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Monday Mayhem – Moonlight Madness

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 by Margaret Ethridge   7 Comments | Posted in Blog

I’m away again this week, my friends, but I’m leaving you in good hands! Meet my good friend, Sandra, who writes historical romance and loves Duran Duran! Be sweet to her – I’ll be back next week!

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When people learn I’m an author, they usually ask, why historical romance? Why not mysteries or novels or picture books? I think it comes back to what awakened me to adult romance in the first place.

I’ve always been an avid reader, but making that leap from adolescent reader to adult reader took a very special author. I remember the first time I read a Johanna Lindsey historical romance set in England. The heroine had long flowing hair and a dress that I, as a very girly twelve year-old, would’ve killed for. As much as I enjoyed the sexy hero and the trials of the heroine, it was the setting that hooked me. I fell in love with the rich descriptions of places I would never see in modern times. I loved the language, the manners, and the pomp of the era.

The heroine of my new historical/time travel romance Moonlight Madness adores history, too. A high school English teacher, she teaches Shakespeare to unappreciative teenagers and attends Renaissance fairs whenever she can. But her orderly world gets shaken to the core when she encounters a real, live 17th century rake intent on seducing her!

To celebrate the Kindle release of Moonlight Madness (book two of the Circle of Destiny series), I’m giving away a signed, print copy of Wish for the Moon (Circle of Destiny book one), or a free e-book download of any of my titles. All you have to do is comment with your favorite historical era. I’ll choose one lucky winner at random.

In the meantime, here’s the blurb for Moonlight Madness and an excerpt!

While visiting Wales, Rance Kingsley, Viscount Waldenham, receives a warning that his daughter will soon be kidnapped by Spanish enemies. Before he can aid her, Rance tumbles into a mysterious portal to the future. His only hope is to find his soulmate, the key to returning. However his curse continues when all signs point to Tess Hartman, a straight-laced teacher, as his match. After a cheating boyfriend, the only male Tess wants in her life is Dante, a troubled teen she would like to adopt. To bond with the boy, Tess brings him on a class field trip to Britain. But the Shakespeare experience becomes too real when sexy, eccentric Rance seduces her. When Tess falls for Rance’s kisses and travels with him across four centuries, she’s convinced he’s made a mistake. How could she love a man who deceived her, separating her from everything she cares about, a man with MOONLIGHT MADNESS?

Excerpt:

“Thou art madder than I. Or mayhap more brave. The lightning.” Rance pointed to the roiling sky above.

He held his open doublet over their heads, blocking out some of the rain at his back.

The sight of him, so thoughtful, damp and sexy, set off seismic tremors in her stomach. An earthy masculine scent, his scent, drifted down from the doublet, and its warmth wrapped around her.

“Danté came back inside,” he told her. “Mayhap the rain will be gone soon. Probably by the time we reach the castle if we leave now.”

She couldn’t possibly spend another moment with this much temptation. Already, her fingers curled at her sides, craving to reach out and touch his rippling body, so plainly visible beneath the damp shirt.

She took a deep bracing breath. “Kiss me.”

“What?” Rance’s expression froze.

“I said kiss me. Now before I change my mind.” She tucked her dripping hair behind her ears and stared up at him in challenge. “You said if I kissed you you’d leave me alone. So kiss me, and then you can go on your way. I’m calling off the trip to Chepstow Castle. I’m soaked and the rain’s not letting up. You can call a taxi to come get you, and you could be back at the theater before the next performance.”

“I did say as much, but art thou sure? Is that what you want, what you truly want?” His gaze dropped to her mouth before floating back up to her eyes. A slight frown formed between his brows.

“Yes. Let’s be done. If all you’re after is a kiss, then do it already—”

His lips stopped hers, cutting off her words and stealing her breath.

Moonlight Madness—available now on Kindle only (until January 18)

Medieval, Renaissance, Regency, Victorian…whatever, I love all historical settings. Just give me a hero with an accent and charming manners and I drool! Now, what’s your favorite historical era?

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7 Responses to "Monday Mayhem – Moonlight Madness"

  1. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    November 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm  

    Hi Sandra! Your new book sounds fabulous! I love the story of how you fell in love with historical romance too. It’s always so much fun to learn where authors get their inspiration and how they came to prefer one particular genre over another.

    I don’t know if I necessarily have a favourite historical setting, but for the purposes of this contest I’m going to say Renaissance. 😀

  2. Comment by Sandra
    November 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm  

    Thanks, Evelyn. I like your choice of setting! 😉

  3. Comment by Michelle Kelly @AnotherLookBook
    November 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm  

    I love historical romance but I really truly can’t define which era is my favorite. Medieval Scotland is awesome, Regency is awesome and I have come to really love the late 1870’s as the society embarks on newer technology.

    Best of luck to you and your new release.

  4. Comment by Sandra
    November 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm  

    Thanks, Michelle. The 1870’s are a fun time–all those wonderful clothes!

  5. Comment by Laurie
    November 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm  

    Welcome. I like your reasons for writing Historical romance. I haven’t really delved into it myself. I generally stick to the contemporary stuff. I did how ever read a few historicals set in ‘western times.’ I did enjoy those.

  6. Comment by Sandra
    November 12, 2012 at 8:01 pm  

    I love the cowboys, too. 😉

  7. Comment by Sandra
    November 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm  

    Thank you so much for having me, Margaret. Be safe on your travels!

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