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Interview with Kelly Bowen author of A Good Rogue is Hard to Find ~ GIVEAWAY

22 Jun

I’m so glad  you could join me on the blog today to help me welcome Kelly Bowen, author of A Good Rogue is Hard to Find. Kelly has agreed to take the hot seat and answer a few questions about herself and her writing. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her.

Afterward, check out her latest release and then enter her giveaway. The link is at the end of the post.

Let’s get started…

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What five words best describe you?

adventurous, happy, versatile, creative, blessed

What’s underneath your bed?

Extensions for the dining room table, a hockey foosball game, and on most days, a cat.  Oh, and probably dust monsters, if I ever dared look.

What’s your favorite food to cook?

Lasagna.  Generally, because I can make twelve of them at a time and put them all in the freezer for every other day when I’m too disorganized to remember to cook.

Do you prefer pizza, burgers, or cake? 

Burgers.  With bacon!

I love choosing my character names. How do you go about choosing your hero and heroine’s names? 

Lots of them come from TV shows, books, or movies or people I meet in real life.  You hear a first or a second name, and think, now that would make a cool character name.  Though I always do a search to see if I can find the name in historical records to make sure that it is within the bounds of historical believability!

How come you write the genre you do? 

I have been infatuated with history since the day I picked up my grandfather’s National Geographic that detailed the excavation of Pompeii.  (I think I was about nine.)

What’s the first sentence in your book?  

William Somerhall, Duke of Worth, glared at the clock on the mantle.

Describe your hero in five words. 

Ambitious, compassionate, courageous, unsure(at the beginning!), decisive.

Now your heroine.

Clever, kind, witty, brave, daring.

Do you feel your writing is most productive in the morning, afternoon, evening…or anytime? 

Whenever I can get a chance to write!  I try for the mornings, but my writing blocks are often scattered throughout the day.

Do you have a writing ritual—for example, do you wear a lucky pair of socks, have to have a certain drink, light a candle, or only sit in a special chair? 

No writing ritual or special writing place.  In a week, I might find myself writing at the pool, at the hockey rink, at the library, or at home amidst a herd of boys streaming through the house.  Though I have to admit, I am rather attached to my sweatpants when it comes to putting my butt in a chair to get it done!

Let’s play lucky seven. Describe your book using only 7 words.

Con-artists, gamblers, compassion, suspense, conspiracies, secrets, love.

What’s your favorite part of any book to write…beginning, middle, or the end?

Hmm…tough one.  Probably the middle, when my characters are fully embroiled in whatever mess I’ve thrown them into and the sparks are flying between them.  The secondary characters have the most opportunities to jump in during these scenes as well, which I enjoy immensely.

Care to share with us what you have coming up? 

Book 3 in the Lords of Worth series, You’re the Earl that I Want comes out on August 25th.  This one features Heath Hextall, Earl of Boden (the Duke of Worth’s best friend), and Josephine Somerhall, (Worth’s sister).  I’ve included a sneak peek below!

Sneak peek at You’re the Earl That I Want

Heath had retreated back to the sanctity of the balcony overlooking the ballroom, nursing another glass of whiskey.  He brooded darkly, examining the results of his efforts these last three hours since he had returned Miss Edget to the care of her mother.

He’d danced with at least a half dozen ladies, some seeming impossibly young, others impossibly jaded.  The conversations had ranged from stilted to skeptical, and Heath had been at a loss as to how to improve upon any of it.  Worse, the topic of the Duke of Worth’s sister had come up on more than a few occasions, veiled as a casual inquiry, but currents of speculation ran swiftly below each offhand remark.  Heath most certainly hadn’t come to this ball to be pummeled for information on the return of the prodigal Lady Josephine.  He’d come as the Earl of Boden, to interview potential wives.

And he’d failed miserably.

Was there not a woman in London who might posses a modicum of intelligence paired with a pleasant demeanor?  He wasn’t looking for brilliance, though the ability to have an opinion on at least something would be nice.  He didn’t require beauty, though a woman with a bit of backbone and confidence in herself certainly appealed.  And he wasn’t so naïve that he didn’t believe his wealth was not at the forefront of every whispered conversation between prospective in-laws should he dare ask for a second dance, but the poorly disguised hints about annual allowances were starting to wear.

A subtle disturbance altered the pitch of the crowd in the corner of the ballroom below him, just enough to distract him from his quandary.  It was enough to be detected beneath the clamor of the orchestra that seemed to be getting worse as the night went on.  Idly Heath scanned the mob, looking for the cause, relieved to be distant from whatever disruption was happening.  Someone else, at least, had bigger problems than he did.  A scandalous waltz danced between lovers, perhaps.  The arrival of a man’s mistress in the presence of his wife.  An argument between two gentlemen over a – Heath’s speculation died an abrupt death as he followed the craning necks and darting eyes of the guests below.  He froze, his eyes riveted on the scene below him.

Heath had finally found Josephine Somerhall.

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A Good Rogue is Hard to Find
The Lords of Worth # 2

By: Kelly Bowen  

Released April 28th, 2015

Forever 

 

Blurb

 

HE THOUGHT HE’D SEEN IT ALL . . . 

The rogue’s life has been good to William Somerhall: He has his fortune, his racehorses, and his freedom. Then he moves in with his mother. It seems the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Worth has been barely skirting social disaster-assisted by one Miss Jenna Hughes, who is far too bright and beautiful to be wasting her youth as a paid companion. Now home to keep his mother from ruin, William intends to learn what’s afoot by keeping his friends close – and the tempting Miss Hughes closer still. . . .

 UNTIL HE MEETS HER 

He’s tall, dark, and damnably intelligent – unfortunately for Jenna. She and the duchess are in the “redistribution business,” taking from the rich and giving to the poor, and it’s going great – until he shows up. But even as William plots to make an honest woman out of her, Jenna will use all her wiles to reveal just how bad a rogue he can be . . .

EXCERPT

For a moment, Worth looked stunned.  “What the hell did you drop down the front of your dress?” he snarled.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Jenna replied placidly.  She had gotten herself out of stickier situations than this.  Distract and deflect. She dropped her hands again.

“I demand to know what you took.”

“Nothing, Your Grace.”

“You have something in the front of your dress,” he snapped.

“I have since I was twelve years old.”

Worth started in shock before he swiped his hands through his hair angrily.  “You think this is funny?”

“A little.”  She was forcing a sangfroid she didn’t feel.

The duke let out a string of expletives better suited to the London docks.  “You have five seconds to produce whatever you have in the front of your dress, or I swear by all that is holy, I will rip your bodice in half and retrieve it for you.”

“Ah.  Is this your area of expertise?”

That stopped him short. “What the hell is that supposed to mean?”

Jenna smirked at him and cocked a brow.  “I thought bodice ripping might be part of your overwhelming charm.”

Worth’s eyes darkened even further.  “Very well, Miss Hughes, have it your way.”

God’s teeth, he was calling her bluff, and in truth, he had every right to do so.  Though she’d be damned if she conceded.  “Do your worst then,” she dared.

She watched as the duke’s hands went first to her shoulders, then to the edges of her bodice.  She felt the backs of his fingers brush against her bare skin as he curled them under the seam at the top of her breasts.  Jenna remained perfectly still, her breath caught in her chest and her heart thundering against her ribs.

He had long fingers.  Beautiful fingers, actually, covered in small nicks and scars and calluses that attested to the fact this duke understood physical exertion.  And they were tracing the neckline of her dress in slow, sure movements.  Her stays were suddenly suffocating.  The air around her had thickened.  Every muscle in her body had clenched, and it wasn’t in fear.  It was in anticipation.

 

Excerpt #2 (Longer Version)

“Just what the hell do you think you’re doing?”

Jenna jumped, nearly tripping backwards.

The Duke of Worth strode into the room from the doorway.  “I asked you what you’re doing in my mother’s rooms.  Rifling through her things.”  His voice was hard, and his expression even harder.  He looked furious and dangerous, and Jenna could feel her pulse pound.

“You startled me.”  She was relieved her voice came out evenly.  She curled her fingers around the diamond and pushed her hand into the folds of her skirts.

His eyes narrowed.  “I would imagine most thieves say the same thing when they are caught.”

Jenna would have laughed if it weren’t for the fact she was struggling to formulate a good excuse for what the duke had thought he’d seen.  “I am not a thief.”  At least at the moment, she added silently.

“Yes, I believe all thieves say that as well.”

Jenna rolled her eyes.  “There is no need for fuss, Your Grace,” she said.  “Your mother asked me to fetch her spencer for her.  She is going out.”

The duke didn’t look convinced.  “And she keeps her spencer in the bottom of her wardrobe?”

“No.  It would seem she does not.  Now, if you would be so kind as to move out of the way, I can continue my search.”

Worth took a menacing step towards Jenna.  “And why did she send you to find it?  Surely she has a maid who looks after these things?”

“Of course she does,” Jenna agreed.  “But I was closer.  All of your mother’s staff have multiple duties.  Speaking of which, how are the accounts coming?”  She edged away from the duke.

“Don’t think you can divert me,” Worth growled.  “I take a break from ledgers that seem to have been creatively tallied by a drunken jester, only to find you skulking about in my mother’s rooms.  I want to know what you were doing.”  His gaze flickered to her hands still clenched at her sides.  “Show me your hands.”

Jenna forced herself not to react.  The diamond suddenly felt like it was the size of an apple against her palm.  “Are you accusing me of something, Your Grace?”

Worth let out a bark of what sounded like bitter, disappointed laughter.  “I’m fairly certain I already did.”

“Of course.  You believe me to be a thief, based on the fact you discovered your mother’s hired companion looking for an article of clothing in her rooms.”  She was stalling, and they both knew it.

The duke closed the distance between them again.  “I don’t believe, I know.  Show.  Me.  Your.  Hands.”

Jenna swore inwardly.  If she handed the diamond over to the duke, that would open a whole barrel of questions she had no interest in answering.  Like why a supposedly dead marchioness had left a supposedly lost fortune in diamonds with a supposedly eccentric duchess to sell.  And what that money was used for.  And why Jenna was sneaking one out of the house.  Goddammit, but the Duke of Worth was beginning to make life difficult.

“Very well.”  In a swift motion, Jenna brought her hands up in front of her chest, dropping the diamond down the front of her bodice even as she opened her fingers to him.

For a moment, Worth looked stunned.  “What the hell did you drop down the front of your dress?” he snarled.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Jenna replied placidly.  She had gotten herself out of stickier situations than this.  Distract and deflect. She dropped her hands again.

“I demand to know what you took.”

“Nothing, Your Grace.”

“You have something in the front of your dress,” he snapped.

“I have since I was twelve years old.”

Worth started in shock before he swiped his hands through his hair angrily.  “You think this is funny?”

“A little.”  She was forcing a sangfroid she didn’t feel.

The duke let out a string of expletives better suited to the London docks.  “You have five seconds to produce whatever you have in the front of your dress, or I swear by all that is holy, I will rip your bodice in half and retrieve it for you.”

“Ah.  Is this your area of expertise?”

That stopped him short. “What the hell is that supposed to mean?”

Jenna smirked at him and cocked a brow.  “I thought bodice ripping might be part of your overwhelming charm.”

Worth’s eyes darkened even further.  “Very well, Miss Hughes, have it your way.”

God’s teeth, he was calling her bluff, and in truth, he had every right to do so.  Though she’d be damned if she conceded.  “Do your worst then,” she dared.

 

 

 Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/03/a-good-rogue-is-hard-to-find-lords-of.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22875467-a-good-rogue-is-hard-to-find?from_search=true

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/126031-the-lords-of-worth

 

Buy Links:   Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Kobo | Publisher

 

Author Info

Kelly Bowen grew up in Manitoba, Canada. She worked her way through her teenage years as a back country trail guide and ranch hand. She attended the University of Manitoba and earned a Master of Science degree in veterinary physiology and endocrinology.

But it was Kelly’s infatuation with history and a weakness for a good love story that led her down the path of historical romance. When she is not writing, she seizes every opportunity to explore ruins and battlefields.

Currently, Kelly lives in Winnipeg with her husband and two boys, all of whom are wonderfully patient with the writing process. Except, that is, when they need a goalie for street hockey.

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Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

~~~GIVEAWAY~~~GIVEAWAY~~~GIVEAWAY~~~

*Kelly will be hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a $20.00 Amazon eGift Cards*

***CLICK HERE TO ENTER***

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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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5 responses to “Interview with Kelly Bowen author of A Good Rogue is Hard to Find ~ GIVEAWAY

  1. ChristineWarner

    June 22, 2015 at 5:19 am

    Thank you so much for coming on the blog Kelly. I enjoyed our interview and your book sounds wonderful 🙂

     
    • Kelly Bowen

      June 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks so much for hosting! I had a great time with these clever interview questions. And I loved being able to give a sneak peek for not only this book, but for the next in the series as well! (there are more diabolical plots that involve chickens…)

       
  2. Jennifer Lowery

    June 22, 2015 at 9:19 am

    12 lasagnas at once-wow, that’s amazing! Want to come over to my house sometime, lol. Fun interview. Book sounds awesome!

     
    • Kelly Bowen

      June 22, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Ha! Sounds way more amazing than it is, I think! Way I figure it, lasagna is a messy, messy thing to make whether you’re making 1 or 12. Sheer logical laziness on my part….
      And thanks for the kind words about my book! I had a lot of fun writing this one.:)

       
  3. Tasty Book Tours

    June 22, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you for hosting Kelly today!

     

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