Monday, December 3, 2012

December Joyathon: Interview with Sophie Barnes + Giveaway (International)

Sophie Barnes recently stopped by to share her back to back releases, There's Something About Lady Mary and The Secret Life of Lady Lucinda. We're so glad she's celebrating the Joyathon with us this year.


Meet Sophie:
Born in Denmark, Sophie has spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian.

She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.

When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.

Connect with Sophie: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Jamie and Kati: Hi Sophie! Welcome back to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance. Thanks for celebrating our December Joyathon with us :)
Sophie Barnes:
Thank you so much for having me – I’m thrilled to be celebrating the holidays with friends :)

J&K: Who is Sophie Barnes during the holidays? (author, gift giver, last minute shopper, baker)
A definite gift giver – I plan gifts a long time in advance, paying special attention to what friends and relatives have mentioned throughout the year that they would like. Some will give me a list of suggestions but I always like to include a surprise & then of course there’s the wrapping which I believe to be of equal importance.

J&K: What is your favorite thing about the holidays?
The way it brings my family closer together – I love the whole process of putting up the decorations and then sitting inside in the evenings where it’s snug and warm with candles lit all around us while we drink hot chocolate and play board games.

J&K: Do you write more or less during the holidays?
Definitely less. I try to plan so I can focus on my family, but since it’s impossible for me to stop completely, I always manage to sneak in a bit of writing each day.

J&K: Which of your heroes would you go on a sleigh ride with? (with permission from the heroine of course)
And from my husband, I’d imagine :) I must admit to having a particular fondness for both Francis Riley & Michael Ashford, so that’s a tough one…can I go with both of them?

J&K: Which 5 authors (dead or alive) would you invite for a holiday feast?
Hmm…In no particular order, I think I would invite Julia Quinn (her book Romancing Mr. Bridgerton kick-started my career), Jane Austen (goes without saying), Hans Christian Andersen (the master of fairytales & a philosophical soul to boot – he’ll make for excellent dinner conversation), Sarah MacLean (in the hopes that some of her talent will rub off…lol) & Rachel Van Dyken (she’s a blast – the party will not be dull with her there).

J&K: What holiday movie is more likely to be playing in your house: Elf, A Christmas Story, or Diehard?
That’s a no-brainer: A Christmas Story
photo credit: Amazon
J&K: What are you excited about for 2013?
I’m planning to attend the RWA conference for the first time ever, so I’m really excited about that and hoping it all works out :)

Quick questions:
Snowmen or snow angels? Snowmen
Real tree or fake tree? Real
Specific gifts or gift cards? Specific gifts
Fruit cake or gingerbread? Fruit cake
Just enough decorations or “every tree lighted, blow up snowglobe, snow man in the yard” decorations? Just enough and nothing inflatable please :)
Home for the holidays or visiting relatives? Usually home but this year we’re visiting relatives
Author’s choice: What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever experienced during the holidays?


There’s Something About Lady Mary:
Genre: Historical
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Avon Impulse (November 13, 2012)

Mary Croyden lives a simple life . . . and she likes it. But when she inherits a title and a large sum of money, everything changes. Forced to navigate high society, Mary finds herself relying on the help of one man—Ryan Summersby. Determined not to lose her sense of self, she realizes that Ryan is the only person she can trust. But Mary's hobbies are not exactly proper, and Ryan is starting to discover that this simple miss is not at all what he expected . . . but just might be exactly what he needs.

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To help celebrate the season, Sophie is giving away a signed copy of THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT LADY MARY and swag to one(1) lucky reader and swag to another lucky reader. Open Internationally. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment for Sophie answering her question: What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever experienced during the holidays?
  • 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 Sophie for celebrating with us and for donating the giveaway books.

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