Guest post by Heather Snow + Giveaway

Filed in featured , Giveaways , Guest Post , Heather Snow , The Latin Lover Posted on April 12, 2013 @ 7:00 am 19 comments

I am very happy to welcome back to BLI one of my favourite new historical romance authors, the wonderful Heather Snow, author of the Veiled Seduction series, a very exciting and emotional historical romance and mystery series! And I couldn’t be happier because Book #3 Sweet Madness was released recently, and let me tell you, it was worth the wait! It is full of heartache, passion and love, I enjoyed it a lot and I’m sure you will too! Read on to hear more about the story and the writing of it and you could even win a copy of Sweet Enemy or Sweet Deception, the 1st or 2nd book in the series!

Thank you so much for having me back at Book Lovers Inc. I’m thrilled to be here to celebrate the release of Sweet Madness, the third and final book in my debut series. When I sat down to write this story, I was convinced it was the book that would ruin my barely begun career. I write Regency romance, albeit darker than most and driven by mysteries. Still, what was I thinking, starting out a romance in a sanatorium??? Shouldn’t I put my characters in a ballroom and let them be witty? I like witty. Witty is good. And yet, from the moment this story idea gripped me, it wouldn’t let me go. Luckily, early reviews have set my mind at ease. RT BookReviews gave it 4 ½ Stars, saying “In this emotional, compassionate romance…the powerful love story will sweep readers away.” Others have made comments like, “This one is my favorite of her novels,” and “Impossible to put down!” I’m hoping readers agree.

I can say that Gabriel is probably my favorite hero I’ve written so far. Maybe because he’s an underdog if there ever was one. He’s a strong man brought low, one now facing the terrifying prospect of losing his mind and yet hope burns eternal in his heart and he’s willing to do what it takes to get well. He’s brave and he’s a fighter but he’s battling difficult foes—one of them being battle fatigue, or as we know it today, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

I really wanted to be true to the struggles Gabriel might experience and yet get across his strength and dignity in spite of them. I did a lot of research on PTSD, and I have to tell you, just reading about this horrible condition was enough to devastate me.

It also moved me deeply, and made me want to help, if I could. Ultimately, Sweet Madness is a story of the healing power of love, and just as important, of hope. Though Gabriel is a fictional hero, there are many men and women and their families suffering from the effects of PTSD today. Therefore, my husband and I have decided to donate a portion of all royalties earned from the sale of Sweet Madness to Hope For The Warriors®, an organization dedicated to “restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.” If you’re interested in learning more, you can by visiting

PTSD is caused by more than just war, of course…Sweet Madness’s heroine, Penelope, has battles of her own to overcome. She has to learn than healing is a two way street. I hope you’ll find her and Gabriel’s love story all the sweeter for what they have to go through to reach it.

Sweet Madness by Heather Snow

Book #3 in the Veiled Seduction series

There’s a fine line between love and insanity.

An Untamed Mind

Ever since her husband’s sudden and tragic death, Lady Penelope Bridgeman has committed herself to studying the maladies of the mind, particularly treating traumatized soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars. It is this expertise that brings the Marquess of Bromwich’s family to her door.

Gabriel Devereaux’s unexpected and unpredictable episodes are unlike any Penelope has studied. The once proud soldier has been left shaken and withdrawn, but she manages to build a fragile trust between them. Strangely, Gabriel seems completely lucid when not in the grips of his mania, and in the calm between bouts, she is surprised by how much she is drawn to him.

Despite his own growing feelings, Gabriel knows that he is fit for no one, and is determined to keep Penelope away from his descent into madness. But even though she knows firsthand the folly of loving a broken man, Penelope cannot stop herself from trying to save him, no matter the cost.

Read an excerpt

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Heather Snow is an award winning historical romance author with a degree in Chemistry who discovered she preferred creating chemistry on the page rather than in the lab. The final book in her Veiled Seduction series, SWEET MADNESS, hits shelves April 2, 2013. RT Book Reviews Magazine gives it 4 ½ stars, saying “In this emotional, compassionate romance…the powerful love story will sweep readers away.” 

Find out more or connect with Heather at her website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads


Heather has generously offered a copy of  either Sweet Enemy or Sweet Deception to one lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a comment and answer our question:

Who was the most memorable hero/heroine suffering from PTSD or some other effect of war that you have read about in a book or seen in a movie/TV series?

(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 worldwide!

Giveaway ends on 27 April 2013 and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good Luck!

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Janhvi April 12, 2013 at 9:10 am

    The most memorable character suffering from PTSD which I remember is Travis from Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. That was an amazing book!
    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

    • Heather Snow April 12, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      I haven’t read that one yet. Sounds like I should check it out 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • fifi April 12, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Travis from Something Like Normal by Trish Doller.. that book made me cry 😀

    • Heather Snow April 12, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Two votes in a row for Travis…I’m going to have to check it out! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • LSUReader April 12, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    The most memorable for me were the three WWII veterans from the 1946 movie, The Best Years of our Lives. They were such contrasts on the effects of war: the stable family man, who returns changed, but still basically a stable family man; the boy next door who returns wounded, unwilling to saddle his fiancée with a husband who has no hands; and the everyday working man, no longer a highly ranked war hero, he returns to a menial job and a faithless wife.

    I already have Sweet Madness on order and am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for visiting, Heather.

  • blodeuedd April 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Eh..*thinking* Ok I am coming up with a blank. Oh oh, well I am reading the Stormwalker series by Allyson James and the cop there sure has his issues from Iraq

  • JenM April 12, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    The only one that comes to mind for me is Rambo. I remember seeing First Blood when it first came out in the early 1980’s. at that times we all knew how troubled many Vietnam vets were, but PTSD was definitely not a household word.

  • Mary Preston April 13, 2013 at 3:40 am

    I actually can’t think of one off the top of my head. If I do think of one I’ll be back.

  • Anita H April 13, 2013 at 7:13 am

    My fave Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

    • Anita H April 13, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Sorry, crazy computer cut me off! I was trying to say my most memorable hero is Captain Christopher from Lisa Kleypas’ Love in the Afternoon. My heart just broke for him, and I was rooting for Beatrix to help him through it and for them to fall in love!

  • Jane April 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I liked Travis from “Something Like Normal,” too, but the most memorable is Ransom Bennett from Karen Foley’s “Able-Bodied.”

  • Barbara Elness April 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I can’t remember any historical stories, but I do think the Shane Garrison from Jessica Scott’s contemporary Because of You was pretty memorable.

  • Lori Meehan April 13, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Breaking Point (I-Team) by: Pamela Clare. Very good book and a great series. I highly recommend.
    Lorimeehan 1 @

  • sienny April 14, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Ptsd.. Er.. I don’t know if this counts as ptsd or not but i gotta say suzanne brockmann’s frisco from seal tem ten series

  • Filia Oktarina April 14, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Thinking…thinking…. I can’t think of one. I don’t remember if i read hero/heroin suffering from PTSD before.

  • Pratikhya April 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    only book that is coming to my mind right now is To Taste Temptation by Elizabeth Hoyt in which both Samuel and Emeline have some PTSD issues.

  • Diane Sallans April 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Mary Balogh has a new series called The Survivors Club which will be dealing with a group that suffered a variety of effects during the Napoleonic wars – the first book is out – it’s called ‘The Proposal’ and deals with the psychological effects suffered by Hugo, Lord Trentham – it was wonderful & I look forward to the rest of the series.

  • evening-green April 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I don’t seem to have come across a memorable hero or heroine suffering from PTSD before, I can’t think of anyone.

  • Joanne B April 22, 2013 at 10:17 am

    The only thing I can think of is one of my favorite movies.. The Best Years of Our Lives. It was about three veterans and their families trying to cope with the after effects of the war.

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