Interview with Samantha Grace, Author of Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel and Giveaway!

Samantha Grace is the author of Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel, a new regency from Sourcebooks and the kick-off title for her new Regency series, The Beau Monde.  Samantha dropped by the virtual offices for a chat, and she brought a present for one lucky reader!  You can win a signed copy of Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel after the interview!

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Samantha Grace] Warm, playful, loyal, optimistic, family-focused, curious…

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel?


Debonair bachelor Lord Andrew Forest lives for pleasure and offers no apologies. But he receives a dose of his own medicine when his family’s entrancing houseguest beds him, then disappears without so much as a by-your-leave. He’d like to teach the little vixen a thing or two about how to love a man…if he can find her…


After the dashing man of her dreams is revealed as a lying scoundrel, heiress Lana Hillary is ready to seek a match with a respectable gentleman—if only they weren’t so dreadfully boring. Unable to rein in her bold nature for long, Lana flirts with trouble and finds herself entangled with exactly the type of man she’s vowed to avoid.

What the summary doesn’t say is there is also an element of mystery and danger that could cost Lana and Lord Andrew their lives.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the book?

[Samantha Grace] Lord Andrew and Lana Hillary began as secondary characters in my first attempt at a romance novel, but their personalities were so appealing to me that I wanted to cast them as hero and heroine in their own books. The two of them weren’t even together much in the first book, but I began to question what it would be like if they became a couple.

I’ve always loved rake stories, but usually it’s the guy who’s resistant to marriage. It seemed like it could be an interesting story if the roles were reversed, and it was the lady who didn’t want to marry. I figured I couldn’t be the only woman who had dated the wrong man at least once in her lifetime and had learned she shouldn’t trust her heart with just anyone. I also can’t imagine I’m the only one who has been impulsive in a relationship and later regretted it. I know not everyone has been through these experiences, but the ones who have can hopefully find in Lana a heroine that’s relatable.

[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?

[Samantha Grace] Because Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel was written early in my career, my biggest challenge at the time was learning how to write fiction. Everything up to that point had been work-related writing, such as medical research papers, documentation, policies and procedures… All that really boring stuff. I’ve learned a lot from being part of a writers’ critique group, attending conference workshops, and studying books on writing. It’s my goal to keep growing and improving my skill as an author, and to write stories readers will love.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Lana would never have in her boudoir?

[Samantha Grace] A miniature of her former betrothed. Her mother, if she could bar her from entering. That horrid tea her maid served her.

[Manga Maniac Café] Why do you think romances are so popular? Why did you decide to write one?

[Samantha Grace] Sigmund Freud said, “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” It seems like our society has no trouble embracing work as being one of those things we need in our lives, sometimes at the expense of love and relationships. I think romance readers are also in-tune with the need for love in our lives. They celebrate love, romance, and relationships. Before I married, romance novels gave me hope that I would meet a guy who was right for me. Now that I’m married to the right guy, romance makes me appreciate the love I have in my life. So, why do I think romances are popular? There are a lot of smart folks out there who already know the importance of love, and they aren’t afraid to acknowledge it.

I decided to write romance, because I’m always drawn to the romantic elements of any story. Unfortunately, other genres don’t explore the love relationships as fully as I want, and there is no guarantee of a happy ending if you’re reading literary fiction. In fact, you can almost count on a tragic ending. I write what I like to read, love stories with a happily ever after.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Samantha Grace] Nature and music. Both take me out of my thoughts and make me experience the moment.

[Manga Maniac Café] Name three things you need in order to write.

[Samantha Grace] My morning coffee, something to put my hair up, and quiet. I can’t always have it quiet, so then I listen to instrumental music on Pandora radio. I can’t concentrate if there are lyrics, unless they are in a different language.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Samantha Grace] My aunt gave me the second book in the Trixie Beldon series when I was in third grade. (The first one was sold out.) Not a lot of people I talk to are familiar with Trixie, but she was a girl who solved mysteries, similar to Nancy Drew. I really loved the characters and read the series through elementary school. After reading Trixie’s stories, I decided I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Samantha Grace] I like entertaining at our house. We remodeled our kitchen a year ago, and it has been getting a lot of use. I love getting together with my husband’s parents, siblings, niece and nephew, aunts, uncles, and cousins. If we lived closer to my family, we would have them over all the time, too. There’s always lots of laughter and good food. And lately, my brother-in-law, the kids, and I have been playing a really fun game called Carcassonne.

I love meeting my BFF for lunch and catching up on life.

I also enjoy hiking with my husband and kids, but we don’t do it often enough. I like my pilates reformer class and dancing. My son is interested in archery, so I may take this up with him, too.

[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?

[Samantha Grace] I can be found at, Facebook (, Twitter (!/SamGraceAuthor), and I blog regularly at Lady Scribes ( I’ll also be attending the RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago this year, and hope to see some of you there.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thanks!

Bio: Samantha has worked several years as a clinical social worker with a background in behavioral health and geriatrics. It is her belief that everyone has a story worth remembering, and she cherishes her work with aging adults, immersing herself in their stories of eras gone by. She is married to her best friend, strives to stay one step ahead of their two precocious offspring, and lives in Wisconsin. Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was named in the PW Top 10 Romances for Spring 2012.


Now for the giveaway!  Samantha generously offered to give a signed copy of Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel to one lucky reader!  To enter, all you have to do is make a comment on this post!  Pretty easy, huh? 

Updated to add Samantha’s questions – Thanks so much for having me here today, Julie. I’d like to ask readers a couple of questions.

1. What do you like to do when you aren’t reading?

2. Take a look at the cover of Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel. Yes, I know it’s hard to take your eyes off Paul, but I promise it will only take a moment. ;D

What actor does he look like? I’m wondering if I’m the only one who thinks he looks like a certain actor. I’ll tell you who later.

Contest ends March 9th.  US mailing addresses only.  You must be at least 13 years old to enter.

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37 thoughts on “Interview with Samantha Grace, Author of Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel and Giveaway!

  • March 1, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Thanks so much for having me here today, Julie. I’d like to ask readers a couple of questions.

    1. What do you like to do when you aren’t reading?

    2. Take a look at the cover of Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel. Yes, I know it’s hard to take your eyes off Paul, but I promise it will only take a moment. ;D

    What actor does he look like? I’m wondering if I’m the only one who thinks he looks like a certain actor. I’ll tell you who later.

  • March 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

    @Samantha – LOL – I’ll answer your questions first –

    #1 – When I’m not reading, I am either working (boo), hanging out with my horses (yay) or chilling at home with my BF.

    For #2, Gosh, I can’t tear my eyes away! No, really! But since I spend so much time reading, I don’t spend much time watching movies/TV, so I have no clue! I am hoping my readers will help me out here??

  • March 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm


    I hear ya. Working gets a boo from me, too. I wish I had a chance to be around horses. I had a bad experience with one when I was a teen, and now I’m really nervous around them. But they are beautiful!

  • March 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    #1 I like computer games, or playing Wii with my daughter. I also like to walk the dog.

    #2 I have no idea on the actor.

    I was a big Trixie B. fan.

  • March 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Hi, Gayle.

    Trixie was the best! Hmm… maybe I am the only one who thinks he looks like a certain star on Showtime. Hint, hint. 😉

  • March 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Well, during the day, I spend time on Facebook and also doing housework. I only read when I go to bed at night, and as I love reading so much, I tend to go up about 9pm. This way, I can get in about 3/4 hours of reading.

    I looked at the cover model’s face (I managed to keep my eyes averted from another certain someone 🙂 ). I do think that he reminds me of somebody, but can’t place him. I’ve actually thought this a few times previously whilst looking at your book cover. 🙂

    Thanks for another chance to win your book, I do keep trying. 🙂

  • March 1, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    When I’m not reading I’m homeschooling my 5 year old, knitting or crocheting!

    As for the actor, I’m not sure. The cover guy definitely looks familiar but I can’t place him from where! I’m very interested in hearing who you think he looks like 🙂

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I’m really psyched to read your book!

  • March 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Thanks, Diane. What great willpower you have! ;D

    Reading at night is my favorite time to read. Most of the time I think I’ll fall asleep with a book, but then it just keeps me up too late. I have fallen asleep while reading my Kindle, but that thing is heavy when it hits my chest and wakes me up!

  • March 1, 2012 at 6:19 pm


    You must be very busy homeschooling your 5 year old! I should ask when you have time to read. 🙂

    I’ll see if there are any more guesses and then I’ll reveal my answer this evening.

  • March 1, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    1- When not reading I’m at work- customer service for a cable company….I need romance books to get rid of the stress.

    2- Couldn’t figure out who he looks like, I’ll take him though.

  • March 2, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Oh, Sheila.

    I can just imagine how stressful your job must be. Dealing with the public can be a headache.

    Okay. Here’s my answer. I think the cover model looks like Michael C. Hall who plays Dexter in the Showtime series, Dexter. If y’all don’t know who he is, look him up and tell me what you think. 🙂

  • March 2, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Thank you for the chance to win, I love that cover and the plot! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  • March 2, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Wow both these books sound great!
    As for your question? When I’m not reading I like surfing the internet and reading online stories I also love to write and I’m working pretty hard to learn how to become a professional writer.

    As for the historical cutie on your book cover? Well I gotta say that he looks a little familiar but I can’t for the life of me say why he looks familiar.

    Thanks for the great giveaway these books look great!

  • March 2, 2012 at 2:18 am

    When I’m not reading, I’m raising 4 kids and juggling their schedules. Thankfully I can always take a great read along with me wherever their activities take us:)
    He doesn’t look like any actor I can see, but I honestly kept straying from his face…. 🙂

  • March 2, 2012 at 2:22 am

    When I’m not reading I like to shop! I don’t care if it’s online or at the store… I just love shopping! Of course I have to have a way to pay for that so most of my time spent throughout the work week is as a Medical Staff Specialist:)

    Paul is sooo yummy! He is definitely the guy I imagine as most of the heroes in the books I read:) I think the other guy looks like Michael Hall (the guy who plays Dexter).

  • March 2, 2012 at 3:06 am

    When I’m not reading,I’m at work (I read during lunch) — or hanging out with my kids and grand kids. Or I’m baking — love making desserts!

    I don’t watch a whole lot of TV or movies, so I have no idea who the HOT guy on the cover resembles!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    Linky: BookAttict

  • March 2, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Please dont count this entry because I’m not from the states but I just have to say that he doesnt look like an actor… he looks like David Beckham!! HAWT

  • March 2, 2012 at 3:45 am

    When I’m not reading, I’m doing housework and errands, volunteering for my church, taking care of my family and doing my own writing.

    As to Paul and the book cover, I don’t watch TV or movies so all I see is the Paul one of my favorite book cover models. That man looks good in any genre costume I think.

    I enjoyed the interview and learning more about the author and how the book came about.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  • March 2, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I play with my son or do household chores.

    I’m not sure what actor he looks like.

  • March 2, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I’m a serious workaholic, so it’s work and hubby cuddling when I’m not reading. 🙂 Beautiful cover!

  • March 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    When I’m not reading, I’m enjoy knitting, or blog hopping / entering giveaways 😀

    And yes, the model on the book cover reminds me very much of the actor who plays Dexter on Showtime. It smacked me right between the eyes when I first saw the cover, hehe!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway chance! I can’t wait to read your books!! They all sound simply scrumptious!

  • March 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm


    Thanks for the compliments on the covers and plots. If you get a chance to read my books, I hope you enjoy them.

    Best wishes!

  • March 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm


    Wow! You must be super busy with four kids. Two keep me hopping.

    Too funny that you couldn’t stay focused on his face. Definitely an attention grabber. ;D

  • March 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm


    YES!!! Michael Hall!!! I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees it. 🙂

    I love shopping, too. In fact, I’m heading out in a little bit to find something new to wear for date night.

  • March 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm


    One of my favorite jobs was a summer job as a receptionist for a law firm. I could read all day every day except when I had to answer the phone.

    I’ve never been much of a baker, but there is an art to it, so I can understand the appeal. 🙂

  • March 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm


    Oh, my gosh!!! David Beckham is totally HOT. I’m going to have to take another look. You know, just for confirmation purposes. 😉

    Thanks for stopping by.

  • March 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Sophia Rose,

    You are a busy lady, too. There isn’t a lot of time to watch tv in my house either. If I catch anything on tv, it’s usually on-demand or I watch a whole season on Netflix. I think that’s just the nature of being a writer. 🙂

    What genre do you write?

  • March 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm


    I can relate to being a workaholic. I really have to “work” at relaxing. ;D

  • March 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm


    Woo hoo!!! You see it too! Yes, it’s Dexter.

    I tried knitting. It was a disaster. LOL

  • March 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I mostly read when I’ve get in bed at night, tho somedays I treat my self to an hour of reading in the late afternoon before dinner. The rest of the time is just doing all those things that need doing around the house (I always have projects going on) or on errands.

    The guy on the cover reminds me of Chris Pine from the Star Trek movie & the new one with Reese Witherspoon.

  • March 3, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I always read during my lunch and breaks at work. When I am at home or near a computer I am usually catching up on all the blogs I follow or doing housework. This books looks great. I would love to read it. I don’t have much time to watch TV.

    pefrw at yahoo dot com

  • March 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    When not reading, I enjoy surfing the internet and watching movies. He does look like Michael C, Hall.
    Thanks for the giveaway

  • March 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I like to cook, bake and garden when I ‘m not reading.
    I am terrible at remembering actors so the cover model doesn’t really look like anyone I know.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  • March 8, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Congrats on your new release!
    When I’m not reading I spend time with my dog, watch movies, and visit with family and friends.
    As for the cover model, I’m not sure on the actor, but he definitely has actor good looks!

  • March 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I like to watch movies.
    Looks a little like Paul Walker.

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