Friday, July 29, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Irresistible (The Phoenix Club #6) by Darcy Burke

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Irresistible by Darcy Burke. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a fun interview with the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Irresistible
Series: The Phoenix Club #6
Author: Darcy Burke
Publisher: Zealous Quill Press
Publication Date: July 19th 2022
Print Length: 344 pages
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
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Jessamine Goodfellow has spent six Seasons avoiding the parson’s trap, and spinsterhood is finally within her grasp. A brilliant scholar, she longs for adventure and new experiences, things her family frowns upon. Presented with the opportunity to use her puzzle-solving talent on a secret mission for the Foreign Office, Jess eagerly accepts. Even when it means posing as the wife of a scorchingly attractive Scotsman who she must also covertly investigate as a possible double agent.

Lord Dougal MacNair, the new Viscount Fallin, has always completed his assignments for the Foreign Office alone. Now he’s saddled with an overly enthusiastic amateur partner. She possesses a remarkable intellect, but something about her isn’t quite right, and after two failed missions, Dougal is certain someone is working against him. Battling their secret suspicions, Dougal and Jess dive deep into their cover as a married couple, which arouses temptations they find irresistible. Danger is all around them, but it’s their hearts that may be the most imperiled.

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EXCERPT:
“Tell me why I’ve hurried back.”

“A mission to the Dorset coast. You leave in a week.”

Dougal frowned. “If I don’t leave for a week, why am I here now?”

Lucien hesitated the barest moment. “Because you need time to prepare with your partner.”

“My what?”

Voices in the hall interrupted further conversation because a moment later, Lucien’s butler announced the arrival of Lady Pickering and Miss Jessamine Goodfellow. Dougal was very familiar with Lady Pickering, but the other white woman was unknown to him. Taller than most ladies, Miss Goodfellow possessed vivid cobalt eyes that assessed him with a keen curiosity. Indeed, her unabashed attention could only mean one thing—that she was to be his partner.

Lady Pickering moved her vigilant gaze toward him. “I’m pleased you could arrive so quickly, Lord Fallin. I do apologize that you were called away at this time.”

Dougal inclined his head. “I am always eager to serve.”

“One of your best qualities.” Lady Pickering turned slightly toward the young lady. “Jessamine, this is Lord Fallin.” Lady Pickering then looked to Dougal. “Allow me to present Miss Jessamine Goodfellow. She will be your wife on this endeavor.”

“My what?” First, he had a partner, and now he had a wife?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy, emotional historical and contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, artist daughter, and imaginative son who will almost certainly out-write her one day (that may be tomorrow).

They’re a crazy cat family with two Bengal cats, a small, fame-seeking cat named after a fruit, an older rescue Maine Coon with attitude to spare, and a collection of neighbor cats who hang out on the deck and occasionally venture inside. You can find Darcy at a winery, in her comfy writing chair, or binge-watching TV with the family.

Her happy places are Disneyland, Labor Day weekend at the Gorge, Denmark, and anywhere in the UK—so long as her family is there too.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:
- Have you ever had an imaginary friend?

Yes! I had a friend called Nameo (Name-oh). They (I think it was a girl, but I honestly think they were somewhat genderless) had a sister named Maria and a brother named Tom-Tom. I think. I know there was a brother, but that may not be the right name. I probably have this written down somewhere. Geez, I’m a writer, you’d think I would!

- Do you have any phobias?

Heights (really, falling) is the big one. Hard pass on anything to do with that. I don’t even particularly care for open stairs. Probably spiders, but I have been trying to train myself to think of them as cute. Most of them are not, lol. I don’t like killing them though.

- Do you listen to music when you're writing?

Often. And when I don’t and the writing is slow, I will later think, “Why wasn’t I listening to music?!” Many of my books have playlists I created just for writing that book. I haven’t done that in a while and probably should.

- Do you ever read your stories out loud?

Hardly ever.

- Tell us about your main character and who inspired him/her.

Honestly, my characters are rarely ever inspired by anyone. My hero, Dougal, comes from a close-knit family and has a strong sense of honor and loyalty. He works for the Foreign Office and is dedicated to serving the crown. He’s spent the last several years disguising himself for his work and really burying his emotions and his true self. Now that he must leave espionage and look to being the earl some day, he has to reevaluate who he is.

My heroine, Jessamine, comes from a family who hasn’t allowed her to pursue what she wants. After paying off the man she wanted to marry (a, gasp, American!), they try to marry her off to suit their purposes, not hers. She longs for independence and adventure—to get away from her mundane life. The opportunity to work for the Foreign Office gives her just that, but will it last and can she forge a future doing that?
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GIVEAWAY:
Darcy Burke will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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149 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing Irresistible. I'm really excited to share this love story with you! ~Darcy

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    1. You're very welcome =) Thank you for stopping by my blog. <3

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful book. I love historical romance stories.

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  3. So very Bridgerton. I love it

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    1. The Bridgerton show is SO fun! I loved season 2 so much. I hope you enjoy Irresistible!

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  4. This sounds like a wonderful book! I gotta read it.

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  5. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

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    1. I think I am continually surprised that I can write them at all, lol. It's such a journey and typing "the end" (which I don't actually do anymore, ha!) is always so satisfying. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Sounds like a really good book. I always enjoy a good mystery.

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    1. This one has a bit of a fun twist that I enjoyed writing. Be sure to read the author's note at the end. ;-)

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  7. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. David HollingsworthJuly 29, 2022 at 5:09 PM

    Where do you go to get inspiration?

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  9. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  10. The book sounds very interesting.

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  11. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  12. The historical romance sounds fun to read. Thanks for the introduction.

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  13. You are a new author for me . After reading the exccerpt I really must read this book-thanks

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  14. Good book for Summer reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  15. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  16. Thank you for sharing your interview and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading Irresistible

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  17. I so enjoyed reading the excerpt for this great book!
    Thank you for sharing it.

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  18. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.

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  19. Have you read any of the old classics? What did you think of them?

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  20. Great interview, love the excerpt, Irresistible sounds like a fantastic book for me to read and enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a glorious weekend!

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  21. David HollingsworthJuly 30, 2022 at 5:11 PM

    Happy Saturday!

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  22. The book cover looks irresistible and the story has a sneaky premise of pretense. I bet the two who are faking a relationship "for work" fall in love.

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  23. What do you think makes a good story?

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  24. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book t read

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  25. David HollingsworthJuly 31, 2022 at 3:32 PM

    Happy Sunday!

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  26. Hope you are safe from weather problems.

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  27. This sounds like one that will keep me interested and reading.
    heather

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  28. Are you a morning or a night person?

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  29. What author do you look up to the most?

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  30. David HollingsworthAugust 1, 2022 at 9:12 PM

    Happy Monday!

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  31. What book are you the most proud of writing?

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  32. David HollingsworthAugust 2, 2022 at 9:14 PM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  33. hope your book tour is going great

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  34. What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

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  35. Where is the farthest place you've traveled?

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  36. David HollingsworthAugust 4, 2022 at 12:38 AM

    Happy Thursday!

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  37. What is a significant way your book has changed since the first draft?

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  38. I too have many cats! I have 8 inside.

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  39. Hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

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  40. thanks and have a wonderful weekend

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  41. David HollingsworthAugust 5, 2022 at 3:53 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  42. thanks this sounds like a very interesting book

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  43. Do you have a favorite book you've written?

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  44. David HollingsworthAugust 7, 2022 at 2:02 AM

    Happy Sunday!

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  45. What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?

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  46. hope you are having a great weekend

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  47. Irresistible in the series The Phoenix Club by author Darcy Burke sounds like a romping romantic read!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  48. Happy Monday, hope you have a wonderful week!

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  49. Seyma Bennett ShabbirAugust 8, 2022 at 5:30 PM

    Love the cover! Sounds like a fun romantic story!

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  50. David HollingsworthAugust 9, 2022 at 1:38 AM

    Happy Tuesday!

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  51. Jessamine Goodfellow sounds like an interesting character with fascinating adventurs.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  52. Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?

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  53. this sounds like an amazing book, thanks

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  54. Did you take a vacation this year?

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  55. What inspired the idea for your book?

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  56. great cover, hope your bok tour is going great

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  57. How are you doing today?

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  58. do you have any other books started

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  59. What characters in your book are most similar to you or to people you know?

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  60. Do you write one book at a time, or are you a multi task author?

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  61. Tell me about your favourite vacation!

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  62. David HollingsworthAugust 12, 2022 at 12:17 AM

    Happy Friday!

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  63. Which author do you most admire?

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  64. The sheer number of comments here indicates she is a well liked and respected author worth reading!

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  65. What do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?

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  66. Assignments from the Foreign Office would surely be filled with adventure and excitement!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  67. What books have you read more than once in your life?

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  68. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

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  69. David HollingsworthAugust 13, 2022 at 8:14 PM

    Happy Saturday!

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  70. How do you come up with the titles to your books?

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  71. hope you are having a relaxing Sunday

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  72. What is your favourite thing for a lazy Sunday?

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  73. I hope you're having a great Sunday.

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  74. David HollingsworthAugust 15, 2022 at 1:39 AM

    Happy Monday!

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  75. Have you ever traveled as research for your book?

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  76. Some readers just might find this romantic duo simply ... irresistible!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  77. Happy to find a "new to me" author to add to my list for upcoming trip.

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  78. David HollingsworthAugust 16, 2022 at 12:06 AM

    What inspires your writing?

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  79. This sounds like a great historical fiction read!

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  80. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?

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  81. thanks this sounds like an amazing story

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  82. Do you write more or read more?

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  83. What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

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  84. is there a certain time of day you write

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  85. What's the strangest food you've ever tried?

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  86. David Hollingsworth

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  87. Did you have any say in designing the cover?

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  88. looks like a fun one

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  89. All the best people are Crazy Cat People!!!

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  90. Tell me about your favorite birthday.

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  91. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  92. David HollingsworthAugust 19, 2022 at 2:08 AM

    Happy Friday!

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  93. Happy Friday, hope you have a great weekend!

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  94. I loved the synopsis. This will make a great read

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  95. Sounds great, I like the cover and excerpt.

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  96. have a great Friday and thanks for the giveaway

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  97. Sounds great. I really enjoyed the excerpt.

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