Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Get Lost with Kate Noble's Let It Be Me


London weather is chilly—and the social scene even more so. Luckily, Bridget Forrester is just getting warmed up…

Bridget longs to meet a gentleman who doesn't mention her beautiful sister upon shaking her hand. But since being branded a shrew after a disastrous social season, Bridget knows she's lucky to even have a man come near her. It's enough to make a lady flee the country…

So Bridget heads to Venice for music lessons with the renowned Italian composer Vincenzo Carpenini, with whom she's been corresponding. But not only is Carpenini not expecting her, he doesn't even remember her! His friend, theater owner Oliver Merrick, does, though. And one look into her tantalizing green eyes has him cursing his impulsive letter-writing, which brought her across the continent. Yet before Merrick can apologize, Carpenini has ordered her away.

Little does either man know that they will soon be embroiled in a wager that will require the beautiful Miss Forrester's help—or that there'll be far more at stake in this gamble than money…

I am so excited to have the lovely Kate Noble with us today. Kate’s writing is…sublime. There’s no other word for it. Now let’s get to know her a little better…

Kate Noble love books. Romances especially. But, being born into a family of doctors, scientists, and mathematicians, she didn't discover she was adept at writing until, oh, about junior year of high school. Which came as something of a relief, as she was hopeless at memorizing the Latin names for all the bones in the human body. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle eludes her to this day.

Kate is the national bestselling author of the acclaimed Blue Raven Series, earning starred reviews from Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly (Follow My Lead), as well as a spot on the Best Romance list from Kirkus Reviews (The Summer of You) and a RITA nomination for best Regency Historical Romance (Revealed).

And now, the GET LOST interview…

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

KATE: Jaws.

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

KATE: I don’t remember the name of it, but I remember it was about two dogs.  One old, and one young, and the young one showed the old dog how to open a door, and the old one died at the end.

HEATHER: What’s your favorite cartoon character?

KATE: Sebastian the Crab

HEATHER: What turns you off like nothing else?

KATE: Being bored.

HEATHER: Where do you read and how often?

KATE: I read in bed mostly.  Its how I wind down.  But then again, if it’s a really good book, it will keep me awake far too long!

HEATHER: What sound or noise do you love?

KATE: Water.

HEATHER: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?

KATE: I do.  Mostly soundtracks.  Soundtracks are inherently emotional, and they have the benefit of in general not having words.

HEATHER: What was the first story you remember writing?

KATE: It was 8th grade and I wrote a complete rip-off of Gone With the Wind, which I had just finished reading.  Also, my version was a lot shorter.

HEATHER: Who’s your favorite villain?

KATE: Salieri.

HEATHER: Is writing or story-telling easier for you?

KATE: Writing.  Be it in email, or a novel or a note, I always feel like I explain myself so much better on the page.

HEATHER: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?

KATE: I would like to tell my ceiling fans to not collect so much dust.  I would tell my oscillating fans that they do good work.  Keep, you know, oscillating.

HEATHER: If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?

KATE: I have no other marketable skills.

HEATHER: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?

KATE: I have a bottle of champagne waiting for me in my fridge when I’m getting down to the end of my book, so it’s there to be popped open the minute I type “The End.”

HEATHER: If you could interview one person (and it doesn’t have to be a writer) who would it be?

KATE: I’d like Omar Sharif to teach me Contract Bridge.

HEATHER: If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why?

KATE: I’d like to meet the grandparents that died before I could know them.

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

KATE: “What was winning an Oscar like?”  which I have not done, and therefore the question has never been asked.

HEATHER: What is your favorite tradition from your childhood that you would love to pass on or did pass on to your children?

KATE: Encyclopedias at the dinner table.  Whenever we had a question, my parents would say, “let’s find out!” and we would reach over to the encyclopedias and look up the answer.

HEATHER: Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why?

KATE: I’d invite Bridget Forrester over to play piano.  I’d love to hear her play.

HEATHER: What soundtrack or playlist do you recommend for your current release?

KATE: Well, Let It Be Me practically comes with a built-in soundtrack!  Listen to Beethoven’s piano sonata no. 23, Op. 57, the Appassionata.  And then listen to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the Ode to Joy.

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

KATE: Tea.  1 sugar.  No milk.

HEATHER: What color would you make the sky if it wasn’t going to be blue anymore and why?

KATE: On a clear day, the sky is blue because it is reflective of the atmosphere, scattering blue wavelengths from the sun’s light spectrum more than red.  The sky gets reddish at sunset because of the different angle the light hits the atmosphere.  So if it is going to be a different color than blue, that means that the sun and the atmosphere have somehow fallen out of their normal angles with each other.  Meaning the earth is falling out of its orbit.  Meaning we are all going to die.

I think it would be nice to have a green/purple sky, if that were to occur.

HEATHER: Which era would you least like to have lived in, fashion-wise and why? Most?

KATE: Fashion-wise, I don’t know the worst – anything with a full body corset seems horrific.  The best would easily be the Regency era.  I look good in an empire waist dress.

HEATHER: What’s in your refrigerator right now?

KATE: Half a left over turkey meatloaf and a lot of yogurt.

HEATHER: Is Elvis really dead?

KATE: Yup.  Sorry. 

HEATHER: Tell me how many hats you have in your home?

KATE: 23.  18 of which belong to my husband and are Boston-themed.

HEATHER: What would you do if you had a time machine?

KATE: Well, I’d be with the Doctor, so anything he likes.


Since Let It Be Me is all about music – what’s your favorite song?  I’ll choose one lucky commenter to receive an autographed copy of Let It Be Me!

*You must leave your e-mail address in the comments to be eligible for prize! Thank you.



  1. My current favorite song is Rumour Has It, by Adele.

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  3. My favorite song all depends on my mood at any given time...at this moment Blessings...

    Enjoyed the interview!

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  4. Anything by Adele! :) I am also a big Beyoncé fan..

  5. Hunter Hayes' "Cry With You"

    I love it even though it isn't on the radio really....and as a parent of a toddler and an infant, I'm partial to "You Are My Sunshine" also.

    Loved the smart alec answers <3 I'd like a purple sky too!

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  6. Katy Perry's Firework

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  7. HIYA KATE and welcome to GLIAS. I laughed out loud when I saw learning how to play bridge with Omar Sharif. I can think of a lot of things to do with him, but I'll admit...Bridge was not the first thing on the list. >>>big grin<<<

  8. I had a really hard time trying to decide which song I like best! Just Give Me a Reason by Pink, I will Wait by Mumford and Sons, Madness by Muse,...


  9. My favorite song is LOVE WILL KEEP US ALIVE by the Eagles. I chose this song to be played at our wedding ceremony!

  10. That's an easy question for me to answer. My favorite song is Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers.

  11. Oh this is a hard one for me because I love a great mix of music and what I listen to depends on my mood. If I have to choose, I'll go with Bob Marley's Three Little Birds.

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  12. LOL I love your answer to "What color would you make the sky if it wasn’t going to be blue anymore?" Super smart you are. :)

    I have so many songs I love...currently it's Demi Lovato's Heart Attack


  13. My favorite song at the moment is Hey Pretty Girl. Thanks for asking. Lisagk@yahoo

  14. That's a tough question since it changes all the time. One of my favorites is U2's It's A Beautiful Day.
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  15. Lately I'd say either Sure Be Cool If You Did by Blake Shelton or I Don't Want This Night To End by Luke Bryan.

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  16. I love so many songs it's hard to pick just one. I love Disney music, country, oldies...sometimes it's the words and other times the music that draws me to it. I love "A Year Without Rain" by Selena Gomez. "Jesus Take The Wheel" by Carrie Underwood. And "I Just Want To Be Mad For A While" by Terri Clark, to name a few.
    Congrats on your book. Your a new author to me Kate and I love the sound of this story. Thanks for the contest.
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  17. I don't really have a fav. I love most of the Disney songs! :)


  18. Congrats Brenda Rumsey! You are our winner!