Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jewels of the Ton with Shana Galen {Blog Tour} #giveaway

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Shana Galen is the national bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. 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 a man she calls Ultimate Sports-fan and has a daughter, Princess Galen, who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com, download her free author app for exclusive content and first looks, or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.


She Wants Him...She Wants Him Not...

Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm by the Prince Regent himself, plays the role of the courtesan flawlessly while her real purpose is spying in the service of the Crown. Her mission now is to seduce a duke to test his true loyalties. She'll do it, even though the man she really wants is Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington—the duke's son.

Andrew is furious when he finds himself rivaling his father for Lily's attention. When he uncovers Lily's mission, Andrew is faced with impossible choices. It seems he is destined to betray either his family, his country, or the longings of his own heart...

 


It’s All About the Action

My favorite scenes in books are almost always the action scenes. I love to write them, and I love to read them. Since I’m the author, it might seem strange, but my heart will pound and my fingers fly when I write an exciting action scene. I can really feel my pulse pounding.

I hope your blood pressure goes up a notch when you read this excerpt. In it, Lily Dawson, a courtesan on her way to the theater, has had her carriage waylaid and driven out of Town by three thugs.

The carriage slowed to a stop, and Lily jolted awake. Drat! She’d been trying to stay awake, but a steady diet of too little sleep, coupled by the sway of the carriage for what seemed hours and hours, lulled her into a light slumber. She was still holding her pistol, cradled in her arms, and now she hurried to prime it. She might have time to fire only one shot, but that would be one less man to fight. She heard the scrape of metal against the board sealing the door of her carriage and pushed herself into the darkest recesses of the interior. She was thankful she’d worn the sapphire gown. It was dark and hid her well.

When the door opened, she calmly aimed and fired. The pistol jerked back, the sound deafening her, and the force of the explosion making her arm sting. A man screamed, and the carriage door slammed shut again.

“She’s got a pistol!”

That’s right. Lily’s hand was shaking, but she immediately bent to prime her weapon again. It was difficult with her hand shaking and powder falling on her skirts, but she would show these men she was no easy target. She could hear them whispering outside the conveyance. Their voices were father away, and then all was quiet. She held the pistol in her hand, poised to fire again. When she heard the banging, she jumped. They were nailing the doors shut again. Good. She was not safe yet. But it bought her some time.

Quite a lot of time, as it turned out. She tried to remain vigilant, but she was tired and hungry, and her eyes glazed over when the black of the carriage began to fade to a subtle gray light. Suddenly, she snapped to attention. She looked around, disoriented.

“Up here, little girl.”

Lily looked up and cursed under her breath. She’d forgotten the hatch. It wasn’t large enough for a man to fit through, but a man was peering down at her now, a pistol in his hand and aimed at her heart. He grinned. His front teeth were black, and one of his incisors was missing. His scrubby beard and stringy brown hair framed a gaunt face marred with old scars and fresher wounds.

“Now, do as I say, and no one gets hurt.”

“I rather doubt I will not be hurt.”

He grinned wider. “My way, you have a fighting chance.”

Not much of a chance, but she had to take it.

“Hand me yer pistol.” He narrowed his eyes. “And no tricks.” He shifted his body and pushed his hand into the carriage. Lily looked at her pistol and looked at the hand. It was grimy, dirt under the blunt fingernails, the ratty wool coat dirty and stained. “I’m goin’ t’count to three, and then I’m goin’ t’shoot you. Somewhere painful where it won’t kill you.”

Lily blew out a breath and slapped the pistol into his hand.

“Got it!” he said, raising his prize triumphantly. When he moved, she could see the streak of light in the sky behind him. It was just past dawn.

As soon as the man spoke, his companions went to work removing the board from the doors again. It came off easily, and the door was thrown open. Lily stared at three grinning men—the man from the hatch and two others who looked just liked him. All three were thin and dirty—and leering.

If the other door hadn’t been sealed shut, she would have escaped that way, but as it was, there was one entrance and one exit. The men studied Lily, and she stared back. Her fear warned her to run, to try and escape. She ignored the instinct and waited. Let them strike first.

It didn’t take long. A man with matted red hair reached for her, and Lily kicked out, striking him in the jaw. He fell back and came up roaring. Wildly, he reached for her again, and she easily evaded him, managing another kick in at his chest. But the third time she was not so fortunate. He caught her foot and dragged her off the squabs. She landed unceremoniously on the floor of the carriage, and the men caught hold of her legs and dragged her out.

Readers, what are your favorite scenes in books? Action? Humor? Sex? Something else?

SAEBF13To learn more about the Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend preorder gift, check out Shana Galen’s Facebook Page for more information: http://shanagalen.com/sapphires-earls-best-friend.php.

Send your proof of preorder before February 28th!

Follow along on the Jewels of the Ton Pre-Publication Tour—with chances to win books and jewelry at each stop!

 


Tour Stops:

2/17 Cocktails and Books – Diamond
2/18 SOS Aloha – Amethyst
2/19 Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance – Citrine
2/20 Romance Bandits – Rose Quartz
2/21 Reading Between the Wines – Ruby
2/24 Ramblings From This Chick – Pink Sapphire
2/25 Stich-Read-Cook – Garnet
2/26 Dashing Duchesses – Blue Topaz
2/27 Romancing the Book – Smoky Quartz
2/28 Books-N-Kisses – Sapphire

Giveaway:

One lucky commenter will win a gorgeous garnet necklace and the first two books in the Jewels of the Ton series (When You Give a Duke a Diamond and If You Give a Rake a Ruby).

Garnet necklace  14296766  15839962

Open to residents of Canada and US.  Must be 18 or older.  No PO boxes.

To enter – leave a comment or question for Shana along with your email address.
Example:  emailaddress (at) gmail (dot) com

Ends: March 5th 2014

50 comments:

  1. I love humour in books best. I prefer action in movies though.

    maybe31 at yahoo.com

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  2. Maybe31, I love humor in books too. I enjoy it in movies as well.

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  3. Hi Shana!

    Love your books and am so looking forward to getting my copy of "Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend"! Love the idea too of giving away the different jewels each day too plus the Garnet is my birthstone!! Good Luck in your future writings and look forward to reading them as well!!

    Maryjane - grose42@yahoo.com


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    1. Garnet is your birthstone, Maryjane? Good luck then! Fingers crossed :-)

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  4. I love the action in the books. :) e.morton@yahoo.com

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  5. That's a tough question. I love action scenes, but I also love the ones where the H/H exchange barbs or banter. I love snarky dialogue! And who doesn't love a good, smexy scene? ;)

    I read and enjoyed this title, thanks to NetGalley but would love to win the other two books in this series. The pendant is also lovely!

    Thanks for the chance!
    Isalys/Book Soulmates
    booksoulmates @ gmail . com

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    1. So glad you liked it! I love writing those snarky dialogue scenes and reading them too.

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  6. I am soooo looking forward to starting this lovely series!

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  7. My favorite scenes are when the characters grow together, get to know each other. I love character development whether it is in a carriage, eating a meal or having sex.

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  8. hehe I want to read it just because it has my name in it :D heh.. but anywho. I heard Galen's writing is just gorgeous, so I am looking forward to it!

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  9. I love humor in books.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  10. I enjoy the humor in books the most.
    Bperdue67 at gmail dot com

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    1. I love action but humor is a close second.

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  11. Humor! I always enjoy the humor because it's is always related to the hero or heroine. Plus, when there is humor, there is always going to be some embarrassment sometimes
    paaj(_)xyooj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh, love those scenes where someone is embarrassed.

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  12. Like all kinds of scenes

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  13. The humorous scenes tend to be my favorites.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

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    1. I have to agree. I love laughing at a funny part in a book.

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  14. OMG, I'm seriously worried about Lily. If I didn't know there was going to be a HEA eventually, it would be even worse!

    Favorite scenes? I love them all. Without some of everything, I don't feel like a book is complete. :-)

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    1. Don't worry, Glenda. Lily will make it out!

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  15. My favorite scenes are always the ones that leave me chortling along with the action. Especially if the actions are a comedy of errors. Can't get more entertaining than that! :)

    thebigbluewall77 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. So true! I love books like that, Anita.

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  16. Humourous always wins the day but I do love a good action sequence thrown in just to spice things up!

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

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  17. I loved the teaser! - lavendersbluegreen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. I like humor, action, and suspense or mystery :)
    lorih824(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. My favorite scenes are the last showdown scenes. The one right before everything is alright in the end. They are the most tense and scary, but you know everything will be OK because it's a romance book. ;-)

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    1. Oops, my email is AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

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    2. Ah, the Black Moment scenes. Those are the best.

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  20. I love danger, intrigue, mystery, romance, and of course humor in my books. I love to be kept on edge throughout the book. I don't like too many clues being given that I can identify the bad person too soon. I always appreciate a good laugh, and cry, when reading.

    dpd333(at)aol.com

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    1. I love books with strong emotions, Diane. I wouldn't say that's my forte, but I do admire the authors who are able to write them.

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  21. I like humor and sarcasm... I especially love when there is witty banter between the hero and heroine. Congrats to Shana on the newest release and thanks for sharing!
    efender1(at)gmail

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    1. Thanks, Erin. I do like a sarcastic hero!

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  22. Humor, sex, and suspense are what I like in a book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    1. You can't go wrong with those three, Martha!

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  23. This sounds great. I can't wait to read it and see what happens next. lennetteknits@gmail.com

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  24. What gemstone is your favorite? Is it also your birthstone? Do you have a reason for it being your favorite?

    yellorose555 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. My favorite is amethyst, and it's not my birthstone :-(

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  25. Humor can be especially fun during a tense moment of action!
    I got a little behind in my email - glad I didn't miss this stop in the tour.

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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