Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Shadows and Silks Series NBtM

Three Lessons in Seduction:

Lord Nicholas Asquith needs his wife. Too bad he broke her heart ten years ago.

Can he resist a second chance at the love he lost?

When Mariana catches the eye of the man at the center of an assassination plot, Nick puts aside their painful past and enlists her to obtain information by any means necessary, even if it means seducing the enemy agent.

Even if the thought makes his blood boil.

Only by keeping his distance from Mariana these last ten years was he able to pretend indifference to her. With every moment spent with her, he feels his tightly held control slipping...

Can she trust the spy who broke her heart?

Mariana spent the last decade forgetting Nick. Now she has the chance to best him at his own game, an opportunity she can’t resist, even as her view of him begins to shift. Increasingly, she wants nothing more than to seduce her own husband . . .

It’s only a matter of time before mad passion ignites, a passion never convincingly extinguished. A passion that insists on surrendering to the yearning of the flesh and, quite possibly, of the heart.

Tempted by the Viscount:
London, April 1825

Lord Jakob Radclyffe left his past behind in the Far East. Or so he thinks until a ruthless thief surfaces in London, threatening to ruin his daughter’s reputation. With the clock ticking, Jake needs the scandalous Lady Olivia Montfort’s connections in the art world to protect his daughter’s future.

Olivia, too, has a past she’d like to escape. By purchasing her very own Mayfair townhouse, she’ll be able to start a new life independent from all men. There’s one problem: she needs a powerful man’s name to do so. The Viscount St. Alban is the perfect name.

A bargain is struck.

What Olivia doesn’t anticipate is the temptation of the viscount. The undeniable spark of awareness that races between them subverts her vow to leave love behind. Soon, she has no choice but to rid her system of Jake by surrendering to her craving for a single scorching encounter.

But is once enough? Sometimes once only stokes the flame of desire higher and hotter. And sometimes once is all the heart needs to risk all and follow a mad passion wherever it may lead.

Excerpt from Three Lessons in Seduction:
“Unbutton your dress?” Nick repeated. It wasn’t possible he’d heard those words in that order.

“Have you spent a single minute of your life bound within layers of corset, shift, and tightly buttoned dress? Has this ever been required for one of your spy missions?”

He couldn’t miss the scorn in her voice. “Never.”

“Then you’ll have to trust me when I suggest that it’s a bloody fantastic idea for you to unbutton me. You’ve done it before, in case you’ve forgotten.”

“I haven’t,” he said, his voice incapable of more than a low, gravelly rumble.

She blinked, and a moment passed.

Reason bade Nick exit the room and abandon the entire proposition. Under no circumstance should he close the distance between them and place his hands on Mariana’s body. Paper thin layers of chartreuse silk and muslin between his fingers and her skin wouldn’t be enough.

A few quick steps could carry him to her.

A few quick steps could undo him.

Sofie, thanks so much for stopping by. Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi there! I’m Sofie Darling, and I love to write, read, travel, snuggle with my beagle, bake, and run. Right now, I’m training for my 10th (!) marathon, which I’ll run this fall in Toronto. “Running” might be a bit of an overstatement for what I do out there… “Moving faster than a walk” hits a little closer to the mark. :)

How did you get started writing?
I feel like my writing is an extension of my reading in some ways. Either way, I get to be immersed in a fictional world, which has always been the preferable one for me.

The writing seed was planted when an English professor wrote on the back of one of my essays, “By the way, you write beautifully.” Before that moment, it had never occurred to me that I could write the worlds I love. A few decades later, I published my first novel, Three Lessons in Seduction.

What was the inspiration for your book?
A few years ago, I read a historical novel set in early 19th century Dejima, Japan and was fascinated by the setting. Before 1854, Japan was closed to all Western trade with the exception of the Dutch and only on the small, man-made island of Dejima located in the Bay of Nagasaki. It wasn’t long before my half-Dutch, half-English sea captain came to me, and his story began to unfold in my mind, then on paper. And Tempted by the Viscount was born!

What’s a genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
I’m in the planning stages of a few different projects, neither of which are historical romance. One is a light contemporary romance and the other is a trilogy that blends history and fantasy.

What are you up to now? Do you have any releases planned, or are you still writing?
Book three of my series, Her Midnight Sin, is now in the hands of my editor, so I’ve started work on book four, as-yet untitled. Her Midnight Sin will release in April, 2019 and features the world-weary Captain John Nylander and feisty Lady Calpurnia Radclyffe, Dowager Viscountess St. Alban, as they vie against each other for the same Devon country estate. There will be pirates and apple brandy. :)

Alright, now for some random, fun questions. Favorite color?
The shade of orange that sits at the edge of coral.

Favorite movie? 
All the Cary Grant / Katharine Hepburn pairings—Holiday, Bringing up Baby, and The Philadelphia Story. I can’t pick one!  

Book that inspired you to become an author?
Oh, I don’t think it’s a single one. Persuasion by Jane Austen. The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye. Middlemarch by George Eliot. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Recently, Longbourn by Jo Baker. There is just so much good writing and so many great novels out there.

You have one superpower. What is it?
Invisibility. I love observing people, unobserved.

You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?
Oscar Wilde, George Eliot, and Bill Murray

Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?
I don’t think I’m like any of my characters. They’re all far more interesting than I! But, if pressed, I’d say I’m most similar my heroine Mariana from Three Lessons in Seduction. Like her, my outspoken tongue can get me in trouble.

That’s all from me, thanks for taking the time to stop by!
Thank you for inviting me onto your blog today. This was fun!

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Author Bio and Links:
Sofie spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized that she was no longer satisfied with simply reading the books she loved, that she must write them, too, she decided to finish her degree and embark on a writing career. Mr. Darling and the boys gave her their wholehearted blessing.

When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon in a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent relationship with her beagle, Bosco.

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  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book and thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  3. Thank you so much for featuring Three Lessons and Tempted today! I enjoyed our chat. :) Xo, Sofie

  4. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the opportunity to read about another great book. With so many readers in my family, always great to hear about more choices I think they'd enjoy reading.

  5. Playing catch-up on this tour. I'm a bit behind so forgive the late post.