Get into Bed with Samantha Grace (Author Interview 2)

little white lieKeira: What little white lie inspired Miss Lavigne’s Little White Lie?

Samantha Grace: The words “little white lie” in the title are meant a bit tongue-in-cheek. What seems like a small lie in the beginning—allowing Captain Daniel Hillary to believe she is a widow—places her future and that of her brother and cousin in jeopardy. But probably what is most damaging isn’t necessarily a lie. When the captain notices she seems desperate to leave New Orleans, he asks if she is in trouble. Is she a fugitive? She tells him no, but she is running from someone and this places everyone on ship in danger. Of course, Lisette couldn’t have predicted the danger, because it’s unreasonable that her fiancé would pursue her for her small dowry.

Keira: When is lying acceptable?

Samantha: Tough question. Sometimes what I might consider the “truth” is actually just my opinion. Giving my unvarnished opinion may cause more harm than good in some situations, such as when there is nothing the person can do about it. For example, you’re walking into a party and your friend asks if the dress she’s wearing makes her look fat. Maybe I think she should have chosen a black dress, because she’s still carrying some baby weight from her last pregnancy and it shows in the white dress. What would it accomplish by telling her what I think? Is she really going to run out and buy a new dress at the moment? No. She would go into the party feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious. Why would I steal her joy?

Another time it makes no sense to give a dissenting opinion is when it doesn’t really matter what I think. If my friend loves her new haircut and I think it looks hideous, it seems arrogant to think my opinion is more valuable than hers. I’ll keep my mouth closed.

On the other hand, I work closely with other writers and I’m asked to give feedback on something they’ve written. I always tell them “this is just my opinion”, but if I see a potential problem or have a negative reaction to a character, I feel a duty to respectfully tell them what I think. If I’m not honest, it may hurt their chances of making a sale, or they might receive criticism from readers. It’s their decision if they want to listen to my feedback.

I feel I have to weigh the potential harm against the good when deciding whether or not to tell the truth. The only time I would lie without hesitation is if the truth would place another person in danger.

Keira: Is it ever acceptable if the intentions were selfish?

Samantha: Wow. Another great question. Essentially, most intentions could be considered selfish, I suppose. If we lie to protect a friend’s feelings, it’s because we don’t want to lose the friendship, right? But if we are lying for self-gain, then no. I don’t think it’s ever acceptable.

Keira: Why does Captain Daniel Hillary not allow women on board his ship? Is it superstition?

Samantha: Daniel had a woman die on his ship, so he thinks sea travel is too dangerous for women. I can’t go into more detail without giving away an important part of the story. 🙂

Keira: Fill in the Blank: Quick weddings lead to _____________.

Samantha: interesting wedding nights.

I had fun writing Daniel and Lisette’s wedding night scene. It has a dose of humor along with a little sweetness and a bit of steaminess. I couldn’t write a sweeping love scene without it feeling generic. It really had to fit the characters.

Keira: What is your next project?

Samantha: I recently returned revisions for the last Beau Monde Bachelors story, Lady Vivian Defies a Duke, to my new editor, Leah Hultenschmidt. The book will be released May 1, 2013, and here is a basic overview of the story.

Luke Forest, the Duke of Foxhaven, inherited more than a title with his father’s untimely death; he has a fiancée he never knew existed. Luke isn’t any more suited to be a husband than he is to fill his father’s Hessians, so he pays a call to his betrothed, hoping he can convince her to break their agreement. When Lady Vivian refuses, he proposes to find her a replacement husband at his mother’s house party and she agrees. Little does he realize Lady Vivian intends to win his heart long before they reach their destination.

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Author Bio: Samantha Grace made her debut earlier this year with Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel. Her newest regency romance, Miss Lavigne’s Little White Lie, received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, and she did a happy dance in her kitchen. Samantha lives with her husband, their two tenacious kids, and an endless parade of characters that inhabit her imagination. You can connect with Samantha at:

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Review: Catch Me a Cowboy by Katie Lane

Catch Me a CowboyReviewed by Mailani

A woman whose lost it all and doesn’t even know it until it’s too late… that’s Shirlene Dalton. Growing up was rough on her, but she and her brother made it to the top of their little town in Bramble, Texas. Shirlene, who’s widowed by her lucrative older husband, losses a great deal of her fortune through a mismanagement of her funds. A Texas damsel in distress, she works at covering up her financial problems from the town and family. She’ll do anything to appear
unscathed by her loss, even moving back into an old unused trailer, a childhood home, after losing her substantial house to foreclosure.

Upon moving into the trailer, she finds out she’s not the only tenet… but one of four others. A teenager with a chip on her shoulder, a little preteen salesman, and a screaming baby… whatever is she to do? She makes a deal with the children, that she wont turn them in… in the processes of helping them, finds out what’s she’s been missing in her
posh life… motherhood.

Through all this growth, you’d be shocked to find out that she just so happens to be living next to a crude sexy cowboy, whom she just can’t get enough of. His boyish good guy ways, strike a cord in her heart… until she finds out who this man truly happens to be, and why he’s come to her town. The man she falls in love with came to destroy her town and all in his path… including her. The Banker… a man whom plans revenge on Bramble to right a curse that’s affected his family for generations.

All in all, I felt like the romance wasn’t a great build up; the infatuation was a little too immediate; but the description of the banker will live forever in my good old Texas boy fantasies. Swoon.

[Rating:3.5]

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Review: Sunrise Point (Virgin River, Book 19) by Robyn Carr

sunrisepointReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

This is book 19 of the “Virgin River” series.

Single mother, Nora Crane, is a newcomer to Virgin River. She has two small daughters and she’s looking for work. Robyn first introduced us to Nora in Book 16, Bring Me Home for Christmas. Tom Cavanaugh is looking for help at his apple orchard. Nora’s a woman that landed in Virgin River with hardly anything. Having read a couple of the other of “Virgin River” books, I think she’ll fit right in.

As Robyn continues this series, we get to know more about its inhabitants. She makes the town come so alive you just want to move there. The town is small that enough that everyone cares about everyone else. They are willing to give anyone a helping hand.

As Reverend Noah Kincaid, Forbidden Falls (Book 9), drives Nora out to the orchard you can almost picture the scene as part of the series The Waltons. I could picture Richard Thomas behind the wheel. Who do you think would be the perfect Ellie?

Maxie Cavanaugh is Tom’s grandmother and one hot pistol. I could picture Ellen Corby playing Maxie. Nora gets a hint of how Maxie ended up at the orchard and it sounds familiar. We see Nora grow as a person as the story progresses. Her upbringing affects her behavior but being around the good people of Virgin River has helped her come out of her shell.

Robyn is always very good about how she describes her scenes. You can picture everything as if you are a part of what’s going on. The reader is a participant instead of an onlooker. That’s one reason for being a fan of the series.

Tom has an old friend, Darla, who has come to visit for the weekend. At the time, she looks like she would be perfect for Tom but will she? Even though Tom and Nora are only at the friend stage, I feel like he’s cheating on her. We will have to finish the story to find out how everything works out. It shows how Robyn is so good at creating her characters.

We also get reacquainted with a few of Robyn’s couples that have appeared in previous books. There is Jack and Mel who started it all in Deep in the Valley (Book 1), then Luke and Shelby whose story was in Temptation Ridge (Book 6), and then Colin and Jillian that we met in Wild Man Creek (Book 14). The military also has a part in Robyn’s story line.

Verdict: This is a book that you’ll not want to put down until you finish reading it. Robyn once again does not disappoint her fans. Book 20, “My Kind of Christmas”, will not be out until November so it will give you plenty of time to catch up or at least read the books that go with the other couples we see in this book.

[Rating:4.5]

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Review: Mad About the Boy by Suzan Battah

mad about the boyReviewed by Lynn Reynolds

Julia Mendoza is trying to avoid an ex-friend, Kelly. She bumps into a stranger and asks for a favor. Suzan has made Kelly out to be very obnoxious. We also see that Julia used to be married. This is something that affects her relationships.

Julia owns a business and is on her way to the Augustine Hotel. You can tell what type of business Julia is in by the way she describes the hotel – makes me want to travel to Miami and book a room. Christophe Augustine is part owner of that hotel. Someone else is also at the hotel and this does not make Julia happy.

Suzan has also made Chris’ character a big flirt. This is one time where I wish that a book came with video and sound. Chris and Julia go dancing and the scene makes me wish that I could watch this scene unfold.

Chris loves to surf. And he decided to teach Julia. The descriptions used for these two scenes just seem to turn on our internal televisions. This story also makes you think about consequences and makes you wonder what you would do in certain situations.

I felt that the book was misnamed. It should have been named “Mad About the Man” because I’m not quite sure that a boy would act like Chris does. Another thing I liked about this book was even though it’s a short story; it’s not all about the sex. We get to see the relationship between Julia and Chris build before they truly get involved.

In a lot of romances, we see the male main character having the issues but Suzan puts in a twist and Julia is the one with the issues. It made the relationship seem complicated and strange – not loving. And they’re always misunderstanding each other. Suzan also shows that not all romances are hearts and flowers. Some take work and some have bumps and hurdles they need to get over before things fall into place.

Are you looking for a romance that’s a little different – than you will want to read this book. Her characters are complicated and come with issues. Nothing goes smoothly. But isn’t that what’s going to make you turn the pages.

[Rating:4]

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Review: Tall, Dark and Disreputable by Deb Marlowe

tall dark disreputableSetup: Portia Tofton was rejected once by adventure seeking Mateo Cardea when their fathers tried to arrange a match. He runs all the way to another continent to ensure he wasn’t snared into a marriage with her and he’s stayed far away until now. Even from the grave his father is trying to throw him into her path by willing the shipping company into her lap. It’s a scheme he can see straight through and he’s going to give her a piece of his mind.

Goose Chase: Except everything he thought about grown up Portia is wrong and everything he remembered from their childhood was right. All Portia wants his Mateo’s help in securing her house, which her dead husband had gambled away without telling her about. But what should have been simple leads to a wild goose chase as more and more layers are woven and the new owner of Stenbrooke. If she gets it back, he can have his family’s company back too.

Review: I really liked the goose chase in this book. It was well set up. I really liked the little rendezvous that Mateo and Portia got up to in the woods along the way. Hot stuff! What I liked best was that there was a little of The Gift of the Magi at the end. Each was willing to give up what they loved most for the other to make them happy and if that isn’t love, what is?

[Rating:5]

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