Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Winter Wedding Launch Party and Giveaway!!

by Amanda Forester

I am excited to announce the release of the third and final book in the Marriage Mart - A Love For All Seasons trilogy, A Winter Wedding! Penelope Rose and the Duke of Marchford have been waiting, their attraction sizzling through the first two books of the series, and now it is finally their turn to step onto center stage.

Miss Penelope Rose, the notorious Madame X, exclusive matchmaker to London's elite, has made a modest fortune creating love matches for everyone but herself. Her toughest client yet, the Duke of Marchford, has commissioned her to find him a bride, but he is more interested in tracking down a spy than in interviewing potential mates. Marchford is willing to do anything to find that spy, including announcing an impromptu engagement to force Penelope to stay close and help him catch the traitor. When Penelope refuses to play along, Marchford takes to wooing her to stay, including embracing that most perilous of holidays--Christmas! As Penelope and Marchford work together to uncover a deadly plot, they find falling in love is the most dangerous adventure of all.

I am thrilled that Winter Wedding has received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly. Now all three of the books in the trilogy have received Starred Reviews!!

"Forester's third wedding-themed Regency-era novel (after A Midsummer Bride) is pure ambrosia. James Lockton, the Duke of Marchford and an accomplished spy, dreads the prospect of contending with giggling maids and conniving mothers in the upcoming debutante season. He would rather settle for a sensible marriage to his grandmother’s companion, Miss Penelope Rose, and get it all over with as quickly as possible. Despite her unsettling attraction to Marchford, Pen declines his proposal, yearning for a marriage born of love rather than convenience. As it happens, she and the duke’s grandmother operate a secret matchmaker service, and she unenthusiastically agrees to help Marchford find a bride. Alongside the duo’s tender game of cat-and-mouse there are delicious distractions such as murder, international intrigue, and, of course, Christmas—a holiday whose customs Marchford ham-handedly adopts in order to woo the strong-willed and adorable Pen. Readers will delight in one of Forester’s happiest offerings to date."

I hope you will enjoy reading more about Penelope and Marchford, in A Winter Wedding now available. To get you started in the series, the first book in the trilogy, Wedding in Springtime is being offered FREE for a limited time, and Midsummer Bride is currently only $1.99. I love to hear from readers so come visit me at my website, facebook, or twitter.

What do you think of matchmakers? Have you ever used a modern day version such as an online dating website? Why or why not? Comment for a chance at winning a copy of A Winter Wedding!

21 comments:

  1. Hearing "Matchmaker" makes me think of "Fiddler on the Roof." That musical and a few romance books complete my full (and quite small) range of knowledge on matchmakers. Congrats on your new release.

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    1. I confess I also think, "matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match!"

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  2. Congrats on the new release, Amanda! It looks amazing.

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    1. Thanks! And congrats on your new release too! It looks fabulous!

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  3. It sounds great! I have never had anything to do with matchmaking except to try it on others. :)

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    1. Ah, a woman after Penelope's heart! Any success?

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    2. Actually, yes! My brother and his wife were a success. :)

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  4. being married for 17 years I will have to say, no I have not used a match making site BUT I will tell you I met my husband on the internet BEFORE the internet was big. It was called a BBS and his brother "hooked" us up. He lived in Alabama while I lived in Michigan.

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    1. Trend setter! Look what you started on Internet matchmaking sites. Congratulations on 17 years!

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  5. I know of one family that both their daughter and son did online dating. The daughter's was a disaster - she was ready to marry the guy and had started making plans but luckily a friend researched his background and he turned out to be a pedophile but posed as a very religious guy! I can't believe her brother tried after that but he is currently engaged and she seems to be a perfect match so I guess the question is do you feel lucky lol.

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    1. Yikes! It pays to do a little research on your true love before you say "I do"! A belief shared by Penelope as well! Hope the brother has better luck!

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  6. congrats Amanda on the new release!!! I haven't ever used a matchmaker or service but I'm pretty tempted :) Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Haven't used one; not really interested

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  8. Never thought much about it myself. I mean if it works for some people, that's great, but I am not interested in them myself. Congrats on the new book!

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  9. I've never used an online dating site. I've thought about it and know a few people who have successfully used them, but I'm just too nervous to try it. I think I'd prefer an old fashioned matchmaker, who might actually know something about the person they were matching me up with. :D

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  10. Congrats on the new release, Amanda!

    I've never used a matchmaking site because I don't think it's right for me. I'd rather meet someone through friends or work and cultivate a relationship that way rather than meet a stranger.

    thebigbluewall77 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  11. Congrats on your new book. Sounds great. Love the cover. Never used a match maker. I guess if a friend or family member knew someone, it might be ok but it is scary to me the other ways.
    Crystal816[at]Hotmail[dot]com

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