Get Lost in This Story…
In retrospect, there were four actions Miss Juliana Fiori should have reconsidered that evening.
First, she likely should have ignored the impulse to leave her sister-in-law’s Autumn ball in favor of the less-cloying, better-smelling and far more poorly-lit gardens of Ralston House.
Second, she very likely should have hesitated when that same impulse propelled her deeper along the darkened paths that marked the exterior of her brother’s home.
Third, she almost certainly should have returned to the house the moment she stumbled upon Lord Grabeham, deep in his cups, half-falling down, and spouting entirely ungentlemanly things.
But, she definitely should not have hit him.
It didn’t matter than he had pulled her close and breathed his hot, whiskey-laden breath upon her, or that his cold, moist lips had clumsily found their way to the high arch of one cheek, or that he suggested that she might like it just as her mother had.
Ladies did not hit people.
At least, English ladies didn’t.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!!! Do you know what’s even better than a margarita? Spending a few moments with our awesome guest blogger today! I am beyond thrilled to host fellow historical author, Sarah MacLean. Her debut with Avon, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake was seriously one of the most memorable and fun books I read last year—one of those books you read and say “I should just quit writing now, because I’ll never be as good as that!” So you can imagine how much I’m looking forward to curling up with “Eleven Scandals”. It will be the first book I download onto my Mother’s Day Kindle.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book. Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels.
So, let’s get right to the Get Lost Interview!!!
Heather: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Sarah: When Harry Met Sally. Barely acquaintances become best friends and then fall in love. With hilarity. Win.
Heather: What turns you off like nothing else?
Sarah: Satisfied ignorance. You know those people...the ones who say, “Oh, I would never read about that...learn about that...care about that...” with a kind of pride that turns my stomach. Do not want.
Heather: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
Sarah: Classical music engenders a nearly Pavlovian response in me. I hear the strings of a violin and my fingers itch for pen and paper.
Heather: If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?
Sarah: I really wish I’d gone to medical school. I would love to be a doctor.
Heather: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
Sarah: I do a little dance. Usually in my kitchen.
Heather: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
Sarah: I try to avoid them, but I can’t help but peek now and then. To be honest? The really positive ones scare me, because I’m afraid I’ll never be able to live up to them, and the really negative ones make me feel better, because I’m sure I can do better.
Heather: What soundtrack or playlist do you recommend for your current release?
Sarah: I did a blog post about this a few weeks ago! http://macleanspace.com/musicality/eleven-songs/
Heather: What’s your favorite kid joke?
Sarah: Two snowmen are standing in a field. One says to the other, “Do you smell carrots?”
Heather: What name have you been dying to use as a lead character, but haven’t found the right fit yet?
Heather: How much money does it take to be happy?
Sarah: As much as keeps my dog fed and a roof over my head.
Heather’s GOTTA ASK – Sarah’s GOTTA ANSWER J
Heather: So, I noticed on your website that you are the daughter of a British spy and a jet-setting Italian?! Any favorite stories of theirs you can share or would you then have to kill us? Any plans to use any of them in your books?
Sarah: It’s true! While it’s been a long time since my mom served in Her Majesty’s Secret Service or my father landed in the US and turned in his frequent flyer card, you can absolutely see their influence in my books...particularly Eleven Scandals...which is about an Italian and a Brit finding love.
GOT A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS?
Sarah: What’s more important to you in a book, great characters or great plot?
WILL YOU HAVE A DRAWING FROM THOSE LEAVING COMMENTS?**
Sarah: Yes, we’ll be giving away a copy of Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart to one random commenter.
Thanks so much for being with us today, Sarah! Where can your fans learn more about you on the web?
**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.
Join us next tomorrow when I’m back, hosting historical medieval author Kris Kennedy!