Welcome to Romance Week!
Today I have the wonderful Elise Rome and Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books has the equally amazing Stephanie Keyes!
Elise Rome has never forgiven Margaret Mitchell for making her fall in love with Scarlett and Rhett in Gone with the Wind and then not giving them a happy ending. She likes to think that she makes up for this injustice with each romance novel she writes.
When she isn't telling stories about sexy, headstrong heroes and intelligent, independent heroines, Elise stays busy chasing after her two young daughters, semi-attempting to do housework, and hiking in the beautiful foothills of Colorado.
You can also find Elise at Peanut Butter on the Keyboard: Where mommy brains and writing collide
Hello Elise! Thank you so much for participating in our 3rd annual Romance Week!
Thanks so much for having me!
- What drew you to writing Romance to begin with?
I’ve been a fan of the romance genre since I was a pre-teen, but I never thought I would be an author myself until one day a few years back when the idea for a book just wouldn’t go away. I was impressed I had one idea back then. Now I can’t seem to make them stop coming. =)
- If you could live anywhere in the world (or a place from a book) where would it be?
England! Lol. I imagine tons of historical romance fans would give the same answer. Not only does the history and visiting of places I’ve read about in books make it appealing, but, to be honest... it’s the accents. I love British accents. What can I say?
- Would you even write outside of Romance? If so, what genres? If not, why not?
I’ve had an idea for a while for a mainstream commercial fiction book about prejudices and war and humanity (not that this narrows it down any for you ;) ), but until it feels right in my head, I’m going to continue letting it percolate. One day, though...
- If you were stranded on an island, what 5 books would you take with you?
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins (my first YA, read recently, and LOVED)
GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell (I adore Rhett and Scarlett for their flawed characters)
SCARLETT by Alexandra Ripley (so I can have my HEA after GWTW)
any book by Julie Anne Long (I know this is kind of cheating with not giving a title and all, but I honestly CAN’T choose!)
THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett (because I’ve never read it, it has tons of great reviews, and I think I’d want something new to read, even if it was new just once)
Quick & Easy:
1. Book or E-book? Ebook. It’s so convenient.
2. Day or Night? Night. Just because that’s when I have peace and quiet. =)
3. Coffee or Tea? Coffee... although I recently quit once I found out I was pregnant.
4. Plotter or Panster? Wannabe plotter. =)
5. Dark or Milk Chocolate? Dark and decadent!
6. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Wallflower--we always notice so much more.
7. Laptop or Desktop? Laptop.
8. Love at first sight or Second chances? Second chances.
9. Angel or Demon? How about a flawed angel? =)
10. Reality or Fiction? Fiction. We need the escape!
11. Author’s Choice - what do you want to ask the readers? We’ve had a lot of reality TV shows and even fictional TV shows turned into romance stories (it seems like there have been a few that based stories off the concept of The Bachelor). What romance trope or romance story (could be a specific book/series) would you like to see turned into a TV show?
A man accustomed to having whatever he wishes…
A year ago, the last thing portraitist Simon Astley expected was to become fascinated with his new housemaid. Although Miranda Post was no great beauty, he found his attraction for her continuing to grow until—rather than giving in to his wicked inclinations—he sent her away. No man could have regretted this momentary indulgence of conscience more.
A woman whose wishes have never come true…
Now a maid at London’s most exclusive gaming hell, Miranda has no time for either bitterness or the soothing of her bruised heart. She works hard and struggles to care for her dependent father, forbidding herself to dwell on either her dreams of the future or her memories of Simon.
At night all they need is one another…
Yet both her dreams and memories collide when Simon is commissioned to paint the portraits of the hell’s owners. Determined to right his mistakes, he offers to pay Miranda for the pleasure of painting her, too—but only in the privacy of his studio. She agrees to take his coin, even while knowing that every moment in his presence once again decimates her defenses…and threatens her heart
GiveawayAn ebook of THE SINNING HOUR by Elise Rome (open internationally; will be sent upon publication sometime in Spring 2013).
Along with an ebook (Amazon or B&N) of these three books (open internationally):
1) GUILTY PLEASURES by Laura Lee Guhrke (one of my all-time favorite historical romances)
2) THE ROGUE PIRATE’S BRIDE by Shana Galen (one of the BEST pirate romance ever, IMO)
3) A GENTLEMAN UNDONE by Cecilia Grant (a book I can’t stop gushing about) a Rafflecopter giveaway