Vanessa Kelly interview and giveaway

Do you still have those old Georgette Heyer books your sister gave you that kindled you love of the Regency period?  How cool it would be to have copies of those fromEngland.

I actually do have a few left, although most of my Georgette Heyer novels are reprints or ones I snagged at garage sales.  And thank God for Sourcebooks for doing those lovely new editions!

I agree, they are lovely.   I’m a big fan of her mysteries.  Her books aren’t thick on the ground either if you’re looking for used.

Can you tell us about HIS MISTLETOE BRIDE, please?

The short version:  It’s a Regency High Noon, set during Christmastime! 

The long version:  My heroine is a Quaker from Philadelphia, and my hero is a former army officer who inherited an earldom.  Phoebe and Lucas find themselves pitchforked into a marriage of convenience, which leads to all kinds of complications when their different philosophies of life come into play.  Lucas is a law and order kind of guy, while Phoebe is a pacifist.  Things get especially tricky when a gang of local smugglers uses their estate to make their smuggling runs.  As you can imagine, Phoebe and Lucas have very opposite ideas on how to deal with that particular problem.  As all this takes place over the Christmas season, so you can add in lots of parties, interfering relatives, and a great deal of gift-giving and eating!  And MUCH falling in love.

Sounds like a large time!

What made you decide to take the leap into romantic fiction?

This sounds like a smart-ass answer, but it’s just way more fun than writing non-fiction.  I’ve done both, and I truly enjoy writing fiction a lot more.

No, I’d imagine it is more fun and creative.

Does one of your books hold a special place with you?

My first one, Mastering The Marquess.  It was just a joy to write without any pressure or expectations, or even knowledge of the publishing business.  Sheer, unadulterated fun.

A character or couple?

Probably John and Bathsheba, the hero and heroine from my last book, My Favorite Countess.  They are not your typical Regency characters.  John is a crusading slum doctor, and Bathsheba is a sharp-tongued widow who never suffers fools gladly.  But together they were a wonderful couple who brought out the best—and the worst—in each other.  They were a very sexy couple, too!

I’ll bet…:)

Who’s in charge, you or the characters?

75% me, 25% my characters.  I’m a bit of a control freak that way—no flying off into the mist for me!

What’s your favorite part of writing?

Revisions.  The first draft is completed, and I can relax and have fun making it better.

Least favorite?

About half way through the first draft, when it seems like I’ll never finish the darn thing!

Is any thing special required to coax your muse?

Sleep really helps, and so does reading good books.  And silence.  My muse doesn’t like noise.

Is there a genre you’d like to explore in the future?

I dream of writing a science fiction/futuristic romance.  It’s one of my favorite genres.

Have you read anything lately that you couldn’t wait to tell others about or discuss?

A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness.  A massively good book; I’m saving the sequel for when I finish the draft of the current book I’m working on.

I’ve been on the fence about that book…maybe I’ll add it to my mountain.

What can readers look forward to from you in the near future?

I’m starting a new series with Kensington, called The Renegade Royals.  The heroes are the bastard offspring of the sons of King George III.  The first work in the series, a novella, will be released in December of 2013.  Immediately following that will be the back to back releases of the first two books.  Book One is the story of the illegitimate son of the Prince Regent, and that’s the one I’m working on now.

How cool…the bastard sons are always more interesting to me.

Some of your readers might also know that I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense with my husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes.  We have a new book in our current series coming out in October.  It’s called Bigger Than Beckham, and it’s really a fun, sexy sports romance.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, Vanessa.  Always enjoy your visits.

Vanessa is generously offering two (2) giveaways!  One lucky commenter will win a copy of  MY FAVORITE COUNTESS and another will win a download of  her VK Sykes book FASTBALL!  Meaningful comments only.  Giveaway ends on Sept. 28th @12 a.m. est.  Winners will be announced shortly thereafter.  Good luck y’all! 



When Major Lucas Stanton inherited his earldom, he never dreamed his property would include the previous earl’s granddaughter. Phoebe Linville is a sparkling American beauty, yes, but with a talent for getting into trouble. Witness the compromising position that forced them into wedlock. Whisked away to Mistletoe Manor, his country estate, it isn’t long before she is challenging his rules—and surprising him in and out of bed…

Phoebe has no intention of bowing to Lucas’s stubbornness even though he offers all that she wants. His kisses and unexpected warmth are enticing, but Phoebe is determined to show the Earl of Merritt what real love is all about. And if that takes twelve nights of delicious seduction by a roaring fire, she’s more than willing to reveal her gifts very slowly…

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Vanessa Kelly was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.”  Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for numerous awards, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance.  You can find her on the web at



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This Post Has 31 Comments

  1. HIS MISTLETOE BRIDE is on my wish list. I absolutely love Christmas reads.

    I enjoyed the interview thank you.

  2. Hi Vanessa! I love your historical fiction books! Your publisher has such gorgeous covers too! I’d love to win MY FAVORITE COUNTESS. Congrats on the new release!

  3. loved the interview his misletoe bride is on my wish list also i love christmas stories cause they have heart

  4. I love this! I can’t wait to read it!

  5. I love reading stories with a Christmas theme in a historical setting. I’m adding His Mistletoe Bride to my wish list.

  6. I love reading Christmas stories myself. I also love the Sourcebook reprints.

  7. Have to admit, have not read any of your books but always on the lookout for a ‘new’ author…so that along with a Christmas story…I am soooo there!!! thanks for the opportunity to ‘broaden’ my reading horizons!

  8. I love Fall. One of the best things about it are the Christmas themed romance novels. Can’t wait to read this one.

  9. Hi Vanessa, I also love scifi romance! His Mistletoe Bride is on my list now!

    I have My Favorite Countess, but would love Fastball.

  10. I just love Christmas stories. Looking forward to reading 🙂

  11. Hi Vanessa!

    What fun! I’m already beginning to imagine Phoebe’s reaction being a Quaker from America to a Christmas party! His Misletoe Bride is going to be so much fun to read and the perfect way to start our own holiday festivities!

    I was thrilled to read you have another series being released and am trying to imagine what Tmischief he Renage Rebels will get into!

    Congratulations to both you and your husband on your VK Sykes books and I hope that the sales of Fastball are off the charts!

  12. Thank you for the interview & book summary! I love both historical & contemporary romance, so either would be a great treat! I always love finding a new author.

  13. Love historical romance and will definitly be adding to my tbr list. Thanks.

  14. I love x’mas stories. 🙂 It’s my favorite time of the year! Love HEA endings especially. 🙂

  15. Lovely interview. I am also a fan of Deborah Harkness–I got to see her this summer at a library event. But I haven’t read book two yet for some reason.

    I guess we are all suckers for Christmas stories. There is always something magical about them, and they just get me in the mood. In the fall. 😀 Of course, they are generally less stressful than real life. Can’t wait to read His Mistletoe Bride. Adding to my TBR list, unless it is already there from entering a Goodreads giveaway. I can’t recall.

  16. I love the characters in My Favorite Countess, and I’m excited to read His Mistletoe Bride!

  17. The Mistletoe Bride sounds awesome, I HAVE to get my hands on a copy and read it soon.

  18. Hi Vanessa. I read Mastering the Marquess ages ago & really liked it but while I have your books in my wishlist I’ve somehow not managed to buy them 🙁 Darn! HIS MISTLETOE BRIDE sounds really nice; that the H/H seem to be worlds apart (a Quaker!) must make for interesting interactions.

    Sci-Fic/Fantasy romance would be awesome! That’s my 2nd fav genre to read after historical.

  19. Thanks for stopping by, ladies! I enjoyed reading your comments. His Mistletoe Bride was such a fun book to write. I loved incorporating all the holiday traditions, and I also really enjoyed writing Lucas and Phoebe’s love story. They’re quite a pair and definitely fall under the category of opposites attract. And because it’s the last book in the Stanton Family series, lots of other characters from previous books make appearances, too.

  20. Congratulations on the new release. Christmas stories are always heartwarming…

  21. congrats on the release vanessa… love the interview 🙂

  22. Mistletoe Manor, cool name for a home. I guess he kissed her under the “Mistletoe” that’s why they end up together :D. Anyway, just don’t love the excerpt but the cover, color and title really is eye catching. 😀

  23. You are one of my favorites!! Fortunate for me, I already have your work in paperback. I really do want to win though because I’m trying to
    Fill a basket of romance books and swag for a silent auction for a benefit for a woman in my home town. If I don’t win, good luck with future works!

  24. Theresa N.,why don’t you email me on my website? I’d be happy to donate a book to your cause.

  25. I came this way because of the lure of an upcoming historical romance from Carina. I follow those releases religiously. But you also nabbed me at the word Fastball. I lost sports related themes. I’d love to enter this. And good luck on your upcoming release!

  26. Mistletoe Manor is the best name for an estate ever. I am a huge fan of Christmas romance novels, historical romances in particular. Thanks for what looks like a great read.

  27. Tara, my first sports book was with Carina – it’s called CaddyGirls and I wrote it with hubby. Fastball is Book One in our Philadelphia Patriot series. Thanks for stopping by!

    Ann, I love Mistletoe Manor, too! I had a lot of fun with it, especially when I learned that Christmas is also a proper last name in the part of England where the book is set. I bet you can guess what I did next!

  28. I enjoyed the interview. The new series sounds fascinating. Can’t wait to find out more about the books.

  29. Congrats to Denese, winner of MY FAVORITE COUNTESS & Jessica, winner of FASTBALL.

    Thank you to everyone who visited. Hope to see y’all often.

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