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5 Things About: Elizabeth Boyle

I used to do these Tuesday 5 Things interviews all the time, but got out of practice. My bad! But because so many of you have asked me to continue doing them, I’m gathering them in as I write this. In the past we found out 5 Things about some of my favorite friends and authors, including Katharine Ashe, Sarah MacLean, and Laura Lee Guhrke (who like so many authors, can’t count and answered way more than 5 questions! LOL), who all agreed to take a list of crazy questions from me and give up 5 of their secrets.

In the coming weeks, I’ve got Lorraine Heath and Elizabeth Hoyt coming, along with Melissa McClone. Watch this space on Tuesdays and you may soon find your new favorite author.

So to start this off anew and to be fair, I am taking the 5 Things Challenge myself. So without further ado, 5 Things About Elizabeth Boyle.

  1. How do you pick the names of your Heroes/Heroines? This is hard to say, because so many of my heroes and heroines start as secondary characters in other books. I love naming secondary characters because I just put together a fun sounding name and don’t think twice about it–then all of a sudden I have to write a book about that person and THAT is their name. But on the other hand, when I have to name a hero or heroine out of thin air, I suffer all kinds of angst over getting the RIGHT name. So I think the first way is probably the best.
  2. Where is the strangest place a story idea came to you from? An exit sign on a freeway. It is for streets named Sedgwick, Tremont, and Clifton. All of a sudden I saw three heroes with those names and eventually wrote books using all three. Baron Sedgwick: Something About Emmaline, Lord John Tremont: This Rake of Mine; and The Earl of Clifton: How I Met My Countess.
  3. What’s your strongest/most productive writing habit? Using a playlist. I am like Pavlov’s dog–I put together a playlist for each book, and when it begins I go right into the story. It really helps when I have to put down one story to do edits or proofs on another. I queue up that playlist and I am back into that story world in the blink of an eye.
  4. If you could choose any 3 people in history to meet, who would they be? Jane Austen, Elizabeth I, and Lady Jersey. While the first two are sort of obvious choices, Lady Jersey would be my ticket to getting a voucher to Almack’s.

    I cooked for weeks after reading this book!

  5. What new to you authors are you crazy about? Jane Perrine. Her cozy hometown stories from Butternut Creek, Texas warm my heart. And Liza Palmer because her stories have this tremendous heart and depth to them. Why isn’t everyone reading her?

Go questions for me? Ask them below and I’ll answer them on future blogs! Promise.

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A New Look AND A Contest!

Welcome to the redesign of my website! Isn’t it lovely? I love all the elegant touches and fun things CrocoDesigns has added and tucked in around the pages. Make sure to take time to look around and follow the links–you’ll never know what you will find!

Definitely don’t miss the newly posted excerpt from THE VISCOUNT WHO LIVED DOWN THE LANE, (coming to a bookstore or ereader near you on October 28th! Available for preorder now!) and don’t forget to enter the contest below!

Good luck and thank you for looking around my new site!

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A Week of Giveaways!

While I will be posting winners over on my Facebook page, I thought I would have an easy spot for people to check and see if they won right here.

Winners:

Monday Facebook Drawing:
Winner: Rita Gerstheimer
Prize: Print copies of my Brazen books, Brazen Angel, Brazen Heiress, Brazen Temptress.

Tuesday Facebook Drawing:
Winner:
Prize: Box of books and goodies.

Wednesday Facebook Drawing:
Winner:
Prize: Box of books and goodies.

Thursday Facebook Drawing:
Winner:
Prize: An iPad mini!

Thursday Newsletter Drawing:
Winner:
Prize: An iPad mini!

Friday Facebook Drawing:
Winner:
Prize: Box of goodies and books!

If you have won, make sure to contact me via DM on Facebook or via my Contact page. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for playing along!

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12 Days of Wishes Grand Sweepstakes

Welcome to my 12 Days of Wishes Grand Sweepstakes!

First I’d like to thank some of my wonderful author friends who have contributed to the Grand Prize box including Grace Burrowes (the iPad!), Jane Porter (the wonderful set of Montana Born books and goodies), Jessie at Avon Romance (books galore!), and then I am going to fill it out with all kinds of wonderful goodies from the contest closet.

So get your entry in, make sure to take advantage of the Bonus Entries, share the news with your friends, and good luck!

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The 12 Days of Wishes

So here it begins–The 12 Days of Wishes giveaways in celebration of my new Rhymes with Love book, If Wishes Were Earls. No matter if you are on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, prefer to read blogs, or just want to enter directly, everyone will have a chance to enter something between now and January 4, 2014.

Make sure to bookmark this page so you can check back daily to see where you need to go to enter to win for the daily prizes, and don’t forget to enter the GRAND SWEEPSTAKES daily. IF WISHES WERE EARLS

12 Days of Wishes Schedule:
December 23rd Facebook Flash Contest – Enter to win a Harriet Pendant Watch and a box of books and goodies. (WINNER: Ruth A)

December 24th Moonlight, Lace, and Mayhem

Twitter Flash Contest Watch my Twitter feed today for details on how to enter to win a box of books and goodies! (WINNER: Jennifer K – @jcalvert719)

December 26th (Boxing Day) DeeAnna Raybourn’s Blog What exactly is Boxing Day?

December 27th A Dream within a Dream

Pinterest Flash Contest – Repin THIS from my If Wishes Were Earls pin board for a chance to win a box of books and goodies. Winner: Mary D. of Lewistown, MO

December 28th Michelle and Leslie’s Book Picks

Facebook Flash Contest – Drop by and comment for a chance to win a box of books and goodies. WINNER: Edea B.

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A Harriet Pendant Watch

December 29th Last Day for Newsletter signup. My December 31st newsletter will have an exclusive contest for newsletter subscribers, but you have to be subscribed by today to be included.

Twitter Flash Contest Watch my Twitter feed today for details on how to enter and win! WINNER: Lois (@OV_099)

Monday, December 30th If Wishes Were Earls Release Eve Facebook Party. Join Elizabeth and her surprise author guests for mayhem, fun and frivolity as we count down the hours to the release of her new book. Giveaways, revealing questions answers and general fun will prevail. RSVP now!

Fresh Fiction Blog and giveaway.

Tuesday, December 31st Newsletter Contest – You must receive my newsletter to enter this contest.

Wednesday, January 1st Tote Bags ‘n Blogs: How do You Eat Your New Year’s Resolutions? Comment in the blog post to be entered for a box of books and goodies.

Thursday, January 2nd JaneBlog. Elizabeth drops by Jane Porter’s wonderful, entertaining and always fun blog and talks about choosing a New Year’s guide. Comment to win a box of goodies and books.

Friday, January 3rd Facebook Flash Contest – Drop by and comment for a chance to win a box of books and goodies.

Saturday January 4th Happy Birthday, Elizabeth! Drop by Smart Bitches to enter an Avon Romance sponsored drawing for an iPad!

Last day to enter the GRAND SWEEPSTAKES!

And A Big Thanks…..

I have had so much fun putting this together–and when I asked for friends and fellow authors to send in goodies for prizes–WOW!–they have been amazingly generous.

Take Jane Porter and Tule Publishing who sent 12 copies of the Montana Born: A Copper Mountain Christmas Anthology, along with all kinds of Montana Born goodies.

Or Grace Burrowes who is providing the iPad for the Grand Sweepstakes.

And Maya Rodale, who sent a large box of her books–all of them great reads.

Along with Caroline Linden, who also sent copies of her latest book, Love and Other Scandals.

And lest I forget, Avon Romance, who have provided a number of these opportunities to win, along with books and goodies for the prize boxes.

Also supplying prizes: Liza Palmer, Caitlyn Crews, Susanna Carr, Melissa McClone, Shelia Roberts, Laura Lee Guhrke, and lots of other friends.

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