Please welcome author Tammy Falkner to the blog today. Tammy is half of the Lydia Dare team, and has co-written ten books, including the Westfield Wolves series and the Gentlemen Vampyre series. A Lady and her Magic is her first solo venture. Please give a warm welcome to Tammy.
Top 10 Tips for Successful Courtship of a Fae Lady by the Duke of Robinsworth
When I was asked to make a “top ten” list for this blog, I mulled it over and couldn’t come up with anything profound. But the Duke of Robinsworth, the hero of A Lady and Her Magic, had some suggestions. He had a difficult time catching a faerie of his own, and wanted to share his tips and tricks for success. So, I decided to let him have his way. Those dukes do have a sense of entitlement, after all!
1) Have a terrible reputation and a cloud of suspicion hanging over one’s head. Mission faeries are benevolent by nature, and tend to overlook words like “murder” when they’re on a mission.
2) Recruit badly behaved small children or animals to encourage empathy. Mission faeries are unable to resist a child in distress, even if the distress is of her own making because she’s stomping her feet and turning red in the face because she doesn’t get what she wants.
3) Leave all doors unlocked, especially when playing musical instruments. Faeries are drawn to music, and can’t resist a melancholy tune.
4) Encourage your gardener to create a whimsical landscape close to the manor. Faeries like water features. And they love windchimes.
5) Stock up on clothing, because you may need a commodity for trading.
6) Stay sharp at card playing. You never know when you’ll have to wager against a fish to win your way to the land of the fae.
7) Mist and sparks mean the fae could be present. Smoke and fire mean there’s smoke and a fire. Know the difference.
8) If you see one of them use magic, ignore it. It usually means you had too much to drink that night. Next time, drink less.
9) Never ask where they’re from, no matter how many hints they drop. They may even leave those hints lying about like end tables, ready for you to bump your shin on, but you still shouldn’t ask about it.
10) Never, ever make a promise to a garden gnome. They are sneakier than the average human. And they bite. Hard.
Tammy Falkner lives on a farm in a lovely, sprawling little town in rural NC with her beekeeper husband and a house full of boys, a few dogs, and a cat or two (or five – who has time to count?). As half of the Lydia Dare team, she has co-written ten books, including the Westfield Wolves series and the Gentlemen Vampyre series. A huge fan of Regency England, she often wonders what other kinds of magical, mythical and strange creatures might live and interact within the ton. Exploring the theory that the fae can walk between Regency England and their own land, Tammy spends as much time as possible with the lords and ladies of society, horse-drawn carriages, and elegant balls. Now add to that some faeries, a little murder, a bit of mayhem, and a troublesome garden gnome, and you have her exciting new series. She hopes you enjoys her world as much as she does.
Sourcebooks Casablanca are kindly giving away ONE copy of A Lady and her Magic to ONE lucky winner. For entry into the giveaway, please leave a comment for Tammy, then fill out the form below. This giveaway is open to US/Canada only and ends 3rd Oct 2012
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