Saturday, 3 May 2014

Blog Tour: His Wicked Smile by Heather Hiestand; Guest Post + Giveaway

His Wicked Smile
Author: Heather Hiestand
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: 1 May 2014

Some temptations are impossible to resist, even for a bakery heir…

Ann Haldene is the most beautiful woman Gawain Redcake has ever seen. A gifted healer who soothes his battle-scarred body like never before, the widow’s touch has a powerful effect on him. It’s no wonder the rugged Redcake heir forgets his quest for a society bride during one passionate night in Ann’s arms. But once he learns she is pregnant with his child, he searches for her, intent on giving her his name, if not his heart….

Ann is shocked by Gawain’s proposal, mostly because he has not uttered a word of love. For the sake of their baby, she accepts, even knowing that Gawain dreamed of marrying to secure a title and all she has is a severed royal Indian bloodline. Now the new bride faces her greatest challenge: showing her husband that their union is more powerful than pedigree—and love is the ultimate reward….

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“A delightful, sexy glimpse into Victorian life and loving with two wonderfully non-traditional lovers.” --Jessa Slade, author of Dark Prince's Desire and the Steel Born series

At Goodreads: This book was a very sweet and spicy romance. Sylvia, Netgalley reviewer.

5 Stars: It was a wonderful story of romance, love and mystery. I cannot wait to read more from this author. Jennischell, Netgalley reviewer

Guest Post- The Redcakes get multicultural

His Wicked Smile is the third in the Redcakes series. My heroine in the first book was a wedding cake decorator with humble beginnings. My heroine in the second book was a wedding cake decorator with aristocratic beginnings. Sensing a pattern here, I decided to branch out a bit for my heroine in book three.

Since my hero, Gawain Redcake, is in love with a pampered, teenage aristocrat named Lady Elizabeth, I decided to give this hardbitten ex-soldier a more suitable and challenging love interest. (Don’t worry; Lady Elizabeth will have her own story told in The Kidnapped Bride, out in September.) Instead, the heroine of His Wicked Smile is a widowed innkeeper named Ann Haldene. But she’s more interesting than that. She’s the product of a notorious love affair between a widowed Indian queen and an English officer. The officer saved his true love from being burned on her husband’s funeral pyre and ultimately returned to England with her. This woman imparted her royal healing knowledge to her daughter, so she’s a kind of Indian doctor as well.

Not only that, having had a happy marriage, Ann believes in love, quite unlike the fortune-minded Gawain. Both of them are hot-blooded and attracted to each other, leading them to a steamy encounter in the inn, and a secret baby nine months later.

I did research on the Indian experience in England for this book, and show Ann facing some of the typical prejudice of the day, which is 1888. One event has an enormous impact on her life, and changes the course of it. While she considers herself thoroughly English, her medical training and the traditional foods she cooks set her apart as much as her looks. Curious to know who I was thinking of when I decided what she looked like? I modeled her appearance on the beautiful Indian actress Nutan Behl.

While Gawain doesn’t share the prejudices of many of his countrymen, having served in India and making a living from importing products from India to England, he has his heart set on an aristocratic bride. Does the daughter of an Indian queen have much marketability on the Victorian marriage mart? Read His Wicked Smile to find out! Whether you read it as a standalone or as part of the larger Redcakes series, I do hope you enjoy Gawain’s unexpected journey to love with my feisty Ann.

About the Author

Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period, and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she has achieved best-seller status at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.

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