Anna Campbell's Ten Matters to Be Mulled by Moonlight When Making Midnight

Today, I turn the blog over to the fabulously talented, incredibly funny, wonderful Anna Campbell, who I always knew I'd like...and then LOVED when I finally met her!  I'm only happy that Anna lives all the way in Australia, because if she lived in New York, I'd never get any work done for hanging out with her! 

Welcome, Anna!

Sarah, huge congratulations on the release of your second Avon historical romance, Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord! And thank you for having me back for your latest blog party. I had a ball last year – in fact, I still have the tattoos to prove it!

I’m right in the middle of releases. In fact, as in the middle as you can be! My last release in late May was My Reckless Surrender and my next release isn’t until late April 2011. But does that daunt me from coming up with something to blog about? Can Sarah count to ten? And hopefully ELEVEN!

My next release is called Midnight's Wild Passion (yeah, over the top but definitely grabs the attention!). It’s the closest I’ve ever come to writing a classic Regency romance. Here’s the blurb:

London’s most notorious seducer, Nicholas Challoner lives solely for revenge…

The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister—now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas’s vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe’s unsuspecting daughter.

Having herself been deceived and disgraced by a rogue—banished by her privileged family as a result and forced to live a lie—Antonia vows to protect her charge from the same cruel fate. She recognizes Ranelaw for the shameless blackguard he is, and will devote every ounce of her intelligence and resolve to thwarting him.

Yet Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes…

I thought I’d talk about ten things that inspired this story. Believe me, it will make much more sense next May! Well, at least I HOPE so!

1. Theme song! A lot of writers make a soundtrack for their books. I tend to just have the radio on a classical music station. But for MWP, I fell in love with a song by English band Muse called Undisclosed Desires. It absolutely describes the developing relationship between the hero and the heroine, especially these lyrics:

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart,
I want to recognize your beauty`s not just a mask,
I want to exorcise the demons from your past,
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart…

Here’s a link to the video. It’s rather cool, although I’m not convinced by the girl jumping around in scraps from her granny’s knitting basket. 

2. The irresistible force and the immovable object romance.

3. How nice it was to dress my characters up and send them to parties – sadly my heroine is in disguise so her dressing up is mostly drab. But she does get a few moments to play Cinderella.

4. Which leads me to mulled wine…uh, point I’m mulling over number four. This is my first Cinderella romance!

5. Actually the REAL fairytale inspiration for this story is a much more obscure fairytale that I remember from my childhood. It’s called Cat Skin – hmm, perhaps they should have called it Midnight’s Wild Cats and it would be better known!  

6. How fond I am of heroines with secret identities! I only realized this with my last book, but every single one of my heroines hides her identity for at least part of the book.

7. A big part of mulling over a book (and one where the author TRULY suffers!) is finding a physical inspiration to match the hero she has in her head. This was the closest I came to rakish Nicholas – he’s my first blond hero!

8. And this is the photo for Diana, the very beautiful Alison Doody, who as a bit of trivia starred in a couple of the Barbara Cartland adaptations in the 1970s. Clearly she’s used to being a romance heroine! Actually now I think of it, Marcus Gilbert, my Nicholas model, was in some BCs back then too!

9. Cherry trees. Cherry trees feature strongly in this story. Hey, shoot me, I LOVE cherry trees. Hmm, shootings feature too…

10. And so forth! There is much to mull over when you master Midnight!

Thanks so much, Anna!  I love having you...and I'm so so excited to finally be official pub-sisters with you in May! Eleven and Midnight will be out together! Yay!

So what’s your favorite classic Regency romance? You can give us TEN if you want! I’ll choose one commenter on Friday to receive a signed copy of My Reckless Surrender, the book I was NOT talking about today, LOL!

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