A Reluctant Lord. A Resistant Lady. A Superfluous Fiancée.

And a Devastating Family Secret…

When Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is abruptly called home to take the reins of the estate, he discovers the extent of the family’s financial straits. The remedy: marry the heiress their families have picked out for him. Unfortunately, he’s already planned to marry someone else.

Miss Sophie Goodnight isn’t too keen on becoming his purse with feet…and she sabotages all attempts to woo her. But when Lord Hartley discovers the shenanigans in his father’s past, he realizes that deciding between two beautiful women is the least of his problems.


Mia Marlowe is a rising star whose Touch of a Rogue was named one of Publishers Weekly‘s Top Ten Best Romances for Spring 2012. Mia learned about storytelling while singing professional opera. She knows what it’s like to sing a high “C” in a corset, so she empathizes with the trials of her historical heroines. Mia resides in Boston, Massachusetts. For more visit

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He Might Be a Rake if…

Miss Sophie Goodnight would say all it takes is a man with a pulse.

She’s my heroine in A Rake by Any Other Name. Her opinion is a tad jaundiced and I hesitate to reveal why she feels that way as it might constitute a spoiler. But when she arrives at Somerfield Park, Sophie feels men are pretty interchangeable. They all use women for one thing or other and Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, the son and heir of Lord Somerset, is expected to marry her so the estate can use her as a purse with feet!

Some people say that a rake is a man who delights in ruining young women and leaving them. That may well be the worst sort of rake, but Sophie also has recognizes other rakish qualities that jingle her warning bells. Here’s her list:

  1. If a gentleman has spent time away from the familiar, he might be a rake. She’s unimpressed with Richard when they first meet. It could be because he’s lately returned from a tour of the Continent with his dissolute friend. That sort of thing invites a young man to have lapses in his morals and habits.
  2. If a gentleman is handsome beyond the lot of mortals, he might be a rake. In this instance, Sophie doesn’t blame the man entirely. Women are quick to throw themselves at men who are easy on the eyes. One can hardly blame the man for catching them. And unfortunately, Richard Barrett is very attractive. Even Sophie’s mother, was fanning herself when she first laid eyes on him. Sophie is determined not to succumb to his striking appearance. Handsome is as handsome does.
  3. If a gentleman engages in relationships with more than one lady at a time, he might be a rake. From the first, Richard confessed that he believes himself half in love with Lady Antonia. He was very near to proposing to her in Paris, and has invited her and her family to come to Somerfield Park as his guests. But that didn’t stop Richard from kissing Sophie in the gallery. (And Sophie, it must be admitted, kissed him right back!)
  4. If a gentleman accepts money from a lady, he might be a rake. Richard’s family’s plans for him to wed Sophie so he can use her enormous dowry to keep the faltering estate afloat. Her father is pushing the match because he wants a titled grandson. Sophie is waiting for Richard to ask her what she Until then, he might be a rake.

Maybe you’ll want to make your own judgment about Richard. Try the excerpt from A Rake By Any Other Name here and let me know what you think!



Thank you Mia for joining us today!





Harry de Vaux, Viscount Tunbury, has loved Lady Elinor Tremaine for as long as he can remember—but is convinced that his past makes him unworthy of her. He agrees to accompany the Tremaine family to Italy to explore Etruscan ruins, even if it chips away at his resolve to stay away from the delightful woman he loves.


The intrepid Lady Elinor is caught up in the Victorian fervor for exploring distant lands. But during her travels she is thrown back into the company of an old friend, Harry de Vaux. Amid the sightseeing and treasure hunting, Elinor comes to realize that she wants far more from Harry than friendship. But when a dangerous discovery leaves them fighting for their lives, it might just be too late…


Lillian Marek was born and raised in New York City (the center of the universe). At one time or another she has had most of the interesting but underpaid jobs available to English majors. After a few too many years in journalism, she decided she prefers fiction, where the good guys win and the bad guys get what they deserve.


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Please tell us a bit about your latest release.

Well, Lady Elinor’s Wicked Adventure is my debut, so, as you can imagine, I’m kind of giddy with excitement. It’s the first book in a series about the Tremaines, the adventurous children of the Marquess of Penworth, who go off to exciting places. In this one, Lady Elinor and her parents and brother go to Italy to explore Etruscan tombs. In addition to finding true love for herself, Lady Elinor meets a Roman prince and his family, tangles with antiquity thieves, and has to help a Garibaldi supporter escape from Rome so that her brother’s romance can also have a happy ending. I grew up loving adventure stories and swashbuckler movies, so that’s the kind of stories I enjoy telling.

Are you attending any conventions in 2014? If so, what are the top three reasons as to why you like/choose them?

I’ve never been to a convention, but I’m hoping to go to the RWA national convention next summer. Why that one? Well, it is the biggie, the one everyone goes to. I figure it will be even more exciting to be going as a published author. And best of all, it’s in New York, right near home.

What is your favorite romance genre and what author makes you absolutely swoon?

I love historical romance, which you probably might guess, since that’s what I write. The first romance I ever read was Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible. I absolutely adored it. That’s what got me hooked on romance in the first place, and I’ve never read a book by her that I didn’t love.

What is your dream vacation spot?

Being something of a history nerd, I love to go places with museums, historic buildings, places where I can immerse myself in the past. However, I just read Susanna Kearsley’s Season of Storms, so right now I long to go to Lake Garda. I want to stay in a villa there, with a view over the lake, and sit on the terrace with my laptop and write my next book. Doesn’t that sound glorious? (You did say dream, not realistic, vacation spot.)

What do you think has been the most important moment or event of your life so far? And why do you feel that way?

There have to be three—the day I met my husband, the day our son was born and the day our daughter was born. Each one added enormously to the amount of love in my life. And there can never be too much love in anyone’s life.

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?

I have a great time writing my books. I only hope that readers will get at least a bit of that pleasure from reading them.


Boxers or Briefs

Manscape or Not
Absolutely not!

Lights On or Lights Off

Summer or Winter
Winter. I like warm but I hate hot humid weather.

Peanuts or Chocolate
Lemon, to tell the truth, but if those two are my only choices, peanuts.

Batman or Superman

The Voice or American Idol
I’ve never actually seen either one.

Christmas or Birthday
Christmas (I like giving presents even more than getting them.)

Heels or Flats
Flats. I’m all for comfort.

Talk or Text
Talk, definitely. Preferably face to face.

Action Movie or Comedy
Comedy, especially old Screwball Comedies.

Facebook or Twitter
Facebook. I can’t get interested in Twitter. I guess I always have too much to say, too many explanations to offer.




Thank you Lillian for joining us today!

Featured: FALLING OR FLYING by R. G. Alexander

Featured: FALLING OR FLYING by R. G. Alexander




Joely knows the island of Eden and its moods better than most. Apilot for itsexclusive clientele and the eyes and ears of Eden’s reclusive Master, she’s finally found a place where she truly belongs. Though kink is as common as coconuts in Eden, she’s not about to risk her position—or her heart—by indulging her private fantasies with invited guests.

Austin Wright’s first invitation to the island was meant to mend his spirit after an accident that changed his life, but each time he’s returned, his desire for the pilot of his dreams has gone unfulfilled. Not this time. Austin’s carefully laid plan for learning hersecrets and capturing her heart has already been set in motion. His friend Court’s arrival on Joely’s plane is unexpected…and so is everything that happens next.

Eden has a way of making plans—and routine flights—veer wildly off course, and when Joely and Austin find themselves marooned with the wicked Court and his good intentions, it’ll take a sexy shove, a leap of faith, and a little island magic to bring love home.

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Giveaway! THIS CHRISTMAS by Katlyn Duncan

Giveaway! THIS CHRISTMAS by Katlyn Duncan


In this light hearted and festive sequel to THIS SUMMER, Hadley and Will rekindle their relationship against the sparkling winter backdrop of upstate New York. This is a must read for fans of HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover.

This Christmas

This year, if Hadley wrote her dream Christmas list, it would go something like this:

  1. Spend every waking – and sleeping – moment with her incredibly gorgeous boyfriend, Will.


  1. Figure out what’s been bugging him lately. Yes, going away to college has been tough…but it’s time they reconnected.


  1. Enjoy a sparkling Christmas in New York City, gazing at the Rockefeller tree, going ice skating, and drinking steaming mugs of cocoa in Central Park.


So, driving off to spend Christmas in a rustic cabin in the woods wasn’t exactly the plan. But when it comes to her irresistible, and at times, impossible boyfriend, nothing’s ever that simple. And as fantasies of an icy Times Square are replaced by a clumsily decorated tree, making snowmen and the warmth of a log fire, Hadley feels herself falling in love all over again.


Except does Will have something to tell her that could change Hadley’s happily-ever-after Christmas dreams into a not-so-winter wonderland after all?


Don’t miss this festive sequel novella to This Summer.


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Katlyn Duncan

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.


Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.


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A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…


She’ll teach him the art of seduction one play at a time…


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Flynn has maintained a no-sexy-distractions policy for his entire pro career. Aubrey is exactly the kind of distraction he was trying to avoid, and she’s the one he can’t resist. When the media catches wind of their naughty little liaison, however, Aubrey’s boss steps in to make them an official couple. What Flynn doesn’t know is that Aubrey is forced to fake the relationship―or lose her job. Now Aubrey must hide the truth…even as she begins to fall for Flynn.

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