Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fallen Women Week: Interview with Anna Campbell + Giveaway (International)

The lovely Anna Campbell is helping us kick off Fallen Women Week co-hosted by Aislynn of Stitch-Read-Cook. Anna is an award winning author who writes headstrong heroines, delicious rakish heroes and stay up all night reads. We're so glad to have Anna here today.


Meet Anna:
ANNA CAMPBELL has written six multi award-winning historical romances for Avon HarperCollins and her work is published in eleven languages. Anna has won numerous awards for her Regency-set romances including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill (three times), the Heart of Excellence, the Aspen Gold (twice) and the Australian Romance Readers Association's favorite historical romance (four times). In 2012, Anna begins an exciting new publishing venture with Grand Central Publishing. She launches her first series, "Sons of Sin", with SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE'S BED in October 2012.

Connect with Anna: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter | Romance Bandits

Jamie and Kati: Hi Anna! Welcome to Fallen Women Week at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance.
Anna Campbell: Hi Kati and Jamie! Thanks for having me as your guest today.

J&K: What is a typical “day” in your writing life?
AC: You know, one of the things I love about this gig is that most days are different. If I’m close to a deadline, I’m writing like there’s no tomorrow. If a book’s just come out, I’m talking to readers and bloggers like there’s no tomorrow. I nearly always start very early by checking my emails and social media pages and then I settle down to work.

J&K: What can’t you live without when you’re writing?
AC: I’m a tea fiend. I pretty much have a cup of milky hot tea at my elbow all day when I’m working.

J&K: What inspired you to write about a “fallen woman”?
AC: What an interesting question. I think a couple of things inspired me to write about Verity/Soraya in Claiming the Courtesan and Olivia in Tempt the Devil. When I got the idea for CTC, I was living near Kings Cross, Sydney’s red light district, and walking past the working girls every day on my way to work. I also kept thinking about women in the Regency – it wasn’t easy to make it as a woman on her own and beauty could be a disadvantage for a lower class female in a society packed with predatory males. Those two ideas, working girls and female employment prospects in the Regency, stewed away in the back of my mind and Claiming the Courtesan was the result.

J&K: What are the characteristics of a hero would you want for your “fallen woman”?
AC: He’d have to love her a lot if he married a courtesan in the Regency. Marrying a fallen woman would affect not just the hero but his whole family. He’d need to believe that what his marriage cost him was worth it – and he’d need to keep believing that! Neither of my courtesan heroines become part of mainstream aristocratic society, even when they marry their heroes. Verity and Kylemore retire to the Highlands and Olivia and Erith make a life together raising horses in France.

J&K:If your book were to have a theme song, what would it be?
AC: Ooh, great question. I had a theme song for Midnight’s Wild Passion (Undisclosed Desires by Muse) but not for the other two. Maybe Can’t Take My Eyes Off You for Claiming the Courtesan and Where Do You Go to, My Lovely? for Tempt the Devil.

J&K: What are you writing at the moment? Can you give us a sneak peek into your current WIP?
AC: I’m currently putting the finishing touches to book 2 of the Sons of Sin series, A Rake’s Midnight Kiss. The hero’s a Scarlet Pimpernel type and the heroine definitely isn’t a fallen woman (at least at the start of the story, LOL!).

Quick either/or:
  1. Alpha or Beta? Alpha
  2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Belle of the Ball
  3. Debutante or Spinster? Spinster
  4. Virgin widow or Secret baby? Virgin widow.
  5. Titled peer or Working man? Titled peer.
  6. Love at first sight or Second chances? Love at first sight.
  7. Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Naval officer.
  8. Vampires or Shifters? Vampires.
  9. Past, Present or Future? Past (I write historicals!)
  10. Writing or Reading? Reading
  11. Paperbacks or e-books? Paperbacks
  12. Plotter or Pantser? Pantser
  13. Author’s choice: You get to ask a question for the readers to answer. 
    I love the theme song question so I wonder if you’d tell me what you’d choose as the theme song of your favorite romance. One commenter will win a signed copy of my latest release, Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed. Giveaway is international!
J&K: Thanks Anna for stopping by!
AC: Thanks for having me as your guest. Great questions!


Genre: Historical
Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Forever (September 25, 2012)

Will a week of seduction...
Desperate to save her sister's life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate: Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic-even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.

...Spark a lifetime of passionate surrender?
Ruthless loner Jonas knows exactly who he is. Should he forget, even for a moment, the curse he bears, a mere glance in the mirror serves as an agonizing reminder. So when the lovely Sidonie turns up on his doorstep, her seduction is an even more delicious prospect than he originally planned. But the hardened outcast is soon moved by her innocent beauty, sharp wit, and surprising courage. Now as dangerous enemies gather at the gate to destroy them, can their new, fragile love survive?
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You heard the lady! Anna is giving away a copy of her latest release, SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE'S BED to one(1) lucky reader and the giveaway is international. How awesome is that?! Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment answering Anna's question: I love the theme song question so I wonder if you’d tell me what you’d choose as the theme song of your favorite romance.
  • ***Update: Anna will be choosing the winner so make sure you leave your email address ninja style (yourname at gmail dot com). For those of you who filled out the rafflecopter form and Anna chooses you, we'll forward your email address if you didn't leave it in the comments***

***Maggie Robinson is hanging out at Aislynn's blog. Stop by for a fun interview and giveaway***

A huge thanks to Anna for stopping by and for donating a copy of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE'S BED.

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