Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fall In Love With Stefanie Sloane!!

Oh-Da-Lolly!!! What a fabulous day!

Please join me in welcoming the always resplendent and incredibly talented STEFANIE SLOANE to the Lovestruck Novice!

It's release day for THE SAINT WHO STOLE MY HEART (please ogle the sassy book cover!), which is book four in Stefanie's Regency Rogue Series. I had the privilege of reviewing Dash and Elena's love story before it hit bookshelves and let me just say it's an exciting dish of well-crafted deliciousness that is bound to satsify! Go ahead, spoil yourself with this tasty treat--you're worth it! (and so is the book! lol)

Without further ado, let's get down to the good stuff!

1) If you were a book, what would your blurb be?

Slightly neurotic but always entertaining, historical romance author Stefanie Sloane sets out on the formidably high seas of publishing in search of fortune and fame. And the perfect slice of chocolate cake. Join her for what’s sure to be an adventure to remember—and never repeat!

 2) Using three words, describe your voice.

Smart, sexy, and witty. Really wanted all three to start with an “s,” but “side-splitting” just did not sound right.

3) What tidbit of wisdom would you like to pass on to all the aspiring writers stopping by today? Of the advice given to you over the years, what was your favorite?

 I hate to say it, but the most helpful piece of advice for aspiring writers is the one you hear time and time again: all you control is the book. If you don’t have a good book, you’ve got nothing. And the way to a good book? Writing. And writing some more. Then taking a coffee break. And writing some more. For me, an Olympic gold medalist in procrastination, this was not what I wanted to hear. But the awful truth is that it works. The more you write, the better you get, and the more likely it is that you’ll sell. Sounds so simple, right? And in many ways, it is. And in others? Not so much.

 As for my favorite piece of advice? Always act in a professional manner. You never know who’s listening or just how long their memory is. And besides, it’s just plain good manners.

 4) Congrats on a double RITA final! What was it like to get "THE CALL"? Was it everything you imagined it would be?

 No, not at all! Mainly because I’d convinced myself that I wouldn’t receive any nominations, so it really was a huge surprise. Not that I wasn’t just a tad bit curious, mind you. But I’d resolved to get on with my day. So I did. Juicing is one of the first things I do in the morning, and I’d just shoved a cucumber and some kale into the machine when the phone rang.

 Was it RWA? I stared at the phone asking myself this question for a good five seconds before realizing that I should probably, you know, answer the phone. Only I couldn’t find the off switch for the juicer. And then I started to panic! Drama! Finally, the juicer plug was pulled and I picked up the receiver, where the lovely Lorraine Heath gave me the news.

 Surreal. That about sums it up. Absolutely surreal.

 5) What do you feel are the key elements a romance novel needs to possess in order to sell in today's market?

Oh Lord, if I could answer this question I would be a millionaire. What I can say for sure is that voice plays a really important part in selling. I think an author’s unique voice is what helps to lift them above the others working in their shared genre and gain the attention of an editor. So be true to your voice, above all else.

 6) What's up next for you? Any news you'd like to share?

 Well, The Saint Who Stole My Heart came out TODAY! Woot! I’m really proud of this book and hope that readers enjoy Dash and Elena’s story. Here’s a quick synopsis of this adventurous and passionate tale:

 Possessed of a brilliant mind and a love for puzzles, Dashiell Matthews, Viscount Carrington, is a crucial member of the elite Young Corinthians spy league. Assuming the fa├žade of an addle-brained Adonis, he hunts for a notorious London murderer known as the Bishop. When fate causes him to cross paths with Miss Elena Barnes, Dash discovers an enigma that will prove delightfully intoxicating to unravel: a voluptuous beauty as intelligent as she is fearless.

Only the lure of a collection of rare books bequeathed to her family by Dash’s late father could tempt Elena from her cozy rural life to the crush and vanity of London. But if Elena finds his lordship to be the most impossibly beautiful man she’s ever seen, he also seems to be the stupidest. Which made her body’s shameless response to his masterful seduction all the more unfathomable. Yet when she discovers Dash’s mission to track the dangerous Bishop, she willingly risks everything—her trust, her heart, her very life—to join him.

 As for news, how about this: comment here to win all four of my Regency Rogues series, including the just released The Saint Who Stole My Heart!

WOWZA!! Now, that's kicking the work week off in style!! I'd like to thank Stefanie for taking the time out of her busy schedule to share some wit and word with us. Here's wishing her a ton of sales for THE SAINT WHO STOLE MY HEART! If you'd like to know more about Stefanie Sloane and her books, please click on over to her website: http//www.stefaniesloane.com 

THANK YOU, TLN'ers for swinging by and joining in the fun! Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win Stefanie's giveaway!! Have a wonderful day!


Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Congrats on The Saint Who Stole My Heart! I loved the book, and I would love to read the previous books in the series! thanks for the contest!

inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

Stefanie Sloane said...

Thanks so much, Carrie! I just added a quote from your lovely review to my website.

Carrie E. said...

This looks fabulous! I can't wait to read it!!

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Afsaneh said...

Congratulations, I cannot wait to read another of your books, although I need to learn to pace myself! I'll remember your advice for aspiring writers like myself! And I can't say I'm not curious about your juicing habits! Haha

Amber Oliveira said...

I love regency novels...especially if there is a rouge in it!! I would love to read this series!

catslady said...

Big congratulations. I've not read you as yet but your books sound like something I would really enjoy. And this one has a gorgeous cover. Thanks for offering your books - great prize!


bn100 said...

Congratulations on the book!It sounds very good. Very nice interview.


Sarah Simas said...

Thanks again for letting me interview you, Stefanie! (kind of having a fan girl moment here! lol) I'm so excited to have you visiting TLN today!

Sarah Simas said...

THANK YOU to all the blog hoppers stopping by! It's fabulous to meet new friends. Welcome to the Lovestruck Novice! :)

Sarah Simas said...

OMG! I just saw a quote from my review on your website, Stefanie! Thank you so very much! :)

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May said...

Congrats on the new release!

Love smart heroines and Elena sounds like wonderful character!

Tina said...

Congrats on your new release today, Stefanie! I have been following you, these books sound great and I can not wait to read them. Thanks for the chance to win them!!

Stefanie Sloane said...

Ladies, you have absolutely made my day! I am feeling the love--and hope that you know just how much I appreciate all of you!

And isn't Sarah a fabulous hostess? I do hope that she'll agree to have me back again as I am loving the Lovestruck Novice blog!:)

Ok, I've really got to work on not using SO many exclamation points.


Jeanne M said...

Stephanie -

Congratulations on the release of The Saint Who Stole My Heart!

I don't know how you do it but with each new book you release I fall in love with your stories all over again. I'm so glad that I read your debut book and will never miss picking up each of your releases and it's true that when someone reads one of your books they can't read just one!

Jeanne M said...

Stephanie -

Congratulations on the release of The Saint Who Stole My Heart!

I don't know how you do it but with each new book you release I fall in love with your stories all over again. I'm so glad that I read your debut book and will never miss picking up each of your releases and it's true that when someone reads one of your books they can't read just one!

Isabel V. said...

Ohhh...does sound sexy, witty and just plain yummy! Congratulations on the release of "The Saint Who Stole My Heart" Reading is my guilty pleasure. Thanks for the chance to win ;D