Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"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:

Author Bio:
"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"Source

You can find Alexandra on the web: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 About Alexandra's Latest Release:
'After Dark With A Scoundrel'
Released 02.01.11
"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

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-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?

AH: Writing

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.)

Yummy Chocolate!
An Author's Best Friend ;)

RJ: Extravagant OR Elegant?

AH: Elegant

RJ: Jewelry OR Chocolate?


RJ: Pen OR Keyboard?

AH: 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?

AH: Charming Rogue

RJ: London Townhouse OR Ancestral Country Seat?

AH: Ancestral country seat

RJ: Paperbacks and Hardcovers OR ebooks?

AH: Paperbacks

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!

AH: Thanks, Rita!

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)?
~Giveaway Details~
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.

Giveaway Guidelines:
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.
Fill out this Form to enter:

About 'Extra Entries for Support': To submit a completed form, you only need to enter your Name, Email and a response to the question 'Did you comment on the Interview Post'. The rest of the questions on the form are optional. When you support an author or a blog online by publicly 'follow'ing them, 'like'ing them, or whatever, you help visually add to their fan base and spark awareness in others who might enjoy what they have to offer. Extra Entries are our little rewards to you for taking the time out to do that.  Look through the available tasks for extra entries real quick to see if you have done or would like to do any and earn some extra shots at winning.

+5 for Commenting on the Interview post (either remark on the interview, ask Alexandra a question, or answer the Discussion Question)

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-Spread the word? 4 extra entries for those who spread the word about this contest by posting on their blogs, twitter or facebook status'.

*No need to include a list in your comment of the extra entries you'd like to claim (that's what the form is for)
*Giveaway is open to all visitors (you don't have to be a follower) and is Restricted to US & Canada residents only!


  1. Rita--I'm honored TILL DAWN WITH THE DEVIL made your Best Read of 2010 list. Thanks for inviting me back to your blog.

  2. Such a great interview! I have found another author to add to my need to be read pile :) Thank you so much!

  3. @Alexandra, TDWTD was amazing! I can only imagine how much I'll flip for Dare's story! Thanks for coming back!

    @Miranda, glad you like the interview! I am confident that your 'need to be read' pile will be that much cooler for having a AH title in it. I am calling it now: you'll be hooked just like me in no time! Make sure you reach out to me somehow (email, facebook comment, ect) and let me know how you liked the new addition.

  4. I can't wait to read this book. I am loving this series and I have been waiting for this book for months. I can't wait to see what happens.

  5. Great interview! I can't wait to read this book!!!

  6. I've never read any of Alexandra Hawkins books, but I'm going to have to now.

    As far as the discussion question - I think pride would be my pick. There's a reason Pride and Prejudice is such a classic!

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  8. This book looks so good! I have been waiting for such a long time and can't wait to read it! I loved Till Dawn with the Devil it was super smart and sexy!

    I think Lust would have to be my favorite sin to read about! I can pretend to be the heroine in a book reforming the hero who has a talent for tthis sin!

    Thanks for another great interveiw!


  9. Fun interview! Lust is the sin I like to read about. It is a "staple" in most romance novels. I like to read about a lusty scoundrel falling for an innocent virgin, or even a lusty scoundrel scared by an even lustier lady! ;-)

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  10. On many levels, lust is a great vice. I would also put pride in my top three. Many of my characters have been guilty of both.

    Abbie, the Colin Firth version is one of my personal favorites. I make a point of watching it every year.

  11. I enjoyed this interview and look forward to reading After Dark...

    Alexandra, you can write about any of the seven deadly sins, it will be worth reading!


  12. Alexandra - I love your Lords of Vice and I can't wait to read more!

  13. Am now over 1/2 through with After Dark and am loving it, just like the first 2 books. Can not wait for more. Lust and pride are my favorite vices to read about, and they so often go together. Can not wait until Frost meets his match and hope that the girl who catches him really drives him CRAZY!

  14. I cant believe I haven't heard about these books before....they are now on my 'to get' list, thanks for the great blog post ♥

  15. The series started in February 2010. Three books in twelve months--not too bad!

  16. Really enjoyed Till Dawn w/ the Devil and have been looking forward to After Dark since I read the excerpt at the end of it. Love watching those handsome rogues fall for the one they least expect and feel is off limits. It's just so much fun ;)

  17. Pride intrigues me the most. Can you already tell I'm a Pride and Prejudice fan? *Grin* Besides that, in novels, pride always makes for interesting, and sometimes funny, interactions between the hero/heroine.

  18. I am thrilled that the Lords of Vice series is going to be completed! I adore all of the Lords stories and I love the way that you develope your characters and can't wait to read Dare's story.

  19. Absolutely love this of my favorites and will definately be a buy on release date book. Can not wait for the rest of the series. Anyone who has not read them yet should do so NOW!!!

    June M. in ky

  20. Alexandra -

    A big thank you to St. Martins Press because I love this series.

    I'd actually love to see a book with one character having the sin of Lust and the other the sin of Pride. I really think they could temper each other (with a lot of conflict to make the story really interesting).

  21. Your book sounds wonderful and I hope to read it! the cover is beautiful too.



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