Spotlight & Giveaway: Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress by Theresa Romain

Posted December 31st, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 61 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Theresa Romain to HJ! 

Hi Theresa and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress!

Two Truths and a Lie—Regency

Secrets of a Scandalous HeiressThank you for hosting me today in connection with the release of my newest historical romance, SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS. It features a wily heroine pretending to be someone else, a mixed-race hero hunting his cousin’s blackmailer, and—of course!—a happily-ever-after once Joss and Augusta begin to help each other and reveal their true selves.

I’m here to tell you a little about the Regency, the time period in which SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS is set. But in the spirit of a historical romance full of so many secrets and scandals, I’ll fudge the truth a bit.

Two of these statements about the Regency are true, and one is a lie. See if you can pick it out!

1. The Prince Regent was neither well-liked nor respected despite the amount of power he wielded. But the public adored his daughter Charlotte, the only legitimate grandchild of George III, and the whole nation grieved when she died in childbirth in 1817.

2. The betting book held at White’s, one of the most notable gentleman’s clubs in England, has appeared in many historical romances. But it’s actually a complete fiction invented by Georgette Heyer. No gambling or wagering has ever been permitted inside the walls of White’s.

3. The only way for couples to marry at the time and place of their choosing was to purchase a costly special license from the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Otherwise, a three-week waiting period was required for couples marrying by license or having banns called in their local church.


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About the book:

Title: Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress
Series: The Matchmaker Trilogy #3
Author: Theresa Romain
ISBN: 978-1-4022-8405-2
Pubdate: January 6th, 2015

One good proposition deserves another…

Heiress Augusta Meredith can’t help herself—she stirs up gossip wherever she goes. A stranger to Bath society, she pretends to be a charming young widow, until sardonic, darkly handsome Joss Everett arrives from London and uncovers her charade.

Augusta persuades Joss to keep her secret in exchange for a secret of his own. Weaving their way through the treacherous pitfalls of a polite world only too eager to expose and condemn them, they begin to see that being true to themselves is not so bad…as long as they’re true to each other…

Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.

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Meet the Author

TheresaRomainHistorical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.

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To celebrate the release of Theresa Romain’s latest title, Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress, we invite you to take part in her two truths and a lie prepub blitz! Tell two truths and one lie about yourself over Twitter and Facebook with the tag #ScandalousSecrets from December 29th to January 9th and challenge your friends and followers to see how well they know you!


61 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Secrets of a Scandalous Heiress by Theresa Romain”

  1. Nicole Ortiz

    Okay here is two truths and one lie.
    1.I know how to play the violin
    2.I love to cook.
    3.I have 2 tattoos

    • Theresa Romain

      Nicole, I’ll guess that #2 is the lie. But if it’s true, please tell me one of your favorite recipes, because “I love to cook” is definitely a lie for me!

  2. jdh2690

    I believe your Regency fact No. 2 is false (betting at White’s). And as to my two truths and a lie:
    1. My husband and I have six children, all of whom are “on their own” now.
    2. My fave reading genre is serial killer thrillers.
    3. I was a word processor of legal briefs and legal secretary for 35 years.

    Thanks for the interesting question! 🙂

    • jdh2690

      Betting was a notorious habit at White’s in their famous betting book. So the false Regency statement must therefore be No. 3. There were other ways for a couple to marry at a time and place of their choosing besides the special license.

    • Theresa Romain

      I’ll guess that #2 is the lie, only because I want to say your favorite genre to read is romance! Thanks for sharing two truths and a lie–did I guess right?

  3. Kate Sparks

    #3 is the lie.. betting book at White’s is famous.. I love reading, cooking and doing dishes..

  4. Theresa Romain

    Sara, thank you for hosting!

    Readers, Happy New Year to you all. I’m loving reading your guesses and your own “two truths and a lie” info. I don’t think I’m a very good guesser, but this is a great way to learn some cool stuff about people.

    I’ll share the answer to which of the Regency facts is a lie in the next comment. If you want to keep guessing, just avert your eyes from the spoiler!

  5. Theresa Romain


    Here’s the scoop on the Regency facts…

    1. Completely true. The Prince Regent was publicly unpopular, and his only legitimate child, Charlotte, was well-loved.

    2. A big, bold-faced lie. The betting book at White’s was very real, and it was full of wagers just as bizarre as those that appear in historical romances. You can read a history of White’s, including a section on the betting book, here:és

    3. I made this one confusing by the way I worded it. Sorry! It is true that a special license was the only means by which a couple could marry at the time and place of their choosing (as long as a clergyman performed the ceremony!).

    Other weddings, by common license or banns, had to take place in a church between the morning hours of 8-12, and they required a waiting period before the marriage ceremony.

    The waiting period on a common license seems sometimes to have been shorter than 3 weeks, and these rules don’t apply when the bride and groom were Quakers or Jews. Ack! So many exceptions. So I meant for this to be a true statement, but I should have worded it more simply to account for those exceptions. Such is the untidiness of history and the clarity of hindsight. 🙂

  6. Tammy Y

    Number 2 is the lie

    1. I do not have my ears pierced
    2. I would never get a tattoo
    3. My goal is to be a published writer

  7. carol L

    Happy New Year.
    1.I have 7 grown children all on their own
    2. I love cooking
    3.I play piano & guitar
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  8. Diane Sallans

    1. I was a Girl Scout
    2. the last overseas trip I took was to Italy
    3. I have a Maine Coon Cat

    • Theresa Romain

      Debra, I have to guess that #1 is a lie, because most people hate liverwurst–so why would you think of it unless you like it? I…might be overthinking this guessing game. 🙂

    • Theresa Romain

      Cathy, if you have two children and two dogs and still find time to play the piano, you are a wonder of time management. I salute you. But since one of these is false…maybe it’s the statement about having 2 dogs? Do you have one, or three?

  9. BookLady

    In the above post #2 is the lie.

    1. I love chocolate.
    2. My favorite color is purple.
    3. I play the violin.

    Thanks for the great giveaway. Happy New Year!

  10. doveknoll

    My two truths and a lie are:
    1) I’m superstitious
    2) I love to garden
    3) I hate cooking

    I was going to pick #2 as a lie because I knew the betting book was real. Lol.

    • Theresa Romain

      Doveknoll, you are quite correct. 🙂

      Loving to garden and loving to cook often seem to go together–so I’m guessing either #2 or 3 is a lie. I’ll take a guess that it’s number 3?

  11. marcyshuler

    #2 has to be the lie. I know #3 is true and I believe the Prince Regent wasn’t well liked. I’m really looking forward to reading this book, Theresa!

    I wish I had some scandalous secrets to share, but I’m pretty much what you see is what you get. LOL

    • Theresa Romain

      Thanks, Marcy! Yep, you’re right–#2 is the lie.

      I agree; I don’t have any scandalous secrets either! But “scandalous secrets” sounds more romance-y than “random facts,” which I warned my publisher is what I’d be able to come up with. 🙂

  12. ndluebke

    Ok, 2 truths and 1 lie
    1. I almost died from carbon monoxide 30 years ago.
    2. I won 1st place in a small talent contest.
    3. 1 am a medso soprano and was the lead soprano in our church choir.

  13. Sue G.

    I’d say #2 is the lie.

    As for my two truths and one lie:

    1. I love to do laundry
    2. I love to cook
    3. I love to work in the yard

  14. Tracey Parker

    2nd is a lie.
    For the other contest:
    1-I moved in with my husband after 3 months of dating.
    2-I gave birth to our first child before we got married.
    3-Out children are 5 years apart.

  15. Gretchen H

    I’m going to guess that #2 is the lie; I think there really was a betting book at Whites.

  16. Anita H

    I’m going to guess #2 is the lie!

    I play the piano
    I’ve met the Queen of England
    I love to cook

  17. laurieg72

    #2 is the lie

    2 truths and a lie

    I love to swim and take walk with my husband.
    I love to shop.
    I read every chance I get.

  18. Jessica Alcazar

    I’m seriously conflicted, because I am 99.9% positive that of the 3 statements about the Regency, there are TWO that are false, George III had 2 grandchildren named Charlotte … one did die at childbirth, but that was not the year and the other did die that year, but she was not a newborn AND White’s is not only a gambling gentleman’s club then, but it still is LOL.
    I will admit I had to do a little research when I read the first one because something felt off about the statement but I didn’t know why because the White’s statement is definitely false! ANd that was my one statement. Drove me nuts because I’m weird like that so I had to dig LOL
    Now as for my statements:
    1. I am happily married
    2. We have one beautiful daughter
    3. I own my own Company
    not exactly juicy secrets …. sorry, the Regency thing thru me off my game LOL

  19. Alexis N

    2 is the lie, 1 and 3 are truth.

    Now your turn:
    1.I love to shop
    2. I will automatically gravitate toward what is out of budget
    3. I love keeping my house looking good.

  20. taswmom

    I would have been right! Ok, here’s my three.
    1. I have 6 grown children.
    2. My favorite hobbies are reading and crocheting.
    3. I love shopping.

  21. Judy Goodnight

    I didn’t look at spoilers, but I’m fairly certain that #2 is the falsehood. Looking forward to reading your new book!

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