Back from a Working Vacation

This past week I spent several days in Chicago. While my DH sat in conference sessions all day, I wandered the streets of Chicago doing research for a book. My adventures took me to the Chicago History Museum, the Navy Pier, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

I’d been to the Navy Pier before, so I came prepared with my camera. If you’ve never been to the Pier, you may not know that one of the best attractions is the Smith Museum of Stained Glass. On display are gorgeous examples of some of the finest stained glass ever made. Here are just two examples.

StainedGlass3Chicago2013 StainedGlass2Chicago2013I love the vibrant colors and natural arrangement of the leaves and flowers. I will definitely find a way to put stained glass into the book I set in Chicago.

Please leave a comment and let me know about your vacation.

ABOUT RUE: Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers about their favorite books and real life adventures. Learn more about Rue and her books at http://RueAllyn.com.
Her latest release, One Night’s Desire is available from Amazon and other e-tailers. Isn’t the cover lovely? Check out the following blurb, with following excerpt and buy links

Cover Art for One Night's DesireOne Night’s Desire Blurb:
A WOMAN ON THE RUN: Rustlers, claim jumpers and fire, nothing will stop Kiera Alden from reuniting her family. But an accusation of murder threatens her dreams and sets Marshall Evrett Quinn on her trail. She may be able to escape prison bars and eventually prove her innocence, but she can’t escape Quinn’s love.

A LAWMAN IN HOT PURSUIT: Marshall Evrett Quinn is relentless in pursuit of law-breakers, and pretty Kiera Alden is no exception. Clever and courageous, she evades him until a chance encounter turns the tables. Finally he has this elusive desperado under arrest, but success is bittersweet when she captures his heart.

One Night’s Desire EXCERPT LINK: http://rueallyn.com/2c2ONDexcerpt.html

One Night’s Desire BUY LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Nights-Desire-Crimson-Romance-ebook/dp/B00DL3ALFC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373029464&sr=1-1

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Cerise Duval Defends Her Actions

Please Welcome Madame Cerise Duval, arch nemesis of Dutch Trahern from One Moment’s Pleasure.Cover Art for One Moment's Pleasure

Madame Allyn claims I am a villainous. While my actions do appear to be evil, I have my reasons. Some of you might say that my actions are indefensible. I peddle flesh for a living; I’ve killed, whored, lied, cheated, abused children, bought and sold lives. If there is a sin in the world I’ve probably committed it. So why should I bother trying to defend myself to anyone. Because I’m a mother. My daughter doesn’t know about all the crimes I’ve committed, the people I’ve victimized, and I intend to keep it that way.

I want you to understand that I was born a slave in New Orleans, bred specifically by my owner to be a whore—a plaything for rich white men. I was educated by tutors and could hold my own in conversation with any man. Hell, I could think circles around most of them. It didn’t take me long to become bitter about my lot in life. After that I plotted my escape to San Francisco. The gold rush was on and the California territory was a ‘free’ territory. Once I got there, I realized that the greatest profit would be made by those who sold goods and services to the fools searching for gold. I had only one asset and one skill, so I used my body to get the money to be able to set up a high class bordello which gained me even more money. I admit that I sank to the depths of depravity in every way except as a mother. It broke my heart to send my baby daughter, Independence away to live with my mother. As soon as possible after the war of rebellion, I sent Independence to an exclusive school in New Jersey and provided excellent guardians for her in my will. She will never know who her mother is, but she will also never know slavery or poverty. She is my reason for every action I take, and I offer a mother’s love in defense of those actions.

Cover Art for One Night's DesireTwo Chances to Win a Free Download of One Night’s Desire.

Leave a comment about this post, the representation of African Americans in historical romance fiction, or any topic you prefer.

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Leave a review of one of my currently available books at Amazon. Just check my author page for book details http://www.amazon.com/Rue-Allyn/e/B00AUBF3NI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1.

I’ll be collecting entries throughout the entire One Night’s Desire release tour (June 13 – July 29—find the schedule of appearances at http://rueallyn.com/4News.html). The winner will be announced July 31st on my blog http://rueallynauthorblog.com/.

If you’d like to know more about One Night’s Desire here’s the blurb followed by a link to an excerpt.

A WOMAN ON THE RUN: Rustlers, claim jumpers and fire, nothing will stop Kiera Alden from reuniting her family.  But an accusation of murder threatens her dreams and sets Marshall Evrett Quinn on her trail.  She may be able to escape prison bars and eventually prove her innocence, but she can’t escape Quinn’s love.

A LAWMAN IN HOT PURSUIT:  Marshall Evrett Quinn is relentless in pursuit of law-breakers, and pretty Kiera Alden is no exception.  Clever and courageous, she evades him until a chance encounter turns the tables.  Finally he has this elusive desperado under arrest, but success is bittersweet when she captures his heart.

EXCERPT LINK: http://rueallyn.com/2c2ONDexcerpt.html

One Night’s Desire and its sister book One Moment’s Pleasure are heavily discounted at Amazon for the entire month of July

BUY LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Nights-Desire-Crimson-Romance-ebook/dp/B00DL3ALFC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373029464&sr=1-1

ABOUT RUE: Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers about their favorite books and real life adventures.  Learn more about Rue and her books at http://RueAllyn.com

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History Lovers Grand Tour and Scavenger Hunt–Courting Rituals and Ghirardelli Chocolate

 First things first: HOW TO WIN ~ For a chance to win a Ghirardelli chocolate gift card read the post then answer the following question in the comments section. Everyone who comments will be entered into a drawing for the gift card. The winner will be announced here on July 29, 2013. Make sure you complete the entry form on the Grand Tour home page so you can move to the next post, just  click here or on the Grand Tour Logo at the right.

NOW ABOUT COURTINGCover Art for One Moment's Pleasure
Dating and courting rituals in the American west during 1870 varied greatly depending on the particular community involved. San Francisco, despite its wild growth during the gold rush years had developed a core of decent citizens with strong family units. Among those citizens courting was a formal, highly chaperoned process. Parents had a great deal of say in where their daughters went and who could escort them. Rides both in carriages and on horseback in the countryside were possible. Night time forays into the Barbary Coast were not.

Yet that’s what happens to Dutch and Edith of One Moment’s pleasure. Edith is a stranger to San Francisco and without friends or family in the city. Dutch, whose protective instincts are roused, tries to convince her that going out on her own at night is a bad idea, so he takes her on horseback to the worst sections of the Barbary Coast. Lucky for them both they are able to return home without being assaulted (although Dutch does have to rescue some kittens before Edith is convinced he’s right).

Between the settled communities in the mid-west and San Francisco lay vast tracts of ‘unsettled’ territory. The coming of the railroad would change all of that, but in 1870 the transcontinental railway was just beginning to exert its influence. A woman alone in the wilderness had to set her own courtship rules. In One Night’s Desire, Kiera Alden is the one who seduces upright preacher’s kid Marshal Evrett Quinn. She uses a small injury and a healing hot spring to get the job done. Of course, Ev was already half in love with her, or he never would have yielded to temptation. Good thing he did or their story might have ended very differently.Cover Art for One Night's Desire

SCAVENGER HUNT QUESTION:Which couple had a date in the Barbary Coast district of San Francisco and which couple courted in a hotspring?

If you’d like to know more about One Moment’s Pleasure ~ Wildfire Love # 1 and One Night’s Desire ~ Wildfire Love # 2 here are blurbs for each followed by excerpt links.

One Moment’s Pleasure Blurb:

One Moment’s Pleasure will become a lifetime’s passion when spinster, Edith Alden, embarks on a search for her missing sister. Pretending to be a rich bored woman looking for an interlude with an anonymous male Edith enters the San Francisco bordello where her sister was last seen. She escapes the bordello almost too easily, but she can’t escape the passion ignited by a stranger’s kiss.

Born and raised in the brothels of the California gold rush, Dutch Trahern worked for years to erase a childhood spent committing petty crimes and worse in order to survive. That past comes back to haunt him in the form of a woman he rescues from prostitution. Now his hard won respectability is threatened by an irresistible desire for a woman he shouldn’t want.

One Night’s Desire Blurb:

A WOMAN ON THE RUN: Rustlers, claim jumpers and fire, nothing will stop Kiera Alden from reuniting her family. But an accusation of murder threatens her dreams and sets Marshall Evrett Quinn on her trail. She may be able to escape prison bars and eventually prove her innocence, but she can’t escape Quinn’s love.

A LAWMAN IN HOT PURSUIT: Marshall Evrett Quinn is relentless in pursuit of law-breakers, and pretty Kiera Alden is no exception. Clever and courageous, she evades him until a chance encounter turns the tables. Finally he has this elusive desperado under arrest, but success is bittersweet when she captures his heart.

One Moment’s Pleasure EXCERPT LINK: http://rueallyn.com/2c1OMPexcerpt.html

One Night’s Desire EXCERPT LINK: http://rueallyn.com/2c2ONDexcerpt.html

One Night’s Desire and its sister book One Moment’s Pleasure are heavily discounted at Amazon for the entire month of July

One Moment’s Pleasure BUY LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Moments-Pleasure-Crimson-Romance-ebook/dp/B00BFCUTSA/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373044493&sr=1-4

One Night’s Desire BUY LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Nights-Desire-Crimson-Romance-ebook/dp/B00DL3ALFC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373029464&sr=1-1

ABOUT RUE: Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers about their favorite books and real life adventures. Learn more about Rue and her books at http://RueAllyn.com.

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I’m on the radio — sorta

Cover Art for One Moment's PleasureTonight the brave and gracious Kathy Wheeler is interviewing me on MFRW’s Blog Talk Radio Channel. She and I are firsts together at this so we could use your support. Kathy has the hard job of asking questions and getting me to talk about my books and the writing life. Please listen in tonight at 11p Eastern, 10p Central, 9p Mountain, or 8p Pacific. We’ll be using twitter hashtag #BRT as well. Here’s the BTR Link. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/marketingforromancewriters/2013/03/27/happily-ever-after-with-rue-allyn.

One Moment’s Pleasure will become a lifetime’s passion when spinster, Edith Alden, embarks on a search for her missing sister.  Pretending to be a rich bored woman looking for an interlude with an anonymous male Edith enters the San Francisco bordello where her sister was last seen. She escapes the bordello almost too easily, but she can’t escape the passion ignited by a stranger’s kiss.

 Born and raised in the brothels of the California gold rush, Dutch Trahern worked for years to erase a childhood spent committing petty crimes and worse in order to survive. That past comes back to haunt him in the form of a woman he rescues from prostitution. Now his hard won respectability is threatened by an irresistible desire for a woman he shouldn’t want.

And the Winner Is. . .

Book, cover, romance, Rue Allyn, Western, historical, novel, author, writer, 1870, San Francisco, chocolate, prize, gift card, vote, word-biteShadowLuvs2Read. In a hard fought race between word bites #1 and # 4, # 1 emerged the victor. From all the votes cast for that word bite, the contributor drawn was ShadowLuvs2Read. Shadow, I’ll be contacting you privately within the next twenty four hours to arrange delivery of your prize. For the rest of you, I have edited your comments to remove all visible e-mail addresses.

I want to thank everyone who participated and who commented. This was my first attempt at running this kind of drawing, and I think it worked out fairly well. I know learned a lot from all the votes and comments. Don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think about word bites and using them in a drawing.

If any of you wish to read these word bites in a little more context please follow this link to the excerpt for One Moment’s Pleasure found on my website.

I’ll be very busy over the next several weeks getting the word out about One Moment’s Pleasure. Please stop by often to learn what I’m up to, or visit the Heart Melting Romance website and check the calendar page.

Which First ~ Book or Chocolate?

 Book, cover, romance, Rue Allyn, Western, historical, novel, author, writer, 1870, San Francisco, chocolate, prize, gift card, vote, word-bite  I know, why not have both at the same time? Sadly some occasions force you to chose. Happily for you, this isn’t one of them. You can have both, but I choose to tell you about the chocolate first.

   You can win a $20.00 Ghirardelli Chocolate Gift Card. Why Ghirardelli and not some other maker of fine chocolates? My first western historical, One Moment’s Pleasure is set in San Francisco, 1870, and my hero, importer-exporter Dutch Trahern, has a fondness for chocolate. He fell in love with the dark, semi-bitter, sweet when one of his clients—a Mr. Ghirardelli—offered Dutch a sample. You’ll have to read the book to discover the small part that chocolate plays in bringing Dutch and his heroine, Edith Alden together. However, all you have to do to win the gift card is vote.

  Below is a list of four out-takes (I like to call them word-bites) from One Moment’s Pleasure. In your comment tell me by list number which word-bite is most likely to interest you in reading One Moment’s Pleasure. I’ll draw the winner’s name from the word-bite with the most votes. Tell me why you voted for a particular word-bite, and if you voted for the winning out-take, I’ll put your name into the hat twice. Sorry only one vote per person and you must leave your e-mail address to be included. I have to be able to contact you to send the gift card. Winners will be notified at my earliest opportunity and announced on this blog http://rueallynauthorblog.com/ by 9:00 AM EST Feb 15, 2013.

   Now a few words (more than a bite) about One Moment’s Pleasure ~ Wildfire Love # 1 available from Crimson Romance Publishing on March 18, 2013.Cover art for One Moment's Pleasure ~ Wildfire Love # 1, Book, cover, romance, Rue Allyn, Western, historical, novel, author, writer, 1870, San Francisco, chocolate, prize, gift card, vote, word-bite, romance

   One Moment’s Pleasure will become a lifetime’s passion when spinster, Edith Alden, embarks on a search for her missing sister. Pretending to be a rich bored woman looking for an interlude with an anonymous male Edith enters the San Francisco bordello where her sister was last seen. She escapes the bordello almost too easily, but she can’t escape the passion ignited by a stranger’s kiss.

  Born and raised in the brothels of the California gold rush, Dutch Trahern worked for years to erase a childhood spent committing petty crimes and worse in order to survive. That past comes back to haunt him in the form of a woman he rescues from prostitution. Now his hard won respectability is threatened by an irresistible desire for a woman he shouldn’t want. woman he rescues from prostitution. Now his hard won respectability is threatened by an irresistible desire for a woman he shouldn’t want.

   Want to know more about Dutch, Edith and One Moment’s Pleasure? Visit my website http://RueAllyn.com. Oh, you just want to vote for your favorite word-bite so you can win the chocolate? Sorry for the delay, here are your options:

  1. He saw it coming, and if he’d believed she’d follow through, he might have stopped her.
  2. She cradled one hand against her waist, using the other to fight a losing battle with the decolletage that slid lower with each step as she backed away.
  3. He couldn’t pull his eyes away. “For petesakes put your clothes back on.”
  4. For the third time in almost as many days, Dutch had a female at his feet. He stared at the woman sprawled before him. She was beautiful. Naked and beautiful and not moving. How had he gotten into this situation, and who would believe it if he told them?

To vote, remember:

  • In your comment identify by number the word-bite most likely to interest you in reading One Moment’s Pleasure.
  • Tell me why you’re voting for that word bite to increase your chances of winning
  • Leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win.
  • Example. “I vote for bite # __ , because. . . . You may contact me at .”
  • Only vote once.

Check http://RueAllyn.com for more on One Moment’s Pleasure and about other events where you can find me and chat or maybe win something else.

Cover Reveal & Great News

Take a look at this fabsolutely gorgeous cover for my first western historical romance, One Moment’s Pleasure ~ Wildfire Love # 1. I just got the cover today and I love it. It’s tasteful and conveys the gist of the story in one image. My thanks to the artist.

Cover art for One Moment's Pleasure ~ Wildfire Love # 1

In addition to getting the cover art for One Moment’s Pleasure, I also received an offer for the next two books in the Wildfire Love series ~ One Night’s Desire and One Day’s Loving. I’ll be announcing more on this series in the coming weeks, so check back often or sign up for my very occasional newsletter. Just send an e-mail to contact@rueallyn.com and put newsletter subscribe in the subject line. Then put the e-mail address where you want the newsletter sent in the body of the e-mail. The next issue is due out very soon, so sign up now. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of the cover. I pass all helpful comments (and only comments, no e-mail addresses or contact info) on to my publisher for future reference. Thanks for your support. Happy reading, Rue Allyn