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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Book Tour & Review: Treasuring Theresa by Susana Ellis



NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of Treasuring Theresa in return for my honest review. This does not in any way reflect upon my review. All thoughts/opinions of this novel are 100% my own.

At the betrothal ball of the man she had expected to marry herself, Lady Theresa latches on to Damian Ashby, hoping to divert attention from her own humiliating situation. Of course, she's not seriously interested because he's a useless London fribble, in her opinion. He is not favorably impressed with her either.

Still, she's the daughter of an earl, and he's the heir to her father's title and estate, so they are destined to spend more time in each other's company…sooner rather than later. And who knew that the two of them would develop an unlikely attraction to one another?

But can a London swell and a country lady ever make their diverse lives and interests work together?
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Book Excerpt: 
The dancing had already begun when they arrived. Damian stayed close at Theresa’s side, his arm lightly around her so that his fingers pressed into the small of her back, while she introduced him to her friends and acquaintances. They shared a set of country dances, and when he returned to her side after fetching a glass of lemonade, she was chatting merrily with a cluster of her friends, so he danced a trio of sets with some of the other young ladies. He managed to get back to her in time for the supper dance, just ahead of a tall, fresh-faced youth in a poorly tied Mathematical and a waistcoat that went out of style years ago.

When does the waltzing begin?” he whispered as they performed the elaborate steps of the country dance. “I must claim the first waltz.”

We do not waltz here,” she whispered back. “It’s considered far too scandalous. Besides,” she added when they came back together, “we have already danced twice. A third would make us the talk of the shire.”

He chuckled. “Isn’t that what you were aiming for at the Sedgely ball? A juicy scandal to divert the gossips’ attention?”

She looked up at him in surprise. “You know,” she said, “I just realized I don’t care about that anymore. I’m glad Reese is happy with Eugenia.”

Indeed,” he managed, wondering why he suddenly felt so relieved.

She did condescend to dance another set with him, and Damian hoped all of the old biddy gossips had noticed.

On the return trip, Mrs. Noble babbled on incessantly about gowns and stale cakes while Damian found his eyes lingering over the curvaceous form of the young lady on the seat across from him, the light of the moon being thankfully dim enough to conceal his bold appraisal.

She was silent, in a reflective mood, her head turned toward the window and the shadowed images of the scenery outside.

Imagine that scamp Dickie Fielding enticing the Hampton chit to meet him in the garden!” Mrs. Noble exclaimed indignantly. “Why I thought her father would explode when they were discovered.” She lowered her voice. “I have it on good authority that they were embracing,” she revealed. “A dreadful scandal indeed should they not marry post-haste.”

Theresa’s head shot around to face him, and he knew she was recalling that night at the betrothal ball when she’d tried to lure him out to the terrace and he’d made a hasty escape. He rather thought now that he would enjoy a pleasant interlude alone in the moonlight with her. He would hold her against him, her head on his chest, while his hands swept over her curves. When he felt her pulse rising, he would draw her chin toward him and take her lips in a long kiss while his other hand would cup her breast, already pebbling with her desire.

Damian froze. What was he thinking? Cousin Theresa was no strumpet. The only way he could indulge in such carnal delights with her would include an obligatory wedding first. And that was out of the question.


Wasn’t it?
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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

My Review:  Treasuring Theresa is a short, but engaging Regency novella. The author has a gift with words, and she paints the English countryside in amazing detail. The characters are well-developed and quite like-able as well. Unlike some other Regency authors, Ms.Ellis uses words and settings that are befitting of the time period. 

I thoroughly enjoyed her work, and cannot wait to read more from this author!

You can Purchase your very own copy of Treasuring Theresa from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Ellora's Cave, or All Romance E-books

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GIVEAWAY! 
Susana will be awarding six vintage traditional Regency books from her personal library to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop (US ONLY) and a grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. A gift basket with a Treasuring Theresa mug and other goodies will be awarded to a randomly drawn host. 

That means the more you comment on the tour - the better your chances of winning! You can follow the tour HERE.
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About the Author:
A former teacher, Susana is finally living her dream of being a full-time writer. She loves all genres of romance, but historical—Regency in particular—is her favorite. There’s just something about dashing heroes and spunky heroines waltzing in ballrooms and driving through Hyde Park that appeals to her imagination.
In real life, Susana is a lifelong resident of northwest Ohio, although she has lived in Ecuador and studied in Spain, France and Mexico. More recently, she was able to travel around England and visit many of the places she’s read about for years, and it was awesome! She is a member of the Maumee Valley and Beau Monde chapters of Romance Writers of America.

 Want to learn more? You can find out via: The Author's Website, Facebook, Twitter, Her Regency Blog or Her Romance Blog


 This awesome tour was hosted by:

11 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Susana Ellis said...

Thank your for your kind review! I'm glad you enjoyed the story!

Ingeborg said...

Nice review and excerpt, thank you. I'm looking forward to reading the book.

Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

Karen H in NC said...

Thanks for the review and excerpt. This is my kind of book. It is going on my BTB list now.

What characters are the hardest/easiest for you to write: The hero, the heroine, the villain (or villainess), the secondary male & female characters? What are the most fun to write?

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Andra Lyn said...

I love dancing scenes. I wish we had lots of those now adays. today it's just a bunch of bumping and grinding :P

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Susana Ellis said...

Karen, I'm always very conscious of making my characters too good or too villainous, because I really dislike finding those in other books. I like a good villain who eventually sees the error of his ways. My favorite scenes to write are those where the hero and heroine are starting become attracted to each other and fight it.

Thanks for commenting!

Mary Preston said...

The Regency period never fails to draw me in. I'm looking forward to a great read.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Susana Ellis said...

Funny you should mention that, Andra Lyn, because I just got back last week from the Beau Monde Conference in Atlanta where we had a soirée and dancing just like in Treasuring Theresa and Pride & Prejudice. It was a blast!

I have some video on my Pinterest board, if you'd like to check it out!

Diana Grace said...

Thanks for the post! I love the idea of the book, gotta go add it to my TBR :)

- Diana Grace
http://chaoticreader.blogspot.com/

Susana Ellis said...

Thanks to everyone for stopping by! Andra Lyn is the winner of the books for this stop. All commenters will be entered into the drawing for the $25 gift card!

Susana Ellis said...

Update: The winner of the $25 gift card is Karen H. Congrats to all the winners!

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