Friday, July 13, 2012

THE FORGIVEN DUKE - Jamie Carie - One Free Book

Welcome back, Jamie. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I think my stories are all rooted in God’s great love for us and His destiny that He has planned for each of us from the moment He created us. I had a vision one time while listening to a worship song where I saw God and Jesus standing on this enormous arc of light. They were calling out names and I had a sudden knowing that when God made Adam and Eve, He made all of mankind, every man and woman who would ever be conceived. Calling out our names was giving each of us our identity – the one we will have forever. My characters learn to follow God’s path for them so that they can live out their eternal destiny.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
This year is all about the Forgotten Castle series. This is my first series and I loved writing three books with the same characters and a longer story arc. The Guardian Duke came out in February, The Forgiven Duke just came out in July, and A Duke’s Promise comes out in September. We intentionally did back-to-back publishing so that people wouldn’t have to wait long for the next book. Also, I just found out that my Christmas novella, The Snowflake, will be in a compilation along with Alan Maki and Gilbert Morris so that should be a lot of fun.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
This is a tough one! I guess I would say Laura Kinsale. She is one of my favorite authors and I would love to spend some time with her talking all things writing and books. It’s my dream to co-write with her someday.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
So many, but I think I would pick Adam. It would be incredible to hear his stories.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
If you really believe in your writing then don’t give up. It’s a great time to be a writer with so many different opportunities to reach an audience. Find your path and keep an open mind to the many possibilities out there.

Tell us about the featured book?
The Forgiven Duke is book two in the Forgotten Castles series. Since this is a continuous series (meaning best read in order) it’s impossible to talk about it without talking about the other two. So, here’s the back of the book blurbs for all three:

The Guardian Duke (February 2012)
In this Regency-era romantic adventure, 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 Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts.

Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling hills of Ireland but is always one step behind. When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.

The Forgiven Duke (July 2012)
Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon—the path of least resistance—Alexandria Featherstone sets off from Ireland to Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. Her glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton—the path less traveled by—on Dublin’s shore still haunts her. Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful and wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life of him or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.

A Duke’s Promise (September 2012)
From the Land of Fire and Ice back to England’s shores, Alexandria Featherstone finds herself the new Duchess of St. Easton. Her beloved husband has promised a wedding trip that will take them to where her imperiled mother and father were last seen—Italy and the marble caves of Carrara.

But a powerful Italian duke still plots against Alex and her treasure-hunting parents.

Hoping to save them, Alex and Gabriel travel to Italy by balloon. Fraught with danger on all sides and pressured to the breaking point by Gabriel’s affliction, the couple must learn what it really means to work and fight together as true lovers on a journey that requires steadfast faith in God and each other.

It’s a risk that will lead them to win everything they want or lose everything they have.

Acclaim for Jamie Carie and the Forgotten Castles Novels

“Vividly drawn . . . an original take on the Regency romance.”

USA Today (The Guardian Duke)

The Forgiven Duke has left me holding my breath, waiting for the third book, to see how Gabriel and Alexandria’s story ends.”
—Melanie Dickerson, award-winning author

“Carie’s talent is to be commended. Whether her books are set during the French Revolution, England’s Regency period or the early days of America’s frontier, she weaves a beautiful tapestry of historical fact, passion and multi-faceted characters into an engaging plot.”


Please give us the first page of the book.
Chapter One
Dublin, Ireland—November, 1818
“Please…let me go.”

Lady Alexandria Featherstone pushed away from her fiancé’s encircling arm and rushed back toward the railing of the ship. A frantic pulse beat in her neck as she strained to see through the mists that hovered over Dublin’s shoreline in a gray-green haze. She looked up and down, back and forth across the rocky beach.

Was he still there?

Why did he care so much? Was it only the prince regent’s orders that drove him toward her or something more? Something of gossamer letters and the slashing lines of ink from a man who seemed both haunted and half in love with her.

Her gaze roved over the departing forms on the shore, fast growing into blurry dots of distant friends and family belonging to the ship’s passengers. The mist played havoc with her vision, retreating and rolling through the salt-laden air, making undulating forms of dark-clad well-wishers. Had she only imagined him there?

Just to see his face one more time.

There. Her gaze settled on a particularly tall man with jet black hair. If she concentrated hard enough, she could almost see his famous green eyes. But he was turning away, in a hurry, leaving to do something she hardly dared imagine. Would he come after her?

Her fiancé, John Lemon, came to stand behind her. He put his arms around her waist and pulled her lightly against his chest. “What is it, love? Is something amiss?”

Alex turned her face toward him. “It was him. I saw the duke.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
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Thank you, Jamie, for spending this time with us. I'm actually reading The Forgiven Duke on my Kindle right now and loving it.

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collettakay said...

This whole series is on my wishlist!

Colletta from PA

Ladette Kerr said...

These books are great-- so are her other books!! Love her!

Ladette from GA

misskallie2000 said...

I added this series to my wishlist after reading the first review. I loved Angel's Den and am looking forward to reading about Alex and Gabriel adventures as well as the romance.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

Brenda from Georgia

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

jamiecarie said...

Thanks, Colletta (what a pretty name!). I hope you get the chance to read them. It's an adventurous ride, I promise!

Thanks, Ladette!! God bless your summer reading!

Good luck to you too, Brenda. It'll be fun to read the whole series in a row - A Duke's Promise, the third book, comes out in September! :-)

Cathy said...

These books sound good! Please enter me. Thanks!

Cathy in B.C. Canada

mel said...

I loved the Guardian Duke and can't wait to read The Forgiven Duke. Would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity!
Mel from Utah

Brooke said...

Looking forward to this series!

Brooke from Southeast USA

marybelle said...

The Forgotten Castles series looks wonderful. I have added all of the books to my wish list.


Mary P


Kara said...

Great interview, thanks for the giveaway! This book sounds wonderful, blessings :)
Kara from Florida

Joanna Richmond said...

it look's and sounds interesting. enter me in the give away.
Joanna Richmond,
Blanch NC

Anna W. said...

Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anna W. from GA

Anonymous said...

I would love a chance to win this book.

Nadya - TX

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous story ;)

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...from PA...

Krista said...

I am really looking forward to reading this one. Please enter me!

Krista in Oregon

Sarah said...

Looks and sounds interesting!
Enter me!
God Bless!

Ginger said...

I enjoyed the Guardian Duke. I would love to read this one as well.

Ginger in AL

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win
live in ND

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Sharon said...

I loved both Guardian Duke and Forgiven Duke. Waiting for the third book. Thanks for the interview Jamie and Lena.
Sharon from Eagan, MN

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Patty said...

Would love to win this book, and I would certainly purchase the first in the series if I won this one!

Patty in SC

J.Grace said...

Please enter me, I enjoyed the first book in the series.
Thanks for the drawing.

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Lisa E. said...

I recently read Snow Angel and Wind Dancer and they were amazing! I've been wanting to read this series.

Lisa in Washington State

Brenda Stimely said...

Thanks for the interview...this series sound so good.

Lake Worth, FL

rubynreba said...

I would enjoy reading this. Thanks!
Beth from Iowa

Diana Gardner said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Portsmouth, VA

Abigail Richmond said...

Looks very Interesting! Please enter me! Thanks and God Bless!
Blanch, N.C.

Merry said...

I love the Regency era and this sounds like a terrific, romantic adventure. Please add me!
Merry in TX