Friday, August 24, 2012

Get Lost in a Shocking Proposal with Anna Randol

There is improper, there is scandalous...and then there is Madeline Valdan.

To the world, Madeline Valdan is a scandalous courtesan, with society's most eligible gentlemen at her feet. But no one knows her shocking secret: she has never experienced the most intimate touch of any man. So she astonishes the ton by telling them the truth . . . and by announcing the auction of her virginity to the highest bidder.

Handsome and disciplined, Gabriel Huntford knows his time is best spent hunting down criminals from the darkest corners of London. As a Bow Street Runner investigating his sister's death, he has no desire to join London's strutting peacocks in this competition when there are more important tasks at hand.

Now, his quest leads him to one of Madeline's "suitors," so he agrees to help this sinful woman. But what begins as a business arrangement quickly turns into something more . . . and love blooms with a passion neither one expected.

More about the author, Anna Randol

Anna Randol was raised in Southern California. When she was eight, she decided her diary was too dull and decided to write as if she lived on a raft in the Amazon with her imaginary dog, Cream Puff. At twelve, Anna decided racing down rapids with only a dog for company might get rather lonely. Handsome British heroes began to appear on her raft, and her love of adventure-driven romance was born.

Jillian: Where do you read and how often?
Anna: Everywhere and all the time! I recently put the Kindle app on my phone and now there’s no stopping me. I read when I waiting to get my kids from school, while cooking, at the store…you get the picture.
Jillian: What sound or noise do you love?
Anna: Thunder. As a kid, I loved sitting out on my grandparents porch swing and watching the thunderstorms roll in from over the mountains. The wind would start blowing through the aspen trees, then there’d be a low, distant grumble of thunder that I felt more than heard. Soon the lightning would flash followed by the first sharp crack of thunder and the sudden sizzle of rain. Don’t even get me started on the smell of the first raindrops on the hot pavement…
Jillian: What was the first story you remember writing.
Anna: When I was seven, I wrote a Christmas story Rudolf losing his antlers (poor Rudolph never catches a break…) and everyone mistakes him for a horse. Mrs. Clause has to sew him a pair out of felt until his new ones grow in. I proudly read the story (all three handwritten pages) in the family Christmas video that year.
Jillian: Be honest, when reading 1st you miss the hero’s POV?
Anna: I do! (I’m so glad it’s not just me…) There are many books I adore that are written in first person, but I always find myself longing to find out what the hero is thinking. Just a peek, is that so much to ask? But I do admire authors who can filter an entire story through one POV. I think they have it twice as hard!
Jillian: What’s your favorite kid joke?
Anna: Q: What’s red and bad for your teeth? A: A brick

Anna has a question for commenters: Let’s hear it. What is your favorite kid joke? A print copy or ebook to a commenters chosen at random.

***Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only. If an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) is available, the author may utilize that option for International participants. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.


  1. What's black and white and red all over? A newspaper.
    What do you call cheese that's not yours? Nacho cheese.

  2. Congrats on the new release, Anna.

    What's full of holes and still holds water? A sponge.

  3. What's black and white and read all over?
    A newspaper

  4. hi congrats on the new book ... hmm... kid jokes...

    What happens when Shrek Falls off the boat?

    He goes ogreboard. :-)


    mlopezae AT gmail DOT com

  5. Welcome back Anna. Sounds like another terrific book.

    My very old kid joke?
    Q: Why do elephants paint their toenails red, orange, pink, purple and green?
    A: To hide in a jelly bean jar, of course.
    You've never seen an elephant in a jelly bean jar? See how good it works!

  6. Why is Six scared of Seven?
    Because Seven 'Ate' Nine!

  7. You are all hilarious! What great jokes!

  8. What do you get from a pampered cow?

    Spoiled milk.


  9. Knock, knock.
    Who's there?
    Interrupting cow
    Interrupting cow (at some point during this line you joke teller yells moo).

    Definitely can't wait to read this book. I've had it on my wish list for months now.

  10. Why did the chicken cross the road?
    To get to the other side.

  11. Nice interview. I like knock knock jokes.


  12. Ahh the sound of wind through a tree, Aspen trees do have a nice sound when the wind blows through them. I also like to sit and listen to cottonwood trees in the breeze, every kind of tree has their own sound. =)

    Ok here goes:

    What is the best way to communicate with a fish?

    Drop a line.

  13. Congratulations on the new release. My kid's joke, is the same as some others: What's black & white & "read" all over? A newspaper.


  14. Why did the chicken cross the rode?

    To get to the other side.

    Congrats on your new release.

    1. Tammy, we have a different variation of that here in Texas:

      Q: Why did the armadillo cross the road?
      A: To see if it could be done.

      Anyone who's driven a west Texas road will understand why that answer's sadly funny.


  15. For older kids:
    Three men walked into a bar. OUCH!!!

    For younger kids:
    Knock, knock.
    Who's there?
    Gorilla who.
    Gorilla me a cheese sandwich.

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  17. What do you get when you cross a turtle with a porcupine?
    A slow poke!

    What do you call a person who can't flip pancakes?
    A flip flop!

    What did the tie say to the hat?
    You go on a head, while I hang around!

    My fave:
    What was the weatherman's forecast for the rap concert?
    He said you could expect a Lil Wayne!

    seytype at hotmail dot com

  18. Congratulations Barbara E!

    You've won a copy of Anna Randol's Sins of a Virgin! Please go to the winners page (See tab under masthead) and you will find an email address to contact us. E-mail your mailing info and we will forward to the author!