Saturday, December 15, 2012

December Joyathon: Interview with Theresa Romain + Giveaway (International)

The fabulous thing about Theresa Romain is that she's not only awesome, she also has two holiday themed romances. How totally fitting that she's celebrating with us this year?


Meet Theresa:
Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. Her historical romance debut, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, was published in October 2011. The sequel, SEASON FOR SURRENDER, was published in October 2012.

Connect with Theresa: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter

Jamie and Kati: Hi Theresa! Welcome back to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance. Thanks for being part of our December Joyathon :)
Theresa Romain:
Thanks so much for inviting me to join you today!

J&K: Who is Theresa Romain during the holidays? (author, gift giver, last minute shopper, baker)
Author and baker, definitely. Writing is my job (well, one of them), so I always need to keep up with it. I also really enjoy all the special holiday baking: ginger cookies, sugar cookies, pumpkin breads…I could go on, but I’m making myself hungry. As for shopping, I do as much as I can online. I’m not a great shopper anyway, and the holiday crowds are a bit much for me.

J&K: What are you currently working on? Can you give us a sneak peak?
Right now, today? I’m working on the third book in my SEASON quartet. It’ll be out in October 2013 and will be another Regency-set holiday romance. The working title is SEASON FOR INDISCRETION, but that might change. What won’t change: it features Jane and Kirkpatrick (both of whom appeared in SEASON FOR SURRENDER) and more than a few social bloopers. Oh, that Jane.

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?
Both of my published romances, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION and SEASON FOR SURRENDER, have been set during the holidays, and I’ll write two more in the series. (I’ll also have a non-holiday trilogy beginning in fall 2013.) SFT is sort of a friends-to-lovers/forbidden love comedy. SFS is set during a holiday house party and explores the peskiness of reputation—especially when someone wants to change.

J&K: Do you write more or less during the holidays?
Yes, I do. :) Ok, that’s not really an answer, but I’m not sure which it is! The last two years, I’ve had January deadlines, so I’ve had to make lots of progress throughout the holidays. Still, it seems like I have less time for writing because December holds so many special events.

J&K: What’s your favorite thing about the holiday season?
Having more time with my family. The holiday season can easily become overscheduled, but it also seems like we also set aside more time off—vacation days, long weekends—just to be together. Everyone’s schedule is more flexible, so we wind up getting to see each other more often. And usually an out-of-town relative makes a visit sometime in December, too.

J&K: What holiday movie is more likely to be playing in your house: Elf, A Christmas Story, or Diehard?
I do love scary Alan Rickman, but if my young daughter is around, we’ll be sticking to one of the first two. Though my favorite Christmas movie of all is a 1970 musical, SCROOGE, starring Albert Finney. My parents and siblings and I have been watching it every year for…gah, almost 30 years now.
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J&K: Which of your heroes would you go on a sleigh ride with? (with permission from the heroine of course)
Hmm. James, the hero of SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, would probably crack jokes the whole time. That would be fun. Alex, the hero of SEASON FOR SURRENDER, is a good horseman and would be able to drive the sleigh really quickly—so that would be fun too. But Edmund, the super-chivalrous hero of my next holiday romance (coming in October 2013), would be the most likely to make me hot chocolate after we got back to the house. So I’d have to give him the edge.

Quick questions:
Snowmen or snow angels? Can I say snow cone instead? I get really cold, so I’d rather admire the snow from inside (while I eat dessert).
Real tree or fake tree? I love real trees, but we’ve had a fake one for the past few years.
Favorite holiday smell. The smell of baking sugar cookies. Ahhh.
Home for the holidays or visiting relatives? Best of all? Home for the holidays, with relatives visiting.
Christmas Day or Christmas Eve? Both are great—but Christmas Eve, I think, because it’s got that excellent feeling of anticipation.
Just enough decorations or “every tree lighted, blow up snowglobe, snow man in the yard” decorations? Just the biggies: lights, tree, stockings. Having a young kid who gets into everything, I got out of the decorating habit.
Author’s choice: Lots of foods—from roast turkey to eggnog to gingerbread—become more popular this time of year. What’s your favorite of the foods that you only eat during the holiday season?


Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation—for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party—and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector…

Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring…
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To help celebrate the season, Theresa is giving away a copy of SEASON FOR SURRENDER. The best part? It's international :) Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment for Theresa answering her question: What’s your favorite of the foods that you only eat during the holiday season?
  • 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 Theresa for celebrating with us and for donating the giveaway books.

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