Happy Halloween everyone — hoping all on the east coast are safe and sound post Sandy – a memorable Halloween for many of us.
On Monday night Sandy blew through our yard. She was limited to high winds here—not enough rain to mention, no power outages—so we were lucky. But we lost our ghost. He was the Casper sort, not the creepy kind that scares the pants off my kids when we go to the Halloween store. A big windsock a couple of feet long, he’s been hanging on our porch every Halloween season for years. And I forgot about him. Left him hanging there while Sandy blew him madly about until he broke off the hook and flew away to scare some unsuspecting neighbor with his goofy smile and pink cheeks as he flew past their window. And that’s what ghosts should do, right? He’s living la vida loca muerta, finally free to be who he was meant to be.
While we were searching for Ghost (no luck, he’s somewhere over the Blue Ridge Mountains by now) I was thinking about what I should write in this post. And it struck me that the idea of freedom, the freedom to be who you really are and be accepted and loved for it, is a recurring theme in romance. I’m reading Winning the Wallflower by Eloisa James right now and it’s certainly a major theme in that story. And I know that it’s one of my favorite themes in my books. When the heroine or the hero finally lets her or his guard down and reveals their true self, that’s when the lovers finally connect.
In The Devil’s Thief, my upcoming Loveswept release, I had the heroine Julianna come right out and say it. She thinks to herself that by accepting the hero’s bargain—one night in his bed for his invaluable pearl—she can finally be herself and get what she wants as well as take what she needs. Due to a less than ideal childhood Julianna has learned to guard her true self. She dresses to fade into the background, she listens rather than speaks, and the world ignores her. But that’s not who she is. She’s a passionate young woman who willingly accepts a bargain to spend the night in the bed of handsome, charming rake. Her passion extends to her commitment to the foundling home she sponsors, and her responsibility to the children there. It’s that passionate young woman that the hero, Alasdair, falls in love with and searches London for when the night is through.
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The Devil’s Thief by Samantha Kane, Excerpt
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About the author:
Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. She is published in several romance genres including historical, contemporary and science fiction. Her erotic Regency-set historical romances have won awards, including Best Historical from RWA’s erotic romance chapter Passionate Ink, and the Historical CAPA (best book) award from The Romance Studio. She has a master’s degree in American History, and taught high school social studies for ten years before becoming a full time writer.
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“Samantha Kane’s writing sizzles with unforgettable characters and electrifying sensuality that draw you in and provides a slice of reading heaven for lovers of historical romance everywhere!” ~ Renee Bernard, USA Today Bestselling Author
“Great characters, terrific dialogue, a fun plot, and a yummy hero . . . What more could a reader want in a book? ~ Cheryl Holt, New York Times Bestselling Author
“The Devil’s Thief is a sizzling cat-and-mouse romp through Regency London sure to excite readers. Samantha Kane’s determined hero and passionate heroine are perfectly matched.” ~ Katharine Ashe Bestselling Author of How a Lady Weds a Rogue
“Charming and intriguing, The Devil’s Thief will steal your heart! Samantha Kane is a fresh new voice in historical romance!” ~ Anna Campbell, author Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed
“Endearing characters and steamy seductions make this a delicious read. It will steal your heart!” ~ Sabrina Jeffries, New York Times Bestselling Author
“The Devil’s Thief is a sinfully sensuous treat of a book!” ~ Stefanie Sloane Author of soon to be released, The Soundrel Takes a Bride