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.
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.
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!
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