Wednesday, February 11, 2015

DANCE FOR A DEAD PRINCESS BY DEBORAH HAWKINS - REVIEW TOUR + GIVEAWAY


Dance for a Dead Princess
by Deborah Hawkins

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Nicholas Carey, 18th Duke of Burnham, international financier, is haunted by the loss of all the women he has ever loved.  Taylor Collins, a beautiful American attorney, struggles to regain the love of the man who left her at the altar.   A mystery rooted in the Carey family’s past throws Nicholas and Taylor into the midst of deadly international intrigue.

Finalist, Foreward Reviews Book of the Year;  Finalist, Beverly Hills Book Awards, Honorable Mention Paris Book Awards

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EXCERPT

His amazing golden eyes held hers.  She wanted to look away, but she couldn’t.  “We’ve a great deal in common,” he observed.

“Such as?”

“We each lack a family.  And we both wished for one.”

Taylor felt as if he had sent an arrow into the deepest part of her soul.  But ever the professional, she remained impassive. “I don’t understand. You have your ward–and Ellen and her husband.  And you could marry whenever you wish and produce many Carey heirs.”

“It isn’t a matter of merely procreating,” Nicholas said.  “If I married anyone–and I’m not going to do that–I would want to be in love.”  His eyes held hers until she felt uncomfortable.  She had papered over her past with a thick set of lies, and she had told them so often sometimes she herself mistook them for the truth.  No one had ever guessed she was lying.  But could he?

Better change the subject in a big way.  “Why did meeting Deborah make you happy that you’d inherit the title after you’d been so miserable over being brought back from America?”

His golden eyes looked directly into hers and studied them for several seconds before he spoke.  “Because she didn’t love me.  Everyone loved her, and everyone wanted her.  But I knew I’d get her in the end because I was going to be the Duke of Burnham, and she loved the idea of being a duchess.  Despicable, wasn’t it?”

He immediately realized he’d backed her into a corner.  “I apologize.  I shouldn’t have said that.”

Taylor thought of the wedding photos:  Nicholas gazing at Deborah with his heart in his eyes while she looked cooly at the camera.  “I wouldn’t say ‘despicable.’  You really loved her.  You weren’t just offering her a title.  You were offering her your heart.”

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MY REVIEW
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The author managed to tangle two stories perfectly, and made this great book. Brilliant. It's beautifully written, with complex characters, excellent narrative and a plot full of mystery, suspense, romance, twists and turns!
A minus for me is that the first part of the book is a little slow and the end goes too fast! But, in general is excellent.
Highly recommended

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review*


AUTHOR Bio and Links


Deborah grew up in the South, wrote her first novel at the of age thirteen, and has been writing ever since. In graduate school, she studied Irish Literature and came to believe all Irishmen and Southerners are born storytellers. In addition to writing, she loves music and plays the clarinet. Now that her children are grown, she devotes her time to law, music, writing, and her two Golden Retrievers, Melody and Rhythm.

Deborah taught college English and worked as a technical editor before going to law school. She worked for several large East Cost firms before coming to California in the mid-1980's where she developed a solo practice as an appellate attorney while raising her three children as a single parent. She is admitted to the bar in two states and the District of Columbia, is a certified appellate specialist, and has a Master of Laws in addition to a Masters in English. She believes that even a legal case always begins with a story.  Her second novel, Ride Your Heart ‘Til It Breaks is expected to be out in December 2014.

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19 comments:

  1. Enjoyed reading your review, thank you!

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  2. Enjoyed your review! Thanks for hosting Dance For A Dead Princes

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    1. And I enjoyed your book!! It was my pleasure , thank you!!! 😀

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  3. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

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    1. Hi, Rita! Thanks for stopping by. Good luck!!

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  4. Rita, so happy that you enjoyed it!!!!

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  5. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

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  6. I love the blurb. Sounds like a great book, oh and your giveaway link is broken.

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    1. Hi Teresa, that's strange! Click on "Home" and look for the post, the Rafflecopter it's visible from there! I'm going to the check it as soon as I can. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  7. Teresa, thanks for the information. I will let Goddess Fish know about the link.

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the excerpt and cover. ;)

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  9. Enjoyed reading the excerpt and the review too.

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