Today, I'm thrilled to host Claire Delacroix who also writes as Deborah Cooke. Read her interview from last year as Deborah Cooke here.  Deborah also recently was named  Romance Writers of America's PRO mentor of the year!! Well deserved recognition for how much she gives back.


Bestselling author Claire Delacroix sold her first romance, a medieval called THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE, in 1992. Since then, she has published more than forty-five romance novels and numerous novellas. She has also written under the names Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke. THE BEAUTY, part of her successful Bride Quest series, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

She has an honours degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies, and is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels. She makes her home in Canada with her husband and family. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.


ISBN: 9781927477007

Released from the captivity of the Fae, Murdoch Seton wants nothing more than to forget his lost years. Undertaking a quest to recover treasure stolen from his family seems the perfect solution - but Murdoch is not counting upon a curious maiden who holds both the secret to the theft and his sole redemption.

Isabella is outraged to find her brother’s keep besieged by a renegade knight - especially one who is too handsome for his own good or hers. After a single encounter, she becomes convinced that his cause is just and decides to unveil the true thief, never imagining that their single shared kiss has launched a battle for Murdoch’s very soul.

As the treacherous Fae move to claim Murdoch forever, Isabella seeks to heal the knight who has stolen her heart. But will Murdoch allow her to take a risk and endanger herself? Or will he sacrifice himself to ensure Isabella’s future?

Learn more, read an excerpt and buy a copy here:  http://www.delacroix.net/trhX.html


MAUREEN: Where do you most like to read and how often?
CLAIRE: I like to read in bed. Sometimes I only last five minutes; other times I’ll be reading all night.

MAUREEN:What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
CLAIRE: I like anything with fantasy elements, or any story in which things are not quite what they seem. And yes, this does leave me lots of latitude!

MAUREEN:  Do you believe in ghosts?
CLAIRE: Of course. I live with two.
MAUREEN:What’s next for you as an author?
CLAIRE: Well, it’s been busy for all of my names lately and I think that’s going to continue. As Claire Delacroix, I’ve started this medieval Scottish series, The True Love Brides, to tell the stories of the other siblings at Kinfairlie. THE RENEGADE’S HEART is available now, and my plan is to publish the next three books in the series at six-month intervals. So, I need to write THE HIGHLANDER’S CURSE and publish it in December, then the next two books next year. I also have a novella coming out this fall “No Halo Required”, which is linked to my Prometheus Project trilogy and tells Tupperman’s story. (You can see the cover, right here: http://www.delacroix.net/nohaloX.html) Also, in the past year, I’ve republished a lot of Delacroix titles that were out of print, and republished four of my Claire Cross time travels as Delacroix books. (http://www.delacroix.net/ttravels.html) It’s been a fascinating and exciting process.

For Deborah Cooke, my paranormal YA trilogy The Dragon Diaries is now all available - book #3, BLAZING THE TRAIL, came out in June. So, those of you who don’t like to wait to read the next installment can just dive in and read it all now! (http://www.deborahcooke.com/dragondiaries.html). The next Dragonfire paranormal romance will be published in October. It’s called EMBER’S KISS and is #8 in the series. (http://www.deborahcooke.com/emberX.html) The hero is a dragon-shifter (of course) but he doesn’t want to be one. He’s also a surfer trying to go pro. What’s interesting about this one is that it’s the first heroine in the Dragonfire series with paranormal powers of her own. I had a lot of fun with that, and the possibilities it created for future books. I’ll have an announcement about what comes next for Dragonfire on my blog on November 1.

I also republished my Coxwell series of contemporary romances this month. They were originally published under the pseudonym Claire Cross but now they’re Deborah Cooke books. I really enjoyed revisiting these books and am thinking about what comes next for me in contemporary romance. You can read about them right here: http://www.deborahcooke.com/coxwells.html

MAUREEN:  What’s your favorite hobby?
CLAIRE: I knit a frightening amount.

MAUREEN:  What’s your favorite fairy tale?
CLAIRE: Beauty and the Beast. I love proactive heroines!

MAUREEN:  What’s the best vacation you’ve ever been on?
CLAIRE: We went to Paris, France for a week and a half one February, and just explored. We walked all over the city, visited street markets, ate and drank and shopped and went to museums. The only thing that wasn’t perfect about that vacation was not having a kitchen. I keep saying that we’ll go back but for at least a month and rent a small apartment with a kitchen.

MAUREEN:  Cats or dogs?
CLAIRE: Only standard poodles need apply.

MAUREEN:  Hiking boots or high heels?
CLAIRE: Do I have to choose?

MAUREEN:  Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
CLAIRE: Yes. It’s a family joke that I listen to Queen when I’m writing - very loud. It’s me and Fred, all the way to the end, every time.

MAUREEN:If you couldn’t be a writer anymore, what profession would you take up?
CLAIRE: I’ve always said a sculptress or a pastry chef - which are kind of the same thing, although one is with food - so I’m finally thinking of taking some cooking classes.
MAUREEN:  What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
CLAIRE: Back up everything on my hard drive.
Then have a glass of wine.

MAUREEN:  If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and why?
CLAIRE: Well, obviously I’d go to the Middle Ages. Probably the 12th century would be my first choice (although it would be a tough call), probably France.

MAUREEN:  Salsa or guacamole?
CLAIRE: Salsa. But fresh, not out of a jar. A fresh piquante is the best ever.

MAUREEN:  Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
CLAIRE: I try to not get wrapped up in reviews. They’re important and they can be interesting, but in the end, each review is one person’s opinion. Of course, we’re not all going to agree on everything. So, it’s nice to read the good ones and I try to not worry about the bad ones. There’s always a mix.

MAUREEN:  What soundtrack or playlist do you recommend for your current release?
CLAIRE: I listened to Loreena McKennitt while writing this one. (Fred got a break.)


MAUREEN:  You’ve written under three pseudonyms. Do you have a favorite author persona? A favorite genre?
CLAIRE: (Actually there have been more than three, but shhhhhh, let’s not talk about that.) The truth is that I like to mix it up. I like to write in different genres and try different things. I doubt that will change anytime soon. I was pretty excited to get back to medieval Scotland for this book and to start this series - I’ve missed “Claire” and all those Kinfairlie kids. It was great to dive back into that world again - and I’ll be heading back there any moment now for THE HIGHLANDER’S CURSE, #2 in the series and Annelise’s book.  

MAUREEN: Speaking for readers: we've missed Claire, too! I'm so glad that these books are available again.

Do you only read in one genre or sub-genre? Or do you like to try different things? Do you follow authors into other sections of the bookstore or not?


Claire will give away a signed trade paperback copy of THE RENEGADE'S HEART to one lucky commenter.
Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only unless specifically mentioned in the post. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants. Winners of drawings are responsible for checking this site in a timely manner. If prizes are not claimed in a timely manner, the author may not have a prize available. Get Lost In A Story cannot be responsible for an author's failure to mail the listed prize. GLIAS does not automatically pass email addresses to guest authors unless the commenter publicly posts their email address.




Terri L. Austin Gets Lost in a Story

When Terri L. Austin isn’t writing, she enjoys eating breakfast at her local diner, watching really bad movies, and hanging out with her kids when they’re home from college. She lives in Missouri with her funny, handsome husband and her high maintenance peekapoo. Her debut novel, DINERS, DIVES & DEAD ENDS (Henery Press, July 17, 2012) was a 2011 Get Your Stiletto in the Door finalist. Stop by her website and see what's new or drop her an email to say hello. She loves to hear from readers!

The book... 
As a struggling waitress and part-time college student, Rose Strickland’s life is stalled in the slow lane. But when her close friend, Axton, disappears, Rose suddenly finds herself serving up more than hot coffee and flapjacks. Now she’s hashing it out with sexy bad guys and scrambling to find clues in a race to save Axton before his time runs out. With her anime-loving bestie, her septuagenarian boss, and pair of IT wise men along for the ride, Rose discovers political corruption, illegal gambling, and shady corporations. She’s gone from zero to sixty and quickly learns when you’re speeding down the fast lane, it’s easy to crash and burn. 

(available on iBooks from your iPad, iPhone, or iTouch)

What they're saying...

“Austin’s debut kicks off her planned series by introducing a quirky, feisty heroine and a great supporting cast of characters and putting them through quite a number of interesting twists.” ~~ Kirkus Reviews
"This traditional mystery captured my attention from the opening pages to the exhilarating finale...this was an enjoyable read in this debut series and I look forward to more adventures with Rose and the gang for years to come." ~~ Dru Ann Love, The Cozy Chicks Blog

“I predict this will be a long and successful series...I strongly recommend picking a copy up to read this summer. I know I am looking forward to reading more books by this author. Five stars out of Five.” ~~ Lynn Farris, National Mystery Review Examiner at Examiner.com

“What a blast! Diners, Dives & Dead Ends is a fast-paced mystery loaded with wonderful wit and humor that had me laughing and loving every page. Terri Austin will hook you right away and keep you riveted until The End. I want more!” ~~ Ann Charles, Award-Winning Author of the Bestselling Deadwood Mystery Series

Let's get to know Terri...

Susan: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
Terri:   First of all, thanks Susan and all the Get Lost in a Story ladies.  I appreciate the opportunity to chat with you! My favorite kind of story? I love a book with snappy dialogue, humor, and emotion. The best books are ones that leave me a little sad when I turn that last page. I find myself wanting to spend more time with the characters and I’m sorry it’s over.  I don’t care if it’s mystery, romance or paranormal. I love all genres. 

Susan: How much do you and Rose Strickland have in common?
Terri: Like Rose, I took college classes that seemed more interesting than practical.  Who wants to take Biology when you can study Vampires in Film?

Susan: When Hollywood calls, who do you see playing Rose?
Terri: Kristen Bell.  Veronica Mars is one of my favorite TV shows.  Evah!

Susan: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
Terri: Nope, I like white noise.  And I always get songs stuck in my head.  Usually bad ones that I hear at the grocery store.  They stay lodged in my brain for days.  So I try to avoid music when I’m writing or otherwise I’ll sing We Built This City for a week. 

Susan: Is it true that you play the triangle in an all-girl band?
Terri: Yes, it’s true!  And I rock it out.  When I go into my triangle solo, it kills every time!

Susan: What would you say is your most interesting quirk?
Terri: I don’t know about interesting, but I do know a disturbing amount of useless pop culture trivia.

Susan: What has surprised you the most about being published?
Terri: My family is actually impressed with me.  They weren’t amazed with knowledge of trivia or the fact that I play the triangle in an all-girl band, but writing a book earned me a little respect.

Susan: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
Terri: Caps for Sale.  I always remember the guy on the cover looked like the man from the Pringles can and I loved Pringles.  But the first book I became obsessed over was Little House in the Big Woods.  I wanted to be a pioneer girl for years after reading the Little House books.  Until I realized pioneer girls don’t have air conditioning or access to ice cream. 

Susan: What book have you read over and over? What about this book keeps drawing you back?
Terri: Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning.  I love Mac’s evolution from Rainbow Girl to Kick Butt Heroine.  Plus, Barrons.  Oh, Barrons, how I lust for you! 

Susan: What will always make you smile, even on a bad day?
Terri: When I need a pick me up, I watch Napoleon Dynamite’s dance.  He’s got some seriously mad skills.  Even with the snow boots.
Susan: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Terri: Pride and Prejudice—the one with Colin Firth.  And I sniff in disdain at all other P & P adaptations.  Not that I don’t watch them, it’s just that I’m sniffing and acting all superior when I do.

Susan Gotta Ask: What is your favorite scene in Diners, Dives, & Dead Ends?  
Terri GOTTA ANSWER: There’s a scene between Rose and Roxy that got pretty emotional.  Rose was very vulnerable and it made my tear up a little when I wrote it. 

UP NEXT: When will your next release be available? The next Rose Strickland mystery will hopefully be out in December! 

Y'all drop by and see Terri anytime at:


Terri has a couple questions for you...

What do you think is the most important quality in a fictional hero? What makes an epic villain?

Please tell her what you think in the comments section. Thank you all so much for visiting with us at Get Lost in a Story today!



CONGRATULATIONS to the 2012 RITA® WINNERS. And a HUGE THANK YOU to all the authors who have donated books for our readers.

by Darynda Jones
St. Martin's Press
Jennifer Enderlin, editor

by Fiona Lowe
Carina Press
Charlotte Herscher, editor

by Cindy Dees
Harlequin Romantic Suspense
Patience Bloom, editor

by Sarah Morgan
Harlequin Presents
Lucy Gilmour, editor

by Joanna Bourne
Berkley Publishing Group
Wendy McCurdy, editor

by Serena Miller
Vicki Crumpton, editor

by Barbara O'Neal
Ballantine Bantam Dell
Shauna Summers, editor

by Thea Harrison
Berkley Publishing Group
Cindy Hwang, editor

by Tessa Dare
Avon Books
Tessa Woodward, editor

by Caroline Linden
Avon Impulse
Lyssa Keusch, editor

by J.D. Robb
Penguin Putnam
Leslie Gelbman, editor

by Ann Aguirre
Macmillan Feiwel & Friends
Liz Szabla, editor

WON BY: Lil Miss Molly

ALMOST A SCANDAL by Elizabeth Essez
WON BY: Jennifer L. Bielman   autumnflower6@aol.com

ALWAYS A TEMPTRESS & Romance Trading Cards by Eileen Dryer
WON BY: Maureen  mce1011@aol.com

WON BY: Kathleen O

WON BY:  Tammy Jackson tammyjackson75@yahoo.com

WON BY: Na Cambonified@yahoo.com

WON BY: Eli Yanti

WON BY: Laurie G johnslake@usa.com

CHANGELING MOON by Dani Harper  
WON BY: Sienny smile_1773@yahoo.com

DANGER OF DESIRE by Elizabeth Essez 
WON BY: Tammy Y

DARK AGE DAWNING Trilogy by Ellen Connor
WON BY: Quilt Lady

DARLING STRUMPET by Gillian Bagwell 
WON BY: Jane

ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre
WON BY: Elisa Beatty

FLAWLESS by Lara Chapman
WON BY: Sharon Stogner

WON BY: BN100  bn100candg@Hotmail.com

HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire
WON BY: Donna S bacchus76@myself.com

HOW TO MARRY A DUKE or HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL by Vicky Dreiling (winner’s choice)  WON BY: Maureen  mce1011@aol.com

I’M NOT HER Janet Gurtler
WON BY: Ruth   Ruthacmom@aol.com

LORD OF THE ABYSSS by Nalini Singh 

SPIDER'S REVENGE  by Jennifer Estep (US only)
WON BY: Denise Z  dz59001@gmail.com

THE ANGEL IN MY ARMS by Stefanie Sloane 
WON BY: Lexi H

THE DEVIL IN DISGUISE by Stefanie Sloane
WON BY: Diane dsadler53@yahoo.ca

WON BY: Squires J  jrs362@hotmail.com

THE CLAIMED by Caridad Piñeir
WON BY: Laney 4 seytype@hotmail.com

THE DARK ENQUIRY by Deanna Raybourn  
WON BY: Loves 2 Read - Laura

THE LADIES' ROOM by Carolyn Brown
WON BY: Ingeborg   Kit3247@aol.com

WON BY: Christina Lasswell  cmlass@sbcglobal.net

THE SEPTEMBER QUEEN by Gillian Bagwell 
WON BY: Brenda Rumsey grandmabkr@yahoo.com

WON BY: Ilona felinewyvern@googlemail.com

TIMEPIECE by Myra McEntire 
WON BY: Gamistress66

TIMEPIECE Poster by Myra McEntire
WON BY: Terri Zinchiak

TO WIN HER HEART by Karen Witemeyer 
WON BY:  Miss_Spell  ahui55@gmail.com

TOUCH OF FROST by Jennifer Estep
WON BY: Debra Simning-Chapman omahablack@yahoo.com

WARPED by Maurissa Guibord
WON BY: Cssndr Mks  cssndrmks@gmail.com
WHO I KISSED by Janet Gurtler (advanced reading copy)
WON BY: Suzi 1811  suzi1811@fsmail.net
Winner’s Backlist Choice by Serena Miller
WON BY: Winnie P  winnie968@yahoo.com

WILD TEXAS ROSE by Jodi Thomas
WON BY: Girly Girl Hoosier 52

I LOVE THE EARL by Caroline Linden
WON BY: Gram
Winner’s Backlist Choice by Trish Morey
WON BY: Erin

The Romantic Suspense drawings will be announced separately by Jillian Stone.
Winners should send an email with contact information to:  GetLostInAStory@gmail.com
Winners have until August 15th to send contact information or a new name will be drawn.

If an international commenter is drawn, the donation may be in the form of an ebook.

Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only unless specifically mentioned in the post. If an INTERNATIONAL name is drawn, mailing the book or supplying an electronic version will be the decision of the donator. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants. Winners of drawings are responsible for checking this site in a timely manner. If prizes are not claimed in a timely manner, the author may not have a prize available. Get Lost In A Story cannot be responsible for an author's failure to mail the listed prize. GLIAS does not automatically pass email addresses to guest authors unless the commenter publicly posts their email address.

THANK YOU for joining us during our RITA® celebration. Don’t forget to FOLLOW us on Twitter #GetLostStories or LIKE us on Facebook Join us tomorrow when Susan hosts Terri L. Austin.  ~Ang


Young Adult RITA Nominees

Congratulations to all the nominees for the RITA® in the Young Adult Romance category!

And here are the nominees:

ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre
Macmillan Feiwel & Freinds

In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.

As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.

Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first she thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.

As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.

Find out more on Ann's Website

Ann is giving away a signed copy of ENCLAVE. See entry details below.

FLAWLESS by Lara Chapman

Bloomsbury Publishing

FLAWLESS is a modern retelling of the Cyrano story in which a senior-class salutatorian with a notable nose agrees to help her perfectly gorgeous best friend catch the eye of the new hottie at school, only to discover he’s actually the perfect guy for her.

Check out Lara's website.

Lara is giving away a copy of FLAWLESS. See entry details below.

HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire

Egmont USA
One hour to rewrite the past . . . 
For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there; swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past. 

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?
Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

Find out more at Myra's website.

Myra is giving away a signed copy of HOURGLASS, a signed copy of her new book, TIMEPIECE and a poster for TIMEPIECE. See entry details below.

I'M NOT HER by Janet Gurtler

Sourcebooks Fire

"For the first time in my life, I didn't feel envy..."

Tess is the exact opposite of her beautiful, athletic sister. And that's okay. Kristina is the sporty one, Tess is the smart one, and they each have their place. Until Kristina is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly Tess is the center of the popular crowd, everyone eager for updates. There are senior boys flirting with her. Yet the smiles of her picture-perfect family are cracking and her sister could be dying. Now Tess has to fill a new role: the strong one. Because if she doesn't hold it together, who will?

Find out more at Janet's website.

Check out Janet's GLIAS interview.

Janet is giving away a copy of I'M NOT HER. See entry details below.

TOUCH OF FROST by Jennifer Estep

Kensington Teen

Gwen Frost is an outsider at Mythos Academy, a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword. Gwen is an outsider both to the students of the Academy and the rest of the world. But when her gift of psychometry - the ability to know an object's history just by touching it reveals dark undercurrents and danger afoot, she has no choice but to get involved.

Learn more at Jennifer's website.

Jennifer is giving away a copy of TOUCH OF FROST. See entry details below!

WARPED by Maurissa Guibord

Delacorte Press
Tessa Brody doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there is definitely something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry that she discovers in a box of old books. The wild, handsome creature woven within it draws Tessa, and frightens her too.

Soon after the tapestry comes into her possession strange things begin to happen. Tessa experiences vivid dreams of the past and scenes from a brutal hunt. When she accidentally pulls a thread from the tapestry, Tessa releases a terrible secret-one that has been contained for centuries. She also meets William de Chaucy, a young sixteenth-century nobleman with gorgeous eyes, an odd accent and haughty attitude to spare. His fate is as inextricably tied to the tapestry as Tessa's own. "His Lordship" is pretty hard to get along with but equally hard to resist.

Together with Will, Tessa must correct the wrongs of the past to defeat a cruel and crafty ancient enemy.

But what is she willing to sacrifice in order to do it?

Learn more at Maurissa's website.

Maurissa is giving away a paperback copy of WARPED. See entry details below.

JOIN THE RITA® CELEBRATION by leaving a comment for each category between July 11th and 28th (multiple comments = multiple entries with the exception of Romantic Suspense). GLIAS will be drawing for winners on Sunday, July 29th and posting along with all the RITA® winners announced Saturday evening in Anaheim, California.

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