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Monday, May 26, 2014

Guest Post with Author Sabrina Darby and Giveaway

Sabrina Darby has been reading romance since the age of seven and learned her best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from them. She currently resides in Southern California with her husband and young son. She can be found online at,, and To find out about her newest releases, sign up at

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Damaged Heroes for Sale

In most of our life, we like to discard or give away the things that are the damaged: produce, shoes, cars. But when it comes to heroes, so often the damaged ones are the ones that fascinate us the most. Whether it is a physical or a psychological wound gained at war, the mysterious jagged scar on the cheek, or the dark reputation that comes from sinister rumors about just what he did to his late wife, the man who is marred is the one we most wish to see healed or redeemed.

Woo’d in Haste and Wed at Leisure are retellings of two sides of the same Shakespeare play, The Taming of the Shrew. While Richard Burton’s portrayal of Pertruchio in Zeffirelli’s film version of The Taming of the Shrew might inspire some imagined past difficulties, from the play itself, we have no hint of a troubled inner life from the male leads. In my two Taming novellas, I have two very different heroes. Luc, the hero of Woo’d in Haste, is young, tall and strong, and has to overcome his natural reticence to be the man who can win the heart of Bianca Mansfield. In contrast, Peter, the hero of Wed at Leisure, is slightly older, more jaded about the world. His focus is on duty, and he intends to act honorably despite his own angst.

Luc and Peter’s heroines are naturally their perfect matches, the women who will challenge them to be more than the men they currently are even as they struggle with their own demons (and believe me, Bianca and Kate have their demons). But men on the journey of salvation through love never seem to take the easy route…

Who is your favorite damaged hero of romance?

Miss Bianca Mansfield is ready for her debut. If only her older sister didn't insist on marrying first. She's doomed to wait to find love. Until she meets . . . him.

For Lucian Dorlingsley, Viscount Asquith, recently returned from an extended tour abroad, it is love at first sight. He's determined to meet Bianca, even if it means masquerading as a tutor to her young half-brother.

Soon Bianca is torn between love and duty and about to make a desperate decision. Can Lucian calm her fury over his betrayal when he reveals that he's not nearly as improper a match as he seems? And will they ever be able to find a match for her older sister to turn this masquerade into wedded bliss?

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The stunning follow-up to Darby's Woo'd in Haste.

In all of Sussex—scratch that—in all of England, there is no one prettier than Kate Mansfield, and Peter Colburn, heir to the Duke of Orland, has known that since the age of 15. But since her vivacious nature comes with a temper to match, Peter has always masked his hunger for her behind ruthless teasing. As far as Kate is concerned, there is no one as annoying or as incredibly handsome as Peter. So when he surprises her with a sudden and romantic courtship, Kate is sure this must be his idea of a sick joke.

After all, he's the one man who knows how flawed she really is. And the only man to whom she has ever been so attracted. It's only after she rejects him that she realizes he might actually have been serious. And she just might be regretting her hasty decision. As Kate's determination wars with her traitorous heart, it may be too late. Now she's putting everything, including her reputation, on the line to give this accidental tragedy a happy ending.

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Check out what's up for grabs.
Up For Grabs:
  • 2 eBook copies of Woo’d in Haste and Wed at Leisure

To Enter: 
  • Please answer Sabrina's question: Who is your favorite damaged hero of romance?
  • Please fill out the Rafflecopter form.

Good Luck! 

Special thanks to Sabrina Darby & Tasty Books for sponsoring this tour-wide giveaway.
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  1. I love the setting of time and place in historical romances. When it's done well, I can easily imagine what it would be like to be there in that time and place.

  2. I love Historical Romances... Reading them allows me to escape the world and find a calm place in my crazy world (at least for a couple hours a day)

  3. I love imagining the people and events of the time.

  4. I love the setting, it always seems so magical to think of a time long ago. As for a damaged hero, I would go with Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. Admittedly, it does not end well though.

    1. I like to watch the movie and pretend the second half didn't happen. ;-)

  5. I like leaning about a different time and place.

  6. Love all the funny rules and outfits! My favorite damaged hero is probably Roarke (from the In Death series).

  7. I love everything--my favorite genre to read

  8. They take me to a place and time where the rules of society were strict but the love for our hero and heroines always find a way to get to their HEA :)

  9. These look great! The thing I love about romance novels is being inside a character's head and knowing what they are thinking as the relationship is developing. I also love to read about characters who can wear the clothes and live in the manors and attend the balls that I will never be able to!