Thursday, November 1, 2012

VBT: Interview with Bronwen Evans + Giveaway (International)

Bronwen Evans is embarking on a tour for her latest release, TO CHALLENGE THE EARL OF CRAVENWOOD, and we are helping her kick it off. She was last here promoting her Kensington published book INVITATION TO SCANDAL but today she is sharing the third book in her self-pubbed Wicked Wagers trilogy.

WELCOME BACK TO THE BLOG BRONWEN!!!

Meet Bronwen:

New Zealander Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theatre. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer?

She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon 2012 Readers Crown Best Historical and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield was a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012. Look out for her first Entangled Publishing Indulgence release late 2012, The Italian Conte’s Reluctant Bride.

Bronwen loves hearing from avid romance readers at romance@bronwenevans.com
You can keep up with Bronwen’s news by visiting her website www.bronwenevans.com

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Jamie and Kati: Hi Bronwen! Welcome to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance. Congrats on your recent release.
Bronwen Evans: Waving at you from New Zealand, Jamie and Kati. Thanks for having me pop by…

J&K: Who is Bronwen Evans?
BE: I’m a Kiwi girl who’s mad about telling stories, particularly romance stories set in my favorite period, Regency, England (early 1800’s). I’m a twin and the eldest in the family. My twin-sister Leigh is my biggest fan, but I also have three younger sisters. No brothers. Boo hoo – I always thought it would be nice to have an older brother so I could meet all his friends!

I write both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. My debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon 2012 Readers Crown Best Historical and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, (book one in the Wicked Wagers Trilogy) was a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review 2012 Indie Romance Book of the Year. Look out for my first Entangled Publishing Indulgence release late 2012, The Italian Conte’s Reluctant Bride.

J&K: What is To Challenge the Earl of Cravenswood about? [no copying blurb :)]
BE: A rake looking for his soul-mate and a woman who'll only ever marry for love. You'd think they were made for each other. But an interfering best-friend, a lost earring and a devious challenge, see our lovers at cross purposes. Only when scandal threatens is the truth of their hearts revealed...

J&K: Can you give us a little back-story of Wicked Wagers trilogy?
BE: Most of us can to relate to a wager or a dare. How many of us have played truth or dare when we were younger? Sometimes it could be great fun, and I thought it would be an interesting concept to have three unrepentant rakes meet their match with three outstandingly strong heroines, and have to face a dare of some kind. The Wicked Wagers series was born. To dare, to wager, and the latest—to challenge.

J&K: What is it that makes your hero and heroine perfect for each other?
BE: You meet Amy Shipton in book two of the series and I can’t tell you how many emails I had from readers who hoped Amy would get her own HEA. Thank goodness, because that is what I planned for this book. Amy is one of those women who, if you met her, would become your best-friend. She’s just plan nice. Loyal, she sticks up for those less fortunate than herself and has a wonderful joy of life. All she wants is to find a man who might come to love her and only her. Her father kept a mistress and spends more time with his ‘other’ family. She doesn’t want a marriage like that.

Henry’s childhood was very similar. His parents had an arranged marriage; the family was cold and distant. He wants more for himself and his children. It just takes a while for him to realize that the girl-next-door, Amy Shipton, is the woman he’s been looking for all his life. It doesn’t help that his friends play a little game with him…

J&K: If your book were to be optioned as a movie, who would you cast as your hero and
heroine?
BE: Nice question – I’d love someone to make a film of my book/s. Henry would definitely be played by Philip Winchester, Leontes in Camelot (in Regency historical romances the men are always a bit older). I think he’s so sexy. Amy would be played by Nina Dobrev from The Vampire Diaries. Sassy, strong and gorgeous. Can you see them together?

photo credit: wikipedia

J&K: What’s the one romance book everyone should read?
BE: That one is easy. Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens. To me this is still a classic, and beautifully written, Regency romance.

J&K: What are you writing at the moment? Can you give us a sneak peek into your current WIP?
BE: I’m writing the third book in my Invitation to Romance series, Invitation to Passion, due out April 2013. This is Richard Craven’s story. He’s the twin brother of Anthony Craven, the hero in Invitation to Ruin, my RomCon Readers Crown winning book. I pair him up with Rufus Knight’s sister Madeline. Rufus is the hero in book two of this series, Invitation to Scandal. Here’s a wee taste of the beginning of this story where Madeline is trying to save Richard from Lord Wrentham. Wrentham thinks Richard is having an affair with his wife.

No sooner had Richard walked back to stand at Maddy’s side, than the door crashed open. Lord Wrentham stood in the doorway, a towering mass of wrath.

Richard, his clothes now in disarray, moved to stand in front of Madeline, shielding her from Wrentham’s view.

“Get your hands off my wife.” Charles’s bellow shook the room. The music in the ballroom was all that saved them from having the entire household hear his allegation.

Wrentham wasn’t stupid. Maddy knew she would have to play the part of Richard’s paramour if this rouse was to be believed.

Madeline reached around Richard’s body and ran her hand over Richard’s skin, tingling as she found his bare chest. She pulled her gown off her shoulders, exposing more of her bosom than was decent.

However, she had not expected the feminine gasp that accompanied her maneuver. Her sister-in-law was with Lord Wrentham. She peered around Richard’s wide shoulders and tried to catch Rheda’s eye.

“Richard, how could you. Rufus will kill you.” Rheda’s anguished cry saw Maddy drop her hand from Richard’s heated skin.

There was no point hiding. Maddy stepped out from behind Richard, but she couldn’t explain the situation without putting Richard’s life in danger.

“Not content to bed other men’s wives, it appears you’ve lowered yourself further. Have you no honor? Now you’ve taken to bedding your friend’s sister.” Lord Wrentham turned to Rheda. “I apologies for exposing Mr. Craven’s salaciousness. I’d love to stay and watch your husband kill him, but I need to find my wife.”

Maddy put her hand on Richard’s back willing him to hold his tongue. She could feel the muscles beneath knot with fury.

Just when she’d thought the situation couldn’t get worse, she heard a voice that made her senses scream flee.

“Rheda, Lord Wrentham, what are you doing in the library?”

Rufus.

Maddy took a step back. She watched Rufus understand the scene in front of him and in dismay saw his face turn purple with rage.

“Maddy,” he yelled and everything that followed became a blur.

She heard Rheda scream, “Rufus no,” and Richard put his hands out and state, “Let me explain.”

Her brother did not wait for any explanation. He let out a string of curses before he launched himself on Richard, tackling him to the ground and nearly knocking Maddy off her feet.

“I’ll kill you, you bastard.”

Wrentham laughed and added, “If you do, I’ll owe you my thanks,” before turning and walking back toward the ballroom.

Rheda looked at Maddy over the men slugging it out on the floor, and shook her head. “I’ll get Anthony.” And she too dashed off, leaving Maddy facing a woman standing in the doorway. A very grim and disapproving Lady Horsham, the absolute ruler of the ton.

Can you see the trouble Madeline is now in?

Excerpt from Invitation to Passion ©2013 by Bronwen Evans. All rights reserved.

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Lighting Round:
1. Alpha or Beta? Definitely Alpha
2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Belle of the Ball
3. Debutante or Spinster? Either actually
4. Virgin widow or Secret baby? That’s tough but Virgin Widow just wins
5. Titled peer or Working man? Tilted peer – I love the power they can weld and see it muted by love
6. Love at first sight or Second chances? Second chances
7. Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Swashbuckling pirate
8. City or country? Country
9. Past, Present or Future? Past
10. Writing or Reading? Writing – my head needs to be emptied before I can read
11. Paperbacks or e-books? E-books as I can read without my glasses
12. Plotter or Pantser? Plotter
13. Author’s choice: If you could pair up any hero and heroine from different books, who would it be and why?

J&K: Thanks Bronwen for stopping by!


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TO CHALLENGE THE EARL OF CRAVENSWOOD:
Genre: Historical
Length: 151 pages
Publisher: Evans Family Trust (October 17, 2012)

To live happily ever after...

Henry St. Giles, the Earl of Cravenswood, longs to find his soul mate. Now that his two best friends, both reformed rakes, are happily married, the need becomes an obsession. When they challenge him to find a wife by the end of the season or marry his neighbor, the innocently alluring Lady Amy Shipton, he can’t believe his luck. He wins, either way. But a darkened garden, a case of mistaken identity, a drunken kiss, and a dropped emerald earring, leads Henry on a Cinderella hunt. He knows the woman he held in his arms could be the one he's searched for all his life. He just has to find her.

Lady Amy Shipton is determined to marry for love instead of sharing her husband like her mother did. So why did she let her handsome neighbor and romantic fantasy, the Sinful Saint as he's called for his bedroom prowess, seduce her in his garden? And what can she do when in the middle of their passionate encounter; he whispers another woman's name. Now Henry is hunting the owner of the earring Amy left behind, and she's determined to retrieve it before her identity is revealed. She's not about to give her father the ammunition he desperately wants to force her down the aisle.
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  • Leave a comment answering Bronwen's question: If you could pair up any hero and heroine from different books, who would it be and why?
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