Monday, December 17, 2012

December Joyathon: Interview with Elise Rome + Giveaway (ebook)

The last time Elise Rome visited the blog, she was writing under the name Ashley March. She is currently writing as her new name and we're waiting for books under the Elise Rome name. Hurry Ash! She's such a super sweet lady who has super cute little girls, a husband who writes upper middle grade novels and shares our love for Michael Bublé.


Meet Elise:
Elise Rome has never forgiven Margaret Mitchell for making her fall in love with Scarlett and Rhett in Gone with the Wind and then not giving them a happy ending. She likes to think that she makes up for this injustice with each romance novel she writes. When she isn't telling stories about sexy, headstrong heroes and intelligent, independent heroines, Elise stays busy chasing after her two young daughters, semi-attempting to do housework, and hiking in the beautiful foothills of Colorado.

Connect with Elise: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter

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

J&K: Who is Elise Rome during the holidays? (author, gift giver, last minute shopper, baker)
Elise Rome:
I am a horrible, horrible last minute shopper—specifically when it comes to my husband. It’s just so hard deciding on what to get for him! So I usually end up ordering at least one thing online, only because it was last minute, it usually doesn’t come until AFTER Christmas. So instead I wrap up a picture inside a box and give that to him on Christmas morning. I know, I know. It’s terrible, and it’s unfortunately become a running joke in our house. But this year, I’m determined to be on top of things and give him a REAL present on Christmas morning! Hopefully. Then again, maybe we should make this a tradition… =)

J&K: What holiday movie is more likely to be playing in your house: Elf, A Christmas Story, or Diehard?
I’m a little embarrassed to admit this because I know so many people have, but I’ve never seen A Christmas Story or Diehard, and I only saw Elf one year because my stepdad loves Will Ferrell. So I guess I’d say Elf? But if there was an “other” option, I’d totally say Love Actually. I heart that movie so much, and usually end up watching it at least five times between Thanksgiving and Christmas (and other times during the rest of the year!).
photo credit: Amazon
J&K: Which one of your characters would you want to spend the holidays with?
ER: Emma from my future book BEAUTY AND THE VILLAIN. She’s also a writer and very gregarious and would make me laugh just when I need it—because, dear Lord, I know my kids are going to drive me crazy. ;)

J&K: What’s the one holiday book everyone should read?
ER: MORTIMER’S CHRISTMAS MANGER. It’s a children’s book I bought for my oldest daughter’s first Christmas, and it makes me tear up every time.
J&K: What’s your favorite thing about the holiday season?
ER: The *atmosphere* of the holidays—that shared anticipation everyone around you seems to have. Hope might be a good word for it. Hope wrapped up in cinnamon and served with a side of hot chocolate.

J&K: Which 5 authors (dead or alive) would you invite for a holiday feast?
ER: Teresa Medeiros (because she’s hilarious and I adore her books); Cecilia Grant (because I’d hope some of her genius would seep into my brain through proximity); Robert Frost (for poetic entertainment); Erin Morgenstern (because I’m reading THE NIGHT CIRCUS right now and am in awe); and Julia Childs (because, darling, somebody has to cook!).

J&K: What are you excited about for 2013?
ER: My youngest daughter getting potty trained! High expectations, you know. =)

Quick questions:
Real tree or fake tree? Fake. Growing up in East Texas, that’s normal. And it’s so much easier to deal with!
Specific gifts or gift cards? Both. I like to be thoughtful but also like to let the gift receiver to have a little fun going on a shopping spree. (MY favorite gift to receive, of course, is gift cards so I can get new books.)
Fruit cake or gingerbread? Gingerbread!
Just enough decorations or “every tree lighted, blow up snowglobe, snow man in the yard” decorations? The most important thing is the Christmas tree. I HAVE to have that; everything else is just a bonus.
Home for the holidays or visiting relatives? I haven’t had a chance to do it for a few years, but visiting relatives would be my first choice. Also, as a third option, I’ve always wanted to take the family to spend Christmas at a castle one year. =)
Gifts under the tree throughout the month or Santa delivering all on Christmas Eve? Wrapped presents under the tree before Christmas; Santa only delivers unwrapped presents to our house. =)
Author’s choice. What holiday tradition do you celebrate that’s unique to your family, if any? (And, um, is it okay if I steal it? ;) )


Revenge should be sweet, but it may cost him everything...

The Marquis de Valère escaped certain death in the French Revolution and is now an infamous privateer. Out to avenge the death of his mentor, Bastien discovers himself astonishingly out of his depth when confronted with a beautiful, daring young woman who is out for his blood...

Forgiveness is unthinkable, but it may be her only hope...

British Admiral's daughter Raeven Russell believes Bastien responsible for her fiancé's death. But once the fiery beauty crosses swords with Bastien, she's not so sure she really wants him to change his wicked ways...
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To help celebrate the season, Elise is giving away an e-copy of fellow historical author Shana Galen's THE ROGUE PIRATE'S BRIDE. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment for Elise answering her question: What holiday tradition do you celebrate that’s unique to your family, if any? (And, um, is it okay if I steal it? ;) )
  • 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 Elise for celebrating with us and for donating the giveaway books.

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