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Tessa Dare

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Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twelve historical romance novels and four novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award and multiple RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance," and her books have been contracted for translation in a dozen languages.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a pair of cosmic kitties.

Behold, the beautiful cover for Do You Want to Start a Scandal (releasing September 27)

Cover for Do You Want to Start a Scandal

Say it with me now: Ooooooh.

I’ll never get over the fact that these professionally pretty people stand still in passionate poses just to make pictures for my book covers. (I also like alliteration, apparently.)

And if you’ve been waiting to hear more about Charlotte’s story and her hero, the blurb is pos...

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Average rating: 3.89 · 106,495 ratings · 10,462 reviews · 24 distinct works · Similar authors
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Romancing the Duke (Castles...

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Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare
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So... this is coming soon!

December 8th in e-book and audio. I'm still waiting to learn the paperback edition's release date, but it should follow the e-release shortly.


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First, disclaimer: Eva Leigh is a friend of mine, and we write for the same publisher. So I'm biased.

That said, I don't think anyone who knows me at all could doubt that I genuinely adored this book. To begin with, the "Wicked Quills of London" conce
" Alisa wrote: "I can tell you this is my favorite of the Castles Ever After series. Oh, I'm done reading it already--couldn't stop (even at work--shhhh ...more "
" Kate wrote: "The books definitely have the violence and tragedy, but not as much nudity as the show.

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Seven Wicked Nights by Courtney Milan
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Looking for some fun reading? Seven sexy historical romance novellas for $0.99! A fun way to find new-to-you authors. :)

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“Oh no. Don't smile. You'll kill me. I stop breathing when you smile.”
Tessa Dare, A Lady of Persuasion

“Oh no. Oh God. I couldn't possibly be so stupid."

"Don't limit yourself. You can be anything you wish.”
Tessa Dare, A Week to Be Wicked

“He kissed her. Without warning, without permission. Without even deciding to do it, but simply because he couldn't have done anything else. He needed that breath she was holding. It belonged to him, and he wanted it back.”
Tessa Dare, One Dance with a Duke


For our Spell-It-Out: F.I.R.S.T. Q.U.A.R.T.E.R.L.Y. Challenge, help us choose for the letter "T". - Round III.

Voted for in Round I & II, so far for "T":
◆character: tough female character
◆theme: trilogy
◆book titles: that start with "T"
◆author: Tessa Dare
◆character: teacher
◆character: thief

color: turquoise
  10 votes, 28.6%

theme: treasure hunt
  8 votes, 22.9%

color: tan
  5 votes, 14.3%

theme: Technology (techno-thriller, character works in tech field, etc)
  5 votes, 14.3%

color: teal
  4 votes, 11.4%

author: Sherry Thomas
  3 votes, 8.6%

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Elaine Just arrived this morning from Amazon UK - Any Duchess Will Do.

Chryssa Thank you for accepting my friend request!!!
Congratulations on winning the RITA Award! I hope lots more await you in your future books!
I can't wait to read it!!!
Lots of book excitement from Greece! :O)

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