Friday, January 3, 2014

One Rogue Too Many by Samantha Grace (Interview/Giveaway)

Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half (Beau Monde, #2)Lady Vivian Defies a Duke (Beau Monde #4)Miss Lavigne's Little White Lie (Beau Monde, #3)One Rogue Too Many (Rival Rogues, #1)

Lexi: What author’s covers has the signature man sitting down with his shirt open down to his trousers? Oh, and of course he has mouth watering pecs and abs. Samantha Grace of course! Welcome to the blog Samantha!

Samantha: Thanks, Lexi! I love coming to Reading Between the Wines. I always have a blast here.

Lexi: *peeks around Samantha’s shoulder* Just had to check and see if you happened to be accompanied by any of your heroes. No half undressed men, but we have wine! So lets toast to your newest release, One Rogue Too Many! And it happens to be the beginning of your new series, Rival Rogues. Does that mean there will be multiple Rogues gracing your covers?

Samantha: Ooh, now that’s an interesting idea. I wish we had thought of it. But rest assured, the jilted rogue will get his turn to show off his mouth-watering assets on his own cover. 

Lexi: If you love reading historical romance you have dreamed about some dashing rogue coming and sweeping you off your feet. But two? How did I not ever daydream that! You sure did, your heroine Gabby gets two men competing for her. Did you get a little thrill yourself when writing their confrontations over her?

Samantha: I loved that the rogues were frenemies long before Gabby, and honestly, it kind of broke my heart to see the confrontations move from good, clean fun to real animosity. But I wrote One Rogue Too Many knowing both rogues would get their happily-ever-after eventually. That eased my conscience a little. I adore Anthony and Sebastian! I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t have to choose between them. For Gabby, however, there is only one ‘right’ rogue. 

Lexi: Doesn’t every woman want to be fought for? Sounds nice yes, but then that means you have to make a decision. Tough call. So Samantha, if you were to choose for yourself which rogue would you pick? Anthony the Earl or Sebastian the Baron?

Samantha: Oh, no! I spoke too soon! It’s really a tough call. As I said, I love both men. Anthony has a vulnerability that pulls at my heartstrings, but he hides it from everyone. Opening up requires a huge leap of faith. He would only pour out his heart to someone he loves deeply, which ups the romance factor for me a great deal. Sebastian on the other hand is a much better communicator than Anthony. He’s roguish, witty, and confident, which I have to admit is a turn on. Plus, he is very loyal to his younger sister and mother. I like men who want to protect the women in their lives.  

Lexi: Win win either way. And we win because you are beginning a new series. Do you have a number in mind for Rival Rogues? Or, more importantly, do you have the cover models for the rogues picked out? The more books the more men you can pick, right?

Samantha: LOL! I hadn’t thought of it that way, but that’s great motivation for writing more Rival Rogues books. I wonder if Sourcebooks would let me pick a cover model. Do you want to help me choose? 

I have three books planned for the series. I’m working on revisions for In Bed with a Rogue (Sept 2, 2014) now, and I’ve proposed a third book to my publisher. There are characters in the Rival Rogues series begging for their own love stories. I can see a spinoff series in the future.  

Lexi: Thanks for stopping by Samantha! Your books are fun and have nice little surprises. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in this new series!

Samantha: Thanks so much for inviting me! I hope readers have as much fun with my new series as I’ve been having writing it. If it’s okay, I’d like to ask readers a question. Do you like books, movies, or TV shows that include a love triangle? (Examples: The Vampire Diaries, Lost, Casablanca) If so, what are some of your favorites?

I’d love to share a copy of One Rogue Too Many with a Reading Between the Wines reader. (US and Canada only.) To connect with Samantha…

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Samantha Grace

Don’t let regency romance author Samantha Grace’s sweet smile fool you. She has a wicked sense of humor, and she’s not above embarrassing her characters for a good laugh. Part-time hospice social worker, moonlighting author, and pilates nut, she enjoys a happy and hectic life with her real life hero and two kids in the Midwest.

One Rogue Too Many 
(Rival Rogues #1)
by Samantha Grace 
Mass Market, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by "Sourcebooks Casablanca"
ISBN 1402286589
Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle
When two of the ton's most eligible bachelors fall for the same young woman, only one will win her heart...

Anthony Keaton, Earl of Ellis, and Baron Sebastian Thorne have been competing since childhood. Now, they both have their eyes set on Lady Gabrielle.

Gabby feels like a fool for trusting in Anthony—but she doesn't know the whole truth. Determined to guard her heart this time around, she's looking for a man who is steadfast and eloquent.

Sebastian knows this is his one chance to steal her heart. He has everything she's looking for. But when Anthony finally reveals his true feelings, how will she choose between the two?

As Samantha mentioned above, Sourcebooks is giving away One Rogue Too Many to one US/CA reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post answering her question and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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  1. It really depends on the characters. I am on a love triangle by love triangle basis.

  2. I don't mind a love triangle, as long as the right ones end up together! I guess knowing the jilted person will get their own HEA eventually is helpful. That is what is good about series books! I am looking forward to your new series, Samantha!

  3. Thank you, Sharlene! I'm too soft hearted to leave the jilted on broken hearted for long. :)

  4. Its a great story line. But really, as with every story line, it depends on the author. The writing. The characters. Any terrific author can do any story line and make a great story.

  5. That's true, Krazymama. Thanks for stopping by today. :)

  6. I like them. If it's well written. I don't like watching love triangles that much because it makes me angry! But so does books when I read them so there's no help there. But I did enjoy Ava Stone's A Scandalous Past. That had a great love triangle.

  7. Kipha,

    I think having two equally appealing men--even though only one is right for the heroine--helps. :)

  8. I don't always like a love triangle, but I do if it's done well. I definitely loved Lost and that love triangle, I usually rooted for Sawyer, the bad boy is usually my favorite. :D

  9. Barbara,
    I rooted for Sawyer too. He was definitely my pick. :)

  10. I am really not a fan of the love triangles that seem to happen quite often in YA. I guess I just find it hard to believe. I have read a couple that were done well though. I'm a little more forgiving for NA and older but I have a strong issue for cheating in the books I read. It is a deal breaker for me.


  11. I find them really difficult if I like all three characters.

  12. I don't mind a love triangle as long as there is reasonable resolution. As someone else has mentioned, I also take it on a case by case basis... but I hate long and drawn out ala S-R-M in the #s series... I quit that series once I found out that the author never intends to resolve that triangle... congrats to Samantha on the new release! Love her books :)

  13. I do enjoy love triangles but not as a steady diet.

  14. I like love triangles although they can be frustrating at times. Vampire Diaries really irritates me but I keep watching it because I want to know the story and how it's going to end.

    *I follow by email lorih824 at yahoo dot com I accidentally didn't get my address in the rafflecopter.

  15. Love triangles can make for a great story line I believe if they are not drawn out too long. I think a good example was Twilight Saga. The love triangle was intense for a short time and intresting, but it wasn't drawn out for too long so it worked and added another twist to the story. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I haven't enjoyed movies with a triangle much because there is either tremendous angst between the competing characters, sometimes violence, and usually awful sadness. I don't believe I've read any historical romances with triangles and the contemporary romances I've read with triangles were kinda messy and complicated...not enjoyable. I think a Regency would be delightful with a triangle because of the witty conversations and polite different from today where competition goes to a whole other plane...

  17. Like everything else, a love triangle has to really work with the story and be well done for me to like it. I can think of a book or 2 where the triangle was just sorta crammed into the story and didn't make any sense whatsoever. :-)

  18. Hi, Kassandra!

    I've noticed there are lots of love triangles in YA too. I don't know that I've read many adult novels with love triangles.

    I think it's a serious challenge to write the story so the heroine doesn't seem fickle, which I knew going in. Gabby is clear about which gentleman she wants in the beginning, and she doesn't want to lead on Sebastian. It was important that he have a good reason for not giving up his pursuit too, and hopefully I pulled off a believable story. :)

  19. Di,
    I have a love-hate relationship with the love triangle. I usually know which one I want to end up with the heroine, but I still feel really bad for the jilted one. Why does anyone have to lose at love?

  20. Thank you, Erin! It's great to see you here. :)

    Ugh! I wouldn't like an unresolved love triangle at all, although it seems like TV shows lose their oomph when the heroine or hero choose the one they are going to be with. Romance novels, however, need resolution.

  21. Hi, Lori!
    Maybe I should read The Vampire Diaries so I won't be frustrated with the show. I've never liked Elena and Stefan together, but I'm getting irritated with Damon for breaking up with her all the time. :/

  22. Crystal,
    I agree that the love triangle in Twilight seemed to work. I didn't read past the first book, but if the movie followed the story at all, I don't think Bella ever really fell for Jacob. It seems like they became closer friends and maybe something could have come from it, but she was still in love with Edward. Was that true for the book?

  23. Janice,
    I think you are right about the tone of Regency being lighter. At least the Regency stories I write. I like humor quite a bit.

    It helps that the men in my story are basically friends, so a lot of the competition in the beginning is silly stuff men might do. One of my critique partners told me about these two race car drivers that challenge each other to silly competitions all the time. It's entertaining. :)

  24. Glenda,
    I agree. There needs to be a good reason for adding anything to a story. Otherwise, it's doesn't make any sense. I felt that way about an episode of American Horror Story in the first season. (I know, that's totally outside of my genre. lol) But an element was introduced and it had no relevance to the overall story and never came up again.

  25. I have not read many love triangles yet, but I'm watching the Vampire diaries, so... (Team Damon !)
    If the characters are interesting, I'm willing to give it a try :)

  26. I can't say that I like love triangles. I don't mind them but can do without them.

  27. I do like them but I tend to get emotional when the wrong ones get together. lol The Vampire Diaries for example.

  28. I don't mind love triangles, it mostly depends on the characters. My first favorite love triangle that I can remember is Archie-Veronica-Betty from the comics lol

  29. It really depends on who is in the love triangle. On the whole, I would say I'm not a fan of them based on the fact that someone loses out but if one guy is the "villain", then, I'm all for it as long as the hero gets the girl :) (or vice versa!)

  30. I have a love-hate relationship with love triangles. If the person I am rooting for has the girl all is well otherwise I'm mouthing. But that is what keeps me coming back for more right? It done that way intentionally so that we become addicted and it works every damn time.

  31. The love triangle works for me . It helps people to check each other out .Deb P

  32. i enjoy love triangles but sad to see someone lose

  33. I love a good love triangle. Especially when all three get together in the end

  34. I enjoy a good love triangle as long as in the end they all have their HEA. Thanks for this opportunity to win.
    Carol L
    Luxky4759 (at) aol (dot) com

  35. I love them!
    The Vampire Diaries is my favorite!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. I do like love triangles - a little competition never hurt anyone :) I like the love triangle in the Stephanie Plum series - but I wish she would just choose Ranger!

    jochibi AT yahoo DOT com

  37. It depends on how the story is writing only. I've read some stories where I did not like the love triangle but some where good. I don't really know about TV shows or such since I rarely watch them

  38. Hahaa!! YES! I will help you pick a cover model :) Any time Sam.
    Thanks for the fun interview, you were great!


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