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:~: Thursday, July 16, 2009 :~:

Freebie Day #2 - Guest Author Fiona Vance!

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And now on to our guest...

Before eloping to Las Vegas with a hot, dark, and dangerous stranger, Fiona Vance was an office manager, a cocktail waitress, a guitarist for an all-girl punk band, a model, a lingerie home-party sales rep, and a web developer. While some feats were more successful than others, all were accomplished without a net or any significant amount of medication (although she did once have a German shepherd on Zoloft). Someday, when she has time for hobbies, she’ll have a horse, a vegetable garden, a clean house, and will win back that thirty bucks she lost in the quarter slots at Excalibur.

Originally from Rhode Island, she currently resides in Southern Oregon with her author-husband, Keith, an offspring or four, and a feisty calico cat named Snowy (who’s not currently a compulsive gambler or on any prescription medication). Her romantic suspense novel, Midnight Guardian, was a finalist in the 2008 RWA Golden Rose contest, and her first release, Submission, is a Red Rose Publishing #1 Bestseller. You can follow her on Twitter at, and find her on the web at

Today Fiona is giving away a copy of SUBMISSION to one lucky commenter!

Lady Juliet De Mar is a confirmed bachelorette and a member of the exclusive London Literary Club, a secret sex club for the more libidinous of the London ton. After taunting her childhood friend and wealthy sea captain, James Wakefield, with the club's bondage games, she finds herself once again longing for him to be something other than he is—a prude with no interest in sex. At least not with her. Tired of his annual visits that always end in rejection, Juliet decides to kidnap him and bring him to his knees—and to the altar—or end their acquaintance forever.

But her plan backfires when she’s kidnapped herself and taken to the docks. Blindfolded and shackled, she becomes the property of a notorious pirate, the murderous Captain Black, purchased for his pleasure. When her deepest, erotic fantasies become a dangerous reality, will Juliet be forced into submission? Or will she learn what she needs to know to master James?

To read an excerpt of SUBMISSION Go Here.

Ay chiwawa, it was smokin' hot.”
--Heather Long, Sunday Snips and Clips, Early Edition

Welcome, Fiona!

1) What kind of books do you love to read and how do those stories impact your own writing?
I read everything, romance, techno-thrillers, fantasy, horror, sci fi, non-fiction, cereal boxes… Different genres have different conventions, so there’s always a new way to see something, a new angle from with to explore a character’s situation. I love to have action of some sort in my romances, or some element of mystery or suspense, and I think that provides an interesting backdrop for the developing relationship. Even in an erotic historical.

2) What are you working on presently? What about upcoming releases?
I’ve got two in the pipe, waiting for the aye/nay: another erotic regency novella, called The Highwayman’s Gambit, about a highwayman who picks the wro-o-ong carriage to hold up, and Red Rio Blue, a contemporary erotic paranormal. And I’m putting the finishing touches on Midnight Guardian, a mainstream romantic suspense that was an ’08 Golden Rose finalist.

3) What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or book(s)?
A reader once told me she’d stayed up way too late to finish reading. That pretty much says it all.

4) What’s your writing schedule like?
I’m an editor and cover artist, as well as a writer, so between the three, I basically work with books 24/7. OK, 16/7, with breaks for sleep and family and grocery shopping. And watering the garden. I escape for a half hour every day to stand there with the hose and do nothing. Luckily, my husband is also a writer, so we cover for each other with the family stuff (he does housework, too, which is great!). Right now, he’s foam-sword-fighting with the two little kids in the kitchen, outside the office door. Sounds like they’re doing some weird amalgam of the dragon from Sleeping Beauty and Super Mario Galaxy. Later, when he’s working, it’ll be my turn. Then after the kids go to bed, it’s back to the computer ‘til bed.

5) If you could be one character from any book you’re read or written who would it be and why?
I think I’m all of the characters from my books. Only they usually have better thighs. I’ve been writing since I was twelve, and I think each heroine contains a little bit of me (the flaws, maybe?) and a little of what I wish I were (more organized, braver, smarter, able to think of that snappy comeback when it’s needed, not two hours after the person’s gone.) Writing for me is as much a fantasy as reading is, only I get to make it what I think would be the most fun at the moment… so right now, since I’m working on Midnight Guardian rewrites, I’m saving people from bad guys, deadly with a nine millimeter, and a size 6. What more could a girl want? Oh yeah, that’s right, a hunky hero. Got him in here, too.

Now, wanna win your very own copy of SUBMISSION? Simply answer this question in the comment section:

What heroine from a book or movie to you most identify with?

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Blogger Karen H in NC said...

Hi Fiona,

Your book sounds really good. You are a new-to-me author so I'll have to check out more about you and your work.

I think I identify more with Scarlett O'Hara from GWTW. Mainly because it is my all-time favorite film/book but it is also my favorite time period to read.

4:51 AM  
Anonymous Fiona Vance said...

Hi Karen!

Scarlet is my kind of girl! That kind of spirit is what makes a heroine memorable... that, and the ability to look good in any ensemble, including the draperies :-)


5:14 AM  
Anonymous Amy M said...

Hi Fiona-

Well, I am not sure if my favorite person from a book qualifies as a "heroine", but it is Faith Malone from Maya Banks' Sweet Surrender. I love how she finally lets herself be what she needs and is not afraid to give herself over to Gray.

Submission looks are a new author to me, and I am so looking forward to reading some of your work!

Thanks for the contest-
Amy M

6:04 AM  
Blogger Book Junkie said...

Hi Fiona,

This book sounds FANTASTIC! So, What heroine from a book or movie to you most identify with? Let's see, I would have to say from Leah Brooke's Desire for Three, Jesse's personality was like looking into a mirror, but I think she was a littler braver than I.


6:10 AM  
Anonymous Fiona Vance said...

Hi Amy and Brande!

Yep, I'm a new-to-everybody author. Submission is my first published work. I've got a few more in the pipe, another erotic Regency romance and an erotic paranormal, and I'm finishing up a revision to a mainstream romantic suspsense. I like to keep things interesting :-)

It's great how we see things in characters that we can relate to... and I know for a fact ALL my characters are braver than I am. :-)


6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a hard question. I can usually relate to most heroines in a good book.

I read several books a week, so I am going to pick my favorite book that I have read over the last couple weeks. That would be Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh. Mercy is the heroine in that book. She was a dominant female and very brave and strong. I have some of her tendencies, but they are not as pronounced as Mercy's are.

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Fiona Vance said...

Hi Melissa!

Branded by Fire has been on my to-be-read pile for a few weeks now, and I think now I'll have to move it up! I've been hearing good things about it :-)

Fiona :-)

7:49 AM  
Blogger Sweet Vernal Zephyr said...


I like the sound of this book.

I think I identify best with Sarah from the movie Labryinth. I was jealous of my younger siblings too but in the end I would fight for my family.

Thanks for the opportunity to win!


8:36 AM  
Blogger ibeeeg said...

Submission looks like a good read. Loved the interview.

What heroine do I indentify with? Golly, hard question. There is usually something that draws me to a heroine and for the most part it is their strength of character...strong willed women.

Hmmm...the closest I can answer this question would be Claire of the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. Why? She is a healer in the books, I can identify with that as I am in the medical field. Besides that, her resilience.


8:45 AM  
Anonymous Fiona Vance said...

Hi Miranda!

Yep, you gotta love Labrynth! I never had siblings to bug me, but then I went on to have four kids and I spend all day refereeing :-) But even though THEY can pick on each other, no one else can! :-)

Fiona :-)

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Fiona Vance said...

ibeeeg! Cool name! :-)

The Outlander books are some of my absolute favorites... I gotta agree with you, there! And Claire also got the yummy Jaime Frazier... I can still "hear" that brogue!


9:10 AM  
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9:25 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Great interview!!

Key of Valor by Nora Roberts. Zoe is someone I identified with closely, because she was a single mother who struggled to provide and create for her child....and it wasn't always easy. As a sinle Mom who's gone through some of the same things, Nora nailed it on the head with w/ Zoe....

9:26 AM  
Blogger joder said...

In some ways I'm like Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. I'm kinda clutzy and look like I don't know what I'm doing, but I get the job done. I unfortunately don't have gorgeous guys fighting over me.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Armenia said...

Hi Fiona,

Your book has got me really interested. Can't wait to read it.

My heroine would have to be Francis Hart from SCANDALOUS LOVERS by Robin Schone. Her generosity and duty for family has defined her needs as a woman as being wife, mother, grandmother. When finally she is widowed, she is determined to truly find her true sensual self. She discovers with a new relationship, courage to uncover her sexual needs and to embrace life without guilt.

I just love that between two loving people, you can find trust enough to try anything sensual without the guilt and truly discover yourself along the way.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Fiona Vance said...

Hi Melissa!

I loved the Key series! I can still see that mansion in my head... :-) Isn't it great when a character hits you just in that right spot? :-)


12:43 PM  
Anonymous Fiona Vance said...

Hi Joder!

ROFL of the klutzy! Whatever gets the job done, though! And I only had guys fighting over me once, but it was in karate class so it doesn't really count :-) But that's ok, it's why we have romance books!


12:48 PM  
Anonymous Fiona Vance said...

Hi Armenia!

Oooh, that sounds like a wonderful book! I'm writing it down to add to my TBB list! I think stories of our journeys to find what's meaningful in life, as opposed to what's expected of us, always stay with me :-)


12:52 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Naughton said...

Fiona, you are a hoot! Thanks for being here today.

Okay, I'm obviously not eligible for the prize, but I have a burning question for you...

I wanna know how being a lingerie home party sales rep helped you in your quest to write romance. *grin*

I love your bio!

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Fiona Vance said...

Hi Elisabeth!

Thanks for having me today, it's been a blast (and I've got a couple of good recommendations to add to my TBB pile, too! :-) Including HEAT!!! Two more weeks... Whoopie!!

And... inquiring minds want to know... about my days as a lingerie home party rep! :-) It was just like Tupperware, only... less plastic-y. And you could try the stuff on. :-) I didn't make very much money, but it sure was great for meeting all kinds of different women: rich and poor, of all races and ethnicities, large and small, from all over the area, urban and rural, business women and waitresses and farm moms, and hearing about their love lives...and realizing we all want basically the same thing: someone who loves us, and thinks that even though we're not the perfect heroine from our favorite books, that we're just perfect just as we are. :-) So it certainly helped me see the world through lots of different women's eyes!

Thanks again, Elisabeth, and to everyone who dropped in to say hi today! :-)


6:47 PM  
Blogger Razlover's Book Blog said...

Hi Fiona!

Wow this books sounds awesome!

I can identify myself with Eve Dallas from J.D. Robb's books is my kind of heroine who can take care of herself, tough but vulnerable too and gets to come home to a sexy man.

11:41 PM  

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