Friday, April 28, 2017

Exclusive Interview with Vanessa Liebe, Author of the Highwayman's Proposal

Why does Lady Godwin find it so hard
to obey her highwayman?
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Vanessa Liebe
Series: The Blakeney Brother Adventures, Book 3
Genre: Historical Erotic Romance
Publisher: Blushing Books
Publication Date: April 12, 2017
Gabriel Blakeney is a man who protects those he loves at all costs. If that means becoming a highwayman to help support the community that raised him, then that’s what he’ll do. Risking his life each night, he robs from the rich to redistribute among the poor. He does it to survive. But what he’d really like is to find a woman of his own to protect and love. Despairing of ever finding her, things change one night when he meets Lady Caroline Godwin. Here is a lady who needs protecting all right—from herself.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. And Lady Godwin is desperate. Her father has lost a fortune at cards and is bed bound after a stroke. Somehow, she must raise the money within a month or lose her home. Worse, she may be forced to marry the despicable Lord Shard—her father’s creditor—to protect the family name and pay the debt. Frantic, Lady Caroline remembers being held up a few weeks ago. She makes the audacious decision to rob the handsome highwayman. But Caroline gets far more than she bargained for.
With card sharps, traitors, and the militia to worry about, Gabriel and Caroline find danger ever present. He is determined to keep her safe throughout, even if that means a trip over his knee.
Publisher’s note: This romance contains elements of discipline, and explicitly described sexual encounters.
The story is full of twists and turns, passion, punishments, theft, schemes, setting a trap, seeking revenge and gaining restitution.
- Kathy Heare Watts, Goodreads Reviewer
A heartwarming adventure. This book is a delightful, feel-good journey, with some mild discipline scenes and moderate love scenes. It is full of humor, danger and adventure, with well-developed characters and an interesting twist.
- Dyane, Amazon Reviewer

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Interview with Vanessa Liebe

I recently sat down with Vanessa Liebe to talk about her latest book The Highwayman's Proposal:

1. Hi Vanessa, thank you for granting this interview. What’s your inspiration for the Blakeney Brother Adventure series? 

Well, I actually wrote Smuggler’s Bounty and wasn’t sure whether it would be a standalone, or something more. When I submitted it, I said that there was the potential to make it a quartet about four brothers who lived on the edge of the law. The ending was changed to include the introduction of William’s other brothers. After being introduced to a smuggler, I had to ensure that the other brothers were equally as exciting. Hence, you’ve met a spy, you’re about to meet a highwayman and the youngest brother is a pirate.

2.     What’s the draw of writing erotic historical stories for you?

I have always liked history and I love historical romances myself. Without realising it, you can learn something about the past, along with an enjoyable read. However, hot passion did happen back then, so I like to add hot scenes to the history, mystery and romance.

3.     What’s the strangest thing you’ve learned while researching this series? 

One of the things I learnt about the Georgian period was ‘Marriage was a lifelong commitment, unless you could sell your wife.’

The options for those trapped in an unhappy marriage were limited – especially for women, who risked losing their wealth and children (since they belonged to the husband). 

A private act of parliament was needed for any divorce, something beyond the reach of most people.

Lower classes could resort to the ritual sale of wives in the marketplace - an acceptable form of divorce; the woman was invariably led to market with a halter tied round her neck. 

4.     Tell us more about Lady Caroline Godwin. What makes her a heroine we can root for? 

She’s feisty and intelligent and can handle herself well, despite getting into scrapes. I hope everyone enjoys the scene where she robs a highwayman.

5.     Why is Gabriel Blakeney perfect for Lady Caroline? 

He lets her do dangerous things as long as he’s there to protect her and stop her from being too impetuous. 

6.     What’s the biggest conflict in the story that would keep them apart? 

Gabriel is Lord Gabriel Blakeney by birth but was supposed to have drowned in a boating accident as a boy. He does not feel he can marry Lady Caroline as plain Mr. Blakeney and expose her to ridicule. Yet, he cannot reveal who he really is in case his stepmother may wish to kill him.

7.     What’s up next for you? 

The final Blakeney story and I have plenty of other ideas for books, in between finishing series that I have out.
Vanessa's latest book The Highwayman's Proposal is now available on and on the Blushing Books website.  See purchase links above.


Other Books in the Series

Don't miss the first two books in The Blakeney Brothers series.
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Series: The Blakeney Brother Adventures, Book 1
When Elizabeth and William are together passions ignite, sparks fly, and danger lurks around every corner. Can they avoid the cruel preventative officer hot on their heels? Will they finally find the happiness that has so long eluded them both?
"An excellent book, full of adventure and hot romance"
- Joanie M, Amazon Reviewer
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Series: The Blakeney Brother Adventures, Book 2
Cameron Blakeney is a spy for the Crown. When he's tasked to observe two French spies in Portsmouth, he hopes to use the opportunity to locate his youngest brother, too. What he's not expecting is to be working with a co-agent in the form of the lovely, undisciplined Lady Arabella.
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks
"Fast paced and fun! Not your typical victorian romance."
- Pettigg, Amazon Reviewer


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About Vanessa Liebe

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Vanessa Liebe is the author of fun, sexy erotic romance and erotica, both contemporary and historical. She mostly writes in the Fantasy and Paranormal categories as she likes a man with bite.
Vanessa is married with three children and resides in Hampshire, South East England. When not house training her children, reading or writing, she likes to sit in the garden with a glass of rose wine.
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