Hi Collette! It's great to have you here and to be a part of your ongoing tour. I think this is the first time we've met so I'm looking forward to getting to know more about you and your work. Let's get started with my questions…
1. What do you wish men understood about women?
Oh, I like this question.
We don’t want you to fix stuff when we are sharing something crappy that happened to us, or something that upset us. We want you to try to understand why we feel the way we do and then give us chocolate and rub our feet!
And, we don’t want to be your mother.
Don’t ask us to make your doctor’s appointments or make us remind you to do your share around the house or with the kids. We don’t want another child but a partner.
2. Do you only work on one book at a time?
I only actively work on one book at time, but I will jot notes for other books. And I often find that the next book I’m going to write starts being a nuisance, demanding to be written before the current WIP is done.
3. Who is your favorite fictional couple?
I don’t have one. I’ve read so many wonderful books that I can’t choose just one couple, though Brandon and Heather from the Flame and The Flower would be near the top.
4. Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?
“When we trust our lives to the unseen but ever-present God, He will write our lives into His story and every last one of them will turn out to be a great read, with a grand ending.” ~Beth Moore
5. Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?
I’m becoming more disciplined about setting daily writing goals. I cut back on teaching to write more, so I’m committed to filling those hours with writing.
I do write something every day, even if it’s only a blog.
6. What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why?
I like Facebook better. Sometimes you just can’t say what you need to with 160 characters. Plus, I think Facebook is more user friendly.
7. What are you working on now?
I just finished The Earl’s Enticement, the third book in my trilogy.
I’m starting a Regency stand-alone that features a character introduced in The Earl’s Enticement. Flynn’s been bugging me to write his story, though I didn’t realize it was going to be his story when I thought of it. I’ve had the idea for months now, and suddenly realized, he was my perfect hero for the plot.
The Viscount’s Vow
by Collette Cameron
Amidst murder and betrayal, destiny and hearts collide when scandal forces a nobleman and a gypsy to marry in this Regency Romance.
Half Romani, half English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.
When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous.
At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betrayal.
Wedding Reception Scene.
“You didn't eat much, wife.”
They were alone on the dance floor. Ian deftly twirled Vangie around his aunt's smallish ballroom, mindful of the interested eyes watching them.
Stealing a glance at the smiling and nodding onlookers, he suppressed a frown. He felt like a curiosity on display at Bullock's Museum. He wished others would take to the floor, so he could dispense with the devoted bridegroom facade.
The twelve courses at dinner had been tortuous. His wife hadn’t taken more than a dozen bites nor said as many words. He'd tried to eat the succulent foods Aunt Edith had gone to such efforts to have prepared, but his anger made everything dry as chalk and every bit as tasteless.
“I'd not much appetite, my lord.”
He chuckled. “Don't you think you might address me by my given name, wife?”
“Why?” she asked pertly. “I've known you but four days, certainly not long enough to be so familiar with you.”
He lowered his head, breathing in her ear, very aware every eye in the room was trained on them. He'd give them something to gossip about. “Because I want you to, wife, and you did promise to obey.”
He nipped her ear.
She jumped and a tiny yelp of surprise escaped before she clamped her lips together. Her eyes were shooting sparks again, only this time they were directed at him.
“What's my name, wife?”
“Please, don't call me that. I too have a name, as you well know.”
Drawing her closer, her breasts pressing against the breadth of his chest and cresting the edge of her bodice, he murmured, “Indeed, but Evangeline sounds . . . angelic, and we both know you're no such thing.”
“Pardon?” She stiffened, trying to shove away from him. “I don't under—”
His head descended again. “Say it, or I'll trace your ear with my tongue.”
He grinned as her breath hissed from between clenched teeth. She stumbled, her fingers digging into his shoulder and hand. A very becoming flush swept across her face.
“Will you cease?” Her worried gaze careened around the room. “We're being watched.”
Voice husky, he said, “Say my name, sweeting.” Giving her a gentle squeeze, he started to dip his head, caressing her elegant neck with his hot breath.
“Ian, your name is Ian,” she gasped breathlessly, twisting her head away.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A life-long Oregonian, Collette Cameron was born and raised in a small town along the northern Oregon coast. Today she makes her home in a rural community, 30 minutes west of Portland. Her Victorian farmhouse sits on a one-acre certified wildlife habit, interspersed with a plethora of gardens: English, rose, butterfly, rock, water, and of course, vegetable.
A voracious reader of romance since her teens, she even named her daughter after a heroine in her favorite romance novel. An enthusiast of times gone by, and anything related to romance, she writes Historical Romance, with a dash of inspiration, a pinch of humor, and a liberal portion of suspense.
Having dabbled in interior decorating in her youth, Collette returned to school, graduating summa cum laude from Oregon State University, and went on to obtain her Master's Degree in Teaching. She is member of Romance Writers of America, Rose City Romance Writers, The Beau Monde, and Love Faith and Hope, Inc., and a whole slew of other author/writer groups.
Some of Collette's favorite things include unique blends of coffees and teas, trivia, Cadbury Milk Chocolate, inspirational quotes, and scented candles. Her Christian faith, husband, three adult children, and five miniature dachshunds round out her life quite nicely! When she's not teaching or writing, she enjoys amateur photography, bird watching, gardening, interior decorating, rock-hunting, boating or fishing on the Columbia River, and reading of course.
To connect with Collette, please visit www.collettecameron.com or http://blueroseromance.com/
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BOOK TRAILER LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HnUxiYbR5I
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