Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway with Stefanie Sloane

It is with extreme pleasure that I share with you guys today an amazing excerpt from one of my new favorite author's latest releases! Stefanie Sloane, author of the Young Corinthian books, is giving us a peek between the sheet ;) AND giving away a copy of the book! 

About the Author:


A native Northwesterner with the pale skin to prove it, Stefanie credits her parents’ eclectic reading habits—not to mention their decision to live in the middle of nowhere—for her love of books. A childhood spent lost in the pages of countless novels led Stefanie to college where she majored in English. No one was more surprised than Stefanie when she actually put her degree to use and landed a job in Amazon.com’s Books editorial department. She spent over five years reading for a living before retiring to concentrate on her own stories. Stefanie currently resides with her family in Seattle.




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About the Book:



A dedicated Young Corinthian agent, James Marlowe accepts the riskiest of missions—go undercover as a traitor and infiltrate a deadly French crime organization. As he heads to Paris, he is prepared for all matters of intrigue—everything but a surprise encounter with the only woman he ever has loved. Five years ago, the exquisitely stunning Clarissa Collins spurned his love, breaking his heart in the process. Now, the accomplished painter is in peril up to her lovely neck and only he can protect her.
Blackmailed by a mysterious man who threatens to destroy her world, Lady Clarissa cannot imagine a crueler fate. Until she is reunited with James Marlowe, the enthralling man who seduced Clarissa body and soul, then betrayed her. Despite the hurt and misunderstanding that still simmers between them, their enduring passion ignites anew, leaving the two breathless with desire and need. With their lives and England’s safety hanging in the balance, they have little choice but to put the past behind them and work together to save everything they hold dear. As they attempt to escape the clutches of the malicious forces holding them, can Clarissa and James find their way back to each other hearts…this time forever?

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The Excerpt

In this exclusive excerpt from Stefanie Sloane’s The Sinner Who Seduced Me, former lovers James Marlowe and Clarissa Collins are forced to work together, lest their loved ones die. Can they cross the channel without murdering each other? Find out below!


“Are you comfortable?”
Clarissa swept the dark, dank ship’s cabin with a critical eye, then looked at James. “Not in the least. Did you specifically request the most inhospitable of ships or was it merely my luck?”
James took one step toward the scarred lattice-backed chair where Clarissa sat, the planked floor creaking ominously under his boots. Then he stopped, uttered some sort of oath, and turned abruptly toward the captain’s bed situated along the wall of the low-ceilinged cabin.
This would be the first significant amount of time they would spend in each other’s company since their unexpected reunion. Clarissa had insisted James accompany her on horseback rather than ride in the carriage. And then she’d shut herself up in her room for the entirety of their stop last night. Clarissa couldn’t help but miss the distance that had so conveniently separated them until now.
“There is a blockade in effect, Clarissa. Besides, it is important that we not be seen. Our presence will draw less attention in a ship of this nature rather than a more ‘hospitable’ vessel,” he said tightly.
“By nature, I assume you refer to the fact that it is piloted by common criminals?” Clarissa sat straighter in order to gain some relief from the tightly wound fabric about her chest. Unwanted emotion churned in her stomach. Anger? Fear? Certainly, though there was something else. Something she didn’t want to consider too closely.
“Are you well?” James asked, leaning against the opposite wall and folding his arms across his chest.
Clarissa breathed as deeply as she could, the binding fabric chafing against her skin as she did so. “Why would you ask such a question? No, of course I’m not well. You’ve placed my mother in danger, forced me into service, and torn me from my home.”
She rose from the chair and leaned her head against the wall, the wood rough beneath her forehead as she attempted to draw another, deeper breath. “Really, James, you’ve grown lack-witted in our time apart,” she added caustically, her head beginning to spin.
Dimly, she heard the sound of footsteps, then his hands were upon her, ripping the linen shirt from her waistband, before slipping them beneath the soft fabric. “What do you think you’re doing?” she demanded, batting at his hands as she tried to escape his hold.
He spun her around and yanked the bindings loose, quickly unraveling her with deft skill. “When I asked if you were well, I was referring to your physical state. This,” he paused, holding a fistful of the bindings at her eye level before tossing the length of fabric on the floor, “was slowly suffocating you.”
Clarissa stared at the length of soft white fabric on the floor, drawing in welcome draughts of briny sea air while she caught her breath. “I’m sorry,” she said simply, unable to look at him.
“For what, Clarissa?” he asked, gently catching her chin and turning her face up to his.
His touch was just as she remembered. Firm, yet gentle. “It’s been so long, and yet I’ve fallen into our old pattern.”
He cupped her cheek in his hand, his eyes searching hers. “Of quarreling? Yes, it has been quite some time, but I remember that part clearly.”
Clarissa shrank back, pressing against the rough wall behind her. James’s nearness suddenly threatened to overwhelm her senses. “It takes two to quarrel—”
“Clarissa,” he interrupted, laying one finger against her lips. “Please, I’ve no desire to fight with you. What’s in the past is just that—in the past.” He removed his finger and stepped back, gesturing for Clarissa to take the chair while he lay down on the bed.
She instantly missed the feel of his skin on hers—and hated herself for it. She knew he was right. There was no point in wasting time when her mother was in danger. And James was, in all likelihood, her only hope of assuring her mother’s safety. Durand and the rest of his gang were hardly the sort to inspire confidence in their promise to leave Isabelle unharmed if Clarissa completed her assignment. And to succeed, she needed James’s help.
Still, his transformation troubled Clarissa; his ability to remain calm and rational in her presence confused her. Or was it her response to him that frayed her nerves? She watched as he effortlessly folded his arms and cradled his skull in his intertwined fingers.
“And the present?” she queried, suddenly needing to think upon anything else but their shared past.
He appeared to be rocking slowly back and forth, the movement of the waves below providing an easy rhythm. “Once we arrive in Dover, we’ll travel by coach to Bennett’s London home—no more than a two-day ride. You’ll begin the painting no later than—”
“You misunderstand me,” Clarissa interrupted, tucking the tails of the linen shirt into her snug breeches. “What I meant was, how did you find yourself here, in the employ of such men?”
James dropped one booted foot to the floor. “Why do you want to know?” he asked, shifting to look at her.
“Why?” Clarissa parroted in disbelief. “Although you broke my heart, you were, at one time, an honorable man, James.” She struggled to remain calm. “I suppose I’m curious, that’s all. Why would the son of a British peer cast his lot with such a crew?”
James turned his head and stared once again at the low ceiling above him. “I broke your heart? Is that how you remember it?” he asked, his voice a low murmur.
“How else should I remember it? My father ripped apart the fabric of his marriage by taking a mistress and exposing my mother to the worst sort of pain imaginable. And you refused to lend your support to me—and my mother—at what was arguably the most difficult time in our lives—”
“You would not listen to reason,” he interrupted, his tone bitterly savage.
Clarissa gasped and clapped a hand across her mouth.
“And I’ve no doubt you’ll not listen to reason now,” James added, abruptly swinging his legs over the side of the bed and rising. “I’ve already told you, I’ve no desire to quarrel with you. How I came to work for Les Moines is of no consequence to you. Complete the painting so that you may return to Paris and your mother. That is all you need think on.”
He snatched the single lantern that lit the cabin and stalked toward the door.
“Where are you going—and why must you take the only light?” Clarissa asked, her throat thick with emotion.
James turned, fixing her with a stony gaze. “To fetch a pair of scissors, and I assumed you’d rather not alert the blockade ships to our presence with the light.”
“Wait, why would you need a pair of scissors?”
“For your hair.” He closed the lantern’s shutters then stepped over the threshold, slamming the door behind him.
Clarissa picked up the rickety chair and threw it against the door, finding satisfaction in the sound of the ancient wood splintering as it broke apart.
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Go out and buy your copy of Stefanie Sloane's 3rd book in her young corinthians series 'The Sinner Who Seduced Me' at a book retailer near you!


OR


Leave a comment on this post with your thoughts on the excerpt and you'll be enetered to win a copy of the book !



~*~GIVEAWAY DETAILS~*~
Stefanie has generously offered to giveaway a copy of 'The Sinner Who Seduced Me' to (1) one lucky commenter! All you have to do to be eligible to win is comment on this post about the excerpt, leave your thoughts on the previous YC books, or just mention how much you'd like to win your own copy! The giveaway will end on August 8th and the winner will be announced and contacted shortly thereafter.

27 comments:

  1. This book looks great and would love to win. have read 1 of her books before and loved it and would love to win this one. thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
    christinebails@yahoo.com

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  2. Hey Chick!

    I loved all three of her books and I have them so don't enter me. Not that I wouldn't love to have it, I just want someone else to experience her work like I did. We have us one more author that will be a keeper shelf worthy! How cool is DAT?!

    I reviewed all three of them at Romance Reader At Heart website. She has more coming and those are going to be even more 'nail biting' reads!

    Do you know when those will start to come out?


    Mel F from
    www.bookworm2bookworm.wordpress.com

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  3. Stefanie's book sounds great. I loved the excerpt. The cover is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  4. What a great giveaway. I would love to win this book. It sounds fantastic. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks.

    o2oole(at)verizon(dot)net

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  5. I've read the first in this series and adored it! Love this excerpt, too!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    claudigc at msn dot com

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  6. I enjoyed the 1st book though haven't had a chance to read the 2nd yet (though it's on the list) would love to win book 3 so can have them all :)

    Donna Ann
    pagalatheart (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  7. Read the first book and loved it... LOoking forward to reading the rest of the series...

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  8. I have never read a book by Stefanie but this looks like an exciting story.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  9. Ooohhh sounds like a dastardly good read!!!
    Thanks for the chance
    cbcowley@gmail.com

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  10. This series sounds great and I'd love to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

    niteofblu at gmail dot com

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  11. Great excerpt! I can't wait to read this book.
    Please count me in.

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

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  12. SOUNDS GREAT! :)

    CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT!

    VANETTA @ YMAIL DOT COM

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  13. Hi Stefanie, you are a new author to me and I would love to read your book. I love stories involving undercover work, it's deadly but thrilling at the same time.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. the next chapter? Life without love is a book without words.




    Thank you I appreciate the chance for the giveaway!

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  15. I've always loved historical romance novels, it's always interesting I always wonder what will be in the next chapter? Life without love is a book without words.


    Thank you I appreciate the chance for the giveaway!

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  16. What to say? I want to know they will find each other and it will be a rocky road! Can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  17. I would love a chance to win this book! I have read the others and I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for sharing with us today!

    evjochum[AT]aol[DOT]com

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  18. I can't wait to read this book. Actually I've been waiting for this one to come out so I can start the others. This series looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

    Danielle @Ramblings From This Chick
    iqb99@yahoo.com

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  19. Um, yeah. Definitely a book I'm picking up! Any historical heroine who throws chairs at doors is one I want to read about! ;-)

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  20. Yummy! I've read The Devil in Disguise & would love to win a copy of The Sinner Who Seduced me.

    Hope the giveaway deadline posted above (July 8th) is a typo :)

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  21. Diane P. DiamondJuly 26, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Hi Stefanie,

    Many thanks for such a great interview, and spellbinding excerpt.

    I love a story that doesn't follow the usual and predictabe love/hate romance. I enjoy a book much better when there is suspense and

    The artwork on the front cover and colors are outstanding.

    Please enter me into the contest.

    dpd333 AT aol dot com

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  22. Diane P. DiamondJuly 26, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Hi Stefanie,

    I'm very sorry but, my last comment was missing some of the text, so I'm trying again.

    Many thanks for such a great interview, and spellbinding excerpt.

    I love a story that doesn't follow the usual and predictable love/hate romance. I enjoy a book much better when there is suspense and excitement. I also like when we get to travel to the Continent too.

    The artwork on the front cover and colors are outstanding.

    Please enter me into the contest.

    dpd333 AT aol dot com

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  23. Oh, great couple! I'd love to win a copy of the book!

    Robin D
    robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  24. I haven't read the Young Corinthians yet but it sounds like a fabulous series!

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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  25. Would so love to win a copy! Read first book and simply loved it. Second is in my TBR pile as will book three as soon as I can get my hands on it! Hope you have many more in store for us in the future.

    pennsdog@yahoo.com

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  26. i would so love to win this book...i just bought the others a week ago. and i cant wait to dig in. im one of those who like to buy the whole series and read them in order. plus the cover is so freakin beautiful

    babydoll82959307(at)aol(dot)com

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  27. Thank you for the wonderful excerpt! Excited to read Stephanie's novel!

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