Friday, March 16, 2012

Get Lost with Author Sue Swift & Lord Devere's Ward



Get Lost in a Story readers, we're in for a treat today as multi-published and the prolific Sue Swift joins us to talk to us about Lord Devere's Ward and answer the Get Lost Crew's Fun Questions.

ABOUT LORD DEVERE'S WARD

A lighthearted Regency in the tradition of Georgette Heyer, but with a sensuality unique to Sue Swift's books, in which you can expect the unexpected. Orphaned Kate Scoville is trapped in a tower prison by her scheming uncle, who plans to wed her to his loathsome son in order to gain control of her fortune. Plucky and resourceful, Lady Kate escapes to London to ask for help from her guardian. She's sure the elderly Earl of Devere will help her in her plight. Kate is astounded to find that the Earl has died, and his son has become her guardian. Quinn, the present Earl, remembers Kate from his childhood as an awkward child he loved to taunt and tease. But now his ward has grown into a beautiful young woman. Though honor prevents Quinn from making Kate his, their attraction is irresistible... Will Kate tempt Quinn into abandoning honor? Will the wicked uncle trap Kate, compromise her and steal her fortune?

Originally published by Zebra Books in 2000 as Hopelessly Compromised; now reissued by Etopia Press in a fresh new edition!
                     








DONNELL: Welcome, Sue:  I almost didn't recognize you behind the mask.  If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

SUE: Venice, Italy…do I need to explain why?

DONNELL:  Er, no.  The pictures do nicely.  Which of your characters would you invite to dinner?  Which character would you not?

SUE: Wow…I’ve created some lovely couples and some awful villains. I think my most interesting couple would be Audryn and Storne, the title character in Queen of Shadow and her chosen mate. I would hesitate to eat with Herbert Scoville, the villain in Lord Devere’s Ward—I might not survive the meal and would not leave the room with my virtue (ahem) intact.

DONNELL:  Coffee, tea? Or Something else?

SUE: Both, but especially a good coffee in the morning. I worked for Starbucks as a barista for awhile because I love the aroma of coffee.

Venice Bridge
DONNELL:   You’ve been offered a role in a movie.  But you have to decide:  will you play the role of the protagonist or the antagonist? 

SUE: Bad guy, bad guy, bad guy. There are few ways to be virtuous and they are all dull. Baddies come in all stripes and many acts.

DONNELL:  Favorite sport?

SUE:  The game of love.

DONNELL:  When you’re not writing, where will we find you?

SUE: Editing, taking my teenage niece to the mall, at hot yoga or drinking red wine with my friends.

DONNELL:  How many pairs of shoes do you have in your closet?

SUE:  Umm…about two dozen, but it’s the handbags that really garner the most comments. I have about three dozen, and some are quite unusual.

DONNELL:  Who’s someone you’ve never met, but would have loved the opportunity?

SUE: Jon Stewart. He’s cool and funny. I want him to adopt me. I bet he’s the funnest (is that a word?) dad in the world. 


NOW IT’S SUE'S QUESTION FOR READERS! QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS WILL ENTER YOU IN A DRAWING, READER'S CHOICE:  What attracts you to a book? Why do you choose  to purchase one book over another? 

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10 comments:

  1. i am attracted with a book because of it's stories and beautiful covers:), aretha zhen, arethazhenATrocketmailDOTCOM

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  2. i love buying usually read the synopsis first but sometime was arrated by the cover ;)

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  3. I am always attracted by great cover art.. then read blurb on back [check publishing date if sounds familiar so I don't buy something I've probably got on my keeper shelf] and then trot myself off to the checkout counter...

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  4. Sue, first I have to thank you for joining us on Get Lost in a Story. I'm green from all the beautiful pictures you've shared with us. Gosh, great question, and a difficult one to answer, these days, thanks to digital print, in my opinion. Maybe with the upgraded digital readers, etc. they can see the cover in color etc. but my Kindle it's in black and white, so the blurb and the writing better draw me in pronto.

    When I had the opportunity to peruse a bookstore, the cover was they eye catcher, but the blurb.... and then of course if I knew the author. Love the opportunities new authors have these days to get their work out there.

    Thanks for joining us today!

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  5. Great interview ladies! When I'm looking to purchase a new book, I am swayed by the cover (LORD DEVERE'S WARD has a gorgeous cover by the way Sue!) but more than that, I always read the first 5 or 10 pages. If I'm hooked and want to know more in that short excerpt, I'm always willing to give it a try. If not, I move on to the next book. As always, there's just too many good books and not enough time, right? :)

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  6. Oh Please take me to Italy if you go! I've always wanted to see Venice. *sigh* Thanks for the fabulous pics!

    The cover definitely catches my eye first but it's a blurb or an excerpt that keeps me reading. But it's the writer's voice that has to hold my interest to keep reading their stories. I have to laugh or feel emotions from their images.

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  7. A book attracts me with color, title and then I pick it up and read the blurb. If the blurb catches my interest, I buy it. After I found the book or books that I want then I look at the cost. But if the blurb is really, really good. I buy it.

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  8. Very fun interview! The cover attracts me first, but I read the story based on the summary.

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  9. Usually start with a known author. Then the cover controls a lot. It it looks cheap or too cheesy, I usually pass on it.

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  10. Thanks for your responses! I'll be picking a winner soon.

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