Today I was luckily enough to interview my friend, Bronwen Evans, whose debut book, INVITATION TO RUIN, was released from Kensington the same day as FATED. In fact, today I’m over on Bronwen’s blog…drop by and say hi. In fact…we’re going to choose the name of one lucky commenter and send them BOTH books!
Bronwen is a proud reader and writer of Romance! Any romance, but historical romance in particular, and the Regency period is her favorite. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand and is one of five sisters – and is a twin! So no surprise that her first book is about twins! She now spends her time immersing herself in love stories full of passion, desire and of course the happily ever after. But that’s not to say her characters don’t have a number of hurdles to overcome along the way.
Thanks for being here today, Bronwen! Here are the questions…
Hi Rebecca, thanks for having me visit today. It’s so exciting to share a release day with you. Both our books were released on 1 March and it’s fun taking this journey with you.
First things first. You live in New Zealand and just had that horrific earthquake. How are you, your friends and family doing…and what has your experience been?
It’s been a very humbling experience. I live in Wellington 400km from Christchurch (as do all my family – so we are safe), but I have two critique partners in Christchurch who have lost their homes and livelihoods. It has been hard to celebrate knowing the death and destruction down there. But you only get a debut novel once, so even my friends who have lost everything are urging me to celebrate. I think it is a small ray of sunshine in the midst of such destruction.
It has made it difficult to write too. It’s hard to go to a happy, romantic place when you see the news each day. I’m hoping to get back into some writing this week. The Red Cross has a wonderful website if you want to donate or help in anyway.
I can’t imagine losing a home. Best wishes to you and your friends. Okay, down to the fun stuff now. You’re known for writing spicy, exciting historicals. Why are you drawn to the historical romance genre?
I love strong, dark, tortured heroes and the Regency period lends itself to creating the alpha, alpha male (as does paranormal). My voice tends to suits the formality of the Regency era and I love the history during that period – Napoleonic Wars, Colonial Wars (America and India), Smuggling, The Prince Regent and the decadence that filled their lives.
Oh yeah. I love a good alpha male! Tell us about your hero in INVITATION TO RUIN. What makes him different than other heroes out there? And, why am I going to fall in love with him?
My hero, Anthony, has had a childhood that would have broken many a man, but he survived. He survived and was strong enough to defy his upbringing. However, to do so he had to protect himself and he did that by locking away his feelings. He tries to make out that he has no heart and that there is evil flowing through his veins, but it’s so obvious he has the biggest heart of any man, and is worthy of love. You can’t wait to see him get his HEA.
There’s nothing like a struggle for an alpha to find happiness. With the help of a heroine, of course. So, tell us about your heroine in INVITATION TO RUIN. Why do I want to be her? What are her struggles with dealing with this hero?
Melissa is a woman who I’d be friends with. She is bright, savvy and compassionate. She has a brain and uses it for both herself and others. She runs the Women’s Freedom League. They buy slaves their freedom and find them jobs.
She has also had an unhappy childhood. Her brother is eight years older and her parents didn’t really want or need her (until they got sick). Her brother ignored her until he needed money and he tried to marry her off to any rich reprobate.
Melissa wants to matter to someone. She refuses to marry a man who doesn’t love her and so when she is forced to marry Anthony, she has only one option. Teach him to love and win his heart. A formidable task when faced with a man who thinks he is evil and is unloveable.
I love that one of her key characteristics is that she wants to matter to someone…and hasn’t until she meets the hero. So, let’s go for a question just about you. If you could be anyone in the world for just one day (living or dead), who would it be and why?
I loved this question. I have so many people who I’d love to walk, for a time, in their shoes. As I need a bit of light heartedness at the moment and I write Regency historicals, and they have just re-released her first book, I’ve picked Dame Barbara Cartland. She led an extraordinary life, mixing in Society as a reporter and a celebrity in her own right. She was, at one stage, Princes Diana’s step-grandmother. She always wore pink and pink is my favorite color too, although I don’t take it as far as Dame Cartland, and I would love to have the romance writing career she had.
In 1983 Cartland wrote 23 novels, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most novels written in a single year. Oh to be so productive!
Awesome choice! I can’t even imagine writing 23 novels in one year! If you could’ve written any book out there (except yours or mine :)) what book would it have been and why?
Wow – what a question. The mercenary in me says Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, then I could write whatever romance novel I liked.
In terms of a book in my genre, it would have to be – Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught
In terms of skill – anything by William Shakespeare or Oscar Wild (I’d love to have even 1% of his wit.)
Yeah, it’d be pretty cool to have a book not only made into a movie, but turned into a ride at Universal Studios! So, what can readers expect next from you?
Strong alpha heroes, clever heroines and fast paced, sensual stories. Book two in my ‘Invitation to’ series is due out in early 2012 and is Rufus Knight’s story (he’s in Invitation to Ruin). I’m also currently writing book one in my new ‘Disgraced Lord’s’ series and I’m hoping the other three ‘Invitation to’ books get contracted!
Thanks so much!
Pleasure – thanks for having me!
So, here is the wonderful blurb for INVITATION TO RUIN:
One Good Lady is About to Go Bad…
The only thing Miss Melissa Goodly has ever wanted out of a marriage is love. But any hope of that dissolves one wild night, when she loses herself in the arms of the most irresistible-and unobtainable-man in all of England. For when they are discovered in a position as compromising as it is pleasurable, she has no choice but to accept his proposal.
Avowed bachelor Anthony Craven, Earl of Wickham, never meant to seduce an innocent like Melissa. Yet now that the damage is done, it does seem like she’d make a very convenient wife. After all, she is so naive he won’t have to worry about ever being tempted. Or so he thinks, until the vows are spoken and they are left alone-and his new bride reveals a streak just as brazen and unrestrained as his own.
Don’t forget to drop by Bronwen’s blog today and say hi to us! You can find Bronwen at: