Monday 10 November 2014

Author Interview and giveaway: Sally Orr

Today I interview Sally Orr :) And there is a giveaway too.

1. Tell me about yourself?
Thanks for inviting me today. I’m a recovering academic scientist, now novelist. My head has been in the ivory tower so long, I’m surprised my right brain works at all. A friend challenged me to write a book, and once I started, it’s a hard habit to break—just too much fun.

2. And your new book, what is The Rake's Handbook about?
It’s about the man who wrote the manual on love: The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide. He’s a jaded raked who believes his heart is incapable of romantic love. After a family tragedy, he moves to the countryside and vows to reform. But persuading females using words alone is a little harder than he thought it might be.

3. What is with rakes? Why do we adore them so much?
Because of their vulnerability perhaps? That tiny bat squeak (heard only by women) of a wounded heart that implies they may fall in love and fall hard.

4. How about Ross? Three reasons why my readers will fall in love with him?
He is a very naughty, naughty gentleman when it comes to innuendo. 

5.  How about a telling us one rake rule? ;)
Never discuss your ruffled sleeves with a rake when he is engaged in discrete bodice watching. 

6. And last what are you working on right now?
A light-hearted book about a rake that enters a daring race to Paris. He hires a balloon piloted by a lady of science, who performs atmospheric experiments. Experiments like tasting spices to determine if they lose flavor at high altitude. What could possibly go wrong when a pinch of spice falls on her lip? 

Thank you, it’s been fun.

The Rake’s Handbook (Including Field Guide)
By Sally Orr
Sourcebooks Casablanca
November 4, 2014
ISBN: 9781492602118
Mass Market Paperback $7.99/£5.99


The definitive guide to seduction…

The Rake’s Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies—who are, of course, forbidden to read the handbook—but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross’s notoriety is working against him and he flees London painfully aware of the shortcomings of his own jaded heart.

Spirited young widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross’s country estate. She’s appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industrial plans. Elinor is sure she is immune to Ross’s seductive ways. But he keeps coming around…impressing her with his vision for England’s future and stunning her with his smiles.

How does one resist the man who wrote the manual on love?

Author Bio
Sally Orr worked for thirty years in medical research, specializing in the discovery of gene function. After joining an English history message board, she posted many, many examples of absolute tomfoolery. As a result, a cyber-friend challenged her to write a novel. Since she is a hopeless Anglophile, it's not surprising that her first book is a Regency romance. Sally lives with her husband in San Diego, surrounded by too many nerdy books and not enough old English cars.

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  1. "That tiny bat squeak (heard only by women) of a wounded heart that implies they may fall in love and fall hard."

    HA!!! Love it. So very, very true:) This sounds like something I would love, thanks for sharing!

    1. Women hear better than men. ;) Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Now I see what the rake appeal, so why aren't there more ho books?

  3. Carole, Jenny, Kat, and Heidi. Thanks for your comments. Happy reading.

  4. I love being able to fall into something that you love. This sounds like a fun book!

  5. Ooo I love a rake in any This is on my wishlist!

  6. Yeah, it's definitely the bat squeak that only women can hear. Woo-hoo, rakes!

  7. oh choose just one rake?? I have read so many books with rakes that I wouldn't be able to narrow long as he's sexy, mysterious, and brave...I'm hooked! :)

  8. I don't really have a favorite, but I do have a soft spot for rakes in romance, they're always so much fun.

  9. Never thought of a rake's main appeal being their vulnerability. Great interview!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  10. Oh thanks for the nice interview! It sounds interesting, mainly the characters!

  11. I like this cover. I have many favorite rakes.

  12. "That tiny bat squeak (heard only by women) of a wounded heart that implies they may fall in love and fall hard." Love this! I do love a rake :-)

  13. The Rake's Handbook sounds like a lot of fun. I love a good "spirited young widow"



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