Some Exciting News!!

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to join an absolutely wonderful group of romance writers on their blog, The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills.  It’s one of the best group blogs in the romance blogosphere, counting uber-talented writers like Shana Galan, Kristin Higgins, Mia Marlowe, and Robyn DeHart among its members.

I’ll be blogging twice a month with the JQs, and I’ll be linking to JQ posts fairly frequently from now on–which is good news for my readers because those gals know how to have a good time!  The JQs also host guest visits from your favorite romance writers (with giveaways!), so you’re going to want to stop by on a regular basis.

In fact, why don’t you stop over right now and say hello!


We Have Winners!

I have lots of winners to announce today.  My winner for the Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop is Anna Hartt.  The winner of My Favorite Countess, from Marie Treanor’s Christmas party, is Janice Hoagland.  And the winner of Robyn DeHart’s new book, A Little Bit Wicked, is Nicole Nobles.  Congratulations, ladies!  I’ll be in touch.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by the blog!  Be sure to come visit on Friday, when I’ll be hosting contemporary romance writer Robin Covington.


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!

 


We Have A Winner!

The winner of my Holiday Cook Blog Hop giveaway of His Mistletoe Bride is Brandy Bosquez.  Congratulations!  I’ll be in touch.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by to talk about favorite holiday cookies.  There’s more good stuff going on this month on my blog, including visits from authors like Robyn DeHart and Mia Marlowe, plus some more great blog hops.  Be sure to stop back and join the fun!


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