Tuesday, September 1
My guest today at Seductive Musings is one of my favorite historical romance authors…and I completely found her by accident. I was at the library one day looking for something new to read. Usually I go to get specific books, but this time I was just browsing and looking for anything that sounded interesting. As I was browsing the romance section I noticed a title on the spine, The Perfect Rake. I have a thing for romances with reformed rakes, and while I had not heard of the author decided to take it home and give it a try based on the title alone. The Perfect Rake was in fact “perfect”. I immediately fell in love with the Merridew sisters and their emotional love stories that Anne Gracie is known for. I now own all of them, and have been an avid Anne Gracie devotee ever since :) Anne’s newest release from her Devil Riders series, To Catch a Bride, releases today. Happy Release Day!
The third in the Devil Riders series, Rafe's story
Rafe Ramsey, son of the late Earl of Axbridge, doesn't believe in love. But that doesn't mean he's willing to accept the marriage of convenience devised by his family to ensure the line of succession. Instead he impulsively takes on the task of tracking down the missing granddaughter of a wealthy English family, and heads off to faraway lands. In Egypt, he finds not a frightened young girl, but a beautiful woman who is running from something far more serious than an unwanted betrothal…
Ayisha is no longer a wide-eyed, gullible child, and after six years on the streets, she is no man's easy prey. However, she is no match for Rafe's maneuvers…or his kisses. Before long she finds herself headed back to England with Rafe to embrace a new life and a new family. But when the dark secrets of her past catch up with her, it threatens to destroy them both. And Rafe will be forced to choose between the beliefs of a lifetime-and love.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure that you would be hard pressed to give up for just about any reason?
Does reading count as a guilty pleasure? These days I claim it’s “research” but really, I read as much as I did when I was a kid. I once read a Victorian-era text – advice from a doctor about the dangers and the evils of allowing your daughters and wives to read novels, because then they end up neglecting their housework and other duties in favor of reading (gasp!) novels. I can testify that it’s all quite true. LOL
Another guilty pleasure is chocolate, but I once did the Liver Cleansing Diet and lost a lot of weight and –even more amazingly, didn’t eat chocolate (or even crave it) for three years, so I can give it up. When hard pressed... If absolutely necessary...
I am a HUGE fangirl of yours. The Merridew sisters from the “Perfect” series are perennial favorites and are all on my keeper shelves. For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story? What book is your new favorite find and what's on your keeper shelf?
Thanks. I had a lot of fun writing that series. As for what makes a great love story, I suppose it has to really touch me on a deeper level. And it’s always about the characters -- I want a great heroine and a gorgeous hunky hero who I’ll fall for like a ton of bricks. I love to participate in their slow, sizzling coming together, and the bumps along the road, and the times when you think they’re never going to make it, even though you know it’s a romance and they will. And I want that big, fat, lump-in-the-throat moment at the end, when against the odds, the hero and heroine are finally together and you just know it’s forever... sigh.
I’ve recently branched into reading paranormals. I’m a total wimp normally and avoid gore and scary stuff so didn’t get into paranormals when all around me were falling for vampires. But last year I read –and devoured-- JR Ward, and now I’m into Nalini Singh’s Psy series. I used to read a lot of fantasy/sci fi and loved Marion Zimmer Bradley and Janny Wurts, etc, so it’s not such a big departure.
My keeper shelf is huuuge, but a few authors whose books I read over and over are; Mary Balogh, Eva Ibbotson, Georgette Heyer, Linda Howard, JAK/Amanda Quick, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Laura Kinsale, Madeline Hunter, Mary Jo Putney, Pat Potter, Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Vaughn, Bronwyn Williams... etc. And lots more -- too many to name.
Big congrats on recently winning the R*BY Award for The Stolen Princess as the best long romance from the Romance Writers of Australia for 2009! The Stolen Princess was the first book in the Devil Riders series, and then came His Captive Lady, and your newest is To Catch a Bride releases today (woohoo!). Can you tell us a little bit about the books in your Devil Riders series and give us some insight into each of your haunted heroes, especially Rafe from To Catch a Bride?
Thanks, it was such a thrill. I keep looking at the trophy and grinning, and have even been known to stroke it like a cat. LOL.
The Devil Riders series is about a group of friends who went to school and war together. Gabe and Harry are half-brothers, estranged from their father since birth – he believed Gabe to be the result of an extra-marital affair, and Harry was his son by a maidservant. They were both raised by an eccentric great-aunt. Then there’s Rafe, “the spare” son, and extra to requirements, who was also estranged from his father and older brother, and raised by his grandmother. He’s closest to Luke, who used to bring him home for Christmas when Rafe would otherwise be miserable. Rafe has learned to keep his emotions hidden and is invariably cool, elegant and unruffled. Or he is, until he meets the heroine, a long lost granddaughter of Lady Cleeve, who insists she is not Miss Alicia Cleeve, but only Ayisha an orphan of the streets of Cairo... Driven by her own secrets, she doesn’t come easily and in the process he becomes quite... unbuttoned... ;)
What excited you about Rafe and Ayisha, what compelled you to write their story?
I’ve been wanting to write this story for a long time. It was just a matter of finding the right heroine for this hero. Rafe is cool and elegant and thoroughly in control, so emotionally buttoned down that very little can disturb him. And the only heroine who could truly reach him was a gutsy, fiery, loving ragamuffin of a girl, who nothing in his experience had taught him to deal with...
What’s your favorite scene from To Catch a Bride, and why is it your fav?
There are several – I’m no good with picking favorites, and to describe some scenes would give away too much of the story. There’s the scene where Ayisha is saying goodbye to everyone and everything she’s ever known and loved – including her beloved old cat – that’s a sad one and made me cry when I wrote it— probably because it reminded me of all the times we moved. There’s the scene when she steps in, pulls a gun and takes control—but that would give away too much. There’s the scene where they’re on the ship, on deck alone in the moonlight, moored off Malta, and they hear music, and he teaches her to dance... And there’s the scene where he reconciles with his brother after a lifetime of misunderstanding...
For someone who has not discovered the Devil Riders series yet, or any of your books, how would you convince someone to give them a try?
People say they laugh and cry with my books. If you want to know what others have said about my books, I have a couple of pages of readers comments about particular books like The Stolen Princess, His Captive Lady, and Perfect Stranger (scroll down). And if you want a taste of them, there are extracts on my website. Here’s one of Perfect Rake.
And if you’re a member of the Rhapsody Bookclub, my books are in it and you can get 5 titles for 99c. ;)
What’s next for you, what are some of your upcoming releases, or new projects you are working on?
I’m actually working on an unplanned book in the series – Nash’s story. He’s Gabe and Harry’s brother. A few of my recent stories have been a little dark, and this one seems to have bubbled up out of nowhere. It’s a lighter story and the hero is a bad boy charmer, a bit like Gideon in Perfect Rake. So even though Luke was scheduled to be next, my editor has given me the okay for Nash.
If you could ask readers a question, what would it be?
Is there anything you would really like to see done in a historical that you don’t often see?
Finally, just for fun…if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie what would it be?
LOL. No, how about this: Don’t worry about the past, don’t fret about the future: life is always now. Savor each moment.
You can find Anne at her website, on twitter, and also on Wordwenches blog, as well as her own blog.
If you are a fan of historical romances, especially Regency romances, and have not read Anne’s books, then I highly recommend them. All of the “Perfect” series were as close to perfect as you can get. And the best part is that you can read them consecutively and don’t have to wait for the next in the series to be released. If however you’ve already read that series like I have, then the Devil Riders series are must reads. I’ve been patiently waiting for To Catch a Bride for a while now and am so excited that the wait is over….unless you would like to win a copy. Courtesy of Anne and her publisher Berkley they are giving away one copy of To Catch a Bride to a lucky commenter!
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