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Julie Anne Long | WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE

Happy Thursday, ladies! Thanks for stopping by to share a few minutes of my WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE release tour with me. ;) I've been having a wonderful time so far—I’m so thrilled and touched by the astonishing reviews—the Perfect 10’s, the Starred Review from the Library Journal, the Desert Island Keeper status from AAR, A grades from Dear Author and other bloggers, the Top Picks….everyone has been incredibly lovely about it. I love the story, so this makes me indescribably happy. :) Let me tell you a little bit about the story, in case you haven’t had a chance to read it yet:

WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE, the 5th book in my Pennyroyal Green series, is the story of what happens when the powerful, dangerous Duke of Falconbridge, he of the mystery-shrouded reputation and reputed black heart (he poisoned his wife, they say), embarks on a campaign to avenge a great loss and betrayal, for the one thing London society knows about him for certain: no one crosses him without consequences. When Ian Eversea does just that, the duke believes the punishment should fit the crime—which means the duke has plans for Ian’s youngest sister, the only Eversea not yet touched by scandal.

But he doesn’t bargain for how Genevieve Eversea will affect him. He notices what everyone else fails to see—that simmering beneath her quiet, gentle, sensible (or so her familybelieves—families often have blinders on when it comes to what's in front of their noses) surface is a passion and deeply sensual curiosity waiting to be tapped—and it takes just the right man to unravel her control. He uses her own sensuality as a weapon to woo her, but what begins as revenge evolves, to his astonishment, into a love story of true equals—both of them witty, observant, fiercely loyal, passionate, honest, private—who meet, ironically, because each has suffered what they perceive to be a great loss. The duke ultimately teaches Genevieve to be unafraid of her true self, but he gives her the freedom to do it, because he sees her clearly and accepts her for everything she is without putting her in a box.

He begins his campaign of seduction with discussion of what a kiss should be, speaking to her truest nature in a way that no other man ever has:

“It should make you do battle for control of your senses and your will. It should make you want to do things you’d never dreamed you’d want to do, and in that moment all of those things will make perfect sense. And it should herald, or at least promise, the most intense physical pleasure you’ve ever known, regardless of whether that promise is ever, ever fulfilled. It should, in fact…” he paused for effect “….haunt you for the rest of your life.”

And like this, little by little, he reels her in both figuratively and literally as (as he does in this scene from my websitet.

Today I’m going to share the preamble to their third kiss, and to the moment that will change Genevieve Eversea’s life forever. And below it is a little JAL trivia question. The first commenter to answer it correctly will instantly win a signed copy of THE PERILS OF PLEASURE, the first book in the series. And a random commenter will win a signed copy of LIKE NO OTHER LOVER!



copyright 2011 Julie Anne Long
published by Avon/HarperCollins

She found him in the library this time. But he wasn’t standing at the window gazing out into the darkness. He was standing near the doorway, watching the foyer for her, which made him almost too easy to see.

“Were you looking for me, Miss Eversea?” He asked softly.

She found she was so nervous she couldn’t reply. She simply bit her lip.

He smiled at her. “Were you perhaps looking for scintillating conversation? A discussion about art? Of which I know a little more now than I did when I first arrived, I’ll have you know. ”

“Do you?” She was too astonished to be irritated by his teasing.

“I spent an hour or so in here the other day. Quite a collection you have. I wanted to investigate it.”


“Why did I spend time in the library? My curiosity was…aroused.”

Something about the way he said aroused looped around her as surely as a warm arm around her waist. She was desperately nervous. But she was curiously thrilled to suspect he’d done it to learn more about her.

“Why was your curiosity aroused? What did you learn?”

“I read that Boticelli painted something called Venus and Mars in which Mars, poor devil, is nearly naked and flattened as though Venus has just thoroughly had her way with him, and that Veronese painted one in which, ironically, Venus is entirely naked and Mars is clothed. I prefer to imagine the latter.”

“But you knew that already. Do you even like art?”

A hesitation. “I like cricket.”

“And that’s all?” She was smiling now.

“I like dogs. I horses and hunting and fine wines. I like traveling. I like books about the natural sciences. I like chess and fishing and I like making money hand over fist and I enjoy making love to beautiful women. I like speaking with you. And looking at you. And I read a book about art and I tried to become interested in light and form and the like. I think I prefer to imagine the firelight playing about your form.”

Genevieve had never heard a list she’d liked as much, though she could hardly say why. He was more of an artist in some ways than people who professed to enjoy it were, people like Harry—and even herself—who could not see without analyzing. It was in the things he saw and the words he chose to describe them and in how he touched…as he was touching her now.

Because almost before she realized the backs of his fingers were sliding against her throat. Where the skin was satiny smooth and pale.

“And so. Do you intend to have your way with me, Venus?” he murmured.

She still didn’t have the vocabulary for this sort of sensual encounter. Her entire being seemed to rush the surface of her skin, greedily savoring his touch.

“I’ve told you what I want. How much do you want to know, Genevieve?” It sounded like a serious question. Also a fairly fraught one.

“How can I answer that honestly when I don’t know how much there is to know?”

“You’re not entirely naïve about…the process.”

Very romantic. The process.

“It’s impossible to remain naïve when I live with my brothers who will go on talking and when surrounded by animals that will go on mating in front of one.”

“You may be reassured to learn there’s more to it than horses and dogs would have you believe.”

“Given that my brothers have more than once risked their lives over it, I gleaned as much.”

He was smiling at her. His hand never stopped moving over her skin, but he smiled. She’d noticed that he seemed to find her infinitely amusing, even, dare she say it,enchanting.

He liked talking to her.

This amused her.

“Oh, I can assure you women have risked their lives for it, too.”

Her heart was walloping away in her throat, and she was certain he could feel it, as his fingers lingered there. Nearly everything on her body that could stand erect was erect now, clamoring for his touch. The hair on the back of her neck, her arms. Her nipples.

“Are you afraid, Genevieve?”

“No. You do enjoy saying my name.”

“It has a lilt.”

“I see.” Her voice was faint.

“Because you should consider being a little afraid.”

And now she was, just a little, despite the fact that his tone sounded entirely reasonable.

“Why?” she whispered.

“Once we’ve made love, you might find you won’t be able to do without me.”

Made love. Christ, but she was in over her head, but in the moment it seemed there nothing she could do to extricate herself. She didn’t want to extricate herself, and therein was an important clue to the fact that she’d lost her sanity. Or handed it over to him.

“Difficult to imagine.” She’d meant to sound sarcastic. But her voice had begun to make a liar of her, because it had gone lulled, soft, trembling.

His turn to smile in the dark.

“I meant what I said in the garden,” he gently warned.

“Have I been coy so far?”

“No.” he said shortly.

Well, then. What next?

And there was a moment where she thought he might be at a loss. His hand paused against her throat. A moment passed where she was tempted to suggest Perhaps you’re the one who’s afraid. But it wasn’t the sort of thing one said to him, even in jest.

But she was wrong. He did know where to begin, and as usual, it seemed as natural as breathing, as an exhale. He’d already begun; as they’d spoken he’d drifted nearer and nearer, and now he brushed his lips between her eyes. Surprisingly tender, devastatingly sensual, light as a breath. And just like that she turned into smoke; she was indistinguishable from the night; she was only sensation.

She knew only relief that he was kissing her.

{end of excerpt}


As I mentioned earlier, you can check out another excerpt at my website, too——or read the first entire chapter in the ebook version of TO LOVE A THIEF! And if you’re unfamiliar with the series, you can also read excerpts and FAQ’s for all of them. At my website. The series can be read quite easily out order, but here’s the sequence: THE PERILS OF PLEASURE, LIKE NO OTHER LOVER, SINCE THE SURRENDER, I KISSED AN EARL, and WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE.

A randomly chosen commenter will win a signed copy of THE PERILS OF PLEASURE!

So here’s the JAL trivia question, darlings, for our instant winner: What does Cynthia Brightly name the spider in her bedroom in LIKE NO OTHER LOVER? First person to answer correctly wins a signed book!

Julie Anne Long




57 comments posted.

Re: Julie Anne Long | WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE

I have no idea but could it be Buster?
(Stephanie Bondlow 12:46pm March 10, 2011)

Is it Susan?
(Rosie Nguy 2:08am March 10, 2011)

It's Susan
(Pam Howell 7:07am March 10, 2011)

Loved the excerpt Julie! This sounds like a wonderful series. I love your cover!
(Stacie Deramo 8:06am March 10, 2011)

The spider is named Susan. I look forward to reading your newest!
(G S Moch 8:52am March 10, 2011)

I looked all over your website for the answer and I couldn't find it. All of the excerpts of your books sound awesome!
(Renee Pajda 9:44am March 10, 2011)

Your books sound great. Someone already answered, but it's Susan.
(MaryAnne Banks 9:54am March 10, 2011)

Honestly, I have no idea what the name of the spider is. But hot damn! I have got to read this book. Well done!
(Cynthia Netherton 9:54am March 10, 2011)

Just finished What I Did For A Duke and LOVED it! The focus was very much on the relationship and the tension between the hero and heroine never let up. The only bad thing about reading this book? I'm having a hard time getting into another one because I loved this one so much. Thanks Julie for a great read!
(Kelly Kerns 11:11am March 10, 2011)

I can't wait to read this one. I've read some of this series and enjoyed it very much. I love your stories.
(Phyllis Crabtree 11:12am March 10, 2011)

Kelly, I'm so thrilled you loved What I Did for a Duke! :)
Thanks for telling me! And you know, I've heard just that
from a number of readers—that the book lingered on after
they put it down, and they didn't want to pick up another
one just yet. One reviewer told me she read the ending over
and over because she loved it so much! This blows my mind—
I'm just in awe and thrilled and so happy that a book I've
written is impacting readers like that.

Renee, glad you liked the excerpts on my website!! :) I was
sneaky, and asked a trivia question you can only find in the
book. LOL. Sorry!! And it's lovely to see you here, Phyllis!
Thanks so much for being so supportive over the years. :)
Hope you love What I Did for a Duke, too!
(Julie Long 11:47am March 10, 2011)

I don't have this book so, therefore, am unable to answer the question on the name of the spider.
(Diane Diamond 11:52am March 10, 2011)

Would it be Madame Marceau Modeste? Congratulations on your new book, by the way!!
(Peggy Roberson 12:13pm March 10, 2011)

I have had your book on my TBR list but after reading about the KISS I do beleive I'll be going to get it soon.
(Vickie Hightower 12:27pm March 10, 2011)

Love the banter between your characters. I feel as if I'm eavesdropping on a private conversation.
(Alyson Widen 12:32pm March 10, 2011)

I love series books. I do hope to catch up on all of them.
(Pamela Stewart 12:35pm March 10, 2011)

I haven't read any of your books, but did check them out on your website. They've all been added to my TBR list.
(Andrea Infinger 12:38pm March 10, 2011)

This sound like another great British historical!
(Marjorie Carmony 12:40pm March 10, 2011)

I love the Eversea Family...but I would like to know Harry finds his love...
(Leisa Prater 12:43pm March 10, 2011)

Great excerpt... love historicals... looks like another book to add to my list!
(Colleen Conklin 1:13pm March 10, 2011)

The synopses of some of your novels is just terrific and only whets my appetite more to read them - as in right now!! Congratulations on your wonderful talent.
(Connie Fischer 1:15pm March 10, 2011)

the book sounds like a winner
(Debbi Shaw 1:48pm March 10, 2011)

This one looks like one I would love to read.
(Joyce Bruner 1:58pm March 10, 2011)

The spiders name is Susan
(Joanne Bozik 2:02pm March 10, 2011)

Name of the puppeteer is Myrtleberry. The spider's name is Susan. I love all your books by the way! Miles and Cynthia were great... Although I like Violet a lot too. Can't wait to read Lyon's book! :)
(May Pau 2:37pm March 10, 2011)

Congratulations on What I Did For A Duke! I have heard lots of great things about this book and look forward to reading your Pennroyal Green series.
(Christine Stack 2:41pm March 10, 2011)

I'm signing on late so I'm not in the running for a signed book but I wanted to let you know how much I love the Pennyroyal Green series and hope it continues for many more boks to come! Some things should never end and this series is definately one of them!
(Jeanne Miro 2:43pm March 10, 2011)

Great excerpt!
I would love to win a copy.
(M E 2:48pm March 10, 2011)

Is the puppeteer Rubinetto? Congrats on the new release!
(June Manning 3:15pm March 10, 2011)

The spider is Susan. It looks like I'm not the first to answer this one, but just wanted you to know your book sounds like a sizzler.
(Anna Speed 3:27pm March 10, 2011)

I think Im too late buts its Susan. Love your books and cant wait to read this one
(Julie Parrish 3:33pm March 10, 2011)

I read the excerpt for your new book and the one you're giving away - Like No Other Lover. Both left me wanting the end of the story. Hope I win one. I'll be looking for the other.
(r w 3:42pm March 10, 2011)

I love your Books and Can't wait to read this one sounds Hot!!
(Stacey Smith 4:00pm March 10, 2011)

Oh, I am so happy that I won! :) I love this series.

I forgot to tell you in my earler post that I cried while reading Like No Other Lover. The ending was so touching. I didn't like Cynthia or Miles too much in the first few pages but I loved them by the end. :) Both of them are great characters. :)
(May Pau 4:39pm March 10, 2011)

My sister introduced me to your books & I am so pleased she did. Fingers crossed!!
(Mary Preston 4:45pm March 10, 2011)

I really need to read this one and find out exactly what Genevieve did for the Duke! What a delightful escape from today's worldwide worries.
(Nancy Van Orden 6:01pm March 10, 2011)

Great covers, hope I win.
(Deb Pelletier 6:08pm March 10, 2011)

Congratulations on the new release! Sounds like a great series, I'll need to look at some of the earlier books.
(Maria Munoz 6:24pm March 10, 2011)

An impressive number of you girls knew the spider was named
Susan! That was kind of a tough question, too! I couldn't be
happier that you cried while reading Like No Other Lover,
May, as long as you laughed, too. :) And Mary, I'm so glad
your sister introduced you to my books, too—my sister and I
always exchange books! Love of books is a long-time family
tradition, and I meet so many readers who got their love of
reading romances from their mothers & share it with their
sisters. I love it when mothers and daughters come to my
signings together. :)

I really DO think you all need to find out what Genevieve
did for a duke, if you haven't yet. ;)
(Julie Long 6:28pm March 10, 2011)

I'm looking forward to finding out what Genevieve did for the Duke! It will be soon.
(Elaine Carlini-Davis 7:22pm March 10, 2011)

this looks like a fun book & a great series - glad I found out about it!
(Diane Sallans 7:29pm March 10, 2011)

This is a series I haven't heard about yet and am now very interested in reading! Thanks for the sneak peek into what looks like a wonderful read.
(Kimberly Bartlett 7:53pm March 10, 2011)

I'm not the first but here it is anyway: Susan
(Diane Sadler 7:56pm March 10, 2011)

Spiders name is Susan.
(Sheila True 8:10pm March 10, 2011)

Loved the excerpt (I need to catch my breath from it ;) can't wait till work is caught up & I get to read the whole book :)
(d Kenney 8:30pm March 10, 2011)

Great excerpt, always enjoy your books.
(Jean Patton 8:43pm March 10, 2011)

I'm sorry that I'm not familiar with your books, but I do plan on reading them. This excerpt did pique my curiosity. You have a different way of telling a romance, which is refreshing. I'm sure I'll enjoy your books.
(Peggy Roberson 10:24pm March 10, 2011)

See what happens when you don't look at your email until late in the evening. You miss out on not one but two trivia contest. Dang. Can't wait to read this one.
(Maude Allen 10:26pm March 10, 2011)

I can't wait to read this!!! It looks so good!
(Pauline M 11:09pm March 10, 2011)

I am so excited to read this book! Love your writing!
(Robin Daily 11:27pm March 10, 2011)

I am sorry to say I have not read one of your books, but Thanks for giving me a chance to win your book.
(Linda Hall 11:51pm March 10, 2011)

I am sorry to say I have not read one of your books, but Thanks for giving me a chance to win your book.
(Linda Hall 11:51pm March 10, 2011)

I am sorry to say I have not read one of your books, but Thanks for giving me a chance to win your book.
(Linda Hall 11:51pm March 10, 2011)

I have read the excerpt about the first kiss several times recently, and each time I do, I finish with a sigh. Lovely imagery, lovely writing. I cannot wait to read this book.
(Dolores Feagin 8:13am March 11, 2011)

Oooh! I wanna win! *smiles*
(Theresa Newbury 12:03pm March 11, 2011)

I've been as sixes and sevens for a long time it seems to me. Some of my books are still in storage, but maybe I'll try to get into this series anyway. I'm hoping our public library has all of them handy. Bye, Julie Ann.
(Sigrun Schulz 1:04am March 12, 2011)

I hope to read this books soon.
(Kim C 7:45pm March 17, 2011)

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