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Friday, May 1, 2015

Release Week Celebration: A Scoundrel by Moonlight by Anna Campbell (Q&A + Giveaway)

You all know I just ADORE Anna Campbell's Sons of Sin series. Each one keeps getting better and better. Her dark, brooding heroes and witty heroines are just too good to walk away from, which is why whenever I've read one of those books for review I stay up way past my bedtime and end up looking like a zombie the next day. A Scoundrel by Midnight was no exception and you can check out my thoughts on the book HERE.

In the meantime, if you're not familiar with Anna Campbell, here's your chance to learn a bit about her. To celebrate the release of A Scoundrel by Midnight, Anna was kind enough to answer a few questions for me! I'm having a fan girl moment here!

About Anna Campbell:

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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 Write Touch, the Aspen Gold (twice) and the Australian Romance Readers Association's favorite historical romance (five times).

Her books have three times been nominated for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award and three times for Australia's Romantic Book of the Year. Anna is currently engaged in writing the "Sons of Sin" series, which started in 2012 with SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE'S BED.

Look out for A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT in April 2015. Anna lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia where she writes full-time.

Find Anna:

Adria: Hi Anna! Thanks for answering some of my questions! I'm such a big fan of this series and I especially love the cover for A Scoundrel By Moonlight!

Anna: Adria, thank you so much for having me as your guest today – and for all those wonderful reviews! Isn’t that cover scrumptious? I’ve just adored the covers Forever have done for the Sons of Sin series. They’re all masterpieces.

Adria: A Scoundrel By Moonlight marks your fourth Sons of Sin book, not including the novella Days of Rakes and Roses, how long do you see this series lasting? I only ask because it's such a great one

Anna: Adria, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series. This is actually my first attempt at writing closely connected books. My first six books were all stand-alones. A Scoundrel by Moonlight is a significant milestone for me, my 10th full-length book! It’s surprised me quite how rich the world of the Sons of Sin ended up being. The possibilities for stories seem endless.

Adria: Where did the inspiration for James and Nell come from?

Anna: My original plan for the Sons of Sin series was that it would be a trilogy, but the villain in A Rake’s Midnight Kiss had a very powerful, high-in-the-instep nephew called the Marquess of Leath. As you know, James Fairbrother, Marquess of Leath, plays a major part then in the next book What a Duke Dares as antagonist to Cam and roadblock to Sophie and Harry’s Romeo and Juliet-style romance. Except Leath emerged bigger than that on the page and I found myself thinking about him beyond his dramatic purposes in that book. When Forever gave me the chance to write a fourth Sons of Sin book, I had a ready-made hero there already.

My inspiration for James, surprisingly, was Winston Churchill! WC was under all sorts of family pressure to fulfill the political dreams of a brilliant father who died early. The shadow of his father loomed large over everything Winston did. For my hero in Scoundrel, I imagined a man who lived for duty without ever having a chance to work out what he really wanted from life. Unfortunately when he works that out, it threatens everything he’s always worked to achieve.

Nell came later – I wondered who could be the most disruptive, most unconventional, least suitable, most wonderful woman for a man like that, someone to shake up his cozy preconceptions of what life was all about. Obviously such a woman would have to be strong and clever to have such an effect – not to mention to meet the challenges her future would throw at her.

Now, how to get these two together? Luckily I had a pretty good skeleton of a plot already between James’s villainous uncle and the scandals that crash down as fall-out from events in A Rake’s Midnight Kiss and What a Duke Dares. Nell’s sister is another victim of the awful uncle. Nell invades James’s space, convinced that he’s the Fairbrother responsible for the tragedy and determined to bring him down. As a reader, I love the enemies into lovers theme, it’s always so powerful and high stakes!

Adria: How would you describe the Sons of Sin series if you were trying to convince someone to give it a try?

Anna: Ha! I get to write my own marketing copy? I love that! These sensually rich historical romances introduce readers to four men shadowed by scandal who fall in love with the last women they ever thought they would – and in the process discover their true place in the world. I’ve tried hard to give each book a very different feel – Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed is a rip-roaring gothic drama with plenty of steam. I always thought of A Rake’s Midnight Kiss as a sorbet between the two more dramatic books. There’s drama in Rake, as you know, but a LOT more jokes! What a Duke Dares is another roast beef dinner of a book, my first friends into lovers story. A Scoundrel by Moonlight has a touch of the fairytale about it. Who doesn’t love a good Cinderella story?

Adria: Out of the four books in the series, which book presented the biggest challenge to write and why?

Anna: What an interesting question, Adria. They all had their challenges, as I’m sure you can imagine. I think the first one Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed was the one that presented the biggest challenge. I’d submitted it to Forever as a stand-alone but they thought it had legs as the launch for a series (so glad they DID think that!). I was a little nervous about writing closely connected books, but I ended up loving that aspect of the stories. It’s such fun to revisit beloved characters and drop hints about future stories and weave in various themes and echoes and foreshadowings.

Adria: What are you currently working on?

Anna: It’s Christmas in April down here in Australia – I’m currently writing my 2015 Christmas novella. Luckily the weather’s getting colder by the minute so conjuring up a British December with snow and ice and big fires isn’t that difficult.Having said that, I live in a place with a climate like Florida’s so ‘colder’ means wearing long sleeves, not bundling up in thermal underwear. I’ve done Christmas novellas the last three years and they’re great fun for me, and hopefully for readers! This year’s involves an obstreperous donkey who’s amusing me if not my straitlaced heroine!

Anything can happen in the moonlight . . .

Justice. That's all Nell Trim wants-for her sister and for the countless other young women the Marquess of Leath has ruined with his wildly seductive ways.

Now she has a bold plan to take him down . . . as long as she can resist the scoundrel's temptations herself.

From the moment Nell meets James Fairbrother, the air positively sizzles. Yet for all his size and power, there's something amazingly tender in his touch.

Could he really be such a depraved rogue?

The only way to find out is to beat the devil at his own game . . . one tempting kiss at a time.

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