Guest Post + Giveaway with Maggi Andersen author of The Reluctant Marquess

Posted by Ing on 12 March, 2012 // ★★ 20 Comments ★★

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What makes THE RELUCTANT MARQUESS a good read?

Thanks for inviting me to your blog. What makes THE RELUCTANT MARQUESS a good read? I was brought up not to toot my own horn, but I loved writing this book so I’ll list a few reasons why I think my Georgian romance is special.

The hero. Lord Robert, Marquess of St. Malin has just inherited the marquisate. Here’s what the heroine first thinks of him: She glanced at his immaculate blue coat. He was even more unnerving this morning in riding clothes. Last night the marquess had seemed like a peacock in his silk taffeta coat. He’d made her a bit apprehensive, but she had felt reasonably capable of standing up to him. He now appeared powerful, the rightful lord of the manor, his clothes emphasizing his narrow waist and broad shoulders.

The heroine. Charity Barlow is a spirited country girl, daughter of an academic, shocked to find herself expected to marry a marquess: She gulped as his heavy-lidded eyes continued to study her from head to foot. She was uncomfortably aware that the mist had sent her hair into a riot of untidy curls, and she smoothed it away from her face with both hands as she glanced around the room. She tucked a muddy shoe out of sight beneath her gown and then forced herself to meet his gaze. Might he like anything of what he saw? She loved that she had inherited her mother’s tiny waist, and she thought her hands pretty. His lordship’s gaze strayed to her breasts and remained there rather long. She sucked in a breath as her heart beat faster. When their eyes met did she detect a gleam of approval? It only made her more nervous.

The wedding, which none of his family attended. The wedding took place in the grey stone parish church. Their words, in the almost empty building, echoed around the vaulted ceiling, disturbing a flock of wood pigeons nesting in the rafters. There were only the parson, two witnesses, and the bride and groom, but a small group of curious villagers waited outside.

Frustrated desire: It was surprisingly difficult to sleep with the knowledge that his new wife was in bed a few steps away over the corridor. He should just go right in there and put this nonsense to an end. Deflower an unwilling virgin in an inn? What if she cried? She didn’t even have her maid to assist her. Robert shook his head, stamped out the cheroot and made his way back to his room. Life would be more peaceful if he bowed to her wishes. He eased his tight shoulders. Providing her demands were within reason.

When Charity arrives in London: The formidable butler, Hove, greeted her without a smile, and took her cloak and bonnet. She thanked him and followed Robert up the stairs to the first floor. Everywhere she looked stood superior-looking servants in their gold and blue livery. Robert bowed to her at the door to her chamber. She peered in at the lofty, elaborately furnished room, hung with rose damask. A four-poster bed large enough for an entire family barely filled a corner.
Learning the ways of the ton:

Brigitte picked up a fan painted with flowers. “And the fan, my lady. No lady is without one. You must flirt with it.”

“Flirt?”

“Like this.” Brigitte opened the fan, displaying a lovely painted rural scene and fluttered it before her face. “Like a coquette, oui?”

“I suppose so,” Charity said doubtfully.

“It is called the amorous flutter,” Brigitte said, warming to her theme. “There is also the angry flutter, like this.” She snapped it shut. “The modest miss, oui, like this? A merry lady, like this….”

She expertly twirled the fan.

“Oh stop,” Charity said, laughing. “I shall never feel comfortable doing any of that.”

And what others thought of the book. 4 Stars from R.T. Book Reviews: “Readers will love the delightful tale of love in an arranged marriage. As troubles buffet the new couple and their love is tested, readers will be rooting for them to make it through.”
Thank you for allowing me to share this with you.

Cheers,
Maggi

Blurb:

Charity Barlow wished to marry for love. The rakish Lord Robert wishes only to tuck her away in the country once an heir is produced.

A country-bred girl, Charity Barlow suddenly finds herself married to a marquess, an aloof stranger determined to keep his thoughts and feelings to himself. She and Lord Robert have been forced by circumstances to marry, and she feels sure she is not the woman he would have selected given a choice.

The Marquess of St. Malin makes it plain to her that their marriage is merely for the procreation of an heir, and once that is achieved, he intends to continue living the life he enjoyed before he met her.

While he takes up his life in London once more, Charity is left to wander the echoing corridors of St. Malin House, when she isn’t thrown into the midst of the mocking Haute Ton. Charity is not at all sure she likes her new social equals, as they live by their own rules, which seem rather shocking. She’s not at all sure she likes her new husband either, except for his striking appearance and the dark desire in his eyes when he looks at her, which sends her pulses racing.

Lord Robert is a rake and does not deserve her love, but neither does she wish to live alone. Might he be suffering from a sad past? Seeking to uncover it, Charity attempts to heal the wound to his heart, only to make things worse between them. Will he ever love her?

Purchase Links: Amazon (Kindle) / B&N (papberback)

Excerpt:

“I see we understand each other perfectly. So … do you agree?”

What was wrong with this man? Slowly, Charity released a heavy sigh. She could barely contemplate such a thing as this, and yet he acted as though he’d solved all the problems of the world with fashion accessories.

She had hoped for a small stipend, but marriage! And to a complete stranger. She couldn’t! Not for all the gowns and hats on earth. She straightened up in her chair and lifted her chin. Her words were clipped and precise, and she hoped beyond hope he would accept her decision gracefully. “I say no,

Lord St Malin.”

“No? Really?”

“Yes, really.”

“How disappointing,” he said quietly.

She gulped as his heavy-lidded eyes continued to study her from head to foot. She was uncomfortably aware that the mist had sent her hair into a riot of untidy curls, and she smoothed it away from her face with both hands as she glanced around the room. She tucked a muddy shoe out of sight beneath her gown and then forced herself to meet his gaze. Might he like anything of what he saw? Her father loved that she had inherited her mother’s tiny waist, and she thought her hands pretty. His lordship’s gaze strayed to her breasts and remained there rather long. She sucked in a breath as her heart beat faster. When their eyes met did she detect a gleam of approval? It only made her more nervous.

About Author:
Maggi Andersen is an Australian author. She lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales with her lawyer husband, their cat and the demanding wildlife. Maggi has two degrees, a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing. Georgette Heyer, Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart were strong influences on her writing. She began her career when her children left the nest and writes in a variety of genres. Her historical romances are set in the Georgian, Regency and Victorian era.
  Giveaway Details:

Maggi is giving away a $10 GC to TWO random commenters during this blog tour.  So be sure to leave a comment on this blog and follow this tour along and leave comments at the other tour stops for a better chance at winning.  Click HERE to see the other tour stops.


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20 Responses to “Guest Post + Giveaway with Maggi Andersen author of The Reluctant Marquess”

  1. There are even different ways to flirt with your fan?:))) Wonderful! Look forward to reading about it.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    oloore at gmail dot com

  2. Anonymous

    Hello Maggie,
    If I was herI’d follow him to London and be a thorn in his side by showing him what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
    Z
    seawitchreviews@ yahoo.com

  3. Oooh The Reluctant Marquess sounds fantastic! Thanks for drawing my attention to this story and Maggi Ing! Another great story added to my teetering wishlist 😉 lol

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Ing

    Thanks Maggi and Goddess PR for the opportunity to help host.

    Maggi I have this on my wishlist for sure. I love historicals and this type of storyline. Can’t wait to see how hard Lord Robert falls! 🙂

  5. Hi Maggi and Ing!

    This book sounds like a great read.
    I have to know what happens between Lord Robert and Charity.
    I will be adding Maggi to my list of ‘new to me’ authors.

    Please do not enter my name in giveaway, I’m a recent winner. 🙂

  6. Thanks everyone for your comments. I enjoyed writing this book. Karen, I have to be alert to the historical details when I write them. The changes in carriages, food, clothing, societal mores. Recently, I wrote a late Victorian mystery then returned to the Regency era to write my spy series. I knew I couldn’t allow my Regency heroines the same amount of freedom.

  7. I was looking at your books on your website and I see you write in various historical time periods and contemporaries. It must be difficult to write in multiple eras and keep the historical facts straight as well as modes of dress and accepted bahavior for the time periods. How do you keep things straight?

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

  8. I was going to comment that I’m glad we don’t have arranged marriages anymore but then I realized that they are still happening in many parts of the world…although I guess that the couples may have a bit more say in the arrangements these days! I like “arrangements” that lead to love.

    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  9. Ing, you always find the best books and authors. I am putting this book on my tbr list…
    The teaching to flirt with the fan had me chuckling..
    Thanks for visiting Maggi…

  10. Thanks for the guest post. I really enjoyed Brigette trying to teach Charity how to flirt with the fan. This sounds like a wonderful book. Can’t wait to read it.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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