The Next Big Thing!

My good pal Marilyn Bryant, author of A Summer in Europe, tagged me to take part in this blogging hop-along, and I thought it sounded like fun.  I’ll answer some questions about my current work in progress (WIP), and then tag five other authors to do the same thing on their blogs next week.

So, here goes on my Next Big Thing:

What is your working title of your book?  A Royal Seduction.

Where did the idea come from for the book?  From reading histories and biographies about the British Royals during the Regency period.

What genre does your book fall under?  Regency-set historical romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?  I’ve already got them picked out.  Hugh Jackman would play my hero, and the heroine would be played by Piper Perabo.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  The illegitimate son of the Prince Regent, who is also a spy for the British Crown, must protect a young noblewoman (a beautiful and brilliant cardsharp) from kidnapping and forced marriage to a Russian prince.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?  This is the first book in my new series, The Renegade Royals, for Kensington Publishing.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  Four months, which included the beginning of revisions.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  It’s a sexy Regency historical, with some adventure and a spy for a hero, so I’d say it’s similar to what Shana Galen writes.  But I also have quite a bit of humor and Regency social settings in my book too, so I think readers who like books by Katharine Ashe will like it, too.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?  I read a wonderful biography of the Prince Regent, the eldest son and heir of George III.  Like most of his brothers – who were a pretty scandalous lot – he had at least one or two illegitimate children.  All told, the brothers probably had close to twenty illegitimate offspring, some of whom were never identified.  I thought it would be pretty cool to write a series about those children who never emerged from the shadows of history.  They were the sons of princes, and yet had such murky backgrounds.  This WIP is my story of Aden, the Prince Regent’s bastard son.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?  I really love the heroine and think she’s a very interesting character.  She’s funny and sweet, and a total math genius.  Her family is a nightmare, always spending themselves into massive debt, and Vivien has to use her math skills at the gambling tables of the ton to keep her family afloat.  She was a lot of fun to write.

And now I get to tag a few awesome author friends too, who’ll be posting about their latest projects on their blogs next Wednesday, Dec. 5th. Can’t wait to hear what they’re working on!!

Cynthia Eden, author of Angel in Chains

Monica Burns, author of A Bluestocking Christmas

Kris Kennedy, author of Deception

Manda Collins, author of How To Romance A Rake

Theresa Romain, author of Season For Surrender

Readers, be sure to check out these talented ladies next week and find out what they’re working on!

 

 

 


Romancing The Holidays Gala!

This Friday Nov. 30th, I’ll be participating in a very special event.  Along with Victoria Alexander, Grace Burrowes, and Theresa Romain, I’ll be hosting an all-day, online holiday gala at The Romance Dish.  We’re all celebrating the release of our holiday-themed historical romances, and we wanted to share that celebration with our readers.  We’ll be hosting a live chat, talking about favorite holiday recipes and traditions, and giving away amazing prizes every hour–all leading up to the grand prize giveaway of an e-reader.  Zounds!  Pretty great, eh?

And that’s not all we’ll be doing.  We’re also giving away two huge gift baskets filled with books to a women’s shelter and a library, and we’ll be encouraging you to make donations to your local charities too.  Won’t you join us for the festivities and to make the world a little brighter for those who need our help over the holidays?  For more details and to sign up to be eligible for our contests, please visit our special Romancing The Holidays website.

Then join us on Nov. 30th at The Romance Dish!

What else am I doing this week?  Tomorrow, the 27th, I’ll be visiting with Cynthia Eden to help her celebrate the release of her new paranormal romance, Angel in Chains. It’s an all-day holiday party with lots of authors visiting and giving away books, so be sure to check it out.  I’ll be on at noon tomorrow if you want to stop by and see me and have a chance to win one of my books.  I think it’s going to be a really fun day with lots of surprise guests.

See you at the parties!


Holiday Galas Galore!!

Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again – the festive time of holiday galas!  And have I got a great one for you.  Along with acclaimed historical romance authors Victoria Alexander, Grace Burrowes, and Theresa Romain, I’ll be hosting an all-day online holiday gala on Nov. 30 at The Romance Dish.  It’s called Romancing The Holidays, and I can promise you that it’s going to be a very special event.  We’ll be hanging out at The Romance Dish all day, chatting about our favorite holiday festivities, exchanging recipes, and chatting with our readers.  And we’ll be giving away prizes – lots of prizes.  Just take a look at this list!

PRIZES FOR ROMANCING THE HOLIDAYS (by the hour)

LADY LOUISA’S CHRISTMAS KNIGHT, by Grace Burrowes

HIS MISTLETOE BRIDE, by Vanessa Kelly

SEASON FOR SURRENDER, by Theresa Romain

WHAT HAPPENS AT CHRISTMAS, by Victoria Alexander

Holiday Stocking filled with all 4 books

Book + Mug + English Christmas crackers

Book + What Happens at Christmas mouse pad + White House Christmas Ornament

Book+ Southern praline candy + What Happens at Christmas mouse pad  

Book + Mug + Loose-leaf tea plus tea strainer

All 4 books + Christmas Ornament + Tea Towel + English Christmas crackers

Book + Set of David Winter cottage ornaments

Grand Prize:  eReader + Box of chocolate truffles + Set of David Winter cottage ornaments

Wow!  That’s a pretty spectacular list of prizes, right?  Staring at 9 am, we’ll be giving away one of these prize packages to event participants every hour, culminating in the grand prize of an e-reader, chocolates, and ornaments.  Talk about getting into the holiday mood!

And you know what else is cool?  We’ll also be giving away gift baskets to women’s shelters and libraries, and we’ll be encouraging our readers to make donations too.  We really hope you’ll join us for Romancing The Holidays at The Romance Dish on November 30.  For more info and to sign up for this special event, please visit our Romancing The Holidays website.

And in more holiday news, have you heard about The Year End Splash Party over at The Romance Reviews?

Over 300 hundreds authors are participating in this month long event, with more than 400 hundred prizes up for grabs.  I’m taking part too, and will be appearing on December 10th, doing a Q & A and giving away books.  Please join me and all the authors for this fantastic party which is already up and running.  Just stop by The Romance Reviews to join the fun.

And don’t forget to visit our Romancing The Holidays website to sign up for the our special gala, too!

PS.  I’m on the road today, visiting at Ramblings From This Chick and giving away a copy of His Mistletoe Bride.  Come join us!


Guest Author: Pamela Aares & Giveaway!

I have a very special guest with me today.  She’s Pamela Aares, and she writes historical romance with an interesting twist.  Let’s have a chat with Pamela and find out about her books, shall we?

Pamela, before you began writing historical romance you had a fascinating and varied career.  Can you tell us a bit about it, and how that work influences your writing today?  I was particularly struck by the story on your bio page about the bookseller trying to sell you fiction books.  Has your approach to life, working with animals & non-profits, influenced your writing? 

After years of producing and directing films, working on national and international campaigns to help wild animals and then marrying the director of the Center for the Story of the Universe (more on that on my website www.PamelaAares.com ), it became clear that we are all creatures of story. More than that, it was clear that love and allurement not only drive all of us; they power everything that happens in the universe.   Even the astrophysicists have discovered that attraction, the power at the heart of allurement, fuels the unfolding of the galaxies!

I love romance. On my website bio I talk about a bookseller who pushed a bunch of dreary non-fiction books at me and when I asked about their romance section, she told me they didn’t have any of those. In the end it was clear that if I wanted to read stories that explored the deep power of romance and included nature and spirit, I’d have to write them myself. It’s been an amazing journey!

Your current book, Jane Austen and the Archangel, has an unusual high concept.  Can you tell us about the book and why the subject matter spoke to you?

Sometimes (most times!) life reaches out and grabs hold of us, surprises us. I was just finishing The Lady and the Patriot (coming out January 2013) the first book in The Nature of Love series, when Michael Grace, the archangel hero of Jane Austen and the Archangel, grabbed me and would not let go. I think you’ll find him more than intriguing and his love for Jane as irresistible as I did.

As I wrote, I loved that Jane, who never had a proper love in her short life, was finally going to have a full-blown experience of deep and lasting love.

Angels are pretty popular these days in paranormal romance.  Why do you think that’s so?

I think we know that there is a world beyond that which we see. The quantum physicists have proven it and the sensitive among us have experienced it. The stories abound since humans have begun telling stories.

Whether it’s the mystics like Hildegard of Bingen, or the insights from Emerson or Einstein, or the most recent book exploring yet another near death experience, Proof of Heaven, so many experiences point to a force that sustains and supports us if we remember to call upon it. Angels are just one way of experiencing or understanding that power of life.

In addition to the Angels Come to Earth series, I see you’re also working on another series called The Nature of Love series.  What can you tell us about that?

The Lady and the Patriot is the first book in The Nature of Love series (it will be out just after the first of the year). The series follows feisty and independent heroines and the adventurous and daring heroes who fall in love with them. What’s new is the transforming power of nature and the places they travel. It changes the nature of their love stories and takes readers on a journey of powerful exploration of time and place.

The series is set in 1851, a time of great change in the world, a time much like our own. The Great Exhibition in London (the first ever World’s Fair) and the craze for natural history were cracking open awareness and fueling new dreams. Venice, London, Boston (think Louisa May Alcott) and Gold Rush California all play important roles in the love stories.

And I can also give you a sneak peek into my new contemporary series The Heart of the Game, although the first book won’t be out until after Valentine’s Day 2013.

Some of my readers know that I’m married to a Major League Baseball All-Star who happens to also be an expert on the whole story of the universe (the film Journey of the Universe won an Emmy this year, it was very exciting!)— anyway, editors and publishers have been asking for my ‘baseball’ book for a long time, so it’s finally on its way to readers. I had such fun writing it and the characters came alive as if they’d been waiting on the sidelines. It’s always wonderful when that happens!

And now for the fun question – if you were stranded on a deserted island with the love of your life, what two luxury items would you want to bring along?

Ah. It is a fun question. I asked my husband, just for a lark, what he’d bring. He said the Alexandrian Library and room service! Hard to top that. I think I’d want my iPod for music and something to write with!  I loved what Nora Roberts said last week when someone asked why she keeps writing. She said—“What would I do with all the stories in my head just waiting to be told?” Loved it. Love her. Maybe I’d take her on the desert island—can you take people?

Vanessa, here.  Absolutely you can take people, Pamela, and I think Nora would be a great choice.  And your husband sounds very interesting too! Thank you so much for visiting with us today – I really enjoyed your interview!

Readers, Pamela is graciously giving away a print copy of Jane Austen And The Archangel.  To be eligible, just answer this question: how has an experience in nature changed you or inspired your life?  One person who comments will win a copy of Pamela’s book.

What’s to be done with an angel who breaks the rules? Introduce him to a woman known for her propriety, of course.

Until then passion had lived only on the page…

Jane Austen hasn’t written a  creative word in months. She secretly fears she may not have it in her to write a single word more about love. Yet when the mysterious Michael Grace appears on her doorstep, she’s cast into a world of emotion beyond even her wildest imaginings. Though she fears he might be a spy, she enlists his help to find her friend’s fiancé, missing in the Peninsular War. But Michael isn’t what he seems, and the passion and doubts he ignites turn everything Jane trusts upside down. What Jane doesn’t know is that her mystery man is an angel. One who’s never failed to get what he goes after.

Some rules just beg to be broken…

It’s not easy being a bad-boy angel and Michael is paying the penalty. Demoted to working undercover in a sleepy English village, he’s chafing to launch the dangerous mission he’s been sent to command. But when he meets Jane, he’s irresistibly drawn to her, even though involvement with her could jeopardize her life and his status as an angel.

When Lucifer tries to use Jane as a pawn in his vile schemes, Michael discovers that fighting the forces of darkness is nothing compared to the challenge of telling Jane the truth. Can the angel who’s never lost a battle win the heart of a woman who’s afraid of love?

Be sure to visit Pamela’s lovely website for details on all her books, and for her buy links to Jane Austen And The Archangel.  You can also find her on facebook and Twitter.

Update:  I’m visiting with the fabulous Kieran Kramer today, so after you respond to Pamela’s question why don’t you hop on over and chat with me, too.  I’m giving away a copy of His Mistletoe Bride!


We Have Winners!

The winners of my release day celebration are:

Elizabeth H – Mastering The Marquess

Ti Colluney – Sex And The Single Earl

Lee – An Invitation To Sin

Jamie Heustess – My Favorite Countess

Congrats to the winners!  I’ll be in touch.  Thanks to all the lovely people who stopped by  my blog on Tuesday to help me celebrate my big day.

For new visitors to the blog, my latest historical romance, His Mistletoe Bride, is now in stores.

To read an excerpt, check out the His Mistletoe Bride books page.  You’ll find some mighty handy buy links there, too!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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