December 30, 2014


Start the New Year right with a new book from Tessa Dare! Full of warmth, humor, and scorching passion, every Tessa book is a reason to celebrate. And Tessa is every bit as lovely and genuine as her books. Check out my interview with one of historical romance’s brightest stars.

LENORA: The cover of SAY YES TO THE MARQUESS is absolutely gorgeous! What were your first thoughts when you received the artwork?
TESSA: Isn’t it beautiful? I was just blown away by it. Blown away. Avon is really good to me. And if you think this one’s gorgeous, just wait until you see the next book! 
LENORA: I love the way a Tessa Dare book is guaranteed to forge emotional connections and make me laugh and, on occasion, cry. I can picture you chuckling at your laptop along with your characters. Am I right?
TESSA: Ha! You wouldn’t be wrong. It’s kind of embarrassing to admit that I crack myself up, but… I figure if it doesn’t make *me* laugh (or cry), what hope can I have of amusing my readers? So yes, I laugh and sniffle along with the characters. 
LENORA: Ha! I knew it. Of course there’s also the heat factor in your books. And from everything I’ve heard, Rafe is super HOT. How did you decide to make your hero a prizefighter?
TESSA: You know, I’m not sure how I wrote eleven books and four novellas *without* writing a prizefighter hero! 😉 I mean, really. They’re hot.  And during the Regency, prizefighting was a quite dicey profession. The sport was revered and enjoyed by almost all Englishmen, but the fighting itself was illegal and dangerous. It was the perfect profession to give Rafe, who comes from a noble lineage but always felt like the outsider in his own family.
LENORA: Your heroes are always dangerously seductive 😉 A huge favorite of mine is Griff, from ANY DUCHESS WILL DO. When I give him to friends who’ve never read a romance novel, they immediately become hooked. What are a few books in your romance conversion kit? 
TESSA: What an amazing compliment! Thank you so much. My go-to historical romance recs include (but are not limited to):
  • Julia Quinn’s THE DUKE AND I
  • Loretta Chase’s LORD OF SCOUNDRELS
  • Courtney Milan’s UNLOCKED
  • Lisa Kleypas’s DREAMING OF YOU
LENORA: What a great list! 
To ring in the New Year, leave a comment and you could win a copy of SAY YES TO THE MARQUESS!
** What’s in your romance conversion kit? 
** What will be your biggest New Year’s resolution?
** If you could interview any romance author in your living room, who would it be, and why?
Lenora with Tessa Dare at the 2014 RWA National Conference
Lenora with Tessa Dare at the 2014 RWA National Conference