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Saturday, 24 March 2012

Author Override:Tessa Dare

Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.

Maidens, today we have Tessa Dare with us and she will be sharing an excerpt to A WEEK TO BE WICKED. Please check it out below. Don't forget to check out Tessa's website here.

A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare

An air of determination settled on her. The curves of her face became decisive angles. “That’s it. I’m going to Edinburgh, with or without you.”

“What? You mean to travel almost five hundred miles alone? No. I can’t let you do that. I . . . I forbid you.”

It was Colin’s first attempt at forbidding anyone to do anything, and it worked about as well as he’d expected it to. Which was to say, not at all.

She sniffed. “Stay here and marry Diana if you must, but I won’t be a party to it. I can’t simply stand by and watch.”

“God, is that all that’s worrying you?” He put his hands on her shoulders to make sure she was paying attention. “I won’t marry Diana. I never had any plan to marry Diana. I’ve been trying to tell you as much for days.”

She stared at him. “Truly?”


The distant rumble of hoofbeats and carriage wheels shook the ground. As they stared at each other, it gathered strength.

“That’ll be the coach,” she said.

Colin glanced down the road. Yes, here it came. The moment of decision.

“Come now,” he said. “Let me help you take your things back to the rooming house.”

She shook her head. “No.”


“No. I can’t go back. I just can’t. I left a note, saying we’ve eloped. By now, they’re probably awake and reading it. I can’t be the girl who cried ‘elopement.’ The pathetic thing who gathered all her hopes and packed three trunks, and went out to stand at the road at dawn only to slink back home defeated and hopeless. My mother would . . .” She drew a deep breath, stood tall, and lifted her chin. “I just can’t be that girl anymore. I won’t.”

As he watched her, Colin was visited by the strangest feeling, unfurling warm and buttery inside him. It was a sense of privilege and mute wonder, as though he’d witnessed one of those small, everyday miracles of spring. Like a licked-clean foal taking its first steps on wobbly legs. Or a new butterfly pushing scrunched, damp wings from a chrysalis.

Before his eyes, she’d transformed into a new creature. Still a bit awkward and uncertain, but undaunted. And well on her way to being beautiful.

Colin scratched his neck. He wished there were someone nearby he could turn to and say, Would you look at that?

“You truly want this,” he said. “It means that much to you.”

“Yes.” Her eyes were clear and unblinking.

“If we embark on this journey, there’s no going back.”

“I know.”

“And you comprehend all the implications. Everything you’ll put at risk. Hell, everything you’ll outright sacrifice, the moment you leave with me?”

She nodded. “I’m exchanging my acceptance in fashionable society for standing within the Royal Geological Society. I understand this perfectly, and I think it a rather good trade. You told me to think of myself, Colin. Well, I’m doing just that.”

Turning from him, she popped up on her toes and waved her arms, signaling the coachman. “Stop! Stop, please!”

He stood by and watched her desperate gesticulations, absurdly enchanted by them. Good for you, pet. Good for you.

As the carriage rolled to a halt, she reached for her smallest trunk. She looked to him, smiling. “Last chance. Are you coming or aren’t you?”

Tessa Dare is graciously giving away a signed copy of  A WEEK TO BE WICKED. Open to all.

When a devilish lord and a bluestocking set off on the road to ruin…
Time is not on their side.
Minerva Highwood, one of Spindle Cove’s confirmed spinsters, needs to be in Scotland.
Colin Sandhurst, Lord Payne, a rake of the first order, needs to be… anywhere but Spindle Cove.
These unlikely partners have one week
to fake an elopement
to convince family and friends they’re in “love”
to outrun armed robbers
to survive their worst nightmares
to travel four hundred miles without killing each other
All while sharing a very small carriage by day and an even smaller bed by night.
What they don’t have time for is their growing attraction. Much less wild passion. And heaven forbid they spend precious hours baring their hearts and souls.
Suddenly one week seems like exactly enough time to find a world of trouble.
And maybe…just maybe…love.
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Emily W. said...

I don't often indulge in historicals, but that snippet made me really want to read this one :)

Andrea said...

I've heard good things about Tessa Dare but haven't had the chance to read one of her books. Thanks for the chance to win one!

Kassandra said...

The premise sounds VERY promising!
Wonderful giveaway!

Shelley B said...

I'm really enjoying this series. Thanks for the excerpt. Sounds great!

ClaudiaGC said...

I loved the first book and the novella of the Spindle Cove series! Can't wait to read this one!
Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

JenniferK said...

I have been wanting to read one of Tessa's novels for a long time. I love the excerpt from this one and I can't wait to read it.

Kara Lennox said...

Can't wait to read this latest installment of the Spindle Cove series!

Diane D - Florida said...

I'm loving this series of Tessa's, and can't wait to read "A Week To Be Wicked". There's nothing I love more than being swept away to another time and place where people lived, laughed and loved and were finding their way to each other.

Thank you for this opportunity.

Jackie54736 said...

Sounds like a great book, beautiful cover!

erin said...

Thanks for the fantastic post! I've been reading such awesome reviews for this author and I just got the first book in this series. I can't wait to start it!

Thanks for the giveway! :)

Joanne said...

This sounds like an interesting and fun book. Can't wait to read it.

Joanne B

Jess said...

Thanks for the chance to win


Jane said...

Congrats to Tessa on the new release. I loved the first two books in the Spindle Cover series.

Jen B. said...

I love historicals. And I love the bluestockings when they let their hair down! Thanks for the giveaway!

Barbara said...

Sounds good! Thanks for the intro to a 'new to me' author and an awesome giveaway op!

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Barbara E. said...

I've been hearing great things about A Week to be Wicked and I can't wait to read it.

Rahey said...

Niceee...really wanna read this one!

marybelle said...

A WEEK TO BE WICKED looks like such a fun book to read. Loved the excerpt thank you.

lisagkendall said...

Colin sounds really yummy and I look forward to reading his story.

Timitra said...

Loved the excerpt I can't wait to read the rest of this book!!!

mcv said...

Historical Romance is my favorite genre and this book is a must read!
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mcv said...

Historical Romance is my favorite genre and this book is a must read!
mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com

Filia Oktarina said...

I can't wait to read this book. love the excerpt and love cover book to. Thanks for chance to win, i hope i win this one:)

Maureen said...

I did enjoy the first book in the series and this looks great.

Chrisbails said...

I love historical romances and love Tessa's books. I would love to win and read this book. Great interview and love finding out about great authors. Thanks for the giveaway.

Criss said...

Sounds like a lovely historical book.I think it would be wonderful to add my books.

GzNKz4evr said...

Great excerpt! The book is definitely on my TBR list. It sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Michelle Kelly said...

I haven't read or reviewed a Tessa Dare book as of yet but I've heard such wonderful things. Thanks for the chance to win.

Foretta said...

Sounds great thanks


Helen said...

I love her books thanks for the chance to own this one

Evelyn said...

The excerpt sounds really good thanks for sharing with us!


Penfield said...

Sounds like an interesting book.

Cheryl S. said...

Tessa Dare I love your books!!! Can't wait to read this one! Thank you and thank you for the giveaway!

Sheree said...

I've been waiting for this book to be out!

Shelley B said...

I love Tessa's books! I can't wait to read this one.