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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sealed With a Kiss: Manda Collins and Giveaway

Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research. A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with three cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and more books than strictly necessary.

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My Dear Cecily,

I know this will find you well. I’ve been watching you from afar since you got back to London, and have assured myself daily of your safety.

I wish that I could tell you that I am here as well, but my fears for you make it impossible for me to do so. So I watch, and wait. And do what I can to ensure that whoever wishes to do you harm is caught at last.

Can it have been only a few short weeks since we met, there on the steps of the Egyptian Club, which has come to be such a special place for us? Who would have guessed that the Club that denied both of us entrance would host the most pivotal moments in our relationship? Not I. And I daresay not you either. Especially given the way you kicked at the locked door of it that day. I still chuckle to remember it.

There will be more memories for us. More laughter. And I hope that once this business with the expedition is behind us, we will be able to be frank with one another. I know that you were hurt by that bastard who broke your heart. But I am a different man. A man who knows your worth, who knows that you are more valuable than any of the artifacts you are so familiar with. And I hope that once you have seen how much I love you that you will open your heart to me as well.

I must go now and meet with the man from Bow Street. I hope to see you soon.

Ever yours,

Check out Cecily and Lucas' love story in HOW TO DANCE WITH A DUKE.

What’s a wallflower to do when she’s suddenly in need of a husband? Use all the pluck and moxie she can muster to get what she wants…


Miss Cecily Hurston would much rather explore the antiquities of Egypt than the uncharted territory of marriage. But the rules of her father’s exclusive academic society forbid her entrance unless she weds one of its members. To clear her ailing father’s name of a scandalous rumor, Cecily needs to gain admission into the Egyptian Club—and is willing to marry any old dullard to do it.


Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is anything but dull. He’s a dashing and decorated war hero determined to help Cecily—even if that means looking the other way when she claims the dance card of Amelia Snow, this season’s most sought-after beauty. But Lucas has a reason for wanting Cecily to join the Egyptian Club: His brother went missing during one of Lord Hurston’s expeditions to Egypt. An alliance with the explorer’s bluestocking daughter could bring Lucas closer to the truth about what happened…or it could lead him to a more dangerous love than either he or Cecily could have imagined….

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Manda will be giving away a copy of How To Dance With a Duke to 1 lucky person (open to US and Canada Only). Make sure to leave a comment and to fill out the Rafflecopter form for your chance to win.

Don't forget to head over to Not Another Romance Blog and check out Cecily's letter to Lucas.

**Don't forget to enter the Big Grand Prize Giveaway. Enter here.**

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  1. I'm really looking forward to reading Cecily and Lucas' story. I've always been partial to bluestockings, especially when they have the courage to go after what they really want.

  2. Wow, this books sounds great and it features Egypt! How awesome is that?! LOL. Thanks for the lovely post and for sharing with us today!

  3. aaaww, such a sweet letter :')
    Thank u Manda
    I can't wait to read this book, I LOVE that cover ; )

  4. Sounds like a terrific book! Interesting characters AND Beautiful cover...

  5. I love this time period. Some of it being set in Egypt is a bonus.

  6. This sounds like a very interesting story, and unusual. Reminds me of the female lead in The Mummy. I'd love to read it.

  7. The letter is so sweet. I already have this book and it is my next read. :)

  8. I can't wait to read Cecily and Lucas' story. I enjoyed the letter Lucas wrote. He's watching Cecily to keep her safe. How sweet.


  9. Congrats on the new release! This book sounds fantastic! Definitely love the premise and it's going on the top of my wishlist!

  10. Congratulations on the new release. It's a shame that society has gotten away from the written letter. Email doesn't have the same emotional connection.

  11. I've been seeing this book every where! Congrats on the new release! I look forward to reading it!

  12. Now that is a love letter with potential! Makes me curious about this Egyptian club. Both letters make me wonder...guess this book is going in my TBR list!

  13. Happy release to your book Manda :) Both the cover and blurb sounds great.

  14. Love Winterson's letter and hopefully she'll give him a chance:) Can't wait read the rest of the story!!!

  15. Can't wait to read your debut release, Manda.

  16. This looks like a great read, and I love the letter to Cecily from Winterson. Thanks for the contest, Book Savvy Babe

  17. I liked the letter. The book sounds very good.

  18. I love this letter. And the story includes Bow Street runners? Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Congrats on your debut!! Loved Winterson's letter.

  20. Congratulations on your debit release Manda! How to Dance with A Duke looks like just the kind of historical romance I like! Love the cover too!

  21. I love this idea of a connection with Egypt.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  22. Congrats on your debut book. This sounds great and is already on my wishlist. I do love a bluestocking heroine and a hero who does not seem to fear his feelings for her.

  23. Manda -

    Congratulations on your first release with your debut novel How to Dance With a Duke! Also thank you, thank you for having your next book, How to Romance a Rake, released in July and then the third How to Entice an Earl next year!

    Kudos on the first two covers and can't wait to see what you come up with for the third!

    I love your website and can't find out what your up to in the future.

  24. Great idea, congrats on your new release. Thank you for the giveaway and the excerpt!

  25. Very touching indeed! Thank you for participating in this giveaway!

  26. I like that the heroine is an academic and driven to clear her father's name; it sounds like a cool book!

  27. His letter to Cecily is lovely. I am adding this one to my list of books to find.

  28. Congrats on your Debut novel. Wish you many sales. :) Love the excerpt and cover.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  29. It looks like a book I would enjoy. I do like heroine who are different from the norm.

  30. I have seen good reviews on this book. I can't wait to get a copy for myself!