Friday, February 3, 2017

The Reluctant Guardian Release Party--Susanne Dietze

A government agent buries his aristocratic heritage to hunt the most dangerous smugglers in England. Meanwhile a sheltered, adventure-minded miss becomes the target. Will she be his undoing … or his greatest asset? 

The Reluctant Guardian
Under the Spy's Protection 
When Gemma Lyfeld inadvertently interrupts a dangerous smuggling operation in her English village, she's rescued by a mysterious Scottish spy. Now with criminals after her and her hopes for an expected marriage proposal recently dashed, she will make her society debut in London. But not without the man tasked with protecting her… 
Covert government agent Tavin Knox must keep Gemma safe from the criminals who think she can identify them—a mission he never wanted. But as he escorts her and her rascally nephews around London, the lovely English lass proves braver than he ever imagined. Suddenly, the spy who works alone has one Season to become the family man he never dreamed he'd be.

Congratulations to Susanne Dietze on her new release 
from Harlequin Love Inspired Historical

We're playing "Regency House" this weekend, and we're doing it in Scotland. 

Gemma is rather impressed with the location.  Rightfully so!

No matter what Susie writes, this is the correct food for one of her release parties. I'm breathless with delight at just how appropriate it is today.  Susie's latest release has a Regency setting, and is her first novel length book after a trunk-full of novellas.

I have personally supervised the cutting off of crusts for the tea sandwiches. Oh, and in my opinion, the scones are just right. (Who else instagrams 'SconeOfTheDay', after all)
These little creme cookies are just wonderful. You really need to try them! Especially before those rascally boys show up. I've sent them off to find the gamekeeper. That should take awhile.

I had a shortbread mold like this but after a few fails (the shortbread is not so pretty when it won't come out...), I went back to the safe and boring way of piercing it with a fork. After all, who would turn down shortbread just because it wasn't embossed with thistles? Not me and not Tavin. Or our waiter.  (I know, because I keep following him around!)
And... best of all, we get to celebrate Susie's birthday with this lovely cake. The problem is, it's too pretty to cut!


While tea is the preferred beverage today, I'm going for some hot, creamy cocoa... delivered by our delightful waiter. After all, some people believe  he posed for our cover model.
"You are as charming as a cup of warm chocolate, ma'am, 
even if you're old enough to be my mother."

"Why thank you, young man."

moving on...
Tavin Knox is listed in my dictionary under Hero. His love for Gemma is going to be the ultimate test of devotion. While that leaves the rest of us with wistful looks on our faces, at least we get to gape and blame the fireplace for the pink dotting our cheeks.

So please take a moment to say hello and congratulate Susie on this book-of-the-heart! I expect you'll see more Regency romances from her because The Reluctant Guardian is just that good!

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of a dozen new and upcoming historical romances. A pastor's wife and mom of two, she loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her on her website,, and sign up for her newsletter for an occasional cheery hello:

Susie (seen above in her Regency dress) is giving away a copy of THE RELUCTANT GUARDIAN, (U.S. only), so be sure to speak up if you are interested. Leave your email address safely and please don't get her started on Masterpiece Theater's VICTORIA, or we'll never get out of here!
Victoria and Albert are engaged.
Did someone say VICTORIA???
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    1. And scones! And shortbread! And a beautiful birthday cake you snuck in there last night! And waiters! I mean cocoa! I LOVE my party! Thank you so much, dear Deb!

  2. Hot cocoa sounds perfect. I think English chocolate is darker with less sugar/milk than ours. But I'll take the waiter, er, I mean, the chocolate anyway I can get it!

    Congratulations, Susie!!!

    1. I often think of the time a few of us gathered at Colonial Williamsburg and I had hot cocoa. It was strong, dark and not very sweet. I loved it!

    2. Hi C.J.! Happy belated birthday to you! We can share the cake!

      Thanks so much for the good wishes. More cocoa for all!

    3. Some cake would be good. The guys took me out, but there wasn't any cake.

      Do you think chocolate cake and hot cocoa is too much chocolate, or is there no such thing?

    4. There's no such thing as too much chocolate. Especially on your birthday.

  3. No such thing as too much chocolate! Loved the post. Would love to win a copy. Paula : paulams49(AT)sbcglobal(DOT)net
    Now to watch Victoria episode 3 !!!

    1. I know. I agree. I think if C.J. had more chocolate, she wouldn't have been so addled... Thanks for commenting, Paula! I know you'd enjoy Susie's story!

    2. Hi Paula! I'm glad we're all in agreement on the chocolate! Let's have some more. Oh, waiter?

      You will LOVE episode 3.

      Thanks for coming by to celebrate with us!

  4. Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Susie! So happy for you! :D

    1. Thanks, DeAnna! So glad you could celebrate with me!

  5. Congratulations on the new book release and Happy Birthday. Sorry I missed the party last night. My youngest granddaughter had two volleyball games last night and, well, grandkids do take presidence over everything. I hope it was a fun time.

    1. That's okay about the Colonial Quills party! I agree about the grandchildren!
      But Susie's party is quietly going on as we speak and I'm glad you stopped in. Best wishes on the drawing!

      Thanks Debbie!

    2. Hi Debbie! Thanks for the kind wishes. How were the volleyball games? What fun!

      Have a great weekend.

  6. Hello Susie congrats on your book release. I would be blessed to read your book.

    1. Thanks for coming by and entering the drawing, Carla. We appreciate it!

    2. Hi Carla! Thanks for the congrats! You're entered into the drawing. Hope you're having a good weekend!

  7. Love Scottish shortbread! I'd love to win your book!jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

    1. Hi Joan! I consider myself a shortbread officianado, though I can't spell it. But I make it every year for Christmas with my Scottish aunt's recipe. I have to admit I bought both Walker's shortbread in Scotland, and another brand in Ireland and... (Sshhh, don't tell anyone), I prefered the ONeill's! I wish you well in the drawing!

    2. Hi Joan! I love shortbread, too. I actually have a pan similar to the one Deb pictured, but my shortbread never looks quite that good, LOL.

      Now I need to try O'Neill's! Never had it!

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  9. HaPpY BiRtHdAy, Susie and congratulations on the release of your new book, The Reluctant Guardian!! Regency Christian fiction is one of my favorite genres. Your book sounds so intriguing. Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway! ~Alison


    1. HI Alison! I'm so glad you enjoy Regencies. Thanks for your warm wishes, too. It was a nice day!

      Have a fabulous weekend.

  10. Congratulations to Alison! She's the winner of The Reluctant Guardian. Thanks to all who entered the giveaway!


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