Guest Author: Robyn DeHart & Giveaway!

I’m so pleased to have romance writer extraordinaire Robyn DeHart on the blog today.  Robyn writes sexy historical romance, with lots of adventure and intrigue.  Her books have finaled in bunches of contests and she’s won a number of them, too.  Let’s ask Robyn to tell us about her latest book.

A Little Bit Wicked, your first book in the Forbidden Love Series for Entangled Publishing, is now available. How did you come up with the idea for this series? We’ve probably had at least one forbidden love in our lives – what’s the attraction?

Thanks for having me today, Vanessa! Yes, forbidden love is such an attraction. I think it’s the taboo of it that draws me in. The series actually rolled right out of this first book, A Little Bit Wicked. I knew I wanted to create a series and well, one of the main elements to Vivian and Marcus’s story is that she’s older than him (and also a ruined lady). I knew a relationship between them would be forbidden. So I grabbed onto that element as a hook for the entire series and it everything fell into place. A Little Bit Sinful is next and well, those who have read A Little Bit Wicked know that Marcus’s younger sister, Clarissa is embroiled in a scandal…we get her story in that book. And the third…well, readers will just have to wait and see.

Can you tell us something about A Little Bit Wicked? I love the idea of a heroine known as The Paragon!

Thank you. It was funny how that idea came to me. Part of my process when I’m creating stories is that I spend a lot of time thinking about the relationship between the hero and heroine. I get an idea for one of them and then I think about who is the perfect person for them to fall in love with and what are the reasons that make them the worst person to fall in love with and I go from there. I knew what type of person Vivian was, I knew she was prim and proper and that that was of upmost importance to her and I knew why, I knew she had this secret past that she was working quite hard to hide. That one secret sort of snowballed into her being the secret keeper and thus the Paragon was born. I liked the idea of a “cleaner” of sorts in Victorian society – we all know how many scandals were flying around back then. Surely there was someone who could help smooth out the edges of nasty gossip. She was a fun character to write! And creating her match in Marcus was even more fun. He was so intent on ruffling her feathers, on breaking through that prim and proper exterior to find the passionate woman beneath…the chemistry lit up my computer.

You also have a new series coming out from NAL. What can you tell us about it? How does this series differ from your Forbidden Love Series?

Oh yes, I’m so excited about the NAL series! I’ve wanted to sell that first book, The Secrets of Mia Danvers, for a while and I believe I found a great home for it with NAL (thanks to my amazing agent, Kevan Lyon). I’m never great at describing a book, but I can share the back cover blurb because it’s already up for pre-order on Amazon.

A lone witness finds her protector…

Since losing her sight in a childhood accident, Mia Danvers has resided in a small cottage on the vast Carrington estate. Thought to be dead, Mia lives a life of virtual seclusion—until one night, while walking home, she happens upon a horrendous crime.

Alex Foster, Eighth Duke of Carrington, lives according to society’s expectations for him. He’s never met the woman who lives in the cottage at the edge of his property. But when she arrives at his door in the pouring rain terrified and claiming she has witnessed a murder, she seizes his attention.

Mia is determined to help the authorities track down the culprit, even though the only person willing to accept her aid is the handsome, arrogant duke. Working closely together proves difficult as Mia’s beauty and independence tempts Alex to ignore convention and follow his desire. But what neither of them know is that this murderer has struck before in Whitechapel, taunting the British press only to vanish—a ruthless killer who knows that Mia is the only living witness to his crime…

Writing a blind character was a challenge, to be sure, but also really exciting. So far everyone who has read the book loves her and so I feel like I did my job. The series will deal with what happens after the Whitechapel murders, asking the question, what if Jack the Ripper kept on killing. So how this series differs from my Forbidden Love series is that the NAL series is for one, much longer books, and secondly where the Forbidden Love series focuses on the hero and heroine and them falling in love while the NAL series focuses on that same thing, but those people falling in love amidst the backdrop of a terrifying murder investigation. The NAL series is darker and more gritty, everything you would except from a book featuring the notorious Jack the Ripper.

Now for what I call my survivor question – if you were stranded on a deserted island with the love of your life, what two luxury items would you bring with you?

Okay this is probably cheating, but I’m going to say a magic toiletry bag that refills itself as needed, filled with toothbrushes and toothpaste and shampoo and soap. So that’s one item and then the other would have to be my fully loaded kindle so I would never run out of wonderful romance novels to read.

Cheating is definitely allowed on my island, Robyn!  For my readers today, Robyn is giving away a copy of her new book.  Let’s talk about secrets–are you good at keeping them or bad?  Did you ever have a secret you simply had to keep, but found it almost impossible to do so?  One person who comments will win a copy of A Little Bit Wicked.

And don’t forget:  today is the last day to participate in the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop.

Click on this link to get to my original post and start hopping.  Since there are over 200 authors and bloggers giving away prizes, you’ll be glad you did!

 

24 thoughts on “Guest Author: Robyn DeHart & Giveaway!

  1. Hi, Vanessa and Robyn!

    Congratulations to Robyn on her new release!

    re: secrets — I can’t keep any from my husband (so I kinda tell him everything) — but I’m fairly good at keeping things to myself for the most part. ^_^

    I loved Robyn’s “survivor” answer! Would want a magic toiletry kit as well. ^_^

  2. Congrats Robyn on your latest book; can’t wait to read it.

    I think/hope I’m good at keeping secrets. Quite a few of my friends hv confided things to me. I’ve never had much inclination to have to tell anyone else.

  3. Thanks for such a fun post and congrats to Robin on the newest release! It sounds fantastic! I always seem to be the secret keeper of friends and coworkers! Gets old so I often end up avoiding “dramatic” people just so I don’t have that burden. I’ve never spilled a secret yet but it’s not fun!

  4. Congrats on the release and I love these books. Will have to pick them up. Secrets–I hate them. I hate keeping them for anyone and I avoid hiding them for myself. I have kept secrets for others even though alot of times, I voiced to them that I wouldn’t like it.
    As for myself, I would rather not keep them at all..speaking the truth and not hiding anything is the best for m to do:)

  5. I guess the word luxury can mean a lot of things. I would definitely want a toothbrush and endless supply of motrin. Are those luxuries? I guess if you don’t have them, they might be. haha

  6. Secrets can be tricky, can’t they. They’re so fun in a book, but not so much in real life. I’m not a fan, they tend to give me stomach aches. 🙂 I’m glad so many of you agree with my magical toiletry bag – clearly someone should invent one of those!

  7. Congrats Robyn! Cannot WAIT to read!.. Thanks Vanessa for the fun giveaway!
    I have to agree with Tin, I can’t and don’t keep secrets from the hubby, but he is good about not repeating things! 🙂 Otherwise I am a GREAT secret keeper! Very trustworthy! 😉 Unless of course it’s something that shouldn’t be kept a secret, then I gently persuade that person to let it all out! Lol Thanks for the giveaway!
    Maycee
    majorsqueenbee(at)yahoo(dot)com

  8. You are a woman after my own heart. I would go crazy if I could brush my teeth, shampoo my hair and shave my legs. LOL

    Merry Christmas and may everyone’s new year be filled with books.

    flip at ida dot net

  9. If it is a big secret from a friend or family member I can keep that secret, but id it is a Christmas or birthday present then no I am not very good at keep that kind of secret. I don’t mean to tell, it just comes out. I love the sound of both books! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I’m like you…keeping my Kindle fully loaded with romance stories…especially with historical romances. I feel good and am in good humor all day while reading about all the good things in life, especially love. It conquers all things negative!

  11. I don’t get so chummy with people outside my immediate family that make me keep secrets, because I don’t know any. I remember a time, however, that a colleague at work told me he had MS and not to tell anyone. So I didn’t tell. Later I found out that not only his boss knew, but it appeared to be common knowledge. So I guess if you really want a secret you shouldn’t tell anyone. I never keep anything from my husband if the kids say not to tell dad. I tell them that if they tell me, I can’t keep it from him.

    Robyn DeHart is a new author to me. I’m so happy to be introduced to new authors this way, especially when the author who recommends the read is one I know and enjoy already.

    Merry Christmas to all of you.

  12. Congrats and welcome Robyn~! I can’t wait for your new series, it sounds amazing and my kind of read.
    To answer the question, I would say I’m good at keeping secrets. That is if they tell me to keep it a secret. Most of the time they just tell me and that’s that, so yup, I would have to tell someone if I don’t forget it first.

    kp_kazamei(at)yahoo(dot)com

  13. Congratulations on the book, I have really enjoyed reading your writtings. I am not one for Historical Romance but yours are some of my favorites, along with Julie Garwood.

    As for secrets if you can not keep them than no one will trust you and telling someone not to repeate it does not work they always will. So no I do not tell secrets I like the trust I have with friends and families.

    Thank you for the wonderful books that you write.

  14. Oh so many kind words! Thanks for all of that, I’m glad so many of you are interested in my books. LaNette, I love to be in Julie Garwood’s company – that’s a huge compliment!

    I’m also glad to know there are so many good secret keepers out there. I’ll know precisely who to contact should I need a secret kept. Clearly Vanessa’s readers are among the best out there!

  15. Thanks for stopping by, ladies! I’ve been out for a good part of the day, but I’m glad you’ve been having fun without me. As for secrets…I’m pretty good at keeping them, but I really have to bite my tongue!

  16. I love both of your writing , Robyn and Vanessa 🙂

    I am a superduper secret keeper..I know things about people Ive never told another person. I beleive trust is really important.

    Merry Christmas !
    ~Kym
    flwrs4ever(at)yahoo(dot)com

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