Please welcome bestselling romance author Grace Burrowes to the virtual offices today! Grace is celebrating the release of her latest book, DARIUS, and she brought along a copy for one of you to win! Please check out what she has to say, and then enter for your chance to win1
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Grace Burrowes] Quiet writer lady with many beasties, much humor, and a tender heart. Love books, dear friends, good cheese, good chocolate, and happy ever afters.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about DARIUS?
[Grace Burrowes] Darius is the next thing to a man-ho, and he hates himself for it. Mean twists of fate (including a villainous father) have backed him into a financial corner, and his own sense of honor has obligated him to provide for those too weak to look after themselves. Along comes aging Lord William Longstreet, offering Darius a devil’s bargain: If Darius will give up the last shred his self-respect to get William’s young wife of convenience with child, William will solve Darius’ financial problems once and for all. Darius accepts the bargain and finds that rather than surrender his self-respect, his regard for Lady Vivian becomes the means by which he reclaims his honor and his soul.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Grace Burrowes] Darius was a secondary character in an earlier book, The Virtuoso, and I noticed he kept dodging back into London (or so he said), and he was forever going for a hack across the countryside. “What’s up with that?” says me. He was also a secondary character in his sister’s story with Nicholas Haddonfield, and again, he was out until all hours doing something naughty. I asked myself: What is the worst compromise a man can make, the lowest point at which he could start a book where the goal is to come out a hero? This book is the result.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Vivian?
[Grace Burrowes] Kind, honest, brave.
[Grace Burrowes] The slow movement from the Emperor Concerto, by Beethoven. Beautiful, sad, despairing, noble, lost, but ending in triumph. Beethoven started the composition thinking Napoleon was the hero of a new age, and ended up realizing Europe was being turned into a bloody wasteland instead. Darius never intended to end up where we find him at the beginning of the book…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Vivian is never without.
[Grace Burrowes] Her integrity.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Darius’ bedroom?
[Grace Burrowes] The women who are exploiting him, a riding crop, money.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Vivian’s greatest regret?
[Grace Burrowes] That she did not protect her mother from the man who exploited her.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Grace Burrowes] The first author whose books I consider keepers was Judith Ivory. She’s brilliant. In terms of broader influences, I have a degree in music history that sparked my interest in how technology, art, and politics interact to create stories, and I have a degree in conflict resolution that has honed my fascination with how people do (and do not) solve problems.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Grace Burrowes] Peace, quiet, my computer.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Grace Burrowes] Joanna Bourne’s The Black Hawk. THE. BEST.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Grace Burrowes] The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss (shows my age)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Grace Burrowes] I have a day job as a lawyer for foster children, and that’s interesting, meaningful work. I love to read, particularly period sources, keepers and craft books. I do not own a TV.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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DARIUS BY GRACE BURROWES – IN STORES APRIL 2013
Praise for Darius:
“Burrowes brings to life a deeply moving romance that’s sure to be remembered and treasured.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick
“This rising author handles powerful romance and complicated family life with skill in romances with great appeal.” —Booklist
“Burrowes creates her usual intelligent characters, exciting chemistry, and flowing dialogue…” —Publishers Weekly
“Very compelling… Likable characters with enough angst to keep the story moving along.” —Night Owl Reviews, 4.5 stars, Reviewer Top Pick
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes’ bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish and Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. The Heir was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010, The Soldier was a PW Best Spring Romance of 2011, Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish won Best Historical Romance of the Year in 2011 from RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight was a Library Journal Best Book of 2012, and The Bridegroom Wore Plaid was a PW Best Book of 2012. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into novellas and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland. For more information, please visit www.graceburrowes.com.
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