2. When you are relaxing with a good book, who are some of your favorite authors and books to read?
There are too many books to list, but I love Lisa Kleypas, Loretta Chase, Kathryn Smith, Cheryl Holt, Elizabeth Hoyt, Emma Holly….I could go on. The list is rather long!
3. What is one thing that your fans would be shocked to learn?
English is my second language. Even though I was born in Canada, my parents were Italian immigrants and at home, among my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins Italian was the only language spoken. I didn’t learn to speak English until age 6. Being in the Canadian school system, French is mandatory. The next year, while I was still trying to master English, French was introduced into the curriculum. So at age 7, I spoke two different Italian dialects (my grandmothers were from different parts of Italy) as I worked to learn the two official languages of Canada. But I’m not complaining! I think I’m better for it.
4. In our families emergency packs we each have between 5-10 books, what books would you put in your emergency pack?
Any books from the list of authors above. 🙂
5. If you could travel to any time period where would you go?
In all honesty, in the very time and place AWAKENED BY A KISS is set. I’d love to be in the very time and place when the genre of fairy tales was born! It was such an opulent and elegant time! I’d loved to see King Louis XIV and his glittering court, to see the first school of Ballet he opened. To see the magnificent plays performed by members of court. To see the building of one of the most beautiful palaces in the world – Versailles! I’d love to attend the salons that were hosted by women of the upper class where Aristos and the literati came together to discuss and debate history, literature, religion and politics. Oh, I’d definitely want to go to one of the elaborate masquerade balls that were so popular at the time.
6. What is your secret indulgence?
It’s not much of a secret, actually, but my indulgence is travel. I love it! I’ve been to 4 continents so far. My favorite cities thus far have got to be Paris, France and Venice, Italy. I could stay forever in either city. Unfortunately, I don’t think I could get my husband and kids to come with me—on a permanent basis, that is. I’m going to be traveling to England at the end of Aug. It’s my first time and I can’t wait!
My debut novel AWAKENED BY A KISS, Berkley Sensation, hits the shelves on August 3, 2010. In celebration, I’m giving away 2 signed copies of my book.
Charles Perrault was the man who created The Tales of Mother Goose. Since AWAKENED BY A KISS was inspired by three of Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tales, (Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, and Puss in Boots) my question is this – Can you name one of Perrault’s fairy tales that are *not* found in my sizzling summer release, AWAKENED BY A KISS? You can easily Google the answer!
Two lucky commenters with the right answers will win a signed copy of AWAKENED BY A KISS.
Contest will stay open till midnight on Aug 3rd.