Please give a warm welcome to Sophie Barnes who comes with great news of her own to celebrate along with the blogoversary! So read on to discover Sophie's great news and for the chance to win any of her books :-)
Stella: Hi Sophie, welcome back to the blog!
Sophie: Thanks, Stella – I’m thrilled to be able to hang out with you again =)
Sophie: Before I received this awesome offer, I was writing for Avon Impulse, which is Avon’s digital first line with print on demand - the paperback copies are sold online only and never reach the stores. Aside from the incredible cover art, moving to print means that this has now changed and my books will be available in stores – yay! So for my readers, they have been made more accessible. From now on, you’ll be able to walk into a Barnes & Noble and grab a copy. How cool is that?
Stella: Sounds great! And what will this change for you?
Sophie: My books will get more exposure - by making it into bookstores & supermarkets they will be seen by people who might not find them otherwise.
Stella: How did this move happen, was it something you were trying to achieve or more like an unexpected but great surprise?
Sophie: It was both really. When I initially accepted the offer I received from Avon Impulse for How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back, I hoped that it would one day allow me to move to print. But when my editor called in May 2012 regarding a proposal I’d sent her for a novella (my first proposal for Five Golden Rings) and asked if I would like to turn it into a three book series for print, she took me completely by surprise. This was what I’d been hoping for and working toward so naturally, I was ecstatic! In fact, I had to ask her to repeat the terms of the agreement twice because I couldn’t concentrate on anything other than “YIPPEEE!!!” =D
Stella: Congrats! :-D Can you please tell us a little about your upcoming release, The Trouble With Being A Duke: At the Kingsborough Ball?
As I said, it's fun - I can't write without a sense of humor!
Stella: What's in store next for your readers or can you share anything about your current WIP?
Sophie: Right now I’m about two thirds of the way through the sequel to The Trouble With Being A Duke. It’s titled The Scandal In Kissing An Heir and features a rake (Daniel Neville) who’s forced to reform to avoid getting cut off by his uncle. One condition is that he must marry, except nobody will allow their daughters within ten yards of him. But Lady Rebecca is trying to escape an arranged marriage to a man thrice her age, and while Daniel’s offer isn’t the ideal solution to her problem since he’s not exactly husband material, she realizes that it’s better than the alternative.
Stella: Would you like to share an excerpt from The Trouble With Being A Duke: At The Kingsborough Ball?
Sophie: Sure! The following scene takes place after Isabella and Anthony have danced their first dance together. He invites her for a stroll in the garden and as flattered as she is, she tries to discourage him from pursuing her any further since she knows that sharing a future will be impossible:
Reaching the bottom of the stairs, Anthony turned to look at her. It was difficult for him to discern her expression with the mask she was wearing, but he could see her eyes, and there was something so honest, yet desperate, hidden there that he found it impossible to look away. She was mesmerizing, and whatever reason she had for being there, he knew that it was vitally important to her, that attending the ball was not without risk. “You intrigue me,” he said, for it was the truth.
“And yet I’ve just told you that I have a fiancé.”
“An almost fiancé, I believe you said.”
The spark in her eyes dwindled. “Nevertheless—I will marry him. This . . .” She swept her arm in a wide circle to indicate their extravagant surroundings. “It cannot possibly last.”
Stella: Thank you so much for stopping by today Sophie and congrats on the move to Print! :-D
Sophie: Thank you Stella! I’ll be popping in throughout the day to chat with you and your readers and to answer any questions you might have.
She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of design, but most impressive of all – she’s been married to the same man three times, in three different countries and in three different dresses.
While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion – writing.
When she’s not busy, dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.
The Trouble With Being A Duke: At The Kingsborough Ball by Sophie Barnes
Sometimes happily ever after…
Anthony Hurst, Duke of Kingsborough knows the time has come for him to produce an heir. But first he must find a bride. When he meets the most exquisite woman at his masquerade ball, he thinks his search is over…until the breathtaking beauty runs off. With few clues other than her figure, her scent, and the memory of her kiss, Anthony must find his mystery lady.
…needs a little bit of help.
Isabella Chilcott can scarcely believe it: she is finally at the Kingsborough Ball. As a child, she dreamed of dancing a waltz here and now, thanks to a gorgeous gown she’s found in the attic, Isabella is living her fairytale fantasy. And she’s waltzing with the Duke of Kingsborough himself! But she must escape before he discovers her secrets…for she is not who she pretends to be, and falling in love with Prince Charming is the last thing she can allow herself to do…
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