Guestpost by Author Stefanie Sloane + Giveaway

Filed in Guest Post , Stephanie Sloane , The HEA Lover Posted on April 24, 2012 @ 7:00 am 42 comments

Today we’re thrilled to welcome author Stefanie Sloane at Book Lovers Inc. The Saint Who Stole My Heart , the 4th book in Stefanie’s Regency Rogues series is coming today! Our review will be up in a few hours, don’t forget to check it out. Please let’s give a warm welcome to Stefanie who will give us a glimpse of  a deleted scene from her last book. Welcome Stefanie!

“In writing, you must kill your darlings.”
William Faulkner

Every writer can attest to the anguish and pain to be found in the act of deleting scenes. Unfortunately, there are times when it’s unavoidable. Believe me, I’ve tested this theory, and it always wins. The “darlings” Faulkner refers to in the quote above are an author’s favorites: favorite characters, favorite set-ups, favorite themes. Anything she enjoys writing, really. Because if you enjoy writing it, chances are that you cannot be objective about the material. It’s too easy; too breezy for you to pull off. And if you can’t be objective? Then there’s no way for an author to know if it’s exactly what the book needs.

During the revision process for The Saint Who Stole My Heart, it became very clear that a favorite scene of mine needed to be reworked. Actually, what we really needed to do was rip it apart, switch out point of view and intent for others, and hand stitch it back together.

But I can say, without a doubt, that the second version of the scene is exactly what the book needed.

Still, I’d like to think that the original scene was all for naught. So here it is, in all of its un-copyedited glory. Enjoy! I know I did.

“My dear, did you sleep well?” Bessie inquired of Elena as she ladled a third spoon of sugar into her tea.
Dash savored a forkful of bacon and looked across the breakfast table to Elena, the faint smudges of blue beneath her eyes confirming what he already knew: the woman had been about far past her bedtime.
“I’m afraid not,” she answered, reaching to smooth her severely coiffed hair. “Attributable to the city sounds, no doubt. I’m sure I’ll grow used to such things soon enough.”
He watched her slim, delicate fingers run lightly along the sides, capturing a stray length and neatly tucking it behind her ear. One could hardly tell that this was the same mahogany mass he’d born witness to last night, the heavy tresses falling nearly to her waist, the candlelight caressing the hint of gold woven throughout like a seductive tapestry.
Good God. “Seductive tapestry?” What on earth was this all about? Dash reached for his tea cup and stared into it, searching for some hint of opiate that had clearly been dropped into his tea. Had his Corinthian agent status been compromised?
“Dash, my boy, are you in need of tea, or have you taken to reading the leaves?”
“Neither, Bessie,” Dash replied, examining the dregs at the bottom of the cup one last time before returning it to its spot. “Simply curious, that is all.”
Both women eyed him with suspicion, Elena quickly turning her attention to her own cup. Dash peered across as though to gain a better view, catching her eye with a concerned glance.
He really had to stop teasing the woman in such a way. The problem was, it was far too fun. She was so tightly laced, making for an irresistible victim, as far as Dash was concerned. Every other woman of his acquaintance wanted nothing more than to ignore what he had to say and focus on what he could do. To them. Well, their person, if one wanted to be exact.
But Elena seemed to hardly notice him, at least in that way—though she’d appeared slightly rattled last night when he’d found her, all but undressed, and staring at a portrait of him. Hardly a stitch of fabric about her, and what was there hardly doing its job to cover up the sweet, supple curve of her hips. Dash wondered if the hint of attraction might be something he could use to his advantage—as pertained to his Corinthian business, of course. Not that seducing the woman would be a chore. The merest hint of her rounded, full breasts suggested they would fit perfectly into his hands–”
“You look rather exhausted as well,” Bessie remarked, pulling Dash from his poorly-timed and all together ill-advised revisit to the evening before.
“Odd, that both of you would have difficulty sleeping—on the very same night,” she continued, stirring her tea rhythmically while she looked at Dash, then Elena, a certain gleam in her eye.
Dash knew that gleam. It was never, ever a good sign.
“Come now, Bessie,” Dash began, returning his attention to his breakfast plate. “Nothing odd about it at all. A late evening spent at one’s club tends to rather drain a man.”
“Quite so,” she agreed. “As does wandering about in the dark—together.”
Dash grit his teeth. This was not good either. Not at all.
“I’m sorry, Lady Mowbray?” Elena asked, drawing Dash’s attention. Her face was titled slightly to the right, her brows gently arched as though she hadn’t a clue as to what the old woman was referring to.
If he hadn’t of known better, Dash would have believed her. Damn, but he admired her more for it. Stupid seductive tapestries.
“Really, my girl, don’t play coy with me,” Bessie said, sipping from her tea with a rather superior air.
There was no point in prolonging the inevitable, no matter how gifted a liar Elena might be. “One of your spies, then?” Dash asked, offering the woman the white flag.
“They are your servants, and it is there job to ensure the safety of all those who dwell within Carrington House,” she replied simply, reaching for a fourth teaspoon of sugar.
“It’s not at all what you—or the servants, for that matter—may be thinking. Assuming—really either, actually,” Elena interjected awkwardly, turning to give Dash a sharp glance. “I couldn’t sleep, that part is true. So I thought to visit the library. Only I found myself lost.”
Bessie nodded in acceptance of Lady Elena’s explanation, though the gleam remained.
“And I came to her rescue,” Dash added, thinking better of his phrasing when Elena kicked him under the table. “That is, I found her, returned Elena to her suite, and that’s all there is to it.”
“Really?” Bessie asked, the gleam fading with each passing moment.
“Truly,” Dash confirmed. The woman’s sensitivity to Bessie’s assumption only served to confirm his suspicions that, if he were to take advantage of her, she’d fall prey—eventually. The realization both titillated and troubled him.
“Honestly,” Elena promptly added.
Bessie pursed her lips, then set her cup down, clearly completely put off her tea. “Well, that’s a disappointment.”
Dash had no more time then to heave a small sigh of relief before Elena kicked him a second time.
“Lady Mowbray, you are my chaperone, are you not?” she asked, folding her hands in her lap.
Bessie did the same, a supreme look of defeat upon her face. “I am.”
“Should you not then be relieved to hear that nothing…” Elena began, trailing off as she was want to do when speaking of something she’d rather not.
“Untoward? Unseemly? Improper?” Dash offered, kicking himself this time for his lack of control.
Elena glared at him anew. “Yes, to all of the above.”
“Really, my dear girl, I feel you may be confused as to a chaperone’s duties,” Bessie replied, using a feminine, yet firm tone. “Let me explain. Midnight meetings with just anyone are cause for alarm. But Dash is a viscount—a viscount, my dear. They do not come along every day—especially one so handsome.”
Elena’s fingertips came to rest on the table and she leaned forward, as though readying to pounce. “No, Lady Mowbray, and I say this with all due respect, but I believe you are the one that is confused.”
“I disagree.”
Dash was finding the situation all too entertaining, especially now Lady Elena’s fair skin literally glowed with righteous indignation.
And then she kicked him. Again.



Stefanie has generously offered all 4 books in her Regency Rogues series to 1 lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave Stefanie a question or answer the question: Do you like reading deleted scenes from books?  

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment).

This giveaway is open to all!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, May 5th, 2012; we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Caro The HEA Lover

Caroline is a HEA loving, yarn addicted French who's desperately hoping to get a HEA of her own. If she's not reading then she can be found knitting while listening to Audiobooks or watching Tv shows. Her secret addiction is reading websites that make fun at other people's expense (DYAC, Failbook)! Caroline also blogs at the Secret HEA Society with Susi.

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  • aurian April 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Thanks for the guestpost Stefanie, and good luck with the new release! Yes, I like reading deleted scenes, but usually after I have read the book. That way, something is added to the reading pleasure. Reading such things first, is tormenting myself if I can’t read the book at that moment.

  • Lexi April 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Thanks for sharing your deleted scene! I always enjoy reading deleted scenes, just to see what the author had originally thought at a certain point. Though I will admit that when I read them, as good as they are, I usually do think that the scene that made it in the book fits better. Sometimes though you get a nice little glimpse into a character that you would have missed otherwise.

    Congrats on your new release!

    eyesofblueice (at) gmail

  • Janhvi April 24, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I love reading deleted scenes from books.They give you insight into the characters and the author’s head.

    Thank you Stefanie for sharing this scene with us.I enjoyed it!:)and I can’t wait to read the Regency Rogues series.

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  • Carrie at In the Hammock Blog April 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

    This scene is great! I remember the other version of this scene from the book, I must say I like version one a lot!! It really shows Lady Mowbray’s disappointment.

    I love reading deleted scenes, they add so much to the original. But also I understand why some scenes don’t make it into the book.

    I loved the book, and I would love to win the other three books in the series, thank you!

  • miki April 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I love deleted scenes, after having read the book that way i can see where it should have been and all, it a great bonus

    thanks you a lot for this great giveaway and congrats on your new release

    all the best

  • blodeuedd April 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I just read a review and now I so wanna read this book 🙂

    Deleted, not really. Honestly that is my simple and short answer. If they are deleted they are deleted and I do not want things messing with the book

  • erinf1 April 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks for the fun post! I love deleted scenes! Especially after reading the book, it’s nice to get a few “extras” in that keep me in that story world. 🙂

  • bn100 April 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Very nice post. I like reading deleted scenes.

  • Estella April 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I don’t care for deleted scenes. After I have read the book ,a deleted scene is not pertinent.

  • LSUReader April 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I certainly enjoyed reading THIS deleted scene. I sure hope she gets to kick him in the rewritten scene. Thanks for visiting, Stefanie. I look forward to reading more about Elena and Dash.

  • Barbara Elness April 24, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I think it’s great fun to read deleted scenes from books I’ve enjoyed. I do that with DVD’s too, watch all the deleted scenes. It’s fun to learn a bit more of the story that didn’t get told. 😀

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  • Na S. April 24, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    I do like reading deleted scenes from books. It gives me a chance to wonder at all the what-ifs and see the characters from a new angle. I don’t come across them often though.

  • Megan G. April 25, 2012 at 2:12 am

    I enjoy some deleted scenes. But I figure if they were deleted, it was done because it didn’t really offer anything. I wish more authors had epilouge, I love reading about the after the HEA..

  • Mary Preston April 25, 2012 at 3:41 am

    If it’s a book & characters I absolutely love, then I would devour deleted scenes quite happily.

  • Rachel @ theJeepDiva April 25, 2012 at 8:31 am

    If I have already read the book then yes I like to read the deleted scenes. lt is just like the movies I watch the deleted scenes on those.

    rachel at thejeepdiva dot com

  • Anne Fescharek April 25, 2012 at 8:49 am

    No I would rather read the final edit, reading deleted scenes would shatter the illusion! The editor should be respected.


  • Filia Oktarina April 25, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Hmmm….I think I don’t care for deleted scenes. But if a book i love, and have a deleted scene, i will read it with happy.

  • JOYE April 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Enjoyed reading the comments. My question is. How do you decide to delete that particular scene and what is the reason?

  • Victoria Zumbrum April 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Yes I definitely like reading deleted scenes in books and movies. Sometimes the deleted scenes make the book or movie better and shouldn’t have beeen taken out.

  • Chelsea B. April 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Oh, I love reading deleted scenes! Especially if I’ve loved the characters, and can’t let go of them just yet 🙂 Thank you for sharing your’s, Stefanie! I completely enjoyed it!

  • Yadira A. April 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Not like, but love reading deleted scenes from books! Especially from stories that I really really enjoy… makes me feel a little more fulfilled after reading an epic story:)

  • Ren Puspita April 27, 2012 at 4:37 am

    If the deleted scenes are crucial part from that book, yes I would love to read it. But if its not, I usually pass it 🙂

    sawamura_foxman AT yahoo DOT com

  • JessS April 27, 2012 at 6:04 am

    If it’s a book/series I really love than I would definitely love to read deleted scenes. But otherwise I probably wouldn’t be bothered. Thanks!


  • Joanne B April 27, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I love reading deleted scenes to see where the author thought the book was going but either changed their mind or the scene didn’t work.
    Thanks for the giveaway.


  • Sheila M April 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I like to read the deleted scenes as well, after I’ve read the book. I like to see what the author originally thought, then try to figure out why she didn’t think it worked.

  • Rosemary April 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I love reading deleted scenes. I think it is fun to see stuff that doesn’t make it into the finished story.

  • mary guidry April 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

    i also love to read deleted scenes.

  • Jeanne Miro April 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    This is the first time I’ve read a deleted scene and I loved it! Every since I read Stephanie’s debut I’ve been fascinated by her characters because she makes me feel like I know them. Just as important are her secondary characters and how they interact with the main characters and make her stories leaving you wanting to know more about them.

    I must admit I’m fascinated by Bessie from the excerpt. Part of this may be because my father’s step-mother was named Bessie (not an abbreviation but her “legal” name) and Stephanie’s Bessie’s reminds be of how perspective she was!

    jeannemiro at yahoo dot com

  • Desere Steenberg April 28, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I love deleted scenes for me it is like I can see what else the author was busy thinking while writing the book and it always adds that certain little something extra for me! Thank you for sharing the scene with us I cannot wait to read this book!

  • Sue P. April 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I like deleted scenes that are in fact deleted, not just reworked. Even though it may not have made the final copy of the book, there is still something to learn from/about the characters. Also more insight into the authors thoughts and where the story may have been headed but changed course along the way. Love your work, Stephanie. Did you have all the books sketched out before you started the first one or have they just naturally progressed as you’ve gone along?

  • alisha woods April 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I do enjoy reading deleted scenes also enjoy epilogues. Stephanie’s books are great

  • Emma C April 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    As a reader, I don’t think I like deleted scenes all that much. Reading them sometimes makes my belief in the characters as real people waver. But as an aspiring writer, I love reading scenes an author has reworked or tossed alltogether because I find it fascinating to see the thought process. So, that answer doesn’t really help anyone, I know. I guess I’d say keep the deleted scenes coming, and let your readers decide if they want to take a peek. Love and admiration, Ms. Sloane.

  • May April 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Yes, I love reading deleted scenes. 🙂 It gives me a bit more insight about the characters.

  • Marlene Breakfield April 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I love reading deleted scenes, especially of beloved characters.

  • Robin D April 29, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I do like reading deleted scenes, it’s interesting to see what the author was including!


  • Linda April 29, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Yes, if it’s a book that I’d read & enjoyed. Kinda fun to read what didn’t make the editor’s cut!

  • Pen April 29, 2012 at 3:58 am

    I like reading deleted scenes, excerpts, the whole book. A deleted scene can give me a glimpse into the writing/editing process. Besides that, it’s a whole heck of a lot better than reading cereal boxes or soup cans!! 🙂 (I rarely do that anymore…now if I don’t have a TBR pile, I reread stuff I do have.)

  • Jen B. April 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    It really depends. I have read some delted scenes but normally I don’t. If the author says “read it because…” and the reason makes sense to me, I will check them out.

  • Gale Nelson May 2, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Congratulations. I really don’t like deleted scenes. Sometimes ?I think they change the way you feel about a book once you are done reading it. Gale

  • Leah Weller May 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I like reading them. I enjoy behind the scenes things that authors post on their websites. I imagine revisions are hard and come to a good conclusion but it is interesting to see what was.

  • ladymilano May 5, 2012 at 7:30 am

    A deleted scene always means something. If I really get into the book, of course I’ll hunt the deleted scenes. 😉

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