Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Eliza Knight! #Highlander #Erotic

I'm very excited to welcome my chapter mate
Eliza Knight
to the blog today to celebrate her new release!
See her giveaway, below!
Welcome, Eliza!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Thank you so much for hosting me today! Here’s a little about me…

I’m a multi-published, award-winning author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. While not reading, writing or researching for my latest book, I chase after my three children. In my spare time (if there is such a thing…) I like daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. I live atop a small mountain, and enjoy cold winter nights when I can curl up in front of a roaring fire with my own knight in shining armor.

Awesome! Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Last week, my erotic time-travel novella (15K) HIGHLAND STEAM released with Ellora’s Cave. It is the first in a planned series of quickie reads featuring the Comyn Clan. Here’s the cover copy…

Tragedy strikes in the Highlands, making Drostan the laird of the Comyn clan and in need of a wife to placate his people. His only choice is to trust in magic and travel to the sacred circle of stones…where he must passionately lay claim to the woman Fate brings him.

Briana is lost and alone when magic lights up the night. She meets the man of her dreams, a man who rocks her to her very core with orgasm after orgasm and somehow manages to steal her heart. The problem? The man of her dreams lives eight hundred years in the past.

Oh, my, but with all those orgasms, who would notice? Love it! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

All of my time-travels have had a humorous element. My short time-travel HIGHLAND TRYST that released in December in the SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES VOL.1 anthology had a reviewer state she nearly peed her pants from reading. I was surprised while writing HIGHLAND STEAM that it was more of an emotional journey than humorous one.

LOL! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

The hardest part of writing a short story, is trying to get the characterization down, make the plot believable and show the progression of the romance in a satisfying way in a small amount of space.

Yes! So true! What are you working on right now?

I am working on revisions for a medieval romance and an erotic Regency, as well as plotting out the second book in the Comyn Clan series.

Good luck with it all! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

It is published! A LADY’S CHARADE is a medieval romance, more like the old school styles of Julie Garwood and Kathleen Woodiwiss.  I had some really good feedback from editors, and almost had a contract, but it fell through at the last minute. Because it is the book of my heart, I wanted to share it with the world and so I self-published it. A LADY’S CHARADE has been sitting on the Top 100 Historical Romances at the Apple I-Bookstore since it was published.

That’s fantastic! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

The easiest part of writing is coming up with the story. The hardest part is getting deep enough into the character’s head so that the reader connects. I agonize over emotional reactions, deep inner POV, etc…, just to make sure it’s on the page.

Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

There are definitely bits and pieces, but not a whole person or event.

Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

I think a running theme is that love conquers all—time, villains, differences, etc… Each story seems to have its own theme. I’ve studied conquering one’s own demons, abandonment, adultery, overcoming society dictates.

Interesting! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

Hmm… if I told you it wouldn’t be a surprise! LOL. Okay, they might be surprised to hear that when I’m not writing, I’m just a normal everyday mom. I go to the bus stop with the kids, love my coffee, make dinner, clean toilets.

Bwahaha! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

I don’t really wish I’d written anything that is already published because then I wouldn’t have enjoyed reading it so much, but I would LOVE to meet a few authors: Ken Follett, Philippa Gregory, Julie Garwood, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens…

Great way to look at it! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark chocolate cover pomegranate seeds.

Salty or sweet? Sweet and Salty

Bed or kitchen table? Ooh! Both?

Beach or mountains? Both!

Give or receive? Most definitely both *grins*

Thanks for coming on the blog, Eliza! 
Where can we find you on the web?
[mentioned in a recent Wall Street Journal article!]
Giveaway!
One commenter who leaves their email address will win an ebook copy of Highland Steam! Contest through midnight EST on Sunday 3/4! Open to international! Winner to be chosen by random.org! Good luck!
Thanks for reading! Be sure to leave Eliza some new release love!

Laura & Eliza

27 comments:

Eliza Knight said...

Thanks so much for hosting me Laura!! It was a fun interview :)

chrissy said...

Really enjoyed this and here is my email gurdy 1@Yahoo.com

chrissy said...

Really enjoyed this and here is my email gurdy 1@Yahoo.com

Jennie Coleen561 said...

I love time travel stories! I'm going to check out Eliza's website and Amazon page. My email is jcn@centurytel.net

Michelle (Reading Lark) said...

Fantastic interview!

mllatiolais@gmail.com

books4me said...

I just love time travel books and have since I was a kid. Add a scottish highladner and I'm a gonner!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

Harlie Reader said...

Love time travel stories. Great interview and you had me at Julie Garwood. Love her!

Marika Weber
maw1725@gmail.com

Joanne said...

Time travel books are so intriguing, add in a highlander and I'm there! Can't wait to read Highland Steam. Thanks for the giveaway.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

ame1184 said...

oooh i love time travel : ) thanks for the interview and the giveaway!
ame1184 at gmail dot com

Eliza Knight said...

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments :)

Victoria said...

This sounds good. I liked the interview. I'm going to have to try dark chocolate over pomegranate seeds :).
vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Shelley B said...

Sounds good! Time travel and highland hotties are two if my faces!
srbagby 50 at gmail dot com

Shelley B said...

Two of my faves!
Sorry .......

Sascha Illyvich - The Dark Wolf Lord said...

Definitely an interesting blog, glad I stopped by. What sort of wines are you fond of? I'm an enthusiast so anything BUT Rose works LOL!

Looking at your covers, you're definitely in some fine company! Congrats!

Eliza Knight said...

@Victoria-- you have to try them! Brookside makes a great treat :)

@Sascha -- I love a good pinot noir. Mark West makes one I enjoy quite a bit.

Eliza Knight said...

Shelley--for a moment I thought you were a time-traveling Highlander! Thanks for stopping by :)

Sascha Illyvich - The Dark Wolf Lord said...

The Mark WEst is pretty solid Pinot Noir. I am a fan. Plus I love stuff coming out of Oregon too!

Picked up your Edit Your Book in a Month too, loving it!

Caius09 said...

I love any author who tackles Highland Lairds finding their soul mate from another time. I like reading the progression from the initial meeting to "how do I explain this to you?", to the falling in love and finally "how do we make this work?". Win or lose, I'll definitely read this!

Thank you Laura and Eliza for the great interview and the giveaway.

mwilsonart@gmail.com

Eliza Knight said...

Thank you Caius! I hope you enjoy it :)

Joya said...

Great post, ladies. You are both so much fun.
Wow, Eliza. You published the first book you ever wrote? Verrry impressive. I think my first and second one will forever remain under the bed with the dust bunnies.
Congrats and best wishes for continued success. :)

Unknown said...

Eliza is a new to me author - thank you for bringing her to my attention, Laura!
Eliza, I'm socially stalking you now! Your books all sound amazing, and the covers are gorgeous! Your interview was entertaining (isn't Laura a hoot, too?), and I can't wait to read your books - they are on mu wishlist now. It is a terribly loooong list, but I will eventually get to them, LOL!

Gena Robertson
robertsongena@hotmail.com

Rachel V said...

This book sounds great. I like time travel stories. Thanks!

pefrw at yahoo dot com

Megan@Riverina Romantics said...

Dark chocolate over pomegranate seeds? Insane! LOL!

riverinaromantic AT aol DOT com

Laura Kaye said...

I gotta admit...I love me some Highlander, too! Thanks for all the great comments and questions for Eliza, guys! Keep 'em coming! :D

menina.iscrazy said...

Wonderful interview. Love that you do time travels. :)

menina.iscrazy @ yahoo.com

Linda said...

Love the interview and giveaway, this goes right up on my TBR list, =) sounds like a great read!

best wishes & Happy Friday!
//Linda

Laura Kaye said...

And the winner of Eliza's ebook is Joanne e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

CONGRATULATIONS!

And thanks so much to everyone for commenting!