Thursday, February 28, 2013

Blog Tour: Sexual Tension in a Buggy with Kathryn Barrett + Giveaway (ebook)

We're helping kick off Kathryn Barrett's official tour for her debut release with Entangled Publishing: Temptation. Please give her a warm welcome.


Meet Kathryn:
Kathryn Barrett has been writing women’s fiction since the day her youngest daughter left for pre-school. All was going well, until she read a book called “30 Mistakes In Fiction Writing” and realized she was making all of them.

One by one, she’s overcome the mistakes and learned to make a few more along the way. “The best way to learn to write is to write,” she says. “Period.”

Kathryn lives near London in the enchanting countryside of England. When she’s not writing, she’s busy training a rescue dog, tramping around archeological ruins, and occasionally making wine runs to France. Because nothing fuels the imagination like a good Bordeaux.

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Sexual Tension in a Buggy

Thanks for having me at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance! I’d like to describe one of my favorite scenes in Temptation, and how it came about.

Temptation is a romance set in Amish country, yet it’s not an “Amish romance”, since it does include sex, which would never happen in a typical Amish romance. It was a challenge to know just how far to go, but I discovered that when one character is bound and determined to avoid giving in to temptation, there is plenty of repressed desire to carry the conflict along.

While I was researching Temptation, I visited Holmes County, Ohio, where the largest population of Amish live. I was able to get a buggy driving lesson at one of the homes there, which inspired a scene in the book where Laura gets a lesson from Jacob on how to drive a buggy. His instructions to her were very similar to what I’d been told...except there was no sexual tension during my lesson the way there was with Laura and Jacob!

Here’s an excerpt from that scene. Earlier, Jacob has explained to the budding gardener Laura the old wives’ tale about planting vegetables that “point up” (peas, squash, etc.) while the moon is waxing, or “pointing up”, and vegetables that “point down” (carrots, potatoes, etc.) when the moon is waning, or pointing down.
When they arrived at her drive, Jacob made no move to descend. Laura turned to him and asked lightly, “If we were courting, would you kiss me?”

Jacob shook his head. “Only in the moonlight.”

“When the moon’s up or down?”

“Full,” he said, though there was no such requirement that he knew of.

She smiled impishly. “The moon’s full tonight. I was wondering what to plant.”

Mischief, he suspected, and as she leaned over and kissed him lightly on the lips, his worst fears were confirmed. He enjoyed the feel of her lips on his, the nearness of her, the brush of her hair on his clean cheek, the pressure of her thigh against his.

 He didn’t want it to end, the afternoon, or the kiss. He brought his hand up, holding her chin in place while he kissed her more thoroughly. If he was giving in to temptation, he’d darn well get a good taste of it.

She responded, angling her head to gain better access—and he didn’t care that he’d lost this latest battle.

Building more sandcastles, he thought, letting the almost forgotten desire build, the almost forgotten sensations assemble until they formed a stronghold against reason.

It was forbidden, this desire, these feelings—for a woman who wasn’t of his faith. Forbidden as surely as tongue and groove cathedral ceilings.
This is only the beginning for poor Jacob! He is tempted many times by Laura, and by the dreams he has of building a house with soaring cathedral ceilings and arching windows, things that are forbidden by the Amish.

But still he dreams...despite knowing his desires are wrong.

What would you do if your dreams—and the woman you loved—were forbidden? Would you defy your religious upbringing to be with the person you loved?

Excerpt from Temptation ©2013 by Kathryn Barrett. All rights reserved.

Laura Hayes has been acting since she was an infant, making Hollywood the only home she has ever known. But when she moves to Pennsylvania's Amish country to film her next movie, she discovers there's more to life than a pair of Jimmy Choos and a Marie Claire cover.

Intrigued by the Amish simplicity, she's soon gardening and baking plum pies—and enjoying it. And when her neighbor turns out to be the local heartthrob and a talented furniture maker, she realizes that what's missing from her life might be the love of a good man—not to mention the perfect heirloom tomato.

Jacob fights the urge to question the teachings of his Amish beliefs—despite his desire to create furniture that is beautiful as well as useful—and struggles with his longing for the sexy stranger who makes him feel truly alive for the first time. As his attraction grows, so do his doubts, until he's forced to face temptation and decide once and for all what is truly worth the fight.
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Kathryn is giving away an ebook of Temptation (open internationally) to one(1) lucky reader. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment answering Kathryn's question: What would you do if your dreams—and the woman you loved—were forbidden? Would you defy your religious upbringing to be with the person you loved?
  • Fill out the form below. You must leave a comment. All other entries are optional.

Grand Prize: Kathryn is also also giving away a Kindle Paperwhite at the close of the Temptation blog tour!
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A huge thank you to Kathryn and Entangled Pub!
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