28 February 2010

Guest Author: Erica Ridley

This week we're welcoming Kensington author Erica Ridley as she celebrates the release of debut novel, TOO WICKED TO KISS. Although set in Regency England, TOO WICKED TO KISS has a tasty kick of Gothic suspense to set pulses racing. Look below for details on how to win a signed copy.

His Touch Holds Her Captive...

From the ravens circling its spires to the gargoyles adorning its roof, Blackberry Manor looms ominously over its rambling grounds. And behind its doors, amid the flickering shadows and secret passageways, danger lies in wait...

To His Every Dark Desire...

Evangeline Pemberton has been invited to a party at the sprawling estate of reclusive Gavin Lioncroft, who is rumored to have murdered his parents. Initially, Gavin's towering presence and brusque manner instill fear in Evangeline...until his rakish features and seductive attentions profoundly arouse her.

But when a guest is murdered, Evangeline is torn. Could the man to whom she is so powerfully drawn, also be a ruthless killer?

"Snappy dialogue, passionate scenes and a dead body move the story along at a swift pace. If this debut is a sign of books to come, then I hope Ridley has a prolific career. This one is a gem!" ~ Romance Junkies

"TOO WICKED TO KISS is one of those delicious gothic-style historical romances that will have you turning pages as quickly as you can." ~ Enduring Romance

"For anyone who is looking for a great mystery and poignant love story, this is a story not to be missed." ~ Smokin' Hot Books

"TOO WICKED TO KISS is a captivating page-turner that tests one's puzzle solving skills while tapping into a whole gamut of emotions. Super love story and so much more!" ~ Long and Short Romance Reviews


What's so unusual about Evangeline Pemberton?

Evangeline is cursed with a psychic "gift" she can't turn off: visions of other people's memories overwhelm her every time she has skin-to-skin contact, which come accompanied by vicious migraine headaches. Or worse. She grew up without basic experiences most of us take for granted--playing with children, dancing, a hug when we need it most. Instead, more than one opportunist seeks to use her for their own gain. This is a woman who aches to reach out... and almost literally cannot.

What's so unusual about Gavin Lioncroft?

There are those who say Lioncroft has killed before, and would cheerfully do so again. (Lioncroft himself has been overheard uttering this very statement.) Unfortunately for him, the one person he'd most like to help to an early grave gets murdered before Gavin has an opportunity to do the honors--and he finds himself the obvious suspect. He must earn the trust of the one person who trusts no one, lest he find himself hanging for murder.

Have you ever been somewhere like Blackberry Manor?

Yes, in the sense that I drew heavily on my experiences and impressions of various Gothic castles and churches I'd visited. And no, in the sense that my imagination took the skeleton of an idea and ran with it. If Blackberry Manor really did exist, I would love to visit. Particularly if there were a chance of meeting a man like Gavin!

Did you get some special news this week?

Why yes, yes I did. I'm delighted and honored to discover that Too Wicked To Kiss is a March book club pick for Barnes and Noble! I'll be hanging out at the book club forums all month, so please stop by! The link is here.

That's fabulous! And you're giving away a copy to a commenter?

Absolutely. If you'd like to win an autographed copy of TOO WICKED TO KISS, just click here to get your very own Madlibs-style psychic vision, then paste the result in the comments.


Thanks for stopping by, Erica!

Erica will be around all week to answer questions and giggle with you over your do-it-yourself psychic visions, so please comment! I'll draw the random winner next Sunday. Void where prohibited. Best of luck!