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Friday, February 21, 2014

Shana Galen's EXCLUSIVE Jewels of the Ton Pre-Pub Blog Tour (Character Interview/#Giveaway)

Have you pre-ordered your copy of Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend yet? Meet Lily below and then make sure to pre-order your copy today so that you can take part in the fabulous giveaways!


Meet Lily Dawson, the Countess of Charm

If you’ve read either of the first two books in the Jewels of the Ton series, When You Give a Duke a Diamond or If You Give a Rake a Ruby, you will probably remember Lily. You certainly don’t have to read those books to enjoy Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend. This new book stands alone. In those first books, I gave Lily a few scenes where I (hopefully) showed her as charming, encouraging, witty, and even a but mysterious. In Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend, we find out why she’s so mysterious. She has a scandalous past and a top-secret present.

Here’s how I introduce her at the beginning of the series.

And then there was Lily—witty, lively, and burning as bright as her auburn hair. The prince dubbed Lily the Countess of Charm. There were some who said she had certainly charmed Prinny, charmed him into ejecting the formidable Mrs. Fitzherbert from his bed. Others claimed she was far too discriminating to open her boudoir to the bloated, overindulged prince.

Shana: Good day, Miss Dawson. Just so the readers can get to know you, tell us about your sobriquet, the Countess of Charm.

Lily: The Countess of Charm is the name the Prince Regent gave me. And, for the record, I have never been intimate with Prinny. I believe he started that rumor. Yech. Personally, I would have rather been the Baroness of Beauty or taken Fallon’s name, the Marchioness of Mystery. But I suppose I’m neither of those things, and if I can’t be interesting or beautiful, at least I can be charming.

Shana: It sounds like you’re a little jealous of your friends Fallon and Juliette.

Lily: I love my friends, but it’s hard being the one no one notices.

Shana: I’d hardly say no one notices you.

Lily: No one that counts.

Shana: Oh, is this about the Earl of Darlington?

Lily: He’s still in love with Juliette, even though she married the Duke of Pelham and is so in love with Pelham she has stars in her eyes. Darlington is an idiot. Why would I be in love with him?

Shana: Of course you’re not. However, I understand you are going to be traveling to the earl’s country estate very soon.

Lily: It’s at the invitation of the Duke of Ravenscroft, Darlington’s father.

Shana: And how does Darlington feel about your relationship with his father?

Lily: (smiles)

Shana: And why are you going to Ravenscroft Castle? Is it for a house party?

Lily: Ostensibly, but there may be more to it. I’m not really allowed to speak about it.

Shana: Does the reason have anything to do with your work for the Crown on the investigation of the murders of the elite spies?

Lily: I have no idea what you are talking about. I’m a courtesan, not a spy. However, I will say that my father did work for the Crown. He was one of the best in the intelligence arena. I miss him.

Shana: Is he still alive?

Lily: I don’t know. My family has disowned me. That’s one consequence of becoming a courtesan.

Shana: How is it you became a courtesan?

Lily: I’d rather not talk about that. I could tell you the story I tell others, but since you’re the author, you’d know the truth. And you don’t want to give too much of the book away, do you?

Shana: No, I don’t. Suffice it to say, you had no other option available to you.

Lily: That’s true, but since then I’ve worked hard to make sure I always have more options. I’ll never allow myself to be cornered like that again.

Readers, Lily doesn’t like that she’s called charming. If you had to pick one word to describe you, what would it be?

To learn more about the Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend preorder gift, check out Shana Galen’s Facebook Page for more information. Send your proof of preorder before February 28th!



SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND BY SHANA GALEN – IN STORES MARCH 2014

Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend 
Jewels of the Ton #3
by Shana Galen 
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She Wants Him...She Wants Him Not...Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm by the Prince Regent himself, plays the role of the courtesan flawlessly while her real purpose is spying in the service of the Crown. Her mission now is to seduce a duke to test his true loyalties. She'll do it, even though the man she really wants is Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington—the duke's son.
Andrew is furious when he finds himself rivaling his father for Lily's attention. When he uncovers Lily's mission, Andrew is faced with impossible choices. It seems he is destined to betray either his family, his country, or the longings of his own heart...
Early Praise for Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend:
“One of Galen’s most adventurous tales yet. This wild ride of a spy thriller sparkles with banter and radiates passion.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick of the Month

“The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Courage, honor and strength are the qualities which will continue to bring you back to Galen’s series and keep you in anticipation of what’s next. Order early and happy reading!” —Gourmande Girl

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shana Galen is the national bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. 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 to a man she calls Ultimate Sportsfan and has a daughter, Princess Galen, who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com, download her free author app for exclusive content and first looks, or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.





GIVEAWAY:
Sourcebooks is offering a fabulous giveaway for one reader, US and Canada only please:

§  Fabulous ruby necklace
§  Copies of Book 1 and 2 in the Jewels of the Ton series: When You Give a Duke a Diamond and If You Give a Rake a Ruby

To enter, just leave a comment for Shana on this post answering her question, and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!


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76 comments:

ShanaGalen said...

Thanks for hosting me today!

Susan G. said...

Great interview!
Most people would describe me as nice.

May said...

I wouldn't mind being pretty... BUT I think I would rather be smart. :)

Cindyhu said...

Pretty is great, but I would like to be sexy, smart and funny.

Elizabeth M said...

Dependable. I've always been there for my family, friends, and work. It's also a trait I value in other people. :)

Nova said...

I think most people would call me helpful. I try to help whenever i can.
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ShanaGalen said...

You are nice, Sue! Would you want something more exciting?

ShanaGalen said...

That should be a t-shirt, May!

ShanaGalen said...

I like all of those, Cindy. Beauty fades but intelligence is forever.

ShanaGalen said...

Elizabeth, I love dependable people too. There's nothing worse than someone you can't count on.

ShanaGalen said...

Nova, that's awesome. What a great trait to have!

AquarianDancer said...

I would hope "Understanding" would be that word. I generally try to see all sides of a situation and figure out where to go from there.

fuzzy48353 said...

One word is really rough, but I would have to say "Confused"
haha. That probably would be one of the better "one-worders" that I get called and let's just leave it at that.
Just kidding. Have a good day.

catslady said...

Probably loyal - not an exciting word lol.

Mary D. said...

It would be nice to be Unforgettable. At least that way, whatever impression you make, it would stick with people.

Sandy Xiong said...

One word to describe me...I'll just say what my friends describe me...Weird. I don't eat a lot of food...especially since I'm Asian I don't like seafood and veggies.

Glittergirl said...

I would be known as Creative or Glittergirl as I can craft in almost any medium and I love to wear sparkles to counteract depression ;-).

By the way Rafflecopter short circuited on my or my fingers wouldn't work on the right buttons...My Facebook name is Lenna Hendershott under both RBTW and Galen's and I follow under glittergirl54, sigh...

Kelly Roberts said...

One, I can't wait for the book to come out. One word to describe me is Loving. I give everything of myself to the people I hold close.

Kelly Roberts said...

One, I can't wait for the book to come out. One word to describe me is Loving. I give everything of myself to the people I hold close.

Winnie P said...

Hopefully, people see me as reliable.

ShanaGalen said...

Aquarian Dancer, that sounds like a great quality to have.

ShanaGalen said...

Fuzzy, I sometimes feel like I should have the confused label too!

ShanaGalen said...

Catslady, that's an awesome word!

ShanaGalen said...

I love that, Mary! Unforgettable is an awesome word.

ShanaGalen said...

Sandy, I'm particular about what I eat too. Weird can be fun! Maybe you're eccentric!

ShanaGalen said...

I love it! I always wondered why your blog name was glittergirl. Now I know!

ShanaGalen said...

Kelly, I think that's a lovely trait to have.

ShanaGalen said...

Winnie, another great trait!

Jo said...

Smarty-pants :)

ShanaGalen said...

Love it, Jo!

Jeanne M said...

Hi Shana!

Congratulation on you're up-coming release of Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend March 4th!

I must admit word I'd use to describe myself is under-tall! I'll never forget going to Miss Flynn's Dancing Class when I was in 6th grade and never getting to dance with a boy! She used to line everyone up my height (tallest to shortest) and I'd always be last so I always ended up dancing with another girl! The only time my height was an advantage was when I was in High School and we'd go skying and while everyone" I'd get in as a "child" (even as a Senior!) and get to save money! On the other hand since my Senior year I was 18 the boys used to pat me on the head and tell me how "lucky" I was!

Fortunately even though my husband is over 6 feet tall he loves "petite" woman and this year we celebrated our 44th Anniversary!

Sandy said...

One word for me-DETERMINED

Thank you for the giveaway. The pendant is beautiful.

Congratulations Shana on the new release.

Di said...

I think I'll go with thoughtful

Anita Yancey said...

One word to describe me would be loyal. But if you ask my husband he would say picky. Thanks for having the giveaway.

Amber Zade said...

The name for my laptops - nook - iphone - and kindle is Awesome Amber - so I guess that is what I would pick. LOL

Glenda said...

Stubborn. Or helpful. Then again loyal works to. Boring is another good word. Hmm maybe indecisive is best. ;-)

Julie Ford said...

I think it would be loyal. I am always available for my family and friends.

lindalou said...

I have always loved Roy Orbison's Pretty Woman song... I would take it as a huge compliment to be called pretty...
Thanks for the giveaway!

jmcgaugh said...

I'd go with intelligent.

erin said...

congrats to Shana on the new release! Thanks for such a fun "interview" :) I think that people would describe me as outspoken to put it nicely as I tend to say what exactly what I mean... but I do have a filter! took me years to develop that lol!

*yadkny* said...

I'd like to think I'm charismatic :)

Beautiful Disaster said...

Understanding, hard working or stubborn :)
Lori

laurie said...

I wouldn't mind being pretty... BUT I think I would rather be smart. :)

ShanaGalen said...

Oh, Jeanne! You always had to dance with a girl? I was always the tallest girl. I hated that. Neither of us can win, huh?

ShanaGalen said...

Thanks, Sandy! Determined is a great trait.

ShanaGalen said...

Di, that's definitely something I'd like to be called.

ShanaGalen said...

Anita, I like yours better, though there's something to be said for picky. You just have refined tastes, right?

ShanaGalen said...

Thanks for stopping by, Awesome Amber!

ShanaGalen said...

LOL, Glenda! I like them all.

ShanaGalen said...

Julie, I think loyal is fabulous.

ShanaGalen said...

Great song, Lindalou. :-)

ShanaGalen said...

I love to be called intelligent, jmcgaugh. It doesn't happen often enough!

ShanaGalen said...

Erin, I love outspoken. And the filter is good. I know some people still working on that.

ShanaGalen said...

That's a great one, yadkny!

ShanaGalen said...

All very good traits, Beautiful Disaster! I like your screen name too.

ShanaGalen said...

Laurie, I'd like to be both!

DA said...

I think one word to describe me is NICE. I have a hard time saying no and when asked do things for others. (Now if you ask my son he will say SSMOTHER. I am a mom that will do anything for her child.

Jen B. said...

I asked my husband and he said "regimented" was a good word for me. I was hoping he'd say something like loving or smart. But I'll accept regimented :)

ShanaGalen said...

DA, I have the hard saying no thing too!

ShanaGalen said...

I think I can also relate to regimented :-)

Chrisbails said...

One word to describe me would be reader. One of my favorite things is reading.

Chrisbails said...

One word to describe me would be reader. One of my favorite things is reading.

Kim said...

Congratulations on the new release. One word for me would probably be conscientious.

Michelle H. said...

Hmm...this is a tough one. I think it would be the word "loyal".

Michelle H. said...

Hmm...this is a tough one. I think it would be the word "loyal".

divavixenqueen said...

"Patient". Nice interview.

Natasha D said...

Unique.
Thanks for the chance to win!

ShanaGalen said...

Reader is a great word, Chris!

ShanaGalen said...

Thanks, Kim. Nice word too!

ShanaGalen said...

Michelle, that's an awesome choice.

ShanaGalen said...

Divavixenqueen, yours surprised me a bit. I thought it would be diva or vixen or queen!

ShanaGalen said...

Natasha, love it! Thanks for stopping by.

Janet said...

I would think people would say I am nice but usually I am called shorty or silly. :)

Texas Book Lover said...

I'm unique!

ShanaGalen said...

That's cute, Janet!

ShanaGalen said...

Love it, Texas Book Lover.