Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wicked Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway with Jenn LeBlanc


Happy Valentines Day to you and yours. Today is such a perfect day to celebrate with one of our favorite rakes. Ever. We've been waiting and waiting and waiting (Jenn's giving us the stink eye all the way from Colorado) for Perry's story since last summer. Grab a drink and a snack because this interview is loooong. What? We couldn't help ourselves. It's PERRY for goodness sake! But before we get into the inappropriateness...

Meet Jenn: 
I have several constants in life that define me:
Colorado, Canon, CJ, kids and curls.

Born and raised in a household of other people’s children in this beautiful state —very nearly with a camera in hand— I never left. I started my own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, and started a business, all with a camera in hand.

I always had another passion; storytelling born from daydreams and nightmares. My fingers were never as quick as my mind, and no amount of practice got them there, so it was difficult and frustrating to have this inside me. When my second daughter was born her inherent traits kept me pinned— my only escape the keyboard. Spending my days in parenting chat rooms I got highly adept with one-handed typing and I can still type just about as fast with one hand as I can with two. It’s a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. I recently finished my first novel but I quickly realized: I was born a photographer.

From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of MY book my control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this completely new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers.

I live and thrive off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. I wear shorts and flip-flops year-round —much to the chagrin of my friends and family— and I am currently working on the illustrations for my second novel.

Find Jenn: Twitter | Facebook | Author Site | Blog | Tumblr (NSFW)

The day has come to for us to interview Quarterback Viscount Sexoverlord. Ahhhh!!! What a relief it is to talk to a familiar, friendly face instead of Hepplewhatsit. That was quite a nerve wracking interview. Thank goodness Jamie was there with her trusty, handy dandy riding crop. And well, we are such total fangirls of Perry (Lord Peregrine Trumbull, Viscount Roxleigh for the rest of the ton) since the beginning and the infamous piano sex scene definitely sealed the deal for us. We loved him more. Enough of this mindless chit chat, on to chatting with Perry and asking him inappropriate questions.


Kati: *jumps on Perry* Ahhhh!!! Perryyyyy. Hello. Hi. Okay. I’ll get off of you now. *pats down Perry’s oh so hard torso* You look presentable now. Ahem. Sorry. You’re just quite... Shall we wait for Jamie or get down to business?

Jamie: *runs in* I’m here! I’m here! Where is he? *spots Perry and jumps on him* Yay! You’re here! Hiiiiii! *gives one last squeeze* Ok, sorry about that. I’m good now. Shall we all sit down?
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Perry: Well hello ladies! That might just be one of the best welcomes I have ever received. And I do like to receive. *winks*

Kati: so I've heard. Let's talk about you. Who IS Lord Peregrine Afton Trumbull? Consummate rake? Sexy quarterback? Piano player? Guardian to 4 French chits? Oh by the way, Happy Valentines Day. Will you be my Valentine?

Perry: I do believe I already have a Valentine, but were it not so, my dear Kati, you would be at the very top of my list. I suppose I am all these things, or I was at one time or another. Though I’m guardian for only two French girls, really. What is a quarterback? Does that have something to do with the horses? No, no that’s an American term correct?

Kati:Oh all right. I suppose I'll just have to dream about it seeing as how you now have a lady love. A quarterback is the guy who throws... Well, just ask Francine the next time you see her. Maybe she'll even teach you how to play. Let's talk about your instrument and how magnificent it is. How long have you been playing?

Perry: *grins wickedly* Well Kati, my piano an 1868 Streicher Concert Grand. Handmade of rosewood, for me, in Vienna. It is the same model used by Brahms in his composition. A beautiful instrument, with very consistent, smooth, mellow tones.
http://www.shafferpianos.com/streicher/
Jamie: Katiiii! Inappropriate! You just can’t ask a man about his “instrument” like that. Even if it is magnificent.

Perry: Don’t worry Jamie, I can handle Kati. And it is magnificent. Quite, in fact.

Kati: What? I did mention that we were going to end up asking inappropriate questions. I mean look at the guy, he looks like that model we know. The perfect twin or is it triplet since the Trumbull boys look the same?

Perry: We do look very similar, though my brother, well, he is older and wiser and crankier and less fun. *winks* don’t tell him I said that. It would ruffle his duke-ly feathers.

Jamie: Oh yes. THAT model. And of course I knew it was going to get inappropriate but I figured we let Perry get comfortable. Anyway, let’s get back to Perry and his magnificent instrument. And by instrument I mean piano. So, you seem to really enjoy that piano. How long have you been playing?

Perry: I have been playing for a very long time. I believe my father hired my master when I was about six years old. He wanted to give me something to do to keep me from underfoot as he oversaw Gideon’s lessons in dukefication. Or should it be dikificense? Not sure. Don’t think me flip though, I very much respect my brother’s position. I suppose it worked rather well.

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Kati: I saw a picture of your instrument. It's a beauty. As for his deflowering dashing dukeliness, he knows he's a total cranky pants. I might have mentioned how he was a bit cranky/glowering to his face so he knows. If he gives you any trouble you can come to me and I'll take care of it :) I want to so badly talk about your lady love but for those who have not read your story and found out what happened in the last installment, I don't want to ruin the surprise.

Perry: We can certainly talk about my lady in general terms. I must say she was as much a surprise to me as assume she was to you. I simply refuse to cross Jenn, however, she is a devil when she is angry. So what can I tell you about her?

Kati: Never cross Jenn, she'll cut off your man candy supply and you start getting the shakes and well, let's just leave it at that. Your lady love will be my final interview. I was pretty surprised. There was quite a bit of whaaat? what? Whaat? (say it like The Doctor)

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Perry: I have no idea what a man candy supply is, but I’m rather certain I have no use of one. I do love Jenn, and know how she feels about all of us. She truly gave us life and she gave me my lady and that is something I could never repay. I can only imagine your surprise when you found out who was in my carriage! I was horrid to my lady in the beginning. I will spend the balance of my days making up for my egregious behaviour. She is such a treasure, genuine, strong, beautiful inside and out. And now as I’ve gone purple in my prose I believe I shall stop ruminating thank you very much.

Kati: She's such a wonderfully nice person and a fantastic photographer. Those who know her are blessed and those who don't should get to know her. But I'm just gushing because I love her. And I'm not even saying this with a riding crop pointed in my direction. Haha.

Perry: Oh dear, I have heard about the riding crop. Do you know how forceful she can be in the studio? Bloody tyrant really. She will read this won’t she. Well she knows. She is. There are words for people like her, commanding, dominating and forceful come to mind. Perhaps that’s why we mesh so well. *winks*

Kati: One day I hope to watch her in action without having to traipse all over Cherry Creek. It's my dream to peek inside her studio. Be all Edward Cullen creeper like in the corner. Forget asking Brangelina to adopt me, I'd rather have Jenn. So... How does it feel to be the guardian of 2 innocents? Do you find yourself imbibing more than usual? Do you wake up in random places not knowing how you got there?

Perry: I have come to terms with my guardianship, though I must say Gideon has rather stepped up there, as has my beautiful new sister. Even though she was wary at first, I mean, under the circumstances it was difficult for her. She was terribly out of place with them, not knowing these girls who were supposedly her kin. I only overindulged the once...well, recently anyway. I only wake up wondering how I could have been so fortunate after everything I have done.

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Jamie: Are you happy with the way things have turned out? Did you ever imagine yourself having this kind of life?

Perry: Oh no my dear Jamie, not in my wildest dreams was there a single woman. Two women perhaps, sometimes three. I believe once there may have been five, but I digress. One woman. That’s rather daunting is it not? Aside of that, there are the girls, no, I did not imagine being responsible for young women, not a man like me, who is familiar with the ruination of the very same.

Kati: *bites tongue before saying something totally inappropriate* oh what the hell. You can ruin me any time. Actually, you've ruined me for pianos since The Scene. I can't pass by one without giggling.


Perry: Well I do what I can. After all I have one lady now, but I do still like to hear I can...what is it you say? Drop your panties? Yes. It’s nice to know I can still manage to drop some panties. You modern women are so terribly awkward to me. *shakes head* Is that meant to be literal?

Kati: Yes and no. Depends on where you are ;) If you could travel into the future (like Francine's future) would you?

Perry: No I don’t think so. I don’t belong there at all and from what Francine has told me knowing would only make life more difficult either way. Whether I liked it or not. I happen to like, very much, where I am. I have no need for anything else.

Kati: Let's talk about Hepplewort. Compose yourself. Breathe. I see you clenching your fists. How is a slimeball like him still allowed to be received in polite society? Titles be damned!

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Perry: unfortunately some are still allowed in society regardless of their actual worth as humans. He is a horrid man. Simply horrid. There are words for him as well, though nothing like those I used for Jenn. I would say, terrible, but that’s a threatening word and he is at all threatening. He is small, unworthy, and unfortunate. That is truly as nice as I can be.

Jamie: Ugh, that man is scum. He doesn't deserve to be allowed in polite society, he belongs behind bars with his mother.

Kati: he takes the whole mamas boy a little too far. How long has his family lived next to yours? Did you ever interact or see him when you and Rox were children?

Perry: Their estate isn’t very close to Eildon, it is closer to Westcreek, but we did not spend as much time there. I really never met the man before this...ordeal. Thankfully.

Kati: Had you heard any rumors pertaining to Hepplewort? Mistreatment of his mistresses *shudder* or any woman? If you could dole out his punishment, what would it be and why? Don’t worry, you don’t have to tell me what happens to him since Jenn is giving me the evil eye trying to sweet talk you into telling me how it all ends. :) That’s for next time.

Perry: I had never truly heard anything before we were forced to speak with him. Once we were aware of him, however, we learned more than I ever wished to know. Unfortunately he mistreated more women than I would like to think on. He deserves much more than...He deserves to be— mishandled. I should leave it at that. There is no end to my anger where he is concerned. As for next time, I shall accompany my lady, she is terribly nervous about speaking with you. I hope that is agreeable.

Jamie: Oh. I am very excited about … your lady coming to visit. I’ve been waiting to meet her for a long time. But I promise to be on my best behavior.

Coming 2/28
Perry: Thank you Miss Jamie, I very much appreciate this.

Kati: *sigh* I promise we won’t be as inappropriate as we were with you but yes, you may accompany her. I suppose this interview has gone on too long and well, you’re just...quite. But I don’t want to end on a yucky note so one more question before we let readers have a go at winning a copy of the Trumbull brothers’ story. If there was one piece of music that you could play over and over again without getting tired or totally sick of it, what would it be and why?

Perry: *grins* I’ve recently become quite fond of The Pineapple Rag. But I suppose if I had to chose a single work, I would probably go with *sigh* really, I am a music lover. The music I listen to is very dependent on mood. Thomas Tallis and his lilting crescendos, Bethoven and his melodramatic rise. Mozart...I would say one of my favorites is Confutatis, it is a piece of his final work, Requiem K. 626. The juxtaposition of the vaulting bass lines against the angelic sopranos is incredibly powerful. Undeniable, simply intoxicating.

Pardon...*clears throat* but you must see it live to truly appreciate it. The tones will reverberate through your soul.

Now, my brother warned me you have some odd questions. I have come prepared. Continue.

Kati: *shakes head* Oh Gideon. These odd questions were more to his one-word answer liking I think. But then again, he WAS glaring and brooding most of the time.

Boxers or briefs I’m told commando would be the proper answer for this. *winks*
Dogs or Cats Big dogs.
Singing or playing the piano Piano
Dancing or Riding Dancing
Wallflowers or Belle of the Ball Wallflowers *chuckles*
Alpha or Beta Alpha
Virgin widow or Secret baby Secret baby
19th or 21st century 19th
Heir or Spare Spare
Love or Duty As love is my duty I see no difference now.

Jamie & Kati: Thanks Perry for spending time with us. *looks sheepish* Oh, and the readers. We can’t wait to see you in two weeks when we interview your lady love :)

Perry: Have a good day ladies. *grins*

SUBMISSION: The Rake and the Recluse 
A woman out of time.
A man stifled by propriety.
A nemesis determined to take her away.
A brother to the rescue.

How will a powerful Duke deal with a woman who doesn't know her place? How will a woman used to the 21st century survive in time where she is considered property?

THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE Part Five Perry leaves Roxleigh House without a backward glance only to be tossed headlong into one of the most difficult trials of his life. How will he protect the very thing he is dedicated to pursuing? How will a man dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure survive a woman who refuses to relent, when he knows he cannot have her.

Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century. She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn’t quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to another horrid little man, determined to ruin her, and any other girls that get in his way.
How does she find herself in the past, when she couldn’t even find herself in her present? How does a self sufficient businesswoman survive in a time when women were still considered property for the whole of their lives and what is she going to do with this man who draws her to him so fiercely.
Okay all you wonderful people, Jenn is giving away the FULL SERIAL NOVEL to one(1) lucky reader. As each installment releases, the lucky winner will get a copy for their e-reader. Here's how to get you hands on this one of a kind illustrated novel:
  • Leave a comment for Jenn about illustrated novels, rakes (the sexy kind, not the garden tool), or any question you would like for her to answer.
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form below.
If you follow Jenn's tour here, you'll get a chance at the GRAND PRIZE: a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet (in the form of a giftcard so you can get your own). You can find the giveaway rules here.

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