Our Pages

Friday, July 26, 2013

Welcome Violet Duke!

Today, fabulous guest  author Violet Duke is here to talk about her upcoming new release, Nice Girl to Love: The Complete Collection, and give away two ecopies in celebration of the book launch.

Hi ladies!  Thanks so much for having me!  I’m thrilled to be here, and excited to share a little bit about my upcoming new release with all your awesome readers!  I actually have two books coming out on the same day (July 31st)--Choosing the Right Man, the final book in the Nice Girl to Love serial romance series, as well as the complete boxed set.  The 'nice girl' in this three-book contemporary romance collection is Abby Bartlett, the very definition of the woman folks are always talking about when they tell men to “go find a nice girl to love.”  

 

In the first two books in the series, you are introduced to the Sullivan brothers—one a bad boy, the other a good guy.  It’s funny because right after the release of the first book, Resisting the Bad Boy, I got a ton of questions from fans asking why I wrote Abby’s tale as a serial.  Readers wanted that HEA then and there; they absolutely did not want Abby to even consider a romantic involvement with her best friend Brian, Connor’s brother.  After the release of the second book, Falling for the Good Guy, however, everyone 'got it.'

The way I explain it to my husband is this: I'm just the vessel.  I can give my two cents and my muse can offer inspiration but at the end of the day, it's the characters that control the story.  They're the ones that keep me up at night telling me their back stories, sharing their dreams, and letting me in on all those hidden emotions that the other characters don't know about.  There have been days where I've gasped out loud and stopped whatever mundane task I was doing because one of the characters chose that moment to reveal a missing piece of the story.  And so my best answer to the question of why a serial (seeing as how all my other books are not serials) is that from day one, it was clear that for these particular characters, the Nice Girl books had to be told as three individual, but intertwined stories.

So really, it isn’t because I like torturing readers with cliffhangers (or 'skydives,' as one of my fans calls the endings of Books 1 & 2) but rather, because the first two books are distinctly separate stories about two polar opposite men whose relationship with Abby run completely parallel to one another.  It isn't until Book 3 that they truly intersect.  Thus, as many of my fans tell me, this isn’t exactly your prototypical love triangle serial.  Both brothers deserve the HEA, but it’s of course not as simple as that.  Connor has layers you don’t see coming and as you learn more about Abby’s long and complex friendship with Brian and his daughter, Skylar, you’ll further see why she’s so torn.  In the final book, Choosing the Right Man, which will be released the same day as the boxed set, Abby makes her choice.  And yes, it’s a tear-jerker of a finale.

The complete Nice Girl to Love serial romance collection includes: Resisting the Bad Boy (Book One), Falling for the Good Guy (Book Two), and Choosing the Right Man (Book Three).  The ebook will be available on July 31st and the paperback in mid August.  The book synopsis is as follows:

Available July 31st
The One She Never Thought She Could Keep

Abby Bartlett is the quintessential nice girl. Between teaching, volunteering, completing her PhD, and helping her best friend raise his daughter, Abby never gets the chance to be anything but nice. That is, until the all-wrong-for-her man she’s only ever known from afar starts daring her to simply take that chance for herself. His sage advice? Try something wild and fast.  Preferably him.
An unbridled, hotshot attorney with a not-so-little black book, Connor Sullivan has earned himself quite the bad boy reputation. But in his defense, he’s a very conscientious one. He knows far too well that sometimes in life, love isn’t enough…or worse, not even a factor at all. To avoid that misery–and repel the drama–Connor has a firm ‘nothing over a month’ rule.  Who knew a nice girl would be the one to make him want to break all his rules?

The One She Never Hoped She Could Have

Abby is well aware that everyone thinks she’s in love with her best friend Brian. He is, after all, the type of man a nice girl should be with—the polar opposite of the bad boy—the kind of guy who didn’t let his wife’s decade-long illness stop him from showering her with a lifetime of love every second until her dying day. But everyone’s wrong; she couldn’t possibly be in love with him.  Because she’s never once allowed herself that option.

It’s taken a while but Brian has finally come to terms with surviving the woman he spent half his life loving, a third of it losing. Truth is though, he wouldn’t have ‘survived’ any of it really had it not been for Abby—sweet, incredible Abby—the woman he’s never once had to picture his life without, never realized he couldn’t truly live without. Until now. Now that he’s finally able to love her the way she deserves, the way he knows she wants to be loved…by his brother.  Who’s giving him exactly one chance to speak now or forever hold his peace.

A Decision She Never Dreamed She’d Have To Make…

And now it’s up to Abby to decide between the bad boy wanting to start a life with her and the good guy fighting for the life they’ve already built.
Goodreads-badge-add-plus
 
Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels.  Besides writing and feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, she can often be found tackling reno projects with her power tools and trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, or cooking ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes.  Violet lives in Hawai’i with her two cute kids and similarly adorable husband.

http://www.violetduke.com
http://www.facebook.com/violetdukebooks 

EBOOK PRIZE-PACK GIVEAWAY

Today, I'm giving away two ecopies of Nice Girl to Love: The Complete Collection.  

How to Win:  Just comment below on your favorite bad boy or good guy (from your favorite movies, TV shows, or books).  Two random winners will be announced on Sunday, July 28th and the winners will be gifted an ecopy of the book when it goes live on July 31st.  Good luck!

67 comments:

  1. Oh, wow! This sounds like quite the emotional journey. Thanks so much for being with us today, Violet. Hmm... My favorite bad guy from TV is Damon Salvator, The Vampire Diaries. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Samantha,

      Thanks for having me! ^_^

      Oooh, I love Vampire Diaries! And yes, Damon! Yum!

      Delete
  2. Hi Violet! Welcome to Lady Scribes! The collection looks great!!

    I like so many bad boys, it's hard to choose. Samantha likes Damon from Vampire Diaries, but I prefer Klaus from the same show. He's a badder bad boy. ;)

    But I also love Eric from True Blood.

    And though I'll feel a little like a traitor, I really do like Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones. (Please don't tell the Starks)

    I think what I like about them, is most bad boys (that I like, anyway) have a biting sense of humor. Things that are funny but make you say "ouch" at the same time.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ava,
      Those are great bad boys. I concur. I love them all, even Jaime Lannister. We got to see more depth to him last season. Plus, I love his brother and I'm blanking on his name. He's hilarious!

      Delete
    2. I think Jamie Lannister is on his way to being redeemed...can't wait to read more to find out how far it goes..

      Delete
    3. OMG, I love this answer! A little ouch with your funnies--I'm with you on that all the way. The biting sense of humor does tend to make them all the more hotter. :)

      Delete
  3. Hi Violet!
    Thanks so much for hanging out at Lady Scribes today! My FAVORITE bad guy is Jericho Barrons from Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. He's a good bad boy. Sort of. And that's why I like him. A lot. ;)
    Love your covers! Whoever put them together for you did a beautiful job! Congrats on your new releases!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hehe, hi Andris! Fancy meeting you here. :) I've been on Twitter and FB for a bit to catch up on work and I swear, one of the first things I do when I sneak back on is to see what trouble you're brewing up! ^_^

      Ohhh, I love the good bad boys! That's what Connor from this series is like, I think.

      Wow, thanks! I did the covers myself. If you (and this extends to all the Lady Scribes!) ever need any kind of graphic art work, just let me know! <3

      Delete
  4. I love Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, from Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas. From TV, I love Aidan (good guy) and Big from Sex and the City.
    Sounds like a great series! I love that all 3 books will be bundled!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Kimberly,

      Oh goodness yes! I love both Sebastian and Aidan. I have a thing for bad boys, yes, but those good guys...*sigh* they just burrow into my heart. :)

      Yay! ^_^ A lot of my fans asked for the books to be bundled (and to see Abby's face) so I rolled 'em both into one! ^_^

      Delete
    2. Congratulations! You're one of the **WINNERS** in the NICE GIRL TO LOVE giveaway! Please be sure to email me at authorvioletduke[at]gmail.com and let me know which eretailer you'd like the ebook gifted through.

      XOXO

      V

      Delete
  5. Hi, Violet! Thanks for joining us today. Hmmm... I've been immersed in the world of Game of Thrones lately, so I'm going to stick with characters from that. For bad boys, I adore Jamie Lannister. On the good guys side of things, I am a big fan of Ned and Robb Stark, and of course Jon Snow. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Game of Thrones...*sigh* That's a whole lot of yummy in one place. :)

      And thanks for having me over!

      Delete
  6. Welcome Violet! Love a bad boy! Eric Northman, sigh. All those bad boys on Game of Thrones, I'm with Catherine!

    But I love a good guy in Romance too. Liz Carlyle's vicar hero Cole is a favorite. Mary Balogh's heroes are often such lovely men too..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Deb! ^_^ I have a definite soft spot for the good guy in romances. Love Liz Carlyle!

      Delete
  7. I think Timothy Olyphant of Justified is a really sexy guy. He’s always cool headed and gets his man. I first enjoyed his acting in the Deadwood series where he played the sheriff. Again, the same cool character.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, definitely! Intense and rugged. I've loved him in everything he's acted in.

      Delete
  8. Ok, favorite bad guy, Spike from Buffy. Really, he's got attitude, a leather jacket, and can really rock out.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've been in love with Spike from the very beginning. Everything about his character makes for the perfect bad boy cocktail for me. *swoon*

      Delete
  9. Welcome, Violet! We're thrilled to have you here today! Your books sound super fun -- I'll definitely have to pick them up :)

    As for a bad boy...Damon from Vampire Diaries, without a doubt. Never loved a bad boy until him. Klaus is coming in a close second after watching the premier of The Originals. And I really like Hook in Once Upon a Time, too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Jerrica,

      Thanks! I'm loving my visit so far! You ladies are a blast! I forgot about Hook! I'm a sucker for eyes like his. And the scruffiness. *sigh*

      Delete
  10. Welcome, Violet! These books sound awesome (and I love those covers).

    Bad boys....My favorite is Trent Kalamack from Kim Harrison's Hollows series. Just when you think Trent is turning into a good guy, he'll go off and have somebody whacked!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Suzanne! Thanks! :) I think that's what I like about multidimensional characters like that. Definitely keeps me coming back for more. Huge fan of Kim Harrison!

      Delete
  11. Well my favorite movie is Grease, so I guess it would be Danny Zuko. I loved how the bad boy, leader of the T-birds would change for the girl he wanted (Sandy).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love it! Yes, total iconic bad boy there! <3

      Delete
  12. I love your books! I can't wait to get the collection so I can have them altogether!

    For me, it's definitely Braden from On Dublin Street.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw, thanks! I'm so glad you've enjoyed them. :)

      Yessss, LOVE Braden!

      Delete
  13. Replies
    1. I love all the brothers of Black Dagger Brotherhood! But yes, I think Z and V are my favorites also...with Rhage as a close third. <3

      Delete
  14. Favorite of all time? Louis from Interview with a vampire. I think I read the book and saw the movie 10 times each. He's not really bad - moody. :) heather1974 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Brooding men are EXTREMELY hot IMO! Definitely an Achilles heel of mine. :)

      Delete
  15. I have ot to go with dexter's Michael C. Hall as my favorite bad/good because yes he does kill people but they are all bad people!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL! Love this. Oh wow, yes, I have a thing for vigilantes too. <3 I've actually never watched Dexter (gasp, I know) but I adore Michael C. Hall!

      Delete
  16. that's a hard question to answer!! I love the good guy with the sometimes bad boy attitude....like the ones in all the romance novels i read...HAHA! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ^_^ I know, right? When I made the question, I distinctly remember laughing in my head and thinking, I can't even answer this. Top twenty, maybe? LOL.

      Delete
  17. Love the bad boy, Christian, Chris and Gideon.
    The good guy, Booth

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Gideon!!! And oooh, I have a mad crush on Booth! That smile gets me every time.

      Delete
  18. Bad boy Eric from Trueblood and good guy/bad guy Alcied from Trueblood. I love Trueblood! lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree, Trueblood does pack itself with a whole lot of hotness! :) And they're so intense! *swoon*

      Delete
  19. my favorite bad guy would have to be Jason Morgan from General hospital. cant help but love the guy. he kills people for his boss and has many ladies who love him but his heart was with Sam. so that's my good/bad guy. good is cause sam and Danny brings out the good side of him. *swoon* hes handsome also

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, chiseled yumminess. What that man can do to a black shirt... *sigh*

      Delete
  20. My favorite bad boy would have to be Logan from Veronica Mars! :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's so funny, I JUST started getting into that show since the reruns air all the time on my channels here. Yes, Logan is a fantastic bad boy! :)

      Delete
  21. My favorite good guy from TV is SSA Derek Morgan on Criminal Minds (Shemar Moore). An FBI Special Agent that is sexy as hell, has a sharp wit, doesn't talk down to anyone and still manages a fantastic sense of humor despite what he sees every day at work.
    My favorite bad guy from a movie is Dr. Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs. Well, him and every bad guy from the Batman movies.
    Thanks for a shot to win this, and CONGRATS on your upcoming release.
    Jenny
    starznstripes24(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wit and humor are at the top of my hotness list, too! OMG, Hannibal Lecter is way to intense for me. But you're absolutely right, he is compelling. Darn those bad guys! They always pull you in! ^_^ Thanks for the congrats! <3

      Delete
  22. My fav "good" guy is Daryl Dixon from Walking Dead! Bad boy would be The Governor :) Congrats on the series and thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Awwww, Daryl's a GREAT good guy. Thanks on the congrats! ^_^

      Delete
  23. For good guy I have to go with the guy that plays Agent Morgan on Criminal Minds and bad boy the guy that plays Jax Teller on SOA Thanks Violet for the amazing chance <3

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. OMG, he's so hot *fans self* and I LOVE how he is with Garcia. *melts into goo* Jax... *sigh* My CP and I always dish over how much we love the scruffy guys. ^_^

      Delete
  24. Replies
    1. A take-no-prisoners, do-whatever-it-takes kind of guy? What's not to love? ^_^

      Delete
  25. For good guy I have to go with Jack Bauer from 24 played by Kieffer Sutherland. I mean, come on, he saves the world in 24 hours each year (until the series concluded, but good news they are working on a new season!!)
    For bad boy, I have to jump on the Damon Salvatore bandwagon, OMG is Ian Somerholder delicious or what?!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Really? I didn't know they were working on a new season! Very cool! :) Heroes that are literal noble heroes always top the good guy chart for me as well! I don't think I'm ever getting off that bandwagon. *sigh* Those eyes... <3

      Delete
  26. For bad guy (deep down he's good though:) is Ranger from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. He's my favorite, love him!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do too! Love that series and I adored Ranger!

      Delete
  27. For bad guy (deep down he's good though:) is Ranger from Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. He's my favorite, love him!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I loved him enough to want to gush about him twice as well! ;)

      Delete
  28. My favorite bad boy... Kellan from SC Stephans series. He is soooo swoon worthy. He may be damaged and dealt with it in a terrible way, but when he found love... he loved HARD! Love the Thoughtless series

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. OMG yes! I always get swept away by the damaged ones who fall hard. Totally swoon worthy! <3

      Delete
  29. I love Jagger from Dark Brothers series from Bec Botefuhr. Thanks for the giveaway

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my goodness, how have I not read this series yet? It sounds delicious! Adding it to my TBR pile now. :) Thanks for letting me know about it! I'm all ready to fall in love with Jagger.

      Delete
  30. I love all the rocker bad boys in Oliva Cunnings books. On tv right now I love Matt Bomer charcter in White Collar. Love the writting of that show and his character

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh wow, I totally concur. She certainly knows how to write a can't-stop-drooling-over bad boy rocker! YUM. Matt Bomer in White Collar is ridiculously swoon-worthy! Everything about him makes me root for the bad boy. :)

      Delete
    2. Congratulations! You're one of the **WINNERS** in the NICE GIRL TO LOVE giveaway! Please be sure to email me at authorvioletduke[at]gmail.com and let me know which eretailer you'd like the ebook gifted through.

      XOXO

      V

      Delete
  31. I don't really have a fave bad boy from movies, unless you count Clint Eastwood in all of his spaghetti westerns as a bad boy. I had my own personal bad boy one time in my life though. My first husband left my two toddlers and I in the middle of the night years ago for another, much younger woman. I was devastated and became a recluse with bad self esteem, wondering what I did to make my husband run off like that. After five years of being a single mom, getting through school and getting a new job, I met a man at work who was known as a "bad boy" playboy. He asked me out and he made me feel so good about myself. After about a year he took off for greener pastures and more girlfriends, but I was grateful for that year with him as he taught me that I was a pretty, worthwhile woman again. I had much more confidence in myself and made a good career out of the job that lasted many years. In the interim I met a good man, my present husband of 33 years, the love of my life. So some "bad boys" can be good boys too. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wow. :( I'm so sorry yo uhad to go through that. But how wonderful that you got such a beautiful HEA. I love that! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! <3

      Delete
  32. Gosh, I had SUCH A BLAST hanging out with you all! Thanks again to all the lovely and amazing lady scribes for having me over to play and to everyone who commented for giving me a whole lot of yummy bad boys and good guys to think about all weekend. *grin*

    Without further ado, with the help of random.org, the **WINNERS** of an ecopy of NICE GIRL TO LOVE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION are...

    Kimberly Perry and Lorie Glowania!

    Congrats ladies!!! Please email me at authorvioletduke[at]gmail.com to let me know your eretailer of choice and I'll gift the ebook right on over to you on the day of release (July 31st).

    This was such fun! Thanks again for helping me celebrate the upcoming launch of my book!

    Hugs,

    V

    ReplyDelete