Friday, February 18, 2011
Tiffany Clare made a splash on the historical romance scene with her debut novel, The Surrender of a Lady, last year. Now her second release, The Seduction of His Wife, is out! (I've read this book and it is hot, hot, hot!)
Deciding that life had far more to offer than a nine to five job, bickering children in the evening and housework of any kind, Tiffany Clare opened up her laptop to rediscover her love of the written word. Tiffany writes historical romances set in the Victorian era for St. Martin’s Press. She lives in Toronto with her ever-patient photographer husband, two mischievous children a cat that thinks he’s a dog and a dog that thinks she’s human.
Simone: Your latest book, The Seduction of his Wife, is a marriage in trouble story. Tell us a bit about it.
Tiffany: Emma and Richard married young at their fathers’ insistences. Something arranged from birth for the two. I like reconciliation stories, so I did just that when the married couple run into each other after twelve years of not seeing or speaking to each other.
Back book blurb:
AN INCONVENIENT SCANDAL
Emma Hallaway has not seen her husband in twelve years—and that’s fine with her. As a young girl, she’d agreed to a simple marriage of convenience, allowing her to pursue her private passion for painting. And though unknown to the rest of polite society, Emma is now one of the most daring and sought-after artists in London. However, when her secret is threatened to be exposed, Emma is forced to open her heart—and her home—to a total stranger: her husband…
AN UNEXPECTED SURPRISE
Richard Mansfield, Earl of Asbury, is all too familiar with danger. As a matter of fact, it is hard on his heels when he returns to England. Still, even he is shocked to learn of his wife’s scandalous double life as an artist. But once he sees the vibrant grown woman she has become—so passionate, so strong, and so alluring—his undeniable attraction to Emma stuns him. Suddenly Richard is determined to turn their sham of a marriage into a true and lasting love. But how exactly does a gentleman seduce his own wife?
Simone - What's one of your favourite scenes in the book?
Tiffany - There is a scene in the apple orchard, where the sisters all climb a tree on a dare. It was a lot of fun to write and I love Emma’s sisters to death! They have a lot of fun in that scene and then Richard and his friend happen upon them. That scene was the first ‘playful’ scene between Richard and Emma. It just makes me smile thinking about it!
Simone - What's the strangest thing you learned while researching a book?
Tiffany - What a question! I can’t even recall! I learned a lot for my first book, having known nothing previously about harems, the Ottoman Empire, etc., etc.
Simone - Where is your favourite place to read?
Tiffany - No real favorite place to read. Just whenever I get a chance, be it on the streetcar, in bed, on my chair in my room. Preferably where there are lots of pillows and my cuddly cat.
Simone - What's the last book you finished reading?
Tiffany - Zoe Archer’s Warrior. Hubba hubba, I love me some of that warrior, Gabriel’s all man. It was a fantastic adventure romance set in the late Victorian period with a little magic and fantasy. Can’t wait to dive into the rest of that series along with the final chapter in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series!
Simone - Your first book, The Surrender of a Lady, was a bit controversial, featuring an English lady sold into a harem. Did your publisher try to make you tone it down or change the story?
Tiffany - Not really. I only added more romance and made Rothburn less of a jerk, though he’s still a jerk, but readers, let me tell you he was prime ahole material in the previous versions! I originally thought I was writing a women's fiction, but that didn't work well when my subsequent books were all planned romances!
Simone - The Surrender of a Lady was your debut book. How has life changed since becoming a debut author?
Tiffany - Nothing has changed. I know less than I did when I sold my first book, I feel like I know less about writing, LOL and I’m just busier with deadlines.
Simone - Tell us what's next for you?
Tiffany - The Secret Desires of a Governess! May 24, 2011.
I’m really excited about this book. I loved writing the characters so much! Elliott is my favorite hero, and Abby is just stubborn and has a mind of her own. She knows how to get what she wants!
YEARNING FOR HIS TOUCH
From the moment Abby meets her new employer—the mysterious, brooding Earl of Brendall—she is appalled by his brutish manner…and even moreso by her own attraction to him. Has she lost her senses? As a governess, Abby has no choice but to play by the rules. But as a woman, she cannot deny the fiery sensations he ignites—or the fantasies he inspires…
BURNING FOR HER KISS
From the moment Elliott lays eyes on his new young governess, he knows he’s in trouble. Abby is intelligent, defiant, and utterly captivating, though Elliott must do his very best to resist her. But as the two grow closer, the passion burns hotter. Soon, the only thing that can destroy their love is the darkest secret of his past—and the secret desires of a governess…
Thanks Tiffany! You can find Tiffany at her website or at her blog, Vauxhall Vixens.
Tiffany's covers are all gorgeous, don't you think? I love them. All right, I'll admit it, a beautiful dress on a cover pulls me in every time. I for one don't need a naked man's chest on a cover - but I might be in the minority. So what do you like on a cover? What makes you pick up a book every time?