Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Guest Post w/ Sophie Barnes-- three truths and a lie + giveaway

Anthony Hurst, Duke of Kingsborough knows the time has come for him to produce an heir. But first he must find a bride. When he meets the most exquisite woman at his masquerade ball, he thinks his search is over…until the breathtaking beauty runs off. With few clues other than her figure, her scent, and the memory of her kiss, Anthony must find his mystery lady.

Isabella Chilcott can scarcely believe it: she is finally at the Kingsborough Ball. As a child, she dreamed of dancing a waltz here and now, thanks to a gorgeous gown she’s found in the attic, Isabella is living her fairytale fantasy. And she’s waltzing with the Duke of Kingsborough himself! But she must escape before he discovers her secrets…for she is not who she pretends to be, and falling in love with Prince Charming is the last thing she can allow herself to do…

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3 truths and 1 lie about Isabella
1. She can split an apple neatly in half by twisting it.
2. Daffodils are her favorite flowers.
3. She loves apple pie.
4. She’s very fond of reading – particularly Romeo and Juliet.

Lie: She loves apple pie. The truth is that Isabella is extremely tired of apple pie, and who can blame her? She’s been served it every Sunday for tea for the past year when Mr. Roberts (her dull and priggish suitor) would come to call. You see, apple pie is Mr. Roberts’ favorite, even though he will never overindulge. One slice is quite sufficient if he’s to maintain a lean figure =)

Truths: My grandmother could also split an apple in two by twisting it and I have always thought it a neat trick although I’ve yet to figure out how to do it myself. Who knows, maybe one day I will. In any case, I thought it would be fun for my heroine to share that particular skill =)

Setting the book in the spring was also a wonderful opportunity since this allowed me to use daffodils throughout the book for they are not only Isabella’s preferred flowers, but mine as well.

The segment Isabella reads to her mother from Romeo and Juliet is one of my favorites, although when I used it in The Trouble With Being A Duke, I decided to have some fun and use it as a subject for argument between Isabella and her mother.          
                                                                                                   ~Sophie Barnes

Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.

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