Friday, March 29, 2013

If You Give a Rake A Ruby by Shana Galen


Get Lost in This Story…

 

If You Give a Rake a Ruby by Shana Galen—in stores March 2013

 

HER MYSTERIOUS PAST IS THE BEST REVENGE . . .

Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, is a celebrated courtesan with her finger on the pulse of high society. She’s adored by men, hated by their wives. No one knows anything about her past, and she plans to keep it that way.

 

ONLY HE CAN OFFER HER A DAZZLING FUTURE . . .

Warrick Fitzhugh will do anything to protect his compatriots in the Foreign Office, including seduce Fallon, who he thinks can lead him to the deadliest crime lord in London. He knows he’s putting his life on the line . . .

 

To Warrick’s shock, Fallon is not who he thinks she is, and the secrets she’s keeping are exactly what make her his heart’s desire . . .

 

Today I am so pleased to welcome back Shana Galen to the blog, this time to celebrate the release of the second of her Jewels of the Ton series! Shana not only writes fabulous books, but she’s mom to a toddler affectionately known across the internet as Baby Galen, is active on Facebook and Twitter, as well as is a contributor to blogs such as The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills and Peanut Butter on the Keyboard…in short, she exhausts me just thinking about all that she does (and does well)!

 

I’m so thrilled she’s found time to come visit us here today.

 

More about Shana:

 

Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

 

And now, the GLIAS interview…

 

Heather: What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Shana:  Sliding Doors, featuring Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah. Gwyneth Paltrow’s character is fired and we see what happens if she’d caught the train and if she hadn’t. Love the parallel storylines.

 

Heather: I adore that movie! I knew I liked you for more than just your writing… Okay, next question: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?

Shana:  Not surprisingly, I most often get lost reading historicals. I love the language, the gowns, the balls, and the rules and manners. I also enjoy young adult literature. I read quite a bit of it when I was a middle school teacher.

 

Heather: What’s the first book you remember reading?

Shana:  It was The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. I was in first grade and on vacation with my parents. I couldn’t put it down, even to go swimming in the lake or play outside.

 

Heather: What’s your favorite fairy tale?

Shana:  Definitely Beauty and the Beast. I love the idea of the heroine taming the beastly hero. Most of my heroes are beasts in one way or another. Some of my heroines need a little taming as well.

 

Heather: What turns you off like nothing else?

Shana:  Prejudice. I can’t stand it when someone stereotypes another race or ethnicity.

 

Heather: Where do you read and how often?

Shana:  I read in bed or while I’m sitting outside gymnastics or swimming or soccer class. I read every night before bed, if I can keep my eyes open.

 

Heather: What’s in your refrigerator right now?

Shana:  A lot of fruit and a lot of microwave meals. I am trying to cook more, but I hate cooking and only manage dinner three nights a week. And, of course, my daughter only likes three or four foods, so most of the time my efforts are an exercise in futility.

 

Heather: Dog person or cat person?

Shana:  I love all animals, but I have always had cats. Right now I have two kittens, Mickey and Maisy (my daughter named them after her favorite mice). They are incredibly sweet and very snuggly and extremely patient with my daughter.

 

Heather: How much money does it take to be happy?

Shana:  I need enough to buy a soy chai latte and get a pedicure. I’m perfectly happy with those two luxuries.

 

 
HEATHER’S GOTTA ASK – SHANA’S GOTTA ANSWER  J

 

Heather:  I noticed on your website that one of your first attempts at writing was a Star Wars story (with romantic elements, of course!). Is there a close science-fiction/fantasy lover in you?

 

Shana:  I am a huge Star Wars fan. I used to have all the action figures, and I played with them endlessly. I knew all the trivia and every minute detail. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Men I’ve Dated was about a geeky girl who loves Star Wars, but she falls for a hunky guy and tries to impress him by acting like someone she isn’t. You can guess what happens next…

 

 

GOT A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS?

 

Shana:  If You Give a Rake a Ruby is a book about a courtesan and a spy. The Prince Regent dubbed her the Marchioness of Mystery, while her glamorous Cyprian friends are the Duchess of Dalliance and the Countess of Charm. If you had a nickname, what would it be?

 

WILL YOU HAVE A DRAWING FROM THOSE LEAVING COMMENTS?

Shana:  Yes.  I’d be happy to give away a copy of When You Give a Duke a Diamond to a random commenter (US and Canada only, please. Please enter via the rafflecopter widget below).
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

If you’d like to learn more about Shana, you can find her on the web at:

www.shanagalen.com


@shanagalen

www.jauntyquills.com

 

Thanks for being here with us today, Shana.  If you missed Shana’s first visit to GLIAS and would like to know even more about this fabulous author, you can find it here.

30 comments:

  1. Welcome back to GLIAS, Shana. Terrific interview!
    ~Angi

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  2. Loved the interview! I would like the title of the Countess of Mirabelle! I live in Mirabel and DH sometimes says to me that I act like a countess, lolll I would love to read this book, I'm reading presently one of yours "If you give a Rake a Ruby" It's a delicious read!I will write review when I finish it. Thank you for the giveaway! Happy Easter!

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    1. Nicole, I don't see why you shouldn't be granted that title! Love it!

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  3. Thanks, Angi! Nice to be back :-)

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  4. I can't wait to read "If You Give A Rake A Ruby", it sounds delightful! You lead such a busy life, how do you find the time to write?

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    1. I get up early and stay up late, Nancy. I don't watch TV, don't take days off and have learned to write even with major distractions all around me. :-)

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  5. I loved "If You Give A Rake A Ruby"... I'd like to think I'd be a Princess of Patience..

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    1. I feel like I am the Queen of Patience some days!

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  6. Love the first book! :) I like to think I am a baroness of food since I love eating!

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    1. That's a good one, May, especially if you're a foodie.

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  7. When I was younger, friends used to call me Bubbles, because I am a talkative, bubbly type person. :)

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    1. Sounds like a great moniker for you!

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  8. I would like to be called the Duchess of Kind.

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  9. Hi Shana! Always lovely to have you with us!!!

    I would like to be Mistress of the Time Turner...that way, I could just turn back the clock when I needed extra time to get things done...

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    1. Heather, if you could do that, I'd be calling for for help all the time!

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  10. Mine name would be "Mistress of Laughter" b/c I am a very silly girl that likes to make people laugh and I love to laugh great way to burn calories

    Sue G - I like the Bubbles name :) very cute

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    1. I wish I could laugh more and run less! Much nicer way to burn calories.

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  11. I think I would be the Duchess of Desire. I like the sound of that.

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    1. I like the sound of it too! Why didn't I think of that?

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  12. Hi Shana--so glad you joined us today. I have to cop to being primarily a contemporary reader; I enjoy historicals, but they aren't what I gravitate toward. I'm always very happy when an author like you comes along to pique my curiosity anew and send me back to the historical genre. I'm looking forward to reading "If You Give a Rake a Ruby"! I also love that the first book you remember is "The Black Stallion." I lived on that series my entire adolescence! Alec Ramsay was truly my first crush.

    If I had a nickname it would have to be the Queen of Frazzle--because I'm always procrastinating, always going back to get the phone/purse/or jacket I forgot, and always pushing a deadline. In my next life, however, I will be the Countess of Cool.

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    1. Love your nickname! Alec Ramsey. Swoon! So it wasn't just me :-)

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  13. I think I would like The Jewel Garnet (my birthday's in January).

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  14. I'd be the Countess of Chatter because I do love to run my mouth. :D

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    1. Really, Barbara? I would never have thought that about you. I've always I pictured you as the quiet, contemplative sort :-) I always think people who talk a lot are fun to be around, though.

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  15. I would be the Countess of Peals - I was born in June

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