If you're in the US, and you watch The Bachelor, tonight's episode will feature a familiar name: the women on the show “will be posing with bachelor Sean. The contestant who shows the most spontaneity, flair and chemistry with Sean will win a 3-book cover-model contract with Harlequin.”
You can see some behind-the-scenes pics at the ABC website. It looks like they chose a perfect location for Harlequin Presents-esque photos. Those backdrops look oddly familiar. I'll be curious to see if any of the pictures are used in future books.
Also: if no one is wearing a hot pink gladiator toga, I will be VERY disappointed.
And now – books on sale!
How to Deceive a Duke is $1.99 digitally.
When her stubborn sister runs off the night before her arranged marriage, Meg Lynton hardly hesitates before donning the wedding veil and walking down the aisle herself. It's the only way to save her family from sure destitution. By the time her wealthy groom discovers he has married the wrong sister, it will be too late to annul their vows. And too late for Meg to escape her wifely duty to a man reputed to be a devil in battle and the bedroom . . .
A bride is the last thing Nicholas Hartley, Duke of Temberlay, wants. Then he sees Meg and realizes that his wedding night will be a great pleasure indeed. But aside from the agreeable business of begetting an heir, Temberlay will never change his wicked ways for a wedding vow—until he discovers Meg's deception, and decides to teach the scheming beauty how to be a proper duchess, kiss by devastating kiss . . .
Lecia Cornwall's first book, Secrets of a Proper Countess, is 50% off at $3.99. Also: I typoed “Seacrest of a Proper Countess,” which was completely amusing to me for a full minute.
Lady Isobel Maitland cannot afford to be caught doing anything even remotely scandalous, or she risks losing everything she holds dear. But one night, in a dark garden at a masquerade ball, Isobel gives in to temptation and lets an innocent flirtation with the notorious Marquess of Blackwood turn into passion.
The Marquess is no stranger to seduction or intrigue, and his rake's reputation disguises a deadly mission. When his mystery lover flees before he can learn her name, he knows he must find her. But all clues lead toward the prim and dowdy Isobel Maitland. It appears the lady has secrets of her own, secrets that Blackwood would dearly love to uncover . . .
I'm going to guess that one of the things a duke might want would be buttons for his shirt. Or maybe a bit of velcro. Or a scarf. Anyway. This book is on sale for $1.99 digitally and has some strong reviews.
Running from a dark secret past, Isabella Masters craves peace and stability, a life far from the prying eyes of society. She does not dream of landing a lord. But in the arms of a stranger with magnificent eyes, she loses herself in one breath-stealing kiss— only to discover she has been misled by a reluctant Duke.
Angered but enthralled, she dares not submit . . . though her passionate heart begs her to. He cannot wed her . . . but he must not lose her.
Only one possibility remains— one too scandalous to consider . . . yet too tempting to resist.