GOOD MORNING, CARRIE, AND WELCOME TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE TODAY….
MBA: Carrie, please tell our readers a little about yourself?
CL: I was born in California and raised in the Midwest. My husband and I met while I studied in England for a year. He was my best souvenir! We have two elementary-aged daughters and two cats that would rather stare at a mouse than chase it.
After earning my master’s degree in history with a thesis on Old West legends, I began the push toward publication in romantic fiction. My books have been set in England, Spain, Italy, Austria, and now South Africa. In other words, I’m a total history nerd who travels courtesy of tons of research!
I enjoy running, bellydancing, kickboxing, and weight training. I also love science fiction movies/TV, such as “Doctor Who,” “Battlestar Gallatica,” Aliens, and The Terminator. The heroines of the latter two, Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor, inspired the pen name I share with Ann Aguirre: Ellen Connor. Together she and
I write apocalyptic paranormal romances. Quite a change from my history books!
MBA: What if anything made you want to write historical romance?
CL: I’ve always been crazy about history. My first in-depth research obsession was the Lincoln assassination…at age ten. I spent most of my teen years reading romance, and I’ve always put pen to paper. While working on my thesis and my colleagues battled to be published in scholarly journals, I was busy imagining my name on a romance novel. I wanted gold foil covers, not symposium speeches! I can’t remember a time when that wasn’t the case.
MBA: What if anything made you decide to write “FLawless”which is set in South Africa and diamonds?
CL: It was a conscious decision because I knew the setting would be a tricky sell. But after I saw an exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago about the history of diamonds, I was sunk. During the 1880s, Kimberley in Cape
Colony, as it was known then, was home to the most concentrated number of millionaires in the world. And yet the photographs in that exhibit revealed a town that looked more like the Wild West settlements. I fell in love with the contrast between living rough and such a huge potential for wealth. No better place for glamor as well as fish-out-of-water conditions.
MBA: Can you give our readers any tidbits on your next project(s)?
CL: This month I sold a WWII historical romance to Pocket as well. I’m so excited that another unusual romance will be available to readers. In it, a British civilian pilot who’s already lost one man to the war falls for
a US paratrooper medic on the verge of D-Day. I’ll post an excerpt to my website soon!
And with Ann, our third “Dark Age Dawning” romance, DAYBREAK(http://ellenconnor.com/books/daybreak/), will be released in December. This rounds out the trilogy. We’re very excited!
As for the Christies, the series will continue in 2012 with a digital novella and another full-length book, titled STARLIGHT (http://carrielofty.com/Starlight_Excerpt.html).
MBA: Carrie,what advise do you have for any aspiring authors?
CL: Do your homework! My husband was pursuing his MBA while I began my road toward publication. At the time I remember thinking that I was earning my degree in genre fiction publishing. There’s that much research and hard work involved. Love your story. Perfect your craft. And then learn all you can about the industry. It will take time, but the results for me have been so gratifying!
MBA: Last but not least what do you hope your readers will come away with from reading “Flawless”?
CL: I hope they come away with the “ahhh” moment I always get when finishing a really beautiful romance. I adore the satisfaction of having spent my free time so well, taken to amazing places and introduced to two
lovers who belong together. That’s what I hope to give readers!
MBA: Tell our readers where and how to reach you and where your books are available?
CL: My books are available through any major outlet (digital,online and in bookstores). Readers can follow me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/carrielofty),like my Facebook author page(http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarrieLofty),and visit my website (http://www.carrielofty.com). I look forward to hearing from everyone!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR VISITING WITH US TODAY!!
FLAWLESS BY CARRIE LOFTY IS AVAILABLE AT:
Pub. Date: September 2011
Publisher: Pocket Books
SOURCE: Received for review from the publisher
Sir William Christie, ruthless tycoon and notorious ladies’ man, is dead. Now his four grown children have gathered for the reading of his will. What lies in store for stepsiblings Vivienne, Alexander, and twins Gareth and Gwyneth? Stunning challenges that will test their fortitude across a royal empire . . . and lead them to the marvelously passionate adventures of their lives.
Lady Vivienne Bancroft fled England for New York, hoping to shed the confines of her arranged marriage to unrepentant rogue Miles Durham, Viscount Bancroft—though she never forgot the fiery desire he unleashed with his slightest touch. And when the gambling man arrives on her doorstep for a little sensual revenge for her desertion, he is met with Vivienne’s dilemma: She must earn her father’s inheritance by profitably running a diamond business worth millions in colonial South Africa. Swept together in an exotic undertaking filled with heated passion and hungry temptation, will Vivienne and Miles discover that the marriage vows they once made are the greatest snare—or the most treasured reward?
FLAWLESS by Carrie Lofty is a exciting historical romance set in 1880 New York City and 1881 South Africa. It is the first in a new series ” The Christies”. It is written with depth,details,romance,diamonds,passion,secrets, desires,second chances,family,sensuality,and love. The characters are enchanting,full of life,engaging, and will capture your heart. “The Christies” series is about four grown children (Vivienne,Alexander,twins Gareth and Gwyneth) whose father died and in order to claim their inheritance must follow their father’s will exactly and hopefully unlease their adventurs and passions. “Flawless” is the first and is the story of Vivenne (Lady Vivienne Bancroft) and Miles Durham, ViscountBancroft,her estranged husband. Their adventure,passion,desires,running a diamond business in South Africa,some intrigue,a bit of suspense,and a lot of hot passion. Faced with their own secrets,and desires Mile and Vivienne must learn to trust each other before they can make their marriage work. A true test of wills and the acknowledge that their marriage vows made long ago are their greatest treasure. A must read for any historical,romance,suspense,and intrigue readers. “Flawless” will have you wanting for the next installment will turning pages. Received for review by the publisher. Details can be found at Pocket Books, a division of Simon and Schuster,Inc. and My Book Addiction and More.
REVIEWED BY: April Renn