My Favorite Countess by Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa KellyI’m always fascinated by the path authors take to discovering they’re meant to write. Here’s what my next spotlight author, the lovely Vanessa Kelly, has to say about her journey to becoming published:

I finally figured out that since I liked reading and writing so much, I should probably study literature. I gravitated toward British women writers of the Regency period (must have been all the Austen and Heyer), especially the incomparable Fanny Burney. I earned my Master’s Degree from Rutgers University, and spent several years in the Ph.D. program at the University of Toronto. I didn’t complete my doctorate, but spent many contented hours holed up in the stacks of the library, combing through old documents and reading about the madness of King George III.

During this period my love for all things Regency burst into full bloom. I now imagined myself as the classic Regency heroine, eager to dance the night away, and throw myself into the arms of the first handsome rake who stumbled drunkenly from his racing curricle into my path. Here’s a picture of me … ok, that’s not me. I don’t know who that is, but she’s got great back cleavage.

Anyway, in addition to all the great literature I was reading, I discovered Amanda Quick, Stephanie Laurens, Jo Beverly, and so many other talented writers. I just loved their ability to craft elegant, thrilling, and passionately sensual stories about intelligent women and the big, strong alpha males who loved them.

And I wanted to be a writer just like them.

Instead, she became the unmistakably talented Vanessa Kelly! Here’s the skinny on her latest release:

My Favorite Countess

My Favorite Countess

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Spirited, stubborn, and entirely irresistible…

She is difficult, demanding, and at times, quite fierce. And Dr. John Blackmore can’t take his eyes off her. The Countess of Randolph is the most striking woman he has ever seen…and the most infuriating patient he has ever tended.

Mired in responsibility, Bathsheba doesn’t have time to convalesce in the country. She should be in London, hunting for a wealthy new lover to pay off her late husband’s vast debts, not dallying with a devastatingly handsome doctor.

But it is only a matter of time until the good doctor and the obstinate countess will have to contend with the sparks that fly between them. Once their bodies surrender, their hearts may follow…


Leave a comment or question for Vanessa and you’ll be entered in her drawing for either print or digital copy of My Favorite Countess – reader’s preference. Open to International readers!


Read an excerpt!

This hour, I’ll also be choosing another reader to receive an ebook of my Maidensong for winner’s choice of Kindle or Nook.

“This story is fast-paced and extremely enjoyable. If you enjoy a passionate tale told across the tapestry of a well-woven historical backdrop, then you must pick up this.”—Historical Romance Writers


Touch of a Rogue

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Remember today is Touch of a Rogue‘s release day!

Terrific 19th Century Frolic!

“Mia Marlowe proves she has the ‘touch’ for strong heroines, wickedly sexy heroes,  and love scenes so hot they singe the pages!”~ USA Today Bestselling Author, Jennifer Ashley

Publishers Weekly’s
Top Ten Romances for Spring 2012


Remember, leave a comment or question for Vanessa to be entered in the hourly drawing!

26 thoughts on “My Favorite Countess by Vanessa Kelly

  1. Sharon says:

    Love the story of how you developed as an author, and the authors who inspired you along the way.

  2. Barbara Elness says:

    I’m really looking forward to reading My Favorite Countess, as well as Touch of a Rogue, of course.

  3. Cate S says:

    Just wanted to say that I’ve read this & if you haven’t & don’t win it… dang… bite the bullet and buy it… it is great!

  4. Carol L says:

    Hi Vanessa,
    This book sounds like a great read. I love reading about the Regency. Their lives were so different then ours.I’m looking forward to reading your latest.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  5. Aretha says:

    Hi Vanrssa will you Do a writing project that takes place in exotic places such as Egypt, Persia ?Thx n cheers

  6. Na S. says:

    I really can see sparks flying between this couple. Their differences would make for some entertaining moments. Vanesssa, it has such a pretty cover!

  7. Linda says:

    Hi Vanessa! The name “Bathsheba” is most unusual. It’s the 1st time I’ve ever come across it in any bk! How did you decide on it? I admit I googled it, it had me most curious over it’s origins.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win. I’d REALLY love a copy! *fingers crossed*

  8. catslady says:

    Historicals have always been my favorite. There seems to be more depth to them than other genres and I enjoy learning with a wonderful story. Fantastic cover too – very eye catching. Did you have a lot of input into the making of the cover?

  9. Filia Oktarina says:

    I love historical romance. I love the interaction between the hero and heroine. I can’t be a writer, for i’m not have talent so i choose to be a reader. I always love book with beautiful cover. Can’t wait for your book!

  10. Katie Lee says:

    I was a history major in college. I love reading all my historical romance categories over and over again! While the logistics are often lost in details, I’ll always love the romantic version of the day and the research that goes into them is not lost on me. They are incredible amounts of work and art pulled together. Thank you for writing!

  11. CrystalGB says:

    Hi Vanessa. I love Regency romances. Your book sounds amazing. Beautiful cover.

  12. Nancy Owens says:

    Love Regency books. Have enjoyed your stories.

  13. May Pau says:

    I read My favorite Countess last yr and really enjoyed it… I love the interaction between the hero and heroine… Can’t wait for your next book!

  14. Desere Steenberg says:

    Hello Vanessa,

    My question for you is when writing a scene how do you picture the characters faces do you play around on the internet and use faces of famous people or do you have some other method for this?

    Thanks for the chance to win


    1. Desere, I do model my characters on actors, at least physically. For instance, the hero of My Favorite Countess was modeled on Hugh Jackman, and the heroine was modeled on Kate Winslet. It’s a fun exercise to pick out models for characters!

  15. Crystal Chandler says:

    Historical romance is what I read the most. Every authors is so different!! Which is what keeps me reading!!

    Vanessa all your books are on my wish list!!

  16. Diane P. Diamond says:

    I love Regency romances. I adored this book, it’s one of my all time favorites. No need to enter me into the contest as I already have it.
    Good luck to everybody.

    1. Thanks so much, Diane!

  17. alisha woods says:

    I love both of your books. Also waiting for a new one to come out.

    1. Thanks, Alisha! I have a new book coming out in October, called HIS MISTLETOE BRIDE. As you can tell, it’s a Christmas themed book!

  18. eli yanti says:

    Hi Mia / Vanessa,

    Want to ask you that do a noble can be a doctor? and why you choice doctor as your hero? ouch.. i’m less familiar with the nobility ;(

    1. Nobles could be doctors, Eli, but they usually chose not to have that kind of profession. My hero comes from the landed gentry, which is the next step down on the social scale. I chose a doctor as my hero because I wanted to write something a bit different. I still love my dukes and earls, but a change can be a lot of fun!

      1. eli yanti says:

        wow..that’s great, a different story will also give us a variation in reading ;)

  19. Betty Hamilton says:

    I love historical romance books!! I find it interesting how differnt people end up as authors. Some know almost from the cradle that it is what they wish to do with their lives, others seem to “dabble” for a while in other careers. I envy creative people their endless imaginations. Great blog… thank you for sharing and best wishes with My Favorite Countess! It sounds like a great read.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Betty!

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