Sunday, January 26, 2014

Guest Post & Giveaway - Leigh LaValle's THE ROGUE RETURNS

The Lure of the Road Trip Romance

There are many popular tropes, or story ideas, in romance novels. Personally, I love them all!
Pretend Marriage
Secret Baby
The Ugly Duckling
The Bodyguard
Road Trip Romance

My newest release, THE ROGUE RETURNS, is a Road Trip Romance. It features a cross-country excursion by horseback and lots of adventure. One of the elements I love about this theme is that the hero and heroine are thrown together and often have to rely on each other for their very survival. There is no going home to their own beds, no running about in their daily lives, and no separating when they are annoyed at one another. They are stuck together, for better or for worse. This makes for some interesting conflict and lively humor.

The other great element of Road Trip Romance is that there are so many opportunities for exciting and unexpected twists in the plot. Throw in a storm, a pair of robbers, an inquisitive pedlar…the possibilities are endless! My debut novel THE RUNAWAY COUNTESS (first in the Nottinghamshire Series) features a lawless heroine who is being held prisoner by the law-abiding hero. Most of the book takes place within the confines of the hero’s estate. I made lots of revisions, attempting to keep the tension high between the hero and heroine as they are having tea, or arguing in his study. While I loved how the book turned out (think LOTS of sexual tension) I really wanted to write a story where every scene was wild and in new location—thus, THE ROGUE RETURNS was born.

What are some of YOUR favorite romance tropes? Comment below and enter to win a digital copy of THE ROGUE RETURNS.

Nottinghamshire Series, #1

Her heart longs for justice, but her body clamors for sin.
Once the darling of high society, Mazie Chetwyn knows firsthand how quickly the rich and powerful turn their backs on the less fortunate. Orphaned, penniless and determined to defy their ruthless whims, she joins forces with a local highwayman who steals from the rich to give to the poor.
Then the pawn broker snitches, and Mazie is captured by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire. A man who is far too handsome, far too observant…and surely as corrupt as his father once was.
Sensible, rule-driven Trent Carthwick, twelfth Earl of Radford, is certain the threat of the gallows will prompt the villagers’ belovedAngel of Kindness to reveal the highwayman’s identity. But his bewitching captive volunteers nothing—except a sultry, bewildering kiss.
And so the games begin. Trent feints, Mazie parries. He threatens, she pretends nonchalance. He cajoles, she rebuffs. Thwarted at every turn, Trent probes deep into her one vulnerability—her past. There he finds the leverage he needs and a searing truth that challenges all he believes about right and wrong.

Nottinghamshire Series, #2 (a novella)

 Having awaited the return of her husband for half a decade, Catherine Raybourne, the Marchioness of Foster, has no intention of reconciling with her misbehaving marquess. But when he insists he needs an heir-immediately-she must confront her own lingering desires. Can she protect her heart while attempting to win his once again


Nottinghamshire Series, #3

Lady Helen Gladstone has siblings to protect and creditors at her door. There's only one way to stave off disaster—to find the fabled fortune that her deceased brother buried years ago. Her experience with her lying father and gambling brother has left her able to spot a scoundrel at ten paces. Unfortunately, the scoundrel she encounters is a lot closer than that...and he's planning to make off with her treasure.
After years of exile, Roane Grantham is eager to begin a new life without the law on his heels. First, he needs gold—his gold, buried one drunken night long ago. But he doesn't count on a petite, bold-as-brass blonde laying claim to his hoard.
Forming an uneasy alliance, Helen and Roane adventure through the high peaks of England, battling treasure hunters, violent storms, and dangerous terrain. But can they escape the growing passion that lays claim to their hearts?

Buy links: not available until Jan 13, 2014. 

Author Bio:
Leigh LaValle lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. When she is not writing, mommying, or reading, she is rarely seen cleaning, and more often found hiking or, when she is really lucky, in the white powder of the ski slopes. She is also a devoted yoga practitioner and instructor.

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