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Mar 9, 2011

How historical romance found me
By: Scarlett Scott



I’ve been reading romance since I was a tween. Of course, back then romance novels were forbidden by my mother, who was not entirely unaware of the steamy material lurking in their pages and made it clear she did not approve. So I did what any romance loving girl in a bind would do and resorted to sneaking into my sister’s room, swiping a paperback off the shelves, and hiding it in my closet for clandestine consumption.

Since I was limited in my early reading days to whatever I could thieve from my sister, I fell into historical romances by default. But I fell in love with them just the same. I stayed up late into the night devouring Kat Martin and Lisa Kleypas historicals. Who needed sleep, I reasoned, when you could be wooed by a rake or seduced by a notorious duke? Definitely not me. (And let’s not even talk about the giant crush I still, to this day, harbor for the evilly sexy Nikolas in Prince of Dreams. I swoon.)

I suppose, then, it was unavoidable that this voracious and devious reader of historical romance would grow up and want to write historical love stories of her own. I’ll never forget the magical way the first historical romance I read transported me, the way I fell like Alice into the rabbit hole of handsome noblemen and the grace of a bygone era. All these years later, I still feel the enchantment of historical romances as strongly as I did back when I smuggled them into my seventh grade Algebra class.

So it was that when I decided to try my hand at writing romance, I wrote a historical first. I’m certainly glad I did. I found a world filled with drama, scandal, privilege, and the fascinating characters of the British aristocracy. It was a world that glittered on the outside but was tarnished on the inside. In short, it was a world that was the perfect fit for a romance novel, and the perfect fit for me as a writer.


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Ivy may be the odd woman out in the field of construction, but that doesn’t mean she can’t do a man’s job. And in heels, no less. When a subcontractor runs behind on the project she’s heading, Ivy’s prepared to give him a proper dressing down. But when she sees the man in question, undressing him becomes far more interesting a prospect.

Jake Shaw is proud of the business he’s built and isn’t about to be bossed around by a sassy vixen who clips into his life in cherry red pumps. Their clash is instant, their attraction undeniable, their use of his big desk…delicious.

Before Ivy can catch her breath she’s breaking all the rules with Jake. The more time she spends with him, the harder she finds it to convince herself he’s all wrong for her.



Lady Clarissa Darlington is shocked to discover her wastrel father has gambled away the family’s meager fortune. When notorious gaming hell baron Pierce Foster arrives on her doorstep to collect payment, she’s even more shocked at the passion he awakens within her. Abandoned by her father, Clarissa falls headlong into Pierce’s arms and succumbs to his daring seduction. Her nights with him become a blur of intense desire as he brings her innocent body to life.


But as deception threatens to tear them apart, Clarissa must uncover some long-kept secrets and decide whether or not she can entrust her heart in the hands of her lover forever.


A Mad Passion

Seven years ago, the Marquis of Thornton broke Cleo’s heart. He’s the last man she wants to see at the country house party she’s attending with her sisters. However, fate has a different plan when she finds Thornton standing before her, as devastatingly handsome as ever.


Thornton’s resolve is tempted by Cleo’s reappearance in his life. He’ll stop at nothing to have her back in his arms. Now a respected politician, he jeopardizes his career and reputation with each secret moment he spends with her.


A steamy interlude in a darkened chamber, the crackling tension of a shared Shakespeare scene before the rest of the house guests, and one too many secret kisses prove to Cleo and Thornton that despite their scarred hearts, their feelings for one another may never have changed. But neither is free to pursue the other. Cleo remains hopelessly trapped in a loveless marriage, and Thornton is on the cusp of making an advantageous match. Together they must battle against ruin and swirling scandal to discover if their mad passion is worth the price.




*~*Giveaway*~*

Scarlett is stopping by to chat with you all today!


AND
is giving away
e-books

Wicked Dirty and
 LadyClarissa's Seduction

to 2 winners!


And she is opening it up

*~*World Wide*~*





**RULES**

- Must ask Scarlett a question &/or leave a meaningful comment

- Must leave a valid e-mail (please do not add your complete e-mail. we do not want it picked up by spammers. for Exp: leave DOT instead of .  or AT instead of @ )


**Giveaway ends Sun night ( 3-13 ) at Midnight, winners will be chosen and named here in this comments section





16 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Sweet Vernal Zephyr March 9, 2011 at 8:34 AM  

Hi Scarlett! I do began with historical romances by default, but I was stealing them from my mother! LOL I wonder how many times she "lost" her books?

Thanks for stopping by to share with us and best wishes on your future writing!

Miranda
mdwartistry at yahoo dot com

Scarlett March 9, 2011 at 9:13 AM  

Hi Miranda! I'm glad to hear I'm not the only romance novel thief. :) LOL - did your mother ever catch on? My sister eventually did...but by then, I'd almost read her entire stash!

StacieDM,  March 9, 2011 at 9:22 AM  

Hello Scarlett!

Isn't that just they way tween girls are, Mom says no way to romance novels so you grow up to write them! LOL. I'm the same way with horror movies. They were forbidden in my house therefore I love them. I think it must be in our DNA to do the opposite of what our moms want. Too funny.

I loved all of the blurbs for your books. I think it is cool that you write across genres.

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Scarlett March 9, 2011 at 9:59 AM  

Hi! You're exactly right--I guess it's only human nature to want to do whatever you're told not to. LOL my mom actually reads *my* romance novels now, and I can't quite believe it. I'm glad you like my blurbs. I've always loved historical and contemporary romance, so I figured why choose if I don't have to?

Victoria March 9, 2011 at 1:35 PM  

I also began with historical but not romances. My first was the Kent Family Chronicles by John Jakes. That led to historical romance.

What time period do you like writing the most and is that the time period you would live in if given the choice?

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Scarlett March 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM  

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for John Jakes--my favorite was North & South. I used to be incredibly obsessed with the Civil War.

What time period do I like best? Now that's a tough question. Right now, I love the late Victorian and Edwardian time periods. I feel very at home in those periods, especially late Victorian. And I would definitely live in either time, if only so I could get to wear the fabulous clothes!

Scarlett March 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM  

Thanks so much to JoJo for having me here!

BLHmistress March 9, 2011 at 3:31 PM  

I was fortunate when I started to read historical romance my mother didn't forbid it , she encouraged it (she was happy I loved to read) but I think if she knew what exactly were in those pages she might not have lol.

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flchen1 March 9, 2011 at 5:45 PM  

I think my first "grown up" romance was a historical, too--can't recall what it was, but I was hooked! Scarlett, I'm new to reading your writing, but am definitely adding you to my TBB! Thanks for the interview!

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Scarlett March 9, 2011 at 6:04 PM  

Glad to hear I'm not the only one who fell in love with historical romance first! My mother eventually gave in to what she knew was a losing battle and decided to let me read them when I was "old enough." Ha! I don't think she knew exactly how detailed those romances were. Thanks for adding me! :)

Danielle Gorman March 9, 2011 at 11:22 PM  

Thanks for stopping by. I have to admit, that it took me awhile to fall into historical romance. I have always been a big fan of romance books but I stayed in the paranormal genre. Then a few years back Teresa Medeiros came out with The Vampire Who Loved Me and I kept seeing it everywhere and I would continuously pick it up. I kept being thrown off by the historical setting. Eventually I gave in and bought. Am I glad that I did. I loved it!!! I have been reading historical romances ever since. In fact, that is the genre that I read the most now. I love it! Scarlett, your books look good and I am definitely going to be adding a few to my TBR pile.

iqb99 at yahoo.com

Scarlett March 10, 2011 at 9:04 AM  

Hi Danielle,
I'm so happy to hear you've been reeled in by historical romance. It's very addictive, but as addictions go, it's one of few that doesn't do any harm. Unless you count lack of sleep for staying up too late reading, which I'm still as guilty of now as I was when I first discovered romance. :) Thanks for adding me to your TBR pile!

Diane March 10, 2011 at 7:07 PM  

I started with Rosemary Rogers as on e of my first "adult" reads and my mother who was not a reader at all "borrowed" the book from me.

winnie March 12, 2011 at 2:31 PM  

For me, when I first started reading romance, I started with paranormal romances and then eventually branched out to contemporary and historicals.

Question for Scarlett: I see that you write both contemporary and historical romances, so I was wondering which you enjoy writing more and why?

chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

Scarlett March 14, 2011 at 4:46 PM  

Hi Winnie, I enjoy writing both historical and contemporary equally. I like the freedom of contemporary in that there aren't as many social rules or fussy research details (although contemporaries require much research too). But I love being able to experience another time and place.

The winners of the giveaway, chosen at random, are Danielle G and Victoria. Congrats and thanks to everyone for commenting! I will be sending the books to you tomorrow morning. Enjoy ;)

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