Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Blog Tour: Scoundrel for Hire by Adrienne deWolfe (Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway)


Love Saves the World welcomes Adrienne deWolfe and her novel, Scoundrel for Hire, the first book in her Velvet Lies series.

Adrienne deWolfe is giving away a lot of great prizes on this blog tour. (Giveaway is through Rafflecopter).
- a $25 Amazon Gift Card to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour;
- a Professional Story Critique of Chapter 1 of your novel (a $125 value) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour;
- an ebook copy of TEXAS OUTLAW (Book 1, WILD TEXAS NIGHTS) to to three randomly drawn commenters during the tour;
- an ebook copy of HIS WICKED DREAM (Book 2, VELVET LIES) to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour, and
- character worksheets to write Heroes, Villains, and Sidekicks for your novel to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour

To visit Adrienne's other stops, click here.

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About the book:

Blurb:

Raphael Jones is a Kentucky-born scoundrel, who has never played by the rules. When Colorado mining heiress, Silver Nichols, hires him to stop her precious daddy from marrying a golddigger, Rafe sets out to seduce Silver and win her fortune.

But beneath Silver's cool veneer, Rafe encounters a sweet vulnerability and an aching secret that threatens to send his whole world up in smoke.

Now the wily scoundrel must choose: walk away or wager the one thing he can't afford to lose -- his heart.

Exclusive Excerpt:

Silver stiffened, blinking back tears. She'd been prepared for all kinds of assaults by Raphael Jones, but never once had she thought she'd have to rally a defense against compassion.

"Papa had no right to gossip about me," she told Rafe hoarsely, tightening her grip on the fire poker.

"He thinks you hung the moon, Silver."

She raised her chin. The traitorous thing quivered anyway. "What Papa thinks is none of your concern. Nor is it any of your concern how I used to spend my time in Philadelphia. Now kindly remove your otter from my bathwater and your presence from my bedroom!"

The impish glint crept back into Rafe’s eyes. "You sure you wouldn't like some help, say... in scrubbing your back?"

"Get out!"

He smirked, pushing up his sleeve. "All right. All right. Tavy and I know when we're not wanted. Don't we, Tavy?"

The otter pup's ears pricked at his croon, and she paddled closer, wrapping herself around the bared forearm he'd dunked into the water. He cuddled her close for a moment, then draped her, sopping fur, suds, and all, across the back of his neck. Rivulets of water rolled into his collar, soaking the lace at his throat and the velvet sateen of his waistcoat. Nevertheless, he rose with great aplomb, as if it were an everyday occurrence to have a wet otter nuzzling his cheek.

"I fear you've made a poor impression on our hostess," he whispered sotto voce.

Tavy sighed happily. When he kissed her snout, with its abundance of catlike whiskers, Silver suffered the most ridiculous pang of jealousy she'd ever known.

Turning once more toward Silver, he pressed his hand to his heart. "Hereafter, in a better world than this, I shall desire more love and knowledge of you," he quoted in the melodious murmur she'd come to associate with his Shakespeare. "As You Like It, act one, scene two."

Then he gave her a crooked grin. "A pleasant bath to you, mistress. I'm sure I shall never look upon lavender soap, paisley dressing gowns, and fire pokers in quite the same way."

With that wicked sally, he sauntered from the room, dripping suds in his wake. Enormous brown otter eyes blinked back at her. Watching Tavy bob out of sight atop Rafe’s expansive, paternal shoulders, Silver secretly admitted that she would never view Raphael Jones in quite the same way, either.


Other books in the Velvet Lies Series:
Book 1: Scoundrel for Hire
Book 2: His Wicked Dream
Book 3: Seduced by an Angel
Book 4: Devil in Texas (Available in 2014)

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Book Trailer:



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About the author:

Adrienne deWolfe is a #1 Bestselling Author and a recipient of 48 writing awards, including the Best Historical Romance of the Year. She consistently delights readers with sexy, action-packed, western-style romances, including her Wild Texas Nights series and her Velvet Lies series. In addition, she is the author of the bestselling non-fiction ebook series, The Secrets to Getting Your Romance Novel Published.

Fascinated by all things mystical, Adrienne writes a weekly blog about dragons, magic, and the paranormal at http://MagicMayhemBlog.com to help her research her upcoming YA Epic Fantasy series. She also writes a weekly blog with fiction writing tips and advice about the business of writing at http://WritingNovelsThatSell.com. She enjoys mentoring aspiring authors and offers professional story critiques and book coaching services.

Where to find Adrienne:

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Adrienne deWolfe is giving away a lot of great prizes on this blog tour. (Giveaway is through Rafflecopter).
- a $25 Amazon Gift Card to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour;
- a Professional Story Critique of Chapter 1 of your novel (a $125 value) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour;
- an ebook copy of TEXAS OUTLAW (Book 1, WILD TEXAS NIGHTS) to to three randomly drawn commenters during the tour;
- an ebook copy of HIS WICKED DREAM (Book 2, VELVET LIES) to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour, and
- character worksheets to write Heroes, Villains, and Sidekicks for your novel to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour

To visit Adrienne's other stops, click here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


16 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I love the excerpt! :)

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  2. Hi, Tin! Thanks so much for hosting my tour! You have such a great website! I look forward to chatting with your readers. Hugs!

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  3. Howdy, Andra! You found me! (And more otter mischief) Thanks for dropping by. Hugs!

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  4. Great excerpt, thank you.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  6. Howdy, Rita! Thanks for stopping by . . .

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  7. Natasha!!!! Welcome to the continuing Otter Bath scene . . . Hugs!

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  8. Loved the excerpt!!! An otter is not your usual pet. Thanks for sharing today! :-)

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  9. Thanks, Glenda! Yes, it's true: Tavy is not your usual pet. Rafe likes to think of her as his "ward" - and he really is trying to return her to the wild. The trouble is, otters don't know how to swim at birth, and Tavy was orphaned before her mother could teach her how. So Rafe has to TRAIN Tavy, using Silver's bathtub. (He just doesn't bother to tell SILVER this fact . . . ) If you love otters, you'll find a couple other excerpts, featuring otter mischief earlier in my tour -- including the seance. Hugs!

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  10. LOL, Rafe cracks me up. I love when he just spouts Shakespearean quotes, makes me like him even more

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. Hi, all! Agree that this was a fun excerpt! Thank you, Adrienne, for sharing this exclusively with our readers!

    Good luck to everyone! Have fun with the scavenger hunt!

    Have a great day!

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  12. Hi, Emily! You like those classy, smooth-talking scoundrels, I can tell! ;-) ('Course, if you also like cowboy scoundrels who sing bawdy songs, you'll have to watch for my upcoming novella: SHADY LADY. Cass - who played the "other man" in the love triangle in SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL - has a couple of great naughty lyrics that he sings to the heroine.) Thanks for the kudos! Hugs!

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  13. Thanks again, Tin! I've had so much fun chatting with all your readers. Glad I got to learn about your great website through Goddess Fish. Hugs!

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  14. This sounds so amazing.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  15. So glad you found us, Mary! Thanks for following my tour. Hugs!

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