Friday, May 26, 2017

Release Tour + #Giveaway: The Disappearance of Lady Edith by Christina McKnight @CMcKnightWriter @Barclay_PR

Three innocent debutantes. One murder. Endless mystery!

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Title: The Disappearance of Lady Edith
Series: The Undaunted Debutantes Series (Book One)
Author: Christina McKnight
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency England
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Word Count: 45,000

One tragic night changed sensible, proper Lady Edith Pelton’s life: when her best friend fell to her death, pushed down a flight of stairs by a nefarious lord.  Now, Edith dedicates her time to watching the man she thinks is responsible, while gathering information to expose other scoundrels posing as gentlemen of honor about London. When her spying is noticed by a perfect stranger, Edith finds herself with two mysteries—what happened to her friend, and how to win the heart of this brilliantly handsome lord.

Triston Neville, Viscount Torrington, has been tasked with two duties for the upcoming Season: see that his sisters make the most of their debut, and avoid embroiling himself in another scandal. What he does not expect is the captivating, fair-haired beauty that literally falls into his path. When the mysterious Lady Edith suddenly disappears without a trace, Triston fears his past misdeeds may have returned to destroy his life once more.

Can Triston piece together the puzzle in time to save Edith and prove that his love is nothing less than honorable?

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Excerpt - The Disappearance of Lady Edith:

“I have seen many oxen with broader shoulders,”—she smirked, pulling back and leaning to the side as if to get a glimpse of his backside—“and far more accentuated hindquarters.”

She gulped.

No laughter remained as he narrowed his eyes on her. “Did you just compare my physique to that of a farm animal?”

Edith took a step back—damnation, she would not cower to him. “If you prefer, I can select another animal. A donkey, perhaps? They are well-known for their obstinacy. Or better yet, an African lion, I have read they are intimidating creatures.”

“You think me intimidating?” It was Torrington who took a step back this time, as if her words had wounded him. “Wait, do not answer that question—I have a far more important one: why do you keep appearing everywhere I am?”

“It is not I who keeps appearing,” Edith corrected. “I was minding my own business outside of Abercorn’s townhouse. You are the one who scared me from the tree. And you were the one who caught my eye in the ballroom. And I was enjoying an afternoon in the park when—“ She clamped her mouth shut.

“Enjoying an afternoon in the park until…you saw me and decided to follow?” he demanded. “I may very well be as large as an ox, or as stubborn as a donkey, or even as domineering as a lion, but at least I am not a snake—slithering and sneaking about, ready to bite and poison when the mood strikes.”

Edith gasped, covering her mouth with her hand.

“Oh, you find it belittling to be compared to a bloody animal?” he sneered. “Well, I find it insulting to be lied to, followed, and scrutinized by a woman I do not know.”

Edith sighed. “I have not been following you, I swear to it.”

Not a complete lie, or at least she hadn’t been at Lord Abercorn’s townhouse to spy on Triston—she allowed herself to think of him by his given name—nor had she attended the ball with Ophelia and Luci expecting to see him. And the park, well, that was rather serendipitous. She had decided to keep an eye on him, but she’d never thought to follow him out of London proper.

Edith glanced to the window, but the drapes were pulled securely shut. “The day must be growing late. My parents will surely be wondering where I am when I don’t arrive home on schedule.”

“I know what you are up to, Lady Edith Pelton.” His stance widened as he surveyed her from head to toe.

Interview with Christina McKnight

What inspired you to write The Disappearance of Lady Edith?

I love stories with a healthy dose of mystery—especially my historical romances. I discovered the genre by reading books by Amanda Quick (Scandal, Deception, Desire, and Reckless), each infused with mystery and suspense as well as romance. I also adore Robyn Dehart’s Ladies’ Amateur Sleuth Society series featuring a strong set of heroines. It is the bond of friendship and the unconditional love of my heroines that drives them to not only discover who murdered their dear friend—but also find love.

Can you tell us a little bit about the next books in The Undaunted Debutantes or what you have planned for the future?

The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna will release June 13, 2017. Lucianna—or Luci, as her friends call her—is my reckless hellion of the group. She is a spitfire who, after years of watching emotional abuse in her own household, is determined to bring down any rakehell who thinks he can prey on young, innocent debutantes of the ton. Imagine Luci’s surprise when she sets her sights on a man who is not what he appears…

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

Oh, wow. Narrowing down my many favorite authors to just one is a daunting task, but I’m up for the challenge. Judith McNaught…easy! Whiney, My Love will always remain my favorite historical romance. McNaught creates a seamless story brimming with passion, laughter, and even **gasp** a few tears.

If you could time-travel would you travel to the future or the past? Where would you like to go and why would you like to visit this particular time period?

I time-travel every day to Regency era England as I write. There is not another period in time that captures the elegance, sophistication, and grandeur of human existence, at least in my opinion.  One glimpse of Regency era fashion, decorum, and daily activities cemented my love for the period—and I’ve been helpless to escape it. There is something about the mannerisms, the speech patterns and the grandness of everyday London, England during the 1810s that holds my attention. Think about it, in 1813 a woman of the ton would never leave her home in yoga pants and gym shoes. No, by noon a woman had spent hours preparing to be seen in polite society. Their gown is selected to fit the activities on their calendar; a ride in the park, a round of social calls, or an afternoon garden party. Their hair was exquisitely coiffured to meet the rigid standards of high society. Shoes, stockings, gloves, handbag, hat, jewelry, face powder, and parasol were selected to match each gown.

And do not get me started on gentlemen of the period. **Swoon** They lived and breathed manners, at least in front of a lady. They knew when to offer their arm or collect a refreshment for a woman. But they were not opposed to a round of boxing or a fencing match. They never turn down a card game, enjoyed the occasional carriage race, and were certainly not above challenging another man to a duel to avenge the honor of a woman they love.

At least these are the men and women I enjoy creating in my Regency romance novels. And the time period I escape to each day!

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

Do my kids count? All jokes aside, we have more furry family members than ones of the human variety. With three dogs (Willow, Woody, and Wynni) and four cats (Hobo, Tiger, Countess, and Blitz) we are overrun and outnumbered—and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Working from my home office leaves me few opportunities to socialize during the day. Thankfully, I have my 27 lb Maine Coon, Hobo, who keeps me busy and entertained.

Author Bio:
Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

You can visit her online at the following places: Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon

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