Friday, November 11, 2011

A Pair of Noble Volumes

Kate at the RWA Conference
book signing in New York.
Kate Noble is witty, talented, funny, kind, and has naturally curly hair. Because her name begins with "N", I often sit next to her at book signings and that makes me happy. She's a wonderful neighbor. She also writes wonderful books (with beautiful covers) which are definitely not the run of the mill historicals. Her settings and characters will surprise and charm you every time.

Here's the blurb for THE SUMMER OF YOU.
Lady Jane Cummings is certain that her summer is ruined when she is forced to reside at isolated Merrymere Lake with her reckless brother and ailing father. Her fast-paced London society is replaced with a small town grapevine. But one bit of gossip catches Jane’s attention – rumors that the lake’s brooding new resident is also an elusive highwayman.

Jane must face the much discussed mysterioso after he saves her brother from a pub brawl. She immediately recognizes him from London: Byrne Worth, war hero and apparent hermit – who she finds strangely charming. The two build a fast friendship, and soon nothing can keep this Lady away from Merrymere’s most wanted. Convinced of his innocence, Jane is determined to clear Byrne’s name – and maybe have a little fun this summer after all…
I loved this book. And who can resist a hero described as a "mysterioso." Did you notice the "reckless brother." Aha! A reckless brother needs a books of his own and he gets it.

Jason Cummings, Duke of Rayne is feeling the weight of his responsibilities – one of which is to get married. Being the most sought after bachelor in London can be trying, so who can blame him if he seeks refuge from the voracious hordes of young debutantes at the decidedly female-free Historical Society? Female-free, that is, until Winnifred Crane marches up to the door, demanding entrance.

Despite her prowess as a historian, Winn is denied membership to the Society. So she daringly offers an unusual bargain: if she can prove the authenticity of a certain painting, she’ll be granted recognition, fame, and respect. But to do that, she must go abroad. And to go abroad, she must have an escort, even a stubbornly unwilling one…

Jason has no desire to accompany Winn on her adventure across Europe, but even he is not immune to Winn’s passion for her profession. As the journey proves more difficult than planned, they must work together to stay one step ahead of their rivals… and the closer they get to the proof Winn seeks, the closer she and Jason become. But as their adventure turns dangerous, can Jason keep this headstrong bluestocking safe? And what will become of their growing bond when the adventure ends?
A duke and a bluestocking. Sigh.

I have signed copies of both these books to give away. I'll also throw in a signed cover flat of my next book, CONFESSIONS FROM AN ARRANGED MARRIAGE, and a selection of gorgeous bookmarks from other historical authors.

In addition to Kate's other talents, she has a brilliant name. How can you resist a historical written by someone whose name is NOBLE? What would your romance novel name be? Either make a comment here (include your email address) or use my contest entry form. If you have a preference for which book to win, let me know. I’ll select the winner at random on November 18th, no earlier than 8 am EST.

Contest ends November 18, 2011 8 am EST.  Void where prohibited. Sorry, US only, no international entries. No purchase necessary. All my contest subject to these contest rules. 


  1. I absolutely loved Follow my Lead. I can't wait to read The Summer of You, I know it will be just as great.

    My romance novel name would be, well I kind of like my name, so it would be; Cynthia vonHentschel Or Mechell Von.

  2. *SIGH* I wish I had the chance to win! I read the excerpt for Follow my Lead and immediately put it on my TBR list!

    Candy G
    candygorcsi AT

  3. Oh, what a fun question. I've noticed that are tons of Gayle's so I'd have to ditch that.I'll go with Prudence Barney which would the names of two of my childhood dogs.
    I'd love to win The Summer of You luvlott1981(at)

  4. I would name mine Summer Hill which is my grand daughters name. I would love to read both books but "Follow My Lead" sounds like the one I would read first. I would also love to read your book Miranda. I do enjoy romance books and mix with mystery or suspense makes them even better.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  5. @Cynthia: Very distinguished but maybe a little hard to spell? But Cynthia is one of my favorite names and I'm thinking of using it for an upcoming heroine!

    @Candy. Are you overseas? So sorry, but postage cost are prohibitive. However, I do sometimes hold a contest that's open worldwide so keep checking!

    @Gayle LOL on the dogs. Mine would be Pirate Whisky which is a terrible name for a romance writer.

    @misskallie. Summer Hill is a beautiful name - gives me a gracious country house vibe.

  6. I would love to read The Summer of You!
    I'm not sure what name I would use...I'm not too creative lol. I think I would keep Lisa as I don't see many authors with that name and then I wouldn't get confused but it would be fun to think of a cool last name. Maybe Darcy? Yeah, I think Darcy might work, as long as it comes with Pemberley lol ;)