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When You Give A Duke A Diamond by Shana Galen

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When You Give A Duke A Diamond
Shana Galen

Jewels of the Ton
Sourcebooks Casablanca
September 2012
On Sale: September 1, 2012
Featuring: Juliette, the Duchess of Dalliance; William, the Duke of Pelham
384 pages
ISBN: 1402269730
EAN: 9781402269738
Kindle: B008BWAD6U
Paperback / e-Book
$7.99
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Romance Historical

HE HAD A PERFECTLY ORDERLY LIFE...

William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual,securely structured life. Orderly and predictable-- that's the way he likes it. But he's in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossip papers link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London,chaos doesn't begin to describe what happens next...

UNTIL SHE CAME ALONG...

Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It's disruptive to have the duke who is the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William's darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide...

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Jewels of the Ton

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74 comments posted.

Re: When You Give A Duke A Diamond

Good review!
(Joanne Bozik 6:54pm July 15, 2012)

I really don't like meek mild heroines that can't stand up for themselves.
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Sue Farrell 10:45am September 8, 2012)

I like strong heroines, sounds like a book I'd like to read.
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Wilma Frana 10:48am September 8, 2012)

I don't have any particular heroines. I like variety. But I ahve never read a Regency novel with divorce. It sounds really interesting.
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Pam Howell 10:57am September 8, 2012)

I don't like those meek, mild type that make you want to slap
them and yell "Stand up for yourself".
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Mary Hay 11:01am September 8, 2012)

I like both strong and meek heroines. It depends on the story.
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Sally Hannoush 11:02am September 8, 2012)

Hi Shana!

The only type of heroine I don't like are if they are boring! What I look for is a heroine who has a mind of her own. I love finding out the "back story" of the character, both the heroine and the hero and what formed their character and their outlook on life and their hope for the future.

Since I'm "forward thinking" myself, what my husband refers to as stuborn, I want my heroine to think "outside of the box" from what is the norm or expected.

I love heroines who are strong enough to make their own place in the life they have and to have the courage to make their own decisions.

I blame my attitude on being a teenager in the 1960's and feeling that I could beat the "odds" at the time and to make my own way in the world and not just accept what was considered "the norm" at the time!
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Jeanne Miro 11:14am September 8, 2012)

I love heroines that are strong and that stand up for themselves. Because that shows that women have not always been meek.
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Cynthia St. Germain 11:33am September 8, 2012)

Hi Shana,

I loved your Sons of the Revolution series and yes, especially that cover
of The Rogue Pirate's Bride, but I'm digressing here-The Jewels of the Ton
series sounds like...loads of fun.

Your concept is different than what I'm accustomed to reading. Usually I
read about three brothers (usually notorious-incorrigible rakes) or three
cousins, even. I'm looking forward to reading about women and The
Three Diamonds idea is a great one, btw.

I like strong-minded heroines who know what they want and find novel,
creative, fun, and even dangerous ways of getting it. It's just extra
entertaining when what the heroine wants is the...hero. :)
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Susan S 11:36am September 8, 2012)

I don't like reading about heroines that are shown as being flighty or spoiled. Even if they change by the end of the book I've already disliked them at the beginning and it's hard for me to change my opinion of them as bad as that sounds lol

I really enjoy reading about heroines (or heroes for that matter) who are the underdog. I'm rooting for them the whole book and it makes the happily ever after at the end that much better.
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Carrie Strickler 11:39am September 8, 2012)

I don't like the mild meek types that get lead around story to make events happen. I like those that reach out and take what they want.
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Cate Sparks 11:39am September 8, 2012)

I don't like the spoiled heroine. If they annoy me I don't warm up to them even if they change later.
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Rita Wray 11:54am September 8, 2012)

I don't like the ones who whine about their situation..."he gave me rubies and I hate rubies, I wanted diamonds", "why do we have to live in the country in the middle of nowhere when I want to live in London". Usually there is a life altering experience so that she gets over that...or she dies.
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Sheila Mulholland 12:02pm September 8, 2012)

It strikes me that everyone seems to put today's rules into the 1800's. Even
meek-seeming heroines can be strong within their period and rules. How about
a tit-for-tat couple subtly done, teasing the moires to show each other how
things should be--hmm?
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Sandra Spilecki 12:02pm September 8, 2012)

I like weak heroines that grow strong through the story.
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Beth Elder 12:03pm September 8, 2012)

If at the end of the book, they deserve to be happy, that is great!
Blessings,
Marjorie
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Marjorie Carmony 12:28pm September 8, 2012)

I prefer the strong, more adventurous type of heroine, one with a sense of humor. The spoiled ones irritate me.
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Anna Speed 12:50pm September 8, 2012)

I have read some of her other books, and this one sounds humourous and entertaining.
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Cecilia Rodriguez 12:50pm September 8, 2012)

I have trouble with shallow, indecisive heroines
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Renee Grandinetti 1:24pm September 8, 2012)

I like the Strong and Brave. Showing weakness to me is a failure.
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Cheryl English 1:31pm September 8, 2012)

I just love your stories and can read them over and over!!!
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Charlotte Zimmerman 1:43pm September 8, 2012)

I did not know that they had to go through so much to divorce back then... I enjoy the variety of heroines out there.
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Colleen Conklin 1:49pm September 8, 2012)

I have to say that I enjoy reading all the different facets of heroines - however the only one that is a bit of a turn-off for me is the one that is a bit too head-strong. If she's too overbearing, and is more manly than womanly, it seems almost unnatural. I prefer a Romance to be almost like the throws of the old-fashioned type -- where a woman is swept of her feet, and is enamored with her future love, but by the same token, she has some common sense in her head to be a woman. By that I mean that all women have a inbred sense of strength. They don't have to show that they're macho. They can still be a lady and be strong. The cover to your book is stunning. I love British History, and not knowing about the facts that you stated in today's posting, I am totally hooked. This is a TBR book for my Fall reading. It seems that the British History books have appeared on the bookshelves from the looks of things, and I couldn't be more pleased!! Thank you for your contribution!!
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Peggy Roberson 1:51pm September 8, 2012)

Hi Shana! I am looking forward to reading your series about the 3 Diamonds. I don't like selfish heroines. I think I would like to read more books about courtesans. It is a very interesting concept.
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Cathy Phillips 1:54pm September 8, 2012)

I don't really have a particular type of heroine that I don't enjoy reading about. I guess if I had to pick I would say a heroine who complains about things but doesn't do anything to change the things she wants changed but this type of character is never really the heroine in any of my books.
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Chelsea Knestrick 1:55pm September 8, 2012)

I wouldn't like a wimpy heroine, but I've never read about one
either. I enjoy it when the heroine has some unusual skill,
especially if it is a skill generally associated with males.
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Diane Sallans 1:56pm September 8, 2012)

Weak heroines don't hold up for long at least until they get a backbone.
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Alyson Widen 2:12pm September 8, 2012)

Boy if we could only go back to the olden days and allow so few divorces.
Life would be better and we old have happier children.

Dotvining@yahoo.om
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Dottn,ie Vining 2:36pm September 8, 2012)

I don't enjoy a heroine who is wishy washy faint of heart. She needs to be a lady with a backbone but not in your face.
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Theresa Hurley 2:40pm September 8, 2012)

I like strong-minded heroines, but not spoiled ones. I was amazed to learn of the few divorces in nearly a hundred years. I'm sure another reason for less of them, is the shame it would have brought to the family name.
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Linda Luinstra 3:05pm September 8, 2012)

I like strong heroines. Ones that I don't like: stupid heroines (stupid and inexperienced are two different things!) or those too stubborn for no good reasons.
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May Pau 3:26pm September 8, 2012)

I like a strong heroine, one with plenty of backbone and can stand up for himself in all situations
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Shirley Younger 3:30pm September 8, 2012)

I really, really dislike the poor, spineless creatures that can't say "Boo!" to a goose, let alone say "No" to the über-rich, overbearing macho hero (?) found in so many of the contemporaries published by a certain company that shall remain nameless here.

But now I'm burning with curiosity!! What happens if the husband LOSES his CrimCon suit? Does the divorce still get granted in the long run?

Just wondering, don't you know!

Later,

Lynn
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Lynn Rettig 4:00pm September 8, 2012)

As an avid reader especially Victorian romances, I found your information about divorces or lack of quite interesting. Something I never thought about but glad to have the inside information. Thanks for sharing your research. Look forward to 3 Diamonds and keep writing!

Pat Pascale
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Patricia (Pat) Pascale 4:08pm September 8, 2012)

I think it takes all types of heroines. It sure would be a boring time if all heroines were alike. it's up to the author to make the story strong and make it work. You can have the strongest heroine in the book but if the story isn't just as strong, she doesn't have a leg to stand on. Thankfully, I haven't read a book in a long time that I didn't enjoy.
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Leah Weller 4:10pm September 8, 2012)

I don't care for whiny, I-need-a-man-to-take-care-of-me
heroines. After all, she isn't truly living up to the name
of heroine then, is she? Bella Swan from Twilight fits this
bill to a "T". I love a strong heroine who is capable, and
perhaps follows the beat of her own drum, even if society
doesn't agree with it.
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Amy Rogers 4:15pm September 8, 2012)

I don't like timid, meek heroines unless they grow to be more than that over the course ofthe book.
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Janie McGaugh 4:38pm September 8, 2012)

I don't like heroines who are spoiled, selfish, and/or
shallow. What I do like are heroines who are intelligent,
brave, and capable even if they are naive, inexperienced,
and/or innocent. You know, the type who can think for
herself, show some resourcefulness and able to adapt.
Having a quick sharp wit and down to earth quirkiness is
also a plus.

This new series with fallen women as the heroines sounds
very intriguing. I'm already imagining all the possibilities
for sensual tension and heat between Juliet and William, two
seemingly opposites. Can't Wait!
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Kamla Layne 5:05pm September 8, 2012)

Who cares about suitable? "Fallen" men and women are more
interesting! They spice up your life. :-D

Karin
AquarianDancer at gmail.com
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Karin Anderson 6:04pm September 8, 2012)

I love strong heroines...one with a mind of their own!!!! Looks like a great book!!!
(
Bonnie Capuano 6:04pm September 8, 2012)

I really like a funny heroine with a stuffed-shirt hero that
can't help but be drawn to her
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Michelle Whitwam 6:05pm September 8, 2012)

Sounds like an interesting heroin. Can't wait to read.
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Pamela Fox 6:25pm September 8, 2012)

I like strong heroines!
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Darci Paice 6:29pm September 8, 2012)

I do not like those who know there might be danger about and go into the building, room, cellar, etc. anyway! Dee
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Deanna Stillings 7:00pm September 8, 2012)

I like heroines that stand up or themselves, but I also like some humor in the story.
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Carol Woodruff 7:07pm September 8, 2012)

I hate heroines that are too stupid to live. Honestly, the heroine must be smart and able to stand on her own. I would like to see more heroines that are the lead in the story (like many UF heroines).
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Jennifer Beyer 8:50pm September 8, 2012)

I like unique characters. Your trilogy heroines seem to be very different. I appreciate that and look forward to reading more about them.
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G S Moch 9:03pm September 8, 2012)

"I really don't like meek mild heroines that can't stand up for themselves."
Sue, I don't either. We like to picture ourselves as the heroine. We don't want to picture ourselves as wimps, right?

"I like strong heroines, sounds like a book I'd like to read."
Thanks, Wilma!

"I don't have any particular heroines. I like variety. But I ahve never read a Regency novel with divorce. It sounds really interesting."
Pam, I've never written a book with a divorce, so we're alike in that regard. I don't think you'll find this book too outside the box, but maybe it has a few new elements.

"I don't like those meek, mild type that make you want to slap them and yell "Stand up for yourself"."
LOL, Mary! Yes, any time you want to slap a character is a bad thing.
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Shana Galen 9:04pm September 8, 2012)

"I like both strong and meek heroines. It depends on the story."
Sally, a good story will make any character interesting--at least think so.

Hi Shana!

"The only type of heroine I don't like are if they are boring..."
Jeanne, you don't sound stubborn to me. You sound like you know what you like. if you read a lot, as I know you do, you probably come across all sorts of characters, and it's not the characteristics of the person that are so important but the story and how their characteristics play out.

"I love heroines that are strong and that stand up for themselves. Because that shows that women have not always been meek."
Cynthia, women have definitely not always been meek. The fun thing about the Regency is that when you write a strong female character, the men have to adjust their attitudes.
(
Shana Galen 9:08pm September 8, 2012)

Loved your diamond book. Can hardly wait for the next book.
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Kay Kerkeslager 9:13pm September 8, 2012)

"...It's just extra entertaining when what the heroine wants is the...hero. :)"
Susan, I know exactly what you mean! It is fun when a hero or heroine knows what they want. Thank you for your kind words about the Sons of the Revolution series. This series is more about friends, and I like that because my female friends are so important to me.
"...I really enjoy reading about heroines (or heroes for that matter) who are the underdog."
Carrie, that makes sense to me. First impressions are important. I get more readers telling me they dislike the hero than my heroine in this book, but most have been able to get over it. I like underdog books too. I'm not so great at writing them.

"I don't like the mild meek types that get lead around story to make events happen. I like those that reach out and take what they want."
Me, too, Cate! Those characters really exemplify the label of "hero."

"I don't like the spoiled heroine. If they annoy me I don't warm up to them even if they change later."
Rita, you and Carrie sound like you're in agreement. I don't think many of us like spoiled heroines. I sometimes warm up slowly to Susan Elizabeth Phillips's heroine because they are spoiled. But then she tortures them so much, I feel bad for them by the end.
(
Shana Galen 9:15pm September 8, 2012)

"Usually there is a life altering experience so that she gets over that...or she dies."
LOL, Sheila! If she dies, she's probably not the heroine. I just can't think of any books with heroines who would say those things, but I probably don't read as widely as most of you.

"It strikes me that everyone seems to put today's rules into the 1800's."
Excellent point, Sandra! The books we write are anachronistic in that way. I freely admit it. I think writers who can write the sweet but powerful heroine (Julie Garwood comes to mind) are awesome. I'm not one of them.

"I like weak heroines that grow strong through the story."
I do too, Beth. I wrote one in NO MAN'S BRIDE. It was difficult to make sure she was likeable initially.

"If at the end of the book, they deserve to be happy, that is great!"
Marjorie, I agree completely!

"I prefer the strong, more adventurous type of heroine, one with a sense of humor. The spoiled ones irritate me."
Anna, that's my preference too and what I write best.
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Shana Galen 9:19pm September 8, 2012)

"this one sounds humourous and entertaining."
Thanks, Cecilia! Good luck with the giveaway.

"I have trouble with shallow, indecisive heroines"
Renee, I do as well. Those sorts of people really aren't heroines.

"I like the Strong and Brave. Showing weakness to me is a failure."
Cheryl, we all want to imagine ourselves as the heroine, and weakness is not something we aspire to.

"I just love your stories and can read them over and over!!!"
Charlotte, thanks so much :-) I read them over and over too--but not necessarily by choice. :-)

"I did not know that they had to go through so much to divorce back then..."
I know, Colleen. It was really tough until pretty recently. Maybe it's too easy now?
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Shana Galen 9:22pm September 8, 2012)

I like a strong, sassy heroine. I like her to have a sense of
adventure, and also a sense of humor.

I want to read this book so badly Shana. Thanks for another
great opportunity.
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Diane Diamond 9:24pm September 8, 2012)

"I have to say that I enjoy reading all the different facets of heroines - however the only one that is a bit of a turn-off for me is the one that is a bit too head-strong."
Peggy, that makes sense to me. The heroine shouldn't be the hero. That's not the kind of book you expect when you pick one up that's a romance. I always feel the characters should be equally matched.

"It is a very interesting concept."
I thought so, too, Cathy, and courtesans are something new for me. I'm glad you want to read more because I have 2 more after this one :-)

"I don't really have a particular type of heroine that I don't enjoy reading about. I guess if I had to pick I would say a heroine who complains about things..."
Chelsea, that really would be a horrible, annoying heroine. Why would you want to spend a while book with someone like that? I agree!

"...I enjoy it when the heroine has some unusual skill,
especially if it is a skill generally associated with males."
Diane, I love that too! In THE ROGUE PIRATE'S BRIDE, Raeven could fire a cannon, fight with a sword, and sail a ship. She was so much fun to write, and the hero appreciated her talents.

"Weak heroines don't hold up for long at least until they get a backbone."
Alyson, that's true. The author has to toughen them up or readers will lose interest. I would.
(
Shana Galen 9:26pm September 8, 2012)

"Boy if we could only go back to the olden days and allow so few divorces. Life would be better and we old have happier children."

Dottn,ie Vining, that's probably true. People would be more careful about who they married too. I think the quickie marriage business in Vegas would disappear.

"I don't enjoy a heroine who is wishy washy faint of heart. She needs to be a lady with a backbone but not in your face."
Theresa, I know exactly what you mean. She should be feminine but strong.

"...I'm sure another reason for less of them, is the shame it would have brought to the family name."
Oh absolutely, Linda! A divorced woman was an outcast, even 30 years ago.

"I like strong heroines. Ones that I don't like: stupid heroines..."
May, I agree. It's amazingly easy to write a stupid heroine too. I'm lucky my editor calls me on it when my heroine does something stupid.
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Shana Galen 9:30pm September 8, 2012)

"I like a strong heroine, one with plenty of backbone and can stand up for himself in all situations."
Shirley, I do too! I like reading those heroines and writing them.
"But now I'm burning with curiosity!! What happens if the husband LOSES his CrimCon suit? Does the divorce still get granted in the long run?"

Lynn, I'm sure I have no idea which publisher you are talking about :-) If the husband loses his CrimCon suit, the divorce isn't granted. He's stuck with her, or she with him. A very wealthy, powerful man would use his influence to make sure the suit succeeded.

"As an avid reader especially Victorian romances, I found your information about divorces or lack of quite interesting."

Thanks, Pat! It really wasn't until the Victorian Era until a woman could sue for divorce.

"I think it takes all types of heroines. It sure would be a boring time if all heroines were alike. it's up to the author to make the story strong and make it work."
Leah, it is the author's responsibility. I always take the credit or blame for my books and characters. And I want to write something different as much as you like to read something different.
(
Shana Galen 9:35pm September 8, 2012)

I" don't care for whiny, I-need-a-man-to-take-care-of-me
heroines...Bella Swan from Twilight fits this bill to a "T"."
Amy, I don't like that sort of heroine, either. I didn't have an issue with Bella Swan, though. Maybe it was because she was in high school? But an adult needs to stand on her own.

"I don't like timid, meek heroines unless they grow to be more than that over the course of the book."
I agree, Janie, and I love seeing that process.

"What I do like are heroines who are intelligent,
brave, and capable even if they are naive, inexperienced,
and/or innocent. You know, the type who can think for
herself, show some resourcefulness and able to adapt.
Having a quick sharp wit and down to earth quirkiness is
also a plus."
Kamla, I think I should print this comment and put it above my laptop. Those are excellent characteristics. Perfect description of a heroine!

"Who cares about suitable? "Fallen" men and women are more
interesting! They spice up your life. :-D"
Karin, you know I agree with you :-)
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Shana Galen 9:38pm September 8, 2012)

"I love strong heroines...one with a mind of their own!!!! Looks like a great book!!!"
Thanks, Bonnie. I think you'll like my courtesans.

"I really like a funny heroine with a stuffed-shirt hero that can't help but be drawn to her."
Michelle, those are the best, right? I think Julie Garwood writes those situations very well, and I love her books.

"Sounds like an interesting heroin. Can't wait to read."
Thanks, Pamela. Good luck with the giveaway.

"I like strong heroines!"
Me, too! Thanks for stopping by, Darci.

"I do not like those who know there might be danger about and go into the building, room, cellar, etc. anyway!"
Deanna, like in the horror movies right? Ugh. I have those stupid women. They're just there to get killed.
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Shana Galen 9:42pm September 8, 2012)

"I like heroines that stand up or themselves, but I also like some humor in the story."
Carol, humor is so important to me, especially in a book like this where I deal with some serious topics too.

"I hate heroines that are too stupid to live. Honestly, the heroine must be smart and able to stand on her own. I would like to see more heroines that are the lead in the story (like many UF heroines)."
Jennifer, I don't know that historical will ever have heroines like in UF, but no book should feature a TSTL heroine.

"I like unique characters. Your trilogy heroines seem to be very different. I appreciate that and look forward to reading more about them.
G S Moch, thanks! I hope you're able to pick a copy up or win it.
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Shana Galen 9:44pm September 8, 2012)

"Loved your diamond book. Can hardly wait for the next book."
Kay, thank you! Sounds like you've already read it.

"I like a strong, sassy heroine. I like her to have a sense of adventure, and also a sense of humor."
Diane, those are the perfect combination, in my opinion.
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Shana Galen 9:45pm September 8, 2012)

I don't particularly like self-absorbed, selfish heroines, unless of course they
learn their lesson and become nicer people. :D I like heroines that are
independent, feisty, and don't wait around for the hero to rescue them, in fact I
love it when they rescue the hero.
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Barbara Elness 11:04pm September 8, 2012)

I like heroines that are strong. Would love to win your book.Thanks
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Linda Hall 11:56pm September 8, 2012)

"I like heroines that are independent, feisty, and don't wait around for the hero to rescue them, in fact I love it when they rescue the hero."
Barbara, no wonder we get along so well! I couldn't agree more :-)

"I like heroines that are strong. Would love to win your book.Thanks."
Linda, I love heroines like that too. Good luck with the giveaway.
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Shana Galen 8:55am September 9, 2012)

Love your books and this one sounds great!
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Vicki Hancock 9:44am September 9, 2012)

I truly dislike heroines that are weak - in mind, spirit, emotion. I think that I find characteristics that I find within myself - but perhaps stronger, the type that I not only identify with but thouroghly enjoy reading about.
A heroine, to me, has to be strong - in mind, spirit, even strong-willed, humor, a little sarcasm won't hurt after it is a sign of intelligence and wit, humble, and friendly. One who might have a few scars and disadvantages but works above and beyond them - no victim mentality - so I born into a situation, I can rise above it.
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Carla Carlson 11:28am September 9, 2012)

I love a heroine who speaks up for herself and doesn't hesitate to be just a bit
of a rebel. Hmm....I wonder if it's because I pride myself on being the same
way? *laughing* I just received a copy of WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A
DIAMOND from you! I cannot wait to start reading it. Thank you so very
much, Shana.

I am interested in the divorce statistics you researched. Of course, it shows
that it was certainly a man's world back then. I wonder how many men were
denied their divorce petitions. Too bad women obviously didn't dare sue for
divorce. If they had, there would have been lots and lots of divorces! :-)
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Connie Fischer 1:14pm September 9, 2012)

"Love your books and this one sounds great!"
Thanks so much, Vicki :-)

"...One who might have a few scars and disadvantages but works above and beyond them - no victim mentality - so I born into a situation, I can rise above it."
Carla, I agree with you. These types of characters are inspiring to read about--and fun too.

"I am interested in the divorce statistics you researched. Of course, it shows that it was certainly a man's world back then. I wonder how many men were denied their divorce petitions."
Connie, thanks for letting me know you received the book. I hope you like it. I am sure there are records of how many cases came before the court. I haven't seen anything about how many total cases there were and how many succeeded versus failed. I have a feeling that since most of the people who applied for divorce were wealthy and influential, they were going to make sure it was granted.
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Shana Galen 2:49pm September 9, 2012)

I don't care for heroines who are doormats. Authors walk a fine line in historicals, because women didn't have much power. So while it's unrealistic to have a heroine who goes out and gets a job, it's important to give her some "strong" characteristics, such as standing up to the hero.
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Kim C 3:09pm September 9, 2012)

I like a variety of heroines...after all this is what makes stories interesting. However, I'm not much for a heroine who whines or dwells too much on the "woe-is-me" or is too opinionated (It would not seem realistic in regency/victorian time eras). Example, a heroine who may not have the most confidence in herself or the world but still has that tiny hope I would empathize with and be curious how she grows. A heroine needs to have the foundaton to grow, not be completely dependent on someone else in order to become the wonderful person she can be.
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p c 12:01pm September 10, 2012)

I love heriones that are strong and spirited. I think they can be the most fun as you are never really sure what they will do at any given time.
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Larena Hubble 12:47pm September 10, 2012)

I love romance novels with strong ladies and I love the Regency period. I cannot wait to read your book. Sounds wonderful! Thanks!
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Teresa Sullivan 4:22pm September 10, 2012)

Agree with the concensus here about strength, but there's a fairly wide range of it. The 3 qualities that most annoy me are whining, a temper that is often insufficiently motivated, and too much angst--definitely perfer ladies who just get on with it. Oh, and humor is alway a plus. Someone with a sense of humor is more able to deal with adversity and avoid taking herself too seriously.
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Janet Martin 8:17am September 11, 2012)

"I don't care for heroines who are doormats. Authors walk a fine line in historicals, because women didn't have much power."
Kim C, that's very true. it can be difficult to write a strong historical heroine without being completely anachronistic. I like the challenge.

"I like a variety of heroines...after all this is what makes stories interesting. However, I'm not much for a heroine who whines or dwells too much on the "woe-is-me" or is too opinionated (It would not seem realistic in regency/victorian time eras)."
p c, I agree. We all act like that sometimes, but it's probably not our most heroic characteristic.

"I love heriones that are strong and spirited. I think they can be the most fun as you are never really sure what they will do at any given time."
Larena, those are my favorite types of heroines too!

"I love romance novels with strong ladies and I love the Regency period. I cannot wait to read your book. Sounds wonderful! Thanks!"
Teresa, thank you for stopping by and for reading Regencies!

"Agree with the concensus here about strength, but there's a fairly wide range of it. The 3 qualities that most annoy me are whining, a temper that is often insufficiently motivated, and too much angst"
Janet, interesting. I like your mention of these qualities. I sometimes see aspiring authors using a heroine's temper as a way to show she is strong, but she can't just fly off the handle for no reason. And angst is a popular thing lately, especially in certain genres. Thanks!
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Shana Galen 4:59pm September 11, 2012)

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