Spotlight, Guest Post & Giveaway: How the Duke Was Won (The Disgraceful Dukes #1) by Lenora Bell

Book Blurb & Info

The pleasure of your company is requested at Warbury Park. Four lovely ladies will arrive… but only one can become a duchess.

James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Lust is prohibited and love is out of the question.

Four ladies. Three days. What could go wrong?

She is not like the others…

Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke’s proposal. All she must do is:

* Be the perfect English rose [Ha!]

* Breathe, smile, and curtsy in impossibly tight gowns [blast Lady Dorothea’s sylph-like figure]

* Charm and seduce a wild duke [without appearing to try]

* Keep said duke far, far from her heart [no matter how tempting]

When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything . . . including her heart.

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The Regency has never seen bad boys quite like these…

The Regency Era. Where the debutantes always wear white, the rakes keep their black Hessian boots polished, and the most scandalous activity Polite Society allows is the new dance craze from Europe – the waltz. And then there’s the Disgraceful Dukes, my new series from Avon Books.

First up, there’s James, the DUKE OF HARLAND in HOW THE DUKE WAS WON.

James never wanted to become the duke. He’s spent his life traveling the globe and he’s obsessed with creating the best drinking chocolate in the world and making it affordable for the masses (chocolate was a serious luxury item back then). He’s more pirate than duke, and in the beginning of the book he has long hair and beard. Even though in the first chapter he has to shave the beard off so as not to scare the ladies, he spends the rest of the book growing it back J James also likes to throw knives, play guitar, and scandalize debutantes.

Next, there’s Dalton, the DUKE OF OSBORNE from IF I ONLY HAD A DUKE

Dalton’s known for gambling, making outrageous wagers in the betting books at White’s, and bedding every lovely widow in sight. But Dalton’s bad reputation is a distraction to deflect attention away from his true purpose – searching for the man who destroyed his family. He’ll do anything to keep his dark secret hidden.

And then there’s Nick, Marquess of Hatherly and heir to the MAD DUKE OF BARRINGTON

Nick’s known for throwing hedonistic parties and vowing never to marry, and he’s…well he’s not finished being written yet J But you can rest assured he’ll be just as scandalous and sinful as his best friends James and Dalton!

HOW THE DUKE WAS WON is a twist on The Bachelor (with some nods to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), IF I ONLY HAD A DUKE is inspired by the Wizard of Oz (with nods to Arrow), and BOOK 3 will be a take on Alice in Wonderland.

I’m having tons of fun shaking things up in the Regency. I really hope you enjoy meeting these disgraceful dukes!

And here’s the credit for the photos!

Author Info

Lenora Bell is a third generation Alaskan and her hometown still has no traffic lights or fast food, but the public library is going strong!

An English teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing, Lenora has traveled the globe using music to bring smiles to classrooms. She currently lives in Switzerland with her carpenter husband and two naughty tiger-striped kitties.

In 2014 she won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical. She's thrilled to be debuting with Avon Books in 2016!


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