Friday, October 12, 2012

Fallen Women Week: Interview with Sabrina Darby + Giveaway(US)

Sabrina Darby took the romance world by storm with THE SHORT AND FASCINATING TALE OF ANGELINA WHITCOMBE, a story of a wounded war hero and a fallen woman. How totally appropriate for our celebration :)


Meet Sabrina:
Sabrina Darby has been reading romance since the age of seven and learned her best vocabulary (dulcet, diaphanous, and turgid) from them. She started writing romance the day after her wedding when she woke up with an idea for a Regency; she’s been back in the early 19th century ever since.

She currently resides in California with her husband and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

Connect with Sabrina: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter

Jamie and Kati: Hi Sabrina! Welcome to Fallen Women Week at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance.

J&K: What inspired you to write about a “fallen woman”?
Sabrina Darby:
I’ve been fascinated by mistresses and courtesans since high school. I don’t know if my obsession stems from watching La Traviata or the film musical Gigi, from reading about Henry VIII many mistresses and wives or Napoleon’s lovers, or from reading romance books. I do remember reading Emile Zola’s Nana and loving the description of the title characters rounded shoulders. It just created this incredibly voluptuous image for me and I had the sense that, despite the legal inequality between the genders existing in most countries over the course of history, “fallen women” had incredible power.

J&K: If you could trade places with any fallen woman (real or fictional) who would it be and why?
This is a hard one! I suppose I’d have to say Rachel, the Jewish actress of the 19th century Romantic Movement who became the mistress to Napoleon’s son. Although I’d prefer not to die of tuberculosis.

J&K: If you were stranded on an island, what 5 books would you take with you?
I’m going for fiction books here even though I feel I should be clever and say Living on a Deserted Island for Dummies.

Illusion by Paula Volsky, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg, Evelina by Frances Burney, The American Woman in the Chinese Hat by Carole Maso, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.

J&K: What book is at the top of your TBR pile?
Hmm. I am currently reading The Most Powerful Idea in the World by William Rosen, but next up in romance is Kate Noble’s newest book, If I Fall.

J&K: Which 5 authors (dead or alive) would you invite to dinner?
I’m going to go for people I’ve never met since I know some wonderful authors with whom I love having dinner! Carole Maso, Shakespeare (Just to figure out if he really did write everything attributed to him), Hemingway, Candice Bushnell, and Josephus.

J&K: Who is your ‘book boyfriend’ and why?
I don’t think I have a book boyfriend. When I’m engaged in reading a book, I love the hero for the heroine’s sake, but I like them all within the context of the story. However, there is one hero in an as yet unpublished story that my friend has written that I think comes close. The hero is a choreographer and is very sexy when dancing with the heroine.

Quick either/or:
1. Alpha or Beta? Alpha
2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Belle of the Ball
3. Debutante or Spinster? Debutante
4. Virgin widow or Secret baby? Secret Baby
5. Titled peer or Working man? Working Titled Peer ;-)
6. Love at first sight or Second chances? Second chances
7. Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Naval officer
8. Vampires or Shifters? Vampires
9. Past, Present or Future? Um…
10. Writing or Reading? Reading
11. Paperbacks or e-books? Paperbacks
12. Plotter or Pantser? Plotster
13. Author’s choice: I’ve always loved multidimensional characters and most well drawn villains are ambitious and intense. The flip side of this frequently makes a wonderful hero for the right heroine. Who is your favorite redeemed villain?

J&K: Thanks Sabrina for sharing with us!



Genre: Historical
Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Avon Impulse (July 31, 2009)

A beautiful young woman—preferably one with no connections, who won’t ask too many questions—to spend two weeks in the North of England with an obstinate, aloof, and utterly handsome man.

Must love dogs, fixing up crumbling castles, and gorgeous and complicated war heroes who may or may not be hiding hearts of gold under their gruff exteriors.

Must not, under any circumstances, fall in love . . .

Simpering misses need not apply.

Get Your Own Copy: Amazon(pb) | Kindle | B&N(pb) | Nook | Sony | iTunes

Sabrina is giving away a print or digital copy of THE SHORT AND FASCINATING TALE OF ANGELINA WHITCOMBE to one(1) lucky reader. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment answering Sabrina's question: Who is your favorite redeemed villain?
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***Ann Lethbridge is hanging out at Aislynn's blog. Stop by for a fun interview and giveaway***

A huge thanks to Sabrina for stopping by and donating a copy of THE SHORT AND FASCINATING TALE OF ANGELINA WHITCOMBE.
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