Friday, September 5, 2014

Blog Tour: Maid of Deception by Jennifer McGowan with Excerpt and Giveaway

Elizabethan glamour and intrigue abound in this heart­pounding follow­up to MAID OF SECRETS, which Kirkus Reviews called “lively and fast­paced” with “plenty of action and plot twists.”

About Maid of Deception:

Love may be the most dangerous weapon of all.

Beatrice Knowles is a Maid of Honor, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s secret protectors. Known for her uncanny ability to manipulate men’s hearts, Beatrice has proven herself to be a valuable asset in the Queen’s court—or so she thinks. It has been three weeks since the Maids thwarted a plot to overthrow the Queen, and Beatrice is preparing to wed her betrothed, Lord Cavanaugh. However, her plans come to a crashing halt as rumors of a brewing Scottish rebellion spread among the court.

Beatrice’s new assignment is to infiltrate the visiting Scottish delegation using her subtle arts in persuasion. The mission seems simple enough, until the Queen pairs Beatrice with the worst of the lot—Alasdair MacLeod. Beatrice cannot help but think that the Queen is purposefully setting her up for failure. But Alasdair could be the key to unlocking the truth about the rebellion...and her heart. Caught in a web of ever­more­twisting lies, Beatrice must rise up among the Maids of Honor and prove what she’s known all along: in a court filled with deception and danger, love may be the deadliest weapon of all.

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Excerpt: A simple question 
            Alasdair tilted my chin up, and I could almost see him now, though my eyes were blanked as if by fog. He shifted closer toward me, and I caught the scent of vanilla and lavender, mixed with the earthier fragrances of leather and open sky. He’d been out riding today, I suspected, no doubt trying to keep pace with the very wind. He shifted again, and I knew he wanted to kiss me. He always wanted to, though I never allowed it. He always looked at me with his dark and intense blue eyes flashing from within the hard, sun-bronzed planes of his face, his powerful hands gentle around me but insistent, so insistent, and his heart so strong, it seemed to light up the vary air on fire, causing it to flare up around us. He would stare at my eyes, my lips, and his own mouth would open, and it seemed that he could well and truly survive only if he could taste the barest hint of me. And his face would lean toward mine, and his eyes would hold my own gaze—just like now—and he would look at me as if I were his entire world. And I would feel a stirring I could not control, could not plan for and could no more deny than my own next and ever-more haggard breath, and then—
            I blinked.
            Alasdair’s sigh was ragged. “When you look at me like that, my lady,” he breathed, his words low and husky, “you place yourself in greater danger still.”
            Then suddenly it was all gone—all of it, and I was laid bare before him with only one question that seemed to matter, one question that burned inside me no matter how stupid, how dense, how impossibly pointless but that still I could not keep myself from asking, so desperate was I to know. “Do you—“ I swallowed, then blurted my words in a rush, as if I were eight and not eighteen, a stammering girl instead of a full-grown woman. “Do you find me at all a-attractive—Do you, could you—Oh, never mind!”
            I turned to flee, at once mortified by the words that should have never ever crossed my lips, and certainly not to this oafish Scot who would just as easily laugh at me as speak. But no sooner had I angled away than Alasdair hauled me back again, hard, my back pressed up against his chest as he leaned forward and inhaled deeply, as if he were finding his life’s breath anew. His mouth was excruciatingly close to my ear, and when he spoke, his lips brushed against my tender skin, sending a jolt of sensation across the whole of my body.
            “Lady Beatrice Elizabeth Catherine Knowles,” he murmured, “you’ve become my very breath, my beating heart. I canna sleep but that I dream of you, I canna wake but that I think of you. You are life and love and magic, in every step you take.”
            In front of him, my breath hitched, my heart now pounding violently as he moved his left hand down the fitted waist of my gown, firm and powerful and sure.
            And then, of course, he kept talking. “But you are as skinny as a chicken, I will give you that.”

Also in the Maids of Honor series: MAID OF SECRETS by Jennifer McGowan!

Want to get to know Jennifer better? Check out this exclusive interview!

About Jennifer McGowan:
Jennifer McGowan was born in Ohio, grew up in Montana, and studied in Paris. She fell in love with the
Elizabethan era as a college student and is now an unrepentant scholar of that period, happily splitting her time between the past and present. An RWA Golden Heart Award winner and multiple finalist, Jenn is the author of the Maids of Honor series, which currently includes Maid of Secrets (2013), the novella A Thief Before Christmas, and the forthcoming novel Maid of Deception (2014). She lives and writes in Ohio, and you can connect with her online at, find her on twitter via @Jenn_McGowan, or visit her Facebook page at

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 Tour Wide Giveaway:
Prize: $25 Gift Card Amazon or B&N (winner’s choice) and a Grand Prize “Queen for a Day” Spa Kit!


  1. The excerpt is a good one! Thanks for sharing this one, I think I need to check this one out. :)

  2. I like the excerpt, and the series premise. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ellen, hello! Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog. I have to say, this is one of my favorite moments from the book. :) Hooray for Alasdair and Beatrice! :)

    Thanks to Jenea, Andrea and Kindlemom for posting as well. If you get a chance to read it (it hopefully will be in libraries as well near you) I hope you enjoy it!

  4. That excerpt is fabulous! Love the last line. Lol! This is a series I've been curious about, but don't know that I would like. Thanks for sharing!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

  5. This sounds good! I liked the excerpt. Thanks for sharing Ellen.


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