Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Guest Author & Giveaway Featuring Sophie Barnes

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, everyone! 

Please help me welcome author Sophie Barnes to Bookin' It Reviews! She's celebrating back-to-back releases and is here to dish a little on each title. And to kick off the holidays with a bang, Ms. Barnes is offering up a giveaway. All the details are in the giveaway section below. 

Hello Ms. Barnes. It's so wonderful to have you here for a visit! 

The heiress and the avenger.

Thank you so much for inviting me to join you today – it’s great to be here! 

With two books being released back to back, I thought it might be fun to take a look at the heroines from each of them – their differences as well as their similarities. After writing about Alexandra Summersby, I was certain of two things - the sequels to Lady Alexandra’s Excellent Adventure would not only require strong heroines, but would also have to be just as unique. 

For some peculiar reason that I cannot quite explain, Mary Croyden’s character came together more easily than any other to date. I had recently finished reading Noah Gordon’s The Physician (featuring a young man who journeys to Phoenicia during the middle ages with the purpose of studying medicine), and just knew that my next heroine had to be a surgeon. But I also wanted her to be a contradiction – underestimated by most because of her simple (perhaps even dull) appearance, while underneath it all she’s as sharp as the scalpel she wields to perfection.

Taught under her father’s tutelage, Mary has travelled Europe, accompanying him on his quest for the best medical procedures available and like her father, she’s an innovative thinker. She doesn’t follow the herd but looks for evidence that the method being preached is successful and in the patient’s best interest. 

Sometimes however, when it comes to matters of the heart, overthinking things can be a deterrent, and although Mary is very much tempted by Ryan Summersby’s charms, she quickly finds herself not only questioning his motives, but fearing he may be a real threat to the independence she cherishes – which of course he is. After all, the story is set in 1816, so the chance of a man being okay with the woman he wishes to marry running about in the middle of the night conducting medical procedures is close to nil. With Mary being the stubborn sort that she is however, and Ryan unwilling to budge either as they find themselves not only drawn to each other, but chased by those hoping to silence Mary forever, sparks quickly start to fly between the two of them =)

Lucinda Blackewell on the other hand wants vengeance. She starts out as a bold character who’s perhaps even a bit cocky in her assurance that she has her whole plan for revenge well in hand. But when she discovers that this is not the case and furthermore, that her parents’ murderer is chasing her instead of the other way around, she loses a bit of her confidence and turns to her husband, William Summersby, for help. However, with threats being placed against friends and family alike and the fact that she doesn’t know who the villain is, the situation quickly spins out of control for her and it will take every effort on William’s part to save her.

She is loyal to a fault and will do whatever it takes to protect those she loves. It is this quality that eventually earns her William’s respect, for no matter how angry he is with her for determining his fate for him, he is forced to acknowledge that although she acted rashly, her intentions were noble. As in Lady Alexandra’s Excellent Adventure, this book takes us back across the English Channel and all the way to Constantinople for the climax. When comparing the characters of Mary and Lucinda however, I think it important to consider that while Mary has travelled Europe with her father from a very young age and has been exposed to the battlefield of Waterloo, Lucinda has led a sheltered life in the country under a family friend’s protection. She believes she knows what she’s doing and that her plan is foolproof only to discover that she’s greatly underestimated not only William, but the man upon whom she wishes to exact her revenge.

Both characters were fun to write and both stories offer adventure. I hope that you will enjoy Mary’s and Lucinda’s journey as much as I have.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I’ll be popping in throughout the day to chat with you and to answer any questions you might have.

If you’d like to follow my blog tour, I’ll be back tomorrow on Friday for an interview at United by Books.
To find out more about me, my blog tour and my books, please visit my website at: www.sophiebarnes.com
You can also follow me on twitter at: @BarnesSophie

There’s Something About Lady Mary
Sophie Barnes

Back of the book:
Mary Croyden lives a simple life . . . and she likes it. But when she inherits a title and a large sum of money, everything changes. Forced to navigate high society, Mary finds herself relying on the help of one man—Ryan Summersby. Determined not to lose her sense of self, she realizes that Ryan is the only person she can trust. But Mary's hobbies are not exactly proper, and Ryan is starting to discover that this simple miss is not at all what he expected . . . but just might be exactly what he needs.

The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda
Sophie Barnes

Back of the book:
Lucy Blackwell is desperate, reckless, and maybe a little bit crazy. That's the only possible explanation for tricking a man she doesn't know into a dance, a kiss, and an engagement—all in the middle of the biggest ball of the year! But Lord William Summersby is the final piece of her grand plan, and she'll do what it takes to make this marriage of convenience work—as long as it's convenient for her. She just never counted on falling in love . . .

To also accompany Ms. Barnes tour wide book giveaway she's also offering up to one winner that leaves a comment on this blog post a swag pack including a magnets and rack cards!  

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About Sophie:

Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.


  1. Good morning everyone & Happy Holidays!!!
    Just wanted to add a correction - The main character from Noah Gordon's The Physician travels to Persia, not Phoenicia...sorry about that!

  2. Would love to win! These both sound great!

  3. Both of the books sound great. I love the titles you come with :) And also that Mary is a surgeon, especially during a time when women were not generally accepted in this field.

  4. Hi! Thank you for the Guest author and the give away. Both books sound great! I love historical romance.

  5. These books sound good.


  6. Both books sound great :).

    it must be a crazy schedule to have two releases back to back!

    Thanks for the info and giveaway!

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