Wednesday, February 12, 2014

GUEST LAUNCH PARTY + GIVEAWAY: Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels



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/.

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38 comments:

  1. Congrats on your release, Elizabeth! Sounds like a fantastic book, looking forward to reading it! I would bring along more Dukes so that we can all party ;)

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

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    1. The more Dukes, the better, Ada! Thanks for the congrats!

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  2. I'd bring a cheesecake for dessert, and a bottle of bubbly. This sounds like a fun read. Thanks. Bonnie
    bonnieblue at wowway dot com

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    2. Yum! Those are 2 of my favorite things, Bonnie! Thanks for coming to the party!

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  3. Hi Elizabeth. Congrats on your release! Sounds wonderful. I love the cover. I would bring salsa and tortilla chips.

    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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    1. Sounds like a fun party, Crystal! Thanks for the congrats! :)

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  5. Here's a toast to the new book :) I will bring some juice to mix with the bubbly or St. Germain, which goes with bubbly quite well.

    jeninquincy@gmail.com

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    1. Let's pop open a bottle and mix in some juice, Jen! What a great party! :)

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  6. Congrats on the release. Is anyone bringing fruit? I love fruit :-)

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    1. Thanks, Shana! Fruit sounds great...just no cantaloupe for me. I'm a berry sort of girl. ;)

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  7. Congratulations on your beautiful books Elizabeth! And you'll be back for more next month with your next release. Way to go!!

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    1. Thanks for the congrats, Gina! It's an exciting 2 months for sure! :)

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  8. Congratulations on the new book. I usually prefer my cucumbers in a salad. How about if I contribute the appetizer such as stuffed mushrooms.
    penfield716(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. *Nom nom nom* The food at this party is delicious! Thanks for the congrats, Kim! :)

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  9. Happy release! Chocolate cake

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks! No party is complete without chocolate! :)

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  10. Congratulations! I love debut books and yours sounds wonderful - love the cover too. I'll bring my shrimp dip and maybe a carbernet too!

    catslady5(at)aol.com

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    1. Thanks for the congratulations! ...shrimp dip sounds sooooo good right now! *clinks mimosa glass with your cabernet glass*

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  11. Congratulations, Elizabeth! I'll be bringing chocolate mousse and more champagne. (Must have plenty of champagne!)
    mochfly (at) swbell (dot) net

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    1. There's no such thing as too much champagne! Thanks for the congratulations! :)

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  12. Congrats on your debut Elizabeth!
    I'd bring something chocolate and strawberries, to go with all that champagne. :D
    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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    1. Thanks, Barbara! I love strawberries! Welcome to the party!

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  13. Congrats on the new release, I can't wait to read it. I love your covers, they are beautiful. I would bring some music and a King Cake to your party.

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    1. Thank you, Sheryl! I love my covers too! They're so pretty with the jewel tones. *sighs* Thanks for bringing some music to the party! I'm feeling the need to dance! :)

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  14. Congrats on the release! I tend to like soda so I usually bring my own since I tend to drink the fruity ones like orange or pineapple. I like munching on snacks so I also bring chips or honey roasted nuts or something like that. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Thanks for the congrats! And every party needs chips! Welcome to the party! :)

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  15. I'd bring the south with me, with sweet tea and pecan pie :-)

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. As a (currently snowed in) Southerner, I appreciate this, Chelsea! And I looooooove pecan pie! Yuuuum!

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  16. Congratulations on the release! Sounds like a fun party. My contribution would be a giant pail of ice cream (because what celebration wouldn't be complete without ice cream?) and a camera to capture the memorable occasion! :)

    thebigbluewall77 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I'm so glad you remembered a camera! *selfies with Anita* Thanks for the congrats and welcome to the party!

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  17. Congrats on the release! It looks like there is a good selection of dessert, appetizers, nibbles, and tipples. So I'd bring my version of a Coulibiac - salmon, spinach, sliced hard boiled eggs, fried mushrooms, drizzled over with cream, and enclosed in a flaky puff pastry.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  18. Ooohhh...almost forgot the rice layer underneath the fish.*gets a fresh piece of puff pastry and repeats recipe with the addition*

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    1. Lil, anything involving puff pastry and drizzled with cream is good in my book! Welcome to the party and thanks for the congrats!

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  19. Oh my goodness this sounds like a smashing good book! On my must have list. :) I thought these bakery delights and treats would help add to the festivities. Eat up!
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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  20. Thanks to everyone who joined in Elizabeth's party! Our winners are

    Kim
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    Anita H

    I'll be emailing you both shortly!

    Happy VDay!
    Danielle

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  21. Yay, I'm so happy to be a winner! :-)

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