Monday, March 15, 2010

Romance Byte: Secrets of a Scandalous Bride

Author: Sophia Nash
ISBN: 978-0061493300
Genre: Historical
Publisher: Avon

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Elizabeth Ashburton lives behind a charming, happy façade in an effort to forget her former life. But when she is forced to confront the devil from her past, her friends in the dowager duchess’s widows club can not save her, and Elizabeth turns to the last man on earth willing to help her…

The extraordinarily powerful Rowland Manning has never pretended to be anything but a bastard, in every way imaginable. Through innate grit and determination, he built an astonishing empire and he’ll do anything and everything to save it. Yet, the one thing he secretly craves . . . something even he cannot name, can never be purchased with his kingdom of riches.

Each has something to win. Each has something to lose. Only love will determine if the price of redemption and sacrifice is too high.

About the Author from her Website:
ophia Nash was born in Switzerland, raised in France and the United States, but says her heart resides in Regency England. Her ancestor, an infamous French admiral who traded epic cannon fire with the British Royal Navy, is surely turning in his grave.

She is very sorry to say that she does not have a Master’s Degree in English literature, nor a PhD in English history, although she wishes she did. She has a mere Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, which is worthless when it comes to writing Historicals. Although she does admit, it helped tremendously when she was an award-winning Producer/Writer for PM Magazine and the CBS/WTVJ-Miami news division, and again when she produced live international programs for the European Division of Worldnet Television.

Her career-checkered past also includes a stint on Capitol Hill where she was a congressional speech writer, Press Secretary and later a congressional liaison for the United States Information Agency. And to completely confound readers of her resume, she was the Executive Director of the non-profit Washington International Horse Show for almost a decade, coming full circle with her childhood days of competing on the west coast junior equestrian circuit.

It came as little surprise to her family when she decided to focus on writing in 2000. An avid reader like her beloved father she was enchanted by the idea of a job that required reading and writing all day long. Plus there were added benefits: pajama dress code, ultimate authority over a make-believe world without being confined to a padded cell, and the ultimate “career” to trot out at almost any gathering, but alas, none of the millions à la J.K. Rowling.

Her first writing effort, A Secret Passion, was a finalist for a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. The final judge, an editor for Signet/Penguin Putnam purchased the manuscript and a new career was born.

Sophia Nash’s first three novels have won eight national awards including the prestigious RITA Award (A Passionate Endeavor) and a spot on the American Library Association/Booklist’s “Top Ten Romances of the Year” (Lord Will & Her Grace.) She is currently writing Regency-set Historicals for Avon/Harper Collins.

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