Please give a warm welcome to debut author Elizabeth Michels! Her regency romance novel, MUST LOVE DUKES, hits stores this month and she’s here to celebrate!
I’m so happy to be here today to celebrate the release of my very first book, Must Love Dukes! And what a fabulous place to get together, here with such amazing authors!
*pops the cork on the champagne* Who wants a mimosa? Let’s get this party started!
I like any occasion where the party lasts a month. I celebrate my birthday the entire month of September after all. So, the release of my debut novel should get no less than that. Hang on, let me set off this confetti cannon.
That’s better. Now, where was I? Oh, right…my book. Here are a few fun facts about Must Love Dukes. But first, let’s put on our party hats!
*adjusts hat and refills mimosas*
Must Love Dukes begins with a chase, a few too many drinks, a wild night and a theft. Although, I’d like to pretend this was inspired by real life, the only thing I’ve ever stolen is a traffic cone. Come to think of it, that did happen after a few too many drinks and it was a wild night with friends, but not the sort of wild night that happened between Devon and Lily. *grins*
At one point in the story there is an extended conversation about cucumber sandwiches. When I was 12, my mom hosted a bridal tea for my cousin and she created her own recipe for cucumber sandwiches. Everyone complimented her on the sandwiches…nothing could sound more disgusting to me. Seriously. How do people eat such things? I never tried the cucumber sandwiches that day and neither do any of the characters of Must Love Dukes.
When I started writing Must Love Dukes, it was supposed to be a stand-alone book. But people kept walking into scenes and taking over my simple little plot. Now, it’s the first of a potentially long series called Tricks of the Ton.
The character of Holden Ellis, Lord Steelings is the result of a dare on the part of my husband. He dared me to name a character “Holden Steel.” I rolled my eyes then compromised a bit, but I still claim that I took that dare.
Devon aka The Mad Duke of Thornwood is from the North Yorkshire Moors because it’s a wild terrain often covered with fog which gives it a mysterious appeal. But, I also chose this location for his ancestral home because it’s where I spent my summers when I was in college and I love everything about that area.
Lily is a straight-laced, prim miss who straightens up her victim’s home on her way out the door after stealing from him. She would find all this confetti appalling. I hope someone around here has a broom.
Thank you for celebrating the release of Must Love Dukes with me! *twirls with happiness* I hope we can party together again soon!
A BIG Congrats to Elizabeth on her debut novel’s release! To enter to win 1 of 2 copies of Must Love Dukes, leave a message in the comment about what you’d bring to the party to celebrate! Open to US and Canada only, and be sure to leave an email address so you can be easily contacted if you win. 2 random winners will be chosen on Valentine’s Day, 2/14!
MUST LOVE DUKES BY ELIZABETH MICHELS – IN STORES FEBRUARY 2014
The Mad Duke leaned in closer, his lips gently brushing her ear, and whispered, "I dare you."
She Can't Resist the Dare…
Lillian Phillips could not imagine how her quiet, simple life had come to this. Blackmailed by the Mad Duke of Thornwood into accepting one wild dare after another...all because of a pocket watch. Desperate to recover her beloved father's pawned timepiece, Lily did something reckless and dangerous and delicious—something that led to a night she'd never forget.
He has a Reputation for Scandal…
When Devon Grey, Duke of Thornwood, runs into a mesmerizing, intoxicating, thieving woman who literally stole from his bedchamber—with his new pocket watch—Devon plots his revenge. If the daring wench likes to play games, he's happy to oblige. After all, what's the ruse of being the Mad Duke if you can't have some fun? But the last laugh might just be on him...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elizabeth Michels grew up on a Christmas tree farm in rural South Carolina. After tip-toeing her way through school with her focus on ballet steps and her nose in a book, she met a boy and followed him a thousand miles away from home to Kansas City, Missouri, before settling down in North Carolina. She attended Park University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Interior Design. Elizabeth is a lover of happily-ever-afters; she invites you to read her stories, get lost, and enjoy. For more information, please visit http://www.elizabethmichels.com/ and http://www.badgirlzwrite.com/.
To Purchase Must Love Dukes: