Author Spotlight + Giveaway – To Tempt a Rake by Cara Elliott

Posted by Ing on 5 February, 2011 // ★★ 25 Comments ★★


Today I’m doing an author feature on Cara Elliott author of the Circle of Sin series. Cara’s 3rd and last book in her Circle of Sin series “To Tempt a Rake” just released on Feb. 1st.  Cara Elliot also writes as author Andrea Pickens.  If you are
interested in winning a copy of “To Tempt a Rake” be sure to check out the
details on how to enter and win a copy below.

I will have a review of this book up later!  

Cover Blurb: 

Woodbridge has spent most of her life sailing to exotic
ports around the globe, acquiring an expertise in botany,
along with a few less ladylike skills. So when a deathbed
promise to her parents brings her to London to seek a reconciliation
with her grandfather,
the imperious Duke of Cluyne, she feels like a fish out
of water in Polite Society. Her outspoken views and fiery
temper tend to set off sparks—especially with the
arrogant Conte of Como.  

man has a knack of getting under her skin, And if
he gets
too close, he might uncover her scandalous past . .

A devil-may-care rogue, Marco finds Kate a tempting target
for his flirtations. But when murder strikes at the duke’s country house, he suspects she’s hiding a dark secret.
He has his own clandestine reasons for helping to
her innocence . . . which leads them on a perilous
from London to the glittering ballrooms of Vienna. 

pleasures and gilded lies.. The city is.aswirl in decadence
and deception, and they find themselves waltzing on a powderkeg
of hidden passions and dangerous desires. For Kate and Marco
must duel with a deadly villain—and confront their
own explosive attraction.

Other book in this series:
  • To Sin with a Scoundrel (book #1)
  • To Surrender to a Rogue (book #2)
I started creating books at the age of five, or so my mother tells
me. And she has the proof — a neatly penciled story, the pages lavishly
illustrated with full color crayon drawings of horses and bound with
staples — to back up her claim. I have since moved on from Westerns to
writing about Regency England, a time and place that has captured my
imagination ever since I opened the covers of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

I have a BA and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and now
work as the creative director of a lifestyle sporting magazine, a job
which lets me combine my love of the printed word with my love of art.
I’m very fortunate in that my work allows me to travel to interesting
destinations around the world — however, my favorite spot is London,
where the funky antique markets and used book stores offer a wealth of
inspiration for my stories.

Five Fun Facts – Cara Elliott

For me, researching my Regency-set historical romances is actually
great fun. I love discovering the little details about an esoteric
subject that help add color and texture to a story. In
To Tempt a Rake my
hero and my heroine journey to Vienna, where all sorts of delicious
things were going on in the fall of 1814—including the making of
sinfully sweet desserts! So, in celebration of the February release of
To Tempt a Rake—and Valentine’s Day—here are a few of the interesting things that I learned about chocolate!

1. The famous Viennese “Sacher Torte” chocolate cake was inspired by
Prince Metternich (who makes a cameo appearance in the book.) He ordered
a very sumptuous dessert to be created for a special dinner he was
giving, and warned the chef, “Take care that you do NOT make me look a
fool tonight.”  (To download a luscious Sacher Torte recipe, visit my website)

2. In 1800, Sulpice Debauve, a pharmacist to King Louis XVI, opened
the first store in Paris to offer edible chocolate. (Debauve &
Gallet gourmet chocolates are still available today. They are
outrageously good—and outrageously expensive.)

3. Move over, Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay—Antoine Carême was the first
celebrity chef! Famous throughout Europe for his towering pastry
confections, he cooked for Napoleon, Talleyrand and the Prince Regent.

4. The official name of the chocolate tree is Theobroma cacao, and
there are three different types of beans. Criollo beans are the most
delicate and flavorful, trinitario beans combine hardiness and taste,
and forastero beans are the most common variety.

5. The South American country of Ecuador supplies over half the world’s supply of chocolate beans—over 70 thousand tons!

You can connect and find out more about Sophie Gunn at: 
Now on to the Giveaway

Hachette Book Group, Inc has graciously provided me with three copies of this book to giveaway. Here are the rules! 
  • Only residents of the USA and Canada are eligible
  • No P.O. Boxes please
  • Winners
    are subject to the one copy per household rule. This means if you win
    the same book in two different contests, Hachette will only send you one
    copy of the book. 
  • Books will be sent directly from the publisher 
  • Leave a comment with your e-mail address if it’s not on your profile so I can contact you if you win
  • Contest ends Feb.12th
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25 Responses to “Author Spotlight + Giveaway – To Tempt a Rake by Cara Elliott”

  1. Hana K

    I’ve read the others in the series and can’t wait to read this one!!

    Sign me in!


  2. YWLiang

    I would like enter the giveaway for a chance in winning Cara Elliott’s To Tempt a Rake! I love her previous 2 works! 🙂


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