Friday 28 January 2011

Interview and contest: Robin Kaye with Yours For The Taking

Today I have Robin Kaye over for an interview. And at the bottom of this post there is a contest for her new book Yours For The Taking.

Welcome to Mur-y-Castell!

Tell me something about yourself, so we get a better understanding about the woman behind the author.

RK: That’s a difficult question because I don’t want to come out sounding totally boring. I’m a work-at-home mom of three teenagers. I started writing about 10 years ago because I’d just moved across country with kids between the ages of 3 and 7 and knew no one. I was bored to tears and was slowly losing my mind—writing kept me relatively sane. I’d always written—short stories when I was a kid, songs, really bad poetry, and journals. While researching Jane Austen on line, I discovered a whole new world—Fanfiction. Before I knew it, I began writing a modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice with a twist of Persuasion. My story became popular on the Jane Austen boards. One of the other JA Fanfic writers, a professor at Oxford who taught Jane Austen, read my story and told me I should have it published. After I stopped laughing, I guess the idea took root. The thought of working toward publication had never occurred to me. Once I finished my Jane Austen tome (and believe me when I say it was a tome—a 330,000-word behemoth.) I wrote my first book toward publication, Romeo, Romeo, it won the RWA Golden Heart (a contest for unpublished writers) and I was offered a book deal by one of the final judges. The rest is history.

Your newest book is called Yours for the Taking; can you tell us what it is about?

RK: Yours for the Taking is a marriage of convenience book with a modern-day, urban twist.

Ben Walsh has looks, money and charm but if he wants to keep the one property of sentimental value to him, he needs a wife.

Gina Reyez, a crack shot turn-around expert, doesn’t need or want a husband but accepts Ben’s “strictly business “ proposal because the money will solve problems she intends to keep entirely un-marital. By the time the two find that marriage with benefits can never be “strictly business” their lives are entwined and seriously complicated.

Could you also tell me about your other books in the series?

RK: Romeo, Romeo (Domestic Gods #1), Too Hot to Handle (DG#2), and Yours for the Taking (DG#4) are all books with Domestic Gods as heroes. A Domestic God is a man’s man who sees cleaning as a stress reliever, thinks a vacuum is a power tool, and is as good in the kitchen as he is in the bedroom—always a plus. Breakfast in Bed (DG#3) is about the quintessential anti-Domestic God, Rich Ronaldi, who, after getting dumped by a girlfriend asks his reluctant roommate, Rebecca Larsen, to give him Domestic God lessons. Hilarity (and romance) ensues.

How would your perfect Domestic God be?

RK: I married a Domestic God and because of that, I’m never allowed to complain. When I do, all my friends tell me how lucky I am to have him. My husband not only cleans, does the laundry, and takes care of the yard work, but he’s also remodeling the house (we’re talking the entire house—we have a 100 year-old Victorian). He even cooks when I’m away, sick, or on deadline—he’s not a gourmet cook by any stretch of the imagination but as he says, at least he hasn’t killed anyone yet. Now do you see why I get dirty looks when I complain?

I know he’s exceptional—why do you think I picked him? But sheesh, as good as he is, he’s definitely not perfect. If I could give him a tweak, so to speak, I’d make him more romantic. He’s not very romantic at all, although he has shown some improvement in the 21 years we’ve been married. He didn’t even get me a card on our first anniversary. I got him back for it though, I gave him the evil eye and he ended up having the hiccoughs all day—and I thought the evil eye was a joke. Needless to say, he never did that again!  Other than the romantic thing, the only other improvement would be to make him independently wealthy. Well, a girl can dream, can’t she?

Which hero is your favorite from your books?

RK: That’s like asking me which of my kids is my favorite—it depends on who’s in the room when I’m asked. I love all my heroes but I’m a little fickle. I always seem to fall head over heels in love with my next hero. When I was writing Romeo, Romeo, I fell for Dr. Mike Flynn. He was supposed to be a tertiary character and in one telephone conversation, I knew he was going to be my next hero.  While I was writing Too Hot to Handle and madly in love with Dr. Mike, I “met” Ben Walsh (my heroine’s boss). Ben wasn’t the hero in my third book, because I always had a thing for Richie Ronaldi too. Richie was the hero in Breakfast in Bed, but Ben was never far from my thoughts and even made an appearance in Breakfast in Bed. When I finally was able to write Ben’s book—Yours for the Taking, I was true to form—I met and fell in love with Judge Trapper Kincaid and his brothers Hunter and Fisher. Truth be told, I even have a girl crush on Karma (their younger sister.) Told you I’m fickle!  I just finished Hunter’s book, On the Wild Side and I’m currently in revisions. Next up is Trapper’s book…I wonder who I’ll fall for next. Sigh…I adore my job!

I saw that you have lived in Idaho; did that inspire the settings for this book?

RK: Absolutely, I’m homesick. I began visiting Idaho when I was about 7 years old. My dad and a few of his friends bought a farm close to Boise. Our friends moved to the farm and we stayed in the NY area. We’d visit them and ski Bogus Basin (the mountain just up the road from Boise proper). A year or two later, they bought a condo in Sun Valley and we spent every vacation between Sun Valley and the farm. I remember feeling as if it was the one place I belonged. I was on a chairlift with my dad one day on Bogus when I was 7 or 8. I remember telling him that when I grew up, I was going to live in Boise. He said, “What the heck are you going to do in Boise, you’re from Brooklyn?” I don’t know what I my answer was, but from that day forward my goal was to move to Boise. My husband and I honeymooned in Sun Valley and on our way back to Boise to catch our flight home; I said “I don’t want to leave. Why don’t we move here?” He was all for it and we moved to Idaho 8 months later. We lived there for 10 years and can’t wait to get back. I was really itching to write about Idaho because I miss it so much. I even used my favorite bar in Boise in Yours for the Taking. Humpin’ Hannah’s is a real place and the owners were nice enough to give me permission to use their bar and let me play with it in my book. I just went out for a visit in October and am looking forward to going back. I miss the mountains, the people, the weather… everything.

Are you working on something new and exciting right now?

RK: I’m working on revisions to the first book in a connected series called Domestic Gods Gone Wild. I started with Hunter’s book (Hunter Kincaid is a character in Yours for the Taking)— On the Wild Side takes place in the Sawtooth Recreation Area outside of Stanley, Idaho. Next up is Judge Trapper Kincaid’s book . March 1st is my start date and I can hardly wait!

Give us three reasons why your new book would be the perfect book to read in this winter…

RK: 1. It’s a romantic comedy—a great way to chase away the winter blues.
2. It will keep you warm. There are lots of steamy love scenes.
3. It has a wonderful Happily Ever After – which I think is a necessity at any time of the year.

Any advice for aspiring writers?

RK: 1. Write consistently. I don’t mean you have to write every day. Let’s face it, everyone needs a day off, but consistency is important. I have a crazy, hectic life and sometimes as much as I’d love to write every day, that’s just not doable for me. But I can write five or six days a week. 
2. I love my critique group and think part of growing as a writer is finding a group that works for you. It’s so important to get constructive criticism and learn from it. It gives you good practice for when you’re published.
3. Read everything.

Thanks for stopping by! :-)
RK: Thanks so much for having me. I really enjoyed the interview!

Now to the Contest. I have 2 copies of Yours For The Taking to give away.

1. Open to US and Canada
2. Ask Robin a question, comment on the book, or the interview. Tell me how your Domestic God would be like, or just tell me why you wanna read this book, or something else :) Just a bit more than enter me to make it more fun ;)
3. Ends Feb 3rd


He might be too good to be true…

Ben Walsh shouldn’t be single. Handsome and wealthy, Ben is equally at home in Idaho where he grew up and in Manhattan where he’s now an art dealer. Suave and successful with impeccable taste, he normally has women beating down his door. But the one woman he wants can’t be convinced that he’s for real…

She isn’t sure if she has time for fairy tales…

Gina Reyez has fought for every bit of her success, and it’s about time for things to start going her way. So when Ben makes a proposal that will allow her to take care of her family the way she wants to, she agrees. Besides, a guy this perfect would never be interested in her...right? By the time Gina figures out that she’s read Ben all wrong, the arrangements are made, the papers are signed…but what exactly are they getting themselves into?

Robin Kaye is a professional writer and winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award for her first novel, Romeo, Romeo. Her romantic comedies feature sexy, nurturing heroes and feisty, independent heroines. She lives with her husband and three children in Mt. Airy, Maryland, where she is working on a brand new series for release 2011 and 2012. For more information, please visit


  1. Bella, you could never be boring. You are too funny. I read Yours For The Taking this week & it was just as awesome as the first three books. I loved put together Ben just blown away by the little dynamo that is Gina.

    I love the humor in your books (although Gina's past gave her quite the depth) and I know I read it somewhere that comedy is harder to do than tragedy. Your writing is hot too and since I find hunor sexy too, it's a great combo.

    Looking forward to the next books. The guys you introduced in YFTT are already yummy.

  2. Her husband sounds lovely. Does he have a brother?

  3. Brilliant interview! I loved reading her take on the book.

    I'm not entering because I have too many books right now, but great giveaway, too! :)

  4. I'm a US contestent. Interview was great! My domestic god would LOVE to do dishes! Since that the one thing that I absolutly HATE! Book looks like a really great one, cant wait to read! Great giveaway!

  5. @ Mary - I'm so glad you liked it. I just finished Hunter's book, On the Wild Side and I'm in the middle of revisions. I can't wait to finish because Trapper's book is next and just wait 'til you get a load of his dynamo! Sparks just fly!

    @ Vivienne - Yes, but he's taken too. Good luck in the contest and the search for your Domestic God.

    @ Melissa - Too many books? How is that possible?

    @ Loveangel123 - OMG, Domestic Gods always do dishes. They find it relaxing and think a Dishwasher is a power tool.

  6. Thank you for the interview RK :D
    And so fun to read that you wrote JA fiction, I have a huge weakness for those kind of stories

  7. Vivienne
    Lol, aye that is the question

    Thank you for stopping by today :)

    Haha, great one. I think for me it would be that he would love to vacuum, not a fan of that

  8. I need a Domestic God in the worst way!! I HATE cleaning with a fiery passion! What's the point when it's just going to be dirty again in a few days anyway? So, I need a man to clean the house while I cook for him :-)

    smaccall @

  9. Sounds like a gun books and I do lov a good romance.

    My hubby may not be a Domestic God exactly, but he does do all the vacuuming and when we were cleaning out the storage room last week, he dusted everything before I touched it so I wouldn't start sneezing too much. So I'm not complaining.

    Thanks for entering me.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  10. Great interview! I'm lucky because I have a Domestic God of my own. He's even romantic! I'm sure I don't appreciate him enough.

    Robin, how is the new Domestic Gods Gone Wild series different from the original? It has more of a "bad boy" sound to it!

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Diana (US)

  11. I love learning about how authors became published -- fabulous interview!

    No need to enter me for the giveaway.

  12. Great interview! This book also sounds interesting. Ah, lovely husband. How sweet!

  13. I love that she channeled her home sickness into her book :) Great interview!

  14. Domestic God-I like it!! My boyfriend does a lot of our cooking (his food always turns out better than mine) and I love it!! Thanks for the contest!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  15. I think you could call my hubs a Domestic God too, although don't tell him I said that and better don't let him here that term either. ;)
    Wonderful interview!

  16. This sounds like my cup of book. wishing you well with this one Ms. Bella.

  17. @ Blodeuedd - Thanks for having me. I'm having a great time! As for my Fanfic - I'm still thinking of working on that. After about the 4th chapter, I left most of P&P in the dust and went my own way. If I were to change the characters names, I don't think anyone would notice the relation. Maybe when I have more time since I do love the characters!

    @ Sarah - I'm right there with you! My Domestic God and I have a very symbiotic relationship. I cook when I'm able, he reheats when I'm not and he does all the cleaning.

    @ Carolsnotebook - We must remember I write fiction. I'm allergic to cleaning products and dust so for me cleaning means being sick for a week. I doubt my DG would be quite so good about cleaning if he didn't have to deal with my wheezing. LOL

    @ Diana - My next series takes place in Idaho. All the heroes are as good in the kitchen or around the campfire as they are in the bedroom or tent--oh heck, these guys don't even need a tent. Hunter is a whitewater rafting and fishing guide in the summer and runs the local ski resort in the winter. They're all really outdoorsmen. Hence the Gone Wild part of it. So far, it's been a lot of fun!

    @ DCMetroReader - Ah a neighbor! I'm in MD, just outside of Frederick. Thanks for stopping by!

    @ Melissa - I have to say, my DH (or DG) is pretty wonderful. I'm glad you liked the interview!

    @ Juju - I went to Boise in October and it was all I could do to get back on the plane. I caught a Stealheads Hockey game, a Boise State Game (my DH built the Smurf Turf Stadium there) and spent a few wonderful hours at my favorite bar, Humpin' Hannah's! It's where one of my characters works in Yours for the Taking. I was lucky that the owners let me use their fabulous bar in my books!

    @ Carrie - it's a well-known fact that cooking done well by someone else always tastes better! Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your DG!

  18. A very interesting interview, thanks a lot! I am not entering but I might be tempted by these in the future!

  19. Great interview. I read Romeo, Romeo and enjoyed it.
    Yours for the Taking sounds very good!
    I am lucky to be married to a Domestic God as well :) He cooks and cleans better than I

  20. Sarah
    Lol, wouldn't that be lovely, a man who loved to clean and I could just read my books ;)

    Awwww that was so sweet of him :D

    Then you are a lucky girl :D Your one domestic romantic God

    Thanks for stopping by DC!

    There are some good ones out there :)

    Truly a good way to do it :)

    Nice! My bf bakes yummy things, not very often though...but he is still good at it

    My lips are sealed ;)

    Hi Sidne

    I having an open to all contest in Feb so stayed tune ;)

    Then he sounds like such a keeper :D

  21. I love a book with humor so yours is something I would love to read!

    My birthday is on the 4th pick me and I'll have a birthday present!

    I'm a subscriber and follower.

    dancealert at aol dot com

  22. RK
    I do hope you go back, I would read it in a heartbeat :D

    Opening up the comments now, now more moderating, it's already Saturday here so bed for me.

    Hopefully no spam will show up..

    Anyway thanks everyone for stopping by

  23. What a fun post and I think Robin sounds like a fun person!! I think I will read this one for sure this year!!

  24. Great interview. I have her books in my TBR and I can't wait to read them.

  25. OH gosh, are you kidding me this is an awesome interview! And the stories you have are just sooo delicious! I mean really, I do want my own Goddess of a Man to do all my cooking and cleaning... and I promise to pay him well!!!

    Please please enter me in!!!

  26. Great interview ladies. robin is a new author to me.These sound like great books.I'll have to go check them out.

  27. Great interview! I've been wanting to try Robin's book so I would love to win a copy. Too many books and so little time! SIGH!

    I love marriage of convenience story. So this book sounds up my alley.

    Domestic god qualifications..looks good naked while serving me food, cleaning,and showering me with lovey goodness. That's my dream domestic god! :)

  28. Who wouldn't want a domestic god. I could really use one right now as I need to vacuum the house later ;) I'm currently reading Too Hot to Handle so would love to continue with this series. Thanks for the contest.


  29. I have not read Robin yet! Sounds like I am missing out!

    I am very blessed to have a DG of my own. Not as romantic either, but when he gets an idea, it is BIG!

  30. Not entering, just stopping by to say great interview! I really enjoyed this book!

  31. I really enjoyed reading your interview. I have not read any of your books before, (so please enter me in this contest) but will now put them on my shopping list. I love learning about new(to me anyway) authors. I hope you make it back to Boise someday. I used to visit a ranch outside of Denver when I was younger and always wanted to live there. I couldn't pry my husband out of Calif. with a forklift let alone a crowbar!
    He did take a turn at being a Domestic god when the plant closed and he couldn't get a job, but I could. The oldest was 3 years and the youngest 3 months. I milked for every drop until he got an outside job again. I loved my job as a stay at home Mom, but darn he could really make food taste good!

  32. Great interview. I havent read any of Robin's books yet. But this one sounds great and like a good one to start with. Looking forward to read her books soon. Thanks for sharing!

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  33. Great interview!!! I want my Domestic God to empty the dishwasher! HAHA! Thanks for the giveaway!!


  34. A happily ever after ending would be so nice. I love a good romance.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  35. Winners:
    Carol and Nise
    Emails have been sent



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