The Hawaiian word of the day is
It is strategy.
An effective chess player employs ka'a kaua. So does a master spy and an industrious widow. Even a cat!
Enter Tracey Devlyn's CHECKMATE, MY LORD, available February 5 from Sourcebooks Casablanca:
Checkmate, My Lord is Book 2 of Devlyn's Nexus series
A desperate mother falls in love with the spymaster she's forced to betray.
THE STAKES ARE HIGH, THE PLAYERS IN POSITION...
Catherine Ashcroft leads a quiet life caring for her precocious seven-year-old daughter, until a visitor delivers a startling ultimatum. She will match wits with the enigmatic Earl of Somerton, and it's not just her heart that's in danger.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN...
Spymaster Sebastian Danvers, Earl of Somerton, is famous for his cunning. Few can outwit him and even few dare challenge him--until now. After returning to his country estate, his no-nonsense neighbor turns her seductive wiles on him--but why would a respectable widow like Catherine risk scandal for a few passionate nights in his bed?
I enjoyed Book 1, A LADY'S REVENGE, and was eager to jump back into the series. Devlyn delivers another riveting story with CHECKMATE, MY LORD whose characters resonate all that I love about the Regency Era - honor, duty, and country. Both hero and heroine engage in strategy to protect that which is most important to them ... and ultimately find that they share the same goal. Devlyn's books tend to be darker than the lighthearted Regency romp. Her books could be compared to dark chocolate. CHECKMATE, MY LORD, may be a little bitter, but it delivers a rich, full body story that offers a healthy dose of passion.
I am giving away a print copy of CHECKMATE, MY LORD to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Do you play any games of strategy? Or how do you like your chocolate - white, milk, or dark?
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, February 2, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 3.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Tracey and her books, check out her website at traceydevlyn.com.