Thursday, January 30, 2014

Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman Book Tour: Author Interview + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman book tour! I have an interview with the author coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $50 gift card and copies of the book. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman
Recently widowed Lady Laurel Laningham flees Landings to escape her untenable position. Alone now and at the mercy of her sister-in-law, she decides to nestle under her aunt’s wings for a spell. To add to her burdens, her young son’s new guardian, Lord Adron Gladrey, has announced his intentions to take complete charge of his ward. The killer is stalking her and a devious jewel thief is stealing the family jewels. Can she convince her son’s guardian she is not a dangerous lunatic and is perfectly capable of raising her son or will he always consider her untrustworthy as a mother to his ward? Will his stubborn blindness send her straight into the path of the murderer, or will he relent in time to save her from following her husband into the grave?

Author Interview:
Wareeze Woodson

I am a native Texan and still live in the Houston area. I married by high school sweetheart, and after raising 4 children, they blessed up with 8 grandchildren. AND after all these years, we still love each other. True romance is happy ever after.

Welcome to Imagine a World! I’m so glad you could be here :)
Thank you so much for inviting me to participate on your blog-site. I truly appreciate the opportunity to visit with so gracious a hostess and your great readers.

What is the hardest part about writing for you? The easiest?
You are going to laugh. The hardest part about writing is finding the uninterrupted time to allow my fingers to race across the computer keyboard. Just when I sit down, the phone rings (usually with a salesman or woman on the other end of the line) or I have an appointment with my critique group, practice singing with my group called the Silver Belles, or every bite to eat is gone and a necessary trip to the store comes before writing. Simply life happens.

The easiest part is reading the last page I wrote and picking up from there. Setting the scene, first and foremost, starts the process. Then the characters take over.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play your characters?
If I were ever to be so lucky, I have no clue which actor or actress to pick. I seldom go to the movies. The last movie I attend, I don’t even remember the name of the flick, much less the actors in it. I took my grandson to see a kid movie, so there you go.

What do you do when you get writer’s block?
If I have writer’s block, I write the heroine or hero’s name. Then I type her or him in a place, night or day, cold or warm, raining or is the sun shinning? Before long, the character wants to say something. I let him or her and if it is useable, I allow her or him to continue. Most of the time this method works to eliminate my writer’s block. On a few occasions, it takes walking away for a few hours or sometimes a few days.

Are there any authors in particular (living or dead) who inspire you?
I am and was inspired by Elizabeth Thornton, Georgette Heyer and now, I like Julie Garwood. Their grasp of the time period and the pictures they paint through words are truly remarkable. I feel as if I’m living through the pages of the book without the hardships of the day. I love it that way.

Do you have any upcoming books you’re working on? Can you tell us a little about it?
My second book is being release March 26, 2014. I’m including a short blurb for your pleasure.

Blurb of An Enduring Love:

Born and raised in Latvia, Rebecca Balodis marries Rhys Sudduth, an English diplomat. Shortly thereafter, he is summoned home to attend his father’s death-bed. Rebecca cannot accompany him at the time and becomes trapped in the turmoil plaguing her country. He is informed she died in the upheaval.

Nearly four years later, she escapes and arrives in London with their son in tow. Arriving in the middle of his sister’s ball is very awkward, especially since Rhys plans to announce his betrothal to a young debutante later in the evening.

Trouble, tangled in suspense and danger, follow her from Latvia. Can this pair ever find or even recognize an enduring love? Is it worth keeping?

I’m working on my third novel Vanishing Choices. A young lady drives the gig out without permission. While tooling about, she sees a man burying a body. She cannot tell because her disobedience will be discovered.

If you could go back in time (to any time at all), what time period would you go to and why?
If on a QUICK visit, I’d go to 1814 in England. I would like to taste the food, see the sunset, visit the castles and be invited to Almack’s for a brief glimpse of the beautiful gowns on display by the young ladies present. I’d like to see a gentleman in all of his finery as well. How elegant in his perfectly tied cravat and polished Hessian’s with tassels.

Summer or winter? 
Summer please or spring at the very latest. I’d like to see the flowers and a green country side instead of incessant cold rain. I like to stay warm.

Cat or dog? 
I prefer dogs, but cats are loveable too.

Tea or coffee?
I drink tea, never coffee. How delightful it would be to sip a cup of tea with a lady of rank as long as I could walk out at any moment. I only want to look, not live there.

Book or movie?
Always a book. I can and do imagine the setting and how the characters appear. I can put it down and get back to it later.

Bad boy or boy next door?
That’s a hard one. I like the boy next door, but I want him to have a few (very few) traits of the bad boy. I want him to be tough enough to take care of the family, but gentle enough to have a caring nature. Naturally, I want the best of both worlds.

Thanks for coming!
Thanks again for allowing me to visit. I hope to visit again one day.

His voice floated down to her. “Are you or the child injured?”

“I think several scrapes and bruises at most.” Laurel trembled and brushed her bonnet out of her face. She heard his quick intake of breath.

“You’re positive? You must have taken quite a tumble when the coach overturned. Possibly you’re more injured than you know.”

“Only a little shaken.” She took a deep, calming breath then continued with more force. “I’m certain we’re both fine.”

He hesitated and exhaled deeply. “A damsel in distress then. Do you perhaps have a name?”

Authority rang in his voice. She clutched Jamie a little tighter and offered him a tremulous smile.

“Laurel Jane Laningham. Thank you for coming to our rescue.” She shaded her eyes with one hand, waiting for him to return the introduction.

“Let’s get you out of there. Hand me the boy first.”

He reached down into the overturned coach and Laurel lifted Jamie above her head into the waiting arms of the stranger. Her rescuer leapt to the ground with her son. A chill of foreboding curled around her. He’d said the boy. An unknown man shouldn’t know the child was a male. With every one of her senses alert, she listened intently for the stranger to return. Saddle leather squeaked and the thunder of hooves struck the ground in retreat.

Laurel screamed, “Bring my son back. I’ll see you hanged for this, you blackguard. Come back here. Help. Driver, help me.”
Up for grabs are 2 e-copies of Conduct Unbecoming of a Gentleman and a $50 gift card, to be awarded to 3 randomly drawn commentators on the tour. So, comment here for a chance to win and make sure to follow along the tour and comment for more chances to win.
Good luck!


  1. thank you for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  2. Great excerpt, sounds like a good read.

  3. Thanks for hosting today.

  4. Thanks ladies for visiting my post. I appreciate the time this takes.

  5. That was a wonderful excerpt. I think the author has a great deal of knowledge of the Regency period and that's essential. I appreciate the author's trick to get through writer's block. She lets her characters out to play. Much fun.

  6. Great excerpt, sounds like a good read.

  7. Thanks for joining the discussion and leaving comments. I appreciate each one of you.

  8. Excellent post! Thanks for sharing both excerpts, Wareeze. Best of luck in 2014.

  9. Nice interview

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  10. Good answer to Bad Boy vs Boy next door! I agree!!! ghwasd at gmail dot com

  11. Great interview!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  12. Thank you for the fabulous post.


  13. I love a good historical romance with a bit of mystery thrown in! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  14. Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres and the premise of this book sounds great!