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Blog Tour: To Catch a Thief-Taker by Lilia Birney - Giveaway + Excerpt

Hey guys! Welcome to today's blog tour! So yes, let's start with the great news! There will be a giveaway! To one lucky commenter throughout the tour, he/she will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate. So what are you waiting for? Comment! :P Oh yes, and I know I was supposed to do a review, but due to school, I am unable to review it just yet. Don't worry, it'll be up real soon!

To Catch a Thief-Taker by Lilia Birney

When Lady Penelope Annand's trusted servant goes missing, she is determined to get to the bottom of the matter. Even if that means hiring a thief-taker to track down her maid's whereabouts. But when the darkly smoldering Pierce Howe takes charge of the situation, Penelope finds herself growing more attracted to him by the second--even if she's infuriated by his high-handed manner. She doesn't trust any man--not after the way her first husband wronged her--so why is she so quick to believe in a thief-taker?

Pierce Howe has made a name for himself as one of London's most reliable thief-takers, leaving behind his family's sordid past to create a life of his own. But when Viscountess Annand, known in society as The Ice Goddess, demands that he track down her wayward maid, all his carefully-constructed defenses begin crumbling. As the Ice Goddess shows that she does indeed have a melting point, the thief-taker must decide if he can risk it all and tell her the truth about his past.

Lilia Birney

Lilia is a reader and writer of historical romance. While the Regency is her favorite era, she loves anything from the Revolution to the 1940s, with a special interest in American history. Her first novella, From Air to Eternity, was published by Night Shift Publishing in 2011. Her newest series, The Liberated Ladies, explores the lives of four very independent women in Georgian England. Lilia lives in New Bern, North Carolina.

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Time for a short excerpt!

She gathered her skirts and took a step, only to be caught around the waist from behind. Unable to breathe from the pressure of the arm around her middle, she kicked backward, connecting with her assailant's right knee.

"Damnation!" A familiar voice swore, and her captor released her. Rubbing her ribs, she turned to see Pierce kneeling in the dirt.

"Pierce, are you terribly hurt?" She knelt beside him, tucking her skirt to pad her knees. "I'm so sorry. You frightened me. I didn't know it was you."

"I was worried when I returned to the carriage and you weren't there," he gasped, rubbing his kneecap. "I should know now, I need never worry for your safety again. Who knew a lady's boot heel could be quite so painful?"

"You shouldn't have grabbed me so," she replied tartly. "How was I supposed to react? Here we are in the yard of a most notorious brothel—any man with a grain of sense would have approached me differently."

"Believe me, madam, I am regretting my mistake most heartily at the moment." He gingerly flexed his leg, grimacing slightly. "What the devil are you doing out of the carriage anyway?"

"I saw a servant passing by, and thought it would be wise to question her." She took his leg in both of her hands, pressing it gently. Heavens, what a strong, muscled leg he had. She was thankful for the darkness, which hopefully covered her blush. "Does this hurt?"
"I'll survive." He leaned back on his elbows in the grass, staring at her from under lowered brows. "I was concerned for your safety, Lady Annand."

"Thank you, but I can defend myself. As you now know." She withdrew her hands from his leg, keeping her eyes lowered. If he read her thoughts at that moment, how he would laugh at her—how everyone would laugh. The Ice Goddess, reduced to nothing but a bowl of porridge after touching a man's knee.

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I've never heard of a "thief-taker" before and am looking forward to learning more about them. I'm glad to read in the excerpt, that Lady Annand can take care of herself with no help from Pierce. This book sound interesting and fun. Can't wait to read it.



Hi Joanne, yep--Lady Annand has learned the hard way to take care of herself. The question is, will she let down her guard enough to let Pierce into her life? ;)


Thanks for hosting me! Looking forward to your review. :)


This book sounds so good. I really enjoyed how you posted the excerpts! And what a great giveaway!! Happy Reading! :)

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Thanks for being apart of the tour! It's been really great so far. Another great sneak peak!!! I'm so intrigued by this book now :)

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"The Liberated Ladies" sounds like a fun name for a series! Are all the heroines as spunky as Penelope?

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Love the idea of a thief taker!


The story sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway!


This is a great book..will recommend it to all historical romance lovers. Waiting for the next in the series. Thanks for the giveaway!


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I do look forward to your review. Everything tells me I will love reading TO CATCH A THIEF-TAKER.



I enjoyed the excerpt. Sounds like a good book.



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