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Lara Temple Interview - author picture

I’m delighted to welcome Harlequin Historical Romance Author LARA TEMPLE to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thanks so much for inviting me, Carol. I’m thrilled 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?

Lara:
I was born in a very small town in Oxfordshire, in an old farmhouse with only a couple other families within miles. My father was a pianist and often in Oxford while my mother, brother and myself spent a great deal of time alone together, wandering around the nearby woods, picking blackberries in season, and living a very rich imaginary life because there were few children nearby, which is probably when my story-telling tendencies started. It was a great childhood but when my kids were born I was determined to have them surrounded by other children, which they are. I often take my kids to visit my old haunts, though.

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

Lara:
Temperamental wrapped in a layer of easy-going. Other mothers often ask me how I can be so laid back and patient with my kids. I have no idea what to say because inside I’m on high alert and never really in rest mode. I would love to be a truly easy-going person but I’m far too afraid to try.


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

Lara:
Savoury! I am addicted to salt. My husband is definitely on the sweet side of the scale and we never poach on each other’s desserts/puddings. Like Jack Sprat and his wife.


R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Lara:
I’ve moved so often and had to travel so lightly very little has managed to stay with me through the years. But there are some things I treasure such as the book my mother prepared of my first five years. The book (in the picture) is an amazing gathering of anecdotes and photos and little titbits, including the first ever story I dictated to my mother – an adventure story about a city under the sea (with an HEA of course!).
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Another treasure is my first stuffed animal which used to be a blue rabbit but since I had a bad habit of disappearing into the fields and forgetting it on trees and under bushes, it had to be repaired so many times it has morphed into something quite different (as you can see in the picture – mine is the bag of pink rags on the left). The others lined up in the picture are those of my three brothers which fared a little better.
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R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Lara:
I know it’s a cliché but I fantasize about a house in the countryside outside a small town in Umbria. I would have my writing corner on a patio in the shade of climbing wisteria and buy fresh cheese and bread and tomatoes and sit and write with a glass of wine as I look out over fields of sunflowers and vineyards. Of course, I haven’t quite thought out what I will do with my kids and husband during this creative idyll…

 

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Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Lara:
I’m having a hard time narrowing them down to something repeatable in polite circles. I think some of my worst moments were when I was a teenager – everything was so intense. Once there was a boy I really liked and one day he came up to me and asked if I wanted to go to the beach with him and I was so stunned and excited I was stuttering something when I realized he hadn’t been talking to me at all but to the girl standing right next to me. My whole body go beet red with embarrassment. Today I wish I could go up and hug my young self in sympathy. But those memories are always useful for my books…

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

Thanks so much for having me here, Carol, and for asking these off-the-beaten-track question. They brought back fun (mostly) memories.

 


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

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https://www.laratemple.com
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14951515.Lara_Temple
https://www.facebook.com/LaraTempleAuthor/
https://twitter.com/laratemple1

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Candace Camp Interview - author picture

I’m delighted to welcome New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author CANDACE CAMP to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Hello, Carol, it’s great to be here. Thanks for asking me.

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R&R:

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

Candace:
I was born in Amarillo, Texas. It’s very, very flat and windy, and it sits in the middle of ranch land and has a lot of oil and gas business.  So, it has a very Texas flavour, but it was also a lot like growing up in the town in American Graffiti. We ‘dragged Polk’ (driving up and down the main street, honking and hollering) after winning football games. We hung out at drive-ins. I spent most of my childhood and teen-age years reading, though, so I was often somewhere else in my mind.

Candace Camp Interview - Easter with big brother and sister
Easter with my big brother and sister

Candace Camp Interview - writer in waiting
A writer in waiting

Candace Camp Interview -Polk Street, Downtown, Amarillo,
Polk Street, Downtown Amarillo


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

Candace:
I’m easy-going, although my husband can tell you that I get pretty irritable when I’m writing the last few chapters of a book.


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

Candace:
I love, love, love sweet things, especially chocolate sweets. I also like salty (yum, popcorn) and sour (pickles, green olives, lemons). I like spicy food to some extent, but not too hot.

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Candace:
My pictures of my daughter, though that’s actually many photo albums, so I guess it’s not just one possession.

 

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

Candace:
Tough question! There are a lot of places I would like to live. Probably it would be somewhere in southern California, especially if I could see the ocean. But I also would love to live part-time in an English village (though I would have to be able to walk to everything because I’m really bad at driving on the left side of the road). I’m not sure where in England, though—I think maybe Northumberland.

 

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

Candace:
Oh, dear. I’m the kind of person who trips and falls over nothing, so I frequently embarrass myself that way. But the worst was when I fainted once in high school. It was very hot and I had been sick; I had been standing in a crowd for a long time. And I just crumpled to the floor. The really silly thing was that it embarrassed me so much that I popped right back up and tried to act like nothing had happened.

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

You’re very welcome. I enjoyed it.

 

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

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Sophie Barnes

I’m delighted to welcome Historical Romance author SOPHIE BARNES to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thank you so much for having me, Carol! I’m absolutely thrilled 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?

Sophie:
Well, I was born in Denmark where I lived until about the age of four. After that, my parents decided to move to Spain where I spent the next twelve years of my life attending British international schools. I still remember my first day there at age four – it was awful not understanding a single word anyone was saying. But I gradually picked up the language and made some really great friends, some of whom I’m still in touch with today. It was a very relaxed and social life there. We lived in a wonderful mountain home overlooking the Mediterranean, a place that holds many fond memories for me and where I hope to go back very soon for a visit.

Sophie Barnes Interview - overlooking the Mediterannean

 

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

Sophie:
Definitely easy-going.

 

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

Sophie:
A bit of both though I do lean more toward savoury.

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Sophie:
The Royal Copenhagen china set I’ve inherited from my great grandparents. I don’t have the entire collection since it’s been split at least once, but I have enough for twelve along with some serving dishes and the tea set. I found a picture online so you can see the design below.

Sophie Barnes Interview - The Royal Copenhagen china set

 

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

Sophie:
Mallorca, I think. My family and I visited about eight years ago and loved it there. It’s beautiful without being as far away as New Zealand, which is without a doubt the most stunning place on earth.

Sophie Barnes Interview - Mallorca

 

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

Sophie:
I’m not sure, but one incident does come to mind from years ago in a bar when I picked a Karaoke song I thought I knew the lyrics to, only to realize it was so much harder than I remembered…I really felt the attention from all the onlookers for the five minutes or so that I had to hum my way along while praying for the music to come to a hasty end.

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

It’s been a pleasure! Thank you once again for inviting me to stop by.

 

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

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Jess Russell Interview - author picture

I’m delighted to welcome Multi-Award Winning and Best-selling author JESS RUSSELL to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Carol, it is my absolute pleasure. I have been reading your reviews and interviews for a long while and I am excited you asked me to participate.

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

Jess:
I am an “Air Force Brat” so I grew up all over. I was born in Brussels, Belgium and moved every two to four years thereafter. Some moves were more traumatic than others. Certainly, at age 11! My Dad got transferred from the Pentagon to Bangkok, Thailand. I had to leave my pony and BFF. Then two years later we left Bangkok for Tullahoma, TN. I was totally into ballet and was afraid I would never find a teacher in such a small town. But, surprisingly, tucked up in this little town was a woman who used to be a soloist with the New York City Ballet! I was lucky to spend all 4 years of high school in Tullahoma. I left ballet behind for Drama School and then moved to New York City, which has been my home ever since.


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

Jess:

Well, I think I used to be a bit more easygoing, but these days, though I am not exactly temperamental, I would term my state of being as slightly overwhelmed and alternately impatient. I have a lot on my plate right now-new book out (making a Victorian gown to help market the book), trying to finish the next book in the series, doing a play, renovating an apt. in upper Manhattan, AND my only child is going off to college in less than a week! My TBR list (which you contribute to almost weekly) is getting VERY long! I look forward to disappearing into a good romance read soon!

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Pics of me in The Addams Family (I am a dead ancestor, hence the ghoulish make-up)

Jess Russell Interview - dress for marketing book
The Victorian gown I made to help market my new book

 

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

Jess:
Oh, I am a saltaholic. Give me something crunchy and covered in salt and I am one happy camper. (and perhaps an accompanying glass of wine.)

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Jess:
Not so long ago I would have said my photo albums. I love pictures. I am the person who is delighted to scroll through near complete stranger’s vacation shots, or granddaughter’s first birthday. But now I would have to say my computer. OK, not so sexy, but it holds so much of my life-not only my pictures but my writing! Of course, it is technology, and technology and I sometimes do not get along. (just to give you a perspective, not so long ago I finally gave up my flip phone!)

 

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

Jess:
The beach! My husband’s family has a home in the Catskill Mountains. I love wandering those woods and poking around in my garden, but I love the ocean! I miss it. There is something about staring out at those endless waves and looking up at the canopy of stars that makes me feel so small-not in a bad way, but in a way, that gives perspective. I am just a blip in time, so breathe and enjoy this ride!


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Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Jess:
Hummm…Well, I think I’ll forego the story of too much wine, a blow-up bed and an over eager St. Bernard! (I might need to use that in my next book…) I suppose my most embarrassing moment was not really a moment but a period in my life. I am dyslexic. In third grade, we all had to read the “Dick and Jane” books around in a circle, taking turns reading out loud. I struggled painfully. I would come home telling my mom, “I am so dumb!” Well, she jumped right on it and got me the help I needed. Now I love to read!

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

It has been my pleasure, Carol. Thank you for promoting and supporting romance authors. You are a treasure!

 

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

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K C Bateman Interview - author photo

I’m delighted to welcome Award-Winning Historical Romance Author KATE BATEMAN (writing as K. C. BATEMAN) to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Hello, and thank you 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?

Kate:
I was born in Cambridgeshire, England, but my parents also had a house on the coast of Southern Spain, so my childhood was split between school in England and idyllic summers on the Costa Blanca. I love the deeply-rooted history of the UK – my old school was founded in 1556 and I can honestly say that if you want to imagine what it was like, just think of Hogwarts, but without the loch! We had pillared stone cloisters, a great hall, and a lovely chapel. In contrast, my summers were spent driving haphazardly through Europe on our way to or from Spain, with my adventure-loving parents often saying, ‘let’s just keep going until we reach Switzerland, shall we?’ or ‘who wants to stop at that chateau and have some lunch?’ Since both my parents were artists, and later had an antique shop, we were always rummaging around flea markets, antique shops, or attending auctions. I remember once we were staying somewhere in southern France and my father (who speaks very bad French) was sent out for milk. He returned, many hours later, with a light-up globe and an accordion! Mum wasn’t even surprised; that was completely typical for my family. We’ve had some wonderful adventures.
K C Bateman Interview - with melon age 5
Me tucking into a melon in Spain

K C Bateman Interview - as a kid with sister 5-6
With my little sister on a donkey in Spain
(I’m at the front)

 

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

Kate:
I think I’m pretty easy going. I tend to get along with almost everyone and I definitely dislike arguments and drama – unless it’s written on the page in one of my books! Then, love to write snarky, argumentative heroes and heroines. The only person I’m tough on is myself, since I tend to set myself high standards –  although my three children / monsters might disagree with me there, especially when I insist they do their homework!


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

Kate:
Both. I love trying new foods, especially from other countries, and I really enjoy cooking and baking with my kids. My favourite meal (and one I really miss now that I live in the US) would probably be a traditional English afternoon tea, complete with lots of little sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, assorted cakes and pastries, and a nice cup of tea. Perfect!


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What is your most treasured possession?

Kate:
It’s an enormous painting by my father, artist Ronald Bateman, that he gave to me for my birthday one year. It’s of daffodils, (he’s Welsh, and daffs are the Welsh national flower) and it’s the one inanimate thing I’d probably run back into a burning building to save. Back in England I didn’t have a wall large enough to hang it on, but my US house has a double-height living room which is perfect. I’m lucky to have such a wonderful loving, creative, and supportive family. The painting makes me feel close to them all, despite the fact that I now live on a different continent for most of the year.

K C Bateman Interview - Ronald Bateman Daffodils painting
My father’s painting

 

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

Kate:
I adore Italy, especially Tuscany, Umbria, and the Amalfi Coast. The history geek in me loves all the history, plus there’s the architecture! The landscape! The food! The wine! The art! I’d live in a massive crumbling castle / villa perched on the edge of a cliff with a view of the sea and a garden full of lemon trees, figs and olives. (The house used in the Kenneth Branagh film version of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ would be perfect.) Hopefully it would be close to Florence or Siena, so I could bask in the renaissance architecture and grab a cup of coffee on a shell-shaped piazza while people-watching. The fact that I don’t speak much Italian would only be a minor inconvenience to this plan. I would definitely learn with such an inducement.

 

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

Kate:
That’s tough, I have embarrassing moments all the time! I do remember once, a few years ago, I happened to have been invited to an evening reception with the Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street in London. Thoroughly excited, I enjoyed a glass or two of wine to steady my nerves. Since there was very little food, I got increasingly ‘jolly’ as the evening wore on. The next morning, I was horrified to discover that my friend had a photograph of me, in front of the famous black front door of No. 10, kissing the cheek of the very solemn-looking policeman standing guard! She assures me I asked – and was granted – permission, but I have very little recollection of it, and needless to say, that embarrassing photograph has never seen the light of day! Looking on the bright side, I always reassure myself that it could have been much, much worse!

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

Thank you for having me! Hope to see you all again soon. And Happy Reading!

 


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

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Catherine Curzon Interview - author picture

I’m delighted to welcome Historian, Author and Lover of all Things 18th Century CATHERINE CURZON (AKA MADAME GILFLURT) to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

It’s a real delight to be here; it seems like a long, long time since we met via a blog comment three years ago!

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

Catherine:
I was born in a small town just outside Nottingham and was just your average, run-of-the-mill, obsessed with guillotines little girl. My grandparents lived in a tiny hamlet that was just a handful of cottages, a pub and Sherwood Forest literally at the bottom of the garden, so I spent every moment that I possible could there. I learned to ride horses in their hamlet and we even used to sit on the garden in the rain and watch the rally cars go past once a year. I’ve always credited my lovely old Geordie granddad with my love of telling scandalous, grisly tales, and some of the happiest moments of my life were spent with him, listening to his tall stories.

 

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

Catherine:
I used to be a very anxious sort of gal and could worry anything down into the ground but now, I’m much more easy going. I’ve learned that you choose your battles and that life is short, so I don’t waste in time in worrying about things that I can’t change anymore. I can be a perfectionist though, and there are some things that I can’t compromise on… especially when it comes to the strength of my brew!

 

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

Catherine:
Mine is a savoury tooth, but I have a weakness for a chocolate eclair and the darkest, bitterest chocolate you can find.



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What is your most treasured possession?

Catherine:
My teddy bear! I was a very, very ill child and ended up in hospital wired up to all manner of machines. I wasn’t expected to survive and if I did, the long term forecast was bleak indeed. Forty years later I’m still here and so is my ted. He’s as old as I am and sat in the crib in hospital with me through every moment of illness. Now he sits on my bed, wearing a sassy scarf and carrying a magic wand.

Catherine Curzon Interview - teddy bear

 

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

Catherine:
The North Yorkshire coast, looking out over the sea. I love to be by the ocean and get away whenever I can, so I’d love a little place of my own on the edge of a cliff somewhere – but no too close to the edge.

Catherine Curzon Interview - Yorkshire

 

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

Catherine:
I’m no stranger to tripping over my own feet whilst standing still. Because of this peculiar quirk, I don’t embarrass too easily!


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

Thank you for all that you do, you’re a true gem!

 

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

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Alanna Lucas Interview - author picture

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

Thank you for having me today. I’m 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?

Alanna:
I was born in Germany, but moved to California when I was very little. The best thing about living in California was being so close to my mom’s family and lots of cousins!

Alanna Lucas Interview - Alanna
Me as a little girl

 

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

Alanna:
For the most part, I’m easy-going with a dash of stubbornness to keep things interesting 😉

 

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

Alanna:
Definitely savoury, but not too much spice.



R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Alanna:
Family pictures.

Alanna Lucas Interview - Grandpa
My grandpa (the picture was taken outside Vienna).

 

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

Alanna:
Holland! I have family there and love visiting them. It would be wonderful to spend more time with them.

 

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

Alanna:
At my very first writer’s conference, I had a tear in my dress. I wasn’t staying at the host hotel, so I didn’t have a room and had to try and mend my dress in the restroom. Needless to say it was an utter disaster and I ended up flashing a room full of women, including the editor I was going to pitch to!

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

This was so much fun! Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

 

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

Website
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