Monday, February 17, 2014

Aloha to Shana Galen and SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL'S BEST FRIEND



An Interview with The Darling of the Ton
By Shana Galen

Thanks for inviting me back to SOS Aloha, Kim. I’m really excited to introduce readers to my new book, Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend, and my new hero, Andrew Boothe-Payne, the Earl of Darlington. Here’s a short interview with Lord Darlington where we discuss everything from opera to gymnastics.

Shana: Lord Darlington, can you tell the readers a bit about yourself?

Darlington: Of course, I’m amiable, witty, and charming. That’s why I’m called the Darling of the Ton. It’s no surprise you wanted to write about me. When did you know you wanted me to be the hero of Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend?

Shana: I think it was the first time you walked onto the page in When You Give a Duke a Diamond. I just knew there was more to you.

Darlington: Let’s revisit that introduction.

She slowed her conveyance, hesitating slightly when she noted one of the gentlemen was the Earl of Darlington, known as the “Darling of the Ton” because of his good looks and affable personality. He had been pursuing her for the last six months, and though she had made it clear in every way she knew how that his attentions would not come to fruition, he had not given up the chase.

Shana: I believe that was Juliette’s point of view. If I’m not mistaken, you were quite in love with her.

Darlington: That introduction was not exactly what I had thought. I will admit I had a minor infatuation with Juliette until she married that lout the Duke of Pelham. But let us speak of something else. Perhaps more about my good looks?

Shana: In Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend, Lily does seem rather affected by your tight breeches.

Darlington: But of course she is. Let’s share that excerpt.

Shana: Lord Darlington, I am conducting this interview, not you. I know in When You Give a Duke a Diamond, you suffered the loss of your mother. How are you coping?

Darlington: I’m fine. It’s my father that is most vexing. The man has been going about Town chasing every light skirt he sees.

Shana: Including Lily, the Countess of Charm?

Darlington: Yes. I thought she had better taste than that.

Shana: Interesting. She has often commented on your poor taste and your preference for opera singers.

Darlington: I enjoy music.

Shana: Of course you do. And what of acrobatics? I seem to recall that you made a promise to stand on your head in When You Give a Duke a Diamond. Do you finally fulfill that promise in Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend?

Darlington: I am certain I have no idea what you mean. If I did make good on such a promise, I certainly cannot give you details. I don’t kiss and tell.
Shana: Kissing? So you admit you have given up for infatuation for Juliette and have fallen for Lily?

Darlington: Not at all. I am simply trying to protect my father from someone after his money and title. If I have been spending more time with Lily lately, it is only because she has so many intriguing secrets. I intend to discover them all.

Shana: Good luck with that, Lord Darlington. Here’s a short excerpt from Lily and Andrew’s first meeting in Sapphire Are an Earl’s Best Friend.

A commotion erupted in the vestibule, near the door where Andrew had stationed himself. The butler, who had been announcing the guests, stepped away and returned a moment later with a woman who could only be described as delicious.

Andrew’s gaze traveled from her tiny waist to her rounded breasts to the pale, porcelain skin of her cheek. Ruby earrings dangled from small shell-shaped ears, reflecting light on the curved slope of a delicate neck. Green eyes flashed at him, and a sensual mouth smiled. He felt his blood warm and begin to pump faster as she gave him a saucy wink.

“The Countess of Charm!” the butler announced, and the drone of voices rose again.

Andrew shook his head. Lily? That was Lily? He watched her glide through the ballroom, seemingly unaware of the attention she created. No wonder there had been a dispute when she’d arrived. Not only was she a notorious courtesan, but she had reportedly caught the attention of—who else?—the Duke of Ravenscroft. Otherwise known as Andrew’s father.

And that was why Andrew was here. He’d wanted no part of London and had been about to return home when he’d heard the rumors—the Duke of Ravenscroft intended to seduce the Countess of Charm and then make her his wife. For the woman who, it was rumored, had ruined the Prince of Wales for other women, no enticement but that of the title of duchess might tempt her into the old duke’s bed. And here she was, probably hoping to lay her claim to that title.

Andrew would make certain she did not.

© Shana Galen, 2014

To learn more about the Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend preorder gift, check out Shana Galen’s Facebook Page for more information at this link.  Send your proof of preorder before February 28th!




Follow along on the Jewels of the Ton Pre-Publication Tour—with chances to win books and jewelry at each stop! 

2/17 Cocktails and Books – Diamond

2/18 SOS Aloha – Amethyst

2/19 Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance – Citrine

2/20 Romance Bandits – Rose Quartz

2/21 Reading Between the Wines – Ruby

2/24 Ramblings From This Chick – Pink Sapphire

2/25 Stich-Read-Cook – Garnet

2/26 Dashing Duchesses – Blue Topaz

2/27 Romancing the Book – Smoky Quartz

2/28 Books-N-Kisses – Sapphire

SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND BY SHANA GALEN – IN STORES MARCH 2014

She Wants Him...She Wants Him Not...

Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm by the Prince Regent himself, plays the role of the courtesan flawlessly while her real purpose is spying in the service of the Crown. Her mission now is to seduce a duke to test his true loyalties. She'll do it, even though the man she really wants is Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington—the duke's son.

Andrew is furious when he finds himself rivaling his father for Lily's attention. When he uncovers Lily's mission, Andrew is faced with impossible choices. It seems he is destined to betray either his family, his country, or the longings of his own heart...


Early Praise for Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend:

“One of Galen’s most adventurous tales yet. This wild ride of a spy thriller sparkles with banter and radiates passion.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick of the Month

“The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Courage, honor and strength are the qualities which will continue to bring you back to Galen’s series and keep you in anticipation of what’s next. Order early and happy reading!” —Gourmande Girl 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shana Galen is the national bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married to a man she calls Ultimate Sportsfan and has a daughter, Princess Galen, who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at shanagalen.com, download her free author app for exclusive content and first looks, or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

Amethyst Pendant

Mahalo, Shana, for joining us today!  I am looking forward to SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL'S BEST FRIEND!   Here at SOS Aloha, Amethyst is our best friend!   Sourcebooks is giving away an Amethyst pendant plus the first two books in the series:

WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND (link)

IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY (link)  

When You Give a Duke a DiamondIf You Give a Rake a Ruby

To enter the giveaway,


1.  Leave a comment about the February's birthstone - the amethyst ... I'll give you a hint from the American Gem Society (link):

Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also is said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty.

2.  Sourcebooks' giveaway is open to readers in the US and Canada.  

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, February 22, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 23.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

File:Amethyst. Magaliesburg, South Africa.jpg
Amethyst by JJ Harrison (link)
Creative Commons Attribution (link)

80 comments:

  1. I have read When You Give A Duke A Diamond and will definitely be reading all the books. I really enjoyed it. I have read quite a few of Shana's books and have never been disappointed. Thanks or the post.I read where the wearers of the Amethyst are clear headed and quick witted.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  2. Love her books. A person who wears it is quick witted and clear headed

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  3. Love Shana's books. The Amethyst is an excellent gem for us in crystal healing.

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  4. So ready to read this one by Galen!!! I love the amethyst in the non-necklace form shown!

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  5. Waving to Shana...loved To Give a Rake a Ruby, and would love to read about sapphires. The amethyst is a stone I keep around my home office because myths say " it can control evil thoughts, quicken intelligence, make a shrewd (wo)man in business, preserve soldiers from battle wounds (I am Mom of a veteran), aid the warrior to victory, help the hunter in search of his game."
    Nancy Lee Badger

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    1. That's really interesting, Nancy. I didn't know that about amethysts.

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  6. Darlington, why did it take you six months (and three books) to figure out that Lily was the one for you?
    She's always loved you.
    Shana-Lily and Darlington's story is my favorite in this series. It's fabulous!

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    1. Darlington is a little slow at times, Sue! Thank you for the compliment :-)

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  7. Amethyst is found in Brazil and Africa. Amethyst is the birthstone for February. Love the purple color.

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  8. My grandmother was born in February and loved her birthstone. It was her signature colour.. She always looked good in purple or mauve or lilac.. I and follow in her footsteps.. My signature colour too, although I was born in March and my stone is Aquamarine.. I look good in that colour too...

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    1. Purple is my favorite color, Kathleen! I love to wear amethysts.

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  9. Cannot wait to read this book.

    If heated, amethyst turns yellow-orange, yellow-brown, or dark brownish, and thus resembles the quartz variety citrine. (Just not sure who would want to heat one up.)

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    1. I didn't know that. Interesting!

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    2. I know, I thought that was an interesting fact.

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  10. The color is beautiful! Purple is the color for royalty! I just can't wait for this book to be release...less than a month away. I feel like I should have a countdown timer now.

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  11. Love your books. :)

    My daughter loves this colour.

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  12. You know how much I love your books Shana. I'm really looking forward to reading "Sapphires Are An Earl's Best Friend".

    I didn't know that English regalia were decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty. Amethysts are beautiful, and I think it is one of the loveliest jewels used to adorn jewelery.

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    1. Hey Diane! I didn't know that either. Interesting things we're learning today.

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  13. Three of my four children have February birthdays. I am very familiar with the beautiful purple gemstone.

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  14. I can't wait for Sapphires Are An Earl's Best Friend! Have loved the this series so far. I love your work Ms. Galen!

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  15. There's no February birthdays in our family now so I didn't know anything other than the beautiful color - thanks. And I have to say how much I enjoy Shana's books!!

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  16. Congrats to Shana on her newest release! I'm getting ready to start this series and as I've loved all her previous books, I know I'll enjoy them :) I do enjoy amethysts. I like any jewel with color! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Tho Sapphires are my birthstone and I do love them, I've always loved Amethysts too. I've always favored blues & pinks and purples are right in there. As soon as I saw the Gem concept for Shana's series I thought it was perfect - there is so much warmth and passion to the colored gem stones - just like Shana's stories.

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  18. Great interview! That guy is hilarious. haha

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  19. Amethyst is a gemstone often worn by healers, as it has the power to focus energy. I love the color of amethyst; so perfect. I cannot wait to read Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend

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    1. Thanks, Nova. I do love to wear amethysts. Maybe I should put one on the next time I have a cold.

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  20. I have already pre-ordered SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL'S BEST FRIEND, so I will be up at midnight to enjoy it. Interesting link on Amethyst. Did learn they are not in my backyard. Geez, that would of been nice. Loved this interview. Can't wait until the book is out to read.

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    1. Too bad they aren't in your backyard, Debbie. Mine either. Did you send proof you pre-ordered and get your gift?

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  21. Yay for amethysts. It is my birthstone and I am wearing one now. It's also great for those of us who are LSU fans (purple and gold.)

    I'm looking forward to Shana's newest. Thanks for the post, especially the excerpt.

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    1. Cool! If you win the necklace, it will match!

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  22. I think we could all use some help being clear-headed and quick-witted! Purple is one of my favorite colors.

    Loved reading the excerpt. Thanks!

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  23. Congratulations on this series. The stone may help the wearer be quick-witted, but it's a nice color, too.

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    1. Thanks, Kim. I need to wear it more to be quick-witted.

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  24. Interesting info about the birthstone

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  25. Amethyst is my favorite gem and my daughter's birthstone. I much prefer it to my birthstone, which is aquamarine.

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    1. I prefer it to mine too, Karen. Mine is also aquamarine!

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  26. Purple is such a royal color. My fave gem is the Peridot as that is my birthstone. It's usually not a popular one though.
    I love your books and am looking forward to reading this one soon.
    Lori

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    1. Peridot is super pretty. I don't know why it's not more popular.

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  27. I can't wait for the book!! Tweeted and shared.

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  28. I have always liked amethysts.

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  29. Amethyst is my birthstone as well as that of my daughter. I wish I could say that I planned her birth so that I could give her all my wonderful amethyst jewelry, but I'm not that organized. :-) Honestly, my favorite form of Amethyst is the uncut crystals. :-)

    I'm not so sure Lord Darling deserves Lily.... Loved the interview!

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    1. Oh, he doesn't deserve her, Glenda! I'll tell him you said so :-)

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  30. I've loved this series so far and cannot wait to read Lily's story!

    I don't know a lot about amethyst except that I think the color is beautiful.

    Marcy Shuler

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  31. I love Amethyst because it's my birthstone.

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  32. Beautiful! I am such a fan of the color.

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  33. I don't know much about gemstones, but wow, it sure is pretty. Love the purple.

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  34. Congratulations Shana for the release of your new book! I love your books very much, I love the romance of the Regency period! This gem pendant is gorgeous, love the color purple.

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    1. Thank you, Nicole. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  35. Congrats on the new book, Shana! Love your interview with Darlington, can't wait to see how he will fall for Lily. :-) Can't say I know too much about the amethyst except that it's sure a beautiful color.

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    1. And what more do you need to know, Anita? :-) Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!

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  36. Amethyst is one of my favorite gemstones. Considering their purported powers, it looks like I need to wear them more often!

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    1. I feel the same way. I had no idea it had so many good qualities.

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  37. Amethyst is a purple colored quartz.

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  38. I love the pretty color of the Amethyst but I don't know much about it. It's not my birth stone but it's got a pretty color and name :) I'm looking forward to the final Jewels of the Ton book!!

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    1. Ada, I learned a lot about it just from this blog. I just knew I thought it was pretty!

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  39. I've always wanted to meet someone with amethyst color eyes. My sister has amethyst specs in her eyes. I've always thought it is so cool.

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