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Where Have All The Scoundrels Gone? by Donna Cummings @BookEmDonna #RLFblog #Regency Today’s featured book is Where Have All The Scoundrels Gone? a Regency by Donna Cummings.

Where Have All the Scoundrels Gone?

That is precisely what the Dowager Lady Thornham wants to know. She devotes her days to reading every scandalous morsel published about London’s rakes and rogues, but lately it seems they have all settled down and abandoned their wicked behavior.

Fortunately the Dowager has hit upon a new diversion: matchmaking. She has summoned her three nephews to a house party attended by a score of marriage-minded debutantes, and warned the young men they shall lose their quarterly allowance if they thwart her matrimonial schemes.

Three Scoundrel Heroes. One Determined Dowager. Three Unexpected Romances.

Miles – The summertime gathering is a good excuse for Miles to reminisce with his cousins about the mischief they have gleefully caused their aunt throughout the years. The allowance would benefit his upcoming return to Egypt, financing his quest for antiquities, but a bride is not in his plans…until he rescues the beautiful widow Gemma and her pesky cat Snowball from some treacherous rosebushes.

Richard – His resistance to marriage makes him utterly irresistible to the marriageable females in attendance. Unfortunately for them, he is only interested in Constance, a doctor’s daughter who refuses to give her heart again, especially to a charming scoundrel who extracts secrets for a living. When his wooing has little effect, he proves his devotion in another way—with a fairyland hideaway he has created just for her.

William – He is the quiet one that people rarely notice unless he is sketching their likeness. His aunt’s paid companion, Honora, a budding artist, has been both his muse and the source of his inability to paint since their first brief encounter two years previously. A series of secret art lessons benefits them both, and their budding attraction is given a chance to finally blossom.

Genre Regency
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher Donna Cummings
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072K97XNT
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Donna Cummings Social Media

I have worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorously-ever-after romances.

I reside in New England, although I fantasize about spending the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing flip flops year-round, or in Regency London, scandalizing the ton.

I can usually be found on Twitter talking about writing and coffee, and on Facebook talking about coffee and writing.

Website http://www.AllAboutTheWriting.com
Blog http://www.AllAboutTheWriting.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/BookEmDonna
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Donna.Cummings.Author
Pinterest http://pinterest.com/BookEmDonna
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5349107.Donna_Cummings
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Donna-Cummings/e/B006PJH9A4
Newsletter http://eepurl.com/LRgT5

 

This quick interview includes info about the author, and introduces the story.

About the Author

I have worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorously-ever-after romances.
I reside in New England, although I fantasize about spending the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing flip flops year-round, or in Regency London, scandalizing the ton.

Interview with Donna Cummings

Why did you write this book?
I was invited to be part of an anthology of Regency Christmas stories. I write Regencies, and had always wanted to write a Christmas story, so this was the perfect opportunity. I did some research on holiday traditions in that era and next thing I knew, I had a story brewing in my head with a widow who wants to have her very first love affair, and a hero who can’t seem to banish his regrets from a past Christmas season.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I write Regencies and contemporaries, so I tend to stay away from those while I’m writing. Which means I usually read romantic suspense, because it’s not something I’ll probably ever write. I wish I could though!
Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?
I’m a devoted fan of Sam Starrett from Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series. He’s heroic, but with flaws that make you want to give him a cuddle or a smack, depending on how he responds to certain situations. I never get tired of reading (and re-reading) his stories.
What are you working on at the moment, and will see from you in coming months?
I’m working on a few things – another seasonal Regency story, and another humorous contemporary, and there’s a long list of stories waiting their turn when these are done! I even got a new idea for a Regency series while sitting in stalled traffic the other day. I think 2017 is going to be a book-filled year.
Please tell us about your latest book.

Six of today’s most popular regency romance authors come together to deliver a holiday anthology full of passion, promise, and scandalous dalliance. Have Yourself A Very Wicked Christmas!
In Heather Boyd’s The Christmas Affair, a lonely shopkeeper offers shelter to a beautiful, not so innocent miss to overcome the bitter memories of Christmases past, but could such a wicked connection ever lead to a happily-ever-after? A dashing spy with marriage on his mind seeks to rekindle the spark by any means possible with the woman who claimed his heart in Love at First Dance by Barbara Monajem. A scandalous widow rescues the man of her dreams – but his secrets could destroy their love in Nicola Davidson’s Joy to the Earl. A masquerade ball was no place to be reckless with your innocence, and yet one scorching look at the masked highwayman urges Miss Partridge to do just that in Mistletoe and the Marquess by Wendy Vella. In Lord Misrule by Donna Cummings, a young widow chooses a handsome rogue to be her first lover, but his regrets from a past Christmas may end their affair before it even commences. A blue-stocking becomes a courtesan to escape a murderer in The Glittering Prize, an intrigue-filled romance by Beverley Oakley about finding love where it’s least expected.
This is an all-new collection of stand-alone complete works.

About the Book

Title Lord Misrule, part of A Very Wicked Christmas anthology
Genre Regency Historical
Author Donna Cummings
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R

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RLF Chatter Award 
Last month, Romance Lives Forever had 29 posts in a 30 day month.
Each month, the RLF Gems post ranks in the top ten, but is not counted, in order
to focus on guests.
The Top Blogger for June was Mae Claire. She wins a month of
free cover advertising on the blog. Our Top Blogger of the Year is publisher Liquid
Silver Books, which won a year of free advertising.

About Mae Clair

Top Five Bloggers for the Month

(judged by page views). Congratulations to each one!
1. Mae Clair
2. Annette Mardis
3. Sabrina York
4. Stacy McKitrick
5. Brita Addams
Honorable mention: Adele Downs, NJ Walters

New Award – Top Chatter

Because the person who gets the most comments in a month is not always the
person who gets the most page views per month, I instituted the Top Chatter Award.
This is the award for the person who receives the most comments. It goes to the
top three people in that category. To win, a guest must have five or more comments
(not counting the guest author’s).
1. Mae Clair
2. Donna Cummings
3. Annette Mardis
RLF Gem Award 
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My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance Lives
Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.
Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
name are:

Anneka Ever, Arika Stone, Belinda Williams, Collette Cameron, Diana Cosby, Diane Saxon, DP Denman, EmKay Connor, Heather
Boyd, Jami Gray, Jane Leopold Quinn, Kristina Knight, Lauren Linwood, Lisa Marie
Rice, Marcia James, Nicole Morgan, Tess
Delacour
Donna Cummings shares details about the creation of Lord
Wastrel in the box set Rogues Gallery.

About the Book

Title Rogues Gallery
Genre Regency Romance Boxed Set
Author Donna Cummings
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
3 rogues, falling in love. . .
Lord Midnight
Lord Midnight, a dashing highwayman, lives for revenge
against the uncle who stole his title and tried to kill him as a child. His
plan for vengeance–seducing his uncle’s bride-to-be–collides with his passion
for this spirited young woman desperate to escape her wedding. Soon he must
choose: saving the woman who stole his heart, or destroying the man who stole
his life.
Lord Rakehell’s Love
(The Curse of True Love, Book 1)
Simon is late to his own wedding, and Georgiana is
heartbroken by the scandal. After such a blunder, how can this rogue known as
Lord Rakehell prove his devotion to the woman he loves?
Lord Wastrel (The
Curse of True Love, Book 2)
Lord Wastrel–the most
notorious rake in London–has a child? Clearly he knows how to sire one, but he
knows nothing about raising one. He needs a scandal-free woman to be a suitable
mother. So why is he falling for Flighty Felicia, who is notorious for her
numerous elopements?

Introducing Lord Wastrel

Name: Hugh Longford, Lord Weyson (aka “Lord
Wastrel”)
Age: 30-ish
Gender: Male
Birthplace: England
Profession: Rogue
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight.
Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Tall. Long-ish
dark hair. Able to make ladies swoon with a single devilish smile.
Who is the
significant other in your character’s life?
That would be Lady Felicia Selby, also known as
“Flighty Felicia” since she was notorious for eloping every
fortnight. (In her defense, she was trying to fall instantly in love, thanks to
her family’s curse.) Hugh has known her since they were children, and she was
the last person he expected to fall in love with. He resisted mightily. Guess
who won that battle?
Tell us about this
character, please.
Hugh has earned his nickname by indulging in every bawdy
activity available to a young man of wealth and privilege. One morning he comes
home from a raucous evening of pleasure to discover he has a daughter he knew
nothing about, and he is her only
parent. He immediately changes his misspent ways, intent on finding a suitable,
non-scandalous wife to help him raise his child.
Are any of his skills
a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
Hugh was a very successful wastrel, before he became a
father, and while he does not regret his past, since it also brought him his
daughter, he is not at all receptive to Felicia’s suggestion that he write his
memoirs.
Does he have children?
Hugh has a high-spirited four-year-old daughter named
Lucinda, who is mad about horses, and does her best at every opportunity to
convince her Papa she needs a pony of her very own. One of Hugh’s biggest
challenges is keeping a straight face around his strong-willed child.
Does your character
care about what others assume about him?
Hugh doesn’t really care what others think of him, but he is
desperate to make sure his past sins do not impact his daughter’s future or her
happiness. She is already disadvantaged socially by being illegitimate, so he
does everything he can to prevent her being harmed by that, in any way.
What inner doubt
causes your character the most difficulty?
Hugh is worried he will be as dreadful of a parent as his
own were. They loved scandal more than him, and he was left orphaned as a
result.
What is your
character’s biggest need at the beginning of the story?
Finding a wife who could be a perfect mother, helping him
raise his child. His notion of “perfect mother” does not include a
high-spirited woman whose scandals rival his own. . .at least at the beginning
of the story.

About Your Writer

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
She has an insatiable love for the roguish type, especially
those of us who make her laugh and
fan her face. She’s hoping others will feel the same way, which is why she has
included three of us in this one volume. *whispers* I am quite convinced I am
her favorite, despite her protests otherwise.
What do you wish your
writer had not told others about you?
Hmm, I cannot think of anything in particular. Of course, I
have become rather adept at using the Delete key on her laptop, even though I
swear to her I know nothing of how this “word production device”
operates. *winks*
What other character
from your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
There has already been quite a bit of clamor for more of the
story involving Felicia’s Great-Aunt Aurore. Thanks to their family’s curse, “Great-Aunt
Uproar” has been in love with someone considered unsuitable for several
decades. I, personally, would enjoy seeing her cousin Tony’s story unfold. The
man is an inveterate gambler, and believes he can control his own luck where
love is concerned. I have seen a glimpse of the woman who shall change his
destiny and, well, I don’t want to give Tony too many hints beforehand.
Why do you think your
writer loves to write?
I think she finds all of us rather amusing. Well, except for
those moments when we seem uncooperative, or another set of characters inserts
themselves into the front of the queue when she has planned something else
entirely. *glares at best friend Lord Rakehell* He is a perfect example. He
wasn’t even supposed to have his own story and somehow his got published before
mine. Still, we know our writer adores us, no matter what she may publicly
proclaim during the actual creation of our stories.
Is there anything
you’d like to say to your writer?
Yes, actually. *uses most formal voice* You know how I
detest surprises, but you utilized them, quite successfully, to change my mind
about many important matters. *bows* You have my sincere gratitude.

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Author Bio

I have worked as an attorney, a tasting-room manager at a
winery, and the owner of a retail business, but nothing beats the thrill of
writing humorously-ever-after romances.
I reside in New England, although I fantasize about spending
the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing flip flops year-round, or in
Regency London, scandalizing the ton.
You can find me on Twitter and Facebook, talking about
coffee and writing.

Author Social Media

Lord Wastrel 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a book
and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author.
Today’s featured book is Lord Wastrel by Donna Cummings.
Publisher: Donna Cummings
Genre: Regency Historical
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, plays matchmaker, true love
can seem like a curse. . .
Lord Wastrel–the most notorious rake in London–has a child?
Clearly he knows how to sire one, but he has no idea how to actually raise one.
He has to learn quickly, since he is the little girl’s only surviving parent, and
he’s determined to find a wife who can be a suitable mother. All he needs is someone
demure, and biddable, and most importantly, scandal-free.
Lady Felicia Selby is no stranger to scandal, thanks to her numerous
failed elopements and Society’s insatiable curiosity about her misadventures. She
has devoted many years to finding her one true love, desperate to escape the consequences
of the family curse if she fails. But she has begun to give up hope.
Then, one evening, a chance encounter with Aphrodite changes
everything.

About the Author

I have worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and
retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorously-ever-after
romances.
I reside in New England, although I fantasize about spending
the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing flip flops year-round, or in Regency
London, scandalizing the ton.
I can usually be found on Twitter talking about writing and coffee,
and on Facebook, talking about coffee and writing.

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Author Social Media

Lord Rakehell’s Love 
Donna Cummings, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We’re excited
to interview your character, Aphrodite, from the book, Lord Rakehell’s Love.
Genre: Regency Historical
Publisher: Donna Cummings
Cover artist: Carrie Spencer of Cheeky Covers
Length: 44 pages
Heat rating: PG
Tagline: Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, is playing matchmaker
in Regency London, only she’s put a curse on the lovers instead
Blurb:
First in The Curse of True
Love
series
Simon is known as Lord Rakehell, so any sane woman would be wary
of wedding a man of his reputation. He truly loves Georgiana, and is determined
to prove it to her, but how can he convince her after being late to their wedding?
Georgiana knew the dangers of falling instantly in love with
a celebrated rake, but even she had not expected him to show up for their nuptials
with ladies-of-the-evening in tow. Now she must determine whether Simon’s protestations
of love are genuine, or if she is being led astray by the passion he continues to
incite in her.
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What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Simon Blakely, Lord Winbourne (aka Lord Rakehell), 30, rake
Georgiana Kirkwood, late 20s, wallflower

Interview with Aphrodite, Goddess of Love

Tell us about yourself.
I am the Greek Goddess of Love, and I adore jewelry, and all
things involving beauty and love. However, I have recently grown bored with the
perfection of my existence. Who can bear to eat ambrosia and nectar every single
day? I decided I would entertain myself by helping mortals find their one true love.
And what better place than Regency London, where they are enamored of anything to
do with the ancient Greek world.
Tell us about Ares.
I utterly adore him, even though he loves war, and fighting,
and conflict of all kinds. He is the complete opposite of me, which may be why we
are so passionate for each other. It is also what gave me the idea to play matchmaker.
Or maybe I should say “mismatchmaker”. It hasn’t gone as smoothly with
Lord Rakehell and Georgiana as I’d hoped. . . But I’m confident I can remedy everything.
After all, my reputation is at stake here.
What do you think is your strongest point?
My persistence.
What would Ares say is your biggest weakness?
My persistence.
What do you wish was different about your life?
I adore my life! I am having so much fun masquerading in Regency
London as Lady Aphrodite Carramont, with only Ares aware of my true identity. I’m
not sure when I’ll be ready to return home to Mount Olympus.
It could be a while.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
That everyone would fall madly in love with their one true love
and live happily ever after. BUT, only after I’ve had a chance to be involved, of
course. It wouldn’t be much fun otherwise. I’m definitely looking forward to the
next rogue on my list, the one known as Lord Wastrel. He’s proving to be a bit of
a challenge.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
I don’t suppose I can say the bedchamber
I share with Ares, can I? Well, that is still my answer, even if I shouldn’t say
so.

About the Author

Summer Lovin’
I have worked as an attorney, winery tasting room manager, and
retail business owner, but nothing beats the thrill of writing humorously-ever-after
romances.
Currently I reside in New England,
although I fantasize about spending the rest of my days in a tropical locale, wearing
flip flops year-round, or in Regency London, scandalizing the ton.
I can usually be found on Twitter, chatting about writing and
coffee, or on Facebook, chatting about coffee and writing.

Previous Books

Summer Lovin’ (contemporary novella)
Lord Midnight (Regency historical)
I Do. . . or Die (contemporary romantic mystery)
Back on Track (contemporary novella)

Books Coming Soon

Lord Wastrel (Regency historical–Book 2 in The Curse of True
Love series)

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