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Guest(s) Theresa Romain & Mr. Romain + Giveaway

Hello friends! As you see we have the delightful Theresa Romain visiting us again today, and this time she brought her husband along too!

Season for ScandalLime, thanks for hosting me today! I’m here to chat a bit about Season for Scandal, the third historical romance in my Holiday Pleasures series. This is a marriage of convenience/marriage in trouble story, and it just hit stores last Tuesday (October 1).

Last fall when I visited ALBTALBS, I recruited my brother to join me. This time, I’ve brought another special guest: my patient and somewhat long-suffering husband, whom we’ll call Mr. R.

TR: How do you feel about serving my nefarious purpose this year?

Mr. R: I’m a little concerned about your use of the word “nefarious,” but okay.

TR: You should be used to it. We’ve been married for a while.

Which is a nice segue into my first thought-provoking, profound, and (of course) nefarious question. What’s the best thing about being married to a romance writer?

Mr. R: The best would be the glamorous trips to exotic speaking engagements and book signings and (chuckles)…just kidding. Let’s see. What would be the best? (unconscionably long pause) I guess the best thing is that you get to do something you enjoy, and that makes you happy, and that makes me happy.

TR: Aw. That’s nice. And what’s the worst?

Mr. R: The worst thing is that when you have a deadline, you feel you have to work in the evenings as well.

TR: Thank you for not mentioning that I turn into a raging space loon at that time as well.

Mr. R: Another “worst thing” might be when I tell you a criticism of your work.

TR: Hey! I only asked for one!

Season for SurrenderBut that gives us another segue—nicely done. You’re always my first reader, which means you were the first person to read the clunky early draft Season for Scandal. The hero and heroine, Jane and Edmund, actually appeared in my previous historical romance, Season for Surrender. How was it to see them shoved together in a marriage of convenience in Season for Scandal?

Mr. R: When I read Season for Surrender, it was clear that Jane would be the heroine of the next book. I was surprised to know that Edmund would be the hero—but it makes sense for them to be together because Edmund seemed to enjoy a flair for drama and Jane *caused* drama. Wherever she went, whatever she did.

TR: She still does that in Season for Scandal. Poor Jane; she thinks being married to a man she’s always loved is the answer to her dreams. But that’s not exactly how their marriage of convenience works out. Did that make you uneasy when I tortured my married characters? I kind of felt bad about that.

Mr. R: I don’t think you tortured the characters. They both had to deal with reality. They both had been deeply caught up in fantasy before they married, and they had to learn that in a real marriage, it’s not always like the fantasy.

Unlike our marriage, of course, which is like a waking fantasy each and every day.

TR: I would believe you more if you hadn’t snickered while you said that.

But thanks, that’s what I was going for. In Jane and Edmund’s story, a wedding isn’t the end of the road to happily-ever-after; it’s only the beginning. Their marriage hits a serious rough patch, and they have to learn their way through it (and get embroiled in a scandal along the way). Minus the scandal—maybe—I think that’s the way it is for most real-life couples.

Unlike our marriage, of course, which is like a waking fantasy each and every day.

Mr. R: Exactly.

Theresa RomainTR: So, ok. Let’s wrap this puppy up on a high note. What’s your favorite scene from Season for Scandal?

Mr. R: My favorite scene is definitely the first chapter. I thought it was a great introduction to Jane’s character. It had drama, suspense, comedy, and intrigue. I would have ended up reading the rest of the book even if I weren’t married to the author.

TR: That’s all I can ask!

Thanks for joining me for this interview. You were a very good sport. I tried to type your words accurately and never throw in a rogue OMG THERESA YOU ARE AWESOME.

Mr. R: OMG THERESA YOU ARE AWESOME. There. I actually said it. [TR: He really did, in a calm, serious voice. It was pretty much the best thing I’ve ever heard.]

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Want to read that first chapter of Season for Scandal? You can find it on my website here.

And now for a book giveaway! Jane and Edmund first appear in Season for Surrender, the second Holiday Pleasures romance. I’ll give away a copy of Season for Surrender—winner’s choice of print or digital—to one random commenter. International entrants are welcome.

So what questions do you have for Theresa or Mr. Romain? Also, just so you know about the book… Season for Scandal

Jane Tindall has never had money of her own or exceptional beauty. Her gifts are more subtle: a mind like an abacus, a talent for play-acting—and a daring taste for gambling. But all the daring in the world can’t help with the cards fixed against her. And when Edmund Ware, Baron Kirkpatrick, unwittingly spoils her chance to win a fortune, her reputation is ruined too. Or so she thinks, until he suggests a surprising mode of escape: a hasty marriage. To him. On the surface, their wedding would seem to satisfy all the demands of proper society, but as the Yuletide approaches, secrets and scandals turn this proper marriage into a very improper affair.

Sounds good doesn’t it? And come on – get chatty, because technically we have two guests here today! 😀

Guest: Theresa Romain! (+ Her Brother :D)

You guys, we have an extra special fun post from awesome author Theresa Romain today! Whee! I hope you’ll give her a warm welcome, and also extend the same to her brother!

Limecello, thanks so much for hosting me today! My second historical romance, Season for Surrender, just came out last week. I’ve asked my brother to help me with this post, because

1) Season for Surrender is, in large part, about family relationships, and
2) This way he will do half the work for me.

Thanks for your help, Brother R!

Absolutely – it never hurts to help! So, you say Season for Surrender is about family relationships, eh? I’m intrigued – tell me more.

Well, that statement was only partially true. It’s first and foremost a romance, of course! But when the book begins, both the hero and heroine are trying to figure out how to make their own path away from their family. Rakish Alex, Lord Xavier, has begun to feel trapped by the expectations of his friends (and villainous cousin—grrr). Shy Louisa Oliver is ready to overcome her fears about society by leaving her sister’s household. They meet at a naughty Christmas house party. Whee!

Well, if I lived in my sister’s household, I am sure I would never want to leave because it is so darn cool.

I do keep a lot of baked goods on hand.

Speaking of that sister, are we going to meet Julia and James in Season for Surrender?

Look at you, referring to the hero and heroine from my debut (Season for Temptation). You really did read it?

But of course! I brought it to the gym and read it in between sets. It was great – no one bothered me to ask for a spotter.

Well, YEAH. A guy who’s strong enough to read a pink book in public is obviously a guy you don’t want to tangle with.

In answer to your question, Julia (heroine from my debut) makes a brief appearance in Season for Surrender. But! You can read either book without having read the other. (Not you. People in general. You are required to read both, Brother R. Sorry.)

No worries, I’ve been longing for some more good gym reading to work on my emotional strength as well as my physical strength. 😉 Who else will be at the Season for Surrender house party, and what sort of goings-on can readers expect to find?

*Louisa’s blunt-spoken aunt, Lady Irving, serving as a chaperone
*Xavier’s cousin Lockwood, who has a cunning plan
*Xavier’s other cousin Jane, who wishes she had a cunning plan but can’t because her mother is keeping a close eye on her
*a library full of secrets

I am amazed by your creativity in coming up with cunning plans and characters with awesome names. (I secretly wished I was named Xavier in elementary school.) From whence do you draw your inspiration?

Nice historical-speak, Brother R. A day with a “whence” is a good day indeed.

Character-name inspiration can come from all over the place. Film crew credits at the end of British movies; 19th century novels; my trusty directory of English peerages. As for the cunning plans: strictly my imagination, I swear.

Should we give away a book now?

We are giving away a book? What book? And, I heartily agree, a day with a wench is a good day indeed. May I quote you on that?

Er…sure, why not?

We’re giving away a signed copy of Season for Surrender, so someone will get to read about this ever-festive house party full of cunning plans. And—to return to our original topic—see how Xavier and Louisa find love while also finding their own path away from their families.

Not that families aren’t great. Because they are. Especially when they help one with one’s work. Thanks, Brother R!

You’re welcome. Do I get to ask the question for commenters now? Sweet! Okay, here it is: “What is the most embarrassing thing your family has ever said to a date you brought home?”

I can answer that for you. “When Brother R was little, I used to dress him up like a—”

<coughs loudly> Well, it was nice blogging with you, Sister! That’s all, folks!

Hee! I, for one, was vastly entertained. We’re hoping to get Theresa’s brother here, so what question do you have for either sibling?!