Spotlight & Giveaway: The Tempting of Thomas Carrick by Stephanie Laurens

Posted February 28th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 64 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens to HJ! 


#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to Scotland with a tale of two lovers irrevocably linked by destiny.

The Tempting of Thomas CarrickThomas Carrick is driven to control all aspects of his life. The wealthy owner of Carrick Enterprises, located in bustling Glasgow, he is one of that city’s most eligible bachelors and intends to select a wife from the many young ladies paraded before him. He wants to take that next step along his self-determined path, yet no one captures his eye, nor his attention…not the way Lucilla Cynster did.
Thomas has avoided his clan’s estate because it borders Lucilla’s home, but disturbing reports from his clansmen force him to return. His uncle, the laird, is ailing, a family is desperately ill, and the healer is unconscious and dying. Duty leaves Thomas no choice but to seek help from the last woman he wants to face.
Strong-willed and passionate, Lucilla has been waiting for Thomas to return and claim his place by her side. She knows he is her fated lover, husband, protector, and mate just as she is his one true love. Though his return wasn’t on her account, Lucilla is willing to seize whatever chance Fate hands her.
Thomas can never forget Lucilla, or the connection that seethes between them, but to marry her would mean embracing a life he does not want.
Lucilla sees that Thomas has yet to accept the inevitability of their union. But how can he ignore a bond such as theirs—one so much stronger than reason? Lucilla is as determined as only a Cynster can be to fight for the future she knows can be theirs. And while she cannot command him, she has powerful enticements she’s willing to wield in the tempting of Thomas Carrick.
A neo-Gothic tale of passionate romance laced with mystery, set in the uplands of southwestern Scotland

Where did you draw inspiration from to write THE TEMPTING OF THOMAS CARRICK?

If by inspiration you mean what external factor sparked or led to the creation of the story…that would be my readers and their enjoyment of my previous works and their wish for and expectation of more. My readers wanted this bookanother Cynster novel and Lucilla’s story—so I wrote it. No further external stimulus was necessary.

How do you typically celebrate your release day?

I usually forget, too busy writing whatever book I’m then buried in. If I do remember, my husband and I might go out to dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants.

What would you say was the biggest obstacle in writing your first book? How did you overcome it?

The actual writing was no obstacle at all; I just sat down and told the story. The hard bit was figuring out what to do with it after I’d written it. I bumbled around trying to figure out where to send it, and then my mother, who was a great romance reader, put me on the right track.


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Meet the Author:

Stephanie LaurensNew York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens originally began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career; she has been writing historical romance novels for more than 20 years. Currently living outside Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two cats, she spends most of her days writing new stories in her signature ‘Errol Flynn meets Jane Austen” style. Visit her online at


64 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Tempting of Thomas Carrick by Stephanie Laurens”

  1. Sandy X

    I love this series! I’m so excited for this book and Marcus’s book next. I wonder who is the next Cynster that will be written. I’m beyond happy that Stephanie continue the series

  2. Penney Wilfort

    This sounds really good thanks for the review I’m looking forward to reading it

  3. Irma

    I’m like a spunge when it comes to Stephanies books, so yes, I’d love to read this one too.

  4. Deiatra (Dee) Foster

    Love the Cynster’s & can’t wait to read this one! Will be a great read for my 7 hour road trip tonight!

  5. conniefischer

    I’ve been reading some very good things about this novel and would love to be your winner so I can enjoy reading it. Thanks so much for your generosity!

  6. Suzanne

    I love the Cynster series and I have read them all. Now I enjoy seeing the children’s stories. It will bcc e fun to see Scandal’s daughter marry. I think the Men refer to Catriona as Richard’s witch? I already have the book on my TBR pile.

  7. carol L

    I love the Cynster series. Now the children of the original Cynsters. It’s like catching up with family whenever a new book comes out. Thanks so much for this giveaway opportunity.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  8. mskind81

    Oh I am so happy for this book. I have read ALL of Stephanie Laurens books, I bought the ebook of this on Release day, need to finish ARCs first then I’ll read it. I would be so so happy to win a print copy! I have some other paperbacks of Stephanie’s, so to add to it would be great!

  9. Joye

    I have read almost all of Stephanie’s books. This one sounds as good as the ones I read. I have it on my TBR list.

  10. isisthe12th

    The Tempting of Thomas Carrick sounds like a great story. I would like to read this book. Thank you

  11. laurieg72l

    I want to know more about their (Thomas and Lucilla ) past. Why Thomas is avoiding his attraction to Lucilla. Also, why he is estranged from his family, his home and his clan. How does she know they are destined to be together? Does he know it too?

    I haven’t read your books. I’m quite intrigued!

  12. Patricia WIssore

    I’m slowly making my way through the last of the Cynsters in the series and can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

  13. Morgan Van Lier

    I love the Cynster series, it`s one of my favorites! I can`t wait to read this one too! 🙂

  14. Glenda S. Hefty

    I love this series and all of her books. I will be reading this whether I win it or not.

  15. nicholskathy

    I came across one the Ms. Laurens “Cynster series” books & I loved it! I want so much to read the whole series but my stupid library system only has a few books which really sucks. I’d love to read this one since the one I did read was “By Winters Light” and Lucilla meet’s Thomas while at a crofters cottage to deliver a baby. It’s when they meet that Lucilla realizes that Thomas is her “true mate” & knows that they will be wed. Thx so much for this great giveaway!!!

  16. Anita H.

    This series is fabulous! I love the Cynsters, can’t wait to read this newest one in the series!

  17. Daniel M

    Lucilla sees that Thomas has yet to accept the inevitability of their union – she sounds deluded

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