Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December Joyathon: Interview with Anne Barton + Giveaway (US)


Kati met Anne Barton at RWA in Anaheim this past summer. She is a lovely lady whose debut book, WHEN SHE WAS WICKED, releases at the beginning of 2013. A quoter of Jane Austen and a Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance winner, Anne is on the rise in the romance world.

WELCOME TO THE BLOG ANNE!!!

Meet Anne:
Anne lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses are reality TV, cute-but-impractical shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

You can find her at www.annebarton.com and on Facebook and Twitter.









Jamie and Kati: Hi Anne! Welcome to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance! Thanks for celebrating our 2nd Annual December Joyathon with us :)

J&K: Who is Anne Barton during the holidays? (author, gift giver, last minute shopper, baker)
Anne Barton:
Hostess, decorator, pretend baker. (Baking’s not my thing, but give me a cute reindeer apron, and I’m all in.)

J&K: What holiday movie is more likely to be playing in your house: Elf, A Christmas Story, or Diehard?
AB:
A Christmas Story! Who could resist Ralphie in his bunny pajamas?
photo credit: Amazon
J&K: Which one of your characters would you want to spend the holidays with?
AB:
Olivia Sherbourne—she’s a secondary character in my debut novel, always full of cheer and mischief. She’d know where to find the egg nog, the mistletoe, and the hot dukes.

J&K: What’s the one holiday book everyone should read?
AB:
The Polar Express. Magical and moving.
photo credit: Amazon
J&K: What’s your favorite thing about the holiday season?
AB:
I love the way everything sparkles and how the house feels so cozy, filled with family and friends.

J&K: Which 5 authors (dead or alive) would you invite for a holiday feast?
AB:
Jane Austen, of course! The other four guests would be my friends (and fellow Regency authors) Valerie Bowman, Erin Knightley, Ashlyn Macnamara, and Sara Ramsey, because um, if they knew I had Jane Austen over and didn’t invite them, they’d never let me hear the end of it!

J&K: What are you excited about for 2013?
AB: The Les Miserables movie, which opens on Christmas Day, and Season 3 of Downtown Abbey, starting Jan. 6. Also, I can’t wait for my first ever book launch party in early February.

Quick questions:
Real tree or fake tree? Real, with colored lights and tacky/homemade ornaments on every branch.
Specific gifts or gift cards? Gifts—I love to wrap presents!
Fruit cake or gingerbread? Gingerbread with extra whipped cream, please!
Just enough decorations or “every tree lighted, blow up snowglobe, snow man in the yard” decorations? You can never have too many decorations!
Home for the holidays or visiting relatives? A little of both.
Gifts under the tree throughout the month or Santa delivering all on Christmas Eve? Under the tree, no shaking allowed! :)
Author’s choice: Here’s a question for you: What edible holiday treat do you look forward to most? Give us the mouth-watering details, please!

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WHEN SHE WAS WICKED:
SOME RULES SIMPLY BEG TO BE BROKEN

A dressmaker in London’s busiest shop, Miss Anabelle Honeycote overhears the ton’s steamiest secrets—and (occasionally) uses them to her advantage. It isn’t something she’s proud of, but the reluctant blackmailer needs the money to care for her gravely ill mother. To make up for her misdeeds, Anabelle keeps to a firm set of rules:
  • Never request payment from someone who cannot afford it.
  • Never reveal the secrets of a paying client.
  • Never enter into any form of social interaction with a client.
Her list keeps her (somewhat) honest—until she encounters Owen Sherbourne, the Duke of Huntford. Not only does Owen nip Anabelle’s extortion plans in the bud, the devilishly handsome Duke soon has the sexy seamstress dreaming of more than silks and satins. With Owen, Anabelle enjoys pleasures she never imagined. . . until a scandal from the past resurfaces. Now her rules could mean his family’s ruin. Owen’s searing kisses carry the promise of passion, but how will he react when Anabelle’s most devastating secret is finally revealed?
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One(1) commenter will receive an advanced reading copy of Anne’s debut novel, WHEN SHE WAS WICKED (US only). Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment for Anne answering her question: What edible holiday treat do you look forward to most? Give us the mouth-watering details, please!
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form below. You must leave a comment. All other entries are optional.
***Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our December Joyathon authors. Lots of giveaways. Also, enter your name in for the grand prize.***

A huge thank you to Anne for celebrating with us and for donating the giveaway books.

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