Thursday, April 24, 2014

Robyn DeHart's The Temptations of Anna Jacobs (Guest Post/#Giveaway)

Please welcome historical romance author, Robyn DeHart!

First and foremost, thanks so much for participating in my blog tour and having me here today. I thought today that I’d talk a little about why I write in the Victorian era (though I do currently have another series started in the popular Regency era). But the Victorian period is just utterly fascinating. 

For this Dangerous Liaisons series, picking the time period was already done since I wanted to piggyback on the real Jack the Ripper murders. My series starts a few months after the last reported victim and asks the question of what if he kept going and ultimately, what if they caught him? 

So the Victorian era is a rather large chunk of history, Victoria took the throne in 1837 at the age of 18 and ended her reign in 1901 at the age of 81. There’s so much that goes on in those years that make the time period such a draw for me. In the 1860’s the queen was deep in mourning and the entire country mourned the death of her husband with her. Then we have the industrial revolution and the invention of so many things we use today, like corn flakes and the machine gun and typewriters.

Communication was expanding and technology was booming. There’s just so much there to play with. Not mention they have great fashion with the bustle and long gloves and dresses with a million buttons and men in top hats and long coats. We also have trains traversing the countryside, Dickens and the Brontes and Edgar Allen Poe. And let’s not forget the advent of indoor plumbing!

I suspect the queen herself was rather fascinating. I’ve written her into a few of my books, the older Queen as my books are usually set in the latter part of her reign and in my head she totally talks like Judi Dench. 

So how about all of you? What time period would like to travel to? Or which one is your favorite to read about? 

The Temptations of Anna Jacobs 
(Dangerous Liaisons #2)
by Robyn DeHart 
Published April 15th 2014 by InterMix
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Love and justice…

When Drew Foster is released from prison, he doesn't much care about salvaging his soiled reputation. Though he's working undercover, everyone in Victorian London believes him guilty of the Jack the Ripper murders and that his brother paid for his "innocence."
Despite her genteel upbringing, Anna Jacobs is intent on finishing medical school and becoming a physician. Society's ridicule has never bothered her, but when her brother, the Yard's best detective, is scorned for letting Drew go, she confronts the one man who can set the record straight at a ball. She certainly doesn't count on the rogue being dashing and handsome, nor on him stealing a passionate kiss.
Anna's brazen contempt for his dangerous reputation captivates Drew, but he is harboring secrets that make him unfit to court any proper woman. As he finds himself an outsider among his colleagues at Scotland Yard, the feisty beauty offers up her medical knowledge to assist him on the case. But when the real killer returns to London to continue his reign of terror, can Anna find safety in Drew's arms?

Author Bio:

National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart's novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader's Crown and a Reviewer's Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras.Known for her "strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page" (RT Bookclub) and her "sizzling romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others.When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where its hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it.

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Tour Giveaway Info:
Victorian Necklace and a $25 Gift Card (Amazon or Barnes & Noble)

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  1. Why did you go with Jack the Ripper? I know there is always speculation as to who he was...but what made you want to use him in your book? Ok, not him exactly but his crimes.

  2. I have always been curious about the Jack the Ripper stories, so I am looking forward to reading this book and how he figures into it.

  3. I just finished The Secrets of Mia Danvers, the first in Robyn's Dangerous Liaisons series, and thought it was wonderful! Just posted reviews on Amazon, B&N and Goodreads to that effect as well. Now I'm ready to read Anna Jacobs's story! Yea! Thanks for this post. Hello, Robyn! Sorry I got behind with Mia's story, but the Easter festivities and company prohibited me from finishing the book earlier.

  4. @Janet - well, I wanted to write a romantic suspense and since I already wrote in the Victorian era then Jack the Ripper was the obvious choice. And I suppose just being fascinated by the mystery of it all was appealing.

    @Janice, thanks for following my tour! Glad you liked Mia's book - that one will always be special to me. I hope you enjoy Anna's equally well.

  5. I already read The Secrets of Mia Danvers and I can't wait to read this on as well. I am so fascinated by Robyn's writing of the Victorian Era. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Congrats of your release!


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