Friday, August 23, 2013

Love on a Midsummer Night by Christy English (Interview/Giveaway)

How to Tame a Willful Wife (Shakespeare in Love, #1)Love on a Midsummer Night (Shakespeare in Love, #2)Much Ado About Jack (Shakespeare in Love, #3)

Lexi: Shakespeare lovers, this ones for you. Love on a Midsummer Night...sound like A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Read on to find out, we have Christy English in the house!

Christy: Lexi, thank you so much for hosting me! I am thrilled to be here, talking about some of my favorite things: Shakespeare, acting, and romance. ☺

Lexi: Oh how I love renditions of Shakespeare plays, especially when they are moulded into historical romances! When you were acting, what Shakespeare play was your favorite to perform?

Christy: I loved playing Juliet…though that was MANY years ago. The whole dying at the end part was pretty depressing, but the poetry of that language, the lyricism of those words of love stayed with me years later. I have always been in love with love, even when it ends badly. One more reason to write romances…we always get to have a happy ending.

Lexi: Do you feel that acting has given you a new view on writing? That you have an inside view to share with readers?

Christy: For me, acting and writing come from the same place. Both forms of art start with character: who is that person, how does she live, what does she want, what does she do to get it? Of course, with writing, I have to expand that POV to include other characters than just the protagonist. But the questions I ask them remain the same: who are you? What do you want? How are you going to try to get it?

Lexi: Love on a Midsummer Night sounds like a wonderful historical romance, perfect for summer (a time when I really love to pick up those HR’s). But I have to say, I am even more excited for Much Ado About Jack. Check out that cover!!! Yowzer! How excited were you the first time you saw it?

Christy: I jumped up from my chair and danced. I swear. How silly is that? But “Jack” on that cover just reaches out for the reader as if she is Angelique. I thought to myself…how perfect is that? And then I thought, OMG He’s HOT!

Lexi: From what I can find, it appears that after the third release of the Shakespeare in Love series you are done? Do you have more plans to bring us romanticized Shakespeare?

Christy: I want to keep telling romances using a bit of a Shakespearean theme…I want to tell Anne story, Anthony’s sister from HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE. In that book, she played a very minor role and really seemed down for the count. I don’t think she’s defeated. I think she has a wonderful story to tell, and a happy ending to go with it.

And after visiting with Titania in LOVE ON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT, I just have to see how that wild actress settles down…or what ‘settling down’ would look like for her. What kind of man could stand toe to toe with that lady? Is he man enough to let her keep acting? Would he try to woo her like any other lady? Would she let him? All stories start with questions for me.

Lexi: I have a feeling your well of inspiration has just begun to be tested, and I can’t wait! Thanks for stopping by the blog Christy! to find Love on a Midsummer Night.

Love on a Midsummer Night (Shakespeare in Love, #2)Love on a Midsummer Night 
(Shakespeare in Love #2)
by Christy English
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
original titleLove on a Midsummer Night
ISBN 1402270488 
A Regency-era retelling of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
The charming, dissolute Raymond, Earl of Pembroke, is the most notorious rake in London. Home from the war against Bonaparte's forces, he spends his life gaming, drinking and bedding courtesans, trying to forget the only woman he ever loved.
Arabella, Duchess of Hawthorne, is the woman who betrayed him. Forced into a marriage with an old man against her will ten years before, Arabella never saw Pembroke again. But now her elderly husband is dead, and the new Duke of Hawthorne wants to force her into his bed.
Desperate, Arabella goes to Pembroke in the dark of night and begs for his help and protection. In spite of his anger and bitterness, Pembroke can not turn his old love away. He and Arabella journey to Derbyshire during the midsummer festival to escape the marauding duke. Arabella and Pembroke find that their attraction for each other has not diminished, but has grown to a conflagration beyond their control. They find themselves falling under an enchantment, caught in a dream from which they never want to wake.

Christy English:

After years of acting in Shakespeare’s plays, I am excited to bring the Bard to Regency England in my next novel HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE, a re-telling of The Taming of the Shrew.  Please click on the book cover on the right to find out more.

Sourecbooks is giving away one copy of Love on a Midsummer Night to one reader today. (US and Canada only please.) To enter, just leave a question or comment on this post for Christy and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today, Lexi! I had such a great time talking with you :)

  2. Thank you for the book give away. Book sounds good.

  3. What a gorgeous cover! Cute plot too!

  4. I love that they are based on Shakespeare stories. Midsummer Nights Dream was always my favorite so this book is right up my alley.

  5. Hi, book sounds good ,love the cover .

  6. I enjoyed How to Tame A Willful Wife and really look forward to reading this one.

  7. I love historical romances. Did you have a lot of fun doing the research.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  8. What a gorgeous cover! Cute plot too!

  9. Hi Christy!

    I loved finding out on your website that acting in Shakespeare’s plays and that you had based How to Tame a Willful Wife on Taming of the Shrew!

    That's my favorite play by Shakespeare and I try to emulate her wisdom as often as I can (just ask my husband!).

    Which character written by Shakespeare do you think you are the most like?

  10. Cool interview and interesting storyline. I am looking forward to reading these books.
    Thanks :-)

  11. Thank you so much Charlotte and May! I hope you guys love the book!

    Raeline and Laurie, thank you both for tossing your names in the hat :)

  12. Stephanie F, I am so excited to hear that A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of your favorites. I love the scene where the rustics do that terrible/hysterical play within the play, but I couldn't figure out how to fit it into this book :) LOL

  13. kmannrn, I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE...Anthony and Caroline are wild! They insisted on being in all three of these books, and I am so glad they did :)

  14. Thanks Lori and Laurie! I hope you guys love the book :) I had a ball writing it :)

  15. Debby, I love doing research for historicals...I don't always keep it all in the book...almost never actually, but it IS a lot of fun :)

  16. Jeanne M, I love Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew and I had a lot of fun re-writing it for HOW TO TAME A WILLFUL WIFE. Needless to say, he does not manage to tame her LOL

    My favorite Shakespearean character is Lady Macbeth...though that lady sure is crazy!

  17. i have How to Tame a Willful wife in my TBR pile, but have not got to it yet. I love the cover for book 2 and would love to win and read. I am also loving the cover for book 3, damn he is hot. Love a sexy man on any cover. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
    christinebails at yahoo dot com

  18. Love on a Midsummer Night sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. OMGosh, Christy, I am seriously in love with your idea of adapting Shakespeare's plays/stories into historical romances! What a bonanza I landed in on this blog...'cause you have an endless supply of plots you can work with and write about! I'm thrilled to say the least, as historical romance is my most fave of all genres to feed my reading habit. So glad I "met" you again on this blog.

  20. I've always loved Shakespeare so to have a Historical Romance series based on it's themes is wonderful!
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  21. Thank you Janice! I have had such a good time with these books :) And I love meeting you guys up here...

    Chris, I am honored that my book is in your TBR pile :)

    Di and Leslie, thank you both so much for putting your names in the hat :)

  22. I absolutely adored Caroline and Tony's story in How to Tame a WillFul Wife and watching them 'tame' each other. I'm also a big Shakespeare fan and have read most of his plays. I do enjoy his comedies more so than his tragedies and am so looking forward to your retelling of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

  23. Thank you Kamla! I had a ball watching Anthony and Caroline tame each other :) You hit the nail on the head there :) I hope you love Pembroke's love story too...

  24. I love this book, I can't wait to read it, Thanks great blog


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