Anne Barton visited us for our December Joyathon last month but this month, her debut book with Grand Central/Forever, WHEN SHE WAS WICKED, releases today. Congrats Anne and Happy Book Birthday!
WELCOME BACK TO THE BLOG ANNE!!!
Anne lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses are reality TV, cute-but-impractical shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
You can find her at www.annebarton.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
Jamie and Kati: Hi Anne! Welcome back to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance.
Anne Barton: Hi! Thanks so much for having me back!
J&K:: Who is Anne Barton?
AB: An incurable book nerd who escapes to the sparkling Regency world whenever possible. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century, but then I remember how much I love my iPhone.
J&K: Share with us a little bit about WHEN SHE WAS WICKED [no copying blurb :)]
AB: It’s the Cinderella story of a sexy seamstress who tries to blackmail a hot duke. When he catches her red-handed, they make a deal. Before long, sparks are flying.
J&K: If your book were to have a theme song, what would it be?
AB: Today Was a Fairytale by Taylor Swift.
J&K: If you could trade places with any of your characters a la Lost in Austen style, who would it be and why?
AB: I love that movie! I’d trade with Owen’s younger sister Olivia, because she’s daring and fearless.
It would be fun to wear her half-boots for a while.
J&K: Who or what inspired you to write romance?
AB: Wonderful authors like Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, Mary Balogh, and Stephanie Laurens. I would read their books and think that it must be so great to write something that makes people like me so happy.
J&K: Do you have any writing rituals?
AB: I have a lucky writing chair. It’s pretty beat up, but how could I possibly replace it? We’ve been through so much together.
J&K: What are you writing at the moment? Can you give us a sneak peek into your current WIP?
AB: Sure! Here are the opening lines from Olivia’s story—she’s Owen’s younger sister:
Any girl with a smidgen of good sense would have given up on James Averill years ago.
Olivia Sherbourne’s problem was not so much a lack of good sense as it was an abundance of stubbornness. She’d pined after James for ten long years. No matter that he gave her scarce little encouragement; her patience was born out of a love that was deep, abiding, and true.
Also, she’d once seen his naked chest.
Alpha or Beta? Alpha
Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Wallflower
Debutante or Spinster? Debutante
Virgin widow or Secret baby? Virgin widow
Titled peer or Working man? Titled peer
Love at first sight or Second chances? Love at first sight
Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Naval officer
Vampires or Shifters? Vampires
Past, Present or Future? Past
Writing or Reading? Ack! Please, don’t make me choose!
Paperbacks or e-books? Paperbacks
Plotter or Pantser? Pantser
Author’s choice: Here’s one for you: Would you read a paperback romance with a sexy cover in public? For example, on the subway, in the park, or on the beach?
WHEN SHE WAS WICKED:
SOME RULES SIMPLY BEG TO BE BROKENGet Your Own Copy: Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Nook | Books-A-Million
A dressmaker in London’s busiest shop, Miss Anabelle Honeycote overhears the ton’s steamiest secrets—and (occasionally) uses them to her advantage. It isn’t something she’s proud of, but the reluctant blackmailer needs the money to care for her gravely ill mother. To make up for her misdeeds, Anabelle keeps to a firm set of rules:
Her list keeps her (somewhat) honest—until she encounters Owen Sherbourne, the Duke of Huntford. Not only does Owen nip Anabelle’s extortion plans in the bud, the devilishly handsome Duke soon has the sexy seamstress dreaming of more than silks and satins. With Owen, Anabelle enjoys pleasures she never imagined. . . until a scandal from the past resurfaces. Now her rules could mean his family’s ruin. Owen’s searing kisses carry the promise of passion, but how will he react when Anabelle’s most devastating secret is finally revealed?
- Never request payment from someone who cannot afford it.
- Never reveal the secrets of a paying client.
- Never enter into any form of social interaction with a client.
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