Ashley March Giveaway!

Ashley March

Update: Winners have been randomly chosen. Robin D will receive Ashley’s book and LSUReader will be getting an IMPROPER GENTLEMEN from me. Thanks everyone who left a comment! Hope to see you here for another Monday spotlight.
You’re in for a treat today. My friend Ashley March is in the house and she’s sharing the goods on her newest release, ROMANCING THE COUNTESS in a totally innovative way. Of course, I’d expect nothing less from her. She’s a brilliant writer.

Be sure to leave a comment at the end of the post. It’ll enter you into two drawings–one for Ashley’s book and one for mine. Good luck!

A Romance in Quotes: The Beginning

Hi, everyone, and thanks so much to Mia for having me on the blog today! It’s my second time back and I have to tell you, I’m just as excited as the first time I visited. ;-)

I’m here today to talk about my new book, ROMANCING THE COUNTESS, which released last week on September 6th. ROMANCING THE COUNTESS is a love story about an earl and his best friend’s wife who are drawn together after their spouses—who were having an affair—die in a carriage accident.

I thought to try to something a little different and fun today by telling you the beginning of the story—in quotes. Below you’ll find a snippet from the first few chapters of ROMANCING THE COUNTESS, a little something to whet your appetite. If you’re following the book tour, more from the following chapters will come soon. Ready? Here we go. ;-)

Romancing the Countess

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Chapter 1

He was gone. And Leah, who had vowed never to cry for him again, sank to her knees, her hands clutched in the housekeeper’s skirt, and wept.

Chapter 2

Here, Leah thought, was an example of true mourning. Although only his profile was visible from the doorway, grief was etched clearly on the stark planes of his face. His brow was pulled low, his lips tugged tightly inward, and the pale cast of his skin contrasted severely with the dark brown of his hair. Did he grieve for both of them? she wondered. If so, he was a far better Christian than she.

Chapter 3

He should never have told her to remove the veil. Her eyes were too bright—dear God, sparkling even—her cheeks flushed, her lips crease in an upward curve which appeared inclined toward permanence. Sebastian would have preferred tears. Torrents of them, in fact.

Chapter 4

Smiling. Twirling. Black organza. All in one day. Oh, but it was only a small exercise in independence. From now on, she wanted so much more.

Chapter 5

“My poor Mrs. George,” he murmured, lifting his hand to brush the backs of his fingers across her cheek. She knew he meant it as a mockery of her earlier gesture, but the slide of his leather glove across her skin felt too much like a caress, and she could no more halt the blush that rose to enflame her face than she could retreat from his touch.

Chapter 6

It could have been a beautiful day. The late-morning sun shone brightly overhead. A fleet of pristine white clouds drifted lazily across the sky. An early autumnal wind swayed the leaves on their branches, quietly stirred the water, and sifted gently through Sebastian’s hair.

It would have been a beautiful day, if not for the black figure marring his view of the landscape: the formerly inconsequential Leah George who’d quickly managed to make herself into a pestilence.

Chapter 7

Reaching forward, he grasped the hem of her veil in his fingertips and raised his arms. Slowly, without any reason for such hesitation. Over the slender arch of her bodice, past the pale ivory column of her throat. Her mouth—he paused when it was revealed, pretending to lose hold of the hem. He stared at the bountiful curve of her lips, so full and lush that the small indent at the top of her upper lip was almost nonexistent.

He would never tell her that Angela’s mouth had not once entranced him like this.

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into ROMANCING THE COUNTESS and the developing relationship between Sebastian Madinger, Earl of Wriothesly and Mrs. Leah George! Did you like any of the quotes? Which was your favorite one?

One random commenter will be chosen to win a copy of my newest book, ROMANCING THE COUNTESS (open internationally)! Also, find out how to win the ROMANCING THE COUNTESS Book Tour Grand Prize of 50+ romance novels by visiting www.ashleymarch.com!

98 thoughts on “Ashley March Giveaway!

  1. Marjana says:

    Can’t wait to read it!

  2. JenM says:

    I love the idea of posting quotes from each chapter. I’m one of those people that doesn’t mind spoilers either, so it’s nice to get a sneak peak. I think I like the quote from Chapter 1 the best because it sets the stage and the mood for the story.

  3. Terri C. says:

    Please enter me. I love the synopsis and that’s why I want to read this.

  4. Lexi says:

    So many good quotes….makes me want to reread the book! March has talent with the pen, she shows grief so well.

  5. Kaetrin says:

    I was intrigued by the final quote. I’ve read a few of your posts about this book (which has a beautiful cover BTW!) and that Sebastian loved Angela wholeheartedly. It must be hard to write a second chance at love story without demonising the first wife – even more so in this circumstance when she was a cheating cheaty-pants. Did you struggle with this aspect of the story? Does Sebastian have good memories of Angela at the end of the book or were they all tainted by her affair? (I know, I know – I should just read the book to find out :D)

  6. Sonali says:

    I loved the quote from chapter chapter 3.

    sonalinaicker(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. librarypat says:

    I like the quote from Chapter 2 the best. The more I see, the more I like Sebastian.

    No need to enter me in the drawing for the book.

  8. Jen B. says:

    It would have been a beautiful day, if not for the black figure marring his view of the landscape: the formerly inconsequential Leah George who’d quickly managed to make herself into a pestilence.

    That’s just too funny!
    jepebATverizonDOTnet

  9. Holly wright says:

    I was really touched by this quote: “the slide of his leather glove across her skin felt too much like a caress, and she could no more halt the blush that rose to enflame her face than she could retreat from his touch”

    Thanks!

  10. Nancy Sweetland says:

    What an innovative way to tempt readers! Well done!

  11. ClaudiaGC says:

    I love them all but the one from Chapter 4 sounds very intriguing. Now I want to know what the more is . :)

  12. Mia Marlowe says:

    Wow! I was head down in revisions yesterday, so I didn’t get by like I should have. Looks like you all had a great time without me. Isn’t Ashley terrific?

    1. Ashley March says:

      =) Thank you, Mia! We had such a great time. Hope your revisions went well!

  13. Ranurgis says:

    I guess I liked the last quote a lot too, though some of the others left more room for pondering what the story was all about, apart from the fact that a man seems to be romancing a countess. There can be many other intriguing story twists hidden behind that.

    I’d love to read this book.

    1. Ashley March says:

      Hi Ranurgis! Thank you for your comment! Yes, I see what you mean about room to ponder. I think the need for a slow development with such a storyline helped with that. Hope you enjoy it! =)

  14. Na says:

    Congratulations on the recent release of your book. Cahpter 5 is my favourite. It shows a tender, vulnerable side to the characers. Scenes like these always tug at my heart and connects me to them emotionally.

    1. Ashley March says:

      Thank you, Na! I agree, and I also love this quote because in the books it shows the power struggle between the two of them. And to me that’s always fun. =)

  15. Linda says:

    Arghs!! This is such a tease. I can’t wait to read the book. I like the last one best, it made me hold my breath.

    1. Ashley March says:

      Hi Linda! Sorry for being a tease…okay, not really. ;) Glad you enjoyed the post, and I love the way you describe your reaction to the last quote. =)

  16. Diane Sallans says:

    I like to take a little peak, but I don’t want too much before I actually read the book. Thisd line caught my eye ‘ the formerly inconsequential Leah George who’d quickly managed to make herself into a pestilence.’ – pestilence – what a hoot!
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

    1. Ashley March says:

      =) There’s nothing like being compared to something from a plague, is there? Glad you enjoyed the post, Diane! =)

  17. LSUReader says:

    What a wonderful (and sneaky, very sneaky) way to introduce us to your book. Chapter 1 is my favorite. All that emotion in two sentences.

    What’s your favorite, Ashley?

    1. Ashley March says:

      ;) Caught. =) Ah, my favorite? This is hard, probably even harder than choosing a favorite book. They’re all my favorites for very different reasons. But…I suppose from a writer’s POV, it would have to be the quote from Chapter 3. I just love the differences between them at that time.

  18. Chapter 7 is my favorite-you can feel the passion right off the page.

    kamwh1207(at)att(dot)net

    1. Ashley March says:

      So glad you liked it, Tina. =) I have to admit, putting this post together made me want to go read it myself. ;)

  19. Johanna Jochum says:

    All of them were great but I loved chapter 7. I need to read this book NOW! Thanks for sharing with us today!

    1. Ashley March says:

      =) Glad you enjoyed the post, Johanna! =)

  20. infinitieh says:

    “He would never tell her that Angela’s mouth had not once entranced him like this.”

    Aw!!

    1. Ashley March says:

      Lol. Perfect response. Thanks, infinitieh!

  21. Chelsea B. says:

    The last one was my favorite :-)

    1. Ashley March says:

      I like that one, too. ;) Thanks, Chelsea!

  22. Hey Chicks ;)
    I’m liking this, but my fave quote’s not here :(

    “You’ve long ago chased away her memory, Leah.” from Chapter 20

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!

    Mel
    http://www.bookworm2bookworm.wordpress.com
    Fan2Author Interview: Jenny Brown – Sept. 12, 2011

    1. Ashley March says:

      Oh, that is a great one, Melanie! =) Thanks for sharing, and thank you for reading the book! =)

  23. Ann M. says:

    From what you posted.. my favorite quote “It would have been a beautiful day, if not for the black figure marring his view of the landscape: the formerly inconsequential Leah George who’d quickly managed to make herself into a pestilence.” Leah is a fantastic heroine. My favorite scene is much later in the book – tree climbing.

    1. Ashley March says:

      Hi Ann! I’m so glad you liked Leah, and thank you for reading! =) I’ll try to remember that scene for that chapter when I get to it. =)

  24. Emily T says:

    This is my favorite
    Chapter 1

    He was gone. And Leah, who had vowed never to cry for him again, sank to her knees, her hands clutched in the housekeeper’s skirt, and wept.

    Though I read them all, this one is the first chapter, and I try to never even look at the next page until I’ve read the page before… I want to be in the dark until the writer wants to let out the bang kinda thing! =D

    1. Ashley March says:

      Oh, I hope I didn’t spoil anything for you, then! I am the same way in that I never read the ending of a book, though. I want to read it for the first time when I get there and have it be a surprise.

  25. Robin D says:

    I love it! This is my favorite quote:
    He would never tell her that Angela’s mouth had not once entranced him like this.

    1. Ashley March says:

      Oh, I like this one a lot, Robin. It’s the first time where Sebastian admits to himself that he’s attracted to Leah. =)

  26. Judi Abbott says:

    Oh, Chapter 4 of course–it is the second beginning of the book

    1. Ashley March says:

      What a nice way to put it, Judi. I agree. =)

  27. Ashley March says:

    Hi Rita! Thanks so much for letting me know. That seems to be a favorite so far. =)

  28. Ashley March says:

    Hi Quilt Lady! So glad you enjoyed the post. =) Good luck with the giveaway!

  29. Ashley March says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Susie! Good luck with the giveaway. =)

  30. Ashley March says:

    Thank you, Marguerite! I have to admit that this particular scene is by far one of my favorites of the entire book. Of course, I can’t pick ONE favorite, but this comes pretty close. =)

  31. Ashley March says:

    Lol @ Julie. What exactly are “grabby hands”? I’ve never heard this expression before. =) Meaning you want the book so much, or that you’re imitating the character’s gesture?

    1. Julie says:

      The former, although the latter would make sense in this context as well. :D

      Grabby hands!

      1. Ashley March says:

        Lol. Thanks makes sense to me. Thanks! =D

  32. Ashley March says:

    Hi Obscured Vixen! I’m so glad you liked the post! It’s always great to try something new and know that other people like it. =)

  33. Ashley March says:

    Thank you, Eva! I love how it shows Leah’s conflict between shock and grief and resolve. She’s definitely one of the most interesting characters I’ve written so far. I hope you love her just as much as I do. =)

  34. Ashley March says:

    Hi Marcy! Lol–I’m so glad you liked the idea! One has to start thinking of something new with a big book tour. ;) And I’ll be including quotes from the rest of the chapters later, so hopefully you’ll like those, too! =)

  35. Ashley March says:

    Thanks, Deb! Ah, yes, Chapter 3. I have to admit that the beginning of RtC was very difficult to write because I knew they couldn’t fall instantly in lust because of their past relationships, but I still needed them to be AWARE of each other so the reader could see how their own relationship could evolve. Glad it works for you! =)

  36. Ashley March says:

    Thanks, Rebekah! It looks like #6 is gaining the majority. =)

  37. Ashley March says:

    Hi Barbara! It’s so great to *see* you again, and I loved being able to meet you at Nationals! Thank you for bragging on me. =) I have to admit that I’ve actually tried finding you online to connect with you through Twitter or Facebook, but haven’t found you anywhere. If you get a chance, would you mind emailing me? I’d love to stay in touch. =)

  38. Ashley March says:

    Hi Catherine! *waves* =) I have to tell you that I probably spent the most time on the last line from 7 than I’ve done with any single sentence ever. I’m glad it came out well. =)

  39. Ashley March says:

    Hi May! I love that you can see the changes in the story’s direction. Yes, this is definitely close to where the battle lines are drawn. =)

  40. Ashley March says:

    Hi Chrizette! Oh, this is a good point. And you know, Sebastian does do quite a bit of smoldering in this book. I don’t know about you, but to me that’s a good thing. ;)

  41. Ashley March says:

    Oh, thanks for chiming in on that, Eli! I love Chapter 4 because we can really see the process of Leah making her decision to make herself happy. =)

  42. Ashley March says:

    *big smile* Glad you liked that one, Mary. And I hope you love ROMANCING THE COUNTESS. These were two very interesting characters to write, that’s for sure.

  43. Ashley March says:

    Hi Eli! Oh, those are wonderful quotes! I especially like the Lisa Kleypas one. That makes me want to go out and buy Blue-Eyed Devil right now (of course, to be honest, I really don’t need an excuse to buy an LK book, anyway). =)

    1. eli yanti says:

      i’m so shy,give the wrong title,yes the corret title is blue eyed devil instead of eyed of devil.actually i have 5 quotes again :-).
      congratulations for the release.

      1. Ashley March says:

        Lol. See, I didn’t even realize I could reply directly to each comment. You taught me something. =) And no worries–I knew what you meant. ;)

  44. Ashley March says:

    Thank you, Christie! Yes, I love when we get a chance to see Sebastian’s sense of humor peeking through. =)

  45. Ashley March says:

    Lol. Thank you, Stacey Joy! That’s one of the dangers I found with romance trading cards of trying to pick a small excerpt. It’s so hard to decide!

  46. Ashley March says:

    Hi Melanie! *waves wildly* It’s interesting to see which quote each person picks out. If I were a psychologist, I’m sure I would be able to analyze these choices and make some deep comment about each of them. But instead I’ll just say–glad you liked it! ;)

  47. Ashley March says:

    Hi Michelle! Oh, thank you. =) I hope you enjoy the book!

  48. Ashley March says:

    Thank you, C.H.! So glad to see you here, and glad you liked the quotes. =)

  49. Ashley March says:

    Hi Maggie! Oh, does this mean I’m in trouble? *g* I hope you enjoy it, but I want to read your next book, too, so hurry up on that WIP! ;)

  50. Ashley March says:

    *preens* Thank you, Shana. =) You know just how to make a writer’s heart pitter-patter. I loved that scene so much, and I hope you like it when you get to Chapter 7. =)

  51. Ashley March says:

    Hi Christine! I’m glad you enjoyed the sneak peek. =) And thank you for this quote–sometimes it’s so easy to get lost in the little everyday frustrations, and it’s important to know that there are bigger and more important things out there beyond us.

  52. Ashley March says:

    Hi Ora! Oh, you’re probably teasing the others. ;) I have to admit, I really loved that scene, too, and the scene afterward where they’re alone together. I love that they’re able to outwit each other again and again. To me that’s a great sign for a couple to last, that neither has power over the other, but that they’re perfectly matched.

  53. Ashley March says:

    Hi Everyone! Thanks so much to Mia for hosting me today, and I’m excited to see all of you here! We’ve had a very eventful day today. First my husband melted baby bottles on the stovetop because he forgot he was boiling them and the whole house filled with smoke, so we had to take the girls out until it cleared. Happy to have a little fun with you now. =)

  54. Rita Wray says:

    I like them all especially chapter 6

  55. Quilt Lady says:

    I love these quotes, I would love to read this book. Thanks for sharing!

  56. Susie Kerner says:

    Would love to win

  57. Marguerite G. says:

    I like the quote from chapter 7 about the veil! Sounds like a really fun book!

  58. Julie says:

    Chapter 7’s excerpt made me do *grabby hands*, so I’ll have to pick that one.

  59. What an awesome review and giveaway! Not sure if I had one quote that stood out above the other, but it definitely did make me want to read this book!

  60. Eva says:

    I think I like the first one chapter, it’s the beginning to it all, can’t wait to read the rest.

  61. Marcy W says:

    What a brilliant idea! I’ll be surprised if other authors don’t “borrow” it … great way to introduce readers to your new book. Sure worked on me … all the quotes were good, and I’ve realized that I need to read the book soon, before my imagination fills in between some of those quotes! :-)
    Thanks for sharing in such a unique way, and starting my week off with several smiles!

  62. Deb says:

    I liked the way you did the sneak peek; neat idea. I think I liked Chapter 3 because it shows the hero is intrigued by the heroine.

    Congrats on the release of RTC, Ashley!

  63. Rebekah E. says:

    I really enjoyed them all but my favorite was 6.

  64. Barbara Britton says:

    Hi Ashley,

    I enjoyed reading your chapter quotes. I won your “Seducing The Duchess” last time, so don’t pick me again. I have to brag on you that the first line of “Seducing The Duchess” was one of the best I’ve ever read.
    I am eager to read your new novel. It was a thrill seeing you at Nationals.
    All the best with “Romancing The Countess”.

  65. What an awesome idea – thoroughly enjoyed ALL the quotes!! As for a fav? Perhaps a tie between 4 & 7. :)

  66. May says:

    I like Chapter 6… It sounds like the start of another great battle of the wits and sexes… :)

  67. Chrizette says:

    I love Chapter 6 . . . it just a little smoldering going on :)

  68. eli yanti says:

    oya forget, from the qoutes i like chapter 4

  69. Marybk says:

    “He should never have told her to remove the veil” is my fave. So much bundled into that quote–fear, regret, passion. Looks like Ashley’s done it again.

  70. eli yanti says:

    hi mia and ashley,

    trustly i’m very happy with this question because i really love “quotes” especially i got from novel and i just found it from baby love, a novel by catherine anderson : “human heart has an infinite capacity of love” (i’m sorry if the word is different with the english version because i’m read a translation book/Indonesia version)

    and i always found quotes from Lisa Kleypas’s book and i noted in my notebook and my favorite is : “several times in your life, if you believe, maybe you will meet someone who is right for you, not because he is perfect or you’re perfect, but because you combine the lack of both of you such a way so that two separates beings who can be mutually dependent each other (once again sorry, if the word is wrong or different because i read the translation book). the quote can be found from Lisa Kleypas’s book with title “eyed of devil”. i love this book so much ^^

    thank you mia dan ashley, i can share the quote here =D

  71. All of them are great. But six might be my top pick.

    CC

  72. Impossible to pick one…I thought I was going to say 7, but then I reread 3, and 1, and then 2…all great and very enticing!

    Congratulations on your release, wishing you many sales!

  73. melanie Adkins says:

    “Smiling. Twirling. Black organza. All in one day. Oh, but it was only a small exercise in independence. From now on, she wanted so much more.” I love this!!

    macladie25 at yahoo dot com

  74. Michelle Harlan says:

    I loved the quote from Chapter 3. What a brilliant way to introduce us to the story! I’m adding Romancing the Countess to my To Be Read list!
    Congrats to the release!

  75. This sounds fabulous! I especially liked the quote from chapter 6…

    “It would have been a beautiful day, if not for the black figure marring his view of the landscape: the formerly inconsequential Leah George who’d quickly managed to make herself into a pestilence.”

    Congrats on the release, Ashley!

  76. Oh, I’m going off to download this immediately. Lovely stuff! I have plans to finish my current WIP this week and I think you just screwed them up. :P

  77. Shana Galen says:

    Ooh! These are great, especially as I’ve read to chapter 6 and know what they refer to. but my favorite is the very last line you quoted. That’s poetry.

  78. I really enjoyed the sneak peak and it now has my interest and will be on my to buy list. As for a favorite quote, it is just difficult to pick just 1. My personal favorite is ” It’s just 1 more hurdle to jump that God knows I can handle. I am a 12 yr brain tumor survivor and a 9 yr survivor/victim of a drunk driver. I have many other health issues I am dealing with and when I start to feel down I just think of the hurdles and even my family will say its a new 1 to jump and I have come this far so don’t let it get me down.

  79. Ora says:

    I don’t know if I have a favorite quote, however I do love the fact why she had the house party and the reason she gives for the activities she does during it. Especially in chapter 7 with the different activiies the men and women were doing and how Sebastian malipulated the situation by playing on the other women’s vanity.

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