New contest: Gambled Away gift basket!

ETA: This giveaway is now closed. LSUReader won the gift basket, and Sherry, Meghan, Angela, Carolsue and Christina won the ebooks. Congratulations!

My new anthology Gambled Away is out today! To celebrate, I’m giving away 5 e-books and a lovely gift basket of items (basket not included)!


Pictured: Spokemodel T-Rex (not included) with select gift basket items.

Gambled Away is an anthology themed around one protagonist winning the other in a game of chance (my favorite trope!), with stories from Jeannie Lin, Molly O’Keefe, Isabel Cooper, Joanna Bourne, and of course, yours truly.

Get revenge. Pay a debt. Save a soul. Lose your heart.

Spanning centuries and continents, five brand-new novellas from beloved historical romance authors tell the stories of men and women who find themselves wagered in a game of chance and are forced to play for the highest stakes of all: love.

GambledAway-200x300“Gideon and the Den of Thieves” by Joanna Bourne

London, 1793 – Soldier of fortune Gideon Gage has come home from halfway around the world, fully prepared to face down a ruthless gang to save his sister. But there’s one member of the gang he could never have been prepared for: fascinating Aimée, driven from her own home by the French Revolution and desperately in need of his help.

“Raising The Stakes” by Isabel Cooper

California, 1938 — When the flute she won in last night’s poker game unexpectedly summons an elven warrior bound to her service, two-bit con artist Sam takes quick advantage. With Talathan’s fairy powers at her command, her shakedown of a crooked preacher is a sure thing…but would she rather take a gamble on love?

“All or Nothing” by Rose Lerner

England, 1819 – Architect Simon Radcliffe-Gould needs someone to pose as his mistress so he can actually get some work done at a scandalous house party. Irrepressible gambling den hostess Maggie da Silva would rather be his mistress, but she’ll take what she can get…

“The Liar’s Dice” by Jeannie Lin

Tang Dynasty China, 849 A.D. — Lady Bai’s first taste of freedom brings her face to face with murder. A dangerous and enigmatic stranger becomes her closest ally as she investigates the crime, but can she trust her heart or her instincts when everyone is playing a game of liar’s dice?

“Redeemed” by Molly O’Keefe

Denver, 1868 — After agonizing years in the Civil War’s surgical tents, Union doctor James Madison has nothing left to lose. But when beautiful, tortured Helen Winters is the prize in a high-stakes game of poker, he goes all in to save her—and maybe his own soul.

You can learn more and buy the book here.

The gift basket includes:

1. A fish gambling token just like the ones Maggie and Meyer use at Number Eighteen (except those are ivory, and this is bone). A Regency poker chip, basically. I honestly cannot even believe I found this on Etsy, y’all. It really looks JUST like my reference images, and the person I bought it from didn’t know how old it was but thought it was pretty old, so it could even be from the Regency!

2. Tuberose-scented soap, because Maggie wears tuberose perfume!

3. A delightfully 70s copy of Georgette Heyer’s Pistols for Two, featuring the short story “Hazard,” which was my first exposure to this most delightful of tropes and it was definitely love at first sight. The heroine’s brother puts her up in a game of hazard, the hero wins her but oops, he is already engaged, but he is so drunk he doesn’t even care and he and the heroine start off to Gretna Green, but then in the morning he’s like, “Um, I can’t actually because I’m engaged” and she’s like “Yeah, I know, I was just mad at my brother,” and then he says

“I am afraid I thought only of what I wanted, and not of what I could have”

and I swoon and obviously everything works out and this story is GREAT.

4. A silver dollar like the one on our cover!

5. Cinnamon-orange tea-infused jelly from MarketSpice at Pike Place Market, because Maggie likes to put marmalade in her tea.

6. A signed paperback of my con artist story, True Pretenses.

7. A Gambled Away e-book.

8. A Gambled Away deck of playing cards! (Not pictured because I need to order cards for myself, but I have it on good authority from people who were at RT that they are awesome. 🙂

9. Assorted swag like postcards, bookmarks, etc. including one of my coveted “Spoiler, the butler did her!” pin buttons.

The rules:

1. Comment on this post to enter.
2. The winners will be chosen at random using
3. The 5 e-books are open internationally. The gift basket is US and Canada only.
4. Open for entries through June 30.
5. Void where prohibited.

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Remember, you can buy Gambled Away here!

Good luck!

66 thoughts on “New contest: Gambled Away gift basket!”

    1. I LOVE 70s histrom covers. The ones with visible blue eyeshadow are my VERY faves, but the vaguely psychadelic ones are a close second.

  1. I’ve been following “All or Nothing” for awhile on your tumblr because I love the heck out of the gambling trope and I’m excited to read it no matter the outcome of the giveaway. That elf story looks intriguing too though, ohhh. Happy release day!

    1. Yay!! The elf story is AMAZING, I think you’ll love it. And thank you! Good luck in the drawing, and see you ’round the tumblr! 🙂

  2. Now I have to track down “Hazard.” I don’t think I’ve read it …
    Too bad, my niece probably would like the T-Rex, now that she has been to the Museum of Natural History. (Hmm, I should look for something like it. She has a birthday coming up.)

    1. “Hazard” is SOOO GOOOOD.
      T-Rex is a Squishable tie-in with Ryan North’s Dinosaur Comics, and comes in two sizes: the big one I’ve got ( which is great for snuggling with on the couch and giving a room ambiance, and a smaller one my friend’s kid has ( which might be more fun to carry around with you. They are both delightful!

  3. Your gift basket is almost as creative as your stories! Preordered the ebook, am saving for an airplane adventure next week. Thanks for a fun post and lovely giveaway.

  4. I read “All or Nothing” yesterday and loved Maggie and Simon and their story. After a preview and then a review of the book, I couldn’t resist buying it on release day. Currently reading “The Liar’s Dice,” my first Jeannie Lin story.
    Thanks for the chance at a gift basket!

    1. Omigosh, you are in for a treat! Jeannie Lin is one of my very top-tier authors and the series her novella is part of is some of her best stuff. <333 I'm so glad you liked Maggie and Simon! They are near and dear to my heart. Good luck in the drawing!

  5. That is so cool I would love to win this have a great week and weekend everyone enjoy the summer time and the fun of nature live wild and never look back to the past good luck to us all dalls

  6. Happy Release Day ! Can’t wait to read your book.Awesome gift basket thanks for the chance to win!

  7. These stories sound awesome hence the nook is going to be awesome! I would love to win this gift basket! Good luck with your new book launch!

    1. Thank you!! Hopefully it lives up to the hype. (I believe in my soul that it lives up to the hype.) Good luck in the drawing!

  8. Ooooh. The Market spice tea is awesome, so I can only image the jelly is wonderful. And I always love new decks of playing cards!

    1. I do not actually drink tea, but I LOVE going in there with tea-drinking friends and smelling the big jars and reading the names. The atmosphere is just so wonderful! And the jelly looks DELICIOUS.
      Good luck in the drawing!

    1. Aw, thank you!! Compliments to my newsletter warm my little heart. <333 Isn't the cover beautiful? I couldn't believe it when it showed up in my inbox. Honestly this whole project has just been a dream. If you like the book even a tenth as much as I do, you will really really like it.
      Good luck in the drawing!

    1. Aw, aren’t you sweet?? Sharing giveaways with other potential winners is truly the most selfless act there is and one I…am sometimes not capable of. (But you are still only entered once! I know YOU know that, but for anyone who might be looking. 😉

  9. Hi Rose,
    What a fantastic giveaway. You know I’d love to win. 🙂 Back in April I received one of those subscription boxes full of goodies because of a scratch card. In the box was a copy of SWEET DISORDER. I was thrilled! Thank you for giving them the book as it turned up in my hands. Hope you have a great day. PS. I have to have a mammogram and I’m not happy about it. I’m an 18 year survivor. But I’m having some pain. 🙁 I hope my cancer HAS NOT returned. Wish me luck. xo Mel

    1. Oh noes, Mel! You are in my thoughts, please let me know about your results! <3
      I'm glad one of those boxes ended up with you. Good luck in the drawing!

  10. I’m looking forward to reading Gambled Away. Thanks, Rose, for another spectacular giveaway.

  11. Gambled Away sounds sooo good and a chance to win it and a signed copy of True Pretenses is amazeballs. The whole basket is such a treasure trove of greatness. What an awesome giveaway. Thanks so much for the chance.

    1. Aw, thank you so much! I get ridiculously excited putting these together so it is always a little validating when other people get excited too. Good luck in the drawing!

    1. Christina, you won an ebook! Look for it in your inbox and let me know if it doesn’t arrive. 🙂

  12. Congratulations on your books! That’s a pretty cool T-Rex, but so is everything else in the basket!
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