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Friday, 9 February 2018

VBT, GUEST POST & #GIVEAWAY - To Entice an Earl (Entangled Nobility #3) by Naomi Boom

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Regency Romance

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Miss Alexandra Farris lost her heart to her older brother's friend, Lord Maxon Collins, long, long ago. Despite her girlhood attempts to win him, he never noticed her. Now that her first season is underway, she understands why. He prefers willowy blondes, not curvaceous maidens with darker coloring like herself. Rather than wallow in self-pity, she forgets love and focuses on something more attainable—an advantageous match.

Lord Collins is plagued by an uncomfortable feeling whenever he goes near Miss Farris. One of annoyance. And yet, he can’t seem to stop thinking of her, touching her, kissing her...He must act in her brother’s stead, which means he has to approve her suitor and ensure her safety. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to find a worthy gentleman.

Wedding her off should be a simple task, but not if he can’t let her go.

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She inhaled and stepped up to him. He was so tall, at least five inches taller than her, yet she would not allow him to intimidate her, not this gentleman she used to pester as a little girl. She peered up at him and planted her fists on her hips. “You cannot possibly imagine I would listen to you, can you?”

His eyes narrowed, and he straightened from his position against the wall which brought him that much closer to her. “I don’t only imagine. I know you will listen to me. You have no other options.”

“Of course I do.”

“No, you do not.”

Their gazes locked, and everything around Alexa faded away, except for the brilliant blue eyes which held her riveted in place. She brought her palm to her
chest to make sure her heart still beat.

It did, just barely.

She finally broke away and whispered, “I have not given him a response yet.”

His responding smile lacked warmth, and he appeared to gloat as he said, “Excellent. I never have liked Lord Edwin and cannot fathom why you do.”

“I happen to be very much in love with him.” She colored. She had just told Lord Collins she loved Lord Edwin. Where was her fan when she needed it most? Next to Miss Cannis where she had forgotten it. And now, she had to endure a most frustrating conversation where she admitted a falsehood. Not a simple falsehood, either. One which competed with the largest untruths of her life.

Her rushed denial teetered on her lips as a stronger gust of wind tore through her hair, causing several more strands to dislodge. She muttered a curse and reached
up to repair the damage the wind had made.

His large, warm hand shot out and stopped her. The humid night air could not compare to the warmth of his hand on hers, nor could it compete with the spasmodic tingles breaking out throughout her body.

The contact was too unexpected.

Too intimate.

Too much.

She darted a hesitant glance his way where he quickly masked a warm look and took a step away from her. “Leave your hair.”

She swayed from the loss of his touch and the lack of warmth in his tone.

“Are you quite all right?” he asked with a sneer, as if to erase all touches of warmth with harshness. It hadn’t worked, though. She knew better.

Whatever strange demon had overtaken him tonight was not normal and was, quite frankly, vexing to deal with. “I see you can choose to employ good manners when you wish.”

His countenance darkened and he lifted a brow. “You evidently are just fine.”

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Give an example of a paragraph of your work before and after editing.

I edit my novels countless times before submission to my publisher and then my editor works on them. So, keep that in mind as we compare a couple of paragraphs, one from my original first draft, and one prepared for book release. For the record, I did not read endless paragraphs until I found the most shockingly different. The following paragraph is the second one I looked at.

Original paragraph in To Entice an Earl:

A warm hand encompassed hers as she began to fix her hair. Immediate and overwhelming awareness encompassed her at his touch, which forced all thought of fixing her coiffure to depart from her mind. His presence was all around her, and she began to drown in his nearness. The caress of his hand on her own only intensified the alarming effect he had on her, and she hesitantly brought her eyes to his, where he hurriedly masked a curiously warm look. “Leave it.” He ordered brusquely.

That paragraph is a bit of a mess. As you can see, I get comma happy and I also used encompassed twice, which makes me cringe every time I read it.

Final paragraph in To Entice an Earl:

His large, warm hand shot out and stopped her. The humid night air could not compare to the warmth of his hand on hers, nor could it compete with the spasmodic tingles breaking out throughout her body.
The contact was too unexpected.
Too intimate.
Too much.
She darted a hesitant glance his way where he quickly masked a warm look and took a step away from her. “Leave your hair.”

I have never compared my original draft to my final draft, and I have to say, it’s rather fascinating. I might have to do this more often.

Naomi Boom never expected to love writing. Her inspiration struck while searching for the perfect historical romance novel to read. Nothing sounded appealing, so she decided to write her own. That one novel has morphed into a series, and hopefully many, many more.

She resides in her home state of South Dakota with her husband and toddler. Her dream is to someday find an acreage where she can raise chickens and, naturally, continue her writing.



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11 comments:

  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. Thanks! Good luck and way to be dedicated.

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  2. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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    1. And thank you for commenting. I love comments 😊

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  3. What is the best book that you have read this year? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. I've read some rather interesting books this year.. a bit out if genre from what I typically read. So, the one I enjoyed most was a detective mystery that brought up some nostalgia about high school and kept me thoroughly engrossed. The book is That Night in August by H.E. Sayler.

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  4. I really enjoy reading the blurb! Thank you and congrats on the tour.

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