ETA: This contest is now closed. JCP won the gift basket, and K, Elaine C, Joye, Angela, and LSUReader won the e-books!
Listen to the Moon comes out in just a few weeks, and to celebrate, I’m giving away 5 e-books and a lovely gift basket of items (basket not included)!
Pictured: Spokemodel T-Rex with silver tray of brandy (not included) and gift basket items in an elegant setting (also not included)! Image credit: “Holkham Hall” by Hans Rosbach.
Listen to the Moon is book 3 in my Lively St. Lemeston series, and this one focuses on a romance between servants! (Readers of Sweet Disorder may recognize them…)
John Toogood dreamed of being valet to a great man…before he was laid off and blacklisted. Now he’s stuck in small-town Lively St. Lemeston until London’s Season opens and he can begin his embarrassing job hunt. His instant attraction to happy-go-lucky maid Sukey Grimes couldn’t come at a worse time. Her manners are provincial, her respect for authority nonexistent, and her outdated cleaning methods—well, the less said about them, the better.
Behind John’s austere façade, Sukey catches tantalizing glimpses of a lonely man with a gift for laughter. Yet her heart warns her not to fall for a man with one foot out the door, no matter how devastating his kiss.
Then he lands a butler job in town—but there’s a catch. His employer, the vicar, insists Toogood be respectably married. Against both their better judgments, he and Sukey come to an arrangement. But the knot is barely tied when Sukey realizes she underestimated just how vexing it can be to be married to the boss…
The gift basket includes:
1. A tin of Twinings English Breakfast tea! Twinings and Jackson’s of Picadilly both claim to be the first purveyors of Earl Grey tea, based on a recipe provided by Lady Grey herself (wife of the famous Whig Peer whose primiership saw in the Great Reform Act of 1832). Both of their claims are probably bullshit, but I bet they still make great tea. Twinings edged out Jackson’s because it comes in a cute tin and they have a Royal Warrant. Although the two companies actually merged and are owned by the same people.
3. Godiva cherry cordials (not pictured as I want them to be fresh and delicious!), since I can’t ship cherry bounce (the infused brandy Toogood and Sukey drink in the book).
4. Paperback copies of both Sweet Disorder and Listen to the Moon.
5. Four votives from Kittredge Candles. Scents: leather, roses, clean linen, and Barber Shoppe.
6. Downton Abbey season 1 DVDs.
7. Very Good, Jeeves, a collection of Jeeves and Wooster short stories. Jeeves was one of my first starchy English valets and I adore him.
8. The Butler’s Guide to Running the Home and Other Graces by Stanley Ager (experienced butler at an English country house) and Fiona St. Aubyn (member of the family he worked for). Foreword by Downton Abbey‘s historical consultant!
9. Bookmarks, postcards, and buttons, including one of my beloved “The butler did her!” buttons.
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 couple of 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. Have you been meaning to check out Sweet Disorder? It’s on sale for 99¢, and True Pretenses is $1.99!
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