Guest Author & Giveaway: Kate Pearce featuring Kiss of the Rose

Wednesday, August 4

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What intrigued me the most at first glance about today's featured romance?  The cover!  I know you're not supposed to admit that, but there it is.  It has to be one of the best historical romance covers I've seen this year.  When I first saw it I immediately thought of the Showtime series The Tudors (which I love love love).  It resembles a few of their promotional ads and I'm totally ok with that!  I love everything about it, especially the deep red background.  The whole thing is sumptuous and gorgeous.

Of course the cover isn't the only reason KISS OF THE  ROSE by Kate Pearce is being featured in the "Feel the Heat" celebration.  After I got past my cover love I read more about the author's new Tudor Vampire Chronicles historical paranormal romance series and knew that it had to go on the wish list.  Tudors, Vampires, Druids, legends, and history all intertwined....and it's one that I've been eagerly anticipating.  Kate's here today to talk about her new book with all sorts of insight.  Thanks for joining us.  Read and enjoy!

Welcome back to Seductive Musings Kate!  For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story, and who are some of your favorite authors to read? Who's your new favorite find?

Thanks so much for having me back! It is a real pleasure. For me, a great romance novel makes it impossible for me to put it down as I totally get into the lives and problems of the characters. I love it when I get all emotional about the hero and heroine.

Some of my favorite authors are Linda Howard, Mary Balogh, Suzanne Brockmann and Georgette Heyer. My favorite new find is Larissa Ilone's Demonica series, I gobbled those up in about 4 days!

Your newest novel, KISS OF THE ROSE is the first book in your new Tudor Vampire Chronicles which are set in King Henry VIII's court.  I have to admit being intrigued by all things Tudor ever since discovering Showtime's The Tudor's.  What do you think is the appeal of this time period and makes it the perfect setting for your series?

I think the fact that King Henry VIII had six wives continues to intrigue everyone-and the way he disposed of the ones he didn't want makes him even more chilling. I also think most of us find it difficult to believe he changed the whole religion of his country simply to divorce his first wife and marry Anne Boleyn-whom he then executed only a few years later when she didn't live up to his expectations and only gave him a daughter :).

I tried to keep to the basic facts about why Henry got rid of each wife and embellished them a bit by adding a supernatural element. It was both interesting and a challenge trying to tweak the history!   

Can you tell us a little bit about this paranormal historical's setting that combines Vampire, Druids and Tudor England, how the books are all connected, and how many you have planned?

I've been contracted for three books so far but would like to write six, as each book features one of King Henry VIII's unfortunate queens. Threaded through the historical aspects of the books is the long running conflict between the Vampire and Druid races who share more common ground that most people might think. So there is conflict between the leaders of both races and of course, someone has to deal with it. And in the case of my first two books, the heroine, Rosalind Llewellyn represents the Druids and Sir Christopher Ellis stands up for the Vampires. They get drawn into a conflict which risks both their lives and have to work together (and fight their attraction to each other). I originally planned to have the same hero and heroine for all six books but the time span was too long! Characters introduced in books 1 and 2 will continue on the series, which is why there are three main male characters in the first book.

If you had an opportunity to provide only a two or three sentence "teaser" quote from your new book, KISS OF THE ROSE, to grab the attention of potential readers and give them a glimpse and feeling of what the book is about what would it be?

“Thank you for your confidence in me." Rosalind said. "I’ll let you know when I’ve killed your Vampire and you can report back to your masters at the Council.”

Christopher's expression hardened. “They are not my ‘masters.’ We simply share a common enemy—you.”
“An enemy you have almost completely destroyed.” He didn’t have anything to say to that, and Rosalind’s anger grew. “We are few in number, and wish only to practice our faith in our own way. Why do you still hunt us?”

He shrugged. “We are all bound by the vows we take, Lady Rosalind.”

“Even if those vows are outdated and cruel?”

A muscle flicked in his cheek. “Even then.”

This is a little bit more than a few sentences but it encapsulates the huge differences that lie between them and how much they have to overcome to learn to care about each other.)

Tell us about your hero, Sir Christopher Ellis.  What do you think will make readers, much like his heroine Rosalind, fall in love with him? And can you tell us a little bit about their story in KISS OF THE ROSE?

Christopher... ah, he reminds me of a swaggering Errol Flynn type character in many ways, but at his center he isn't as confident as he appears. He's arrogant, charming, witty and when he does finally admit to his attraction for the heroine he isn't at all bashful about telling her exactly how he feels. He's not perfect and he has a tendency to be the more emotional of the two of them but I found him so endearing to write.

Christopher and Rosalind are sworn enemies but they end up having to rely on each other to foil a deadly rogue Vampire and fulfill an ancient prophecy. They also realize that they are far more alike than they could ever have imagined and that not every member of a particular race or cult is to be hated. I loved the way they were both able to reach out to each other and find happiness despite everything.

Despite being sworn enemies in the battle between Druids and Vampires what makes Rosalind the perfect match for Christopher?

Rosalind is everything that Christopher has been taught to hate and yet because of his own life experiences, he is able to see beneath the surface and learn to respect her both as a fighter and as a beautiful woman.

What's your favorite scene or moment from KISS OF THE ROSE, and why? Can you describe it (or provide a short excerpt) for us without giving too much away?

This bit still makes me laugh.

Christopher took a deep breath and tried to be reasonable. “Pray reconsider your decision. This Vampire is so powerful that not even Elias Warner knows who it is or how to stop it. We cannot afford to argue. We must prevent it from killing the innocent.”

She stared up at him, her teeth worrying her lush lower lip. He wanted to replace her teeth with his own, to devour her mouth, and show her just how much she needed him . . . in so many ways.

“Rosalind . . .”

He lowered his head and she brought her elbow up and almost broke his nose. As he recoiled, she rolled out from under him, dagger at the ready, and swiped at his chest. Christopher managed to find his feet a second before she did, and blocked the blow.

She stepped out of reach, her expression furious, and he couldn’t help laughing. He held out his hands. “My lady, there is no need to—”

He didn’t get a chance to finish his sentence before she launched herself at him, feet aimed at his torso, and kicked his dagger out of his hand. Her forward motion brought her down on his chest and they fell back on the ground entangled together in a heap. As Christopher fought to get on top of her and regain his superior position, he heard someone clearing his throat. Christopher looked up and groaned. Rosalind’s groom stood there, a sword pointed at Christopher’s heart, his stance all business.

“May I suggest you get off my lady, sir?”

What are five fun facts about you or this book/series, that readers would love to know?
  1. I majored in history and amongst other things I studied Tudor politics and archaeology at a Welsh university. So when it came to write Tudor Vampires, all the right ingredients came together.
  2. Henry Tudor, (the first Tudor king) was never expected to wear the crown of England so he was the perfect person for me to use to make a magical bargain with the Druid race.
  3. Although I read a lot of Vampire romances, I still went out and bought a Dummys guide to Vampires to get the whole picture of the legends surrounding Vampires.
  4. While researching book #2 of the series I was surprised to realize that Henry VIII had Anne Boleyn arrested, imprisoned in the tower, tried, convicted and executed all in the space of about a month. He married his next wife, Jane Seymour on the day Anne was beheaded! Fast work indeed!
  5. I grew up in the UK and got to visit most of the places my books are set. I also got lost in the maze in Hampton Court, just like Rosalind does in book #2.
Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, or the new projects you are working on?

I have a novella in a Kensington Brava anthology called Lords of Passion along with Virginia Henley and Maggie Robinson. My part is called "How to Seduce a Wife" and features a couple of minor characters my readers might know from my Aphrodisia Simply series.

Then next February, 2011 I have #6 in the House of Pleasure series, Simply Forbidden coming out and #2 of The Tudor Vampire Chronicles Blood of the Rose which features Anne Boleyn, Henry's most notorious queen.

I'm currently writing a contemporary erotic romance for Aphrodisia and #3 of the Tudor Vampires.

If you could ask readers a question what would it be?

This is one of my favorite questions. What was the first romance novel you ever read?

Finally, just for fun…if you could write the “fortune” in a fortune cookie what would it be?

-for myself? "You will be more famous than Nora Roberts"
-for everyone? "You will live a long, healthy and happy life"

First in a sexy new series that takes a bite out of the court of King Henry VIII

Desperate to defeat King Richard III and gain the English crown, Henry Tudor made a pact with the Druids that bound him and his heirs to the Druid’s deadly struggle against the Vampires. Ever since, the Llewellyns, an ancient Vampire slaying family, have been in the permanent employ of the monarchy.

Now Henry VIII is on the throne, and his father’s bargain has almost been forgotten. Until corpses drained of blood start turning up in the most inappropriate of places, including the king’s bedchamber. But are these people the victims of the Vampires-or of the Druids?

To save the king from a nameless assassin, Rosalind Llewellyn, Vampire hunter extraordinaire, must form an uneasy alliance with a known Druid slayer. Sir Christopher Ellis hails from a family that has protected the Vampires for centuries, yet Rosalind has no choice but to rely on his help. And with her life threatened and her loyalty tested, Rosalind may even have to acknowledge the unthinkable. This sworn enemy may be her soul mate.

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Congratulations Kate!  Yesterday was the official release date of KISS OF THE ROSE, and with that brilliant cover I have a feeling it will be flying off the shelves.  To learn more about Kate Pearce and the books she writes you can find her at her website, her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace.

If you like book extras like I do, then you will love Kate's "The World of Tudor Vampires" page on her website.  She's got the "Legend of the Tudor Vampire Rose", pictures and histories of some of the real characters that appear in her books, some of the non-fiction books she used for her research, and pictures of places that are mentioned in KISS OF THE ROSE.  I love this kind of thing!

To celebrate the release of KISS OF THE ROSE, Kate is giving away not only a signed copy of her new book, but also a special edition handmade soap and roll-on perfume set that were created especially for debut of The Tudor Vampire Chronicles (pictured above).  That is one sweet smelling prize!  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory: Answer the question Kate asked readers in the interview AND leave a meaningful comment.   (good for 1 entry) hint:  it's not the fortune cookie question
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  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
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daydrmzzz August 4, 2010 at 12:47 AM  

Hmm... first romance novel I ever read would have to be a Nora Roberts book The Circle Trilogy. Great interview and I love the Tudor period as well, book sounds great.
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stacey August 4, 2010 at 2:08 AM  

Hunny that was so long ago that I can't renember but For most of my life I read scifi entill about 4 years age when i read Dark Prince by Christine Feehan then had to run out and get as meny of her books as I could at the time and bean read Romance mostly Paranormal Romance some Historical evre seance got rid of my scifi and started over on my book cases with romance books now I allmost have as meny Romance as the scifi that I got rid of.about2000 books I Series the most.
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mrsshukra August 4, 2010 at 3:21 AM  

How cn I forget? It was Mist Across the Moors by Janet Dailey!

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Jane August 4, 2010 at 4:38 AM  

Congrats on the new release, Kate. My first romance novel was Julie Garwood's "The Bride." It remains one of my favorite books of all time.

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Danielle August 4, 2010 at 9:40 AM  

I've read so many romance novels I can't be positive which was my favorite but the book I remember most in the beginning was "Night Bites" by Nina Bangs.

I can't wait to get my hands on "Kiss of the Rose" my two favorite genres are historical and paranormal and this book is going to have both. So Excited!

Bethie August 4, 2010 at 10:19 AM  

I don't know if it was the first, but I remember reading Summer of teh Sky Blue Bikini as a yound girl. It was one of those teen romances.
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Dara Young August 4, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

Gotta have this! Love the cover Kate. :D

First adult romance novel, well if you count Gone With the Wind, then that one. If not I think it was Angelique. I have read so many books since then!

Carol L. August 4, 2010 at 10:37 AM  

I love the cover of your book. Beautiful. I also love the Tudor time period as well.This is definitely on my TRL. What a great concept.
I truly cannot remember my first romance . I have read so very many books since then. I'm pretty sure it was an Elizabeth Layton book though.
Please count me in. Congrats o your new release
Carol L.

Ivy August 4, 2010 at 10:38 AM  

loved the interview & pics....Kiss of the Rose sounds like an excellent read.
My first romance? It was 2 actually Kathleen Woodiwiss~Ashes in the Wind & Rosemary Rogers~Sweet Savage Love. I know the latter trilogy catches a lotta flack now but I still love it...
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tetewa August 4, 2010 at 11:01 AM  

When a friend introduced me to Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series I've been addicted ever since!

Kate Pearce August 4, 2010 at 11:38 AM  

Thanks so much for having me on the blog again!
My first romance was The Wolf and the Dove and I still love it :)

alba August 4, 2010 at 2:20 PM  

I love the cover of the book I think the male looks like Max from dancing with the stars..
First book The Bride by Julie Garwood I still have that book it's on my special keeper book shelf.
I am a huge fan of old movies Errol Flynn being a favorite...
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jedisakora @ The Little Corner of the World August 4, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

The first romance i ever read is "Anna and the Duke" by Kathryn Smith. I was 15 and only picked it up because the main character was named Ewan cause i was hopelessly in love with Ewan McGregor. I couldn't put it and and craved more and more. The first adult romance i picked up with "The Seduction of Sara" by Karen Hawkins. I still adore both of those books. ^^

I really hope to win this book. I've been dying to read it!

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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog August 4, 2010 at 2:47 PM  

oh my gosh, awesome question! i love it!! my first historical romance novel was Midnight Magic by Shari Anton and I have been addicted ever since!!

thank you for the contest, i'm really looking forward to this book!

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CrystalGB August 4, 2010 at 3:21 PM  

Hi Kate. Your book sounds great. Love the cover. My first historical romance was Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss.

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Estella August 4, 2010 at 4:13 PM  

I don't remember the name of the book(it was over 55 years ago). The author was Barbara Cartland.

Princess Aurora August 4, 2010 at 6:48 PM  

Congrats Kate! So Amazing to have met you at #RWA10 last week!!!!!!
My first Romance Author I ever read was Nora Roberts but i can not remember the books at all.
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Julia August 4, 2010 at 7:33 PM  

And now, a story. I was browsing through the blogs through the readers I have and stopped dead at this cover. "What's this?" I started at it. "I must read this" saw that its about the Tudors. "I MUST read this"

This is being added to my TBR shelf and being pushed to the top of the list!! Especially after, you know, going back and reading your entry.

My first romance was The Emerald Swan by Jane Feather (I believe) that I read when I was 12. Shortly thereafter I read So Worthy, My Love by KEW and my love of romance novels was sealed.

Samantha August 4, 2010 at 10:19 PM  

I can't remember my first romance title but I remember sneaking to read my aunt's Danielle Steel novel. Then I moved onto Julie Garwood and that sealed the deal for me.

Tamsyn August 5, 2010 at 9:10 AM  

Congrats on your release, Kate!
My first romance book was a Mills & Boon. Can't remember the title but I was really into Mills & Boon those days! It was my introduction to romance books I believe. Then I went on to read Barbara Cartland and Georgette Heyer.

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Lacy August 5, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

The first romance novel I ever read was a harlequin romance called Krystal's Bodygaurd that I had snuck out of my mother's book pile. I was only 11 at the time and wasn't really happy with my choice of reading material. From their I started reading historical romance and in the last 4 years have been devouring paranormal romances. I must say that I am looking forward to reading this book.

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Tore August 5, 2010 at 7:27 PM  

I am a follower. This is one of my favorite questions. What was the first romance novel you ever read?
I have read so many romance novels I can not remember but I really really love the Twilight series.

Stella (Ex Libris) August 6, 2010 at 11:48 AM  

My very first romance novel was Born in Fire by Nora Roberts. My best friend brought it to high school and I thought it was a book about witches (the cover had myserious orange falmes on it), imagine my surprise when I read it and discovered that it was a steamy romance :-) To this day it is one of my favourite re-reads :-)

Thank you for the giveaway, I would LOVE to read your book, it sounds fantastic! Congratulations on its release!

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allisonsbj3 August 6, 2010 at 12:26 PM  

I think one of the first romance novels I've read was Love Story.

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Leni August 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM  

My first romance novel was Words Of Silk by Sandra Brown and that really set my reading on a roll.
I'm not familiar with this time period/Tudor king, but with vampires added to the mix, you've got my attention. What is the ratio of fact to fiction in this series?


Pam S (pams00),  August 6, 2010 at 8:59 PM  

Great interview! Really enjoyed it especially the 5 fun facts.

My first romances were I believe the Sweet Valley High books - looking forward to the follow up coming out :).

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Virginia C August 7, 2010 at 2:38 PM  

Congratulations on "Kiss of the Rose"! The story line is quite intriguing, and the cover is ravishing!

My first romantic reads were written by Georgette Heyer, Barbara Cartland, and Jane Aiken Hodge. The author who really opened my eyes to the world of romantic fiction is the late, great Kathleen E. Woodwiss. Her book "Ashes in the Wind" is my all-time favorite romance read.

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throuthehaze August 8, 2010 at 8:11 PM  

The first romance I ever read was The Paper Marriage by Bronwyn Williams. It is still one of my favorites.
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Meredith August 8, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

I don't remember the name of the book, but I know it was a Harlequin that my mother had and it took place in Australia. I wish I could remember the name, it was a good story!

Great interview!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Meredith August 8, 2010 at 10:37 PM  

I don't remember the name of the book, but I know it was a Harlequin that my mother had and it took place in Australia. I wish I could remember the name, it was a good story!

Great interview!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Meredith August 8, 2010 at 10:38 PM  

I don't remember the name of the book, but I know it was a Harlequin that my mother had and it took place in Australia. I wish I could remember the name, it was a good story!

Great interview!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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