Thursday, February 16, 2012

Friday Fun- Meet author Rose Gordon!

Please help me welcome talented author ROSE GORDON. She's brought her latest release, HER IMPERFECT GROOM! (Rose, I love, love, love that cover!)
You can find out more about Rose at her website
But come on back and visit with us because Rose is offering 2 - TWO! - e-copies of either HER IMPERFECT GROOM or one of her backlist titles as prizes! So two of you can win this week:) Be sure to leave your email addy so we can contact you if you win.

Thanks so much for being here today, Rose!

Tell us about your real life romance.

While everyone says real life romance is nothing like the romance in books, I have to disagree! In many of the books I've read, the hero towers over the heroine and marriages happen as a result of scandals (particularly in historical romance novels). At 6'4”, my husband is more than 16” taller than me, which came in handy when I needed a place to hide following our botched elopement! Truly, my husband and I are not the norm. We eloped as teenagers and had our fist child a month before our first anniversary. We've been married more than seven years now and while the “romance” part might not be what one reads about in books with romantic dinners out, boxes of chocolates, and flowers, replaced with endless meetings, burnt dinners, and a house covered with matchbox cars and Legos, we find time to remember why it was we couldn't wait another day to marry. Ironically, a lot of the sweet gestures the heroes in my books do, are modeled from the things my husband does for me—even if a bit misguided.

How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?

That really depends. I've written a few villains who've had personalty traits of people I know... For the most part though, I don't base a lot of my characters' personalities on people I've met, but rather, their looks. Two years ago I saw someone in passing with eye-catching features and was nearly stunned at his appearance. I later went home and changed my hero to having jet black hair and vibrant blue eyes.

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Absolutely. I believe in hate at first sight, too. Both of these emotions were felt when my husband and I first met... I fell head-over-heels in love, and he couldn't stand me! (See how that worked out?)

If you could switch places with one of your characters would you?

Yes! I've written quite a few very lucky and enviable heroines. The only thing that keeps me from firing up the Delorean is one little, fourteen-letter phrase: modern plumbing. I'm really not sure how I'd handle a chamberpot or even a water closet. 

What is your favorite dessert/food?

I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but I love pizza. I could eat pizza almost every day. Unfortunately, my husband doesn't go for this, so we compromise. Whenever I pass some sort of milestone with my current work-in-progress, we go out for pizza. As an added bonus, our little boys love this, and this little tradition makes mom cool. Can't beat that.

Tell us a little about your WIP.
Currently, I've taken a break from Regencies and have decided to write a trilogy of Westerns based in Indian Territory in the 1840s. At the time, the United States Army had set up several forts across the land and the men stationed there were there to help keep the peace between the Indian tribes and offer protection for those who had to pass through.
 Because only military men and their wives were allowed to live at these forts, if a man did not come to the fort with a wife, he was unlikely to find one until he returned home. Unless one is accidentally left when a frustrated stagecoach driver leaves town before all of his travelers have returned, that is...
 Thus sets the stage for the first book where a well-to-do lady traveling by stagecoach from her home in Boston to meet her fiance in Santa Fe finds herself stranded in a military fort when her stagecoach leaves without her. Given the choice to either temporarily marry an officer until her fiance can come rescue her or take her chances with the Indians, she marries a the glib Captain Wes Tucker, who, unbeknownst to her, grew up in a wealthy Charleston family and despises everything she represents. But when it’s time for her fiance to reclaim her and annul their marriage, will she still want to go with him, and more importantly, will Wes let her?
 Though 1840s Indian Territory is as far away from Regency England as one can get, I'm having a ball writing this series and learning far more than I ever thought possible.

Upon their first meeting, seventeen year old Edwina Banks loses her heart to the handsome, Sir Wallace Benedict. She then spends three years doing everything in her power to see him again only to be devastated when she hears that he still holds a tendre for his former love interest—Lady Chatterfield.

Disappointed but not defeated, Edwina forms a plan to help Sir Wallace gain his much-deserved and long awaited happily-ever-after by winning the object of his affection’s favor. For truly then she can put aside her feelings for him and pursue her own match.

Or can she...

Despite his three engagements, the thrice-jilted baronet, Sir Wallace Benedict, has never had an easy time charming those of the fairer sex. Having been deceived and used more times than he'd care to remember, he's erected a wall around his heart and is skeptical of everyone. Everyone except one Miss Edwina Banks, that is. With an inquisitive disposition, yet a relaxing presence, Edwina is a mystery which has held him captive ever since their first meeting three years ago. So when she offers to give him advice for how to conduct a courtship that will end with the most favorable result: marriage, he agrees without hesitation.

But when Wallace learns that not only does Edwina have another suitor, but that her advice was meant to help him woo the wrong lady, he forms his own plan: use Edwina's wooing advice on Edwina.




  1. Rose, I really enjoyed your post. I'm always looking for a new (to me) historical romance author to read. Love, love, love that cover! It's gorgeous!

  2. I agree with Lucy; the cover is stunning. Covers are so important, aren't they? I loved your real-life romance, too. Wishing you great sales.

  3. Great interview, Ladies!

    Your book sounds fabulous, Rose. Love the cover AND the name Edwina!! Your western seems like a fun read, too. When will it be released?

  4. Ladies, thank you all so much for your compliments on the cover. It is truly one of my favorites.

    Vonnie, I'm so glad to hear your enjoyed reading about my real-life romance. It's certainly been fun!

    Lynda, my western should be out around the first of May.

  5. I have read and enjoyed each and every one of Rose's books. I enjoy reading them in the order written as you get to know the characters and I love revisiting them in each book. Sir Wallace did grab the heartstrings with me a bit more but I loved all the hero's and heroines. The westerns look like they will be exciting as well.

    1. Thank you, Judy. Sir Wallace has to be one of my all-time favorites! He's certainly a sweetheart.

  6. What an absolutely fabulous blog, Rose. I adore you books and you write some of the most realistic and captivating romance stories I've ever had the pleasure to read. What we experience and who we are is often echoed in what we write. You Rose are a true romantic with a great talent for writing.

    I actually can't wait for your Western to come to out - you spoil us but I'm not complaining:-) xx

    1. Thank you so much for coming, Elizabeth.

      Funny story about Ms. Marshall, the first book of mine she read, she e-mailed me halfway through to ask if the heroine didn't want the hero, if I'd rewrite the story so she could have him!

  7. Both the Imperfect Groom and your Western sound like a lot of fun. Can't wait to read them.

  8. Liked the blurb. My husband fell in love at first sight - I didn't (well, he saw me first). But he grew on me with a lot of charm and persistence and romance.

    1. Yeah, I guess I "grew" on my husband, too, kind of like a fungus, I suppose.

      I am so glad things worked out for you and it never hurts to have a husband who's charming.

  9. Ladies-
    Don't forget to leave your email addy or I can't contact you if you win:(

  10. Great interview! I love your real life romance story. *sigh... The book sounds divine too! Wishing you all the best with your books, in life and love :)

  11. Fatna
    I love your books and would love to get a chance to win one of your books. I enjoy getting ur blog updates and can't wait to hear about ur next upcoming book.

    1. Thank you Fatna. I'm glad you enjoy my whacky blog posts and updates.

  12. I agree, Rose, your Regency sounds great--and so does the upcoming Western. I look forward to reading both. Your own love story sounds like the makings of a good plot, too. Best of luck.

    1. Thanks, Barbara! You know that saying, "Truth is stranger than fiction"? That's my love story. My romance/courtship and marriage was so convoluted it probably could pass as an entertaining read! Thank you for commenting.

  13. I really enjoyed the interview and I will be checking out your books. I too would love to live in a different era but I would miss indoor plumbing too much also. Jackie

    1. LOL Ah, the creature comforts we know and love... I imagine in 50 years people wouldn't want to live before the year 2000 due to the lack of the prevalence of cell phones and Internet.

  14. Oops I hit the wrong key when putting in my email, it is thanks Jackie