on July 4th 2017
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"You do strange things to me, Dell Turner. Tell me I am not alone in what I feel."His voice was low and rough. His eyes burned. "You are not alone," he said.
Portia Chadwick knows she'll never have a life of adventure. But when a dangerous moneylender kidnaps her sister, Portia seeks help from a man known only as Nightshade. Soon she finds herself charging headfirst into his world of intrigue and danger―and unexpected passion.
Dell Turner grew up in London's back alleys and gin lanes. Vowing to escape his low beginnings, he hires himself out to society's elite. When he accepts a job from a beautiful young lady, he doesn't anticipate her relentless determination to join his mad occupation...or her unnerving ability to inspire emotions he thought long buried. She's as dangerous to him as his world is to her, and yet Dell can't bring himself to turn Portia away... even if it means risking her life.
Adding a fun twist, Amy and Elizabeth interviewed each other…
Amy: What was the first romance novel you ever read?
Elizabeth: I’ve always been one to have a book around, but I read across multiple genres without any particular favorite until about 12 years ago. Whatever book caught my eye or was popular enough to make into a movie, I would pick it up, and dive into it without hesitation. I blame this entirely on growing up in the country. In a home where my only choices in books were my brother’s science fiction novels, and my mom’s cozy murder mysteries, I was just happy to have something to read, anything to read.
Then when I was in my late 20s, I walked into my local bookstore and saw a book with a cover depicting a ship at sea. Bold blue skies, sails billowing in the wind, and a lady in a pink dress all seemed to beg me to pick up the book to investigate. It was Johanna Lindsey’s CAPTIVE OF MY DESIRES. That was the day I dove into historical romance novels, and I’ve never looked back.
Elizabeth: What’s your favorite line from your new release, LORD OF LIES?
Amy: “He knew before he spoke, however, that a sensible lecture would only end in a roll of her fascinating eyes or a snort of derision before she went along doing exactly what she wanted to do anyway.”
Amy: If you could be a character in any movie, which movie and what character would you want to be?
Elizabeth: Without a doubt I would want to be Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries! She gets to learn to be a princess. I mean, twist my arm, right? Torture me with makeovers and learning to properly sip tea any day. I won’t complain even a little. Mia Thermopolis has the bright future of one day ruling Genovia which looks a great deal like one of the countries in Epcot. Again, it would be complete torture to have that to look forward to. 😉 And bonus—my grandmother would be Mary Poppins. Not too shabby.
Elizabeth: I know you have small children at your house just like I do. What’s your number one tip for juggling mom life with author life?
Amy: The struggle is real! I don’t know if any mom feels they successfully juggle the many balls they have in the air. My number one tip to keep writing in the midst of mommy tasks is to set a routine and stick to it. The early morning hours of every day are for my writing. My kids still interrupt, but at least they are not surprised when I shoo them out the door.
Amy: If you had only one book to read for the rest of your life, what book would it be?
Elizabeth: Only one book?! Forever?! Man, ask me a tougher question, why don’t you, Amy. Geez! I would have to go with the book that will always hold a special place in my heart: the one that hooked me on reading when I was a teenager. There was a long list of acceptable books for summer reading that year. I wasn’t a big reader at the time, so I sighed and looked down the list settling on a title that turned out to be AMAZING! After I read it, I wanted more and began devouring book after book for the first time in my life. But that first one is still my favorite book of all time. The book that changed my life: REBECCA by Daphne Du Maurier.
Elizabeth: If you had to live within the world of any genre of romance, which one would you choose and why?
Amy: I’d have to go with contemporary. Specifically, the gritty, rock-and-roll, tattooed, dive bar contemporaries. Oh, to be young and rebellious again!
Amy: Who is your celebrity crush?
Elizabeth: What is it with guys named Chris in Hollywood lately, am I right? Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Chis Pratt… Of the dreamy Chrises, Chris Pratt is my favorite. I love a guy with a great sense of humor. And, let’s be honest, he doesn’t hurt to look at either.
Elizabeth: Do you think there’s a secret ingredient that all heroes must have to be desirable? Or does that magic “it” factor change from book to book?
Amy: I definitely think it changes from book to book. To me the “it” factor is in how the hero is perfect for his particular heroine. It’s in the little details she notices when she first sees him and the way his presence makes her feel.
Amy: What author has been the greatest influence on your writing?
Elizabeth: There are so many authors I love to read, and authors I admire and for various reasons. My number one favorite author though has to be Lisa Kleypas. Her writing is beautiful! I love her descriptions and the characters she creates are amazing. Every time I finish one of her books I sit there for a second in awe, hoping I can make a reader feel the same way I do in that moment. For me, her books are the light house on the horizon that I steer my little boat toward. I hope I hit land one day and I get to meet her in person. That would be awesome!
Elizabeth: Do you have any book release day traditions?
Amy: You mean aside from biting my nails and scanning the internet for reviews every five minutes? As someone who loves food and honestly gets sick of cooking every night, getting dressed up and going out to a nice restaurant is my favorite way to celebrate a new release.
The Spare Heirs Society Cordially Invites You to Meet Fallon St. James: The Mastermind
When the love of Lady Isabelle Fairlyn’s life is betrothed to her twin sister, Isabelle vows to find a suitable replacement before the end of the season. He must be a talented dancer, have a keen fashion sense, and be perfectly dashing in every way.
Fallon St. James is the farthest thing from perfectly anything. As head of the secretive Spare Heirs Society, he must stick to the shadows…even as Isabelle’s friendship pulls him reluctantly into the light. But when Isabelle gets involved with the one man who could destroy Spares, Fallon must decide between protecting his life’s work―or risking everything to save the woman whose warm smile leaves him breathless.