Winner, winner…Emma Comery!!!
Stefanie Sloane is a double-nominated RITA finalist whose Regency Rogues series has delighted and intrigued readers. Stefanie’s resume is impressive: a former Amazon employee (she was the 30th!), a distant relation to William Wallace, spent ten adolescent years dancing (ballet, tap and jazz), and did I mention she’s Julia Quinn‘s BFF?! I also know that Stefanie loves animals–I’ve seen pictures of her dogs, read how much she loves four-legged creatures, and witness on Facebook how hard she works to help shelter animals find homes–which makes her my total favorite.
Welcome, Stefanie! We’re so glad to have you here on the blog. Readers, be sure to leave a comment to be eligible to win a copy of THE SCOUNDREL TAKES A BRIDE!
A notorious scoundrel, the right Honorable Nicholas Bourne has spent years in the East Indies amassing a fortune through questionable means. Still, his loyalty to his older brother Langdon remains true and trusted. But when Lady Sophia Southwell, the woman promised to his brother, seeks his help on a dangerous mission, he is troubled—and torn. Unable to dissuade her from her quest to find a killer, he vows to keep her safe. This makes his mission the hardest test of his wits, honor, and skill. For Sophia is the secret love of his life.
For years, Sophia has planned her daring act of revenge against her mother’s killer. She has painstakingly prepared herself by studying the criminal mind. Now she knows the moment is right and that Nicholas is the man to help her. But she doesn’t count on the reckless temptation of his rugged sensuality or the captivating intensity in his deep eyes. When desire and emotion intoxicate her as they venture together into the darkest corners of London’s underbelly, Sophia must contend with a yearning even more powerful than vengeance: love.
Five Fun Facts about THE SCOUNDREL TAKES A BRIDE:
1. I adore putting animals in my books. But when I mapped out the plots for The Saint Who Stole My Heart, The Scoundrel Takes a Bride, and The Wicked Widow Meets Her Match, I knew that the stories were structured in such a way that, well, no pets would be allowed. So I chose Petworth, a small town in Sussex, as the setting of the inciting incident as a nod to our furry friends.
2. The prologue for Scoundrel was the last scene I wrote, added during a snowstorm here in Seattle. From where I sat inside the house, I could hear my daughters playing outside—lots of giggles and high-pitched screaming. A part of me longed to be out in the snow, so I decided to set the prologue during a snowstorm in Petworth, too.
3. U2’s song, “All I Want is You” is my hero Nicholas in song form. Sexy, raw, slightly unnerving but achingly beautiful, bruised and battered but real in a way that most are not.
4. I hit replay on Ingrid Michaelson’s song “Sort Of” way too many times while working on Scoundrel. I suppose it’s Sophia’s song. Simple and straight-forward, pragmatic, unsure, but desperate to follow her heart.
5. There’s a scene in Scoundrel that opens with Sophia and Nicholas talking. My editor assumed this occurred post-coital because of where it takes place, with the va-va-va-voom happening off screen. But it’s not! I swear! See if you can find it.
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A native Northwesterner with the pale skin to prove it, Stefanie credits her parents’ eclectic reading habits—not to mention their decision to live in the middle of nowhere—for her love of books. A childhood spent lost in the pages of countless novels led Stefanie to college where she majored in English. No one was more surprised than Stefanie when she actually put her degree to use and landed a job in Amazon.com’s Books editorial department. She spent over five years reading for a living before retiring to concentrate on her own stories. Stefanie currently resides with her family in Seattle.
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