Friday, February 19, 2010

Countess of Scandal Blog Tour Review & Giveaway

About The Book

As children, Eliza Blacknall and William Denton ran wild over the fields of southern Ireland and swore they would be friends forever. Then fate took Will away to England, while Eliza stayed behind to become a proper Irish countess.
Years later, Will finally makes his way home-as an English soldier sent to crush the Irish uprising. When he spies the lovely Eliza, he is captivated by the passionate woman she has become. But Eliza's passions have led her to join the Irish rebel cause, and Will and Eliza now find themselves on opposite sides of a dangerous conflict.
When Ireland explodes in bloody rebellion, Will's regiment is ordered to the front lines, and he is forced to choose between his duty to the English king and his love for Eliza and their Irish homeland.

My Thoughts
I truly enjoyed this book. I found that I was hooked from the very beginning. With some of the previous romance novels that I have read I found the plot to be a little dry as well as the characters, with Countess of Scandal, it was the complete opposite, the plot was intriguing and the characters were well developed. Laurel McKee, also focused on a theme that was very prevalent in Ireland, many choose to side with the English in time of war, turning on their friends, family and those they loved. This story sheds light on that subject as well as offering readers a steamy romance. I cannot wait to read the forthcoming books in the Daughters of Erin Trilogy. For those who enjoy historical romance novels this is the book for you.

Publish Date: 2/1/2010
Price: $6.99/$8.99
ISBN: 9780446544788
Pages: 368

Here's Five Fun Facts about the book

1) When I was a teenager, my friends were mostly fan-girls for movie stars and rock musicians. Not me. I was a geeky history fan-girl for people like Madame de Pompadour, Marie Antoinette, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth I. (I had one friend who inexplicably liked Mary Queen of Scots! Despite the odds, we are still friends.) This made me a weird 14-year-old but has given me endless inspiration for stories. For Countess of Scandal, I looked at women like Mary Ann McCracken, Emily the Duchess of Leinster, and Margaret King.

2) As well as being a historical fan-girl, I’m a bona fide girly-girl, with secret guilty pleasures like Hello Kitty, bright pink shoes, and MAC lipgloss. That means I spend huge amounts of time researching my heroines’ wardrobes.

3) I had an inkling for the beginning of a story that would grow into Countess of Scandal years ago on a tour of the grand house Castletown outside of Dublin. Castletown was once owned by Lady Louisa Conolly, one of the famous Lennox sisters, and the home is stunningly gorgeous. The tour guide provided lots of information about the lives of the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy and what they faced in 1798. It just took me a while to meet the characters to fill the story!

4) I have no sisters and always sort of wanted one. I even made my poor little brother have tea parties with me when we were kids. Maybe that’s why I love writing connected stories about sisters.

5) I always create characters collages when I start a new book. This usually entails copious amounts of time online looking at photos of hunky actors. Very hard work, but I’m willing to make the sacrifice for my book! For Countess of Scandal, I was inspired by Rupert Friend in uniform in Pride and Prejudice, and I pictured Eliza as looking something like Rachel Weisz. (I also create soundtracks for books! Lots of Chieftains and the Young Dubliners for this book…)

About the Author

Laurel McKee lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a Pug, and a bossy miniature poodle, and loves dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network-even though she doesn't cook.

Would you like to win a copy? I have 5 to giveaway thanks to Hachette Book Group,
To enter please leave your name and a valid email address.
Contest Starts February 19
I will select the winners on March 19


misskallie2000 said...

Would love to win Countess of Scandal. This book is more than just a romance and I love a combination of suspense, love, and longing in my books. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Anonymous said...

please count me in...thanks.


flchen1 said...

Very fun! Please include me! And thank you for the review!

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rubynreba said...

Enjoyed your review. I'd love to read this.

chey said...

This book sounds great!

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Rheanna said...

I am a historical fiction junkie and would absolutely Love to win a copy of Countess of Scandal! Also I grew up idolizing famous women in history and yes, since I'm scottish I was an ardent Mary Queen of Scots advocate! Heres my email:


limecello said...

Oooo your review definitely makes me want to get my hands on this book! I've been hearing about it - love the friends to lovers angle. Cute fun facts too :D

Thanks for having the giveaway!

mariska said...

is the giveaway open internationally ?
if yes, please count me in ! i love to win this.

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Renee said...

This contest is open to resident of the US and Canada. Sorry I forgot to mention it.

Maureen said...

I would love to win a copy.

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Bethie said...

This looks like a fun read. Please count me in.

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Jaime said...

would love a copy
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Marjorie said...

I would love to win a copy of this exciting book.

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nightdweller20 said...

I love historical fiction and this would make a great addition to my bookshelf. I love the cover as well.

Thanks for the review!

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bison61 said...

I would love to win this book

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etirv said...

I would like to be entered, love historical romances! I am a follower!


couponmom said...

I loved your review and was happy to read that you were hooked from the start of the book. This makes me want to read the book all the more.

Karin said...

Count me in! Thanks!

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Toystory said...

These are the types of books I get "lost" in finding that my Irish heritage kicks up a notch. 1prizewinner(at)gmail(dot)com

edmontonjb said...

This looks good.

Shawn said...

Would love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!