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Pre-Order Giveaway for a Devil of a Duke
March 28th, 2018

The winners are Cathleen, Jane S and Mary K. I will be contacting them today. If any giveaway is not claimed, we will “draw” again. Thanks, everyone! The comments were interesting.



A Devil of a Duke is coming April 24! I’m so excited that I decided to do a giveaway now so the party can start early.

There will be three giveaways. Two are fused glass pendants made by artisan Terri Malone. They come with seed bead necklaces, but they can be moved onto another cord or chain. The other is a pair of goldtone earrings by Argento Vivo– sterling silver with gold overlay. Three winners will be chosen at random, each one to receive one of the gifts.

The giveaway will remain open until April 20 at 11:59 EST. Winners will be contacted by email and will have four days to respond. After four days any unclaimed giveaway will be reassigned to another entrant. This offer is void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 or older to enter. It is open to international readers!

In order to enter, post a comment below in response to this question:

In A Devil of a Duke, Amanda finds herself breaking the law in order to save someone she loves. Do you think she was right to do this or do you think she should have refused or found another way?

106 Responses to “Pre-Order Giveaway for a Devil of a Duke”

  1. Florine Kreeb says:

    When love is involved I’d do whatever I had to do to protect someone I loved. It’s a hard decision to make but so worth it.

  2. cathleen s says:

    Amanda had a difficult decision to make but protecting your loved ones is a priority. She made the right choice.

  3. Anne Wright says:

    I think many of us will do what needs to be done to protect a loved one. Especially if Amanda could see no other way, and the situation was dire, breaking the law was most likely justifiable.

  4. I think she should have found some other way. If you break the law, then have to go to jail. What did you gain by breaking the law. You both end up locked up. Doesn’t make sense to me.

  5. Sue says:

    Love creates a different truth for us that can make the law a mere necessity that can, in our hearts and minds at least, become pliable in certain situations.

  6. Elizabeth Karen Mink says:

    Alls fair in and war. 😉😄💖

  7. bn100 says:

    found another way

  8. Aparna Devershetty says:

    When involved with regards to someone you love, I would say Amanda did the right thing by breaking the law, however, stupid it might be.

  9. Love makes us all do things that we wouldn’t do otherwise–it’s never wrong to love, though.

  10. Anita H. says:

    As much as Amanda should be commended for fighting for a loved one, breaking the law is crossing the line and she should have found a different way.

  11. Linda Wasko says:

    i think you have to do what you can live with…especially when your options are limited

  12. Mary Preston says:

    It really does depend upon what laws she may have to break.

  13. Diane McMahon says:

    I think it depends on the crime that was committed. She could try to hire a good lawyer to defend her loved one.

  14. Diana Tidlund says:

    There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for love so I can understand her doing what she did ! so she did the right thing . Unless it’s murder then it’s only ok in self defense lol

  15. She did the right thing to help someone she loves….

  16. Diana L Ames says:

    Had I been in her shoes, I would have done the exact same thing. And I agree that it probably wasn’t the right thing to do. But the Heart makes one do things we ordinarily wouldn’t do. That’s why it is called LOVE.

  17. Meghan says:

    It would probably depend on the situation. I’d go pretty far to save the life of a loved one and if the law I had to break didn’t really hurt anyone it would be worth the risk.

  18. Jacqueline Rose says:

    As I am going to be 72 on April 17th, I have learned throughout life that love does conquer all. I had that for forty years and would do anything to have it again even if only for a day!

  19. Ellen says:

    As long as it was not something absolutely horrible to do, then breaking a minor law to save a loved one is the right choice.

  20. Patricia Stentz says:

    In historical France, a crime of passion was often overlooked: breaking the law for LOVE was natural. Yes, as long as Amanda thought she had no other way to save him, she made the right choice if she could justify it in her own mind. Now murder–that is
    difficult to live with and might come back to haunt her in another novel!

  21. Shea Balentine says:

    There’s usually almost another way without completely breaking the law… even if it’s in a gray area… so I think another way should have been seeked out.

  22. Maryellen Webber says:

    Amanda had to make a choice for love, right or wrong you do what you have to for the one you love.

  23. Robin Brock says:

    When someone you love needs your help, you ALWAYS step up to do what you can…no matter what you have to do (short of murder, maybe 😊).

  24. Leigh-Ayn Absolom says:

    Sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees in highly stressful situations. At the time she probably made the only choice she could think of. Hindsight is always 20/20.

  25. Lori H says:

    It really depends on the situation but I’d do just about anything to save the ones I love 😊

  26. Myrna Roman says:

    For my loved ones I would do anything !

  27. Meagan W says:

    You do what you have to to protect those you love.

  28. Tashia Jennings says:

    When it comes to love, one will do anything and everything for the one they love. Even taken actions that goes against thier character and beliefs.

  29. Sophia Collins says:

    When it comes to someone you love, you will travel to the ends of the earth to save them regardless of the law.

  30. Lisa R says:

    That’s a tough one. Laws are in place for a reason, but protecting those you love is important. If Amanda had exhausted every other option, and they were very limited for women of that era, I can understand she’d feel she had no choice. Not sure how’d I’d react in the same situation.

  31. alisha woods says:

    I think do the right way, and if that doesn’t work you do what you can to save loved ones

  32. Yes, I think Amanda did the right thing for love! I’ve looked my entire life and have not found it…but I know it exists ….the feeling that awakens the soul!

  33. Carol K says:

    I think she should have found another way. Thanks for the contest.

  34. i think you would have done something to help she might have had limited help from the police in that time error

  35. Nichol Walsh says:

    That is a tough one. I feel if you have exhausted all other possibilities, you do what you have to to protect the person you love.

  36. Regina Clouse says:

    Doing something wrong for a good reason doesn’t make it right. However, there are exceptions to this rule when it is someone you love and family. There may be consequences but most people are willing to accept them for a loved one.

  37. Chrystal Younger says:

    She should have found another way, breaking the law is breaking the law!

  38. Cheryl C. says:

    As long as no one else is hurt, I think I could break a small law in order to protect someone I loved. Even if I had to face the consequences, I wouldn’t regret helping a loved one.

  39. Alene says:

    I probably would do what I have to do, to save a loved one, even if it was breaking the law

  40. Anne Hardy says:

    My answer would depend on the severity of the law to be broken and whether there is truly no other choice.

  41. Barbara Johnson says:

    The rightness of her actions depends on the particular situation. There would have to be a very compelling reason to break the law. And she would have to be willing to pay the penalty if caught.

  42. Cynthia Anderson says:

    I think that if she really loves him she really needs to find away to help
    the Duke with out breaking the law.

  43. Matta Carroll says:

    If it would help the Duke, breaking the law would depend on what the punishment would be if she were to be caught.

  44. Susan Wilkinson says:

    You do what you can if you feel it’s the only way.

  45. Darlene Holley says:

    I think that it depends on what laws are being broken.

  46. Linda Holbrook says:

    It rather depends upon the situation, as well as what the illegal act was. However, any law breaking should be the absolute last resort, no matter what.

  47. Jane Sprando says:

    I think she should have tried to find another way if possible. If the result is that BOTH of them are incarcerated, then don’t break the law.

  48. Joy Isley says:

    I think she should have found another way to help. She should not have broken the law.

  49. Valerie-June M. says:

    LOVE IS FOREVER—–I think she did the right thing.

  50. Priscilla says:

    There can be no question in protecting someone you love even if it means breaking the law

  51. Lynn Rettig says:

    y Without knowing the backstory, I really can’t judge one way or another, but I would assume that she would have thoroughly thought through her actions, and chosen the only one that was possible for the situation.

  52. denise says:

    Sometimes, one must do whatever is necessary to protect a loved one.

  53. Linda says:

    She only had one choice really, when it gets right down to it you only have yourself to rely on. You always have a loved ones back.

  54. Patricia says:

    I can’t make a snap judgement without knowing the circumstances. I would only break the law as a last resort, only if all other possibilities had been exhausted, and only for someone whom I loved very deeply.

  55. Etta Wagner says:

    I have always been a law-abiding citizen and have a real dislike for scofflaws or people who act as though the laws apply to others but not to them. Despite this I know deep in my heart that if my loved one needed protecting I would break whatever law stood in the way no matter what.

  56. Laurie Gommermann says:

    I would need to know more details about how she is going to break the law. I would do a lot to save a loved one. I doubt I would break the law.

  57. Joyce Finch says:

    In life we must do what we have to do to save or protect our loved ones. I think she was right.

  58. Karin H says:

    I would have tried to find another way.

  59. Janet Gaston says:

    There is no doubt in my mind that I would do whatever necessary to take care of a loved one. So this said I believe it was justifiable to do what she need to do even if a few laws must be broken in the doing of the deed!

  60. Christina Anderson says:

    She should have found another way. Rules and laws are in place to protect; use them correctly, and you can find alternatives that benefit rather than harm.

  61. Teresa DeBolt says:

    I imagine she tried to think of every way to save him without breaking the law before making her choice. Things were not the same back then as they are now. She did what she felt she had to do. It’s a personal choice as to whether the risk is worth it. I probably would have made the same choice.

  62. Dee Woods says:

    I think she was right. She had to break the law in order to help someone she cared about.

  63. Susan says:

    If the legal system was fair and equitable for all, if the judiciary, police and the legal profession were all just, and fair for all, then I would try other routes. Obviously, since none of those criteria are presen currently or were present 200 years ago (and 1200 and 2200 yrs ago, ad finum), then there are circumstances that may possibly impel me to try another route.

  64. LadyWesley says:

    I’ll have to read the book to decide.

  65. JeanMP says:

    I think she did the right thing, as long as her conscious is clear and no one is hurt.

  66. Amy Conley says:

    If I had to break the law to save someone I love, I’d do it in a heartbeat! Granted, I would also try to get out of the “breaking the law” by going to the police to explain what I did and why. But as for saving someone I love, I’d do almost anything.

  67. Theresa Hurley says:

    Obviously since she loves him she won’t say no as she could lose him. Maybe she doesn’t have enough time to try to think of another way out. She loves him and when you love someone that’s all that matters. You do anything for that person-right or wrong.

  68. Courtney says:

    Laws change and sometimes don’t make sense, or go against what we know to be right. Love is eternal. I would break the law!

  69. Anita Miller says:

    Most of us would do anything for a loved one.

  70. Linda Rusco says:

    She definitely should step inSometimes you have to find away around the law as long as you are not harming someone else

  71. Nola Surmanek says:

    Sometimes you have to do what you have to do. I think she was right to do what she did

  72. Mary K. says:

    This presents a conundrum that’s difficult for which to find a “correct”answer — probably because a “correct” answer doesn’t exist.

    For a dearly loved one, I believe every possible option must be explored, and, perhaps, examining every option includes one that breaks the law. Only an individual can make that personal decision.

    The delicate fulcrum upon which I would make a decision to break the law would be minutely examining whether the law-breaking involved would irreparably harm another. If the broken law has minimal repercussions and the harm isn’t physical, I believe I would do it to save my loved one. My eyes would need to be wide open, though, for I must be ready to accept the consequences of my decision.

    What can I accept more readily: the threat to my loved one or to myself? I do believe that love would win.

  73. Deb Pelletier says:

    If I could read the story I may be able to too decide. I would try to find a better way so I won’t have to go to jail. But maybe her decision was the only way to help her loved one.

  74. Kathy Holt says:

    You have to do what you have to do.

  75. Charlene Fraley says:

    It is amazing what you do for love, good bad, or otherwise.

  76. Sandy X says:

    My conscious wants to do the right thing by finding a different way but my heart would want me to do anything to help my love ones.

  77. Veronica B says:

    For whatever reason or circumstances, when you break a law, are you willing to accept the consequences?

  78. Cherie J says:

    My conscious would want me to respect the law as I have been raised but my heart would be in conflict with my morals. I would try to find another way if possible to avoid feeling the guilt and regret later. Sometimes, though, laws can be unjust and if another way cannot be found you really have no other choice.

  79. Jill DuBose says:

    Life has often proven to me that things are not “black or white” but nuanced. One has to make decisions with as much information as you can ,but a motivation of love can help you to the right choice. I so enjoy your books as you provide intriguing characters who are complex and make human choices. Thank you for sharing your gift.

  80. Pat S. says:

    There’s always another way but it’s not always the quickest or easiest way. Breaking the law is fast, efficient and direct. Breaking the law isn’t the problem getting caught is! So go for it just don’t get caught.

  81. Karen F says:

    When it comes to love, we don’t always think our clearest. I would hope that Amanda looked at all her options before acting. As long as the law she broke did not hurt other people, I can understand how she may have chosen that route. When it comes to me, I am passionate and truly stand up to injustice and fight for the people I cherish and love. I am not afraid to cross lines if it will save them and not harm innocents.

  82. Trina J says:

    It depends on the law broken, but in all honesty if this is done to protect the ones you love, I can understand why and would possibly do the same if the situation threatens those I love.

  83. Linda Herold says:

    if she did if for a loved one, she made the right choice!!!

  84. Barbara says:

    I think she should have found another way as it’s never good to break the law and suffer the consequences.

  85. Missy C says:

    It depends on the situation. I really wouldn’t want to break a law but for a loved one anything is possible.

  86. Linda Ferretti says:

    Whatever it takes for love.

  87. Nancy O'Brien says:

    I think Amanda should have found another way

  88. The answer has to be in the person’s heart and when saving the someone that you love there are no bounds that you will stop at. She needed to save him because she was his

  89. Tiffany Hook says:

    There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my loved ones so I can understand her doing what she did ! so she did the right thing . Unless it’s murder then it’s only ok in self defense!

  90. Heather R. says:

    I think she was right to bend the law in that situation.

  91. Rita S says:

    Problems can be solved in many ways. Breaking the law seems like a poor choice option.

  92. BookLady says:

    Amanda made the right choice in following her heart.

  93. Billie Marshall says:

    No, I think that Amanda should have looked for another way rather than break the law.

  94. Judy Johnsen says:

    Probably she did right to protect her loved ones

  95. Caryl Kane says:

    Amanda should have found another way to protect her loved one.

  96. Jennifer Artiles says:

    When a loved one is in danger, people often do stupid, or even illegal, things. Those types of situations are not so cut-and-dried, but I know I would be tempted to do the same if it meant saving one of my family.

  97. I would always regret that I had the chance to help someone I love, but lacked the courage to follow through…

  98. zola udell says:

    There are consequences for our actions. I believe you should find another way with fith, that it will somehow work out in the end.

  99. Lori Byrd says:

    Crime is never the right thing to do.

  100. susan beamon says:

    It’s always a hard question. For me, it would depend on the law being broken. Something against a person would be a no. Something against property is a maybe. I would limit it to taking just what you need, never take it all.

  101. dipanwita says:

    Given a choice between sparing pain to a loved one thus protecting them if I can and sitting idle when I could have done something- if you love that person more than anything else you would always ALWAYS do what must be done. Its a hard question yes, but not something that people only face in fiction but rather every day every moment.In the end it all depends on the person making the decision and what they can live with and without.

  102. Whitney Broadwell says:

    I think when you love someone you will do whatever it takes to save them.

  103. louise corona says:

    This is a difficult choice. If it was a health issue, I would do anything to save my children, grandchildren, etc.

  104. Tamara Hauser says:

    I think she should have tried to find another way but if there wasn’t any then she should do whatever it takes to save her loved ones.

  105. Leah Shumack says:

    It depends on how law breaking it is. Speeding or something minor ok…I’m not sure I’d kill for anyone tho…

  106. Donna Ellis says:

    People will do anything for love. Especially when they feel there is no other way.


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