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Friday, 01 February 2013 19:38

Sarah MacLean Spectacular

EarlCoverpink-177x300In support of the release of Sarah MacLean's "One Good Earl Deserves a Lover," the author, Avon, and Romance Novel News are currently hosting a giveaway of a terrarium necklace and bundle of MacLean books.

 

"One Good Earl Deserves a Lover" is an RNN Recommended Read. Check out out review.

 

Want to win a handmade terrarium necklace or a bundle of MacLean books? Find out more here.

 

To help highlight the giveaway and spread the word, RNN is highlighting Sarah MacLean's blog tour. Read on to find out more. The author herself provided the description of each event.

 

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EarlCoverpink-177x300In honor of the release of Sarah MacLean’s “One Good Earl Deserves a Lover,” Avon, Sarah MacLean and RNN are giving have a giveaway for readers.

 

“One Good Earl Deserves a Lover” is a Romance Novel News Recommended Reads. Check out our review.

 

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is dedicated “for girls who wear glasses” – perhaps because New York Times bestselling author Sarah Maclean uses this sublime new Regency romance to showcase a bespectacled heroine with a wealth of intellect. Lady Philippa Marbury cares more for books than balls, for science than the Season, for laboratories than love. She has a passion for roses, and loves nothing more than spending hours in her orangery, grafting stems together hoping to create a new hybrid bloom….that is, until she throws herself into a new experiment. Her brilliant mind is afire as she experiments with ways to convince Cross, the clever, controlling partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, to teach her some seductive new lessons about the birds and the bees….

 

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Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:53

Review: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

EarlCoverpink-177x300“One Good Earl Deserves a Lover” by Sarah MacLean (historical, Avon, February 2013, $7.99, 384pp)

 

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Series: The Rule of Scoundrels, book 2

 

Summary:
Lady Philippa Marbury is . . . odd

 

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Wednesday, 07 March 2012 21:21

Author Interview: Sarah MacLean

RogueByAnyOtherName1RNN interviews author Sarah MacLean. Sarah's latest release, "A Rogue by Any Other Name" was released on February 28, 2012 by Avon.

 

Read to the end to find out how to win an autographed copy of "A Rogue by Any Other Name."

 

Interview:  

Q: In December, you were in London for a week. Did you do any research for your books while you were there? If so, can you tell us a bit about what you were researching?

 

A: I try to get to London at least once a year for a research trip “to fill the creative well,” so to speak. Usually, I go in the spring, but this year I really wanted to do a Christmas visit, in part because A Rogue By Any Other Name has a bit of a Christmas feel to it.

 

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Monday, 27 February 2012 15:15

Review: A Rogue by Any Other Name

RogueByAnyOtherName1“A Rogue by Any Other Name” by Sarah MacLean (historical, Avon, March 2012, $7.99, 400pp)

 

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There are books I like, books I love, books I hate, books I enjoy, books that move me, etc. Then, there are those books with which I connect on such an intense level that they are destined to hold positions of honor on my exalted shelf of romance-novel favorites. I can’t even pretend that Sarah MacLean’s “A Rogue by Any Other Name” isn’t already firmly ensconced on that shelf. From the moment that Bourne, its hero, appeared (on page 1, I believe), I was captivated. I know that I mentioned on Twitter the first time I read this book that Bourne had conquered my heart and that he was vying for the title of favorite hero with Han Solo (from “Star Wars”), Devil Cynster (from Stephanie Laurens’ “Devil’s Bride”) and James Mallory (from Johanna Lindsey’s “Gentle Rogue”).

 

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eleven_scandalsRNN is giving away one copy of Sarah MacLean's April 26th release, "Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart"

 

Book Summary:

She lives for passion

Bold, impulsive, and a magnet for trouble, Juliana Fiori is no simpering English miss. She refuses to play by society’s rules: she speaks her mind, cares nothing for the approval of the ton, and can throw a punch with remarkable accuracy. Her scandalous nature makes her a favorite subject of London’s most practiced gossips…and precisely the kind of woman the Duke of Leighton wants far far away from him.

He swears by reputation.
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eleven_scandals“Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart” by Sarah MacLean (historical, Avon, May 2011, $7.99, 384 pp):

 

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I have been waiting, not so patiently, for Juliana Fiori’s story since I first read Sarah MacLean’s Avon debut, “Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake.” Julianna meets Simon Pierson, the Duke of Leighton in the first book in MacLean’s series, and I was fairly certain that Simon would be her hero. MacLean added a serious complication to their relationship in “Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord,” in the form of Simon’s pregnant, but unwed, sister. Thus, their story has taken three books to unfold, and made me crazy-mad for its conclusion.

 

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eleven_scandalsNew York Times bestselling authors Eloisa James and Sarah MacLean headline a much-anticipated virtual book signing, powered by LiveStream, taking place at 5:00pm EST on Wednesday April, 27, 2011. Veteran romance writer James will interview rising star MacLean about her newest release, ELEVEN SCANDALS TOSTART TO WIN A DUKE’S HEART. Both authors with answer questions and sign copies for virtual event attendees, live from HarperCollins studio in New York, NY. Information regarding the LiveStream event can be found online at www.avonromancelive.com.

The virtual event will be immediately followed by a live, in-store appearance of Sarah MacLean at WORD in Brooklyn, New York (126 Franklin Street) at 7:30pm.Fans are invited to meet MacLean in person and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

 

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Tuesday, 11 May 2010 09:02

May 11th Book Club Discussion

nine rules rake mm c_smallNine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake Synopsis:

 

Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has spent 10 years following the rules of English society and has little to show for it – except a pristine reputation.  She has spent most of those years fantasizing about life rather than living it.

 

After a brief encounter at a ball during Lady Hartwell's first season, Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston – and a well-known rake – has played a part in those fantasies.

 

Gabriel and his equally dashing twin brother, Nick, have discovered they have a half-sister, Juliana, who was also abandoned by the woman who bore them. She arrives from Italy to reluctantly stay with her newfound family after the death of her Italian merchant father. Before she can be introduced to London society, she must be schooled by someone of flawless character - Lady Calpurnia fits the bill.

 

Tired of life passing her by, Callie, now a spinster, drafts a unique to-do list consisting of items that ladies in polite society simply do not do. The first item on her list – to kiss someone passionately – compels her to make a late-night visit to Gabriel’s home, where they agree on an unconventional business arrangement: Callie will sponsor his sister into society in return for a kiss and a favor to be named later.

 

Callie’s List:

  1. Kiss someone – passionately
  2. Smoke cheroot and drink scotch
  3. Ride astride
  4. Fence
  5. Attend a duel
  6. Fire a pistol
  7. Gamble (at a gentleman’s club)
  8. Dance every dance at a ball
  9. Be considered beautiful. Just once

 


Book Club Discussion: 

 

1.  Which one of Callie’s rule-breaking adventures did you like best?

 

Bobbi:  Ooh, this is a tough one to decide!  My initial thought is the first adventure - to kiss someone passionately.  The bedchamber scene is so well-written and exciting - I almost felt as if I was right there with Callie.  But, of course, who can overlook the "riding astride" adventure? I did not expect that!  Sarah MacLean was pretty creative with that particular item on the list. 

 

Carolyn:  Riding astride!  When Ralston offered his assistance in helping her achieve this goal, I thought it was brilliant! Bravissima, Sarah.  I suggest all women cross this off their list!

 

Jennifer: I enjoyed all of Callie’s adventures – especially since they kept Ralston on his toes. However, my favorite of the adventures was when Callie posed as a man to sneak into a gentlemen’s club and try her hand at fencing. Ralston’s emotions when he realized that his opponent was Callie and that he had hurt her seemed to leap off the page.

 

2. What was the catalyst to Callie's decision to create the list?

Bobbi:  When Callie overhears her sister in the hallway, that sets the list into action.  Although Callie may seem "passive" to others, we know that inside she's much different.  Your average 28 year-old spinster would never dream of doing such things.  Callie isn't your average girl.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her as she crossed off each item. 

 

Carolyn:  I agree with Bobbi.  Callie overhears her sister and her betrothed speaking with pity about her always being welcome at their home and what a great aunt she will make.  I think that finally made Callie act.  Aunt Beatrice’s comments about Callie’s “less than desirable” figure didn’t help either.

 

Jennifer: For me, the catalyst was Callie’s conversation with her brother Benedick – one of my favorite parts of the book. Benedick is the one that first suggested that Callie should break some of society’s rigid rules. I believe that this is what gave her the confidence to make a dramatic change and to stop standing on the sidelines. Of course, I doubt that Benedick would have encouraged Callie if he had known how close Callie's adventures would bring her to Ralston.

3. In order to overcome her refusal to marry him, Ralston confesses to Benedick that he compromised Callie.  What did you think of Ralston’s tactic?

Bobbi:  Ralston is a man used to getting all that he desires. Going through Callie's brother would insure Callie's hand in marriage because it is the only honorable thing to do. Interestingly enough, I read this chapter as a real declaration of love on Ralston's behalf.  He was willing to admit to Benedick what he had done, and even suffers a pretty severe punch, all because he loves Callie and will stop at nothing to be with her. Benedick could have sent him away for good. He took a gamble telling him, but being the "rake" that Ralston is, he knew the odds were on his side. I knew I liked Benedick after the scotch/cheroot scene, but I liked him even more after this scene.

 

Carolyn: I wasn’t surprised at all. I believe Ralston thought Benedick would be an advocate for his betrothal pursuit. I also believe Ralston was well aware of the bond between Callie and her brother and if he had Benedick’s blessing, Benny would convince Callie to marry him.

 

Jennifer: Ralston’s decision to tell Benedick that he compromised Callie showed me that Ralston was at a loss about how to deal with Callie. His desperation came through so clearly. Besides, Ralston’s decision to confess all to Benedick wasn’t nearly as idiotic as his decision to become embroiled with Lord Oxford’s wager about Callie.

4. Sarah MacLean’s next romance features Ralston’s twin brother Nick. Whose story would you like to see in the MacLean's third book?

Bobbi:   I'd love to know more about Juliana.  She was an intriguing character.  I'd also enjoy finding out whether or not Callie creates another list over the course of her marriage to Ralston.

 

Carolyn:  I am torn between Juliana and Benny. Juliana is sassy and bold and I love how she stands up to her half-brothers.  But Benny is a gentleman, a respectable earl who is now the only remaining unmarried sibling. He was the perfect big brother with Callie in the beginning of the book, encouraging her to live a little. Well, I think Benny needs to live a little too.

 

Jennifer: I so want to see Benedick get his happily ever after. He was a wonderful character. I loved the way that he supported his sister and how he encouraged her to find her true self.

5. What were your reactions to Ralston, Nick and Juliana's long-absent mother? Are you curious to learn more about her and the reasons she had for abandoning her children?

 

Bobbi: I found Ralston's mother to be deplorable. But there's got to be an interesting, underlying story about her and why she chose to abandon her children. Maybe this could be a topic for book three? The reactions of each child upon seeing their mother again would make for some real drama.

 

Carolyn: I want to see this woman come to terms with what she has done. I’m not sure what would prompt her return to England. Perhaps she has finally broken the heart of the wrong man. Or is in dire straits and needs her children’s help. I’m sure Sarah MacLean can think of something.

 

Jennifer: I don’t think I am curious about the mother’s motivations, but would like to read more about how Nick and Juliana are coping with the abandonment. I think that Ralston, Nick and Juliana are much better off without the women coming back into their lives.

 

Final Thoughts:

Bobbi: This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I enjoyed every single chapter and it was incredibly well-written.  Each character was very well thought out, and I instantly fell under MacLean's spell. The passionate scenes between Ralston and Callie actually had my heart racing!

 

I cannot wait to see what Sarah MacLean has in store for us next. Jane Austen came to mind when reading this... sure, the some scenes are very racy, but apart from that, it portrayed society to the tee and the characters were so complex and real. I could also see this book making its way to the big screen!

 

Carolyn: Yes it was a nice love story but what appealed to me were the little gems along the way. Yes women of that day found an escape through reading. (That’s true of women today!) Sarah MacLean seamlessly works in Callie’s love of books into the storyline.  I also love Ralston’s twin Nick, who is quite amusing.  And the witty repartee between Gabriel, his brother, sister Juliana and Callie, were priceless. 

 

Jennifer: From the very start of this book, I was hooked. I read it in one sitting – and have read it several times since. Both Callie and Ralston captured my imagination. They are such wonderful characters. Their journey to true love was captivating. This book didn’t just make it on to my keeper shelf, but to my shelf of comfort reads – books that I can (and do) read over and over again because I know that they will make heart happy. “Nine Rules to Break” is truly one of my favorite romance novels of all times.

Sarah MacLean's next book, "Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord" (about Nick Sinclair) will be available on October 26th.

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Thursday, 22 April 2010 13:07

The Season - #twitreview

@RNNTwitReviews - MacLean's YA The Season: wonderful family; fabulous female friends; brothers' close friend becomes so much more; endearing read #twitreview

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