Thursday, December 13, 2012

December Joyathon: Interview with Miranda Neville + Giveaway (US)


Miranda Neville's The Burgundy Club Series is full of passion, adventure, mystery and endearing characters. Now that the series is at an end, she's introducing readers to The Wild Quartet with the first book of the series just recently released, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WICKED. Miranda as lovely in person as she is online and we hope to meet her again at a future conference.

WELCOME TO THE BLOG MIRANDA!!!

Meet Miranda:
Miranda Neville moved to New York from her native England to work in Sotheby's Book Department. She later married and moved to Vermont, where she still lives and almost always gets a white Christmas. When she started to write historical romance, she set out to prove that, contrary to actual experience, rare book collectors are young and hot. She is now attempting the same transformation with art collectors and connoisseurs. The Importance of Being Wicked is the first in her new series The Wild Quartet. There will eventually be four books. Probably.

Connect with Miranda: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter




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

J&K: Who is Miranda Neville during the holidays? (author, gift giver, last minute shopper, baker)
Miranda Neville:
Any or all of the above, depending on the year. I'm turning in a book before Christmas so not too much authoring. I'm spending Christmas in England so I have a ton of gifts to buy for my nephews and nieces-usually I send them gift cards because with my last minute shopping habits I'd never get stuff to the UK in time. So I shall be madly shopping after I finish authoring and will be ready to go when I fly on December 23rd. That's not last minute, right? And thankfully this year I shall leave the baking to my sisters.

J&K: What’s the one holiday book everyone should read?
MN:
I love the old Regency Christmas anthologies with novellas by people like Mary Balogh. If I have to name one particular title it would be Sunshine for Christmas by Mary Jo Putney. It's set in Italy, which is unusual, and tells the touching story of a lonely aristocrat and a governess. Sadly it's out of print. I really hope those old anthologies are released as ebooks soon because my paper copies are falling apart.
photo credit: Amazon
J&K: Do you write more or less during the holidays
MN:
Again, depends on deadlines. As I write this, Thanksgiving is coming up and I'm going to be hunkered over my computer for the long weekend. This Christmas, if I do anything, it'll be plotting and character preparation for the next book.

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?
MN:
I've never done a Christmas book. My novels tend to take place over several months. Oddly enough, the one I'm writing now ends up during Christmas, but that wasn't planned and the book is scheduled to be released in August! I would like to try my hand at a Christmas novella because I think the shorter format fits the seasonal constraints.

J&K: What is the most meaningful/best gift you’ve ever received?
MN:
A pair of antique pearl earrings from my mother. She died a few years ago and I think of her every time I wear them.

J&K: What are you excited about for 2014?
MN:
2014? Are you kidding? Right now I'm excited about finishing this book next month! I hope by 2014 the pear trees I planted two years ago will bear fruit.

J&K: What are you currently working on? Can you give us a sneak peak?
MN:
I'm finishing AN IDEAL SCOUNDREL, the next book in the Wild Quartet series that just debuted with THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WICKED. Wicked is a good boy/bad girl story and Scoundrel, as you may guess from the title, is the opposite. Marcus, Viscount Lithgow wants Anne Brotherton for her enormous wealth. Once Anne finds out he's a fortune hunter she turns the table on the rogue and has him running every which way until fate and bad weather has them thrown together and they find they can't resist each other.

Quick questions:
Christmas Day or Christmas Eve? Christmas Day.
Real tree or fake tree? Totally real.
Specific gifts or gift cards? Both.
Fruit cake or gingerbread? Both. OK, fruitcake by a millimeter.
Just enough decorations or “every tree lighted, blow up snowglobe, snow man in the yard” decorations? Just enough - I don't do much more than the tree.
Gifts under the tree throughout the month or Santa delivering all on Christmas Eve? Christmas Eve.
Author’s choice: If you and your family could celebrate the holidays away from home, anywhere in the world, no expense spared, where would you go?

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WICKED:
The rules of society don't apply to Caro and her coterie of bold men and daring women. But when passions flare, even the strongest will surrender to the law of love....

Thomas, Duke of Castleton, has every intention of wedding a prim and proper heiress. That is, until he sets eyes on the heiress's cousin, easily the least proper woman he's ever met. His devotion to family duty is no defense against the red-headed vixen whose greatest asset seems to be a talent for trouble... Caroline Townsend has no patience for the oh-so-suitable (and boring) men of the ton. So when the handsome but stuffy duke arrives at her doorstep, she decides to put him to the test. But her scandalous exploits awaken a desire in Thomas he never knew he had. Suddenly Caro finds herself falling for this most proper duke...while Thomas discovers there's a great deal of fun in a little bit of wickedness.
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To help celebrate the season, Miranda is giving away a copy of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WICKED (open to US only). Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment for Miranda answering her question: If you and your family could celebrate the holidays away from home, anywhere in the world, no expense spared, where would you go?
  • 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 Miranda for celebrating with us and for donating the giveaway books.

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