When Harry Met Molly Virtual Book Tour November ’10

When Harry Met Molly

Join Kieran Kramer, author of the historical romance novel, When Harry Met Molly  (St. Martin’s Press), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in November on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!

About Kieran Kramer


Kieran, a former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher, lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with her family. Game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer, her motto is, “Life rewards action.”

Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and at www.kierankramerbooks.com

When Harry Met Molly is her first novel.

About When Harry Met Molly


Kieran Kramer transports you to London, and a time where a wager can be placed by royal decree—and romance is always in season…

Dashing Lord Harry Traemore is perfectly content to live out his days in the pursuit of pleasure. But when he’s named by the Prince Regent as one of society’s “Impossible Bachelors,” Harry is drafted into a ribald romantic wager. The rules of engagement are scandalously simple: The bachelor whose mistress wins the title of “Most Delectable Companion” gets to remain unmarried. Harry is utterly unconcerned about his status…until his latest lightskirt abandons him.

Enter Lady Molly Fairbanks. Harry’s childhood friend—actually, “foe” is more like it—is the most unlikely companion of all. She’s attractive but hot-headed, and in no mood for games. Besides, what could the self-indulgent Harry possibly know about what makes a woman delectable? It’s time for Molly to teach him a lesson once and for all…but will it lead to “happily ever after?”

Book Excerpt

Molly stood on the road beside Harry and watched the vehicle carrying
Cedric and his Aphrodite disappear around a bend in the road. Her ears began to
buzz. In the distance, the chickens, the oak tree, the woman and child
climbing into a wagon in the stableyard—all became wavy, like ribbons of
God, no. This couldn’t be happening to her. Everything, everything…was
wrong, upside-down.
She blinked slowly, several times, to make the waves go away. When they
did, she found her feet again, one of which she promptly stomped at Harry.
“Now see what you’ve done,” she said. “I’m stranded here because your
fit of temper caused your lightskirt to throw herself into the arms of my
Harry brought his face a mere few inches from her own. “And your intended
obviously had had enough of your bossiness. So much so that he took off
with my lightskirt!”
“You shouldn’t have a lightskirt,” said Molly. “What would your mother
“And you shouldn’t be running off to Gretna Green with a spineless fop.”
Molly refused to blink. “He wasn’t spineless. Simply…sensitive.”
Although she had no idea why she was defending Cedric. It was Harry’s
fault, of course. He always brought out the irrational in her.
Harry scoffed. “Alliston sensitive? He was about as sensitive as a tree
She crossed her arms. “And your lightskirt was about as intelligent as…as
an insect.”
Harry’s smile was wicked. “She doesn’t require intelligence for what I
need her for.”
If he intended to make her blush, Molly wouldn’t give him the
satisfaction. She turned her back and put up her parasol.
Never in a million years would she ask Harry’s help.
But help was what she needed. She was stranded at a remote hostelry in the
middle of England, unchaperoned and without even the excuse of going to
Gretna Green with her intended to protect her reputation.
If anyone back home found out what was happening to her, she was a fallen
Harry watched Molly march onto the dusty road, the silliest of striped
parasols opened above her head. She stared down both ways with a wrinkle on
her brow. He recalled that there were no farmhouses or places to stop for at
least ten miles southward, but the north road led her even farther from
“Here now!” he called to her.
She turned around. “I’ve nothing to say to you.” She put her chin in the
air and headed south.
Harry trotted after her, grabbed her elbow, and swung her around. “You’re
not going to disappear and leave me in an awkward situation.”
Her cheeks were spotted pink. “Oh, and I’m not in one myself? Any
gentleman would have noticed I am! But no, you’re no gentleman. The whole world
knows that.”
She hit him on the chest with her reticule. It felt empty, except for
maybe a coin.
He sighed. “That doesn’t help anything.”
She inhaled through her nose and let her breath out in a gusty sigh. “I’m
sorry. A lady doesn’t hit people. Even though you deserve it, cavorting
with a woman who’s no lady at all, running off with any man she sees!”
He scoffed. “Are you telling me you’re a lady? You put a thistle in my
seat and a rock in my wine goblet last time I dined at Marble Hill.”
“That was a long time ago.”
“It was at Penelope and Roderick’s bon voyage celebration before they
took the girls to Italy. Barely four months ago.”
“Yes, but how is that worse than pulling someone’s chair out a little too
far? You did it the very evening after your dear Aunt Cora expired! I
almost fell on my bottom at supper, in front of all your grieving family,
thanks to you.”
“I did it for Aunt Cora,” he said. “She liked practical jokes.”
“A poor excuse,” Molly replied.
They glared at each other. Neither one spoke for a minute, and then she
said, rather thickly, “We’re both in trouble.”
He hoped she wouldn’t become a watering pot. It was the last thing he
needed, to be in the presence of a stubborn shrew who was also crying.
“Perhaps we should help each other out of it,” he said very reluctantly.
Oh, how it cost him!
“That’s what I was thinking,” she said, brightening a bit.
Thank God. Although seeing her brighten was something he usually wouldn’t
“Exactly what is your situation?” she asked him.
“I’m travelling to a house party, a rather lively one. I can take you
with me.”
“Let’s just say it’s not the sort of house party you‘d typically attend.
Or most members of the ton, for that matter. It’s…unique. This year I’ve
been designated the host.”
She waved him off and kept walking.
“And I need a mistress to take with me!” he called after her, refusing to
look or sound ashamed.
She wheeled around. “I should have known you’d propose something
scandalous.” And then marched off again in an even greater huff.
“You’d be my false mistress, not a real one, you foolish chit!” As usual,
she had his blood boiling.
She turned again, stopped, stuck an index finger on her chest. “Me?
“Yes, you. Walking into certain danger on that road.” He felt his
nostrils flare like a bull’s. There was not a person in the world who could rile
him the way Molly Fairbanks did.
“Dangerous?” She put a fist on her hip. “How is walking on a road more
dangerous than attending a gathering with you, where there’ll be sure to be
drunken louts falling everywhere and lightskirts gadding about half-clothed?
And why would anyone need a false mistress anyway? It’s a ludicrous
Harry crossed his arms and prayed for patience. “First of all, we shan’t
be drunk all the time.”
Molly rolled her eyes.
“There is some strategy involved.”
“Such as?”
“If I show up with no mistress at all,” he explained, “I’ll lose the
wager immediately. So I must bring someone. Your presence will at least keep
me in the game.”
She opened her mouth to rip into him–he saw the flare of battle in her eyes
–but he put his index finger in the air. “I’m willing to make you a
mistress in name only to protect your virtue.” She should be pleased. “Although
no one else shall know of our arrangement, of course.”
He’d be the only man at the house party with a false mistress. Did she not
appreciate his sacrifice?
She lowered her brows. “I knew it was something like that. What exactly do
you mean by ‘game?’”
“We compete. Whoever brings the finest mistress wins.”
“Ugh.” She rolled her eyes. “Do go on.”
“Each woman shall be judged on her beauty–extra points for beauty,
actually, especially if we can see much of it.”
Molly’s brow wrinkled. “‘See much of it?’”
“Yes. ” He bit his lip, not caring to explain. “And then, of course, she
shall be judged on her conversation. And her wit.” He snapped his fingers. “
If she’s skilled at gambling with ha’pennies, laughs frequently at men’s
jokes, and notices when their brandy snifters need replenishing, so much
the better.”
“You’re joking.”
Harry shrugged. “Not at all. To sum up, she’ll be judged on almost all
the things that make a female, shall we say, mesmerizing to a man.”
Molly sighed and tapped her foot. “What do you win if you bring the, erm,
finest of the mistresses?”
“She gets the glory of winning the title–’The Most Delectable Companion,
’” he said as if he were announcing the tightrope walker at the travelling
circus. “And a crown of paste,” he remembered to add.
She twisted her face up. “That’s all? She receives no tangible reward
beyond a worthless title and tiara?”
He shifted, suddenly feeling doubtful. Molly had a way of making him feel
like a…a dunderhead. He hadn’t felt that way since–
Since he’d last seen her!
“You should at least give the Most Delectable Companion loads of money,”
she said, her chin back in the air. “God knows she’ll deserve it. Any
lightskirt of yours would require the patience of a saint!” She paused only
long enough to get her breath. “What does her consort win?”
“Another year of freedom from parson’s noose,” he said with relish,
because he knew she would hate to hear him say it. “And every matchmaking mama,
all the dragon ladies who rule Almack’s, and every bettor at every club in
London will know he’s off the market. Thanks to a royal decree put forth by
Prinny himself.”
“Prinny?” Her lip curled. “You mean, the Prince Regent will give you
permission to enjoy shirking your duty by your family.”
“What duty?” Harry said coolly. “Roderick shall be the next Duke of
Mallan, and Penelope will be sure to produce a son soon. He’ll already have four
big sisters to boss him about. The line is thriving, I assure you.”
“But you must marry as well.” She sounded exactly like his mother. And
his sister-in-law. And his father and brother.
“I am the spare,” he ground out. “I can stay a bachelor as long as I’d
like. They merely need me if Roderick sticks his spoon in the wall before
his son is born, and my brother is a hale, hearty fellow who shall be around
for another seventy years at least.”
“But your mama will want more grandchildren,” Molly persisted, twirling
her parasol as if they were conversing about the weather.
She must quite enjoy bickering, Harry thought. Perhaps it was her favorite
He felt his mouth become a grim line. “I’d rather not discuss it. It is,
quite frankly, none of your business, Molly Fairbanks.”
“Ohhhh,” she growled, and lowered her parasol to glare at him. As if he
couldn’t see the intensity of that fierce look unless the sun were full upon
her face.
They were getting nowhere. Fast. And she was working herself up to hitting
him again with that blasted reticule.
“Let’s get back to business, shall we?” he said. “The men whose
mistresses don’t win the contest must pull straws to see who must get legshackled
to the woman handpicked for him by the board of their club. So we have an
obvious winner and an obvious loser.”
Molly brightened. “If you lose this year, you’d have to marry Anne
“How did you know?”
“Easy. Your papa’s on your club board. And he’s told everyone he believes
she’ll have a calming influence on you.” She inclined her head and
smiled. “I will quite enjoy that, seeing you and Anne married.”
He narrowed his eyes at her. “You always were cruel.”
She laughed. “Tell me, Harry, what would I get out of being your–ahem–
false mistress?”
He crossed his arms. “Safe, anonymous travel back to Marble Hill. I assume
your father is traipsing about Europe somewhere and that you somehow
pulled the wool over his cousin Augusta’s eyes?”
“How did you know?”
“Easy. You’re extremely predictable.”
She narrowed her eyes. “I don’t like how you said that.”
He shrugged. “Take it as you wish.”
She bit her thumbnail. “But the gentlemen at the house party. What if they
recognize me in Town? Now that I’m not marrying Cedric, I shall have to
have a Season.”
“You’ll wear loads of face powder and rouge.”
“They’ll itch.” She knew from experimenting with Cousin Augusta’s.
“And you must use a false name.”
“I’ll forget it. I know it.”
He sighed. “You can’t afford to forget it.”
“Then it must be Delilah,” she said. “It’s the only name I’ll be able to
“Why Delilah?”
“I don’t know. But I already know I won’t forget it.”
Harry shook his head. He would never quite understand women and the way
their minds worked, especially Molly’s–thank God.
“You needn’t be overly worried about being found out,” he said. “The
gentlemen will be mildly pickled half the time–when we’re out shooting–and
severely so the other half. Plus, they’ll be looking down almost always.” He
cocked one brow.
Her face grew red. “Do you mean–?” She glanced down at her own bodice.
She shuddered. “This house party sounds awful.”
“It will be.” He grinned. “Positively dreadful.”
She narrowed her eyes, kicked a stone in the road, and then whirled back
to face him. “Why me?” she demanded. “Why not ask that buxom barmaid back
at the inn to be your real mistress? She’s a willing handful, isn’t she?”
He resented having to venture into truth territory, where vague notions
about saving damsels in distress claimed priority over his own more immediate
needs and wants.
“Believe me,” he said. “I thought about asking her, even if she is a bit
rustic. But I can’t allow a gently bred lady to be thrust out into the
world unprotected. Even if that so-called lady“–he put as much sarcasm in the
word as possible–”is you.”
“Oh.” She drew back.
“Oh,” she said again, softer this time, and bit her lip.
He’d gone too far. And yes, he felt guilty. Roderick would have his hide
if he’d heard Harry address his sister-in-law so.
But Molly was so…provoking. Always had been. From the time she’d
discovered, at age four, a sack of acorns he’d spent two weeks gathering for a game
of war with Roderick and redistributed them to the squirrels at Marble
She shook her head. “I won’t go with you. But thank you for asking.” Her
voice was small. She lowered her parasol and took off down the road again,
this time looking not so much like Napoleon. Her arms were wrapped around
her middle, not swinging boldly. Her stride had shortened as well.
She stumbled over a rock.
“Wait!” he called to her.
She recovered and kept walking.
He strode after her. “Will you stop?”
She quickened her pace.
He caught up to her, and she began to run.
Dash it all, he would have to run, too!
In one fell swoop, he lifted her over his shoulder and turned back to the
inn. She screamed and kicked and beat him with her parasol, but he paid no
heed to her pathetic attempts to make him submit to her shrill threats and
simply kept walking.
“Thrash and scream to your heart’s content,” he said, ignoring the
ringing in his ears. “Perhaps it will tire you out.”
A remark which his captive took to heart.
Seemingly by the grace of God alone, Harry made it to the stableyard
without too much bodily damage.
“Ready?” he called to his coachman, who’d been ready this age, and was
agog at the sight of his master toting a screaming virago who was, at the
same time, obviously a well-bred young lady, over his shoulder. Harry opened
the door to the carriage, stuffed Molly in, and jumped in himself, pulling
the door quickly behind him and holding it shut. He put his hand on the
other door as well to keep it sealed.
The carriage rocked forward and began a brisk roll out of the stableyard.
They were on the road north again.
Molly clenched the seat cushion and drew in huge lungfuls of air. “I told
you I hated you, Harry,” she said between breaths. “But the truth is I
hate you with a capital H. That’s even more than I hated you before.”
He would allow her that diatribe. As penance for his “you’re-no-lady”
“Nevertheless,” he replied coolly. “We’re stuck together. For one week.”
Inwardly, he sighed. Then reassured himself–if he could handle Waterloo,
he could most certainly deal with Molly Fairbanks.

Here’s what reviewers have to say!

““A delectable debut…I simply adored it!”
New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn

“This book is better than dessert!”
Celeste Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Rogue in My Arms

“Kieran Kramer pens a delightful regency confection…a wonderfully bright debut.”
Julia London, New York Times bestselling author of Courtesan’s Scandal

“I couldn’t put it down…a charming delight!”
—Lynsay Sands, New York Times bestselling author of The Hellion and the Highlander

“A wickedly witty treat…an exquisite debut!”
—Kathryn Caskie, New York Times bestselling author of The Most Wicked of Sins

“When Harry Met Molly is a delightful, page-turning read! New author Kieran Kramer will capture both your imagination and your heart.”
Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage





Monday, November 1
Book Reviewed at I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read

Tuesday, November 2
Book Reviewed at Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My

Wednesday, November 3
Book Reviewed at Heather’s Reading Romance
Guest Blogging at The Book Faery Reviews
Interviewed at Romance Writer’s Revenge

Thursday, November 4
Guest Blogging at Heather’s Reading Romance
Interviewed at Vauxhall Vixens

Friday, November 5
Book Reviewed at Rundpinne

Monday, November 8
Book Reviewed at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Interviewed at Allvoices

Tuesday, November 9
Interviewed at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
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Wednesday, November 10
Book Reviewed at Books, Thoughts and a Few Adventures

Thursday, November 11
Book Reviewed at Life With 5 Monkies

Friday, November 12
Guest Blogging at Thoughts In Progress

Monday, November 15
Guest Blogging at Diva’s Bookcase

Tuesday, November 16
Book Reviewed at Diva’s Bookcase

Wednesday, November 17
Interviewed at Beyond the Books

Thursday, November 18
Book Reviewed at Books Like Breathing

Friday, November 19
Book Reviewed at Review From Here
Guest Blogging at Babbling About Books and More

Monday, November 22
Guest Blogging at The Book Tree
Interviewed at Romance Bandits

Tuesday, November 23
Book Reviewed at Simply Stacie

Wednesday, November 24
Book Reviewed at A Cozy Reader’s Corner
Interviewed at Literarily Speaking

Friday, November 26
Book Reviewed at Book Reviews by Molly
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Kieran Kramer’s WHEN HARRY MET MOLLY VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ‘10 will officially begin on November 2nd and ends on November 27th. If you would like to participate in this tour, please contact Tracee Gleichner at tgleichner(at)live(dot)com. Thank you!