Blog Tour: The Danger in Tempting an Earl by Sophie Barnes (Except & Interview)

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About the Book:

Lucien Marvaine never thought he was good enough for Katherine. As the younger son of an earl, he didn’t have a title or prospects. Then fate steps in and gives him a second chance, and this new Earl of Roxbury is determined to make the beautiful Kate his own . . . one touch . . . one kiss at a time.
Katherine never thought of herself as a temptress, certainly not with Lucien. Why, she’s known him almost all her life! Yet as she waltzes in Lucien’s arms at the Kingsborough Ball, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Has he always been this hard and masculine? And where did those dimples come from? Kate is not looking for a husband . . . but how can she not surrender to Lucien’s charms when love is at stake?


 Lucien glanced over at Katherine, but her profile was shadowed and it was impossible for him to tell if she was voicing her concern because she genuinely feared he might be acting too rashly and making a mistake, or because of some deep rooted jealousy that had begun to bloom inside her. So he merely shrugged and said, “Perhaps, though I must admit that I find her absolutely enchanting. She’s not the least bit empty headed, but incredibly witty and smart. Frankly, I think she would make a fine wife for any gentleman seeking to marry.” 

“And is that what you want, Lucien? To marry?”

Only if I can marry you. 

“It is certainly something that I have begun to consider.” 
She didn’t respond to that, so he said, “I’m an earl now, Kate. Sooner or later I will need an heir. I see no reason in prolonging my search for a bride when I have a duty to do so eventually.” 

“No, I suppose not,” she said, her voice holding a hint of uncertainty. “But since you’ve only just returned and this is the first time I’m seeing you in so long, I suppose I imagined that we would be able to spend some time together the way we used to.” 

“I see no reason why we can’t still do that,” he said. 

She laughed, but it was the sort of laughter that betrayed her calm composure. “You know as well as I that a courtship will take up a great deal of your time.” She fell silent, yet he sensed that she was struggling with whether or not to say something more, so he said nothing and merely waited for her to continue, which she eventually did. “I would like the opportunity to spend some time with you before you settle down and start a family – a chance for us to become reacquainted, to talk about the last four years we’ve been missing from each other’s lives and for you to share with me your experiences from the war. I think it’s important that you—” 

“If you think that I am going to tell you or anyone else about something that I don’t even wish to think about, then you are wrong,” he clipped as the muscles in his arms tightened. 

“Forgive me,” she said in a rush of trembling words. “I just thought….” She shook her head. “I’m sorry.” 

Lucien frowned. Where was the Katherine who’d once used a slingshot to knock down apples from the highest branches of an apple tree, who’d urged his father to eat less pudding and his mother to favor blue rather than yellow when selecting her gowns? She seemed so skittish and unsure of herself now by comparison – so unlike the Katherine he’d left behind when he’d gone to join the army.  

“Is that it?” he asked her, hoping for a glimpse of the spirited woman he’d fallen in love with. “No quick response or set-down to put me in my place?” 

Describe your hero and heroine in three words; what will make the readers love them?
Katharine is kind and forgiving, though emotionally scarred. 
Lucien is steadfast, determined and protective.

Do you consider yourself more hero-centric or heroine-centric in your books?
I try to balance it equally since I’m interested in both the hero’s and heroine’s motivations and emotions.

As usual, at some point in the beloved friends-to-lovers story one of the characters must begin to see the other as a love interest. When does this happen for Lucien and Katherine?
Lucien has loved Katharine for years, but lost his chance to marry her. Now that she’s a widow, his goal is to make her his from the first page of the book. Katharine on the other hand needs a bit of seducing in order for her to see Lucien as a love interest =) 

What trials do you like to have your characters overcome to reach their happily-ever-after?
There’s usually an inner turmoil (doubts, fears etc.) coupled with a villain. Villains are a lot of fun to write, plus they add a bit more suspense to the plot.

What is the most important element of writing a historical romance, in your opinion?
To offer an extraordinary world for readers to escape to, complete with fabulous estates and dazzling gowns, along with a code of conduct appropriate to the period that often presents its own challenges for a blooming romance. 

If you had to pick your favorite secondary character in the novel, who would it be?
Casper Goodard, and I don’t think I’m alone in that =)

What’s coming next for you? :)
I’m working on a new series (The Evermore Chronicles) about a large family holidaying at a fabulous estate for the summer, during which each of the seven children in the family will meet their true love. I’ve already finished the first book which should be out in 2015, along with a supplementary novella which will hopefully go on sale in the fall. I’m now in the process of writing the second book in the Evermore Chronicles so I can be ready for my October 1st deadline =)

Author Bio’s

Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes 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. But, most impressive of all, she’s been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.
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.


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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07293360555557437900 Mary Chen

    Good morning! Thank you for inviting me over – great to be here =)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07293360555557437900 Mary Chen

    Thank you for hosting today!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07293360555557437900 Mary Chen

    Hi Sophie! This book sounds so good! Loving this series so far! ( and Miss Rutherford, of course!)