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A Scandalous Affair: Samantha Kane

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Welcome to UTC and this year’s Historical Month! We’ll be talking today about our Saint’s Devils series. Samantha, could you please introduce this series to our readers in case they aren’t familiar with it yet?

The Saint’s Devils Regency romance series is about a group of boyhood friends who attended school together. Society has dubbed the notorious group The Saint’s Devils, in honor of their unofficial leader, Sir Hilary St. John. Sir Hilary is a hedonistic rake, a scholar, and an amateur sleuth. In each of the books he helps one of his childhood friends solve a mystery surrounding their lady love.

How would you describe each book in the series so far with one word?

The Devil’s Thief~Mysterious
Tempting a Devil~Scandalous
Devil in My Arms~Thrilling

Out of Julianna, Harriet and Eleanor, who would you say is closest to you in personality?

I think they all have certain aspects of my character, but none of them is truly close to my personality. Julianna is brave, but far too foolhardy. Harriet is determined, but she’s a coward at heart. And Eleanor is intelligent and witty, but she lacks direction. The hero in each story, of course, balances out those strengths and weaknesses. I suppose the closest would be Eleanor, but even so the resemblance is minimal. I’m much too ordinary to be a romance heroine!

Since February is Historical month at UTC, we want to know why you decided to become a Historical Romance author?

Quite simply because I loved to read it! When I sat down to write my first novel it was only natural to write what I love to read. I have a master’s degree in History and taught it for several years, so it was also a logical choice.

What do you think the Historical Romance genre has that other genres or subgenres within Romance don’t have that makes it unique?

History, of course. LOL But also a different sort of hero and heroine. I think historical characters can get away with things in romances that contemporary characters could not do without raising a ruckus among readers. Readers have certain expectations of historical heroes. For instance, they tend to be a little bit more intimidating, slightly sexist, domineering, maybe even borderline sexual predators. And historical romance heroines tend to be a little passive, unless you’re writing a hoyden or bluestocking, which many of us do simply because we cannot fathom not having a modern sensibility about choice and opinion and lifestyle. Readers expect beautiful dialog in an historical romance, and more attention to detail, such as clothing, decorating, and architecture. I think historical romance authors are held to a more rigid standard of expectations.

Who are your favourite Historical Romance authors? Care to share your favourite titles and why you adore them?

I cut my romance teeth on Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. The first romance I ever read was The Wolf and the Dove, although my favorite is Shanna. And Jude Devereux’s Montgomery series is on my keeper shelf. These days I’m loving Sarah Maclean’s Rules of Scoundrels series. She’s brilliant. Her characters are multi-dimensional and her dialog is divine. I also Carolyn Jewel’s unusual heroines.

What’s next for Samantha Kane?

I have a new historical erotic romance series called The 93rd Highlanders, about the Scottish Fletcher brothers during The Crimean War in 1855. The third book in that series, Brodie, should be out this spring. And I’m working on my first contemporary series for Loveswept, The Birmingham Rebels, about a fictitious NFL team. The first Rebels book, Broken Play, will be out in September.

 

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The daughter of a reformed jewel thief, Julianna Harte knows a thing or two about stealth. When the foundling home she provides for finds itself in dire financial straits, Julianna is forced to do the unthinkable. In a bit of misguided Robin Hood derring-do, she slips through the window of a wealthy rake to search for a treasure she knows is there: an invaluable pearl. But when the towering and very naked occupant of the moonlit bedroom ambushes her with a bargain—a night in his bed in exchange for the pearl—Julianna doesn’t know if it’s masculine heat or sheer desperation that makes his terms so tempting.

Alasdair Sharpe had no intention of keeping his end of the bargain. Planning to offer his little cat burglar carte blanche instead, he promptly loses himself in the delights of unexpected pleasure. But when he awakes the next morning to find his family heirloom gone, fury quickly replaces sensual languor. Of course, Alasdair is more than willing to use seduction to reclaim his stolen pearl—and find the key to Julianna’s heart.

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In Samantha Kane’s erotic tale of secrets and temptation, a woman whose only defense is seduction targets a rake who teaches her the true meaning of love.

As wealthy and beautiful as she is desperate, Harriet Mercer can have any man she wants—which makes picking the worst of the lot quite easy. By convincing the ton she is a ruined woman, Harry hopes to outwit the greedy, conniving cad blackmailing her into a loveless marriage. Roger Templeton is a rogue with a scandalous reputation, no expectations, and no shame. He is perfect for Harry’s fall from grace. Her brazen attempts at a very public seduction are delightful fodder for gossip…and pure torment for Roger.

With his pockets as empty as his heart, Roger is in no mood for games and decides to show Harry how foolish it is to tempt a devil. But behind her mesmerizing golden eyes, he sees something unexpected: a woman in trouble. Her scandalous behavior would be amusing if he wasn’t captivated by her lush, curvaceous beauty. Worse, every libertine bone in his body has turned traitorously noble. Only a rake would seduce her. But only a gentleman in love can save her.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: The Devil’s Thief, Flirting with Disaster, and Long Simmering Spring.

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One by one, the Saint’s Devils—Samantha Kane’s wicked, wonderful Regency heroes—continue to enchant the women who capture their rakish hearts. Even though she is starving and destitute, Eleanor Enderby’s quiet beauty strikes Sir Hilary St. John speechless. He expects the woman he’s searching for to be skittish and plain. Instead he finds the picture of bravery—and willfulness—in his quarry. She gives away little, but Hil can see something is terribly amiss. And though he cannot say exactly why, he is determined not to let her come to more harm than whatever it is she has already survived.Six months later, Eleanor believes she has finally found safety from the tyrant she risked her life to escape. Thought to be dead by society, Eleanor is ready to be reborn as someone new—someone whose life will never again be tied to the fate of one man. But her smoldering savior seems unwilling to leave her unprotected for an instant. Despite the threats he thinks he sees coming, the real dangers Eleanor faces in Hil’s arms are unmistakable: temptation, seduction, and maybe even love.

OUT NOW!

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About Samantha Kane

I write regency-set historical erotic romance for Ellora's Cave. I have a top-selling series called Brothers In Arms about a group of Napleonic War veterans.

My newest steamy Regency-set series, The Saint's Devils, is about a group of rakes who are old school friends. Their leader, Sir Hilary St. John, is a Sherlock Holmes like character who solves a mystery concerning the heroine in each book.

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Ms. Kane is graciously giving away a signed print book (winner’s choice) from
The Saint’s Devils series featured above.

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Timitra

I love these covers

erinf1

I’ve really enjoyed Sammantha’s books! Congrats to her on the newest release! Thank you for sharing 🙂

Deborah K.

Woodiwiss and her book, Shanna, was one of my favorites as well. Oddly enough, my favorite romance during that time was written by…gasp…a man. I guess my sexist slip is showing. You are so right in your comment about, “historical romance authors are held to a more rigid standard of expectations.” I like my romance spicy and captivating but I want my history accurate.

Amy R

The heroes sound delicious.

kyrene femiani

Fantastic! I haven’t read this series but I have read the entire Brothers in Arms series and loved it!

Elizabeth

I like what you said about what makes historical romances unique

Lori Meehan

The books look so good and I love the covers.

bn100

haven’t heard of this series

Diane Sallans

Mysterious, Scandalous and Thrilling sounds good to me!

Amber

Your a new author for me. These all sound great! Thanks for sharing!

deb p

Very interesting interview, and too hard to pick just one book.

Linda

I haven’t read the series (yet) but such glorious covers!

Teja K.

Love historical romances and this one looks awesome, can’t wait to read it!

jenn

Love the covers…….

Samantha Kane

Thank you everyone! I do love these book covers. I hope you enjoy the series! One correction, the giveaway is for a signed EBOOK through Autography. These books are not in print.

ML

Sounds like a fascinating series!

Glenda

Great interview. 🙂 I’ve had the series on my wish list for awhile! I do love these covers!!

Natasha

Great interview!
Sounds like an amazing series!!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Laura Lovejoy Brunk

Great interview ! Amazingly HOT books and covers. Cant wait !!

EC

It’s nice to know that you are expanding your writing experience with a contemporary romance series. Can’t wait to read them!

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