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5 Things About Lizbeth Selvig

Okay, she had me at “Brit.” As in the title of her new book, Beauty and the Brit. Look at that cover! What’s not to love? Let me introduce you to one of my fellow Avon Authors, Lizbeth Selvig.

1) Did you have a nickname growing up? My family (started by a beloved auntie) called me LittleBit, which sounds hilarious to my mind now at my age and weight. Also, I met my husband at the “tender age” of fifteen, and from that day to this he calls me Lizard.

2) How do you pick the names of your Heroes/Heroines? Oddly enough naming a character is rarely difficult for me—it’s one of the few things that, most of the time, pops into my head. When I am stumped, I troll baby name sites. I do keep a name list, especially for last names. I keep a physical phone book at my desk, and I love to take notes during movie credits.

3) What’s your strongest/most productive writing habit? For as many books as I’ve written I still LOVE NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where you attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This translates to just under 1700 words a day-extremely do-able. Having a very specific goal with a prize (a download of a certificate of completion—not particularly valuable or even classy) turns off my internal editor and lets me get the writing flowing. When it’s not NaNo month (November), I love doing timed writing sprints with my author friends. Again—it puts my internal editor in the corner for a while.

4) Who is your favorite author? LaVyrle Spencer. Most young writers today have never heard about her, but in her time (the 80’s) she was as popular and revered as Nora Roberts is today. She alone made me want to write romance.

5) Name three books on your keeper shelf.

  • Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Best first line ever: “It wasn’t everyday a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a road…”
  • Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas. Proof of what a contemporary novel CAN be!
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. What any novel SHOULD be.

You can learn more about Lizbeth at her Website or connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Sneak Peek: The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane

Nearly here! Only another week until The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane releases and so I thought I would tease, er, share with you a sneak peek inside.

   Damaged and broken he might appear, but Pierson was still a man.
   He pulled Louisa closer, hitching her up against him, so close, she teetered on the tips of her slippers and found her fingers winding into the lapels of his coat, if only to steady herself.
   She might have toppled him over earlier, but now he was upending her world, and she couldn’t do anything but hold on for dear life.
   Still, the closer she came, the more Louisa discovered. His lips had teased her mouth open, and now his tongue filled her, tormented her.
   Touch him.
   A shiver ran down her spine as she realized that this bit of passion was but a taste.
   A tease. A window to another world.
   And windows, given Louisa’s rambling luck, were something she generally tumbled out of.
  The real question became, would he catch her?

Want to read more of The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane? Try the Excerpt and then make sure to Preorder your copy so it will be right there waiting for you on October 28th.

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And the Winners are:

I’ve had two Contests running here recently and just pulled winners.

For the Elizabeth Hoyt drawing, the winner is: Kimberly Woodall.

For the New Website Drawing I held, the winner is: Jennifer F. of Columbus, OH!

Both winners have been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered. And watch for a Caption contest on my Facebook page next week, as well as the post calling for the November Birthday drawing.

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Have You Met: Avon Addict Kim in Baltimore

Meet Kim, who runs the blog, SOS ALOHA Book Blog. I’ve known Kim for years–when she was actually fortunate enough to live in Hawaii. Kim describes herself as a “romance reader and a community volunteer.” Make that a one woman steamroller when it comes to getting things done, whether it is gathering books for military wives or other military causes or just seeing a need and rolling up her sleeves. Here is Kim:

1. Where is the most beautiful/romantic place you’ve ever been?tintagel Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, England, rumored to be King Arthur’s birthplace.

2. Favorite place to read? On the beach. When I lived on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, I’d drive to the North Shore for the beautiful seclusion of Turtle Bay.

3. What is the very first romance novel that you read? Cathy Maxwell’s The Marriage Contract. I found it on a shelf in the American Thrift Shop in the Netherlands.  It called to me with its blue cover and tartan sash.   At the time, I lived across from a castle and I enjoyed afternoon tea with the British Delegation.  It was the perfect setting for me to fall in love with Regency romance.

4. What are your top three favorite movies? Surprisingly, all three star Drew Barrymore – Ever After, Never Been Kissed, and The Wedding Singer.

5. What is the most embarrassing app or song on your phone? I would rather change this a bit and talk about the most embarrassing movie I love: Battleship. It sunk in the theaters but I love it! It was filmed in Hawaii and pays tribute to military, past and present. In fact, the cast includes a wounded warrior and old salts (retired sailors). The story is a coming of age for a slacker – an alien invasion gives him the opportunity to make a difference. I believe the film is named for the Battleship USS Missouri – a floating museum in Pearl Harbor. But the producer includes a scene that recognizes the Hasbro game, Battleship.

This is what I adore about Kim: she’ll start off in ancient Cornwall and end the conversation with an epic battle against aliens. Yeah, she’s that kind of gal. LOL.

Go find Kim on her blogs:
SOS ALOHA Book Blog
ALOHA ON MY MIND Travel Blog

And on

Twitter and Facebook

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TBT: One Night of Passion

This week I decided to look at what is usually counted as the first book in the Danver’s series. It is actually the second book I wrote, but chronologically it is the first in the timeline. But to understand the inspiration for One Night of Passion, you have to go back to that original Danvers series story, Once Tempted.

When I started writing Once Tempted, I hadn’t given much thought to Robert Danvers’s brothers, that is until I was writing the scene in Chapter Nine where Olivia asks Robert’s older brother, Colin, how he met his wife. It goes something like this:

“Tell me about your wife, Captain Danvers. I always wondered how it was that men of the sea found time to court a lady. How did you meet her?”
Apparently the subject was something of a family scandal, for both Colin and Robert sputtered over their soup.
“At a ball,” he finally managed to mutter.
“Oh, how romantic,” she said.
“Yes, it was very romantic from what I’ve heard,” Robert said, his tone teasing. “Do tell Miss Sutton all about it.”
“It was just a regular sort of ball,” Colin said abruptly, turning his full attention back to his soup.
Olivia wasn’t really listening, she was watching Robert. And right now his eyes sparkled with a mischievous gleam.
“It wasn’t a regular sort of ball, Da,” Gavin said. The impetuous boy turned to Olivia. “They met at the Cyprian’s Ball.”

The moment I wrote that line, “They met at the Cyprian’s Ball,” I got chills. I knew I had stumbled upon a story within my story.

In that single sentence, One Night of Passion was born.

The hardest part about it was that I had to wait until I was done with Once Tempted before I could start really exploring the idea of how the very proper Colin Danvers met his wife in such an unlikely place. I’d never thought of doing a prequel before, but that line wouldn’t stop rattling around inside my imagination, demanding to be told.

It got worse when I sent the book into my editor. She called me up almost immediately. She had only one thing to say: “I want Colin’s story.”

It seems, she too was hooked by the idea of this scandalous ball and what kind of lady would be there. And so were readers. Within a week of Once Tempted’s publication, the letters and emails started arriving, pleading their case for Colin’s story. I was happy to tell them it was already being written.

Sometimes that chill is all you need to know you are on to something.

Haven’t read Once Night of Passion? Try the excerpt or if you are feeling adventurous, order your copy today.

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