Thursday, April 11, 2013

Blog Tour: Interview with Heather Snow + #Giveaway

We met Heather Snow at RomCon last year and absolutely had such a fun time with her. Today she stops by for a fun interview about her writing habits, her latest book in the Veiled Seduction series and

WELCOME TO THE BLOG HEATHER!!!

Meet Heather:
Heather Snow is an award winning historical romance author with a degree in Chemistry who discovered she preferred creating chemistry on the page rather than in the lab. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two rambunctious boys and one very put upon cat. Mr. Snow has promised the boys a dog this summer. The cat is not happy.

The final book in her Veiled Seduction series, SWEET MADNESS, hit shelves April 2, 2013. RT Book Reviews Magazine gives it 4 ½ stars, saying “In this emotional, compassionate romance...the powerful love story will sweep readers away."

Connect with Heather: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter | Reader Salon



Jamie and Kati: Hi Heather! Welcome to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance.
Heather Snow:
Hi Jamie and Kati! I’m thrilled to be here.

J&K: Share 5 fun facts about yourself.
HS:

  1. I was the youngest person to complete Red Cross beginners swimming in Kansas City at the age of four and got written up in the paper for it, complete with picture. My mom dressed me in a checked bikini…it was the last time I ever looked good in one.
  2. I started water skiing at the age of four, as well, and was slalom skiing by nine. Thankfully not in a bikini.
  3. In spite of the fact that I am perfectly fine being pulled behind a boat at ridiculous speeds, I have an irrational fear of going downhill. So no snow skiing for me, despite my name, even though everyone tells me it’s so much fun
  4. When I was a sophomore, I convinced a school board to give me permission to build a raised dance floor in the gym for prom, so that we could put a moat around it with waterfalls coming over the locker room doors and a river coming down the bleacher stairs into a star shaped pool. With goldfish. What were they thinking??? I was 15! One leak and I could have cost them big.
  5. I ran a prison ministry in two United States Penitentiaries for 5 years. Incidentally, strangers look at you rather strangely when they overhear you saying you were in prison for 5 years.
J&K: Share a little bit about SWEET MADNESS[no copying blurb :)]
HS:
Sweet Madness is about a young lady who is kind of Society’s Darling. She’s always perfectly behaved. She has the perfect husband. And she’s perfectly content to live the privileged society life she was born to until her husband’s tragic death changes her forever. It drives her to study the maladies of the mind and leads her to a traumatized soldier who needs her help…and her love. But she also finds that healing is a two way street, and to be able to follow our hero to the dark places she must go to reach him, she has to open up wounds of her own. It’s really a story about the healing power of love, with a little mystery and some racy bits thrown in!

This third book is a little different than the first two. You see, where my chemist and my criminologist heroines (from Sweet Enemy and Sweet Deception) were both brilliant women who reveled in pushing the boundaries of society, Penelope starts out sort of average…she doesn’t think there’s anything special or smart about herself at all.

It was a fun challenge to help Penelope discover her inner brilliance. She had to realize that she was never average at all, and that everything she needed was within her all along, if she only trusted herself.

J&K: What is it that makes Gabriel and Penelope perfect for each other?
HS:
They’ve both been to some very dark places. They’re both suffering from their own form of PTSD, and they both desperately need healing. And yet they are both kind souls, both strong and caring, both sensitive and sweet. And they both have the drive to help their fellow man, and each other.

J&K: How well does the cover illustrate your vision of the heroine? Of the story?
HS:
Oh, spot on! This is my very favorite of my covers, probably because I got some say in it. I asked to have Penelope standing at a window and looking back at us over her shoulder. I asked that she be in a red dress (for reasons you’ll understand once you’ve read the book). I also requested the lightning in the window (to denote a sense of madness/unpredictability. Plus storms feature in the story). Also, she’s got a dimple in her chin (devil within!). Truly, it couldn’t fit my vision any better!

J&K: Which two authors would you write an anthology with and what would it be about?
HS:
In my dream world, I’d love to write an anthology with Lisa Kleypas and Sabrina Jeffries, mainly because I am in awe of their writing and hope I would just learn by osmosis simply by being in the same book with them! I think all three of us write out-of-the-box, complex characters who aren’t necessarily pillars of society…maybe it would be fun to write an early Victorian North South sort of thing, exploring the clash of classes and genders during the Industrial Revolution…with lots of passion, some good laughs and a happily-ever-after, of course!

J&K: Do you have any writing rituals? (blasting music, eating cookies, drinking wine...)
HS:
Drinking wine…why didn’t I think of that? My writing would probably be much better for it! Okay, let’s see. I used to have rituals and only be able to write in silence, but that was pre-kiddos and deadlines! Now, I just have to write where/when I can and however I have to go about it! I did have to train myself to write with music, because even my Bose noise-cancelling headphones can’t drown out my little darlings. I can’t write to anything with lyrics, so I choose a movie soundtrack that has a similar feel to the story I’m writing, and pipe it through the headphones to kill the rest of the noise. For example, For Sweet Madness, I chose the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows soundtrack (both cd’s), and made my own mix of songs—though I did toss in Dumbledore’s Farewell from Half-Blood Prince. The HPDH soundtrack really evoked for me a sense of haunting darkness and struggle, yet also embodied the hope that all would be well in the end.

J&K: What are you writing at the moment? Can you give us a sneak peek into your current WIP?
HS:
Actually, I’m not writing anything at the moment… I’m gearing up for the RT Booklovers Convention in three weeks, and then my family and I are taking off for a much needed vacation. However, when I get back, I have a new series in mind that I’m itching to get started…but I can’t share until all of the details are worked out. Tell you what, though. As soon as the ink is dry, you’ll be the first to know!


Lightning Round:

Before I answer these questions, be warned: I am a romance author with a chemistry degree. I am equally left and right brained, and often of two minds about things. Just saying…

Alpha or Beta? Balpha. I like a strong, take charge man with a sensitive side. That’s what I write. (And what I married)
Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Wallflower, but one who has the confidence to be the Belle of the Ball when she needs to be.
Debutante or Spinster? Spinster. I am married, but I am one of those who didn’t date for the longest time because I didn’t want to be bothered, then married the first man I decided to get serious about.
Virgin widow or Secret baby? Virgin Widow
Titled peer or Working man? Again, two minds. I like the Titled peers who are also working men, like Lisa Kleypas’ Marcus, Lord Westcliff in It Happened One Autumn. So far, all three of my heroes have been titled, but they all have purpose and drive to do something in addition to running their estates.
Love at first sight or Second chances? Second chances. I’m a huge fan of redemption.
Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Naval officer. I like the responsible type
Vampires or Shifters? Vampires
Western Historicals or Western Contemporaries? Historicals, of course!
Writing or Reading? Hmmm…reading. Because reading is part of writing…you learn more the more you read! Gives me a great excuse to say “I’m working!” when really, I’m reading ;)
Paperbacks or e-books? Paperbacks. I do own e-readers, and I like the convenience, but when I sit down with a book, I like to be able to hold it, smell it, and drool over the cover! Plus, I like to read in the bath, and while people say you can put your e-reader in a Ziploc, I don’t like the idea…
Plotter or Pantser? Here are my two minds again. I’m a Planster. I plot and plan and can’t even begin a story until I know where it’s going and that the end I have in mind could feasibly work, and then the creative part of me changes things up as we go.
Author’s choice. I want to know 5 fun facts about each of you! I’ll give you an entry for every one you share! One winner will get their choice of the first two books in the series, SWEET ENEMY or SWEET DECEPTION (which recently won the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for published historical romance and was just named a finalist in the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Contest!). Congrats Heather!!!

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AN UNTAMED MIND

Ever since her husband’s sudden and tragic death, Lady Penelope Bridgeman has committed herself to studying the maladies of the mind, particularly treating traumatized soldiers of the Napoleonic Wars. It is this expertise that brings the Marquess of Bromwich’s family to her door.

Gabriel Devereaux’s unexpected and unpredictable episodes are unlike any Penelope has studied. The once proud soldier has been left shaken and withdrawn, but she manages to build a fragile trust between them. Strangely, Gabriel seems completely lucid when not in the grips of his mania, and in the calm between bouts, she is surprised by how much she is drawn to him.

Despite his own growing feelings, Gabriel knows that he is fit for no one, and is determined to keep Penelope away from his descent into madness. But even though she knows firsthand the folly of loving a broken man, Penelope cannot stop herself from trying to save him, no matter the cost.
Get Your Own Copy: Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Nook | iBooks | Rainy Day Books (Heather's local bookstore) 
BAM | Book Depository | Walmart | indiebound
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*Sweet Madness is a story of the healing power of love, and just as important, of hope. Gabriel is a fictional war hero but there are many real life heroes and their families suffering today. Therefore, my husband and I have decided to donate a portion of all royalties earned from the sale of SWEET MADNESS to Hope For The Warriors®, an organization dedicated to “restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.” You can find out more here.

So there you have it. Heather is giving away a copy of Sweet Enemy or Sweet Deception (winner's choice). Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment answering Heather's question: I want to know 5 fun facts about each of you! I’ll give you an entry for every one you share!
  • Don't forget to leave an email address where we can reach you if you win. Leave it ninja-style: yourname at yourhost dot com
Thanks to Heather!


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