Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December Joyathon: Interview with Katharine Ashe + Giveaway (International)

Katharine Ashe is such a fun author to interact with whether in person or on the interwebs. Katharine celebrated our first December Joyathon with us and we had such a blast with her that we're glad she decided to join us again this year.


Meet Katharine:
With the publication of her debut novel in 2010, Katharine Ashe earned a spot among the American Library Association’s “New Stars of Historical Romance.” In 2011 she won the coveted Reviewers’ Choice Award for Captured by a Rogue Lord, and Amazon named How To Be a Proper Lady one of the Ten Best Romances of 2012. Reviewers call her writing “radiant”, “lyrical” and “sensationally intelligent”, and praise her “lushly intense” and “thrilling” love stories.

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European history, she has made her home in California, Italy, France, and the northern US. She loves to hear from readers. Please visit her at .

Connect with Katharine: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter

Jamie & Kati: Hi Katharine! Welcome back to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance and thanks for celebrating our December Joyathon with us again :)
Katharine Ashe: Thanks, Kati and Jamie! I’m so happy to be back.

J&K: Who is Katharine Ashe during the holidays? (author, gift giver, last minute shopper, baker)
KA: This Christmas I’ll be Mom (I love it when my son is on vacation!), date (cannot wait for a few special outings with my husband), baker (COOKIES!), author (two deadlines in January, eep!), professor (two courses to prepare for next semester!), reader (catching up on a few books I’ve been saving for the cozy sofa by the fire with the tree all lit up), and immensely grateful woman that this busy, crazy year is finally over and the celebration of joy can begin.

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?
KA: I’m writing a Christmas novella right now, in fact, and it’s so much fun! It’ll be out next Christmas.

I’ve written two novels partially set at Christmastime. The second half of Swept Away by a Kiss happens at a house party in the English countryside. There are few kisses I’ve enjoyed writing more than the mistletoe kiss between Lord Steven Ashford and Lady Valerie Monroe. She’s tipsy, and he’s finally beginning to see the truth about them. Sigh! It’s still one of my faves.

In When a Scot Loves a Lady, Christmas Eve finds a cool London lady trapped with a roguish Scot in a snow-bound inn in the middle of nowhere. What do Lady Kitty Savege and Lord Leam Blackwood find to busy themselves with while they’re waiting for the snow to melt? Strip piquet and a whole lot of stolen kisses, of course!

(When it comes to other holidays, my Regency ghost novel Captive Bride takes place at Halloween — naturally!)

J&K: What was the best present you ever got?
KA: My son. I received him on January 16, 2003. Not quite on time for Christmas, but it was the best day of my life.

J&K: Which 5 authors (dead or alive) would you invite for a holiday feast?
KA: Only 5?!? Give me 500 seats at the table, please! Jane Austen, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Oscar Wilde, Laurie R. King and Mary Shelly. And Connie Willis. And William Shakespeare. And Umberto Eco. And whoever wrote the book of Revelation. And Plato. And Francis Petrarch. And Dorothy Dunnett. And all my author friends whom I adore. That wasn’t 5. Am I getting coal in my stocking now? (Not as long as you invite us. lol)

J&K: What’s your favorite thing about the holiday season?
KA: The outpouring of assistance to those in need. Every time I see a “Giving Tree” or other holiday charity project, I am grateful for the love and kindness of heart that inspires people to give of their hard-earned money and precious time to strangers who have less than them.

J&K: What’s on your New Years resolution list?
KA: Good health. Peace in my heart. Be the best mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend I can be. And, of course, continue to write books that my readers love. :)

J&K: What holiday movie is more likely to be playing in your house: Elf, A Christmas Story, or Diehard?
KA: A Christmas Story. :)
photo credit: Amazon
Quick questions:
Real tree or fake tree? Both!
Specific gifts or gift cards? Both!
Fruit cake or gingerbread? Gingerbread
Just enough decorations or “every tree lighted, blow up snowglobe, snow man in the yard” decorations? Somewhere in between. :)
Re-Gifting: Tacky or Is there a sneaky way to do it? I’m all for it if the gift is appropriate for the receiver.
Snowmen or snow angels? Both!
Author’s choice: What kind of cookies for Santa?


London gossips are asking: What use has society of an exclusive gentleman’s club if no gentlemen are ever seen to pass through its door?

After years as an agent of the secret Falcon Club, Lord Leam Blackwood knows it’s time to return home to Scotland. One temptation threatens his plans—Kitty Savege. The scandal-plagued lady warms his blood like a dram of fine whiskey. But a dangerous enemy stands in the way of desire, and to beat this foe Leam needs Kitty’s help…

Kitty never wanted to spend her holidays in a wretched country village! With snow up to the windows, escape is nowhere in sight. A roguish Scottish lord, however, is. His rough brogue sends tingles of heat from Kitty’s frigid toes to her chilled nose, but she’s confident she can withstand that. What she cannot control is the reaction of her carefully guarded heart when she discovers this beast is, in fact, no beast at all…
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To help celebrate the season, Katharine is giving away a signed copy of WHEN A SCOT LOVES A LADY. The giveaway is open internationally. Yay! Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment for Katharine answering her question: What kind of cookies for Santa?
  • 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 Katharine for celebrating with us and for donating the giveaway books.

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