Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours, Wendy Lyn Watson is visiting the virtual offices this morning to celebrate the release of Once Upon A Wallflower. She’s going to answer some questions about her new book, and then she has an awesome giveaway for you to enter!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Wendy Lyn Watson] Wacky, romantic, clumsy, slightly bossy Midwestern girl, transplanted to Texas and living happily ever after with her very patient hero.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Once Upon A Wallflower?
[Wendy Lyn Watson] Once Upon a Wallflower blends my love of a good mystery with my passion for historical romance. Mira Fitzhenry has been engaged to Nicholas, Viscount Ashfield — a man rumored to have murdered three young women. Mira has to choose between following her head and following her heart, and Nicholas has to choose between protecting Mira and protecting his family. The impending wedding adds a ticking clock that both Mira and Nicholas must beat if they’re to have their happily-ever-after.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Wendy Lyn Watson] Honestly? Mira came to me in a dream. I had a vivid image, just a snippet of a scene, with a curvy redhead insisting that the man at the foot of the stairs would know she was an imposter. When I tried (awake) to imagine the man at the foot of the stairs, he was Nicholas: big, ominous, dark hair, searing eyes. Everything else just flowed from there.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Mira?
[Wendy Lyn Watson] Smart, innocent, stubborn.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Nicholas had a theme song, what would it be?
[Wendy Lyn Watson] Bon Jovi’s "Dead or Alive." I’d never thought about it before, but that would definitely be it.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Mira is never without.
[Wendy Lyn Watson] The locket Nicholas gave her.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Nicholas’ study?
[Wendy Lyn Watson] Never? A gun, a clean shirt, a roast squab.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Wendy Lyn Watson] As much as I’ve read in my life, I’m very visual, and I think movies have had a bigger influence on my creative mind. "A Room With a View," "Out of Africa," "Mrs. Soffel" … all of these sweeping romances had a huge effect on me.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Wendy Lyn Watson] A quiet room, a Diet Coke, and my laptop. I’m easy.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Wendy Lyn Watson] I’ve read a lot of great books over the last year or so, but the last one that completely knocked my socks off was "Spin," by Robert Charles Wilson. It’s a work of speculative fiction, and I absolutely lost myself in that book
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Wendy Lyn Watson] "A Swiftly Tilting Planet" by Madeleine L’Engle. It’s the third in a series, but it’s my favorite!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Wendy Lyn Watson] Between writing and my day job (teaching government and advising pre-law students) I don’t have much time. I spend much of what little free time I have watching movies with my hubs and cooking tasty vegetarian food and lots (too many) baked goods.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Wendy Lyn Watson] I’m on Twitter (@wendylynwatson), Facebook (/wendylynwatsonauthor), and e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). I love to hear from readers, so don’t be shy!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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Once Upon A Wallflower by Wendy Watson
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Number of pages: 178
A Perennial Wallflower…
When Mira Fitzhenry’s guardian arranges her engagement to one of the most scandalous lords to ever grace the peerage, all of society is abuzz. After all, the man has left a trio of dead young women in his wake, including his first fiancée. But Mira doesn’t see a killer in Nicholas’s moonlight eyes, and she resolves to find the real murderer before the wedding.
A Gothic Villain…
Expecting to scare the chit away within five minutes of meeting him, scarred and brooding Nicholas, the Viscount Ashfield, is intrigued by Mira’s tenacious resolve to prove his innocence. She’s not put off by his imposing appearance, but his family’s dark secrets mean he cannot let her get close.
As the wedding approaches, Nicholas and Mira grow ever closer, yet so does the danger.Will the truth bring Nicholas and Mira together or tear their love apart?
About the Author:
Wendy Lyn Watson writes mysteries of all types: contemporary, historical, and cozy. Whatever the time or the tone, her mysteries always feature a dose of humor and a dollop of romance. Her first cozy series, the Mysteries a la Mode, feature the owner of an ice cream parlor in a small Texas town.
Once Upon a Wallflower, due to be released in August of 2013, is a Regency-set romantic mystery. While Wendy does not commit (or solve) mysteries in real life, she can kill a pint of ice cream in nothing flat. She also enjoys 80s music, Asian horror films, quilting, and vegetarian cooking.
While she was born in Ohio and has called half a dozen states home, she currently lives in a college town in North Texas along with her husband and their three cats (Iphy, Squeak-a-Doodle, and Todd Baryshnikov).
She loves to hear from readers, so find her on Facebook at @wendylynwatsonauthor.
“You talk too much,” he said, his husky growl sending shivers down her spine. “I think we could put that luscious mouth of yours to better use.”
And with that, he drew her into a crushing embrace, his mouth coming down to consume hers. This kiss was unlike any they had shared before, more intense, more passionate, and with a subtle edge of desperation to it.
She melted beneath his onslaught, her body leaning into his of its own accord. As his hands twisted in her still-damp curls, she raised her own to his head, her fingers searching through the soft waves of hair and pulling them free of their queue.
When one of his hands drifted down the side of her face, the curve of her neck, to rest on the swell of her breast, Mira uttered a moaning little cry and surged forward, seeking more of his heat. More of his touch. More, more, more.
And when his hand on her breast moved, brushing over the sharp bud of her nipple, with only the fine wet fabric of her dress between his skin and hers, Mira thought she might die. A whirling dizziness overcame her, and she had to fight for breath.
Emboldened by the fire tearing through her, she let her own hands fall to Nicholas’s chest, and she explored the hard contours of the muscles beneath his shirt. She had never felt anything like his body, so hard yet gently yielding beneath her fingers. So warm and so alive. With a sudden flash of daring, Mira echoed Nicholas’s own caress, brushing her hand across the bulge of his chest, feeling the tight male nipple there.
He sucked air through his teeth and drew back with a sharp laugh. “Oh, Mira-mine,” he groaned, “such a clever, clever girl.”
He rested his forehead against hers, breathing deeply as his racing heart began to slow beneath her hand.
Mira struggled for composure. She had come here to discuss the murders, not to kiss Nicholas…no matter how delightful the kissing was. But he seemed determined to distract her from her mission. Did he not grasp the gravity of this situation?
Of course he did.