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I’m delighted to welcome Bestselling Author THERESA ROMAIN to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Hi, Carol! Thanks for inviting me to join you today.

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R&R:

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

Theresa:
I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and lived there until I was almost ten years old. A lot of my school friends lived nearby, and I remember walking or riding a bike to a friend’s house all the time. The weather there is very humid but pretty mild, so my family always had a big fruit and vegetable garden. I also played outside with my friends a lot—though even as a kid, I liked to have a friend over just to read with me. I’ve always been a bookworm.

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Me reading at the age of six

Louisiana is a great place to try out new foods. My father is of Cajun descent (his parents both spoke Cajun French as a first language), and those food traditions were a big part of gatherings when we got together with his side of the family. Think roasted pig, duck sausage, dirty rice, pralines, fried catfish, crawfish etouffée…oh, yeah, and sweet potato casserole. One of my uncles was a sweet potato farmer, and he was jokingly offended that I never wanted to eat sweet potatoes. Sorry, Uncle Ray!

My dad’s side of the family lives mainly in the rural centre of the state. In Baton Rouge, we were near my mom’s side of the family, which is Sicilian. Every Christmas, my aunts got together and made homemade ravioli and cuccidatis, a holiday pastry. There was lots of arguing too, since everyone had a different idea of how to make the ravioli! The arguing is still an annual tradition when my relatives make the ravioli, and by now it’s a proud one. I live near my parents in the Midwest, and now my mom and I have taken up the tradition of making the cuccidatis together. We ship some to Louisiana several times a year. My grandfather is 92, and they’re his favourite treat. How can we not send them all the time?

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Cuccidatis

 

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

Theresa:
I’m a not-always-delightful blend of easy-going and anxious. When it comes to myself, I lean more easy-going. I’m flexible about plans, I don’t worry too much about appearance, I don’t care about having a lot of stuff. But over the years, my husband and I have dealt with some weather-related destruction, and I’ve become far more anxious about severe weather. I also have a young daughter, and I get anxious about her well-being, because there’s nothing more important to me. If I could keep that anxiety in check, I’d be better off, because I know worrying never did a bit of good.

When it comes to my writing, I hope I’m more easy-going than temperamental. I’ve been fortunate to work with a fabulous agent and editors. We all want to give readers the best books possible, and that’s the mind-set with which I approach revisions and pitches.

 

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

Theresa:
Both, please! My family has teased me that nothing is ever too salty or too sweet for me. I like everything from bouillon cubes to maple candy, and if there’s anything saltier than the one or sweeter than the other I’d probably like that too. I don’t care for sweet and savoury mixed, though—like applesauce with pork, or grapes in a chicken salad. I guess I like flavours that are intense. Maybe it’s my Louisiana upbringing?

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Theresa:
That would have to be my laptop and my backup hard drive. They both contain every picture I’ve ever taken of my daughter, every draft of each of my books, and all the emails I’ve sent for the past 14 years or so. I can’t think of another item that would mean more to me than those stored memories and accomplishments. But the files are what’s really important, not the drive or laptop itself. Er…does that mean I have thousands of treasured possessions?

 

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

Theresa:
That’s hard to say, because I’m not a good traveller at all—especially by air. But if I could be provided with a wormhole that would lead me directly to the second home (it could happen, right?), then the answer would be Venice. When my husband and I got married, we talked about going there for our honeymoon, but we ultimately couldn’t afford the international travel. Still, it’s always fascinated me. It’s such an old, beautiful, fragile, and unique city.

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Venice

(Venice photo credit: By Norbert Nagel, Mörfelden-Walldorf, Germany (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) ] , via Wikimedia Commons)

 

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

Theresa:
Ages 11 to 15 or so were almost constantly embarrassing for me! I never seemed to know if I was doing or saying the right thing. But rather than tell you a tragic story about a middle-school dance–of which there are several–I’ll share about my second date with a guy I met in grad school.

On our first date, we had played trivia games in a sports bar. Low-key, not too stressful. But our second date was a DATE date, with dinner at a restaurant. It was a Cajun restaurant, which was cool, but I was so nervous I could hardly think of anything to say. I could hardly eat, either. (My apologies to the oyster po’boy.) Since I really liked the guy, I felt like a fool for being so shy. And for forgetting my oyster po’boy takeout bag with him. I guess he didn’t mind too much, because that meant he got to eat the oyster po’boy later. And eventually we had a third date, and a few more. And then eight months later, we got married. 🙂 Sometimes embarrassment has a happy ending!

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

Thank you for the chance to visit Rakes and Rascals, Carol!

 

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Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

The tiny village of Hemshawe is the sort of place where nothing ever happens…until a handsome ex-soldier and his matchmaking sister let the imposing manor house at the edge of town. The friendly Londoners shake up the staid people of Hemshawe, and villagers see each other in a new and oh-so-appealing light.

Suddenly long-sparring enemies become lovers, a town festival heralds a new start for a fallen woman and a dandy, and a man who has given up on love gets a second chance with the woman he never forgot. And the matchmaker herself? She won’t rest until she finds her own happily-ever-after…

A Madness in Spring by Kate Noble

Adam Sturridge has made Belinda Leonard’s blood boil since childhood, and the feeling is mutual. But when a would-be matchmaker arrives in the village of Hemshawe, she’d determined to erase the thin line between love and hate. Now, Belinda and Adam are faced with falling for someone they’ve always considered an enemy — can they overcome old prejudices and discover how to rub each other the right way?

The Summer of Wine and Scandal by Shana Galen

When viscount’s son and dandy Peregrine Lochley is temporarily exiled from London to the country for his misdeeds, the last thing he expects is to encounter an intriguing woman. But Caroline Martin has a secret to hide, and it just might be too scandalous for even this debauched rogue.

Those Autumn Nights by Theresa Romain

Ten years ago, wealthy Eliza Greenleaf broke lowly soldier Bertram Gage’s heart—but the last decade brought changes in fortune to them both. Now that he’s made his mark on the world, a twist of fate brings the Greenleaf family under his power. Will this war-hardened officer triumph over his former lover…or will Bertie and Eliza give love a second chance?

The Season for Loving by Vanessa Kelly

Miss Georgie Gage, matchmaker extraordinaire, is resigned to life as a spinster—almost. When notoriously aloof bachelor Fergus Haddon arrives from Scotland to spend Christmas with the Gage family, Georgie thinks she’s finally found her own perfect match—if, that is, she can get the handsome Highlander to agree!

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REVIEW OF MADNESS IN SPRING BY KATE NOBLE

This is a delightfully entertaining enemies-to-lovers romance and Belinda and Adam are such an engaging couple. Their journey to a happy ever after is fun to watch and Ms Noble writes with wit and charm.

“Yes, do tell me more about the house I grew up in,” Adam drawled.
“I need no reminder that you grew up here. You are littered across my memory like horse manure on a path.”

REVIEW RATING: 4/5
SENSUALITY RATING: WARM

 

REVIEW OF THE SUMMER OF WINE AND SCANDAL BY SHANA GALEN

This is an emotive story of forgiveness and redemption. The foppish Peregrine turns out to be a wonderful hero and it is heart-warming to see how he champions Caroline in front of everyone at the village fair.

“If there is a woman who is close to perfection, I would have to say it is Miss Martin.”

I also love how Caroline’s father never judges his daughter for her mistake which is in sharp contrast to Peregrine’s father.

REVIEW RATING: 4/5
SENSUALITY RATING: KISSES

 

REVIEW OF THOSE AUTUMN NIGHTS BY THERESA ROMAIN

This is a poignant second-chance story in which Ms Romain captures Bertie and Eliza’s feelings of regret, forgiveness and renewed love beautifully.

Was this only a kiss? It drew forth his whole body, entrancing and enchanting him. The taste and scent, the sweet little sound she made as she rose onto her tiptoes to kiss him more firmly.

New-to-me author Ms Romain impressed me with her writing and I’m eager to read more of her books.

REVIEW RATING: 4/5
SENSUALITY RATING: KISSES

 

THE SEASON FOR LOVING BY VANESSA KELLY

Sweet, kind, matchmaking Georgie Gage finds her own happy ending with dour Scot, Fergus Haddon. They are a perfect complement for each other and I love how Georgie changes Fergus’s life in so many ways.

She was everything he wanted- generosity, acceptance, and love. Everything he’d convinced would be forever denied to him.

This is a lovely, heart-warming romance enhanced by some colourful secondary characters.

REVIEW RATING: 4/5
SENSUALITY RATING: KISSES

 

MY VERDICT: Overall, four well-written, entertaining and romantic stories which are perfect reading for the approaching holiday season.

Read November 2015

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review.**

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