Archive for March 26th, 2009

Need Votes!

Calling out for help….anyone who sees this, would you please go vote for Larissa Ione in the following poll at DABWAHA? Trying to cause an upset here because I want her to win and feel she deserves to get to the next round. Please and thank you!! 🙂

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I’m dancing in my seat here. Just found out that HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO (Josh’s book!!) by HelenKay Dimon comes out in October 2009. Yeah! I love me some Josh. He was a hoot in YOUR MOUTH DRIVES ME CRAZY and I loved him in IT’S HOTTER IN HAWAII and now he’s getting his own story! Woohoo! I love the cover. What do you think?

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Deana Armstrong needs a hero—not for herself, but for the nephew all her money and time can’t seem to get out of jail. Unfortunately, the best hero in all the Hawaiian Islands is set on turning in his badge and getting his excellent butt into another line of work. If that wasn’t enough, Josh Windsor also has a big-time grudge against Deana herself. But if there’s anything being rich, smart, and stubborn has taught Deana, it’s never to settle for second best…

Josh has had it with saving people. He’s had it with getting hauled into court. And boy, has he ever had it with Deana. Or well, he hasn’t had it. Yet. But the more she pops up sounding infuriating and looking good enough to eat, the more her hot bod and her cold case wriggle into his mind. And there’s only so much even a hero can resist…

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Lady Anne Addison is a rational and courageous woman. So when she’s summoned by a frightened friend to Yorkshire to prove or disprove the presence in their woods of a menacing wolf – or werewolf – she takes up the challenge.

Grim, dank and shadowed Darkefell Castle is an ancient keep with a scabrous history. And now it appears that a preternatural menace is behind the events terrorizing the country folk.

Lady Anne finds the Marquess of Darkefell to be an infuriatingly unyielding man. Rumors swirl and suspects abound. When she finally solves the mystery, the Marquess is indeed at the middle of it, but not at all in the way that Lady Anne had suspected… and now he’s firmly determined to win her in spite of everything.

Thanks for inviting me to talk a little about my Lady Anne series, which starts with Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, (Sourcebooks Casablanca – April 2009).

I’ve been a romance writer for quite a few years, and I have written a historical paranormal romance series for Berkley. I enjoyed the world of werewolves and angels, but I’ve always been a bit of a skeptic when it comes to the supernatural. Lady Anne Addison was born from that side of me, the questioner, the seeker after truth.

The Lady Anne novels take place in England, 1786, the late Georgian time period, just a few years before the Regency era. In Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, Lady Anne Addison, a smart, stubborn, and skeptical spinster, travels north to Yorkshire at the request of a newly married friend to try to figure out what is going on. A wolf—or werewolf—is roaming the countryside near Darkefell Castle, terrorizing the populace and harassing the sheep herds. The hour she arrives in Yorkshire she stumbles across a body, and her outraged sensibility demands she discover who committed such a foul deed.

Her first exchange with the Marquess of Darkefell sets the tone for their antagonistic relationship:

“Who the devil are you?” a new voice demanded.

Anne whirled to face her inquisitor, and found a darkly handsome man staring at her from the shadows. “I am Lady Anne Addison, and I have come for a visit with Lydia,” she stated, imperiously.

“And do you always come visiting at all hours and covered in blood?”

It’s understandable that the Marquess of Darkefell is a little surprised to find a young lady at his door with blood on her hands, but he’s not the only one who is suspicious and puzzled. Anne’s first conversation with the marquess proceeds:

Darkefell said, “I only have your word so far—a lady arriving alone, bloody and disheveled—that there is a woman in trouble. So answer me; do you make it a habit to visit unasked? And did you indeed arrive on foot?” His dark eyes gleamed and white teeth flashed.

Big white teeth… the better to eat thee with, as Perrault wrote. She felt faint. Wolves. The howl in the dark. A woman screaming, savaged. But no, there were no wolves in England.

Her natural skepticism asserts itself immediately, and she swiftly regains her poise, even though Lord Anthony Darkefell seems to delight in throwing her off balance with kisses and lovemaking that weakens her focus. What is he hiding, she begins to wonder?

With a bewildering love/hate relationship developing between her and the master of Darkefell Castle, the Marquess of Darkefell—he happens to also be her friend’s new brother-in-law—Anne investigates, digging into the family history. Confused by the marquess’s passionate pursuit of her and skeptical of the claims of a werewolf on the loose, Lady Anne manages to triumph, uncovering the reality of a very human murderer, a bitter enemy of the family, just in time to keep from becoming his next victim.

Alarmed by her growing passion for the imperious Marquess of Darkefell, Anne flees after successfully unmasking the killer. But Darkefell, as stubborn as Anne and twice as imposing, follows her. Their courtship, unconventional but fiery, plays out over another two books, Lady Anne and the Ghost’s Revenge (Sourcebooks Casablanca – August 2009) and Lady Anne and the Gypsy Curse (Sourcebooks Casablanca – November 2009), as he attempts to bully… or rather persuade her to marry him, and she tries desperately to concentrate on debunking ghosts, and discrediting gypsy curses.

I hope you all enjoy Lady Anne as much as I have enjoyed writing her exciting tales. For more information about the Lady Anne series, visit me at http://www.donnaleasimpson.com and look me up on Facebook and Myspace!

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