Friday, February 3, 2012

Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway with Sophie Barnes


Who can resist a title as HOW MISS RUTHERFORD GOT HER GROOVE BACK? The play on movie titles for romance book titles has become a favorite. Today we would like to welcome Sophie Barnes to the blog. She's here to share a little about herself, her debut release and how Hugh Jackman would play the hero from her book if Hollywood ever came a-knockin'. 


Meet Sophie:
Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.

Where To Find Sophie: Author Site | Twitter | Facebook

Kati and Jamie: Who is Sophie Barnes? (author, movie buff, multilingual, international woman of mystery...)
I’d love to tell you that I’m an international woman of mystery. However, I think of myself primarily as a wife and mother. Come May, my husband and I will have been married for 10 years – as unbelievable as that is for both of us.

I was born in Denmark, raised in Spain and lived all over the world, before finally getting married and settling down in the US. I like to think of myself as “Danish at heart” (even though I’ve scarcely lived there). I suppose speaking the language and going back to visit my family “in the old country” on a regular basis has left its mark. That said, I feel as though I belong everywhere in the world, whilst not really belonging anywhere at all…if that makes any sense.

Writing is still so new to me that telling people I’m a writer in response to the age old question, “What do you do?” still doesn’t roll off my tongue so easily. I love being creative (to use on old cliché), whether it’s writing, cooking, painting, sewing or decorating. But whatever it is, the ideas for my novels are forever present in my mind.

K&J:Tell us about your book [no copy and pasting blurb :)]
S: Emily Rutherford is about to discover what it means to have her heart broken – not just slightly broken, but shattered into a thousand pieces and ground to dust, broken. She is also about to find out what it truly means to fall head spinning, heart hammering, weak in the knees in love.

The subject of Emily’s affections is Adrian Fairchild, the man that she intends to marry. He is wonderfully charming, strikingly good looking and he’s been Emily’s close friend since childhood.

To top it all off, they have an agreement.

Unfortunately, Adrian has no recollection of this agreement, whatsoever. So, when he tells Emily of his intention to marry her best friend Kate, Emily’s world falls apart before her very eyes.
With her heart torn to shreds and feeling more betrayed than she’d ever thought possible, Emily suddenly finds herself whisked off to London together with her sisters by a man she can’t stand -Adrian’s cousin, Francis Riley, the Earl of Dunhurst.

In spite of his troubled past and years of pent up rage, something in his darkened soul shifts at the sight of Emily’s suffering. Without fully understanding why, Francis suddenly has an almost desperate desire to see Emily smile again, especially if there’s a chance that her smile will be directed at him.

K&J: Tell us about your hero and heroine.
Francis Riley, the Earl of Dunhurst is a troubled soul. For years he’s been keeping the truth about his heritage to himself – a truth that’s concealed in a letter and that, if revealed, will bring a monstrous scandal crashing down over his head. In addition, he’s being blackmailed by a woman so callous, she’ll put any villain to shame. But, beneath his cool façade, Francis is a man of honor and integrity, a man who longs to love and to be loved in return, even if he has yet to acknowledge this fact to himself.

Emily Rutherford has always found a means by which to overcome life’s hardships thanks to her positive outlook and sunny disposition, but when Adrian Fairchild breaks her heart, she’s confident she’ll never recover. As she starts getting back on her feet with the help of her sisters and Francis, a woman willing to speak her mind, one who often finds herself in a fit of laughter at the most inappropriate moments and who most definitely wasn’t born yesterday is gradually unveiled.

K&J: If you could cast your book, who would you put in the starring roles?
S: Hugh Jackman’s a definite possibility together with Keira Knightly.

K&J: What do you have next in store for readers?
S: I’m working on a three-book series about Alexandra, Ryan and William Summersby. The first book in the series, presently titled A Change of Heart, stars Alexandra Summersby, a veritable hoyden and skilled swordfighter. When her brother William, sent to Paris to spy on Napoleon, is accused of treason, Alexandra disguises herself as a young man in order to accompany Michael Ashford, the Earl of Trenton, on his mission to uncover the truth. Unaware that the young man tagging along is in fact a headstrong woman who not only doesn’t trust him but insists on fighting him at every turn, Michael has no idea of the trouble lying ahead. It’s packed with action, adventure and passion. Due for release by Avon Impulse in early summer 2012, you can keep an eye out for it by visiting my website, or by following me on Facebook and Twitter.

Alpha or Beta? Two 3rds Alpha and one 3rd beta.
Virgin Widow or Secret baby? Virgin Widow.
Swashbuckling pirate or naval captain? Naval captain – less likely to end up at the gallows and more likely to be a gentleman.
Belle of the ball or Wallflower? Wallflower turned belle of the ball.
Debutante or Spinster? Debutante.
Friends to Lovers or Strangers to Lovers? Strangers to lovers unless they’ve had a turbulent friendship.
Titled peer or Working man? Titled peer.
Love at first sight or Second chances? Second chances.
Writing or reading? I’m a bit conflicted here. If I’m writing I can’t read, because if I do I won’t write. Truth be told, I love both.
Plotter or pantser? Pantser – Ideas just come to me from out of nowhere. When I sit down to write a scene I’m not sure how I’ll manage it – it just happens.
e-Books or Bound books? Wouldn’t want to live without bound books on the shelf, but since getting my kindle, most of the books I buy are e-books.
Past, present or future? Past – More elegance, more lavishness and better manners.
Authors choice. Thank you so much for visiting me today at Romancing Rakes. I’ll be popping in throughout the day to chat with you and to answer any questions you might have. For a chance to enter the $25 Amazon gift card giveaway, just answer the following question: who’s your all-time favorite romance couple?

K&J: Thank you so much Sophie for hanging out at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance!
S: Thank you so much for having me =)

If you’d like to find out more about me, How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back, or my upcoming
releases, please visit my website:


Emily Rutherford is having a very bad day. Of course, having the man you’ve loved forever, announce his engagement to your now very former) best friend will do that.

Emily is sure nothing good could possibly come out of this horrid situation. But she lets her sisters and Adrian’s cousin, Francis Riley, the delectable but brooding Earl of Dunhurst, convince her a season in London will be just the thing.

Now Emily has a choice: sulk in a corner while her sisters enjoy the glitter of the ton. Or become the belle of the ball, dazzling everyone on an earl’s arm. But as Francis helps Emily get back on her feet, she quickly realizes that a childhood crush is nothing compared to the power of true love.
Where To Buy: Kindle | Nook
Book Extras: Read the 1st Chapter

You heard the lady. Sophie is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one(1) lucky reader during her blog tour. Here's how to get your hands on that gift card so you can fill up your shelves or Kindle:
  • Leave a comment answering Sophie's question: Who's your all-time favorite romance couple?
  • Leave your email addy along with your comment, ninja style: yourname at gmail dot com
  • Follow Sophie's tour here. The more blogs you comment at, the greater chance you have at winning.
A huge thank you to Sophie for stopping by and sharing her recent release. Also thanks to Marianne at Goddess Fish Promotions for forwarding correspondence between Sophie and us.

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