Friday 15 July 2016

If the Earl only Knew Excerpt and Giveaway

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or is it all purely imagination?

When my first book was published I was so proud to have my mom read it for the first time. Only later I realized the mother character in the book was a complete shrew, which might have made my mom wonder. I had to reassure it had nothing to do with her. My books are pretty much out of my own head and any similarity to real life is purely coincidental.

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An Excerpt

Are you ready for this?” asked her brother, pulling on his worn wool greatcoat.
Quite.” Lady Kate chose to misinterpret his meaning. “I have prepared an accounting for each one of our investors, providing details of their original investment and return.”
Robert Ashton, Earl of Darington, took the large ledgers from her hands. “Not what I meant.”
I shall never be ready. But let us do it anyway,” she said crisply. She had developed a keen accounting for each one of their investors, but such a meeting brought the prospect of seeing one particular investor. A man she never wanted to see again.
Would he be there? Would he dare come?
Lady Katherine has no beauty, no fashion, no conversation, and no accomplishments save being the sister to an earl, and an impoverished one at that. Years later, his voice still rang in her head.
It had begun innocently enough. While at university, Robert had become acquainted with Tristan Arlington, the second son of the Earl of Wynbrook, who had invited them to spend the Christmas holidays with his family. Tristan’s mother had been particularly kind, and for a brief moment Kate had thought she had finally been accepted. But it was not to last.
Kate closed her eyes and remembered her fateful visit. She had heard voices coming from the open library door and stopped. She knew she ought not to eavesdrop, but she could not help pausing outside the door and listening to the conversation between Tristan and his elder brother.
Darington might not be so bad—one can forgive lack of conversation in a gentleman—but you must admit the sister is poor company indeed,” drawled Tristan’s elder brother.
Dash it, John! What a gudgeon you are,” exclaimed Tristan. “Kate’s not had the advantages of feminine company is all. Their mother died bringing them into the world.”
Perhaps, but is that any reason for Mother to sponsor her coming out with Jane this spring?”
Why should Mother not bring out Kate with our sister?” cried Tristan. “Quite kind of her.”
Because it may prove an embarrassment to Mother. I do not mean to offend, but your friend’s earldom was only recently created. Darington’s father must have done something quite heroic in his naval career to rise from a baronet to an earl. You know how society disdains social climbers.”
Social climbers!
Six years later, the words still ground like grit in her teeth. How she had hated him!
They came to a stop with a jolt and Kate opened her eyes to the intimidating sight of rising colonnades of the Bank of London. Her pulse pounded in her temples as they were led to a sitting room designed for meetings of the rich and the even richer. Dark mahogany paneling lined the hall, and all the furnishings from the curtains to the chairs were resplendent in rich jewel tones. Everything around her spoke of wealth and power.
Surely he would not be here. He would send his solicitor, not come in person. There was no need. She had almost convinced herself of his certain absence when they entered the room.
He was there.
The bastion of society stood warming himself by the fire, dressed impeccably in a dark blue, double-breasted suit that was tailored to perfection. She could not help but drink in his form. His broad, square shoulders revealed a powerful build, yet he had a trim waist and muscular thighs that were on the edge of indecent in his skintight buckskin breeches. With his chestnut hair, green eyes, and square jaw he was the very definition of a handsome man.
It was him.
John Arlington, the Earl of Wynbrook.

The only man she had ever kissed.

Title: If the Earl Only Knew
Series: The Daring Marriages, #1
Author: Amanda Forester
Pubdate: July 5th, 2016
ISBN: 9781492605492

The chase is on in award-winning author Amanda Forester’s brand-new Regency romance series!

A sizzling scandal just waiting to happen…

Orphaned at a young age, Lady Katherine Ashton and her brother have spent most of their lives on the high seas, seeking to restore their family fortune through somewhat dubious means. After that kind of adventure, Kate knows she won’t ever be accepted as a proper society lady.

To the annoyingly clever, temptingly handsome, and altogether troublesome Earl of Wynbrook, society ladies are a dead bore. Kate, on the other hand, is scandalous, alluring, and altogether fascinating. And Kate can’t decide which she relishes more, the thrill of chasing fearsome pirates, or having Wynbrook chase after her…

Amanda Forester holds a PhD in psychology and worked many years in academia before discovering that writing historical romance was way more fun. A Publishers Weekly Top Ten author, her books have been given starred reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews. Whether in the rugged Highlands of medieval Scotland or the decadent ballrooms of Regency England, her novels offer fast-paced adventures filled with wit, intrigue, and romance. You can visit her at

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  1. Oh, I so would love to see Kate bring him down to his knees! Lol.

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. Sounds like a Pride & Prejudice situation with that comment she overheard!
    I hadn't heard of this one, but I'm always looking for new HR, so thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Replies
    1. I have no idea, it does not seem to say either. I got the link from the publisher. But I would say no, they seldom do that these days

  4. Loved the excerpt, thanks for sharing it.

  5. I don't really read HR, I have zero experience with the genre, but I should probably change that.

  6. oh I am super stoked to pick this one. I have enjoyed reading this author in the past and what a gorgeous cover, love her dress.

  7. Oh interesting! Kate and John do sound like a fun couple.

  8. Lol, that must have been a little awkward for a second between her and her mom!!

  9. Great excerpt! Good luck to the entrants :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  10. always love to discover HR authors! thanks for the post

  11. Thanks for sharing the excerpt and the giveaway.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  12. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Where WOULDN'T I GO? is the better question since I have genetic wanderlust...but if I had to chose: ICELAND, the land of fire and ice!

  13. you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Where WOULDN'T I GO? is the better question since I have genetic wanderlust...but if I had to chose: ICELAND, the land of fire and ice!

  14. If I could go anywhere?

  15. Hahaha. Oh, I would feel devastated if I realized my mom thought a character that was a shrew was based on her. Oh my.



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