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Interview With Author of, Love In A Dangerous Season, Gloria Gay & Book Spotlight

 

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Book Information

Title– Love In A Dangerous Season
Author– Gloria Gay
Genre– Regency Romance
Publication Date–  January 21, 2015
Length– 192 Pages
Publisher– Amazon Kindle Direct
Cover Artist– Killion Group
 
Book Description
 
For her insulting behavior toward the Earl of Ashcom, on whom her family depends for subsistence, beautiful Fantine Delmere earns for herself an unwanted London season and is forced to leave her beloved Evergreen and venture into the hard glare of the heartless haut ton she abhors. But Fantine’s arrival awakens jealousies and dangerous forces are put into motion…

 

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1.  Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m married, with three grown children (two girls and a boy) and have six grandchildren. My husband and I live in San Diego, California and we are extremely lucky to have our children and grandchildren all living in the same city. I have published a few Regency romances both on my own as well as with publishers. I have two Regency romances with Boroughs Publishing Group (Scandal at Almack’s and Lovely Little Liar).


2.  What inspired you to write your first book?

I was in a girl’s Catholic academy and was given a novel as a prize for excellence in art work and that was the first taste I had of fiction. My dad worked for the State Department and we were transferred to El Paso, Texas. I became a bookworm in the sixth grade and thought that the small narrow library in my school was a gateway to faraway places and exciting adventures that were just there waiting for me. I read all of the Nancy Drew books that little library had as well as all the other girl detective series I could find. From there I went on to a Gothic romance addiction. After reading “Rebecca” I wrote to Daphne DuMaurier and asked her if Manderley was real or imagined. She wrote back very graciously, telling me she and her husband had managed to obtain a 20-year lease on the house (Menabilly) that had been the initial inspiration for the novel. She even included some snapshots!

So, the first book I ever wrote was a Gothic romance (still unpublished) but I went back to it recently and I’m re-writing it, so maybe I’ll publish it in the near future. From gothics I went on to Regency romances because I felt that Gothic romances had a lot of mystery but little romance. Even now, all my regencies have a lot of mystery and suspense threaded through the romance – the influence of my love of Gothics!

 

3.  How to you choose your hero and heroines names?

Some of them just pop up in my mind when I’m starting a book but others I choose carefully. For instance, in “Love In a Dangerous Season” the heroine’s name is Fantine. My aunt/god-mother’s name was Fantine and I always thought that was a pretty name and rare. Since I wanted my heroine to have a distinctive name because she had a unique impulsive character (that got her into trouble), I chose that name for her.

 

4.  What kind of research did you do for this book?

As far as Regencies go I have read hundreds of them so I know the period well and I’m constantly going back to my personal research library of sites that I have formed throughout the year, many of them through the advice of the Beaumonde Society site to which I belong.

 

5.  Do you have a favorite character from one of your books? Which one, and why?

Fantine Delmere of Love In A Dangerous Season is a favorite of mine as well as Cecilia Sentenell from Kissed In the Dark. I also have a particular fondness for Violet Welsh, a secondary character of Kissed In the Dark, so much so that I developed a book for her (Known to All) in order to tell her story!

 

6. Do you currently have any works in progress, and if so, could you share a little with us?

I’m in the last stages of my Regency romance, Enchanted Summer which will be published under Amazon Kindle. It’s always fun to arrive at the last correction stage and start thinking of the cover.

 

7.  Where do you write, and do you have a daily schedule or do you write when inspiration strikes?

I have half of a room set up for writing and throughout the day, whenever I have something to say I jot it down. I write a lot initially when an idea strikes. Then the book lies dormant for a while, while parts of it brew in my head. I think the more you write and think about a book the more you are able to arrive at solutions to plot problems and the better you get at it. And it doesn’t matter if a lot of what you write you cut out. Nothing in writing goes to waste, even the parts you cut out are useful, because those parts led you to other more appropriate parts that you were able to use in the book.
That’s the way I work (seat of the pants for I have never been able to write an outline). Usually I start out with a scene that pops into my head – J – a bit crazy but it’s a method that works for me.

 

9.  Is there a question you have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? If so, what is the question, and what is the answer?

My question to myself would be, do you become very attached to some of your characters?


Very much so! As I said before, not only was Violet Welsh (later to become Violet Durbin) one of my favorite characters, but I had no idea that when I developed her character solely so that she would alert the heroine of the plot against her that I was to become so invested in her life that I wrote a whole book about her! I just felt that she deserved a better future and I wanted to give it to her in her own book!

I also became very fond of Lord Wilbur in Forced Offer and even though he could not end up with the heroine although he loved her just as much as the hero did, I’ve always felt that I should tell Lord Wilbur’s story in another book that maybe would include Irene as the heroine. Well, maybe in the future.

10.  Just for fun: If you were stranded on a deserted island, and could pick only 3 necessities to have with you, what would they be?

Number one: my hubby.
Number two: a large supply of ice-cold beer. (Not possible, right?).
Number three: a manual typewriter with a case of paper and typing ribbons (maybe from a shipwreck) and drawing paper and pencils.
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About Author Gloria Gay

From an early age I was drawn to painting and writing. Both have always been linked for me throughout the different stages of my life—studies, work, marriage, children, grand-children. Curiously enough it was a novel given to me as a prize for art excellence at the Catholic nuns’ academy where I studied through sixth grade that I was introduced to literature. Up until that time I only knew books as history, math, etc. Those nuns were very strict: novels only as a prize! I was amazed that a book could open doors into imagined worlds. I probably thought, as a nine-year-old, that movies just appeared on the screen by magic.

From that day forth I would make up stories to tell my brothers and my sister. Later on I started to put the stories down on paper. Then among the many novels I read I started one day to read “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier. That first line in the novel: “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…” was the spark that drew me toward serious writing, first the Gothic novels popular at the time and then when I searched for more romance than mystery, to the novels of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.

Regency romance became my genre and I self-published four, then two more with a traditional publisher, Boroughs Publishing Group, and  two with Amazon’s Kindle Direct. And although I will probably always write Regencies, I am also branching out to romantic suspense and will soon be publishing two of those and, hopefully, re-write the first Gothic novel I wrote and abandoned many years ago.

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Fantine struggled in Ashcom’s arms as he pressed his mouth to hers, but to no avail. Her strength pitted against his was but a sigh to a powerful gale. Then even against her will she felt her treacherous lips responding hungrily to his bruising lips that tasted of recently sipped coffee and felt a rush of passion course madly through her limbs as he parted her lips forcibly and thrust his tongue into her mouth.

A thrilling rush of sensation shot out throughout her body, making her listless.
For a while he kissed her, hard and with a desperate hunger answered in measure by Fantine. He tasted the chocolate in her mouth and inhaled the sweet light scent he had chosen for her. He felt a tremor shoot out in sparks throughout his body and a strong response in his loins.Hating his reaction to her and his weakening resolve, he let go of her suddenly and still holding her by her shoulders looked angrily into her eyes.”Have you ever been kissed by a moneyed title, Miss Delmere? Well now you have.” And with that he turned on his heel and strode out of the breakfast room.
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Book Tour, Giveaway, Excerpt & Spotlight- A Desperate Wager by Em Taylor

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Author:  Em Taylor
Title:  A Desperate Wager
Publication Date:  August 25, 2014
Genre:  Regency Historical Romance
Cover Artist:  Samantha Holt
 

Book Description

Nathaniel Spencer, the Fourteenth Duke of Kirkbourne wakes up with an almighty hangover and a wager note in his pocket stating he has agreed to marry the Earl of Brackingham’s daughter. And he can’t even remember ever meeting the chit. Clearly his drinking has got out of hand.
Lady Sarah Steele is horrified when her father announces that the Duke of Kirkbourne has agreed to marry her and even more horrified that her father wagered her hand in a game of cards. Not only that, but the earl has not told the duke of the riding accident that left Sarah paralysed when she was sixteen. But he’s dying and she knows he wants to see her settled before the inevitable happens.
Despite Nate’s drinking and Sarah’s possible complicity in the earl’s plan, they agree to marry. But when accidents start to happen, the newly-weds must deal not only with the fact they are practically strangers, but they must find out who is trying to kill one or both of them. Nate’s drink problem and Sarah’s disability are only a couple of the hurdles they must face to find lasting love.
This book contains scenes of an adult nature.

Excerpt

Nathaniel Spencer, fourteenth Duke of Kirkbourne groaned and rolled over in bed. A tattoo beat a steady rhythm inside his skull, his stomach was bilious and the world spun at an alarming rate.

Last night he had been in his cups—again. He knew he should take a more moderate attitude to alcohol but recently, staying sober had seemed somewhat pointless. Why stay sober if you were just going to end up dead at the side of the road—another silly young buck who had killed himself in a curricle race?


Damn Crosby! Why had he made the damned challenge? Nathaniel, or Nate as he preferred to be called, would never forget Crosby’s lifeless eyes staring up at him, or the crack of the pistol as a bystander put his horses out of their misery. 

And he would never forgive himself for being the man whom Crosby was racing.

Nate closed his eyes and willed his stomach to stop churning as he tried to recall the events of the night before. He had been at White’s for dinner and had moved to the card room. The brandy had been flowing, and Ormsby had suggested moving on to a less reputable gaming hell. He remembered the Earl of Brackingham tagging along for some reason that defied Nate.


He had no issue with Brackingham, but the earl was at least twenty years the senior of everyone else in their party. He had been coughing somewhat alarmingly, Nate recalled. He hoped the old man was not spreading disease around. The last thing Nate needed was to be laid up in bed—his mother fussing around him and pouring vile-tasting concoctions down his throat. There was another thing that took many young, seemingly healthy lives—fever. Curricles and fever—good reasons to get absolutely foxed if ever he needed any.


Brackingham! The name seemed to be prodding his tired and very painful brain—waiting for him to remember something significant from last night. He had a vague memory of playing vingt et un with him. There had been a ludicrous bet. Brackingham wagered his daughter’s hand and if Nate lost, he would have to marry the girl.


Nate had been on a winning streak. Bravado and alcohol made him foolish. He had a three and a queen. He sat up as the king of diamonds flashed before his eyes.


God, damn it.


The king of diamonds took him to twenty-three. His head swum and he tamped down the urge to cast up his accounts. Twenty-three. But surely a wager like that was a joke. It had to be. Brackingham did not expect him to marry his chit of a daughter, did he? Had he even set eyes on the girl before?


Again, some piece of information about the girl needled his brain. He had no recollection of dancing with her at balls. But then he hardly ever danced at balls. He had no plans to seek a leg-shackle on the marriage mart, so he steered clear and spent most of the evening in the card room.


God, he hoped she was at least old enough to have had her come out and this was not some medieval plan to marry a thirteen-year-old off to him. Eighteen was quite young enough—too young in his rather jaded opinion.
But no. He had no recollection of ever having set eyes on Lady… Lady what? He had no idea.


He fished in the pocket of his waistcoat, which he still wore, having obviously been so foxed when he had returned that he had either shooed his valet away or he had arrived so late the valet had been asleep. There was a note. A wager. He hoped he owed the man a vast fortune instead.


Marry Lady Sarah Steele. Dowry – £10,000. Meet Brackingham on 5th day of March to make arrangements.


Today must be the fifth of March. Yesterday had definitely been the fourth. Christ, he had to see if this was a big joke or, if not, was there any way he could inveigle his way out of it. He had no plans to marry. None at all. And that was that.



Em Taylor was born and brought up in the Central Belt of Scotland and still lives there. She was told as a child she had an over active imagination–as if that is a bad thing. She’s traded her dreams of owning her own island, just like George in the Famous Five to hoping to meet her own Mr Darcy one day. But her imagination remains the same.

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Touchstone of Love by Beth Barany Review & Spotlight

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Print Length:  93 Pages
Publisher:  Firewolf Books (January 5, 2014)
Sold By:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language:  English
Genre:  Romance
Format:  Digital

About the Book:

A time-travel romance by award winning novelist, Beth Barany.

When a thunderstorm transports software expert Rose Waldman to thirteenth century France, she meets hunky stonemason Julien, who is secretly creating a gargoyle in defiance of his master mason. Can independent gadget loving Rose trust her life and heart to Julien, and can she really never go home again?  Read excerpt here!


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What Others Are Saying…

“…a unique take on gargoyles which I thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend!” — Karysa Faire

“…The story was really romantic and the two of them together are just pure magic. It is rare that I find a couple rather than a single character really making a story worth while, but this one does just that.” — Kathy Horseman

“… recommend this novella to anyone who is looking for an entertaining read for the night or weekend.” — Lisa

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 My Review
 
I chose to read this book, because the description sounded like it would be a good book.  This book is a little over 90 pages, so it didn’t take but a few hours to read. 

The story starts with Rose in France where she misses her flight in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she is supposed to give a talk at a conference on Human Computers.  Plus she has an annual date with a successful business man that she doesn’t want to miss.  Rose re-books her flight for the next morning and sets off to her hotel to rest.  

She later goes out for a run around the city and discovers a cathedral (she loves cathedrals), with a strange, stone gargoyle sitting at the back.  The wind starts to blow and it seems it may rain.  Rose reaches out to touch the gargoyle, and at the same time is struck in the back of the head by lightening.  When she wakes up, she soon discovers she is in France in the year 1240. 

I rated this book the way I did, because I found it ‘just ok’.  To me there just wasn’t any ‘romance’ between Rose and Julien.  Of course they each thought the other was wonderful to look at, but not much else.  You can’t really fall in love with someone you know nothing else about, besides that they look good. 

There was one part in the book where Rose thinks to herself, ‘He was betrothed after all, and she really shouldn’t make any more advances.  But when had that stopped her in the past?   Her former lovers had sometimes been husbands, or boyfriends separated from their wives or lovers.’  I thought to myself, Rose is just a little tramp, but to give her credit she did ‘instantly’ change her way of thinking later in the story.

I know that this book was a novella and I understand that is why it was so short, but the relationship between Rose and Julien was just based on ‘looks’.  I didn’t feel connected or invested in them in any way.  ‘Touchstone of Love’ is very well written, but the story just didn’t grab me, and leave me wanting more.

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About Beth

Based in Oakland, California, Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance and adventure to transport readers to new worlds where anything is possible.

In her off hours, Beth enjoys capoeira, traveling, and watching movies with her husband, bestselling author Ezra Barany, and playing with their two cats, Kitty and Leo. 

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