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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My Favorite Author: Sabrina Jeffries!!!

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Welcome! This is a new, monthly feature here on the blog. Every month I talk about one of the authors on my list of "Favorites." I'll tell you why they're one of my favorites and in some cases, how I discovered them. Then, as my gift to you, I will give you a chance to win your choice of e-book by that month's author. At the end of the month I will chose one person and they will get to pick what book they'd like. So read on and don't forget to fill out the entry form at the end!

Another point for used bookstores and libraries because that's where my love of Sabrina Jeffries' books began!

There was a two year period in my life where I had and didn't want to do anything but read romance novels. The only author I had read was Nora Roberts and more recently, Lisa Kleypas. I went to a used bookstore and saw a very lovely cover of a historical romance called Married to the Viscount. After reading the blurb I decided to try it. When I went up to pay for my book the lady at the register told me that it was part of a series and that I would enjoy it more if I started at the beginning. I could tell she was a real book lover because she let me have the previous four books in the series for a low price.



Excited, I couldn't wait to get back to the house to read. I started A Dangerous Love in the fall of 2008 and immediately fell in love with Griff and Rosalind's story. I finished A Dangerous Love in one day and the next day started Daniel and Helena's story, A Notorious Love where two other characters caught my attention: Juliet Laverick, Rosalind and Helena's younger sister, and the unknown man crazy enough to abduct her. I just had to start reading After the Abduction and to this day, it is one of my absolute favorite Sabrina Jeffries books. There's just something about the mystery, angst and passion in After the Abduction that never really let me go. Surprisingly, or not so surprisingly if you're a fan of Sabrina's, another of my favorite books is also part of this series. It's the book I originally saw in the book store, Married to the Viscount. Gosh what is it about those angsty, impossible circumstances romances that speak to me? Spencer and Abigail were such an impossible but perfect pairing.

After the Swanlea series, I found the Lord trilogy, which included a very sexy pirate and the The Royal Brotherhood, a trilogy centered around three fictional bastard sons of the Prince of Wales who agree to help each other achieve certain goals. Each one is extremely different from the others, making each of their stories unique and entertaining. Of course, as each brother sets out to accomplish his goals, each one falls in love with his perfect match along the way. Though not willingly. My favorite of the trilogy was the last book,  One Night with a Prince.

It is in book 2 (To Pleasure a Prince) where a character by the name of Louisa North, sister of Marcus North the hero, was introduced and her story began. While secondary in nature Louisa's misadventures with a future Duke sets the stage for her own story in the very popular (and highly entertaining) School for Heiresses series.

While I loved each and every single book in the series, my two favorites were Only a Duke Will Do (which continues Louisa's story) and Beware a Scot's Revenge which pits the strong willed Lady Venetia against an equally stubborn Lachlan Ross. Oh the fights those two got into! I loved Venetia's spirit and how she refused to be intimidated, let alone controlled by a man that many people feared. There were some very funny exchanges between Lachlan and Venetia that even now make me chuckle and smile.

As the last book in the Heiresses series was released, I wondered if Sabrina would be able to recreate that magic in her next project, The Hellions of Hallstead Hall. By now, I was starting to notice that while each series was separate from its predecessors, there was always that one character that tied them together and who sometimes even got their own book in the next series. Louisa North bridged the Brotherhood and Heiress series while Oliver Sharpe, Lord Stoneville bridged the Heiress and Hellions series.

Which brings me to Sabrina Jeffries' latest series, The Duke's men. Who bridged that series with the Hellions? Why Jackson Pinter of course! There's actually more of a connection to the Hellions series and The Duke's Men. Pierce Waverly, a secondary character in To Wed a Wild Lord gets his own book in the holiday story, 'Twas the Night After Christmas where he engages the services of Dominick Manton, the disinherited, younger son of viscount and one of the Duke's Men. Whew, did I get that right? I think I did. I love all the connections to be found in Sabrina's books, it's one of the many things I find so appealing about her books. They may be different series' but they still feel familiar to the reader.

What the Duke Desires was a excellent start to a new series and introduced a whole new cast of characters that I can't wait to read more about! 2013 not only saw a new series begin but I also had something truly awesome happen: I got invited to be part of Sabrina's street team, Sabrina's Dames and Dukes! Shy as I might be at times this was not something I was going to pass up so yay me!!

This month (January 21 to be precise), the second book in The Duke's Men series is released and I have been fortunate enough to read it (review will be posted later this month) so I can honestly say that if you love Sabrina Jeffries' books, you're going to want to get When the Rogue Returns. There's definitely a few twists and turns in that story that kept me reading until the wee hours of the night. Plus, the cover is just gorgeous and so beautifully blue! Definitely one of the most visually appealing covers I've seen, great job to whoever did the cover.  

 When the Rogue Returns hasn't even been released yet and I'm already wondering about the next book in the series, How the Scoundrel Seduces because the heroine is someone I liked immediately upon meeting her and I hope she gives Tristan hell! Ha ha!

If you haven't read any of Sabrina's books, well then you've come to the right place because you've got a chance to win your choice e-book by Sabrina!





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32 comments:

  1. I have read Sabrina Jeffries before. My favorite book is The Truth About Lord Stoneville because I loved Oliver and Maria as a couple.

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  2. Thanks so much, Adria! And I'm delighted to have you on the team!

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  3. I would love to read "After the abduction" Only one a the few I havent read. Love the adventure of abduction and anything Sabrina writes is great reading

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  4. I love Sabrina's books & was thrilled to meet her at Barbara Vey's luncheon in Milwaukee.

    My favorite book by her is hard to name because I really like them all....if I have to pick, I'll choose What a Duke Desires...love the Detective agency slant...and the characters were so real and truly spoke to me. Can' t wait until the next one comes out in a few weeks.

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  5. Sabrina is one of my favorite authors! Thanks for the chance to win a book!

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  6. I have read and have all her books. Some i buy them new and if I can't find them then i go to my favorite used bookstore. I remember that I got my first book by her from The Bookman, who is a gentlemen that goes pickup donations all over San Diego and then redonates them to jails, hosipitals, or City College. Thank you Sabrina for writing such great stories. I have a question how to I become part of Sabrina's street team.

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  7. Sounds good, but I don't do anything that allows some strange website to have access to my personal information via FB, Twitter or anything else. If they won't let me opt out, I'm not selling my personal info to any 'free' contest that requires my data. Sorry, but that's not free.

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  8. I have a number of her books in my TBR pile(s) but haven't managed to actually read one! I don't have the first book (A Dangerous Love) in the Swanlea Spinsters series, so I'd like to win that.

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  9. I haven't read anything by Jeffries, so I'd probably start with A Dangerous Love.

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  10. Love Sabrina Jeffries! Great author with great stories!

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  11. Love Sabrina Jeffries! It´s hard to get books like hers in Iceland so I try to order them online, but book taxes are ridiciliusly high in Iceland :( But I try to get her books every time I can find a way :) I didn´t get any books for christmas so I really hope to get one by Sabrina Jeffries :)

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  12. I absolutely love Sabrina Jeffries books! My favorite would be the first book in the Hellions of Halstead Hall. I love Oliver Sharpe!

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  13. Looking forward to reading all of Sabrina Jeffries' books!

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  14. I've never been disappointed with Sabrina Jeffries...A keeper and an auto-buy when her name pops up with a new book :-)

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  15. I can't pick just one, but my favorite series has to be the Hellions of Halstead Hall! I just loved all the characters and the stories for each! I was not disappointed by one book in the series!

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  16. I've read quite a few of her books. fav is The Truth About Lord Stoneville

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  17. I love Hellions, the Lords, and School for Heiresses... I just LOVE Sabrina! I would be happy with any of her books!!!

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  18. Hi Judy, let me check about the street team and I'll get back to you ASAP.

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  19. You sound like me! I just love her characters!

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  20. Pirates are always sexy Roxie, I love that book too. I mean come on, the fantasy of a big, strong, handsome pirate is a tough one to beat!

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  21. Really? I hope you get the chance to read her books soon, she's not to be missed!

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  22. Gah I've read the next one and I can assure you that you won't be disappointed!

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  23. After the Abduction is a hard book to beat in my opinion. Sabrina's written so many awesome books that are not only great the first time around but also to re-read over and over again. I have a paperback copy of After the Abduction and it's just so worn out from how many times I've read it.

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  24. You're welcome Sabrina! I'm happy to be on the team :)

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  25. Wow, a lot of people here are saying that their favorite book is The Truth About Lord Stoneville!

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  26. I've definitely read Sabrina Jeffries before, she's a must-read author for me. I've loved all the books I've read but my favorite series so far, is the School of Heiresses. I would love to win any of her books.

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  27. Love Sabrina Jefferies i have read most of her series and am also a member of her street team. If I would win an ebook I guess I would want one of newest series. When a Rogue Returns Or What a Duke Desires

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  28. I have read a few of Sabrina's books and have enjoyed them!
    Loved the article.

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  29. I would love to read any of her books. They all look great!

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  30. Woot! You know I adore her books too. I can't flipping wait for the next one. I hadn't seen the cover for Scoundrel yet. I'm loving that!

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  31. Judy, the team is all filled up but they will be opening up membership in the summer. If you'd like to be contacted about joining in the summer could you please send me your e-mail address so I can forward it to the street team contact list.

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  32. do you ever get a 'book hangover' when you finish a book? you know... you kind of get depressed and feel empty after finishing a book because it was so good and you don't want it to end? haha i get that a lot w/ her books!

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