Thursday, 14 August 2014

Blog Tour: The Danger in Tempting an Earl by Sophie Barnes; Interview, Excerpt + Giveaway





The Danger in Tempting an Earl (At the Kingsborough Ball #3)
Author: Sophie Barnes
Release Date: 29 July 2014
Publisher: Avon

Lucien Marvaine never thought he was good enough for Katherine. As the younger son of an earl, he didn’t have a title or prospects. Then fate steps in and gives him a second chance, and this new Earl of Roxbury is determined to make the beautiful Kate his own . . . one touch . . . one kiss at a time.

Katherine never thought of herself as a temptress, certainly not with Lucien. Why, she’s known him almost all her life! Yet as she waltzes in Lucien’s arms at the Kingsborough Ball, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Has he always been this hard and masculine? And where did those dimples come from? Kate is not looking for a husband . . . but how can she not surrender to Lucien’s charms when love is at stake?
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Excerpt

Four maids appeared, two carrying a tub while the others brought pails of steaming water. Behind them followed a young boy of roughly fifteen years with tussled hair. Setting down Katherine’s valise just inside the door, he bowed awkwardly and took his leave. It took no more than five minutes for her bath to be ready and as soon as she was alone again, she wasted no time in removing the rest of her clothing and slipping into the welcoming heat of the water. Leaning back, she reached for the soap and proceeded to wash herself, then closed her eyes and allowed herself a moment to simply enjoy being soothed. A thud sounded, and her eyes snapped open. She stared at the wall, certain that it had come from the other side of it – Lucien’s side. Whatever was he doing? She strained to hear more. Voices could now be heard, accompanied by what sounded like a rush of water. Settling back, Katherine smiled. His bath was being readied. There were footsteps, a few more voices, and then the distinct closing of a door – his door. Silence reigned for what seemed an eternity and Katherine realized that she was holding her breath. What had the world come to that she should find herself so anxious to know his every movement? It wasn’t reasonable in the least. There was another thud, this time dimmer than the first. It was followed swiftly by another. If Katherine was to make a guess, she’d say he’d just thrown two heavy objects across the room. Books came to mind first, for the sound was not dissimilar to what she imagined a leather bound novel would produce. No, that made no sense. He was preparing for his bath after all which meant that he’d likely removed his boots and tossed them aside. Sucking in a breath, she carefully listened anew. Curled around the edge of the tub, her fingers held on tight, as if she feared she might slip beneath the surface and drown if she dared to let go. Try as she might, she heard nothing else and swiftly admonished herself for prying. What business was it of hers if Lucien was getting undressed and climbing naked into a tub of steaming hot water. She groaned, wondering briefly if her soul was beyond saving. This should not be happening! Rising, she reached for a towel and swiftly patted herself dry, then stepped out onto the hard-wood planking, her feet leaving wet prints behind her as she moved about. This was all his fault, she decided. Annoying man!In the space of four days he’d managed to turn her insides to goo. With no more than a glance in her direction she was ready to throw herself at him, to crawl all over him and make a complete cake of herself in the process, no doubt. It had never been like this between them and yet he’d confessed a desire to kiss her for years. Blast him but he’d made it impossible for her to think straight with his sudden advances bowling her over with surprise. She was not prepared for it, and yet she wanted him to hold her again as he’d done back at Cresthaven…to kiss her with abandon as he’d done in the carriage. Lord, it had felt so incredibly good.

Interview

Hi Sophie, welcome to Rookie Romance!
Thank you! It’s great to be here =)

Can you share 4 fun facts about yourself?
Hmm…let me see. I love amusement parks and will happily go on a rollercoaster with loops, my dream adventure is to swim with dolphins, afternoon tea with cake or cookies is an everyday ritual at my house (I grew up with that), and when I was nine months pregnant I surprised my husband with tickets to a Depeche Mode concert – it was awesome!

Was there any inspiration behind the At the Kingsborough Ball series?
Each of the books in the series is loosely based on a fairy tale: Cinderella, Rapunzel and Beauty & The Beast, even though this inspiration is very subtle in the last book where it’s not only in reverse but also based on emotional scars as opposed to something that’s visible on the surface.

Why do you think that a hero and heroine who are old friends can make such a great couple?
They have a lifelong history together resulting in deep understanding between them, but since a story needs a bit of tension and drama to make it interesting, they’ve both been through some life altering experiences since the last time they saw each other. So there’s the familiarity as well as the need to become reacquainted, coupled with the fear of risking the friendship in pursuit of something greater.

Could you tell us a little bit about Lucien (I love that name!), our delectable hero?
Lucien Marvaine – sounds a little roguish doesn’t it? He’s loved Katherine for years but as a second son he couldn’t offer her the title he felt she deserved. Instead he joined the army and headed off to Waterloo only to return and find his beloved brother on his death bed and that Katherine has married someone else during his absence. Heartbroken and unwilling to accept his fate, he flees to the continent after an argument with his father, but when his father passes away as well, Lucien is left with no other choice but to return and see to his duty, except now, with Katherine recently widowed, Lucien is determined to put everything at stake for a chance to make her his own. He is unrelenting in his pursuit of her – a gradual seduction intended to make her see him as the man he has become – and fiercely protective when he finds her life threatened by an unknown villain.

If The Danger in Tempting an Earl was made into a movie, who would you cast as Lucien and Katherine?
Evangeline Lily and Chris Evans

Well...I think I love Lucien even more if Chris Evans helped inspire him ;)

Can you share a little bit about what you’re working on at the moment?
Sure! It’s a new series about a magnificent estate called Evermore Manor that’s functioning like a guest house for the elite. There are themed salons, a Japanese pavilion, a maze, a frigate on the lake for dining, secret passageways, a crystal grotto and more – everything necessary for a great romantic setting =) Visiting the estate for the summer are the Earl and Countess of Camberly and their seven children, all of whom will meet their match at Evermore.

Thanks for visiting!
It was a pleasure. Thanks for having me!

About the Author


Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

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