Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Thrilled to host Harlequin Presents author, Susanna Carr...
1) What kind of music do you like?
I rarely listen to music. Weird, I know! I don't turn on the radio if I'm alone in the car and I can't remember the last song I bought or downloaded. When I'm at the library or coffee shop to write, I'm wearing headphones only to cancel out the noise.
If I'm listening to music, it's because I'm writing a story and I'm trying to capture the mood for a scene. The music I listen to is most likely going to be 80's music!
2) Describe your dream home…
Something small and cozy. Quiet with a stunning view. Lots of windows and light. And I would want a full-time housekeeper, gardener and handyman so I didn't have to take care of it!
3) Favorite literary hero & heroine?
I would have to go with Benedict and Beatrice from Shakespeare's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. The tension between the two zings. They are clever, stubborn and flawed. I like how they challenge each other.
4) What are you reading now?
Right now I'm catching up on Lynne Graham's The Legacies of Powerful Men trilogy. She's one of my favorite authors! She's an auto-buy and the only reason I haven't read these yet is because I try to wait for all the books in a trilogy or series to become available. Now I'm having a reading marathon.
5) What did you do on your last birthday?
I try to do a trip for my birthday. Some years it's just visiting a town nearby and other years it can be extravagant, like when my twin sister and I visited London. My birthday is coming up very soon and I will be celebrating with a long weekend trip.
6) What comes first, plot or characters?
It usually starts with the heroine. I know what she wants in life and why she wants it. I then think who would be the worst man for her. He's usually a threat to her dreams and the life she wants to live. Once I make a few decisions about the characters, I move on to the plot.
7) Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?
I know a lot of authors believe writer's block doesn't exist, but I think there are different forms of stress that prevents a writer from getting the words on the page. It's something every author faces and they have to recognize the signs and push through it.
8) Do you ever want to be someone else? Who?
No, there were famous people I admired and wanted to emulate, but I always wanted to be a romance author. I'm fortunate that I became the woman I wanted to be.
9) What’s next for you?
My next book is LET THEM TALK. It's a Harlequin Blaze and it comes out February 2015. It's about three women living in a small, conservative town and they meet some opposition when they start a risqué book club. They try out what they've learned from the books they read with unexpected results.
Prince Hafiz’s Only Vice
by Susanna Carr
What a royal wants…
Prince Hafiz devotes his days to his people and his nights to indulging his desires with his stunning American mistress, Lacey Maxwell. But duty requires him to marry a "suitable" bride.
In her deepest secret fantasies, Lacey naively hopes to one day wear Hafiz's ring, until her dreams are shattered and he chooses someone else.
Faced with the reality of a passionless union, Hafiz realizes the years spent with Lacey have done nothing to slake his hunger for her. Instead he's determined to turn his only vice into a virtue for the sake of his country…and each other!
Lacey stared at the engagement announcement. Her mind refused to comprehend the words. "Marry?" she whispered. Her wild gaze flew to Hafiz's harsh face. "You're getting married?"
She waited in agony as he rose to his full height. He looked very tall and intimidating. Almost like a stranger.
Lacey didn't realize she was holding her breath until he answered. "Yes."
The single word sent her universe into a spiral. "I don't…I don't…." She stared at the headline again, but the pain was too raw, too intense.
Her hands shook as the rage and something close to fear swirled inside her. Fear of losing everything. Pure anger at the thought of Hafiz with another woman. The fury threatened to overpower her. She wanted to scream at the injustice and claw at something. Stake her claim. Hafiz belonged to her.
"You have been with another woman." She couldn't believe it. "All this time, you were with someone else."
Hafiz's eyes narrowed at the accusation. "No. You have been the only woman in my life since I met you in St. Louis a year ago."
She was the only woman, and yet he was going to marry another? "Then how are you…I don't understand."
He braced his feet a shoulders' width apart and clasped his hands behind his back, preparing for battle. "I met the bride today and she agreed."
Lacey's mouth gaped open. "You just met her?" She snatched the flicker of hope and held on tight. "So, it's an arranged marriage."
Hafiz let out a bark of humorless laughter. "Of course."
"Then, what's the problem?" She moved slowly as she stood. Her arms and legs felt limp and shaky. "Say that you won't get married."
He looked away. "I can't." Regret tinged his voice.
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/prince-hafizs-only-vice-susanna-carr/1119221410?ean=9780373132850
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Susanna_Carr_Prince_Hafiz_s_Only_Vice?id=jGB0AwAAQBAJ
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Susanna Carr is an award-winning author known for her contemporary romances. Readers throughout the world find Susanna's stories a delightful escape that has often helped them through difficult times. Reviewers frequently describe her work as "fun", "sexy" and "a must read." When she isn't writing or spending time with her family in the Pacific Northwest, Susanna enjoys reading romance and connecting with readers online.
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Posted by Rachel Brimble at 01:00