More Than Meets the Eye

by Guest Blogger on April 16, 2012 · 29 comments

in Contests, Counts, Marquis, Viscounts, Guest Blogger, S-U

Guest Blog by Stefanie Sloane, author of The Saint Who Stole My Heart

The first appearance of the phrase “you can’t judge a book by its cover” can be found in “Murder In The East Room,” a mystery published in 1946. I’m guessing that the authors, Edward Rolfe and Lester Fuller, had no idea one line from the thousands contained within their novel would be uttered by literally millions of people over the course of some seven decades–and counting.

Nor that I would steal their delightfully true and ingeniously simple yet complex proverb.

It’s true. Rolfe and Fuller’s words inspired my latest tale, The Saint Who Stole My Heart. From my hero, Dashiell Matthews, Viscount Carrington, to the bluestocking Miss Elena Barnes and right down to the leather-bound volumes stacked ceiling high throughout, the writing duo’s urging to look beneath before judging is the current that carries the passionate adventure to its swelling conclusion—and beyond.

Take my heroine, Elena. She is, without a doubt, a bluestocking to the bone. One disastrous season in London, where her intelligence and subtle wit was not only under-appreciated but the source of ridicule, sends Elena quickly returning to the safety of Dorset. Until a bevy of valuable books calls her back to the capitol city, where the viscount awaits. Underneath years of quiet contemplation and the comfort of routine and duty, Elena discovers her heart is meant for thrilling adventure and love.

This is where the viscount comes in. Dash is smart—ridiculously so. With a photographic memory and a natural interest in puzzles, conundrums, and the like, he is the ideal Young Corinthian spy, serving country and king in an effort to one day apprehend the killer who’d long ago murdered someone very close to him. The problem? No one within the ton takes him seriously. He is, in Elena’s words, “a vacuous Adonis.”

What’s a man with hero good looks and a heart afraid of hurt to do? Pretend. Pretend to be simple when he is in fact smart. Pretend his heart is content beating a hollow rhythm when in truth it aches for meaning and sustenance.

Pretend to not be in love with Elena. And by God, he gives it his best. But when the woman reveals the real Dash hiding behind his mask, he’s done for—in more ways than one. And all of them good. Eventually. After all, what is a voyage without a few storms, sea monsters, and near-misses along the way?

Stefanie Sloane

GIVEAWAY: How about you? Tell me about a roadblock in your own road to happily ever after and be entered to win all four of my books, including the April 24th release, The Saint Who Stole My Heart!

Buy: The Saint Who Stole My Heart

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1 Linda Mc April 16, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Hi Stefanie,
Congrats on your new release! It sounds great, and I love the cover. My roadblock…..well, my happily ever after ended up with me marrying a co-worker/friend. We worked in a small office and we didn’t let anyone know we were dating for a while. It was a rather strange situation, especially since all of us in the office worked well together and were friends. I decided it would be best if we didn’t work together, so I ended up leaving for a job that I ended up loving. And hubby and I have been married 13 years now, so all ended well.

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2 Mina DeCaro-Petril April 16, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Falliing in love with someone who comes from another continent is a major roadblock, especially when the only chances to see each other are business trips every two or three months…not easy to build a relafionship on skype. But here we are, married for ten years now, with two beautiful kids!

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3 Stefanie Sloane April 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Ok Mina, you’re on the same continent now, though, right? Because marriage by skype sounds way to complicated!:)

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4 Mina DeCaro-Petril April 17, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Yes! Him and I and the kids, entwined like strands of the same rope…

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5 Na S. April 17, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Your historical romances have caught my eye. I hope to read your books soon. One of the roadblock was distance. The hardest part was time and communication which is so important in making a relationship work.

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6 Stefanie Sloane April 17, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Na, I completely agree. It’s so easy to let things go to auto pilot when there’s distance between you and the one you love. I’m so glad that all worked out well in the end for you!

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7 bn100 April 17, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Congratulations on the book! I would say negative people are a roadblock.

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8 Stefanie Sloane April 17, 2012 at 2:32 PM

bn100, negative people suck! Oh, wait, that’s pretty negative, isn’t it?;) Seriously though, I know exactly what you mean. It’s best to just ignore people who can’t seem to ever find the silver lining.

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9 Joye April 17, 2012 at 8:19 AM

One of the roadblocks I went through was the loss of my father when it was unexpected. We were really close and it took me a long time to adjust to the situation.

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10 Stefanie Sloane April 17, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Oh Joye, I’m so sorry for your loss. Having lost my father in 2005, I know how difficult it can be. Big hugs to you.

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11 erinf1 April 17, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Congrats on the new release! Thanks for a very interesting post and a great giveaway! I’ve read such fantastic reviews for your books, I can’t wait to read them. And I love, love, love bluestocking/smart guy pretending to be a rake stories :)

I’ve been fortunate that I haven’t had very many large roadblocks to happiness. Just the minor ones that I’ve created myself like self doubt and unwillingness to stretch past comfort zones. But now that I’m a wee bit older, those roadblocks are very minor now and easily stepped over :)

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12 Stefanie Sloane April 17, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Erin, I recognize you and your adorable puppy avatar!:) Isn’t it amazing what a little age and wisdom can do for you? Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have my 20-something body back. But I wouldn’t give up all that I’ve learned for it.

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13 jamieH April 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Love the synopsis! I think distance can be the biggest obstacle to any relationship. Not seeing each other, going through the everyday things, little things, wears you down. We as humans want to share that stuff with our chosen significant other. I know that even when I went on vacation with the kids for a week (my husband had started a new job and was unable to go with us), we missed each other terribly. We talked for hours on the phone at night and were *grin and blushing* overeager to be back together. Can’t wait for this to come out!!

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14 Stefanie Sloane April 17, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Jamie, you and your husband are an inspiration! Too many couples lose that “grinning and blushing” feeling. Keep hold of it! And the hubby.;)

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15 StacieD April 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Fear was a big road block for me. I didn’t have the confidence in my own abilities to do what needed to be done. I was treading water instead of forging my own path. It took me a long time but I eventually let go of the fear and started going after what I wanted from life.

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16 Stefanie Sloane April 17, 2012 at 2:34 PM

StacieD, beautifully said.

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17 Julie April 17, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Lack of self confidence. When you really really want it, but don’t think you can have it or achieve it…you’re not going to get it.

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18 Stefanie Sloane April 17, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Julie, so true! A lack of self confidence can limit you in so many ways. I tell my girls every day that they are amazing, intelligent, kind, capable people in the hopes that they’ll always believe in themselves.

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19 Karen H in NC April 17, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Hi Stefanie,

Congratulations on the release of your latest book. The cover is outstanding and I am so looking forward to reading it.

After to failed marriages, I’m still looking for my personal HEA. Maybe someday.

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20 Stefanie Sloane April 17, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Karen H, don’t give up on your HEA! Those first two men were just the prologue!:)

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21 Estella April 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

After a divorce I was afraid to trust a man again. Seven and a half years later I remarried and we’ve been married for almost 23 years.

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22 Stefanie Sloane April 17, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Estella, first, I love your name! So beautiful. Second, I’m so glad that you had the courage to trust again, because boy, did it pay off!:)

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23 Stefanie Sloane April 17, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Linda, I always think it’s best to keep an office romance under wraps–especially in your case since it lead to an amazing job and the love of your life!:)

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24 Maureen April 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I like characters who are not what they seem. It’s a pleasure to get to know them as the story progresses. I would say procrastination is my roadblock.

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25 Stefanie Sloane April 17, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Oh Maureen, I feel your pain. I am the queen of procrastination, even though I know how good it feels to get things done. Why is it so hard to do the things that are good for us?

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26 Jen B. April 17, 2012 at 7:40 PM

The only roadblock we ever had was that I would NOT get engaged until after I graduated. We agreed when I was a sophomore and he was a junior that marriage was the goal but I knew I had to finish college first.

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27 Stefanie Sloane April 17, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Good for you, Jen B. You stuck to your guns and got your man!

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28 Mary Preston April 18, 2012 at 3:22 AM

My biggest roadblocks are my over-confidence & under-confidence all at the wrong times.
“a vacuous Adonis.” – now that’s a phrase I will long remember.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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29 Keira April 20, 2012 at 5:56 PM

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