Welcome Ashlyn Macnamara, Author of A Most Devilish Rogue

Ashlyn MacnamaraI’m pleased to welcome my friend and critique partner, author Ashlyn Macnamara, as my guest today. Ashlyn has graciously offered a copy of her book and a special surprise gift to one lucky commenter. Welcome, Ashlyn! Please tell us a little about your story, A Most Devilish Rogue.


Years ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society, she has worked hard to shelter her illegitimate son, Jack. Having sworn off men in her quiet but dignified life, Isabelle is unprepared for the deep longing that rips through her when a handsome stranger rescues her rambunctious six-year-old from the pounding ocean surf.

George Upperton is a man in trouble with debts, women, and a meddling family. He is, by all accounts, the last gentleman on earth Isabelle should be drawn to. But loneliness is a hard mistress, and caution gives way to desire . . . even though Isabelle is convinced that happiness can’t be found in the arms of such a devilish rogue. Only when Jack is kidnapped does Isabelle discover the true depth of George’s devotion—and how far a good man will go to fight for the woman whose love is all that matters.

Ashlyn, please tell us about your future releases? What are you most excited about?AMDRCover

I don’t currently have anything contracted right now. I am working on a new series, though, and crossing my fingers that it sells. I’m not sure I ought to say too much here, but it’s a three-book series set during the late Regency—although not in London. The heroine of the next book is George’s sister Henrietta.  She has taken a job as the paid companion of the cantankerous Lady Epperley, who appears in my debut A MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL, and Henrietta is getting on as best she can when her former betrothed shows up with both kids and bad guys in tow.

Who would you cast to play your hero and heroine in an adaptation of your story?

In my head, George has always been a younger, less scruffy Russell Crowe. One of my friends who read the story protested loudly at this, but my imagination sees what it wants to see. So if Russell doesn’t do it for you,  I give you permission to imagine Ryan Gosling, instead.

You know I adore Russell Crowe…I may be biased, but I can truly picture George being portrayed by a thirty-something Russell. Absolutely gorgeous! Who do you picture for the role of Isabelle?

Isabelle is a little more problematic, because I have a very specific picture of her in mind.  She’s petite with big brown eyes, a bit of an elfin face, and naturally curly blond hair—the kind that falls in a long, loose tangle of curls.  I’m open to suggestions if anyone wants to find me a lookalike.

She sounds like a Charlie’s Angels-era Drew Barrymore with brown eyes. I can picture that. Any other ideas, readers?

So, Ashlyn, what’s your favorite quotation?

This changes from time to time, but right now I’m rather fond of something children’s fantasy author Lloyd Alexander said. “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”

Whether you like your fantasy in the form of Middle-earth, a gritty, modern urban setting, or something historical (and I do consider historical romance as a form of fantasy), I believe this to be true.

Okay, Ashlyn, now on to the really important question, at least to an Elphaba wannabe like me. Which would you rather possess: flying monkeys or Toto?

I’m actually more of a cat person than anything, but who wouldn’t want flying monkeys? And, sorry, but Toto was kind of a yappy little thing. If I ever got a dog, it would have to be a big one—one your average cat couldn’t beat up.  A few of my friends are now going to point to this reply and say, “See? I always told you she was evil.” I suppose I’ll have to live with that.

There’s nothing like having flying monkeys around the house to keep those pesky door-to-door salespeople away…and they’re actually very neat and low-maintenance. Okay, another really thought-provoking question: If you could wake up stranded on a desert island with one celebrity hunk (actor, athlete, musician, etc.), who would it be? Why?

Does it have to be just one? Really? Ok, if I must choose (and I reserve the right to change my mind at any time), I’ll pick Richard Armitage. Totally for research purposes, mind you.  I recently discovered the old Robin Hood series that the BBC did a few years back, and Richard Armitage as a tall, dark, brooding, conflicted bad guy, um, did it for me, shall we say. And I’m considering basing a future hero on the character. Oh my, yes. Plus, he’s not so young that I feel like Mrs. Robinson when contemplating his hotness.

I have to admit I’m relieved you didn’t say Russell Crowe…I have dibs on him for my desert island fantasy. If he’s not available, Gerard Butler can always stop by my island for a night or two.

Thanks for stopping by today, Ashlyn. Congratulations on your upcoming release! Readers, don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a copy of Ashlyn’s book and a special, secret surprise gift. The winner will be announced Monday, August 26.

Welcome Guest Author Sasha Cottman

Sasha CottmanIt’s my pleasure to welcome author Sasha Cottman to the blog today. She’s going to tell us a little about her new Regency Historical romance release, Letter from a Rake. Sasha has graciously offered one lucky commenter an e-book of her novel. The winner will be announced by Monday, August 5.

Welcome, Sasha.

Hi Tara,

I’m really excited to be a guest on your blog, I hope I look windswept and interesting having just stepped off a 26 hour flight from Australia. Ok, not really, I am just waving madly at you from across the Pacific pond.

Thanks Sasha, more about your home later, firstly can you tell us a bit about Letter from a Rake, your new Regency Historical Romance?

Letter from a Rake is about the unconventional Miss Millie Ashton, who has recently arrived from India. She finds England a cold and dismal place. The fashionable ladies of London society look down their noses at her and it isn’t long before Millie is planning her return to the country she considers home.

When she befriends the high-spirited Lucy Radley, she also meets Lucy’s handsome brother, ‘Alex the Great’ and things take a turn for the better. Alex, the Marquess of Letter from a Rake CoverBrooke, is considered the most eligible bachelor in London, yet he appears fascinated by the independent Millie.

Against the odds, their unlikely friendship deepens. But Alex has a secret and when a love letter goes astray, it threatens to destroy all their happiness…

Interesting, so why a Regency novel, you do live a long way from England?

Actually I was born in England so writing about the English Regency period comes naturally to me. I have great fun writing about places that I know personally. For instance I was thrilled to discover the Great North Road, which gets a mention in Letter from a Rake, used to pass through a village my cousin lives in.

Ok, so I have to ask. Do you have a pet kangaroo?

(Laughs) No, I live near the city in Melbourne. They are huge animals and my cat would be terrified. The only kangaroos I ever see are near my parents in laws house in the bush. You have to watch out for kangaroos on the road at dusk, they tend to leap in front of cars.

So tell me a little about what you like. I’m a huge movie fan. What was the last movie you saw?

I saw the new Superman movie a few weeks ago, and that was pretty neat. I must confess I could sit and watch Henry Cavill for 2 hours even if he just stood and stared at the screen.  The last movie we saw at home was the classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. We had a room full of 14 year olds who couldn’t understand how the adults knew the whole opening monologue.

Sasha, I adore Ferris Bueller’s Day Off…it’s one of my 80’s favorites…Fast Times at Ridgemont High is another one of my favorites.

What’s your favorite TV show, Sasha?

Sorry, but I have to pick 2. Game of Thrones, which as a writer has so many plot twists I find myself squealing at the television. The ending of last season had everyone stunned, which is brilliant writing.  Supernatural which is such a fun show. The cast and crew clearly have a great time making Supernatural. Ok yes and the lead actors are fantastic (and cute).

Favorite Holiday Place?

Um, that’s a hard one. I have been to over 50 countries in my travels. My favorite for warmth, food and just chilling out would have to be Fiji. Its only 5 hours flying time from Australia and really good holiday value. We had Christmas in Fiji a couple of years ago and that was a really special holiday for our family.

Finally, describe your writing space.

A mess. Though I just bought a huge computer screen which is nearly as big as our TV. When Dell asked if I wanted to upsize I didn’t realize it was going to be that big!

I do have clean ups every so often, but the papers slowly creep back into the room.

Sasha, I have that same problem. I have containers all over the place, but I wonder if little elves are strewing my papers about every night. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit on my blog.

A pleasure, thanks Tara.

Letter from a Rake is Sasha’s debut book.

You can find Letter from a Rake here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Letter-From-Rake-Destiny-ebook/dp/B00DGLWEYK

Kobo http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=letter+from+a+rake

iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/letter-from-a-rake/id662840513?mt=11

Also available at Google Play, Readcloud, Angus & Robertson and Booki.sh

You can follow Sasha and find out more about her and her books on her website: http://www.sashacottman.com

Follow her on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/sashacottman

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sashacottmanauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7136108.Sasha_Cottman

About the Author

Born in England, but raised in Australia, Sasha has a love for both countries. Having her heart in two places has created a love for travel, which at last count was to over 55 countries. A travel guide is always on her pile of new books to read.

Five years ago, Sasha accidentally enrolled in a romance writing course. Other than Pride and Prejudice she had never read a romance book before. She soon discovered that the world of historical romance allowed her to combine her love of history with the passion of romance writing.

Welcome Guest Author Gina Danna

Her Eternal RogueIt’s my pleasure to welcome author Gina Danna to the blog today. She’s going to tell us a little about her latest release, Her Eternal Rogue, a scorching paranormal romance. Gina’s graciously offering an e-book to one lucky commenter. Be sure to leave your comment by Saturday, July 6. The winner will be announced by Monday, July 8.

Welcome, Gina. Please tell us about Her Eternal Rogue.

Alexander Barrington flees his tyrannical uncle for the open seas where he becomes a ruthless pirate who turns vampire.

Captured and sentence to hang, a fate he must avoid to keep his vampire self hidden, a reprieve comes if he rescues Lady Lavinia Sinclair from the French pirates and returns her to her fiancé in England.

In this Vampire Diaries meets Pirates of the Caribbean, Alexander falls for the woman who makes him feel human and alive, but can he really have her without exposing what he is – a thief, the undead? The damned?  Refusing to taint her innocence any further, he erases her memory of him and vanishes into the night but can he really exist without her?

Wow, that is going to be a terrific read. Now, tell us some things about your future releases, Gina.

Love my debut – Her Eternal Rogue (Regency w/ paranormal twist) but also excited about my release next April – Love & Vengeance (Ancient Rome – gladiators!) & next June – The Wicked Bargain (Regency – about a male courtesan).

Who would you cast to play your hero and heroine in an adaptation of your story?

Hard to answer – got the heroes figured out. For Her Eternal Rogue, Alexander was fashioned after Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvadore – Vampire Diaries) & my gladiator in Love & Vengeance was Channing Tatum <sweet!>

If you could live during any era in time, when would that be? Why?

Probably America, 1861 & probably in Deep South – my mother’s family was from the South, Mississippi at that time. Why? I’m very drawn to the American Civil War. It changed this nation – I teach college US History & the War is the focal point to my classes – how settling in the US pushed us towards this calamity and how the after-effects are still around even today in 2013.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Rome. I’m ½ Italian (Sicilian actually) My family migrated from Northern Italy down to Palermo, Sicily before my grandfather came to the US.

What’s your all-time favorite movie? Why?

Tough Question – I have a lot, but probably Gladiator. It is a fascinating time in history, the Roman Empire.

Do you follow sports? Favorite teams?

Fave is a tie: Horseracing (love the Triple Crown & the Breeder’s Cup – wanted to be a jockey) & Baseball – ST. LOUIS CARDINALS!!!!!!!!! (Hey, I live in Cardinal-Nation!)

Thanks for stopping by, Gina. I’m sure one lucky reader will be thrilled to win a copy of Her Eternal Rogue.

Her Eternal Rogue is available from Amazonhttp://bit.ly/HerEternalRogue

You can check out Gina’s web page at: http://ginadanna.com

Welcome Guest Author Selena Fulton

Selena FultonIt’s my pleasure to welcome author Selena Fulton to the blog today. She’s going to tell us a little about her latest release, Never Let Go, a touching time travel romance. Selena’s graciously offering an e-book to one lucky commenter. Be sure to leave your comment by Saturday, June 15. The winner will be announced by Monday, June 17.

Welcome, Selena. Please tell us a little about Never Let Go.

Kendra Prescott, a high-powered Atlanta real estate broker, is sent England to coax the owner to sell a beautiful cottage. Never Let Go CoverFamily portraits line the stairway, and Kendra finds one man, Benjamin Sheffield fascinating. Too bad he lived almost two centuries ago.

In eighteen sixty-three, Benjamin Sheffield escaped England because of a trumped-up murder charge. He came to America to disappear in the vast Western frontier, but is delayed by a little thing called the War Between The States.

When Kendra falls and loses consciousness, she wakes up in the middle of Civil War torn Georgia. She doesn’t know what happened to the cottage, but when she sees Ben, she realizes he is the key, her only chance of returning to her own time. Trouble is, now that she’s met him, she isn’t sure she wants to.

Selena, if you could live during any era in time, when would that be? Why?

I would say the antebellum era because of the beautiful dresses. On second thought, all those clothes were hot and no air conditioning! I’m content to live in Florida where I can wear flip-flops and shorts most of the year.

What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?

Dove dark chocolate. Love the silky way it melts on my tongue.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would have a house right on the beach so I could walk the beach every day, and let the sound of the surf sing me to sleep.

What’s your favorite quotation?

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.

Dr. Seuss

You wake up in Oz. Which would you rather possess: flying monkeys or Toto?

Toto. He was soooo cute!

What’s your all-time favorite movie?

There are quite a few, but I think my favorite is South Pacific. I love the ocean, love all those cute sailors, and oh Emile! Love men with accents.

If you could wake up stranded on a desert island with one celebrity hunk (actor, athlete, musician, etc.), who would it be? Why?

Tom Selleck. ::sigh:: I once had a dream about him. Let’s just say it was a nice one. 😉

Thanks for stopping by today, Selena. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win this terrific story.

Welcome Guest Author Merry Farmer

It’s my pleasure to host author Merry Farmer on the blog today. Merry writes historical romances set during one of my favorite time periods, the 1890s. Welcome, Merry.

Merry Farmer  If I had a dime for every time I sighed and thought that I was born about 125 years too late, I would be wealthy right now.  There’s just something about the 1880s and 1890s that sings to my soul.  It was an exciting time to be alive, full of innovation, invention, and progress.  People of the twenty-first century don’t realize how advanced and comfortable life really was at the end of the nineteenth century.  That’s one of the reasons I was inspired to write the Montana Romance series.

There are a lot of misconceptions about how exactly people lived in the 1890s.  Those who haven’t studied history tend to think it was a backwards time of ignorance, repression, and inconvenience.  The truth couldn’t be further from that notion.

By the 1890s advances in transportation had opened up not only the American West, but the whole world.  People could travel from coast to coast in a matter of days, and Fool For Love [e-book cover]_smallacross the ocean in just over a week.  Fool for Love begins in London, and three weeks later the characters are in Cold Springs, Montana.  Yes!  You could do that.  Furthermore, by 1896, when this novel is set, not only were ships constructed that could travel that fast, many of them were equipped with refrigeration.  We think of imported food as a modern concept, but by the 1890s it was already a reality.

You know what else existed by the 1890s?  Electricity.  Yep.  The proverbial light bulb was able to go off over someone’s head when they had a good idea because Edison had invented the first successful incandescent light bulb in 1879.  By 1896 they were a household item.  Well, if the town in which you lived had the infrastructure to support all of the new technology.

Granted, just because the technology for a wealth of new inventions – ready-made clothing, automobiles, typewriters, elevators, etc. – existed, that didn’t mean it could be found everywhere.  One of the things that appeals to me so much about the 1890s is that while so much of the world was moving faster and achieving more, life still had a slower pace.  People read books.  They visited while playing cards or sewing.  Meals were prepared with care and savored at the table instead of in front of the television.

Not everything was perfect and rosy.  A woman’s work was still never done and most modern appliances with which to do it automatically were still a few decades away.  Cooking, cleaning, and laundry all still had to be done by hand with rudimentary machines.  But by this era women’s rights had already come a long way.  Women could hold professions, like teaching, working in business, or even as doctors, and more opportunities were opening every year.  By the beginning of the twentieth century some states in the US had already given women the vote.

Our Little Secrets_smallYes, I have a special place in my heart for this era of our history.  I hope it shines through in the lives that my characters live.  Michael and Charlie, the hero and heroine of the first Montana Romance book, Our Little Secrets, are quite advanced for their time – Charlie has graduated from college and Michael imports goods for his general store from all across the country – but they are still a part of their time.  Eric’s trip to London in Fool for Love would have been unthinkable a few decades earlier, but by the 1890s he could have made that trip several times in his lifetime.

I may run the risk of my readers scratching their heads and wondering if the things I write about in Our Little Secrets and Fool for Love could really happen, but with a little research they’ll be able to see that yes, they could.  I love the 1890s and enjoy giving people a glimpse into a world that is not as unfamiliar as they might first imagine.

To learn more about Merry and her books, check out these links:

Social Networking links:

Website: http://merryfarmer.net

Twitter: @merryfarmer20

Facebook: www.facebook.com/merryfarmerauthor

Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/Merry-Farmer/e/B006RATLFC/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1366067537&sr=8-2-ent

Book links:

The Loyal Heart

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005R4K75W

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005R4K75W

B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-loyal-heart-merry-farmer/1106051739?ean=2940011541537

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/92993

The Faithful Heart

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006PUDD44

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006PUDD44

B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-faithful-heart-merry-farmer/1108068341?ean=2940032960553

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/117240

The Courageous Heart

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009Z1AATQ

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009Z1AATQ

B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-courageous-heart-merry-farmer/1113712615?ean=2940015912661

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/250038

Our Little Secrets

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0087KI4T4

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0087KI4T4

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/167282

B&N – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/our-little-secrets-merry-farmer/1111649170?ean=2940033267514

Welcome Guest Author Hildie McQueen

I’m pleased to welcome Hildie McQueen today. She’s here to share an excerpt from her new release. There’s a terrific giveaway, too! Here’s a little about Where The Four Winds Collide:

Where the Four Winds CollideAdeline Buckley escapes her abusive father only to find herself in a brothel, on a stagecoach to the untamed west and married to a stranger, all in that order. Plotting another escape becomes harder, the more she gets to know her new husband.

Jackson Pruitt didn’t expect a secretive mail order bride to show up the same week cattle rustlers absconded with a large part of his herd. The bigger surprise was the loveliness of the woman. Why would a beauty like her need to travel so far to marry?

Jackson and Adeline learn that secrets and marriage do not go hand-in-hand when both of their pasts comes knocking and both have to come to grips with the reality, that sometimes trust comes only after you lose it all.

~Excerpt and Giveaway~

This is your home now, Adeline,” Jackson told her, watching her closely for a reaction. “We were married earlier this afternoon. You are my wife.”
The color drained from her face and she froze, her spoon halfway to her mouth. He feared she’d faint again so he jumped up and went to her. The action startled the woman, who yelped and leaned away from him, only to topple over. Both she and the chair landed on their sides on the floor.
When Jackson tried to help her up, she scrambled to her feet and moved away from his reach.
“Married?” The shock in her voice made him wonder if the woman was mad. Surely she remembered signing the documents before the judge?
“Yes, Adeline, the judge explained it all to you before you signed the papers at the hotel. Do you not remember?”
“I…” her widened eyes met his and he fought the urge to reach out to reassure her. “I thought it was a dream.”

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Hildie McQueenHildie McQueen loves storytelling and unusual settings, pair that with humor and you’ve got an idea of what her writing is like.

She makes sure action, intrigue, and sizzling romance add up to a story, her readers won’t soon forget. Her favorite past-times are traveling, shopping and reading. She resides in beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt and two unruly Chihuahuas.

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