Monday, October 26, 2015

Interview with Gayle Callen

I'm so excited to have Gayle Callen here on the blog. I've been reading her books since high school! (Her very first book, The Darkest Knight). Today we are discussing the first novel in her new Highland Weddings trilogy, The Wrong Bride.

Nelle, thanks for having me here today! I’m so flattered you’ve been reading me for sixteen years. Yep, it’s been that long…

Oh my goodness! It's been that long?! *Hides the box of hair dye on the counter*

Let's get down to business. First, tell us a bit about The Wrong Bride? (Like a 30-second promo.)

The Wrong Bride is my first trilogy set in Scotland. Two warring clans decide to make peace with an arranged marriage. When the bride’s side tries to back out, the groom feels justified in a kidnapping. Problem is—he kidnaps the wrong bride!

Oh wow!! That's going to be a great story to tell his grandchildren!

Ok, time to dish, twitter style! Tell us a little about Hugh.

Hugh is a new chief who needs to prove himself to his clan. He’s an honorable man, but one who’s positive his way is the right way.

Sigh, don't all men think they are right? And what about Riona? Such a pretty name!

Riona is brave, determined to escape, but eventually has the heart to realize how bad it’ll be for Hugh when his clan discovers the mistake.

Your favorite quote or scene in the book? Did something make you laugh or smirk?

I really like the first kiss scene. They’ve arrived at the clan castle, and Riona has now realized she has some power over Hugh, her kidnapper. She’ll keep quiet about the kidnapping (since she knows no one will believe her anyway) while she’s trying to find a way to escape, but in exchange, she wants answers and explanations from him. He admires her daring, and to show her he’s still in control, he kisses her. And the fun part is that this whole scene takes place while Riona is in the bathtub. Her refusal to back down in such a vulnerable situation made me smile.

*Swoon* First kiss in the tub!  *Sigh* She sounds like a kickass heroine!

Why did you choose to go to the Highlands?

I really liked the wildness, the remoteness, of the Highlands. Clan chiefs were practically kings of their own land and people, and that really makes for a strong, alpha hero. I also liked the time period, the struggle between England and Scotland, which gave me some good conflict to work with.

King Hugh... Has a nice ring to it, don't you think? *Grin*

What's next in the series?

The next book is The Groom Wore Plaid, which will be published in March. Our heroine, Maggie, is haunted by a premonition of the groom’s death which will happen on their wedding day.

Oh, yay! I love a little para in my historicals! Sounds fun and just in time for my birthday!

I had no idea you also wrote contemporary romances as Emma Cane. The cover of Ever After at Sweetheart Ranch keeps catching my eye, now that I know you wrote it I'm going to have to start the Valentine Island series. If you'd like can you tell us a little bit about the series? What's next for Emma Cane?

I started the Valentine Valley series as Emma Cane, because I’m a pretty fast writer, and I asked Avon if I could write something else for them. I’d never written contemporary romance before, so I was excited by the challenge. The series—six books and three novellas—takes place in a small ranching town in the Colorado Mountains. There are quirky characters, big families, and some sexy cowboys! Next, I’m taking a break from Valentine Valley to begin a new series, with a big family who, one at a time, come home to take over the family orchard. The Fairfield Orchard series will start next summer.

I know you are a big reader, what has been your favorite book so far this year and why? Any upcoming novels you're eagerly anticipating

My favorite book I read this year is Lorraine Heath’s Once More My Darling Rogue. It came out last year, but when I saw that it had won RT Book Reviews Magazine’s Historical Romance of the Year, I had to read it. And boy I’m glad I did! The heroine, who certainly has some flaws because of her dark past, loses her memory, and our hero protects her as well as gets a little revenge. It was very touching and emotional, but then Lorraine’s books always are.

I love Lorraine! The match between Drake and Ophelia was a good one! I loved the conflict! It was an original for a historical novel. I've yet to read the next Scandalous Gentleman book, The Duke and the Lady in Red, but it's on my TBR list!

I can’t wait to read No Mistress of Mine  by Laura Lee Guhrke. Sadly, it won’t be out until late 2016, but you can read her most recent book, Catch a Falling Heiress (love that title!). Laura’s books are always so romantic and sexy.

I'll have to check that one out! Well, that's it for today!

Thanks for a great interview, Nelle!

Thank you for stopping by, Gayle!

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