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On the 7th Day of Blogmas We Have Sabrina Darby

Dec 15, 2009

On The 7th Day of Blogmas We Have Sabrina Darby! Author of the Romance " On These Silken Sheets"
Lets give a Warm Welcome to Sabrina * woo hoo, clap,clap,clapYAY*
Thank you for being here today Sabrina! I'm so glad you could join us, And Thank you For the awesome Interview!!!
Now head on down to the interview, meet Sabrina, and get to know a lil more about her and her new romance " On These Silken Sheets" She is such a sweetie!!!
Sabrina has also Offered 1 signed copy of "On These Soilken Sheets" for me to giveaway to a lucky fan , and will also be stopping by throughout the day to chat and answer any questions! Sabrina has also offered the MOST EXCITING gift for the extra bonus!!!! but i'm not teliing what yet!!! You'll have to wait and see, but it is a totally awesome item !!!!

JJBC~Do you read any reviews on your books?

SD~If google alerts picks up a review, I do end up reading it. I like reading reviews because as much as I think I know all the strengths and flaws of my works, I am always learning more about the craft of successfully telling a story.

JJBC~Do you read your own books after they make it to final print?
SD~Yes. Of course, I’ve only had one opportunity to try this out ;-) I’ll let you know what I opt to do in the future.

JJBC~What do you like to Read? Your Favorite Genre?
SD~I tend to like regency romance, historical fiction, and early 20thc fiction.

JJBC~Do you have a favorite book /series?
SD~I don’t actually but I do love The American Woman in the Chinese Hat by Carole Maso. For pure romance, I really liked Elizabeth Boyle’s His Mistress by Morning, Meredith Duran’s Duke of Shadows, and then some real oldies that the reality of haven’t so much held up to my current standards but the memory of them has.

JJBC~Did you always want to be a writer?
SD~Pretty much. But I thought I might be a Doctor/Writer for a while, a la Crichton.

JJBC~Is writing your full time job?
SD~Not yet ;-)

JJBC~Do you set a daily writing goal?
SD~I do if I have a deadline. I like to write between 1000-1500 words a day. More of course if I can’t help myself, but with all the other stuff I do, this is a manageable amount.

JJBC~When and where do you like to write?
SD~ I mostly write at home, in the room that has been temporarily serving as an office. Sometimes I sit on the floor. Sometimes in the living room. I wrote all of On These Silken Sheets sitting at the kitchen table in a hard wooden chair.

JJBC~Are there any processes you use when writing? Do you keep journals, sticky notes, chicken scratch on the back of receipts?
SD~I have been known to write on the back of receipts. However, the majority of my writing gets done on the computer or sometimes if I am in revisions, on a printed out hard copy. All but one of my manuscripts was first written in writer isolation. However, after I discovered Romance Divas and joined RWA, that changed a bit. My sister used to be my only beta reader. Now, I’ve expanded that circle a bit.

JJBC~What is the hardest / easiest part of writing for you?
SD~Committing. If I am going to spend 3 months on a 90k novel, I need to be in love with the idea and committed to actually doing the work. I love starting the next project while finishing the first so that I have a seamless transition. Otherwise, I end up spending a few weeks or months fiddling around, unable to commit to a project.

JJBC~How long did you write before you became a published author?
SD~Most of my life? But I started writing romance a year and a half before my first romance sale.

JJBC~Who’s your favorite hero/heroine?
SD~Ok this is hard. Do you mean of my books or of fiction in general? Maybe the heroines of Frances Burney’s Evelina, or Cecilia...and for hero, I’ve said this elsewhere before but my current fave is one of AJ Chase’s. One of her unpublished manuscripts, is a romantic suspense about a hot, secretive, British choreographer and believe me, that man can move!

JJBC~Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
SD~I recently wrote a post to my aspiring romance author self of three years ago. And in the comments, other authors and aspiring authors posted their letters to themselves. It was so wonderful to read those other letters as well. I think there is a wealth of advice in that post. (

JJBC~Is there anything else you would like to share with your followers today?
SD~ I love hearing from people. Also, please do join my mailing list or stop by the website in the week before Christmas because there will be a few holiday surprises!


JJBC~Can you tell you tell us a little bit about ON THESE SILKEN SHEETS?
SD~If you want the more traditional synopsis, there is always the back of the book ;-). However, since I am here and chatting, I’ll give you my personal take. It’s 1808, London. England is at war but within the walls of Harridan House, a private club for those gentlemen and their ladies in search of amorous pursuits, the only battles are fought between the sheets. There are four interconnected stories that all feature the club in some way. And though these are hot stories, with explicit language, they are very much love stories. Each of the novellas shows a different facet of the journey to love and together depict a world in which there is a soul mate for everyone, even the least likely. While each novella has its own arc, I also structured the entire collection to have an emotional arc similar to a full length novel. So, in a sense, novella one “Against the Wall” is the first lusty explosion of a love affair, novella two is the deepening of the relationship, novella three, “Roses are Rouge,” is the dark moment, and novella four is the maturation and happily ever after. Of course, there is also a little epilogue at the end.

JJBC~How did you come up with the idea for this book? From a dream, from watching TV, while reading another book?
SD~Hehe. The very first image in my head was the opening scene of “Against the Wall,” the first novella in On These Silken Sheets. Only, the scene was happening in a present-day night club. I started transposing it to the past and wondering if a happily ever after could happen between two people who had essentially an anonymous one night stand. The conceit of Harridan House came up during the creation of that novella and then the other three novellas just unrolled––almost inevitably––from there.

JJBC~Did you have to do any type of research before writing this book?
SD~I had been working on another book set in the same year before I wrote On These Silken Sheets and did extensive research for that story. For the novellas, I mostly did additional focused research on specific topics that arose, such as what issues were being discussed in Parliament during May of 1808 and the layout of Brighton prior to the Prince Regent’s redesign.

JJBC~Who’s your favorite character and why?
SD~Robert, the hero of the last novella, because by the time you get to him, he’s been seen through the filter of six other protagonists. And when he is seen through the eyes of the right woman...he’s his own man and a worthy hero in his own right.

JJBC~Can you tell us a little bit about the characters?

“Against the Wall”
Carolina, debutante and erstwhile virgin
Harry, male slut

“The Education of Lord Oakley”
Oakley, staid but sexy parliamentarian
Maggie, frustrated widow

“Roses are Rouge”
Diana, Not just another Regency widow
Jason, A man with a history of lusting after Diana

“A Maid for the Taking”
Lucy, A maid
Robert, A lord doing the forbidden––dabbling in trade
JJBC~ Is this book going to be a series?

SD~I would love to write more Harridan House stories.

JJBC~Do you have any idea how many book are going to be in this series?
SD~If I had my way, there would be at least four more. Possibly 5.

JJBC~Do you have a favorite scene?
SD~Sigh. It would have to be the moment that Lord Oakley realizes he is in love in “The Education of Lord Oakley”. It’s just...well, I don’t really want to give it away for those who haven’t read it yet.

My Bonus Question:

JJBC~If you could be trapped in any series/book which would it be and why?
SD~Room With A View because both the movie and book are good, and every other book I can think of is too angsty for real life. But Room With A View, with Freddy and Cecil and George Emerson, has so many great men. I mean, am I trapped in the book as an existing character or as a random person, because that might really mess up the plot, a la Lost in Austen. If it is just about living in the world of the book, it becomes more difficult, because rather than just thinking about being a hero or heroine, I have to think about details, like hygiene of the time, and legal issues, and... Yeah, I see why this is a bonus question! ;-)

Thank you so muh for being here Sabrina, and for this wonderful interview!

You can Also Find Sabrina:
On These Silken Sheets Excerpt

***Don't go away, Sabrina is stopping by through out the day. to chat, and answer questions. She has also given me the opportunity to give away a personally signed copy of On these Silken Sheets to 1 lucky winner!!!
How to Enter the Giveaway: (This giveaway is open US only, but dont forget still comment and chat to enter the over all 12 Dayz of Blogmas contest)
1~ Answer  the following questions:
~Have you read any regency romance, historical fiction, and early 20thc fiction?
~If so, what where they, and tell us what you thought about it
2~Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog
3~Follow Sabrina on Twitter
4~Follow JoJo on Twitter
5~Sign up for Sabrinas book updates (link at bottom of page)
6~ Retweet this (MUST leave link, a point for each tweet)
7~ Ask Sabrina a Question

** Please confirm you have completed at least 4 things to enter.**
***All contests are open till Dec 23rd , you can find their individual interview links at the top under my header

27 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

JoJo December 15, 2009 at 11:45 AM  

Hi Sabrina~ Thanks for being here today !!!
this sounds soo good!!! She's sitting on my shelf waiting for her turnn to be read!!!
Do you think you will ever try to write another type of romance? a paranormal....highlander, urban fantasy?
Thanks for the interview again!!!!

Eden Bradley December 15, 2009 at 12:43 PM  

Happy Blogmas, everyone!
Great Interview! And this book is awesome!

throuthehaze December 15, 2009 at 1:03 PM  

1~ I read A LOT of historical romance from different time periods. It is one of my favorite genres. I have a huge collection of that type of book, a lot of them are Catherine Coulter.

2~Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog

3~Follow Sabrina on Twitter @throuthehaze

4~Follow JoJo on Twitter @throuthehaze

Sabrina Darby December 15, 2009 at 1:04 PM  

Thanks JoJo for inviting me here!

I think the furthest I'd go in the paranormal direction is a ghost story. I'd love to write a gothic one ;-) I love to read highlanders but I don't think I could do them justice!

And thanks, Eden *g*

I know on my site the mailing list can be hard to find (I will change that eventually) but if you just keep scrolling down to the bottom of the page... you'll find the box. :)

Sabrina Darby December 15, 2009 at 1:06 PM  

Oh, and throuthehaze, I grew up on Coulter!!! Love those half-virgins! ;-)

Amanda Leigh December 15, 2009 at 1:18 PM  

I look forward to reading On these Silken Sheets! It sounds like something I'll greatly enjoy! I can't wait!

1~ Answer the following questions:
~Have you read any regency romance, historical fiction, and early 20thc fiction?
I really enjoy historical romance.
~If so, what where they, and tell us what you thought about it.
I have read some Victorian era, and a lot of highlander romances. I've loved most of what I've read. I'm very open to a lot of different books, though mostly I read paranormal.

2~follow JojosBookCorner as Amanda Leigh

3~don't have twitter

4~don't have twitter

5~Signed up for Sabrina's book updates

6~ don't have twitter

7~ Who are your favorite authors?

-live in the US
mandan513 (at) hotmail (dot) com

jeanette8042 December 15, 2009 at 2:27 PM  

I've read regency romance by Elizabeth Hoyt and I became hooked on alll= her books!!!

I'm a follower!

I signed up for Sabrina's book updates!

Hi Sabrina! I was wondering if you ever felt you disagreed with how your book covers turned out?

Live in US and no twitter

ErotRomReader (Janna) December 15, 2009 at 2:46 PM  

Thanks for the interview! I really look forward to reading On these Silken Sheets! To bad this contest isn't open for us Europeans...

Sabrina Darby December 15, 2009 at 3:06 PM  

Well, I do think my cover is absolutely gorgeous. However, there was a slightly different incarnation that I didn't completely love. ;-)

And Janna, even though the book prize isn't avail outside of US, it is possible the special prize could be opened to everyone...whatcha think, Jojo?

skyla11377 December 15, 2009 at 5:00 PM  

1~ Answer The Following Questions:
~Have You Read Any Regency Romance, Historical Fiction, And Early 20thC Fiction?
I Have Been Reading Historical Romance/Fiction Since I Was Fourteen years Old.
~If So, What Where They, And Tell Us What You Thought About It.
I Used To Read A Lot Of Books By Julie Garwood, Heather Graham, Johanna Lindsey, Linda Lael Miller Just To Name A Few. I Loved Them. I Could Never Get Enough Of Them. Although I Am More Of A Paranormal Romance Reader Now Julie Garwood Is A An Author That I Still Enjoy And Have All Of Her Books.
2~Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog
I Am Following JoJosBookCorner Blog.
3~Follow Sabrina On Twitter
I AM Following Sabrina On Twitter.
4~Follow JoJo on Twitter
I AM Following JoJo On Twitter.
5~Sign Up For Sabrinas Book Updates (link at bottom of page)
I Have Signed Up For Sabrina's Book Updates.
6~ Retweet This (MUST Leave Link, A Point For Each Tweet)
7~ Ask Sabrina a Question
Hey Sabrina What Are One Or Two Things We Wouldn’t Normally Know About You?


joder December 15, 2009 at 6:20 PM  

1. Yes, I've read a Regency book recently. It was Tessa Dare's Goddess of the Hunt and really enjoyed it. Great characters and storyline.
2. I follow the blog
3. I follow on twitter (@jone402)
4. I follow on twitter
6. I retweeted at

I'm from the US.

chelleyreads December 15, 2009 at 7:32 PM  

1~ regency romances are one of my favorite romance sub-genres. my most recent read was meredith duran's Duke of Shadows. I recommend this one to everyone--the characters were great and WOW can Ms. Duran CAN write!

2~ I follow JoJosBookCorner Blog

4~Follow JoJo on Twitter

6~ Retweeted:

Sabrina Darby December 15, 2009 at 8:57 PM  

Hi skyla, let's see, something you wouldn't normally know... I love avocados. Probably my favorite single food. :)

And Chelley, I really loved that book too! That moment when they see each other again in the ballroom---OMG! So great :)

Teresa D'Amario December 15, 2009 at 9:33 PM  

Hey Sabrina, Oh, I haven't read this yet, but I KNOW this book rocks. I've heard such great stuff about it.

BTW, I did retweet this earlier this morning, before i ever made it over here. :D

JoJo December 15, 2009 at 10:09 PM  

Hi Sabrina!!! Thank you so much for being here today! Feel free to check back. The contests are open till the 23rd. so they can comment and ask questions till then !!!

Rex Robot Reviews December 15, 2009 at 10:15 PM  

~Have you read any regency romance, historical fiction, and early 20thc fiction?
Not yet, I need to get into this genre- I hear it is hot.
6~ Retweet this (
7~ Sabrina, I don't have a question, but I have to say, that is one cute puppy!

Sally,  December 15, 2009 at 10:31 PM  

Great interview JoJo/Sabrina!!! I've not read a regency, etc. At least I don't think I have, lol. I'm not much into historical fiction but I can always change my mind!! I would love to read "On These Silken Sheets". I still have to give a couple of people some ideas for Christmas, lol. Hmmmmm...
~I follow JoJo on Twitter and her blog
~And now I follow Sabrina!!
~I have also signed up for Sabrina's book updates
~Sabrina--What has been the most exciting thing so far in your career as an author??

Anonymous,  December 15, 2009 at 11:11 PM  

Love the interview :)

1~ I have and do read historical fiction and regency romance... last historical romance was THe Heart of Christmas anthology... I loved it :)

2~Following JoJosBookCorner Blog as Ali
3~Following Sabrina on Twitter as simplyali
4~Following JoJo on Twitter as simplyali
5~Signed up for Sabrinas book updates

Sabrina Darby December 16, 2009 at 12:05 AM  

So glad you all came by today!

Rex, my dog thanks you for the compliment!

Sally, good question. I have to say the most exciting *and* terrifying thing was going to an Avon party where all my favorite romance authors were in attendance!

Rachel Jameson December 16, 2009 at 11:30 AM  

Welp, I'm a tad late in commenting. But I have to say, seeing that two people want to read Historical Romance because of you is really just so incredible, Sabrina!

To those who haven't read it yet, this is a great book! I stayed up until 4 am reading it.

Anonymous,  December 16, 2009 at 12:58 PM  

1~ Answer the following questions:
Too many to list! Recently read The Secrets of a Courtesan, currently reading Knight of Pleasure. I love most historicals as long as they are a good story with some attempt at accuracy.
2~Follow JoJosBookCorner Blog
3~Follow Sabrina on Twitter
4~Follow JoJo on Twitter
6~ Retweet this -

justpeachy36 December 17, 2009 at 11:09 AM

I love historical fiction including Regency... Georgette Heyer is one of my favorite authors.

I follow jojos blog
I follow sabrina on twitter
I follow jojo on twitter
I signed up for sabrinas book updates
I retweeted here:

Linda Henderson December 19, 2009 at 2:49 PM  

I do read historicals. I like Eloisa James and I actually started out reading Barbara Cartland.
I follow your blog
I follow you on twitter as BookOwner
I follow Sabrina on twitter as BookOwner.

seriousreader at live dot com

Spav December 23, 2009 at 11:35 AM  

I'm not really a fan of historical, I prefer contemporary.

flchen1 December 23, 2009 at 3:22 PM  

Hi, Sabrina!

I do enjoy historical, regency, and early 20th century romance--the latter seems hardest to find! I started out with Julia Quinn's books, and sort of took off from there! One 20th century title I enjoyed was Elizabeth Lane's On the Wings of Love.

- Follower of blog, Sabrina and JoJo on Twitter

booklover0226 December 23, 2009 at 5:41 PM  

I used to read Barbara Cartland’s books all the time and just loved them! Unfortunately, it’s been so long ago, I can’t recall any of the titles!
I follow the blog (booklover0226)
I follow Sabrina on Twitter (as bl0226)
I follow JoJo on Twitter (as bl0226)
I signed up for updates
Sabrina, what is your opinion on book trailers? Do you think they help in book sales?

I’m in the USA

Tracey D
booklover0226 AT gmail DOT com

SabrinaDarby December 24, 2009 at 2:07 AM  

Thanks everyone who commented! And as for that last question... I don't know about book trailers! My husband made me one as a holiday present and you can watch it at So I guess that is my first foray into that world. I'll have to let you know in the future! ;-)

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