Friday, October 3, 2014

Spotlight on WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS, a MacGregor novel by Grace Burrowes + #Giveaway

WHAT A LADY NEEDS
FOR CHRISTMAS
Book 4 in the MacGregor series
by Grace Burrowes

Releasing October 7, 2014 from Sourcebooks Casablanca


Lady Joan Flynn needs a husband—any husband—if she’s not to find scandal and mischief under her Christmas tree; Scottish wool magnate Dante “Hard-hearted” Hartwell needs an aristocratic wife to gain access to the financing that will keep his wool mills secure. Can holiday magic spin an expedient match into true love, and wary differences into trust?

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EXCERPT:

Dante and Joan’s wedding night has begun with a discussion of holiday gift-giving, though neither bride nor groom can stay focused on that topic for very long…

Joan stretched out her chilly foot, and encountered Dante’s calf. His bare, warm, hairy calf, because her husband slept without the benefit—or hindrance—of clothing.

He moved onto his side, facing Joan. “What shall I get you for Christmas, Mrs. Hartwell?”

“You’ve given me your very name. That’s gift enough.” Also his trust, his respect, his kisses…so many treasures.

He rolled to his back, suggesting Joan had provided the wrong answer.

“I don’t want your gratitude, madam. Loyalty, fidelity, and a good-faith effort to make something of this marriage will be a fine bargain on both of our parts. The marriage is as much opportunity for me as it is convenient for you.”

Joan did not want a fine bargain, but she did want the warmth her husband’s body gave off. She yielded to the craving and snuggled right up to his side. His arms came around her, as if they’d spent many nights visiting their way to shared sleep.

“I kept my nightgown on.”

“I know, lass. I’ll forgive you that modesty if you kiss me.”

She kissed him, and the contour of his lips told her he was smiling. “You should kiss me too, sir. My feet are cold.”

“You need your new husband to warm them up?”

Joan needed her new husband in so many ways. “Shall I take off my nightgown?” She didn’t want to, but Dante was naked, and the intimacies she’d tried hard not to dwell on were commencing.

“You feel safer with it on,” he said, shifting to blanket her with his body. “I’ll try not to tear it.”

Gracious. “I can stitch it back together if you do.”

He nuzzled her ear, sending a shivery feeling down Joan’s spine. “Kiss me some more, Mrs. Hartwell.”

He’d been calling her that since they’d shut out the rest of the world nearly an hour previous, but his voice had taken on a rasp, and her new name had become an endearment.

Also a dare.

Joan threaded one hand in his hair and used the other to cradle his jaw, the better to know exactly where to resume kissing him.

“You shaved again.” He’d also used his toothpowder, bless him.

Dante rubbed his cheek against Joan’s in answer. The movement rubbed his chest against Joan’s too.

“I love silk,” Joan said, kissing his smooth jaw. “I think I’ll love it even more by morning.” Because silk turned every touch into a caress. Did all married women know that?

Did married men know that?          

Dante resumed kissing her, and his tongue came calling, politely at first, then more boldly, until Joan caught on and paid a few calls of her own.

“Your nightgown, woman—”

He tried to lift her hem, but the fabric was trapped under Joan’s weight. She raised her hips and encountered…her husband.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include THE HEIR, THE SOLDIER, LADY MAGGIE’S SECRET SCANDAL, LADY SOPHIE’S CHRISTMAS WISH, and LADY EVE’S INDISCRETION. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

To learn more about Grace and her books, please visit her website and feel free to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

TOUR WIDE GIVEAWAY


WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS, a MacGregor novel by Grace Burrowes, Sourcebooks Casablanca, releasing October 7, 2014 in print and ebook formats at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobobooks.
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49 comments:

Renee B said...

This cover is so beautiful, I love the pose. Makes me wants to just jump right into it. Thanks for sharing that excerpt...but now I just want to get this book and NOW!! Definitely going at the top of my list to buy when it comes out. Thanks for sharing, hope you are enjoying your week so far.

Amy Valentini said...

It is a gorgeous cover, isn't it, Renee? Grace always seems to get some of the richest most beautiful covers. I'm very excited about this one too. That excerpt definitely intrigues and wins you over. It's on my TBR list too.
Hope your week has been a good one and you have a great weekend to look forward to. Thanks for coming by. :-)

erin said...

I love that cover too!!! Ummm... I really haven't read any holiday themed romances for a loooong time. I think the last one was by Lori Wilde, one of her sugar cookie club trilogy. Thanks for sharing!

Grace Burrowes said...

Thanks, Ladies! That's another Jon Paul cover, and I have to agree he does some of the best historical romance work out there. Love the color saturation, and the romance of it, and that plaid border is the right finishing touch!

Anonymous said...

I have just started reading this book, and I am loving Dante.

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girlygirlhoosier52 said...

Sounds like a lovely plot line and it does have a beautfiful cover!

AnneH said...

I hate repeating what others have said, but that cover is marvelous! Can't wait to get into it.

hope said...

You are really coming up with wonderful covers but I am also enjoying all the great stories and books that you write. I want to say so and so is the best, I love it more than any other you wrote, then you come out with another stellar novel. I have to say you are on auto buy for me and that YES, all your holiday novels have been winners for this reader. I adore the warmth and the feelings your writing elicits as I read about the characters and their story. Thanks for another one to look forward to , TONIGHT at midnight!!! You are a writing inspiration Grace. Sometimes there are not enough words to describe how a writer makes you feel. You are that writer to me.

Rhiannon said...

I love Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower Christmas!

Tina Gilligan said...

The cover is beautiful

Gretchen said...

I don't have a favorite; I don't often re-read whole books. I do like reunion/redemption stories at Christmas time, though!

krazymama.98 said...

I love Christmas reading. And love Grace year round! So I cant lose with this one.
Merry Christmas everyone!

K Michelsen said...

Lady Sophia's Christmas Wish is my favorite :D actually, I like all the Windham girls' books are my favorite

Linda Mitchell said...

I can't wait to get this, I have all of Graces' books. She is such an interesting writer. I keep look out for her next book, Christmas or not...love your talents...

Mickey Smith said...

I love everything from Grace Burrowes - and a beautiful cover doesn't hurt!

Queen of Books Sue said...

I love holiday stories. They are the best. Thank you for giving us the readers a happy ever after.

Heather Johnson said...

So excited for this book! Grace Burrowes + Christmas story = heaven!;0)

Ellie Macdonald said...

I love holiday stories! Mary Balogh has a few out that I love. And now that Grace Burrowes has another one coming out - well, Christmas will be coming to my Kindle as soon as it's released!

Betty Hamilton said...

Lady Louisa's Christmas Knight by Grace Burrowes. However, I have a soft spot for almost all Christmas historical romances.

Diane D - Florida said...

I love all historical Christmas romances. Of course Grace, you write some of the best!! I agree with all the others about the cover, it's breath-taking. Jon Paul is amazing.

Brittany Green said...

I'm going out tomorrow to buy this! !

Brittany Green said...

I love reading holiday anthologies where each novella is a different author but all the stories are connected!

Tree Peters said...

I've never really had a favorite holiday romance read, but I can honestly tell you that right now I'm re-reading Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish. I just started it last night. I do love it.

Anonymous said...

I don't have a specific book. However I look forward to reading grace's book

catslady said...

I['m currently reading The Traitor - I love everything Grace writes. And this has such a lovely cover!!!

Lady Grace Purrington said...

I've been counting down the days, hours, now minutes! Always a treat when a new GB book arrives! What a delicious excerpt!

Lady Grace Purrington said...

Oops! Forgot to mention, my favorite last romance was The Traitor. I've loved pretty much all of Grace's books, but that one moved me deeply.

Louise Risser said...

Can't wait for the book to come out.

Peggy Wright said...

With all the reading I do it is almost impossible to pick just one winner. Sugar! It is even hard for me to pick just one author, But Grace Burrowes knows she has a complete list of books with her name on the faceplate on my kindle and I also have them in paperback copies. And I HAVE A COUPLE SIGNED COPIES. Braggin there in loud letters.

Di said...

I always enjoy a Christmas story in both historical and contemporary romances, but can't choose just one!

Dana Smith said...

My favorite read during the holidays is the First Book-The Bible. We love to sit around and have one of the children or grandchildren read the story of Jesus. It is so inspiring and such a wonderful time to spend as a family. Now my time later on before Santa comes are the good books from UNWRAPPING ROMANCE. LOL

sue lucas said...

I have read all of the books that Grace Burrowes has written! I really enjoy the holiday romance stories. Keep writing Grace!

Kimm Cooper said...

The cover is beautiful. Can't wait to read it!!

moodymolly said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book. I preorder all of Grace's books whenever possible.

Sabrina Taylor said...

Grace's book covers are always so beautiful. You always want to be the woman on the cover. This is a great giveaway.
As for my favorite Holiday romance read is that I don't really have one. I have so many books, at all times, to read, I just keep reading every second I have.

Sandy Xiong said...

I don't have a favorite holiday read since all the holiday books are good in their own way. It's definitely hard to pick.

Barbara E. said...

I always have such a hard time with "favorite" questions. I've read a lot of wonderful holiday books, but I can't choose just one as a favorite. :D

Mary Rude said...

Always preorder Grace's books. Christmas is coming early this year.

Beth T Irwin said...

I'll read ANYTHING Grace writes because I know it'll be good.

lorimeehan said...

I really don't have a favorite Christmas romance book but one that stands out is 'Twas The Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries.
Grace I love this cover. It is so beautiful.

Angela said...

My favorite holiday romance reads are the ones where the hero and heroine come together to care for a baby that's been abandoned.

-Cheers,
Angela

Booklover1335 said...

One of my favorite holiday reads is Grace's Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish

Glenda said...

I don't have a favorite, but I adore all of Grace's Windham Sisters' Christmas Novels. (OK all her novels to be honest.) :-)

librarypat said...

I don't really have one favorite holiday read. I have a box full of holiday books that I revisit and reread every year. Many are anthologies, all the better to get lots of Christmas stories in.
There is a lovely children's book that is a favorite. It is WINTER'S GIFT by Jane Monroe Donovan. A lovely picture book with the spirit a Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Love any book written by Grace Burrowes.

PhyllisC said...

I don't have one favorite. I love all Christmas stories especially historical stories. Can't wait to read this one and I love the cover.

katherine said...

I love to read Historical Romance, my favorite genre books, especially it's about Christmas time and listening christmas songs favorite in my handphone.

Sharlene said...

Hot excerpt! Can't wait to read this!

EvelynB said...

A great Christmas novel. I gave it a 5 star review!

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