Thursday, November 21, 2013

Aloha to Vanessa Kelly and LOST IN A ROYAL KISS


November 22 is the birthday for Mary of Guise, born in 1515. (born 1515)   Mary married King James V of Scotland.   Her only surviving child (of 5) was Mary, the Queen of Scots.  

Mary shares her birthday with Elisabeth of France , born 1602, to King Henry IV.  Elizabeth married King Phillip IV of Spain. Her only surviving child (of 8) was Infanta Maria Theresa. Maria married her double first cousin, Louis XIV of France, the Sun King.   

Mary and Elizabeth knew something about Royal Kisses and Royal Children.  France, Scotland, and Spain shared a common enemy - England.   And the English knew how to produce Renegade Royals, too.  Enter Vanessa Kelly's LOST IN A ROYAL KISS:

In this thrilling introduction to her Renegade Royals series, Vanessa Kelly transports readers to the court of King George III—where a London street urchin unwittingly plays Cupid, ushering in a new era—and ultimately a new kind of royal…

With her widowed mother working long hours as governess to the royal children, Linnet St. Clare must look after her siblings and run the household. Now she must add to her worries the fate of Dominic, a poor orphan who has inspired the wrath of the king himself. Clearly Linnet has no time to consider her own desires—much less notice the attentions of a certain handsome, powerful magistrate…

Sir Anthony Tait is at a loss for how to capture Linnet’s interest. If only she would be still long enough for courting. Outright seduction seems the only answer. But will his kisses be enough to persuade her—or might Anthony have something to learn from young Dominic about matters of the heart? And in saving the boy’s future, might Anthony and Linnet at last create their own?

File:Daughters of King George III.jpg
Copley painting of George III's youngest daughters (1785)
Public Domain (link)

I am giving away an ecopy of LOST IN A ROYAL KISS to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about Hersey's Kisses - what is your favorite flavor?  From the Hersey's website (link), flavors include Traditional (milk chocolate), Almond, Speical Dark, Hugs, Cookies and Creme, and Caramel.  The website also has links to special holiday flavors.

My favorite, hands down, is Kisses with Macadamia Nuts from Mauna Loa - a taste of Hawaii!

2.  This giveaway is open to all readers.

3.  Comments are open through Saturday, November 23, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 24.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

To learn more about Vanessa Kelly and her books, check out her website

Coming in January 2014


  1. I like the Candy Cane flavored Kisses for Christmas. They have just a bit of crunch in them. Yummy!

    Marcy Shuler

  2. I like the regular milk chocolate.

  3. i like the caramel kisses and the candy cane ones that come out for the holidays are pretty good too

  4. That's a tough one, because I love Hershey's Kisses. I think my top choice would be the almond ones.

  5. All Hershey Kisses are great but my favorites are the almonds and the the Hugs. I could eat them all day!

  6. I'm a classic kinda girl so it's the traditional milk chocolate Hershey's Kisses for me

  7. I wish I could find the ones from Hawaii. I loved them. Lately though I love the dark chocolate.

  8. I love the plain milk chocolate the best!

  9. Thanks for hosting me, Kim! As for my Hershey's, I like the cookies and cream!

  10. Cookies and cream. Love white chocolate!

  11. I love the original Hershey's kisses. Thanks.

  12. I love white chocolate and of course the originals :) Thanks for sharing!

  13. I'm sorry, but I don't care for the Hershey's chocolate kisses. (I'm ducking).

  14. I am so happy to see another story out from Vanessa! She is one of my favorite go-to historical romance authors. Also, the Traditional (milk chocolate) Hershey kisses are my favorite of all the flavors of kisses. I close my eyes while a kiss slowly melts in my mouth. Yummm!

  15. My favorite current flavor of Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates Filled with Cherry Cordial Creme. I really prefer the dark chocolate, but they haven't had that in several years.

  16. Oh I have missed your 9 degrees of historical facts! I need to stop by more often.

    Someday I will walk down Hershey Lane and see the kisses light poles :)
    But don't enter me, Vanessa Kelly is on my auto buy list!

  17. My favorite are the caramel ones but it is tough to have them around because I definitely can't eat just one.

  18. I loev Vanessa's books. My favorite Hershey's is the chocolate with almonds. Yummy!

  19. My favorite flavor of Hershey's Kisses is the milk chocolate traditional ones, although the candy cane ones at Christmas are pretty cool.