Pleasure Me With Hannah Howell

>I know you all love men in plaid skirts, and I made sure that when I was setting up this event that I would beg, borrow or steal whatever was necessary to get the Queen of Scottish romance to come blog today. She’s a busy lady, so I’m thrilled that Hannah Howell has made the time to come visit today. Please welcome Hannah for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.

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EXACTLY WHAT IS ROMANCE?

 Or, perhaps I should ask, what is romantic?  There’s that classic – walking on the beach, hand in hand, etc.  Sure, that’s nice, but never really got that.  Works for some, no doubt, but me?  I’m thinking about the gallon of moisturizer I’ll need to use after all that fresh salt-tinged air gets through with my skin.  Or, hoping the sand doesn’t get too caught up in my clothes.  Or, ew, sand fleas.  Perhaps growing up near the ocean took all the romance out of it for me. I do, however, like lakes.  Walking hand in hand around one of those might be romantic.  If it’s not too hot, or too crowded, or the sound of motor boats doesn’t drown out every loving word you’re trying to whisper to each other. 

Get the drift?  What’s romantic for one person isn’t for another.  It’s the same with romance.  Some expect the other half to constantly flatter and woo, speak openly of love, etc.  I think I’d be hiring a P.I. to follow my hubby if he started doing that. Gifts are nice, but having been married one month shy of 40 years, I learned that circling things I liked in catalogues and leaving them out gets me things I appreciate much more than a surprise gift.  Flowers are nice; candy is better.


Highland Protector 

The Murrays are back! From New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell comes an all-new story of the beloved Scottish family, and two lovers entangled in a plot against the king… 
 
Someone would see Ilsabeth Murray Armstrong hang for murder. When her dagger is found buried in the body of one of the king’s men, there is little room for doubt—the perpetrator must pay with her life. But Ilsabeth is no killer, and only one person can help clear her name: Sir Simon Innes, a man so steely and cool that no danger can rattle him…and no woman in distress can sway his heart. 

 
Until now. Simon has spent his life searching for truth in a world fraught with deception. But the hauntingly beautiful fugitive seeking his aid affects him so deeply, he wonders if he can trust the flawless judgment he has always relied on. For all signs point to Ilsabeth’s guilt, except one—the unparalleled desire he feels at her slightest touch… 

 
If He’s Dangerous

 
New York Times bestseller Hannah Howell’s extraordinary Wherlocke family returns with the story of a passion that will heed no resistance, no matter how deadly… 

 
When Lorelei Sundun first finds Sir Argus Wherlocke in her garden, she’s never heard of the mysterious Wherlocke clan—or their otherworldly abilities. That changes the moment she watches Argus—the most tantalizing man she’s ever seen—disappear before her very eyes. What she’s witnessed should be impossible. But so should falling in love with a man she’s only just met… 

 
Pursued by a madman intent on harnessing the Wherlockes’ talents as weapons, Argus meant to seek help from his family, not to involve a duke’s lovely daughter in the struggle. But now, the enchanting Lorelei is his only hope for salvation—and the greatest temptation he’s ever faced…
 

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Love in and of itself is romantic but everyone has a different idea of what makes a perfect love.  Me – it’s a guy who’s put up with me for 40 years.  That’s very romantic.   Try to get me to tell you anything else that’s romantic and you’ll get an answer like I know it when I see it.

So, you might ask why I even write romances as it’s obvious I’m not a particularly romantic sort.  Because when I have a character like Simon from HIGHLAND PROTECTOR in my head demanding a story, I immediately start thinking of what sort of woman will complete his life.  Same with Sir Argus from IF HE’S DANGEROUS (out in June 2011).  If the first character in my head is a woman, then I start imagining the man she needs or wants.  I think I’m a reincarnated matchmaker.  

 One thing I feel certain I am romantic about is that first hot feeling, that first tingle of attraction.  I love to think of the doubts that will afflict them all – especially someone as clever as Simon or as arrogant as Argus.  And, as a woman, I love to decide which bout of angst my heroine will suffer from when she meets the man she knows or suspects is the one.  Or think of how she will act when that first rush hits her upon seeing her hero.  That feeling that’s so new, so hot, so freeing yet terrifying.  That’s new love and that has to be one of the most romantic things I know about as well as the most confusing and, sometimes, the most painful.

So, I wish upon everyone a good hearty bout of that new love and hope they survive it.  I also hope you will check out HIGHLAND PROTECTOR to see if Simon and Ilsabeth did, and, in June, peek in on Sir Argus Wherlocke and Lorelei in IF HE’S DANGEROUS to see just what I inflicted upon them.

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Since Amber Flame, her first historical romance, was released in February 1988, she has published over 40 novels and short stories, with more on the way. Her writing has been repeatedly recognized for its excellence and has made New York Times, USA Today and Waldenbooks Romance Bestseller. She has received multiple nominations and awards for her writing over the years. 
Hannah was born and raised in Massachusetts (the maternal side of her family has been there since the 1630’s). She has been married to her husband Stephen for 40 years, who she met in England while visiting relatives, and decided to import him. They have two sons Samuel and Keir, daughter-in-law Beth and three beautiful grandchildren Ben, Jennifer and Evie.
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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

53 thoughts on “Pleasure Me With Hannah Howell

  1. >Hello Monica and Hannah!

    What a great post. And congrats on 40 years of marriage!

    Sometimes I think it is the not so romantic moments that really make a marriage and make you realize just how much the other person knows you, loves you and how much you love them.

    I like to SIT on the beach in a nice cabana chair under an umbrella and watch and listen to the ocean. Strolling along the sand or getting in the water doesn't do a thing for me. Sandy, hot, gritty and I can't swim. See? NOT romantic!

    I love gifts that show a man was listening when something was mentioned in passing.

    Hannah, I LOVE your books! And after reading your post I get where your heroes come from. Love it!

    I absolutely LOVE the Wherlocke series. If He's Sinful, If He's Wicked and If He's Wild are all on my keeper shelf!

    louisa@louisacornell.com

    Alabama

  2. >I have been reading the If He's books and look forward to the next.

    linze_e at hotmail dot com
    WA

  3. >Hi Hannah,
    Your Highland Protector and If He's Dangerous sound very good. I'll be checking them out.
    Nancy E
    Wisconsin USA
    everitnm at hotmail dot com

  4. >Last round as I'm dragging here and headed off to bed.
    Louisa – Thank you! And you're right about what makes up a good marraige.

    Laura H. – Thank you, and I actually think shared laughter is very, very important.

    orelukjp0 – Thank you and congrats to you as well.

  5. >I look forward to reading about Simon. I already have a vision in my mind of how he looks.

    with 32 years under my belt, I know how leaving hints for a hobby goes. Congrats on your 40 years.

    orelukjp0@gmail.com
    Illinois

  6. >Congrats on 40 years, Hannah! Apparently there's something "romantic" going on between you and your husband to have been married for so long, especially in this day and age. I've been married to my husband for 30 years and I agree with you. Romance is nothing specific as much as it's a culmination of respect, trust and compromise sprinkled with a little flirting and a lot of laughing.

    BornajhawkATaolDOTcom
    Kansas

  7. >booklover0226 – I get little say in the bookcovers. Send out the info on the characters and then it gets sent to me all ready to go and I say how lovely. LOL. For ex – Argus in if he's dangerous has dark hair. But, hey, the guy on the cover of If He's Dangerous is cute.

    Beichy – Thank you!

    GeishaMom73 – Thank you!

  8. >Pat – WOW! 50 years. Excellent work. And he sounds like he has the truly important things right. Lucky you.

    Danielle – Thank you! And hope you like them.

    Catslady – Congrats!! My DH and I are pretty much opposites, too, and it works fine.

    June, Maria, Chelsea – Thank you!!

    Saranna – Exactly! And thank you so much.

    Maria, Chelsea – Thank you!

    Andrea – Sounds very nice. Especially in the PJs.

  9. >Boy, reading the page proofs for 2 books is hard on the eyes. Anyway, stopping back in for a moment.

    Alice – definitely very romantic

    Carol – Thank you!

    Linda – Thank you and hope you enjoy them.

    gamistress66 – Thank you! Argus kept popping up in the other IF tales and so I had to give him his own story. Happens that way sometimes.

    Ev – LOL! And listening is VERY important. Amazing how few men get that.

    Nancy, Stephanie, Robin K., Estella – Thank you so much!

  10. >Love this post! Hubs and I are three weeks shy of our 31st Anniversary. I like to leave him the exact pictures, names, websites, of the items I would like. Oh, yes, chocolate is so much better than flowers. And do not make me dinner — I'd rather have him clean the kitchen or take out the trash without having to ask in advance. And an impromptu backrub leaves me purring!

    Were we talking about Highlanders today? *teehee*

    cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
    South Carolina

  11. >Hi, Hannah! IF HE'S DANGEROUS sounds like something I'd love to read! And who can resist a man undressing on the cover? 😉

    My idea of romantic is sitting at home in my pajamas, curled up on the couch watching a movie. And my husband and I do that often. *g*

    ~Andrea
    dadaw1321 AT numail DOT org
    Georgia

  12. >Oh oh oh! Your books….yeah, I need to read them! Thanks for posting!!

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com
    Mississippi.

  13. >Great post! I think it's very true that what's romantic is different for everyone and that it can even be different depending on what is going on in your life at the time. Hannah's books are very popular in one of my book groups and I have her on my wishlist.

    junegirl63(at)gmail(dot)com
    US Resident

  14. >The beach doesn't do it for me either. Too much sand in tender places. 🙂

    Hannah- That's my favorite part too, the rush and the chase. I sighed just thinking about it.

    Romance for me is about the small things. It sounds like a cliche, but my husband going to work his two jobs every day is romantic. Because that means I can stay home and write. The fact that he calls from work on our anniversaries to say he's thinking of me. The part where we have more than one anniversary and he remembers them all. Our wedding anniversary, our first date and the day he knew I was "The One."

    I'm looking forward to your new stuff!

    Monica-Your Assassin books look amazing. I just exercised my card at B&N and took home two. *g* And I picked my pen name when I was young too. I was 12 when I picked Saranna. 🙂

    Best of luck to both of you, I hope you have a million sales.

    *Not entering the contest, just stopping by to show my support. XD*

  15. >I've got you beat by one year lol. I married my high school sweetheart – he was the new kid that had traveled the world and I had never left my hometown. We are opposites so things are never dull. Historical and especially Scottish romance are my favorites. Maybe it's the fact that men were willing to die for their loves back then and were so honorable – at least all the heroes lol.

    catslady5(at)aol.com
    PA

  16. >I'm glad to know that I'm not the
    only "hint-leaver." For me it's the
    catalog or the gift/wish list! LOL!

    Honey and I are 8 weeks shy of our
    50th anniversary. We met when I
    invited him to share my chair at a
    party. On his way home, he told the
    friend he was with that we would
    marry. It took two years for him to
    convince me! He has been our total
    support at all times. If anyone has a problem, he's our go-to guy.
    He fixes everything with a hug and
    a smile! That's romantic to me!

    Pat Cochran

  17. >Hannah, You were one of the first historical romance authors I have read and to date one of my favorites. I think you truly may be a reincarnated match maker. I wish you and your hubs another 40 happy years 🙂

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com
    MN, USA

  18. >I love your Highlander books and cannot wait to read this one.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

    Florida

  19. >I send him links in his email. Very specific ones. He's pretty good about getting the hint. I will say tho sometimes he does listen and actually gets me something I have talked about- they might not be romantic gifts by other womens' standards but at least I know he's listening!

    Now if I could just get him to wear a kilt…

  20. >Hannah — I love the Murrays, Wherelockes & Vaughns and think you do a wonderful job playing matchmaker for them. I'm looking forward to Angus's story (I think I "fell" for him a little in If He's Sinful & If He's Wild) 🙂

    gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com
    VA

  21. >I haven not yet read one of your books. However, I love highlanders so I will definitely put you on my to read list now. I'm looking forward to reading you.

    qladyhawke at gmail dot com
    Idaho – USA

  22. >On the topic of subjective romantic settings, have you ever been under a boardwalk? I love the song as much as the next person but under the boardwalk, it's cold and smelly (from decomposing seaweed and worse) and sand filters down from the people walking above. Ew all around.

    I have quite a few books of yours in my collection, especially the ones with Paul Marron on the cover. 🙂

    ironss[at]gmail.com
    California

  23. >Hi Monica and Hannah,
    Hannah, I have read so many of your books I have truly lost count. I love every story and most important is how much I love your Highlanders. The Murray family is definitely one of my favorite series. I look forward to reading Highland Protector and If He's Dangerous.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750@aol.com
    NJ—USA

  24. >You're one month shy of 40yrs, and I'm one month shy of one!

    I got married March 13.

    My hubby (affectionately known as the Bagpiper — yea, I have my own man in a kilt!), I think, is very romantic, though it's not necessarily in ways one would thing.

    Romance is definitely subjective.

    He's taken me out on some romantic dates, but the most romantic things he's done for me have been very different from the classical definition of romance.

    He helped me get back into school. I'll now graduate this May. Largely due to him.

    This Valentine's he bought me a mug. But not just any mug. A mug in the shape of a Tardis. He also got me giftcards to a bookstore as well as a local yarn store.

    Now THAT'S romantic.

    Tardis, yarn and books.

    Yea, he knows me me so well.

    alice DOT mcelwee AT gmail DOT com

  25. >Margay – Very true.

    June M., Cindy – Thank you!

    Nikki – Thank you and congratulations to you, too!

    Kristen – That's it exactly. There can be a lot of romance in the remembering and doing of the little things.

  26. >Virginia – What a wonderful analogy! And thank you!

    Maureen, Barbara – Thank you so much.

    Kris – If He's Dangerous will be out in June and it's looking like – for a while – the schedual will be the Wherlockes in June and the Murrays in December. The trilogy of the first 3 IFs is still available. Congrats on the 23 years.

    Chris, Vonda, Karen H. – Thank you so much, all of you.

  27. >Hello Hannah!
    Wow I love a good Highlander story! Congratulations for being with your guy for 40 years! I agree that everyone has different ideas about what is romantic. I don't drink alcohol so having champagne or wine wouldn't be fun for me. Great post!

    Stacie
    GeishasMom73 on twitter
    Illinois
    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  28. >Hello all! Sorry to be mostly absent. Have a deadline and two packs of page proofs I'm stumbling through.

    Lindalou – Can't give too much away but let's just say he's not a ghost. If He's Dangerous is set in late 18C England and concerns the members of the Wherlocke clan, a family riddled with psychic gifts.

    Mary – Yup, 40 years IS a long time and I still feel like throwing him in the basement now and then. And I consider the catalogue circling trick to be a life-saver – His. LOL

    Julie, Cheryly, Tarenn98 – thank you all!!

  29. >Hi, Hannah.

    I enjoyed reading your post and look forward in reading more of your works.

    Your book covers are wonderful. Do you work with one particular artist?

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com
    Maryland

  30. >Hi Hannah, Love your highlanders.
    I've never considered the beach to be romantic. Sands always gets absolutely everywhere. And when you're wearing lenses it's a nightmare.

    What I found romantic was when my boyfriend stopped by a store after work to buy me a bottle of Evian. Just cause I was out and always have it with dinner. The fact that he thought about it/me made it special and romantic.

    lotsofgingers AT hellokitty DOT com
    International.

  31. >I absolutely love Hannah's Highlanders!! I haven't had a chance to read Highland Protector yet, but I'm looking forward to it!

    cbandy10(at)hotmail(dot)com

    New York

  32. >Good morning everyone. Been busy getting ready for my book signing today in Va Beach so late getting here.

    I've notified Hannah that her blog is live. She's under at least two different deadlines, so I'm not sure whether she'll get to spend much time here with us, but I hope you enjoy the post. Hopefully, Hannah will be able to swing by and leave a comment of two!

    I'm so glad to see so many of you here today, and I hope you're all enjoying the blog event. We've got another two weeks leading up to Pleasure Me's release date, and I've got a surprise guest coming on March 2nd. So stay tuned!!

  33. >Hi Hannah! I have several of your books on my keeper shelves, and I look forward to your newest. I especially like the Murrays!
    We've been married nearly 37 years, so I nearly 🙂 know what a great accomplishment 40 years is. Congratulations!

    Nikki
    El Paso

    nikkiphilton@hotmail.com

  34. >Absolutely LOVE Hannah Howell books. The Murrays are some of my favorites. When I can't find anything new to read, I often go back and re-read some of them, my favs are Highland Knight, Warrior, Conqueror, and Barbarian. I also love the book Highland Captive (Elfking's Lady). I also love your vamp books and the Wherlocke books. Basically, you are just an autobuy for me.
    Congrats on 40 years of marriage. That is amazing these days!

    June in KY
    hmanning[at]bellsouth[dot]net

  35. >It's always interesting to get someone's take on what's romantic or not because the answers really are so varied, as you said. What's romantic for one is not for another. Personally, I think the beach is romantic – but so are the mountains. I think romance is wherever you are because it's in you, not the place you're in.

    Margay1122ATaolDOTcom

    Massachusetts

  36. >Hi Hannah,

    You are a new-to-me author and after reading a bit about you and your work, I'll be adding your stuff to my TBB list.

    Well, you might not think you're a romantic, but with 40 years of marriage under your belt, I'd say you are doing something right to keep the romance alive. That's no easy fete in today's fast moving world. Need to take time to smell the roses!

    kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
    NC, USA

  37. >Hannah,

    Enjoyed your thoughts about romance. Have been reading your books for years. Will continue the tradition.
    -Vonda

    2much2reid {at} comcast {dot} net / Texas

  38. >Hannah, your books are what brought me back to reading after many years. A few years back I picked up one of your books and was immediately hooked with historical romance being my new genre of choice. Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories with us.

    rjofus(at)gmail(dot)com

  39. >good morning monica and hannah!

    I am thinking the dangerous man sounds yummy! I havent read anything this week I am sick I can't read when I am sick it makes me sad! I am hoping to be better by tomorrow and the nook can get books 24/7 which is the biggest plus to it that i can see so far! with the exception that it kills my debit card! LOL

    as for romance umm I have been married 23 years and well I am not a romance girl and I dont like to get gifts does that make me wierd? the hubby does try sometimes but I am just not that into it and would rather get a book than flowers or candy (I know I dont eat much candy some days hard to beleive if you ever saw me!) but even if he gets them I give them to the kids mostly because they enjoy them so much and I like to see them smile!

    have a wonderful weekend I will be looking for books on the nook!

    Kris b Indiana
    krysti33 @ frontier dot com

  40. >Congratulations on 40 years of marriage! I think after many years of marriage you have a different view of what's romantic. I have never been a big fan of the stereotypical things so something like making me a cup of tea qualifies.
    Pennsylvania
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  41. >Oh, I have to say that romance on the beach just offers up too many opportunities for sand in all the wrong places. Plus I remember the water as being chilly — perhaps if I'd been a kid in Hawaii or Florida it would be a different story…

    If He's Dangerous sounds intriguing. I didn't know about this series of books but it sounds just like something I'd enjoy. This contest is introducing me to some great 'new-to-me' authors! *off to check Amazon*

    BabsVick AT gmail DOT com
    Virginia

  42. >Hello, Hannah! I am quite a fan of your Highlanders and Vamps! Two particular favorites are "Beauty and the Beast" and "Highland Thirst"! I also enjoyed the "IFs" and all your many wonderful book covers featuring Nathan Kamp : ) "Highland Protector" sounds terrific–the title alone sets my mind off in the direction of Scotland!

    I am someone who loves to cook, and I will say that love is like a cake, and romance is the icing. Sometimes, you are content with plain cake, and other times you want all the frosting and extra goodies to top it off! What makes love work is a different combination for different people, but there must always be a foundation of respect and appreciation. As you said so well, sometimes we all need reminders. Happy Valentine's Day : )

    VA–USA Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  43. >I love reading romances, historical and contemporary. It's fun to read about a couple's road to romance(and sometimes road BACK ro romance).

    In real life, I think romance changes in a relationship over the years. Not that this is a bad thing! My hubby and I have been married over 30 years, and one romantic aspect of our marriage is seeing the world together. We love to travel, and being "explorers" is thrilling and bonding.

    Your book sounds like a wonderful romance!

    castings at mindspring dot com
    Ga./USA

  44. >What a delightful post.I also circle,check these I would like to have in catalogues,but he doesn't seem to get the hint.Maybe I should explain it to him?He does listen expecially for Christmas,he is a creature of habit.We will be married 12 years in April,Easter weekend we where married.Hannah,I have some of your books and enjoy reading them.I would love to win "Highland Protector",if not both of these are on my TBR list.My list is growing by leaps and bounds.I have so enjoyed Monica's Pleasure Me tour.Have a wonderful weekend.
    tarenn98[at]yahoo[dot]com
    North Carolina

  45. >I'm with you, I never found the beach particularly romantic. I do like candle lit dinners in quiet restaurants or just snuggling up with a good movie.

    Both books sound wonderful! I can't wait! Historicals are my favorite, add a paranormal twist and I'm in heaven. 🙂

    julieboo817 at gmail dot com
    Arizona

  46. >Good morning Hannah and Monica,
    wow 40 years is a long time to be with the same person. I've made it 20 years and sometimes feel like throwing him in the basement with only bread and water. lol

    I do the circling things in catalogs and leaving them lying around, too. It's either that or just by it myself.

    Your book sounds so good. I have said before that one of my favorite reads is a highland book or a paranormal book. I'm looking forward to reading these books.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com
    Nevada, USA

  47. >Good morning, Monica & Hannah! In If He's Dangerous, your premise sounds really exciting! How does he disappear? Is he a ghost or is his disappearance a figment of her imagination or does he have paranormal powers? Or will we have to read it to find out? I love books about Scotland and the Highlands and now you're adding an other-worldly aspect. I even have border terriers who originated there. Please do enter me in your contest and thank you for being here today!
    Linda T.
    lindalou@cfl.rr.com
    Florida, USA