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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Seduced by a Rogue - Wanna win it? CLOSED

Seduced by a Rogue by Amanda Scott

A fair-haired beauty at 19, Lady Mairi is heiress apparent to her father Lord Dunwythie's rich barony. He has carefully taught her how to manage their estates, but a feud between his clan and the Maxwell clan is brewing as the two families edge toward a clan war - their dispute over money owed. Mairi's father believes he owes nothing, and of course Mairi sides with him.

When the impulsive and blue-eyed Rob Maxwell chances to meet Mairi in a barley field, they feel instant attraction, despite their families' antagonisms. Knowing he must put his clan first, Rob enacts a plan to force Dunwythie to pay his debt: Rob kidnaps Mairi, making the abduction appear the work of a stranger; then he and his sheriff-brother offer to help Dunwythis rescue his daughter IF, and only if, he will pay them the monies due. Yet after Rob captures Mairi's body, she captures his heart. When Dunwythie summons the aid of the most powerful clan in all Scotland (the Douglases), clan-tensions rise to a fever pitch. Love takes its own feverish course, as Mairi and Rob join forces to prevent a clash between hot-headed clans, and to protect their budding love.


Five Fun Facts

1. A friend asked me if I might be interested in a story about a woman who nearly began a clan war. As a result, I based the plot for Seduced by a Rogue on events described in an unpublished sixteenth-century manuscript he had found, by a Lady Maxwell who described fourteenth-century events involving her husband’s Maxwell ancestors. According to her ladyship’s rather biased description, the lady Mairi Dunwythie’s father was the fractious one in the conflict. Since I wanted to tell the tale from both sides, it took some digging to discover Lord Dunwythie’s most likely reason for refusing to comply with Alexander Maxwell’s demands.

2. The biggest challenge of this book was to make the hero, Robert Maxwell’s, behavior plausible. The manuscript provides specific details, but to reconcile them with the romantic ending of Mairi and Robert’s story presented a real puzzle until I decided that only one plausible explanation existed.

3. The title of Seduced by a Rogue can be read two ways, because the rogue can be either the hero or the heroine. The reader must decide which one it is.

4. The Solway Firth has one of the strangest tide patterns on the planet. Instead of the usual six hours and twenty minutes between tides, a tide in the Solway Firth can take as little as three and a half hours to flood and can come in on a roaring wall of water, the spray from which can be seen for miles. It can take nine hours to ebb. Other, similarly-formed waterways have such tides, but the Solway is particularly noted for them. The difference in high and low water can be as great as twenty-six feet.

5. While I was writing Seduced by a Rogue, a new kitten adopted us. Although I love cats, I rarely put them in my books. However, when our new kitten, a particularly fierce and funny little beast, stubbornly kept climbing all over me and my keyboard as I tried to write, somehow he also strolled into Seduced by a Rogue as Tiggie Whiskers. His favorite trick is to drape himself over my left shoulder and peer at the screen as if he is checking out everything I write. The wee editor’s real name is Willie Magee.


GIVEAWAY

I have five copies of this paperback to giveaway courtesy of Hachette Books. For your first entry (MUST DO THIS ONE FOR ANY OTHER ENTRIES TO COUNT) What is your favorite romance character's name - first or last? I just find some of them very interesting - like Dunwythis. Also leave your email address.

For additional entries you can sign up to follow (old followers let me know), Twitter or post it on your blog. Each entry must have it's own comment. (Four entries total.)

This giveaway if for U.S./Canada only - no PO boxes and will end Jan 27th! Good luck!

79 comments:

justpeachy36 said...

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Hmmmm... there are so many to choose from. I believe one of my favorites would have to be Julian Kane, from Teresa Medeiros' book, The Vampire Who Loved Me...

I am an old follower.

I tweeted the giveaway here:
http://twitter.com/justpeachy36/status/7254204810

scottsgal said...

Fielding Grey from Seduce Me, just has a strong sound to it.
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scottsgal said...

already a follower
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Virginia C said...

Cole Latimer from "Ashes in the Wind" by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.

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Virginia C said...

I am a follower and a subscriber.

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fredamans said...

My favorite romance character is always Fabio.

Classic!

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fredamans said...

I am a follower.

freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

fredamans said...

tweet; http://twitter.com/fredalicious/status/7255755897

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Jane said...

I love the name Vere Mallory from Loretta Chase's "The Last Hellion."

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Jane said...

I'm an old follower.

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throuthehaze said...

I like Sinjun Sherbrooke from Catherine Coulter's Sherbrooke series

Raelena
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

throuthehaze said...

old follower

Raelena
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Sheila Deeth said...

I really enjoyed Tamed by a Laird.

Favorite romance character's name - as in name, not character? Struggling to choose. Hunter Greymere in To tempt the wolf.

sdeeth at msn dot com

RachieG said...

Vane Katalakis (sp??) from the Sherrilyn Kenyon series...love his name and love the character :)

rachie2004 @ yahoo (d0t) com

RachieG said...

I'm already a follower :)

rachie2004 @ yahoo (d0t) com

HODGEPODGESPV said...

as i have read it so many times, rhett butler and scarlet o'hara have to be my two favorite romantic characters.
spvaughan@yahoo.com

HODGEPODGESPV said...

i am an old follower spvaughan@yahoo.com

HODGEPODGESPV said...

http://twitter.com/spvaughan/status/7268503211 spvaughan@yahoo.com

HODGEPODGESPV said...

http://hodgepodgespv.blogspot.com/2010/01/book-giveaway-seduced-by-rogue-by.html
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elaing8 said...

Rhett from Gone With the Wind.
elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

elaing8 said...

I am a follower
elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

rubynreba said...

Rhett and Scarlet have to be mine!
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elaing8 said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/elaing8/status/7272580291

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rubynreba said...

I follow
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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, darling. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

etirv said...

I like Reynaud St. Aubyn from Elizabeth Hoyt's To Desire a Devil.

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

etirv said...

Old follower!

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

BUSY BEE said...

My favorite character name has to be Devil Cynster (and the Bar Cynster family).

Would love to win this book - thanks

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

BUSY BEE said...

I am a long time follower (I hate the word old right now...lol)

alexandrea said...

Stephanie Lauren's has a family of brothers who's last name is Cynster, all the men sound so gorgeous and have nicknames like Devil. They are also all anti marriage and mostly rakes, so I love how fitting their last name is!

RAnn said...

I like Haven Travis. Just something about the name Haven...

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RAnn said...

I follow
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RAnn said...

I blogged about this
http://rannthisthat.blogspot.com/2009/01/giveaways.html

Linda Henderson said...

My favorite name is Roarke from the In Death series by J.D.Robb.

seriousreader at live dot com

Linda Henderson said...

I am an old follower.

seriousreader at live dot com

Sharon said...

My favorite is Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.
Thanks for the giveaway.

shirtdog[at]gmail[dot]com

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

Rehvenge from JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood Series

mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...

I'm an old follower too

mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

Deedles said...

My favorite is Adrian from the Immortals series.
djeanq(at)gmail(dot)com

bison61 said...

I'm not sure why but two names I love are Grayson and Sebastian

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renee said...

HMMMM how about Maximillian Prescott from Chosen by Desire

reneetaylor at sympatico dot ca

renee said...

follower
reneetaylor at sympatico dot ca

CrystalGB said...

I love the name Chance for a hero.

Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot}com

CrystalGB said...

I am an old follower.

Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot}com

Deborah said...

My favorite romance hero's name has always been Hunter.

ellie said...

I also love the name Sinjun Sherbrooke. Thanks for the giveaway.

eswright18 at gmail dot com

ellie said...

I follow via Google.

eswright18 at gmail dot com

ellie said...

Tweeted. http://twitter.com/eswright18/status/7425479023

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Bethie said...

I just love Eric Northman from the Southern Vampire Series.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Misusedinnocence said...

Phedre Delaunay from the Kushiel legacy series.

misusedinnocence@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I've read many romance novels over the years, but my favourites always seem involve the one's from my earliest exposure to this genre... I read a novel at 14 called 'The Fires of Winter' by Johanna Lindsay and my two favourite characters were Brenna (a Welsh girl) and Rurik (a Viking who kidnaps her). Thanks!

Aliya D.
aliyadaya(at)shaw(dot)ca

booklover0226 said...
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booklover0226 said...

At the moment, my favorite name is Jace.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

booklover0226 said...

I'm an old follower.

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

Meljprincess said...

Gray James from WATCHERS IN THE NIGHT by Jenna Black.

Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

FrankSandy said...

Her name is Erika.

walkerd@primus.ca

FrankSandy said...

I'm a follower. walkerd@primus.ca

Perfect Blue Moon said...

My fav. characters name is Phedre Delunay from the Kushiel's dart series!

Anna
perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

Perfect Blue Moon said...

I'm a follower!

Anna
perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

darlanpaulsmamma said...

bill compton - vampire from charlain harris' sookie stackhouse series
melissa.barnes76 at yahoo dot com

darlanpaulsmamma said...

blog follower
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Lacey said...

Favorite romance character's name is chandler.

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Lacey said...

http://twitter.com/HtxAstrosFan/status/7713686756

tweet

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Lacey said...

I am a follower

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Eve said...

Mine is Mr. Darcy from pride and prejudice

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Eve said...

I follow this blog

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Eve said...

http://sweetqt.wordpress.com/2010/01/16/giveaway-books-and-needle-point/ blogged

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Eve said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/7818986645


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Sherrylinn said...

So many to choose from!

One of my favs was Mackintosh

slcremer at gmail dot com

Sherrylinn said...

I'm a follower

slcremer at gmail dot com

(Sherrylinn)

Anonymous said...

I read a western once and the cowboy's name was Johnny Roulette. If I rememer correctly, he worked as a riverboat gambler. I always remembered that name. In one of the westerns I read it had a dancehall gal in it named Lily Cigar.
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Sue A. said...

One of my favorites is named Sheridan.

alternate email other than blogger
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Sue A. said...

I'm a new follower

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Denny, Alaska said...

Rhett Butler!

denny(dot)gill(at)gmail(dot)com

ossmcalc said...

I wouldn't exactly say that I have a favorite romance character's name. I have to admit that Eliza Blacknall is slightly unusual. How many Blacknalls have we known over the years?

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I am an old follower.

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

ossmcalc said...

I tweeted about this giveaway http://twitter.com/ossmcalc/status/8019993783

Thank you,

Christine
womackcm@sbcglobal.net

Sean said...

brianna is my fave
spynaert@gmail.com

aly said...

I'd love to win a copy of this.

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