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Online Press Kit – Spring 2012

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Tessa Dare is the USA Today bestselling author of eight historical romance novels and two novellas. She has twice been awarded the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award, and has twice been a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award. Her books have been contracted for translation in ten languages. Recently, Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance.”

Mixing wit, sensuality, and emotion, Tessa strives to write Regency-set romance novels that feel relatable to modern readers. With her new “Spindle Cove” series, she’s had great fun creating a fictional seaside community populated by women who defy the conventions of their time—engaging in such unladylike pursuits as medicine, geology, and artillery. And she’s had even more fun dreaming up the strong-willed, unsuspecting men who’ll find their hearts ensnared by these unlikely heroines.

The first Spindle Cove book, A Night to Surrender, received critical acclaim, including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. The digital-only release Once Upon a Winter’s Eve: A Spindle Cove Novella spent four weeks on the USA Today bestseller list. The next Spindle Cove installment, A Week to be Wicked, will be available March 27, 2012 from Avon Books.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa takes great pride and pleasure in continuing to work part-part-time at her local public library. She makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a big brown dog.

Author Photos

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Photo credit: Raphael Maglonzo.

Cover Art

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A Night to Surrender cover Once Upon a Winter's Eve cover A Week to be Wicked cover

From A Week to be Wicked

“I don’t believe you.”

“You should. Others would.”

“You’ve been mercilessly teasing me for months now. No one would forget that.”

“All part of the infatuation. Don’t you know? A man might engage in flirtation with disinterest, even disdain. But he never teases without affection.”

He placed his hands on her shoulders. His gaze swept her body from boots to unbound hair. “I could have them all believing I’m consumed by a savage, visceral passion for this enchantress with raven’s-wing hair and sultry lips. That I admire her fierce loyalty to her sisters, and her brave, resourceful spirit. That I’m driven wild by hints of a deep, hidden passion that escape her sometimes, when she ventures out of her shell.”

His strong hands moved to frame her face. His Bristol-diamond eyes held hers. “That I see in her a rare, wild beauty that’s been overlooked, somehow, by other men. And I want it. Desperately. All for myself. Oh, I could have them believing it all.”

Praise for Spindle Cove

Starred Review from Publishers Weekly, on A Week to be Wicked:

“Delightful… Lust, love, and witty repartee are perfectly balanced in this seamlessly plotted romance.”

Starred Review from Booklist, on A Night to Surrender:

“Graced with a cast of wonderfully quirky secondary characters, gifted with a wildly creative plot, and sparked with equal measures of insouciant wit and sexy romance… An absolute treasure.”

Top Pick! from RT Book Reviews magazine, A Night to Surrender:

“Since her 2009 debut, Dare has struck just the right chord with readers. Her light yet fascinating plots, disarming characters, sense of humor and sensuality enthrall. Dare dares to create memorable and unique stories that are sure to remain reader favorites for years.”

Cover Copy and Longer Excerpts

A Night to Surrender
Once Upon a Winter’s Eve
A Week to be Wicked

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Spindle Cove a real place?

Spindle Cove is a fictional village, but I envision it situated on the East Sussex coast, somewhere between Rye and Eastbourne. In 2010, I spent a week or so exploring that area, wandering through crumbling Norman castles, smugglers’ caves, Tudor-era taverns, stately manor houses, medieval cathedrals, and pastures full of sheep. I took all my favorite snippets from reality and squashed them into one tiny fictional village, Spindle Cove.

Spindle Cove is also my “dream village” for a different reason. Like so many of us, I went through a rather painful phase in adolescence. I was hopeless at sports, occasionally outspoken, awkward around boys, and always reading a novel tucked behind my science textbook. In creating Spindle Cove, my idea was to create a haven for my younger self—a charming, sunny seaside village where a bookish, unconventional young lady could live in peace, and no one would look at her funny for walking and reading at the same time. And of course, the unsuspecting men who stumble into that village soon discover these seemingly “hopeless” spinsters are enchanting, enticing, and utterly irresistible!

Can you tell us a little about A Week to be Wicked?

Spindle Cove book two, A Week to be Wicked, will be available on March 27, 2012. I had so much fun writing this book. It’s a zany, sexy road-trip romance between two people who couldn’t be more dissimilar—a bespectacled bluestocking passionate about fossil-hunting, and a devil-may-care viscount who spends his life in search of a good party. The two embark on an epic journey together, and of course everything that can go wrong, does. I like to joke that the high concept was “Jane Austen meets Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.”

Tell me about the round “KISS and Teal” burst on the cover of A Night to Surrender.

The “K.I.S.S. and Teal” campaign was a wonderful partnership between Avon Books and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. All of Avon’s September 2011 books featured this seal on the cover and included important information about ovarian cancer in the back. Avon donated a total of $50,000 to the OCNA and encouraged all women to know the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer (K.I.S.S.) and discuss them with their friends and family (“teal”/tell). I was honored for A Night to Surrender to be part of this important effort.

Can you describe your writing routine?

I’ve often said the only routine we have in the Dare household resembles a circus routine! The darelings are swinging from the trapeze or doing their best impressions of wild animals. Over in the other ring, we have the strong man, Mr. Dare. And I’m walking the tightrope, trying to balance a laptop in one hand and a laundry basket in the other. Basically, I squeeze in the writing whenever, wherever I can.

Where can readers connect with you?

I love to hear from readers! At my website, TessaDare.com, readers can learn more about me and my books. They can also find the link to send me an email, or jot down my post-office box address if they prefer snail mail. I’m active online in several places. I blog with a wonderful group of Regency romance authors at The Ballroom Blog (http://www.theballroomblog.com/), and I’m on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/tessadare) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/tessadareauthor).


Click here for a printable PDF booklist.

Spindle Cove Series

A Night to Surrender
©2011, Avon Books
ISBN-10: 0062049836 ♦ ISBN-13: 978-0062049834

Once Upon a Winter’s Eve (novella, e-book only)
©2011, Samhain Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1-60928-882-2

A Week to be Wicked
Coming March 27, 2012, from Avon Books
ISBN-10: 0062049879 ♦ ISBN-13: 978-0062049872

A Lady by Midnight
Coming August 28, 2012, from Avon Books
ISBN-10: 0062049879 ♦ ISBN-13: 978-0062049872

The Stud Club Trilogy

One Dance with a Duke
©2010, Ballantine Books
ISBN-10: 0345518853 ♦ ISBN-13: 978-0345518859

Twice Tempted by a Rogue
©2010, Ballantine Books
ISBN-10: 034551887X ♦ ISBN-13: 978-0345518873

Three Nights with a Scoundrel
©2010, Ballantine Books
ISBN-10: 0345518896 ♦ ISBN-13: 978-0345518897

The Wanton Dairymaid Trilogy

Goddess of the Hunt
©2009, Ballantine Books
ISBN-10: 0345506863 ♦ ISBN-13: 978-0345506863

Surrender of a Siren
©2009, Ballantine Books
ISBN-10: 0345506871 ♦ ISBN-13: 978-0345506870

A Lady of Persuasion
©2009, Ballantine Books
ISBN-10: 034550688X ♦ ISBN-13: 978-0345506887

The Legend of the Werestag (novella prequel, e-book only)
©2009, Samhain Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-1-60504-528-3