Hi friends! We’ve got Alexandra Hawkins back visiting us today … on her birthday! Whee!! I love birthdays so much, and it’s always fun when we have author/reader friends visiting with us on her special day. 😀
October has always been my favorite month. Cooler weather, autumn leaves, Halloween—and, of course, my birthday. As a kid, I loved having an October birthday. Although schools have more or less done away with celebrating Halloween, I was fortunate enough to attend elementary school when my birthday “week” included a costume parade, craft projects to decorate the classroom, and a class party to celebrate Halloween and my birthday. The party continued at home with my family, and the pay-off at the end of the month was Halloween and tons of candy. Oh yeah, no doubt from a kid’s point of view, birthdays close to Halloween are the best!
My birthday must-haves haven’t really changed over the years.
Candy—We always have a huge bowl of candy with all of our family’s favorites. I have a weakness for Twizzlers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Almond Joys. Suffice to say, I’ll be doubling my workouts at the gym in November to appease the calorie gods.
Costumes—I no longer dress up for Halloween. Instead I channeled my creative energies into making costumes for my kids. Selling my first book pretty much put an end to my fledgling career as a seamstress.
Good food—My husband has a “no cooking on your birthday” rule that I heartily approve of.
Scary movie—Family time with my little ghouls.
I’ve been on deadline for my last few birthdays, but this year, I’m working on proposals and looking forward to the releases of my three November books. Before I sold my Lords of Vice series to St. Martin’s Press, I wrote nine books under the pseudonym, Barbara Pierce. SMP picked up two of my earlier books and I’ve updated them to match my sexier writing style. The No Good, Irresistible Viscount Tipton and The Scandalously Bad Mr. Milroy will be released as $2.99 ebooks on November 1. Then, the final book in my Lords of Vice series—Frost’s book—will be available in paperback/ebook on November 26. I’m sad to see the series end, but I’m thrilled I had the opportunity to write all seven books.
And… Just to whet your appetite, here’s Frost’s cover and book blurb. 😀
Lord Chillingsworth’s reputation precedes him—the infamous “Frost” is as legendary on the field of honor as he is in the bedroom. Which makes it surprising that young Emily Cavell has taken up the cause of closing Frost’s favorite gambling hell. Who does this brazen, flame-haired beauty think she is?
Emily’s vendetta is personal: She is determined to take a pound of flesh from Frost, who ruined her sister. But the man she meets is not the cold-hearted devil she imagined—and is twice as handsome to boot—and soon Emily finds herself falling for him. Their battle of wills quickly ignites into blazing desire. Could it be that the most jaded Lord of Vice is finally willing to risk everything and gamble on her heart? Or is true love only a fool’s game?
Good yeah? Alexandra has also very generously offered one of you a present on her birthday! Your choice of one of her earlier Lords of Vice books! So – what do you think of historical romances? Or Halloween? Favorite memory or costume? And remember to wish Alexandra the happiest birthday ever!