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I’m delighted to welcome International Bestselling Author KERRIGAN BYRNE to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

I’m delighted to finally be here! You are a lovely, patient person and I very much appreciate you.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Kerrigan:
I was born in Utah, and have lived in every state in the west except Oregon.  I was in 13 schools before High School, when my mother moved us back to the Salt Lake Area.  I never really felt like I “Grew up” in any one place, but I did meet a great deal of different folks, and I learned how to adjust and fit in almost anywhere.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Kerrigan:

I’m very easy going!  I like to say I’m very slow to anger, but there are a few things that irritate me almost instantly and that’s extreme discourtesy, the disrespect of women or children, and eating my leftovers out of the fridge.

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Kerrigan:
Savoury. Hands down. I have a love affair with anything salty. Even my family knows if they’re looking for the salt shaker in my house, it’s in front of me.  However, I’ll order a dessert once in a while.

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Kerrigan:
I’d have to say my real life, honest to goodness Tiffany lamp.  It’s peacock themed and it’s my favourite light to write by!

 

R&R:
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Kerrigan:
HANDS DOWN a Scottish castle!  If I could retreat to the moors and watch the Highland ocean every night from the battlements, I’d be a happy soul for the rest of my life.

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Kerrigan:
Oh, Geez. There are so many to choose from. I think it was when my symphony was playing at Carnegie Hall in New York, and I tripped up the stairs to the stage, almost breaking my viola.  I had to sit and play after that, needless to say it wasn’t my best performance!

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Kerrigan.

Thank you so much for having me!  And thank you again for being so wonderful. I hope you enjoy THE DUKE.

 

If you would like to find out more about Kerrigan and her books, here are the links:

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I’m delighted to welcome USA Today Bestselling and Award Winning Author ROSE GORDON to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Carol, thank you so much for having me on. I am super excited to be here.

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R&R:

Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Rose:
I was born in the southern US, but moved to the Pacific North West (Oregon) when I was six, so I feel like I grew up there. It was fantastic. An hour from the beach or an hour from the mountains, there was never a dull moment. I remember is snowing some years in July and being warm enough to wear shorts some winters. There were always festivals and fairs going on. It was truly a neat place to grow up.


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How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Rose:
This might depend on who you ask. 😀 I like to think I’m easy going, but there are times when I get excited about things and…well…excitement can quickly get away from me.

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Rose:
Sweet! I have a serious addiction to sweets. Cake, pies, candy bars, homemade candies—you name it, I love it. I once heard that sugar is more addicting than cocaine and I believe it. I love sugar.



R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Rose:
I feel like I’m about to give a Forrest Gump answer. I don’t really have one. It’s not that I have no possessions, it’s just that I’ve learned not to put a lot of stock in physical things. Instead, I value my family and experiences I get to have with them.

 

R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Rose:
Charleston, South Carolina. I have always loved old plantation-style houses. The style and design that went into them is so incredible. I’d love to live in one and let myself drift off to a time when things were simpler.

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Rose:
I have so many to pick from…. Straying away from the ones that are most common (being walked in on naked or ripping pants in public), I will tell you about something I’m sure no one else could claim. A few years ago, I took my boys to a local cowboy themed amusement park. Before they let everyone go back, the head “dude” dressed in his cowboy duds, complete with a plastic Sheriff’s badge and a cap gun had to give us all a talk about the rules of his Frontier City (name of the place). In the middle of his show, he called on my two boys…and me to come be part of his demonstration. We got up there and suddenly he announces there is a T-Rex loose in the city and calls on each of my boys…and me…to each make a T-Rex sound (which isn’t exactly a roar, but is more of a roaring squeal) and move our arms and legs like a T-Rex in front of everyone else. Then, after we’d each done it, the audience had to vote for who did it best (my 6-year-old son won) and that person was crowned Mayor for the day.


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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Rose

Carol, thank you and your readers again for having me. I had a great time answering your questions.


If you would like to find out more about Rose and her books, here are the links:

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I’m delighted to welcome Award-Winning author ELIZABETH ELLEN CARTER to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thank you so much for having me as a guest! I absolutely love your blog. You have the best reviews and interviews.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Elizabeth:
I’m a born and bred Australian but I don’t sound like it. My family is all from Yorkshire and my husband’s family is from Manchester! Growing up in Australia is wonderful. I still live in my home city of the Gold Coast which is a tourist city (perfect weather, beautiful beaches and rainforests), but it did feel like you’re so far away from the rest of the world. I love how the Internet can bring everyone so much closer.

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The photo is of my grandmother Pat on left, me at a few months old in the centre and my late mother Elizabeth (who was better known by her middle name of Ann) on the right. (My grandmother is still alive and is 92 in June). The photo was taken at Cascade Gardens, a man-made waterfall park in our city which is also home to one of our major war memorials to honour the Australians and New Guineas who fought the Japanese during WWII.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Elizabeth:
Definitely easy going. Life’s too short to be a stress bunny. I live by the Serenity Prayer.


R&R:

When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Elizabeth:
Definitely both. And over Christmas I indulged in both too much. Sigh – back on the treadmill we go. There’s no shortage of new flavours to try. We have some great restaurants in our neighbourhood. I love some of fresh Thai flavours – especially if there is ginger in there (Yum!)

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Elizabeth:
Oh, that’s a tough one! I’m presuming husbands don’t count, so I’ll have to say my vintage Gold Coast souvenir collection. It started as a joke between my husband and I. We were on holidays and walked into a country antique store and saw a 1940s dish with a scene from the Gold Coast, so we thought we’d take it back ‘home’. One thing led to another and I have more than 100 pieces in my collection including a postcard from 1915.

 

R&R:
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Elizabeth:
Hmmm, I think on the coast of Wales would be lovely, or perhaps Cornwall. I love the sea and having a holiday home in the UK would mean research would be easier to do first hand and Europe and US being relatively short plane flights away would be wonderful!

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Elizabeth:
Oh, I have many embarrassing moments, it’s so hard to isolate just one. Let’s see… When I was 16 I was running late for the school bus one afternoon. I turned to look behind me and collided head on with a pole and landed flat on my back in front of everyone. That was pretty embarrassing…

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Elizabeth.

Thank you so much for having me as a guest Carol! Hopefully my dream of a Welsh holiday house will come true and I can visit you in person.  🙂


If you would like to find out more about Elizabeth and her books, here are the links:

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I’m delighted to welcome Historical Romance Author ROSE LERNER to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thanks so much for having me! I love rakes AND rascals, so I’m excited to be here. (Although I have a soft spot for good boys, too.)

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R&R:

Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Rose:
I was born in Brooklyn, NY. Here I am showing an early interest in books:

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It was a pretty awesome place to be a kid. I have really fond memories of my mom taking me to the Natural History museum on the subway to see the dinosaur skeletons. The pizza was great too, and I loved those little donut-hole type things you could buy at pizza parlors, called zeppoli. We moved to Oregon when I was 8, which was a much less exciting place to be a kid AND had no zeppoli at the pizza places. It did have a lot more trees, though, and more temperate weather, so that was nice.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Rose:
I would say neither. I have a lot of nervous energy and I care a lot about a lot of things, even things that maybe I shouldn’t care about so much, but I try hard not to be too much of a pain in the ass to deal with. Part of my New Year’s Resolution this year is to be more easy-going, actually! My strategy is to take better care of myself, we’ll see how it works out. I posted about my new self-care routine om my blog. Here’s the link, if anyone’s interested!

http://roselerner.com/blog/2016/11/26/my-new-self-care-routine/

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Rose:
I love sweet, but sweet doesn’t love me back. Sugar doesn’t really agree with me so I keep the sweet in small, fiercely appreciated doses as much as I can. Luckily savory is wonderful too. I’m especially fond of vinegary food; today I made myself  quick-pickled cucumbers and lentil salad with a red wine vinaigrette and I’m loving it! Two other favorite recipes are Greek pasta salad and Thai Salad with Cashews, I can’t emphasize enough HOW delicious they both are.



R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Rose:
Don’t make me choose! I love all my things. In fact, I recently did a declutter using the KonMarie method of keeping only items that spark joy (it sounds hokey but if you read the book, it actually makes a lot of sense), so I mean it when I say I love ALL my things. While I don’t know if it’s what I’d run to save in a fire (honestly, I think in a fire I would just run away and leave everything because I’m very prudent and/or cowardly), I’m very proud of my growing collection of cranberry Pyrex! Here’s a picture (one large mixing bowl is missing because it’s in the fridge with my lentil salad in it).

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R&R:
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Rose:
Ooooh…while I’d love to say somewhere exciting like Venice (I adore Venice) or Bath (I ADORE Bath), I think I’d really want a beach house in the San Juan islands. I hate air travel, but I can drive to the San Juan’s so I know I’d really use it! And they’re so, so beautiful.


R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Rose:
Ha! If you think you’re going to trick me into sharing THAT, you’ve got another think coming!

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Rose.

You are welcome! I certainly hope they were interesting. 🙂 If there’s anything else you want to know, just leave a comment and I’m happy to answer!

 

If you would like to find out more about Rose and her books, here are the links:

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I’m delighted to welcome Award Winning Author WENDY LACAPRA to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thank you so much for having me, Carol! I feel very honoured to be on Rakes and Rascals, especially as a relatively new author. Historical romances are my favourite books both to read and to write!

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R&R:

Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Wendy:
I was born in the US, just outside Philadelphia on the New Jersey side. Both my parents grew up in rural Maine, however, and so I always felt just a little out-of-place in my suburban community. I loved the long New Jersey autumn and streets lined with huge sycamores, but I loved the time I spent with my aunts and uncles in the Maine woods even more. My uncle spent the summer sustainably culling trees from his property to help heat the farmhouse during the winter. I adored working with the log splitter, carrying and stacking the wood. The repetitive nature of the work allowed my inner world to come alive, and helping out was satisfying.

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Taking a break from stacking wood (with my work gloves still on) sometime during my teen years.


R&R
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How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Wendy:
Humm, I’d love to say I’m easy-going but then I remember the many times I’ve indulged a good grumble. I almost never yell, though. I am easily amused and at my loudest when laughing—or so I’ve been told…most recently by fellow travellers on a bus (whoops).


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When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Wendy:
Savoury. I love all things bitter or sour. I can put horseradish on just about anything and I love pickles. But I’ve never refused a piece of cake, either! Chocolate is my favourite.

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Wendy:
I’m having a hard time choosing between my wedding band and a painting done by my late father. Both keep the two men I’ve loved the most close to me. The painting makes me smile because when he gave it to me, he asked my nephew, who was about 5 at the time, what he should name the painting. “Looks like Boats” was my nephew’s answer, and that’s the name that is on the back of the frame.

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R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Wendy:
I live in New York City now, and I came here believing it would never grow on me. But I love where I live, now and don’t think I have another ‘dream’ place. I love the Hudson River, the huge Sycamore Trees in Riverside Park and the energy that seems to be infused into the streets. I like to travel, though. I love the Cotswolds. The small lanes and stone houses inspire me. Any old house inspires me, really. But I love coming home from wherever I’ve roamed the most.

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Riverside Park at dusk


R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Wendy:
Oh, I embarrass myself all the time, so it’s hard to choose. Among other things, I’ve fallen flat on my face while crossing the hall at writer’s conference, bitterly complained at the office about an IT contractor’s absence only to discover him standing behind me, and spilled the contents of my purse (which were remarkably musical as they rolled about) during a lecture. Writing-related, I did a reading last year and shook so badly I could barely read the words off the page. The easy sense of humour I mentioned above comes in handy, even if I laugh too loud.

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Wendy.

Thank you, Carol. I’m so glad to have met you during last September’s Historical Romance Retreat. And thank you for having such a wonderful digital home for lovers of historical romance in Rakes and Rascals.

 

If you would like to find out more about Wendy and her books, here are the links:

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I’m delighted to welcome Historical Romance Author KELLY BOWEN to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thanks so much for having me!

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Kelly:
I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  It was pretty amazing growing up here (I might be biased, but I can live with that!)  I am a huge fan of the outdoors and we have some incredible untouched wilderness that surrounds us.  My childhood summers (and now my children’s!) was full of back-country canoe trips, camping, fishing, and hiking (on foot or with horses). We also have a lot of ice and snow in the winter which we take full advantage of – skiing, ice-fishing, hockey, tobogganing.  I think I probably spent all of my childhood happily outside!
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R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Kelly:
I think most people would describe me as easy going.  I very much try to look at the positive side of everything.  My experience in athletics and work has taught me that when things go sideways, it’s much more effective to look for a solution than for someone to blame!

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Kelly:
Both.  Impossible (and downright cruel) to make a girl choose between jellybeans and All-Dressed chips.  Or dark chocolate and nachos.



R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Kelly:
I’m more of a doer than a haver, but my most treasured possession at the moment is probably the camping trailer we keep out in the Lake of the Woods area in North-Western Ontario.  Our family tries to spend as much time out there in the summer and the memories that that little camper has helped our family and friends make are priceless.

 

R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Kelly:
All I know is that it would have palm trees and an ocean.  One of my most favourite things to do in the world is dive, which it ironic if you consider that I live about as geographically far away from an ocean that you can get (I don’t include Hudson’s Bay!)  I’ve been lucky enough to travel to places including Fiji, Hawaii, Mexico, Cuba, and Jamaica, and they are all breathtakingly beautiful.  And I spend as much time on and in the water as I can – it’s like a whole other world under the surface.
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R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Kelly:
Hard to choose just one, though embarrassing usually turns into hilarious. I was travelling to a wedding and I tried to check in for a flight a day early.  Unfortunately, the ticket agent had JUST been given her pink slip (they were downsizing), so she went about very loudly and very publically making a scene about how stupid could a person be to not notice that they were booked on the same flight the following day.  By this time everyone was gawking and her manager had come out of the back and was dragging her away from the ticket counter while she continued to yell insults at me and everyone around her.  But like any good author, I whipped out my notebook and made notes.  You just can’t make this stuff up – I’ll use it in a book yet…. 🙂

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Kelly.

Thank you so much for having me. It was my pleasure!

 

If you would like to find out more about Kelly and her books, here are the links:

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alison-stuart

I’m delighted to welcome Award Winning Australian author ALISON STUART to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Hi Carol… thanks so much for the warm welcome.

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R&R:

Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Alison:
I was born in Kenya in the dying days of the British Empire. My mother had been born there and my father had found his way to Kenya with the British Army. He fell in love with the country and decided to get out of the army and settle there.

It sounds romantic but childhood is childhood where ever you are and, while I have memories of visiting game parks and holidays at Mombasa, it was an unsettled time in Kenya and I remember being afraid much of the time. I was also quite a sickly child.

The move to Australia at the age of ten was like a move to paradise. I never looked back.

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A prize winner in August 1966

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Alison:
My goodness… that might depend who you ask. I am sure my husband thinks I am temperamental but frankly it cuts both ways and I consider myself a saint in comparison to him!

I am a dyed in the wool Capricorn. Sense and Sensibility are my middle names. But I do like to have things organised and once I make a decision it is made and needs to be actioned… like yesterday!

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Alison:
I am not a big sweet tooth. When I lived in Singapore I loved going to the Hawker markets for meals and trying all sorts of different tastes (including pig entrail soup!)

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Alison:
Possibly my teddy bear. My father produced Ted when I was born and Ted has been everywhere with me – including (as an adult) on our posting to Singapore. He is so loved that he is now almost bald and had become quite flat. In recent years he got into a rumble with one of the cats and came out looking very much the worst for wear (‘Bear,’ I said, ‘You must remember your age!’).

He came back from the Doll Hospital all fixed and looking like he’d been on a course of steroids.

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R&R:
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Alison:
I live in the best country in the world… but for a home away from home, my husband and I love the family cottage near Dolgellau in North Wales and always make a point of escaping there on every trip to the UK. There is something about being among those old hills and byways that calls to me.

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Alison:
You want me to pick one???

It was the time I dislocated my shoulder skiing and although I was walking wounded, the ski patroller insisted on strapping me into a gurney and skiing me down a busy track to the NEXT ski lift which had to be stopped while I was lifted on to it and hauled back up the hill while he regaled me with stories of his heli-skiing in NZ. At the top of the hill, the gurney was attached to a ski-do and I was jet skied off, through the middle of the village, to the hospital where I arrived, purple with embarrassment.

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Alison.

Thank you for having me!

 

If you would like to find out more about Alison and her books, here are the links:

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