Guest Author & Giveaway: Heather Snow featuring Sweet Enemy

Tuesday, February 14

Have you ever watched those shows on TV that try to explain the science behind love?  I find them fascinating, because it proves there is real chemistry, beyond just physical attraction, when you fall in love.

When I first discovered my guest author today, the thing I was riveted by was that she was a scientist AND a romance writer.  I spent quite a bit of time on her site reading quotes from famous scientists regarding love and was intrigued by the correlations they had between the two seeming opposite ways of thinking.  One with the head, the other with the heart. Then again opposites do attract, so there you go.  I guess I shouldn't really be all that surprised after all ;)

Historical Romance author Heather Snow is here with us today to share a bit about the chemistry of love, as well as her debut novel, Sweet Enemy, the first book in her Veiled Seduction series.  Enjoy!

Love, Love, Love, Love…Crazy Love!

Happy Valentine’s day!  Of course, today of all days, we must talk about LOVE.  But rather than the romance and chocolates kind of love, I want to talk about the kind of love that drives us mad…and why we are powerless against it!

     “Come along,” Aunt said, reaching back to capture Liliana’s elbow. “We’re just in time.” Aunt wove them through the crowd with the expertise of one long accustomed to navigating a crush. When they emerged from the pastel swarm, Liliana caught her first glimpse of Stratford since his shocking “lesson” in propriety.

     Discomfiting ripples of heat flowed from her middle straight through to the tips of her fingers and toes. Odd, but it was as if she could feel him against her even now. She hadn’t been surprised by the curiosity that had gripped her when she’d given in to his kisses—after all, she was nothing if not inquisitive. Any good scientist worth her sodium chloride was.

     But what still heightened her every nerve until she thought she’d go mad with wanting? What elemental force made her physically desire a man whom she not only did not know but could never trust?

     Chemistry. That’s what they called it, but chemistry unlike any she’d ever studied.

Poor Liliana Claremont.  The heroine in my Regency debut, SWEET ENEMY, is a chemist—a rational, level-headed young lady who doesn’t operate emotionally.  No, she bases her life on cold science—until she meets Geoffrey Wentworth, Earl of Stratford.  Suddenly, she finds herself plagued with desires that make little sense to her, and unable to control her reaction to a man who, by all rights, should be her enemy, given she’s convinced someone in his family murdered her father. 

Learned though she is in the science of her time, what Liliana couldn’t possibly understand, and what scientists today are just beginning to, is that in the early stages of lust, infatuation and romantic love, our brain chemistry becomes quite literally like one suffering from addiction…or mental illness. 

Yes, you heard me right.  Studies have shown that when humans first fall in love, our brains release dopamine, norepinephrine and phenylethylamine in great amounts…which in laymen’s terms basically mean falling in love is like a natural cocaine high, producing elation, intense energy/sleeplessness, feelings of craving for that other person, loss of appetite and focused attention (read: obsession).  Why else can we stay up all night talking to that special someone, then bounce into work the next day, still walking on a cloud, just to turn around and stay up all night talking to them again?  Try to remember some of the crazy things you did in the early days of your own love affairs.  Makes a little more sense now, doesn’t it?

As the relationship goes into the early honeymoon days, our brain chemistry changes again, giving a whole new meaning to the term “madly in love.”  The serotonin levels in our brains fall to about 40% lower than normal…the same level as people diagnosed with OCD.  That’s why we tend to obsess about that new partner.  Our changing brain chemistry literally changes the way we think, becoming responsible for that “love is blind” phase of the relationship as well, where we idealize our partner, magnify their virtues and explain away their faults, where we put them up on a pedestal and convince ourselves that what we have with this person is the most special relationship in the history of mankind and we must do anything and everything to sustain it.   

Perhaps if Liliana had understood that biologically, she just didn’t stand a chance, she wouldn’t have fought so hard to resist the chemistry between herself and the handsome earl.  Luckily for her, although her rational mind insists she stay as far from Geoffrey as possible, her brain, her body and ultimately her heart refuse to obey, and she finds her way to a happily-ever-after in spite of her intentions.

Hopefully readers will love going on the journey with her!

And now, I’d like to know:  What is the craziest thing you ever did for love?

Geoffrey Wentworth, a war hero and rising political star, never wanted to be the Earl, but when his brother dies, he knows his duty—take up the responsibility for his family’s estates.  His mother’s definition of duty differs from his, however, and can be summed up in one word—heirs.  When Geoffrey rushes home to answer her urgent summons, he finds himself host to a house full of women, all vying to become the next Countess of Stratford.  But his love is Parliament, where he wields his influence and reputation to better the lives of ex-soldiers, until a tempting house guest and a secret from his past threaten his freedom…and his heart.

Liliana Claremont, a brilliant chemist, doesn’t want to be any man’s wife, much less a countess.  If she had tuppence for every time she’d been told her place was filling the nursery, not experimenting in the laboratory, she could buy the Tower Bridge.  However, when she receives a coveted invitation to the Earl’s house party, she trades in her beakers for ball gowns and gladly takes on the guise of husband hunter—for the chance to uncover what the Earl had to do with the murder of her father.

Liliana believes the best way to get the answers she needs is to keep her enemy close, though romance is not part of her formula.  But it only takes one kiss to start a reaction she can't control...

Congratulations Heather on the release of Sweet Enemy and thank you so much for being my guest today!  I am completely fascinated by the chemistry behind love, which is why I guess having a writer with a degree in chemistry can formulate such a great love story :)  I mean, not every one gets a cover quote from the Julie Garwood!

If you'd like to learn more about Heather Snow and the books she writes you can find her at her website, on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and at her blog Get Lost in a Story.  Make sure you check out her Facebook page because she and a few other historical romance authors are having a big contest with some great books up for grabs!

To celebrate the release of the first book in her Veiled Seduction series, Sweet Enemy, Heather would like to giveaway a signed print copy of the book, a bookmark, and a set of Sweet Enemy Romance Trading Cards to one lucky Musings follower!  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Answer the question Heather asked readers in her post & don't forget to leave her some comment love about the excerpt or even a question about the book! (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • 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.  
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US addresses only
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
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  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!

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Bron February 14, 2012 at 1:35 AM  

Hi Heather - I love the premise of your book. I can't enter the contest as I live in NZ but I have added your fabulous sounding book to my TBR pile. Best of luck with it.

Carol L. February 14, 2012 at 3:41 AM  

Heather, I already have Sweet Enemy on my TRL. I love the whole storyline. I think the craziest thing I ever did for love was marrying my first husband lol It was a whirlwind relationship and being 18 at the time I thought I knew better then anyone else. But we are still friends. :)
Happy Valentine's Day everyone.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

JenM February 14, 2012 at 6:19 AM  

Unfortunately, I'm a completely rational and non-romantic person so I don't think I've ever done anything too crazy for love. Sometimes I wonder what that would feel like, but I don't think I'm capable of it.

GFC Follower

June M. February 14, 2012 at 8:11 AM  

About the only thing I can think of really would be not sleeping because I would stay up talking to the guy or writing letters, or just thinking of him. I don't remember actually doing anything that would be considered crazy.
My brother's wife though, before they married they broke up for a while. She pretty much stalked my brother, driving by in the middle of the night to make sure his car was in the driveway, calling at strange hours, etc.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

erin February 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM  

Congrats on the new release!!!!

I love, love, love the premise of this book. I love historical romance but it's very refreshing to get a new "twist".

Thanks for the very "imformative" post :) I loved the break down of the art of "falling in love" and the snippets definitely makes me want to read the book!

I haven't done anything crazy for love. I'm too boring and pragmatic. I have sat by a phone and obsessed about getting a phone call from a crush, but that's about it.

Heather Snow February 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM  

Hi Bron...maybe I just need to come visit NZ and bring a copy with me! :) On the bucket list... Thanks for stopping by!

@carol -- Glad to hear you are still friends...I tell you, I wouldn't be 18 again for anything! Happy Valentine's day

@JenM -- I fall in the pretty rational category, too. The chemical reactions in the brain that produce the "love euphoria" seem to be missing from me, too. Which is fine with me...I am happy with the choices I've made in love :)

@JuneM -- yes, I've done the talk-on-the-phone-all-night-in-the-days-before-unlimited-long-distance=$832 phone-bill-when-I-made-minimum-wage.... That's about the craziest for me, too. But then, I don't really do crazy things in my life at all--although I did pass up a job that would have moved me to the beach in FL because I had a "feeling" about the man I'd only known 2 months. Luckily, I ended up marrying him.

@erin - boy, I don't miss the days of sitting around, waiting for someone to call! Thanks for stopping by.

CrystalGB February 14, 2012 at 1:43 PM  

Hi Heather. Congrats on your debut release. Sounds awesome. I love the cover.
My husband and I had a whirlwind romance and got married 4 months after we started dating. We've been married 8 years.
GFC CrystalGB

Tore February 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM  

I have never done anything crazy for love. I wish I had just so I could experience what it felt like. Please enter me in contest.

Barbara E. February 14, 2012 at 6:47 PM  

The craziest thing I ever did for love was to see a psychologist to try to get over losing my long time boyfriend, while secretly hoping they'd help me figure out a way to get him back.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Pam S (pams00),  February 14, 2012 at 10:49 PM  

Congrats on your release Heather! I loved the post - ty for sharing the info, excerpt, and trailer! I was drawn to the heroine as soon as I saw that she was a chemist... liked that unique angle.

Craziest thing I did for love.... Drive 6 hrs to see my ex (then husband) for our anniversary right after being omitted from the hospital for food poisoning.

gfc - pams00

pams00 at

gamistress66 February 14, 2012 at 11:25 PM  

Congrats on the release! enjoyed the tidbits you provided ;) crazy thing I did for love -- was involved in a long distance relationship for few years, once wknd drove down to visit him for the wknd just after a hurricane had side swept the area (& I do mean just after as it was still raining) which including having to do some detouring and back tracking due to road closures just outside of the town he lived near

gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com
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Sheree February 15, 2012 at 12:04 AM  

Congrats on your new release!

Back when my little brother was still in high school, I used to drive him past his crush's house, over and over again. Does that count? I was always worried the poor girl might recognize the car.

Heather Snow February 15, 2012 at 12:06 AM  

@Crystal congrats on the successful whirlwind romance! Seems like you two were right to trust your hearts!

@Tore -- me either, really...though I don't mind it so much. I'm very contest to watch fictional characters go through the heartache that usually comes with crazy love :)

@Pam -- thanks! I had a great time writing a chemist heroine...especially when tossing her into a situation where she is certainly a fish out of water--a husband-hunting house party!

@gamistress -- Oh my, braving a hurricane for love! Sounds like a great story idea... :) Thanks for stopping by

Heather Snow February 15, 2012 at 12:09 AM  

@Barbara -- Hello again :) I love your avatar! I hope, at least, the psychologist was able to help, even if he/she couldn't get the boyfriend back...

@Sheree -- Hi, thanks for stopping by. Of course that counts...I didn't say it had to be the craziest thing you did for YOUR love. In fact, I've helped friends do plenty of crazy things in their own love affairs...lets me live vicariously without putting myself at risk...LOL

Elf2060 February 15, 2012 at 12:55 AM  

I'm pretty shy so the craziest thing I have ever done was color and drop off a birthday banner at his job for the guy that I was just starting to date. His coworkers were a little startled to meet me and he was a bit embarrassed to arrive and find my banner across the wall...but he was flattered enough to continue calling me!

I love that your heroine is a chemist, nice change from the typical bluestockings.

Heather Snow February 15, 2012 at 1:18 AM  

Hi Elf -- I think that's sweet, and only a little bit crazy... I'm glad he kept calling!

Thank you -- I adore bluestocking heroines, of course, but I did love making Liliana a bit different!

Maureen February 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM  

Congratulations on the new book Heather. I like your scientific take on falling in love. I think the craziest thing I ever did was get married and start a family because I don't think I ever realized how much work it is.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Mary @SweepingMe February 15, 2012 at 10:22 AM  

Congratulations on your new book!
The craziest thing I have done...Well, I got married to my hubby after only dating him about 3 months. 3 months later I was pregnant. HAHAHA - Well it turned out good. We have been married for 12 years this May.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
mary_reiss @

Anonymous,  February 16, 2012 at 1:09 PM  

Thank you for the excerpt. I enjoyed reading it and like your writing style. I love stories of intrigue and this sounds like it will be a good one. The quote by Julie Garwood is high praise indeed. Her historical romances were the first romances I ever read. She is still my favorite.
I can understand Lilianna's frustration in not being able to be accepted and included in the science community. For your generation, the career opportunities have always been wide open. When I was in college back in the "olden days" as my grandson says, the 1960's, fields were open, but very few women had worked their way into them . Those that had were fighting an uphill battle to be accepted and given credit for their abilities. I can remember being the only female in a 50+ person team putting on an environmental field day for 6th graders. Today there would be many women involved from all the various agencies involved. I was lucky to be at the beginning of the opening of career fields for women.
I look forward to reading SWEET ENEMY. I hope the release does well and we see many more books from you.

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Cialina at February 17, 2012 at 10:49 AM  

Whoa, what?! Scientist and romance writer? Sounds like my superhero! Haha.

I've never done anything crazy for love. Yeah, lame answer but it's true. But on the bright side, I'm still young and hopefully the chemicals in my brain will make me do something out of the ordinary in the future.

I can't wait to read this one. I love the premise.

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