Today I have another special guest to introduce you to, and for all you lovers of historical romance, you’re in for an extra special treat! Her debut novel, A Gentleman ’til Midnight, just released from Harlequin, and I also happen to know she’s one of the sweetest people you’ll ever want to meet. Please welcome my friend, Alison DeLaine!
OK, Alison, if your book were to be cast as a movie, who would you pick to play your hero and why?
I would pick Lorenzo Lamas. Basically, because he’s Lorenzo Lamas. That’s my only criterion. (Probably because I’m a middle aged woman with starry-eyed memories from twenty years ago.) Lorenzo doesn’t look like my hero, but who cares? He’s Lorenzo Lamas. And sure, he’s got more of an American western persona, and my book is Georgian England, but I can be flexible. Really, it’s okay if he just stands there. He doesn’t even have to say the lines or anything. Although I wouldn’t mind if he got a little wet, maybe from the ocean spray, kind of like when he used to pour that jug of water over himself during the opening credits of that show ‘Renegade’… Wait–was there another part to this question?
No, that’s good, LOL. I’m sure there’s plenty of other “middle-aged” women out there who might agree with you! Now, tell us your hero or heroine’s worst attribute.
My heroine, Katherine, tends to think of diplomacy as a last-ditch option. It gets her into trouble occasionally. But it also makes her a lot of fun when she’s confronting a man with less-than-honorable intentions.
What made you write this story?
I wrote this book because Katherine appeared fully formed in my mind and wouldn’t let go. She’s kind of forceful that way. I also wrote it because even though most of the book takes place on land, some does take place on board a ship, and I really love ships. (Well, the idea of ships. I’m fairly certain that if I was actually being tossed around in the middle of the ocean, I would be panicking — not turning my face to the breeze and enjoying the sea mist.) But I’m pretty good at romanticizing shipboard life, which makes the whole thing much more tolerable, so when I wrote this book I got to experience everything I imagine is glorious about the sea.
Don’t you love it when a story grabs you like that? What was your favorite scene?
There’s a scene where James is so frustrated by desire that he actually throws things. He’s like a caged animal, pacing around and plotting seduction. Well, maybe “plotting” is too soft a word. Except I shouldn’t use the word “soft” in connection with James in this scene. Because he’s, you know, the opposite of soft. In a certain regard. Ahem.
LOL! Can’t wait to read that! And, I always end on a fun note…what is your guilty pleasure?
O Magazine. Okay, it’s really nothing to feel guilty about. It’s pretty amazing. The “guilty” part comes because I never feel like I should be sitting around reading a magazine. But O is full of inspiration, useful tips, and lots of colorful pictures, so whenever I let myself settle in with it I feel completely self-indulgent. (And as I’m writing this, I’m stuffing a See’s butterscotch square into my mouth, which is basically a lump of brown sugar covered with milk chocolate, so I guess you could say that’s another guilty pleasure! Except I don’t feel one bit guilty.)
Nothing at all to feel guilty about! Now tell us a little more about the book and where to find it!
The complication they don’t want…
Lady Katherine Kinloch survived captivity once. Now the notorious captain of her own ship, she refuses to let anyone jeopardize her hard-won freedom. But on a voyage to England to fight for her family’s endangered estate, Katherine is thrown off course when she unknowingly rescues celebrated naval captain James Warre…a man who stands for everything she despises.
The passion they desperately need…
Haunted by regret for his role in her dark past, James is determined to be more than the cold, calculating officer Katherine expects. Her seduction is his obsession, but his pride hangs in the balance if he gives in to temptation. And hiding beneath the scorching attraction between them lies a secret that could force the two apart for good.
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Wonderful! Now, Alison has graciously offered TWO lucky commenters the chance to win autographed copies of her book, so be sure and leave a comment! Good luck!
Alison DeLaine lives in rural Arizona, where she can often be found driving a dented old pickup truck out to her mining claim in the desert. When she’s not busy striking it rich, waiting on spoiled pets, or keeping her husband in line, she is happily putting characters through the wringer. Visit her at www.AlisonDeLaine.com