Today we are happy to welcome to Book Lovers Inc. Susanna Fraser, who besides being a historical romance author is also fascinated by wars and battle strategies! Yep, imagine that! And that’s not all! She incorporates these aspects of life back then and gives you stories where love blossoms despite the war raging on. So please give a warm welcome to Susanna, and let her tell you about her latest release, An Infamous Marriage, released by Carina Press on November 5th, taking place in the era of the Napoleonic wars and featuring one of my favourite tropes: that of how a marriage of convenience turns into something much more… Read on to discover some of the behind the scenes secrets of Susanna’s writing and you could even win some fantastic prizes! *winks*
Turning the Maps Upside Down
The “third act” of my new release, An Infamous Marriage, takes place during the Waterloo Campaign, so as part of my research I read multiple books on the battle to get a feel for what my hero would’ve experienced. All of the books featured maps with varying levels of detail, and most of those maps were oriented toward the north.
I’m more of a verbal learner than a visual one, so I squinted at the maps for a moment or two, then delved into the text. That is, until I picked up Jac Weller’s Wellington at Waterloo. Because Weller’s focus is exactly what his title suggests, his maps are drawn from a Wellington’s-eye view of the campaign–i.e. they’re oriented toward the south, toward the attacking French army.
At first Weller’s maps were discombobulating. Maps are supposed to face north, gosh darn it, and changing the perspective made what was by now familiar territory unrecognizable. But then I had a literal “Aha!” moment–I may have even exclaimed “Oh! I get it!” right there on the city bus where I was reading away my commute time–because I suddenly SAW why Wellington chose that spot to make his stand and why the battle turned out the way it did.
I won’t bore you with a long digression on just what it is I saw in those south-facing maps–though that night at dinner I treated my husband to an explanation that featured glasses and cutlery as battlefield landmarks. Suffice it to say that now every time I read a book with maps in it, I spin those maps around to help me put myself in the place of those who were there on the ground.
In a way, that’s what fiction at its best can do for a reader–put you in the head of someone unexpected, looking at the world from an entirely new perspective.
Over to you. Tell me about a time when your map of the world–literal or metaphorical–got turned upside down. I’ll be giving one copy of An Infamous Marriage to a commenter on this post in your choice of e-book format, and at the end of the tour I’ll be giving away a grand prize of a $50 gift certificate to their choice of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Powell’s Books to one commenter on the tour as a whole. You get one entry per blog tour stop you comment upon, so check out my blog for the whole schedule! If you wish to be entered in the drawing, include your email address formatted as yourname AT yourhost DOT com.
At long last, Britain is at peace, and General Jack Armstrong is coming home to the wife he barely knows. Wed for mutual convenience, their union unconsummated, the couple has exchanged only cold, dutiful letters. With no more wars to fight, Jack is ready to attempt a peace treaty of his own.
Elizabeth Armstrong is on the warpath. She never expected fidelity from the husband she knew for only a week, but his scandalous exploits have made her the object of pity for years. Now that he’s back, she has no intention of sharing her bed with him—or providing him with an heir—unless he can earn her forgiveness. No matter what feelings he ignites within her…
Jack is not expecting a spirited, confident woman in place of the meek girl he left behind. As his desire intensifies, he wants much more than a marriage in name only. But winning his wife’s love may be the greatest battle he’s faced yet.
Susanna Fraser wrote her first novel in fourth grade. It starred a family of talking horses who ruled a magical land. In high school she started, but never finished, a succession of tales of girls who were just like her, only with long, naturally curly and often unusually colored hair, who, perhaps because of the hair, had much greater success with boys than she ever did.
Along the way she read her hometown library’s entire collection of Regency romance, fell in love with the works of Jane Austen, and discovered in Patrick O’Brian’s and Bernard Cornwell’s novels another side of the opening decades of the 19th century. When she started to write again as an adult, she knew exactly where she wanted to set her books. Her writing has come a long way from her youthful efforts, but she still gives her heroines great hair.
Susanna grew up in rural Alabama. After high school she left home for the University of Pennsylvania and has been a city girl ever since. She worked in England for a year after college, using her days off to explore history from ancient stone circles to Jane Austen’s Bath.
Susanna lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter. When not writing or reading, she goes to baseball games, sings alto in a local choir and watches cooking competition shows.
There are TWO giveaways going on!
Susanna has generously offered an ebook copy of An Infamous Marriage to a lucky commenter!
All you have to do is answer Susanna’s question and tell us about a time when your map of the world–literal or metaphorical–got turned upside down
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)
Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment).
This giveaway is open to all!
Giveaway ends on Saturday, 1 December 2012; we will announce the winner on Sunday.
And a Grand Prize Giveaway!
Susanna is giving away $50 gift certificate to the e-retailer of the winner’s choice (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Powell’s Books) to one commenter on the tour as a whole.
You get one entry per blog tour stop you comment upon, so the more blogs you visist and the more you comment the greater chance you’ll have!
If you wish to be entered in the drawing, include your email address formatted as yourname AT yourhost DOT com.
For more chances follow the tour HERE.
This giveaway is open to all!