#BookTour ‘Christmas Secrets’ #Author Interview @donnahatch

Interview with Author Donna Hatch

  1. Could you tell us something about why you wrote this novel and where the idea, or inspiration, came from.

I’ve been toying with the strangers kissing idea for a couple of years, and have had a few false starts. Finally, I brainstormed the concept with a critique partner. After trying several options, I finally landed on one that worked for me.

2- You are a bestselling author of Regency Romances. Why do you think this genre is so popular 200 years after the original romances were written?

I think there are many reasons. One reason they are popular is due to all the recent movies based on famous historical books such as all the Jane Austen films, North and South with the dreamy Richard Armitage, and many other historical novel adaptations as well as BBC series that take place in historical eras.

Another reason historical romance novels stay popular is because most people read either to relax or escape—which are kinda one in the same. We crave a reprieve from our troubles. The fantasy of vicariously living the life of the very rich, wearing beautiful gowns, having handsome heroes vie for our favor or even dueling over our honor is very appealing, and giving those stories a historical setting furthers the fantasy.

In Regency England, manners were very formal. There was a protocol to everything from how many sets a lady could dance with a gentleman in one evening (two), to what to wear while walking (a walking gown).

I love the eloquent speech used during the Regency and how they also prized wit. My job as a historical novelist is to include witty dialogue in every historical I write. I also love the manners of the Regency: gentlemen stood when a lady entered the room, removed their hats, cleaned up their language, and bowed. Yes, I do wish men still did those things today. Regency men were educated as well as athletic; they rode horses, fenced, and boxed. They were strong, noble and honorable—to the point of being self-sacrificing. And that is why I love them!

3- Have you ever thought about writing another genre, such as contemporary romance?

Not contemporary but I have written a fantasy, which is currently out of print, and I’d like to write more in the future. I also am considering writing young adult fantasy or futuristic/science fiction.

4- What are you writing at the moment?

I am working on book 5 of my Rogue Hearts series, and I’m brainstorming a new series about spies during the Napoleonic Wars.

5- What would you like readers to know about you?

I love chocolate and cute fluffy baby animals.

Here is my official bio: Best-selling author, Donna Hatch, is a hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, the force that drove her to write and publish twenty historical romance titles, including the award-winning “Rogue Hearts Series.”  She is a multi-award winner, a sought-after workshop presenter, and juggles multiple volunteer positions as well as her six (yes, that is 6) children. Also a music lover, she sings and plays the harp, and loves to ballroom dance. Donna and her family recently transplanted from her native Arizona to the Pacific Northwest where she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

Connect with Donna here:

Facebook ~ Website ~ Amazon ~  Goodreads ~ Twitter ~

 

Holly’s two Christmas wishes this year are to finally win her mother’s approval by gaining the notice of a handsome earl, and discovering the identity of the stranger who gave her a heart-shattering kiss…even if that mystery kisser is the resident Christmas ghost.

Amazon ~ Amazon UK ~ Amazon Canada ~ Amazon Australia ~

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Lucy Shares Lovely #Books! On #Facebook

I used to have three Facebook pages: a personal page, an author page, and a page for the Adult Education Centre where I work.

Now I’d like to let you know about a new, fourth Facebook page I’ve created called Lucy Shares Lovely Books 

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The purpose of this page is to let readers know about great books available.

You all know that I’m a writer who loves reading.

I started reading long before I started writing. I shamelessly admit I prefer reading to writing. Losing myself in a book is like experiencing another world.

I read avidly every day and I’d like to let you know about the books I’ve read and enjoyed, the books on my ‘to be read’ (TBR) list, and the books other trusted reviewers have read and enjoyed. I review with Brook Cottage Books and Rosie’s Book Review Team. I’ll also tell readers about new releases and offers. Join me in this exciting, literary journey.

This new Facebook page isn’t about me, it’s about other writers and books.

I’ll be gradually featuring all the books I’ve read in the last year. This week, I’m especially interested in featuring books themed around Christmas.

So far I’ve featured the following books involving Christmas:

1- What happens when Rosie house sits at Christmas and the owner’s son arrives unexpectedly to try to discover a family secret? A romantic and suspenseful novel by Helen J, Rolfe, which is ideal for this time of year!

2- What happens when an anonymous donor pays to have the church furnace repaired, and other locals suddenly find solutions to their problems. Is it coincidental, or the work of a secret angel?

3- I enjoyed On Christmas Hill because it’s so easy to love, so delightful to read, and so hard to forget. I read it last Christmas, but I’m looking forward to rereading it again!

4- A Christmas Ghost Story. A great tragedy occurred in 1899, in the North Yorkshire market town of Thorpe Morton, 59 people died at the market hall whilst celebrating Christmas Eve, many of them children. One hundred years on and the spirits of the deceased are restless still, ‘haunting’ the community, refusing to let them forget. Psychic investigators Theo Lawson and Ness Patterson are called in to help the spirits move on, but can they?

5- The Christmas Gift. A former senior investigator for the Justice Department moves to Kentucky to take possession of an unexpected inheritance, and he falls in love with a beautiful interior decorator. Together, they attempt to protect an abandoned infant during the Christmas holiday season. Laura Taylor writes unforgettable love stories.

6- Winter Tales.  The Write Romantics present their first anthology of uplifting short stories perfect for this season. 

7- I love Ella Quinn’s well-written, Regency romances. Why not start with a free novella: Madeleine’s Christmas Wish?

 

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There are few pleasures around Christmastime greater that a comfortable armchair, a glowing fire, a glass of wine (preferably white, Rueda de Verdejo), and a great book in your hands (preferably kindle, and occasionally paperback). Heaven… 

If any of you have written a novel including the Christmas theme and would like it to be featured, let me know in the comments below. 

If you have a favourite Christmas novel, let me know in the comments, too, so I can feature it.