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Today we have author Anna Campbell joining us. Thank you so much for taking time off to be here with us today.

Hey, Ashleigh, I’m delighted to be here. Thank you for inviting me. I’m a fellow manic reader so I’m sure I’ll fit right in, LOL! 

First thing first, congratulations on your latest release Captive of Sin. Why don’t you tell us a little about it?

Captive of Sin

Captive of Sin is my fourth historical romance for Avon and it features a couple of firsts for me. My first virginal heroine and my first marriage of convenience story – although it’s a marriage of convenience story with a twist! It’s set in 1821 and most of the story takes place in Cornwall and on Jersey in the Channel Islands. Sir Gideon Trevithick returns home to his family estate after facing torture and imprisonment in India where he was working as an undercover agent for the East India Company. On his way back to Cornwall, he stumbles across a runaway heiress calling herself Sarah Watson. This girl is in reality Lady Charis Weston, England’s greatest heiress, and she’s fleeing her brutal stepbrothers who are trying to force her into a marriage that will give them access to her fortune. This chance encounter will change both Gideon and Charis forever – and promise a passion beyond anything they’ve ever dreamed. As I’m writing this, a couple of early reviews have come in. Publishers Weekly called the story ‘luscious’ and Romantic Times gave it a Top Pick and a K.I.S.S. Award so I’m really happy about that!

I must ask, where did you get your inspiration for Gideon?

Oh, Gideon is such a knight in shining armor, I just love him! He goes out to India as an idealistic, intellectual younger son and becomes a man of action through his undercover work. He’s already become disillusioned about British rule in India when he’s captured by the brutal Nawab of Rangapindhi. His refusal to break under torture means when he’s rescued, he returns to England a national hero. Unfortunately, he also returns racked by post-traumatic stress and survivor guilt and utterly convinced he can never be a worthy husband to the woman he wants above all others, Charis. The spark of inspiration for Gideon came from a book I picked up in a bookshop in Scotland. It’s called The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia by Philip Hopkirk. The British agents in this book would put Indiana Jones to shame and many of them came to fairly grisly ends. There’s a famous incident where two really remarkable men, Charles Stoddart and Arthur Conolly, were beheaded in Bukhara in 1842. I started to wonder how someone brave and clever and idealistic who had endured similar experiences – I definitely borrowed elements of Stoddart and Conolly’s story for Gideon’s background – would cope with returning to England and resuming the life he’d left so long ago. Originally my idea was to set Gideon’s background in Central Asia and have him playing a part in the grab for power between Britain and Russia there. But 1821 is a little too early for that so I switched his backstory to India which worked really well.  

Where did Charis come from? Is this a character that sprung completely formed into your mind, or is she based on someone you personally know?

I don’t consciously use elements of people I know, although I’m sure I do unconsciously! Occasionally someone might say something that might spark an idea but most of my characters tend to form in my head and then insist I tell their story – yes, I know it sounds a bit mad! When you write books set in the early 19th century, you inevitably spend a lot of time thinking about women and their legal rights – or in the case of the Regency, the lack of them! Basically, a woman in the Regency belonged to her father, her guardian or her husband. Widowhood becomes quite appealing! Of course, if father, guardian or husband was wonderful, you didn’t have a problem. But poor Charis has been left under the control of her unscrupulous stepbrothers after her widowed mother makes an unfortunate marriage then passes away. Charis is brave and resourceful and determined not to be a victim to her stepbrothers’ greed. When she meets Gideon, she uses that bravery and resourcefulness to win his heart. But it’s not easy.

2009 has been a big year for you with 2 releases. What was that like?

I didn’t have a book out in 2008 so it’s fantastic to have two releases in 2009. Mind you, I’ve definitely topped and tailed the year. Tempt the Devil came out in January and now Captive of Sin is out in November.  

Tempt the Devil

 

Every author has his/her own daily rituals. What is your day like?

I get up really early – I mean REALLY early! I generally check email and do stuff like Facebook and then what I do depends on where I am in the deadline schedule. Closer to a deadline, I attack the work in progress. Not so close, I tend to do promo stuff through until about 11am, then I take a break for a couple of hours. Then I head back in the afternoon and usually that’s when I’ll do writing wherever I am on the schedule. Again, how late I go depends on what’s happening. I’m ALWAYS finished for Jeopardy at 7pm! In summer, I throw in a couple of swims in the pool to iron out the kinks sitting at the computer puts into my back. In winter, I usually take a walk, even if it’s only a short one up to the postbox.  

What would you say is the one thing you MUST have while you’re writing?

Lots of cups of tea! Seriously, I buy teabags by the hundreds. I wish I could write them off on my tax!

What would you say is the hardest aspect of writing your books?

Getting down the bones of the story is always tough for me. I do a really messy first draft and then spend months crafting that up into something readable. I’ve learned to love the editing process but writing that story in the first place can be like pulling teeth! 

How much time do you have to put into research before you actually start writing?

I’ve learnt research can be a black hole that you can disappear into forever. So I’ve become pretty disciplined. Fortunately, these days, I have a good general knowledge of the Regency period so I usually know beforehand if a story will work. Then I read a couple of books on whatever is specific to the story. With Captive of Sin, I read a lot of stuff about the East India Company which was fascinating – one which contains the most amazing tragic love story is The White Mughals by William Dalrymple. Also with Captive of Sin, I had a wonderful time researching Jersey which operated as a kind of Gretna Green for people in the south of England. People could marry there without parental permission, a loophole in the law that Gideon and Charis take full advantage of. I research on the run as I’m writing. That tends to be practical stuff like how long a coach journey would take or specific terminology related to a scene. While I’m writing, I also read a few other books about the period to keep me in the world of the story.   

Let’s say we took a peek at your TBR pile. What would we find?

Probably Noah’s Ark and El Dorado and a few things that have gone missing in the Bermuda Triangle. My TBR pile is huge! I’ve just started a fantastic historical romance by Laura Lee Guhrke. It’s one of her Girl Bachelor stories, With Seduction in Mind. Also waiting for me are Black Angel by Linda Howard and Scandals of an Innocent by Nicola Cornick, two of my favorite writers. I’ve also got Jeanne Adams’s Dark and Deadly. I really enjoyed her debut Dark and Dangerous last year. And too many other books to mention!

Anna again thanks so much for being here with us.

Thanks, Ashleigh, it’s been a hoot.

 

If you want to know more about Anna Campbell and her books you can go to http://www.annacampbell.info/ and read all about her, latest releases and more. She blogs regularly with the Romance Bandits http://romancebandits.blogspot.com and latest information is available on her HarperCollins author page: http://harpercollins.com/authors/31961/Anna_Campbell/index.aspx

 

Read a little about Captive of Sin

He pledged his honor to keep her safe…

Returning home to Cornwall after unspeakable tragedy, Sir Gideon Trevithick comes upon a defiant beauty in danger, and vows to protect her whatever the cost. He’s dismayed to discover that she’s none other than Lady Charis Weston, England’s wealthiest heiress-and that the only way to save her from the violent stepbrothers determined to steal her fortune is to wed her himself! Now Gideon must hide the dark secrets of his life from the bride he desires more with every heartbeat.

She promised to show him how to love – and desire – again…

Charis has heard all about Gideon, the dangerously handsome hero with the mysterious past. She’s grateful for his help, but utterly unwilling to endure a marriage of convenience-especially to a man whose touch leaves her breathless. Desperate to drive him mad with passion, she would do anything to make Gideon lose control-and fall captive to irresistible, undeniable sin

 

Want more? Captive of Sin is now available from all good booksellers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Avon books.

 

New Website and Author Promotion Tools!

Manic Readers v2.0 

 

Manic Readers has recently announced its new website and Plus Membership, which helps authors promote their books. 

 

Readers can  quickly find the latest news, contests, and promotions through dedicated pages on the MR website.  In addition, authors and readers can chat with each other through a chat link on the author’s page.

 

The Plus Membership gives authors access to:

  • Post news to the MR news page
  • Post contests to the MR contest page 
  • Post promotions to the MR promo page
  • Host live chats from their Author Page
  • 15% advertising discounts
  • Twitter integration – Author Page, new books and book updates show up on the author’s Twitter page.

View one of the Plus Member pages here.

Authors interested in the Plus Membership can view all of the benefits on the MR service comparision page. 

Loose Id’s Going Fishing

On October 10, we notified the Top Twenty in our Hot Hooks contest. Now, on October 26-29, we’re giving you, the readers, the chance to pick the Top Ten. 

 

Just visit our website at www.loose-id.com/hothooks.aspx and follow the link to our survey. Read the 100 word blurb and 250 word first pages, and choose your ten favorites. Ten lucky winners chosen at random will receive a VIP membership for the remainder of 2009 and for 2010. 

 

Loose Id’s Hot Hooks. Who will be the next big fish?

 

Breathless Press - New Editor Press Release

For Immediate Release

Navy Veteran, Rochelle Weber is a stickler for grammar and it shows in her work.

Alberta, Canada—September 9th, 2009—With a BA in Communications from Columbia College in Chicago, and years of experience in the editing field, Rochelle Weber steps into the shoes of Managing Editor at Breathless Press. “I’m really grateful to be with Breathless Press. I sent a resume and cover letter and Justyn Perry liked them and brought me on board as ME.”

Rochelle joined Breathless Press shortly after they opened their doors in July and since coming on board has quickly become part of the family. “When I put the call out for a Managing Editor, there were many applicants, but only one who truly met my quality expectations,” Justyn Perry, owner of Breathless Press adds. “It’s great to have someone on board that is as dedicated to quality as I am. With three employees that strive for nothing but the best, Breathless Press will become the press known for top quality.”

Having spent numerous years working in the publishing field shows in Rochelle’s editing style. “My mother was a stickler for grammar, as am I. One of my pet peeves is the dreaded comma splice, and I can name a few bestselling authors who use them frequently,” she states, going on about her editing career. “I’d been editing on a freelance basis for almost 20 years, but I had never edited fiction until I joined Inara Press. To my shock, they offered me the job of ME.  I thought I was too green when it came to fiction, but tackled the job anyway.  I was OK on the organizational side, but at the time I didn’t even know what style sheet or a head-hop was.  From there I went on to edit for several other e-pubs–Oestara, Silk Stockings, Cobblestone, Mardi Gras and Red Rose to name a few.  Some of them crashed before I could earn even my first paycheck, so I basically worked for free for several years.  But during that time I was learning a lot from my MEs, EICs, and various authors’ loops.  So when Justyn offered me the ME position, I was fairly certain I knew what I was doing. Our editors will have it pretty easy, because we have high standards and will not accept a book until it meets our requirements.”

With her background and determination, Rochelle is sure to take Breathless Press to new heights. “I love being part of a truly professional company and I know we’re going to grow and become a force to be reckoned with in the publishing world.”

 

For more information on Breathless Press check out their website: www.breathlesspress.com
Contact: marketing@breathlesspress.com
Submissions now open.

Breathless Press

Romance is in the air and Breathless Press wants you to express your love.

 

Valentine’s Day is the most romantic time of the year and we want you to share with us your tales of desire, lust and love.

Breathless Press is holding a contest and only two lucky entrants will win a signed contract as well as a video trailer and a month long blog tour to help promote their winning book. All you have to do is submit your breathtaking love stories of Valentine romance. Anything to do with Valentine’s Day is welcome.

Contest ends December 1st so hurry and get your stories in.

Submission guidelines are as follows.

Flirts: under 1,000 words

Temptations: 1,500 – 5,000 words

Novelette: 5,000 – 10,000 words

Novella: 10,000 – 50/60,000 words

Novel: 50/60,000-100,000 words

Send query to:  Send query to: acquisitions @ breathlesspress dot com

General Submissions are open now. Check the website for more details. www.breathlesspress.com

Lyrical Press

  • Pamela Tyner has been promoted to managing editor of Lyrical Press
  • Roxy Harte has recently released book one of her Chronicles of Surrender Series. All titles will be available digitally and in print : http://www.lyricalpress.com/roxy_harte
  • Lyrical Press’ complete catalog is now available on All Romance eBooks/OmniLit
  • Lyrical Press is actively seeking erotica and romance. You can find submission guidelines here: http://www.lyricalpress.com/submissions

Noble Romance Seeking Submissions for New Erotic Romance Line

Noble Romance Seeking Submissions for New Erotic Romance Line

Noble Romance Publishing is currently seeking submissions for Foreign Affairs, a new line of erotic romance novels.

Specifics:

*Foreign Affairs stories are all set in foreign (non-US) lands. *Foreign Affairs must contain at least one primary character from the foreign territory in which the story takes place.
*Foreign Affairs may contain some non-English words and phrases, but because we primarily target English-speaking readers at this time, these stories must be written in English.
*Various heat levels – from steamy to erotic.
*All sub-genres and sub-genre mixes.
*All story lengths – shorts, novellas, novels.

Standard submission guidelines apply.

Please submit specific questions or concerns to jill@nobleromance.com.

Dreamspinner Press

Increased production at Dreamspinner Press
Dreamspinner Press has recently upped its publication schedule to two novels, a novella, and a short story (or two) weekly. Now readers receive a novel release (both print and eBook formats) on Mondays and Fridays, and an eBook novella will publish on Wednesdays. Short stories, also in eBook format, will publish on Wednesdays. See Dreamspinner Press’s Coming Soon page at http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/upcoming_products.php and shop at http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com.

New store at Dreamspinner Press
Dreamspinner Press recently debuted its new web site and integrated shopping cart at http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com. New and returning customers will have to re-register for an account to purchase and take advantage of the new features: a permanent bookshelf, unlimited downloads, links that never expire, ability to purchase an eBook and download it in any format. We hope to see you shopping soon!

Phaze Books -

Phaze Books fully supports the efforts to finding a cure for breast cancer. To help in the fight, please be sure to purchase COMING TOGETHER FOR THE CURE, an award-winning charity anthology filled with short stories and poetry where all proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Available in ebook and in print.

 

Buy link:

http://www.king-cart.com/Phaze/product=Coming+Together+For+the+Cure,+by+Alessia+Brio,+ed.

 

Blurb: RTBookClub Top Pick for January, 2008! 2008 EPPIE Finalist! Indy Book Award Winner!

 

At some point, virtually everyone’s life is touched in some way by breast cancer. Whether it’s a friend or family member, or even yourself, the journey is one of courage and compassion. Phaze continues its tradition of fundraising for this cause with Coming Together: For the Cure, an anthology of quality erotic fiction edited by Alessia Brio. All proceeds from the sale of this volume will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

 

“Few things reveal character as immediately and profoundly as the way someone makes love. And since the best stories are always character driven, what better way to get to know the players than by the way they make love? Call it erotic fiction if you like — it certainly is erotic — but once you get past the heat and the breathlessness, you’ll see these stories for what they really are: tales of the intensely private, the palpably real, the profoundly human.” – Barry Eisler, NYT Bestselling Author

 

Phaze Books’ September Top 20 best-selling titles are:

 

1.) Desire – Marie Rochelle

 

2) I Can’t Drive 55 – Jade Falconer

 

3) A Knight at the Speedway – Jaxx Steele

 

4) Sex Type Thing – Jade Falconer

 

5) Schooled – RaeLynn Blue

 

6) Dude Looks Like a Lady – Jack Greene

 

7) Man to Man – G.A. Hauser

 

8.) Sexhibition – Tigra-Luna LeMar

 

9) Dragonfly – L.E. Bryce

 

10) Resisting Kane – Stephanie Adkins

 

11) Rope Dreams – Eliza Gayle

 

12) The Question – Zena Wynn

 

13) Mary and the Bear – Zena Wynn

 

14) The Arrangement – Emma Wildes

 

15) Closer to You: Lee – Marie Rochelle

 

16) Magic Man – Wendy Stone

 

17) Just a Dream – Aliyah Burke

 

18) Lucky Charms – Marie Rochelle

 

19) All the Fixin’ – Marie Rochelle

 

20) The Rancher’s Ultimatum – Nia K. Foxx

 

20) Unleashing the Jaguar – Michelle Houston (tie)

 

Phaze Books has 4 special calls for submissions.

 

Special Call for M/M Steampunk Anthology – title TBA

 

Edited by: Leigh Ellwood

Projected release date: late 2010

 

Hey, all you steampunk enthusiasts, grab your goggles and get to writing!

Phaze Books is planning an all M/M (and bi-M menage) steampunk collection for eBook publication in 2010. If you have a yen for 19th century history with a touch of good humor and technological innovation (and a whole lot of manlove!), we hope you’ll send us your hottest steampunk erotic romance of 10K – 20K words. If you’re not sure about the genre, check out this Wikipedia entry for steampunk to get an idea of the style of stories we’re looking for. Think H.G. Wells or Wild Wild West, then turn up the steam factor with an incredible M/M or MMF/MMM match-up!

 

This call is open indefinitely until the spots are filled. Contributors will offer one-time electronic and print rights to their works and receive a one-time payment of $50 and contributors’ copies (eBook and/or print, if the book goes to print).

 

To submit to this anthology, please follow the Phaze Books structural guidelines (below) and attach your RTF document to Leigh Ellwood, c/o Phaze Books at submissions @ phaze (dot) com. Please use STEAMPUNK ANTHOLOGY is your subject header.

 

Open Calls – Urban Phaze, Phaze Rocks, and Phaze Scores!

 

Urban Phaze:

 

So tell us, what is your favorite location for a passionate fantasy? Do you dream of slow, eternal kisses in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, or would you like to snuggle with your lover in the dunes of a secluded Honolulu beach? Does the idea of doing it on the Eiffel Tower grab you, or maybe a tryst in an elegant suite overlooking the Chicago skyline?

 

You might say we like a bit of travel with our sex. We’d wouldn’t mind christening each of the fifty states, and we hope you feel the same way.

 

Get on the Phaze map!

 

We are looking for steaming hot stories to include in this line – contemporary-set erotic romance (sub and cross-genres okay), set in a major metropolitan city. The entire tale must take place in that setting and feature somewhat significantly in the story.

 

So, take us someplace nice, and make sure we never want to leave!

Duplicate city submissions are fine, because we plan to group city stories into print anthologies.

 

Please see our submissions guidelines for formatting and detailed dos and don’ts. When you submit in RTF format, please include Urban Phaze- [NAME OF CITY] in your subject line. Urban Phaze will remain an indefinite open call until we decide to close it. So get your pens and passports to work!

Minimum word count: 10K

 

Phaze Rocks!

 

Turn it on, turn it up, and tune out everything else with hot stories of passion and romance…inspired by the music that touches our souls (and other places!) Each story is song unto itself, titled after a favorite Top 40 hit, metal ballad, or sultry country ditty.

 

Get on the Phaze Hot 100 charts!

 

We are looking for steaming hot stories to include in this line -all genres accepted – titled with a popular song. The story need not be based on the song title of your choice, though if you happen to find a favorite artist or band is your muse, we’ll certainly take a look, or listen! So whether you’re into classic rockers like the Beatles or Rolling Stones, savvy R&B vocalists like Outkast or Beyonce, or into the rocking hair bands of the 80s, let the music move you to write.

 

(Note: if you haven’t figured it out, stories must be original. We like the fan fiction about rock bands, but we don’t publish it.)

 

Please see our submissions guidelines for formatting and detailed dos and don’ts. When you submit in RTF format, please include Phaze Rocks in your subject line. Minimum word count: 10K.

 

Phaze Scores!

 

Got game? Get on the scoreboard! Phaze Books is looking for sizzling erotic romances set on the playing field. Whether your game is basketball or baseball, hockey or golf, if you have a love match to share we want to read it. The action doesn’t have to take place entirely on the field, but each submission must have a sports setting. Minimum word count: 10K.

 

Please see our submissions guidelines for formatting and detailed dos and don’ts. When you submit in RTF format, please include Phaze Scores in your subject line.

Class Act Books - New Website Contest

NEW WEBSITE CONTEST!


Win 2 Print Books Your Choice
Enter to celebrate our fantastic new look on the website.
Pick two book pages to look at from any of our exciting Romance Genres, tell us which books you looked at by sending an email to: classactbooks@gmail.com and you will be entered. Please put NEW WEBSITE CONTEST in the subject line.
All entries will be in the drawing for TWO new Print books of your choice from Class Act Books.
Once notified you won, you can pick your two books from our selections and send us your shipping address, we will get the books sent to you. Ends 10/31