Secrets and Scandals Series
Thanks for stopping by today. Read about the Secrets and Scandals in Darcy Burke’s new historical romance books. If you love reading historical romance’s then this is an author you should add to your list of authors. Darcy has that perfect way with creating words to draw the reader into her books without allowing readers to feel they have already read this book before. Step into Darcy’s world and be carried back to historical England with the rakes and debutantes of the season. You will not regret making this step. You will just wonder where this amazing author has kept herself hidden.
Book 1: Her Wicked Ways
SHE WAS HIS SAVIOR
Banished from London for her reckless behavior, Lady Miranda Sinclair is robbed by a dashing highwayman en route to the country. By offering him a kiss in lieu of the jewels she had to leave behind, she commits the very type of act that caused her exile. When her dour guardians extend her punishment to performing charitable work at the local orphanage, she’s further tempted by the home’s owner, a provincial gentleman who stirs her passion in a most wicked way.
HE WAS HER DOWNFALL
Desperate to save his orphanage from financial catastrophe, Montgomery “Fox” Foxcroft leads a double life as a highwayman. The arrival of wealthy, well-connected Miranda, whose kiss he can’t forget, presents a lawful opportunity to increase his coffers. His problems seem solved—until she rejects his suit. Out of options and falling for the heiress, Fox must risk what principles he has left and take advantage of her wicked ways—even if it ruins them both.
Her Wicked Ways
She sighed, a sound of deep regret. “I told you, I have no money.”
“You’re lying. You reek of wealth.” Fox sniffed loudly to punctuate his statement and got a nose full of her alluring scent for his trouble.
“I know.” Her lips curved into a small, almost seductive smile. It stole his breath. Literally. When he finally remembered to take air, he did so quite audibly. Her mouth widened then, and her face shone like the sun on the brightest summer day.
What the hell kind of highwayman fixated on some chit like a cheap Byron impostor?
Fox reined in his wayward lust. “You must have something of value. A piece of jewelry? A quizzing glass?”
She arched a brow. “What do you take me for? A doddering dowager?”
Good God, no. Never that. If they’d been anywhere else, he would’ve laughed.
Instead, he called out to Rob, as much to distract himself from her as to determine his steward’s progress. “How are you doing over there?” He was careful to lower his voice lest Carmody determine his identity. Highway robbery shouldn’t be this bloody complicated.
“Coming along. Gent’s being quite accommodating.”
He returned his attention to the girl, disappointed she hadn’t sprouted a wart in the last few seconds. “I don’t have time to discuss the finer points of your doddering or lack thereof. Return to the carriage and retrieve whatever it is you have of value. I’d hate to have to use my pistol.”
Her gaze flicked downward. “Your pistol?”
Hell’s teeth, had she just looked at his crotch?
“You’re not even pointing it at me.”
She was quite maddeningly correct.
Review Her Wicked Ways:
Wow. This book pulled me in from the start. The writing, the plot, characters, wording everything was perfect. I have been looking for a new historical romance author and I have found her. Darcy I am very surprise you are not with a large publishing house. However, I am so glad I was offered the chance to read your wonderful books.
Meet Lady Miranda. She looks like a goddess and has the body and smile to seduce anyone into what she wants. Well, almost anyone that is not her parents. Now meet the highway man aka Fox or Foxcraft. He is loyal, loving and trying to save his orphanage. This orphanage has been in his family for several hundred generations’. Sadly he is on the brink of financial ruin. He has stooped to being a highway man to try and get money to help feed, clothe, and provide essentials for the children. He knows something will have to change but sadly he prospects of finding a future wife with money is very slim.
Miranda is one of those females that get’s everything she wants or at least tries to get everything. However she is being sent to live with some very strict distant cousins because of her behavior. She meets the highway man and realizes that she could have some fun.
Fox is not interested in fun. He wants money first and maybe a wife with buckets of money to help save the orphanage.
This book has lots of romance with some mystery thrown in. I truly enjoyed reading this book.
Thanks for a great read Darcy.
The bunnies and I give this book stars.
Book 2: His Wicked Heart
IT’S HARD TO BE RESPECTABLE
Jasper Sinclair, Earl of Saxton, made a bargain with his devil of a father to marry in one month’s time. But instead of shackling himself to an acceptable debutante, he indulges his baser needs. He joins a fighting club and pursues a delectable woman who may not be what she seems. Soon he finds himself battling addictions that threaten his already wicked heart.
WHEN YOU’D RATHER BE WICKED
Orphaned seamstress Olivia West wants the chance to lead an honest, respectable life, but the arrogant Earl of Saxton launches a daunting campaign to make her his mistress. Destitute and desperate, she agrees to one night with the dangerous lord, hatching a scheme to take his money and keep her virtue. However, Jasper uncovers her deception and vows to claim what he’s owed—not his money, her.
His Wicked Heart
Olivia stood taller and thrust her chin at him. “I came from Devon several months ago and took a position at the theatre as a seamstress. I only filled in onstage for an actress who left temporarily to care for a sick relative. It was then I had the misfortune of encountering—and being bedeviled—by you.”
Bedeviled? He’d show her bedeviled. Jasper closed the gap between them until they nearly touched. “And when is it exactly that you came from Devon?”
She tipped her head back, but didn’t shrink from him. An auburn curl loosened and grazed her ivory cheek. “March.”
He took in the graceful sweep of her neck, partially covered from his hungry gaze by the starched collar of her shirt beneath the deep sage green of her riding habit. His lust threatened to destroy any semblance of propriety, which, alone as they were in the gallery, was nonexistent. “So you really are from Devon.”
“Yes.” Her voice deepened, stirring his desire further.
He tucked the stray lock of hair behind her ear. “And your parents died last year. Were they ill?”
Her breathing hitched as his fingers skimmed the outer shell, and he felt a surge of triumph. “A coaching accident.”
“You said you didn’t own any horses.”
The flash of disquiet in her eyes confirmed the lie. She drew back, and his body regretted that his mind had pursued this course instead of kissing her senseless. “They’d borrowed someone else’s carriage.” A plausible excuse, but he still didn’t believe her.
So disappointing—both her dishonesty and his unquenched lust. “Ah, and therein lies the tragedy.”
She turned, quickly, before she showed him any emotion.
Review His Wicked Heart:
Wow another great book by up and coming author Darcy Burke. If I did not know the difference I would swear this book was fresh off one of the “Big 6” publishing houses press. Darcy has that special creative gift for writing historical romance. There are two genre’s that I am favor. One is a great thriller/horror by the master Stephen King. The other is historical romance set in England. I want the Dukes, Lords, Princes, Ladies, ball gowns, slippers, morning gowns, walking dresses and horse drawn carriages. I want it all in historical romance. The only stipulation is that it has to be set in England, Ireland, or Scotland and before the 1830’s. I do not like reading anything after the 1830’s. Books set after that have too much of the Second Industrial Age.
Saxon is heir to the Dukedom. He father is a total arsewipe. He does not care about anything except his own agenda. He expects his children to follow all of his rules without question because he is the duke and that makes him right.
While this is the second book in the series, it was very easy to read and does not require the first book to be read. There is reference to the first book but just enough to let the reader know what is happening to the other characters without overwhelming people who have not read the first book.
There is sparks between Fox and Miranda. It is something each of them is fighting. Miranda knows her family will never allow her to marry someone that is totally unacceptable like Fox. He does not have money or a title, two requirements from her father. However that does not stop the sparks or the interest they each have.
Thanks for another great read Darcy.
The bunnies and I give this book carrots.
Book 3: To Seduce a Scoundrel
A LADY ON THE BRINK OF DISASTER
Quintessential debutante Lady Philippa Latham is determined to avoid scandal at all costs so that she may marry well. When her mother’s outrageous behavior threatens their family’s reputation, Philippa unwittingly follows her to a party no unmarried Society girl would risk attending. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Philippa is “rescued” from disaster by England’s most notorious scoundrel, which sets them both on a path to public and personal ruin.
A SCOUNDREL IN NEED OF SEDUCTION
Lord Ambrose Sevrin is infamous for ruining his brother’s fiancée and refusing to marry her. Content to remain among the fringe of the upper ten thousand, he is an intriguing enigma to London’s elite. Philippa thinks she’s met the true Ambrose—a gentleman who would fight to defend her and help her secure a husband before it’s too late. But he can’t be that husband, even for her. He won’t tolerate redemption—or love—for his crimes are far worse than anyone can imagine.
To Seduce a Scoundrel
“Is that what you’ve been doing with your dance partners tonight? Husband hunting?” The notion filled Ambrose with a disturbing sense of nausea.
They danced apart again and Ambrose took the opportunity to mentally review the men he’d watched her with. When they came together, he said, “That foreign boy…you danced with him out of obligation, not because you’re considering his suit?”
Philippa smiled up at him, her ale-colored eyes sparkling beneath the glow of hundreds of candles. “Oh, stop. I’m not considering his suit, but he’s perfectly charming.”
“Charm is your chief requirement in a husband?”
Her body moved with precision and grace. “Along with honor and kindness.”
“You might do better with a dog.”
She laughed as they danced apart again. Such a warm, lovely sound. He would miss it.
When they came together, she gave him a contemplative look. “Is there a breed you recommend?”
“Something loyal who’s ready to defend you.”
“Like you?” She gazed at him alluringly and he had to work to focus on the dance steps.
“That is not how I’d describe myself.” Unfaithful, selfish, arrogant…these were far more accurate adjectives.
“But your ability to defend me and my honor is well-established. And here you are with me again tonight.” She shook her head, her lips set firmly together. “I’m dubbing you loyal.”
He leaned forward slightly and lowered his voice to just above a whisper. “Please, stop. You’re going to reverse my black reputation. I can’t have that.”
Review To Seduce a Scoundrel:
This is the third book in the series. Two more books are supposed to be out in winter 2013. I read all three books in about 1.5 days. However that is because I am on sick leave at work so I do not have anything else to do except read.
Philippa is supposed to be a beauty with several seasons behind her. Her mother has told her she has to marry and find a betrothal within 30 days. She wants marriage but only with love involved. She does not want the loveless, lifeless marriage her parents have.
Sevrin is a rake, a scoundrel that has nothing to lose and not concerned with anything that involves gaining something. It is rumored that he seduced his older brother’s betrothal and left her ruined. It is also rumored that he killed his older brother to gain the title.
Sevrin and Philippa travel along a without benefit of courtship. She is trying to find a suitable man to marry while Sevrin is fighting demons from the past. Philippa is drawn to Sevrin the same way he is drawn to her. They each fight it at every turn.
All historical romance books have the same plot with the same outcome at the end. Some authors are better than others at writing or creating the scenes to keep readers interested. Darcy’s writing and books have created a wonderful interesting world. She has that amazing gift to draw a reader in and take them anywhere with her words.
Thanks for another amazing read Darcy. I have found a new favorite historical romance author. I am looking forward to your next book.
The bunnies and I give this book carrots.
If you could work with any author, who would it be?
Stephen King. I don’t write his genre, nor do I read much of his work, but I think I’d learn a ton about the business and the craft.
Who is your favorite author and is your writing style similar to theirs?
I’m not sure I have a favorite author, but if I had to choose a couple, I’d go with Judith McNaught and Elizabeth Hoyt.
What is your favorite part of a book?
Anything I don’t see coming. J
When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
Sometimes. I don’t want it to mean anything negative (unless it’s a villain) or weird. I do consult naming books and have several that I use.
What is your inspiration or who is?
My kids inspire me every day to be the best I can be and to live each day to the fullest. Writing-wise, I have so many friends and colleagues who inspire me to write the best book and be my best advocate.
Do you use real-life facts based on true stories?
Often, yes. I do a lot of research to establish a framework for my stories. As long as something is plausible, I’m comfortable. Some historical authors and readers are very picky about their details and facts. I’m most concerned with getting facts and ambience right so reader feel they’re in that time. I try not to include anything that pulls a reader out of the time/story, whether it’s factual or not.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
I do draw on my own experiences in relationships when crafting characters and their relationships.
Did you ever think you would ever become an author?
Yes. J The question was when. I didn’t settle down to pursue that goal until after my youngest was about a year old – almost seven years ago.
How do you conceive your plot ideas?
From things I read. Or, I get character ideas (and then come up with a plot) when I think about two types of people who might have great conflict. For instance, in my upcoming novella, the hero is a former magistrate clerk who is now working for police reform in London while the heroine is a thief. How are they going to find a happily ever after? Then the story goes from there.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to publish?
Not yet. J I’ve been lucky enough to self-publish my books and find a readership. So far so good—but I keep pinching myself.
How long did it take you to publish your first book, after you started trying?
I’ve been agented since 2008 and have had several books submitted to New York publishers. I’ve come close to selling those books, but the Regency historical romance market is very crowded—or so New York says. Successfully self-publishing three of those books shows there’s definitely a place in the market for me, so we’ll see what happens in the future.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My latest release, To Seduce a Scoundrel, is my second “fight club” book. I had written His Wicked Heart (the first fight club book) and two of the secondary characters were screaming for their own story. The hero of To Seduce a Scoundrel, Viscount Ambrose Sevrin, figures very prominently in His Wicked Heart and he’s so deliciously scoundrel-y that I really couldn’t wait to write his story. What I didn’t want to do was make him a typical rake. So I made him celibate. And what’s a girl supposed to do with a celibate scoundrel? Seduce him of course!
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always read historical romances, thanks to my mom who read them. Although, she reminded me recently that we also read a lot of Harlequins, but I don’t remember any of them!
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I did quite a bit of research about pugilism during the Regency since the hero is a fighter. I wanted to get the terminology and feel of the sport right. Hopefully I did a good job. I also do a lot of research about the places where I set my stories, so the settings in London and in Cornwall are real or very close to.
What is a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I do have a daily writing goal, plus all the other stuff that goes along with it (promotion, the business side of producing books since I self-publish, research, etc.). I have an office in my house with three cats who like to sprawl on my desk or sit in my chair with me. I also have two kids (ages 11 and 7), so the summer schedule’s been a bit crazy. When they’re in school, I work while they’re gone. Basically, I work whenever I can—both a blessing and a curse of working from home!
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
I think it varies, but sometimes just making myself get back into a story if I’ve been away from it for a few days. I wish I could write all my projects (at least the first draft) quickly so that I didn’t lose the thread (which can happen if you can’t write for several days).
What is the best thing about being an author?
Just telling stories and taking people away on a journey for a short time. I love a good book and delivering one to readers is the very best thing.
What are you working on now?
I just finished a contemporary paranormal romance. It was my first foray outside Regency England and I’m excited to see what people think. Right now I’m working on a novella in the Secrets and Scandals series featuring a character readers briefly met in Her Wicked Ways, Lord Kersey. The novella will be out at the end of September and will set up the final two books in the series, which will hopefully be out in December 2012 and March 2013.
What advice would you give aspiring writers?
Write, write, write. The only way to improve your craft is to keep writing. Also, do your best to educate yourself on the industry—make friends with other writers, join the appropriate writing organization (for romance, that’s Romance Writers of America), and read as much as you can about writing and publishing.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
As I said above, I love Judith McNaught and Elizabeth Hoyt. My favorite books of theirs are Almost Heaven and The Serpent Prince. I also really love Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series, which she’s currently in the middle of.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I’ve thought and thought about this and I just can’t come up with anything! So, how about I just share something extra about myself? I’m a fair-weather runner, meaning I don’t like to run in the rain or if it’s super cold. And since I live in Oregon, that can be a good portion of the year, LOL. I ran my first half-marathon in June and another one in July. I don’t know when I’ll run another—maybe not until next spring—but I plan on it. Don’t know if I have a marathon in me, though! I never thought I’d enjoy running, but I do.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Never Say Never. J
I know I made you wait for the prize information. This wonderful author is giving away lots of great prizes. I am not surprised. Her books were wonderful. Did you read my review on each book? I truly loved them. Now follow this tour everyday and leave a comment on all blogs. Remember to ask Darcy a question and she will promptly reply. Leaving a comment on each stop will better your chances of winning. Follow the virtual tour here. Ok, you want the prizes that Darcy is giving away. Well here it goes:
1 – $25 Amazon Gift Card
1 – copy Born to Bite anthology
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Wow such amazing prized. You rock Darcy and not just with your writing.
Darcy Burke wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. An RWA Golden Heart® Finalist, Darcy loves all things British (except tomatoes for breakfast, or any other time of day, actually) and happy ever afters.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and three cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge. Visit Darcy online at http://www.darcy-burke.com, follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/darcyburkefans.