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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Jillian Hunter Winners

Many thanks to everyone who stopped by to visit with Jillian Hunter this week.  The winners of a copy of The Duchess Diaries are:




Congratulations!  Please send your full name and mailing address to us at
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Today's Special - - Jillian Hunter

I am so pleased to introduce New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author Jillian Hunter.  As the author of more than twenty published novels, Jillian is well known among romance fiction enthusiasts.  What you may not know about Jillian is that she has a personal family history that reads like a bestselling novel as well. Check out the Bio on her website for the whole story.  You can also connect with Jillian at her Facebook page.  

Jillian was kind enough to answer some questions for us recently about  herself and her books, including her upcoming March 5th release, The Mistress Memoirs: A Boscastle Affairs Novel.  

Welcome, Jillian!  Thanks for hanging out with us today.
Thank you for having me! I appreciate your time and I am happy to visit!

Congratulations on the upcoming release of The Mistress Memoirs, the thirteenth book in your popular Boscastle series. Please tell our readers a bit about the Boscastles and what we can expect from this book.

The Boscastle series started out as a trilogy about a family of Regency lords and ladies who are forced to rally forces upon the death of the tyrannical father who kept their mayhem under a semblance of control. The trouble is that their new patriarch, the heir and eldest son, Grayson, the fifth Marquess of Sedgecroft, isn’t convinced that he’s the man to inflict moral responsibilities on his siblings when he has no intention of settling down himself. But once Grayson meets a young lady who outsmarts him at his own game, he realizes he has found a woman devious and delightful enough to share his duty. The original tagline for the series was Scandal … Seduction … Secrets … Savoir faire! It’s all business as usual in the family were love conquers all -- one at a time. The Mistress Memoirs is a continuation of the series about one of the Boscastle cousins who grew up close to the original family. 

Does The Mistress Memoirs stand alone or would it be better to read other Boscastle books first?

I think this book stands alone because Colin has been pretty much a solitary player most of his life. In the scenes when he is reintroduced to his brothers, I try to keep the character count to a minimum. However, I did include a few cameos to please readers who write to ask me what is happening with a character they haven’t heard from in a while. It might be more fun to read the other books first, but it isn’t necessary.

I agree.  Reading the book as a stand-alone worked fine for me.  It has, however, made me want to pick up the other books and read those stories too! 

I was fascinated by the dynamic among the three main characters: Kate, Colin and Georgette. What do you want readers to understand about these three?

I grew up, as you noted, in a family of resilient men and women. Although Kate has been victimized, I wanted to show that her bad experience does not define her, and that desperation can make us become diamonds. I hope the reader understands that Georgette had an element of choice in her life and that she and Kate became deep friends because they refuse to judge each other. Colin really has to grow as a character to accept their strengths and their weaknesses and to realize that life has changed since he’s been gone.

Without giving away spoilers, what is the one scene you would never cut from this book?

I wouldn't cut the scene where Colin eavesdrops in the hedge and has to face the undeserved wrath of the household for hurting Kate. 

We all have our favorite comfort reads around here. What book (or author) do you turn to when you feel the need for some fictional comfort? 

Maeve Binchy is a comfort read for me.

What one thing would readers be surprised to learn about you?

I'm rather like a spider who likes to spin webs. I’d be very happy living in the corner of a library.

You have an amazing family history. Have you ever considered writing a book about your grandmother or using her and your parents as inspiration for a WWII romance?

It's funny.  I talk about certain things to my oldest friends and relatives and we rarely tell anyone about the past because we figure no one would believe us. My mother, uncle, and grandmother served in SwanseaWales during what was called the Three Night Blitz when the Nazi Luftwaffe bombed the Welsh port. After the war my grandmother divorced one of the five husbands she would outlive and moved with my mother and uncle to Edinburgh. It’s a running joke in our family that my beautiful mother refused to date Sean Connery only to end up marrying a real international man of mystery. But that’s another story. I am incredibly blessed to have been born into a family that taught me so much about life. I wouldn’t fictionalize their lives.

Will you be attending any conferences this year where readers will have the opportunity to meet you?

Not this year.  I’m going to write and spend time with my family at the beach. I’ll miss everyone, though!

While we'll miss you, I have to say that beach time with the family sounds lovely! 

What's next?

I'm writing Damien Boscastle’s story next, and one day I hope to clean my office.

Good luck with the office.  I've finally come to terms with the fact that mine will never be completely clean.

Would you like to ask our readers a question?

Do you read mainly print or e-books? What are you looking for in an ideal read?

Thanks again for graciously answering all of my questions, Jillian.  We wish you all the best with The Mistress Memoirs.   

Readers, Jillian is giving one copy of  The Duchess Diaries to two randomly selected people leaving a comment today.  (open internationally)


The Mistress Memoirs
March 5, 2013

Disgraced by her past employer, young governess Kate Walcott owes her loyalty to the only woman willing to hire her—the sought-after courtesan Mrs. Georgette Lawson. Georgette entrusts Kate with the care of her unruly children—and the writing of her shocking memoirs, which detail her affairs with famous gentlemen, including the rakehell who promised to marry her, then ruined her.

Sir Colin Boscastle intended to keep his promise to Georgette—until his father was murdered. Thirteen years of chasing vengeance pass before he returns to find Georgette sleeping in his enemy’s bed. Revenge has destroyed their romance, but the two former lovers agree to set a trap to restore Colin’s honor.

Caught in this deadly game, Kate struggles to resist Colin’s virile charm. She knows he is a born heartbreaker and unreliable rogue. Should she believe him when he whispers that, for her, he will change his sinful ways?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Today's Special -- Q&A with Jillian Hunter

Today, we welcome New York Times and USA Today bestselling historical author Jillian Hunter to the Romance Dish! Jillian's latest book, The Duchess Diaries, is the third book in her Bridal Pleasures series and released last Tuesday. Please join me in welcoming her to the Dish!

Hello and welcome to the Romance Dish, Jillian! We are delighted to have you dishing with us today. Congratulations on your latest book, The Duchess Diaries, which was released last week! I thoroughly enjoyed it. (See my review here.) Can you share with us a little of what the story is about?

Thank you! I’m happy that you’ve invited me to dish with all of you today. The Duchess Diaries opens as Miss Charlotte Boscastle is supervising the annual graduation ball for the Scarfield Academy for Young Ladies. Charlotte is the lead schoolmistress and while she celebrates her success for her girls, she can’t help feeling as if the romantic parade is passing her by. The young ladies she has trained are already attracting suitors. The members of Charlotte’s family find love wherever they look. But Charlotte’s only romance takes place in the pages of her diary.

In the story, Charlotte pours her thoughts and feelings into a personal diary. Have you ever kept a diary?

Yes. I’ve kept a few diaries in my day. Over the years they evolved from “I got up. I had breakfast. I went to school—” to more embarrassing entries.

LOL, I've been there, too! The Duchess Diaries is the third book in the Bridal Pleasures series. How are these books connected?

The series revolves around three rogues who are dedicated to the pursuit and protection of the women they love. A Duke’s Temptation and The Duchess Diaries have Boscastle heroines. The hero of the second book, A Bride Unveiled, is the master-of-arms for the family.

One of the first things that comes to romance readers’ minds when your name is mentioned is your popular Boscastle family (some of which are featured in this new series). What a loving and scandalous family! That’s my favorite kind! *g* Is it difficult to write such a large family? And how do you keep everyone straight?

It doesn’t seem more difficult to write about a large family because the characters have distinct personalities and storylines. What’s harder for me is keeping the sequence of events straight and I have to use several story boards for that.

Very interesting. Speaking of stories, which comes first for you—the characters or the story?

The characters always come first. They dictate the story.

I think a lot of authors feel the same. Of all the heroines you’ve created, which one is most like you and why?

Right now my two favorite heroines are Jane and Harriet. I love their no-nonsense/take-charge approach to life’s woes even if later down the line they create greater problems.

I simply adore Jane and Harriet! What a wonderful choice. Since you write historical romance, I’m sure you’re very familiar with research. How much do you do? And how often?

I do most of my research before I begin writing the book and after I’ve done a brief outline. I research for almost two months and scribble down ideas as I go. The trick is to detach from the research process before it becomes procrastination.

LOL, I believe we are all guilty of procrastination on some level! What is your favorite part about writing?

I love it best when a plot twist and an unexpected scene suddenly emerge organically to tie loose threads together.

Least favorite?

My least favorite part about writing is creating the skeleton of the story. It’s plain hard work.

It may be hard work, but we are so glad you do it. :) We all have hobbies or activities that we like to do in our spare time. Besides reading (which I’m sure is on everyone’s list *g*), what do you like to do for fun or to relax?

For fun I like to garden. Last year I grew an amazing amount of tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers. My sweet peas and tea roses rock. Barely a day goes by without something from my garden gracing our table.

I have always wanted to grow my own tomatoes. Home-grown ones just seem to taste better. Okay, I'm sure our readers are dying to know, so can you give us a sneak peek at what’s up next for you?

What I’m working on next is Collin Boscastle’s story—his return for revenge and of course, romance.

Yay! Another Boscastle! Sounds like another winner. Now it's on to our Quick Six Time!

Coffee or tea? I am definitely a tea person.
Early bird or night owl? Night owl!
Alpha or beta? Alpha.
Diamonds or pearls? Pearls.
Mountains or beach? I’ll take the beach over the mountains.
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate is great but I prefer vanilla.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Jillian! I really appreciate it. Now it’s your turn—is there a question you would like to ask our readers?

Thank you for these intriguing questions! Now I’d love to ask your readers about their favorite plot lines and when they find time to read between the demands of work, family, and all of life’s other distractions.

The Duchess Diaries

As headmistress of the Scarfield Academy for Young Ladies, Miss Charlotte Boscastle is tasked with keeping her charges free from notoriety. But when Charlotte's diary goes missing, she can't imagine having her most intimate secrets fall into the wrong hands.

Although the confessions in the diary he found spark his interest, the Duke of Wynfield has every intention of returning the journal. But when Gideon's encounter with Charlotte takes on an unexpectedly passionate nature, his indiscretion causes a scandal that only marriage can cure...

You can learn more about Jillian and her books at her website: http://www.jillianhunterauthor.com/ or you can find her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/#!/JillianHunterBooks 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Review -- The Duchess Diaries

The Duchess Diaries
Bridal Pleasures—Book 3
By Jillian Hunter
Publisher: Signet Select
Release Date: February 7, 2012

It has been said that “sometimes small things can lead to big trouble”. This quote definitely applies to Jillian Hunter’s latest book in her Bridal Pleasures series, The Duchess Diaries, as one little diary causes all sorts of trouble.

Miss Charlotte Boscastle is the headmistress at the Scarfield Academy for Young Ladies and a member of the scandalous Boscastle family. However, Charlotte is one of the only members of the family who has not done something scandalous—at least not in public. Since she was a young girl, she has kept a diary where she has recorded her thoughts and feelings and the ups and downs of her life. But in recent months her entries have gotten a bit more . . . erotic in nature. They’ve centered exclusively on the sinfully handsome and decadent Duke of Wynfield. When her diary comes up missing and all clues lead to the duke, Charlotte knows she must do whatever it takes to get it back.

Gideon, Duke of Wynfield, finds the diary in his carriage while on the way to make arrangements with a new mistress. Once he reads a snippet of the diary, he can’t stop reading—especially the parts about him! When he returns home, he finds the owner of the shocking book in his bedroom. And when her cousin Grayson, the Marquess of Sedgecroft, finds out, the results aren’t pretty.

“She came to my house.” He concealed a smile as he remembered discovering her on his bedroom floor. “She broke in, I should say, in an apparent search for her diary. She made quite a muddle of my drawers.”


“Wardrobe drawers.”

Gideon does the honorable thing and agrees to marry Charlotte to hopefully avoid any scandal. He consents despite the fact that he had plans to never marry again after becoming a widower years before. When he returns to his carriage to fetch Charlotte’s diary . . . it’s gone. Now they must find the missing diary before someone uses it to hurt Charlotte and/or the school.

The Duchess Diaries is a great addition to this series. I enjoyed visiting the wonderful Boscastle family. There is certainly never a dull moment! Gideon and Charlotte are lively characters who had me rooting for them in their quest to find the diary and, of course, love. Gideon knew a good thing when he found it . . . or rather, her. Despite the fact that he knows how Charlotte feels about him (after reading her diary), he doesn’t get mad about what she wrote nor does he make her feel uncomfortable. He is flattered and that endeared him to me.

It didn’t matter anymore which one of them had instigated this burning attraction. Maybe she had poured all her passion into her diary. But he had unleashed it and transformed it from the page to the physical.

I loved this paragraph! To me, it captures the heart of the story. The secondary characters grabbed my attention and I hope one young lady in particular will have her own book one day. The Duchess Diaries is a wonderful book that I recommend to all lovers of historical romance.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Review -- A Duke's Temptation

A Duke's Temptation
Bridal Pleasures -- Book 1
By Jillian Hunter
Publisher: Signet Select
Release Date: November 2, 2010

Miss Lily Boscastle is soon to be married to her long-time friend, Captain Jonathan Grace. While Lily holds great affection for Jonathan, she does not feel an all-consuming love for him. She, Jonathan, and her cousin, Chloe, a viscountess, attend a literary masquerade where the gardens have been made to look like scenes from famous fictional works, such as Romeo and Juliet, Gulliver’s Travels, and the latest craze, The Wickbury Tales by Lord Anonymous. Lily is anxious to view The Wickbury Tales scene as she’s become engrossed with the gothic novels featuring the noble Lord Wickbury, the wicked Sir Renwick Hexworthy, and the fair Juliette who comes between them. When Jonathan goes off to play cards, Lily subtly flirts with a man disguised as Don Quixote. She is introduced to him a little while later and learns he is the unconventional Duke of Gravenhurst.

Samuel St. Aldwyn, Duke of Gravenhurst, is at the masquerade because it is hosted by his partner/publisher. Plus, he knows that his presence will guarantee that everyone is entertained since he is known by his peers as a radical and supporter of unpopular causes and does nothing to hide it. He is instantly intrigued by the lovely Lily . . . especially after they share a deep discussion about The Wickbury Tales and share a breathtaking kiss. Samuel is pleased because he is the mysterious Lord Anonymous, though very few people know it. Samuel is so taken with Lily that he has a marriage contract drawn up as soon as he returns home from the masquerade. Unfortunately, he finds out the next morning that Lily’s betrothal was announced after he had left.

Two weeks before the wedding, Lily, Jonathan and a couple of friends attend a play and on the way home Lily witnesses Jonathan and his friend murder a man. When she confronts them, they deny it, and because there is no body or any evidence no one believes her. Everyone, including her family, thinks she has gone mad, thus causing a scandal. Jonathan still wants to wed her, but Lily refuses to marry a murderer, so she seeks employment as a housekeeper away from London. She secures a position and is surprised to learn that she will be working for Gravenhurst. But while there, she discovers that there is so much more to him that what society believes—and that he holds many secrets.

This is my first Jillian Hunter book and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Samuel was such a breath of fresh air. Yes, he is eccentric, but he is so much more than the clichéd “eccentric hero”. He generates false scandals about himself in order to further his secret career and to divert attention from his private life. Lily isn’t the type of woman that usually attracts Samuel and he’s smart enough to know that that was his problem—he’d been associating with the wrong kind of women. When she comes to his home, he immediately notices that she is not the same vibrant young woman he met at the masquerade. She’s been hurt and all he wants to do is return the light to her eyes and take care of her. I just love a protective hero! Lily is a straightforward, resilient heroine who takes a stand for what is right. She is accepting of and even embraces Samuel and his many quirks—and there are many. Samuel’s servants are wonderful secondary characters who are just as protective of him as he is of them. All of this combined with brilliant writing make A Duke’s Temptation a terrific historical romance that I highly recommend!