Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sealed With a Kiss: Manda Collins + Giveaway

Manda Collins

Manda Collins spent her teen years wishing she’d been born a couple of centuries earlier, preferably in the English countryside. Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life with electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research. A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with three cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and more books than strictly necessary.

How to Dance with a Duke, the first in a trilogy starring three wallflower cousins, is Manda’s debut and has been called “a fast-paced, adventurous love story that will enthrall readers” by RT Book Reviews and “a romance to remember by bestselling author Julie Anne Long.

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The Love Letter:

Dear Lucas,

I feel such a coward for turning away from you as I did at your estate. But how can I make you understand the risk to my heart and my dignity that allowing myself to love you would entail?

With the exception of my cousins, everyone I have ever loved has left me. My mother through her death, my father through his travels, and perhaps most significantly in this context, David through his cruelty. How can I possibly trust that this thing between us, this passion, will be enough to prevent you from leaving me too? How could I possibly recover if you, with whom I have shared the very essence of my soul, were to turn away from me? I could not bear it.

I know that this is not what you wish to hear, but I must ask you for patience. If it matters aught to you, please know that I have never felt such a degree of…affection for any man. Even David. Which is, of course why you pose such a danger to me.

I promise you that I will try, for your sake as well as mine, to open my heart to the love you offer.

Your wife,


Postscript: Ginger sends his greetings and a heartfelt “mew.”


Check out Lucas and Cecily's love story in: 
Coming April 3rd, 2012

What’s a wallflower to do when she’s suddenly in need of a husband? Use all the pluck and moxie she can muster to get what she wants…

Miss Cecily Hurston would much rather explore the antiquities of Egypt than the uncharted territory of marriage. But the rules of her father’s exclusive academic society forbid her entrance unless she weds one of its members. To clear her ailing father’s name of a scandalous rumor, Cecily needs to gain admission into the Egyptian Club—and is willing to marry any old dullard to do it.

Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is anything but dull. He’s a dashing and decorated war hero determined to help Cecily—even if that means looking the other way when she claims the dance card of Amelia Snow, this season’s most sought-after beauty. But Lucas has a reason for wanting Cecily to join the Egyptian Club: His brother went missing during one of Lord Hurston’s expeditions to Egypt. An alliance with the explorer’s bluestocking daughter could bring Lucas closer to the truth about what happened…or it could lead him to a more dangerous love than either he or Cecily could have imagined….

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Manda is giving away a copy of HOW TO DANCE WITH A DUKE, to 1 lucky commenter (US & Canada Only) So make sure you leave a comment on this post AND fill out the rafflecopter for your chance to win!

And don't forget to head over to Ramblings From This Chick blog, check out Cecily's letter to Lucas, and comment/enter that giveaway as well! 

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Swing by the special Sealed with a Kiss event page to get extra entries for the GRAND PRIZE!!!


  1. This is my next TBR. I already own it, thanks. :)

  2. What a sad letter. I hope Cecily gives Lucas a chance. They must have thought there was something between them since they got married. Can't wait to read this book to find out what happens. I like that the cat sends his greetings. Made me laugh!


  3. OOOOOH... I'm loving these love letters! This book is definitely on the top of my wishlist! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Congrats on the new release!

  4. Congratulations on the new release. I look forward to reading your book.

  5. Makes me wonder who is David to Cecily?
    I like the sounds of Lucas though, he sounds like a stand up guy. Good letter, got me interested.

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  7. I love this letter! Sounds wonderful! I love historical romance and I love the little twist about the Egyptian club.

  8. Oh how I feel for Cecily. She seems to have lost so much I don't blame her for being scared. Manda, congratulations on your debut.

  9. Cecily's letter seems so heartfelt... can't wait to read more of her story!

  10. Congrats on your debut release, Manda. Can't wait to read Cecily and Lucas' story.

  11. I'm really looking forward to reading How To Dance With A Duke. I've been enjoying the letters that have been posted, and they really are increasing my interest in this book.

  12. Aww, love the little post script from Ginger :)

  13. Great letter! This book is on my wishlist, it looks great! Congratulations to Manda on her debut release!

  14. Aw - such a heartfelt letter!

  15. Wonderful letter! I have been wanting this book, I have a soft spot for the bluestocking heroines. This sounds like a wonderful debut and the start of a great series.

  16. What a beautiful letter! I'm looking forward to reading this book.

  17. Sounds like a terrific book!

  18. I can't wait to read this book!! And btw I am also in love with the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Your book sounds wonderful! I love discovering new authors. Can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the post and giveaway!

  20. Looking forward to it.

  21. Thanks again for sharing the excerpt, the story sounds fascinating.

  22. I can't wait to read the book. This is an enchanting preview!!!!!!

  23. Lovely letter and such a brave young lady too! Thank you for participating in this giveaway!

  24. The letter was sweet and I am left wondering who David is, and the postscript was cute! I love the cover of the book too, it and the woman is rather cheeky!

  25. I can't wait to read the whole story that explains why she writes this letter needing time and I too am curious abot David. My latest add on to my TRL.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  26. Cecily's letter raises some questions...who is David and what is the relationship between her and her husband that she asks for time. A great teaser letter. Thanks!

  27. What a great letter. Cecil has some secrets! Thanks for putting this one on my radar!




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