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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Alexandra Hawkins Interview, Review & Giveaway



Interview
1. What is one of your favorite Myths/legends to write about?
A. Eros (Cupid) and Psyche.

2. If you could live back in time, what time period would you choose and why?
A. After sixteen books, I’m not going to surprise anyone by picking the Regency era.  The architecture, fashions, and the notable celebrities of the time captured my imagination as a teenager, and I’m still enthralled.

3. Have you ever come across a song that might fit the theme of one of your books?
A. Something Vivaldi.  The Concerto for Violoncello in D Major, RV 403 seems appropriate.

4. Do you remember what you felt when you had your first kiss?
A. Yes.  Hot in the face and shivery.

5. What was the most creative pick up line you've ever used on someone or someone used on you?
A. Before I was married, a guy came into the jewelry store I was working at and told me that I was beautiful and asked me if I wanted to model for him.  I laughed off the compliment, but he assured me that he was an artist.  To prove it, he came back an hour later to show me his portfolio.  We’ve been friends ever since.

6. When writing do you have a playlist of music you like to listen to? What are a couple songs on it?
A. When I’m writing, I listen to classical music or movie soundtracks.  From the 2005 soundtrack of movie “Pride and Prejudice”, I enjoy listening to “Dawn” and almost anything Vivaldi, although the Flute Concerto in A minor, R. 108: I. Allegro is one of my favorites.

7. What do you do when you think nobody is watching?
A. I like to sing along with the radio.

8. What was your favorite childhood book?
A. I was a huge Nancy Drew fan as a kid.

9. What is your favorite addition to chocolate?
A. Caramel.

10. What does your husband/significant other say about your writing erotic stories? What about your family and/or do they read your books?
A. My husband and family have been very supportive about my writing.  Several family members do take the time to read my books.  I haven’t received any complaints about the sexy love scenes.

11. Besides your own, what is one of your favorite series to keep up with?
A. I love Lorraine Heath’s Scoundrels of St. James series.

12. What do you think you would be doing if you weren't writing?
A. That’s a difficult one to answer.  Before my first child was born, I was working as a medical technician in an ophthalmology office.  I really enjoyed the job.  I was also taking college classes at night with the goal of slowly working my way to a degree in art.  My priorities shifted when the kids were born and then we moved out of state—away from our families and friends.  I’m not sure what sort of job I would have pursued if my writing hadn’t taken off.  I probably would have started my own business.

13. Do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy doing?
A. I love to cook.  It’s another way I can creatively express myself.

14. What is something you do to de-stress?
A. I like to play video or app games to unwind or I’ll read a book.

15. We all know about muses...what do you think inspires you to allow your creative juices flowing?
A. I think it’s important to keep refilling your creative well by filling it with music, art, movies, books, etc.  Sometimes it’s the oddest or most unassuming thing that can spark my creativity.


10 Fun Facts 
1. I like to play RPGs and action video games.
2. Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie.
3. I met my husband at McDonalds.
4. I love watching sci-fi and horror movies.
5. I started collecting unicorns when I was a kid.
6. I played Lady Macbeth in high school.
7. I’m allergic to ragweed.
8. Burgundy is my favorite color.
9. Three jobs I had before I turned sixteen—I delivered newspapers, “walked beans” during the summer, and worked at a greenhouse.
10. Current favorite show: “The Walking Dead”

Review:
Alexandra Hawkin's Lords of Vice series is one you can sink your teeth into. Once you pick up the first book you will want to stop until you've read the rest. I have read now all 7 stories of the Lords of Vice, and with each and every book you watch these men go from players of their time fall in love and change for the better. This is one of my favorite series and I am sure I will continue to re-read each and every one of the books over and over again. Alexandra is an amazing story teller and so creative with her characters.

Twilight with the Infamous Earl is the 7th book of this series. It is about the final Lord of Vice, Lord Chillingsworth "Frost" and how he like is fellow Lords before him, fall in love unexpectedly. His reputation procedes him, and he now has to use his said reputation to figure out why young Emily Cavell is now up in arms trying to close the Lords of Vice's gambling hell...this firey red-haired beauty has no idea what she is getting herself into.

Emily is on a mission when she comes to London...confronting Frost and making him pay for ruining her older sister. But she comes to learn that the man isn't has cold-hearted and mean as his nickname reveals. Emily can not help but fall for him once their battle of wills and wits creates a buring desire that scares her. Now its time to see if he is willing to gamble with the chance of true love, or do the cards hold something else entirely.

I have read every Lord of Vice series and with each new book I kept wondering who was going to be the last. Sure enough it was Frost and this was the most thrilling way to see him and this series come to the end. BUT I love how with this book opens up for more oportunities with the new bloods coming into play. This is one of my favorite series and I am sure I will continue to re-read each and every one of the books over and over again. Alexandra is a creative writer and amazing story teller.


GIVEAWAY
A Copy of Twilight with the Infamous Earl (2 winners US & Canada ONLY)

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