Thursday, August 30, 2012

When You Give A Duke A Diamond -Giveaway

When You Give A Duke A Diamond is the latest regency novel from, the fabulous, Shana Galen. and the start of her new three book series titled The Jewels of the Ton. I am thrilled to have Shana here, as part of her blog tour and to be able to share a glimpse of a book, that I truly loved reading .

Excerpt with the butler, Hollows, in Juliette's Household:

"Yes, Hollows, do rouse Mary and send her to my chamber." Juliette felt badly about waking the girl—she, Hollows, and Cook were the only servants not given the night off—but Juliette did not relish sleeping in her stays and gown, and she could not get them off by herself. Once she was undressed, she would send Mary back to bed and finish her toilette on her own.

Juliette started up the steps. "Off to bed with you, Hollows," she said over her shoulder. "I shan't need you for several hours."

"Yes, Duchess."

Excerpt with the butler, Richards, in Pelhorn's Household. 

"Very good. Richards, tell His Grace the duchess is here."

Richards stared at her. Juliette could tell he was digesting this new information and deciding whether she was to be believed. He shook his head. "I don't think so. Even if you are a duchess, which I don't believe you are, no duchess would come, alone, and knock on a man's door in the middle of the night."

Butlers, you can't live with them, or maybe you can. It must be nice to have a butler, to answer the door and handle a wayward duchess in the night.  I thought it would be fun to find out if Shana would like a butler.

Interview with Shana Galen

Which regency servant would you prefer to have working in your household? Butler, cook, coachman, etc?" 
Oh, cook for sure. I can answer my own door (not that anyone ever comes to it), but I hate cooking. I also wouldn't mind a hairdresser...

If you were a regency servant, which household position would you be the best at? 

I'd probably be a good scullery maid. I'm good at cleaning and washing clothes. I'm not a very good driver, and I'm a horrible cook. I'm probably too clumsy to do much serving.

If you were a regency servant, which household position would be the most challenging for you? 
Cook. I would be fired for certain!

There seem to be quite a number of regency romances where the heroine was a former servant, usually a governess, but do you know any where the hero was a butler? 
Nope, but I think I read one where the hero was pretending to be a footman or a groom. Stables seem to be popular spots for heroes to hang out.

Thank you, for stopping by and for the giveaway. Enter to win a copy of When You Give A Duke A Diamond, by answering one of the questions I asked Shana. Winner will picked at random at 9 PST on Monday, September 3. Please leave an email address with your comment, so we can contact the winner. 

Shana Galen is the national bestselling author of numerous fast-paced, adventurous Regency historical romances, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne's Bride. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city.

Now she writes full time. She's happily married to an incredibly supportive man she calls Ultimate Sportsfan, and she has a beautiful little girl she calls Little Galen. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at 

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

When You Give A Duke A Diamond

Coming soon!

Luckily, I was able to read an advanced copy of When You Give A Duke A Diamond, and I have to tell you that I loved this book. Shana Galen will be here doing a giveaway, later this month, so I just wanted to give you a heads up.

Praise for When You Give A Duke A Diamond :

"Tinged with danger and darkness, Galen’s sexy and dramatic story has depth thanks to appealing characters with realistic problems and believable chemistry. The unconventional heroine gives a fresh twist that adds complexity while still treating romance fans to the lush glitter of mansions and ballrooms." -Publishers Weekly

"Shana Galen kicks off her new Fallen Ladies series with an explosion that leaves this reader breathless with anticipation at the prospect of what's coming next. -Jessica Dunn - Fresh Fiction