>I met Donna MacMeans this past September at the Lora Leigh Readers Appreciation Week. It was hugs and fun at first sight. When she wears her signature black hat, you know you’re in for a wild, fun ride!! She’s got a delicious sense of humor that flows through her books. On top of that, she’s an award-winning author. She’s won RWA’s Golden Heart for Long Historical, and was awarded RTBOOKreviews Critic’s Choice award for Historical Love and Laughter with her book The Trouble with Moonlight. Please welcome Donna for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.
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Hi Monica. Thanks for inviting me to play on Pleasure Me with Romance. What a great month for it! Chocolate, chubby little cherubs, maybe some quiet little interludes with the DH (and maybe some interludes inspired by your cover – Whoa Momma! Love it!)
I wanted to share some deets on my next release with your readers. I know it’s been a while coming, but I trust you’ll find it worth the wait. REDEEMING THE ROGUE has an August release date, so there’s still some anticipation to go. This will be the third book in the Chambers trilogy…although I didn’t know it would be a trilogy when I started (grin).
In each of my stories, I’ve noticed that I seem to be drawn to the notion that opposites attract. Let’s review. In THE EDUCATION OF MRS. BRIMLEY, the youngest son of a duke and a talented artist, Lord Nicholas Chambers, falls in love with his reluctant model, a commoner who agrees to disrobe for Lord Nicholas, as long as he honestly answers a question about intimacy for every item of clothing she removes. Yup – it’s a Victorian striptease, but it’s also a story of the union of two opposites.
Redeeming The Rogue
Hoping to escape a past indiscretion, Lady Arianne Chambers undertakes the challenge of transforming an Irish rogue into a proper diplomat so he can track an enemy to the Crown. Little did she expect that the journey would continue beyond etiquette lessons and into political intrigue. Can she risk everything she holds dear to follow an arrogant Irishman who has stolen her heart?
I followed that book with THE SEDUCTION OF A DUKE. Nicholas’s oldest brother, William Chambers, has now become the Duke of Bedford and is flat broke. He marries an American heiress sight unseen for her money but soon loses his heart in the process. Arrogant English duke, who is all about heritage and dignity, marries a shy American heiress who would prefer to do things for herself and not bother the servants. Opposites.
In REDEEMING THE ROGUE, I’ve again paired two opposites. Michael Rafferty (I love this character) is an Irishman who works for the British Home Office. He prowls the underbelly of London collecting information while he hunts a particular political murderer for personal vengeance. When word reaches London that the British minister assigned to Washington DC has died under suspicious circumstances and Rafferty’s sworn enemy may have been responsible, the Home Office decides to send Rafferty to investigate undercover as the new British minister. Only no one who sees Rafferty will ever take him seriously as a diplomat.
Enter my heroine, Lady Arianne Chambers, the sister to William and Nicholas. Lady Arianne has spent most of her life around embassies and diplomats. She’s charged with making Rafferty over, so to speak, so he can pass as a diplomat. Circumstances throw Rafferty and Lady Arianne together in ways not anticipated, and in ways that could cost her everything she holds dear. It’s a fun story and an emotional rollercoaster, but again – opposites. An Irish rogue and an English lady.
I’m afraid there’s a spoiler for THE SEDUCTION OF A DUKE in the prologue of REDEEMING THE ROGUE. Consequently, I didn’t include the prologue in the posted excerpt. Try to read William’s story first if you can. He does come back in a critical role in REDEEMING THE ROGUE. (I love it when a story continues even after you close the book – don’t you?).
I think February is a great month to talk about the romantic attraction of opposites. Is it a myth? Or is there truth in the saying “opposites attract”?
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