Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Engaging the Enemy by Heather Boyd

Welcome Heather Boyd to The Mystique!  Read on for details how you can read to get a free digital copy of her book Engaging the Enemy!

Hello Mila, thanks for having me here on your blog as part of the book tour for Engaging the Enemy, my latest hot historical romance. To celebrate the release, we’re giving away a copy of the ebook to one lucky commenter. Stay tuned. We’ll have a question for you.

There are many days when I enjoy the challenge of learning something new. As a historical writer, I’m always reading and discovering new facets of history. But a modern writer has many more challenges to face: social networking and blogging being the most talked about and time consuming activities that I know of. If you’ve chosen to self-publish, your to-do list in preparation for a book release increases exponentially.

As a break from it all, as a bit of sideways diversion, I set about studying what makes a great book cover and what doesn’t. Learning how to use Photoshop to make book covers and banners has been great fun over the past year. The challenge of moving a car that wasn’t apparent in the watermarked image of the house I chose to depict Romsey Abbey isn’t now too big an obstacle, nor was the many antennae that jutted from the roofline of this grand old house.

But there is one learning curve that utterly stumped me in the preparation for the book release of Engaging the Enemy.

I’m apparently book trailer challenged. There I said it. I thought for a few days that I might be able to master the art of creating a movie trailer myself, but after many frustrating hours I eventually threw up my hands in defeat and passed the job along to someone who could definitely do a better job than me.

To make a trailer you have to find the right music, the right images and text to narrate the story. I found the first, found some of the second but lacked the skills to bring them together to create an attention grabbing trailer. It dawdled along like an old man about to get on a train. I don't really mind sharing my short comings. I like to learn but I'm willing to accept there are limits to what I can achieve. I accept that I cannot ignore cheesecake and chocolate when they are set before me, and that spiders scare the heck out of me.

The amazing Suzie Grant (fellow historical author) has stepped up and created the most amazing book trailer for my new release, Engaging the Enemy:

To celebrate the release of Engaging the Enemy, I am giving away a digital copy of Engaging the Enemy to one lucky commenter. To enter, simply rank my book trailer out of ten in the comments section. Best of luck in the draw!


Engaging the Enemy
Book 1 - The Wild Randalls
Release Date: February 14, 2012

Every great family has a few secrets best left unspoken. The wild Randall’s of Hampshire excel at them.

A duchess should be regal, aloof and the image of calm elegance. But those words have never applied to Mercy Randall, Duchess of Romsey. A widow and mother of a young duke, Mercy is lonely and floundering to keep the estate afloat. When she discovers the existence of Leopold Randall, her husband’s estranged cousin, Mercy commits to help him locate his missing siblings if he’ll return the estate to order. Although cautioned against trusting a man who would inherit everything should her son die, she impetuously hands over the estate to Leopold’s care in the hope of keeping him near.

Leopold Randall, heir to the young duke, has returned to Hampshire to demand information regarding the fate of his missing siblings. Unfortunately, the Duchess of Romsey is clueless about them, yet her struggle to maintain the estate tugs at Leopold’s sense of duty. At her insistence, he steps in to bring order to chaos while searching for hints to his family’s whereabouts amongst the old duke’s papers. Yet the duchess tempts him in ways best unspoken. He fights to hide his weakness for her and a shameful past that could see him banished again. But when Leopold discovers a threat against the duchess and young duke’s life, he must join forces with the temptress to protect his last known relative.


About Heather

Heather Boyd is the author of erotic romance with an historical bent. A fan of regency England settings, she writes m/f and m/m stories that push the boundaries of propriety and even break the laws of that time. Brimming with new ideas, she frequently wishes she could type as fast as she can conjure up new storylines. Heather lives with her testosterone-fuelled family north of Sydney.

Her published work include: The Distinguished Rogues (Chills, Broken & Charity), The Hunt Club Chronicles (Almost an Equal, Barely a Master & Hardly a Stranger) and short erotic romance One Wicked Night, In the Widow's Bed, Love Me Tender, Wicked Mourning and The Almack’s Alternative.



Mila Ramos said...

Thank you for being here Heather!

Heather Boyd said...

Thanks for having me on the blog Mila.