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HOW TO STOP A WEDDINGYoung, widowed, and penniless, Lily Andrews, the Countess of Merrill, has strong opinions on marriage. When she spots a certain engagement announcement in The Times, she decides to take action. She will not allow another hapless girl to fall prey to a man—particularly the scoundrel who broke her heart five years ago. Anonymously she writes and distributes a pamphlet entitled “Secrets of a Wedding Night,” knowing it will find its way into his intended’s innocent hands…
HOW TO SEDUCE A WIDOWDevon Morgan, the Marquis of Colton, desires a good wife and mother to his son—someone completely unlike Lily Andrews, the heartless beauty who led him on a merry chase five years ago only to reject him. When Devon’s new fiancée cries off after reading a certain scandalous pamphlet, he vows to track down the author and make her pay. But when he learns it’s his former fiancée Lily, he issues a challenge: write a retraction or prepare to be seduced—to find out how wonderful a wedding night can be…
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London, April 1816Boom. Boom. Boom.
The blows on the door echoed through the foyer. Lily heard them all the way in the study where she was poring over the dismal household accounts for the hundredth time.
“I demand to see the countess,” a deep male voice thundered.
Lily stopped scribbling. She glanced at Leopold, the scruffy brown terrier who sat curled on a worn cushion at her feet. “Demand? Good heavens.” She shook her head. “Which one of my so-called admirers is at it today?”
Returning her attention to the ledger, she mumbled, “Who knew? Apparently, twenty-two-year-old widows are all the rage this Season. That is, twenty-two-year-old widows reportedly worth a small fortune.”
Leopold cocked his head and barked. Lily bit her lip. “Or it could be a debt collector.”
Evans appeared in the doorway. Lily regarded her old friend with a weary sigh. “Which is it? A fortune hunter or a creditor?”
“My lady, Lord Colton is in the white salon. He insists upon seeing you.”
Lily sat up straight. “Colton?”
“The Marquis of Colton,” Evans clarified, clearing his throat.
Leopold yipped as if he recognized the name. Evans gave the dog a dubious glance indicative of the strained relationship the two had shared over the last several years.
Lily rubbed the feathered tip of her quill against her nose, her brows knitting together. “Hmm. This is an interesting development.”
She was grateful Evans had been awake to answer the door. Her butler had an unfortunate penchant for falling asleep at the most unexpected times. Though she suspected the racket had roused him.
Plopping the quill back into the well, she stood and smoothed her palms down her worn, gray skirts.
“Tell Lord Colton I’ll be in momentarily, Evans.” She nodded, enjoying the jolt of anticipation that leaped to life in her belly.
Devon Morgan, Marquis of Colton, in her house. Well. Of course she’d relish a distraction from the depressing house accounts, but there was something else. She’d relish the distraction from the simpering fops who’d been appearing on her doorstep smelling of too much sweet cologne and desperation. Lord Colton might be trouble, but there was nothing desperate about him.
HOW TO DISCOVER THE AUTHORValerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels.
Valerie's debut novel, SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT, is the first in the Secret Brides trilogy. Book two, SECRETS OF A RUNAWAY BRIDE, will be released in Spring 2013 and SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS MARRIAGE will be released in fall 2013.
Valerie has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in History from Smith College. By day, she is a technical writer and editor at a computer software company. By night, she combines her love of writing, history, and romance to craft stories about people falling in love.
Originally from Rantoul, Illinois, Valerie lives in North Florida with her two rascally dogs. When she's not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or watching Hoarders.
HOW TO KNOW VALERIEANGI: How often do you get lost in a story?
VALERIE: Not as often as I'd like! My reading time has decreased significantly since I began writing. But I try to read at least one great book each month.
ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading?VALERIE: I'm not sure it's the first book but one of my favorites that I read again and again as a child was These Happy Golden Years which is part of the Laura Ingalls Wilder set. Love, love, love those books.
ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?VALERIE: The sound of my dog snoring really softly. It's so cute when she's all snuggled up in bed asleep.
ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?VALERIE: Fairy Tale o' course. With a smart, strong heroine!
ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?VALERIE: It was called The Three Little Chickens and I was in kindergarten. These three chickens lived together in an apartment. The drama ensued when one of them got a job at KFC and almost got cooked. My grandmother punched holes in the sides and tied it together with a ribbon. I still have it!
ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?VALERIE: One of my favorites is The Shawshank Redemption. I just love it when a clever storyline results in supreme justice. Plus, it has one of my favorite lines of all time in it: Get busy living or get busy dying. Stephen King is a master storyteller. Though I have to say I'm a total scaredy cat so I don't read most of his work.
ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?VALERIE: Three-way tie between Sauron from The Lord of the Rings, Dr. Evil from Austin Powers, and Mr. Potter from It's a Wonderful Life. If those three somehow managed to get together, there would be universe-wide destruction!
ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
VALERIE: Strawberry cupcakes!
ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: Mr. Potter from IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE… Hmm… An unusual villain. Any chance there are some “Mr. Potter’s” in your writing?VALERIE’S GOTTA ANSWER: The villain in SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT is a man named Gilbert Winfrey who is a thief and a gambler. Known as the King of the Underworld, he's a dangerous man who pits his skill at the card table against Devon. And loses of course.
HOW TO FIND VALERIE:Contact Website Facebook Twitter @ValerieGBowman
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