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Friday, December 14, 2012

Blog Tour: "Compromising the Marquess" by Wendy Soliman (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Welcome to our Virtual Tour stop of "Compromising the Marquess" by Wendy Soliman brought to you by Lit Connect Events.  

Hi, thanks for having me here. You asked where I get the inspiration for my books. Wish I knew, then I’d bottle it and flog it on E-Bay for a fortune!
I’m not a plotter, but I do seem to possess the ability to create a full-length novel from a single idea. I’m here today to talk about Compromising the Marquess, the first in a four-book series of Regency romances published by Carina Press. I’ll explain the inspiration for this title later, but first let’s move forward to the third book in the series, which is a pretty good example of how I create something out of not very much.
Finessing the Contessa is Rob Forster’s story. He’s the middle of the three Forster brothers and readers will have met him briefly in the first two books in the series. He’s a chess master and so, not unnaturally, I wanted him to meet a woman who was his equal when it came to that game. I also figured an exotic foreigner might make it more interesting. But where ought she to come from?
That decision was made for me when I researched famous chess moves and happened upon The Sicilian Defence. Okay, so my heroine is going to be Sicilian. I then researched Sicily and found that small Island had been occupied more times than you can shake a stick at over the centuries, due to its strategic location in the Mediterranean. This was true during the Napoleonic wars, when the British took it over as a base for their fleet, even setting up a Parliament similar to the English one.
At the time of my story, the war is just over and the British have withdrawn, probably leaving mayhem in their wake if I know anything about my countrymen! Therefore, the British would have to step in and help Sicily to re-establish itself, wouldn’t it? Seems only fair. Trade agreements worth stabbing one another in the back to obtain would be up for grabs…hmm, I was off.
Back to Compromising the Marquess. Along with most of the nation, I was watching Prince William getting hitched at about the time I was thinking up this series. That got me dwelling upon Princess Dianna’s untimely demise, caused by the paparazzi. That, in turn, made me wonder about the origins of newspapers in England. Hence, my heroine, Leah, writes gossip for a scandal rag in order to support herself and her sister. Only she writes stuff that isn’t true about the Marquess of Denby, putting him in a compromising position, and throwing the two of them together as they try to put things right.
Leave it to the press to get the wrong end of the stick!
The Forsters Book 1, Compromising the Marquess by Wendy Soliman available now from Carina Press for just $1.99 and Barnes and Noble
I’m giving a copy of Compromising the Marquess away. For a change to win it, please leave a comment here, along with your contact details, telling me what you like most about Regency romances. Good luck!
Find me here on the net:
Twitter: @Wendyswriter
Facebook: Wendy Soliman – Author
Thanks for having me. It’s been fun.
Compromising the Marquess
(The Forsters #1)
Publisher: Carina Press
Publishing Date: 12/10/12
Genre: Historical romance, Regency
Tone: Light-hearted
Element/Tags:  historical romance, Regency romance, Regency newspapers, Fanny Hill
Format: ebook
Words: 83,000

Leah Elliott and her sister Bethany remove to the south coast, where Leah makes a living by picking up tidbits of gossip for a scandal sheet about the local family of consequence, the Forsters. She erroneously reports that the marquess, Hal Forster, is about to marry a local lady. To make up for her mistake, Leah offers to act as Hal’s paramour. In return he agrees to educate her in matters of romantic love, acting out scenes from Fanny Hill, a book which they have both read.

Leah discovers that Hal has a young Frenchman hidden on his boat, which makes her suspicious. During a grand ball at Forster Hall, the Frenchman kidnaps Leah, using her to lure Hal into a trap. Using her wits, Leah manages to warn the man she has fallen in love with that he’s in deadly peril. Managing to overcome his foes, Hal concentrates on discov- ering the truth behind the fire that killed Leah’s father and supposedly destroyed the rare books he so treasured. His efforts lead them both into more danger when they have a deadly confrontation with a scoundrel at an inn in the backstreets of London.

Deeply in love with his feisty scribe, Hal proposes marriage. Leah realizes that true love simply doesn’t recognise the class divide invented by society and joyously accepts him.

In a sentence:
A sparkling Regency in which a marquess finds his destiny in an impecunious siren with a beautiful voice and scorching pen. 

Wendy Soliman was brought up on the Isle of Wight in Southern England but now divides her time between Andorra and West Florida. She lives with her husband Andre and a rescued dog of indeterminate pedigree named Jake Bentley. The Isle of Wight is full of historic buildings, which is where she acquired her love of history, absorbing it like osmosis. She is the author of nine single-title Regency romances and is excited about her up-coming series charting the fortunes of the Forster dynasty. When not writing she enjoys reading other people’s books, walking miles with her dog whilst plotting her next scene, and is on a one-woman mission to save the wine industry from the economic slump. Well, some- one’s got to do it! 
Contact email: 
Facebook: Wendy Soliman – Author 
Twitter: @wendyswriter 
Blog: Confessions of a writer
One randomly drawn commenter from each tour stop will win one digital copy of COMPROMISING THE MAR- QUESS. The giveaway is open internationally and the winner will be notified via email after the close of the tour. 
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Beckey said...

Thanks for sharing what seems like an enjoyable great read :)
Congrats on the release

laurie said...

Thanks for sharing what seems like an enjoyable great read :)
Congrats on the release

Thanks for hosting Wendy today! :)

Book looks great. Thanks for the giveaway.

Has there been a place that's historic that you haven't
been to, but would like to go?

Unknown said...

Beautiful cover...if I was in a store I would pick it up and read the back immediately!!


The book sounds great!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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