The Season for Temptation

Update: Theresa’s random winner is Library Pat. And my winner is Ora. Congratulations, ladies!

One of the things I love about this time of year is that Christmas stories start coming out. (As a side note, my own Christmas story, My Lady Below Stairs will be out November 1st!) But this year I’m really excited to recommend a holiday book from my friend, Theresa Romain, called The Season for Temptation. It’s a true delight and I’m tickled that Theresa is offering a chance for one of my readers to win a free copy today. I’ll sweeten the pot for commenters by offering a copy of Improper Gentlemen as well!

And now, here’ s your opportunity to get to know Theresa:

Once the Wait is Over

Mia, thanks so much for hosting me today!  I’m so glad to join the party at Read, Write, Love.

The last time I blogged here, I’d recently gotten a contract for my first historical romance, and I shared a few thoughts about The Wait for publication. Once I knew I’d eventually have a book on shelves, some things changed more than I expected. Some things did not. (For example: mountains of laundry continued to exist.)

Now my waiting’s over: SEASON FOR TEMPTATION was released October 4, and you can find it in bookstores and online. Hooray! And once again, some things have changed more than I expected, and some have not.

The first change you might notice, if you read my post on the wait, is that Season OF Temptation has become Season FOR Temptation—a little more active, and (hopefully) a little more tempting.

Here’s what else has changed now that my debut is in print:

  1. My relatives are now able to read the book. “Relatives” includes “my mother.” This has proved more intimidating than I expected, even after I told her which chapters to skip.
  2. People I don’t know are also able to read the book. Some of them have liked it, and told me so. Some of them have disliked it, too, but I try not to dwell on that.  No book pleases everyone—not even Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  3. Since I’ve been getting more email and keeping up with guest blog posts (hi there!), I’ve gone an entire week without cooking a real dinner. This was an accident, but not an unwelcome one.
  4. My feather boa and sparkly tiara are getting a little ragged from all my dinners with foreign dignitaries. (Okay, this one’s totally false. Foreign dignitaries have nothing to do with the state of my boa and tiara.)
  5. It’s harder to find time to write the next book. Oddly, this one’s completely true. A writer’s time becomes much more divided between writing and promo once there’s, you know, something to promote.

But not everything has changed.

  1. Self-discipline is a writer’s best friend. Or maybe professionalism is. Actually, better befriend them both. Writing is a business from start to finish, and there’s nothing to sell if a writer can’t put words on a page.
  2. My daughter would still rather hear about Fancy Nancy than anything related to Mommy’s writing. (No, I wasn’t going to READ my book to her. I was just telling her it existed.)
  3. Waiting continues, though in a different form. Every book goes through revisions, copyedits, page proofs, advance copies, reviews, marketing…and so on. The publication process is long.
  4. This one could go in a fortune cookie: “writer who works from home will wind up dealing with all contractors.” Ordinarily, this isn’t an issue or a problem. But every once in a while—say, during release week of one’s debut—a water valve might burst in one’s backyard. Then it extremely does become an issue.
  5. There, there. Chocolate makes it better. Always.

Does anything on this list surprise you (besides the fact that I don’t meet with foreign dignitaries)? Are you waiting for something right now? Chime in with an answer to either of these questions!  I’ll give a signed copy of SEASON FOR TEMPTATION to one random commenter.


Theresa Romain holds degrees in psychology, English literature, and history, an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on.  She has worked, interned, and translated for libraries and universities, all of which fed her love of books and her fascination with the past.  She lives with her family in the Midwest and lives online at You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.


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Now it’s your turn. What are you waiting for? Is there something coming up in your life you’re looking forward to? Time to share it! Good luck in the drawing.

45 thoughts on “The Season for Temptation

  1. Quilt Lady says:

    Right now I can’t wait for son to get out of college and get his driver liciense, and get a job. Just had to take him back to college today, and it sure would help if he could do some things on his own.

    1. Quilt Lady–sounds like you are more than ready for that transition! Hope it goes well for you both when the time comes. Is this fall break for your son?

  2. librarypat says:

    No real surprises in your lists, except that you actually have a tiara and boa (or did you borrow your daughter’s?).

    I am waiting to see what the next two months bring. We have always been healthy and now seem to have everything going wrong at once. My husband had rotator cuff surgery last week, I have cataract surgery next Monday and will hopefully have the second one shortly thereafter, and they just delivered oxygen for me to use at night but haven’t told me why. I made reservations to go to Orlando at Thanksgiving and Tybee Island the week before Christmas. We are going to be (think) healthy and enjoy ourselves. I look forward to the trips. Our health concerns are repairs and not serious problems. I have decided our warranties are up when we hit 60 and some major maintenance is due. We can’t exactly trade our bodies in for a newer model.

    Best of wishes for a successful release of SEASON FOR TEMPTATION. I hope it is doing well.

    1. librarypat–best wishes for your surgery. I love the idea of celebrating “repairs” with fun travel. Hope you and your husband have smooth recoveries and wonderful trips!

      And ha, my daughter actually DOES have a tiara (courtesy of her grandmother). She had a boa (also courtesy of grandma), too, before I revoked it because it was shedding hot-pink feathers everywhere. Achoo!

  3. What a great cover and fun post! Congratulations on you release Theresa and wishing you all the best and tons of success. I liked and tagged on Amazon and will be adding it to my list for purchase at B&N for my Nook. Sound like a great read.

    1. Stacey Joy–Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Linda says:

    Hi Theresa! Congrats on the release. I’m definitely Tempted; be it for Temptation or of Temptation! I so want to win the book but I have it too on my wishlist at my fav online bookstore. My bday is coming up 1st week of Nov & I’m waiting to win this book :P. Me & every1 else following your book tour huh?!

    1. Linda–I’m honored that you’re so interested in SEASON! Thanks! I hope you get a copy for your birthday, either by winning it or from someone who knows your taste in books. :)

  5. eli yanti says:

    i’m waiting the book come to me lol

    1. eli–that’s what every author wants to hear. Thanks!

  6. Na–I saw the Christmas decorations while I was running errands this afternoon! So I guess it’s ok to have a holiday-themed book out. :) I love to give books as presents, too–there’s something for just about everyone.

  7. Na says:

    I know that once Halloween is over, the Christmas holiday season starts. The decorations go up, the malls are decked out and the houses are full of lights. One of the best thing about Christmas aside from family gahterings and feasts are holiday-themed books, which I read all year-long. I love getting books for Christmas and giving them as presents. You can’t really go wrong because there so many out there!

    Wishing you debut all the best. It’s already on my wishlist ;)

  8. Shana Galen says:

    I’m totally looking forward to THIS book! I’ve heard so many great things about it.

    During debut week, I’ve never had to deal with contractors, but twice last year those were the weeks my toddler got sick.

    1. Shana–wow, thanks so much! I’ve been hearing wonderrific things about your latest and look forward to reading it!

      Ok, there must be something about debut week and sick kids. My toddler got a stomach virus THE SAME DAY the contractor came to deal with our backyard mud bath last week. I did a lot of extra laundry in between guest posts.

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Extra stars in your crowns, both of you, for dealing with sick kids during release week! Of course, it does sort of put things in perspective, which is always good. Those little ones are lastingly important. A debut, while exciting, isn’t.

  9. Maria D. says:

    A Season for Temptation sounds really good. Congrats on the release. I do have to wonder if your mom really skipped the chapters or if she’s like me and would have gone to them…I’m not really surprised by anything in your post but hey…anything that can get you out of having to cook dinner for a week…is a nice plus! I’m not really waiting on anything now either…I’m actually going to get started on my holiday shopping and cards this week…lol

    1. Maria D–I wondered that too, about my mom skipping straight to “those” chapters. But I didn’t ask, and she didn’t tell!

      Good luck with your holiday shopping and cards!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’m really fortunate that my mom is a dedicated romance reader. There has never been an issue about “those chapters.” I’m grateful.

  10. Rose Lerner says:

    I’m looking forward to your book arriving in the mail from Amazon!

    Boy does this list look familiar. I haven’t cooked in MONTHS at this point. Luckily I work at a grocery store and can just pick up something to eat on my way out the door…

    1. Rose–thanks so much!

      Very handy, being able to grab a healthy dinner on the way home. I’ll have to check out the grocery store’s prepared foods section, since I know I won’t be cooking much this week either.

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Since the DH and I are Jenny Craig-ing, I haven’t really cooked much either, unless you count making salads and punching buttons on the microwave.

  11. Julie says:

    It’s never a bad time for chocolate! Apparently it’s chocolate week, so I say why not indulge. :D Congratulations on your release!

    I’m waiting for a girl’s weekend out in Vegas that’s supposed to happen in two weeks. It sounds like it’d be a blast, and I’m counting down the days.

    1. A girl’s weekend in Vegas? That sounds like so much fun! Are there certain places or shows you want to see while you’re there?

      I was so delighted to learn this morning that it was Chocolate Week. I tend to celebrate that year-round, though. :)

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’d ask you to tell us how the weekend goes, but I hear what happens in Vegas ….

  12. mrsshukra says:

    Hi Theresa, so nice to see you here (love Mia!)! Looking forward to reading your debut novel and my daughter coming home during winter break!

    1. Aloha, mrsshukra–thanks for stopping by! Is your daughter away at school somewhere? I’m sure she’s looking forward to her break too!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Hope you have some fun things planned for your time with your daughter! ;-)

  13. Sara Watts says:

    I’m looking forward to this coming Wednesday! My amazing husband and I will celebrate our 10th anniversary that day! 10 years and 3 wonderful kids later, I also look forward to MANY MANY years to come! :)

    1. Congratulations, Sara! Happy anniversary to you. Do you have a special celebration planned?

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Happy, happy anniversary, Sara! Hug your amazing husband for us. Mine was surprised a couple weeks ago, when he drove me down to Connecticut to speak for CTRWA. He thought my talk would be winding down, so he wandered back into the room where we were meeting and when I greeted him in front of the group, the writers nearly gave him a standing O! Oh, yes, I had been bragging on him.

  14. Hi, Kim! Seeing my book on a shelf is a very strange feeling–like someone else wrote it. But it’s a wonderful kind of strange!

    I don’t have an ereader either, so I’ve made do with ereader software that lets me read on my computer. It’s definitely not ideal. Hope you can get hold of the HP Touch soon!

  15. Kim says:

    Hi, Theresa – Congratulations on your debut. How did it feel to walk into a store and see your book on the shelf for the first time?

    Since I don’t own an ereader, the thing I’m waiting for is the final production of the HP Touch. I’m trying to buy one for $99, but they are as hard to find as Bigfoot.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Haven’t heard of the HP Touch, but I’ll admit I’m madly in love with the Kindle app on my Droid phone. Carting around a library in my pocket is a reader’s dream!

  16. Barbara Britton says:

    Hi Theresa,

    Your cover is quite enticing for Season For Tempation. It really pops.

    I am waiting on my first sale and eagerly anticipating my website which will be done soon.

    I liked your list. I think it will be difficult to smile when someone tells me they don’t like my book. I’ll grin and bear it and remember my son telling everyone I have one of the most wonderful jobs.

    Thanks for stopping by today.

    1. Hi, Barbara–thanks for the kind words. Wishing you many sales and lots of website traffic!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Let me know when your website goes live, Barbara. I’m anxious to see your new cyberhome!

  17. Mia, thank you for hosting me today, and for offering an extra giveaway! If any commenters haven’t read IMPROPER GENTLEMEN, I can tell you: it’s lovely, steamy, witty fun. Mia uses a button as a plot point in the cleverest way, and it just gets better from there.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Theresa. I’m so glad you were able to visit us here.

  18. Ora says:

    I just finished your book this weekend. I really enjoyed reading it and loved how you titled each chapter. I am curious if Lousia will get her own story and find happiness.

    That’s kinda of funny that people would actually believe you would read your book to your daughter. I have no idea who Fancy Nancy is since I had all boys. When they were younger the only time they would want me to read to them was if I had a puppet that would read the story to them and/or help them act it out.
    Did your mom skip the chapters that you told her to? Were you embarrassed that your mom read all of it, if she didn’t skip those chapters? I know I would be more embarrassed if my mother-in-law read it more than my mother, because my mother would not say anything to intentionally embarrassed me, however my mother-in-law has offered unsolicated adivse on things that I should do to keep her son happy, so I think she would feel that she would have to offer the same type for a book. Yes some conversations with my mother-in-law are very awkward and I feel like I just want to die before she is finished talking.

    I am really looking for to Thanksgiving this year because we are doing something completely different. Instead of having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, my family is going down to Orlando with my sister’s family and we are going to Universal Studios to see the Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. I can’t wait since I am the one who does all the baking and the majority of the cooking.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      What a fun change from the usual holiday fare! I remember one Thanksgiving when my sister and her husband were building their own house and we headed up to help them over the long weekend. Between hanging drywall and mudding and taping, we still managed to have our turkey and trimmings laid out on a piece of plywood suspended on saw horses. Our chairs were five gallon paint buckets! Unforgettable.

    2. Ora–what a wonderful Thanksgiving plan! My husband saw the Hogwarts park (he was in Florida on a business trip, so I didn’t get to go), and he absolutely loved it.

      Thanks so much for letting me know you enjoyed the book! Yes, my mother did finish it–and as far as I know, she skipped all the parts I told her to. :) Now my father’s reading it–ulp!

  19. CateS says:

    I’m at the age that you look forward to every day…. Although I’m a bit like Theresa in that my cooking dinner has fallen off a bit.. I’m thrilled to meet/learn about someone new [to me] who is writing lovely stories… And you can tell I’m old because I’ve not a clue about ‘Fancy Nancy’ but I think I’ll find out on my own!! Tiaras & boas for everyone!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Thanks, Cate. Make my boa pink, please!

    2. Hi, Cate–thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to every day is a great attitude for any age.

      Fancy Nancy is a series for beginning readers, starring a girl who likes to dress up and use fancy words. My daughter LOVES her. Actually, Nancy would be into tiaras and boas too!

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