SINFULLY YOURS by Cara Elliott
(April 28, 2015; Forever Mass Market; The Hellions of High Street: Book #2)
After an eventful Season, Anna Sloane longs for some peace and quiet to pursue her writing. Though her plots might be full of harrowing adventure and heated passion, she’d much prefer to leave such exploits on the page rather than experience them in real life. Or so she thinks until she encounters the darkly dissolute-and gorgeously charming-Marquess of Davenport.
Davenport has a reputation as a notorious rake whose only forte is wanton seduction. However the real reason he’s a guest at the same remote Scottish castle has nothing to do with Anna . . . until a series of mysterious threats leave him no choice but to turn to her for help in stopping a dangerous conspiracy. As desire erupts between them, Davenport soon learns he’s not the only one using a carefully crafted image to hide his true talents. And he’s more than ready to show Anna that sometimes reality can be even better than her wildest imaginings . . .
Romance Junkies Q&A
I am so glad you could join us here at RomanceJunkies. To start, will you please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
I’m working on a proposal for a new trilogy featuring three dashing debonair heroes—and three boldly bad-girl heroines. Sparks are going to fly . . . however it’s too early to say anything more, so you’ll have to wait for all the details until later!
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
My mother always said it was when I was five years old, as I would spend hours with my crayons writing and illustrating elaborate little books. And she’s probably right. I’ve loved the written word and storytelling ever since I can remember. (Just ask my stuffed animals, who had to listen to countless goodnight tales for more years than they care to remember!)
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day? Lisa Kleypas gave a wonderful talk some years ago at RWA that centered around armadillos, those ugly tough-as-nails critters that look like a cross between an armored tank and a rodent. Now, she grew up in Texas, where they are common, and explained that armadillos can survive anything—hit them with a truck and they simply get up again and keep going. Her punchline (no pun intended!) was that writers have to think of themselves as armadillos! Writing is a crazy and at times stressful business, but you can’t let yourself get flattened by setbacks. So every time I get a little down or discouraged, I think that advice and it makes me smile.
Describe the “perfect” hero.
The perfect hero makes you laugh; he makes your heart skip a beat when he holds your hand; he makes you believe you can be better than you think you can be.
What are some of your favorite pastimes?
I love exploring museums, especially the offbeat, esoteric ones that one finds off the beaten path.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
Only one choice? That’s not fair—there are SO many interesting places around the world I’d like to see! Maybe the Wand would allow two stops—for amazing history, I’d love to visit Istanbul, the crossroads of East and West. And for natural beauty, I’ve always wanted to go to Australia and see the beaches and the Great Barrier Reef.
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to food—as long as it doesn’t include eels or insects.
What is your favorite comfort food?
My special homemade blondies, which are chock full of golden raisins, dark chocolate chunks and walnuts.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
My laptop. I’m constantly reworking sentences and paragraphs as I write, and fiddling is SO much easier on a digital screen than it is with paper and pencil. (Though I do love the feeling of writing by hand, so I make an effort to do some of that too, and then type it into the Word file.)
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?
I’m part of The Word Wenches (http://wordwenches.typepad.com/word_wenches/) a blog group of wonderful historical authors (Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Nicola Cornick , Anne Gracie, Susan Fraser King, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice and yours truly.) So I can be found there regularly. And I’ll be at RWA in New York City in July.
About the author:
Cara Elliott started writing Western novels at the age of five. Later she changed her genre to Regency romance after reading Pride and Prejudice. She graduated from Yale University, and she now lives and works in New York City.
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