Monday, March 14, 2016

Tour Kick Off: A Gentleman's Surrender by @mariel_grey #giveaway

Historical Romance
Date Published: January 1, 2016

Call her a romantic—or a fool, Lady Monique Cathdon is determined to marry for love. After watching her parents tolerate an arranged betrothal, life seems too short to be wasted on keeping up appearances.

After all, what’s the point of having a heart if one refuses to follow it?

With a smile the devil himself might be proud of, James Stanton is not what her mother would call “a matrimonial prospect”. Still, there’s something about the young man that sends Lady Monique’s heart thumping around her chest, and silences her voice of reason.

Unfortunately for Lady Monique, the stakes are high, and young ladies of the ton make for very poor gamblers. Especially when James Stanton is on the hunt for revenge, and won’t let an innocent woman—or his own passionate desires—get in the way of righting past wrongs.

#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?

Yes, I’ve wanted to write books ever since I was small.  I hope that in a few years I can transition from my current job into full time author. 

#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Other than finding the time to write, it depends on how the story is shaping up in my own mind. On occasion, it’s difficult to connect with my characters on a deep enough level to experience what they would be feeling. At other times, it may be a situation is not unfolding in the way I envisioned and is therefore not working as well in the story as I anticipated.

#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?

Actually, no one in my family has helped me with respect to my writing, though they did have a profound impact in my learning to love books. There is no one person I could point to since I have benefitted from many. I’ve been fortunate to attend workshops by Debra Dixon, Deborah Smith, Anna DeStefano, Sharon Sala, and some other great authors. I also read a lot of craft books, so I’ve been influenced by a multitude of people. 

#4 – What is next for your writing?

I’ll be working on contemporary romances set in Central Florida. I have one finished, but it still needs work before it is ready for publication.

#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?

Yes, but between a full time job, home, family and writing, I don’t have as much time to read as I used to. I just finished The Choice by Nicolas Sparks, and before that, Anything for You, by Kristan Higgins.  As I mentioned before, I also read a lot of craft books on writing.

DESCRIBE Your Book in 1 Tweet:

Clean, historical romance to sweep you back in time, with twists to surprise, and a little off color humor to amuse    

This or That?

Comment: I’m a Gemini, so sometimes it just depends on the day!

#1 - iPd or Mp3?   iPod

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla?  Chocolate

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Both (depends on the day)

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Both (depends on my mood)

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Danielle Steel

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Fantasy

#7 – Call or Text? Both (depends on who and when)

#8 – Public School or Home School?  Public

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate?  Both

#10 – eBook or Paperback?  Paperback

From the moment she could put pen to paper, Mariel Grey knew she wanted to be a writer. Like all good adventures however, it didn’t happen overnight; it was after several decades of working in litigation that the desire to create dramatic worlds and characters became too great to ignore. Her first foray into historical romance, Surrender of Trust, explored the grime and glamour of regency horse racing, following the determined but impoverished Lucy Goodwin and upright Lord Chalifour. Her second novel, A Gentleman’s Surrender, released January 1, 2016 introduces the innocent Lady Monique and tortured Mr. Stanton, both struggling to find love in a world filled with deceit.
Though entirely at home in the ballrooms and street alleys of London past, Mariel Grey’s is currently working on  a contemporary story set in Florida, a landscape dear to the author’s heart. When she isn’t conjuring words on her computer screen, Grey can be found on the water fishing, snorkeling, and enjoying the incredible natural beauty of her home.
Mariel has a wonderful husband (the hero of her own romantic story) as well as a mischievous cat (who seems happy to play the role of villain). In addition to being a dutiful wife and animal wrangler, Mariel is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Ancient City Romance Authors chapter.

Contact Information

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March 15 - Pure Jonel
March 17 - Texas Book Nook
March 18 - The Butterfly Reads 
March 20 - The Indie Express
March 21 - Steamy Side
March 24 - Inner Goddess
March 25 - RABT Reviews - Wrap Up 


  1. What intrigues me the most is the historical aspect of this book! I love to go back in time!

    1. Hi Janet,
      I’m sorry, apparently my reply to you never posted. Thank you for checking in. I try really hard to incorporate real historical elements and even obscure factually accurate details into my historical works. I do sometimes get knocked on my characters being a little modern, but I have to try and balance the characters between truly historical, which might be more difficult for us to relate to, plus, we didn’t live then and really can’t be sure of their actual mindset. We do have correspondence, but we don’t know if that is how they actually spoke, or if was more formal, etc. Anyway, thank you so much for considering the story. Feel free to reach out with any thoughts.

  2. I am excited to read this book to see where their relationship leads!

    1. Hi Natalie,

      Thanks for your comment. I hope you will enjoy. Please feel free to reach out with any comments or thoughts. I appreciate your consideration.

  3. I am intrigued by the interesting story line. This book sounds like quite an engaging, lovely read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

  4. I'm glad you like it. I fell in love with it to. Melody Simmons is my cover designer and I love her work.

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  6. I'm thinking this would make a great present for a friend that loves historical books

  7. You probably already know this, but if not, there is a difference between historical fictional and historical romance fiction. I only point it out so you can make sure this, or whatever book you choose, is really a genre your friend likes. I’d honestly rather you both be happy with your choice. Either way, I genuinely appreciate your considering my work (-:

  8. The cover it looks beautiful.

    1. Thank you. The credit goes to Melody Simmons.

  9. The title itself seems very intriguing!

  10. Thank you for saying so. I know it sounds strange, but deciding on a title can be really difficult. For me, they percolate in my head all during the writing process, so I am thinking about it for months and still struggle with choosing a name when it comes time to decide.

  11. The cover of the book seams to be very interesting.

    1. I'm glad you liked it. It was created by Melody Simmons for this story.

  12. I am intrigued by the time period. Historical books are always so interesting.

    1. Me too. It takes such a long time to do the research though. I'm taking a break from historicals for a moment and writing a contemporary.

  13. I'm intrigued to know what the revenge entails, that would trump love and all pretty Ladies

  14. Hi Sue,

    You know I can't spill the beans! (-: