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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Interview with Author Jane Feather and Giveaway

Jane Feather was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in New Forest, in the south of England. She began her highly successful career after she and her family moved to Washington D.C. in 1981. She now has over ten million books in print.

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First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
I live in DC, love cats, spending time with my family, in smallish doses, wine and good food in larger doses..

Did you always want to be a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed writing and telling stories. Growing up, I would always be inhabiting some other universe in my head, constantly rewriting descriptions of scenes and pieces of dialogue with whoever I had created to be in that world with me.

What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
A plotter, although sometimes the story will take a turn I’m not expecting and then I just go with it.

Where do your ideas come from?
History. I’m a believer in the adage, truth is stranger than fiction.

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
In Restoration England, 2 friends, forced into marriage by their outlaw families, learn to love and intrigue at the court of Charles 11.

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
Spy thrillers, historical novels, anything with World War 1 or 11 as background.

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
Too many to choose from.

What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
Endings. It’s always really hard to bring a story and a relationship to a fulfilling conclusion.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Samuel Pepys, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw. Apart from all having awe inspiring intellects, they were wonderfully witty and such sharply observant social commentators on their own times.

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
A story set in London at the end of the 18th century at the end of the French Revolution and the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars. I love writing about spies as much as reading about them and it was very fertile ground for excitement and intrigue as well as dangerous relationships.

Are there any particularly special historical periods? I’m always being told that readers of historical romances only like Regency, Victorian or anything set in Scotland, and I would love to know if this is true, and if so, why?

The first in an all-new, sizzling historical romance series from New York Times bestselling author Jane Feather.

Torn between a true love and family duty…

Ariadne "Ari" Carfax has never been one to play by the rules; she’s an heiress to the Carfax family, banished from London when Oliver Cromwell seized the throne from King Charles, who has since gained notoriety for pillaging, thieving, and ruling the Carfax Valley with an iron glove. All too soon, Ari finds herself in her family’s legendary vise, forced into a marriage to Ivor Chalfont, Ari’s childhood friend and confidante, against her wishes.

While the Carfax family has only its own interest at heart—a union between the Catholic Carfaxes and Protestant Chalfonts will guarantee the Carfaxes’ reinstatement at London court, and the rehabilitation of their noble name—Ari cannot bear the thought of being separated from her secret lover/poet, Gabriel. She vows to fight her family—and Ivor—every step of the way, even when forced into the marital ceremony at her own grandfather’s wake, in a treacherous coup de etat that leaves her wed to another, and eternally broken-hearted.

Sending Gabriel to the temporary safety of Lord Monmouth’s outpost at The Hague in Scotland, Ari resigns herself to her new life as Lady Ivor Chalfont—at least until the newlyweds travel to London, and she can escape her new husband and reunite with Gabriel. As the two make their preparations to travel, however, Ari finds herself entertaining entirely uncharacteristic thoughts about her new husband: she finds that she likes him as perhaps more than a friend, after all. Not wanting to be disloyal to Gabriel, but simultaneously more and more attracted to Ivor, Ari can’t help but give into the physical pull between her and her new husband, and the two embark on a tentative, post-marital courtship that just might hold the seeds of love…until, that is, Gabriel spots Ari in London and makes it his mission to get her back. Ari is caught between a lover who might be better left in the past, and a husband who she just might be able to love; who will win Ari’s heart?

Set in 1600s England during the tumultuous Monmouth Rebellion, this is the epic story of what happens when the one thing we think we can trust—our hearts—turns out to be the most duplicitous.

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Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 2 copies of Trapped At the Altar

To Enter: 
  • Please answer Jane's question: Are there any particularly special historical periods? I’m always being told that readers of historical romances only like Regency, Victorian or anything set in Scotland, and I would love to know if this is true, and if so, why?
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  1. Since the advent of Downton Abbey, I'm also a fan of the Edwardian Era... but then I'm a longtime fan of all things English and from their PBS...

  2. I do like most romance novels, but my favorites are the ones set during the 1800's in the American west. I just love cowboys. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  3. I will read about any time if it's well written! I like the Regency period for English settings, and Colonial for American settings.

  4. I love the Regency and Victorian time but I do read any of the others these 2 are my favorite.
    Congratulations on your new book this is a new Author for me I can't wait to read it.

  5. I like Regency because of the titles and fancy clothes, It's a different time period and it's nice to imagine what it was like. I also like romance set in Scotland, there is something to be said about a man with a kilt on and that speaks with a brogue.

  6. To answer your question, Jane, I think because I started reading a long while ago when the most plentiful historical romances were of the medieval and Regency periods, that's what I read and became most familiar with. I'm pretty choosy these days with those two genres because of my familiarity with them. So I like to branch out now into other periods, like Georgian, Victorian, Napoleonic, early American, and I love them with intrigue or suspense. I actually read quite a bit of romantic suspense now, even the contemporaries. So it isn't just the historicals I read now. Perhaps a lot of readers aren't like me, but I read soooo much that I find I have to branch out of a glutted market so as not to be bored with my reading habits. :-) Hope I answered your question.

  7. I love anything set in Scotland or in England during the Napoleon's time (due to the spy's and special agencies for the crown and their women). I suppose if truth were told I just like a good romance novel since I like paranormal, magical and suspense romances as well. For me reading is that get-away time to live and love in a time period not my own.

  8. I like regency and the earlier Scottish romances.

  9. I probably have read mostly the periods you have mentioned, but I have read some excellent Medieval romance books by Teresa Medieros and recently read a great Catherine Anderson book set in the wild, wild west.

  10. While I love stories set in Scotland (thank you, Diana Gabaldon), and stories set in Regency England (thank you, Georgette Heyer), my stories do not have to be from those time periods or places. More importantly is how well the author does her job. A great author can take you to times and places you never thought that you would enjoy. Just waiting for more Viking stories (thank you, Johanna Lindsey) or England of the Norman conquest ala Ivanhoe and Kathleen Woodiwiss. Problems with going that far back is the short life spans of the heroes and heroines. So, dabble away!

  11. I like Regency set stories, but my favorite are Medieval stories, and yes, I do love the Scottish ones. They have castles and warrior men in kilts. Nothing bad there. LOL

    Marcy Shuler

  12. I like pretty much all eras -- American as well as European.

  13. to be perfectly honest, I vaguely know the difference between all the historical tropes. I tend to like them all, so I'm in for the story, not the time period.

  14. I love every historical period, I have no particular favorite.

  15. I prefer regency, victorian, and scottish, but I'll read other historical romance

  16. I prefer Regency and anything set in Scotland. Early Victorian and Georgian is okay, too. I like Regencies for the manners and clothes and anything set in Scotland, because I love (most) all things Scottish, especially the men!