Thursday, July 30, 2015

Get Lost in the Regency Era with Collette Cameron



Today I am pleased to interview Collette Cameron, bestselling author of Regency romances, some set in Scotland: the Castle Brides Series, Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series, and Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper Series. Collette makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five mini-dachshunds. Mother to three and a self-proclaimed Cadbury Chocolate chocoholic, Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, trivia, and all things shabby chic or cobalt blue. You'll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels.

Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, too many flowers, or too many books. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list. 

Collette is giving away a copy of her eBook, Virtue and Valor, book 1 in the Highlander Heather Romancing a Scot Series so leave a comment! 

The book: 

Bartholomew Yancy never expected to inherit an English earldom and had no intention of marrying. Now, the Earl of Ramsbury and last in his line, he’s obligated to resign his position as England’s War Secretary, find a wife, and produce an heir. Only one woman holds the least appeal: Isobel Ferguson, an exquisite Scotswoman. Brought to Scotland to mediate between feuding clans, he doggedly woos her. 

Disillusioned with men pursuing her for her attractiveness, rather than her unusual intellect, Isobel has all but abandoned any hope of finding a husband in the Highlands. Not only does she believe Yancy no different than her other suitors, he’s a notorious rake. She’s been told he’s practically betrothed. Therefore, his interest in her cannot possibly be honorable, and so she shuns his attentions.

When Isobel is mistakenly abducted by a band of rogue Scots, Yancy risks his life to rescues her. To salvage her compromised reputation, her brother and father insist she marry him. Yancy readily agrees, but Isobel—knowing full well she’s fated for spinsterhood by refusing his offer— won’t be coerced into marriage. 

Can love unite a reluctant earl and a disenchanted beauty?

The interview:

1. What sound or noise do you love?
There are two actually. 
I grew up along the northern Oregon coast, and to this day, I love the sound of the ocean’s waves as they come ashore and the cry of seagulls overhead.
Oh, and a winter storm at the beach, as long as I’m all toasty inside is fabulous too.
2. What was the first story you remember writing?
That’s easy!
Highlander’s Hope is the first story I ever wrote, though the published version is about half the size of the original manuscript.
I wasn’t one of those writers who started writing stories at a young age, always thinking someday I’d give getting a published a shot.
For years I’d toyed with the idea of maybe writing a book; if I ever got around to it, but I didn’t have a box under my bed or stuffed in a closet full of half-finished stories or poorly penned prose from my tormented teens!
3. What is your biggest vice?
You’re assuming I only have one?
Well, most people are going think it’s my love for Cadbury Milk Chocolate or my obsession with dachsies (both are barely under control) but they aren’t my biggest vice.
No, my biggest vice is I’m a workaholic. I rarely take even part of a day to do something that’s not in some way related to my writing, and when I do, then I’m scampering around like a caffeine-high hamster doing yard or house work.
Or starting another project, which will stress me out because I cannot stand unfinished things!
A bit too much info? 
4. What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
Catch up!
I have a list that I keep adding too as I write so that I don’t constantly interrupt my flow.  By the end of a book, I have a week’s worth of to-do items on my list.
I also celebrate by going out to dinner with my family, or actually sitting down and watching TV.
5. Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
Both!
I love my coffee first thing in the morning, strong and hot! My favorite creamer is pumpkin spice, but *sigh* it’s only available seasonally.
Last year, hubby bought me 15 bottles to put in the freezer!
When there’s no pumpkin spice creamer available, I settle for crème brulee.  
I’m also a fan of tea though, especially in the winter when I’m garbed in an over-sized sweater and it’s freezing outside.
Moroccan mint green tea is a favorite.
6. What would you say is your most interesting quirk?
That would be my sense of humor.
When people first meet me, they think I’m very serious. I’ve even been accused of being unapproachable or stuck-up. We introverts, get that sometimes.
I don’t know why people assume introverts don’t have wicked senses of humor, but this one does.
I’m not talking about a foul or dirty sense of humor, but I’m a funny person with a sharp wit, and a gift for quick come-backs.
I can’t even keep my humor out of my historical, though if I’m totally honest, a few people haven’t “gotten” it.
I’ve always suspected those few either had undies on that were several sizes to small, or they hadn’t consumed sufficient quantities of chocolate in the last week.
7. What has been your most rewarding publishing moment?
Ah, that would be when I held my first print book in my hand. I know many, many people prefer digital books, and I understand the convenience of eReaders, the storage issue of print books, and the difference in cost between the two. But . . . I love books.Actual books, I can hold and smell, and bury my nose in.

8. What has surprised you the most about being published?
My unequivocal answer has to be the amazing support and encouragement of other authors.
I expected the industry to be a foray into hostility and cattiness, and I’ve found the opposite to be true.  Romance authors are amongst the most giving and generous people I’ve ever encountered, and I’ve made dozens and dozens of wonderful friends. 

Collette asks those commenting: 
Do you like feisty, unconditional heroines, or do they come across as bratty and spoiled sometimes?  
 
And now an excerpt from her story, Virtue and Valor:

“My lord?” Her tone indicated anything but respect and deference.
“I would be honored if you joined me in a game of chess, Miss Ferguson.”
Her pretty lips curled into a wide smile. “I had rather hoped you’d pick fencing. I would have enjoyed having a go at you with my sabre.”
“You fence?” A vision of her derriere in snug, white breeches sprang to mind. He really had become a lecher.
“After my parents allowed Adaira to learn, Seonaid and I insisted we have the same opportunity.” She turned and climbed the risers. The sway of her hips, even underneath the thick cloak, tantalized.
Isobel peered over her shoulder, a siren’s smile on her lips. “I suppose it’s only fair to tell you. I’ve never lost at chess.”
Confident little thing, wasn’t she?
Yancy released a hearty chuckle. He quite liked this unconventional morsel of womanliness. “Surely, when you first learned the game?”
“At seven.” Isobel shook her head and more silky strands spilled from the loose knot. She gave him a falsely honeyed smile.
“No. Not ever, my lord.”
She proceeded up the stairs, her voice floating back to him. “By the way, your lordship, if I win, I’m permitted to leave the keep without two escorts.”

Buy on Amazon. And keep up with Collette on her Website, her Blue Rose Romance blog, Facebook and Twitter.

24 comments:

  1. Welcome, Collette! I'm delighted to host you today...

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    1. Thanks so much, Regan! I'm tickled to be here.

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  2. Colette, you show simple joys and that's a blessing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Cindy. I know Collette appreciates it!

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  3. Thanks, Collette! Interesting interview. Lots of info about you. Wish I was a workaholic!

    In response to your question---well, I hope nobody unfriends me for saying this, but no, I don't go for feisty heroines. Shucks, I don't even like the word "feisty"!

    In discussions about romance fiction, it's all over the place. 99% of all heroines are feisty. Obviously that's what readers demand. And what authors want to write about.

    So why am I different? Because I want a heroine I can identify with. And I'm a lot more like Melanie than Scarlett.

    I prefer a heroine with a good nature. One who gets along with people rather than fights at the drop of a hat. Who's either kind or trying to be.

    And she's vulnerable. Some think that because she's nice, she must be weak. And stupid. So they try to take advantage her.

    There are lots of fascinating plot possibilities here. But nowadays authors aren't interested in them. Why should they be, when it's easier and safer to write another combative love story about Frances Feisty and Arnold Alpha?

    Though there are zillions of romances out there, it's hard for a reader like me to find my kind. So what do I do? You guessed it. I write my own.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Mary Anne. I'll send you a FB message about a heroine you might like.

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    2. I love that, Mary Anne! I know several people who don't like feisty heroines, and I honestly like other heroine types better, myself. I didn't want my heroines to be modern-day women slapped into period clothing.

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  4. Wonderful to have you here at Get Lost in a Story, Collette! and congratulations on your book.

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  5. I like characters of all types... let themselves show their strengths, their flaws... their personality... thanks for sharing! :) greenshamrock at cox dot net

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    1. Absolutely, Colleen. They are more believable!

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  6. Collette, I love your sense of humor!! Wagers Gone Awry has to be one of my very favorite books - can't tell you how many times I would laugh out loud & my family would look at me like I was crazy (which isn't too far off the mark)!! And I love feisty, unconventional heroines!

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    1. Yes, my humor was working over-time in Wagers Gone Awry. I've written a few funny scenes for Heartbreak and Honor, book 3 in the Highland Heather Romancing Scot series.

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    2. Oh, can't wait to read! ;-)

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    3. Hi, Dee. So glad you could join us!

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  7. Ha! I have a very dry sense of humor, so I can relate to having some people not "get" me. But the ones who do will blow wine out of their nose from my jokes.

    I love any kind of heroine, really. If it's written well, I'll gobble it up! :)

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    1. Just my kind of girl...blowing wine out noses!!

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    2. Hi, Red. Nice to see you here!

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  8. Thanks for joining us today Collette.

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  9. I like a heroine to be intelligent, socially and emotionally aware, witty (even if she keeps her humorous thoughts to herself), and with a purpose in life. When feisty is egocentric and acts in ignorance of the facts and without regard for its effect on others, then it need not apply.

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    1. A thoughtful comment, Julie. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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    2. Absolutely Julie. Thoughtless heroines are a turn off!

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  10. Thanks for all those commenting. Collette has selected Red Jameson as the winner. Congratulations, Red!

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