The Viscount’s Vow
by Collette Cameron
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Amidst murder and betrayal, destiny and hearts collide when scandal forces a nobleman and a gypsy to marry in this Regency Romance.
Half Romani, half English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.
When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous.
At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betrayal.
First, I loved the cover on this book. So many times published / authors pick a cover and it seems too modern. The male and female look like a very old picture, it was perfect for this book.
Okay I only have one problem with this book. This location is according to my K3. On page 128 Vangie stabbed a would-be robber with her dagger “Flabbergasted, his jaw hanging open, Ian gaped. Vangie’s jeweled dagger, impaled to the hilt, protruded from the robber’s back.” Then on page 256 “She’d not seen him like that since the night she shot the highwayman.” First she stabbed someone with her dagger, I can understand this. But a little over 100 pages later it is stated that she shot the highway man. Unless something was edited out of the book then this is a major error. This was not an ARC copy, I purchased a copy because I hate reading from PDF’s. Just wondering how a mistake like this got pass editors and the author?
I really did enjoy the book. The only problem I found is above. I liked how Vangie was not the average female. I do wonder how she never knew two men fought a duel over her. It seems like this would have been the ‘on-dit’ for the gossiping ton. I know females were sheltered more in these times than today, but still if two men fought a duel over her someone would have told her.
If the author and/or editor cannot keep events straight how do they expect readers to enjoy books? How can authors expect to receive raving reviews? I might read more by this author but it will be awhile after the major error found in this book.
Then I wonder why Ian did not just question Vangie or her uncle about everything he thought was fact? He took everything so-called acquaintances word as fact but would not ask any questions.
I would recommend this if readers do not care about characters not remembering how they saved there husbands life.
Thanks for a fairly interesting read.
Enjoy this excerpt, it is from a very interesting part of the book.
Gypsy Camp Ian’s Return
Ian rode Pericles directly across the clearing and stopped before her. Something delicious skimmed across her senses before she returned her attention to the child. She handed Puri Daj a soft linen cloth to wrap Lala’s calf. He’d returned. She truly hadn’t thought he would. Surely the fluttering in her middle wasn’t gladness?
After what he’d done to her?
She wasn’t completely addle-witted. No, she’d not eaten anything since morning. She was hungry—that was all.
She watched him from the corner of her eye. Holding the reins in his left hand, he grasped Pericles’s mane and swung his right leg over the stallion’s hindquarters. With a powerful shove, he dropped to the ground. With a smart bow, Ian greeted Puri Daj first. “Droboy tume Romale.”
A pleased look flashed across Puri Daj’s face. She inclined her head in greeting. “Thank you, Ian. You learn our language. This is good.” She smiled her approval.
He was learning Romanes? Vangie squelched the happiness attempting to bubble to the surface. Balderdash and rubbish. It meant nothing. If he thought he could wheedle his way into her affections by learning a bit of Romanese—
Lud, now he’s smiling at Lala.
Ian bowed to the child. “Droboy tume tinka.”
Lala giggled and buried her face in Puri Daj’s skirt. Vangie dipped her head and hid a smile. He could charm a stick into throwing itself into a fire, then have it thanking him for the honor.
“Vangie,” His deep voice interrupted her musings. “I’m sorry I didn’t return last evening.” Ian rubbed the Pericles’s forehead before patting his neck and grasping his bridle. “I was delayed.”
Vangie placed the stopper on the jar of pungent ointment, then wiped her hands on her apron. “Tis of no importance.” She searched his face. Lines of fatigue marred his brow and crinkled the corners of his eyes. Faith, had he slept at all? Unease washed over her. Something was wrong.
Hello and thanks for stopping by and visiting with me and the bunnies. It is so nice to have Collette Cameron here. Readers I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Oh, hold on Collette, every time someone new stops by the dogs and bunnies go crazy.
Thank you so much for having me here today!
What do you do when you are not writing?
I’m also an elementary substitute teacher. I’ve cut back to very part-time so I can concentrate on writing. I love to garden, decorate, and of course, read.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
One of the very first romance novels I read was Kathleen Woodiwiss’s, The Flame and the Flower. I actually named my daughter, Brianna, after the heroine, Heather Brianna.
Do you buy a book by the cover?
A book’s cover will get me to pick it up, but it’s the backcover blurb and peeking at the first few pages that gets me to buy it. But, I won’t pick a book up if I don’t like the cover unless it’s an author I know.
Do you have a book trailer?
Both my books, Highlander’s Hope and The Viscount’s Vow have book trailers.
Do you write under a pen name?
Collette Cameron is a pen name. Collette is my middle name, and Cameron is a family surname.
Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
Oh yeah! Doing it right now. It’s a blustery day, pouring rain, and I’ve got on my blue rose jammy bottoms and a comfy top.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Peppermint Candy, which is usually only available around Christmas. That’s a good thing because I’m dairy intolerant.
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Vanilla yogurt with fresh berries. Again, I don’t indulge often ‘cause of the dairy issues.
Night owl, or early bird?
Oh, I’m an early bird! I rarely stay up past 9:00 pm and am out of bed by 5:00 most days.
One food you would never eat?
I have two: mushrooms and peas. Bleck.
Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?
I absolutely want to go to Scotland. I’ve got a saga I’m going to write on Highlanders, so a visit is definitely in order.
Do you prefer coffee, tea, or hot cocoa?
I love a good cup of coffee, but also enjoy tea. It depends on my mood.
What is your favorite gadget?
My Roomba robot vacuum. Hubby bought it for Christmas last year, and at first, I didn’t think I’d like it. Now I love him; I named him Romeo.
What is your favorite type of pet?
Dachhunds. I have five!
Do you prefer print books or ebooks?
Though I read tons of ebooks, I truly prefer print books. There’s just something about having the book in my hands. It’s much easier to go back and look for stuff too!
What is your favorite color?
Cobalt or royal blue. Actually, almost any blue.
Candles or spray air fresheners?
Candles in jars. I have a vanilla one burning right now.
Besides writing what other artistic talents, do you have?
I’m a certified interior decorator. I had a blast decorating my writing room in a shabby chic theme.
What are you working on now?
I just finished The Earl’s Enticement, the third book in my trilogy.
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today Collette. It’s been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.
Thank you for having me!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A life-long Oregonian, Collette Cameron was born and raised in a small town along the northern Oregon coast. Today she makes her home in a rural community, 30 minutes west of Portland. Her Victorian farmhouse sits on a one-acre certified wildlife habit, interspersed with a plethora of gardens: English, rose, butterfly, rock, water, and of course, vegetable.
A voracious reader of romance since her teens, she even named her daughter after a heroine in her favorite romance novel. An enthusiast of times gone by, and anything related to romance, she writes Historical Romance, with a dash of inspiration, a pinch of humor, and a liberal portion of suspense.
Having dabbled in interior decorating in her youth, Collette returned to school, graduating summa cum laude from Oregon State University, and went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Teaching. She is member of Romance Writers of America, Rose City Romance Writers, The Beau Monde, and Love Faith and Hope, Inc., and a whole slew of other author/writer groups.
Some of Collette’s favorite things include unique blends of coffees and teas, trivia, Cadbury Milk Chocolate, inspirational quotes, and scented candles. Her Christian faith, husband, three adult children, and five miniature dachshunds round out her life quite nicely! When she’s not teaching or writing, she enjoys amateur photography, bird watching, gardening, interior decorating, rock-hunting, boating or fishing on the Columbia River, and reading of course.
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BOOK TRAILER LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HnUxiYbR5I