Final Stop in Tessa Dare Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Book CoverTessa Dare's characters from her novel A Week to be Wicked ( A | BN | K | S )are making the rounds of the internet today, and we're the last stop on the tour with a really wonderful prize to give away.

First, if you've been following Minerva and Colin, here is the final chapter of their touring story:

From the Journal of Minerva Highwood:
“As the sun sets over the English midlands, we stride together through a deserted oatfield.  I can no longer deny that I’m falling deeply, madly in love with this prince of a man.  His wavy hair dances in the tender breeze as fading sunlight gilds the contours of his aquiline nose and—”
“Excuse me,” Minerva interrupted.  “What on earth are you doing?”
“Nothing.”  Colin shoved the journal behind his back.


“I heard you.  You’re reading aloud from my journal again. You’ve been doing this all afternoon, at hourly intervals, when you think I’m not paying attention.”  She looked around the field. “Just what are you reading aloud for, anyway?”
“Er… posterity.”
“Posterity?  Posterity is the reason we’re hurrying breakneck to Edinburgh.  Posterity is the reason I’m so eager to present my scientific findings.  Posterity is why we’re carrying the plaster cast of a prehistoric footprint in this trunk.  Posterity has nothing to do with you drawing our progress to a halt every hour to declaim from my private journal.”    She crossed her arms.  “Who are they?
Colin attempted to look baffled.  “They?  I don’t know who you could mean.”
“The women.   I know you, Colin.  You wouldn’t be bothering with this sort of show unless there were women to impress.”
He scratched the back of his neck.  “Well, there might be these bloggers…  And their readers.”
“I knew it.  I knew there had to be women.”  Minerva cupped her hands around her mouth and called loudly to all corners of the oatfield.  “I do hope these bloggers and their readers know that you’re an embellishing charlatan.  I never said a thing about your aquiline nose.”  She made a retching sound. “I certainly never wrote that I’m falling madly in love with you.”
He gave her a rakish grin.  “That might not be penned in your journal, darling.  But it’s written all over your face.”
“Of all the arrogant—”  Minerva glared at him.  Then she took the journal and gave him a sound thwap on the shoulder.
He rubbed his wounded arm, offended.  “What was that for?”


Now, that was cute. Well played, y'all. Want to read all the parts of the story? You can see all the stops on the tour at the AvonRomance blog!

So what's the prize up for grabs up in here? A $200 gift certificate to I Love Inns, which hosts a network of bed & breakfast inns all over the US, courtesy of Avon Books! 


  • One entry per person.
  • Winner will be chosen at random from the comments.
  • Your travel expenses are your responsibility beyond the scope of the gift certificate to I Love Inns. 
  • Open to individuals 18 years of age and older, US only. (My apologies to y'all outside the US).
  • Void where prohibited.
  • I'm not being compensated for this giveaway.
  • Bullet points are very sexy.

So, what do you have to do to enter? Just leave a comment telling us one place you'd love to go (or have already been!) with someone who is very special to you. I know one of the most memorable trips I've taken with Hubby was a very late night drive from Chicago to Iowa City and back, just because we could. Both of us love Iowa, just because we drove through part of it, together in the dark, and talked a lot. What about you? Where have you been, or would love to go, that's special to you?

Here's the hard part: YOU HAVE ONE HOUR. Comments will close at 5pm and I'll announce the winner shortly after 6pm EDT. Ready, set, GO! 

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  1. 1
    Sapphire16 says:

    I would like to revisit Cuba… pristine beaches, sparkling water, beautiful people!

  2. 2
    Bn100candg says:

    I enjoyed going to Paris, France with my mom and visiting all the museums and historical places as well as eating the good food.

  3. 3
    Sapphire16 says:

    And of course, will revisit with the same person the first time, my husband, my best friend in life!

  4. 4
    Mojostables says:

    I would love to go horseback riding in Ireland.  I would take DH but he would end up on the ground so its best to leave him at the golf course.

  5. 5

    I would like to go back to the isle of skye with my husband ….it was so pretty!

  6. 6
    Diane Sallans says:

    I Love to stay anywhere along the ocean – perhaps around Charleston, SC.

  7. 7
    SharonD says:

    Minerva and Colin’s banter is cute. 
    Gosh, anywhere nice and secluded would be wonderful to go to with the hubby.  Maybe a nice little house on the beach in Hawaii (or any tropical setting) away from the city and touristy places.  Just a fully stocked kitchen, a huge tub, and chairs out on the porch to watch the waves or the sunset/rise would be just wonderful. 

  8. 8
    Connie Fischer says:

    Many years ago, my husband and I visited Biltmore Castle in Asheville, NC.  It is a magnificent place and so very romantic.  The Vanderbilt family built it and it has been maintained by the state and the family since then.  The opulence of Biltmore itself along with the furnishings, gardens, vineyards, etc. are just breathtaking.  If I could, I would love to visit it again.

  9. 9
    Jenni says:

    I’ve been incredibly lucky in my travel life. My parents were very gracious, taking us on trips each year, big and small ones. I’ve been to almost every continent, to some lovely cities, and gorgeous holes off most tourist maps. But I’ve never been on a trip with a lover.

    So, cliche though it be, I’d love to return to Paris with a handsome man in tow.

  10. 10

    A cottage by the beach where we could skinny dip without reservation at night :D

  11. 11
    cyclops8 says:

    Happy Release Day to Tessa.  I would love to visit Egypt and its archaeological sites such as Abu Simbel.  Bullet points are definitely sexy.

  12. 12
    LSUReader says:

    I’d love to return to NYC with Hubby. That’s where we honeymooned *many* years ago.  I won’t tell you how many, but we did see Katharine Hepburn on Broadway!

  13. 13
    Gillian Layne says:

    Sanibel Island, FL. Gorgeous and quiet!

  14. 14
    Limecello says:

    Loved this! Hahah – for posterity indeed ;)
    I’d love to go to Tuscany – but for now… Hm. Not quite sure. Boston seems more likely and reasonable. Frankly I’d like to go anywhere for myself – and at the moment, alone sounds fabulous!

  15. 15
    Kate4queen says:

    I really enjoyed my husband’s leaving England present to me- a nights stay at The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath-a Regency lovers paradise-but this time I’d like to stay a week, with him of course :)

  16. 16
    Modokker says:

    Any place there was a nice secluded beach where hubby and i could be alone and just sit and rest or talk or whatever we wanted. If we go anywhere ever it’s to visit relatives and THAT is NOT a vacation. lol

    Lisa B

  17. 17
    Sugarless says:

    Cyprus – not with a significant other, but my best friend, who is also very special. Also may have fallen in love with a bar owner who gave me free drinks…

  18. 18
    Tabitha says:

    Hubby and I went to a town called Eureka Springs in Arkansas. And we stayed in a little cottage. It was so beautiful!

  19. 19
    Emily says:

    My husband and I never really get away, especially without the kids, so I’ll pick someplace simple and relatively close to us – New Hope, PA/Lambertville, NJ where we had our first date.

  20. 20
    suzybrown says:

    I’d like to go to New York City with my best friend & lover.  this May will be 20 years together!

  21. 21
    Lisa D. says:

    I really would love to go back to Italy with my husband. We stayed in the greatest, out of the way B&B in Venice…

  22. 22
    Tina Chaney says:

    I don’t know if this comment will even count, since I didn’t know this post was here until a couple of minutes ago, but I would love to visit Toronto with my husband.  We were going to make a road trip of it last year for our anniversary and even loop around to see Niagra Falls on the way back but things have gotten really tight financially and we couldn’t do it.  Looks like it won’t be possible this year, either.  Maybe next year :)

  23. 23

    one place you’d love to go (or have already been!) with someone who is very special to you…
    i would love to go to some hot tropical beachy place {like aruba} with a special someone [as yet undetermined!] 
    maybe i’ll have to take up writing and fill in those gaps ;))

    have loved this tour and creativity of the 1 hr stops… TY!

  24. 24
    Julia says:

    I would love to visit Charleston

  25. 25
    Vicki says:

    We went to Cambria one year for our wedding anniversary. It was beautiful. We did wine tasting and art galleries and beaches. It was great.

  26. 26
    jennifer mathis says:

    i would love to go to northern wisconsin just because i have always wanted to see it or Montana would be cool too :)

    meandi09 @

  27. 27
    PIrate Trisha says:

    I’d love to go back to St. Petersburg Russia-to see what had changed and bring my son with me on the adventure so he could understand how awesome it is to explore a new country

  28. 28
    Mary Doherty says:

    My husband and I would so love to go to Alaska. See the wilderness. I sure hope one day we can go.

  29. 29
    JessiG says:

    I’d love to take a trip with my mom to Maine. She’s taken me on so many adventures, it would be fun to return the favor!

  30. 30
    PhyllisLaatsch says:

    Oh wow! I love the rocky California coastline. One of these days, my husband and I might even get to visit there without taking all the kids along. :) And I LOVE this book (and the, um, “excerpt”). I’m almost done – I live in CA and nook let me download it on eastern time, so I read most of it last night. YAY!

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