Welcome to my Reading Nook, Collette. Please make yourself at home and let my cabana boys/girls get you a drink.
Thank you for having me here today. A strawberry daiquiri would be lovely.
Comfortable? Wonderful. Now let’s get started.
To get us started can you tell us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
My second book, The Viscount’s Vow released in September, and I just finished The Earl’s Enticement, the third book in the trilogy.
I’ve got a stand-alone I’m going to start that’s based on a character I introduced in The Earl’s Enticement. Some of my other characters aren’t happy. They’ve been waiting to have their stories told too.
There aren’t enough hours in the day!
How would you describe yourself using only five words?
Perfectionist foiled by quirky humor.
If you could write a warning label for yourself as a person or an author, what would it say?
Spouts random trivia without warning.
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Of course...Oh, I’m supposed to share them?
Chocolate. Pretty much in any form. Pretty much any time.
Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
I went back to school in my forties and got my bachelor and masters in 3 ½ years. I wouldn’t recommend that. Unless you have copious amounts of chocolate and coffee handy.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Scotland. It used to be Italy, but I’m in love with Scotland right now. Probably because I’ve been writing about Highlanders. There’s something about a hunk in a kilt...
How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
I’m always in the mood to write; that’s the problem. I don’t want to do anything else and sometimes, I have to!
Can you share with us your typical writing day? Is there anything you have to have while writing?
I try to start writing early in the day, by 8:00 because I write best in the morning. That doesn’t always happen, but I do strive to get in a few hours every day. I have to have my computer. My handwriting is horrid.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Regina Jeffers, Delilah Marvell, Amylynn Bright, Jenna Jaxon, Ella Quinn...They write Regency amongst other things, and several of them have humor in their books. I adore a good romance with a bit of humor.
What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
I’ve got a stack of books to read for my critique partners, but I’ve also got The Ruin of A Rogue by Miranda Neville and How to Lose a Bride In One Night, by Sophie Jordan waiting for me.
Is there something special you do to celebrate when one of your books is released?
Beside be obnoxious and share it all over the place, you mean?
Hubby takes me out to dinner.
You’ve given me an idea though. I really should start some kind of a tradition for my book releases. Oh, and I get to do double duty because they come out as an e-book first, then a print novel.
Do you have a favorite TV show you can't miss?
Truth is, I don’t watch TV. Once in a while I’ll watch part of a show, but I’d rather read or write. Hubby’s into Duck Dynasty and I have to admit, it makes me laugh when I see a snippet of it.
If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why-no it doesn't have to be from your books?
Any book? Hmm, there’s so many delicious choices.
I think, though, I’d have to pick Ewan McTavish, my hero from Highlander’s Hope. He’s part Scot and French, and he’s a titled lord, and he adores his siblings. Plus he has turquoise eyes.
What is the strangest source of writing inspiration you’ve ever had?
I don’t know about strange, but I get ideas all the time from all kinds of things. Just last week I heard a name and my writer brain went, “That’s a hero’s name.” I made a note of it.
If your muse were to talk behind your back, what secrets would he/she tell?
Oh, she better not talk behind my back, or she’ll get banished. Don’t believe her if she says I talk to (yell at) the computer screen or mimic motions of my characters. She’s prone to imagining things.
Anything else you want to add?
Thanks for taking the time to be here today. I wish you many sales and wonderful reviews.
Thanks so much for having me today!
The Viscount's Vow by Collette Cameron
Check out the book trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HnUxiYbR5I
Amidst murder and betrayal, destiny and hearts collide when scandal forces a nobleman and a gypsy to marry in this Regency Romance.
Half Romani, half English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.
When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous.
At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betrayal.
Armstrong’s Ball Scene
Noticing the numerous pairs of eyes watching him escort Miss Caruthers onto the polished floor, a wry smile touched Ian's lips. “I haven't danced with any other ladies this evening. No doubt the rumormongers are hissing envious conjectures as to why I've asked you.”
She shot him a startled look before glancing around the ballroom. “Why did you?”
“To see if what I'd heard was true.”
Ian watched for a reaction.
She opened her mouth then closed it. They waltzed around the dance floor for a few moments in silence. The string quartet was quite satisfactory. Ian allowed the lilting strains to soothe his troubled spirit.
“What did you hear?” Miss Caruthers’ soft question reminded him of his purpose.
“That you are an excellent dancer.”
It was true. She moved with natural grace, following his lead, all the while holding herself in a most proper stance. He had to acknowledge she was a superb actress. Her gaze remained fixated on a spot above his left shoulder, except for one brief instance when she'd flicked her cobalt-blue gaze upward, and unintentionally met his eyes.
“Is that all?” she asked softly.
He'd never seen eyes that dark blue before. “All?”
“You've heard nothing else about me?”
Her eyes held the perfect combination of trust and innocent curiosity. So convincing was she, that when their gazes fused, a peculiar jolt stabbed the center of his being. What was it? Something foreign, tantalizing, rousing from dormancy and flickering to awareness.
Startled by his train of thought, he stiffened. Good God, now he was waxing sentimental poppycock. Even so, he continued to stare into her seemingly guileless eyes. How could someone so jaded appear so innocent? He couldn't very well tell her what he knew, now could he?
“Is there something else you would have me know?”
Furrowing her smooth brow, she stared at him. “No.”
Was that confusion in her eyes? She looked away first. That irked him.
Man, control yourself. She's not even flirting with you.
He could better understand Geoff's fascination now. Miss Caruthers was skilled in her art. Most skilled. He would have to guard himself well. He sensed her siren's allure, the tentacles of desire winding their way about his reasoning, holding him in an imperceptible, yet impenetrable grip. It was almost as if she'd cast a spell, bewitching him.
What drivel. He was having difficulty concentrating, though, too aware of the voluptuous woman in his arms, their bodies moving as one to the music. No wonder the young blades were lined up, waiting for the smallest morsel of attention from her. Ian could almost believe she was as diffident and unsure of herself as she pretended. Both qualities were designed to stir the primitive male.
He tamped down the protective response she roused in him with her seductress's wiles. “You truly are an exceptionally graceful dancer,” he murmured in her ear.
“Thank you, my lord.”
His nostrils flared at her intoxicating perfume. He tilted his head a bit closer to hers and drew in a deep breath. Something citrusy. Maybe orange blossom? And lightly floral. Lily of the Valley. He recognized the scent. A myriad of the graceful, nodding white flowers blanketed the grounds near Somersfield's pond.
Ian ignored good sense and drew her lush form closer. Her décolletage and his height advantage gave him an excellent view of her ample cleavage. A diamond pendant was nestled in the valley between her creamy breasts. It gently caressed the sloping mounds as she swayed in time to the music. He imagined his finger doing the same.
Blood rushed to his loins. He'd been too long without a woman. Not since
Amelia. . . . Damn, had it really been eight months? He caressed Miss Caruthers’ spine with his thumb. One slow stroke. She shuddered. Was that a gasp? Perhaps she wasn't as poised as she affected.
It was better to catch her off guard if he was to succeed with his plan. Why then, didn't his scheme of vengeance fill him with the same sense of satisfaction it had before meeting her?
About the Author:
A life-long Oregonian, Collette Cameron was born and raised in a small town along the northern Oregon coast. Today she makes her home in a rural community, 30 minutes west of Portland. Her Victorian farmhouse sits on a one-acre certified wildlife habit, interspersed with a plethora of gardens: English, rose, butterfly, rock, water, and of course, vegetable.
A voracious reader of romance since her teens, she even named her daughter after a heroine in her favorite romance novel. An enthusiast of times gone by, and anything related to romance, she writes Historical Romance, with a dash of inspiration, a pinch of humor, and a liberal portion of suspense.
Having dabbled in interior decorating in her youth, Collette returned to school, graduating summa cum laude from Oregon State University, and went on to obtain her Master's Degree in Teaching. She is member of Romance Writers of America, Rose City Romance Writers, The Beau Monde, and Love Faith and Hope, Inc., and a whole slew of other author/writer groups.
Some of Collette's favorite things include unique blends of coffees and teas, trivia, Cadbury Milk Chocolate, inspirational quotes, and scented candles. Her Christian faith, husband, three adult children, and five miniature dachshunds round out her life quite nicely! When she's not teaching or writing, she enjoys amateur photography, bird watching, gardening, interior decorating, rock-hunting, boating or fishing on the Columbia River, and reading of course.
To connect with Collette, please visit www.collettecameron.com or http://blueroseromance.com/
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