Monday, February 13, 2012

February Historical Romance Challenge

Welcome to the 2012 Historical Romance Reading Challenge! Something new from last year is that I'm keeping the sign up open all year so others can jump in and join us at any point during the year. 
This is February's post were you will be getting information about this month's giveaway and this is also were your going to link up your reviews using the Linky Tool at the bottom of the post. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me @ Now on to the good stuff:

There will be two winners this month. I only have one book mark so one winner will win this :
a beautiful Valentines bookmark from Miss Bohemia and a ebook copy of 
and the second winner will win a ebook copy of "Compromising Prudence. So get your reviews in this month for these awesome prizes. 

Compromising Prudence Blurb:
Prudence Wemberly is desperate. Her reputation has been damaged by a cowardly suitor and her overbearing father will disown her when he finds out about it. She musters her courage and flees to the house of the most notorious courtesan in London. If she's ruined, why not become a courtesan herself and have a little fun for a change? It sounds like a reasonable idea—after she has her third glass of sherry.
Charles Hatterly only wants to pursue his passion for ornithology, but his family expects him to marry and manage the family estates. He needs to find a well-behaved girl who will be content to marry him—and then leave him alone.
For a gentleman scientist in need of a wife and a ruined miss in need of a future, there is an obvious solution. If Prudence and Charles can make it to the altar despite their meddling families, unscrupulous rakes and the brewing scandal that has the ton talking, they just might find more than they bargained for. Can true love bloom amid the catastrophes that arise from compromising Prudence?

If he had seen her before, he didn't recall. Surely he would remember that thick golden-brown hair swept away from pert face with fine dark eyes. She had the sort of posture and tones that someone not born to the ton could never hope to replicate.
No, he'd definitely not had the pleasure of her company before. She was out of place. She didn't belong here. In fact, she appeared to belong at the ball he had just fled. From the demure cut of her expensive gown to her proper kid gloves, if this chit wasn't good ton he would eat his chapeau-bras.
"What are you doing here?"
She paused, her glass halfway to her lips. "Isn't it obvious?"
"I meant aside from drinking Dorothea's champagne. You aren't one of her girls."
She frowned. "Not yet."
Surprised into a laugh, Charles sauntered across the room to the decanter of brandy on the sideboard. "This is rich. I must hear more."
"How rude you are." She glared at him and set down her champagne. "Why do you say that? Don't I look as though I could be a courtesan?"
"You're as out of place here as a thoroughbred pulling a donkey cart. Dorothea's girls are diamonds of the first stare but no one would mistake them for debutantes. I'd wager you're the genuine article."
"I could be one of her girls," she insisted. "I mean to be. That's why I'm here—to offer Mrs. Tuppence my services."
He choked on his brandy. "I'm sorry. I must have misunderstood. Your services?"
"I think you took my meaning well enough. I mean to become a legendary courtesan. I've heard Mrs. Tuppence offers direction in such matters and I'm in need of guidance."
"Yes, I definitely must hear more." He moved to sit next to her. Her startled eyes reminded him of a kitten, but she ceded space on the narrow loveseat and shifted her skirts so as not to touch him. He bit back a smile.
Legendary courtesan, indeed!
"Why on earth would you want to do such a thing?"
"I'm at point non plus. I have no place else to go."
"Surely not." Good heavens, the cost of the girl's dress alone could purchase most of the carriages parked outside. He shifted a bit farther away and something crunched beneath him. "What the devil?"
He removed a squashed brown lump.
"My hat! Oh, you've ruined it!" She snatched it from him, staring mournfully. "It was my favorite hat, too."
"I am sorry. Let us hope that's the only casualty of your little sojourn. This is hardly the place for you, my dear."
"Who are you to say what is right for me?"
"Don't look so offended. I mean that you're clearly an innocent."
She lifted her chin stubbornly in the air. "Perhaps I am not as innocent as you think."
"You're far too innocent to be in a Cyprian's house, tippling her champagne and sitting unchaperoned with a strange man. This is a wicked place and you don't belong here at all."
The kitten flared into an angry cat. "I will not be lectured on morality by some man I've just met in a brothel! I'm not a widgeon!"
"I beg to differ."
"My eyes are wide open."
"You're a wide-eyed miss for certain. I grant you that."
"Are all the men here as odious as you, sir? If that is so then I've made a grave error indeed."
"Have you any idea what sort of men frequent places such as this?" He leaned in until his nose was touching hers. "Depraved men. That's what sort," he said pitching his voice as low as he could. "Men like me."

I have made a deal with Musa Publishing and they will be providing all the books I'm going to be giving away for the Historical Romance Challenge Giveaways. So, thank you to Musa Publishing and welcome. I would also like for the winners to give me any feedback as to whether they like or dislike the books. I have done some reseach and they seem to have some good titles but I'd like to hear from you. My ultimate goal is making my readers happy and I need your help in doing that.

1. There will be two winner this month. The first winner will get the valentine bookmark and a ebook copy of "Compromising Prudence" by Marguerite Butler. The second winner will receive a ebook copy of "Compromising Prudence". 
2. This giveaway is going to be international.  YAY!!
3. You must link your review that was posted in the month of February  to the linky tool below to be entered. 

Here is the Linky Tool you will be using this month to link up your reviews for Jan. The review has to be posted on your blog in Feb.  2012 in order to qualify for this months challenge:


Mary @SweepingMe said...

I have a review that I just posted today. Is this where I post it for you? It says Jan. but it's Feb. so I am unsure.


Mary @SweepingMe said...

Forgot my email - mary_reiss @

Mary @SweepingMe said...

OK, Thanks I just wanted to be sure and not mess anything up! =)

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