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Friday, September 12, 2014

Release: A Winter Wedding by Amanda Forester Interview + Giveaway



This adventurous duke...
The Duke of Marchford requires a suitable bride, but catching spies for the Foreign Office takes up most of his time. Not wanting to face another London season hounded by matchmaking mamas, he employs his grandmother’s companion, known to the ton as the notorious Madame X, to find him a match.

Has met his match
Miss Penelope Rose knows the rules of marriage among members of the ton better than most. Her own unsuccessful attempts at matrimony did not stop her from becoming London’s most exclusive matchmaker. Marchford proves to be a difficult client, but as he draws on her social expertise to help him flush out a dangerous traitor, they find that falling in love may be the riskiest adventure of all.


Pure ambrosia... Readers will delight in one of Forester’s happiest offerings to date.”
– Publishers Weekly STARRED Review


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Amanda Forester holds a PhD in psychology and worked in academia before discovering that writing historical romance novels was decidedly more fun. Whether in the Highlands or a Regency ballroom, Forester’s novels are fast-paced adventures filled with wit, intrigue, and romance. She lives with her husband and children in University Place, Washington.


AUTHOR'S INTERVIEW:


BBL:      If you could live back in time, what time period would you choose and why?

AF;  Though I have written historical novels set in both medieval Scotland and Regency England, if I had a time machine, I would definitely choose to live in Regency England.  First of all, it was a lot cleaner! Second, I would LOVE to swoop around my estate (if I'm going back in time it's not as a peasant!) wearing one of those gorgeous Regency gowns. I'd have to hire a dance instructor, but then I'm off to the ball to dance the night away!

BBL:      Do you remember what you felt when you had your first kiss?

AF:   Confused. Yeah, probably not the best first kiss experience. But the person I was with (great guy and all) was not the one for me. I do remember the first time I kissed the man I would later marry. I wasn't sure about this guy, but then we kissed. And I knew. I just knew. This was the man for me!

BBL:      What do you do when you think nobody is watching?

AF:  Dance. But I lock the door to make sure no one is looking. Eat chocolate from my secret stash... until my kids find it and I have to move it once again. Sing. Trust me there's a reason I'm an author, not a performer!

BBL:      What was your favorite childhood book?

AF:  Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne is absolutely my favorite childhood book. I wanted to be Christopher Robin and play with my friends in the hundred acre wood. Though my childhood yard wasn't even a hundred feet, let alone acres, I still would take out my dolls and stuffed animals to play. My second favorite book was Mud Pies and Other Recipes by Marjorie Winslow - a recipe book for dolls. It featured such tasty treats as Mud Puddle Soup and Pine Needle Upside-down Cake - yum!

BBL:     What is your favorite addition to chocolate?

AF:  Chocolate can make pretty much anything better. I enjoy chocolate and mint, chocolate and strawberries, chocolate and marshmallow, and of course everyone's favorite, chocolate and peanut butter. As we head into fall, though, I start thinking of one of my absolute favorites, the chocolate orange. I love the dark chocolate orange you smack on the table and then eat the slices. I'm not sure if it's the smacking or the eating, but it works for me!

BBL:      What does your husband/significant other say about your writing romance stories? What about your family and/or do they read your books?

AF:  My husband has been a huge supporter of my writing and reads everything before it heads out the door. My parents were a little surprised at first that I chose to write romance, but they have come around. Even my dad, who had never in his life read a romance novel and confessed that he thought he was going to hate it, surprised himself by really enjoying the stories. Now he has become one of my biggest supporters!

BBL:     What do you think you would be doing if you weren't writing?

AF:  I enjoy teaching and have taught psychology classes at my local university. Someday maybe I could teach writing, but I'm still learning a lot myself! Of course I have my kidlets keeping me busy, so I have a lot of running around to do.

BBL:      Do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy doing?

AF:  I enjoy scrapbooking. My goal is to finish my kid's baby books before they go to college.  It's looking a little touch and go right now. Yesterday, I tried something new that I think is my new favorite hobby - zip-lines! I had a blast flying through the trees attached to a cable. And I didn't die, which was awesome!

BBL:      What is something you do to de-stress?

AF:  I really want to say yoga. Everyone I know who does it loves it. I really need to start.  Maybe then I'd be less stressed. Usually, I work until my head crashes into the keyboard and I wake up with a start after typing the letter "y" continuously for seven pages.  Does that count as a stress break? No? Well, there's always chocolate...

BBL:  We all know about muses...what do you think inspires you to allow your creative juices flowing?

AF:  Often I just need to start writing something and not worry about whether it is good or bad. I find the internal editor, which is essential for editing, is fatal for creative writing.  I need to give myself the freedom to make the big mistakes and go for it! If I get stuck, I will take a break, take a walk, sleep on it, or just think of something else. If I really need to figure something out, I will take a shower, because invariably I get my best ideas when it is physically impossible to write them down!


10 Fun Facts about A Winter Wedding
  • ·         Marchford hires Penelope to find him a wife
  • ·         Marchford hides in Penelope's room
  • ·         Marchford and Penelope hide in a wardrobe
  • ·         The Dowager Duchess of Marchford hides under a tarp
  • ·         Penelope adopts a dog that turns out to be a Peruvian Jungle cat
  • ·         Marchford puts six geese in the drawing room
  • ·         Urchin turned upstairs maid, Jemima, uses her lock-picking skills to advantage
  • ·         Marchford mistletoes the house
  • ·         Penelope learns what to do with a feather and a riding crop
  • ·         To appease my husband who complained my stories did not have enough (or any) explosions, in A Winter Wedding something blows up!


I hope you will enjoy reading more about Penelope and Marchford, in A Winter Wedding now available.  To get you started in the series, the first book in the trilogy, Wedding in Springtime is being offered FREE for a limited time, and Midsummer Bride is currently only $1.99.  I love to hear from readers so come visit me at my website, facebook, or twitter
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