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I'm delighted to welcome Maggie Robinson back to the Romance Dish to celebrate another book in her terrific Ladies Unlaced historical romance series. I've been reading - and enjoying - Maggie's books since her debut but this series, with In the Arms of the Heiress, In the Heart of the Highlander and, now, The Reluctant Governess is my favorite and, I feel, her best work yet. You can find more information about Maggie and her books at her website and connect with her online at Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
Welcome, Maggie and congratulations on the release of The Reluctant Governess!
Thank you for allowing me to share this special release day at the Romance Dish! The Reluctant Governess is the twelfth historical romance I’ve had published! True, I’ve had novellas and a short story in four anthologies, but this makes a dozen full-length novels with my name on the spine, ten as Maggie Robinson and two as Margaret Rowe, my eviler alter-ego.
People always ask me how many books I’ve written, and I never come up with a snappy answer. There are three “under the bed” which will gather dust bunnies for all time because they are basically hideous, the ones waiting for their publication date, and the ones I’m always working on. So, there’s no magic number—but when I realized Governess was officially Number 12 out in the world, I thought that was worth celebrating.
Like most of my books, Nick and Eliza’s story is an opposites-attract trope. Nick is a bohemian artist who’s spent much of his adult life in France and Italy escaping the strictures of his well-to-do Scottish family, and Eliza is the quintessential good girl who works to help support her ailing widowed mother. Nick is wild; Eliza definitely is not. Here’s the back-cover blurb:
A secretary for the renowned Evensong Agency, Eliza Lawrence may have a pretty face, but she’s much prouder of her mind and her morals. When she’s pressed into temporary governess duty as a favor to her boss, she doesn’t expect to bend one bit for the rakish Nicholas Raeburn. Not even when he opens the door to her half-dressed…
Despite his bad reputation, Nicholas is a man of honor. To Nick’s way of thinking, he doesn’t need any help raising his daughter, Domenica. If only he weren’t so drawn to the meddlesome woman’s sparkling wit and uncommon beauty...
But when an act of misplaced chivalry goes seriously awry, resulting in mayhem and almost murder, Eliza becomes the only woman he can depend upon. Nick will do anything to protect his family, but who will protect him from falling in love with his reluctant governess?
Loosening up prim Eliza and straightening up naughty Nick was so much fun. The whole first chapter can be read here on my website: http://www.maggierobinson.net/books/the-reluctant-governess/
To celebrate “the dirty dozen” and “lucky thirteen” next month, I’m giving away a Kindle Fire HD to one newsletter subscriber, plus other assorted prizes to three other subscribers. You can subscribe here:
and then enter the contest here: www.maggierobinson.net/contest
Today’s prize for Romance Dish readers: a signed copy of In the Heart of the Highlander (or any book from my backlist), where Eliza makes her first appearance on the page. Just leave a comment below and tell me what dozen things you’d love to have delivered to your house. Eggs? Donuts? Men in kilts? ;)