Wicked Wednesday – Rogues and a Contest!

HOPE TARRI have the pleasure of having with me today the wonderful Hope Tarr who is telling us a little about her re-release of A ROGUE’S PLEASURE and offering a copy of her novel VANQUISHED to one lucky person. Hope is the award-winning author of thirteen historical and contemporary romances as well as a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, New York City’s first and so far only monthly reading series for romance fiction. “Tomorrow’s Destiny,” Hope’s first novella, will release November 10th in a single title Christmas anthology, A HARLEQUIN CHRISTMAS CAROL, with Betina Krahn and Jacquie D’Alessandro. Visit Hope online at www.HopeTarr.com and find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Some of you may know that Caridad means Charity in English (my nickname by the way), so we’ve got 2 of the 3 virtues here today! Are there any Faiths out there to make it all three?

Without further ado – my friend and fellow author, Hope Tarr.


A ROGUE'S PLEASURE Second chances at love, don’t you just…love them?

A ROGUE’S PLEASURE, my romance debut novel originally published in print with Berkley/Jove, is getting its own second chance at love as an e-book release with Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-first imprint and like any proud mama I couldn’t be more pleased. The reissue, which sports gorgeous new cover art and an editing facelift, went live on August 16th, two weeks short of what would be the book’s tenth anniversary. How cool is that!?!

A ROGUE’S PLEASURE is a Regency romp that I’m thrilled to be able to share with a new generation of romance readers. To get the soiree started, close your eyes—okay, don’t close them since you need them open to read this—or better yet open your mind to the clip-clop of horses hooves instead of sirens and honking cars.

It is Regency England, 1812. Napoleon is wreaking havoc in Europe, including Spain and Portugal where ousting the rightful royals and setting his sibling, Joseph Bonaparte, on the Spanish throne has catalyzed a sweeping grassroots national resistance supported by Britain and its Allies. On the home front, private coaches traveling between the countryside and London are prime targets for the rogues of the road: highwaymen.

Put yourself in the shoes, or rather the Wellingtons, of my hero, Lord Anthony Grenville. Recently returned from the Peninsular War with a gamey leg and a bad case of combat stress masquerading as ennui, you are in your private coach en route to London with your fiancée, Lady Phoebe Tremont, and her shrew of a mother. To drown out the droning of your soon-to-be mother-in-law, you think not great thoughts but rather mundane ones. Will the inn’s beef be soured again? Sigh. Might there be a decent claret to bespeak in lieu of the usual ale? Must I really marry this pretty but deucedly dull girl? You are not only thinking such thoughts but lost to them when a shout of “Halt! Stand and deliver!” freezes the blood in your veins.

Chelsea Bellamy must raise the sum of 500 pounds to ransom her beloved brother. Having exhausted all other avenues, she has taken to the road disguised as the highwayman One-Eyed Jack, accompanied by her faithful manservant, the real One-Eyed Jack. Outnumbered though he is and hampered with womenfolk, still Anthony isn’t going down easily. He isn’t going down at all. Beneath his fancy frock coat, embroidered waistcoat, and frothy shirt, he has a soldier’s spine of steel—and a heart in need of saving.


Thanks so much for joining me today at Caridad’s blog. Please post a comment by midnight EST Thursday August 26th and be entered to win an autographed copy of VANQUISHED, the launch for my Victorian-set “Men of Roxbury House” trilogy.


Hope Tarr Photo Credit: Photo by BizUrban.com

30 thoughts on “Wicked Wednesday – Rogues and a Contest!”

  1. Many thanks to Caridad for having me here as a guest. What fun! And to all of you who’ve been so very warm and welcoming, I’m sending cyber smooches and to one of you a signed copy of VANQUISHED. 😀

    Jenny Schwartz, congratulations! You’re my randomly chosen contest winner. Please email me your snail mail addy off-list at hope@hopetarr.com, and I’ll get your prize out ASAP.

    Happy Labor Day in advance…

  2. That’s so great that this book is getting a fresh start. Love the blurb 🙂 Good luck with the re-release!

  3. Ohhh, this sounds so good! I love highwaymen. I still remember that poem, The Highwayman & taught it to my boys. One of my fave historicals of all time the heroine was a highwayman….Moonstruck Madness. Thanks for the chance!

  4. I love unusual heroines and plot twists in historical romances! A Rogue’s Pleasure sounds like a wonderful romantic adventure. Good luck with the reissue.

  5. Good luck with your re-release. The books sounds interesting. I’ll definitely have to check it out! 🙂

  6. Hope,
    Thanks for stopping by and sharing Rogue’s Pleasure! What a joy to know there is hope for a second chance and as an unpubbed author myself-faith that a first chance shall come along.
    Best wishes for great additional success.
    And thank you, Charity for bringing us Hope 🙂

  7. A Rogue’s Pleasure sounds like my type of romp read. Alas, I’m not a Faith but my first name means beloved. Does that count?

  8. A Rogue’s Pleasure sounds like a wonderful story. So poor Lord Anthony will be relieved to get rid of his fiancee and have his heart saved by a highwayman, of all things – I love this type of tale.

  9. LOL, Karin. I recently watched Whip It with Ellen Page. I think her alter ego at the roller derby was Ruthless, so you’re in good company. 😉

  10. Hi Hope –

    Pleasure meeting you at the RWA/NYC signing a few weeks ago.

    Sounds like a boom I’d love to read. Very interesting premise.

    1. Thanks Kathye and thanks for turning out fir the RWA/NYC book fair. That was fun and everyone was so nice & supportive.

  11. Love the premise of the story and the fact that it’s getting a second chance for so many people to read who didn’t catch it the first time around.

    It sounds like a great story–highwaywoman needing to raise money to ransom her brother. All the great elements of a truly memorial historical read. Can’t wait. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Kathy. I hope you enjoy. My other summer Carina re-release, MY LORD JACK, features a hangman hero who believes 100 percent in the justice of the Law, so we have both bases covered. 😉

  12. I love the highwayman/woman thing. 😆 Have no clue why. Looking forward to reading this–I had no idea it was a re-issue and think it is wonderful to have a second opportunity to get my mitts on the story.

    1. Thanks so much, Toni. I’m pretty elated. When I pursued getting the rights back from my original publisher years ago, ebooks were emerging into the mainstream and I had no concrete plans for the book. I just had a “feeling” that Lord Anthony would have his day–again.

  13. How cool to have your book given new life–congrats, Hope! Looks like a wonderful read with a wounded hero and a determined heroine. I so enjoy stories where the hero’s made a practical, if wrong, decision to marry and must extricate himself. Bravo!

  14. My middle name is Ruth which many family and friends thought stood for ruthless! Does that count?
    Tell Lord Anthony that I would skip the beef and stick to the claret!

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