Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Get Lost With Debut Historical Romance Author Erin Knightley!


GET LOST IN THIS STORY…


AN UNCOVERED BETRAYAL

When his family abandoned him at Eton, Benedict Hastings found an unexpected ally in his best friend’s sister. Her letters kept him going—until the day he had to leave everything behind.  Years later, Benedict has seen his share of betrayal, but when treachery hits close to home, he turns to his old friend for safe haven….



AN UNWANTED ATTRACTION

After five torturous years on the marriage circuit, Lady Evelyn Moore is finally free to live her life as she wishes. So when her brother shows up with a dashing stranger, she finds herself torn between her dreams...and newfound desires.



AN UNSTOPPABLE INTRIGUE

Despite his determination to keep Evie at a distance, Benedict cannot deny the attraction that began with a secret correspondence. Yet as they begin to discover one another, the dangers of Benedict’s world find them, threatening their lives, their love, and everything they thought they could never have…

I am beyond THRILLED to welcome debut historical romance author, Erin Knightley, to the blog today! This is a book I have been looking forward to for quite some time, now. Lucky me, I was privileged enough to read the first few chapters of this in 2010 and I tell you, I was blown away then and I’m still blown away now! I think you are going to LOVE Erin’s writing. Not only is she a phenomenal writer, but Erin is smart, funny, another science-geek-girl (like me), AND she bakes a mean cupcake! So, let’s get to know Erin a little better…



Despite being an avid reader and closet writer her whole life, Erin Knightley decided to pursue a sensible career in science.  It was only after earning her B.S. and working in the field for years that she realized doing the sensible thing wasn't any fun at all.  Following her dreams, Erin left her practical side behind and now spends her days writing. Together with her tall, dark, and handsome husband and their three spoiled mutts, she is living her own Happily Ever After in North Carolina.


And now, the GET LOST interview…



HEATHER: What’s your favorite movie of all time?

ERIN: Love Actually – far and away my favorite. The multiple love stories, the adorable British accents, Colin Firth – what’s not to love?  Oh, and the music is brilliant – one of the only albums I can have running any time of the year.


HEATHER: What’s the first book you remember reading?

ERIN: My mother used to buy me the Serendipity books that were sent to my house once a month. We would snuggle under the covers of my parents big bed and read them together, complete with voices and sound effects.  It was absolutely magical, and to this day I can not part with a single one of my collection.  Now, the first book I ever read on my own was Charlotte’s Web. I remember staring at the pages, wanting *so bad* to be able to read it. I kept at it for a year or so while I was learning to read in school, and finally got through it. It opened my world to the undeniable joy of getting lost in a story.



HEATHER: What’s your favorite fairy tale?

ERIN: Definitely The Little Mermaid. Ever since I was a little kid, I have been fascinated with water and the ocean. My whole room was decorated in under-the-sea type things, and I lived for the days I visited my grandparents and could watch the Discovery channel where they would have some sort of ocean program on. I eventually went to school and earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science, and am a certified diver.  The Little Mermaid had everything I could want: ocean setting, a mermaid tail, an evil sea witch, and a gorgeous hero with my favorite name: Eric *sigh*





HEATHER: What’s your favorite cartoon character?

ERIN: Oh, Snoopy – no question. Despite the fact I have been an adult for ages, I adore the little guy. I have t-shirts and water bottles and lunchbags and figurines. He just makes me so happy!



HEATHER: What question are you never asked in interviews, but wish you were?

ERIN: What’s my favorite memory? The first time I told my husband I loved him. We were only seventeen, and I remember sitting in the driveway in his car waiting for a summer rainstorm to pass. It was warm, and humid, and the water poured down the windows in wavy sheets, making it seem as though we were alone in the world. Sweet Home Alabama was playing on his cheap car stereo, providing a soundtrack that I would forever associate with true love. Young romantic that I was, I was completely lost in the velvety brown depths of his gaze, memorizing the tiny flecks of green that no one else seemed to know existed.  He started to say those three magic words, and before he could even get them out I was reciprocating. And you know what? We may have just been kids, but I knew with absolute clarity in that moment that he would be mine for the rest of my life.  Fifteen years later, and he still gives me butterflies J



HEATHER: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?

ERIN: Can you believe that I actually DESPISE coffee? I’d as soon drink mud than a cup of joe. Of course, since I can’t do caffeine (well, I can if I want a migraine), I don’t get any benefit from coffee.  Now tea I am generally okay with, but only if it is caffeine-free herbal, usually peppermint. The flavor is so mild, I don’t need any sugar or milk, so I can just enjoy the flavor nature intended.



HEATHER: What’s your favorite kid joke?

ERIN: Knock, Knock / Who’s There? / Impatient Cow / Impatient Co— / MOO! (see, I’m laughing just writing it, lol)



HEATHER: What’s in your refrigerator right now?

ERIN: Not a lot! When I’m on deadline, I tend to let little things like grocery shopping and brushing my hair go by the wayside.  That being said, I am never without milk, pickles, oranges, apples, bananas, and some sort of cheese.  Greek yogurt is also good, particularly since it has a long expiration date, lol!





HEATHER’S GOTTA ASK – ERIN’S GOTTA ANSWER  J



HEATHER: Okay, so I was perusing your bucket list on your website and smiling over the people you wanted to meet, when I saw Colin Firth, Gerard Butler and Hugh Jackman. Then I noticed two of them were crossed through…now, I know you met Colin Firth (because I remember the SQUEEING e-mail, along with requisite photographic proof!).



However, WHEN DID YOU MEET GERARD BUTLER?!?!?!? And why didn’t you tell ME? Come now, woman…SPILL!



ERIN: Ahh, yes – good ol’ Gerry ;)  A couple of years ago I was visiting my sister in LA, and she was sick as a dog. One of her friends had pity on us, and called to invite me to a post Grammy party in the Hollywood Hills.  Now, I knew she was an actor, but it didn’t occur to me just what kind of a party we were going to until be arrived and were promptly blinded by the relentless strobe of paparazzi flashbulbs.



The mansion was straight out of a movie (probably literally, lol), and the first person I saw when I walked through the door was Ryan Philippi. Twenty minutes later, I had met James Marsden, one of the vampires from Twilight, a few of the guys from Entourage, and several soap stars, and I had learned that Britney Spears, Taylor Lautner, and more were in residence.  None of that mattered, however, when I heard that blessed Scottish accent behind me.



As if in slow motion, I turned around and my, oh my, there he was. THE Gerard Butler. And I ain’t gonna lie—he is one fine looking man.  As I stared, slack jawed, my friend realizes who I’m fixated on. “Would you like to meet him?”



Apparently, she had actually dated him (be still my heart!), and dragged me over to introduce us.  I’ve met a lot of stars in my day, but I had NEVER been so star struck in my life.  I just stood there, grinning like an idiot as she made the introduction.  The bad news was, I was too dumbfounded to do much more than nod – but of course the good news was that I didn’t make a fool of myself!





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

ERIN: What celebrity (Read: hot guy) would you like to meet?



WILL YOU HAVE A DRAWING FROM THOSE LEAVING COMMENTS?


ERIN: TWO chances to win!

1.     1) Everyone who comments will be entered in my Sealed with a Kiss blog tour giveaway! Prizes include signed books, lots of fun swag, stationery, a custom iPhone case, and gift cards from Starbucks and Amazon! For details, click HERE. Drawings will be made June 15th!

2.     2) You’re already a winner! If you’d like a signed bookmark (or more – let me know how many!), simply say so in the comments section, and I’ll send post haste! Offer good for the first 40 requests per blog.

*Be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can contact winners, or email me at erin@erinknightley.com if you don’t wish to list publically* I’ll ship anywhere in the US, Canada, or Mexico



WHERE CAN READERS FIND YOU ON THE NET?



57 comments:

  1. Hot guy that I would react to the same way you did, would be Timothy Olyphant. Although Gerard Butler would cause the same reaction...sigh ;D

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    1. Oh yes, Isabelv - that is one *fine* looking man! How are we to remain sensible in their presences?

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  2. Hi, i love to meet chris hemsworth :)

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    1. Mmmm - especially if he uses his Thor accent!!

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  3. I would love to meet George Clooney

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    1. He'll never stop being the debonair rake, will he? Love those bedroom eyes!

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  4. I would love to meet Jim Caviezel.

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    1. Yes - his eyes are beautiful, aren't they?

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  5. Chris Hemsworth! It's awesome to have 11 year old twin boys so I have an excuse to watch Thor and The Avengers and drool.
    bradford93@msn.com

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    1. LOL - lucky for me, my hubby serves the same purpose as your boys! He wanted to see the movies, and I nodded and said "Yes sir!"

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  6. Peter Facinelli. I was so close, yet so far. He was in the same area I was in and one of my co-workers knew him. Never got to meet him before I left California. So sad.

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    1. Oh no!! Maybe someday he'll be driving through Montana and stop to ask you directions ;)

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  7. Hi Erin!
    Love to meet Cute Jackman, I mean Hugh Jackman. :)
    lvsgund at gmail.com

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    1. Hehehe -no, I think you had it right the first time ;) He's totally on my bucket list for people I want to meet!

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  8. I'd love to meet Manu Bennett. This book sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it.

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

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    1. Thanks, Joanne!
      I just had to google him - and I'm so glad I did, lol. WOW!

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  9. Love this interview!! Wonderful answers. My hot celebrities that I have wanted to meet my whole life are...wait for it...Steve Martin (what??) and Tom Hanks! You can keep your heartthrobs, give me the funny guys! (Although when I met Robert Downey Jr I was pretty gaga:) AND I'll be eternally jealous over your Colin Firth encounter...

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    1. I think every woman on here just swooned over the fact you've met IronMan, lol. As for the funny guys, they do have that something special about them - and that's something that doesn't fade with time!

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  10. Great interview. So jealous you met Colin Firth and Gerard Butler :P
    Hmmmm I would completely swoon if I could meet Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Patrick Dempsey, or Bradley Cooper. OMG there just isn't a shortage of celebrity crushes huh lol

    sharocks13@yahoo.com

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    1. Wow, Sharon - that's quite a list! Bradley with those eyes, Patrick with that hair, Jonathan with that accent - good stuff!

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  11. I would love to meet Colin Firth! I loved him in Pride and Prejudice! hollybrady277@gmail.com

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    1. One thing about Colin: he smelled *so* good! [sigh}

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  12. Well, since my boys 'make' me watch Thor often I wouldn't say no to meeting Chris Hemsworth :) Sigh.... I could listen to him read the phone books and be a happy camper, lol. Going to go see Snow White and the Huntsman for my bday just so I can enjoy him some more.

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    1. I saw on the news today that his wife just had a baby girl. He was SO sweet talking about it - it made him all the more sexy!

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  13. I'm a Hugh Jackman gal today. I'm thinking, he can sing and dance...AND look good like Wolverine. Yep, it's a Hugh day, today. Might have to pull out the movie.

    Many many congratulations on the debut of your book Erin. It looks awesome. AND a big welcome to GLIAS today.
    ~Angi

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    1. Thanks for having me here today! Have you ever seen that hilarious SNL skit where they make fun of him being irresistible to all men and women, regardless of orientation? It made me laugh all the more because it was true!

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  14. Hmmm, maybe David Borz..whatever (Angel from Buffy or Booth on Bones), Cam Gigandet, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery. I am prety sure I could go on, lol. I haven't met any famous actors but I have met some authors that I am pretty thrilled about but, alas, they were all women.

    Congrats on the release!

    megy_pooh@yahoo.com

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    1. Great choices! I especially love the Bond men :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. Congratulations on the new release. It would be fun to meet an actor, but I don't have a favorite right now. If I had to choose, then perhaps Colin Firth, Steve Carell or Pierce Brosnan.

    penfield716(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. Steve Corell? I wonder if you are in the same camp as Kara above about the funny guys :) Man he can make me laugh!

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  16. I'm jealous of you meeting Gerald Butler. I would love to meet Ian Somerhalder from the Vampire Diaries! :)

    BTW, I met you very briefly at the RT Convention at the event on Saturday night. :) Looking forward to reading your new book!

    smkocunik@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Sarah! How lovely of you to stop by and say hello :)
      Of the two, I'm in Gerard's camp, but in a pinch either would do, loL!

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  17. I'd like to meet Joe Manganiello.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. Wow, I am in awe and so terribly jealous! I don't know if I could actually manage meeting anyone since I get completely star struck, but I wouldn't mind seeing Ryan Reynolds.

    I am really looking forward to reading your book. It looks so good. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    iqb99@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh I forgot, I would love some bookmarks. The more the merrier. I would love to share some if that is all possible. Thanks so much! =)

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    2. Oh, my, but Ryan is a good looking man! Great choice!
      And I'll be sending bookmarks out after June 15 - just in case you win anything else in the drawing! Good luck :)

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  19. Hi Erin,

    I am a big Gerard Butler fan too. Like you, I would have stood there transfixed staring at his manly beauty! Also, I love Snoopy and collect Snoopy and Peanuts things as well. May too many things to list here. Snoopy makes me happy!

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    1. A fellow Snoopy fan!! Isn't he just the greatest? Nothing puts a smile on my face quite like him :-)

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    2. And I live in Charlotte - So we have North Carolina in common. You need to go to Carowinds here. They have a Camp Snoopy theme park section with lots of Snoopy stuff.

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  20. Colin Firth & Gerard Butler - Wow! Actually I'm more of an observe from afar kind of person, takes me a while to feel comfortable with strangers. So I'll just read about your meetings.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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    1. LOL - my hubby is the observe type as well. My sister and I are two birds of a feather - always diving right in! (In case you couldn't tell by my video at Lady Scribes today, lol!)

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  21. Oooooh, I'd love to meet Matt Damon! And Chris Hemsworth too! Of course there are SEVERAL more I wouldn't mind meeting, but those are my top 2.

    Thanks for hanging with us here on GLIAS, Erin!

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    1. LOL, Alexa - my brother looks hauntingly like Matt Damon, so I've never been able to think of him as sexy! But Chris... that's a different story!

      Thanks for having me today!

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  22. I'd love to meet Gerard Butler, Jared Padalecki or Jensen Ackles.

    jenalang(at)live(dot)com

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    1. Great list, Jena!
      Thanks for joining me here today :)

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  23. I want to meet Paul Walker! I just love him!!! :)
    shannonjean14(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. He's who I base my second hero on - I just love the blond hair blue eye look!

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  24. I think that Jim Caveziel is HOT! BUT, realistically, I have more of a chance of meeting Robert Downey, Jr., who is in my town filming Iron Man 3...one of the great perks of living in my area of North Carolina!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. Catherine, I'm in Raleigh! I was JUST considering heading to the set today. Glad to meet a fellow NCer :)

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  25. I'll take Hugh Jackman any day, Yum!!!!
    joylynne66@hotmail.com

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  26. I'd like to meet Charlie Hunnam, or Johnny Depp. I would be TOTALLY tongue tied with either. That is if I didn't just melt into the spot I was standing in. WHEW!

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  27. I'd like to meet Daniel Craig. Ah, I can dream.

    mcdonald38(at)cox(dot)net

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  28. love, actually!! hmmm, i need to watch this movie!!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

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  29. Congrats on your book!! I would like to meet Orlando Bloom.

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