Interview & Giveaway Stop with Danelle Harmon {The de Montforte Brothers Series}

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Please welcome author Danelle Harmon to Novel Reflections. She’s here to talk about de Montforte Brothers series.


 

BLURB:“The bluest of blood, the boldest of hearts; the de Montforte brothers will take your breath away.”

England, 1776: Lord Gareth de Montforte is known as an irresponsible rake with a heart of gold. When he takes a bullet for boldly thwarting a stagecoach robbery, he is stunned to discover that the beautiful young woman he has heroically rescued, Juliet Paige, is his deceased brother’s American fiancée, accompanied by her infant daughter. Despite his brother the duke’s refusal to acknowledge Juliet, Gareth is determined to do right by the courageous woman who crossed an ocean to give her baby her rightful name. But Juliet is wary of marrying this black sheep aristocrat, even while she is hopelessly charmed by the dashing devil. Never has she met anyone who embraces life so thoroughly, who makes her laugh, who loves her so well. And, even when it seems the odds are against them, Juliet has absolute faith that Gareth will go beyond the call of duty, risking his life itself to give her and her daughter a home — and a love that will last a lifetime.

Please tell readers a little bit about yourself.

My name is Danelle Harmon, and I’ve written ten historical romances, previously published by Avon back in the 90′s. As most of the books are long out of print and hard to find, I’ve decided to re-release them with light editing as e-books so they can (hopefully!) be enjoyed by a whole new generation of readers. My books have been published both domestically and internationally, having been translated into several languages, have made numerous bestseller lists, and won many awards. I took a decade-long sabbatical after our daughter was born, but it’s time to get back to work. It is so good to be back!

Please tell us about your latest release.

The Wild One, the first book in my de Montforte Brothers series set in Georgian England, is the story of the hopelessly charming ne’er do well Lord Gareth de Montforte, black sheep of his family and, much to his brother the duke’s dismay, heir-presumptive to the dukedom. Gareth has never known the meaning of responsibility — until he thwarts a stagecoach robbery and ends up married to his late brother’s fiancee so that her baby will have its proper name. And while Gareth may find Responsibility to be a four-letter word, Juliet has absolute faith that her handsome husband will go beyond the call of duty, risking his life itself to give her and her daughter a home — and a love that will last a lifetime.

Can you tell readers who are not familiar with the series what the premise of the stories are about?

The de Montforte Brothers series, set in Georgian England, follows four aristocratic brothers who have each been given a sobriquet by the locals: Lord Gareth is The Wild One … Lord Charles is The Beloved One … Lord Andrew is The Defiant One, and His Grace the Duke of Blackheath is The Wicked One. Each brother finds plenty of adventure, self-discovery, and challenges along the road to his happily-ever-after, with their maddening, Machiavellian brother the duke pulling plenty of matchmaking strings along the way.

Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?

I have many passions … I do a lot of volunteer work in dog rescue, and have recently been tapped to write a bimonthly column about rescue in our breed’s national publication. I love animals, and have four German Shorthaired Pointers ranging in age from ten months to nearly fifteen years — one of them, Marcus, is an AKC champion and has his Canine Good Citizen title, and the puppy, Tansy, is just beginning her show career. I also enjoy horsebackriding, and have an Egyptian Arabian horse of antique bloodlines who is a very dear and beloved friend … our daughter has been riding him since she was two years old, a testimony to the sane mind and gentle spirit of this very special breed.

What can readers expect next from you?

I’m steadily re-releasing all my previously published books for e-readers, so something new should hopefully be available every month or so for quite some time to come. In the interim, I’m working on the story of Lady Nerissa de Montforte — the last of the de Montforte siblings. Many people have written to me asking me to please give her her own book, and I guess it’s time she got it!

Any last things you’d like to share with us?

The Wild One is on sale at Amazon.com/Kindle Books, Barnes & Noble/NOOK, Smashwords.com, and other major e-retailers for the introductory price of only 99 cents. I hope you’ll give it a try!

Can you leave us with a teaser?

Prologue

Newman House, 18 April, 1775

My dear brother, Lucien,

It has just gone dark and as I pen these words to you, an air of rising tension hangs above this troubled town. Tonight, several regiments — including mine, the King’s Own — have been ordered by General Gage, commander in chief of our forces here in Boston, out to Concord to seize and destroy a significant store of arms and munitions that the rebels have secreted there. Due to the clandestine nature of this assignment, I have ordered my batman, Billingshurst, to withhold the posting of this letter until the morrow, when the mission will have been completed and secrecy will no longer be of concern.

Although it is my most ardent hope that no blood will be shed on either side during this endeavour, I find that my heart, in these final moments before I must leave, is restless and uneasy. It is not for myself that I am afraid, but another. As you know from my previous letters home, I have met a young woman here with whom I have become attached in a warm friendship. I suspect you do not approve of my becoming so enamoured of a storekeeper’s daughter, but things are different in this place, and when a fellow is three thousand miles away from home, love makes a far more desirable companion than loneliness. My dear Miss Paige has made me happy, Lucien, and earlier tonight, she accepted my plea for her hand in marriage; I beg you to understand, and forgive, for I know that someday when you meet her, you will love her as I do.

My brother, I have but one thing to ask of you, and knowing that you will see to my wishes is the only thing that calms my troubled soul during these last few moments before we depart. If anything should happen to me — tonight, tomorrow, or at any time whilst I am here in Boston — I beg of you to find it in your heart to show charity and kindness to my angel, my Juliet, for she means the world to me. I know you will take care of her if ever I cannot. Do this for me and I shall be happy, Lucien.

I must close now, as the others are gathered downstairs in the parlour, and we are all ready to move. May God bless and keep you, my dear brother, and Gareth, Andrew, and sweet Nerissa, too.

Charles

Sometime during the last hour, it had begun to grow dark.

Lucien de Montforte turned the letter over in his hands, his gaze shuttered, his mind far away as he stared out the window over the downs that stood like sentinels against the fading twilight. A breath of pink still glowed in the western sky, but it would soon be gone. He hated this time of night, this still and lonely hour just after sunset when old ghosts were near, and distant memories welled up in the heart with the poignant nearness of yesterday, close enough to see yet always too elusive to touch.

But the letter was real. Too real.

He ran a thumb over the heavy vellum, the bold, elegant script that had been so distinctive of Charles’s style — both on paper, in thought, and on the field — still looking as fresh as if it had been written yesterday, not last April. His own name was there on the front: To His Grace the Duke of Blackheath, Blackheath Castle, nr. Ravenscombe, Berkshire, England.
They were probably the last words Charles had ever written.

Carefully, he folded the letter along creases that had become fragile and well-worn. The blob of red wax with which his brother had sealed the letter came together at the edges like a wound that had never healed, and try as he might to avoid seeing them, his gaze caught the words that someone, probably Billingshurst, had written on the back….

Found on the desk of Captain Lord Charles Adair de Montforte on the 19th of April 1775, the day on which his lordship was killed in the fighting at Concord. Please deliver to addressee.

A pang went through him. Dead, gone, and all but forgotten, just like that.

The duke of Blackheath carefully laid the letter inside the drawer, which he shut and locked. He gazed once more out the window, lord of all he surveyed but unable to master his own bitter emptiness. A mile away, at the foot of the downs, he could just see the twinkling lights of Ravenscombe village, could envision its ancient church with its Norman tower and tombs of de Montforte dead. And there, inside, high on the stone wall of the chancel, was the simple bronze plaque that was all they had to tell posterity that his brother had ever even lived.

Charles, the second son.

God help them all if anything happened to him, Lucien, and the dukedom passed to the third.

No. God would not be so cruel.

He snuffed the single candle and with the darkness enclosing him, the sky still glowing beyond the window, moved from the room.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Multi-award winning and critically acclaimed author Danelle Harmon is the author of ten books, previously published in print and distributed in many languages throughout the world. A Massachusetts native, she married her English husband while living in the United Kingdom, and both now make their home in Massachusetts with their daughter Emma and numerous animals including four dogs, an Egyptian Arabian horse, and a flock of pet chickens.

Danelle welcomes email from her readers and can be reached at danelle@danelleharmon.com , on the web at http://www.danelleharmon.com, or through her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DanelleHarmon

Where can readers find you on the web?

Website: http://www.danelleharmon.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanelleHarmon
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/danelleharmon

Purchase Links:For Kindle Users (Amazon.com)
The Wild One:  http://tinyurl.com/bltxjvfFor Nook users (B&N):
The Wild One   http://tinyurl.com/bsol2oj

Smashwords:
THE WILD ONE: Danelle Harmon books for Kobo readers:    http://tinyurl.com/86gqpuf

Giveaway Details:

  • Danelle will be awarding a digital copy of book two, “The Beloved One” to one randomly drawn commenter at every stop and a $25 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour.
  • Please leave a meaningful comment or question along with your email addy.
  • Contest is open the duration of the tour. Winner will be randomly selected and notified.

Tour Stops:
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