Tuesday, February 07, 2012

THE GUARDIAN DUKE - Jamie Carie - Free Book

What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Forgiveness, spiritual warfare, healing, the power of faith and God’s great love or us – the greatest love story of all!

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I am really excited that in 2012 I will have all three books in my first series, The Forgotten Castles series, come out. The Guardian Duke just released, The Forgiven Duke will be out in July and A Duke’s Promise sometime in the fall.

I’m really excited about this series. If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Laura Kinsale. I would love to chat about books and writing, look at some of my favorite scenes from her books with her and get the back stories on her plots and characters. I’m a superfan!

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
So many! This is tough. I guess I would say Mary, Jesus’ mother. I would love to know what it was like to raise the Son of God and what He was like growing up.

I can’t help thinking he was just a normal boy. If not, why would Mary and Joseph be so surprised that he was teaching in the temple when he was a boy? How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
The publishing industry is changing fast! Keep doing your best learning the craft and finishing books. Study the markets, the changes with e-books and pray God directs you how best to proceed. There are lots of opportunities that weren’t there just a couple of years ago. It’s an exciting time to be an author and you can, with dedication and faith-filled persistence, find your place in the mix.

Tell us about the featured book.
The Guardian Duke is about a young woman, Alexandria Featherstone, who lives on Holy Island, Northumberland, England in Lindisfarne Castle in the year 1818. Alex (as she refers to herself) has mostly raised herself with the help of two elderly servants while her famous parents travel the world on high profile treasure hunts. Their latest quest has left them missing for almost a year and the prince regent decides to proclaim them dead and appoint Alexandria a guardian – the powerful Duke of St. Easton.

Alexandria rejects this news and her guardian’s directions to stay put on Holy Island, writing to him instead with tales of the leaky castle roof, the dried-up well and diseased sheep. Doesn’t he see that she needs more than her meager allowance to get by? What she really needs the money for is to begin her own quest – to find her missing parents.

So begins a journey across England and Ireland with her guardian hot on her trail.

Gabriel Ravenwood, the Duke of St. Easton, is determined to catch up to her and bring her back to England and safety. His young ward has no idea the danger she is in – and that the item her parents were hired to find is being sought after by the most powerful men in the world. They will do anything to get a hold of it, including using Alexandria for their own evil purposes.

And then there are the letters they write to each other . . . letters that draw them close. Is it really possible to fall in love before they’ve even met face to face?

Back Copy:
“Someday I will meet you and see your face.”

Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the king to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But the heart-driven Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment. Believing her parents are still alive, she travels to faraway lands to follow clues that may lead to their whereabouts.

Gabriel, pressured by the king’s ulterior motives, pursues Alexandria across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.

When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure begins to pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.

Please give us the first page of the book.

Chapter One
King’s Theatre, London—August, 1818

Heaven could be found in music.

Gabriel Ravenwood, the Duke of St. Easton, closed his eyes and leaned his head onto the velvet cushion at his back. A small smile played across his lips as he felt each and every muscle in his face relax. Little by little he gave way, an internal shifting, a giving over to something greater than himself. Waves of baritone and mezzo-soprano wafted over him and around him and through him until the world—a dark and gray place before he stepped inside these doors—gave way to the sustaining notes of life in full color.

He drifted…complete.

A deep breath and then utter peace. It wafted over him and through him. It undid him in a way that every other pursuit fell short. Music never fell short. Blessed resonance of relief. It was always thus, and why he’d spent every afternoon here for the past few years.

The opera.

Thank God for it. Thank God there was still something.

He lifted his fingers to the bridge of his nose and squeezed.

“Your Grace. Please, Your Grace.”

Gabriel lifted his arm in a slight, relaxed motion, as if a fly would dare intrude on this time. Go away. Everyone, just go away.

“Your Grace. I do apologize, but there is a matter—”

You really left us hanging. Can’t wait to read it. How can readers find you on the Internet?
It's here!  The official Facebook page for The Forgotten Castles series: facebook.com/ForgottenCastles
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/jamiecarie
The Guardian Duke February 2012 See the making of the cover and trailer  here!

Thank you, Jamie, for the wonderful interview.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel - paperback
The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel - Kindle

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read jamie's latest novel.

karenk....from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Casey said...

Jamie is new author for me, but I've quickly goggled up her back lists. And this one looks so good!

I live in Oregon. :)

Patty said...

I've read a few of Jamie's books, and always enjoyed them. This sounds like a series to look forward to!

Patty in SC

Sharon said...

I love Jamie's books - already have a copy of The Guardian Duke, so don't include me in the give away this time. Glad the rest of the books will be released this year, a real cliff hanger at the end of this book!

Molly Daniels said...

Looking forward to this series! I love Jamie's books!

I'm from her hometown in Indiana:)

wfnren said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway, looking forward to reading this.

I live in FL.


Page After Page--A place to connect said...

I'm told that even if I don't think I will win, I should still enter and "try". OK.

My name is Kendra, I'm 27; I want to write, but I have physical limiations now that hinder that. I live in Canada - FRENCH Canada, to be more precise - and so obtaining good CHRISITAN books in ENGLISH is very hard.

I thought this book looks/sounds very interesting. WOW! If I don't win it here, I"ll look into getting it when I can!

Melissa Jagears said...


I absolutely love this cover!

Sheila Bell said...

I have only read 1 of Jamie's books, Snow Angel, and I am very anxious to start reading more of her books! The Guardian Duke sounds delightful to read!

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Beautiful cover, and it sounds like a good book! I'm from Texas.


Ginger said...

Wow...intriguing. I would love to read this book.

Ginger in AL

Brandy B aka Brandlwyne said...

This sounds like an interesting book.

~Brandy in IA
brandyzbooks at yahoo dot com

Pam K. said...

I saw the trailer for this book; it really made me want to read it. I'd be very happy to win a copy of "The Guardian Duke." Thanks for giving away a copy and for the interview.


Jamie Carie said...

Kendra!! My family on my father's side is from French Canada - Quebec. Carie is from Queret. Stupid question but are most books available only in French? Also praying you will be able to physically write. I've been there too. I had two years of severe neck pain and couldn't even sit at a computer (much less do housework) before I was published. It was one of the hardest times of my life but God did heal me!! Keep praying and believing!!!
Casey - great to see you here! I love your smiling face, girl!
Thanks to you other ladies for participating and to Sharon for the sweet words.
God bless you all!

Anne Payne said...

I have read all of Jamie's books including this one, but I would LOVE to have a "real" copy of The Guardian Duke :)

Anne, rural NC


Dawn (Renkenberger) Crandall said...

I want this book in paper form so badly!!!

Fort Wayne, IN
Crandallberries at gmail dot com

Marianne said...

This sounds like a great novel. Thanks for the opportunity to win. mitzi[underscore]wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

marybelle said...

I am so looking forward to reading THE GUARDIAN DUKE. I love Historical reads.

Mary P


Patsy said...

Would enjoy reading "The Guardian Duke". Love the cover!

from South MS


CarlybirdK said...

This books sounds really good. Thank you.
Carly in NC

Robyn-coolestmommy R said...

Sounds like a wonderful series. Love it when they all come out in the same year!!!

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Merry said...

Thank you for the little peek at The Guardian Duke. The series sounds wonderful!
Merry in TX

Kandra said...

Wow, this sounds so good! Beautiful cover, too.
Kandra in Tennessee

EJ said...

Thanks for the great interview - this book will def. go on my book list! Elaine in Iowa

Abigail Richmond said...

Enter me. Looks very interesting!
I love historical books!
I wish I looked like you Jamie you are very pretty.
Blanch, N.C.

Krista said...

I can hardly wait to read this book. Please enter me.

Krista in Oregon

P.S. The trailer for this book is fantastic.

Sarah said...

Looks interesting!
Please enter me in the drawing!
God Bless,
Sarah Richmond

Cathy said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book. I love the story line! I've enjoyed a few of Jamie's books and can't wait to read this one.

Cathy in B.C. Canada :)

apple blossom said...

love to be entered thanks
live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Katie G. said...

This sounds GREAT! :) Please enter me. Im from NC.

Katie G.

Rebecca said...

I love the premise of this book! Jamie is a new author to me, but the excerpt is wonderful. Please include me in the giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity!
Rebecca from NC

Judy Cooper said...

Jamie Carie is a new author to me but I look forward to reading her books. Please enter my name. Judy C. in Louisiana.

Sandy said...

I've really enjoyed all of Jamie's previous books. I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Sandy from FL

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me I would love to win a copy of this book it sounds like a great story! Thanks and God bless.
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Mom2three said...

I'd love to read this book and explore the characters more!

Lynnet from AR (Arkansas)
lh6690 at yahoo dot com

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Jamie, I enjoyed your interview and look forward to reading "The Guardian Duke" which I already have on my wish list. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

I am from Georgia

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Bakersdozen said...

I am totally drawn into wanting to read this book by the description alone. I live in S. CA.

Kristie said...

I don't usually read books from this era, but this one is sucking me in. God has plans. They are better than ours but we just don't know it yet. God has futuresight and all we have is hindsight. I'm from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com

Lady DragonKeeper said...

I just got back into Regency novels last year (thanks to Kaye Dacus's "Ransome Trilogy") --this one looks great! Thanks for the chance to win!


(P.S. I'm from Hawaii)