another chance to win Anna's book!

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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  15. I would love to try this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

    abbydillon16 AT yahoo DOT com

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

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