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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Desperately Seeking Suzanna by Elizabeth Michels (Interview/Giveaway)

Must Love Dukes (Tricks of the Ton, #1) Desperately Seeking Suzanna (Tricks of the Ton, #2) How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less (Tricks of the Ton, #3)

What better person to write historical romances, than an author with a great romance of her own. Welcome our guest today - Elizabeth Michels!

Elizabeth: Thank you so much for hosting me, Lexi! I’m happy to be here. *waves to everyone*

Lexi: For those of you who may not know, Elizabeth is a fairly new face to the historical romance genre. So new in fact, that your debut was released in February (Must Love Dukes), and your second release (Desperately Seeking Suzanna) in March! When do you have time to do anything?!

Elizabeth: I don’t.  Seriously, if you have any information on cloning, freezing time, or robot armies I would love to hear it.  *grins* The past year of my life has been a blur of words and deadlines mixed with excitement over my first books releasing. Thankfully, I have a very supportive family.  Even my little boy understands and is only too happy to go with Nana to get ice cream so that I can write for an extra hour.  Oh, the sacrifice! I do try to spend any free time I have with my family though since I spend so many hours in front of my computer.

Lexi: A good game plan though, to release the next books in your series quickly and stay fresh in readers minds. You must have had all three of these books written when you got your offer? Did you wait until you were done with the series before seeking representation?

Elizabeth: That would have been the wise thing to do, but no.  Apparently, I enjoy doing things the difficult way or maybe I secretly desire vast amounts of gray hair.  Either way, I only had Must Love Dukes written when I sold the first 3 books in the Tricks of the Ton series.  The other 2 books were just ideas floating around in my head.  I am glad these first 2 books released together though since the plots are so closely intertwined.  There are even a few scenes that cross over from book to book which was easier to accomplish in the editing process with only weeks between book releases.  The third book takes place a little later in time, so it serves as an epilogue to the first 2, before the series jumps back in time a bit to follow some of the other characters.  I’m having so much fun writing this series!

Lexi: Thank goodness for husbands that push us to do great things! Little did your husband suspect that he would turn you into a write-aholic. :) Or maybe that is your alter ego, sort of like Sue’s alter ego in Desperately Seeking Suzanna? Though I will say her other persona, Suzanna, got her into way more trouble. Drinking too much and seducing Lord Holden Ellis! 

Elizabeth: Yes, Sue got a little more than she bargained for when she declared she was Suzanna that night, didn’t she?  What a mess she gets herself into! I like to think the “mess” I’ve gotten myself into with my love of writing is a little safer since I haven’t broken into a neighbor’s home recently to drink their champagne, attend their party uninvited, and break a lord’s nose in the process…Unless it was last Tuesday.  I have no memory of last Tuesday.  (Just kidding.) I am glad that following my husband’s advice turned me into a write-aholic though.  I finally found my passion in life—which I’m very grateful for.  I guess after 18 years together, he knows me…a little anyway. *winks*

Lexi: I love the sound of Desperately Seeking Suzanna. Full of fun, some secrets, and the best part...that Holden starts to fall for Sue even though he is searching for this mysterious seductress. Exactly how I like my historical romance. How about you Elizabeth, what makes a perfect historical for you?

Elizabeth: I love the complete escape from reality a historical offers.  Being transported to another time and place where the men are swoon-worthy, the women wear dresses that twirl and everyone is in pursuit of the basic freedom to choose happiness and love for their lives is divine.   And, I always enjoy when the boundaries of what is proper and what just isn’t done in society are pushed aside to have some fun. Historical Romance is like taking a small vacation.  I want to be entertained, to fall in love along-side the heroine, and to return to my home smiling at the memories I made while in that magical place.


Lexi: Your release timing and everything certainly seem perfect. Congratulations on all your recent success! I am excited to check out Desperately Seeking Suzanna, and we hope to see you back when you release How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less!

Elizabeth: I would love to come back to celebrate the release of How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less with you in July! Thank you so much for having me over today to chat about Desperately Seeking Suzanna. I hope you enjoy this story and I lift my wine glass to all of you fabulous readers out there.  Cheers!



DESPERATELY SEEKING SUZANNA BY ELIZABETH MICHELS – IN STORES MARCH 2014 

Her Cinderella Moment…Sue Green just wanted one night to be the pretty one. But a few glasses of champagne and one wild disguise later, she's in some serious trouble. Who knew the devastatingly handsome face of Lord Holden Ellis would get in the way of her foot? And how exactly did all that high-kick dancing start in the first place? At least she blamed it on her new persona—Suzanna—so Society's most eligible bachelor will never find out the truth.
All Holden wants is the truth. Who was that vixen who seduced him so thoroughly, then disappeared? The only one who seems to have any answers about Suzanna is Miss Sue Green. She's promised to help him find his mystery woman, but she's not being all that helpful. And the more time Holden spends with Sue—witty, pretty, and disarmingly honest—the more he realizes he may have found exactly what he's been looking for all along...


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elizabeth Michels grew up on a Christmas tree farm in rural South Carolina. After tip-toeing her way through school with her focus on ballet steps and her nose in a book, she met a boy and followed him a thousand miles away from home to Kansas City, Missouri, before settling down in North Carolina. She attended Park University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Interior Design. Elizabeth is a lover of happily-ever-afters; she invites you to read her stories, get lost, and enjoy. For more information, please visit http://www.elizabethmichels.com


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Giveaway:
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22 comments:

jodi marinich said...

i am a sucker for a good historical romance

Elizabeth Michels said...

That's a good thing to be a sucker for, Jodi! I'm a sucker for them too! When I see a book with a ball gown on the cover, I have to buy it! Love them!

Lolarific said...

I love that the Hero's name is Holden! That's my youngest sons' name. :)

Elizabeth Michels said...

Awww! Holden is a great name, Lolarific! Actually, it was my husband who suggested Holden's name when I was sitting in the living room floor rattling off names one night. Occasionally he's helpful. LOL

Beautiful Disaster said...

Historical are my faves. I'm looking forward to reading this.
Thanks :)

lorih824 AT yahoo dot com

Tammy cyr said...

I love historical romance. I've noticed your first two books, and keep intending to buy them, since they sound really interesting.

Glenda said...

I've got Must Love Dukes in my TBR. Can't wait to get my hands on Desperately Seeking Suzanna! I love the bits I've read.

Elizabeth Michels said...

Beautiful Disaster, I hope you enjoy Desperately Seeking Suzanna!

Tammy, I'm glad they're out there on shelves in the world, looking enticing! This makes me happy! :) I hope you like them!

Glenda, thanks for putting Must Love Dukes on your TBR list! I hope you enjoy both stories! :)

Judy said...

My favorite romance novels are historical. I also love every cover you put on your books. I think I could guess who the author was from the cover!!!

Debby said...

I love romance historicals. Did you get to do a lot of research?

Jeanne M said...

Hi Elizabeth!

I loved reading Must Love Dukes and seeing Devon and Lily end up with their very own "happily ever after" even if they did take a while to do it!

Needless to say I was amazed that Desperately Seeking Suzanna was released just a month later! I can't imagine the pressure you were under and your husband must be a saint!

I was thrilled to find out today that some of the characters I've fallen in love with already will be getting their own stories told after How to Lose a Lord In Ten Days is released in July and I hope that the wait won't be long!

I was curious what your plan was before you started writing the series and were the books released in the order that you thought they would be or did you come up with the idea after you finish the first book? Also could you give us a hint as to which characters will be getting their own story?

Elizabeth Michels said...

Judy, I'm really excited about the covers! I love the fun jewel tones. Authors don't have a ton of control over cover art, but I could not be happier with the result!

Debby, I spent a lot of time in England when I was in college. Of course, I didn't realize I was doing book research at the time, but I was soaking it all in. I would love to go back. Maybe by next summer my little boy will be old enough to last that long on an airplane--I hope. The research I do one each book usually relates to some random reference of an obscure fact. And then I spend the next week scouring the internet for information all the while cursing myself for including the detail. LOL I love researching though. History is such a cool subject! :)

Elizabeth Michels said...

Jeanne,I'm going to repeat your question so no one has to scroll back and forth, okay?

Jeanne said, "I was thrilled to find out today that some of the characters I've fallen in love with already will be getting their own stories told after How to Lose a Lord In Ten Days is released in July and I hope that the wait won't be long!"

I'm so glad first of all that you liked Must Love Dukes! And yes, back to back releases is not for the faint of heart. LOL I don't know when my release dates will be beyond July, but I hope you won't have long to wait. ...maybe not 2 months in a row, but not too far apart either. ;)

"I was curious what your plan was before you started writing the series and were the books released in the order that you thought they would be or did you come up with the idea after you finish the first book? Also could you give us a hint as to which characters will be getting their own story?"

Um, no the books were not released in the order I thought they would be. I was actually working on the one I'm writing again now when my editor asked for Sue and Holden's story. I knew their story and I planned on circling back to it, but it wasn't originally book 2. I'm glad now that it worked out the way it did, but that wasn't my plan from the beginning.

When I started writing Must Love Dukes, I set out to write a stand alone book, but the series keeps growing the more I write. LOL Yet another thing that wasn't supposed to happen that I'm thankful for now.

As far as future books in the series go, I'm writing Roselyn Grey's story now, (Devon's younger sister.) You'll hear more about her in How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less as well as the hero of her story, Ethan Moore, Lord Ayton, (Katie Moore's brother.)

Evangeline Green will have her own book as will Isabelle and Victoria Fairlyn. That will wrap up the Tricks of the Ton series, but I would love to explore the Rutledge family from Desperately Seeking Suzanna in the future. And then there's another splinter off of this series you haven't met yet that I can't wait to dive into...I'm going to be busy, aren't I?! LOL I hope you like to read! :) Great questions, Jeanne! Thanks!

Jeanne M said...

Elizabeth -

I'd better start a book savings plan now because I won't be able to resist the books that you had planned!

I'm especially looking forward to what you have up your sleeves for the Rutledge family and can't wait to find out more so hopefully you'll be posting something on you website to at least give a hint!

jmcgaugh said...

Congrats on the new release (and on the series). I think it's interesting when scenes are intertwined between two books, so I look forward to reading these.

Di said...

I hadn't realized this was a series - I love series!

Nicole Laverdure said...

Congrats on your new release! I love the cover, would love to read your beautiful book!

Natasha D said...

Sounds like a great read!!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Elizabeth Michels said...

Jeanne, I try to keep my website updated, so I'll stay in touch with what I have in the works and when it will release. Thanks so much for the comments! This is so much fun!

Jmcgaugh, thanks for the congrats! I hope you enjoy both books!

Di, I love a good book series too! It's great to visit all of the other characters as you read along through the books. I think it gives a larger sense of community than a single book.

Nicole! I was wondering if I would see you here! Thanks for the congrats! :)

Elizabeth Michels said...

Natasha, I'm so glad you think so! I hope you enjoy Desperately Seeking Suzanna!

cheryl c said...

This sounds like a delightful story. I love a little humor with the romance.

cheryl c said...

This sounds like a delightful story. I love a little humor with the romance.