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Monday, August 22, 2011

Historical Romance Event Kickoff! Interview & Giveaway with Eileen Dreyer

Welcome Eileen! Thanks for coming!

How has your summer been so far?

Hot! Which is probably a good thing, since it keeps me inside working. Although I did take time to go to RWA in New York and stay over the weekend for a little theater(I saw Harry Potter sing and dance—and he was wonderful!), and the 4th of July fireworks, which was a really cool night. And I just got back from RomCon in Denver, and an overnight at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park where the Shining was written. It’s also one of the most haunted hotels in the US. And yes, we were haunted. 
Me:(Lucky! You really do visit the best places. )

SINNERS AND SAINTSMy first novel I read by you was “Barely a Lady” last summer and I have to say, it was amazing.  I laughed and cried to the point where my fiancĂ©e actually snuck photos of me to show me later how into it I was. *laughs*
I’d love to know where you got the inspiration for that novel?

I actually have no idea. I just know that there was a lovely lady named Melinda Helfer who reviewed for RT. She and I shared a love of Regency era romance, and she challenged me to write one. I was doing suspense at the time, so I laughed. But walking away, suddenly a line came to my head. “A woman, searching the Waterloo battlefield for a friend’s father, instead comes across her grievously wounded husband…and he’s in an enemy uniform.”
        I love doing things like that. Setting up a problem(she finds her husband) twisting it (they’re divorced) and then twist it again (he’s in an enemy uniform and can’t remember why).
        I also wanted to write a book with realistic amnesia. I’m a little tired of that kind of , “they hit him with a hammer, and suddenly everything came back,” or the victim suddenly remembers everything that happened including the mole on the attacker’s left cheek. The truth is that the longer a person is unconscious, the longer the amnesia retroactively from the injury. So poor Jack never does remember how he was injured. In fact, his memory never comes back entirely, because that is what sometimes happens.
And I know I should apologize for making you cry, but that actually makes me do an author happy dance. 

I can’t wait to read the rest of the Drake Rake series. How many novels are planned for this series? *please say many more*

The series was originally a trilogy called The Three Graces, about three women who meet at the medical tents during Waterloo. Then I realized that they had to have heroes, and that the heroes were gentleman spies(I know, it’s not original, but I love gentlemen spies). So suddenly I have 10 heroes who belong to Drakes Rakes and need stories of their own.
Of the original heroines,  Grace and Diccan’s book NEVER A GENTLEMAN is out, and Kate and Harry’s book, ALWAYS A TEMPTRESS will be out in October. And keep your fingers crossed, because I just sent in a proposal for 6 more books that would give the other 6 Rakes their stories. 
Me: (*Crosses Fingers*)

Your cover art is always beautiful, but I am in love with your Drake Rake covers. Who is the cover designer?

That would be the inimitable, brilliant, incredible Claire Brown. One of the reasons I chose Grand Central was because I’d fallen in love with the covers they’d done for Elizabeth Hoyt. And I have to tell you that they’ve been amazing. She’s so wonderful that for the first time in my career, when they did a cover that I really didn’t think would work, Claire not only fixed it, she had a completely new cover shoot and package. And I think it’s the most beautiful cover I’ve ever had, for Never a Gentleman. And wait til you see Always a Temptress. Even more lush and sensual.

“Always The Temptress” will be released October 1st. Can you tell us a little of what to expect from Lady Kate?

I so love Lady Kate. She’s that person who says everything you want to but don’t have the guts. But she has her secrets, and the person who has to dig them out is Sir Harry Lidge, the man who deserted her ten years earlier and now thinks she is a spy for a traitorous cabal. To get the truth from her, Harry kidnaps her and holds her in a deserted estate. I think of Kate and Harry like John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. She stands toe-to-toe with him, and fights side-by-side for their happiness.

Do you have any upcoming Silhouettes being released?

Sadly, no. I’ve loved working with my editors there, but right now there isn’t anything in the works.

When you’re not writing, who are you reading?

Oh, my. The shorter list would be who am I not reading? Everybody from Julia London, Pat Rice and Liz Carlyle to Tami Hoag, Barbara Samuels and Jeff Shaara. I do a lot of non-fiction reading for research. For instance, I’m reading Peter Ackroyd’sVenice, and Age of Wonders about amateur scientists during the Regency Period. And then, because it’s like comfort food, I’ll pick up one of my collection of traditional Regencies—Elizabeth Fairchild, Barbara Metzger, Carla Kelly, Mary Balogh. In other words, I read everybody I can. 
Me: Julia London is also in this event! :)

Do you have an all time favorite read that you tend to go back to and re-read when you get the chance?

Two, kind of. Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels, and Dick Francis’ entire body of work. I still think LOS is one of the seminal books in romance(is there any better moment in romance than when she shoots him?). And Dick taught me how to write mysteries—I also love his heroes and the world of racing.(I’ve gone so far to the dark side there that I can discuss racehorse lineage back three or four generations)

I see you love to travel. What is the most exotic place you visited?

Oh, wow. I’ve been very lucky to have been able to travel to some wonderful, exciting and compelling places. But I think our most exotic trip would have to be the three weeks we spent in India. We were invited to a wedding there, and took advantage of the invitation to visit for 3 weeks, traveling through Rajastan,(Delhi, Agra, Jaipur), Calcutta, and a tiny village in the middle of nowhere where the wedding took place that was an overnight trainride from Calcutta(and if you don’t think that was an adventure…).
India is overwhelming. It is gorgeous and tragic and complex and an absolute feast for the senses. Just think of walking down the dirt street, with shops crammed cheek by jowl, the wares not only spread on the street, but hanging from the eves, open burlap bags of spices like turmeric, saffron and coriander leaning against bags of coffee and tea, incense and beans, all letting loose the most amazing scents, the shop next door showing a window chock-full of intricate 22k jewelry studded with precious gems and a bit further, the ground thick with piles of fresh fruits and vegetables, the vendor squatted alongside arguing with his friend. And the people. I can’t say enough about them; hospitable, friendly, hard-working, adaptable. And I still think that the Indian women, no matter how worn their features, are the most beautiful in the world.
        I’m glad to say that I was able to use some of my experiences in Never a Gentleman, and will again in a later book. Not only that, but you can see a picture of me in my sari on my webpage.

Have you ever visited Canada? If so, did we treat you well?  I. am. Canadian! *says like the voice from the beer commercial* :D
I have been to Canada. I was invited to speak in Calgary, where my husband’s cousins live. So we got to visit the city and then drive up into the Rockies(and I’ll tell you something I don’t admit in the US. I like the Canadian Rockies better than ours. Much more wild and severe). We were lucky enough to stay in Emerald Lake Lodge. It’s one of my most cherished memories. And my bucket list still includes a trip on the train from Vancouver to Calgary. And yes, we were treated very well.
Me: *Cheers* I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Again, thank you for stopping by the Historical Romance Event. Your rock!

Thank you so much for inviting me. This has been fun. 

Now, on to the giveaway!

Eileen will give one lucky winner a ARC copy Always a Temptress! 

Fill out the form below to enter

Giveaway open WORLDWIDE!

Giveaway will end September 1st!


Natasha said...

I'm very excited for this event! Great start to it so far, with Eileen Dreyer! Thanks again Eileen:)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the giveaway!!!
GFC Shannon Johnson

Anonymous said...

Thank you for such an enjoyable interview and for giving us all a chance to read an excerpt of " Always A Temptress". Historical romance is my weakness and I loved this excerpt of your book.

I absolutely adore and love a good love story. I'm literally champing at the bit to read this story as it contains everything that I love, passion, intrigue and romance. I love to be carried away to another time and place where people lived, loved, and were finding their way to each other.

I'm always grateful for being so delightfully entertained whilst being enriched and enlightened at the same time.

I adore the art work on the front cover, it's very sensual and, the dress is "to die for".

Congratulations on your new release and, for this awesome opportunity. I really look forward to reading this book.

dpd333 (AT) aol dot com

JenM said...

I've traveled a lot also and I love historicals that are set outside of England. I've enjoyed the first two books and I'm looking forward to Kate's book.

Jen at delux dot com

Barbara E. said...

I enjoyed the interview and I'm looking forward to reading Always a Temptress. If Kate and Harry are like John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, I can't wait - The Quiet Man is one of my favorite films.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Yaseena said...

great giveaway. I love Eileen Dreyer and this series is awesome :)

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Great interview! I love that your characters are compared to John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. One of favorite romance teams. I could sit down and watch Quiet Man anytime.


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Eileen Dreyer said...

Thanks so much, not only to Tasha, but the readers. I really hope you like the book. I so adore Kate. She's the person who says everything you wish you could. And Harry's her match. And yes, I was thinking of Quiet Man when I mentioned Wayne and O'Hara. I never miss it.

Denise Z said...

Thank you for sharing this fun event today. I went over to facebook for the event (duh) and could not really figure it out, but the topic seemed to be A Great Book is the Cheapest Vacation and left what I thought was on topic comment LOL - in any event, I am glad I found this fun blog and look forward to following. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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