Monday, December 24, 2012

December Joyathon: Interview with Bronwen Evans + Giveaway (International)


We first discovered the works of Bronwen Evans when we hosted her for her Invitation to Romance tour. Since then, she's released some novellas and is venturing into contemporary romances (THE RELUCTANT WIFE). Bronwen is celebrating with us from New Zealand today.

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 TOP 5 FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012. Look out for her first Entangled Publishing Indulgence, The Reluctant Wife.

Bronwen loves hearing from avid romance readers at romance@bronwenevans.com

Connect with Bronwen: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter


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

J&K: Who is Bronwen Evans during the holidays? (author, gift giver, last minute shopper, baker)
Bronwen Evans: I'd love to say fabulous gift gifter, but this year it will be last minute shopper. I have a new book out with Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line, The Reluctant Wife, my first contemporary, plus I'm on deadline for my third book in the ‘Invitation to’ series. I was hoping to have a summer break away with my family too, but I’m so busy...
J&K: What’s your favorite holiday memory?
BE: When I was about 7 years old I'd wanted Santa to bring me a budgie. I woke up Christmas morning and heard this strange noise coming from our living room and I got so excited. But when I entered the living room it was an adorable black and white puppy instead of a bright yellow canary. For a minute I was shocked but then I realized a puppy was miles better than a budgie. I never asked for a puppy because I thought my dad would say no. He was a wonderful pet, and I named him Sam.

BE:
Gosh, I' not sure that I can pick one as I read so many books across a lot of genres and I find it very difficult to pick a favorite. I must admit I'm not one to read holiday specific books -being a marketer I tend to think it's a tacky ploy to get me to spend money. Plus, most of the books released for Christmas are set in winter, and I’m actually having a summer.J&K: What’s the one holiday book everyone should read?

The last book that I read, that I absolutely loved, was Ruined by Moonlight by Emma Wildes.

If you want a summer read for Christmas, try my first ever contemporary, The Reluctant Wife, with Entangled Publishing.

J&K: Which of your heroes would you go on a sleigh ride with? (with permission from the heroine of course).
BE: Well, in New Zealand, if I was to go on a sleigh ride with one of my heroes, it would be in July – not at Christmas. As it's actually summer here in New Zealand at Christmas, perhaps I'd take him swimming instead! I’d choose Marcus Danvers, The Marquis of Wolverstone. I love tall, dark and handsome. This way I get to see him undressed rather than simply using my imagination.
He’d also be quite shocked, I think. I bet he’s never seen women, other than the ‘working girl’ in such skimpy attire in public. As a seasoned rake I’m sure he’d appreciate the view! Even if now, he’s all about the looking, rather than the touching. He’s madly in love with Sabine, his wife.

J&K: If you’ve written a holiday themed/titled book, what is it about? If you have not, would you write a holiday themed/titled book in the future?
BE: I haven’t written a themed book, and it’s not high on my list, but I’ll never say never. I usually write what comes into my head and that isn’t usually based around a holiday theme. If a fabulous Valentine ’s Day story hit me, or perhaps a Christmas story, I would of course write it.

J&K: What is the most annoying Christmas song?
BE: I don’t think I have a most annoying. I love Christmas so I love most carols and songs. My favourite is Snoopy’s Christmas.

J&K: What are you currently working on? Can you give us a sneak peak?
BE: I’m working on two books at the moment. Invitation to Passion, book three in my ‘Invitation to’ series, due out in March 2013. I’m also working on another contemporary, The Nanny Trap, due out April 2013. Then I have two Regency books to write for Sue Grimshaw’s Loveswept line. So a busy 2013.

Here’s a taste of Invitation to Passion....This is Richard Craven and Madeline Knight’s story (the brother of Anthony Craven, Invitation to Ruin, and the sister of Rufus Knight, Invitation to Scandal)
No sooner had Richard walked back to stand at Maddy’s side, than the door crashed open. Lord Wrentham stood in the door way a towering mass of wrath looking for his wife, Sarah.

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. 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 slipped her hand inside his shirt, 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 manoeuvre. 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 friend’s sisters.” 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.

“Is there another party going on in here?” Another woman’s voice joined the conversation. She stood unseen in the corridor.

Maddy didn’t recognize the voice but she sounded elderly.

Silence greeted the newcomers.

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 stated, “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 very grim and disapproving

“Maddy,” he yelled and everything that followed Lady Horsham, the absolute ruler of the ton.

“While I approve wholeheartedly of your choice in men, my girl, I do not condone your methods of getting him to the altar.” With that she turned on her heels and left Maddy alone with two men, where it looked as though one was trying to kill the other. As she loved them both, she didn’t know what to do.

She tried to pull her brother off Richard, as he lay shielding himself and not fighting back.

Thankfully, Anthony, Richard’s twin brother, and Rufus’s friend, Lord Stephen Warrington, arrived to separate them. It took both men to hold Rufus back.

Richard, his lip split, stood breathing heavily. “How could you even think I’d touch Maddy? She’s the sister I’ve never had.”

“How! Look at you. You were alone in the room with her. Half undressed with your shirt hanging open. What the hell was I to think?”

“But you didn’t think, did you,” Richard spat the words out. “You simply accused.”

Anthony’s wife, Melissa, followed Rheda into the room and closed the door. She calmly said, “Can you please keep your voices down? We do not need the rest of the guests to hear.”

Rheda looked toward Maddy. “I’m sure Richard has a very good explanation as to his behavior.”

“He better or I swear to god I’ll kill him.” Even Maddy was shocked at the violence in her brother’s voice.

Excerpt from Invitation to Passion ©2012 by Bronwen Evans. All rights reserved.

Quick questions:
Real tree or fake tree? I love real but I’m allergic so I have to have fake.
Specific gifts or gift cards? A bit of both, depending on who I’m gifting.
Fruit cake or gingerbread? Can I be greedy and say both or either perhaps.
Snowmen or snow angels? No snow in NZ at Christmas!
Home for the holidays or visiting relatives? Home for the holiday with my family.
Gifts under the tree throughout the month or Santa delivering all on Christmas Eve? Gifts under the tree on Christmas EVE, there are too many prying fingers before then...
Author’s choice: I often pick someone I know, who’s fallen on hard times, and send them a secret Santa present. They have no idea who it came from and I never tell them. Is there something you do for others less fortunate at Christmas?

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INVITATION TO SCANDAL:
Her secrets are coming undone...
Plagued by scandalous rumors, Rheda Kerrich will stop at nothing to restore her reputation and make an honest living for herself-and she's determined to do it without a husband. But times are hard, and smuggling is a risky though profitable trade. So when a dashing agent for the English government catches her in the act, she desperately resists his charms and conceals her illicit profession. Until she realizes he may be the key to her ultimate freedom-and unbridled passion.

Rufus Knight, Viscount Strathmore, has never had trouble beguiling the ladies of Kent. When his search for "Dark Shadow," a cunningly elusive smuggler, leads him to alluring and headstrong Rhe, her objections to his amorous advances merely incite a tantalizing game of cat and mouse. Soon, they'll find the very secrets driving them apart could ensnare them in a love they can't escape…
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To help celebrate the season, Bronwen is giving away a copy of INVITATION TO RUIN and INVITATION TO SCANDAL (International). Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment for Bronwen answering her question: Is there something you do for others less fortunate at Christmas?
  • 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. Click on the link to enter your name in for the grand prizes.***

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

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