Aug 3, 2018

Romance, Wine & Chocolate '18 Author Spotlight with Valerie Bowman!

 In August we begin a series of 10 Author Spotlights with a brief Q&A introducing each of the amazing authors attending  Romance, Wine & Chocolate '18 on August 31st in Orlando, FL.  Registration is FULL, but check for cancellations at
Author #3: Get to know a little more about today's featured author, the charismatic, Valerie Bowman

Books by Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman’s books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number
seven). After earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, and watching crazy reality TV. 

 Q&A with Valerie Bowman:

1. What genre(s) do you write?
Regency historical romance

2. Coffee or tea lover?

3. Name one thing on your bucket list.
Live in a New England for the entire month of October

4. Do you have pets?
Two mini-schnauzers: Huckleberry and Violet


5. When I wake up every morning I...Play with my dogs
​6. Weirdest​ or unique thing you own.
A tiny painting of a black poodle drinking coffee

​7. Do you have ​any hobbies or particular skills?
I love to watch True Crime TV shows. Does that count as a hobby?


8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories? 
Fun and happiness. I want everyone to finish my books smiling and feeling great. #RacyRegencyRomps

9. What inspired you to write "A Duke Like No Other"?
The hero of the book appeared in two of the other stories in my Playful Brides series. I finally decided he needed his own story and with him, I was about to write my own favorite trope...REUNITED LOVERS. I kept thinking of who his partner would be and it hit me that he was ALREADY MARRIED to a woman he hasn't laid eyes on in ten years.

Find Valerie on the web at

First comes love, then comes marriage. Unless it's the otherway around. . .
General Mark Grimaldi has sacrificed everything for his military career, working his way through the ranks without the benefit of a nobleman's title. Now, his years of dedication are about to pay off—with an offer for a prestigious promotion to Home Secretary. There's only one condition: Mark must be married. Aside from the small matter of not actually wanting to be wed, Mark faces another troubling problem: he already has a wife.
Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has spent ten contented years in France without her husband—and without regret. When Mark asks her to return to London and play the part of his beloved wife, she sees her chance. But neither of them is prepared for news that will throw Mark's future into chaos…nor the undeniable desire they've rekindled. Maybe happily-ever-after can happen the second time around in A Duke Like No Other, the next Regency romance from Valerie Bowman.

Friends! Are you attending Romance, Wine & Chocolate '18? Have you in the past? Do you enjoy Historical Romance? Are you a fan of Valerie Bowman or is she new to you? Which are your favorites by Valerie? I'd love to hear from you! So tell me...
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  1. Can't wait to see you on August 31st, Lorelei!

    1. I am utterly delighted you’ll be at the event! So many amazing authors together! I’m smiling from ear to ear!

  2. I have read Ms Bowman in the past! And what a lovely cover. She always seems to have pretty covers! Fun q&a! 😊

    1. Thanks Krazymama! I love her stories and covers! They’re so much fun! Thanks for stopping by ❤️

  3. I love Valerie's books and her newest was 5 star all the way. I just adored both Mark and Nicole!

  4. Hiya, Valerie,
    Long time no see. Congrats on your Daphne final, btw- that's huge news missing from this post, LOL!
    See you on the 31st!

    1. Hi Sarah! Can't wait to see you, too. And thanks re: the Daphne final. That was a nice surprise!

  5. I enjoyed that book. How fun to be joining Lorelei's event. Wish I lived closer so I could attend.