Thursday, December 10, 2015

#DecemberJoyathon2015: Bronwen Evans' Favorite Things

We're getting a visit from the other side of the world today. How exciting is that? While we're freezing our bums off, this guest author is basking in sunshine. Family time, summer barbecuing and afternoon walks are some of Bronwen Evans' favorite things. 

USA Today Bestselling author, Bronwen Evans (Bron), loves story-telling – gobbling up movies, reading books and attending the theater. Her head is always filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer.

Bronwen attended Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand earning a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Administration, majoring in Marketing and Accounting. She was all set on building herself a business career (which she did along the way).

But life never turns out exactly as one thinks. After working for a few years in marketing roles within New Zealand financial institutions, she left for a 6 month overseas experience in London, England. She loved England. She spent several years living in London, using it as a base to be able to work and travel from. She visited all four corners of the world. Her most interesting trips were a camel safari in the Sahara, a trip through Russia, a safari through Africa with her mother, and three months in the Mediterranean.

It was while living and working in London she discovered the offices of Mills & Boon and the germ of an idea to embark on a romance writing career was born.

Almost eight years later, on her return to New Zealand, encouraged by a close friend battling a life-threatening illness, Bronwen finally started down the path to publication by joining RWA, The Beau Monde, RWAustralia and RWNZ.

Bronwen’s first manuscript, INVITATION TO RUIN, was completed late 2009, and was sold to Kensington Publishing early 2010, in a two book deal. Her debut novel, INVITATION TO RUIN, received a 4.5 star rating from RT Book Reviews and was nominated in the RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards – Best First Historical. Invitation to Ruin was also won the RomCon Readers Crown Best Historical 2012.

Bron’s since gone on to win the RomCon Readers Crown three times. Her first book in her Disgraced Lords series hit the USA Today bestsellers list and she has hit it several times since.

She lives in New Zealand in sunny Hawkes Bay with her two Cavoodles named Brandy and Duke.

Dear Readers, happy holiday season. I can’t believe how fast 2015 has gone. I think I blinked and missed it! I’m not sure I’ve achieved much this year, but I’m looking forward to 2016. To top my year off, my latest book released on 1 December 2015, A Whisper of Desire, book #4 in my Disgraced Lords series.

Christmas is my favorite time of year. It’s summer in New Zealand and all schools are closed for the six-week break, and most businesses close from the 24th December to the 4th of January. Its almost like New Zealand slows down, and sometimes we need a bit of relaxation! I’ve been asked what my five favorite things about the holiday season are. Here goes:

• Having all the family together on Christmas Day. It’s probably the only day where I definitely know my sisters, their other halves, parents, and all the children will be together in the same house. This year Christmas lunch is at my house in the Hawkes Bay. It’s the first time I’ll have the whole family in my new house. I’m really excited.

• Sitting outside in the sun (it’s summer here in New Zealand), watching the men barbequing. The kids will probably be in the pool. My little dogs, Duke and Brandy will be running around the outside of the pool barking, wanting to be with the kids, but hating the water!

• Watching my niece and nephews open their presents on Christmas morning. I love waking up, making tea and coffee for the adults, big piles of toast and scrambled eggs while the youngsters open their presents.

• All the generations of family going for a late afternoon walk through the vines, down to the beach, to try to work of the huge amounts of food we’ve eaten.

• Staying up late, eating left overs, not that we need any more food, watching my favorite Christmas movies…Love Actually, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. What? A girl’s got to have a laugh, a bit of romance, and a little action.

• Finally, okay it’s number six but it has to be there, snuggling into bed, Duke and Brandy sleeping next to me, and out comes my trusty Kindle as I re-read my favorite book from 2015. This year I’ve picked His Saving Grace by Sharon Cullen.

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Here’s to a happy and healthy 2016!

Series: The Disgraced Lords #4
Genre: Historical
Page Count: 273 pages
Publisher: Loveswept (December 1, 2015)
A Whisper of Desire (The Disgraced Lords, #4)

Sensual heat melts the ice in the new Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, as a marriage of convenience leads to delightful pleasure—and mortal danger.

Lady Marisa Hawkestone’s nightmare is just beginning when she wakes up naked, with no memory of the night before, lying next to Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton—a man so aloof and rational he’s nicknamed “the Cold Duke.” A scandal ensues, in which Marisa’s beloved beau deserts her. As a compromised woman, Marisa agrees to marry Maitland. But on her wedding night, Marisa discovers the one place the duke shows emotion: in the bedroom, where the man positively scorches the sheets.

Taught from a young age to take duty seriously, Maitland cannot understand his new wife’s demands on his love and affection. Marisa’s hot-blooded spirit, however, does have its attractions—especially at night. In retrospect, it seems quite silly that he didn’t marry sooner. But being one of the Libertine Scholars requires constant vigilance, even more so when the enemy with a grudge against his closest friends targets Marisa. Now Maitland must save the woman who sets his heart aflame—or die trying.

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