Fan2Author Interview with … Cara Elliott!

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I’m so happy to welcome this author. Her books just make me so very happy. Have you been lucky to read any of them? If not, I’m hoping you’ll take my word when I tell you that she knows her craft inside-out and once you read her stories, you’ll be hooked for life! Trust me.

Bookworms, please help me welcome Cara Elliott.

Cara, before I start with the questions, how about you tell us a bit about your writing career?

Cara Elliott: Well, my mother would tell you that I started my writing career when I was five years old—and she actually saved the book! It’s a Western, complete with colorful crayon drawings of cowboys and horses (and lots of misspelling, which I still make!) I loved art as well as writing throughout school, and got my Master’s degree in Graphic Design, which led me to work as a Creative Director in magazine design for a number of years.

So it took me a while to return to writing . . . and by that time my interest had switched from the Wild West to Regency England. (I guess I have a thing for Men in Boots!) It’s very exciting to be back working at my first love, and I’m now lucky enough to write full time.

Titles are also very important. I wondered if you have help in coming up with them.

CE: It’s definitely a collaborative effort with my editor and the whole editorial department. Titles are definitely very important, and it’s fun to toss around ideas. That’s when the fun starts to happen and the creative energy starts crackling as we all start making suggestions. And then, something will just click that all of us love.

Do you let someone read your work during your writing process? Who and why? Or do you wait ‘till it’s finished, then you let someone read it…and who?

CE: It must be my introvert nature because, no I’m not one of those writers who likes critiques or critique groups. For better or for worse, I like to craft and work through the creative process by myself. It’s how I get to know my characters and develop a feel for how they react to situations. I do have a few Beta readers who occasionally see a finished manuscript before I give it to my editor, but for the most part, it’s a solitary effort up to that point.

How have your characters and their stories come to you and which one/s whispered the loudest for their story to be told?

CE: Oh, inspiration comes to me in all sorts of odd ways. I see a snippet in a history book or see a portrait in a museum with a caption about the real-life person, and think, “Hmmm, that could turn into a really fun story.” Or take my current release, SCANDALOUSLY YOURS. I began thinking on how “Sleepless in Seattle” could make such a delightful Regency plotline, what with all the letter writing . . . so I just started letting my imagination run wild. That’s the great thing about writing for me—just letting my mind run off on its own!

As a writer, I’m sure you read a lot, that is when you get some time to yourself. What do you read the most, genre included, and what’s on your TBR right now?

CE: I’m an avid reader, and love lots of different genres in addition to romance. Non-fiction history and historical mystery are a few favorites. Right now I’m reading Empty Mansions, a fascinating look at the life of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark and the history of her fabulously wealthy family. It’s an amazing American story from the Gilded Age.  And then I have two historical mysteries on the TBR pile from authors I love: An Old Betrayal, a Victorian mystery by Charles Finch, and Murder at Hatfield House, an Elizabethan mystery by Amanda Carmack.

What’s your favorite meal of the day (food)?

CE: Does chocolate count? (Ha, ha, ha,)

During a thunderstorm – stay inside or sit on porch watching the show?

CE: I like watching the show . . . or even rolling up my yoga pants and taking a barefooted walk in the rain.

Flannels or Silk? Sports car or SUV? Cats or Dogs? Champagne or Beer? Movies or TV? What’s your favorite TV show or movie?

CE: Flannels AND silk. Sports car. Dogs. Champagne. Movies. I confess to being a great fan of the old Cary Grant screwball comedies of the 30s and 40s. I love the witty dialogue and the chic clothes.

Do you like to cook? What’s your favorite spot in the house? Your favorite time of the year?

CE: Yes, I do love to cook, and my friends and family will tell you that I make some killer risottos and desserts. My favorite room is my writing room, which looks out on a grove of pine trees. It’s very cozy because I’m surrounded by floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with books and various quirky little mementos I’ve picked up during my various travels. As for seasons, I love autumn with the changing colors and the crispness to the air here in New England . . . but it’s way too short!

Cara, thanks so much for stopping by b2b and we wish you great success with this new series, I just loved this first story and am looking forward to the next two.

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‘SCANDALOUSLY YOURS’ by Cara Elliott

BOOK BLURB: The eldest of the three Sloane sisters, Olivia is unafraid to question the boundaries of Society-even if it does frequently land her in trouble. Disdaining the glittery world of balls and courtship, Olivia prefers to spend her time writing fiery political essays under a pseudonym for London’s leading newspaper.

But when her columns attract the attention of the oh-so-proper Earl of Wrexham, Olivia suddenly finds herself dancing on the razor’s edge of scandal. With the help of her sisters, she tries to stay one step ahead of trouble . . .

However, after a series of madcap misadventures, Wrexham, a former military hero who is fighting for social reform in Parliament, discovers Olivia’s secret. To her surprise, he proposes a temporary alliance to help win passage of his bill. Passion flares between them, but when a political enemy kidnaps the earl’s young son, they must make some dangerous decisions . . .and trust that love will conquer all.

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EXCERPT:

“How dare you spy on me, sir!” demanded Olivia, once she had mastered her emotions enough to speak.

He fixed her with a commanding stare, the one that had set many a seasoned soldiers to quaking in their boots. “I would not have had to resort to such tactics if you had shown me the courtesy of answering my letters.”

Olivia refused to be intimidated. Lifting her chin, she scowled back at him. “I did answer them.”

“With a single word—no.”

“And what,” she asked with excruciating politeness, “did you not understand about such a simple syllable?”

John couldn’t help but admire her grit. It took courage and resourcefulness to play in a man’s world. And she played well, he conceded.

Expelling a harried sigh, he felt his anger dissipate just as quickly as it had come. She had no choice but to guard her secret very carefully. “Look, at least hear me out, Miss Sloane. Tracking down The Beacon has led me on a merry dance throughout Town.”

Olivia paled at the mention of the nom de plume. Turning abruptly, she plunged off the path and darted around a tangle of holly.

“Wait!” John ducked under the prickly branches, losing his hat in the process.

“Go away!” Her voice was muffled by the overhanging leaves.

“Not until we talk!”

“I’ve nothing to say to you.”

The Devil take it. All but a last little flutter of her skirts disappeared behind a shaggy yew hedge. Swearing under his breath, John cut through a patch of lavender. He hadn’t come this far to be rebuffed. She would damn well listen. Or else…

Several long strides brought him within arm’s reach of her. “Confound it, Miss Sloane, stop and listen,” he called, lunging for her sleeve.

As his fingers seized the fabric, his boot snagged on a twist of morning glory. Pitched off-balance, he stumbled and fell, taking her with him. Tangled together, they hit the ground hard, their momentum rolling them into a patch of pachysandra.

“Ooof!” Olivia’s flailing kick caught him square in the shin.

Flat on his back, John got a momentary glimpse of Olivia’s irrepressible curls dancing in the breeze before another half turn landed him on his stomach. Burning with embarrassment, he tried to right himself, only to find that she was sprawled across his…posterior.

Bloody hell, he had never felt like a bigger arse in all his life.

They both started wriggling at the same time. He managed to twist face-up just as she slipped on the glossy leaves and fell back down atop him.

“Miss Sloane,” he gasped.

“Lord Wrexham,” wheezed Olivia, an odd little burr roughening her already throaty voice.

For an instant, he feared she was going to burst into tears.

Instead, she began to laugh.

And laugh.

Scottie was right. It was a delightful sound, its top notes shaded with a rich, sensual echo that seemed to stroke over his skin like a moon-dappled midnight breeze.

A twitch tugged at his lips. His dignity—as well as his coat—was in tatters, his pride was bruised, and though he should not find it at all funny, John felt a rumble vibrate deep in his throat.

Olivia tried to get up again, but her limbs were too weak with mirth. “Good Lord, what a ridiculous picture we must make!” she wheezed in between burbles of laughter.

“Here, let me help you.” Levering to his feet, John lifted her up and as she seemed a bit shaky, he kept his hands on her waist.

“Well, it’s not every day I take a tumble in the hay with an earl,” she quipped.

“Please don’t think that I make a habit of ruining a young lady’s reputation,” he answered.

Her cheeks, already pink from the breeze, turned a lusher shade of red as she looked up and wet her lips.

John felt his body clench. His legendary sang froid began to bubble…His steely self-control went up in smoke…

Olivia flinched as his mouth possessed hers. She was like summer rain against his tongue. So soft, so sweet.

Her hands came up around his neck.

Hell, it would serve him right if she throttled him on the spot.

But then, all of a sudden, she was kissing him back.

In a daze, John twisted around and braced her back against the ivy-covered wall, the glossy leaves crackling under the crush of silk. He was dimly aware of a roaring like cannonfire in his ears, and as his hands slid down to cup her breasts he realized it was the pounding of his own heart.

Knocking all reason to flinders.

A gust of air ruffled his hair, stirring wild, wicked thoughts of her waltzing naked through the trees. In response, his own privy parts began dancing to their own drummer. Thump. Thump. Thump. His pulse was pounding a military tattoo, commanding all soldiers to stand erect.

And Dear God, his Major Organ was responding with unabashed enthusiasm.

Olivia didn’t seem disgusted by his display of primitive lust. With a tiny moan, she tightened her hold and hitched her hips into him.

Lud, it felt good. No, better than good.

Exquisite.

Cara Elliott

Author Bio: Cara Elliott started writing Western novels at the age of five. However, she traded in her cowboy boots for Regency high-top Hessians after reading Pride and Prejudice in junior high school and hasn’t looked back.
She graduated from Yale University, and she now lives and works in New York City.
 
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Fan2Author Interview with…Kris Kennedy!

Kris KennedyLeah: Kris, thank you so much for agreeing to an interview with me. I am a huge fan of your writing. Here are a few things I’ve said in reviews for your stories:

“Kris Kennedy had my heart full to bursting with the emotions these two have and even breaking a time or two.” and

“Through Kennedy’s descriptions, I had only to close my eyes and be there in the moment. I love when an author can transport me to where my soul yearns to be. This was a wonderful story that kept me intensely involved from start to finish.”

I know when I pick up one of your books that I will be transported and will enjoy the ride.

Kris Kennedy: Leah, thank-you, thank-you!!

I think I’m like most writers, in that I write for two reasons: first, because the story is inside, but second, and just as important, is because once it’s out, it touches readers the way it touched me.  That means there’s a deep connection there, with the story at the core–writer to story, reader to story.  A storyweb.   Which means YOU matter to the story too!

L: Can you tell us a little something about yourself?

KK: I’ve done a lot of jobs in my life, including running a private practice psychotherapy and consultant business, developing and supervising treatment programs for high-risk individuals, but I left all that glamour behind to write and be a mom.

I have offshoot business interests that take a good bit of time, but at the core, I write and mom and wife. :)

L: What work/s in progress are you currently working on?

KK: In the historical realm, I’m working on an ‘almost-erotic’ romance set in Elizabethan Ireland. It’s got a tattooed Irish hero and a very determined, very untattooed English heroine. :)  It’s called Claiming Her, and the cover’s ready to go!

I’m also at work on another medieval that makes me all squee-y whenever I think about it.  The hero’s Scottish and his name is Taggart Eòghann Gillivray MacIver, more easily and less dangerously known as the Hunter.  He hunts people down.  For a fee.

I’m so excited to write this story!  I have about 100 pages done and can’t wait to get back to it. All I need is a few more hours in the day.  Maybe 6.  Or 7.   Okay, definitely 8 more hours a day should do the job.

TTC KKL: How have your characters and their stories come to you and which one/s whispered the loudest for their story to be told?

KK: For me, stories start with a scene, a single moment in time, and 99% of the time, it’s some charged interaction between hero & heroine.  It has no connection to any plot or character already existing in my head; it’s a little island of imagination.

Then I just kind of…keep going, writing blind, into the rest of the story.  This includes coming up with a plot.  :)

These ‘inciting’ scenes aren’t sacred.  Often as not, they get cut in some murderous rampage of my creative mind.  They’re simply fuel, a portal I can use to climb into the story.  The details TIW KKaren’t actually important; it’s the emotional energy of and between the hero & heroine that I have to capture & hone.

In THE CONQUEROR, the ‘inciting’ scene had the heroine at her castle, her father still alive, and occurred months before the current opening timeline.  I cut the whole thing, slashed it like a horror movie.

But in THE IRISH WARRIOR, the bones of that ‘inciting’ scene remain intact: the heroine meets the bad guy in his great hall, realizes she’s been ‘had’ and in a moment of anger, does something she really ought not to have done.  And the Irish hero, held in chains on the floor, is watching the whole thing.

D KKDEFIANT’s inciting scene is lost in the annals of my dusty mind, because I rewrote the damn thing so many times I can hardly remember anymore.  I do know it’s nothing like the in-print version, thank Goodness.  ;)

DECEPTION…let us draw a veil over DECEPTION’s head-banging process, except to say the characters were there, solid and ready for action, precisely themselves.  Okay, maybe Kier got a little more ruthless over time.  All to the good.

Speaking of characters and the one’s who’ve “whispered to me,” which was, I believe, your question. . . in every story, one character has shown up in a big, flashy way.  Simply flung him or herself across the page, bold and scene-stealing.  My job is simply to get it all down on the page.

In THE IRISH WARRIOR, it was Finian.  He showed on on page one and kept on showing up, every scene, being 100% himself, pushing Senna’s buttons and making me happy.

Eva, from DEFIANT, was the same, although she took her own sweet time coming.  In fact, I’dD1 KK been writing the story for about 6 months, slogging through it, knowing it wasn’t working, but as I had no idea how to fix it, I kept plugging away, knowing (hoping, praying, making voodoo dolls) the ‘real’ story would come.

Then, one day, I circled back to rewrite what I thought was a done-deal opening scene–because an opening line occurred to me, of all things.  An opening line, out of the blue, nine words: “At first, it appeared they wanted the same cock’—and BAM, Eva showed up.

One might wonder at the sort of heroine who would show up after a line like that.

Sometimes you just have to poke around in there a bit  :)

Turns out, Eva did more than “whisper in my ear.”  She was like a force of nature.  She came fully formed with a French accent and hunting someone down (!! I was shocked to discover this.  She hadn’t been doing anything like that in previous versions.)  I had no idea what was happening, but I knew enough to put my head down & keep writing, fast as I could.

The story unfolded from there, with some messy moments for plot, but none for the characters. Hard-hearted, ruthless Jamie Lost was smitten from the second he met her.  In every way, Eva was the fulcrum, the necessary ingredient, for this story to take off.

Senna from THE IRISH WARRIOR definitely found herself along the way, got stronger on rewrites, and as she did, so did the story.Initially, the plot revolved around marriage.  Meh.

Then Senna ‘whispered in my ear’ that um, Kris, a story about marriage was simply not worthy of her.   She was right.  It became about a businesswoman duped, and pissed off about it, and determined not to let anyonedictate her life.   The story took off after that.   In fact, if I could rewrite it now, Senna would become even stronger yet.

How’s that for a long-winded answer??

CH KKL: I smiled the entire time I read that. :)

I have a deep love for the time between William the Conqueror and the Plantagenets. The women they loved interest me greatly also. What I would give to be able to skip through time and sit down with them to pick their brains. What is your favorite time in history and who would you love to be able to chat with if time travel were possible?

KK: I’m not sure if it would actually be a good time to actually live in, what with the lack of running water and periodic famines and endemic warfare, but I love the high medieval period. 12th-early 16th century.

Within that period, and focusing on England (and by necessity France), I’d like to ask Thomas Becket what the heck he was thinking, pissing off a king like that, and see if he’s developed any humility over the past 900 years.

I agree with you about the Plantagenents!  I’d want to meet them all, and their lady loves and wives. I’d love to meet Henry I and Eleanor of Aquitaine and experience their charisma in person.  Would it hold up in the 21st century?  I think it would.

I want to meet all the medieval Edwards, from the Hammer of the Scots Edward I to his son Edward II, & try to see through all the muddled history about him and Piers Gaveston. I want to meet Edward II’s wife Isabella and her consort Mortimer, and see if they were as awful as you’re forced to believe, but somehow, don’t quite in the end.  I’d want to meet Edward III when he was young and glittering, and when he was old, lingering on, denying his son a kingdom.  I’ve always felt for the Black Prince.

I want to meet Richard I (I doubt I’d have liked him) and Richard II (I think I would have.)  I’d love to meet St. Francis of Assisi and I want to poke the Dominican friars in the eye, every one, to mirror their inner blindness.

I want to wander through a crusader army encampment (invisibly, with the ability to avert my eyes and cover my nose). I want to see Jerusalem before ten additional centuries of hatred and greed and fear wore it down. I want to meet Saladin (I think I’d have liked him very much) and Chaucer—fairly sure we’d have been drinking buddies.

I want to walk through the stables of a castle crowded with guests and touch a destrier and see tents spread across a grassy field when a tournament is in flow.  I want to talk to a village reeve about how much he hates his job, and be at Michaelmas celebrations with a good harvest in. I want to go to a renegade Beltaine festival. (Yes, I very much want to do that.)  I want to meet a falconer and talk to a medieval architect about the development of rounded battlements.

Umm, okay, I’ll stop.  I think you get the point.  LOL I want to meet everyone!

L: I just got cold chills. It was like you spoke from my own heart there.

My first historical romance was The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I regret not letting her know how her words changed my life forever. It brought me a love for reading that I never had before and I also started down a path of learning everything I could about the medieval era. What was the first historical romance or historical fiction that you read and are there any authors who have inspired you?

KK: My first historical romance was THE GROUND SHE WALKS UPON.  I’d seen it in theTGSWU MMcK library for years, always avoiding ‘those romance novels.’  (Yes, I was one of those people.)  Finally one day I scooped it up and brought it home and I was a goner.   A die-hard romance fan ever since.  :)

Marsha Canham totally lit my medieval fire.

L: I will have to look for that book and read it. Marsha Canham….love her Robin Hood series and her Highland series runs a very close second.

When you get time to read, what genre do you enjoy reading?

KK: I love historical romances of course!  But I’ll read anything exciting and/or well-written, and, depending, I actually don’t require both.  :)

I’ll read character-thin/plot-heavy thrillers and character-dense/plot-thin romances.  I love Ellis Peter’s Father Cadfael mysteries and Jenny Cruise’s sexy contemporaries.  I love Julie Anne Long’s hot, beautiful Regencies and Rachel Grant’s romantic suspense thrillers.  I love erotic romance and nonfiction like The Illustrated Chronicles of Matthew of Paris and Adrian PaulMaphead.  I tend to like my stories both action-packed & with strong sensual energy, with lots of bad things happening, but don’t always require all elements in the same book—I have moods.   Great writing grabs me every time.  And humor totally sucks me in.

L: I’ve always wanted to go to England, rent a car, start at Hastings and just make my way north plumb through Scotland. No time frame, just go where my soul leads me. What’s on your bucket list?

KK: Yes. That. 100%  We’ll go together.  :)

Something tells me that would be one hell of an adventure! ;)
I’d love to live for at least a year in Ireland, in a castle, preferably one that’s been restored not to a state of grandeur, but to a state of running water and insulation.  Also, Eastern Europe and the Baltic Sea area. I would tread carefully.

L: Kilt or armor?

KK: Depends what we’re doing! :)

L: Mountains or beach?Henry Cavill

KK: Mountains.

L: Coffee or tea?

KK: Coffee.

L: Cat or dog?

KK: Both!

L: During a thunderstorm – stay inside or sit on porch watching the show?

KK: Porch for sure.  In fact, that’s just what I do, go outside to watch.
Me too….love the wild weather!

L: Sports car or SUV?

KK: Hmmm…if there’s camping involved, I’m going to need the truck or SUV.  But I like to go fast sometimes, and a sports car would be helpful there.  Can I have a mood-based time-share on the whole lot?  :)

L: Kris, thank you for giving us some insight into your world. It means a lot to me that you agreed to help me spread my wings in the reviewing world. I was tickled to death when Mel asked me if I wanted to come aboard and I never thought I’d be interviewing some pretty awesome authors too. :)

KK: I’m so touched by how much you love the stories Leah, and how generous you are with your joy about them.   The honor of chatting is all mine.   :)

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Jon Paul Ferrara Interview with Vince August

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Hello my bookworms! Today I thought to take a break from featuring authors and feature someone you all know I have a weakness for and that is Jon Paul Ferrara and his awesome, amazing and soul reaching cover art.

If you read romance novels, then you’ve heard of him and if you didn’t I am 100 % sure that you’ve at least once bought one of the books for which he did the cover art. There’s no way in Hell that you can look at one of his art covers and not be deeply moved and touched by them. They in themselves are just too powerful…too real…at times overwhelming.

The man himself is a very, VERY private person and last year I had the privilege to ‘meet’ him [albeit only on Facebook] and through many of our conversations, I have now come to respect him as much as his work. What an awesome human being he is!

To me, he was a mystery, but thanks to Mr. Vince August and his interview, that has changed and I can finally put a face and a voice to the artist I came to admire very much. I really hope you watch this short two-part very fun and informative interview.

Before you do, here is Jon Paul in his own words about how he came to do the interview.

“Vince August is a very good friend of mine from way back. One of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. He approached me awhile back with the concept of doing an interview about my artwork and a little look behind the scenes of the process of how a book covers are done.

I am a very private person and very seldom do interviews, especially where video is involved. Well, needles to say, Vince talked me into it, thinking it would be a good idea for people to see how passionate I am about my work and get a behind the scenes look of my work environment and the process of cover art.

It turned out, I had a lot of fun doing the interview, as you can see in the video. He made me very comfortable and that put me at ease by the way he handled  the thing, and to be honest, it really didn’t even feel like an interview. It felt like we were just two friends hanging out.

I also recently did another interview before Vince August and that was for a Canadian TV art program which has already aired in Canada this past fall. Doing both, I can say that I really had a good time…

I hope to sell my art in print form and I have several other ideas I have in mind… hopeful the first item will be out before Christmas.

The other day Facebook disabled or deleted my Fan Page for no reason that I am aware of. I never promoted, sold or ran any contest on my Facebook Fan Page or did anything that would offend anybody. I posted my artwork. Period. After building up a fan base for several years and over 5000 of you loyal fans, as of yesterday, I have no Fan Page! I actually was going to release something in the next two weeks until FB knocked my fan page off and that kind of put an obstacle in the road that might hold up my plans.

Hopefully if the day comes when FB decides to re-enlist my Fan Page again or I decide to create a new one, I will post it and share it with you guys.

I am working on a whole new series of books for my publishers that I will be posting soon… though wouldn’t be able to release any info just yet out of respect to my publishers…in the meantime, I hope you watch and enjoy the interview…

FEATURED ARTIST: Jon Paul Ferrara

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Fan2Author Interview with…Jamie Quaid!

b2bKrissie: Hello Jamie!  Thank you so much for stopping by to chat with us about your upcoming début release Boyfriend From Hell!  We are so excited to have you here!  I have put together a handful of questions to give our readers a bit of info about your book and your ideas for future books as well as helping us to get to know you a little better!

First off, I want to tell you that I am absolutely overflowing with excitement over the release of Boyfriend From Hell!  I have it pre-ordered on my Nook and I (very conveniently) have the day off of work to read it!  Squueee!  Can you tell us a little of what went into the writing of Justine’s story?  Was this something that you had thought about for a while, or did she just come to you like a wonderful little surprise?

Jamie Quaid: Thank you for having me here and for the squee! Justine’s story is a mixture of both inspiration and perspiration. Her situation popped into my head one day as I reached near trance state while riding through hundreds of miles of cornfield listening to bad music on the radio. Killing a boyfriend apparently made weird sense at the time, and it was such a brilliant scene, I played with it for months. Even after I finally battered out a plot outline, it took months of writing to develop Justine’s character. She has so many layers that it was fascinating to watch her unfold.

b2bK: I want to tell you that your web page is BEAUTIFUL!  As a matter of fact, that was my very first thought upon opening the page up.  Is the very capable looking woman on the front page our heroine, Justine?  If so, is that how you envision her to look?  I think she’s a perfect fit to the mental image I have!

JQ: Thank Kim Killion at HotDamnDesigns for the gorgeous website! Oddly, we created that site when I was working with a different heroine for a different series. So, no, Justine does not look like that page. The cover artist for BOYFRIEND FROM HELL got a wee bit dramatic, but Tina is probably closer to the cover image. She’s of mixed origin, and at the beginning of the story, she is not gorgeous by any means!

b2bK: The excerpt is PERFECT!  Just enough to get my chops watering and make me whine and complain waiting “patiently” for release day!  I immediately think of Max with a greased back shaggy hair cut and penny loafers…. I have no idea why he comes to mind like that.  So tell us, how fun was it to write this story?!  I would love for you to tell us all about it, but I know I need to wait for release day! ;)

JQ: I ADORED writing this story! It should probably be illegal to have so much fun while working. I doubt Max wore penny loafers while riding his Harley, but he can have the greased hair, if you like. “G” I can tell you that Tina’s world doesn’t include vampires or werewolves, and if demons exist, they’re inside respectable society matrons, and shape-shifting chimps are a part of the fun. It’s a weird, wacky world, and as time goes on, the stakes keep increasing. I do hope you’ll enjoy it!

b2bK: Can you tell us a little about yourself?  What is your favorite genre of books?  How about music and movies?  I’m a huge sucker for romance, romance anything.  Paranormal romance, contemporary romance, historical romance…anything that can be possibly construed as a romance has my vote. LOL

JQ: I’ve been told I have a cynical and evil mind, but mostly, I like turning things upside down and inside out because looking at the surface isn’t enough. If the book or movie or whatever doesn’t survive my examination process, oh well, there are plenty more to read and watch. The world is my oyster! I enjoy strong humor more than angst because life’s just too short to suffer more than necessary. I love the happy endings of romance, but I like urban fantasy to leave the messy little edges dangling, while still leaving the reader smiling. And my stories will always have potential love interests if not necessarily a romance. I don’t prefer one genre over another so much as I prefer strong writing and great characters, but I do want that satisfying ending! I want to walk away feeling good.

b2bK: Have you always wanted to be an author?  Was there anything else that you aspired to be as a little girl?  Was there ever a dream of being a doctor or lawyer in there somewhere?

JQ: I have always written. I was writing Nancy Drew mysteries in the fourth grade. But I never expected to earn money as an author, so I’ve always kept my eye on the practical. My mother wanted me to be a doctor, but being a Candy Striper taught me that I don’t like the sight of blood. My father told me I should be a lawyer because I argue so much, but I was shy and courtrooms didn’t appeal. I thought journalism might work, but y’know, that shyness thing doesn’t work so hot on interviews. Since I seemed to fall into bookkeeping jobs pretty easily, I just eventually earned an accounting degree. I had two manuscripts under my bed by the time I graduated and sold one of them shortly after!

b2bK: So, what are you willing to spill about the Sisters of Saturn?!  Maybe how many sisters there will be?  Or how many books total are you thinking of?

JQ: Given the current state of the book market, I make no promises. I’d like Tina and the Zone to have three solid stories together, culminating in a near apocalyptic experience that shifts the Zone and brings in more of Saturn’s daughters. Then I’d like Tina to take off, visiting her “sisters” and learning more about their abilities. At the moment, Tina is dangling three fascinating, completely different men, on her line. She needs to choose, I think. Or maybe not. “G”

b2bK: Even though we are still eagerly awaiting Boyfriend From Hell (September 25), do you know when your next release is going to be?  Would you be willing to share a little of the premise for that book, if you have an idea?

JQ: I don’t have a release date on the second book, but it’s called Damn You to Hell.  The premise I’m working with is that the Zone is blasted with gaseous green fumes and pink flakes, old people start beating each other up, the locals are falling comatose, and Tina’s hunky neighbor gets arrested for murdering her boyfriend’s mother. What are the chances that she can save her new home, her best client, and not send anyone else to hell?

b2bK: Last but certainly not least, because I absolutely need to be in the know (ha ha) where can we go to learn about all of your upcoming releases?  Is your Hell Blog the best way to keep up with you?

My website is always an excellent place to go. Everyone can reach me at my Facebook and Twitter addresses. But if you want to win free books and meet other authors, then I’d also recommend POCKET AFTER DARK. It’s a fun place to drive by occasionally to see what we’re all up to.

b2bK: Thank you so much for stopping by and chatting with us Jamie!!  I cannot wait to read Boyfriend From Hell and promise to post my review as soon as I have read every single word!

JQ: Bless you and how many chocolates do you require?

And now here’s a question for some of our readers [and a prize is one copy of Boyfriend from Hell]: Jamie Quaid also writes wonderful historical romances under another name…can you tell us that name?

Fan2Author Interview with…Erin Knightley!

b2bMelanie: Hello Erin and welcome to b2b! I’m so happy you’re here! It was so much fun meeting you at this year’s RT’s and I’ll always remember your awesome smile and southern charm.  How have you been and are you enjoying your summer so far? How exited are you with ‘More Than a Stranger’ coming out?

Erin, this is your début novel and I cannot even imagine the feelings you’re going through! The closest I can compare it to is sending my kids off to the Kindergarten and hoping they’ll do good without me there to guide them….

Erin Knightley: LOL, Melanie – that is actually a great comparison! I’m excited, and nervous, and really hoping that everything goes well. As for the summer, I had two deadlines last week, so I’m still recovering from it. I actually went outside – in the sun – for what felt like the first time in ages this weekend. For a person who lives on a lake, it’s hard to believe that I am the least tan person I know!

Thanks so much for the compliment – it was an absolute delight to meet you as well. I hope to see you at more conferences in the future!

b2bMelanie: Seeing you again would be such a treat! Before I start with my interview, won’t you introduce yourself to our readers and tell us a bit about yourself and your début novel?

Erin: I’m so thrilled to be here with you today, Melanie. I’ve been a full-time writer for almost three years now, and with all that ‘typing away in the writing dungeon’ stuff, it’s great to interact with the wonderful romance community like this. More Than a Stranger is actually the very first book I ever wrote, though it went through a ton of revisions. But as I learned more about the craft and my storytelling improved, I simply couldn’t give up on Evie and Benedict, whom I absolutely love. And I’m glad I didn’t! Their story is so special to me, and I’m thrilled to share it with the world (and nervous! But mostly thrilled).

Evie and Benedict’s story begins as 11-year-old Evie sends off an indignant letter to her brother’s new best friend, warning him off. After all, she had always been her brother’s closest friend. Benedict, inwardly lonely and intrigued by a girl who could be so fiercely protective of her sibling—so different from his own experience—writes her back a letter guaranteed to get a response. They eventually end up sharing a five year correspondence, though they never actually meet. So years later, when Benedict comes face to face with her at a time when he can’t reveal who he really is, there is no denying the chemistry between them. Evie might think he’s a stranger, but it seems that her heart knows that he’s so much more…

b2bMelanie: What made you choose this premise? It truly is unique and exciting way to start a relationship that slowly develops between Evie and Benedict through their correspondence.

Erin: Interestingly enough, with this, my first book, I literally just sat down and started typing. I didn’t know what was going to happen, or how things were going to turn out—I just let the story flow. That being said, I’m rather fascinated with the way we communicate these days. There are so many people online who I “know” so well, but really not at all. It makes me wonder if I met them on the street, would I recognize them?  A lot of that fascination came through in the unfolding of their correspondence.

b2bMelanie: That’s so brave! It sounds like you’re the ‘pantser’ and not a ‘plotter’ :)

Do you let someone read your work during your writing process? Who and why? Or do you wait ‘till it’s finished, then you let someone read it…and who?

Erin: Ha! I’m supposed to say yes to this question, but more often than not, the answer is no. I have a wonderful critique group, but these days, I’m pushing against deadlines, and I never feel like I have enough time to let someone else critique my writing, and then try to incorporate their suggestions. So right now, it’s just me and my editor!

b2bMelanie: I must say that the intimate scenes were very sweet and they reminded me of the movies from long ago, (and of Carla Kelly’s wonderful writing as well) where the very details of the intimacy was left to our imagination and I wondered if that was your deliberate choice or did you find it hard writing the intimate scenes?

Erin: You know, I actually tend to skip love scenes when I’m reading. I love the sizzling sexual tension and chemistry of a couple, but not so much the nuts and bolts of what they do together. It wasn’t so much a conscious decision as just writing what I like to read. I’m not saying I won’t ever write a sex scene, I’m just saying I haven’t yet felt the need in my characters’ journeys.

b2bMelanie: I think Cover Art is almost as much important as the content of the novel, but I find that not many publishers are acknowledging the artists or the models, and as an avid reader I love all aspects of the novel I’m about to read. Tell me about the cover art for this book. It is stunning. This girl IS Evie. By the way, who did you model the hero and heroine after?

Erin: Ha!! I have asked multiple times who the models were for my two covers, and I have yet to hear a thing! The good news is that the art department did exquisite work on both my covers; the bad news is that I’m still in the dark on the process! I will say that they let me tell them what I wanted the poses to be on both my covers so far, and each one came out even better than I’d ever imagined. Seriously – my hubby may not know it, but we are totally recreating the cover of A TASTE FOR SCANDAL on our Christmas cards!

b2bMelanie: OMG! Are you serious? My address is….LOL!!!

Let’s talk titles…How hard is it to ‘name’ your ‘baby’? Have you gone through more than one and can you tell us what they were?

Erin: Actually, the first one wasn’t too bad. And I was really surprised that the publisher let me keep it. I was expecting a battle, and they readily agreed that MORE THAN A STRANGER was perfect for the story.  Now the second story is a whole other story, lol. That was a heck of a battle, and in the end, I think I submitted close to 50 alternatives before we settled on the second one I came up with, lol. I was polling my critique partners, my coworkers, my writing friend—anyone who could give me ideas! My first choice for that one, by the way, was Tempting Lord Raleigh. Though I love the new title, I think it will always be TLR in my mind :)

b2bMelanie: You know what? I like it too! We all have favorite books, authors… How about you? Are you willing to fess-up?

Erin: Oh, there are so many! Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn, Cathy Maxwell, Mary Jo Putney are only a few of my favorites. Oh, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips is my go-to girl for when I feel like a contemporary. As for my favorite books, THE BARGAIN, by Mary Jo Putney and THE DUKE AND I by Julia Quinn are way up there.

b2bMelanie: Most of those are mine as well, and I ADORE Julia Quinn! What’s on your TBR right now?

Erin: I have STACKS in my TBR pile these days! One of the major downsides of having my dream job of being an author is that my reading time is vastly diminished. Right now, I have A WEEK TO BE WICKED by Tessa Dare, WALLFLOWER by Catherine Gayle, and WHEN A SCOT LOVES A LADY by Katharine Ashe all at the top of the list.

b2bMelanie: You’ll love Tessa’s book. She does sexual tension so well. I bought WALLFLOWER at RT’s while waiting for another author to show up and sign my book.

Now, that ends up our ‘professional’ portion of this interview. Are you ready to get personal? Or are you going to chicken out on me?

Erin: I’m totally game – Bring it!

b2bMelanie: I love a brave woman…Let’s get Personal:

So, tell us something personal about yourself that you’d like us to know…anything that makes you comfortable…or not…like how many times did you fall in love? What’s your favorite meal of the day (food)? Flannels or Silk? Do you like to cook? What’s your favorite spot in the house? Cats or Dogs? Champagne or Beer?  Your favorite time of the year? What are your fears? Your joys?

Erin:-My love life is one of the simplest on the books: I met and fell in love with my husband when we were in high school! We just this week celebrated our eleventh anniversary, and I have to say he is a prince among men. And here’s a little secret for you: I was even his first kiss!

-I am a breakfast aficionado, and I think waffles are darn near the most perfect food on earth. Second only to bacon ;)

-I don’t like flannel of silk – only the softest, purest cotton will do for me!

-Not only do I love to cook, I LIVE to bake, and have a whole section of my website dedicated to the recipes I have perfected over the years. And this is another reason my hubby and I are such a perfect match: I cook, he cleans J

-Like cats, ADORE dogs. I have three, and they are my constant companions while I write.

-I’m allergic to wine and champagne (tragic!!), and I hate the taste of beer. I’ll take a chocolate martini, thank you very much.

-My fears? Failure, of course. Although, with my wonderful family around me, even that would be okay in the end.  Which leads me to my joys: My parents, brother, and sister are so important to me. My sister is a screenwriter, and was there for many an angsty writer crisis before I was published. My brother is a composer, and actually took a scene from MORE THAN A STRANGER and composed an original piano piece to complement it. The song is available for a free download on my website, and I ain’t gonna lie—I cried over the beauty of the music when I first heard it. Most of all, my husband and pups bring me immeasurable joy each and every day. I’m blessed within an inch of my life, and I’m so grateful for it!

b2bMelanie: Erin, thanks for ‘coming over to play’! It has been a hoot and I hope you come back often.

Erin: Thanks so much for letting me join you today. And I’d love to hear from your readers! Tell me, what is your greatest joy in life for TWO chances to win!

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Fan2Author Interview with… Lauri J Owen

Kristal: Hi Lauri!  Thank you for joining us for an interview!!  We are so excited to have you here with us!

Lauri J Owen: Hi, Kristal! I am so happy to be here, and I thank you for the invitation!

K: Fallen Embers is your debut novel and it is absolutely WONDERFUL!  Can you tell us a little bit about what went into your decision to be a writer?!  Was it something you always wanted to do?

LJO: Oh – thank you so much for saying that! I just love this story, and it’s been such a joy to tell.

I became a fiction writer in mid-life. Before this book, I’d written a lot of nonfiction (both in college and as a lawyer), but I never imagined myself writing fiction. A few summers ago, my son had surgery, and my sister who has written since she was ten or so came and stayed with me. She and I talked a lot about writing while she was here. I admitted to her that I’d been thinking about a story for years, and she encouraged me to just write it and see what happened. Well, the Friday after she left, I sat down at my laptop and let the story pour out. I wrote over 9,000 words that night!

K: I was so excited to read that Keira is a plus-sized woman!  With all the stereotypes and expectations thrown around in today’s mainstream media, were you concerned about how she would be received?

LJO: I love that Kiera is a normal woman – a woman who looks like the majority of us. I wanted her to be powerful, and potent, and I wanted to make it obvious that beauty ideals are cultural. What makes something “beautiful” depends – what defines “beauty” isn’t written in stone, and I hope that knowledge helps us start looking at women – at ourselves – differently. Softens the body hate epidemic.

Yes – I was afraid that Kiera would be marginalized and even ridiculed because of her size. So far however, the criticism has been slight, and the raves plentiful. I think more and more of us are tired of the caricatures and more than ready for real-looking heroines.

And if you found my books empowering, I highly recommend looking at the other authors Pearlsong publishes.

K: I read a review recently that compared Fallen Embers to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander.  I know that Outlander was HUGE for Gabaldon fans.  How did that make you feel to have Fallen Embers be compared to something that practically has a cult following?!

LJO: I love Diana Gabaldon, of course, and I am completely honored that anyone found anything in common – a wondrous spark – in either of the Embers books. I wouldn’t begin to compare my books with such lofty examples, but I do love my story, and my characters, completely and utterly, and I am thrilled that others do, too.

K: Blowing Embers also received wonderful reviews!  It is being called epic, gripping and amazing, to name a few.  It has to be exhausting mentally taking hours and hours pouring yourself into a piece of work and then waiting on pins and needles to see how it is received.  How does that make you feel, as a writer?

LJO: It’s not as hard the second time. I wrote Blowing Embers in about a month, and in fact sometimes I could not type fast enough. Whereas Fallen Embers went through uncountable edits, Blowing Embers only required a few. It felt like a living story that I channeled. And when it was finished, I was in love with it, and so I wasn’t as tender and afraid of reviews as I had been with Fallen Embers. Of course, Rising Embers, book three, has only been outlined, and so I do not know how I will feel about that when it’s finished!

K: Can you tell us a little bit about your characters and how they came to be?  Maybe give us a little background into how these storylines took place in your head?

LJO: This story comes from two geneses. First is the story that had been swirling round my head for years – for decades. I have fairly severe insomnia, and telling myself stories is a tool I developed a long time back to help me relax into sleep. The storyline – huge chunks of it – had been told and retold a thousand times inside my head before they ever got to paper.

Genesis two is my time living in the Alaska Bush. The characters and some of the story come from there – the Native Yup’ik stories and legends and from many of the people I met there. Keira is a woman I created using pieces of me as well as pieces of a couple other women I greatly admire, and then mixing all that together with characteristics I wish I had.

K: Where do you see your characters going in upcoming books?  Im anxious to see what is next for Keira!  Can you tell us a little bit about Rising Embers and what is next for you?

In Rising Embers, we’ll stumble across a character or two from the “real” Alaska, and remember that Kiera still has a mighty big problem to solve – and maybe two. Or three. And what is going to happen with Kuruk anyway?

LJO: As I mentioned, Rising Embers is outlined, though it’s a living outline, and may change some as I go. As soon as I get some time, I will write it.

I have another book outlined, too, that is not set in the Alternate Alaska. It’s a science fiction-fantasy-mix piece, and I’m excited about it, too!

K: I was reading your bio and I am astonished with how full your plate is!  Mother, lawyer, author, how do you fit it all in?  Can you tell us what a normal day is like in the Owen household?

LJO: Well, I was recently promoted to an administrative position, and I also volunteer to help some refugees learn English, and so my full plate has grown even bigger. Life is busy right now. I go to work, and sometimes I bring work home. I work every Saturday. My son is still in elementary school and goes to the babysitter. We eat a lot of simple foods, but spend good time together every day. I make time to love my son, and each of my cats, every day. Life is far too short and the ones I love are the most precious part.

K: Thank you so much for answering my questions today!  I am so excited for our readers to get a chance to read your books and learn more about this intriguing world that you have created!

LJO: Thank you very much, Kristal! Again, I sincerely appreciate this opportunity to talk about my books. And I am pleased to say I’m giving away two sets of both books to two nice readers who came to hear about the Embers series.

Kristal here!  Everyone, come on over and say hi to Lauri J Owen and get a chance to win both of her books!!

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to read my reviews of Lauri’s books and make a comment BOTH DAYS to be put in the drawing to win both of her books!

TWO lucky winners will win BOTH of her books!!!

Don’t forget two comments (one each day) wins you two books!  See you tomorrow!!

Fan2Author Interview with… Delilah Marvelle

Bookworms, please help me welcome Delilah with my first question…

I never read any of your work before the latest two, (and for my review of both please visit RCJReZine) so please tell us a bit about yourself and your writing career. When did you know that writing was what you wanted to do?

DM: I knew I wanted to be a writer from a very young age.  When Hemingway was once asked what makes for a good writer, his response was, “An Unhappy childhood.” And sadly, I fall into that category. Writing is an extension of my emotions and a need to escape.  Reading books inspired me to want to write them and get published. I knew well before high school that I wanted to be a published writer.  And I set out on the path to do it at 17.  I was writing horror at the time, until I met my husband and my life changed.  I started writing romance :)  It took me 11 years, over 40 manuscripts and over 200 rejection letters to finally get published.  I learned a lot from the journey of writing and how to believe in myself even when the world is telling me otherwise. 

b2b: Delilah, that right there tells me why your heroines are so strong, loving and determined…

The book that you’re promoting now is ‘FOREVER and a DAY’ and I can’t tell you how much fun I had reading it. What was the idea behind it? The mystery was and still is unsolved and I’m on pins and needles waiting for it!!! When you write, what comes first, the plot, voice, characters or setting?

DM: I’m so thrilled you’re looking forward to the next book in the series!  My ideas come to me randomly.  It’s never one thing that inspires me, but life in general that inspires me.  I’ve always loved the historical setting of New York after seeing ‘Annie’ and Newsies’ and wanted to do my own version of it.  I would say plot comes first and then I build a world and my characters around it.  I’m a panster, though, which means, I don’t plot, I only write by the seat of my pants.  It’s the only way I can write.  Because I get bored if I know what’s going to happen and if I know what’s going to happen, then so will my readers, and so I opt for an earthier more creative approach.   

b2b: You totally stomped me with that answer! I could swear I thought the character came to you first only because both novels, in my humble opinion, were character driven and very well written.

What made this such an enjoyable read for me, and I’m referring to both prequel (FOREVER MINE and ‘FOREVER and a DAY’) was these two very different yet very strong women you created. What blew me away was the strength of their convictions and it’s what made them real to me. Please tell us who inspired them?

DM: Augustine, from FOREVER MINE, is an extension of every emotion I went through when my mother and brother disappeared from my life. I never got a chance to meet my brother and my mother died before I had a chance to see her one last time. The tragedy of not being able to say good-bye to the one person you love most has haunted me ever since and even though, yes, it sounds depressing as hell, I wanted to write a story that could take the good and the bad and make it all good while still keeping it real and true to the emotions of my characters.

b2b: I am so, so sorry to hear that you had that heartache to go through and my heart [and my HUGE Serbian hug] go out to you. You have managed to touch my heart with Augustine’s anguish and pain, and now I know why.

Now, to be fair to heroes of both of these books, would you mind telling us who inspired them? How are they different from your other heroes? And speaking of, who is your favorite hero (not including your favorite ‘firefighter’ or any from your works; I’m not making you choose) from the written word (oh, and just to make it a bit harder on you, no classics either)!

DM: Haha, to be fair to my heroes, they are all inspired by one man: my husband.  He has so much depth to him, I feel like, even after almost 17 years of marriage, I’m still getting to know him and it’s an amazing journey of peeling back those layers and applying them to my characters.  Who is my favorite hero thus far?  I would have to say Matthew Milton (from FOREVER A LADY) and not just because that’s my next upcoming book, lol.  He’s Georgia’s one-eyed theiving step-son and is a gruff romantic.  He sees women and the world through cracked, rose-tinted glasses.  He’s hilarious and I had so much fun writing him.  Without any doubt, he’s my favorite hero thus far.

b2b: It appears we’ve both hit ‘Lottery’ when comes to our spouses. I’ve been married twelve years, but we’ve been together seventeen, and truly there are no words to describe the love that still feels new and fresh. But OH-MY-GOD you’ve now got me twisting in the wind with wanting to get my paws on the next book!!! Mathew was so-so-so cool!

Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, let’s get back to the rest of my interview…

Is there a difference between, and specifically, what sets apart in your opinion the ‘traditional’ regency novels from ‘historical novels set in the regency time period’?

DM: I see “traditional” regency being very “Jane Austenish” and “Georgette Heyerish” — Complex characters with manners, lol.  And sweet.  Kissing is about as far as it goes.  Everything is offstage physically and romantic wise. 

Historical novels set in the regency dig deeper by showing more of what happens behind those parlor doors.  They don’t adhere to rules.  They adhere to the character and following that character everywhere, from the toilet to the bed, lol. 

b2b: LOL! I’m in accord with you on that!

Delilah, what do you consider the Historical Romance canon?

DM:  I really don’t like the idea of laying out any rules for the Historical Romance genre given that it should be limitless to allow for creativity, but I will say,  for me, regarding historical romance I do abide by one rule:  People in history were people.  They were no different from the people of today in how they experienced love or hate.  The only difference is that societal rules have changed.  But we, as people, have not changed and so I create stories that follow those lines when I write historical romance.  I think historical romance readers have a tendency to forget that. 

When someone says “That couldn’t have had happened in history” I like to prance them over to my blog, A BIT O’MUSLIN so they see all the whacked up history we were never taught in school.  Yes, my blog is about Sex Throughout History.  And my fascination toward the grittier side of history lends to not only my stories but the humor I pull away from it.

b2b: Well said! I loved roaming around your blog and I’m sure our bookworms will as well!

What’s up next for Delilah Marvelle?  I know that there are two more books in the series  scheduled to come out this year, can you tell us a bit about them?

DM: FOREVER A LADY comes out August 1, 2012 and is book 2 in the Rumor Series.  The heroine is Lady Bernadette Marie Burton.  She was Georgia’s ‘tutor’ in all things aristocratic and I loved her so much, I had to give her a story.  She’s the richest widow in England with a devil-may-care attitude.  She’s basically the rake in female form.  (And I had SO much fun with that!)  

Matthew Joseph Milton (Georgia’s stepson) was once a respectable gentleman who lost everything, including the vision in his left eye.  To keep his life afloat, he creates a gang in the bowels of New York City called the Forty Thieves.  When he and Bernadette meet, let me tell you, linens rip.  As do hearts.  In this book, I show more of what the readers didn’t get to see in book 1, ‘Forever and a Day’. 

The way I’m creating this series is that they are all a puzzle piece and when you put them together, they create an entire landscape for you to look at.  The second and third book will show more of Georgia and Robinson and their lives in London, as well. 

Book 3 in the series is ‘FOREVER a LORD’ and it’s Nathaniel’s story and boy am I having fun with this one!  Here’s the blurb for it:

“He’s a fighter, not a lover.  But that’s about to change…

Lady Imogene Norwood lived a sheltered life of quiet respectability and routine…until she debuts at her first Season. There she meets the wild and broken Lord Atwood among London’s elite. And the very shy English rose suddenly realizes that a little chaos might just be what her heart desires.  

Lord Nathaniel James Atwood doesn’t believe true love exists. Since scandal tore him away from his family at an early age, he has spent his life fighting for what he wants. That attitude made him a rising star in bare-knuckle boxing, and now leads him back to London to reclaim the life that was stolen from him. But upon meeting the innocent Imogene, his beliefs are trounced…as guarding his heart against her proves to be the fight of his life.”

b2b: Oh, woman! What are you trying to do to me?! LOL!

Delilah, it has been not just fun to meet and do this with you, but an utter pleasure and joy! I hope you come back often to chat with us! I’m looking forward on stocking up my shelves with some more of your books because I’m going to need it, until the next one in this series comes along! CHEERS!

And now,

time for a GIVEAWAY :)
Delilah is happy to give one of you lucky bookworms a signed copy
of
FOREVER AND A DAY!
(*for US residents only)