Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Blog Tour: Season for Surrender by Theresa Romain + giveaway


I am a part of the Season for Surrender blog Tour. There is a giveaway for this book too, but first an excerpt from the book:

The scene: 
At the end of a difficult Christmas day, Alexander, Lord Xavier, has come to the library of his country house for the solace of conversation with Louisa Oliver. But the conversation—and the solace—don’t go as he expected…

Part of him wanted to deny this, yet part of him knew that only trickery had brought her here, kept her close. He’d bribed her here with his books, tied her here with a mystery. Counted on her intellectual curiosity to win him ten pounds and sustain his reputation. 
A reputation he didn’t even want anymore. Maybe.
Was he Xavier, or Alex? He was all knotted up, all confusion. Yet no matter who he was, he wanted. He wanted to convince her of his value. She, who was the first to suspect he had a hidden stash of it.
He wanted her eyes on him; her thoughts turned his way. And if he kissed her—when he kissed her—by God, he’d make sure it was a kiss she wanted to hold fast to.
Her hand slipped around his tense forearm, and he flinched. He hadn’t heard her approach. She rested her hand on his sleeve—one second, two. Gently, then, she pressed down on his arm. Let go.
He dropped his hands from the mantel, his shoulders sagging, and turned to face her. Tried for a smile.
She must have seen something dreadful in his face, because she took a step backward. Her hands lifted, palms out, the silk of her gown shushing over the carpet. “You look like you could use some privacy. I’d best bid you good night now, and happy Christmas. Do excuse me.”
Before he could unlock his tongue, she had already backed up several more steps. 
“Wait, please.” He raked a hand through his hair. “Please. Louisa. Don’t leave. Not like this.”
He didn’t want her to ask him any more terrible questions. But he couldn’t let her leave; not before he had an answer for her. Or himself.
She stopped. “How should I leave, then? Shall I recommend a book to you first? Purgatorio was good enough for your ancestors, and they were good enough for the queen.”
“No.” He pulled in a sharp breath. “Yes. Louisa. We don’t have to be only about books, do we?”
She looked away, into the dark depths of the library. “You and I? We don’t have to be anything. I’m just here for your house party, to entertain myself in a safely scandalous way, then retreat to the library whenever real life gets too overwhelming.”
“I see,” he replied. His hands felt blocky and numb at his sides. “Yes. I—I shouldn’t have expected anything else from you.” 
He stammered under a wave of mortification. It welled up from within; it washed over him with every flicker of her dark eyes.
She didn’t leave, though. And she didn’t stop looking at him. With a tilt of her head, she said, “I’ve told you not to expect me to react in the common way.”
She sank to the floor before the fire and extended her hands. The burning coals cast their warm light through the wavy glass of the fireplace screen, burnishing her skin to flame gold as her bronze gown pooled around her.
“In a novel,” she commented, turning her hands before the flames as though toasting them, “someone would surely interrupt our conversation at the decisive moment.”
Xavier stood by the fireplace like an andiron. “Can it be possible that this conversation hasn’t yet reached the decisive moment? I think we’ve had twelve decisive moments already. I’ll have to go directly to bed and pull the coverlet over my head.”
A trick he’d often used with Lockwood: stating the truth so baldly that it sounded like a lie. Lockwood always laughed.
Louisa didn’t, though. She only watched the flicker of flame behind glass. “That’s not much of a way to spend Christmas night, is it?”
His jaw flexed. What on earth was there to say by way of reply? There was no point in denying anything to her. At best, she’d shrug it off; at worst, leave.
He didn’t like the idea of her leaving—and not because of the wager with Lockwood.
“No,” he said. “It isn’t. But then, not much about this Christmas has gone as I wished.”
She rose to her feet, graceful as a danseuse. “And what did you wish for?” 


Read the next part of the excerpt tomorrow, 9/27, at Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance: http://romancingrakes4theluvofromance.blogspot.com/


Giveaway Details:

One randomly drawn commenter will win an autographed copy of SEASON FOR SURRENDER by Theresa Romain.

Contest is open internationally.

Contest is open the duration of the tour. (Ends 10/5)

 Winner(s) will be randomly selected and notified via email.

I usually do not do this, but you will get 1 extra entry if you like Theresa on facebook 
                                                         
 1 extra entry if you follow her on twitter



Author Bio: 
Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventu­ally she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.

Connect with Theresa at:
Website: http://theresaromain.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/theresaromain
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTheresaRomain
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4844891.Theresa_Romain




Tour Stops: 
Additional tour stops can be found at:
http://events.litconnect.com/season-for-surrender-by-theresa-romain
The more stops readers comment on, the greater their chance of winning.


 Back Cover Blurb: 
HONOR AMONG ROGUES 
Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation— for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to at­tend his famously naughty Christmas house party—and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protec­tor… 

MISCHIEF AMONG MISSES 
Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavi­er’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring… 

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83 comments:

  1. What a great excerpt! I'm wondering why she doesn't react in a "common way" and what exactly that means:) I love a good historical romance, thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  2. Blodeuedd, thanks so much for hosting me today!

    Jenny, I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. This chapter's close to the halfway point of the book, so by this time in the story, Xavier has realized that Louisa never does quite what he expects her to. :)

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  3. Love the excerpts...but they're like potato chips, who can eat just one?! Still, I come back day after day, looking for my new "chip"... thank you for sharing this with all of us, because I'm enjoying it very much :)

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  4. How can I not like a story where the heroine loves books? Congrats on the release.

    thumbelinda03@yahoo.com
    twtter & fb follower

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  5. Thanks for stopping by Theresa :)

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    1. Thanks for hosting! What a fun group of blog-readers you've got. :)

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  6. Krista, I am honored that you find these excerpts as tasty as potato chips! Hope to see you at the stops tomorrow and Friday, too. :)

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  7. Linda, thank you! I enjoy reading about bookworm characters too--and writing them. The research is SO much fun.

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  8. love the excerpt! i havent read any of the authors work as yet but i am really tempted to once i get some money saved up!

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  9. Theresa, as always I love the excerpt and the Weird Wednesday Word on FB ;-) This excerpt really makes me want to read more, to find out the conclusion of this mysterious and almost melancholy exchange between Louisa and Xavier!

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  10. Doesn't do what he expects her to do???? Oh yes! I need to read about her! Love that! Plus, a cad with a heart? Sign me up! :D

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  11. Laurie, thanks! I definitely understand about book budgets--I have one myself. The good news is, there will be lots of chances to win a copy of SEASON FOR SURRENDER over the course of the blog tour!

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  12. LadyRed, I'm glad you enjoy the Weird Wednesday Words. There's no shortage of them! Glad you enjoyed today's excerpt, too. It won't stay melancholy for long. :) In tomorrow's excerpt, both Louisa and Xavier will answer the question, "What did you wish for?"

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  13. Melissa, "a cad with a heart" is a great description for Xavier at this point in the story. And Louisa enjoys surprising him--and herself!

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  14. thanks for the excerpt it's always so nice to learn more about a book.

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    1. Ha, I should be using the comment-reply feature, shouldn't I?

      Thanks, Melliane!

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  15. I think the cover of the book looks sexy.
    A woman who looks like she can handle herself with any man. Esp Xaiver. Thks for excerpt and giveaway.

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    1. Sue, Louisa might not know how to handle herself with *every* man, but she sure knows how to take on Xavier!

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  16. I like the cover... always like the dresses on the cover of romance books....

    Love the excerpt!

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    1. May, romance novel covers feature the best-dressed people, don't they? My young daughter is Not Allowed to read romances yet, but she can admire the pretty dresses all she likes!

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  17. I liked very much of the excerpt!

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  18. I recently read this and in fact my review will post on Saturday. This was a fun read and got me in the mood for the holidays!

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    1. Kimbacaffeinate, thanks for taking the time to review SFS. Glad you thought it was fun!

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  19. Ooooh, this looks and sounds really good! :D

    carolerae4488@yahoo.com
    http://www.facebook.com/caroleraecamels?ref=tn_tnmn (I liked Theresa R.)

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    1. Hi, Carrie! :) Thanks for following me over here.

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  21. Sounds right up my alley. I like it when characters chat books.

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    1. naida, thanks. I love to read about books, so I couldn't resist writing a bookworm heroine.

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  22. A Season for Surrender sounds like a lovely story and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Barbara, thanks--I hope you enjoy it!

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  23. What a gorgeous cover! I do follow Theresa on Twitter (xAurianx).

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    1. Thanks, Aurian! I'll try to be entertaining over there. :) Such a pretty cover, isn't it? My publisher did great by me.

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  24. Great post. This sounds like a great book. Theresa is a new author for me. I love to read and always looking for new authors to read. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Christinebails@yahoo.com

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    1. Chrisbails, I appreciate you giving new authors a try! Glad you found me.

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  25. I am loving the exerts you are posting! I love to read and this book as got me hooked already. The exerts are absolutely delicious!Thanks for the give away!
    steelers1099@gmail.com
    Follower on FB and Twitter.

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    1. Tammy, that's wonderful to hear. Glad I've got you intrigued. :)

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  26. This sounds like a fun read during the holiday season. I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Cristal, thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy it!

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  27. I love your bio and your photo, Theresa!

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    1. Thanks, Anachronist! I won't tell you how many versions I've gone through of both. :)

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  28. SEASON FOR SURRENDER looks absolutely wonderful. I love Christmas stories.

    +1 follow Theresa on FB

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  29. I LOVE the cover of Season for Surrender. The following part of the excerpt hooked me!

    “In a novel,” she commented, turning her hands before the flames as though toasting them, “someone would surely interrupt our conversation at the decisive moment.”

    LOVE IT!
    nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. I had a little fun with that part. :) Glad you liked it, C.E.

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  30. Wow, the cover looks amazing! I would definitely like to read this book! And I LOVE Historical Romance.

    I liked her page on facebook (Adela Cacovean) and I follow her on twitter (vanillamoonxox)

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    1. Thanks, vanillamoon! Very kind of you to find me online. I hope you like Season for Surrender!

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  31. Great excerpt. Looking forward to read the rest of the book. I also adored the cover.

    I like her FB (Adisty Sri Mulianty) and follow her twitter (@rhacophodisty)

    Thx for the giveaway

    akakage_sora at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thank you, Adisty! I adore the cover too. :) Happy reading to you!

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  32. thanks for a great post and congrats on the newest release! The cover is amazing and I've been reading such great buzz about this book it was already on my wishlist :)

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Erin, I'm glad to be on your wish list. :) Thanks!

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  33. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the great excerpt.
    Liked already on FB- Joanne Balinski
    Already following on Twitter- @JoanneBalinski

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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    1. Glad you liked it, Joanne. Just wait until the chapter wraps up--Louisa and Xavier have a few more surprises for us.

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  34. I would like to thank you for a fantastic giveaway, of a book that i would love to have the oportunity of reading (& reviewing). I adore this genre hence i was most facinated to find out more about it, and the author. It sounds truly origonal and different, hence i would be most greatful if my name could be put forwards.
    Thank you once again *apologies not on Facebook or Twitter*

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk
    Goodreads: 'friend' of author on GoodReads
    Additional: commented on other blog tour stops.

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    1. Miss Lucinda, I'm glad you found this post! Thanks for following my excerpt tour.

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  35. I would love to read this book. It really sounds good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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    1. Tore, thank you! More in tomorrow's excerpt...

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  36. captivating excerpt! ty for sharing ;)
    faithhopecherrytea at{gmail.}com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Faith Hope Cherrytea! Thanks for finding me online, too. :)

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  37. i do twitter follow Theresa as @_eHope

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  38. i have fb liked Theresa's page -ty for the xtra opps.. ;)

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  39. Enjoyed the excerpt and I'm loving the escapism of historical romance again so please count me in and thanks for the opportunity :)

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    1. Teddyree, it is an escape, isn't it? I'll never dance at a ball or attend a naughty house party (er, I'm pretty sure), but I can ready and enjoy books about those things.

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  40. I would love to win the book!
    dancealert at aol dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Brenda, and for finding my online homes!

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  41. I liked her on facebook - Brenda VanMeer Rupp
    dancealert at aol dot com

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  42. I am following on twitter my handle is #dancealert

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  43. Twitted about your giveaway at: https://twitter.com/cherrymischivus/status/251764014592434176

    Cherry Mischievous :)

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  44. I love the excerpt! I also follow Twitter (yganoe) and FB
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

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    1. Yvette, glad you liked the excerpt! Thanks for following me. :)

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  45. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! I love to read historical romance and when the male character struggles for his feelings towards the girl he loves! I want more Alex!
    1+Following FB: Ileana Alvarado
    1+Twitter: @Gisselle_Alv

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    1. Email: ilepachequin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    2. Gisele, Xavier struggles with quite a few things in Season for Surrender, I can promise you that. :)

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  46. Great excerpt, this sure is not a "standard" heroine, I want to read more now. I do follow on Twitter as xAurianx.

    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Aurian. Xavier finds Louisa to be wonderfully nonstandard!

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  47. Sorry, I'm late for the party. My four star review is going up whenever Blodeuedd decides so.

    Good luck with the giveaway to everyone. I hope you'll like the book as much as I did (or more).

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  48. I absolutely love the excerpt and I really don't know how I missed your book before. Shame on me... But now I'm getting really curious about it.
    Wish you all the best,
    Melanie

    Following on Facebook as Melanie Schwarz
    and on Twitter as @BfaE_MelanieS
    booksforalleternity at gmail dot com

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  49. Trying not to read all the excerpts from the blog stops because I want to enjoy reading it all at once, but its difficult because I want to read more and more NOW :)
    thanks for the giveaway!

    Following on twiiter: @MiltiadouK
    Liked FB page: Kristia Miltiadou

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      milkristia(at)hotmail(dot)com

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