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Monday, May 13, 2013

Interview + Giveaway with Amanda Forester

Welcome to our virtual stop on Amanda Forester's "A Wedding in Springtime" Blog Tour brought to you by Sourcebooks.
1. Tell us three things about yourself that readers may not know about you.

Hello, thanks for inviting me! Now I need to come up with three interesting facts about myself - ack the pressure!! Well first, you may have noticed but I'm easily flustered. I'm working at approaching life with a bit more calm. Yah, it's a work in progress. Second, I live in the Northwest, coffee capital of the world, but I don't drink coffee. I know, strange right? And third, I have the cutest, most naughty, puppy on the planet. (When in doubt toss in a good puppy picture!)

2. What does a typical writing day look for you?

I'm a night owl so my writing day often begins about the time other people are going to bed. I have a day job and two adorable monsters they say are my children so my day is pretty full with work and being a mom (translate: chauffeur, maid, short order cook, and hostage negotiator). If I'm lucky I can squeeze out some time on Saturday to have some longer blocks for writing, but Sundays I reserve for the family!

3. Tell us a little bit about "A Wedding in Springtime" and why readers should check it out?

I have wanted to write this book for a long time and I'm so excited it's here! This series is a little different because it has some strong secondary characters through the first two books in the series, who finally have their own story in the third book in the trilogy. Each book is stand alone though, and Wedding in Springtime has my absolute favorite hero - I adore Grant. He was so much fun to write and would whisper things in my ear that had me laughing out loud! Here's the blurb for A WEDDING IN SPRINGTIME:

Five minutes into Miss Eugenia Talbot's presentation at court, notorious rogue Mr. William Grant makes her laugh before the queen, ruining her debut. To hush up the scandal, Genie needs to make a brilliant marriage, and fast. Genie's aunt hires a matchmaker to find a suitor—anyone except the infamous William Grant—but amiable Genie shows a disturbing tendency to follow her heart. When a traitor creeps closer, threatening to ruin more than just her reputation, Genie and Grant are drawn into a dangerous world of deceit and intrigue, where losing their hearts could mean their ultimate undoing. 

4. What was the easiest and hardest scene to write in "A Wedding in Springtime"?

The easiest scenes were probably anyone with Mr. Grant. Writing him was like watching a movies and dictating the events. He just had his own personality from the start and never let go! My most difficult scenes are always the luuuuve scenes. I'm by nature rather shy so I really have to get in touch with my inner confidence to write them. Some days that's easier than others!

5. What inspired you to write "A Wedding in Springtime"?

Voices in my head. No, well, yes really. I thought about these characters for a long time before I finally wrote them down. I was writing Scottish Medievals, but my Regency heroes just wouldn't let me be so I had to give them their chance to had their story heard.

6. How many books do you have planned in the Marriage Mart series?

The Marriage Mart series is a trilogy. Each story has their own main characters and happily ever after, but all stories feature the work of a young matchmaker. A WEDDING IN SPRINGTIME has just been released and has gotten some fabulous reviews, included Starred Reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist. MIDSUMMER BRIDE will be released in November of this year, and finally WINTER WEDDING is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2014.

7. Fun question: If you could have dinner with one famous person (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

Can it be fictional? I would love to have dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. To be able to visit the Regency era and really feel what it was to live in that time, and then to meet my favorite literary characters (thank you Jane Austen), that would be a dream come true!

8. Fun question: If you could travel back in time, what era would you travel to and why?

Since I already visited the Regency and had tea with the Darcys I would like to go back to about 1930 when my grandmother was signing on stage and radio in New York and go to one of her performances. By the time I was born she was done performing and had lost her singing voice, so I would love to go back and see her in her prime.

9. What is up next for Amanda Forester?

I'm busy at work editing my next book, MIDSUMMER BRIDE, out in November, and then I need to get cracking writing WINTER WEDDING. I am also writing some fun crossover novellas to link my Scottish Medievals with my Regencies. Out in October will be HIGHLAND BRIDE'S CHOICE, which features Elyne Campbell from HIGHLANDER'S HEART and tells the story of Mr. Grant's medieval ancestor!

10. Do you have anything specific you want to tell your readers?

I hope you have as much fun reading A Wedding in Springtime as I had writing it! I love to hear from readers so come visit me at my website, facebook, or twitter.
A Wedding in Springtime
(Marriage Mart #1)
by: Amanda Forester
Publishing Date: 5/7/13
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Historical Romance

Five minutes into Miss Eugenia Talbot's presentation at court, notorious rogue Mr. William Grant made her laugh, ruining her debut. To hush up the scandal, Eugenia's aunt hires a matchmaker to quickly find a suitor— anyone except the infamous William Grant—to help restore Eugenia's reputation. But amiable Eugenia shows a disturbing tendency to follow her heart, and is again caught in the company of notorious Grant. When a traitor creeps closer, threatening to ruin more than just Eugenia's reputation, her kindheartedness may be her ultimate undoing...
Amanda Forester holds a Ph.D. in psychology and worked for many years in academia before discovering that writing historical romance novels was decidedly more fun. Whether in the Highland hills or a Regency ballroom, Forester’s novels offer fast-paced adventures filled with wit, intrigue, and romance. She lives with her supportive husband and naturally brilliant children in the Pacific Northwest.
Giveaway is OPEN to U.S. and Canada Residents ONLY.
Winner will be announced on May 20, 2013
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Congratulations on the novel.Nice interview

Barbara E. said...

I agree, you can't go wrong with a cute puppy picture! :D I enjoyed the interview, it was fun getting a little more background on A Wedding in Springtime. It sounds like such a great story and I'm looking forward to reading it.

adore the puppy pic :) enjoyed the interview, congrats on the release of book1 in the trilogy :)

Maria said...

This sounds like another wonderful series. Congratulations! And thank you for offering the giveaway!

jmcgaugh said...

Enjoyed the interview and am looking forward to reading the book.

Meghan said...

Wow! I can't WAIT to read this! I love that cover, too ; )
I'm definitely adding this to my TBR list immediately!
I wonder what kind of events or people in the author's life inspired them to write this book!?
Thanks for the giveaway!
mestith at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cover congrats! I would love to read and review your book Wedding in the Sprintime! I have a profile on Goodreads and Facebook. Thank you for the nice giveaway!

Unknown said...

Cant wait to read this!!!! EXCITING

Unknown said...

Cant wait to read this book I am so excited!!!!!

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