Friday, May 4, 2012

Interview + Giveaway with Cerise DeLand

Cerise Deland has been on the blog before sharing tips on successful series plotting. Today, she is answering some questions as well as giving away a copy of her sexy, erotic historical: LADY VARNEY'S RISQUE BUSINESS. 


Meet Cerise:
What’s a gal to do if she hails from the East Coast, lives deep in the heart of Texas, travels often everywhere, and adores Paris, Florence, London, Tokyo and all points east and west?
She becomes an author who can write about those romantic places. And if your sweet tooth craves spies, pirates, bodyguards and gutsy women of today and yesteryears of medieval and Regency England, then she is the author you crave for smoldering erotic encounters and delicious love affairs!
Her name? Cerise DeLand.
What’s more is that Cerise is the award-winning author of 18 print novels of mystery, mainstream and romance with St. Martin’s Press, Pocket Books and Kensington. Her books have been among the Top 30 Best Sellers at Amazon and on every book club list you can name, including Featured Selections of The Mystery Guild, Doubleday and Rhapsody. And when she isn’t dreaming up fiction? Cerise also writes non-fiction.
Busy lady. Happy writer.
Find her books at Ellora’s Cave, Resplendence Publishing, Wild Rose Press and Total-E-Bound!

Connect with Cerise: Author Site | Blog

Welcome back to the blog Cerise. Thanks for hanging out.

Jamie & Kati: Who is Cerise DeLand? (author, traveler, Texan...)
Cerise DeLand:
WAVING HELLO to all readers who adore rakes!
I am a big fan myself.
Who tops my list? Darcy. As portrayed by Colin Firth, of course. Dreamy and delicious. The more dangerous sort we read about in today’s Regency period novels are to my taste as well. But how did I acquire such tastes?
Like many of you, I read voraciously as a child. Without siblings, I filled my days with the conversations of those who lived on the printed page. I loved historicals of all types and I do believe I drove my mother mad, bringing home novels a little too “old” and little too “risqué”. But I tried to keep them away from her sight. Tough to do!
The books I read, of course, whetted my appetite to travel. Wherever my folks did take me, I absorbed the area, the history, the food, the characteristics of the people. Not until I was a senior in college did I go to Europe. And that trip, my Grand Tour, was the most whirlwind exciting panorama of major cities.
Marriage soon followed and so did my husband’s stint in the Army. This took us to Japan where we lived for two years. Since then, I have had the opportunity to do much travel and at the leisurely pace my spouse and I love. These trips give me great fodder for my novels and I love offering my readers the Real Deal of description. (That devotion to detail comes from my years as a freelance journalist, and communications exec for a national corporation and a lobbying group.) When we moved to Texas, we also discovered a “new country.” Cowboys and ranchers were a new breed of cat for me. And they are just as mouth-watering as Regency rakes, I must say.
So too is Mexico! The Hispanic culture and the vaquero are exciting additions to my repetoire of backgrounds for new story ideas.
And what do I do when I am not traveling or writing?
I am a very good cook and I do grow my own herbs. Vegetables? Not at all! Why? The Texas soil is almost non-existent. Growing any thing here is worse than pulling teeth!
I stick to what gives me pleasure. My own writing, reading others’ great books, movies and my family and friends!

J&K: Tell us a little bit about LADY VARNEY’S RISQUE BUSINESS [no copying blurb]
I chuckle when I think of Lady Varney and her beau. Poor dear, she was forced to marry someone other than the man she loved. But now a widow, she is confronted by none other than the man she thought was an honorable sort. Turns out, he really is a good fellow, but wants to convince her readily that they are destined to be together.
What better way to do that than to hire her and beat her at her own game?

J&K: Plotter or pantser?
Having written more than 50 novels for print and digital for many years, I come up with ideas that are concepts. Sometimes—the best times—these ideas come as titles to books. LADY VARNEY came to me that way.
Next challenge? What was her business? What made it risqué? Why did she have to do this?
Finally, who was the man who would make the business even more risqué for her?
All fun questions to answer, these led me to the story that readers write to me about.

J&K: What made you decide to write erotic romance?
Frankly, I have had so many editors over the years tell me to tone down my love scenes. Too erotic! Too explicit! When erotica became a genre that many sought and when new publishers began to put it out there with ease and profit, I thought I would try my hand. That was 3 years ago! And here I am, still writing in traditional romance style and doing erotica as well!
I love my work!

J&K: Do you have any writing rituals?
Yep. I sit my fanny in the chair, rain or shine, snow or hail, four to eight hours a day, five days a week. Occasionally, on Saturdays. Never on Sundays. The weekend no-no is a promise I made to my spouse long ago. If I hadn’t, I would work all the time. Not good.
The work flows better when I have perspective. It also flows better if I take time to exercise.
Go to the gym and do weights, hip hop class! (Yes, hip hop!) Even a 20 minute walk clears my head. I may not LIKE the idea of the walk before I go, but once out there, I am glad I did.

J&K: What can readers expect from you next?
I am working on an erotic romance starring the legendary Josephine and Napoleon. This love affair that became a dynamic union, I think, deserves a look at the two of them in their bedroom.
But I also finish the third in my medieval series, SWORDS OF PASSION for Total-E-bound. This book, BY HER COMMAND, stars one of the three friends who were knights of King Richard. I love working in the period of hateful King John as much as I do the Regency!

J&K: Authors choice.
Give the first names of the three brothers, one half-sister and bastard brother who are the stars of THE STANHOPE CHALLENGE series. Find the answers here: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4

Lady Kitty Varney runs a discreet, but risque matchmaking business to support herself and pay off her late husband’s debts. When Viscount Justin Belmont appears in her parlor, Kitty’s latest client is the very man she was forbidden to marry years ago. Kitty wonders if she can find Justin a woman worthy of him…and if she can bear to match him to another.

But when Justin lists his own criteria for a wife, Kitty is among the few candidates suitable. And he demands each candidate spend one night of bliss with him in his love nest.

Can Kitty deny herself the opportunity to enjoy the charms of the man she’s never forgotten? Lady Varney’s risque business might be her saving grace—but it may well become her undoing.
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Cerise is giving away an ebook copy of Lady Varney's Risque Business to one(1) lucky reader. Here's how to enter:

  • Leave a comment answering Cerise's question: Give the first names of the three brothers, one half-sister and bastard brother who are the stars of THE STANHOPE CHALLENGE series. Find the answers here: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4
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A huge thank you to Cerise for hanging at the blog and for providing the giveaway copy.

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