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Fly with a Rogue by Elena Greene

A village schoolmistress’s life takes a turn when a Waterloo veteran turned aeronaut crashes his balloon near her cottage. Passion sweeps them along, taking them on a scandalous flight across the English countryside. They must marry, but can they make a life together?

“This book does not disappoint and took Regency romance to a whole new level (pun intended).”
— (5 stars) Amazon reader review

“I enjoyed the interaction of these two characters. It was many things…humorous, serious, caring, annoyance and of course, romantic. You never knew quite what to expect next from them.”
— (5 stars) Amazon reader review

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Elena Greene portraitElena Greene grew up reading her mother’s Georgette Heyer novels, but it wasn’t until she went on an international assignment to the United Kingdom that she was inspired to start writing her own. Her first Regency romance was published in 2000 and was followed by five more Regencies and a novella. Her books have won the Desert Rose Golden Quill and Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, Lady Dearing’s Masquerade, won RT Book Club’s award for Best Regency Romance of 2005. Elena lives in upstate New York with her stroke survivor husband and two daughters.

Learn more and connect with Elena at:
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For a complete listing of titles offered in this sale, please visit the Risky Regencies 99 Cent Sale Page.

The cover for the paperback version of Fly with a Rogue is fixed now. It took a little longer than I’d hoped, but that’s what I get for finding problems over a holiday weekend! Anyway, the paperback is available at Createspace right now and will be up on Amazon soon. Which means I can do a giveaway.  🙂

I never did talk about what is risky about this book. Basically, the whole premise seemed risky to me, based on the lukewarm response I got from the few industry professionals to whom I pitched the idea, years ago.

One told me I needed a sexier idea than a balloonist hero and suggested I try writing a courtesan story. The problem was that I’d read some good courtesan stories and couldn’t think of a fresh take on the concept.

Another seemed puzzled by the combination of my hero Gil’s military backstory and ballooning. The mix of dark and light elements didn’t make sense to her. I probably didn’t pitch it well, because at the time I didn’t have a clear idea of where the story was going. Most of my stories emerge in the writing.

But this story was the one I really wanted to work on. Once my husband had recovered enough from his stroke that I had a few hours here and there to write, I resolved to make those hours as fun and fulfilling as possible. I decided not to worry about the market, because who knew if or when I would ever finish. I’m still not sure Fly with a Rogue fits with market trends—not a duke or duchess in sight, though I’ve been seeing “rogue” in a lot of titles lately. I’m just glad I finally managed to give Gil and Emma their happy ending.

So, for the chance to win one of five paperback copies, let me know what trends you enjoy in Regency era romance. Anything you’d like to see more of?  I’ll pick winners next Thursday and announce on Friday.


P.S. I still haven’t heard from the following winners of the e-book version: bn100 and Annette. Please email me at elena @ (no spaces) and let me know if you prefer Kindle, Nook or a Smashwords coupon.

pageproofsThis picture is an example of the sort of week I’ve been having.

See the pretty page proof of Fly with a Rogue on the left? It’s actually the second of three proofs I ordered for checking out updates to the paperback version. Nice cover, right? And that’s just as it was in the first page proof. But there were still some issues to be addressed in the interior, so after making corrections, I ordered the third page proof. In the rush to check the interior, I didn’t take a close look at the cover. After all, it was good in the previous two proofs and I hadn’t changed the file, right?

My bad. Next time I will check everything, every time. For now, I’m going to wait until the cover is fixed—which should be soon—before I do a giveaway of the paperback copy.

Other Stuff That Went Wrong this week. One of the support cylinders for the trunk of my hard-working, much-loved but soon-to-be-replaced Subaru Outback broke, so now it takes two people to load or unload anything, one to hold the trunk open, one to handle the stuff. An important message to the narrator of the audiobook for Lady Dearing’s Masquerade didn’t go through for whatever reason—and with no error reported, so I didn’t know until I sent her another note that she hadn’t gotten the first. Anyway, she’s now working diligently to make up for the lost time, which I appreciate!

So nothing terrible, just little annoyances and setbacks. So how was your week? Any accomplishments? Any setbacks, large or small, you’d like to share?

But first let me announce the winners of the e-book version of Fly with a Rogue. Congratulations to:

Shelley Munro

Please email me at elena @ (no spaces) and let me know the correct email to use for the gift and if you prefer a Kindle, Nook or Smashwords copy.

So let me know how your week has been going!


ElenaGreene_FlyWithARogue_800pxFly with a Rogue, my new Regency-set historical romance, is now out on Kindle and Nook. (You can learn more and read an excerpt here.) The paperback version and other e-book formats are still in progress, coming next week. I’m also busy reviewing the audiobook version of Lady Dearing’s Masquerade and taking my daughters back-to-school shopping, so it’s been a crazy week. But how blessed I am to be buried under so many happy tasks!

Those of you who’ve followed this blog for a while know that my husband suffered a severe stroke over four years ago. For several years, I couldn’t write at all and even once I started to schedule time for it, the writing often had to take a back seat so I could deal things like challenges to my husband’s disability status, episodes of bullying in middle school, and times when I thought we should be getting a frequent customer discount from the plumber.

There were times I felt like a fake. Real writers are supposed to write every day, right? So I need to thank everyone here for taking my aspirations seriously, or at least pretending to. I wouldn’t blame anyone for wondering if this story would ever get done!

But here it is, and in celebration I’d like to give away 5 copies of the e-book version. Please share something or someone you’re grateful for. Comment by Thursday, 8/29, and I’ll pick 5 winners at random, to be announced on Friday, 8/30.


fwar0813I’m busy editing Fly with a Rogue based on critique partner input. Like going to the dentist, critique is something you wouldn’t do if it wasn’t good for you. But it’s going well.

Here’s an excerpt, near the beginning of the story. Gil Manning crashes his balloon and after a brief first meeting with local schoolmistress Emma Westfield, he passes out due to a concussion. He is brought to her cottage where she watches him through the night, having been warned by the surgeon that he might never revive.

He was a flirt and a daredevil, there was no doubt of that. A gambler. A gentleman, perhaps an officer sold out since Waterloo. She wondered if he’d known . . . but how likely was that? Yet how could she not think about it? She’d seen the scars, the result of bullets and swords piercing his flesh. Scars that could not obscure the beauty of a healthy male body.

She blinked away a tear. Lud! She hadn’t cried in ages. What was the matter with her now?

She knew what was the matter.

It was the look of childlike innocence Manning wore in sleep, as he might in death. Had Charles looked so when he died? Had he thought of her? Perhaps, regretted . . .?

Charles . . . my love . . .

She caught herself whispering the words aloud. Now she was going mad.

But Manning did not wake. Perhaps his spirit was already beyond reach. Did he have a wife or a sweetheart who would mourn him?
Tears blurred her vision as she leaned over him. His mouth was surely made for smiling. For laughing. For kissing. Grief welled up along with the feeling that he might never do any of those things again.

She closed her eyes and pressed her lips to his. They were cool and unresponsive.

Then they parted.

She jerked back, saw his eyes flutter open.

“Don’t stop now,” he whispered.

Fly with a Rogue is due out in e-book format by August 20 and paperback on August 27. It’s now available for preorder on Kindle and paperback.


P.S. I’m also running a Goodreads giveaway for Saving Lord Verwood. Click the link below if you’d like to enter.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Saving Lord Verwood by Elena Greene

Saving Lord Verwood

by Elena Greene

Giveaway ends August 04, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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