Henry St. Giles, Earl of Cravenswood...
Today I’m introducing a visitor, Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, the hero in my latest Regency release, To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood. Henry’s quite popular with the ladies and my readers. He’s been in every book of the Wicked Wagers trilogy and has collected a lot of fan mail.
Good morning, Henry. You’re the third rake in my Wicked Wagers Trilogy, and everyone is waiting for your story. I’m hoping you’ll tell us what’s happening in your life and how your wife hunting is progressing.
Henry: Good morning, ladies. How very nice to be invited to tea...I like mine strong with no lemon. Yes, since Harlow and Marcus challenged me to find a wife by the end of the season, my life’s gone completely mad.
Bron: In the first two Wicked Wager books, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, and To Wager the Marquis of Wolverstone you were the man who stopped Harlow and Marcus from stepping over that gentlemanly line.
Henry: I suspect I came to the end of my ‘sowing wild oats’ days a bit sooner than those two. I seem to prefer being a one woman man.
Bron: And yet, here you are at thirty-two still not married?
Henry: (a faint tint of red flushes his cheeks). Well, I—umph—as only the second son with no aspirations of becoming the Earl, I had a long term mistress. Millicent was special and I was content. Bron: (frowning). I see. (Slight pause). So what made you start to look for a wife now?
Henry: Almost two years ago, my elder brother, Richard died and I became the Earl. I have responsibilities to the Earldom and my tenants.
Bron: (pats his hand). Oh no. I’m so sorry to hear of your brother’s death. But is marriage solely about securing an heir?
Henry: (Shifts in his seat). Marriage is very important to me. I don’t want to live in an emotionally cold house, enduring a tasteless business arrangement. I’d like to marry for love.
Bron: Do you have anyone in mind? Millicent perhaps?
Henry: (shakes his head). Millicent left me. She felt she could not be my wife; her background of coming from the gutter was too much for her to overcome. Besides, I loved Millicent, but I realized I wasn’t in love with her.
Bron: How did you realize that?
Henry: A lot of soul searching and drowning my sorrows when she left me. Then I had an extraordinary sensual encounter, in the early hours of the morning, in my garden with...Devil it, that’s the problem. I don’t know who the woman in my arms was. But I know in my heart she’s worth investigating.
Bron: How exciting. How on earth are you going to find her?
Henry: (Big smile). In her rush to leave, she left behind a beautifully expensive emerald and diamond earring. Harlow suggested I talk with the jewellers, someone must know whose work it is and therefore who it was commissioned for.
Bron: (nodding) Good idea. What will you do when you find her?
Henry: (frown) Well, I’m hoping she’s not already married. I would hate to think I’d dallied with a married woman; I’d have to let her go. But I’m pretty sure she isn’t married. Her kisses were very innocent. She tasted of innocence. I’ll then set about courting her.
Bron: I wish you loads of luck with your Cinderella hunt. But if you don’t have any joy in finding your mystery woman, I’m happy to offer comfort and more...
Henry: (bright red) Hmmm, pardon, my lady but I’m sure I’ll be able to ascertain her identity. But thank you for the offer. Now I must be off. I’ve an appointment at Garrard’s jewellers that I’m most eager to keep. Goodbye, Henry St. Giles.
Take care and happy hunting...
To live happily ever after... Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, longs to find his soul mate. Now that his two best friends, both reformed rakes, are happily married, the need becomes an obsession. When they challenge him to find a wife by the end of the season or marry his neighbor, the innocently alluring Lady Amy Shipton, he can’t believe his luck. He wins, either way. But a darkened garden, a case of mistaken identity, a drunken kiss, and a dropped emerald earring, leads Henry on a Cinderella hunt. He knows the woman he held in his arms could be the one he's searched for all his life. He just has to find her.
Lady Amy Shipton is determined to marry for love instead of sharing her husband like her mother did. So why did she let her handsome neighbor and romantic fantasy, the Sinful Saint as he's called for his bedroom prowess, seduce her in his garden? And what can she do when in the middle of their passionate encounter; he whispers another woman's name. Now Henry is hunting the owner of the earring Amy left behind, and she's determined to retrieve it before her identity is revealed. She's not about to give her father the ammunition he desperately wants to force her down the aisle.
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New Zealander Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theatre. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon 2012 Readers Crown Best Historical and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield was a TOP 5 FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012. Look out for her first Entangled Publishing Indulgence release in December 2012, The Reluctant Wife.