Maiden Lane Blitz Day 3: Books 4-6

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A few years ago I magically found Wicked Intentions at my local library while browsing the stacks and discovered a world of action, adventure, romance and some incredible chemistry. From that moment forward, the world of Maiden Lane found a special place in my heart.

Within each book that was to follow I found the elusive Ghost of St. Giles that magically appeared, and a running theme of helping those less fortunate than yourself.  This series has everything a loyal reader could ever want and more!

At the beginning of each chapter Elizabeth provides a few paragraphs of a carefully penned story that is vital to the novel and one that will leave you dreaming of fairy tales and far off places.

In anticipation of the release of The Duke of Sin next week I have devoted this week on the blog to highlighting each book in the series so far.

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Thief of Shadows is the fourth installment in the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt.

Another appearance by the infamous Ghost of St. Giles. This time, Isabel Beckinhall has just rescued him from certain death. While injured he’s still able to keep his identify a secret, but for how long?

Winter Makepeace runs the home for orphans insuring those without a home have a safe place to live and make something of their lives. What no one knows is the secret he carries to make sure that everyone is safe in their community. It’s a secret that could change everything and Isabel is one step closer to uncovering the truth.

There are many themes running throughout this book and one in particular regarding Winter that Elizabeth has placed tender detail into.  I will not reveal because it adds so much to our hero and the story. I assure you that while I’ve read books that tackle this before, Elizabeth has truly outdone herself.

When the members of society wish for Winter to reform and acclimate himself into society Isabel is nominated to educate him.  What happens when the teacher becomes the student? There are choices to be made, trust to be earned and love to be rewarded.

While this book can be enjoyed as a standalone, rejoice dear readers there are TEN to dive into! A spicy 2 1/2 pepper read and has enough two half jalepenosheat to make you sizzle and is for mature readers 18+.

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Thief of Shadows (Maiden Lane)

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lord-of-darknessLord of Darkness  is the fifth installment in the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt. Talk about a fabulous beginning, this book has it.

When the story opens we meet the Ghost of St. Giles and he’s in danger of being shot. The masked crusader has a secret and has little time to reveal his identify as he attempts to avoid death.

Lady Margaret Reading married for necessity and hasn’t seen her husband since they exchanged vows.  Now, two years later Meg wants something and has returned. If only her husband was excited to see her. What will he do when he finds out the reason she returned, will he throw her out or give her what she wants?

Godric St. John is unclear why Meg suddenly wishes to be a wife now, two years is a long time to live separate lives. If Meg wants to talk he’s going to have to uncover her motives before it’s too late.

Both have had terrible loss, can they finally come to terms with their past and find comfort in each other? Will he change for her? Will he help her seek vengeance and find the man who destroyed her life all those years ago?

Whispers, rumors, mistaken identity all make a man, or woman, do unthinkable things.

Another must read that as a standalone with multiple story lines with characters the will weave in and out of each book to come in this must read series.

A spicy 2 1/2 pepper read and has enough two half jalepenos
heat to make you sizzle and is for mature readers 18+.

Get your copy here –

Lord of Darkness (Maiden Lane, Book 5)

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duke-of-midnightThe Duke of Midnight is the sixth book in the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt.

Artemis Graves is on a quest to save her twin brother. The reason for his disappearance was due to false accusations but she must prove it if she’s to rescue him.

Maximus Batten is out to find the man responsible for his parents death. A death that has haunted him for decades. No child should have to carry that painful memory, so when he loses his fathers ring he’s wracked with pain.

When Artemis and Maximus cross paths she’s thrilled at what she’s uncovered and holds on to a piece of him for safe keeping.  If only it were that easy ;).

Bound by duty, will Maximus cast her aside and follow his heart? Maximus has one goal, to find a murderer. When Artemis reveals the truth surrounding where Maximus ventures at night it becomes an intoxicating game of attraction, desire and duty.

With family depending on them and promises made, will they survive what lies ahead?

Oh what games we play Artemis 🙂 This strong heroine is just one of the many that are in this must read series and the chemistry between her and Maximus is fantastic.

A spicy 2 1/2 pepper read and has enough two half jalepenos
heat to make you sizzle and is for mature readers 18+.

Get your copy here –

Duke of Midnight (Maiden Lane)

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In Yesterday’s Coffee With there is a giveaway for a print copy of the Duke of Sin. For a chance to win this must read book click on the link above for Day 2 and enter. One entry per person. Contest closes at 11:59 tonight!

Good luck to all.

About Author:

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Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

Website: https://elizabethhoyt.com

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Maiden Lane Blitz Day 1: Welcome to the world of Maiden Lane Books 1-3

BlitzA few years ago I magically found Wicked Intentions at my local library while browsing the stacks and discovered a world of action, adventure, romance and some incredible chemistry. From that moment forward, the world of Maiden Lane found a special place in my heart.

Within each book that was to follow I found the elusive Ghost of St. Giles that magically appeared, and a running theme of helping those less fortunate than yourself.  This series has everything a loyal reader could ever want and more!

At the beginning of each chapter Elizabeth provides a few paragraphs of a carefully penned story that is vital to the novel and one that will leave you dreaming of fairy tales and far off places.

In anticipation of the release of The Duke of Sin next week I have devoted this week on the blog to highlighting each book in the series so far.

Please be sure to visit the blog tomorrow for my Coffee With post, excerpt and giveaway tomorrow. Elizabeth will be on the blog and we are talking all about Maiden Lane, Books, Tidbits and more. Don’t miss the fun!

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Wicked-intentionsWicked Intentions is the first book in the Maiden Lane Series. An  introduction into a world of those less fortunate, the ones who wish to exploit them and the heroes who wish to save them.

Temperance Dews has devoted her life to rescuing those unable to save themselves and bring them to safety. Every time she seeks out a child who needs help, it poses a risk to both her and the child. Dedication, passion and a willingness to put others before herself is what makes Temperance so beloved and so desired.

Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire is a mysterious man with unique cravings and a need to be in St. Giles in the middle of the night. When Lazarus approaches Temperance for help he asks for just one single request. Temperance counters his proposal, one that will assist in making her orphanage thrive. Will Lazarus agree? Or, will it be a deal with the devil?

Secrets haunt Lazarus, will he confess the true reason for his urgent need for help? Eclectic and primal desires are what drive him. When pain gives him pleasure will Temperance survive his injuries? Touch is his enemy and it will take every ounce of strength for Temperance to conquer all that stands in her way.

This fabulous introduction has multiple story lines with characters the will weave in and out of each book to come in this must read series. While this book can be enjoyed as a stand alone the series has TEN books to dive into.

A spicy 2 1/2 pepper read and has enough two half jalepenos
heat to make you sizzle and is for mature readers 18+.

Get your copy here –
Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane Book 1)

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Notorious_PleasuresNotorious Pleasures is the second book in the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt and explores the expectation of ones duty and the conflict that love and pleasure bring to it.

Lady Hero would prefer to marry for love but fears a good match should take precedence over love. Griffin would rather marry for love but will his wish be granted?

Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading wants to marry for love and isn’t ready to settle down, or is he? Everyone assumes he’s up to no good, if only they’d see he’s out to save the ones he loves.

This tale of a secret gin distiller and a woman running a home for orphans has it’s fair share of challenges.  Amidst rumors of the Ghost of St. Giles who will be saved? When they both take it upon themselves to take care of those who can’t worlds collide.

A romance of passion, desire, trust and assumptions make this two pepper spicy latte a must read.

I originally read this book years ago and recently re-read this in anticipation of Elizabeth having Coffee With me on the blog. I hope you will run to your nearest book seller and scoop up your own copy. This is one series you won’t want to miss.

This book is a spicy 2 1/2 pepper read and has enough two half jalepenos
heat to make you sizzle and is for mature readers 18+.

Get your copy here – Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane)

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Scandalous Desires is the third installment in the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt.

Mickey O’Connor is a pirate in St. Giles with a reputation that precedes him. Anything he wants, he takes.

A long time ago he spent a night with Silence Hollingsbrooke and what happened between them changed them both forever.

Unbeknownst to Silence, he left his most prized possession in her care. Mickey’s reputation is built around his career, a notorious Pirate who is only out to better himself. No one would ever think this tough man could have a heart of gold.When Mickey’s enemies threaten to steal what he loves the most, he takes a stand with the one woman standing in his way.

Long ago Silence made a deal with Mickey and now a widow, she must decide if he truly is the savage pirate that everyone thinks he is. Would a selfish pirate put others before himself? Will she be able to look past his unorthodox lifestyle?

If Silence can live with her choices, can Mickey reform for love? Discover another must read with chemistry that sizzles off the page in this two and a half pepper spicy latte read.  two half jalepenosThis book is fore mature readers, 18+.

Get your copy here –

Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane Book 3)

Be sure to check the blog tomorrow for my Coffee With post and discover an awesome author!

Author Info:

Elizabeth Hoyt headshot

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

Website: https://elizabethhoyt.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethHoytBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElizabethHoyt

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Maiden Lane Blitz Day 5: The Duke of Sin Review and Excerpt

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A few years ago I magically found Wicked Intentions at my local library while browsing the stacks and discovered a world of action, adventure, romance and some incredible chemistry. From that moment forward, the world of Maiden Lane found a special place in my heart.

Within each book that was to follow I found the elusive Ghost of St. Giles that magically appeared, and a running theme of helping those less fortunate than yourself.  This series has everything a loyal reader could ever want and more!

At the beginning of each chapter Elizabeth provides a few paragraphs of a carefully penned story that is vital to the novel and one that will leave you dreaming of fairy tales and far off places.

In anticipation of the release of The Duke of Sin next week I have devoted this week on the blog to highlighting each book in the series so far.

Today is my final post with a feature on the Duke of Sin

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duke-of-sinThe Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt is the tenth installment in the Maiden Lane series. Welcome to the world of secrets, games and fairy tales wrapped in a beautiful cover!

Bridget Crumb is the loyal housekeeper for a man who seek out the worst in people and holds those secrets for his gain. When circumstances force the Duke out of town, Bridget is left to manage his home and it leaves many questions unanswered. Intent of saving someone she loves from his wicked schemes she seeks out the truth from within the house. If her boss is away, why does she always feel like someone is watching her too?

Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery has witnessed his share of horrific acts by men who were supposed to keep people safe. Now a grown man he is still on a quest to find out the truth to that painful night all those years ago. The grown Duke is not a man anyone wishes to cross and with his collection of secrets it could be disastrous for anyone who crosses him. Can the man who controls everything let himself be tamed? One question still haunts him, who is Bridget loyal too?

Growing up without love can destroy a man rendering himself unable to reciprocate when the opportunity presents itself. When Bridget sets out to fix the pain Val has inflicted, what will he do with the news of her betrayal? Is it really a betrayal if it’s with good intention?

Elizabeth has infused this story with redemption, honesty and love. When Val believes he is unable to be loved it is due to the knowledge of atrocious acts inflicted by those closest to him. The damaged is from witnessing the effect it had on the one person he cared about. Yet, years later, he hasn’t been broken. While he still carries that secret close to him it is out of love to protect his sister. It will take a strong woman to show him that he is worthy of love and affection with someone of his own.

Another captivating read from Elizabeth with attention to most intricate details. From the characters to the house Val lives in, this story is fantastic. There is a certain expectation when you sit down to read a Maiden Lane book. What is that dear reader? A great story infused with a magical  fairytale of wisdom and truth, animals of all kinds, and absolute chemistry for our hero and heroine that sizzles.

Are you new to the series? Fear not dear readers this book can be read as a standalone but I think you will enjoy your reading pleasure more if you read the entire series in order. There are TEN books to dive into. So, wherever you obtain your books from – library, bookstore or e-retailer, you can find them anywhere!

A spicy 2 1/2 pepper read and has enough two half jalepenosheat to make you sizzle and is for mature readers 18+.

Get your copy here and have it delivered to your e-reader before you wake up this Tuesday. A wonderful gift to yourself this holiday weekend.

Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane)

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Excerpt: 

Around back of the stables Bridget saw a group of boys surrounding something on the ground. As she gasped, a boy—a great big fellow, nearly as big as a man—drew back his leg and kicked.

The thing on the ground yelped.

“No!” Bridget shouted, but she was drowned out by a gunshot.

She turned to see the Duke of Montgomery, standing in his shirt-sleeves and pink embroidered waistcoat and breeches, hip cocked, a smoking pistol held almost negligently aloft in his left hand.

He smiled, as sweetly as an adder baring its fangs, at the boys. “Won’t you please vacate this area?”

The boys seemed frozen by surprise—or stark fear.

The duke tilted his head and his smile dropped from his face, leaving it blank—and somehow much more frightening. “Now.

There was a mad scramble and then the mews was deserted save for her and the duke.

Bridget blinked and hurried to her little terrier, tied quite disgracefully by a cord around his neck to a stake in the ground. He lay on his side in the mud, but his tail thumped against the dirt when he saw her. He jumped to his feet, shaking himself, and tried to limp toward her, but was stopped by the cord.

She knelt in the mud and tried to pull the cord from his neck, but it had been tied terribly tight and her hands were shaking.

She felt the duke crouch behind her, his arms reaching around her, warm and hard, and felt a moment’s confusion before he leaned forward and murmured in her ear, “Here.”

He placed her opened chatelaine knife in her hands.

She took it gratefully. “Thank you.”

Carefully she cut the cord and picked up the little dog, his body warm and rather smelly in her arms.

The terrier immediately began licking her chin.

Bridget inhaled on a sob, even as she felt the brush of the duke’s tongue at the corner of her eye.

“Your tears taste like salvation.” His voice was deep, resonating against her back, and he almost sounded puzzled.

She shuddered, gasping, but didn’t dare look around, and then he was gone.

Biting her lips, she smoothed her hands over the dog’s small, wriggling body, trying to feel for broken bones. As far as she could tell, the terrier was bruised, but fine, although he had a bit of blood over one eye. He gazed up at her adoringly and it came to her all at once that his name was Pip. 

Pip.

She looked up.

The duke was still there, watching her in the gloaming, his beautiful golden hair ablaze in the setting sun.

She cleared her throat. “I…thank you. For saving him.”

It was hard to tell his expression in the dim light, but she thought he smiled.

She still held Pip, loath to let him go. Would the boys find him again, perhaps kill him this time? “I…er…I didn’t know you liked dogs?”

“I don’t.” He shrugged. “But you do.”

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Author Info:

Elizabeth Hoyt headshot

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

Website: https://elizabethhoyt.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethHoytBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElizabethHoyt

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/elizabethhoyt/

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Maiden Lane Blitz Day 4: Winner of Duke of Sin and Books 7-9

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The following lucky reader won the print copy of the Duke of Sin during my Coffee With Elizabeth Hoyt on Tuesday.

Congratulations breathelivelight  !!!

Winner must comment by 9:30AM EST 5/27/16 or another name  will be randomly selected.

Thank you to everyone who visited and commented during the Coffee With post.

Fear not dear readers, if you weren’t the lucky winner you can still pre-order your copy here –

Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane)

Again, thank you to everyone who stopped by!

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A few years ago I magically found Wicked Intentions at my local library while browsing the stacks and discovered a world of action, adventure, romance and some incredible chemistry. From that moment forward, the world of Maiden Lane found a special place in my heart.

Within each book that was to follow I found the elusive Ghost of St. Giles that magically appeared, and a running theme of helping those less fortunate than yourself.  This series has everything a loyal reader could ever want and more!

At the beginning of each chapter Elizabeth provides a few paragraphs of a carefully penned story that is vital to the novel and one that will leave you dreaming of fairy tales and far off places.

In anticipation of the release of The Duke of Sin next week I have devoted this week on the blog to highlighting each book in the series so far.

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darling-beastDarling Beast is the seventh installment in the Maiden Lane series from Elizabeth Hoyt.

Lily Stump is an actress and hoping the theatre she’s decided to call home can open for business soon.

Apollo Greaves has escaped the worst place on earth – Bedlam and is hiding from everyone in the most obvious of places. What will happen when he is discovered by Lily? Can he keep his identity hidden and remain safe?

First encounters are everything in a book and when Lily and Apollo meet it’s perfect! Apollo isn’t ready to reveal everything to Lily despite his attraction for her or his desire to take but what is rightfully his. If he could just be left alone to focus on helping repair the gardens, instead things just became complicated.

Both Apollo and Lily have secrets that could impact them being together. What will Lily do when she discovers the real reason Apollo is at the theatre? Will the actress be able to give the performance of her career to protect Apollo and the theatre? Will Apollo find his voice to save himself?

Another  sizzling addition to the Maiden Lane series that is full of what we expect in the Maiden Lane series with the characters we love and the ones who love them.

While this book can be enjoyed as a standalone, rejoice dear readers there are TEN to dive into! A spicy 2 1/2 pepper read and has enough two half jalepenosheat to make you sizzle and is for mature readers 18+.

Get your copy here –

Darling Beast (Maiden Lane)

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Dearest-RogueFullSizeDearest Rogue is the eighth installment in the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt.

James Trevillion has been injured and the only job left is to protect his dear friends sister who happens to be going blind.

Phoebe Batten is trying to find her way and experience love.  If only her family would stop being so overbearing and let her experience life. Just when she finally has a sense of normalcy someone threatens to destroy her world.

Can love find it’s way into a man who has given up on the very existence of it and a woman who deserves it?

While this book can be enjoyed as a standalone, rejoice dear readers there are TEN to dive into! A spicy 2 1/2 pepper read and has enough two half jalepenosheat to make you sizzle and is for mature readers 18+.

Get your copy here –

Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane)

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Sweetest-ScoundrelSweetest Scoundrel is the ninth installment in the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt and the books just keep getting better and better. This book is also a finalist in the Romance Writers of America RITA 2016 awards in the Historical Short Category. Tune into www.rwa.org for a live feed on July 16th at 8PM PT to find out the winners!

Eve Dinwoody is the sister of the one man everyone fears. The man who desires everyone’s secrets. When Eve decides to take control of her estranged brother’s financial investments, she must tackle the theatre and it’s mysterious owner.

Asa Makepeace is focused on fixing his damaged theatre so that it can re-open on time. When Eve barges in and insists on meddling into his expenses and daily tasks, the tension heats up and the banter begins. Asa is about to lose everything unless he can convince Eve the reason why he ignored her numerous correspondences.

Even after Eve offers to give Asa money to finish the job, she has two conditions. Will he agree? Has she finally found a man she can trust?

Within this book is elements of child abuse, broken trust, secrets and how those who have been betrayed can rise up through it. There were parts of the story that were painful to read but add to the element of our characters and it is a topic that is usually brushed over. Well done Elizabeth for once again tackling the tough issues that plague our society.

Will Asa and Eve be able to rise above their family misfortune without her protective brother sabotaging it all? Will Asa be able to unlock the reason behind Eve’s traumatic past and survive to tell?

Discover the ghost in this book that will leave you loving once again the tale of Maiden Lane and the Ghosts we are all running from.

While this book can be enjoyed as a standalone, rejoice dear readers there are TEN to dive into! A spicy 2 1/2 pepper read and has enough two half jalepenosheat to make you sizzle and is for mature readers 18+.

Get your copy here –

Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane) is $1.99 on Amazon for a limited time!

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Author Info:
Elizabeth Hoyt headshot

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

Website: https://elizabethhoyt.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethHoytBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElizabethHoyt

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/elizabethhoyt/

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Maiden Lane Blitz Day 2: Coffee With 2016 Historical Short Finalist Elizabeth Hoyt

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First, if we were meeting at a coffee shop I’d be drinking a Latte with Skim and a drizzle of caramel. 🙂 What would you order?

If it’s summer, I’d get a huge glass of iced coffee with lots of ice and cream.

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today. 

You bet!

Sweetest-ScoundrelCongratulations on your RITA nomination in Historical Romance: Short for Sweetest Scoundrel. Super exciting and what an honor.

Thank you!

For those who are not familiar with your Maiden Lane series can you tell us a little bit about it?

Maiden Lane takes place in Georgian London, a colorful time period and place with both the very rich living in gilded mansions and the very poor living in grimy back alleys. All sorts of characters weave in and out of the books from arrogant dukes to masked vigilantes to poor lady’s companions and stern dragoon captains.

At what point did you realize this was going to be big?

Pretty much from the start. 😉 I had a vision and knew where the Scandalous_Desiresbooks were going and the series started rolling and snowballing as they came out and readers began responding. First with wondering what I was going to do with Mickey O’Connor and Silence (Scandalous Desires) and then wondering who the Ghost of St. Giles was. Val, the hero of Duke of Sin has had, by far, the most reader mail to date.

I’ve read that you have twelve books planned in the series.  Now that book ten is almost here, is the series winding down like you envisioned?

Originally I’d planned to make the series open-ended and just never stop. 😉 But there are some readers who simply won’t pick up a book until the entire series is finished. (They must be pretty stumped by Stephanie Laurens.) I also didn’t want to make it too daunting for new readers. So yes, I’ll be leaving Maiden Lane after twelve books and three enovellas (the first one, Once Upon a Moonlit Night, will be out this July.)

Did you have a plan of how it would work or has it evolved with each book?

Plotting-wise I usually have a broad idea what’s happening for the next three books. Which means when I started I definitely didn’t know what the twelfth book would look like.

What do you do to research for this series? 

Here’s a secret: if somebody paid me as well for doing nothing but research I’d probably do that instead of writing. Mostly now I do my research at museums (Paris recently!!!) and by looking at photos and pictures in books and online (Pinterest!). If I have a specific question I Google it like everyone else—and then I can spend hours happily falling down Wikipedia black holes. For instance, a recent black hole was looking up how Orion the constellation was depicted in the eighteenth century. That took about two hours, cause stars plus Greek mythology!

When did you realize the fairy tale inside the story would be so well received?

Well, basically I didn’t. 😉 I made the decision to keep going with the fairy tale thing with my fourth book (To Taste Temptation.) At that point I’d gotten some feedback, most of it positive, on the fairy tales. I happen to really, really like the fairy tales and they’re my books so… Since then I’ve received a lot more reader mail most of it overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the fairy tales. Although I did get one last year from a woman who wrote to tell me I should just stop with them, please. 😉

I fell in love with The Maiden Lane series a long time ago and have enjoyed reading each book. I will be sad when the series comes to an end.  I also fell in love with The Raven Prince, a must read as well!

Thank you! A lot of readers tell me that The Raven Prince is still their favorite.

One of the things I admire about you is how connected you are with your readers. Lately you’ve kept them up to date with the details from your sexy cover shoots.  I find it fascinating and look forward to those posts!

I’m glad you like the real time cover shoots we do on my Twitter feed and Facebook page!

What was it like the first time you witnessed the models creating your vision?

I was surprised just how many people are involved in a cover shoot. Besides the male and female models and the photographer and her assistant, there’s my editor, her assistant, the cover artist, the costume designer, the art department head, and the publicist. Various other people might be there as well. Good cover models are very professional. They’re basically acting, after all—they have to sell that clinch. 😉

How much input do you have with the cover design?

My part of the cover process usually starts about a month or so before the actual shoot. My editor asks me for the hero and heroine’s stats (eye and hair color) and ideas I might have for the stepback (the inside picture in my books.) Since covers have to be done so far in advance, sometimes I haven’t even started writing the book when I’m asked for ideas! Usually I send what I have and refer my editor to my Pinterest page (https://www.pinterest.com/elizabethhoyt/). Pinterest actually helps a lot. I’m pretty visual and my editor and the art director often get color and background ideas from the pins I’ve put up. I do get to choose models, which is not as easy as it would seem, and I do get some say so in the finished cover. I’m very, very fortunate to have a fantastic art department at Grand Central—I really love my covers!

For those who have not read your books I find that fact that you’ve published in a few different genres exiting. Do you have a favorite? Does that present any challenges for you as a writer?

I’m published in contemporary as well under the name Julia Harper. If I had to choose between historicals and contemporaries, I’d choose historicals, but I really do like writing contemporaries as well. Writing in a different sub-genre is something of a palate-cleanser and keeps me on my writing toes. I go back to writing historicals feeling refreshed.

Can you tell us when and where you will be in the upcoming months?

I’ll be in San Diego, California July 13-16 for the RWA conference and then in Spokane, Washington September 22-25 for the Historical Romance Retreat.

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1. What is a must read book and why?

Edge of Obsession by Megan Crane: Future Vikings!

2. What is one place that I should see if I visit your hometown?

Minnehaha Falls Park. Just gorgeous.

3. Castles or Beaches?

Castles.

4.  If you had an all expenses paid trip anywhere in the world for research, where would you go?

Scotland.

5. Binge watcher or weekly viewer? Which show(s)?

Binge because we do Netflix. We watch Daredevil, Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders, and Penny Dreadful, to name a few.

6. Paperback or e-book?

Ebook because I can enlarge the font.

7. Do you love to cook or go out to eat?

Oh, my God, go out to eat. If I could afford to hire a personal chef I would.

8. What is one thing you can’t live without?

Dogs

Congratulations again Elizabeth and I’ll be watching the #RITAGHs award ceremony via computer this summer.

Thanks again for hanging out! Time for another Latte 🙂

Happy Reading Dear Readers.

Happy Writing Elizabeth!

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To find out who wins the 2016 RITA in each category head over to Romance Writers of America on July 16 at 8PM PT. Winners will be announced and be sure to follow #RITAGH and #RWA16 for all the news that night!
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********** Giveaway **********

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Elizabeth has generously donated a paperback copy of the Duke of Sin to ONE lucky reader.

Answer the following question in the comments for your chance to win – What is your favorite fairy tale?

One winner will be randomly selected. Contest runs till  5/25/15 at 11:59PM (open to US/International)

Winner must comment within 24 hours to claim his/her prize or a new winner will be randomly selected.

ICYMI: Maiden Lane Blitz Day 1

Author Info:

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Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

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