Saturday, March 30, 2013

Studio Smexy Saturdays: Author Amy Corwin + Giveaway (ebook)

Amy Corwin is one of Studio Smexy's newest authors and she's here today to share her smexified book as well as give us a peek inside it.


Meet Amy:
Amy Corwin is a member of Mystery Writers of America and a charter member of the Romance Writers of America. She has been writing since 2004 and recently left a career as an enterprise computer systems administrator to write full time. Her books include Regency historicals, paranormal romances, and mysteries. To be truthful, most of her books include a bit of murder and mayhem since she discovered that killing off at least one character is a highly effective way to make the remaining ones toe the plot line.

Join her and discover that every good romance has a touch of mystery.

Connect with Amy: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter | Blog

Jamie and Kati: Tell us 5 fun facts about yourself.
Amy Corwin: I always think I’m the most boring person around J, but I do pursue far too many hobbies for my own good. I recently quit my day job to devote fulltime to my writing and in addition, I also bird watch, garden, and cook (there are 3 for you, LOL). In fact, I need to answer back an email about helping out doing breeding bird surveys in coastal North Carolina. For the fourth thing: I love anything that gets me away from the computer and several years ago, I also volunteered to plant trees along the highways in Virginia (when I lived there). I like to think those trees are flourishing and adding a bit of green along the roads.

I also have a very macabre/black sense of humor. I have no idea where I got it from, but at times, it is not a good trait as it has led me to laugh at inappropriate moments. There—that’s five things, I think!

J&K: What book(s) feature a Studio Smexy shot cover?
AC: Right now, The Unwanted Heiress, is the first book to feature a Studio Smexy shot cover, but I anticipate several more as I am busy working with cover artist, Amber Shah, to redesign many of the covers for my Regencies.

J&K: How well does the cover illustrate your vision of the hero/heroine? Of the story?
AC: The photograph chosen as the basis for the cover of The Unwanted Heiress is particularly good as the unfortunate heiress of the title is an outspoken American, Charlotte, who is generally unloved and unwanted until she finds a home with the Archer family. The lady of the house, Lady Victoria, gives Charlotte a pearl necklace to wear to a ball and it is the first sign of affection Charlotte has seen for quite some time, so it means a great deal to her. The lady on the cover is fortuitously wearing a pearl necklace and also has reddish hair, just like Charlotte, so it seemed very appropriate. Amber and I were torn between this photograph and one other with the same model laughing in the arms of a man, since The Unwanted Heiress is some very lighthearted moments, including several where Charlotte does indeed laugh with the hero, a duke who falls in love with her, so that photo would also have been good. But in the end, I loved the one we selected and the fans seem to love it, too, as it has done very well.

J&K: What elements do you like to see on a book cover? (hero, heroine, landscape...)
Personally, I tend to love covers either with the heroine in a gorgeous, long flowing gown, or else with objects or scenes meaningful to the story. I’m afraid I’m more drawn to scenes/objects, although lately, I have really loved the lush gown covers. My taste varies a great deal, as you can see. :)

J&K: What drew you to choosing a photo shot by Jenn?
I was drawn to Jenn’s photos as the basis for a cover because of the gorgeous dress and the fact that she featured a woman with the appropriate hair color and the pearl necklace. It was just too appropriate to resist! And I just loved the sensuousness of the silky dress with the fabulous sheen to its folds.

J&K: Describe your cover in one word (smexy or sexy doesn’t count)

J&K: What can readers expect from you next?
My editor at Highland Press requested sweet Regency novella for an anthology they are putting together, and I just submitted it (cross your fingers—it hasn’t been accepted, yet). Then the same editor requested another novella, this time a western and I’ve asked her if she would like a story about an English Lady and a Cowboy who come into conflict over some mining rights in the old West and wind up falling in love despite themselves. We’ll see if she wants me to try my hand at that one. In the meantime, I’ve got the first draft done for a Regency mystery featuring Prudence Barnard and Knighton Gaunt as a follow-up to their first mystery, The Vital Principle, and love is definitely in the air for those two. This new book and The Vital Principle, will be getting new covers and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Amber and I selected photos from Jenn’s collection as the basis. :)

Here is a very short excerpt from The Unwanted Heiress. In this excerpt, Charlotte is waiting to meet her new guardians, John and Lady Victoria Archer, and Charlotte is hoping that this time, things will work out and she’ll be allowed to stay until she’s old enough to gain control of her fortune and leave England for sunnier climes.
Charlotte Haywood sat in the Archers’ hallway and wondered uneasily what she had done that was bad enough to make Lord Westover send her away. She thought the Westovers, while not exactly a loving family, were resigned to her presence until she gained full control of her inheritance in three years.

What had gone wrong this time?

She shifted uneasily in her chair, trying not to look worried and confused as she waited to meet Mr. Archer.

Perhaps she hadn’t done anything wrong. Perhaps Lord Westover had grown desperate over the daunting prospect of Charlotte remaining a spinster in his house. He may have pictured her growing ever more honest—and as a result, acid-tongued—as the years passed. He might have sent her to the Archers, hoping they had a wider circle of acquaintances and could marry her off.

That did seem possible. Lord Westover had always refused to believe she actually desired to remain unshackled. Indeed, she dreamed of a future where there would be no men to scold her, frown at her, or tell her she was a featherbrained lack-wit simply because she didn’t agree with them.

“You can’t keep her, John. Whatever were you thinking?” A woman’s voice carried clearly through the closed door a few feet away.
Keep her? That did not sound promising, not at all.

An American heiress nobody wants; a duke every woman desires; and a murder no one expects.

When Nathaniel, Duke of Peckham, meets Charlotte, he’s suspicious of her indifference. Too many women have sought—and failed—to catch him. Happily, Charlotte is more interested in dead pharaohs than English dukes and laughs at both him and his suspicions.

Her resistance crumbles, however, when a debutante seeking to entrap Nathaniel gets murdered. All too soon, his reputation as a misogynist makes him a suspect, and Charlotte impulsively comes to his aide.

Unfortunately, both are unaware that a highwayman interested in rich heiresses is following Charlotte. And that another debutante lies dead in Nathaniel’s carriage.

Some nights just don’t go as planned.
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Amy has generously offered five(5) ebook copies of The Unwanted Heiress so five(5) random commenters will win. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment for Amy or ask her a question. How much mystery do you like in your romance? In historical romance?
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