Saturday, November 24, 2012

Studio Smexy™ Saturdays: Interview with Tessa Dare + Giveaway (International)

A note from Jenn: I love Tessa Dare. She is such a talented author, her books are lyrical and emotional and funny and wonderful. I met her last summer at RWA in Anaheim, and she is just as lovely in person as she is on the interwebs. I was lucky enough to run into her after the Rita's where she won best Regency Historical for A Night To Surrender. She was just stunning holding her RITA and her shoes as she and Mr. Dare made their way back to their room, most likely to pass out cold from exhaustion.
These covers with Avon came as a complete surprise to me, how they came about was two parts miracle, three parts luck, and one part fairy dust and I will forever be grateful for that fairy. It was a wild couple weeks and the result is this PIIINK cover...

For Tessa FREAKING Dare!!!! :)

Jamie and Kati:Welcome to Studio Smexy Saturdays at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance!

J&K: Tell us 5 fun facts about yourself.
Tessa Dare:
  1. I’m a librarian! (Yes, that counts as a fun fact!)
  2. I live in a house built in 1922, and I don’t have a dishwasher (that’s an un-fun fact)
  3. I love playing little casual games on my iPhone. Ironically, I particularly enjoy games that involve serving food and clearing dishes, when I couldn’t be less enthused about those activities in real life.
  4. My favorite bands are mostly alternative rock. I was so proud last week when I let my young daughter choose the radio station, and she picked Linkin Park over One Direction.
  5. I’m probably most well-known for a couple of book videos I made using toys in my children’s room. Sometimes I get more mail and comments about the videos than my books! This worries me slightly.
J&K: What book(s) feature a Studio Smexy photograph on the cover?
TD: The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright, coming from Avon Impulse on December 11, 2013. I couldn't be more thrilled that they purchased photos from Jenn for my novella!
J&K: How well does the cover illustrate your vision of the hero/heroine? Of the story?
TD: Oh, it’s perfect. Aside from the surface characteristics (Eliza is young, pretty, and blonde; Harry is the handsome rogue), I adore their pose. In the early parts of the story, Harry is the sensual pursuer—and he’s always getting the better of Eliza. But romance readers all know who comes out on top the end—it’s the heroine, right? As the years go by, Eliza learns how to wrap that scandalous rake around her finger. Together, they triumph over prejudice and circumstance to earn their happy ending.

J&K: What elements do you like to see on a book cover? (hero, heroine, landscape...)
TD: I love couples and clinches. I always have! Especially if they illustrate a playful, flirty dynamic between the hero and heroine. The cover starts telling the story before the reader even turns the first page.

J&K: Describe your cover in one word (smexy or sexy doesn’t count)
TD: Fantabgorgeulous! What, that’s not a word? Okay, how about… PINK.

J&K: What can readers expect from you next?
TD: I have two more stories coming in the Spindle Cove series. Sometime in the spring, readers can look forward to Diana Highwood’s story as a digital-first novella (title TBA), and then in June 2013, look for ANY DUCHESS WILL DO. Check my website for all the latest news!

The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright:
Genre: Historical
Length: novella
Publisher: Avon Impulse (December 11, 2012)

When a girl meets a rake...

Miss Eliza Cade is a lady in waiting. And waiting. Because of a foolish mistake in her youth, she's not allowed "out" in Society until her three older sisters are wed. But while she's trying to be good, she keeps bumping elbows--and more distressingly, lips--with notorious rake Harry Wright. Every moment she spends with him, she risks complete ruin. The sensual passions he stirs in her are so wrong...but Eliza just can't resist Mr. Wright.
Pre-Order A Copy: Kindle | Nook | iBooks
Book Extras: Read an Excerpt
Connect with Tessa: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter

We're such fans of this fabulous lady and Kati may have gone overboard with the extra copies from RWA of Tessa's A NIGHT TO SURRENDER (what?! they looked lonely on that swag table...) so we're giving a copy away to one(1) lucky reader. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment for Tessa asking a question, sharing your favorite novellas or anything historical related.
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form below. You must leave a comment. All other entries are optional.
A huge thanks to Tessa for stopping by and always to Jenn, Rockstar.

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