Alyssa Alexander here! Please join me in welcoming Anna Bradley to Embracing Romance! Anna writes historical romance, her latest being LADY CHARLOTTE’S FIRST LOVE, which released in October.
I had the pleasure of meeting Anna a few years ago at a book signing at the RWA National Conference. She was such a treat! When I ran across her this July at the 2017 RWA Conference in Orlando, I knew I had to invite her to Embracing Romance and share the Sutherland Sisters series with you. Book #1 came out in September, and if you haven’t picked it up yet, you should.
Now, without further delay…
What is your favorite aspect of writing historical romance?
Thank you so much for having me, Alyssa!
I’ve always loved the Regency era, so I get a thrill out of the research part of writing historical romance, and I also like that it offers the reader the chance to slip into another time period, because it adds that extra layer of fantasy to the read. I also love the 19th century language – historical romance writers get all the best words!
Confession: the heroes in tight breeches also don’t hurt…
I know Mamas are not supposed to have favorites, but what is your favorite Book Baby, and why?
OK, but don’t tell anyone I chose a favorite! It’s a tough contest between A WICKED WAY TO WIN AN EARL, because it was my first book (you never forget your first!) and LADY CHARLOTTE’S FIRST LOVE, because it’s my darkest romance to date, and I really stretched my writer’s wings with it. I’d have to say at this moment in time my favorite is Lady Charlotte, because I’m hearing from readers that it gives them “all the feels,” and that’s my favorite thing.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
This is a tough one, because part of me wants to say on a quiet Oregon beach, and another part of me wants to say in a cottage in the Scottish Highlands, so I’m going to go with the cottage, but it has to have an ocean view and be surrounded with fields of heather. No, I’m not picky!
Tell our readers one thing about yourself they probably don’t know.
I have the worst sense of direction, EVER. I’m completely missing that gene. It’s so bad that whenever we’re driving and I say to my husband, “We need to take a right,” he’ll automatically go left, because I’m literally always wrong. Thank God for GPS! I still get lost even with my GPS, but it’s better than it used to be.
Tell us a little about the book:
It’s a second chance romance, a bit on the darker, angsty side, with a hero and heroine who really have to work hard to get their HEA. One reviewer said about Julian West, the hero, “He’s more Heathcliff than Darcy,” and I think that captures him perfectly.
One year ago, under a deep, star-filled sky, Julian West gave his heart to Charlotte Sutherland. Now, a lifetime later, he wants it back.
A reluctant hero . . .
After his brave deeds on the battlefield, all of London is abuzz with admiration for Julian West, Waterloo’s handsome hero. But Julian doesn’t feel like a hero, and he doesn’t want to be society’s latest attraction. He’s paid his dues in love and war, and now he wants peace—a quiet life free of battles and broken hearts. Only one thing stands in his way— the Marchioness of Hadley, formerly Charlotte Sutherland. She’s as beautiful as ever, and she can still bring Julian to his knees.
The woman he lost . . .
Lady Hadley is a wealthy, beautiful widow, but underneath the Marchioness’s glittering façade the same woman who fell madly in love with Julian West, only to have her heart broken. Their scandalous love affair and her hasty marriage to another man have left Charlotte with wounds that won’t heal. She’s paid a high price for her mistakes, and she’s ready to lay her heart at her hero’s feet. There’s only one problem—Julian no longer wants it.
And a love they can’t forget . . .
Julian refuses to battle with Charlotte for possession of his heart. But all’s fair in love and war, and before long Charlotte’s breathless sighs, soft smiles and sweet kisses push Julian to the brink of surrender. Love is sweeter the second time around . . .
And since I have you trapped, let’s do a little lightning round of fun questions. Ready? Set? Go!
Blue jeans or party clothes? Party clothes, but I rarely get to wear them. Sigh.
Sushi or steak? Steak, unless it happens to be spider rolls – then sushi!
Cats or dogs? (Or hamsters?) Can I have both cats and dogs? If pushed, I’ll say cats, but I really love both.
Beer, wine or water? Water. Except when it’s wine!
Coke or Pepsi? (If you answer Pepsi I hereby disown you. Ask my father.) I’m afraid to say anything but Coke! So, Coke it is!
Favorite color? Green.
Favorite word? Hope.
Least favorite word? Can I cheat and give a phrase? I keep catching my 12-year old daughter and her friends saying, “I don’t want to be mean, but…” If you have to say “but,” then you’re being mean!
Coffee or tea? Coffee! I can’t function without it.
And last but not least…Favorite character trait in your book heroes?
I have a weakness for wicked, bad-boy rogue heroes, in part because I like putting this kind of hero with a feisty heroine and letting him squirm a bit. But for me no hero is complete without intelligence and a sense of humor.
Now for the fun(nest) part: A GIVEAWAY! But not just one giveaway, TWO lucky commenters will win! One winner will receive copies of “Lady Eleanor’s Seventh Suitor” and “Lady Charlotte’s First Love” (signed paperbacks or ebook, winner’s choice). The second prize is an Amazon gift card for $20.
All you have to do to enter is answer one of the quick fire questions above!
**Winner to be chosen by random . org on Saturday morning. Be sure to check back!
Thanks for visiting us, Anna! Congrats on your latest release and I can’t wait for the next one!