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 Madeline Ash – author of the nominated novella, HER SECRET PRINCE.
- Give us your “call” story. Where were you when you got the RITA call?
I was away in the country (Australian bush) for the Easter weekend, writing. When my phone rang, I considered not answering because I didn’t recognize the number. I had no idea RITA finalists were announced so early in the year, so couldn’t think who might be calling me from the United States. Thankfully I answered, and the very friendly Renee introduced herself and dropped the news – and I tried to maintain my composure from where I’d sat suddenly on the floor!
- Everyone has a gateway romance novel that turned them into a diehard fan – what was your book and when did you first read it?
For me, it was The Man She Loves to Hate by Kelly Hunter. She hooked me on category romance within the first few pages. Before reading that book, I’d read a lot of fantasy and young adult fiction, which tends to have strong romantic threads. It took me years to realize that I was basically reading them for the romance alone! The romantic fantasy that triggered this epiphany was Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – an enchantingly beautiful romance based on the fairytale of the six swans.
- What book are you working on right now?
Actually, I just submitted a manuscript last week, so I’m in that strange zone where I should take a break to nurture my Muse, but am already itching to start something new. As for what I just submitted, it was book #4 in a four-book series with Tule Publishing, hopefully out later this year.
- Tell us about your nominated novella!
I’d love to! Her Secret Prince is a friends-to-lovers, royal romance. The leads are best friends in high school, but are then separated by the hero’s family secret. Years later, the hero Jed is seeking answers and tracks down Dee for her help. Neither character knows Jed is a prince until about halfway through, allowing for a foundation of ‘normal’ character conflicts – which are then turned on their head with the royal revelation. The novella is upbeat, fast-paced, and a bit quirky, and I loved writing it!
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Robin, and congratulations on your own nomination. I’ve read One Little Kiss and adored it! Awwww . . . thank you Madeline!
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MadelineAshAuthor/
Do you want to win a copy of Madeline’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 . .