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#Giveaway: Rachel Kall,Tarah Scott,Cecilia Grant

Welcome to the Dear Author August Extravaganza, Day 8.

Every day this month, we are giving away copies of books, both digital and print, as well as gift certificates and even a digital reader. Stay tuned to this link to see all of the giveaways. They only last a few days each so keep visiting.

From Author Cecilia Grant

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A Woman Entangled, third book in the Blackshear Family series. A hard-headed beauty with dreams of marrying a lord finds her schemes upended by the barrister she rejected three years before. This was our July book club pick. You can read the review here and look at the Q&A here.

A Lady Awakened and A Gentleman Undone, first and second in the Blackshear Family series, have also been reviewed favorably here at Dear Author. Check out all our Cecilia Grant reviews here.

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From Author Rachel Kall


Edge of your seat romantic suspense: Attorney Alex Popov’s dream of partnership is put to the test when she’s pulled into a top-secret investigation involving arms dealers and one of her clients, Rodrigues Capital. The only good part about her association with the secretive organization is her client contact, Pedro Martín. She’s drawn to him, but he’s hiding something. When Jacob shows up as a new attorney at Alex’s firm, it’s clear Pedro isn’t the only one with secrets. As Alex tries to determine Jacob’s true identity, she’s drawn closer to Pedro and deeper into the mystery of Rodrigues Capital and its shadowy networks. Everyone has an agenda. In a world of lies, where no one is what they seem, Alex puts everything — even her dreams of partnership — on the line for love. Amazon Link * Author Link

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From Author Tarah Scott

How does a woman tell her betrothed that she murdered her first husband?

No man bargains for war when he chooses a bride, but when he steals her from holy ground, he can expect nothing less.

Iain MacPherson swore he was nothing like his father, but his kidnapping of Victoria Hockley, the Countess of Lansbury is the first step toward the same obsessive jealousy that fueled his father’s life-long feud against the chief Iain’s mother loved.

A kiss, a midnight race for freedom, and a royal missive force Victoria into her captor’s arms. Hallowed ground can’t save her from the devil that followed her from England. Yet the Scottish lord who swears to protect her is far more dangerous.

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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. Jen
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 10:06:09

    For some reason I can’t think of a ton of “unusual” heroines at the moment. I guess I’ll go with Annika from Riveted. She’s not THAT unusual, but she’s definitely a bit out of the ordinary and she is one of my top 3 favorite romance heroines ever.

  2. Nita G
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 10:15:49

    My favorite unusual heroine – Alice from Meljean Brook’s Demon Bound. She’s kind of creepy and scares the hero, Jake, with her spiders. Love her and her sense of humor.

  3. sula
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 10:19:08

    How much do I love audiobooks…this contest gives me a giant happy.

    Fav unusual heroine? Since I’m in the middle of a Night Huntress series glom, I’m going to have to go with Cat Crawfield, the half-vampire huntress of vampires turned vampire lover of Bones (nom!). She’s brash and often goes with her gut over her head but she does learn and develop over the course of the series.

  4. Make Kay
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 10:23:28

    Hmmm… I think my fav unusual heroine is Kate from Ilona Andrews’ series. She’s so mouthy and badass

  5. Dee F.
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 10:48:18

    If unusual includes rough edges hiding tender emotions, I would have to pick Mercy Thompson from Patricia Briggs’ series or Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews’ series.

  6. Sally W.
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 10:57:03

    Emily Benedict from The Girl Who Chased the Moon.

  7. Becky
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 11:12:29

    My mind is going blank! Can I cheat and go with a favorite unusual hero? Dante Walker from The Collector–he’s not really a nice guy at all for at least 3/4 of the book–great example of an antagonist hero.

  8. Nadia Lee
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 11:17:08

    All of Bettie Sharpe’s heroines are unusual in a very good way.

  9. Valarie P
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 11:42:14

    oooh, I love audibooks, and I loved both of those books by Cecilia Grant. Thanks for another great giveaway.

  10. vickie schultz
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 11:45:38

    HMM my favorite would be Claire from Tara Sivec Seduction and Snacks

  11. Christine M.
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 11:53:53

    Mercy Thompson, Kate Daniels and Hermione Granger. :D

  12. Nancy B
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 11:54:59

    I’m going to go with some recent reads and say Annique in the Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne and Rachael in Rush Me by Allison Parr. One is a spy and the other is an incredibly flawed heroine – a rarity in romancelandia.

  13. Jane
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 12:04:24

    Thanks to author Rachel Kall for the heads up re the Rafflecopters. They are now open. Go back and enter!

  14. Jules
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 12:06:58

    My favorite unusual heroine that I can think of off the top of my head is Daisy from the Darkest London series and her book Moonglow. Very much a bad ass.

    Thanks for these contests! The Scottish one looks interesting as well.

  15. Jenna
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 12:14:39

    So many of my favorite heroines are secondary characters from series about men. Makes me wish the novels were about them! Valeora and Seliora from the Imager Portfolio, Elaine/Quinn/Ekatarin/Tara from the Vorkosigan Saga. Actually, Cordilea Naismith from the Vorkosigan saga had two books of her own and was fantastic!

  16. Natasha R
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 12:39:42

    Unusual heroine…Katsa from Graceling comes to mind.

  17. EvelynS
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 12:42:32

    The heroines in Shelley Laurenston’s pride series are great!!
    Thanks for the giveaways!!

  18. lawless
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 12:48:26

    I guess my favorite unusual heroine would be a tossup between Miranda Darling of Coutney Milan’s Unraveled and Kit Sutherland of Anna Cowan’s Untamed. I already have digital copies of A Lady Awakened and A Gentleman Undone, so I’m more the copies of A Woman Entanged would be of more use to me than the audiobooks.

  19. Patricia M.
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 12:55:26

    This is hard since what I would have considered unusual is now, with so much Urban Fantasy and Paranormal, not so unusual. How about the heroine of Son of the Morning since she is just a very average looking, slightly overweight but well loved (despite her looks) college professor type who changes greatly after the initial tragedy.

  20. Joopdeloop
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 13:28:21

    Ista from Paladin of Souls, Justine from Mind Games, Emma from Untie My Heart, Melanthe from For My Lady’s Heart, lots of the women mentioned above – hooray for heroines that buck expectations!

  21. eenayray
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 13:30:16

    Favorite unusual heroine would be Isobel from Kimberly Truesdale’s The Wrong Woman. I’m a historical kind of gal and this lady is chubby, plain, clumsy, quiet, and a wallflower. At first. She hits the wall of being the nice nobody and starts taking over.

  22. Shannon H
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 13:54:45

    I’m rereading the Guardians series, so I have to say Meljean Brook’s Lilith

  23. Jess
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 14:02:49

    I love mean girl heroines like SEP’s Sugar Beth Carey and Molly O’Keefe’s Tara Jean Sweet. They are the type of women I wouldn’t normally like so the author has to work harder to get me to empathize with them.

  24. Jen
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 14:23:25

    I like heroines who are quirky since I am a bit quirky.

  25. Lammie
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 14:30:04

    Argh, I am drawing a blank on an unusual heoine – maybe Linda from This is Who I Am, because she is older and not sure she is comfortable with her sexuality. Maybe not so different, but different from what I have been reading lately.

  26. erinf1
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 15:14:58

    thanks for the awesome giveaways! I’m also gonna have to go with Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews’ series. Probably cuz I’m reading the latest book :)

  27. TrishJ
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 15:20:32

    I guess my most unusual heroine was Mac in Karen Marie Moning’s series. I usually read contemporary romance, but I heard so much about this series I tried the first book and immediately downloaded the next book, and the next book, .. Pretty good.

  28. ZoeyPeacock
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 15:24:19

    Love giveaways

  29. Sandypo
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 15:37:03

    Geeze, that’s a tough one. I don’t know — probably whoever is the heroine of the book I’m reading at the moment.

  30. Cassandra B.
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 15:38:03

    Having such fun with the giveaways! I love the badass heroines in Shelly Laurenston books.

  31. kp
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 15:46:40

    Loving all the giveaways!!!

  32. Jessica T
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 15:53:16

    These all sound like such great books. Thanks for the giveaways.
    For my favorite unusual heroine, I have to say all of Nalini Singh’s Sascha Duncan (and many of her other heroines). As a Psy, she has been trained to be Silent (emotionless) from childhood. How common are heroines that aren’t allowed to feel any emotion, much less love? And she’s unusual in her world because she (obviously) does feel and learns to accept them.

  33. Christine
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 16:00:15

    Favorite unusual heroine – October Daye from the series by Seanan McGuire

  34. Jolie Jacq
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 16:13:51

    A favourite, unusual heroine I’ve read recently was Ellen in Liane Moriarty’s “The Hypnotist’s Love Story”. Her reactions often surprised me.

  35. bn100
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 16:19:07

    Evie from the devil in winter

  36. Kate K
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 16:24:27

    I loved the archaeologist heroine in Tessa Dare’s “A Week to be Wicked.”

  37. Brandi B
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 16:25:38

    Thanks for the giveaways! I think an unusual heroine is Chess from Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series. She’s a drug addict and lies a lot. I sometimes feel like I shouldn’t like her because of what she does but I can’t stop reading and ultimately rooting for her.

  38. Denise Z
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 16:49:04

    There are so many wonderful and fun heroines, one that always makes me smile and I enjoy revisiting her story over and over is Judith Hampton from Julie Garwood’s The Secret. Awesome story that begs to be reread again and again. Thank you for sharing with us. These are new reads for me and I am looking forward to looking them up. :)

  39. Raquel Vega-Grieder
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 16:52:24

    I guess I would have to say Nara Collins By P.T. Michelle from the Brightest Kind Of Darkness Series. Legally Undercover sounds good and I just LOVE Tarah Scott….^_^.

  40. Kim
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 16:55:11

    Thanks for the giveaway. The heroines in Cecilia Grant’s first two books were unusua; heroines as was the heroine from A Notorious Countess Confesses by Julie Anne Long.

  41. Linda Townsend
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 16:57:22

    I’d love to read Lord Keeper by Tarah Scott. I saw this giveaway posted by Sarah Humphreys :-))) Love the cover!

  42. Debbie
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 17:01:29

    Eliza Flyte from Susan Wigg’s The horsemaster’s daughter

  43. Elise Staples
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 17:03:18

    Since I’m reading Guardian Demon right now I’d say one of my favorite unusual characters is Lilith. Having a three headed dog alone is pretty unique.

  44. Maureen
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 17:11:33

    I am currently reading Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid and Janie is a very unique heroine.

  45. Lindsay
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 17:14:22

    One of my favourite unusual heroines is Naomi from Delicate Freakn’ Flower — I bought the book for the name, it has become a loved re-read because of Naomi. Standing in the middle of chaos, kicking ass, and yelling about how she’s misunderstood and is a delicate freakn’ flower damnit!

  46. Sherry Haut
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 17:36:27

    Ellysetta from Lord of the Fading Lands

  47. Ducky
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 17:46:06

    I think the heroine in THE HEIRESS EFFECT by Courtney Milan is pretty unusual.

  48. MD
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 17:56:43

    My favourite unusual heroine? Bathsheba from Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase

  49. Conny Conway
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 18:05:03

    Tara Scott, one of my four favorite authors, inspiring, gifted with imagination , blessed with a way of words that spellbinds her fans, this is not something you can learn, this is talent. She is an award winning writer, which is well deserved. I’m a fan since I read the first chapter of labyrinth. Thanks, miss Scott for sharing your world with us

  50. Rue
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 18:08:54

    I’m having a hard time figuring out what makes an “unusual” heroine…. Ok here’s an obvious one Sarah from Discount Armageddon -she’s a secondary character and a “cuckoo”, basically a telepathic, human-looking creature descended from a species of predatory wasp. And despite the fact that most all cuckoos are incredibly dangerous psychopaths she’s actually a fairly nice person who loves math and has a crush on a cute boy.
    The book and it’s sequels are hilariously fun and clever and I definitely recommend them.

  51. JenniferH
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 18:33:21

    Lady elyssa from The Vampire Queen series by Joey W Hiill

  52. E
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 18:38:31

    I’m not sure what constitutes an unusual heroine, but I guess I’d go with Kate Daniels since even the authors note that she’s a psycho killer who has chosen to be “good”.

  53. Barbara Elness
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 18:39:27

    My favorite unusual heroine is Cherie Priest’s Raylene Pendle from her Cheshire Red Reports series.

  54. Christina
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 18:45:58

    Favorite unusual heroine? Right now it’s a type of being a little overweight or otherwise not thinking she is “beautiful” (though the hero thinks so). I’ve had enough perfect heroines for a bit so have been reading a few that don’t belong on the cover of Vogue.

  55. Laurla
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 19:52:00

    Eve Dallas

  56. Kelley
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 20:01:15

    I think I have to agree with all the votes for Kate Daniels as favorite unusual heroine

  57. Tessa
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 20:05:14

    The most unusual heroines I can think of are really any from the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole.

  58. Julie
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 20:13:49

    Any of Shelley Laurenston’s heroines, especially those in the Magnus packs series.

  59. Ally
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 20:20:16

    This list of unusual heroines is certainly going to contribute to the growth of my TBR… I agree with the Meljean Brook’s heroines and some of the Kresley Cole’s (particularly Sabine).

  60. Justine
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 20:47:16

    Cecilia Grant is great at writing unusual heroines: Martha from A Lady Awakened and Lydia from A Gentleman Undone. I actually delighted in how uptight Martha was.

  61. Megan S.
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 20:52:53

    My favorite unusual heroine is G.A. Aiken’s Annwyl the Bloody. Most of her heroines are pretty unusual, but Annwyl has my heart.

  62. Anita H.
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 22:29:40

    Love the cover for the Tarah Scott book! Nothing wrong with a man in a kilt :)

  63. Denise Koenig
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 22:56:46

    Either Anya or Merit. Both are pretty kick ass!

  64. Sabrina P
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 23:25:37

    Thanks for the giveaway once again! Thea Harrison’s Pia from the Elder series…the penny in the beginning of “Dragon Bound” cracks me up every time!

  65. Ada
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 23:35:36

    Thanks for having this giveaway!

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  67. Sally
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 05:23:30

    My favorite unusual heroine is Isabel from The Viscount’s Scandalous Return by Anne Ashley.

  68. Suz Glo
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 08:19:07

    I would choose Stephanie Plum! Even though this series is getting (has been?) a little stale, I have always loved the fact that Stephanie is a hot mess.

  69. Kate
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 08:35:32

    The strangest heroine I’ve read in recent memory has to be Janie from Neanderthal Seeks Human.

  70. CateS
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 08:38:02

    Dana Stabenow’s Kate Shugak.

  71. Jacqueline
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 10:20:33

    Meljean Brook’s heroines are unique across the board and I’ve yet to dislike one of them.

  72. MaryK
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 10:25:25

    Wow, I’m really bad at answering these questions. I think I’ll say Jaine Bright from Mr. Perfect. Oh, there’s also Sascha from Slave to Sensation and Elena from Angels’ Blood.

  73. may
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 10:48:45

    I can’t think of any! Sounds horrible, I know…

  74. Joni
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 12:13:48

    Eve Dallas

  75. Jackie
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 13:14:26

    What a variety of reading selections!!! :) As for unusual heroines, hmmm…Jane Eyre for sure. She’s one tough girl and you wouldn’t expect it.

  76. Lindsey E
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 14:44:57

    I like Kate Daniels.

  77. Faye
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 14:46:53

    I though Cecilia Grant’s previous heroine in this series, in Awakened, was really unusual for the genre. I loved her and am excited to try some more!

  78. sarac
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 15:56:13

    Love Elizabeth Peter’s Amelia Peabody.

  79. Kate M
    Aug 09, 2013 @ 23:19:59

    Kresley Cole’s heroines are all unusual, but I think Lothaire’s Ellie is the most unusual of them. I agree with everyone who said Shelly Laurenston’s heroines (Blayne) and Meljean Brooks’ heroines.
    Great giveaways from all the authors!

  80. Eileen Dandashi
    Aug 10, 2013 @ 09:44:50

    My favorite heroine? You know, I would be hard-pressed to think of any particular one. As I read a book, and if it is well written, I empathize with that heroine and she becomes my favorite at the time. The characteristics of my favorite heroines are those who get things done, a bit feisty, who work outside the box, have truly compassionate natures and are loyal to their own feelings — even though it gets them into trouble and who work against certain unjust norms within the community they live in.

  81. Nicole C.
    Aug 10, 2013 @ 10:51:29

    Thank you for hosting these giveaways.

  82. simone
    Aug 10, 2013 @ 14:28:07

    liz from the play by play series

  83. Amie
    Aug 10, 2013 @ 19:40:14

    My favorite heroine is Cat from the Night Huntress series

  84. Amie
    Aug 10, 2013 @ 19:41:25

    I love audio book giveaways!

  85. eli yanti
    Aug 10, 2013 @ 23:10:28

    my favorite is lucy from the drake series by alyxandra harvey

  86. Turophile
    Aug 11, 2013 @ 03:40:12

    Favorite heroine? Can I get the “HABO” feature from SB to help me out – I think one that I reallly liked was in a Jeannie Lin novella that I wished was a book where the young woman was a swordmaster. My biggest issue was that the story was TOO SHORT.

  87. pearls
    Aug 11, 2013 @ 06:29:21

    I can’t wait to read about more of Tarah Scott’s Scottish Lords. Hot enough to keep a Highland lassie warm at night!

    Aug 11, 2013 @ 09:06:49

    Looking forward to reading Lord Keeper, Tarah Scott.

  89. Marisol
    Aug 11, 2013 @ 13:34:05

    Hmmm, Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs or Max from Diana Pharaoh Francis. LOVE both of them!

  90. Julaine
    Aug 11, 2013 @ 20:21:09

    For unusual kickass heroines I love the ones that Shelly Laurenston creates. From brainaic Dr. Irene in Miss Congeniality to the delightfully backwoods Tennessee homegirl Sissie Mae that turns out to be a world traveller in Mane Attraction they may all by slightly homicidal but they are also fiercely loyal, wicked smart, and always hilarious.

  91. Susie
    Aug 11, 2013 @ 20:43:24

    Hmm favorite “unusual” character. That’s tough to decide who is unusual. I will go with Rachael from The Hollows, I would think she counts as unusual.

    Thanks for the giveaways!

  92. Krista Batson
    Aug 11, 2013 @ 21:18:10

    Favorite heroine: Claire from the Outlander Series!

    Great giveaway!

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