HRR Interview & Contest: The Authors of Once Upon a True Love’s Kiss

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Box sets are the new craze in the publishing world because bundled books offer literary treasure at a great price, following theme, genre, or setting, while introducing readers to new authors. Win. Win. Huzzah!

Once Upon a True Love’s Kiss by USA Today Best-selling author, Julie Johnstone, and best-selling authors, Katherine Bone, Collette Cameron, Jillian Chantal, Samantha Grace, Alanna Lucas, Lauren Smith, and Victoria Vane, delivers eight tantalizing kiss-and-tell stories featuring dashing, wildly charming rogues, spies, pirates, rakes, and their extraordinary, intrepid heroines.

What better way to weather a cold winter’s night after the holidays than to be whisked away on sweet to sizzling romantic romps in wickedly entertaining historical romances, eh?

But who are the authors of After Forever, The Pirate’s Duchess, Her Scandalous Wish, Milady and Her Spy, Kissed by a Scottish Rogue, Stolen Kisses from the Viscount, Tempted by a Rogue, and The Redemption of Julian Price?

Here’s a short Q&A for your reading pleasure:

Julie Johnstone, do you have any favorite TV shows?

Julie: The Affair, Shameless, Outlander, Game of Thrones.

Katherine Bone, if you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

Katherine: I’ve always said that if I could be a superhero I’d have the power of healing. I’m all about bringing on the positive. What bigger bang can you get for your buck if you are the catalyst for healing someone and helping someone live a better life? That’s what I hope my stories bring to those who read them: escape, adventure, and happiness.

Collette Cameron, do you have any particular talents? Anything outside of the norm? Any other artistic skills besides writing?

Collette: I’m a certified interior decorator, and I sing. I’m a contralto, which is the lowest female voice. I’ve actually sung tenor.

And I bet you thought I was a soprano.

Jillian Chantal, what is your fashion or accessory weakness?

Jillian: Boots. I am a slave to boots. I love, love, love them. They make me happy.

Samantha Grace, do you have a favorite place you have traveled to? Or perhaps a place you long to visit?

Samantha: Anyplace new is great! I love exploring different cities. Probably my favorite trips have been to San Francisco and New Orleans. I really want to take a trip to the UK. I’ve never been except through Google Maps, and it’s just not quite the same as actually being there. I’d like to visit Europe too, but I think either a very long trip or two separate ones would be best.

Alanna Lucas, do you have a favorite quote or inspirational saying?

Alanna: The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. – Saint Augustine

Lauren Smith, you are forced to live on a desert island for six months. Food and bare survival equipment will be provided but that is all. You can take one person and five items to relieve the boredom and enhance the experience. Who is the person and what are the items? Why?

Lauren: I’m going to treat this like fantasy island and say that I get to bring along Chris Evans and a year’s supply of condoms. I shouldn’t have to explain that decision *wink. My other four items would be a kindle fire tablet with all the twilight movies uploaded onto them, a huge battery pack to power the tablet and a pair of towels for me and Chris after our sexy times in the ocean.

Victoria Vane, do you have a favorite character or two amongst the many you have created?

Victoria: I always fall in love with all of my heroes, but my all-time favorite character will always be Ludovic DeVere from my award-winning Devil DeVere series. He’s wicked and naughty and funny and sexy and sometimes vulgar and crude, but he’s also incredibly loyal and protective of those he cares about. I adore him!

 

Author Bio

JULIE JOHNSTON – is an USA TODAY best-selling author of edgy Regency Romance. She feels she’s living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination. When not writing, she’s chasing her precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising. Julie loves to hear from her readers. To connect with Julie or learn more about her books, visit her website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

KATHERINE BONE – is an Amazon #1 bestselling Historical Romance Author passionate about history since she had the opportunity to travel to various Army bases, castles, battlegrounds, and cathedrals as an Army brat-turned-Officer’s-Wife. Now she lives in the south where she writes about Rogues, Rebels and Rakes, aka Pirates, Lords, Captains, Duty, Honor, and Country and the happily-ever-afters every alpha male and damsel deserve. To connect with Katherine or learn more about her books, visit her website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

JILLIAN CHANTAL – is a 2015 RONE Finalist and lives on the beautiful coast of Florida, and even though she loves her little slice of paradise, she’s an Anglophile at heart. Writing in a variety of romance genres makes her happy, but she has a particular fondness for the Georgian/Regency era as it was the age she adored as a teen and as her introduction to the world of happily-ever-afters. Living on the gulf coast also reminds Jillian, daily, that even though she loves the past, she needs the present. Air conditioning is vital for her survival. To connect with Jillian or learn more about her books, visit her website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

COLLETTE CAMERON – is an Amazon #1 best-selling and award-winning Historical Romance Author of more than ten Scottish and Regency Romances featuring rogues, rapscallions, rakes, and the intrepid damsels who reform them. Mother to three and self-proclaimed Cadbury chocoholic, she makes her home in Oregon with her husband and five mini-dachshunds. You’ll always find animals, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. To connect with Collette or learn more about her books, visit her website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

SAMANTHA GRACE – is an Amazon best-Selling, RITA-nominated Historical Romance Author who discovered the appeal of a great love story at the age of four, thanks to Disney’s “Robin Hood”. She didn’t care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience, and she wanted the warm fuzzies to go on forever. Now that Samantha is grown, she enjoys creating happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publisher’s Weekly describes her stories as “fresh and romantic” with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever. To connect with Samantha or learn more about her books, visit her website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

SAMANTHA GRACE – is an Amazon best-Selling, RITA-nominated Historical Romance Author who discovered the appeal of a great love story at the age of four, thanks to Disney’s “Robin Hood”. She didn’t care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience, and she wanted the warm fuzzies to go on forever. Now that Samantha is grown, she enjoys creating happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publisher’s Weekly describes her stories as “fresh and romantic” with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever. To connect with Samantha or learn more about her books, visit her website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

LAUREN SMITH- an attorney by day, is an Amazon best-selling, award winning author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat, and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being a New England Reader’s Choice Winner, Greater Detroit Bookseller’s Best Award Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. To connect with Lauren or learn more about her books, visit her website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

VICTORIA VANE – is an Amazon #1 bestselling author of smart and sexy romance. Her works range from comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance and have received over twenty awards and nominations to include: a 2015 Red Carpet Finalist for Best Contemporary romance (SLOW HAND), 2014 RONE Winner for Best Historical Post Medieval Romance (Treacherous Temptations), and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 (The Devil DeVere series). Victoria also writes romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee. She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse. To connect with Vicki or learn more about her books, visit her website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

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22 thoughts on “HRR Interview & Contest: The Authors of Once Upon a True Love’s Kiss

  1. Woo-hoo!!!! Thank you so much for raisin’ the signal flag for our box set today, Romancing the Book! We appreciate your generosity and kindness!!!

    ARR! Happy New Year!!! 😉

  2. erinf1 says:

    congrats on the new release and thanks for sharing! Ummm… what is the one new year’s resolution that you’ll fullfill and what is one that you wont?

    • Ahoy, erinf1!!!

      Like Alanna, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I do, however, make a New Year List of all the things I want to accomplish during the year ahead: personal improvements, career adjustments, goals, things to do. Then at the end of the year, I circle the things I actually did do and cross out the ones I didn’t. Gives me an idea where my head was at the beginning of the year and what I can improve on in the future. 😉

  3. Jess1 says:

    Congrats to the authors for their new release! I enjoyed the interview with each author participating and getting their own different question. The book premise sounds so romantic and one to enjoy on a cozy evening.

    • Ahoy, Lady JoAnne! Thanks for posting your question! I’ll give it a go. (Pirate!) 😉

      This was my first time releasing a new book as part of an anthology or box set and it was great fun working with all of these talented authors! I think what I loved most about participating in this box set has been connecting with other authors from my genre and building new friendships. Collaborating on titles, book covers, and deadlines has been an excellent way for us to share what we’ve learned in our own careers and use that collective information to improve our promotion and marketing on future projects too.

      I hope you enjoy the set! Happy New Year!!!

  4. Laney4 says:

    Did all the authors have to agree on the beautiful cover, or were you just told that that was the cover?

    • Ahoy, Laney4! Thanks for commenting! 😉

      In the initial stages of the box set, we discussed what we wanted in a book cover and what we didn’t want. Luckily, we have very talented people in our set with artistic backgrounds. Collectively, we agreed on paying for our own special book cover photo shoot (a very exciting endeavor) and then Author Victoria Vane created our beautiful box set cover! Huzzah!!! Isn’t she the BOMB? We’re so in love with our cover!

      Happy New Year!!!

    • I studied Art History in Paris, France many, many, moons ago! Last summer, my family and I were in Normandy and a lot of it came back.
      I do travel to Europe often- I have family in Holland (I am slowly learning Dutch), Italy (I know some Italian, but the brain diverts back to French), and in Germany and Austria (I am hopeless when it comes to German, but learning is on my to-do list).
      Great Question!

  5. Ahoy, Lady Mary!

    Great question!!! I took two years of Spanish in High School. (Hey, didn’t we all? LOL!) But after I married my rogue, I was fortunate enough to attend the Defensive Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, CA., to study Italian. (Rogue was then a Captain and getting assigned a Command in Vicenza, Italy.)

    I still know how to count to ten in Japanese and German from living in those countries as a child and a teenager, along with several others words and phrases I remember learning. LUV languages!

    Happy New Year!!!

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