"Hit & Run" Interview and Giveaway with: Alexandra Hawkins
She wow'd us with the first two books in her Lord of Vice series, and she's coming for our hearts once again in this newest installment. That's right, Alexandra Hawkins is stopping by today for a visit to celebrate her 3rd novel,'After Dark With A Scoundrel', which was released yesterday, 2/1/11. We are one month into the new year and it's about time we had our first author appearance on the blog; And who better to feature first than the author of the book which I spotlighted as my best read in 2010!? Well, it looks like Hawkins is ready to deliver in 2011 as well with yet another Lord of Vice who falls victim to Cupid's arrow. For those who didn't catch my previous interview with Hawkins last year, you can check it out here; but just to recap, here's a bit about the author:
"Alexandra Hawkins is an unrepentant Anglophile who discovered romance novels as a teenager and knew that one day she would be writing her own. In "The Lords of Vice" series, she has combined her love of English history, mythology, and romance to create sensual character-driven stories that, she hopes, will touch readers' hearts.
Alexandra lives in Georgia with her husband and three children. You can visit her website at www.alexandrahawkins.com."Source
"Young, tender, and highly impressionable, Lady Regan can’t help but be intrigued by her brother’s wayward friends—the wickedly charming Lords of Vice. One man in particular, the dashing Lord Hugh Mordare (known simply as “Dare” among the ton), utterly captivates her—in spite of his reputation as a notorious womanizer. But when she steals an innocent kiss from Dare, Regan is swiftly packed off to boarding school, safely away from danger…and desire.
Five years later, Regan returns—a proper lady and ravishing beauty. Miss Swann’s Academy for Young Ladies has taught her how to behave in polite society. But all the training in the world cannot extinguish her love for Dare. Now, she hopes to beat the master of seduction at his own game—by daring Dare to love her in return. This time, both of their hearts are on the line…and winner takes all."Source
-Hit and Run with Alexandra Hawkins- It’s time for hit and run, Alexandra, are you ready? Okay, here’s how it’s going to work: There are two parts to this quickie interview: Either/Or and One Sentence or less.
You can tell a lot about a person by their preferences. From the two possible choices, pick the first ones that appeal to you the most. Try to pick one outright even if you like the other option, too. You can write commentary you’d like included in parentheses.
RJ: Writing OR Reading?
TV show: Vampire Diaries
RJ: Home Cooked Meal OR Fancy Gourmet Dinner?
AH:Home cooked meal (I love to cook.)
RJ: Sexy Dress OR Sweats and a Tee shirt?
AH:Sweats and a Tee shirt (Prefer comfort over high heels)
RJ: Daytime television OR Primetime television?
AH:Primetime (I don’t watch much TV, but I try to catch “Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural” each week.)
An Author's Best Friend ;)
RJ: Extravagant OR Elegant?
RJ: Jewelry OR Chocolate?
RJ: Pen OR Keyboard?
RJ: A night out with your Hubby OR A night in with your Hubby?
AH:A night in with my hubby.
RJ: Plan and Plot OR Write with the flow?
AH:Plan and plot (My editor always asks for a synopsis, and I find them helpful—even if I hate writing them.)
RJ: Charming Rogue OR Man with a Mystery?
RJ: London Townhouse OR Ancestral Country Seat?
AH: Ancestral country seat
RJ:Paperbacks and Hardcovers OR ebooks?
One Sentence or Less:
Pretty straight forward, right?- answer the questions in a sentence. Run-on sentences, excessive commas, and use of every composition tool in the dictionary are acceptable!
RJ: What’s your latest novel, ‘After Dark with a Scoundrel’, about?
AH:After being banished from London, the mischievous Lady Regan returns five years later intent on torturing her brother and teasing Dare into doing more than kissing her this time around.
RJ: Where’d the inspiration for your latest release come from?
AH: I knew Frost had a soft spot for someone so while I was working on “All Night With a Rogue” the idea of a younger sister began to emerge.
RJ: What was the most surprising or interesting tidbits you learned while researching for your current book?
AH: Sin, Regan, and Reign gave me the opportunity to study 19th century fencing.
RJ: What’s your idea of the perfect historical romance hero?
AH:Handsome, brave, compassionate, good sense of humor, tender lover, and possesses a keen intellect.
RJ: What’s a day in the life of Alexandra Hawkins like?
AH: It’s an early start for school and writing with household chores, the gym, email, and meals worked in throughout the day.
RJ: What is your schedule like when you’re on deadline and writing a book?
AH:Writing, writing, and more writing.
RJ: What is something you’ve always wanted to try?
AH: Scuba diving.
RJ: What would you say is your signature writer’s quirk (do you listen to music while you write, drink gallons of coffee, ect)?
JRH in promo poster
for 'The Tudors'
AH:Classical music and Cherry Coke Zero.
RJ: If you could weird science your perfect piece of man-candy, combining your favorite celebrities, athletes and any other delicious-looking man, what would your combination consist of?
AH: He would have Gerard Butler’s eyes, Jonathan Rhys Meyers mouth, Eric Bana’s wavy hair, Vin Diesel’s shoulders, Christian Bale’s intensity and Denzel Washington’s easygoing charm.
RJ: What can the readers expect from you next and in the future?
AH:I’ve recently accepted a four-book deal with St. Martin’s Press so my upcoming projects will be Vane, Saint, Hunter, and Frost’s books.
RJ: If you were trapped in a fox hole, which of your characters would you most want with you to help you out?
AH:If I was in a foxhole, I’d want Sin at my side.
RJ: Thanks again for stopping by, Alexandra! Best of success to you and your latest release!
Discussion Question:Out of all the 'seven deadly sins' (Gluttony, Lust, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride) which intrigues you the most and why? Which deadly sin would you most want to read in a romance novel about or be in a romance novel with (on his/her path to reformation, of course)?
Alexandra Hawkins has generously offered to giveaway a copy of her latest release, 'After Dark With A Scoundrel' to (2) two lucky commenters/entrants. Follow the guidelines below and fill out the form for your chance to win 1 of 2 copies! This contest will run until Febuary 16th, 2011 (ends at midnight). The winner will be randomly selected/announced the following day.
To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is take a minute to fill out the entry form below. Comments are much appreciated and can earn you extra entries! You can just fill out the first three questions and submit, or continue on and fill out the other questions to be awarded extra entries.
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