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Sherry Thomas, Ravishing the Heiress and an ARC Giveaway!
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Help me in welcoming talented, multi-award winning author Sherry Thomas! I got so used to seeing her accept the RITA every year at RWA, I’ll be discombobulated she isn’t there this year. Sherry is one of the most unique women I know, and certainly is one of the most talented. Here’s her blog post to you all.

My July release, RAVISHING THE HEIRESS, has porn in it.
by Sherry Thomas

And I am not talking about people snickering at romance as porn. There is bona fide erotica, i.e., literature intended to arouse sexual desire.

It came about like this. When I conceived of the Fitzhugh trilogy, my agent advised me to make it tightly knit. And to do that, she felt it was best to make sure the story of the third and final couple is threaded throughout the trilogy, starting from the first book. So in BEGUILING THE BEAUTY, book 1 of the trilogy, I establish that Helena and Hastings, the hero and heroine of book 3, have a love-hate relationship, in that he loves her—though she doesn’t know it—and she kind of hates him, for having always been an ass to her.

So in RAVISHING THE HEIRESS, book 2, Helena and Hastings run into each other. They trade their usual insults. As much as I enjoyed watching them needle each other, however, I felt the scene needed some momentum and some revelation.

And the following happened. (Helena owns a small publishing firm, by the way.)

“I’m looking for a publisher,” he said abruptly.

She had to yank herself out of the memory of their midnight kiss. “I didn’t know you were literate.”

He tsked. “My dear Miss Fitzhugh, were Byron to come back to life today, he’d take a club to his good foot, out of jealousy of my brilliance.”

She had a horrible thought. “Please don’t tell me you write verse.”

“Good gracious, no. I’m a novelist.”

She breathed a sigh of relief. “I do not publish fiction.”

He was undeterred. “Then consider it a memoir.”

“I fail to see what you have done in your life that is worth setting down in print.”

“Did I not mention that it is an erotic novel—or an erotic memoir, as it may be?”

And it isn’t just any kind of erotica, but a bondage story–a total coincidence, as this manuscript was completed long before I’d ever heard of 50 Shades of You Know What.

To wit, this is the opening of THE BRIDE OF LARKSPEAR, Hastings’s grand oeuvre,

I shall begin with a description of my bed, for one must make the setting of a book clear from the first line. It is a bed with a pedigree. Kings have slept on it, noblemen have gone to their deaths, and brides beyond count have learned, at last, why their mothers ask them to “Think of England.”

The bedstead is of oak, heavy, stout, almost indestructible. Pillars rise from the four corners to support a frame on which hang heavy curtains in winter. But it is not winter; the heavy beddings remain in their cedar chests. Upon the feather mattresses are spread only sheets of French linen, as decadent as Baudelaire’s verses.

But fine French linen is not so difficult to come by these days. And beds with pedigrees are still only furniture. What distinguishes this bed is the woman attached to it—her wrists tied behind her to one of the excessively sturdy bedposts.

And this being a work of Eros, she is, of course, naked.

My bride does not look at me. She is determined, as ever, to shunt me to the periphery of her existence, even on this, our wedding night.

I touch her. Her skin is as cool as marble, the flesh beneath firm and young. I turn her face to look into her eyes, haughty eyes that have scorned me for as long as I remember.

“Why are my hands tied?” she murmurs. “Are you afraid of them?”

“Of course,” I reply, “A man who stalks a lioness should ever be wary.”

The restraints actually symbolize the bonds of marriage, as Hastings, in real life, is concerned that he and Helena might be pushed into a hasty marriage of convenience if she is found out to be overstepping the boundaries of acceptable conduct with another man, one she loves but cannot have. Hastings fears that Helena would hate being married to him, and the erotica is his way of dealing with that fear.

I don’t know about you, but I am totally tickled that TEMPTNG THE BRIDE, my October release, has a porn writer as my hero. I’m not sure whether he is completely unique in that sense among romance heroes, but he has to be unusual. ?

There will be more excerpts in that book, but only excerpts. So I’ve decided that if other deadlines and life allow, I will self-publish THE BRIDE OF LARKSPEAR in its entirety as an e-novella sometime in September. In the meanwhile, I have an ARC of TEMPTNG THE BRIDE for a commenter. If you’ve read another porn writer hero, by all means, let me know. ?


Millicent understands the terms of her arranged marriage all too well. She gets to be a Countess by marrying an impoverished Earl. And in return, the Earl Fitzhugh receives the benefit of her vast wealth, saving his family from bankruptcy. Because of her youth, they have agreed to wait eight years before consummating the marriage—and then, only to beget an heir. After which, they will lead separate lives.

It is a most sensible arrangement. Except for one little thing. Somehow Millie has fallen head over heels in love with her husband. Her husband, who has become her very best friend, but nothing more… Her husband, who plans to reunite with his childhood sweetheart, the beautiful and newly widowed Isabelle, as soon as he has honored the pact with his wife…

As the hour they truly become husband-and-wife draws near, both Millie and Fitzhugh must face the truth in their hearts. Has their pact bred only a great friendship—or has it, without either of them quite noticing, given rise to a great love?


His name was George Edward Arthur Granville Fitzhugh—the family name and the title were the same. But apparently those who knew him well called him Fitz.

Fitz, her lips and teeth played with the syllable. Fitz.

At dinner, the earl let Colonel Clements and Mrs. Graves carry the majority of the conversation. Was he shy? Did he still obey the tenet that children should be seen and not heard? Or was he using the opportunity to assess his possible future in-laws—and his possible future wife?

Except he didn’t appear to be studying her. Not that he could do so easily: a three-tier, seven-branch silver epergne, sprouting orchids, lilies, and tulips from every appendage, blocked the direct line of sight between them.

Through petals and stalks, she could make out his occasional smiles—each of which made her ears hot—directed at Mrs. Graves to his left. But he looked more often in her father’s direction.

Her grandfather and her uncle had built the Graves fortune. Her father had been young enough, when the family coffer began to fill, to be sent to Harrow. He’d acquired the expected accent, but his natural temperament was too lackluster to quite emanate the gloss of sophistication his family had hoped for.

There he sat at the head of the table, neither a ruthless risk taker like his late father, nor a charismatic, calculating entrepreneur like his late brother, but a bureaucrat, a caretaker of the riches and assets thrust upon him. Hardly the most exciting of men.

Yet he commanded the earl’s attention this night.

Behind him on the wall hung a large mirror in an ornate frame, which faithfully reflected the company at table. Millie sometimes looked into the mirror and pretended that she was an outside observer documenting the intimate particulars of a private meal. But tonight she had yet to give the mirror a glance, since the earl sat at the opposite end of the table, next to her mother.

She found him in the mirror. Their eyes met.

He had not been looking at her father. Via the mirror, he’d been looking at her.

Mrs. Graves had been forthcoming on the mysteries of marriage—she did not want Millie ambushed by the facts of life. The not-so-pretty reality of what happened between a man and a woman behind closed doors usually had Millie regard members of the opposite sex with wariness. But his attention caused only fireworks inside her—detonations of thrill, blasts of full-fledged happiness.

If they were married, and if they were alone…
She flushed.

But she already knew: She would not mind it.

Not with him.

Sherry has generously agreed to give away a brand new ARC of her upcoming release, Tempting the Bride, to one lucky commenter here on her post! And if you haven’t yet entered the Huge Because You Are Mine contest, with prizes like a Kindle Fire and Nook, make sure you do here!

36 comments to “Sherry Thomas, Ravishing the Heiress and an ARC Giveaway!”

  1. Dani
      · July 24th, 2012 at 7:07 am · Link

    Love your books Sherry, I have this book in my TBR pile.

    Please do not enter me in this drawing.

  2. Pam B
      · July 24th, 2012 at 8:19 am · Link


    I love this series and I am looking forward to this book. Helena and Hastings’ story will be so fun to read – love to read lost memory stories.

    Thanks for the chance.


  3. Camila
      · July 24th, 2012 at 9:41 am · Link

    Hi, Sherry.

    I love, love, love BEGUILING THE BEAUTY and RAVISHING THE HEIRESS! They’ve become my two most revisited novels that I bought this year. And that is why I cannot wait to read TEMPTING THE BRIDE.

    You must have heard the clamorings for more from those who are as in love with the Fitzhughs as I am, for you’ve decided to write not one but two novellas. Thank you!

  4. jessica
      · July 24th, 2012 at 9:42 am · Link

    I am really enjoying this series and look forward to the chance to read Tempting the Bride!

  5. Marquita Valentine
      · July 24th, 2012 at 9:43 am · Link

    I would love to have this book, because Sherry is the one of the very few authors I willingly allow to rip out my heart, stomp on it and then say please ma’am, I’d like some more. 😉

    I loved RtH btw. I couldn’t stop crying. Cannot wait to TtB. 😀

  6. May
      · July 24th, 2012 at 9:46 am · Link

    Love this series! 🙂

    Nope, I don’t think I have read anything about a porn writer hero before. I like him in the first book and it’s definitely a surprise that he writes porn. 🙂

  7. Lisap
      · July 24th, 2012 at 10:03 am · Link

    I have been enjoying the peeks at Helena and Hastings in the first two books in the series, and I have my suspicions about Hastings as an author in general but I’m sure all will be revealed when their story comes out.

    It has been wonderful to read a series where the three couples have been so naturally worked in to each storyline–I feel like I know them all very well and am so looking forward to TtB. And the bonus (porn) story and short story of Isabelle. 🙂

  8. Lisa H
      · July 24th, 2012 at 10:07 am · Link

    Sherry has been recommended to me so many times. I have not caved yet. Her books always have beautiful covers, terrific titles. And now, a giveaway too. Oh brother. I think I am doomed to fall in love with her books. haha

  9. Amar
      · July 24th, 2012 at 10:23 am · Link

    I fell in love with ST’s work after reading the unique and intense story of ‘the Leo Marsdens’ in Not Quite A Husband…I just fell in love with how in love the H/h were with each other! I loved that the story was taken out of the ballroom and into the wilds of the British Raj (such a unique setting!)
    I just cannot say enough about Beguiling the Beauty and Ravishing the Heiress either…I love how you respect your characters’ relationships…they are intelligent & sophisticated & mature & that sort of writing really appeals to me!
    Keep on writing the good stuff…can’t wait for Hastings and Helena’s book!!

  10. Amelia
      · July 24th, 2012 at 10:39 am · Link

    I do enjoy a good historical!! If I win it will be a good opportunity to try your books.

  11. Kim
      · July 24th, 2012 at 10:51 am · Link

    I’ve been enjoying this series and look forward to reading Tempting the Bride.

    You did such an incredible job of stomping on Millie’s heart and then healing it. Ravishing the Heiress is a great book. Now, what do you have in store for poor Helena – more heartache? Or in this case, will it be poor Hastings?

  12. Na S.
      · July 24th, 2012 at 11:02 am · Link

    Such a unique hero! I haven’t read any books by Sherry Thomas yet though I’m hearing her books are emotional which is my kind of read.

  13. CrystalGB
      · July 24th, 2012 at 1:27 pm · Link

    Sherry’s books sound great. I love the covers. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Erika Rojas Camacho
      · July 24th, 2012 at 1:29 pm · Link

    Hi Sherry:

    Greetings from Ecuador, I love your books, Delicious it was probably one of the most beatiful romance I read. I am expecting the new ones (Looks amazing!!) what are not published yet in Spanish. Answering your question I read once about a lady who draws for erotic books, it was a novel from Sharon Page

  15. Danielle West
      · July 24th, 2012 at 1:32 pm · Link

    I read Not Quite a Husband and loved it so much! Would love to read another by you!

  16. Tracy
      · July 24th, 2012 at 1:35 pm · Link

    \o/!!!! I’m your biggest fan, but not in a Kathy Bates sort of way, just in a simple ‘I really love your books and recommend them to all I know’, kinda way. Yeah…that kind. 😉 😉

  17. Carole Underwood
      · July 24th, 2012 at 1:44 pm · Link

    I want it, I want it! I am a huge fan, own all your books, and everyone at RWA this year should be thanking you for not publishing last year so that someone else could win this year. Can’t wait to read the last in this trilogy. How did you like this new format?

    My top three favorites are Not Quite a Husband, His at Night, and Ravishing the Heiress (in any order :). Your books are so moving that they are sometimes painful to read and that much more satisfying when the conflict is resolved. Can’t say enough good things – and can’t wait to hear more about what you are doing next. Please don’t make us wait another year between books! (It was worth it, though.)

  18. Natasha
      · July 24th, 2012 at 1:57 pm · Link

    I got an ARC once when I worked at Borders of her first books, and I have followed this author everywhere. I am very picky about what I read, and I normally do not like books that take place out of my ‘simple’ romance of London, and virgins. Sherry has changed my mind on many things. Her first book was simply wonderful, new and fresh. I normally hate duel books but it was done simply and one plot did not draw out the other. You fell in love with them twice over. Her females are not the overly perfect ones who are victims of some horrid stalkers, but real women and their flaws make the books for me.

    She took us to India in one book and I almost did not read it for I I like to stay in London and ‘simple’ in my reading. Yet this has become one of my favorite books, for she was able to bring out more then the setting but the world in which they were from. She did not reply on the setting to make the plot, but the emotions of the couple.

    Every single one of her books surprises me, and I eagerly wait this new one. Thank you for re-making classic romance, and for taking such fresh ideas and making them readable rather then laughable.

    . . . . And for making the word shag fun again. (Austin Powers killed it for me, and you saved it!)

  19. Wilma Frana
      · July 24th, 2012 at 2:26 pm · Link

    I would love to win this book. It sounds like what I like to read.

  20. Tory
      · July 24th, 2012 at 2:27 pm · Link

    Excerpt looks good!

  21. Amira
      · July 24th, 2012 at 2:48 pm · Link

    Love your book!

  22. Maria pronounced Mariah
      · July 24th, 2012 at 2:57 pm · Link

    I haven’t read anything by Sherry before but the excert was terrific! Certainly sounds like books I would love!

  23. Jane
      · July 24th, 2012 at 3:36 pm · Link

    I love Sherry’s books. My fave is “His At Night.” Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  24. Dani
      · July 24th, 2012 at 5:03 pm · Link

    I must admit the scene in Ravishing where the “porn” excerpt started was a top 5 scene for me. 🙂 Very flirty! Private Arrangemeents and His at Night are permanent keepers for me.

    It wasn’t “porn” but Julia Quinn had a hero awhile back (I’m terrible with names) that was the writer of uber-cheesy romances featuring a TSTL heroine that everyone in the book makes fun of…it was awesome. The scene where he’s reading an excerpt of it to a crowd and they all get into it is also a top 5 for me.

  25. Sherry Thomas
      · July 24th, 2012 at 5:07 pm · Link

    Hi everyone,

    Thank you for the lovely, lovely comments. What an embarrassment of riches. I almost suspect myself of practicing sock puppetry. 🙂

    Wish I could send everyone an ARC. I did ship a few (8 to be exact) to RWA, so if you are there, look for them in the goody room.

    And Helena and Hastings will both have some heartaches, but Tempting is not as angst-heavy as Ravishing. I think of the trilogy as a three course meal, with Beguiling as the appetizer, Ravishing as the main course, and Tempting as the dessert. So it will be a breezier book–but just about everything would be in Ravishing’s wake, wouldn’t it? 🙂

  26. Limecello
      · July 24th, 2012 at 6:36 pm · Link

    I loved this post, Sherry! And no, I can’t say that I recall ever having read a novel where the hero writes porn. I’ve read romances where the heroines write erotica, or erotic romances, but not the flip side.
    I also loved the conversation the hero and heroine had – and it’s one of my favorite book premises, where the hero loves the heroine but… she kinda hates him. It means he has to work harder and grovel more. (I might have a tiny sadistic side. 😉 )

    Congratulations on the upcoming release!

  27. Jessica
      · July 24th, 2012 at 8:05 pm · Link

    As of late Sherry Thomas’ books are the only ones I buy automatically. Her rich use of dialogue and plot are really one of a kind. She truly is a genius at making you feel the characters emotions. I adore her books.

  28. Amy
      · July 24th, 2012 at 9:04 pm · Link

    I’m really looking forward to Tempting the Bride!

  29. elaing8
      · July 24th, 2012 at 9:43 pm · Link

    Enjoyed the excerpt.Thanks for sharing.

  30. Diane
      · July 24th, 2012 at 9:43 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your new release!!! I don’t read many historical books.

  31. Stacy
      · July 24th, 2012 at 10:42 pm · Link

    After reading this excerpt I am going to have to add this to my to-read list for sure. 😉

  32. Fedora
      · July 25th, 2012 at 12:22 am · Link

    LOL! OK, Sherry, that’s a new hero profession for me! Thanks for the peek! And fingers crossed!

  33. Khudija
      · July 25th, 2012 at 12:37 am · Link

    Awesome books 🙂 🙂 🙂

  34. Lori
      · July 26th, 2012 at 4:07 pm · Link

    Finished the first two in the trilogy–cannot wait to read Helena’s story!

  35. rosalina rusli
      · July 26th, 2012 at 10:26 pm · Link

    love the excerpt, would love to win this book…

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      · March 11th, 2014 at 7:53 am · Link

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