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Collette Cameron Interview
I’m delighted to welcome Bestselling, Award-Winning Author COLLETTTE CAMERON to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

I’m thrilled to be here, Carol. Thank you so much for inviting me.

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

Collette:
I was born in Seaside, a small tourist town along the most northwest Oregon coast. I lived their almost my entire childhood, and graduated third in my class as “most studious.”

While I was growing up, the population remained under 5000 people, but that number swelled nearly ten-fold during the peak tourist season. The locals, including me, didn’t like it all that much, though the merchants did.

To this day, I love the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore, gulls calling overhead, and fierce winter storms.

There was a bakery, now moved farther up Broadway near the Turn-Around, that made the best buttermilk bars.

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

Collette:
Oh, how do I answer that? Hubby would in a flash. I’m definitely not easy-going, in that I’m not laid back and relaxed and nothing ruffles my feathers. I wouldn’t say I’m hot-headed though, either. I do have a rather nasty temper if provoked enough and can verbally filet someone with the skill of a cannery worker. I’ve found as I get older, I’m not as reactive.

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

Collette:
Hanging my head here. I have a sweet tooth; actually, I have a mouth full of them. But, as I age, I’ve noticed I don’t crave sweets as much. However, I like saltier foods more now.

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Collette:
My mini-dachsund, Ayva. Even as I write this, she’s curled up in her bed beside me. She usually wants in my lap, but it’s so warm here right now, even she overheats.

Collette Cameron Interview - Ayva

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

Collette:
Scotland, Scotland!! I’m in love with Scotland! Well, all the British Isles, to tell the truth. We were supposed to go to Scotland this summer, but because of weddings and speaking engagements, we had to postpone the trip until next year.

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

Collette:
Just one? I’m known for being a bit of a klutz. Hmm, since I write romance, I’ll go with something that happened when hubby and I started dating. After a few dates, he got brave and asked if he could have a, “wee little kiss.” I agreed, and he gave me a gentlemanly kiss, then patted my bottom. To my horror, I tooted. You know, imagine me blushing here, passed wind. He didn’t say a word, until weeks later.

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

It has been my absolute pleasure!

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

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(Castle Brides, #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

Regency propriety and Scottish boldness clash in this Regency romantic suspense flavored with a liberal dose of humor and a dash of inspiration.

Here’s a short blurb:

Not a day has gone by that Ewan McTavish, the Viscount Sethwick, hasn’t dreamed of the beauty he danced with two years ago. He’s determined to win her heart and make her his own. Heiress, Yvette Stapleton, is certain of one thing; marriage is risky and, therefore, to be avoided. At first, she doesn’t recognize the dangerously handsome man who rescues her from assailants on London’s docks, but Lord Sethwick’s passionate kisses soon have her reconsidering her cynical views on matrimony. On a mission to stop a War Office traitor, Ewan draws Yvette into deadly international intrigue. To protect her, he exploits Scottish law, declaring her his lawful wife—without benefit of a ceremony. Yvette is furious upon discovering the irregular marriage is legally binding, though she never said, “I do.” Will Ewan’s manipulation cost him her newfound love?
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This was Collette Cameron’s debut novel and the first book in her Castle Brides series.  I enjoyed it immensely.

I loved Ewan’s playful nature and wit but also how strong, protective, caring and loyal he is. It was also refreshing to see him in love with a reluctant Yvette rather than the more common scenario of the heroine hopelessly in love with the hero. I understood why his fear of losing Yvette compels him to conceal the truth about their marriage and I felt he genuinely thinks he is doing his best to protect Yvette from the ever-present danger. He also willingly acknowledges how much he regrets betraying Yvette’s trust and I could feel the uncertainty he endures not knowing what her decision might be regarding the future of their marriage.

Yvette had to deal with lot – the mysterious deaths of her parents, her equally mysterious riding accident and her step-brother’s attempted abductions, culminating in her escape to England. She certainly has spirit not to mention “a gun in her valise and a blade in her reticule“! Though well-educated, strong-willed and independent, she has an air of vulnerability. Her wealth is something of a millstone because she always fears that her suitors have more interest in her money than herself. She is determined to live her own life, marrying only for love to a husband of her choice. I understand why she is so wary of Ewan’s motives for entering into the “fake” betrothal, fears which only seem to be ratified when she discovers how Ewan has tricked her. I enjoyed seeing Yvette discover that her wealth need not be a burden but a way she could not only help Ewan’s people but also Ewan.

Ewan and Yvette are an engaging couple and their romance is funny, emotional, romantic and, at times, steamy. There is an undeniable chemistry between them and watching them negotiate the rocky patches in their relationship made for a pleasurable read. Here are a few of my favourite moments:

Peeking at him from beneath her lashes, she reached to straighten her bonnet. It hung askew off the side of her head , like a giant, drooping peony. She shoved it back into place but the moment she removed her hand, it flopped over once again.

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Lowering himself until his head rested on the same pillow she slept upon, he lay watching her sleep. Scant inches separated their faces. She murmured something intelligible and scooted closer to him, then nestled her head in the crook of his arm. Her silky head fit perfectly beneath his chin. Wrapping her in his arms, he snuggled her soft body closer, until she was cocooned within his embrace.
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She sucked in a sharp breath, tensing as the water level rose, announcing her husband’s presence. She waited, anticipating his touch. When it didn’t come, she dared to steal a look over her shoulder, His hair was lathered with soap. Grinning, he winked at her. A nuance of desire smoldered in his eyes.

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Lifting her left hand, he slipped a sapphire ring on her finger. Four sapphires framed a ruby. “The sapphires reminded me of your eyes, cherie, one for each corner of the earth, and the ruby is my heart. There’s nowhere on earth you may go, you’ll not carry my heart with you. ‘Tis wholly, now, forever and always, yours.”

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The secondary characters play an important role in the story and I love Ewan’s family…the way they interact with each other and their loyalty to Ewan. I particularly like Ewan’s eldest sister, the fiercely independent, breeches wearing, Adaira. I’m looking forward to reading “The Earl’s Enticement” to see what happens between Adaira and Yvette’s other step-brother, Roark, the Earl of Clarendon, particularly after their rather tense first meeting. I must mention the bombastic, busy-body Mrs Pettigrove, Yvette’s unwelcome companion for a time, who suffers from unfortunate “digestive disruptions”!

Ms Cameron maintains the suspense well as Ewan seeks to protect Yvette from some nasty villains and uncover the identity of the traitor within the Diplomatic Corps.

While I appreciate that Ms Cameron wanted to create authenticity with the use of the Scottish and French dialects, I just found it distracting. I couldn’t understand either why Ewan, a Scotsman, would continually use French endearments when talking to Yvette. This stopped me from giving the book a 4.5 star rating.

Despite this criticism, I did enjoy this story and certainly want to read more of Collette Cameron’s books.

REVIEW RATING: 4/5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: HOT

Read February 2015

Castle Brides series (click on the cover for more details):

Highlander's Hope (Castle Brides Series) by Collette Cameron The Viscount's Vow by Collette Cameron The Earl's Enticement by Collette Cameron

 

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(Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series, #1)

Genre: Historical Romance

Cover Blurb:

A disillusioned Scottish gentlewoman.

Angelina Ellsworth once believed in love—before she discovered her husband of mere hours was a slave-trader and already married. To avoid the scandal and disgrace, she escapes to her aunt and uncle’s, the Duke and Duchess of Waterford. When Angelina learns she is with child, she vows she’ll never trust a man again.

A privileged English lord.

Flynn, Earl of Luxmoore, led an enchanted life until his father committed suicide after losing everything to Waterford in a wager. Stripped of all but his title, Flynn is thrust into the role of marquis as well as provider for his disabled sister and invalid mother. Unable to pay his father’s astronomical gambling loss, Flynn must choose between social or financial ruin.

When the duke suggests he’ll forgive the debt if Flynn marries his niece, Flynn accepts the duke’s proposal. Reluctant to wed a stranger, but willing to do anything to protect her babe and escape the clutches of the madman who still pursues her, Angelina agrees to the union. Can Flynn and Angelina find happiness and love in a marriage neither wanted, or is the chasm between them insurmountable?

Buy Links:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

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HIGHLANDER’S HOPE BY COLLETTE CAMERON

Source: Free from Amazon Kindle

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Official Blurb 

Regency propriety and Scottish boldness clash in this Regency romantic suspense flavored with a liberal dose of humor and a dash of inspiration.

Not a day has gone by that Ewan McTavish, the Viscount Sethwick, hasn’t dreamed of the beauty he danced with two years ago. He’s determined to win her heart and make her his own. Heiress, Yvette Stapleton, is certain of one thing; marriage is risky and, therefore, to be avoided. At first, she doesn’t recognize the dangerously handsome man who rescues her from assailants on London’s docks, but Lord Sethwick’s passionate kisses soon have her reconsidering her cynical views on matrimony. On a mission to stop a War Office traitor, Ewan draws Yvette into deadly international intrigue. To protect her, he exploits Scottish law, declaring her his lawful wife—without benefit of a ceremony. Yvette is furious upon discovering the irregular marriage is legally binding, though she never said, “I do.” Will Ewan’s manipulation cost him her newfound love.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

FOREVERMORE BY LAUREN ROYAL

Source: Free from Amazon Kindle

(Jewel #2.5)

Genre: Historical Romance (17th century)

Official Blurb 

A short novella (falls between Emerald and Amber) in the Jewel Trilogy.

England, 1667

Sensible Clarice Bradford is content in her widowhood. She has a pretty one-room cottage and a lovely little daughter, and the last thing she wants is another husband. Until one fairytale evening when she’s invited to a wedding at a castle…

Scottish gentleman Sir Cameron Leslie is smitten with the shy, English beauty at first sight. He’s fiercely drawn to the very strength and independence that make her unwilling to throw caution to the wind and bestow her heart on a younger man. Though passion flares between them, it will take everything Cameron can muster to reawaken Clarice’s long-forgotten dreams of true love…

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

MIDNIGHT MARRIAGE BY LUCINDA BRANT

Source: Free from Amazon Kindle

(Roxton Series #2)

Genre: Historical Romance (18th century)

Official Blurb 

Set in the opulent world of the 18th century aristocracy and inspired by real events, Midnight Marriage is the standalone second book in the acclaimed Roxton family saga.

Two noble teenagers are married against their will. Drugged, Deb has no recollection of events. Disgraced, Julian is banished to the Continent. Nine years later, Deb falls in love with a wounded duelist, only to later discover it is her husband returned incognito! Can Deb forgive his cruel deception? Can their marriage survive beyond seduction? Meanwhile, Julian’s nemesis plots to destroy them both…

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

THE WILD ONE BY DANELLE HARMON

Source: Free from Amazon Kindle

(The de Montforte Brothers #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (18th century)

Official Blurb 

The bluest of blood; the blackest of rogues; the de Montforte brothers will take your breath away.

Meet Lord Gareth…

“They call me The Wild One, and for good reason. The devil only knows whether or not I am husband material. But I do know one thing. I will do anything to win Juliet’s love…and to be the husband and father—the man—I know it is within me to be.” —Lord Gareth de Montforte, Blackheath Castle, Berkshire, England, 1776

Lord Gareth de Montforte is known as an irresponsible rake with a heart of gold. When he thwarts a stagecoach robbery, he is stunned to discover that the beautiful young woman he has heroically rescued, Juliet Paige, is his deceased brother’s fiancée, accompanied by her infant daughter. Despite his family’s refusal to acknowledge Juliet, Gareth is determined to do right by the courageous woman who crossed an ocean to give her baby the name she rightfully deserves.

As a practical American woman, Juliet is wary of marrying this black sheep aristocrat, yet she is hopelessly charmed by the dashing devil. Never has she met anyone who embraces life so thoroughly, who makes her laugh, who loves her so well. And, even when it seems the odds are against them, Juliet has absolute faith that Gareth will go beyond the call of duty to give her and her daughter a home—and a love that will last a lifetime.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

LAIDEN’S DAUGHTER BY SUZAN TISDALE

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

(Clan MacDougall #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (18th century)

Official Blurb 

Betrayed by lies before her birth, Aishlinn believes kind and honorable men do not exist. Raised in near seclusion by a cruel stepfather, she is traded to work at Castle Firth in Penrith England for the price of two sheep. When the despised Earl of Penrith attacks her late one night and attempts to rape her, Aishlinn stabs him in self-defense and flees England for the safety of the Scottish highlands. Surviving the horrific beating at the hands of the Earl, Aishlinn is rescued by a fierce band of highland warriors who swear their allegiance to her for killing the hated Earl–the same man who had destroyed their village and killed their families when they were boys. Duncan McEwan, future chief of the Clan MacDougall, has survived countless battles and bed innumerable women. He has scaled mountains, survived a horrific storm at sea and even hand-to-claw battle with a ferocious cat-o’mountain. But none of that could have prepared him for how his life is forever changed one fateful spring day when he rescues a very battered young woman. Together with his men, they risk everything to take her to the safety of their clan. She soon learns that kind and honorable men do exist and one in particular changes her heart forever. She discovers an inner strength and it will be tested to the limits when she is forced to make a heart wrenching decision–allow the English to kill those she loves or surrender for the crime she committed. With an intense code of honor Duncan must now battle the feelings for the beautiful Aishlinn. He will do anything to keep her as his own and he’ll do anything to keep her out of the hands of the English.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

ONE NIGHT WITH A LAIRD BY NICOLA CORNICK

Source: ARC received from the author in return for an honest review

To be published November 2013

(Scottish Brides #2)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Official Blurb 

A night of no return… 

Lady Mairi MacLoed is young and beautiful, and fashionable Edinburgh’s most flirtatious hostess. But within the merry widow beats a grieving heart and he mourns the loss of her husband and the secrets she must keep. Desperately seeking to forget, she spends one night with Jack Rutherford, an accomplished rake, but their wanton night together is an encounter of body only and, Lady Mairi would prefer to forget it.

A strong protector 

When Mairi is threatened by blackmail, Jack is the only man who can help her. As they work together to uncover where the danger lies, their passion reignites. Little by little, the masks they wear burn down, and their most private secrets come to light.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

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THE VISCOUNT’S VOW BY COLLETTE CAMERON

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

I read an interview with Collette Cameron recently on Rakes Rogues and Romance and the premise of this book and the idea of a part Romani heroine appealed to me.

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Official Blurb 

Amidst murder and betrayal, destiny and hearts collide when scandal forces a nobleman and a gypsy to marry in this Regency Romance.

Half Romani, half English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.

When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous.

At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betrayal.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

RENEGADE BY SARAH PARR

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

I met the author through Twitter and, when I checked out her website, this book caught my eye.

Genre: Historical Romance (Constantinople, 1762)

Official Blurb 

Far from England, alone for too long, Captain Jonathon Barry is captivated the instant he sees Jaline—she is too magnificent not to notice. There is a grace to her movements, an elegance to her bearing, that sets her apart even before she lifts her exotic black eyes or speaks. Her voice is intoxicating, soft as velvet with a sweet, lilting quality, as she recounts an evil bargain made against her will. She is to be his mistress, and he may do with her as he pleases.

Jonathon is deeply torn, for Jaline is indeed his by right. She is only a slave, the prize he has won in a Constantinople gambling den. Trembling, bared to him, body and soul—oh no—he can see how cruelly she has been treated. It is clear that Jaline is in danger still and he may well be her only hope. Yet even a renegade like Jonathon would risk anything to save so beautiful a woman…and to love her, if she will let him.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

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