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She had never forgotten him…

 

Miss Octavia Pierce is witty, well off, and shockingly unwed. Still, she is far too successful in society to remain on the shelf forever, and her family has hopes that Octavia will finally make the perfect match. What they do not know is that years earlier Octavia was scandalously tempted by the one man capable of sweeping her off her feet—the man now known as the Marquess of Doreé.

 

A third son, never meant to inherit, Lord Ben Doreé has abandoned his past and grown accustomed to his illustrious new position of wealth and power. But he has never forgotten Octavia, and now she desperately needs his help in a most dangerous, clandestine matter. Although she claims she has put the memories of the passion they shared behind her, Ben is determined to once again have her in his arms—and in his bed.

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Falling in love is insane.

 

We all know there are many kinds of love. The true love of friendship. The deep love of parents. The precious, joyful love of children. The loyal, bonded love of brothers and sisters. The love of pets. The love of girlfriends who’ll do anything for one another, even when not asked. The love of country, of dance or music or theater, and of those in need. The love of a couple married so long that although they could finish one another’s sentences they don’t because they still enjoy hearing each other speak.

 

So many beautiful ways to love. And yet, all love is fraught with danger. When you give your heart, let’s face it, it hurts when someone steps on it. Real, honest love takes courage and trust and hope.

 

But falling in love — romantic love — requires a special sort of insanity.

 

It’s like jumping off a cliff. Above, there is blue sky and sparkling sunshine. Below, there is deep, cool, embracing water, but there are also rocks and crashing surf. The air is at once bracing and warm, your body floating while thrills whisk through every artery, your breath thinning, your heart pounding ever faster as you plummet.

 

Plummet.

 

Love is… dangerous.

 

And that is the sort of love story I love to write most.

 

NOTE: I am not a thrill-seeker. I like my comfy house (not on a cliffside, btw), my small-town life, and my job where every day I get to sit down to a computer rather than sail across a perilous sea (or something equally adventuresome). I don’t do extreme sports, I drink decaf, and I read the entire guidebook before I even buy my plane ticket.

 

Perhaps we should call me an armchair adventurer. Because I simply adore hurling my heroes and heroines into the kind of love that throws them off the cliff of safety and into emotions so deep, so embracing, there’s very little breathing going on at all. Roller coaster love, the sort that sweeps them from the depths of lost hope to the heights of sheer bliss.

 

But, actually, that’s not entirely honest. Because with true love, real love — even the roller coaster kind — hope is never entirely lost. Hope, in fact, is what makes the ride worth riding.

 

When Miss Octavia Pierce, the heroine of IN THE ARMS OF A MARQUESS, first presented herself to me, a young miss on the verge of her introduction into society, with coltishly long legs sprawled in an armchair and an Atlas of the World in her lap, I knew right away she was the adventuresome sort. I wasn’t the only one. Ben Doreé noticed too. Not yet the titled lord he would soon become, but nevertheless confident (as handsome young noblemen are wont to be), he told me quite clearly that he wanted Octavia to be his heroine. For, as I came to discover, Lord Tall, Dark and Mysterious had a streak of danger in him that made falling in love with a girl like Octavia not only unwise but truly insane.

 

Like I’ve said, I cannot resist a really tumultuous love story. Especially not first love. Young love. Passionate love. Forbidden love. Love that is destined to be torn apart. For years.

 

But oh how sweet… how satisfying… how delectable the reunion.

 

Danger. Hope. Powerful, enduring love that conquers all.

 

Insane, I tell you. Insane.

 

 

From plummeting into love to buying that red spandex dress for way too much money, what insane thing have you done lately?

 

IN THE ARMS OF A MARQUESS is part of Avon’s K.I.S.S. and Teal campaign to raise awareness about Ovarian Cancer and support for research and families suffering from this stealthy disease. Proceeds from the sale of IN THE ARMS OF A MARQUESS and six other Avon titles will go to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. http://www.kissandteal.com
 
 

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A big thank you to Katharine for joining us today!

For more information on Katharine and her books, please visit www.katharineashe.com.

 

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Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan’s clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.

Though the illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn—and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril, only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband finds her craving his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin’s strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons—and embrace a love that means more than revenge and land.

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Giveaway!

Happy Highlander Day! Fatin and I both loved this book and we want to share the love. Three commenters will win a copy of In Bed with a Highlander by Maya Banks, print or kindle edition. To be entered in the giveaway, tell me about your favorite type of hero. Is he dark and dangerous? Strong and loyal? Hot and fun? Winners will be drawn on Tuesday (9/6). Good luck!

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