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I’m happy to report the cover and excerpt are now up for Beauty and the Blacksmith!

Any Duchess Will Do has received a lovely review from Kirkus:

“Moments of laugh-out-loud humor, emotional intensity and sensual passion woven through an engaging plot and endearing characters make this a great read for romance fans.”

And it’s March Madness time! In Romanceland, this means it’s time for DABWAHA, a fun tourney for romance novels published in 2012. The tourney is all in good fun, and authors are encouraged to shill for votes in creative ways. This year, A Lady by Midnight is seeded in the historical category. I’ve come up with the following ploys for votes:

  • If it makes the Sweet 16, I’ll post an excerpt from the infamously sexy chapter 21 of Any Duchess Will Do.

UPDATE: Your votes did it, thank you! Steamy excerpt posted here!

  • If it makes the Elite 8, I’ll write a bonus scene from A Lady by Midnight – Colin teaching Thorne to waltz! (I really, really want to write this, guys. So vote!)

UPDATE: Your votes did it again, thank you! Bonus scene posted here!

  • If it makes the Final 4, I’ll make another dareling room video to celebrate.

So if you’d like to see any of those things, go forth and vote! The first round is today, March 21! A full schedule is available on the site.… Read More »

“With this third installment, Dare will have every reader wishing to live in Spindle Cove. This is a story so beautifully written, so lovingly crafted and so touching that, like Judith McNaught, Dare reminds readers of the wondrous feeling of falling in love. Readers will feel complete when they come to the deep-sigh and tears-of-joy ending.”

~Top Pick!, RT Book Reviews magazine

“A LADY BY MIDNIGHT has plenty to keep readers turning the pages: fascinating characters, whip-smart dialogue and of course, plenty of passion and temptation. Tessa Dare is simply a must read!”

~Annie Tegelen for Fresh FictionRead More »

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“Eliza and Harry are just right for one another—their interactions sparkle and sizzle with wit and desire. This story gets a solid A and ranks up there with the very best of Ms. Dare’s work.”

~Dear Author

“With a funny and witty plot, this story will have readers cheering for the main characters. The dialogue is incredibly well written, which makes it very easy to picture Eliza and Harry as they banter and fall in love.”

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What’s a duke to do, when the girl who’s perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can’t live without?

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season—or any season—but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training”… and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure—a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess—can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?

That name’s familiar… Haven’t we met this duke before?

Yes, it’s true. The Duke of Halford made a brief-yet-scandalous appearance in A Week to be Wicked as Colin’s debauched libertine friend. But more than a year has passed, and Halford’s life has changed.

As to whether the man himself has changed, you’ll have to read the book to find out. 😉… Read More »

Afraid I can’t offer much of an excerpt yet. Please check back!

In the meantime, here is a true story.

Strangely enough, my books’ cover art is often finished before I’m even done writing the book! So I always try to make sure the heroine is wearing the dress on the cover at some point during the story. I made certain Susanna wore purple, and that Kate wore a gown of dark blue. (Minerva and her white sheets were easy!)

When I got the beautiful cover for Any Duchess Will Do, I was instantly in love with it – it’s one of my favorite covers I’ve had – but that gorgeous dress Pauline wears is a rather interesting pinkish-lavender shade. Attempts to name it resulted in interesting debate among my friends. Pink, lavender, mauve, fuschia, berry…all these and more were suggested. When I went to write that dress into the story, I still wasn’t sure what to call it.

So instead, I wrote the color-naming dilemma into the book. Here is your first excerpt from Any Duchess Will Do, short as it is.

“The color isn’t too awful?” She twisted a fold of the skirt. “The draper called it ‘dewy petal,’ but your mother said the shade was more of a ‘frosted berry.’ What do you say?”

“I’m a man, Simms. Unless we’re discussing nipples, I don’t see the value in these distinctions.”

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A “beguiling blend of sparkling wit and simmering sensuality that is guaranteed to captivate fans of clever, sexy historical romances.”

~Starred Review, Booklist

“Dare’s smart, funny, sensual tale is brimming with marvelous characters … A love story that’s so happy, your heart will be touched.”

~Top Pick!, RT Book Reviews

“Moments of laugh-out-loud humor, emotional intensity and sensual passion woven through an engaging plot and endearing characters make this a great read for romance fans.”

~Kirkus Reviews

“Rapier wit, clever dialogue and charming characters mixed into an enticing plot are exactly what readers expect from Dare. ANY DUCHESS WILL DO possesses all this and more!”

~Annie Tegelan, Fresh Fiction

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“Charming, smart and sexy, BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH made me fall in love instantly.”
Fresh Fiction

“This classic story of love across the social divide matches two characters who are strong and compassionate in their love for each other. A great title for Regency romance readers.”
Library Journal

“…What a clever, hilarious tender and sexy romance! I devoured it and was so disappointed when it was over!”
Rogues Under the Covers

“Heartwarming with realistically portrayed characters, BEAUTY AND THE BLACKSMITH is another great read from Tessa Dare.”
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Goodness. Just look at it. Thick as my ankle.

Diana Highwood took her glove and worked it like a fan, chasing the flush from her throat. She was a gentlewoman, born and raised in genteel comfort, if not opulent luxury. From an early age, she’d been marked as the hope of the family. Destined, her mother vowed, to catch a nobleman’s eye.

But here, in the smithy with Aaron Dawes, all her delicate breeding disintegrated.

How could she help staring? The man had wrists as thick as her ankle.

As always, he wore his sleeves rolled to the elbow, exposing forearms roped with muscle. He pumped the bellows, commanding the flames to dance.

Broad shoulders stretched his homespun shirt, and a leather apron hung low on his hips. As he removed the glowing bit of metal from the fire and placed it on his anvil, his open collar gaped.

Diana averted her gaze—but not fast enough. She caught a moment’s glimpse of pure, superheated virility. Sculpted chest muscles, bronzed skin, dark hair…

“Behave yourself,” he said.

The words startled her breathless.

He knows. He knows. He’s realized that refined, perfect, gently bred Miss Highwood comes to the smithy to gawp at his brute manliness. Behave yourself, indeed.

She felt ridiculous. Ashamed. Exposed.

And then—suddenly—relieved.

He wasn’t speaking to her. He was speaking to his work.

“That’s it.” Perspiration glistened on his brow. With a steady hand and a low, rich baritone, he finessed the broken clasp. “Be good for me … Read More »