Interview & Contest: Grace Burrowes

Jen:  Today we are excited to welcome Grace Burrowes to Romancing the Book.  Grace, will you share a short bio with us?
GB: I am the sixth out of seven children, which meant I had to learn early to use language, lest I be lost in the general din of a big family. Since early adolescence, I’ve been a voracious reader of romance, and kept the habit through college, law school, and twenty years of foster care lawyering. I started writing about six years ago, when my Beloved Offspring flew the nest, and I’ve been writing ever since.  Please visit  or follow me on Twitter: @GraceBurrowes for more information.

Jen: Please tell us about your upcoming releases and where the ideas came from.
GB: I wish I knew where the ideas came from because I’d set up housekeeping there. Ideas come from life, from the collective imagination, from the ghost trails of plots I’ve read and wasn’t quite satisfied with, and from out of the blue.

My next release is The Bridegroom Wore Plaid, coming out December 4. It’s the inaugural novel in a trilogy of Scottish Victorians, and was recently named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2012. (The seismic readings you feel are me, dancing around my kitchen and scaring my cats.)

Jen: What kind of research do you do for your novels?
GB: The most fun research involves travel. I spent time at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire while writing my Scottish Victorians, and I’ve also wandered around lavender farms in Sonoma Valley (handily located near some delightful wineries, you know). Reading biographies of period figures is great fun, and there is endless good material available on the internet.

Jen:  We’re quickly approaching a major holiday season.  Do you have any special holiday traditions that you’d like to share with us?
GB: One of the hallmarks of the holidays for me is that I stay home. In the warmer months, I’ll frequently drive coast to coast to see my far flung family, but the winter months, and those dark, dark weeks around the holidays, are for being quiet, mulling over the directions my life is taking, and being grateful. Also thinking up new books.

Jen:  Who are some of your favorite authors?  What are you reading now?
GB: I’m reading Julie Anne Long’s delightful, A Notorious Countess Confesses. I’m a great fan of Joanna Bourne, Mary Balogh, Carolyn Jewel, JR Ward, Meredith Duran, Judith Ivory, Susanna Kearsley, Eloisa James, Kristen Callahan, and Jennifer Ashley, among many, many others. There’s so much talent among romance authors these days, it defies description.

Jen:  What’s next for you?
GB: MORE BOOKS!!! Next year’s publication schedule will feature a new title and/or novella practically each month, mostly Regencies under the general heading, “The Lonely Lords.” I’m also planning more Scottish Victorians (Scotland, here I come!), and maybe even some contemporaries.



‘Tis the Season for Scandal…

Years ago Lady Louisa Windham acted rashly on a dare from her brother, and that indiscretion is about to come to light. She knows her reputation will never survive exposure. Just as she’s nearly overwhelmed by her dilemma, Sir Joseph Carrington offers himself to her as a solution…

But Sir Joseph has secrets as well, and as he and Louisa become entangled with each other, their deceptions begin to close in on them both…



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes keeps winning reader awards for her gorgeously imagined books. If you’re already a fan, you’ll devour her new characters and if you haven’t yet discovered the richly drawn worlds of Grace Burrowes, you’re in for a treat….

His Family or His Heart — One of Them Will Be Betrayed…

Ian MacGregor is wooing a woman who’s wrong for him in every way. As the new Earl of Balfour, though, he must marry an English heiress to repair the family fortunes.

But in his intended’s penniless chaperone, Augusta, Ian is finding everything he’s ever wanted in a wife.


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24 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Grace Burrowes

  1. May says:

    No special traditions for our family. We get together for x’mas and that’s about it! But x’mas is my favorite time!

  2. Margaret says:

    My family is in Pennsylvania and my husband and I are in Florida. We do the turkey day routine but for 2 and not a horde.

  3. Fiery Na says:

    My family loves watching Christmas-themed movies. It’s all about being together, staying in and enjoyed a nice home-cooked meal.

  4. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for the fabulous post and congrats to Grace on the newest release! We always watch Holiday Inn and White Christmas 🙂

  5. chris bails says:

    My family and I open christmas presents on christmas morning and then go to my families for christmas. We do the same thing every year. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Leanna H says:

    Our family holiday traditions are evolving as we are in our 30s now, although my 27 year old brother is the one with a kid. My sister and I moved to Texas and the rest of the family is in Minnesota.

  7. Diane P. Diamond says:

    We wait until we’re all ready before we open up our Christmas Gifts. Afterwards, we have a nice breakfast, which tides us over until our main Christmas dinner around 3pm.

  8. Barbara Elness says:

    I love the tradition my sister and I have of going out after Christmas dinner and driving all over town looking at the Christmas lights and decorations. Then we go back to the house for pumpkin pie. 😀

  9. Lisa H says:

    Unfortunately, there are Christmas traditions that fall away as people move. It makes me sad. But the memories are marvelous. Thinking of when me and my siblings were growing up. And then the when the grandbabies started coming….ahhh, such wonderful memories. They grow up so fast!!

  10. June says:

    The only tradition that I can think of for my family at Christmas unfortunately no longer occurs. Growing up, the whole family would gather at my grandparents’ house each Christmas Eve, for dinner and present exchanges, etc. After dinner, my grandfather would read the story of the first Christmas from his Bible. Everyone (including their 11 children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and various friends) would sit quietly and listen. Since my grandfather passed away, I am thankful to have many years recorded on DVD, but it is just not the same. And I can’t stand to hear anyone else read this.

  11. Beckey says:

    The only traditions we have is stocking are given on Christmas Eve after we read the Polar Express book and afterwards we pop popcorn and make homemade from scratch hot cocoa and watch the Polar Express Movie.
    Then on Christmas day we divide and conquer the day by getting up at 7am opening a few gifts then by 9am we pack up the car and head to one of my family members homes to have brunch and open gifts (of course pictures) then by 1pm we head off to one of my fiance’s family members homes and have more holiday fun …
    Busy and tiring day but this is the only way we can have peace in the family who wishes to spend it together…
    The only thing we do differently is with my mother who we see the Saturday after …

  12. JuneA** says:

    Church on Christmas Eve and community Christmas dinner on the day itself. A wonderful, blessed time!

    I’ve not read any of Ms. Burrowes’ books before, so thanks for the chance to win this! I’ll have to check her books out!

  13. Not sure who came up with this “brilliant” holiday tradition, but it’s customary in our family to be the first awake – and the clock keeps getting set earlier and earlier. Last year, everyone was up just an hour after Santa checked out. So Xmas breakfast has also been pushed forward. Last year, we were sitting down to oyster fritters and the whole slam at 4 AM. I know! Insanity. The whole rest of the day is a blur of sleeplessness. (Okay, it’s fun-filled sleeplessness.)

  14. Maureen says:

    We usually go to Christmas Eve service and then open our presents. Christmas Day we see the whole family.

  15. Crystal B says:

    My family has always opened our presents on Christmas Eve, when I was little my mom had a tradition of giving me small gifts leading up to Christmas. That was always fun I still have some of them from when I was a little girl.

  16. Mary Doherty says:

    I make Christmas cookies every year, On Christmas eve we go out at night and look at all of the Christmas lights around our town. that’s about it for me. Of course we spend time with family and friends too. I love reading Christmas romance books this time of the year. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  17. erinf1 says:

    Congrats to Grace on the newest release! Thanks for a fun post and giveaway. My mom and I make her famous sugar cookies 🙂

  18. Diane Sallans says:

    we enjoy going to the Christmas Eve Carole sing in the center of our town’s green and then on to church for a candlelight service.

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