Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cassandra Samuels' A SCANDALOUS WAGER Blitz & Giveaway

Love may be the biggest gamble of their lives...
A Scandalous Wager
by Cassandra Samuels

Publication Date: November 1, 2014
Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd
ISBN-13: 9780857992017
Genre: Historical Romance
Print Length: 237 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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As the Black Raven, she’s cold, distant and alone…untouched by the gossip and scorn of her aristocratic peers. Until he enters her house—and her life—then suddenly her icy shell is no match for the heat of attraction...

Notorious Widow Lisbeth Carslake, Countess of Blackhurst was acquitted of her husband’s murder, but no one believes in her innocence. Known as the Black Raven, bringer of bad luck and death, she is eviscerated by the gossips and mocked in the clubs.

She’s also the subject of London’s most scandalous wager.

Oliver Whitely, Earl of Bellamy, needs money, but it takes more than a few drinks to take on The Black Raven Wager. He finds himself drunk, at her house, and—more surprisingly—agreeing to a business proposal at the end of a fire poker.

She will let him win the wager, and he will help find her husband’s killer before the killer finds her. But business agreements don’t mean trust, and Lisbeth certainly doesn’t trust Oliver, her body’s reaction to him, or her heart.

Love may be the biggest gamble of their lives, but is it a wager their hearts can afford to lose?

Who is the writer behind this fun Regency Romance? Does she have any secrets to share?
Welcome to the Tome Tender Hot Seat, Cassandra Samuels!

Tome Tender asked for three little secrets...Cassandra spilled FIVE! 

* I was horse mad as a kid but never got my own horse. I'm still mildly obsessed and still don't own a horse.
* People think I look like Supernanny (The English one) when I wear my glasses.
* I stick my foot out of the bedclothes when I get hot at night. Is that normal?
* I am related to Lady Diana and Anne Boleyn.
* My favourite food is Thai Green curry chicken.

Cassandra Samuel's mother always said she should have been born in the 1800s. Unfortunately, she was born in the 1970s instead. But she was not discouraged by all the corduroy and dodgy hair do's. She decided if she couldn't live in the Regency period she would write about it instead.

Cassandra cut her romance reading teeth on Jane Austen when she read Pride and Prejudice in high school. It was the beginning of a love affair with the Georgian and Regency eras that continues today. She has wanted to be a romance writer since she was a teen and was encouraged to study a diploma in journalism, but fiction writing was where her heart belonged.

She is the eldest of three children and grew up living on the outskirts of of the Royal National Park which gave her a love and appreciation for the Australian bush.  Cassandra lives with her fabulously supportive husband and three wonderful children on the NSW South Coast along with a three-legged staffy cross, a cheeky terrier and a cat called Angus.  Cassandra enjoys music, the theatre, reading, and watching romantic comedies.  She is also a proud member of Romance Writers Australia.

Want to Connect with Cassandra Samuels?

Cassandra is offering an eCopy of A SCANDALOUS WAGER
Ends April 23, 2015
International where allowed


  1. Thanks for having me here this week Dii.

  2. Wow Cassandra! I had no idea of your family connections. Very impressive! :) As for sticking your feet out from under the sheets, I get so hot I have to do that too. xx

    1. Hi Marilyn. Thanks for dropping by. Yes, my great uncle did extensive research over many years and once you have that royal connection it gets much easier to research. Good to know I am not the only one with this nocturnal habit.

  3. Must remember to curtsey the next time we meet. Very impressive bloodline :)

    1. I will insist on it Elle. ha ha. I am also a direct decedent of Henry Cary who translated Dante's Inferno and The Divine Comedy into English and is buried in Westminster Abbey in Poets Corner. So I guess writing is in my blood, so to speak.

  4. That's incredible! Family history is so interesting. These are some great facts. I love Thai green curry, too! :-) And your book, of course! Absolutely loved it! Hoping for more soon! :-)

    1. Thank you Jessica. Well if we ever meet we will know what to order for dinner, won't we?. lol My great uncle has uncovered a treasure trove of interesting facts. The fact that you have some blood connection to these people is always fascinating to me. I hope your new release Virtue's Lady is doing well.

  5. That's incredible! Family history is so interesting. These are some great facts. I love Thai green curry, too! :-) And your book, of course! Absolutely loved it! Hoping for more soon! :-)

  6. M'Lady, it was fun to share giveaways with you. Although I've been to Fiji and New Zealand, you live in the one country I have always wanted to visit. Now I'm jealous. I also love a good Thai green curry. According my families lineage, I was related to a horse thief, and my own grandfather was a railroad engineer that was shot (not killed) by the "Hole in the Wall Gang." I know it's a thankless job but someone had to be the grandson.

    1. I think you should definitely come to Australia, Mark. It's a big country so there is plenty to see and you can go from rainforest to mountains to desert to the great Barrier reef and not nearly seen it all.

      Wow, Mark if your grandfather had been killed you might not be here entertaining us with your books. So I'm glad he survived. Amazing story. Every family needs a black sheep so I suspect the horse thief was an interesting character indeed.

      I don't know if it's true but I did hear my grandmother tell me a story about one of her relatives dressing as a woman to escape revolutionary France (he was a doctor apparently) and flee back to England. It sounds all a bit Scarlet Pimpernel to me but, hey, I'll take it.

  7. Yum, sounds scandalously delicious!!! Can't wait to read it.

  8. Thanks Lani. I hope you enjoy it. Good luck in the contest.

  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm quite intrigued by the book... and the author! :-)

    1. Thanks Vesper. I'm happy to answer any questions you might have. I'm so happy you are intrigued by the book.

  10. You're related to Lady Dii? They have green chickens Down Under? That's scandalous! ;-) Michael

    1. Thanks for dropping in E Michael. Not the Lady Dii, esteemed blog mistress, unfortunately. Ha green chickens - well we do if you count free range I suppose.