Guest Post: Random Questions With Carrie Lofty + Giveaway!

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Carrie Lofty

We are delighted to welcome Carrie Lofty to BLI today! Carrie is here to to celebrate the release of A LITTLE MORE SCANDAL a novella and the latest in her Christie family series which will be available in digital format tomorrow, May 29th! A LITTLE MORE SCANDAL is a historical romance and the second story in her highly acclaimed series.

Carrie has some Random Questions and Answers to share with us! Take it away Carrie! 🙂

Thanks so much for having me stop by! I’m excited to talk about “A Little More Scandal.” At just $.99… Take a chance! This is an adorable intro to my Christies series of Victorian romances.

It’s one of Pocket’s first original digital releases. You can read more about those fabulous new originals here, including an extended excerpt of “A Little More Scandal.”

Length: Novella
Release Date: May 29, 2012
Publisher: Pocket Books (Simon & Shuster)
Genre: Historical Romance
Formats Available: Digital
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Publisher, Goodreads, Kindle, Nook
Book Blurb:

Another scandalous addition to the Christies series.

Welsh minister’s daughter Catrin Jones is the talk of Britain. Many women served as nurses in the Crimean War, skirting the edge of propriety to tend lonely soldiers’ wounds, but only Catrin survived a shipwreck on her return voyage. Suddenly, like a circus curiosity, everyone wants a glimpse of the scandalous Miss Jones. Scarred, opinionated, and adjusting to a rush of fame so very different from far-away battlefields, she’s not the sort of woman Scottish robber baron William Christie aspires to marry.

Following a decade of brilliant business maneuvers, William is on the verge of securing a key railroad contract. But his aristocratic wife’s death during childbirth meant the loss of considerable influence. Few in Society have forgiven his up-from-the-gutters youth. With respectability, wealth, and his two-year-old son finally his to claim, William must decide whether an extraordinary nurse is worth embracing just a little more scandal….

But there. Aside from the blurb, that’s my sales pitch. Let’s do silly stuff now…

Q: Give us some insight into your typical “feather boas and bon bons” authorly day.

I wake up too early, generally get my kids to school just this side of late, and try to avoid McDonald’s on the way home. Then it’s all manner of potential procrastination, such as sending my three cats to separate corners. At ages 14, 5 and twelve weeks…there is much discord.

Oh, and writing! I try for three thousand words a day (about 18-20 pages) when I’m drafting. Otherwise we’re talking revisions, promotions, editing or agenting chat thingies, admin, and finally, maybe getting around to making dinner. Ok. That last one is a lie. My kids have become gratifyingly self-sufficient.

Starlight by Carrie Lofty

Q: Speaking of, what’s the dumbest thing your kids have done this week?

Ticked off my husband and I at the same time? Usually they manage to do it one at a time, where one of stays sane and plays voice of reason. That’s a lot harder to do when we both lose our tops. I think it had to do with Wii games. Or homework. Or syrup in their hair. Just pick one and it probably happened.

Q: Favoritest place in the whole, whole world?

The London Underground. I met my husband in England, and we lived three hours apart. Every time I wound up on the Tube, it meant I was going to see him. Liverpool Street station is the best. Sitting on a patch of marble, eating a tuna baguette, watching thousands of people going somewhere. The author in me always wants to make up stories for each one.

Q: It’s widely known that office supply stores are like enticing mythic sirens. But why??

They put an addictive scent in ink. I think it’s called eau de potential.

Q: TV shows you love—and feel free to admit loving?

“So You Think You Can Dance,” “Doctor Who,” and “Game of Thrones.” Absolutely. I think that’s where Lorelie Brown and I started as writing partners. (DOUBLE DOWN, our first erotic romance for Samhain under the name Katie Porter, will be released July 31st.) We couldn’t stop making up happy endings for dance couples we loved, and writing together extended from there. Now just about everyone I know is addicted to “Game of Thrones.” Arya Stark is the littlest, awesomest heroine ever. But Lorelie has no taste when it comes to turning up her nose about “Doctor Who”. The poor dear.

Q: TV shows you love—that feel really totally embarrassed loving?

“Say Yes to the Dress” in all its incarnations, and “Smash”—although that’s borderline. It’s cheesy, but it might almost be considered not embarrassing. In the right company, anyway, such as theater people!

Q: What word can you never spell right on the first try?

Cousion. Cushoin. Coushon. Cushion, dammit!

Q: Trapped in an adults-only resort, which three celebs would you like there with you?

Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. And I’m not sharing.

Q: What’s next for you?

STARLIGHT, the second full-length romance in the Christies series, is set in Victorian Glasgow. It just got a 4 ½ stars Top Pick from RT BookReviews, which was such a happy honor. It comes out on June 26th. So soon!

Then comes another Pocket Star digital original, HIS VERY OWN GIRL. It’s a historical romance set in WWII. Seriously. Not women’s fiction. Not literary fiction. But a full-on honest to goodness historical romance. I hope it helps broaden the sub-genre into the early 20th century. I’m stoked. Like…amazingly stoked.

Where to find Carrie Lofty

Website l Facebook l Twitter l Goodreads


Carrie has generously offered a print copy of FLAWLESS to one lucky commenter!

All you have to do is leave a meaningful comment about Carrie’s post or a question for her!
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email in blogger profile or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open to International entries!

Giveaway ends on Saturday, June 9, 2012; and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Lea

Lea is an animal loving, tree hugging vegetarian who lives in Toronto, Canada with her family, which includes three dogs. She is a prolific reader and has been blogging and reviewing since 2008. Lea is a contributor at the USA Today HEA Blog and an active member at Goodreads.

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  • SoftFuzzySweater May 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I say: don’t be ashamed of loving “Say Yes to the Dress”. Say it proudly! It’s the ONLY show I always TIVO. Love those insane brides!

    Please enter me in the giveaway for “Flawless”. Thank you!


  • Melody May May 28, 2012 at 11:09 am

    I find it really cool that you like office supply stores. I love going in those stores and seeing all the neat tools that can be in my desk.


  • Robin D May 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I love Game of Thrones too! And the 14 year old, 5 year old and baby cats? Yikes! Sounds like trouble! Your books look great!

    robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Bobbi May 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Love your books, Carrie! Wisconsin authors rock. ;o)

  • blodeuedd May 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Cushion..cushion, lol, now you made me unsure 😉 But there are another word that usually breaks me..I shall not mention it


  • JenM May 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Now that’s a great idea, writing happy endings for the dance couples on SYTYCD. I never thought of that. You gotta wonder how many of them hooked up in real life (both m/m and m/f).

  • June M. May 28, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    My hard word is convenience. It took me forever to get to where I can generally spell it write, if I slow down and sound it out.

  • Linda May 29, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Love the covers! So vibrant & eye catching. My sis has the same problem but hers is with “biscuit”. We tease her unmercifully. She breathed a sigh of relief in the digital age with spell checker!

  • Sullivan McPig May 29, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Any chance you’ll write more post-apocalyptic books together with Ann Aguirre? I love those.

  • bn100 May 29, 2012 at 2:33 am

    I enjoyed the interview. Sweet story about the London Underground.

  • Mary Preston May 29, 2012 at 3:26 am

    DOCTOR WHO is an acquired taste I always feel. I am yet to see GAME OF THRONES, but I have read the first book in the series. I would love to read FLAWLESS thank you. It looks amazing.

  • ladymilano May 29, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Yes, I love So You Think You Can Dance too! Do you have any favorite dancer? 😀
    Please share Tom Hardy with me! ;p But it’s okay, if I have to choose 3 celeb, I’d choose Johnny Depp, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth ;D

  • sienny May 29, 2012 at 7:42 am

    can’t wait for starlight!!!

  • Tamsyn May 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Lovely interview! Thank you for sharing. All your covers are lovely. Do you get a say in creating them? I’ve read that sometimes you don’t get to choose your covers.

  • Evie May 29, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I really need to start watching Game of Thrones. I’ve read the first book and it’s amazing!
    Thanks a lot for the fun interview and giveaway 🙂
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

  • LorettaLynn May 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Loved the covers of your books:)
    Enjoyed reading the post.
    Thank you for the chance to win:)

  • Diane Sallans May 29, 2012 at 10:14 am

    It seems to be a trend now to write digital novellas tied to full length print books – that more than anything may push me into getting an eReader.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  • erinf1 May 29, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Thanks for such a fun interview and giveaway! I just got A Little More Scandal and I can’t wait to read it 🙂 I love that authors are able to put out novellas and short tie-in stories between novels. As a reader, it’s just fueling the addiction 🙂 (or in my case, introducing/giving me a teaser to the books)

  • Carrie Lofty May 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    SoftFuzzySweater: (J. Giles reference?) “Say Yes” is my happy decompression show. Happy people, dramah, gowns I can love or hate, and dudes with more fashion sense than I’ll EVER have *g*

    Melody May: I have to go into office supply stores with a list. Otherwise I’ll buy too many pens and organizers I’ll never use!

    Robin D: Who’s your favorite character in Thrones? And yes, the cats are a handful…

    Bobbi: *waves*

    blodeuedd: Oh, c’mon! Now you have to share!! We’re all friends here, right? *g*

    JenM: I know for a fact that Tara-Jean and Vincent from Canada’s season two were a couple after the show. They finished 1 and 2. So cute!!

    June M: My daughter is such a fantastic speller that she passed me up about three months ago. She’s nine. *hangs head for myself* *awesome parent* 😉

  • Carrie Lofty May 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Linda: I have been SO lucky with my covers. *happy* And yes, that little wavy red line under misspelled words is a technological wonder!

    Sullivan McPig: Unfortunately, because of our radically busy and divergent schedules, we won’t be writing more Ellen Connor books in the future.

    bn100: Thanks! I just don’t recommend visiting the Underground in the high heat of summer.

    Mary Preston: My first “Doctor Who” was “The Girl in the Fireplace.” After that, I went back to the 2005 start and have been hooked ever since. There are rumors she’s coming back…

    ladymilano: Favorite dance… Ugh. Nico from the Canadian first season. Penny from Australian second season. And US, wow, it’s gotta totally and completely be Pasha & Anya. Be on the lookout for my co-written erotic romance series Club Devant, written as Katie Porter for Samhain. It’s set in a burlesque club in New York. Naughty things happen. And lots of dancing.

    sienny: Me too! I keep hoping UPS is bringing my author copies any day now.

    Tamsyn: Depends on the publisher. With Samhain (my Katie Porter books), my writing partner and I had a LOT of say. With these for Pocket, a mock-up is created, and then I’m allowed input. They’re really good about incorporating changes. I love that process.

    Evie: I haven’t read the books at all, so I’m one of those who plugs my ears for spoilers. Apparently the cast is like that now too. Those who haven’t read them are refusing. They don’t want fore-knowledge of what will happen to their characters, in order to make their responses more realistic. Coolness!

  • Carrie Lofty May 29, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    LorettaLynn: Thanks for stopping by!

    Diane Sallans: I resisted e-readers as long as I could. But they’re just so darn handy! If I leave the house with mine in my purse, it’s my own fault for not having anything to do in a waiting room!

    erinf1: There are far worse things to be addicted to than books! I hope you enjoy “A Little More Scandal.” They really are one of my favorite couples. Adorable, yet angsty!

  • Victoria Zumbrum May 29, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I would love to read your books. They sound very good. What inspires you to be a writer? Please enter me in contest.

  • Joy Gifford May 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    My very worst word is bottom or is it bottem, I’ll just say butt….hehehe, oh well, please enter me in the contest, please.

  • Leah Weller May 29, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I LOVED Dr. Who in the 80’s. When Game Of Thrones comes on, everyone in my house must leave me alone!!! 😉

    As for the spelling of cushion… I sew them for a living in furniture and I still have a hard time sometimes with indecision when spelling that. Those covers are just stunning! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win Flawless. Love that name by the way 🙂

  • JessS May 30, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! Flawless sounds amazing (and has such a pretty cover!). Doctor Who is totally awesome, though I’ve only watched the new stuff. I’m definitely a 10 fangirl, and I quite like 9 as well 🙂

  • Aretha zhen May 30, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Hi Carrie I hate the words cushion. The spelling is so hard for me:). Love it when you say you meet your husband at England and your favourite place . Wish one day I could meet my future husband on a special place too. Please put me on the giveaway. Thx:). ArethazhenATrocketmailDOTCOM

  • Carrie Lofty May 30, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Victoria Zumbrum: A couple things. First, I’ve never loved doing anything more than I love writing. I’m also fascinated by how people interact. I just choose to focus on the positive. That zap, that moment, that tingle–when a couple realizes this is *something different*. It may take them a little longer to figure out the love part, but I can’t stop needing to explore that feeling.

    Joy Gifford: OK, that made me giggle. Thx for that 🙂

    Leah Weller: Absolutely about Thrones. Kids in bed. Riveted. Can’t wait for the finale next week!

    JessS: Seems everyone digs the cover for FLAWLESS! Although “A Little More Scandal” makes me just pure happy. A heroine who’s smiling!! So rare, I think. Oh, and Doctor #9? Gimme!!

    Aretha zhen: I’m amused by how many people have said cushion gives them troubles too. Raise up your voices! Admit it! Then see that others share the same word-spelling deficiency (which I spelled wrong the first time). And I hope that for you too: that you remember where you are when you meet your special someone. That’s a “hold onto forever” sort of memory.

  • Fedora June 1, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Just wanted to wave “hi” to Carrie, and ooh–great interview! Thanks for such a fun peek at Ms. Lofty and her lovely books 🙂 No need to include me in the drawing–Flawless is on my keeper shelf, and I’m eagerly awaiting the other Christies!

  • Na S. June 4, 2012 at 3:24 am

    I can’t wait for His Very Own Girl. I like historical fiction and especially WWII settings. I like that it’s going to be a historical romance and I’m definitely going to keep a watch for it.

  • Maureen June 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I like unique characters and Catrin and William sound like some I would enjoy reading about.

  • Jen B. June 4, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Hmmm, I thought I had commented on this post but I guess I didn’t. Anyway, as a lifelong Dr. Who fan I have to admit that Girl In The Fireplace is truly one of the best pieces of television work anywhere. Just brilliant! Have you seen Blink. I honestly can’t imagine anyone not loving that episode! Thanks for the giveaway! jepebATverizonDOTnet

  • Carrie Lofty June 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Fedora: Hai!

    Na S.: Thanks so much! I have been waiting and waiting for the moment to be right for a WWII historical romance, so hopefully HIS VERY OWN GIRL (Sept 4) will be something new to readers. I’m looking forward to it.

    Maureen: Thanks for stopping by!

    Jen B.: BLINK has to be one of the best hours ever broadcast on TV. And I love that it was one of Carey Mulligan’s first acting gigs. She’s everywhere now, but I always think of her as Sally Sparrow!

  • aurian June 7, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Thanks for the interview! I do love it when spoiled heirs suddenly have to get off their bum and do something to earn their inheritance. So I am looking forward to reading these books.

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