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The Duke is Mine

The Duke is Mine

Destiny will be decided between the sheets in this all-new tale of “The Princess and the Pea.”

January 2012
On Sale: December 27, 2011
Featuring: Olivia Lytton; Tarquin, Duke of Sconce
384 pages
ISBN: 0062021281
EAN: 9780062021281
Kindle: B005AJY8RC
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Eloisa James

Eloisa James


Four Nights with the Duke, April 2015
Three Weeks With Lady X, April 2014
Desperate Duchesses
Once Upon a Tower, June 2013
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As You Wish, April 2013
With This Kiss: Part Three, April 2013
With This Kiss #3
With This Kiss: Part Two, March 2013
With This Kiss #2
With This Kiss: Part One, March 2013
With This Kiss #1
The Lady Most Willing, January 2013
Seduced by a Pirate, November 2012
The Ugly Duchess, September 2012
Paris In Love, April 2012
The Duke is Mine, January 2012
Winning the Wallflower, December 2011
A Fool Again, May 2011
When Beauty Tamed The Beast, February 2011
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The Lady Most Likely..., January 2011
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A Kiss at Midnight, August 2010
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Midnight Pleasures, October 2009
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Potent Pleasures: A Novel, October 2009
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A Duke of Her Own, August 2009
Desperate Duchesse #6
This Duchess of Mine, June 2009
Desperate Duchess #5
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When The Duke Returns, December 2008
Desperate Duchesses #4
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Duchess By Night, July 2008
Desperate Duchesses #3
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An Affair Before Christmas, December 2007
Desperate Duchesse #2
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Desperate Duchesses, June 2007
Desperate Duchesse #1
Pleasure for Pleasure, December 2006
Essex Sisters Quartet
The Taming of the Duke, April 2006
Essex Sisters Quartet
Kiss Me, Annabel, December 2005
Essex Sisters Quartet
Talk of the Ton, April 2005
Much Ado About You, January 2005
Essex Sisters Quartet
The One That Got Away, October 2004
Your Wicked Ways, March 2004
The Duchess Quartet
A Wild Pursuit, February 2004
The Duchess Quartet
Fool for Love, July 2003
The Duchess Quartet
Duchess in Love, December 2002
The Duchess Quartet
Enchanting Pleasures, April 2002
The Pleasures Trilogy
Midnight Pleasures, May 2001
The Pleasures Trilogy
Potent Pleasures, May 2000
The Pleasures Trilogy

"James's Regency-era rendition of 'The Princess and the Pea' hits the trifecta of sizzling romance, engaging characters, and an enthralling, quick-moving story."
~ Publishers Weekly on The Duke Is Mine

With rapier wit, bawdy wordplay, and a stinging sense of fun, James targets social rigidity, explores the meaning of perfection (and heroism), and catches readers off guard with any number of unexpected twists. A brilliant new spin on another classic tale; readers will never again look at peas, mattresses, or even heroes in the same way.
~Library Journal on The Duke Is Mine

Destiny Is Decided, Between the Sheets!
In New Reimagining of "The Princess and the Pea"

By New York Times Bestselling Author Eloisa James

"Quin did have one major of resemblance with the hero of 'The Princess and the Pea,' whether he would have acknowledged it or no; his mother was in charge of choosing his wife, and he didn't give a hang what criteria she applied to the task. If she thought a pea under a mattress – or under five mattresses – was the way to ascertain the suitability of his future duchess, Quin would agree, just as long as he didn't have to bother about the question himself."

When a Romance is More than a Romance

Most pop culture novels are not structured around T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"—but Eloisa's last novel, When Beauty Tamed the Beast, offered just that, and readers adored it.  Moreover, they loved the resemblance between her hero and Dr. House, star of the popular Fox TV show.  Beauty stayed on the New York Times Bestseller List for weeks, and boasts Eloisa's highest sale figures to date (recession? What recession?).

Eloisa's new romance, The Duke is Mine, offers a similar reading experience:  a delightful concoction with a deeper strain. A poem winds its way through the novel, and Eloisa's characters will speak directly to readers whose lives have been touched by Asperger's Syndrome and its darker cousin, intellectual disability.  At the same time, readers will thrill to meet Lord Justin Fiebvre (a young man with a beautiful voice!) and sigh with satisfaction when they realize that Olivia's fiancée is named Rupert G…G for Gump.  And the fact that Eloisa's heroine, Olivia, is deemed too plump for beauty will speak to every reader who ever winced at the scale.

What type of man allows his mother to chose a bride for him?

That is the burning question lying at the heart of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, The Princess and the Pea, the story of a queen who personally selects the perfect bride for her son. As we all know from childhood reading, the queen sets impossible standards for the sodden princess who shows up on her doorstep…the poor girl is forced to endure a sleepless night, tormented by the presence of something hard in her bed.

Andersen was roundly censured by literary critics of his day for The Princess and the Pea's bawdy double entendres, but New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James delights in ratcheting up the witty (and steamy) wordplay in her delightful new reimagining of this classic tale, entitled THE DUKE IS MINE (Avon Books; on-sale 12/27/2011; ISBN 9780062021281; e-book ISBN 9780062096364; $7.99).

Olivia Lytton is in the enviable position of being betrothed to a duke, although one could say that being affianced to Rupert, the Duke of Canterwick, is more of a curse than a happily-ever-after. Still, Olivia's status as a future duchess will surely enhance her sister Georgiana's chance to marry the brooding, handsome Tarquin, Duke of Sconce. Georgiana simply has to pass the tests posted by Tarquin's mother, the Emily Post of her day, and Olivia has to stay out of dowager's way…which puts her in Tarquin's way.

Only one thing—one small, hard object—can bring this fairy tale to a happy ending…and, naturally, it waits under a pile of mattresses.

The Genesis of the Tale:

Many readers have asked Eloisa James why she is re-writing fairy tales.  She explains, "The answer has to do with my father, Robert Bly, and his interest in reworking fairy tales (most famously, Iron John).  But I also like them because they present a challenge: can I surprise my readers when they already know the outlines of my plot?"

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.

After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City. Her "double life" is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she's written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women's magazines such as More to writers' journals such as the Romance Writers' Report.

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Eloisa James Book Signing Events:

December 29, 2011

6:30 pm
Posman Books, Grand Central Terminal
New York, New York 10017

January 7, 2012

4 pm
Fort Lewis Main Store
Bldg 5280 Pendleton AVE
Fort Lewis, WA 98433
With: Connie Brockway, Christina Dodd, Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas & Julia Quinn

January 8, 2012

1 pm
University Bookstore, Bellevue
990 – 102nd Avenue, NE
Bellevue, Washington 98004
*Ticketed romance lovers' tea featuring Connie Brockway, Christina Dodd, Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas & Julia Quinn*

Winning the Wallflower

A new e-novella, written by New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James!

On-sale December 6, 2011; ISBN 9780062191823; $0.99

Mr. Cyrus Ptolemy Ravensthorpe wants only one thing in his life: to reclaim his family's status in society, lost after his mother married a solicitor scandalously below her station. To do this, Cyrus has a plan, one step of which is to marry a woman of eminent respectability. Lucy Towerton, unassuming and proper with a pleasing figure and no noticeable passions, is the perfect choice. So he meets he meets her, speaks to her father, and is promptly betrothed to her. He just might not have remembered to woo her...

Lucy Towerton, known not-so-affectionately as "The Tower" by the ton for her vertically-gifted appearance, has recently come into a large, unexpected fortune, and is now one of the most sought after society misses. Some would say her transformation wallflower to the belle of the ball is a real life fairy tale. All Lucy knows is that now she must break her engagement to the very attractive, but lamentably untitled Cyrus—a perfectly acceptable fiancé when she was penniless, but now her mother insists she must aim much higher.

And even though Lucy is undeniably infatuated with Cyrus, she will break the engagement. Because no matter how proper a girl is, she deserves some passion in her life. And she's not sure Cyrus is the man to provide it. Cyrus, however, is quite sure that he is....

An enchanting fairy-tale plot provides the perfect setting for James' latest elegantly written romance, and readers will quickly find themselves falling under the spell of the book's deliciously original characters and delectably witty writing." ~ Chicago Tribune on A Kiss at Midnight

"James' smart, sexy romances reach a new level in her 'fractured fairy tale' series." ~Romantic Times BOOKClub on When Beauty Tamed the Beast

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