Wednesday, 16 January 2013

$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway & Interview: A Little Deception by Beverley Eikli

Original Title: A Little Deception
Author: Beverley Eikli
Publisher: Robert Hale
Release Date: June 1st 2011
Genre: Romance

When she embarks on charade one night to save the family tea plantation, spirited Rose Chesterfield gets more than she bargained for: marriage to the deliciously notorious rake, Viscount Rampton. Unwittingly implicated in a series of high profile jewel robberies, Rose must outwit a jealous adversary in order to clear her blackened name. But can she regain the love and respect of her husband?


1. Is there an inspiration behind why you chose writing?

I think it’s written into my DNA. When I was little I remember my mother doing a writing course by correspondence when we lived in the African mountain kingdom of Lesotho and being fascinated. Later, when we’d moved to Australia and I was about seven, I used to entertain my two sisters and mum and dad with my stories about a School for Witches at our beach cottage in South Australia.

2. When you were little, what did you want to be when you "grew up"?

A writer. Absolutely! The Careers Guidance counselors weren’t very enthusiastic and quite rightly told me I couldn’t leave school to be a writer so I became a journalist. Then, after I met my husband while I was running a safari lodge in Botswana my life suddenly became very interesting, giving me a lot of life experiences to draw upon when I finally did achieve my dream…23 years after writing my first romance at the age of 17.

3. Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is.... 

Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen, which is about the South Sea Bubble financial scandal in the early eighteenth century and packed full of intrigue, romance, illicit love and scandal.

4. What are your current literary works?  Any sneak peaks?

I’ve just won UK publisher Choc-Lit’s ‘Search for an Australian Star’ competition so 2013 and 2014 are already packed with releases. My books for them are under my Beverley Eikli name, the first being my winning entry, The Reluctant Bride, about a returning war hero during the Napoleonic wars whose next assignment is to quash a spy ring. The trouble is, the girl he marries - after she has no choice but to accept his marriage offer because she’s carrying her now-dead fiance’s child – is (unbeknownst to my hero) intimately connected to the spy ring. The book will come out in September, 2013.

My latest release under my Beverley Oakley name was an erotic short story (10K) called Saving Grace published by Pan Macmillan Momentum, with my next erotic – a ‘Downton Abbey with sex’ series –to be released in a couple of months by Ellora’s Cave.

5. If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

I’m an historical writer, so it goes without saying… the past. I’d probably choose the Georgian period with all those lavish lace-adorned and full-skirted gowns so I looked gorgeous (though I’d stay away from the lead-based face creams). Then I’d indulge in a range of Dangerous Liaison’s-type relationships to spice life up a bit.

6. What is your favorite scene in the book and why do you love it?

The book that is just out under my Beverley Eikli name – A Little Deception – was first published by Robert Hale a couple of years ago and nominated by Australian Romance Readers’ Association for Favourite Historical of 2011. I love the scene where Viscount Rampton has been caught out, having just taken to bed the heroine whom he believes is safely married. Now he’s been called to account and, while furious as he expects he’ll have to offer marriage he instead ends up being furious because the heroine most definitely does not want to marry him.

Thank you so much for having me here today. It’s been fun!


Beverley will be awarding an e-copy of her backlist - Lady Sarah's Redemption or Lady Farquhar's Butterfly at each stop plus one randomly drawn commenter during the tour will be awarded a $25 Amazon Gift card.

All you have to do is COMMENT in this post.

Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and ends January 18th 2013!


  1. Thank you so much for having me here, Vidya.

    It's evening here in Australia and I'm looking out over the pool and mountains and thinking what a great year this has been. My latest racy Regency Romp, Rake's Honour, written under my Beverley Oakley name, has just been shortlisted for an Australian Romance Readers award in the Favourite Historical Romance for 2012 category:)

    I hope you and your readers are having as good a year:)

  2. The cover is very eye-catching! And the story's very interesting!

    Am also looking forward to Beverley's 'Downton Abbey with sex' -- ^_^

  3. I adore the cover to this book, I can't wait to get my hands on it and read it, it sounds fantastic. I am a history geek myself so I would also love to be able to go and observe the past. Thanks Carin
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  4. Sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. My friend was reading Through A Glass Darkly the other day and when I asked her what it was about she told me to stop talking. lol. It was too good to take a break from apparently!


  6. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the interview. Congratulations on the shortlist.

  7. What a great interview. I enjoyed learning more about you.

  8. I love that the heroine isn't interested in marrying him. Great twist!

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  9. It must be gratifying to have been nominated for your book. Love the cover of the book. Did you help choose it?

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  10. Wow, I love the new cover. I have the original Hale hardback with the impressionist image, but there's something deliciously intriguing and inviting about this cover. Guess I'll just have to grab a second copy! Great interview Beverley. I can imagine you in a Georgian gown being a wicked temptress! And good luck with this year's best historical romance nomination for The Rake - I loved it so I hope you win!

  11. Thanks for all your comments, everyone, which I've just seen having got back from picking up DH from the airport who's just returned from LA.

    To answer some of your questions, I did choose this cover but not the Hale cover. Authors don't get to choose the covers of their books when they sign with a publishing company, but now I have the rights back I can do what I want with it.

    Actually, in the next hour I'm about to upload it to B&N, iBooks, re-upload to Amazon, and the other e-tailers.

    And Valen, I can see what your friend was on about. Through a Glass Darkly must have been written 25 years ago but it's still a classic. The intrigue, twists and depth to that book are amazing.

    Thanks, everyone, for dropping by and congratulating me on my shortlisting:) It's been a great few weeks.


  12. I'm in love with the cover before I've even begun - yes I do judge. Awesome post thank you.


  13. i like the looks of your writing. i will have to pick up the book as soon as i get a job

  14. I love the cover but the story sounds really good too!

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  15. Thanks for the interview, I love the cover!


  16. I love that cover!


  17. Interesting interview, you would really go back to the past? Thats very courageous of you, the past wasn't all that easy for women. I studied history, though and would love to go back to the ancient Greece.



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