Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Elizabeth Hoyt

Get Lost in This Story…




Their lives were perfect . . .

Lady Hero Batten, the impeccable sister of the Duke of Wakefield has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn’t bother Hero. Until she meets his notorious brother . . .

Until they met each other.

Griffin Remmington, Lord Reading is far from perfect—and he likes it that way. How he spends his days is a mystery, but all London knows he engages in the worst sorts of drunken revelry at night. Hero takes an instant dislike to him, and Griffin thinks that Hero, with her charities and faultless manners, much too perfect for society, let alone his brother. Yet their near-constant battle of wits soon sparks desire—desire which causes their carefully constructed worlds to come tumbling down. As Hero’s wedding nears, and Griffin’s enemies lay plans to end their dreams forever, can two imperfect people find perfect true love?



I am thrilled to host one of my favorite historical authors, Elizabeth Hoyt, on the blog today. I picked up her Princes Trilogy back in 2007 and have been hooked ever since. Her latest novel, Notorious Pleasures, was recently released and has already hit the New York Times Best Seller List (Congratulations Elizabeth!!!), so we know she is a favorite of many readers! Her next book, Scandalous Desires, comes out in November.

Also, Elizabeth is giving away an iPad on her Facebook site. See at the end of this interview how to link to her page for your chance to win!

So now, let's hear from Elizabeth herself…

Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in central Illinois with three untrained dogs, two angelic but bickering children, and one long-suffering husband.

Heather: How often do you get lost in a story?
Elizabeth: I read everyday, but I only read a really, really good book like every three months or so.

Heather: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
Elizabeth: Romances, mysteries, and urban fantasy. Well, actually, mostly just Jim Butcher’s urban fantasies. ;-)

Heather: Where do you read and how often?
Elizabeth: In bed every night.

Heather: What’s the first book you remember reading?
Elizabeth: Little House in the Big Woods.

Heather: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Elizabeth: Some Like it Hot

Heather: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
Elizabeth: Rapunzel

Heather: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
Elizabeth: Oh, Yes! Pop. Low pop. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Meatloaf when I write love scenes. ;-)

Heather: If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?
Elizabeth: Nothing. I’m sadly unqualified for any other profession.

Heather: What do you do to unwind and relax?
Elizabeth: Gardening and walking my dogs.

Heather: Do you read reviews of your books?
Elizabeth: Nope.

Heather: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
Elizabeth: Are you kidding? I write full time! At home! Or at a coffee shop! People pay me to write—in my p.j.’s sometimes! My entire writing career is kind of surreal. Also, I can now afford to send my kids to college—always a good thing. ;-)

Heather: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
Elizabeth: Both, depending on my mood. I take both with milk.

Heather: What’s in your refrigerator right now?
Elizabeth: Three jars of capers. You never want to run out of capers.

Heather: Dog person or cat person?
Elizabeth: Dog! I have three dogs, which is waaaay too many. Some days I look around and wonder where all these dogs came from.

Heather’s GOTTA ASK – Elizabeth’s GOTTA ANSWER J

Heather: So, I noticed on your website that you are an avid gardener, which I envy. (I have a garden stone in my rocked over garden that says “I tried, but it died”). What is your most favorite plant or flower and have you incorporated your passion into any of your stories?

Elizabeth: It’s hard for gardeners to pick just one favorite plant, but in early spring I look forward to lavender species crocuses—one of the first flowers to bloom in my garden.

In The Raven Prince, my first book, there’s a ruined secret garden that’s kind of symbolic for Edward and Anna’s relationship. And Edward gives Anna a dozen dormant roses, which for any avid gardener would be a wonderful gift. For anyone else, they’d look a lot like a bunch of dead, thorny branches. ;-)


GOT A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS?

Which secondary character in the Maiden Lane series would you like to see in a future book?

WILL YOU HAVE A DRAWING FROM THOSE LEAVING COMMENTS?**

Yup, I’ll give away a signed copy of Notorious Pleasures.

Thanks so much for being with us today, Elizabeth! Where can your fans learn more about you on the web?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeth-Hoyt/263534612300?ref=search&sid=1033016156.428653851 (please note that I’m giving away an iPad on my Facebook page in Feb.)
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16202.Elizabeth_Hoyt


**Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North American addresses only. If an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) is available, the author may utilize that option for International participants. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

Come back again tomorrow, when Angi hosts Bronwen Evans!

16 comments:

  1. Welcome Elizabeth! It was such fun interviewing you :)

    I love your answer about what dreams writing has made come true for you. Whenever the writing gets really tough, my crit group and I remind each other that we can write in our PJ's if we want, too!

    Congratulations on the success of "Notorious Pleasures"!

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  2. Wow! I'm a huge fan.

    I like the selection of Some Like It Hot. You can never go wrong with Marilyn!

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  3. I forgot to say...as much fun as this interview was, if I hear Meatloaf in my head next time I write a love scene, I'm totally blaming YOU!

    Cuz I would do anything for love...but I won't do that. :)

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  4. I'm not much of a gardener but I do love tulips, they are generally early to bloom and tell me that spring will be here soon.

    I haven't read either book yet but I would love too. My TBR pile just keeps growing and growing and growing.....

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  5. Oh wow! I am a HUGE fan of Elizabeths!!! And Notorius Pleasure's sounds like an amazing read!!!

    I would sooooooo love to have a traditional English garden, but sadly everything dies under my thumb. I guess its like cooking, you either got it or you don't. sigh* :O(

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Andrea
    atsnider@verizon.net

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  6. Huge fan, Elizabeth and welcome to GLIAS !
    I'm also a huge fan of Meatlof, Some Like It Hot, and many of the answers to your questions. Very cool! Love the gardening ...but I have a brown thumb with everything except roses. Love roses. What's your favorite variety?

    ~~Angi

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  7. Good morning! Thank you for the fun interview, Heather--sorry about the Meatloaf earwig. ;-)

    I loved Jack Lemon in Some Like it Hot as well, Simone!

    Tulips are another favorite of mine, June.

    Hope you like NOTORIOUS PLEASURES, Andrea!

    LOL, I don't actually have that many roses. Angi--they seem to get mildew around here unless you spray and I don't like the chemicals. I do have one big old-fashioned bush rose that blooms for exactly 2 weeks in late spring. It's covered in perfumed mauve roses when it does!

    I'll check back in later in the day! ;-)

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  8. I have not read Wicked Intentions yet but I have it in my TBR pile and its looking at me longinly! I love all your books so far! I fell in love with the Raven Prince and have been a fan ever since. Thanks for sharing with us today! BTW I think its great you listen to Meatloaf while writing romantic scenes!

    evjochum[AT]aol[DOT]com

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  9. Hi Elizabeth!

    I've been a fan since The Leopard Prince: Harry Pye. He's such a great, unexpected, eccentric hero!

    Looking forward to Notorious Pleasures.

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  10. I haven't read this series yet but this book looks great and I have read previous books by Elizabeth. This book looks so good and I can't wait to start this series.

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  11. Welcome, Elizabeth. I'm a huge fan, too. And now I'll be humming Paradise by the Dashboard Light for the rest of the day. Thanks for that. ;)

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  12. Elizabeth, what a charming interview and I love your story blurb. I'm sadly unqualified to do anything else also, so I guess that means you'll just have to keep churning out great novels. Thanks for being here today! Thanks for the interview, Heather.

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  13. I haven't read the books yet, so I can't say. But I can't wait to dig into them! I have the first book just waiting for me to pick it up.... :-)
    Great interview!

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  14. Hello Elizabeth, welcome!! Been a fan since your first book. They're all either on my shelves or in my TBR pile. Cant wait to add your latest!! Thanks for joining us today

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  15. Oh! OH! Brother Winter - I need a book about Winter.... But don't worry about entering me in the contest - your books are bedside.

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  16. Congratulations Johanna R Jochum, you are the winner of Elizabeth's drawing! Please send your address to GetLostInAStory@gmail.com

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