Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Author Interview & Giveaway with Samantha Holt
What's your book/current WIP about?
Essentially exploring how a relationship can develop with communication difficulties. My hero Jake rescues Isabel, only to find that she can’t hear or speak. It’s set in Northumbria in the 14th Century, when times were pretty tough in the borderlands so things don’t run smoothly.
Care to share your favorite line(s) from your story?
I’ve quoted this a few times, but every time I read it, I fall in love with Jake all over again!
“What would you have me say?” He faced her abruptly. “That I cannot stay, for how can I watch you wed my brother when I would wish to have you for myself? That it tears at my heart just to think of you in the arms of another man? Or that I…I regret every harsh word I ever spoke to you? I shall never meet another lass as fine as you.”
What's your next project?
I am just finishing up my first ever fantasy romance and then I will be tackling book 3 of The Borderland Legacy. Book 2 has been contracted and I am waiting anxiously for a release date.
Describe your writing in a sentence.
Exciting, innately English, sensual and romantic to its core.
Do you choose character names or do the characters whisper them in your ears?
I have a list of historically accurate medieval names that I scour until I find something I like. It can be tough as a huge amount of the population was called John, Richard or Henry so finding something different is tough.
Plotter or panster?
Pantser. Which goes completely against the grain. I’m naturally an organizer in my daily life but it seems when writing, all the rules go out of the window.
Do you like background noise or do you prefer a quiet space when you write?
I have to have music on. I can write with kids playing in the background but it depends how into my writing I am. If I’m struggling then silence or a bit of rock music works better.
What are you currently reading?
Tango in Paradise by Elysa Hendricks. I’ve only just started it but I really enjoy her books.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview and how would you answer it?
How did you make your millions, Samantha Holt? (Obviously I haven’t been asked it yet as it hasn’t happened, but I can hope!) And I would answer, “With hard work, sacrifice and a sexy imagination.”
People think I'm weird because...
I like to eat pasta coated in Marmite (I think the US equivalent is Vegemite?). It’s seriously delicious but everyone I know thinks it’s bizarre.
About the Book:
Borderland Bride (The Borderland Legacy)
by Samantha Holt
Publisher: Jupiter Gardens Press
Release Date: March 21, 2013
Heat Level: Steamy
Word Count: 50,000
Jupiter Gardens Press: http://jupitergardenspress.com/shop/borderlands-bride-the-borderland-legacy-book-1/
These are the borderlands, lass. We make our own rules here.
In the wilderness of 14th century Northumbria, Lady Isabel discovers just how dangerous the borderlands can be. With the loss of her voice and her hearing, there is little hope left for her. But when a brooding knight rescues her, she vows never to become a victim again and buries the secrets of her past in the hope that those hunting her will never find her in the borderlands.
Jake is astonished to come across the beautiful Isabel, near to death, on his brother’s lands. Bringing her back to his brother’s home, he finds himself longing for something more from the courageous woman, something that he thought he would never want again. Isabel works her way into his scarred heart and opens Jake up to loving once more. But will Isabel’s secrets destroy their bond? And with his charismatic brother, Dominic, charming her, does he even stand a chance?
Samantha resides in Warwickshire, England with her twin girls and occasionally her husband, who works abroad. She admits that his long absences often help get the creative juices flowing. She's a romance addict and has been devouring all kinds of romance for as long as she can remember.
A huge history buff, Samantha likes to blend her love of the past with her love of romance and create thrilling and passionate tales set to medieval backdrops. She thinks there's nothing sexier than a rugged warrior and a feisty maiden falling head over heels for each other.
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/ or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
As soon as his name left her lips, Isabel could not fail to detect the darkening of his eyes. Her skin tingled as elation turned to lust and she glanced down at her bare body, the heat of the water doing little to stop the shudder that coursed through her.
“Say it again,” he murmured as a hand came up to cup at her cheek.
“What?” she breathed.
“Say my name.”
His thumb pushed across her damp face and her lips parted as her heart pounded faster.
He groaned and pulled himself up so he could lean across her. His lips joined with hers in a rush of movement and her breath caught at the sudden heat of his mouth upon hers. Intuitively falling into a motion that was both so familiar yet so excitingly new, she kissed him with enthusiasm, enjoying the way his breathing stilted as their passion increased.
His tongue swept inside her mouth, searching for hers, and Isabel entwined her wet fingers around his neck, forcing him closer. His tunic dipped under the water and brushed across her breasts but he paid little heed, instead bringing his other hand up to support her head, his fingers digging under her damp braid.
As the kiss deepened, they both moaned and her hair loosened while his fingers delved through it, sending it tumbling over the edge of the tub. A splash resounded through the room as his hand left her cheek and dove under the water to grab at her body. Jake’s fingers curled around her ribs, drawing her closer to him and she let out a gasp.
Jake’s hand froze briefly but Isabel drew a hand from his neck and placed it over his, pinning his hand in place. He relaxed and dragged his lips across her cheek to her ear.
“What are you doing to me, lass?” he whispered.
She quivered as his breath grazed over her ear and his hand continued to massage at her bare skin under the water.
“No more than you are doing to me.”
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