Blog Tour / Giveaway: How To Marry A Duke

Title: How To Marry A Duke
Author: Vicky Dreiling
Published: January 1, 2011 by Forever
ISBN-10:  0446565377 | ISBN-13: 9780446565370
Pages:  396 pgs, Mass Market Paperback

Reason for reading: Participating in Blog Tour/Giveaway courtesy of Hatchette Book Group.

Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary--nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...

Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife--she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.

Note from Isalys:
Hey guys,
So I read this book in time for the tour, but I haven't had a chance to actually pen my review we're going to host the blog tour with a "Review To Follow" note!

In the meantime, I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed this story!  Vicky took a very modern concept and adapted it nicely to Regency England.  Although the novel isn't perfect, I loved that Vicky gave us a range of funny moments, sweet moments, heartbreaking and heartwarming favorite part of all, the surprising, sweet and delightfully romantic ending :) 

RATING: 4 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ / of 5
HEAT LEVEL: 3 - Sensual

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By Vicky Dreiling

All writers have different journeys. Some paths are long. Others are relatively short. Regardless, determination plays a big part in success. Sometimes luck and timing are involved as well. That’s true of almost any endeavor we undertake. But the publishing business is highly competitive, and after all the hard work of writing a novel, there are no guarantees that a writer will ever sell a book.  

Several years prior to selling HOW TO MARRY A DUKE, I had written one other historical romance. That first manuscript did exceptionally well in writing contests. At an editor’s request, I did massive revisions without promise of contract. Ultimately, the book wasn’t strong enough for publication. By then, I was a single mom and needed a job. I returned to university to complete my degree and started a new career in marketing. About the time I felt ready to write again, I started traveling 70% of the time for business in the US and Europe. I saw some of the greatest monuments in the world, but I suffered from constant jet lag. Writing took a back seat for a while.

Eventually, I negotiated with my manager to cut out most of the travel, but I had trouble coming up with a story idea. Then one night while watching TV, I happened upon a show featuring a hunky bachelor and twenty-five beautiful women all vying to win his heart. The crazy alliances and cat fights tickled me. When the show ended, an idea popped into my head: The bachelor in Regency England (minus the hot tub and camera crew). When my heart started beating madly, I knew I had to write this book.

Even though my first book didn’t sell, I didn’t dwell on the daunting odds as I wrote and completed HOW TO MARRY A DUKE.  Because I knew several authors who were published, I believed that it was possible with a great deal of hard work to sell a book. I didn’t let fear of failure keep me from sending out queries, entering contests, and pitching my book in-person at conferences.  It’s natural to feel a certain amount of trepidation, but I always asked myself what was the worst thing that could happen. I concluded that if I didn’t submit my work, I most certainly would fail.  As far as I was concerned, I really had nothing to lose.  

The most difficult part of my journey occurred after I obtained representation from my fabulous agent.  Up to that point, my journey with HOW TO MARRY A DUKE had been relatively easy. I’d gotten a lot of requests from agents, and three offered representation.  However, selling a manuscript in a poor economic climate proved challenging. I had more than one close call, and my frustration mounted. 

Then one afternoon, I learned that two publishers had made offers on my book. That night I went to bed knowing I would sell my book the next day. Imagine trying to sleep after that news! At noon central time, I made my first sale in a three-book deal to Grand Central for their Forever imprint.


January 19 - January 26
{3 Copies available}

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  1. Hello Ladies!!
    Happy Humpback day!! I hope you are making a dent with your TBR lists1 I am!! I filled out the form and would love to win this book! Have a great day!! ;D

    --Andrew G

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  3. I'd love to win this one! It sounds like a fantastic read. Filling out the form in a minute. :)

  4. Thanks for a great giveaway! These characters sound like a lot of fun, which makes for a fabulous romance read! I submitted my entry form : )

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  5. I filled out the form, would love to read the book.

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  10. I can't wait to read this book. It looks so good. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. I filled out the form.

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  12. Thanks for hosting -- I put my entry in! =)

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  14. I've filled out the form. Thanks for the giveway - I'm looking forward to reading How to Marry a Duke.

  15. The cover is really beautiful! I need to start reading more Regencies... I'll have to put that on my resolutions list for this year:)

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  16. I've filled in the form. This looks like a fun read!

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  21. I filled out the form so I'm all set to win! Can't wait to read this book. Have a great one!!

  22. I like reading books and novels..this book seem quiet interesting..i really gonna have one copy of it..and tell my view about the story..How to marry Duke..finding the one with whom you can live your entire life..i am going to fill the form now..go and get your copy also


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