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Dear Author Giveaway You Won’t Want to Miss

I’ve never said that before, have I? Before I get to the upcoming news, let me remind the readers that there were two outstanding Caroline Linden ARC’s for her June book, A Rake’s Guide to Seduction. Two readers didn’t come forward so I am re-opening the opportunity. Caroline Linden writes smart historicals. I’ve always thought that her readership is the Madeline Hunter, Jane Feather readers. So if you like those two authors I think you’ll like Linden.

Now for the new News. A couple of months ago, I received the review copy for Loretta Chase’s Your Scandalous Ways. Chase has been a long time favorite and I’ve always said that Jessica Trent from Lord of Scoundrels is one of my most favorite heroines ever. That said, because I have such high expectations of Chase, I’m always a little afraid to start a new book in case I might be disappointed.

Let me just say that if Chase never writes another book after Your Scandalous Ways, her contribution to the romance genre would be exemplary. Your Scandalous Ways is a perfect book, in my opinion. I’m giving her an A. What’s more, three other people here at Dear Author have read it: Jayne, Jia and Robin. They would all give this book some variation of an A. (You’ll get to read Jayne’s thoughts near the release date).

We’ve had such good success in our past giveaways that I begged HarperCollins for a few early copies and they rustled up 5. Tomorrow you can read my expanded thoughts on the book and comment for a copy. The contest will be a question about the excerpt so you might want to read it tonight and be prepared. Also, I am gushing tomorrow so maybe don’t eat breakfast before you read the post.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Ana
    May 07, 2008 @ 14:06:17

    Loretta Chase is my favorite romance writer and this part here? “Let me just say that if Chase never writes another book after Your Scandalous Ways, her contribution to the romance genre would be exemplary. ”

    Brought tears to my eyes – I can not wait for this.

  2. anu
    May 07, 2008 @ 14:11:52



  3. Meriam
    May 07, 2008 @ 14:26:33

    I am green with envy. A sickly, jealous, unbecoming green.

  4. katiebabs
    May 07, 2008 @ 15:14:39

    OMG!! Kate the contest ho is ready and willing! :D

  5. bettie
    May 07, 2008 @ 15:23:34

    On your marks, get set…

    I can’t believe there’s a new Loretta Chase book coming out. This news made my month. :D

  6. Danielle
    May 07, 2008 @ 15:33:07

    Can’t wait till tomorrow, I love all of her books.

  7. Colleen Gleason
    May 07, 2008 @ 15:37:58

    Okay, I thought Lord of Scoundrels was the perfect book. Now I’m really excited!

    Will be back tomorrow for sure.

  8. Tabitha
    May 07, 2008 @ 15:56:24

    I’ve never read a book by her. I have to check out some of her books and reviews now. Not good…since I’ve been buying books left and right. LOL

  9. limecello
    May 07, 2008 @ 16:00:29

    Oh my – I’ve never read any of her books but now I have to. I love historical romances, and have been looking for something new…

  10. Ann Bruce
    May 07, 2008 @ 16:02:22

    A…new…Chase. *drool*

    Don’t enter me for the contest. I already have it on order so one less competitor for the ARCs.

  11. orannia
    May 07, 2008 @ 16:40:24

    GULP! I love Loretta Chase. I know everyone is a fan of Lord of Scoundrels (and I mean no disrespect to that amazing book, which I enjoyed oh so much!), but my favourite Loretta Chase book (and perhaps my favourite romance book ever) is Knave’s Wager. *ducks*

    I’ll definitely try and pop in tomorrow! Thank you Jane!


  12. laura d.
    May 07, 2008 @ 17:00:08

    So, if I comment today I’m in the running for the Caroline Linden book (which would be much awesomeness, as there is such joy in unearthing a previously unread, and high quality, author — surpassed only by the extreme joy of unearthing a high quality previously unread author who has been writing for quite some while and thus has gobs and gobs of backlist available *Jo Goodman, where have you been all my life*)…and this has become such a run-on sentence that I can’t even decode the necessary punctuation, so feel free to supply something [here]

    Hope I’m in for the Caroline Linden, and I’ll fight thru the crowds to be back tomorrow for Loretta damn Chase.

  13. Marianne McA
    May 07, 2008 @ 17:03:16

    I’ve it pre-ordered too, but I’d still like an ARC. (Same book, only sooner. What could be better?) Still, I usually avoid excerpts and reviews if I know I’m going to read something. I’d rather come to it fresh, and then read the reviews afterwards, to see if my experience matches up.

    Complete dilemma.

    I’ll see how patient I’m feeling in the morning…

  14. Jennie
    May 07, 2008 @ 17:03:53

    Damn!!! I have to WAIT for a new Loretta Chase while others have read it already. As good as my favorite romance EVER (LOS)?? Must preorder now cuz I know I won’t win, sigh.

  15. Ann Bruce
    May 07, 2008 @ 17:15:23

    Marianne – I understand. Even if I was one for contests, I wouldn’t enter this one because I have to read the excerpt. I can’t read a Chase excerpt and not want the remainder of the story RIGHT THAT MOMENT. That’s just cruel and unusual.

  16. Sandy (strlady)
    May 07, 2008 @ 17:22:10

    So looking forward to Chase’s new book!!
    Never read Linden but I’m up for a taste of new blood.

  17. Kirsten
    May 07, 2008 @ 17:23:09

    put me down for the Linden, please (please please please)

  18. Kathleen MacIver
    May 07, 2008 @ 17:32:02

    If we’re supposed to comment here for the Linden book, put me in! I love the excerpts on her site!

  19. Pam P
    May 07, 2008 @ 17:32:46

    Wow, better than LOS? Now I’m even more impatient to get my hands on this one.

    I like Caroline Linden, wouldn’t pass up a chance to get her Arc.

  20. azteclady
    May 07, 2008 @ 17:55:05

    I’m on the fence with Ann Bruce and Marianne McA, because I don’t like excerpts–they tend to either fire me for the read NOW, or they spoil the experience of the book when I finally get around to reading it.

    What to do, what to do… :wink:

  21. miaserene
    May 07, 2008 @ 18:07:57

    Entering again for the Linden draw! And very excited to hear more about Your Scandalous Ways….

  22. AB
    May 07, 2008 @ 18:21:25


    I don’t care how slim the chances are, I’ll be back tomorrow for that.

    I’m interested to be entered for the Linden draw as well!

  23. Sunita
    May 07, 2008 @ 18:22:11

    I’d love to read the Linden.

    And I am soooo envious. I keep clicking on the new Chase at its Fictionwise page, hoping against hope that they’ll screw up and release it early …

  24. Lynne
    May 07, 2008 @ 18:26:10

    I’m a picky, cranky, perfectionist beyotch about most things, but there are a few movies and books where I wouldn’t change a single word or frame. LoS is one of them.

  25. Jan
    May 07, 2008 @ 18:48:07

    The Loretta Chase was already on my auto buy list for May–now I’m even more excited about it. I do enjoy her books! I’m also looking forward to the Linden in June. Thanks for great reviews and all the book news this site provides.

  26. Julia
    May 07, 2008 @ 18:50:30

    I haven’t read anything by Caroline Linden and the book sounds good. It’s great to discover new authors.
    About Loretta Chase, love some of her books! Lord of Scoundrels is one of my top favorites. Can’t wait to read your review about YSW.

  27. Joanna Bourne
    May 07, 2008 @ 19:08:02

    I looked longingly at the excerpt, but I didn’t read it. I’m with Ann. When I read an excerpt, I HAVE to have the book. RIGHT NOW! With Loretta Chase, make that DOUBLE have to have.

  28. Susan G
    May 07, 2008 @ 19:28:50

    Sign me up! I would love to try new-to-me author Caroline Linden. And I will definitely be back tomorrow for Loretta Chase. I had no idea she has a new book coming out! How could I have missed that?!?

  29. Brenna
    May 07, 2008 @ 19:35:45

    That said, because I have such high expectations of Chase, I'm always a little afraid to start a new book in case I might be disappointed.

    That’s so true. I love Loretta Chase and I’m glad that several of you liked it. If Robin is giving it an A something, then I think I’m going to like it too.

  30. Rebecca J
    May 07, 2008 @ 19:36:00

    Loretta Chase, IMO, is right next to Heyer in the Pantheon of great Romance novelists.

    I am very interested in the Linden book.

    I’m really looking forward to reading your review – I’ll be sure to have a few towels handy, just in case. ;)

  31. Robin
    May 07, 2008 @ 20:02:17

    The Chase book is a straight A for me — one of my favorite books of the past few years and my favorite Chase ever (I adored most of the Carsington books, didn’t love her old Avon books and was disappointed in Not Quite A Lady). As Jane said, if she never wrote another book, this one would be a career high, IMO.

  32. TrustMe_2_Forget
    May 07, 2008 @ 20:35:12

    I was lucky enough to get my own ARC of Your Scandalous Ways to review and have to agree with the reviewers here, it’s a definate A read.

  33. TrustMe_2_Forget
    May 07, 2008 @ 20:37:35

    Caroline Linden sounds like an author I’d like to try, I’m going to have to remember to put her on my list

  34. deputman
    May 07, 2008 @ 20:39:30

    The Linden excerpt is so good, throw my name in too, please.

  35. SonomaLass
    May 07, 2008 @ 20:41:26

    Linden, Chase, a great month for releases!! And contests, hurrah!

    I like reading excerpts, although sometimes they do make me very impatient. Glutton for punishment, me.

  36. Jill Myles
    May 07, 2008 @ 20:46:26

    Gimme free booksies!

  37. Ciara
    May 08, 2008 @ 00:37:35

    Oooooo I LOVE to discover new authors (especially Regency)! Please sign me up for Caroline Linden’s book.

    Loretta Chase is on my must-buy list. She’s great.

  38. leah
    May 08, 2008 @ 01:50:22

    Hi… I’d like to be in the running for the Caroline Linden book, and I will totally be back tomorrow for the Loretta Chase goodness!

  39. Stacie McClellan
    May 08, 2008 @ 03:19:31

    And the TBR list grows ever larger. *happy sigh*

    I’ll never catch up.

  40. Malin
    May 08, 2008 @ 05:09:21

    Please put me in the running for the Caroline Linden book, and will absolutely be back tomorrow for the Chase contest!

  41. Margay
    May 08, 2008 @ 05:18:18

    I’m interested in the arc by Caroline Linden. Please count me in.

  42. Alyssa
    May 08, 2008 @ 11:24:35

    I’d love to be in for the Linden book.

  43. Jennie
    May 08, 2008 @ 18:32:28

    If it’s not too late, I’m interested in the Linden ARc. Please put my name in the hat! Thanks.

  44. Jane
    May 09, 2008 @ 10:50:28

    The winners of the Linden arc are

    #12 – laura d
    #34 – deputman

    Please email your snail mail right away: jane @

  45. Brenna
    May 09, 2008 @ 20:49:01

    GULP! I love Loretta Chase. I know everyone is a fan of Lord of Scoundrels (and I mean no disrespect to that amazing book, which I enjoyed oh so much!), but my favourite Loretta Chase book (and perhaps my favourite romance book ever) is Knave's Wager. *ducks*

    I'll definitely try and pop in tomorrow! Thank you Jane!


    While LOS is really my #1 romance favourite, Knaves Wager comes very, very close. The reason is that it sort of reminded me a bit of Dangerous Liasons. But aside from that, I love that book and enjoyed every minute reading it. Loretta Chase was at her best there. And the secondary romance of Cecily and Robert was such a fun read and a lovely contrast between that of Lilith and Brandon. It’s a pity that it’s an old and probably out of print book so it’s not so well known as her current ones.

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