Thursday, November 8, 2012

Interview with Susanna Fraser + Giveaway (International)

Susanna Fraser is currently on tour for her latest release, AN INFAMOUS MARRIAGE and we have the pleasure of hosting her on the blog today. Let's give Susanna a warm welcome and get to know her and her book a bit.


Meet Susanna:
Susanna Fraser wrote her first novel in fourth grade. It starred a family of talking horses who ruled a magical land. In high school she started, but never finished, a succession of tales of girls who were just like her, only with long, naturally curly and often unusually colored hair, who, perhaps because of the hair, had much greater success with boys than she ever did.

Along the way she read her hometown library’s entire collection of Regency romance, fell in love with the works of Jane Austen, and discovered in Patrick O’Brian’s and Bernard Cornwell’s novels another side of the opening decades of the 19th century. When she started to write again as an adult, she knew exactly where she wanted to set her books. Her writing has come a long way from her youthful efforts, but she still tends to give her heroines great hair.

Susanna lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter. When not writing or reading, she goes to baseball games, watches Chopped, Castle, and The Legend of Korra, and cooks her way through an ever-growing cookbook collection.

Connect with Susanna: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter

Jamie and Kati: Who is Susanna Fraser?
Susanna Fraser: I’m a Southerner by birth, now living in the opposite corner of the country--in Seattle, to be precise. By day I work in academic research administration, by night and weekend I write, read, cook, and in the appropriate seasons watch college football and go to Mariners games. I’m 100% history geek and something of a science fiction and fantasy geek, too.

J&K: What is AN INFAMOUS MARRIAGE ABOUT? {no copying blurb :)}
SF: It’s about a proud man taught humility by the right woman and a humble woman who grows into pride and self-respect, helped by love and encouragement from the right man.

J&K: What makes Jack and Elizabeth perfect for each other?
SF: It takes them a while to realize it, but they’re kindred spirits, united in a kind of wanderlust and hunger for adventure they never outgrow. For them, home becomes their relationship rather than a place.

J&K: Do you have any writing rituals?
SF: When I start a new manuscript, I always buy a notebook for brainstorming, research notes, and longhand drafting in case I get spare time to write while traveling, since I find a netbook keyboard uncomfortable for extended typing. I choose a plain spiral-bound notebook, but the cover has to match whatever color I primarily associate with the characters and their story. For An Infamous Marriage my notebook was red.

J&K: What’s the one romance book everyone should read?
SF: Wow, that’s a tough question, especially since I’m determined to avoid the obvious choice of Pride and Prejudice. :-) Hm, while reader tastes are so varied that I don’t think any one book is going to work for everyone--not even P&P!--if I had to recommend a romance without knowing anything about the person reading it, I’d probably give them Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible. I love the unusual setting, the brainy heroine, and the bantering chemistry she has with the delightful hero.

J&K: If your book had a theme song, what would it be?
SF: “One Week,” by the Barenaked Ladies.

J&K: What can readers expect from you next?
SF: I just sold a novella to Carina whose release date and title are still TBD, but it’s an interracial romance set in Wellington’s army in Spain in 1813 with a black British soldier for a hero.

J&K: Author’s choice.
SF: I’ll flip question 5 back around to the readers--what one romance book would YOU recommend everyone read?

I’ll be giving one copy of An Infamous Marriage to a commenter on this post in your choice of e-book format, and at the end of the tour I'll be giving away a grand prize of a $50 gift certificate to their choice of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Powell's Books to one commenter on the tour as a whole. You get one entry per blog tour stop you comment upon, so check out my blog for the whole schedule! If you wish to be entered in the drawing, include your email address formatted as yourname AT yourhost DOT com.


Genre: Historical
Length: 218 pages
Publisher: Carina Press (November 5, 2012)

Northumberland, 1815

At long last, Britain is at peace, and General Jack Armstrong is coming home to the wife he barely knows. Wed for mutual convenience, their union unconsummated, the couple has exchanged only cold, dutiful letters. With no more wars to fight, Jack is ready to attempt a peace treaty of his own.

Elizabeth Armstrong is on the warpath. She never expected fidelity from the husband she knew for only a week, but his scandalous exploits have made her the object of pity for years. Now that he's back, she has no intention of sharing her bed with him—or providing him with an heir—unless he can earn her forgiveness. No matter what feelings he ignites within her…

Jack is not expecting a spirited, confident woman in place of the meek girl he left behind. As his desire intensifies, he wants much more than a marriage in name only. But winning his wife's love may be the greatest battle he's faced yet.
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Susanna is giving one(1) copy of An Infamous Marriage to a commenter on this post in your choice of e-book format. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment answering Susanna's question: what one romance book would YOU recommend everyone read?
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  • Don't forget to follow Susanna's blog tour to be entered for the $50 giftcard to the bookstore of your choice (Amazon, B&N or Powell's). Leave your email addy ninja style (yourname at yourhost dot com) to be entered for this giveaway.
A huge thank you to Susanna for sharing her latest release with us.

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