Fellow blogger Carol Cork from Rakes and Rascals has challenged me to do this Book Tag post.
You must be honest.
You must answer all the questions.
You must tag at least 4 people.
1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?
That’s a tough one as I have so many books gathering dust on my bookshelf, but I think one of the longest resident’s has got to be PS. I Love You by Celia Ahern. I got it about the same time the film came out, I watched the film but as yet I haven’t even opened the book.
2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?
The Madam of Blackstairs by Catherine Curzon.
An Unexpected Bride by Lara Temple.
Hard Hearted Highlander by Julia London.
3. What book did everyone like, but you hated?
Oh that is easy! Fifty Shades of Grey, I never even finished it.
4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
I’m not actually sure! The first one that springs to mind is The Book Thief, again I have seen the film.
5. What book are you saving for retirement?
I don’t tend to think that far ahead, I usually just go with the flow.
6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?
Definitely wait! You miss out on so much If you just jump ahead.
7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?
I think acknowledgements are really interesting, you get a sense of the authors thoughts at that time of their life.
8. Which book character would you switch places with?
Oh that is such a hard question! I’m not sure I would like to permanently switch places with a character I’m too much of a home girl. If I could do it for a day, I wouldn’t mind switching with Eden Farraday from His Wicked Kiss by Gaelen Foley. I would love to walk in her shoes, she is smart, adventurous, so much more courageous than your average heroine, who has also caught the eye of my favourite Knight brother, Jack.
9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
None specific, every book I read sort of cements itself into my life in someway.
10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.
I rescued a box full of mixed books from a skip once, my library was closing and they were dumping all the old and damaged books, so I saved them. Does that count?
11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
Yes! To my dad, it was for a big birthday for him so I gave him a box set of Mario Puzo books.
12. Which book has been with you most places?
My notebook, I’m always jotting down bits and bobs.
13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I didn’t go to highschool, so never had to do “required reading”.
14. Used or brand new?
15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
Yes! I have read them all.
16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?
Yes, The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, great book but the film is so incredible.
17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?
I don’t usually get effected in that way from a book.
18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?
There is quite a few fellow reviewers/bloggers that I respect hugely, especially Rose Blue and Carol Cork, who are both incredibly honest and wise ladies.
19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?
I think the book that spring be to mind is The Night Circus, I don’t usually go for magical themed books with timeslips so when I had this given to me I wasn’t sure. But it is hugely enjoyable, it keeps you gripped.
This was a lot of fun, Thank you for the tag Carol.
Nat : Reading Romances
Julie : Bookish Jottings
Rosie : Rosie Amber
l look forward to reading your answers, ladies.
I have been a huge Elizabeth Hoyt fan for many years, and I was over the moon when Elizabeth decided to take part in my A Chat With segment of Chick’s Rogues and Scandals, unfortunately due to schedules over lapping and various work commitments this Interview got pushed back from It’s original posting time slot in 2016. So here it is, my exclusive interview with bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt plus a very special giveaway.
New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, including reader favorite, The Raven Prince. Elizabeth was born in New Orleans but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. Elizabeth has a BA in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and, as a result of having no clue what to do with her life thereafter, a career history as a barista, a (terrible) sales clerk, a Wisconsin Revenue Service data entry slave, and an archeological field work grunt. Fortunately, Elizabeth married relatively young and produced two children who kept her busy until her mid-thirties. At about this time, when, Elizabeth’s mother hinted that perhaps Elizabeth should get a Real Job. Sadly, Elizabeth was so delusional she thought writing a romance novel might qualify as a Real Job. But! Five years later, to everyone’s surprise, she actually sold that romance novel – The raven prince – and began a rather successful career as a Romance Novelist. This was most fortunate since Elizabeth is singularly unqualified to do anything else but Make Up Stories. Since then Elizabeth has written over twenty books to critical acclaim including three contemporaries under the pen name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the ever faithful Mr. Hoyt.
Reading Chick : Hi Elizabeth, Welcome to Chicks Rogues and Scandals, Thank you for taking the time to a chat with me today. Book ten the Maiden Lane Series, Duke of Sin is incredible; the way you turned Valentine around from the evil, notorious blackmailer to the more human and very likable rake is amazing, my question is; how did you manage to turn around such a character?
Elizabeth : Thank you! I tried to give a lot of background to Val’s story so that the reader can understand why he is the way he is. That, I think, goes a long way to helping make a character more sympathetic.
Reading Chick : I have said in previous reviews on my blog that my favorite character in Maiden Lane is “Charmin” Mickey O’Connor, do you have a favorite character? and if so who?
Elizabeth : Val—just because he was a lot of fun to write. 😉
Reading Chick : I am so pleased that the Ghost of St.Giles is going to make an appearance in your next book; Duke of Pleasure, are we going to be seeing more of the Ghost in future work?
Elizabeth : Well certainly in Duke of Pleasure! But after that book I think I’ll be retiring the Ghost.
Reading Chick : There is such a wide range of characters in your books from the mild-mannered Winter to the Villainous Valentine, which sort’s of character’s do you enjoy writing most?
Elizabeth : I enjoy them all. 😉 Val was actually one of the easiest characters to write—the over-the-top characters often do flow more easily than the subtler ones. But I like writing a wide variety of characters. It keeps me fresh and interested as a writer and hopefully it keeps my readers equally interested.
Reading Chick : The Lords of Chaos, are horrendous! Where did the idea for them come from?
Elizabeth : Current events. There have been several cases lately in the news here and in the UK of pedophiles in positions of power who have banded together to prey on victims. I simply took the old idea of a Hellfire Club and made it several degrees more horrific.
Reading Chick : Lazarus; Lord Caire is such intriguing character and now that we know that Bridget is his half-sister are we going to see how their new relationship grows?
Elizabeth : I don’t know if I’ll be able to do that in the upcoming books, but I hope I can at least do a bonus epilogue on my website. Several readers have said they’d like one. 😉
Reading Chick : One of the things that I love about the Maiden Lane series, is that the lead characters are from all different sides of society, from the highest aristocracy to the most humble servants. My question is how do you decide who is going to make a starring role and who is going to be an interesting extra?
Elizabeth : Usually I’ve decided that a character will be a hero or heroine before I introduce them in the series, but once in a while a character pops up who is so interesting I can’t resist giving them their own book. That’s the case with Alf—she’ll be the heroine of Duke of Pleasure out this November 29th.
Reading Chick : Valentine is such a flamboyant and charismatic character, pairing him up with Bridget was a stroke or pure genius, where did the idea to put these two together come from?
Elizabeth : I try to find characters that will challenge each other. Val is very strong and very sure of himself so he needed an equally strong heroine. But Bridget also had to be morally upright to counter his moral ambiguity—she tests him and everything he thinks he stands for.
Reading Chick : Finally! Thank you so much for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to chat with me. I have just one more little question. I see so much more to Bridget’s and Valentine’s story then where Duke of Sin finished, as you have done with the other couples in the series are we going to occasionally get a glimpse of how these two are doing?
Elizabeth : Weeelll I have been thinking about doing a freebie Christmas special soon. 😉
Thank you so much Elizabeth, it’s been a pleasure having you chat with me.
If you want to connect with Elizabeth just follow the links below.
This Giveaway is Now Closed!
Chick’s Rogues and Scandals are in participation with Elizabeth’s team and we are giving away a copy of Duke of Pleasure to one, very Lucky winner. To be in for a chance to win just leave a comment. That’s it! Simple 💜
IN THE ARMS OF DANGER
Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king’s secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley—and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.
IN THE HEAT OF DESIRE
Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she’s the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation.
ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER
When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be—before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?
Closing date is midnight 21st March, The winner will be chosen at random, Winners name will be posted in a special celebratory post shortly after the closing date. The giveaway is open internationally so everyone is welcome. Good luck!
Today I have the pleasure of chatting with Lynne Shelby, author of Chick Lit Romance French Kissing and winner of the 2015 Rosie Amber Book Awards. So take a seat and let’s get to know more about Lynne.
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing, and my ambition was always to be a published author. I write contemporary romance, because that’s what I like reading the most. In January 2015 I was thrilled to win the Accent Press & Woman Magazine Writing Competition, and my debut novel ‘French Kissing’ is published by Accent Press. I have worked in a variety of day jobs and I have also had a very enjoyable vicarious career as a stage mother, which has given me a love of theatre that inspires much of my writing. I love travelling and I’m also inspired to write by the many wonderful foreign cities that I’ve visited and explored , with a camera and writer’s notebook in hand – Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Venice, New York, Copenhagen, Berlin and of course Paris, the city which inspired me to write ‘French Kissing’. I live in north London with my tall, dark handsome husband, my son, two daughters and a lot of books.
Reading Chick : Hi Lynne, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today, Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?
Lynne : Creative, curious, laid-back, book-lover, traveller
Reading Chick : If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Lynne : My first choice of when to live would be the present (I like modern comforts !) but I’d like to live temporarily in Roman times as this is a historical era I’m particularly interested in, and have studied. I love exploring Roman ruins, and it would be fascinating to actually experience the way people lived back then. It would also be great for researching a historical novel! I’d want to live in Rome itself, of course!
Reading Chick: That sound’s really cool! Who was your childhood hero?
Lynne : Tarzan – how cool, thought my nine-year-old self, to live in the jungle with your animal friends!
Reading Chick : Haha! What is your favourite time of the year?
Lynne : Definitely summer. There can be few things better than sitting in the garden on a summer evening with a book and a glass of wine.
Reading Chick : Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?
Lynne : My favourite character tends to be the one I’m writing about at the time, so currently my favourite is the heroine of my WIP, Emma, a girl in her late twenties, who made a bad choice ten years ago, and is trying to put it right.
Reading Chick : Where doe’s your inspiration for your books come from?
Lynne : Inspiration can come from anything and at any time – very often a few snatches of overheard conversation can inspire a plot. I was inspired to write my debut novel, ‘French Kissing,’ when I was returning from Paris with my family on the Eurostar. A young Frenchman sitting across the aisle spent the whole journey phoning his English friends, telling them that he was coming to London and wondering if they could meet up. Unfortunately none of his friends wanted to see him. This gave me the idea of a plot about a Frenchman coming to England who is very much welcomed by an English girl, and my characters, Alexandre and Anna. My WIP was inspired by my going to a school reunion. Discovering what had happened to the girls I’d known at school sparked off the plot about a girl and a guy who knew each other as teenagers and are re-united when they are older – and hopefully wiser
Reading Chick : How interesting! What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Lynne : If you can, write every day, even if it’s only for ten minutes. That way you keep the flow of your story in your mind, and your word count grows steadily.
Read as much as you can in your own and other genres, and think about what does and doesn’t work in a novel.
Never give up your dream of becoming a published author. I know so many writers who wrote for years before they were published. We have to learn our craft.
Reading Chick: If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, they can be from any era)
Lynne : Aphra Behn who is a particular heroine of mine as she was the first woman to earn her living by writing plays back in the 17th century – as well as being a spy. I’d imagine she’d have some amazing stories to tell about her life.
Jo March from ‘Little Women’ – I’m sure we’d have a great discussion about writing.
Jane Austen – I’d like to know what happened after Elizabeth Bennet married Darcy and became mistress of Pemberley.
Reading Chick : Thank you, Lynne for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?
Lynne : Ooh that would be dark chocolate!
Thank you, Lynne for chatting with us today.
If you want to know more about Lynne and her work, then check out the links below.
Anna Mitchel has been writing letters to her French penfriend, Alexandre Tourville, for fifteen years, but hasn’t seen him since an exchange trip when they were at school. When Alex, now a successful photographer, has the opportunity to work in London, Anna offers him a place to stay but is astounded that the small, geeky boy she remembers is now tall, broad-shouldered and gorgeous. He has also just broken up with his long-term girlfriend. Anna’s female friends are soon swooning over Alex’s Gallic charm, and Anna’s boyfriend Nick is becoming extremely jealous of their friendship. Then Alex has to return to Paris to oversee the hanging of his photographs in an exhibition, and invites Anna to accompany him so that he can show her the city he adores…
From London to Paris, sealed with a kiss…
Today I am very pleased to say that I am chatting with USA Today Best Selling author Suzan Tisdale, so take a seat and let’s get to know a bit about Suzan…
USA Today Bestselling Author, storyteller and cheeky wench, Suzan Tisdale lives in the Midwest with her verra handsome carpenter husband. Her children have all left the nest. Her pets consist of dust bunnies and a dozen poodle-sized, backyard-dwelling groundhogs – all of which run as free and unrestrained as the voices in her head.
Reading Chick : Hi Suzan, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today. Firstly what five word’s would you use to describe yourself?
Suzan : Cheeky. Smart aleck. Giving. Deep thinker. Patient.
Reading Chick : If you could live in any era and place, when and where would it be? And Why?
Suzan : Scotland, 14th century, as long as I can take my coffee with me! And my electric fan to help ward off these hot flashes.
Reading Chick : Haha! Who was your childhood hero?
Suzan : I can’t remember! Probably my mother because she was hilariously funny and always made sure we had everything we needed. She was our rock, in an otherwise tumultuous environment. She taught me to try to see the humour in every situation.
Reading Chick : What a lovely answer, Suzan! What your favourite time of the year?
Suzan : Autumn. I love it when the leaves begin to turn, the cooler days, even the rainy days.
Reading Chick : Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?
Suzan : That is a tough one. My favourite book, to this day, is Frederick’s Queen. Frederick and Aggie were modelled after my aunt and uncle. I have to tell people that nothing that happened to the fictional character, Aggie, ever happened to the real Aggie! My aunt was raised in a very loving, warm, safe home!
Reading Chick : Where doe’s your inspiration for your books come from?
Suzan : Either divine intervention or insanity. I’m not sure which!
Reading Chick : What three tip’s would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Suzan : You can’t do anything until you write the book. Just write it! Worry about everything else later. Write with fervour, passion, and from your heart. And get a good editor and cover artist.
Reading Chick : If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)
Suzan : Abraham Lincoln, Wee William (one of my favourite characters from my first series) and author Maya Banks.
Reading Chick : Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?
Suzan : Chocolate in any form! I like to pair my chocolate cake with a good whisky. Jameson’s or Gentleman Jack goes quite well with chocolate cake!
Thank you Suzan, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today.
If you want to find out more about Suzan and her work them check out the links below.