A Perfect Secret by Donna Hatch – The Regency Tour (and Giveaway!)

July 11, 2014

A themed book tour through Prism Book Tours.
We’re launching THE REGENCY TOUR for
A Perfect Secret
by Donna Hatch

TOUR SCHEDULE:

6/30

Launch

7/1

Cherry Mischievous

Kelly P’s Blog

I Am A Reader

7/2

A Thousand Words A Million Books

Bookworm Lisa

The Wonderings Of One Person

7/3

Getting Your Read On

Mel’s Shelves

7/4

Angels With Attitude Book Reviews

The Written Adventure

7/6

My Love for Reading Keeps Growing

The Wonderings of One

Deal Sharing Aunt

7/7

I Love to Read and Review Books 🙂

Southern Chelle

7/8

The Bookish Fairy

Wishful Endings

7/9

Katie’s Clean Book Collection

Mommynificent

Pieces of Whimsy

7/10

My Devotional Thoughts

Platypire Reviews

7/11

Book-Marks the Spot

Letters from Annie Douglass Lima

7/13 – Grand Finale

A Perfect Secret

(Rogue Hearts #3)

by Donna Hatch

Adult Historical Romance

Paperback, 348 Pages

December 14 2013

Desperate to protect her father from trial and death, Genevieve breaks off her engagement with Christian Amesbury and marries a blackmailer. After a year of marriage, she flees her husband’s violent domination only to have fate bring her back to Christian. Just when she thinks she’s started a new life of safety and solitude, her husband tracks her down, stalks her, and threatens everyone she loves.

Still brokenhearted over Genevieve’s betrayal a year ago, Christian can’t believe she’s come back into his life–and worse, that she’s done it on the anniversary of his brother’s death, a death that haunts him. Though tempted to throw her back into the river where he found her, he can’t leave her at the mercy of the terrifying man she married.
When her husband torments Genevieve and puts his family in danger, Christian will do anything to protect those he loves…anything except give Genevieve another chance to break his heart.

 

More About A Perfect Secret and Its Author, Donna Hatch
What is your motivation behind this book? Why did you want to write it?
I wrote this book pretty much for the same reason I write anything–because I get a story idea that haunts me and I finally start writing it. So, yeah, I basically succumb to the voices in my head. It’s an inevitable ending. You do know that writers are basically schizophrenic, right? Most of us are non-violent though. We prefer to torture fictional characters, not real people. Of course, sometimes fictional characters seem more real, and certainly more interesting that real people. But I digress.
A Perfect Secret, in particular, began partly because my editor encouraged me to write a story about each brother in the family so it could be a familial series which typically sell better than single title or books with only a second book. Originally, there were two brothers in the Amesbury family, but she suggested I should have at least three books in the series. It was her idea that the Bow Street Runner in the first book, The Stranger She Married, could be a brother, hence Grant was born. I am writing his story now. He’s not a true Runner, just someone who helps them from time to time. Christian, the hero of A Perfect Secret, appeared of his own accord during a revision of The Stranger She Married. I knew right off that he needed his own book, too. I had the idea for A Perfect Secret years ago about someone trying to leave her abusive husband (no, this is not based on my marriage 🙂 and her husband chasing her down and stalking her. The plot solidified a bit more when I saw the movie Sleeping with the Enemy, but with a number of obvious differences. The first draft of the story had the heroine in love with someone else, whom her husband kills, and the hero was “just a friend” with whom she ended up falling in love. But this version worked better.
What do you hope readers take with them when they read your book?
I hope they will believe that love is real and it can help us find the courage to do what we believe is right. I also hope they will question what they think they know about people and let go of prejudice, and even help them forgive those who have hurt them.
Do you have a favorite scene?
I have several favorite scenes. The opening scene ranks up near the top because it’s so emotional. And I really love the scene where the heroine first starts to believe that maybe she can trust the hero. I also love the scenes with Christian’s sister Rachel because she’s so outspoken and they have such fun sibling banter. Sooo, a favorite? Actually, taken out of context, the other scenes probably wouldn’t have much of an impact for a reader. So I’ll share the first paragraph of the opening scene. This chapter takes place when the hero is a child. But I promise, the rest of the book is when he is an adult.
Six-year-old Christian Amesbury stood in the churchyard, trying not to crush the flowers heíd brought to put in front of the family crypt where theyíd laid his brother to rest, the brother he loved, the brother he killed.

Alone in every way, he stood, shaking, as his last taunting words to Jason echoed in his head. Christian had wanted to prove he was brave and strong. Instead, his brother, best friend and advocate, was dead.

His throat tightened and tears blurred his vision. I’m sorry, Jason,he whispered. I’m so sorry. I miss you.He knelt and placed his offering of wildflowers in front of the crypt.

A drop of rain landed on his cheek and mingled with his tears. He stood unmoving, embracing the desolation. He had no one to blame but himself.
Share something about you that is unique – maybe about how/where you write… or favorite snack foods?
I have trained myself to write on the fly. That may be when it’s slow at work, while dinner is simmering, or in the waiting room of a doctor’s or dentist’s office, or during soccer practice, or whenever I think I may have at least 15 minutes to write. If I’m really struggling with a scene or with edits and I find myself trying to put it off, I line up bite-sized chocolates, like Dove or something equally indulgent, on my desk in front of the computer screen. I eat one and start to work. When I get stuck on something, or just when I feel like it, I eat another one. It helps. I’ve discovered chocolate is the solution to many of the world’s woes. If politicians would begin negotiations with chocolate, everyone would be on better behavior.


About Donna Hatch

My passion for writing began at the tender age of 8 and Iíve been hooked ever since. Of course, I also wanted to be an actress and a ballerina, but one out of three isnít bad, right?
In between caring for six children, (7 counting my husband), my day job, my free lance editing and copy writing, and my many volunteer positions, I manage to carve out time to indulge in my writing obsession. After all, it IS an obsession. My family is more patient and supportive than I deserve.

Tour-Wide Giveaway

Grand Prize: $20 Amazon gift card and an ebook (INT) or print copy (US Only) of A Perfect Secret OR The Stranger She Married (winner’s choice)

5 ebooks of A Perfect Secret

– Open Internationally

– Ends July 20th

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My Take:
I really like reading regency books – the time period of lords and ladies and the active monarchy- where horses and carriages and corsets, bustles, and duels were common place. The problem that I have found is a lot of the time I picked up a book and it ended up a little bit too risqué for me. I want to get lost in a book and truly love the book from beginning to end. I’ve slowly gotten back into the habit of reading for fun (and pleasure) lately since graduating from grad. school. When I saw this book tour, I jumped at the chance… I’ve been reading too many “modern” books lately :). I had to move my tour date with Tressa of Prism Book Tours, because I started a J.O.B. (read – I HATE IT…) and I haven’t been up to reading with my crazy new schedule.
I was sucked into the story from the first page. The way Christian’s brother dies in the beginning of the story to the description of Christian and Genevieve’s romance in Bath. It was so descriptive and believable you cry for Christian time and time again (or at least I did). I thought that the way that Christian and Genevieve come back into one another’s lives is unique. I haven’t read many stories with that plot twist exactly. I fell totally in love with the whole Amesbury family so I will definitely be reading about the other brothers in the family. I think that some history or insight into Genevieve’s husband would have made the story a little bit better. We see some history, but not enough for me to understand why he is the way he is… (Don’t get  me wrong! I LOVED this book. I think that a little more insight would have been helpful.) I read this book on it’s own so I wasn’t familiar with the family, so they are intriguing enough on their own for me to want to read about them just by the introduction in this book. It would be nice to read more about Rachel and the steeplechaser also. If you’ve read the book – Would you want to see that as well? Who is she getting over? Books about families and trilogies or series are my favorite. I love getting involved and invested in an entire family instead of reading a single book and being finished. Am I the only one who thinks that way?
This was an excellent example of regency books without the risqué that is included in a lot of them. It was a quicker read a couple of days, reading an hour or so a day. The story will capture your heart and you will fall in love with Christian and Genevieve and the Amesbury family just like I did. My only problems with the story were those I previously mentioned. There may have been one  typo if you care about that sort of thing, but other than that this is a MUST READ REGENCY BOOK!

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