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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sealed With a Kiss: Theresa Romain and Giveaway


Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest, where she is working on her next book. In fall 2013, the next story in her SEASON quartet will be published, as will the first in an all-new trilogy.

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Thanks so much to our lovely hostesses for inviting me to join the Sealed with a Kiss series. And to all of you readers, a very happy Valentine’s Day!

Today I’m sharing letters from Louisa and Alex, the hero and heroine of my fall 2012 release, SEASON FOR SURRENDER. The story is set during a scandalous house party, during which bookish Louisa discovers her adventurous side and roguish Alex learns how to be a better man. Together, they also solve a code and unravel a few family puzzles. And whenever they find themselves alone in the library? Steaminess ahoy.

Valentine’s Day falls shortly after Louisa and Alex’s marriage and about five weeks after the events of SEASON FOR SURRENDER. I hope you enjoy these letters from the newly wed pair.

Letter from Alexander, Lord Xavier, to Louisa, Lady Xavier
Left next to the countess’s pillow in the morning

February 14, 1819

At last, my dear 13 21 6 6 9 14, the calendar gives me an excuse to wax romantic. Ordinarily, of course, I am mindful of reputation and must take care not to appear too besotted with you. I rarely hold your hand for more than three hours at a stretch, and I stand up to kiss you hardly more than once per course at dinner. And when we are in the library together, I am generally able to go at least five minutes without dragging you over to the chaise longue for—what did you call it? Anatomical instruction?

Be that as it may, 13 21 6 6 9 14 (I know you will solve this cipher in an instant), you may expect no such restraint from me today. You shall be kissed as though the whole house was festooned with mistletoe.

Do you remember how I bribed you to attend my house party by offering you a look at the library? Of course you remember; you have an eminently organized mind. How thankful I am that you can be enticed by books.

How thankful I am, my darling wife, for you.

You have undone my world, and together we have refashioned it in a much improved form. From the depths of my heart—which for so long, I never understood—I adore you.

I am reluctant to wake you this morning; you look so beautiful in sleep. But as you are even more beautiful when you are awake, and as I have received a shipment of books from London about which you knew nothing (yes! I believe I’ll at last successfully surprise you!), I await you impatiently in the library.

Yes, I am once again trying to entice you with books. But as an additional enticement, might I mention that I am having a very large fire built up to warm the room? You need not concern yourself with dressing warmly. Or at all, if that is your preference. I shall not protest.


Check out Alexander and Louisa's love story in Season For Surrender


HONOR AMONG ROGUES

Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation—for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party—and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector…

MISCHIEF AMONG MISSES

Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring…

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    85 comments :

    1. thank you so much for the giveaway and great blog post today

      parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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    2. Ciphers... and he likes that she reads... sigh. Must read! Thanks for the giveaway!

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      1. Hope you enjoy it. :) They solve a cipher together in the book, so I couldn't resist!

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    3. I love the letter! I am absolutely going to read this book. It sounds great!

      thompsonem3 at aol dot com

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      1. Ellen, thank you and happy Valentine's Day!

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    4. I'm really enjoying reading these romantic love letters. And I'm finding a bunch of new books to add to my groaning TBR shelves!

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      1. Karen, I know what you mean. No matter how many books I have in the TBR, I can't stop looking for more!

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    5. Great letters. Love both of your books.

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    6. Thanks for sharing this sweet letter from Alex. He has such a way with words. I have not read Season For Surrender yet but it is at the top of my wishlist. Thanks for the giveaway.

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      1. Thanks for stopping by, Joanne. I hope you enjoy Season for Surrender!

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    7. That is such a terrific letter and I’m grinning like a giggly schoolgirl! I love it!

      Happy Valentine’s Day and thanks for the terrific giveaway!

      Connie Fischer

      conniecape(at)aol(dot)com

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      1. "Grinning like a giggly schoolgirl"=delighted author. So glad you enjoyed the letter, Connie. :)

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    8. I love bookwormish, spinster heroines. I definitely should check this book out.

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      1. JenM, I like to read about bookworms too. That's probably why I had a lot of fun writing SFS! Do you have a favorite bookworm heroine?

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    9. I love the sound of this book! Will be looking it up on Amazon.com.

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      1. Mary, thanks so much! Hope you enjoy it.

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    10. Thanks for the fun post! I think this sounds awesome and I can't wait to read it :)

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      1. Erin, thank you for stopping by, and happy Valentine's Day!

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    11. I have been wanting to read this book! I love the plot & the characters sound very likable. Thanks for the chance to win & Happy Valentine's Day!

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      1. Sharlene, a happy Valentine's Day to you too. :) Hope you like Alex and Louisa's story!

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    12. Who doesn't love puzzles!? They're the original form of games. :-D

      AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

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      1. Right?? Those Regency folks knew how to have a good time. :)

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    13. Awesome letter :D like the little puzzle. Alex sounds like a sweet man

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    14. A real fun post!! Thanks so much!! Added plus is your giveaway!! Awesome !!

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    15. I love spinsters who find love in unexpected ways. And to have both the H and h love books? How perfectly perfect is that. This book is on my wish list. Thanks for the chance to win a copy, Theresa!

      Marcy Shuler
      bmndshuler(at)hotmail(dot)com

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      1. Aw, thanks, Marcy. Yep, this is a very bookish romance!

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    16. I enjoyed both letters because they are like mini-epilogues and little glimples into the HEA.

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      1. Cheryl, glad that's how they felt to you. Louisa and Alex will be in my next Season book too--trying to keep Jane in line!

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    17. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I think your letter is superb and I can't wait to read your book. Happy Valentine's Day!

      annfesATyahooDOTcom

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      1. Thank you, SFS! Love your handle; it's so cozy, and it has the same initials as Season for Surrender. :)

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    18. Sounds and looks like a very interesting read.

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    19. What a great letter, and Season For Surrender sounds very intriguing!! Fingers crossed for the giveaway :)

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      1. Good luck, Cerian. :) Two copies are up for grabs--one here, and one at RRFTLOR.

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    20. I loved Season for Temptation and would love to read Season for Surrender.

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      1. Annwitch, that's so nice! Glad you enjoyed SFT. I hope SFS works for you too.

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    21. I love the sound of this book. I am intrigued after that letter. Thanks for the post

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    22. The book sounds great and I loved the letters.

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      1. Lori, they were fun to write. :) I'm so glad you liked them.

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    23. Such a wonderful letter. I'll have to check this book out for sure. Happy Valentine's Day.

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      1. Thanks, Melissa--a happy Valentine's Day to you, too!

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    24. Wow, you all rock! Thanks so much for swinging by to read Alex's and Louisa's love letters today. And Danielle, thank you for hosting me! Hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day, however you celebrate it.

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    25. I love that the hero and heroine are both smart and they love that about each other. I mean, a cipher. Really? Cool!

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      1. Jen, I had a lot of fun writing their battles of wits. :)

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    26. Happy Valentine's Day!
      Thanks for the chance to win!

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      1. Natasha, you're very welcome! Hope it was a great Valentine's Day for you.

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    27. I do love the thought of a "scandalous house party".

      Thank you for the wonderful letter.

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      1. Mary, thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the scandalous house party. :)

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    28. They sound like such a great couple, thank you for introducing them to us, I really want to read more about them...

      joylynne66(at)hotmail(dot)com

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      1. Joy, that's great to hear. Alex and Louisa will be back in my next Season book, so you'll get the chance to see how they're handling married life (and Alex's handful of a cousin, Jane).

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    29. I've really enjoyed reading all the letters, it's been quite fascinating. I've got new books to add to my list, so many books too little time!! But what a way to go.
      How do you pick the names for the characters of your books?
      luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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      1. Julianne, that's a great question. Sometimes I look through books or British film credits for inspiration. The "Directory of British Peerages" is helpful for choosing titles (always making sure no real person holds the title now!). And sometimes they just come to me. Alex was an example of that. My fingers typed "Lord Xavier" and there he was.

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    30. Season For Surrender sounds like very delicious Historical Romance. And the letter is so sweet I really enjoyed reading it.

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      1. Thank you, Izz! I'm so glad you liked the letter.

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    31. Library hotness sounds good, and is he calling her muffin?
      Love to read this, and thanks for the giveaway!!

      jessicamariesutton(at)msn(dot)com

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      1. Jess, he sure is. :) It's a running joke between them in Season for Surrender. She's not nearly as fond of the nickname as he is!

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    32. I have always loved reading about bookish heroines and the guys who love them :) I did enjoy the cipher aspects of the letters too!
      manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

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      1. Thanks, June! I really enjoy bookish heroines (and heroes!) too.

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    33. Awwwww, your letter is to cute and great for Valentine's Day. I would love to be bribed with book! That will be a dream come true~ It's so great to have something in common with a heroine.

      kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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      1. Kipha, wouldn't books make a great Valentine's Day gift? Not to sell chocolate short, of course. Books *and* chocolate would be absolutely perfect.

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    35. I can't wait to read this. It's going to be added to my TBR list.
      Thanks,
      lorih824 at yahoo dot com

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    36. Thanks for the letter. As others have stated, I enjoy it when there is a puzzle or math problem in a story. I find that I put the book aside and work out the anser before continuing to read.

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      1. Kim, glad you're a puzzle fan too. There's no math in Season for Surrender, but Louisa and Alex do solve a cipher together--and his proposal is in code. :)

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    37. I recently read Theresa's two books (and enjoyed them immensely) so it was fun to hear from Alex.
      sallans d at yahoo dot com

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      1. Thanks so much, Di! That's lovely to hear.

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    38. Hi, Theresa! I love your books and the love letters. Thanks for the giveaway!

      kscathyATyahooDOTcom

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      1. Thank you, Cathy! So glad you enjoyed the books and letters. :)

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    39. I can't wait to read Louisa and Alexander's story. I finally got the number sequence. :) It sounds like such a fascinating story. Thanks for this opportunity.

      Carol L
      Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    40. Intriguing letters; can't wait to read the book.
      jmcaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

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    41. thank you so much for the giveaway and great blog post today.
      I can't wait to read your book, and i love cover book too. It's very beautiful cover.

      filiafantasy at gmail dot com

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      1. Filia, glad you like the cover! I agree, I think my publisher does beautiful work.

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    42. Interesting code in the letter

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      1. Thanks, bn100. I couldn't resist, since Louisa and Alex work together on a code in Season for Surrender.

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    43. How long does it take to write a book?

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    44. Darlene, there are probably as many answers as there are books! A good average for me is about 6 months. If I'm writing connected books, the first one goes more slowly (because of all the planning) and the later ones go a little more quickly.

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    45. What a fun letter but still romantic. It definitely made me smile.

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