Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Release Day Interview...in reverse! With Jenn LeBlanc & Elise Rome (+ Giveaway)

So you guys know how I usually invite authors on the blog on their release day for an interview, right? Well, TODAY is Jenn LeBlanc's release day; but instead of ME interviewing HER, SHE will be interviewing someone ELSE! My secret mistress, and amazing authoress Elise Rome! This is part of Jenn's "The Wicked Blog Tour", so sit back at your computer desk, relax, and enjoy the mayhem!!

Getting Down to Business:
Who's Jenn LeBlanc?
"Jenn has several constants in life that define her: Colorado, Canon, CJ, kids and curls.
Born and raised in a household of other people's children in this beautiful state- she never left. She started her own family, got used to the curls, went to college, built a CJ, and started a business, all with a camera in hand.
She always had another passion; storytelling born from daydreams and nightmares. Her fingers were never as quick as her mind, and no amount of practice got them there, so it was difficult and frustrating to have this inside. When her second daughter was born her inherent traits kept Jenn pinned-- her only escape the keyboard. Spending her days in parenting chat rooms she got highly adept with one-handed typing and she can still type just about as fast with one hand as she can with two. It's a great talent to have when engrossed in a scene and in need of a hit of caffeine. She recently finished her first novel but quickly realized: she was born a photographer.
From the realization that someone ELSE would be shooting the cover of her book her control-freak took over. What started as an easy cover shoot ballooned into this completely new kind of media, designed specifically for digital book readers.
Jenn lives and thrives off chaos and the constant flow of the creative process. She wears shorts and flip-flops year-round --much to the chagrin of her friends and family-- and she is currently working on the illustrations for her second novel.
Follow the blog or twitter for up to date information!"

Where can I find her?

What has she released lately?

TODAY is the official release day of Jenn's latest installment to her six part serial series: The Rake and The Recule: REDUX. Totally remastered and remagnificent-ified and broken up into the six-part serial e-novel it was meant to be. Did I mention it is FULLY ILLUSTRATED. Your eReader will thank you later ;)

 Four weeks ago, PART 1 was release (Get part 1: here), and then 2 weeks ago, Jenn stopped by with the lovely Delilah Marvelle for an interview and released PART 2! Now, she's back with Elise Rome and the Third installment of her novel (get part 3: here)

A woman out of time.
A man stifled by propriety.
A nemesis determined to take her away.
A brother to the rescue.

How will a powerful Duke deal with a woman who doesn't know her place? How will a woman used to the 21st century survive in time where she is considered property?

THE RAKE AND THE RECLUSE Part THREE brings Francine and Gideon closer than they ever imagined possible, until the unimaginable tears them apart. What will Gideon do if he loses her, this time, forever? This is the third installment of the completely revised novel, with all new material.

Francine Larrabee woke up on the wrong side of the century. She was fairly certain she went to sleep in her own comfy bed, but she doesn’t quite seem to be there now. Only adding to her problems is that she has no voice, is constantly being glowered at by a large, stunning man who is obsessed with propriety, and she is apparently betrothed to another horrid little man, determined to ruin her, and any other girls that get in his way.
How does she find herself in the past, when she couldn’t even find herself in her present? How does a self sufficient businesswoman survive in a time when women were still considered property for the whole of their lives and what is she going to do with this man who draws her to him so fiercely.

How do I get my copy now, Now, NOW?
Amazon (Kindle)
All Romance eBooks (digital ecopy)
Barnes and Noble (Nook Book)

Who's Jenn Interviewing Today?

Elise Rome

After spending countless hours memorizing both traditional and simplified Chinese characters, perfecting her tones, and practicing her speaking with any Chinese native she could find, Ashley successfully graduated with a degree in Mandarin Chinese. Then she discovered writing romances was as much fun as reading them, and her Chinese capabilities have never been the same. When she isn't writing, Ashley stays busy chasing around her two young daughters, attempting to do housework, and hiking in the beautiful foothills of Colorado.

And it begins...

Chatting Up Elise Rome with Jenn LeBlanc

Hello my lovelies! Welcome back to Not Another Romance Blog. Rita thank you again SO much for hosting my Wicked Blog tour! Click on that linky there to find out more and make your way around the world wide web to enter to win a Kindle Fire or Color Nook!

Now! I’m thrilled to be carousing on the internets chatting up lovely bookies like this lady here.

My second victim  guest (I really should stop doing that) is the amazing Elise Rome.

Jenn: Elise, first tell these readers a little about yourself, in case they don’t know who you are.

Elise: Thanks, Jenn! I guess the best way to describe me would be to say that I’m the author previously known as Ashley March. After making the decision to leave the traditional world for a bold new journey in self-publishing, I also decided to start out with a brand new name. I will continue writing historical romances—I plan to debut two new series this year, one in the Victorian era and another in the 1920s—and at some point I also plan to dive into writing contemporary romances, which I’m very excited about.

Jenn: The Victorian era. The 20s. What about these time periods calls to you?  

Elise: My new Victorian series, Unmasked, will take place mid-19th century, and what really appeals to me about this era is the transition that’s taking place throughout English society. Unmasked is a series about a group of four women who try to maintain their independence by owning and profiting from a gaming hell, which is a reflection of the struggle women faced later in the century for equal rights.

To be honest, the thing that most appeals to me about the 20s is that it’s different. I’m really enjoying all the research into a new time period and discovering all the different aspects that made that decade fascinating. Here there is also a struggle of transition between society before WWI and post-WWI, and it’s also a great period to explore the changing perspective in women’s sexuality. My own 1920s series, The Golden Twenties, will feature stories based in London, New York, and Chicago, so readers will get to experience this time in history in several important cities.

With both the Victorian era and the 1920s, there’s such rich history to explore that I don’t think I’ll ever run out of ideas. I plan to continue returning to these periods again and again, although I also hope to write in different time periods in the future as well.

Jenn: I think the intrigue that surrounds a nation that has recently come through a major conflict would be an amazing thing to explore so I’m looking forward to seeing what you do there. I’m also excited that you’ll be visiting other countries in the 20s not just USA, I always think of New York and Chicago, of course, when I consider that era, so Paris and London will be great!

Do you have a particular character that haunts you? Is there someone in one of your books who is pounding at the door to your imagination and won’t let up?

Elise: Yes, there is, and he’s been haunting me since early 2010. His name is Frederick, and he’s the hero to Emma Whitlock in the fourth book of my new Unmasked series, titled BEAUTY AND THE VILLAIN. Emma is a writer, and one day a man shows up out of the shadows who looks almost exactly like the current villain she’s writing. To say I’m anxious to write this story would be a great understatement.

Jenn: Oh that sounds incredible!! What about someone else’s books? Are there any characters that have touched you so deeply that they stick in your memory?

Elise: Oh, definitely. Usually the authors who write these kinds of characters become my auto-buy authors. Meredith Duran especially is an author who writes compelling, complex characters who live with you for a while. Nell and Simon, the heroine and hero in her recent A LADY’S LESSON IN SCANDAL, are characters I plan to revisit soon because I loved them so much.

Jenn: Elise thank you SO much for joining me today and giving us a little preview into the new you!! I simply can’t wait for this coming year for you, and by default, for US as readers!! Any closing comments?

Elise: I’d love to hear what you think, dear readers! Who is the most memorable romance hero or heroine you’ve read recently, and why? I’ll be giving away a digital copy of the novella from my Unmasked series, THE SINNING HOUR (as soon as it releases) to one random commenter (open internationally). Thanks for visiting with me today!

Find Elise on the Web:

Elise Rome has generously offered to giveaway a digital copy of her novella, THE SINNING HOUR to 1 lucky comment who answers her question in the comments AND fills out the raffle copter widget below.

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  1. Happy release day to one of the most wonderful, nicest author I know!!!

    That Peregrine Afton Trumbull is quite the memorable character. He's the consummate rake but does a total 180 and becomes guardian to 4 girls he's never met before just to keep them away from lecherous old coots like the crazy that was chasing down his future sister-in-law. (that was quite a mouthful)

    I can't wait for your books as Elise. I read the excerpt at Jaunty Quills and I want more :)

    1. Kati wasn't that excerpt awesome! I can't wait either.

      This is going to be the best year for roman e ever. I haz decided.


    2. I love Perry. He's the perfect wicked quarterback. ;) And thanks so much about the excerpt, Kati! I can't wait to see what readers think. =)

  2. Two of my favorite authors in one place!!

    Can't wait for your new series as Elise - they sound amazing.

    Most recently my favorite hero & heroine are Angus and Annabella from Bond of Passion by Bertrice Small. They are an interesting match. She's intelligent and witty - which Angus loves about her. She's not a beauty but is confident in who she is!

    1. Aislynn!! Hi! You are too sweet thank you. I have not read that one I'll have to look it up. Now that I go to the gym everyday I have time to read, which makes me SUPER happy! Thank you for stopping by,


    2. Hi Aislynn! Thank you so much! =) You know, I'm with Jenn--I've never read Bertrice Small, either. Annabella sounds like a great heroine...and you know Angus has to be a great hero to get away with that name. ;)

  3. I am so glad I saw this post. Congrats on reinventing yourself and the new name. I am looking forward to reading what you come up with next! My favorite RECENT romance hero is Morelli from Janet Evanovich's One For The Money. I read it in anticipation of the upcoming movie release. One of my all time favorites is Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon. But, I could probably come up with a list of 50 and compelling reasons for all of them!

    1. Hi Jen, thanks for stopping by! I'm looking forward to that movie too, but have to cOnfess that I've never read any Evanovich! Don't shoot me, I know, I got a late start in the romance thing.

      And where Sherlock died? Wow, amazing. See you're talking to two Victorian writers, Sherlock is very dear to me. :)

    2. Hi Jen!!! =) Thank you so much--it's looking to be a fantastic year. =) You know I haven't read either Evanovich or Kenyon? I know, what's wrong with me?!? ;) I'm trying to expand my horizons this year, though, so hopefully both of those will be corrected before 2013. =) Thanks for dropping by!

  4. I didn't realize there was another question in Rafflecopter! If I could get lost in any city? I would choose none. I honestly hate cities. But, if I HAD to choose one, I would choose Meiringen, Switzerland. It's the home of Reichenbach Falls. That's where Sherlock Holmes died!

    1. Oh, that was an awesome scene. I loved the movie, too. =)

  5. Roarke in J.D. Robb's series, because he's awesome, gorgeous, rich, and Irish. For the city, maybe San Diego, because it's warm and beautiful.

  6. Hi Robin! Thanks for visiting with us today! I think those are all excellent qualities in a man, too. ;) Have never been to San Diego, but it's on my list! =)

  7. San Diego is on my list too, I want to see my favorite image in the world made into a statue at Miramar. *sigh*

    I haven't read J.D.Robb either, I'm feeling so very out of the loop right now! LOL! But I know everyone loves her as well, I have read her other incarnation though.

    Thanks for stopping by!


    1. Um hello... Miramar is right up the street and over the highway. Just saying :)

  8. Well if I were to get lost I'd want to be in Rome. Also I love Acheron and I would love to find me a man like Dillon Craig in Holiday Kisses (This Time Next Year).
    I can't help it I love tortured heros.
    musicalfrog at comcast.net

  9. Don't we ALL love tortured heroes?

    I know I do. *swoon*


  10. Awesome interview, thank you so much for making it!
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