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Friday, April 13, 2012

Sourcebooks Tour: The Wolf Who Loved Me Lydia Dare (Interview/Giveaway)

Today we get to sit down, open up a nice vintage and talk to author Lydia Dare. Or should we say author's Lydia Dare, who happens to consist of writing team Tammy and Ava.
Lydia Dare, a great name for an author. How did you two come up with it?
LD: It was harder than naming children. First, we had to agree, which is difficult to say the least.
We’re very different, and have very different likes and dislikes. However, we agreed that the name needed to sound historical. Lydia Bennet was a love of both of ours, so the name Lydia was fairly easy to settle on. The last name was a little more difficult. But Dare seemed to fit us both. Then we had to get the approval of our editor and be sure the domain name was available. We also checked to be sure that there were no porn stars or criminals with the name. That was the hardest part!
I can only imagine how much fun it would be to collaborate with another author and friend. Have you been writing together long, and how many books do you try to complete a year? LD: Our first year, we wrote almost four. We were cranking a book out about every two months back then. But things get a little more difficult once you have a few books in your backlist. There are blog tours, rewrites, edits, proof copies, publicity, and everything else attached to prior books while you’re writing a current one, so it’s taking much longer to finish a single book now than it used to. We’re also working on some individual projects that take up some of our time.
The Westfield Wolves series is the perfect combination, historical and paranormal blended together. What made you decide to combine these two genres? Tammy: We were actually sitting at a conference discussing what we were each working on. I told Ava about an idea I had for a historical paranormal book, and we started to discuss it. I realized quickly that Ididn’t have nearly enough knowledge to write the history, but Ava did. She knew the rules and societal structure of the time, and was equipped with the knowledge about the period that I didn’t have. I had been writing paranormals so I had that part under control. So, we sat there and named the characters, decided an overall plot and that was how the first Lydia Dare book was born.
One scene that stood out for me from The Wolf Who Loved Me was when Madeline’s father confronts her and Weston. The raw emotion he shows is exactly what I imagine my father would be feeling if I were to disappoint him. Have either of you ever disappointed your father to this degree? Tammy: I certainly hope not! If I have, he hasn’t told me!! My dad is my biggest champion, someone I’ll look up to no matter how tall I grow, and I’d hate the thought of ever disappointing him.
Ava: Oh, I probably have disappointed my father from time to time, when I was much younger. You know a poor grade on this, having a smart mouth. But nothing on this level. I did marry a guy my father didn’t approve of like Maddie, and I so wish I’d listened to him. Often fathers do know best.
I fell in love with Lord Dovenby and his cavalier humor, do you have grand plans for him (please, please, please say he will get his own book!)? Tammy: We’ve actually discussed writing something for him, but don’t have any plans to do so currently. Don’t worry – you’re not the only one who fell in love with him! We did, too! (However, Ava hated Lucy Reed, so I doubt you’ll ever see her again, unless it’s for the sole purpose of Ava killing her off.)
Ava: Oh, I hated Lucy Reed. I kept getting rid of her and Tammy would write her back in. I think I hated her more than Maddie did. (But I felt for Maddie – who is the closest character to myself I’ve ever written.) So I was affronted by Lucy at every turn on Maddie’s behalf. As for Dovenby, he is delightful. I’d love to do something with him one day. We’ll have to see.
(So glad to hear you loved writing Dovenby! And Ava I share your hatred for Lucy, it will be fun to see how she is dealt with.)
Wolfishly Yours comes out November 1st of this year and will be book number six for the WestfieldWolves series. Do you have a certain number you will try to reach with the series?
After The Wolf Who Loved Me, you’ll get to read about Grayson and Archer Hadley, Wes’s brothers.
Thanks Tammy and Ava for stopping by and giving us a glimpse into Lydia Dare! Congrats on the new release and we can't wait to see more from you soon!
THE WOLF WHO LOVED ME BY LYDIA DARE - IN STORES APRIL 2012
Regency England Has Gone to the Wolves!
Lady Madeline Hayburn Has Money Problems...
Specifically, she has so much of it that she's dogged by fortune hunters, including her bewilderingly attractive, penniless neighbor, with his wild nature and uncouth manners...
Weston Hadley Has An Identity Crisis...
Specifically, he's just turned into a wolf while Madeline was watching. Now it's up to the regal lady to tame the wild beast... if she can...
ABOUT THE AUTHORS Lydia Dare is the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Ava Stone, who have written two paranormal historical romance series. Both Tammy and Ava are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina. Together they are working on the next book in their new paranormal historical series as Lydia Dare, Wolfishly Yours, set to release in November 2012. For more information, please visit http://www.lydiadare.com/.
~*Giveaway*~
Sourcebooks is offering The Wolf Who Loved Me to two readers who reside in the US or Canada! To enter, just leave a comment on this post about your thoughts on disappointing your Father or how awesome an idea it was to mix paranormal and historical. Then fill out the RaffleCopter below with your name and email address. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!
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29 comments:

JoAnna said...

My parents divorced at a young age so for me I was more concerned with disappointing my mother. Did I disappoint her? Yes I did at times but I like to think that overall she is proud of the daughter she raised.

Andrea said...

Lately I've been looking for Historical books with a paranormal twist. A book like this, Regency England with wolves, looks like it would be perfect.

May said...

It's tough dealing with parental pressures and worrying about disappointing them. My dad is pretty good at hiding his emotions so I don't really notice it... But still... I don't like to disappoint him.

Maria pronounced Mariah said...

I like the concept of this book. My parents divorced about 10 years ago and I went from being extremely close to my dad to never talking to him. Very tough.

Erin said...

I always worry about disappointing my father - but the fact of the matter is - he has never been truly disappointed in me.. Even when I made mistakes - he stood behind me. Backing me.
The books look wonderful and the cover is to die for!

Erin
loveeria@gmail.com

Arianne Cruz said...

can the books in the series be read out of order?

Na said...

I like that your book combines historical and paranormal. I like both genres and together it makes for an exciting read. The time and world is different.

Kristy said...

Since I'm closer to my father than my mother, I'm always a bit worried about disappointing him.

Sophia Rose said...

The crossing of these two genres sounds interesting. I look forward to reading this book.

As to fathers, I do not think I disappointed him much. We were/are pals.

Vanessa N. said...

Love the cover and that it's a shifter story. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Lexi said...

Arianne you can read these books out of order, they are well written and wont make you feel lost at all.

Danielle @ Romance Book Junkies said...

I think it was a great idea to mix historical and paranormal because for us that like to escape into a different world when they read have double the chance of doing that. Besides paranormal romance and historical romance are my top 2 favorite genres. :)

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AprilAlvey said...

I would love this book it sounds so great. butterfli262002@yahoo.com

*yadkny* said...

I had no idea the author is actually 2 people... how fun that must be to write with someone! Can't wait to actually start reading your work and Congrats on the latest release!

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Barbara E. said...

I think the Westfield Wolves is a fantastic series and I'm looking forward to reading The Wolf Who Loved Me. I love the combination of paranormal and historical, with two of my favorite genres, you can't go wrong.

erin said...

Thanks for a great interview and giveaway! I would love to get a chance to read this book :)

I love the mix of pnr and historical. They are both my favs and I love it when an author gets creative.

Julianne said...

What a nice cover. I really enjoyed reading the post. Shifters is one of the favorite genres I like to read.
Thanks for the chance to win.
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Unknown said...

Hi Ladies,
thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway. i love the cover, it's gorgeous and the book sounds wonderful. i can hardly wait to start reading it. :D

my Dad and i use to spend all of our saturdays together watching the afternoon westerns, it is one of the best memories i have of my Dad. once i got older we didn't have much of a relationship.i made choices he didn't agree with and he married again and drank a bit.

i finally had to come to the conclusion that if i made him proud great if not then it was not the end of the world and i should not let that keep me from living a full and happy life.

That's my theory anyways. it doesn't always work but then that's life,right?

tammy ramey
trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

June M. said...

I have this book & series on my wishlist. I love PNR and historicals so you combine the two and I really want to read it. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Congrats on the release.
June
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Barbara said...

I like the idea of combining historical with the paranormal...it makes for a good read.

Now as to disappointing your father...no one wants to disappoint their parents...even these days when supposedly kids don't care. I'm sure that I did however when I talked back (yeah, I had very smart mouth), didn't help around the house as I should've, came home late or not at all. When I got divorced Dad thought ALL things could be worked out, but to be fair at the time, I didn't tell him everything. I was too embarrassed....later, once he knew all the details, he cut me some slack. Which gave me some huge relief. I hated disappointing him. It always weighed heavy on my heart. He is gone now and I miss him so very much and if I could, I'd go back and do things over again and ensure I NEVER disappointed him. That's the way it goes though isn't it...life lessons learned often come with some regret and can't be undone.

barbbattaglia @ yahoo.com

Tore said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

donnas said...

Congrats on the release! Looking forward to reading it.

Denise Z said...

Thank you for sharing with us today. I think you may just be right about the pen name being harder than naming your children LOL I have to give kudos to the writer of the short synopsis, as it so made me giggle to know that poor Madeline is being dogged by fortune hunters in The Wolf Who Loved Me ;) I also think it sounds awesome, but do so enjoy a chuckle.

Victoria said...

Congratulations! I've been eying this one! Looks like a great read.
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lindsey hutchison @ United By Books said...

i love the concept of mixing paranormal with historical. I'm a bit Lydia Dare fan and have read a few of her previous books. I always fall straight into them.

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Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Love paranormal historical combinations. Definitely something I'll be checking out. Had always wondered how names get picked for author teams :)

Joanne said...

I read the first book in this series and thought it was great. I can't wait to pick up the rest and catch up. This book sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it.

e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

Helen said...

love the cover and it covers two of my favorite genres paranormal and historical romance

latishajean said...

This sounds like a great book would love to read it! Thank you for the great giveaway!