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Saturday, December 5, 2009

KNIGHT OF PLEASURE by Margaret Mallory (BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY)

KNIGHT OF PLEASURE
Author: Margaret Mallory
Source: Publisher (Thank you Anna)
* I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*

ISBN-10: 0446553387
ISBN-13: 978-0-446-55338-4
Publisher: Grand Central
Release date: December 2009

SYNOPSIS:

THE GREATEST PASSION

Lady Isobel Hume is an expert swordswoman who knows how to choose her battles. When the king asks her to wed a French nobleman to form a political alliance, she agrees. But that's before the devilishly charming Sir Stephen Carleton captures her heart-and tempts her to betray her betrothed, her king, and her country.

IS WORTH THE GREATEST PERIL

Sir Stephen Carleton enjoys his many female admirers-until he dedicates himself to winning the lovely Isobel. When a threat against the king leads Isobel into mortal danger, Stephen must prove that he is more than a knight of pleasure ... and that love can conquer all.

EXCERPT:

"Do you want to learn how to protect yourself?" Stephen asked.

Green eyes sparking with fire, Isobel raised her sword and said, "Teach me."

"You should carry a short blade as well," he instructed as he fended off her attack.

"Why? You think you can knock my sword from my hand?"

"I can. But I will not have to. You will drop it."

He forced her to step back, and back, and back again. She threw her hands up, sending the sword clattering against the wall as she tumbled backward.

"I'm afraid you have the advantage of me," she said, reaching her hand up for him. He took it and sank to his knees beside her.

"Not true, Isobel," he said in a harsh whisper. "'Tis I who am at your mercy."

His eyes fixed on her lips, full and parted. The moment their lips touched, fire seared through him. She was kissing him back, mouth open. Slowly, he lowered his body ...

He froze the instant he felt the prick of cold steel against his neck.

"You are right," Isobel said so close to Stephen's ear that he could feel her breath, "'tis wise to carry a short blade."

AUTHOR Q&A:

Q: What inspired you to trade your legal career for writing medieval romance novels? Why?
MM: The short answer is that I went into a midlife crisis after two bosses in a row died young and a third got fired. I could have done a lot worse than to come out of it as a novelist.

Q: How has your extensive years in the law affected your writing?
MM: I was a policy wonk; West Wing was my kind of TV show. Since I like political intrigue, you’ll find the medieval version in my books: conspiracies against the king and wily bishops politicking behind the scenes. On occasion, I’ll throw in an issue around property inheritance or marriage laws. By the way, the best legal status for a female in the middle ages was to be a widowed noblewoman with money.

Q: You make the point in your website that you love history, so what role does that play in the All the King’s Men trilogy?
MM: The biggest challenge is to include enough history—and the right bits—to give the reader a sense of being in a different time and place, without being boring. I love to make real historical figures come alive as secondary characters in my books. In my first book, for example, I make my heroine a childhood friend of Prince Harry (later Henry V) and have her taken hostage by the Welsh rebel whose descendent will many years later start the Tudor dynasty. In my third book, I make Henry V’s young widow, a French princess, a close friend of my fictional heroine. The widowed queen begins her true-life affair with Owen Tudor, her Clerk of the Wardrobe, in that book. (If I made this up, no one would believe it.)

Q: You also mention that you visited Alnwick Castle in Great Britain, which is used as a scene in Knight of Pleasure. What is the significance of this castle? Any other momentous places that have made it into your trilogy?
MM: I use several important medieval castles throughout the trilogy. In the first one, Knight of Desire, my heroine spends time in three of the fortresses built by Edward I as a “Ring of Iron” around Wales. Caen Castle in Normandy is the setting for a number of scenes in book 2, Knight of Pleasure. The prologue of Knight of Passion, book 3, is set in the Louvre in Paris, while the English castles of Windsor, Westminster, Eltham and Leicester figure prominently in other parts of the book.

Q: Aside from travel, what other modes of research have you sought out?
MM: I do on-line research, gets books from libraries, and buy a few books on-line. For my third book, websites for the City of London and London Bridge Museums have been very helpful, as well as a book I bought on medieval architecture.

Q: What would you like readers to walk away with after reading your books?
MM: I want to sweep my readers away to another time and place. Women need pleasurable escape reading. I want my book to help them forget about the hassles of their day and to leave them with a warm and satisfying happy ending.

AUTHOR BIO:

MARGARET MALLORY recently surprised her friends and family by abandoning her legal career-and her steady job-to write tales of romance and adventure. At long last, she can satisfy her passion for justice by punishing the bad and rewarding the worthy-in the pages of her novels, of course. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two college-age children. KNIGHT OF DESIRE is her first book so she would dearly love to hear from readers.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Thanks to the publisher, I have 5 copies up for grabs! Here are the rules:
1. Copies will be sent directly from the publisher.
2. Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win.
3. No P.O. Boxes are allowed.

HOW TO ENTER:

1. You must be a follower of my blog.
2. Leave a comment with your email address for your entry.
3. Contest is open until Dec. 12th, 2010. Winners will be announced the following day. You will have 48 hours to respond.
GOOD LUCK!

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25 Comments:

Blogger Virginia C said...

This is a richly detailed historical romance series with gorgeous covers!

I am a follower and a subscriber.

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

December 5, 2009 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Blanche said...

I've had my eye on this one for a while now!! :) Great interview, I'm really looking forward to reading this book, love the cover too!!

I am a follower:)
knkmom at gmail dot com

December 5, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger chelleyreads said...

i really want to read this book! i'm a follower :)

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December 5, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Mitzi H. said...

Wow, that is a huge steep...Leaving a legal career and becoming a writer. It sounds like you followed your heart and I wish you great success. I'm excited to find another author that writes in the historical romance genre and I can't wait to read it!!!

I'm a follower

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

December 5, 2009 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger StephTheBookworm said...

Wow, I'd love to read this! Please enter me in. I am a follower.

stephaniet117@yahoo.com

December 5, 2009 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger RachieG said...

:) Please enter me, I'd love to read it!! I enjoyed Ms. Mallory's first book :)

rachie2004 @ yahoo (d0t) com

I'M A HAPPY FOLLOWER!!!

December 5, 2009 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Star Shadow said...

Please enter me, It looks like a great book.
I am a follower
twolilstarZ@gmail.com

December 5, 2009 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger elaing8 said...

Sounds great,I have the first book and would love to win the second.
I am a follower

elaing8(at)netscape(dot)net

December 5, 2009 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Patti said...

I've been eyeballing this book - it sounds like a good read! I'm sure it took a lot of soul-searching to change careers like that - congratulations on your success!

I'm a follower.
pspinney AT cox DOT net

December 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger VABookworm87 said...

Sounds great! I follow :oD

vabookworm87(at)gmail.com

December 5, 2009 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Sandy Jay said...

Sounds great. I'm a follower.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

December 5, 2009 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger jeanette8042 said...

Oooh count me in! The book looks fabulous! I'm a follower!

lilazncutie1215 @ yahoo.com

December 5, 2009 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger cheryl c said...

I read KNIGHT OF DESIRE, and it was really good. So, count me in on the drawing for this next book in the series. Thanks!

Follower!

castings at mindspring dot com

December 6, 2009 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Please count me in. I enjoyed the first book and would love to read the second.

December 6, 2009 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger D.L. said...

I'm a follower.

I loved Knight of Desire and I've been so excited about her second book in the series!

the[dot]distant[dot]light[at]gmail[dot]com

December 6, 2009 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Mandy said...

Ohh! I'd love to win a copy of this! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.


mandyfish at gmail dot com

December 6, 2009 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger dor said...

Thanks for the revies and I would love to be entered to win.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

December 6, 2009 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Martha Lawson said...

This one looks great! Count me in, also.

I am a follower.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

December 6, 2009 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger CrystalGB said...

Sounds great. I love the cover.
I am a follower.

Crystal816{at}hotmail{dot}com

December 7, 2009 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Linda Henderson said...

This looks like a great book. I would love to read it.

I am a follower.

seriousreader at live dot com

December 7, 2009 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Scorpio M. said...

I REALLY want this book! I love the premise and the excerpt only teased me further.

I am a follower.

jenma76(at)hotmail(dot)com

Thanks!

December 8, 2009 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Anita Yancey said...

Sounds like a great romance novel. I would love to win a copy. Please enter me. Thanks!

I am a follower, and an email subscriber!

ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

December 8, 2009 at 9:13 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

I would love to win this book and I signed up to be a follower and get e-mail.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

December 8, 2009 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger Margaret Mallory said...

Thanks for participating in my blog tour! Hope you all get a Knight of Pleasure to enjoy! ;)

Margaret

December 8, 2009 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger justpeachy36 said...

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

Please enter me in the giveaway. I am a follower.

December 11, 2009 at 4:04 AM  

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