ETA: This contest is closed. Mary D. is the winner of the basket. The e-book winers are S2, Anita H., Lozza, Nancy Gilliland, and Taffygrrl. Congratulations, everyone!
True Pretenses comes out in just a few weeks! To celebrate, I’m giving away 5 e-books and a lovely gift basket of items, and this time, the basket is included. Only it’s not a literal basket…
Yes, the True Pretenses gift basket operates in a long con artist–fiction tradition of briefcases full of cash!
Never steal a heart unless you can afford to lose your own.
Through sheer force of will, Ash Cohen raised himself and his younger brother from the London slums to become the best of confidence men. He’s heartbroken to learn Rafe wants out of the life, but determined to grant his brother his wish.
It seems simple: find a lonely, wealthy woman. If he can get her to fall in love with Rafe, his brother will be set. There’s just one problem—Ash can’t take his eyes off her.
Heiress Lydia Reeve is immediately drawn to the kind, unassuming stranger who asks to tour her family’s portrait gallery. And if she married, she could use the money from her dowry for her philanthropic schemes. The attraction seems mutual and oh so serendipitous—until she realizes Ash is determined to matchmake for his younger brother.
When Lydia’s passionate kiss puts Rafe’s future at risk, Ash is forced to reveal a terrible family secret. Rafe disappears, and Lydia asks Ash to marry her instead. Leaving Ash to wonder—did he choose the perfect woman for his brother, or for himself?
Warning: Contains secrets and pies.
The basket includes:
1. An e-book of True Pretenses in the format of your choice.
2. A signed promotional postcard.
3. Two True Pretenses bookmarks.
4. Four votive candles from Kittredge Candles, in themed scents: figgy pudding, Christmas pine, ginger, and clean linen! (Yes, this book is set during Advent.)
5. A malachite necklace similar to one given to Lydia by Ash in the book. The fantabulous Olivia Waite made this for y’all, and it’s BEAUTIFUL.
6. The Big Con, by David Maurer. The definitive text on conning and especially the long con in America, written by a linguistics professor who became very familiar with the criminal underworld through his work. This highly entertaining book provides the patterns for every long-con movie out there—in fact, Maurer sued the screenwriter of The Sting for a share of the profits and got a hefty settlement.
7. Jennifer Crusie’s wonderful romances about the grifting Dempsey family, Faking It and Welcome to Temptation.
8. A DVD of “The Brothers Bloom,” about two con artist brothers played by Mark Ruffalo and Adrian Brody. This movie was the direct inspiration for True Pretenses.
9. Season 1 of my new obsession Leverage. This show RULES.
Speaking of which, the rules:
1. Comment on this post to enter.
2. The winners will be chosen at random using random.org.
3. The 5 e-books are open internationally. The gift basket is US and Canada only.
4. Open for entries through January 22nd.
5. Void where prohibited.
And a few links:
1. If you’d like to be alerted when new contests go up (I usually give away romances signed by the author), you can sign up for my newsletter.
2. Today I also posted a free Sweet Disorder short story! “Poor child of Doubt and Death,” in which Nick is a vampire and Phoebe is a dragon.
3. Have you been meaning to check out Sweet Disorder? It’s on sale for 99¢ everywhere through January 20th! Read the first chapter and buy it here.
4. True Pretenses DVD extras (including deleted scenes) are here.