Tuesday, July 28, 2020

THE GENTLEMAN SPY - Erica Vetsch - One Free Book Here plus more

Welcome back, Erica. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
The Gentleman Spy is the second book in the Serendipity and Secrets Series, and the idea came because I so enjoyed writing about Marcus Haverly in the first book. He was mysterious, helpful, knowing, and intriguing. He’s a spy for the Crown, a newly-minted duke, and a man in need of a wife. I knew I wanted to get to know him better and give him his own story.

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
This is such a tough question. I have so many writer friends! I just know I will exclude someone…I do have some friends who are always up for a writer-dinner, so I’ll say Susan May Warren, Gabrielle Meyer, Ruth Logan Herne, Andrew Huff, Missy Tippens, and Katie Ganshert. (And a whole lot more who are welcome!)

Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
I have even more friends who write historical fiction! I find it so difficult to choose…I’ll go with Mary Connealy, Julie Klassen, Michelle Griep, Jan Drexler, Vickie McDonough, and Amanda Barratt. That would be a historical fiction writer’s PARTY!

Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
At the moment, it’s a bit of pandemic fatigue and struggling to concentrate! With all that was/is going on in the world, I’ve felt a bit of anxiety and lack of focus. It’s getting better, Praise the Lord, but it has been a grind this year so far.

I so understand. Tell us about the featured book.
The Gentleman Spy is book two of three in the Serendipity and Secrets series. Here’s a bit of information from the back cover:

He only wanted a duchess for a day—but she’s determined to make it a marriage for life

When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she’s meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life—as a secret agent for the Crown.

But his bride has other ideas. She’s determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society—the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?

Please give us the first page of the book.
He supposed that someday he would have to forgive the child for being a girl.

Marcus Haverly took one look at the squirming pink bundle in the nurse’s arms and sighed, the weight of the world threatening to push him into the ornate rug beneath his Hessians. He set down the book he’d been reading, his appetite for the written word evaporating as reality set in.

His mother dragged into the study, her shoulders slumped, her hands lax.

Who was more disappointed? He would hate to have to live on the difference. He rose, put his hands into the pockets of his breeches, and went to stand before the window, staring out into the night. Frost rimed the edges of the panes, and in the distance, black trees lifted skeletal arms toward the moon.

“How is Cilla?” he asked.

“The accoucheur has just gone. He says everything went well but that she needs rest.” Mother’s voice sounded as if she spoke from the bottom of a pit. “I can’t bear it. A girl.”

Marcus glanced over his shoulder in time to see her sink into a chair, the very picture of despair. The poor woman. All her hopes dashed in a split second.

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How can readers find you on the Internet?
I have a website at www.ericavetsch.com and am on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EricaVetschAuthor/ (Where I spend way too much time!)

Don’t we all? Thank you, Erica, for sharing this new book with me and my blog readers. I’m eager to read it.

Readers, here are links to the book.
The Gentleman Spy - Christianbook.com
The Gentleman Spy (Serendipity & Secrets) - Amazon paperback
The Gentleman Spy (Serendipity & Secrets Book 2)  - Kindle

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Winnie said...

I loved the first book in the series. I'm looking forward to this one! Thanks for the chance to win!
Winnie from Utah

Abigail Mitchell said...

I love Erica's books! I also loved getting to meet her last year at the CFFR! That was so much fun! Can't wait to read this!
Abigail in VA

Lucy Reynolds said...

Erica writes amazing books. I loved the first book in this series. Blessings from WV.

Sandy Quandt said...

"The Gentleman Spy" sounds like an intriguing historical. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

Sandy Q TX

Elly said...

Can’t wait to read this series!😊
Elly -Indiana-

Nancy Payette said...

Sounds great. Lovely bundle. FL

Alison Boss said...

I am so excited for this second book in the Serendipity and Secrets series!! The Gentleman Spy sounds sooo good! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book!!!

Alison from MI

Caryl Kane said...

Hello Lena and Erica! I enjoy Erica's stories. I'm looking forward to reading this series.

Caryl K in TEXAS

Erica Vetsch said...

Hi, Winnie! I'm so glad you enjoyed The Lost Lieutenant, and I hope you get a chance to read Marcus's story in The Gentleman Spy. :)

Erica Vetsch said...

Abigail, it was my pleasure to get to meet YOU at CFRR! That was such a fun time, wasn't it?

Erica Vetsch said...

Hi, Lucy! I hope you are well in your beautiful state of West Virginia. I have driven across your state a couple of times, and for this Kansas girl, it was amazing!

Erica Vetsch said...

Hi, Sandy! I hope you are well, and I hope you enjoy The Gentleman Spy when you get to read it!

Erica Vetsch said...

Hi, Elly! Do you like to read series books as they come out, or do you prefer to have all of them released so you can read them quickly all at once?

Erica Vetsch said...

Hi, Nancy! My parents have been visiting from Florida for the past month, and they have to return tomorrow. :( I'm looking forward to traveling to FL myself this winter! It will be a nice respite from my Minnesota winter!

Erica Vetsch said...

Hi, Alison! I am so glad you enjoyed Evan and Diana's story. I hope Marcus and Charlotte take you on a wonderful, romantic journey, too!

Erica Vetsch said...

Hi, Caryl! You are such a loyal, sweet reader! <3

Melissa M. said...

Sounds like a book I would like!
- Melissa from TN

Elly said...

I prefer to read them altogether at once, usually. But, if I’m privileged enough to be on an influencer team, I’m more than happy to read each book as they release!😅

Sabrina said...

Hi Erica! You are a new to me author. I look forward to reading one of your stories.
~Sabrina T
Northern Utah

Erica Vetsch said...

Melissa, I hope you get a chance to read the story soon!

Elly, isn't it fun to be on an influencer team? I love the readers on my team.

Sabrina, I love meeting new readers! I hope you'll check out the Serendipity & Secrets series!

Sharon Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway SC.

Sabrina said...

I will Erica! :D Nice to 'meet' you :D