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Friday, September 19, 2014

Guest Post with Author Maggie Robinson and Giveaway


Maggie Robinson is a former teacher, library clerk and mother of four who woke up in the middle of the night, absolutely compelled to create the perfect man and use as many adjectives and adverbs as possible doing so. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives with her not-quite perfect husband in Maine, where the cold winters are ideal for staying inside and writing hot historical romances. Her books have been or will be translated into French, German, Portuguese, Turkish, Russian, Japanese, Thai, Dutch and Italian.

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One month ago today, I was celebrating my twelfth full-length book, The Reluctant Governess. Last Tuesday, Number 13 came out! The Unsuitable Secretary is the fourth Edwardian-set Ladies Unlaced novel, but the books can be read in any order. To mark the back-to-back releases, I’ve got a great website contest with four prize packages, one being a Kindle Fire HD! Check it out: www.maggierobinson.net/contest

The hero of TUS Sir Thomas Benedict Featherstone made his debut appearance in TRG as Nicholas Raeburn’s helpful friend. He’s an urbane, witty, rich young man who collects modern art and supports artists. Thomas hangs around with a wild crowd (Nick being its wildest member), but has an embarrassing secret—he’s a virgin.

Lord, but Nicky would laugh if Thomas told him the truth, and Thomas would laugh right along with him, hapless devil that he was. Thomas felt as ignorant as a debutante, but then a woman’s ignorance was a prized commodity.

He’d briefly lost his head over Miss Benson. Harriet. He’d ruthlessly shoved her right out of his mind once he’d been compelled to hire her, and now could speak to her without stuttering. No more daydreaming about her elegant bosom and endless legs, though he had no control over his dreams at night. Thomas had been completely bowled over the moment he’d seen her. However, it was completely unsuitable for him to think of her as a woman. As the woman he’d always fantasized about.

She was “just” his secretary.

Harriet is equally bowled over, but knows nothing good ever happens when you fall in love with your boss. It was so much fun to get Thomas to change her mind!

Harriet’s eyes opened. She stared at him for what seemed like an eternity. “It wouldn’t be professional to have feelings for one’s employer. Or sensible. We’re even taught that in commercial college. There’s an entire chapter on it, with examples. The secretary always, always comes to a bad end.”

“I won’t allow that,” Thomas said.

By the end of the book, Thomas is true to his word and plain Harriet Benson is Lady Featherstone!

I’ll give away a download of any Ladies Unlaced novel to a random commenter below. Have you ever dated anyone in your workplace? Were there rules about doing so? Do you know of a successful workplace romance? My husband and I worked in several schools together, but we made an effort to stay out of each other’s business/hair!



From the author of In the Heart of the Highlander, a romance proving that inappropriate desires can provide the most passionate encounters…

Harriet Benson takes her work at the Evensong Agency seriously, but lately, between convalescing from an illness and tending to her father and two young brothers, she’s had to shorten her hours. So when a promising position opens up for part time work, she immediately accepts, despite the fact that her new boss is scandalously indecent—and dangerously appealing.

Though his reputation paints him as a scoundrel, Sir Thomas Featherstone is more proper than anyone would guess. But Harriet’s wit and luscious curves are driving him to distraction. She’s the perfect woman to fill his office requirements, and other desperate needs he’s been ignoring…

Harriet has always held firm to the rule that a secretary must never fall in love with her employer. Only Thomas is determined to win her affections—and he’s willing to risk any cost to make her his…

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  • Have you ever dated anyone in your workplace? Were there rules about doing so? Do you know of a successful workplace romance?
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26 comments :

  1. No, never. I'm married to my high school sweetheart. You never know where you can find love, so work place romances can be great!

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    1. Congratulations! I am SO GLAD I didn't marry my high school sweetheart, LOL. or my college boyfriend, for that matter! I've been married a zillion decades and my husband still makes me laugh.

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  2. When I was 17 I went on a couple of dates with someone from the grocery store I worked at. Unfortunately for that guy, I met my hubby around the same time and never looked back! ;)

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  3. LOL... noooooo!!! I've never been tempted, mainly b/c I work with almost primarily female. Even so, I don't think that I would b/c I'd be afraid of it being so awkward if it didn't work out. And no, never encountered a successful workplace romance. Congrats Maggie on the new release! This series sounds awesome!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! Of the three series I've written, this one is my favorite (shh...don't tell the others).

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  4. I never dated anybody from where I worked, but my husband and I have had our own business for almost 20 years and share the same office.

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    1. Oh, my. And you haven't killed him? Respect!

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  5. Yes, I dated someone at my workplace, a long time ago. I was a single Mom with two toddlers, still feeling rather unlovely after an awful divorce following my first husband's affair. I made the mistake of falling for one of my bosses. He made me feel lovely again and we had fun together. But when his attention started to wander to another woman, I was dashed again. Not as badly as the first time because I knew it was my fault for having an in-office romance (NOT a good idea at all). So I would caution anyone contemplating a romance in the workplace...if it ends, it does not end well if you have to continue working at the same workplace. Thanks for this interesting question and post. jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. It's truly awkward when you run into your ex at the water cooler. Janice, I hope you are feeling absolutely lovely now!

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  6. I've never dated a fellow employee. Quite honestly, I wasn't even tempted ;) I did have fellow co-workers want to date me, but I used the "I don't date inside the workplace" excuse. I knew it could be awkward to do it, so I refrained. Other co-workers dated each other and they never lasted. One of the people always ended up leaving the job.

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    1. Good excuse! Unless you're working with George Clooney or something. ;)

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  7. No way, it's a bad idea. Talk about awkward situations after the breakup

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    1. It's so funny that so many romances are set in the office. I read a very hot contemp where the girl was not only taking dictation but getting spanked under the desk! One or the other, please.

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  8. I met my hubby at work. I was his boss on the night shift at the hospital. When we became a couple he changed to the afternoon shift since couples couldn't be in a position of power over each other. We've been married over 23 years so far and there are many couples we know that met at work, too.

    Marcy Shuler

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    1. Oh, good for you, Marcy! I think you guys handles it in the best way!

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    2. That would be handled it...sleepy fingers.

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  9. No. By the time I had a career I was already engaged. When I worked during high school and college all of my coworkers were too old to date.

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    1. I'm reminded I worked with some very strange people when I was in college!

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  10. I met my husband at work. I came to town from another location in a different state for a temporary assignment. We resisted the pull to each other for awhile, but not long. When my short term assignment was over, I found a different job so that we could avoid anyone claiming there were issues. :-)

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  11. No
    I've never dated a fellow employee.

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  12. I dated the IT guy at one of my jobs a couple of times, but there were no sparks so it didn't get very far. It was great though, because he was always very quick to respond whenever I had a computer problem.

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