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Book Blog Tour of Cara Elliott’s To Surrender To A Rogue


Welcome to the Book Blog Tour of Cara Elliott’s To Surrender To A Rogue! This is the second book in her Circle of Sin series, following the fun historical romance To Sin With A Scoundrel (Circle of Sin Trilogy). I loved To Sin With A Scoundrel and was very excited to read the next book in the series. (Read my review here.)

The blurb:
An expert in antiquities, Ladie Alessandra della Giamatti arrives in Bath to excavate newly discovered Roman ruins — only to find herself caught in the webs of a blackmailer threatening to expose her scandalous past. The one man who can help her is Lord James “Black Jack” Pierson, a fellow member of the expedition and a sinfully handsome rogue whose tempting presence ignites a different sort of danger.

Jack has clashed with Alessandra in the past, so when she suddenly surrenders her body he can’t help being suspicious. Is she a scheming temptress? Or is she truly a lady in trouble? As desire and deception swirl around them, Asessandra and Jack must find a way to win each other’s trust. For if they don’t work together to uncover a shocking truth, their enemy and their own simmering passions — may destroy them and everything they cherish.

To Surrender To A Rogue (Circle of Sin Trilogy)

Review:

I love Cara Elliott’s Circle of Sin series. The heroines aren’t the usual helpless, lost women looking for a wealthy and powerful lord to save them from their circumstances. Instead, the members of the Circle of Sin are well educated, unconventional, and deeply interested in learning. These women have interests that go well beyond fashion, men, and children. Each woman has a different area of expertise and the heroine of To Surrender To A Rogue is the archeologist Lady Alessandra della Giamatti.
Lady Alessandra played a role in Elliott’s earlier novel To Sin With A Scoundrel (Circle of Sin Trilogy), where she had clashed with the dashing Lord James Pierson (“Black Jack”).

The heroes in Cara Elliott’s novels just as fun and satisfying. They’re smart, successful, and they’re not threatened by the unconventional. Elliott creates just a romantic hero that I can’t help but fall for! Deep sense of honor, kind, funny, athletic, protective, generous, and always strikingly attractive!

In To Surrender To A Rogue, Alessandra and her daughter have been forced to leave Italy for England. As they adjust to their new circumstances, Alessandra agrees to participate in a prestigious and exciting archeological dig. Both the English and the Italian delegation defer to her expertise in planning and the actual excavation. The dig brings many surprises — both pleasant and unwelcome. Black Jack is a bit of both — the interaction between Jack and Alessandra is great fun. The banter, the uncertainty and their yield to their mutual attraction is well done and kept me thoroughly entertained. Cara Elliott has a deft touch for historical romance — she mixes just the right amount of intrigue, uncertainty, and foreshadowing.

If you enjoy historical romance novels with spirited heroines, twisty plots, and constant banter, grab To Surrender To A Rogue! It’s a fun, romantic read and a perfect summer escape! My mother stayed up all night reading it — and then I did too!

ISBN-10: 0446541311 – Mass Market Paperback $6.99
Publisher: Forever (June 1, 2010), 384 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

Author Bio, in her own words:

Cara Elliott started creating books at the age of five. And she has the proof — a neatly penciled story, the pages lavishly illustrated with full color crayon drawings of horses and bound with staples — to back up her claim. She has since moved on from Westerns to writing about Regency England, a time and place that has captured my imagination ever since she opened the covers of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Cara Elliott has a BA and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and now works as the creative director of a lifestyle sporting magazine, a job which lets her combine her love of the printed word with her love of art. She’s very fortunate in that her work allows her to travel to interesting destinations around the world — however, her favorite spot is London, where the funky antique markets and used book stores offer a wealth of inspiration for her stories. Visit the CaraElliott.com website which she created and designed herself! You can also find Cara on twitter as @CaraElliott_1 or blogging at Word Wenches

Participating Sites:
http://cuzinlogic.wordpress.com 6/14/2010 Giveaway
http://justanothernewblog.blogspot.com 6/14/2010 Giveaway
http://thecajunbooklady.blogspot.com 6/14/2010 Feature, Giveaway
http://reesspace.blogspot.com 6/14/2010 Giveaway
www.bibliophilicbookblog.com 6/14/2010 Feature, Review, Giveaway
www.libslibrary.blogspot.com 6/14/2010 Giveaway
http://wendisbookcorner.blogspot.com 6/14/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://paranormalromanticsuspensereviews.blogspot.com 6/15/2010 Feature, Giveaway
http://ajourneyofbooks.halfzero.net 6/16/2010 Feature, Review, Giveaway, Q&A
http://www.saveyspender.com 6/16/2010 Review, Giveaway
www.maryinhb.blogspot.com 6/16/2010 Review, Giveaway
www.booksoulmates.blogspot.com 6/16/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://www.mybookaddictionandmore.wordpress.com 6/16/2010 Feature, Review, Giveaway, Guest Post
http://momofboyswithtoys.blogspot.com 6/17/2010 Feature, Review, Giveaway
http://martasmeanderings.blogspot.com 6/17/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://www.masoncanyon.blogspot.com 6/17/2010 Giveaway, Guest Post
www.thebookgirl.net 6/18/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://bridget3420.blogspot.com 6/20/2010 Review, Giveaway
http:mommyreadstoomuch.blogspot.com 6/21/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://fallingofftheshelf.blogspot.com 6/22/2010 Feature, Giveaway
http://thisbookforfree.com 6/22/2010 Review, Giveaway, Q&A
www.rexrobotreviews.com 6/23/2010 Review, Giveaway, Q&A
http://blog.imbookingit.com 6/23/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://thebooktree.blogspot.com 6/23/2010 Feature, Giveaway
www.froggaritasbookcase.net 6/24/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com 6/24/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://thefictionenthusiast.blogspot.com/ 6/25/2010 Feature, Giveaway
http://www.eclecticbooklover.com/ 6/25/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://brokenteepee.blogspot.com 6/25/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://marthasbookshelf.blogspot.com/ 6/26/2010 Review, Giveaway, Q&A
http://inthehammockblog.blogspot.com 6/27/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://www.renees-reads.blogspot.com/ 6/28/2010 Review, Giveaway
www.tarnyblogspot.blogspot.com 6/28/2010 Review
http://dkay401-challenges.blogspot.com/ 6/28/2010 Review, Giveaway
www.justjenniferreading.blogspot.com 6/28/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://startingfresh-gaby317.blogspot.com/ 6/28/2010 Giveaway

CONTEST DETAILS:

To enter please share a recommendation for Cara’s seminar on Historical Romance at Yale. Name the book, author and why you’d choose this book. Or tell us about your favorite romance novel or romantic hero.

Rules:
1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win. No email address, no entry.
2. You must be a follower to join the contest.
3. One entry per person and only one winner per household.

The contest is limited to US and Canada only. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at noon on July 30, 2010.

Thank you so much to Anna, Forever and Hatchette Book Group for generously sponsoring this giveaway and this review opportunity!

Winners of Cara Elliott’s To Sin With A Scoundrel & David Cristofano’s The Girl She Used To Be


Winners of Cara Elliott’s To Sin With A Scoundrel

booklover0226 ysa m. – confirmed
marielay – confirmed
Bookbunny68 – confirmed
mckelly74 – confirmed
spynaert – confirmed

Winners of David Cristofano’s The Girl She Used To Be

womackcm – confirmed
readingatthebeach – confirmed
rafael – confirmed

I’ve emailed the winners and they have until noon on Sunday to send me their contact details.

Thanks for participating and thank you so much to Hatchette Book Group, Anna and Valerie for sponsoring these giveaways!

Winners of Cara Elliott’s To Sin With A Scoundrel & David Cristofano’s The Girl She Used To Be


Winners of Cara Elliott’s To Sin With A Scoundrel

booklover0226 ysa m. – confirmed
marielay – confirmed
Bookbunny68 – confirmed
mckelly74 – confirmed
spynaert – confirmed

Winners of David Cristofano’s The Girl She Used To Be

womackcm – confirmed
readingatthebeach – confirmed
rafael – confirmed

I’ve emailed the winners and they have until noon on Sunday to send me their contact details.

Thanks for participating and thank you so much to Hatchette Book Group, Anna and Valerie for sponsoring these giveaways!

Book Blog Tour of Cara Elliott’s To Sin With A Scoundrel + Giveaway


Welcome to the Book Blog Tour of Cara Elliott’s To Sin with A Scoundrel!

To Sin With A Scoundrel Review:
To Sin With A Scoundrel is the first in the Circle of Sin series by Cara Elliott. Historical romances are a guilty pleasure of mine and I particularly like stories with misunderstood, dashing, cynical lords and “overly intelligent”, brave, and slightly socially awkward heroines. I enjoyed To Sin With A Scoundrel from the very beginning and am eagerly awaiting the next book in the Circle of Sin series.

Lady Ciara Sheffield is a bluestocking who regularly meets with fellow bluestockings who call themselves the “Circle of Sin.” Each member has her own special expertisse and Ciara is skilled in ancient languages, archeology, chemistry, and biology and it sounds like most sciences. Ciara is a young widow and her husband’s family has aggressively been seeking the guardianship of her son in order to control his assets. They’ve tried bringing a murder case against her and are not above resorting to violence. Ciara and her friends decide that the best way to protect Ciara and her son is for her to rely on the protection of a wealthy and powerful man. They select one of the most interesting and notorious rakes, the Earl of Hadley, to come to Ciara’s rescue. Together, Ciara and Hadley make a great team and turn To Sin With A Scoundrel into a fun, romantic read!

ISBN-10: 044654129X – Mass Market Paperback $6.99
Publisher: Forever; Original edition (March 1, 2010), 384 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

Author Bio:
Cara Elliott has a BA and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and now works as the creative director of a lifestyle sporting magazine, a job which lets her combine her love of the printed word with her love of art. She feels very fortunate in that her work allows her to travel to interesting destinations around the world. Her favorite spot is London, where the funky antique markets and used book stores offer a wealth of inspiration for her stories.

Cara shares some of the interesting facts that she learned while doing research for To Sin With A Scoundrel. In Cara’s own words:

Research is always a fun part of writing a Regency-set historical romance. In To Sin With a Scoundrel, my heroine is the object of nasty gossip because she dares to be smart so I had a fascinating time visiting London and exploring the lives of real-life scandalous women. Here are a few of the interesting things that I learned:

1. Over 20,000 satirical prints were published in London between 1770 and 1830, and the famous artists were even more ruthless than our modern paparazzi at showing the celebrities of the day at their worst!

2. Lord Byron’s daughter, Augusta Ada Byron King, the Countess of Lovelace, was a mathematical genius—in fact, the U.S. Defense department has named one of its computer programs “ADA” in her honor.

3. You can find amazing original miniatures of Regency beauties and buck of the ton at antique markets on Portobello Road . . . but they don’t come cheap!

4. You can tell what regiment a Guardsman belongs to by the arrangement of the buttons on his red tunic.

5. If I could choose a dream house in London, I would love to live in Apsley House, the Duke of Wellington’s private residence, and throw a tea party using all the incredible silver and china that was given to him by a grateful Europe for winning the Battle of Waterloo.

Cara Elliott and fellow author Lauren Willig are teaching a seminar on Historical Romance Literature at Yale University this year. You can learn more about it at Romance B(u)y the Book and at Cara Elliott’s website at http://caraelliott.com. Cara has offered the syllabus on her website – check out her recommendations.

CONTEST DETAILS:

To enter please share a recommendation for Cara’s seminar on Historical Romance – name the book, author and why you’d choose this book.

Rules:
1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win. No email address, no entry.
2. You must be a follower to join the contest.

The contest is limited to US and Canada only. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at noon on April 15, 2010.

Participating Sites:

http://thecajunbooklady.blogspot.com/ Feature, Giveaway 3/2/2010
http://sumanam.wordpress.com/ Feature, Review, Giveaway 3/2/2010
http://reesspace.blogspot.com Feature, Giveaway 3/2/2010
http://justanothernewblog.blogspot.com Giveaway 3/2/2010
http://www.thehappylittlewren.com Feature, Giveaway, Q&A 3/2/2010
http://zestynachos.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/2/2010
http://sexywomenread.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/2/2010
http://booksoulmates.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/3/2010
http://fictionvixen.com Feature 3/3/2010
http://booksoulmates.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/3/2010
http://myfoolishwisdom.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/3/2010
http://www.masoncanyon.blogspot.com Feature, Giveaway, Guestpost 3/4/2010
http://www.mgpblog.com Review, Giveaway 3/4/2010
http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com Giveaway, Q&A 3/4/2010
http://bridget3420.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/4/2010
http://myfoolishwisdom.com Review, Giveaway 3/4/2010
http://www.saveyspender.com Review, Giveaway 3/4/2010
http://seductivemusings.blogspot.com/ Feature, Review, Giveaway, Guest Post 3/5/2010
http://smexybooks.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/5/2010
http://mom2mycrazy2.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/6/2010
http://stacievaughansblog.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/7/2010
http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/ Feature, Giveaway 3/8/2010
http://www.takingtimeformommy.com Review, Giveaway 3/8/2010
http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/8/2010
http://frugalplus.com/ Review, Giveaway 3/9/2010
http://www.saveyspender.com Review, Giveaway 3/9/2010
http://www.kballard87.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/10/2010
http://thisbookforfree.com Review, Giveaway, Q&A 3/10/2010
http://digiscrapping.net/blog Review, Giveaway 3/10/2010
http://www.mybookaddictionandmore.wordpress.com Feature, Review, Giveaway 3/11/2010
http://www.eclecticbooklover.com Review 3/11/2010
http://carolsnotebook.wordpress.com Review, Giveaway 3/11/2010
http://whole-new-you.com Feature, Review 3/11/2010
http://triciareads.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/11/2010
http://razloversbookblog.blogspot.com/ Feature, Giveaway 3/11/2010
http://abookbloggersdiary.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/12/2010
http://bridget3420.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/12/2010
http://brokenteepee.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/13/2010
http://www.startingfresh-gaby317.blogspot.com/ Review, Giveaway 3/13/2010
http://www.rundpinne.com Review, Q&A 3/13/2010
http://www.bookwormygirl.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/13/2010
http://www.renees-reads.blogspot.com/ Review, Giveaway 3/13/2010
http://www.bibliophilicbookblog.com Feature, Review, Giveaway 3/13/2010
http://myreadingroom-crystal.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/13/2010

Thank you so much to Anna and Hatchette Book Group for this review opportunity and sponsoring this giveaway!

Book Blog Tour of Cara Elliott’s To Sin With A Scoundrel + Giveaway


Welcome to the Book Blog Tour of Cara Elliott’s To Sin with A Scoundrel!

To Sin With A Scoundrel Review:
To Sin With A Scoundrel is the first in the Circle of Sin series by Cara Elliott. Historical romances are a guilty pleasure of mine and I particularly like stories with misunderstood, dashing, cynical lords and “overly intelligent”, brave, and slightly socially awkward heroines. I enjoyed To Sin With A Scoundrel from the very beginning and am eagerly awaiting the next book in the Circle of Sin series.

Lady Ciara Sheffield is a bluestocking who regularly meets with fellow bluestockings who call themselves the “Circle of Sin.” Each member has her own special expertisse and Ciara is skilled in ancient languages, archeology, chemistry, and biology and it sounds like most sciences. Ciara is a young widow and her husband’s family has aggressively been seeking the guardianship of her son in order to control his assets. They’ve tried bringing a murder case against her and are not above resorting to violence. Ciara and her friends decide that the best way to protect Ciara and her son is for her to rely on the protection of a wealthy and powerful man. They select one of the most interesting and notorious rakes, the Earl of Hadley, to come to Ciara’s rescue. Together, Ciara and Hadley make a great team and turn To Sin With A Scoundrel into a fun, romantic read!

ISBN-10: 044654129X – Mass Market Paperback $6.99
Publisher: Forever; Original edition (March 1, 2010), 384 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

Author Bio:
Cara Elliott has a BA and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and now works as the creative director of a lifestyle sporting magazine, a job which lets her combine her love of the printed word with her love of art. She feels very fortunate in that her work allows her to travel to interesting destinations around the world. Her favorite spot is London, where the funky antique markets and used book stores offer a wealth of inspiration for her stories.

Cara shares some of the interesting facts that she learned while doing research for To Sin With A Scoundrel. In Cara’s own words:

Research is always a fun part of writing a Regency-set historical romance. In To Sin With a Scoundrel, my heroine is the object of nasty gossip because she dares to be smart so I had a fascinating time visiting London and exploring the lives of real-life scandalous women. Here are a few of the interesting things that I learned:

1. Over 20,000 satirical prints were published in London between 1770 and 1830, and the famous artists were even more ruthless than our modern paparazzi at showing the celebrities of the day at their worst!

2. Lord Byron’s daughter, Augusta Ada Byron King, the Countess of Lovelace, was a mathematical genius—in fact, the U.S. Defense department has named one of its computer programs “ADA” in her honor.

3. You can find amazing original miniatures of Regency beauties and buck of the ton at antique markets on Portobello Road . . . but they don’t come cheap!

4. You can tell what regiment a Guardsman belongs to by the arrangement of the buttons on his red tunic.

5. If I could choose a dream house in London, I would love to live in Apsley House, the Duke of Wellington’s private residence, and throw a tea party using all the incredible silver and china that was given to him by a grateful Europe for winning the Battle of Waterloo.

Cara Elliott and fellow author Lauren Willig are teaching a seminar on Historical Romance Literature at Yale University this year. You can learn more about it at Romance B(u)y the Book and at Cara Elliott’s website at http://caraelliott.com. Cara has offered the syllabus on her website – check out her recommendations.

CONTEST DETAILS:

To enter please share a recommendation for Cara’s seminar on Historical Romance – name the book, author and why you’d choose this book.

Rules:
1. Please include your email address, so that I can contact you if you win. No email address, no entry.
2. You must be a follower to join the contest.

The contest is limited to US and Canada only. No P.O. boxes. The contest ends at noon on April 15, 2010.

Participating Sites:

http://thecajunbooklady.blogspot.com/ Feature, Giveaway 3/2/2010
http://sumanam.wordpress.com/ Feature, Review, Giveaway 3/2/2010
http://reesspace.blogspot.com Feature, Giveaway 3/2/2010
http://justanothernewblog.blogspot.com Giveaway 3/2/2010
http://www.thehappylittlewren.com Feature, Giveaway, Q&A 3/2/2010
http://zestynachos.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/2/2010
http://sexywomenread.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/2/2010
http://booksoulmates.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/3/2010
http://fictionvixen.com Feature 3/3/2010
http://booksoulmates.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/3/2010
http://myfoolishwisdom.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/3/2010
http://www.masoncanyon.blogspot.com Feature, Giveaway, Guestpost 3/4/2010
http://www.mgpblog.com Review, Giveaway 3/4/2010
http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com Giveaway, Q&A 3/4/2010
http://bridget3420.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/4/2010
http://myfoolishwisdom.com Review, Giveaway 3/4/2010
http://www.saveyspender.com Review, Giveaway 3/4/2010
http://seductivemusings.blogspot.com/ Feature, Review, Giveaway, Guest Post 3/5/2010
http://smexybooks.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/5/2010
http://mom2mycrazy2.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/6/2010
http://stacievaughansblog.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/7/2010
http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/ Feature, Giveaway 3/8/2010
http://www.takingtimeformommy.com Review, Giveaway 3/8/2010
http://booksandneedlepoint.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/8/2010
http://frugalplus.com/ Review, Giveaway 3/9/2010
http://www.saveyspender.com Review, Giveaway 3/9/2010
http://www.kballard87.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/10/2010
http://thisbookforfree.com Review, Giveaway, Q&A 3/10/2010
http://digiscrapping.net/blog Review, Giveaway 3/10/2010
http://www.mybookaddictionandmore.wordpress.com Feature, Review, Giveaway 3/11/2010
http://www.eclecticbooklover.com Review 3/11/2010
http://carolsnotebook.wordpress.com Review, Giveaway 3/11/2010
http://whole-new-you.com Feature, Review 3/11/2010
http://triciareads.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/11/2010
http://razloversbookblog.blogspot.com/ Feature, Giveaway 3/11/2010
http://abookbloggersdiary.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/12/2010
http://bridget3420.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/12/2010
http://brokenteepee.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/13/2010
http://www.startingfresh-gaby317.blogspot.com/ Review, Giveaway 3/13/2010
http://www.rundpinne.com Review, Q&A 3/13/2010
http://www.bookwormygirl.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/13/2010
http://www.renees-reads.blogspot.com/ Review, Giveaway 3/13/2010
http://www.bibliophilicbookblog.com Feature, Review, Giveaway 3/13/2010
http://myreadingroom-crystal.blogspot.com Review, Giveaway 3/13/2010

Thank you so much to Anna and Hatchette Book Group for this review opportunity and sponsoring this giveaway!