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I’m delighted to welcome USA Today Bestselling Author ERICA MONROE to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thanks for having me, Carol! I’m very 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?

Erica:
I grew up in Maryland. I had a very sheltered childhood, and my parents encouraged and supported my desire to study writing. My mother was a school librarian and my father was a sci-fi fan, so from there you get my love for books and my love for science fiction, fantasy, and comic books. I was very fortunate to attend schools with very competent teachers—so much so that I still remember (and use in my books) much of what I was taught in my AP European History class!

I met my now-husband in my junior year of high school. We have been together now for fifteen years (as I am 30, this is half my life!) and married for ten. For me, returning to Maryland is more about remembering those early days of our relationship, as my immediate family lives in Florida now.

 

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

Erica:
I am ahem, very temperamental. I inherited my father’s fiery temper, and I prefer to approach conflict head-on. I am a very passionate person, and I very rarely do anything halfway. There is a line from Hamilton that basically summarizes my current view of life: “give me a position, show me where the ammunition is.” I do not back down from a fight if I think the cause is worthy. I believe strongly in my convictions, and I write books that often center around social issues and women’s rights. Suffice to say, I do not have an easy-going bone in my body 😉 You pretty much always know what I’m feeling or thinking.

 

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

Erica:
My husband used to be a chef, so he has introduced me to a wide variety of food I didn’t know existed. He’s also taught me how to cook, which is something I never did until about four years ago when I started working from home. Because of this, I definitely enjoy both sweet and savoury things, because now I can appreciate them both for what they contribute to our culinary spectrum.



R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Erica:
I have a lot of wonderful sentimental memorabilia collected throughout my life, so it would be hard to choose a most “treasured” thing. But I can tell you what I value most of my possessions – my Kitchenaid standing mixer! I have arthritis in my hands and wrists, and my upper body strength is very minimal from my autoimmune diseases. The mixer gives me autonomy I didn’t have before, because now I no longer have to ask my husband to stir things, etc. It makes cooking so much easier for me—I don’t just use it for baking, but also for stirring things for dinner or combining sauces. It is, bar none, my favourite thing in my kitchen and if we had a fire you’d see me trying to lug out this giant mixer, LOL.

Erica Monroe Interview - Mixer 

This is the model I have (photo from Everything Kitchens)

 

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

Erica:
Absolutely would choose London, because of the amount of research I’d be able to do. My series, The Rookery Rogues, is set entirely in London. I’d love to be able to actually go to Whitechapel, to Spitalfields, to the London Docks and gain first-hand knowledge. The ability to immerse myself so completely in the culture would be priceless.

 


R&R:

Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Erica:
Ah, Carol, I have so many! I am very awkward, both socially and physically as I am exceedingly uncoordinated. On an average day, I embarrass myself approximately six times, so I don’t even keep track anymore. I’ve learned to just shrug it off and move on because inevitably in the next hour I will do something even more hysterically awkward. Also, I have a horrible habit of just yammering on when there’s silence, and I end up digging myself deeper and deeper holes…

For about three months when I was 21, I worked as a barista at Target. One day I woke up late for my 8 AM shift (I do not like mornings at all). Because I was so concerned with being late, I tried to run into work, and I jumped the curb—right into a sign. And I do mean right into the sign, like I hit it at such a speed that I fell to the ground, had to get stitches, etc. People kept going, “HOW DID YOU MISS THAT SIGN, IT’S HUGE!” and I had to just shrug and be like, “…these things happen.” They sent me to the ER; the whole staff of Target came out to watch. I’m pretty sure I am still known as the girl who walked into the sign.

There is now a scar on my forehead, and ANOTHER scar next to that because three months later I ran into an air conditioning vent. And that’s when I realized looking down at your shoes, no matter how adorable they are, is not the best practice when walking. (For the record, I still run into things because I am constantly thinking of plot elements and other things I need to be doing instead of watching where I walk.)

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

Thank you, Carol! I’ve enjoyed my visit here. 😊

 


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

Website
Goodreads
Facebook Page
Friend her on Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Follow Erica on Amazon

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Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson – Passion and secrets simmer against the glittering backdrop of 19th century musical celebrity.

To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield by Bronwen Evans – What’s a lady to do when a notorious rake wins her estate in a game of cards?

Undone by Lila DiPasqua – One steamy, emotionally charged retelling of Rapunzel…Rescuing this beauty from the ‘tower’ is only the beginning…

The Problem with Seduction by Emma Locke – Elizabeth Spencer needs a man. She doesn’t need to like him—because while she needs a man, she doesn’t particularly want one.

A Dangerous Invitation by Erica Monroe – Daniel O’Reilly returns to win back Kate Morgan’s heart and prove he’s innocent of murder.

Once Upon a Duke by Eva Devon – A widow looking to get seduced. A duke more than willing to oblige.

Great & Unfortunate Desires by Gina Danna – A marquis with a guilty past takes a bride in a world where love is fatal.

Dark Surrender By Erica Ridley – Trapped in darkness…. Their passion burns bright!

 

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About Darcy Burke:

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

Website: http://www.darcyburke.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarcyBurkeFans

Twitter: https://twitter.com/darcyburke

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5823441.Darcy_Burke

Newsletter: http://www.darcyburke.com/newsletter/

 

About Bronwen Evans

USA Today Bestselling Author Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes.

Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon Readers’ Crown Best Historical 2012, and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. Her first self-published novella, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, was a FINALIST in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 201,2 and a finalist in the RomCon Readers’ Crown Best Historical 2013. Her first contemporary released December 2012, The Reluctant Wife, won the RomCon Readers’ Crown Best Category 2013.

Website: http://www.bronwenevans.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bronwenevansauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bronwenevans_NZ

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4331713.Bronwen_Evans

Newsletter: sign up at the top of Bronwen’s website

About Lila DiPasqua:

Lila DiPasqua is a multi-published, national bestselling author of historical romance with heat. Her novels are published by Penguin/Berkley, as well as having self-published works.

She is best known for her critically acclaimed Fiery Tales series. Her books have been featured on Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs.

She lives with her husband and three children in Canada and is a firm believer in the happily-ever-after.

Website: http://liladipasqua.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LilaDiPasquaAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/liladipasqua

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3234450.Lila_DiPasqua

Newsletter: sign up on the sidebar of Lila’s website

About Delilah Marvelle:

Delilah Marvelle is the winner of the Reviewer’s Choice for Best Sensual Historical Romance of the Year and had Booklist name her historical romance ‘Forever and a Day’ one of the TOP 10 Romances of the year. When she isn’t writing, she’s digging through inappropriate research books that include anything in history having to do with courtesans, brothels, sexual contraptions that were never properly used and other fascinating forms of dirty history that didn’t make it into college textbooks. She includes all of her research in her books to ensure countless hours of entertainment and continues to take pride in knowing more about dirty history than most people feel comfortable with.

Website: http://www.delilahmarvelle.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delilah-Marvelle/73234401876

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DelilahMarvelle

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1423331.Delilah_Marvelle

Newsletter: http://delilahmarvelle.wordpress.com/

About Erica Ridley:

Erica Ridley learned to read when she was three, which was about the same time she decided to be a writer when she grew up.

She is the author of three Gothic romances, Too Wicked to Kiss, Too Sinful to Deny and Dark Surrender, the vampire romance “Never Been Bitten” in the paranormal romance anthology Born To Bite, contemporary paranormal romances Charmed and Midwinter Magic, and the holiday fantasy romance Let It Snow.

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

Website: http://www.ericaridley.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ericaridley

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EricaRidley

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3087787.Erica_Ridley

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/EricaRidleyVIPs

About Emma Locke:

Emma Locke is a writer and engineer living in the Pacific Northwest, where she loves hiking with her dog, hot yoga and riding out the annual 330 days of rain. Hiking and yoga give her time to plot, the lack of sun makes for perfect writing weather, and as for her day job, the dichotomy seems to work: her analytic side ensures her passionate, satisfying love stories don’t mulch under her bed, and her author side forces her to keep writing more.

Website: http://www.emmalocke.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorEmmaLocke

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmmaLockeAuthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6749632.Emma_Locke

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About Gina Danna:

Gina has spent the better part of her life reading. History has been her love and she spent numerous hours devouring historical romance stories, dreaming of writing one of her own. Years later, after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in History, writing academic research papers and writing for museum programs and events, she finally found the time to write her own stories of historical romantic fiction.

Now, under the supervision of her three dogs and three cats, she writes amid a library of research books, with her only true break away is to spend time with her other life long dream – her Arabian horse – with him, her muse can play.

Website: http://ginadanna.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GinaDannaAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GinaDanna1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7141882.Gina_Danna

About Erica Monroe:

Erica Monroe is a bestselling author of emotional, suspenseful romance. Though she has a Bachelor’s degree in writing, she’s been a secretary, a barista, and a retail assistant. Now Erica spends her days crafting lovable rogues and feisty heroines for her historical and new adult series. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina, and the Beau Monde Regency Romance chapter. When not writing, she is a chronic TV watcher, sci-fi junkie, lover of pit bulls, and shoe fashionista. She lives in the suburbs of North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.

Website: http://ericamonroe.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EricaMonroeWrites

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ericajmonroe

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7280359.Erica_Monroe

Newsletter: sign up on Erica’s website sidebar

About Eva Devon:

Author of sexy and laugh out loud funny Regencies, I’m also Maire Claremont, creator of dark and angsty Victorians!

Website: http://www.maireclaremont.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eva-Devon/1464806663776356

Twitter: https://twitter.com/evadevonauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8333263.Eva_Devon

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/YoZbD

About Anthea Lawson:

Anthea Lawson, called “a new star of Historical Romance” by Booklist, has won readers with her combination of spicy love scenes and elegant prose. Her first novel, PASSIONATE, was a Best First Book finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA awards.

Anthea also writes award-winning YA Urban Fantasy under the pen name Anthea Sharp.

Website: http://anthealawson.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AntheaLawson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AntheaLawson

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2436762.Anthea_Lawson

Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/AntheaLawson

 

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Q & A WITH DELILAH MARVELLE:

What’s your favorite historical romance?
All of them.

What is the first romance novel you ever read?
Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

Would you want to live in the time you write about? What would you love? Hate?
A duke! I want a title to go with my bad boy!

If given the choice between a duke, a rogue, or an alpha hero, which would you choose?
Hm, I’d prefer all three wrapped into one.  😉  That said, I’ve always had a thing for rogues…

What tempts you? (Chocolate, caviar, long walks on the beach…)
My husband without his shirt on. *waggling brows*

Rapid fire round:

Designer purses or Target special?
Target Special.

Heels or flip flops?
 Heels

Rich or famous?
 Rich

American hottie or sexy Brit?
Sexy Brit.

Where’s your happy place?
Home.

 

Excerpt from LADY OF PLEASURE:

He trailed his gaze to the table and eyed her.

She stiffly and wordlessly gestured to the table, asking him to sit on the jam-spattered side. Where he belonged.

He eyed her again and carefully setting the closed small wicked basket beside his chair, pushed aside the tails of his coat with a hand and sat. He shifted, scanning the spangled table of jam and half-eaten scones.  “Is there a reason the scones are bleeding?”

If she wasn’t so angry, she would have laughed. But he wasn’t going to win that easily. Oh, no. No, no, no. “They must have known you were coming and themselves on the knife.”

He stared. “You aren’t going to make this easy for me, are you?”

She stared back and coolly said, “No.”

He leaned forward and toward her and was about to prop an arm against the table when he realized there was too much jam to bother. He sat back against the chair. “Now I know what the jam is for.”

She really was brilliant.

 

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July 27:

Embracing Romance
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Love Historicals
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Buried Under Romance
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For The Love of Bookends
http://loveofbookends.blogspot.com/

 

July 28:

Dashing Duchesses
http://dashingduchesses.com/

What I’m Reading
http://sillymelody.blogspot.com/

Love Saves The World
http://www.lovesavestheworld.com/

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rakesandrascals.wordpress.com

 

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Doing Some Reading
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Tears of Crimson
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Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance
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Romance Reader Girl
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History Hoydens
http://historyhoydens.blogspot.com/

Mary Gramlich
http://marygramlich.blogspot.com/

 

July 31:

Adria’s Romance Reviews
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Historical Romance Lover
http://historicalromancelover.blogspot.com/

What’s A Nice Girl Like You Doing On A Blog Like This?
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Book Obsessed Chicks
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Pretty Girls Read Books
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Eskimo Princess Book Reviews
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Ramblings From This Chick
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Book Loving Mamas
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Historical Fiction Obsession
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A DANGEROUS INVITATION BY ERICA MONROE

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

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(The Rookery Rogues #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Official Blurb

One fatal mistake cost Daniel O’Reilly the woman he loved, spiraling him toward drunken self-destruction. Now sober, he’ll have to prove he’s innocent of the murder he was accused of two years ago. But pistol-wielding Kate Morgan hasn’t forgiven his sins.

Torn from her privileged existence by her father’s death, Kate Morgan has carved out a new independent life in the Ratcliffe rookery as a fence for stolen goods. Daniel’s invitation to assist him jeopardizes her structured existence. Yet Kate can’t resist his touch, or the wicked desires he stirs within her.

As their renewed passions grow reckless, their investigation takes them through the darkest and most depraved areas of the City. To catch a killer, they’ll have to put secrets behind them and trust only their hearts.

After reading an interview with debut author, Erica Monroe on Rogues Rakes and Romance:

http://rakesroguesandromance.com/2013/12/19/please-welcome-debut-author-erica-monroe-with-her-release-a-dangerous-invitation/

and an article by the author on Ella Quinn’s blog

http://ellaquinnauthor.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/debut-author-erica-monroe/

I knew that I had to buy this book.

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