Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Giveaway with Maggi Andersen and her luscious book A Baron in her Bed

Title:  A Baron in her Bed
Author:  Maggi Andersen
Publisher:  Knox Robinson Publishing
Length: 302  pages
Subgenres: Historical, Suspense, Romance

BLURB: Horatia’s plan to join the London literary set takes a dangerous turn. Now that the war with France has ended, Baron Guy Fortescue arrives in England to claim his inheritance. When Guy is set upon in London, a stranger, Lord Strathairn, rescues and befriends him. But while traveling to his country estate, Guy is again attacked. Guy suspects his relative, Eustace Fennimore, is behind the attacks on his life. Horatia refuses to believe her godfather, Eustace, is responsible. Secure in the knowledge that his daughter will finally wed, Horatia’s father allows her to visit her blue-stocking aunt in London. But Horatia’s time spent in London proves to be anything but a literary feast, for a dangerous foe plots Guy’s demise. She is determined to keep alive her handsome fiancé, who has proven more than willing to play the part of her lover even as he resists her attempts to save him.


She patted The General’s nose and fed him an apple. By the time the last of it had disappeared, she heard the clip of a horse’s hooves on the gravel drive. She peeped out of the barn door and saw the baron, tall in the saddle, riding towards the house.

Horatia stepped out and beckoned him. He caught sight of her and rode towards the stables then dismounted and led the horse inside.

“Sorry, my lord,” Horatia said, adopting Simon’s gruff voice. “We have no footman here. No under-groom neither. I’ll stable your horse.”

“Simon, good fellow,” he said warmly. “I came to thank you again. I am indebted to you.”
“No need for that, my lord,” she said. “Everything’s right and tight here as it happens.”

 She turned her back to lead his horse into one of the stalls. Seizing a brush, she bent and swept it over the horse’s flanks.

He came to rest an arm on the stall door. “I am relieved. If you had lost your job, I was going to ask you to work for me.”

She straightened to brush the horse’s back, confident of the poor light. “Mighty good of you, my lord. But not at all necessary.”

“Eh bien, merci encore.” He turned towards the door.

Relieved it had gone so well, Horatia stepped out from behind the horse. She looked up to see if he had gone and found him watching her with his arms folded.

The elation left her, and she took a deep, shaky breath.

“Did you really think you could go on fooling me?” A note of outrage lay beneath the humorous tone in his voice. “How many people around here have red hair like yours?”

“My hair’s not red,” she said, incensed. “It’s chestnut.”

“I wondered how far you would carry this ruse, Miss Cavendish.”

She backed into an empty stall as he strode towards her.

He followed her inside. Reaching over, he whipped off her hat, and her hair came loose and tumbled around her face.  “So, what do you have to say in your defense?”

“Nothing, my lord.” Horatia lifted her chin, her heart pounding loud in her ears. She chewed her lip. She would have to brazen this out.

Annoyed blue eyes stared into hers. “I do not like to be toyed with. I thought there was something wrong with me.”


“Watching you bend over in those breeches. Zut! From the first, I felt a strong attraction to you. And then, when I saw you dressed as a woman, I understood.”

“You knew it was me at the dance?” She scowled. “And you deliberately teased me?”

“Don’t you think you deserved it?” He seized her shoulders and gave them a shake. “You tricked me. Why?”

She swallowed. “No trickery, my lord. I was dressed this way when I found you, if you recall. I needed to keep up the pretense.”

He shrugged. “But why do you dress like that?”

She couldn’t explain her restlessness to him and tossed her head. “I prefer to ride astride.”

He raised a brow. “You like a strong beast moving beneath you?”

She bristled at the insult. “I like to ride alone.” He made it sound as if she gained some sort of indecent enjoyment from the exercise. Her face heated. To ride astride was unfeminine, she knew, but that fact had never bothered her before.

“But to do so places you in peril.”

Horatia drew herself up. “I can handle myself as well as a man.”

“You believe that, do you?” His gaze flicked over her. What was he thinking? She quivered under his scrutiny.

About the Author:

I am an Australian author with a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing. My lawyer husband and I live in a pretty, historical town in the Southern Highlands with our spoiled Persian cat, plus the assorted wildlife we feed: chickens wander in from next door and give us lovely eggs, ducks swim in our pool, parrots and possums line up for bananas and seed. I write historical romance, contemporary romantic suspense and young adult novels.

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Giveaway is a $20 Amazon card plus the winners choice of 2 of her books!!
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Betty Hamilton said...

Wow, all that wild life visiting you must keep you very involved in the nature around you. How wonderful. It sounds like a fun place to live. Best wishes with this book. It sounds like one that I would love to read. Hisotrical romance is my favorite.

Unknown said...

Those two sound like they can cause some trouble and heat together... It is going to be quite an interesting read!!!

Maegan Morin said...

Sounds like a great book! And I just have to say that I LOVE the name Horatia!! Sorry that just really caught my attention :D

Arlena Dean said...

This read sounds like something I would love to check out!

Arlena Dean

mcv said...

This book is already on my wish list. I'm a Maggi Anderson fan!

Terri. said...

Sounds like a great read...adding to me "To-Read list"

Kelly P's Blog said...

Sounds great. Thank you for sharing!!!

Gabby said...

Hmmm, the book sounds pretty intriguing I like books like these, best of luck with this book!

Gabby Jones


Debby said...

The book sounds so intriguing and I love your descriptions.
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wanda f said...

Im looking forward to reading A Baron in her Bed it sounds like a great read its on my gotta have list .Hope you have an awesome week

divavixenqueen said...

A Baron in her Bed looks real intriguing. Definitely going
on the TBR pile.

skye47 said...

Can't wait to read A Baron in Her Bed. Sounds very suspenseful.

skye4774 at yahoo dot com

Sayomay said...

Def interested in reading this! :D Mary G Loki

Linda said...

The heroine sounds feisty & intelligent; my fav type!

Tore923 said...

I like the characters in this book. They sounds like a match made in heaven. i would love to read your books. Sound very good. Always looking for new authors. Tore923@aol.com

Unknown said...

The dialog seems like fun... this may a book for the TBR list

VampedChik said...

Great excerpt! Def. have to read this one!

bas1chs said...

Oh I love this time period! Can't wait to read more than the excerpt :D

Meghan said...

I'm interested to know from the author why she would choose to write about a baron. In most romances, they choose someone higher up like an Earl or a Duke. Baron is rarely talked about, but I'm very curious as to how their lives were.
Thanks for the giveaway!

mestith at gmail dot com

vadeluna07 said...

I get the feeling that the excerpt left off just when it was about to get really good. Can't wait to read on & find out what happens next.

Janhvi said...

Oooh the cover is really hot and the excerpt cuts off just when things started to get interesting!
Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Lexi said...

Oh I love the disguise ruse! So much fun! Can't wait to see why she was dressed as a man, and what the Baron has in store for her!

Mary Preston said...

Historical, suspense and romance - it's all there. Loving the cover too.

heather said...

For such a short excerpt I was interested, it was intense and hot, it made me smile and at the end I knew I wanted to read this book.

Anonymous said...

I love the excerpt and the french expression! I would love this read this book sounds a very interesting suspense judging by the cover! thanks for the giveaway!

Dustykatt said...

I love the names! They're great. Perfectly fit for the time period.

Unknown said...

I would really love to read this! This book sounds like it would be a very interesting read. Thank you for the amazing giveaway!!

Unknown said...

I love the cover of this book, it totally captures my interest.

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Ashley Applebee said...

What a great cover and excerpt! It sounds like a great read!
Ashley A

Fear Street said...

I really love anything historical and this one definitely sounds intriguing :)

Thanks for the chance to win!!

-Amber Terry-


Unknown said...

Love the excerpt and really like the cover.

Anonymous said...

Love the cover! Loved the tease.

Carol L. said...

Great cover and I enjoyed the excerpt. Historical Romance is my favorite genre in reading. A Baron In Her Bed is going on my TRL. Thanks for the opportunity.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Ellen Thompson said...

The book sounds great! I loved the excerpt. I have been wanting to read this book ever since I first saw the blurb for it a couple of months ago. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
thompsonem3 at aol dot com

Unknown said...

A strong, intelligent heroine is always a must when I choose a book, and Horatia sounds like she is tailor made.

Angela Roquet said...

Ohhhh! I want to read more! :D

Amber Daulton said...

Thanks for the giveaway! That's so kind of you! Your stories sound awesome!

June M. said...

This sounds like a good story. I have always liked heroines who don't let society tell them what to do, even if it is just how to ride a horse.

Sherry said...

Sounds like a very interesting book. I'm looking forward to reading more.

Unknown said...

Hahaa that was a great excerpt. I definitely want to know more. Thanks for the giveaway. I love the name Horatia!

celina k said...

I'm excited to read this one, sounds amazing!

Unknown said...

I really enjoyed this book.

Kamla L. said...

Love the excerpt! Now I'm curious to see what happened at the dance and to see Guy try to resolve his attraction to 'Simon'. Guy and Horatio sound like a fun pairing sure to generate a lot of steam.

Maggi Andersen said...

Thank you all for your great comments! I wish you luck with the contest!
Meghan, a baron is a nobleman too, although not ranked as high as a marquess an earl or a duke. I saw him as a baron, although I've written about the others. My characters seem to have the last word, lol.
Betty, it is lovely here, but I'm positive those birds follow me when I walk down the street!

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