Friends – things are super crazy in the Covington house as I prepare to head to San Diego in a couple of weeks for the Romance Writers of America conference and the glitzy gala for the RITA awards. In case you didn’t know, the RITA’s are like the Oscars – but for romance writing – and I’m still pinching myself that I got the call and that my book, ONE LITTLE KISS, was nominated in best novella category.
That calls for a celebration . . . right? I thought so too.
So, for the next two weeks I’m going to feature one of my fellow nominees and give away their nominated book. And one very lucky reader will win a $25 Amazon GC!
Today I’m featuring the amazing Caroline Linden – author of the nominated novella, ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND SCANDAL.
- Give us your “call” story. Where were you when you got the RITA call?
Walking my dog! I actually ignored the call at first, thinking it was sure to be a telemarketer or pollster. I had completely forgotten it was RITA day.
- Everyone has a gateway romance novel that turned them into a diehard fan – what was your book and when did you first read it?
I read Harlequins and Signet Regencies in high school (sneaking them out of the library behind my mother’s back) but it was Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn who really blew my mind. Reading their books was a revelation, and made me want to write my own.
- What book are you working on right now?
Two things: a novella which will be a sequel of sorts to a previous story; and a novel I’ve been planning for ten years. In my very first book, I wrote a secondary character called the Duke of Ware. It’s taken a long time to get to it, but this book will be about him. He had a wild, passionate love affair as a young man and got his heart broken when the girl disappeared without a word. Years later, he’s about to meet her again, in vastly different—but no less charged—circumstances. I’m loving writing it.
- Tell us about your nominated novella!
It’s a Regency historical novella called ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND SCANDAL, part of my Scandals series. The hero is a jock—sports fan, athletic, fond of wagering. The heroine is mysterious and aloof. Someone suspects she’s the anonymous author of the notorious erotic stories titillating everyone in town (called 50 Ways to Sin) and the hero is goaded into a wager over proving it. Which means he has to get to know her—very, very well. But she’s no fool; she knows he’s up to something and she holds him at bay…until she can’t resist him any longer.
One of my guilty pleasures is the elaborately staged marriage proposal—those videos are my catnip—and so I wrote one into this novella, as an inside joke with myself.
Do you want to win a copy of Caroline’s awesome book? Hop on over to my Facebook page and leave a comment on the post with Caroline’s graphic. Here’s the link for my page.
And if you want to enter to win the $25 Amazon GC – use this rafflecopter . .