Book Promotion, Genella deGrey, Goddess Fish Virtual Book Tours, http://schemas.google.com/blogger/2008/kind#post

Book Promo: "The Art of Temptation" by Genella deGrey

Synopsis:

After seven failed seasons, Valerie Hempstead decides to take her fate into her own hands, and a tour of the continent is just the thing. Accompanied by a female cousin, and the girl’s childhood companions–all of whom live fast and for the moment, Valerie is about to discover more about life than she anticipated.
Travis Elijah Colin Wade, the son of no one in particular, has just been handed a vast amount of money and a large country estate and, of all things, a bloody title. However, he’s not at all pleased about leaving his care-free bachelor days behind. Determined to spend some of his money and relax before assuming his duties for Queen and country, Travis goes abroad. Little does he know that he is about to be utterly swept away by the seduction of innocent surrender.

“You should save your kisses, for they are very fine indeed. They mustn’t be squandered on just anyone.” His head fell forward seeking her touch and his voice turned into a whisper. “You would not want someone to think you were in love with them when you weren’t, would you?”
A tiny hiss of laughter escaped her lips and she continued caressing his head. “A few silly kisses doth not a declaration of love make.” Her voice matched the tone of his. “Believe me, I ought to know,” she murmured mostly to herself while she toyed softly with his hair.
“Perhaps, but what if the gentleman had deeper feelings for you?”
“Me?” she chuckled. “Highly improbable.”
Travis languidly opened his eyes. Dare he say what was in his heart? The word love on the tip of his tongue demanded to be voiced. His arms slipped around her waist and he took a breath, about to spill his thoughts. Thankfully, he caught himself before that could happen. “Do you discount all the flowers and love notes your admirers send you?”
Just before she rebutted, Valerie’s other hand dove into his hair. Travis nearly moaned.
She murmured next to his ear. “You speak of flowers from strangers, impromptu love notes which were composed alongside a few emptied glasses of brandy. Silly when one considers them declarations, really. Wouldn’t you agree?”
His eyelids were awfully heavy, and an echo from the back of his mind voiced that he’d like to be put to sleep like this every night, after a good solid few hours of lovemaking, of course. She was speaking so softly he had to concentrate to keep focused. As her words drifted past his sensitive ears, he could feel every syllable and intonation of her thoroughly feminine voice. The way her S’s slipped from her tongue in high-pitched whistles alone was enough to entice him to make love to her. He shivered slightly at the sensation. He didn’t dare nod in response to her call for agreement lest her hands cease their ministrations. “I suppose so.”
“I’m glad you agree, because that is what I think of kisses.” She briefly pressed her lips to his. “Kisses are but a handshake. There is nothing which could make me fall in love with you were I to shake your hand—nor by kissing you,” she whispered against his mouth and then kissed him again.
With the help of his intoxication, Travis’s eyelids drooped shut. He was so aroused by her tiny kisses it was as if she had been stroking his cock for an hour. In his mind’s eye he saw Valerie, in a fine gown, entertaining a table-full of guests in the elegant dining room at Sutton Court. In his daydream, she turned to him and smiled—a silent, seductive invitation her to bed. The vision made his breath catch. It was brilliant. God, but he wanted to drag her upstairs without further delay and show her just how he felt. On the verge of doing so, she spoke.
“And besides, I am in love with Spencer.” 

Genella will be awarding a large goodie grab bag comprised of ‘author swag’ gathered from the Romance Novel Convention in August 2013 to three randomly drawn commenters during the tour.
Articles, Author Interview, Genella deGrey

Author Interview: Genella de Grey

Thank you so much for arranging our visit today! And can I say that you have a spectacularly BEAUTIFUL blog? 🙂 It’s so… ME! 😀 😉

1What inspired you to write this particular book?
Aside from the fact that history intrigues me to no end, I’d written a minor character, Valerie Hempstead, in my book, REMEMBER ME, who was about to take a journey to the continent. She and her mother were often on the outs, and the first leg of her traveling would be without a chaperone – which as you know, just isn’t done, especially when your mother is a traditionalist! 🙂 But Valerie, having found not only a shred of courage but a long-hidden rebellious streak, wasn’t about to let anything or anyone stop her. I felt compelled to tell her story in The Art of Temptation, and as a writer, you just can’t ignore inspiration when it strikes with such strength!
2.  Does the book contain any underlying themes that are important to the story?
Yes, two. And oddly enough, when put together, they seem to contradict each other at first. But if you’re bold and believe in yourself, you can push through the difficulties to something wonderful you may not have even dreamt of. Themes: Taking a risk, chance or leap of faith can lead you into dark places – and – if you believe in yourself, persevere and hold tight to your dreams through the unbelievably hard times, you will be rewarded.
3What kind of characters do you enjoying creating for a hero or heroine? Do you believe they both need to be strong to have a good story?
I could neither read nor write about a character who didn’t attempt to bust out of a dire situation in any way possible, no matter what the time period. And I honestly don’t think today’s sophisticated historical romance reader wants to read about the women who sat in a corner and embroidered handkerchiefs. If they did, they would be reading historical fiction and not romance.
On that note, let’s think about a few characters written long ago who were strong and reveled in their rebelliousness:
  • In Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice (Published in 1813) Eliza Bennett made a habit of walking alone, turned down Mr. Collins’s offer of marriage, and defied Lady Catherine de Bourgh to her face. 
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum (published in 1900) Dorothy Gale: Yells at creepy old lady, runs away from home and travels around – unchaperoned – with three guys. 
  • In William Thackeray’s 1848 satirical novel Vanity Fair, Becky Sharp, one of his most popular characters, works her way up the social ladder, using her only friend as a stepping stone. Now, no, she doesn’t have an entirely happy ending, but audiences loved her for her strength and determination. I often wonder if the author was surprised that people adored his conniving character, Becky.
4.  Did you do any special historical research while writing the book?
If so, what interesting things did you learn? As you might imagine, I did research on the history of the Moulin Rouge, which was awesome in and of itself, but I also got to incorporate two real dancers into The Art of Temptation: Jane Avril http://www.janeavril.net/gallery.html and Louise Weber (also known as “La Goulue”) http://theburnsarchive.blogspot.com/2010/10/la-goulue-glutton-lautrecs-muse-fallen.html
In my research, I learned that Jane and Louise were fierce rivals, which put yet another speed bump (so to speak) in our heroine, Valerie’s, plans.
There were so many different stories about the birth of the Cancan, that I needed to, for the sake of the story, fuse some of them to fit into my fictional tale. Not only that, but I incorporated my fictional characters with true historical figures, which I do in a good many of my books.
5.  What historical era do you like the most – Regency, Victorian, Edwardian, other and why? 
I truly love them all. But I will tell you, Victorian characters come to me, demanding I tell their story, more often any other time period. It was a fascinating time, especially the later part of the era, experiencing the industrial revolution and being on the brink of a new century and the origin of women fighting for their rights.
6.  When did you first know you wanted to be a writer and how did you get started? After writing a very short (almost like an outline) story in high school for an English project, I must confess that I didn’t read romance for at least a decade. Then my friend Cyndi handed me a Judith McNaught’s Until You and I was hooked! A few month’s later, after I’d exhausted my friend’s cache of historical romance novels, she planted the bug in my ear that I should write one of my own. So that’s exactly what I did.
7.  What challenges do you face as an author either personally or professionally?I always have that fear that I’ll run out of story ideas. Oddly enough, that has never been the case.
8.  Tell us about any previous works or any new works you’ll be releasing in the future.I have a couple things in the works, but I’ll share with you at bit about my next release: Cat and Mouse coming soon from Total-e Bound Publishing: England, 1898. A proper lady would never steel or lie; nor would she enjoy the sting of her lover’s hand upon her posterior. See a bit more here: http://www.genelladegrey.com/books/book-cat-and-mouse-1898/
9.  Add anything else you’d like to tell your readers.For a few extras related to my book, The Art of Temptation, please stop by the official Book Page on my website: http://www.genelladegrey.com/book-the-art-of-temptation-1889/ AND, for the most up-to-date info and other assorted goodies, here are these: 
Twitter: @GenelladeGrey
Facebook Page: Facebook
Website: www.genelladegrey.com – Where you can sign up for my newsletter and/or subscribe to get alerts when I blog (which is only every week or so.)
Thanks again!
Genella deGrey – Heating-up History

AUTHOR Bio:

Born and reared in Southern California, Genella deGrey longed to be your typical blonde, tanned, surfer girl but failed miserably. Unable to sit idle without falling asleep, she embarked upon several artistic endeavors. Makeup and set dressing for the entertainment industry, Resort Enhancement for The Walt Disney Company and writing sexy historical romance top the list of her favorite activities.
Genella has a keen interest in the spirit world. She loves wandering around in graveyards, traveling to battle fields and other haunted destinations, the older the better. New Orleans is one of her favorite places to encounter the supernatural, as is Tombstone, AZ.