Guest Post with Giveaway ~ How To Handle A Scandal by Emily Greenwood


5 Ways How to Handle a Scandal is Not Like the News


My husband and I used to share a similar taste in books and movies, but now…not so much. When we married after college—decades ago!— I thought I was getting an English major who was going to read and discuss fiction with me. After all, he was an English major. And we had a lot of fun sharing books and movies.

But something happened over the years, and I woke up one day to the realization that my husband wasn’t reaching for fiction any more. I still was. Fiction is one of my main pleasures in life, a happy addiction that started when I was a girl reading Nancy Drew and Judy Blume, through the teen years reading Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. I’ll try any kind of fiction, everything from forgotten and overlooked books to best sellers. 

I like non-fiction, but I don’t like it as much as my husband does. His bookshelf is now full of almost nothing but non-fiction history books, with titles that usually include words like “death,” “savage,” and “hell.”

What happened? This was the man who’d read and appreciated Jane Eyre, and who’d watched the Pride and Prejudice miniseries with me, along with all the other Jane Austen adaptions. And all the rom-coms of the 1990s. Did he really like those fictional stories of love triumphing? He’ll say yes. But it turns out that what he really wants to watch are shows like Homeland and Breaking Bad.

Those are really good shows, I know. And they explore compelling, important issues. But while my husband was losing his taste for British costume dramas, I was losing my capacity to watch things that are violent or super tense. I already get a heavy dose of injustice and cruelty from the newspaper, Twitter, and the occasional documentary. I do want to be informed about the troubles of the world, and I want to do my part to help. I don’t have my head in the sand.

But…real life can be depressing and frustrating. I find it psychically exhausting to always be aware of strife, which is why I turn to books and TV for a little escape. Watching people abuse one another and make life-ruining mistakes is not an escape for me. What I want my entertainment to be, generally, is light on violence and focused on love.

Unofficial research conducted among my friends suggests that this dynamic is not unique to my marriage. So with that in mind, for anyone else who, like me, just wants a break from too much gloom, here are…


Five Ways HOW TO HANDLE A SCANDAL Is Not Like the News

  1. No one in the book is running for political office. There’s not even a whiff of a campaign ad.
  2. There’s no violence in the story. Though there is a kidnapping. But it’s not a ransom-note type kidnapping—it’s a you-have-to-marry-me type of kidnapping. There are also yelling, cross words, and all kinds of misbehavior—like when the heroine of the story, Eliza Tarryton Truehart, sneaks into a high-class brothel one night and has a completely scandalous adventure.
  3. No drugs or drug wars appear anywhere. There is some wine-drinking, though, especially at a large gathering that takes place on an estate by the sea belonging to Sir Tommy Halifax, the hero of the story. When Tommy gets pulled into Eliza’s outrageous activities, he has his own plans for handling the scandal—plans Eliza doesn’t like at all.
  4. Smooching happens with some frequency. How often do you see that on the news? Not enough, right?
  5. It has a happy ending. 🙂

post-divider rightscandalSeries: The Scandalous Sisters (Book 2)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 1, 2016)
Genre: Romance
ISBN-10: 1492613681
ISBN-13: 978-1492613688
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Seven years after fleeing to India brokenhearted, Tommy Halifax returns to be knighted for his service to the crown, and of course he would run into his first love, the more beautiful than ever Eliza Trueheart.

Widowed already, Eliza is no longer a careless flirt—in fact, she spends her time looking out for such wayward young women. She finds Tommy to have become quite the gentleman, too, and she wants to be honest with him, but she can't decide what's right: making up for her years as a wanton, or falling willingly into Tommy's arms…

post-divider leftemilyEmily Greenwood has a degree in French and worked for a number of years as a writer, crafting newsletters and fundraising brochures. But she far prefers writing playful love stories set in Regency England, and she thinks romance is the chocolate of literature.

A Golden Heart finalist, she lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.


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  1. I totally agree with you. I don't watch much TV due to the topics and my emotions can only handle so much doom & gloom. Love the 5  reasons and I'll read these books anytime. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

    Carol L

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