Sunday, September 7, 2014

Interview and Cover Reveal for A Scoundrel by Moonlight
 with Anna Campbell

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Hi Jaci! Thank you for having me as your guest today. 

What was your first writing project?

When I was in third grade, I’d decided I wanted to be a writer like Enid Blyton so I started
a novel that was a shameless imitation of the great Enid. It was called The Rochedale 
Mystery (at the time, I was devoted to a series of EB mysteries which all had places starting 
with ‘R’ in the title) and it was about horsenapping. At the time, horses were my other great 
obsession. I didn’t finish The Rochedale Mystery, which given copyright law is probably a 
good thing. The first novel I finished was a medieval romance set in the Hundred Years War 
in France that I wrote between high school and university. It’s still under the bed! Which is 
definitely where it should stay. 

If you could be one of your heroines, who would you choose?

Actually I really like Penelope Thorne from What a Duke Dares. I love her generosity of spirit 
and her steadfast heart. And hey, she gets to marry a sexy duke. That works for me! 

When you are writing your stories does your ideas just pop into your head or do they evolve 

Great question. A bit of both. I usually hear the characters before I see them. Yes, folks, 
I hear voices in my head! I come up with an opening scene and two characters and a 
problem. Sometimes a villain. For What a Duke Dares, that opening scene where Cam 
proposes to Pen jumped straight into my mind, with all the accompanying emotional issues. 
Once I’ve got that opening, I like to let the story and the characters stew for a while before I 
start writing, and then it’s seeing where the story takes me. 

What is your favorite scene in the book between Cam and Penelope?

I think the first kiss is my favorite in this book (it often is!). There’s so much going on at the 
time, yet they just can’t stay away from one another. And then Cam REALLY puts his foot in 
it and has to backpedal in a big way. The cool, calm, collected Duke of Sedgemoor isn’t used to being in the wrong. 

What is your favorite Historical Romance Novel?

Oh, that’s a tough one. I’ll just have to pick two. One is a really sweet one. I always feel like 
I’ve had a holiday when I read it. It’s A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. The other 
is Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible. It’s got wonderful characters and a great story and it’s 
beautifully written. And it still makes me laugh, despite how many times I’ve read it. And 
I’ve had a crush on Rupert Carsington, the hero, for years! 

What is your next Project?

I’m currently polishing a Christmas novella called Her Christmas Earl which should be out 
as an e-book on 1st of November. I've done Christmas stories the last two years and I really
enjoy having something seasonal on the shelves with all the mistletoe and tinsel. This one’s 
a marriage of convenience/Cinderella story where my hero and heroine get caught in a 
compromising position on Christmas Eve at a house party. 

What other genres do you read?

I read a lot of mysteries, especially ones with an overarching romance plot that runs through 
several books. There are a couple of authors like Julia Spencer-Fleming and Carola Dunn 
who do that beautifully. I also read a lot of nonfiction, predominantly history and biography, partly to spark ideas for new stories. 

Can you give us any teasers for your next book A Scoundrel by Moonlight?

I’ve just got the cover for Scoundrel. Isn’t it pretty? Love that purple! A Scoundrel by 
Moonlight features the Marquess of Leath who plays such a large part in What a Duke 
Dares. It’s a story about a love that crosses the class divide, so I suppose you could say there 
are Cinderella touches in this one as well. Except Cinderella has secrets! 

Question for readers: What’s your favorite historical romance novel? Why? 

I’ve got a signed copy of What a Duke Dares (international) up for grabs today to someone 
who comments. So get talking, people! 

About the Author:

Anna Campbell has written nine multi award-winning historical romances for Grand Central 
Publishing and Avon HarperCollins and her work is published in sixteen languages. Anna 
has won numerous awards for her Regency-set stories including Romantic Times Reviewers 
Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill (three times), the Heart of Excellence (twice), 
the Aspen Gold (twice) and the Australian Romance Readers Association's favorite historical 
romance (five times). Anna is currently engaged in writing the "Sons of Sin" series, which 
started in 2012 with Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed and now continues with book 3, What a 
Duke Dares. Anna lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia where she writes full-time.

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A reputation at risk...

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? 
Miss Penelope Thorne, that's who. She's known Camden Rothermere since they were 
children - and she also knows she'd bring nothing but scandal to his name.
Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to 
the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can't stop her. Then her brother's dying 
request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he'd finally gotten over.
The only way they'll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to 
pretend they're married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even 
sharing a bed - until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins...

Sneek Peek at the Cover of The next book in the
Sons of Sin Series


  1. My favorite one ,This Is ALL I Ask,by Lynn Kurland..heartwrenching!.....And my mom and I (who I read to) cannot wait foe this next book!..Great interview! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi M4B! Thanks so much for swinging by. Sounds like I need to read that book! Isn't that purple cover gorgeous?

  2. Hi Anna. Love the cover and as you know I love your books . I was told by Carol Cork that it is coming out April 28 2015 . Is that true

    1. Demetra, it is! Not long to wait at all! Isn't that purple lovely?

  3. Anna how many more to this series. And what are you working on next

    1. Demetra, I'm currently working on a Christmas novella which should be out in e on 1st Nov. Her Christmas Earl. Not sure what's happening with the Sons of Sin - I'll let everyone know once I do.

  4. Yes Anna the purple is lovely is eye catching. Will look for your Xmas novel on twitter and as you know I will retwit it. Love the red also

  5. I have a lot of favorites, but Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught has a perfect blend of humor and angst.

    1. Kim, at one stage, I read Judith McNaught like chocolate - loved her books. I must dig them out again and revisit!

  6. Actually anna and kim . I also love Judith McNaught is a fav of mine. So is Kathleen woodwiss. I like the old one also. Kranz also. Lol anna I'm 52 and I started reading when i was nine

    1. Demetra, reading the Wolf and the Dove when I was in my early teens changed my life. I decided I wanted to write books like that when I grew up!

  7. Oh my gosh, I don't know if it's possible to pick one. I would have to pick a series by Jo Beverly, the books about the Malloran siblings. They were some of the very first ones that I read, and I've returned to them over and over.

    1. Edea, it's the ones we go back to, isn't it? I've got a couple of Loretta Chases that I've read over and over - so much so I can quote lines from them!

  8. As for my fave historical, I love The Secret by Julie Garwood. The relationship between Judith and Mary Katherine is so strong and reminds me of my friends when I was a little girl.

    1. LIssa, I haven't read that one although I've read quite a bit of Julie Garwood. I'll have to check it out!

  9. Anna, I listed my ten favorites on my Facebook page, I was tagged by the lovely Carol Cork...I am terrible at remembering titles/author names but, I do remember vivid/gorgeous cover illustrations and a great story...THE SECRET by Julie Garwood is one of them...and I can't count either, I added 16 novels to my list.

    1. Juanita, I cheated with those favorite book lists. I kept putting in series and counting them as one book. Don't tell anyone!

  10. won a copy of Anna Campbell's What A Duke Dares..please send me your snail address so we can send it. CONGRATS