Saturday, June 15, 2013

Studio Smexy Saturdays: Interview with Author Erica Monroe + #Giveaway (ebook)


Meet Erica:
Erica Monroe writes romantic suspense set in regency London. Her debut novel, A Dangerous Invitation, Book 1 of the Rookery Rogues series, will be out in December 2013. Erica can also be found blogging every other Saturday at Teatime Romance. When not writing, she is a chronic TV watcher, lover of pit bulls, and shoe fashionista. She lives in the suburbs of North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.

Connect with Erica: Author Site | Tea Time Romance Blog

Jamie and Kati: Welcome to Studio Smexy Saturdays at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance!

J&K: Tell us 5 fun facts about yourself.
Erica Monroe:
  1. My background is originally science fiction and fantasy. Three years ago, I wandered into historical fiction and from that, romance. I think I’ve always been a romance writer without knowing it, as every story I’ve written has had some sort of romantic element to it.
  2. My husband and I met in high school. We have dated since we were 16.
  3. I have over 75 pairs of shoes. I used to have considerably more, but cleaned out prior to moving. It was like giving away parts of my soul.
  4. I am an obsessive fangirl for a lot of TV shows, most recently BBC America’s Orphan Black. Other favorites include Castle, Nikita, Elementary, and The Vampire Diaries. I just started watching Ripper Street too and I love it.
  5. I am one of those rare extroverted writers.
J&K: What book(s) feature a Studio Smexy shot cover?
EM: My debut novel, A Dangerous Invitation. I have ear-marked other Studio Smexy to use in future covers for the rest of The Rookery Rogues series as well.

J&K: How well does the cover illustrate your vision of the hero/heroine? Of the story?
EM: I’m so in love with this cover, designed by Parajunkee Designs, for how well it conveys the story. Rachel Rivera really outdid herself. The original stock photo features a darker haired hero and a dirty blonde heroine so she had to do a lot of work on their hair to match the features I had in mind for Daniel and Kate. As for the story, Rachel took my idea of a gritty London back alley and ran with it. The darker colors and shadows she chose work well to convey the romantic suspense element of the novel.

J&K: What elements do you like to see on a book cover? (hero, heroine, landscape...)
EM: I am one of those rotten “pretty dress” buyers. If it’s got a heroine in a gorgeous dress, I’ve probably bought it in paperback. Some of my favorite book covers like The Girl in the Steel Corset definitely exemplify this. I also love clinch covers, so when I started to think about what I would want, I knew I wanted a clinch on each of the covers.

Given the social status of the characters in the Rookery Rogues series, the pretty, expensive dress was out. So instead we focused on upping the suspense elements while still having something rich in color.

J&K: What drew you to choosing a photo shot by Jenn?
EM: Originally, I had planned on just purchasing one of the stock images already shot. But Isobel Carr convinced me to request an image from the Portland shoot that Jenn recently did. It was Jenn’s attention to detail and the fact that she was willing to work with the pose I wanted and incorporate a historically accurate flintlock pistol (which features heavily in my book) that made me decide to do it. Jenn featured heavily in my decision to self-publish, as she helped me understand just what I’d need to do to get a great cover and that I could have something viable and very “me.” Jenn was very easy to work with and she answered all of my questions (and there were a lot!). (K: Yup, I remember running back to Delilah's for that dress the model wears on your cover. Glad you requested)

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

J&K: What can readers expect from you next?
EM: A Dangerous Invitation will be available at all online retailers on December 14, 2013 in both paperback and e-book. After that, I’m working on the second book in The Rookery Rogues series, tentatively titled An Artful Seduction.


"I can't help but believe this is all my fault. When I ran, I thought I was doing the right thing for you.” His glance bored into her.
Daniel sought her inner secrets. Sooner or later, he’d discover everything she kept hidden. "If you'd said that at the beginning of this week, I would have agreed with you in an instant.”
“And now?” He shifted so that he faced her, breaking the contact of their legs on the carriage seat.
“Now—” She bit her lip. “Now I have not the faintest idea what to think. You complicate things, Daniel.”
“In a good way, I hope.” He chuckled softly.
She knew that laugh, so rife with intimacy. Had heard it so many times before, a precursor to a kiss that curled her toes. “Before you came back, I knew exactly where I stood. There were lines, clearly demarcated and categorized. Things I promised myself I’d never do again if I wanted to survive, and I lived by that code. It’s kept me alive.”
“Some lines are meant to be crossed, Katie. Live dangerously for once.” His voice dipped lower, a caress to her tired body. Their eyes locked. Heat sizzled between them, an almost palpable spark. Slowly, his face inched closer to hers.
No amount of fighting or sensible decisions would save her now. She was rightly and truly tupped.
“Devil take it all,” Kate whispered.
Before her mind had a chance to reason, she leaned forward, closing the distance between them. Her lips came down upon his savagely, burn on burn in a desperate attempt to consume him.

Excerpt from A Dangerous Invitation ©2013 by Erica Monroe. All rights reserved.


One fatal mistake cost Daniel O’Reilly the woman he loved, spiraling him toward drunken self-destruction. Now sober, he’ll have to prove he’s innocent of the murder he was accused of two years ago. But pistol-wielding Kate Morgan hasn't forgiven his sins.

Torn from her privileged existence by her father’s death, Kate Morgan has carved out a new independent life in the Ratcliffe rookery as a fence for stolen goods. Daniel’s invitation to assist him jeopardizes her structured existence. Yet Kate can’t resist his touch, or the wicked desires he stirs within her.

As their renewed passions grow reckless, their investigation takes them through the darkest and most depraved areas of the City. To catch a killer, they’ll have to put secrets behind them and trust only their hearts.

An e-copy of Emma Locke’s The Trouble With Being Wicked. Emma Locke is a dear friend and critique partner so I’m honored to share her work with your readers. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment for Erica about your favorite historical romances and/or authors. What are some of your favorite tropes?
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  • Giveaway ends June 21.
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