Grace Burrowes Guest Blog and Giveaway!
Today, historical romance author Grace Burrowes has a best blog and giveaway of her brand new release, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal. I have recently read this book, I really liked it and rated it 4 stars! (read my review). Without further ado, help me welcome Grace Burrowes to the blog:
What Have I Lost That I’ve Been Desperate to Retrieve?
This is an interesting question, because in Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Maggie’s loss develops in layers. Initially, we learn she’s lost her reticule, then we learn that something in the reticule (which she will not disclose to her swain) is more important than the reticule itself.
Then, we see that the reticule is a symbol of Maggie’s iron grip on her retiring, lonely life—which she’s also lost. Benjamin Hazlit is determined that she remains permanently dispossessed of that life, and instead find her way to a new life with him.
I’m forever muttering the St. Anthony prayer (I was raised Catholic) which goes something like this: “Dear St. Anthony, please come around. My _________ is lost and cannot be found.” St. Anthony is the patron saint of lost articles, but he’s also supposed to be sympathetic to those who are lost.
I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve searched frantically for something vital—my passport, my wallet, a client file—said that prayer, and had the item turn up. Like Maggie, though, my more significant losses have been losses of my life as I knew how to manage it. I turned up pregnant without benefit of matrimony in my final year of law school, and life as I knew it evaporated in a matter of weeks.
Before Beloved Offspring was two years old, I was laid off with one day’s notice. I had my first mortgage payment ever coming due, no money in the bank, and a child to support. Lost my balance yet again.
When relationships ended, I’d lose my balance all over again.
Being a published author has helped me find ways to anchor myself in the midst of change and upheaval. For example, I’ve learned that I can have lots of excitement and angst without causing myself any difficulties, if I limit my big adventures to works of fiction. My personal life can stay placid and sweet, and yet, in the course of a day as an author I might vicariously fall in love, get my heart broken, and outwit two Big Black Moments. This is a good deal—passion and peace on the same day, in the same life (sorta).
I’ve also learned that romance heroes (and heroines) who focus on honor are onto something wise. They realize that life can take much away from us—possessions, loved ones, even mental or physical abilities—but our honor, our ability to be kind and honest, will be what defines us. This helps when the reviews feel unfair or the awards unearned. What matters is do we try our best, help others along the way, and give credit for all the many helpers we encounter on our journey?
So maybe, when I felt like I was losing my grip on a predictable, safe life, what I was really losing was a false sense of security, much like Lady Maggie. And when she did give up that false sense of security, she opened herself up to a life full of love.
Not a bad trade, if you ask me!
LADY MAGGIE’S SECRET SCANDAL BY GRACE BURROWES – IN STORES MAY 2012
Lady Maggie Windham Has Secrets…
And she’s been perfectly capable of keeping them…until now. When she’s threatened with exposure, she turns to investigator Benjamin Hazlit to keep catastrophe at bay. But Maggie herself intrigues Benjamin more than the riddle she’s set him to solve. As he uncovers more and more of her past, Maggie struggles to keep him at a distance, until they both begin to discover the truth in their hearts…
Praise for Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal
“Delicious… Burrowes delivers red-hot chemistry with a masterful mix of playfulness and sensuality, and her themes of healing and familial strength give this page-turner unusual depth. Charming and original with superb characters ready to walk off the page, this is a splendid addition to any Regency fan’s bookshelf.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“An unconventional tale of strikingly unique characters with realistic emotions and exciting antics. It’s always a delight to read one of Burrowes’ creations…” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
ABOUT THE AUTHORGrace Burrowes is a prolific and award-winning author of historical romances. Her debut, The Heir, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and was selected as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for 2010 in the romance category. Both The Heir and its follow-up, The Solider, are New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. She is a practicing attorney specializing in family law and lives in a restored log cabin in western Maryland without a TV, DVD player or radio because she’s too busy working on her next books. Please visit http://www.graceburrowes.com/, follow her on Twitter: @GraceBurrowes, and check out www.sourcebooks.com for more information.
In honor of Grace’s new release, Sourcebooks Publishing is sponsoring a Giveaway! 1 winner from the US/CAN will win a print copy of Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal.
How to Enter: Simply leave a comment about this post. Please leave a meaningful comment: share a story about a time when YOU lost something, comment about the guest blog, comment about the series, etc… Also, please include whether you live in the US/CAN so I am sure to count your entry.Disclaimers: Must live in US/CAN to enter and be at least 18 years of age to enter the giveaway. Winner will be chosen randomly by number. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification email before I choose another winner. Book Savvy Babe is not responsible for damaged or lost products, lost emails, etc…