Interview with Ruthie Knox – & giveaway!

Ruthie KnoxI’m super excited about my guest today. Ruthie Knox‘s debut contemporary romance novel Ride With Me was published just over a year ago. Since then, she’s published another novel – About Last Night – two fantastic novellas and her third novel, Along Came Trouble, came out last week. It’s a good thing she’s so prolific because a lot of readers – myself included – are addicted to Knox.

Ruthie’s here giving away a digital copy of Along Came Trouble to one person who leaves a comment. But first, help me welcome Ruthie Knox!

1. I was lucky enough to get to read an advance copy of Along Came Trouble, and I loved it. Can you set the scene for readers who don’t know about your new Camelot series – where it’s set and the family it’s based around?

Sure! The Camelot series focuses on the Clark siblings – Amber, Caleb, and Katie – who grew up in Camelot, Ohio, a sleepy little village that houses a liberal arts college and not much else. Their father owns an aging apartment complex, and their mother works in the college admissions office, so the Clarks are decidedly lower-middle-class Midwesterners – basically all big-hearted, helpful people, but with the usual assortment of flaws.

How to MisbehaveHow To Misbehave, the first novella, is set a decade earlier than the others so it can introduce Amber and tells the story of how a tornado and a power outage combined to throw her together with her husband-to-be, Tony—at which point the series jumps ahead to the present day, when Amber and Tony have three kids and it’s Amber’s younger siblings who are meeting their matches.

Along Came Trouble is Caleb’s book. After fifteen years in the Military Police, Caleb has moved home to help his family after his father has a stroke. He’s trying to get a fledgling security company off the ground when he meets Ellen Callahan and life-complicating fireworks ensue.

The third book, Flirting with Disaster, will be youngest sibling Katie’s. And there’s a fourth novella in the works that will bring Tony and Amber’s story up to the “present” and wrap up the Clark family saga. In the future, I’d like to do more Camelot books – some with Tony’s family, the Mazzaras, as well as at least one other family I have in mind. We’ll see.

2. One of the many things I love about your books is how human your characters are. They’re flawed yet endearing, and that helps me relate to them. But instead of asking about specific characters, I want to know about you. What would you say your most endearing flaw is? 🙂
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Winner of the Sarah MacLean giveaway!

Thanks so much to Sarah MacLean for the fab interview, and to everyone who left a comment last week!

Sadly, there can only be one winner, but happily, that winner is…ki pha!

Congratuations, ki! Let me know your mailing address: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

If you didn’t win, here’s more info about the book and where you can buy it.

One Good Earl Deserves a LoverOne Good Earl Deserves a Lover

Lady Philippa Marbury is…odd.

The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She’s looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest–fourteen days to research the exciting parts of life. It’s not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London’s darker corners.

She needs…a Scoundrel.

She needs Cross, the clever, controlled partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, with a carefully crafted reputation for wickedness. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets, and when the unconventional Pippa boldly propositions him, seeking science without emotion, she threatens all he works to protect. He is tempted to give Pippa precisely what she wants…but the scoundrel is more than he seems, and it will take every ounce of willpower to resist giving the lady more than she ever imagined.

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Don’t forget – this week you can win a $10 book gift certificate for yourself AND for a contemporary romance novelist in my Contemporaries to Covet giveaway!

Winners of the Manda Collins and Kelly Fitzpatrick giveaways!

Hello hello! For those of you in the bad-weather parts of the U.S., I hope the storms haven’t affected you too badly. Wrap up warm and stay safe, everyone. Oh, and read a lot of books!

Last week we had two giveaways – one from my interview with Manda Collins and the other from my pre-Valentine’s recommendation of Kelly Fitzpatrick’s funny, sweet novella Dodging Cupid.

The winner of Manda Collins’ How to Entice an Earl is…Chris Bails!

Congrats! Please send me your mailing address: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

Here’s more info about the novel and where you can buy it if you didn’t win.

How to Entice an Earl

How to Entice an EarlSome wallflowers are content to sit on the outskirts of the ballroom. But sometimes you have to take a chance—if you really want to dance…

FLIRTING WITH DANGER

Lady Madeline Essex is the last of the unwed “ducklings” in her family—and by far the most outspoken. But when she boldly enters London’s most notorious gaming house in search of fodder for her novel, even her sharp tongue can’t save her from the horrible crime she stumbles upon there. As luck would have it, first on the scene is the last man she wants to see her vulnerable. The one man who could tempt her heart…

ENFLAMED BY DESIRE

Christian Monteith, the new Earl of Gresham, isn’t much for card rooms and gaming hells. But as a favor to his former commanding officer, he’s investigating a gamester for espionage on the night that Maddie ventures in looking more enticing than he’s ever seen her. Suddenly, his feelings for his friend aren’t so friendly anymore. And when her curiosity brings the impetuous novelist to the attention of a madman, Christian will stop at nothing to protect her—from a sinister plot that is far more dangerous than any stolen kiss…

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And the winner of Kelly Fitzpatrick’s novella Dodging Cupid is…bn100!

Good times! It’s an ebook, and Kelly can send it to you in epub, pdf or prc formats. Email me to let me know which one you’d like: romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

Again, here’s where you can find the novella, which I highly recommend if your Valentine’s week needs an extra dose of delight.

Dodging CupidDodging Cupid

After a string of disastrous Valentine’s Days, broken hearts and failed relationships, Jenna’s decided to spend this Valentine’s Day in the least romantic spot possible—the coin-op laundry.

No flowers. No candy. No annoying couples or romance of any kind. The only glitch in her plan is the leather-clad biker in heart-print boxer shorts who walks in as her washer starts. This just might turn out to be the best Valentine’s Day Jenna’s ever had.

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Everyone, this week you can win Sarah MacLean’s latest, One Good Early Deserves a Lover. Talk about delightful!

Interview with Sarah MacLean – & giveaway!

Sarah MacLeanSarah MacLean’s debut Regency romance, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, was published three short years ago, but she immediately became one of the romance community’s best-loved authors. Known for her witty, vivacious heroines and her sinfully sensual heroes, Sarah is here this week answering questions about her latest release, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover. And she’s giving away a copy! Woo hoo!

Welcome, Sarah!

1. I’ll start with an easy question. All this month on your blog, you’re celebrating women and girls who wear glasses.  Who do you think is the most awesome bespectacled woman in history, ever?

Oh! Not fair!! SO SO hard!

It’s been really hard for me to pick my favorites this month—especially since everyone else is choosing such wonderful examples! But I have to put a vote in for a strong, smart heroine who would leap up and save the world if necessary, so my choice is Gloria Steinem. I think she’s so fabulous—and so willing to stand up for what she believes in. And those glasses? Forget it.

Gloria SteinemAdd to that the fact that she is the source of the most important heroine adage ever: “Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself,” and she’s my choice. Hands down.

2. Those are some spectacularly cool specs. Excellent choice. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second in your latest series, the Rules of Scoundrels quartet. Can you tell us more about the quartet? And should readers read the first in the series, A Rogue By Any Other Name, first?

A Rogue by Any Other NameThe Rules of Scoundrels series is centered on a pre-Victorian casino, The Fallen Angel. The Angel is widely believed to be the most scandalous, most exclusive club in London. It’s filled with excess and sin, and a member of the club can get anything he likes there. The four owners of the casino are Bourne, Cross, Temple & Chase—four fallen aristocrats, each exiled from society either by chance or by choice, and now royalty in the London underworld—where scoundrels rule.

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second in the series, and it’s the story of a brilliant, bespectacled bluestocking and the dark, haunted financier of the club. There’s no need to read its predecessor, A Rogue By Any Other Name, first, but if you’re a “series” reader then you might prefer to do so!

3. I read on your blog that Pippa, the heroine of One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, was never supposed to have her own book. What happened??

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Winner of the Anne Barton giveaway!

Thank you so much to Anne Barton for last week’s interview, and to everyone who stopped by to celebrate her debut! Anne, I hope you truly felt the love.

One lucky person won a copy of When She Was Wicked, and that person is…Renee G!

Congrats, Renee! Email your address to me at romancingkatrina[at]gmail[dot]com

Didn’t win? Here’s more about the book and where you can buy it.

When She Was Wicked

SOME RULES SIMPLY BEG TO BE BROKEN

When She Was WickedA dressmaker in London’s busiest shop, Miss Anabelle Honeycote overhears the ton’s steamiest secrets—and (occasionally) uses them to her advantage. It isn’t something she’s proud of, but the reluctant blackmailer needs the money to care for her gravely ill mother. To make up for her misdeeds, Anabelle keeps to a firm set of rules:

  • Never request payment from someone who cannot afford it.
  • Never reveal the secrets of a paying client.
  • Never enter into any form of social interaction with a client.

Her list keeps her (somewhat) honest—until she encounters Owen Sherbourne, the Duke of Huntford. Not only does Owen nip Anabelle’s extortion plans in the bud, the devilishly handsome Duke soon has the sexy seamstress dreaming of more than silks and satins. With Owen, Anabelle enjoys pleasures she never imagined…until a scandal from the past resurfaces. Now her rules could mean his family’s ruin. Owen’s searing kisses carry the promise of passion, but how will he react when Anabelle’s most devastating secret is finally revealed?

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And this week you can win How to Entice an Earl by Manda Collins!