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Monday, August 30, 2010

Guest Post: Author Zoe Archer - Blades of the Rose & a CONTEST!!

I have been dying to talk up this series since I first got to read the ARC's several months ago. Warrior is the first book in author Zoe Archer's new Blades of the Rose series and I'll be reviewing it here tomorrow - but for today I'll let Zoe give you an introduction as to what to expect from this fantastic new series.......

Take it away Zoe.........
Who: The Blades of the Rose

What: A band of adventurers, scientists and explorers who follow the four points of the compass to find and protect the world’s magic.

Warrior (The Blades of the Rose)Where: All over the world! From the wind-swept steppes of Mongolia, to the gleaming islands in the Aegean Sea, to the rugged Canadian Rockies, and a few more surprising locations.

Why: I’m an admitted fan of historical romance, but I’ve also enjoyed the freedom and diversity available in paranormal romance. After reading many, many books about spying dukes and bluestocking debutantes, I wanted to read something really different, something that combined the richness of a historical romance with the range and potential of paranormal romance. So, the BLADES OF THE ROSE were born.
Romance readers are a diverse group, and I decided to bring that diversity to a historical setting. This means that not only do I have English heroes and heroines, I have a Canadian Indian hero, an American journalist heroine, and a black British hero—who happens to be a scientific genius. I loved writing each and every one of my heroes and heroines, not just for their diversity, but because they were fun and, above all, intelligent.
It’s a safe bet to say that many romance readers have come across heroines with more sass than smarts. Often, the heroine has to be bailed out by the hero, or it’s mostly luck that gets her to safety. I have one word for those heroines: oy.
When it came time to write the Blades books, right from the beginning I vowed to make my heroines just as smart and just as capable as the heroes. They can save themselves, and even, on occasion, lend the hero a hand. Of course, the heroes get their moments to shine, as well, and shine they do. But I made sure that the relationships were about equality as well as attraction. There’s nothing sexier than a man who wants a woman for her brains and her beauty (exactly how my husband feels about me!).
And, yes, these are historical romances spanning the years 1874-75, but they aren’t confined to England. There’s a great big world out there, and it’s exciting and romantic! Why should contemporary and paranormal romance get all the fun of exotic locations? Just imagine that iconic image from adventure films, where we a little icon of a plane or ship moving across the map. That’s exactly the feeling of the Blades books. You know when the plane lands or the ship docks, something really fun is about to happen.

So, to recap, what are you going to find in every Blades of the Rose story?

Scoundrel (The Blades of the Rose)-Adventure
-Exotic historical settings
-Diabolical steampunk inventions
-Sexy men in tall boots
-Heroines who kick ass
-Red hot romance

I can’t wait to share the adventure with you!

Thanks Zoe!

Stranger (The Blades of the Rose)The Blades of the Rose 

Warrior - September 2010

Scoundrel - October 2010

Rebel - November 2010

Stranger - December 2010
The Undying Heart - Now Available in Half Past Dead  
Pre-order Scoundrel (The Blades of the Rose) Available Oct. 1st! Ahhh...Bennett *sigh*
*Visit Zoe at her website: Zoe Archer
*Follow Zoe on Twitter: (where she will torture you with her baked confections and find out that she really likes boots!) @Zoe_Archer

CONTEST TIME!! Leave a comment below and your entered to win a copy of Warrior by Zoe Archer!

*Contest ends Sunday 9/5/10 (crap - is it September already??) at 11:59pm EST

International entries OK!

*Extra entries:

+1 if you follow my blog
+1 if you follow me on twitter (@teamsheltie)
+1 if you blog/ lin on sidebar or Tweet about this contest!

Leave a comment below and be entered to win a signed copy of WARRIOR!


  1. Please enter me if this is International. Thank you!

    1 if you follow my blog
    +1 if you follow me on twitter (@Misha_1989)
    +1 if you blog/ lin on sidebar or Tweet about this contest!


  2. I love the cover for the WARRIOR. It reminds me of the ones for "Jesse" in Romancing the Stone. :-D

    I'm a follower of the blog and twitter (thebigferret) - +2


  3. Nice, looks like a great book that seems to combine all the genres that I love.

    +1 follower of the blog
    +1 follower on Twitter (@GeckyBoz)

  4. count me in if this is international.

    +1 i'm a follower of this blog


  5. Ooh, I've wanted this one! It looks really cool! :)

    +1 for following the blog

    +1 for following on twitter

  6. Oh, and dreaminginbooks(AT)gmail(DOT)com. Silly me. Hehe. Sorry. :)

  7. YES! YES! It is international....oops forgot to put that.

  8. Awesome contest! Count me in!
    +1 I follow your blog!
    +1 Twitter Follower - @AGreatBook


  9. sexy men in tall boots? count me in!

    meaghan_koci (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  11. I have not yet read any of these books, but I have wanted to, so count me in.

    icewoman96 at gmail dot com

  12. ::cheerleading pose:: Let's go Blades of the Rose! I've been waiting for this one for ever it feels like!

    +1 twitter follower (PRationality)
    +1 new blog follower


    PS: I love the cover to Rebel, I really really do!

  13. Happy Birthday Zoe!!!
    Congrats on the up coming releases!
    This does sound like a great series! Would love to give them a go!
    +1) I follow on twitter
    +1) I follow this blog
    +1) Twetted contest here

  14. The book sounds great! Thanks for a chance to win.


  15. I've been eagerly waiting for the Blades of the Rose series books to come out and now they're finally starting to be released, yeah! I'm really looking forward to reading this series - high adventure, historical romance, exotic locales and steampunk - what's not to love?

    I'm a GFC follower

  16. sounds awesome great contest I love Zoe's Work!

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    +1 if you follow me on twitter (@teamsheltie) :@bainesgoddess

  17. I enjoyed the post and the book sounds great!!

    +1 follower

  18. Ooh this sounds awesome :)
    +1 blog follower

  19. This book sounds really interesting. I would love to win a copy.

    +1 blog follower
    +1 Twitter follower
    +1 tweeted! :D

  20. This series sounds fantastic with all the diversity that was mentioned, sounds like it will have the best of all my favorite types of books .. it's going on the wish list.
    Thanks for giving a chance at the first book.. fingers are crossed..
    +1 follow your blog
    +1 follow on twitter @iokijo
    +1 retweeted [will try to remember to tweet more]

  21. Can't wait to read the review tomorrow!

  22. Thanks for the great contest. I have Warrior on my wishlist, it sounds awesome!

    +1 follower

  23. Great contest I would love to read this book.

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    +1 follower on twitter (@forceofstars)
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  24. please enter me in this giveaway ..i would be very happy if i win this ..i followed youhis blog on this blog and tweeted this giveaway

  25. I've heard great great things about this! Must add to the TBR pile

    +1 follow the blog
    +1 follow on Twitter (@MinnChica)

  26. Nice to meet Zoe. I like the look of this book - from the cover to your review, it sounds like my sort of read.

    Added to my comp/giveaway page, I don't tweet but have also put you on my FaceBook page.

  27. I've gotta say I'm not much for Historical Romance, but this sounds SO Good, I'll have to make an exception (besides it's paranormal).
    I'm going to have to read it, and of course, the fact it has kick-ass heroines helps a lot.
    Love the covers, by the way!

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  28. Apart from the sexy men in tall boots sounds good to me.

    +1 GFC Follower


  29. I have to say that the covers are made of awesome sauce! :) I also like the sound of sexy men in tall boots ... can't go wrong there.

    I'm a blog and Twitter follower :)

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  30. Please enter me in your contest.

  31. if you follow my blog-lora1967

  32. I am a follower on twitter

  33. Thanks for hosting!
    +1 - GFC follower
    +1 - sidebar -

  34. This book looks really good. Please enter me in the contest.
    +1 GFC follower
    +1 twitter follower @mbreakfield
    +1 tweeted

  35. Sounds like a great read!

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    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  36. This looks like a good book! :)

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  37. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Please count me in!

    +1 if you follow my blog
    +1 if you follow me on twitter (@teamsheltie)
    +1 if you blog/ lin on sidebar or Tweet about this contest!

  38. I kept seeing this series mentioned on the net this last week but somehow due to the title I never would have imagined them to look like they do, what an interesting surprise to have these covers match these titles! It certainly sounds unconventional, and I'm all the more intrigued! WOuld love to discover your series Zoe, what a wonderful thing for us readers that one of your books comes out every month :-D

    +1 follow your bolg
    +1 follow you on Twitter (@Stella_ExLibris)
    +1 tweeted here:

    Thank you again Karen for making me discover a previously unknown author to me! :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com