Wednesday, December 10, 2008

RNTV's Marisa interviews Anna Campbell

ANNA: As regulars to the blog know, my third book for Avon, TEMPT THE DEVIL, comes out at the end of December. I thought it might be interesting if Marisa of Romance Novel TV, who has read TTD, and I had a bit of a chat about my upcoming release!

So today the tables are turned and I'm playing guest on the Banditas! I hope you enjoy the change of pace!

MARISA: I had the special privilege of receiving the ARC of Anna Campbell’s TEMPT THE DEVIL. It is now one of my top picks for 2009! A MUST READ. It’s one of those books that take several days to recover from, where the characters linger in your head long after you’ve turned the last page. TEMPT THE DEVIL is a true romance in every sense of the word. It focuses on the hero and heroine, Olivia and Erith. It is about passion, promise, heartbreak, joy, revelation and all that comes with falling in love. The way is not always easy, but the journey is well worth the effort and immensely satisfying. TEMPT THE DEVIL is a symphony of words that will have you reading long into the night. It’s my great good fortune to be able to interview Anna today about her new book, and I have many questions for her – so please grab a cup of tea and stay a while.

For Olivia Raines, London’s most notorious courtesan, and the infamous Julian Southwood, Earl of Erith falling in love will be the greatest risk of all in this wicked and wild romance from ANNA CAMPBELL.

Any man in London would worship her. Yet Olivia is, quite frankly, bored of them all. Despite her many dalliances, she’s never felt true passion, never longed for any lover’s touch . . . until Julian, London’s most notoriously wanton rake, decides to make her his mistress. From the moment he first sees her, Julian knows he must possess her. And when he discovers her greatest secret, a scandal that could ruin her reputation and end her career, he knows just the way to use this damaging information to his most delightful advantage. He offers Olivia a deal with the devil: he’ll keep her secret . . . if she allows him the chance to show her true ecstasy. But Olivia must be careful, for Julian has a secret of his own: he will not rest until she is completely, shamelessly his.

If you want a serious taster of TEMPT THE DEVIL, you can read the first 20% of the book on Love Gives Back and with every page you read, Avon makes a contribution to literacy charities.

Your first two books were hero-centric, would you agree? But TEMPT THE DEVIL focuses on the heroine’s emotional journey. I’m so curious – what made you decide to focus on the heroine? How different was this one to write?

Marisa, thank you for that stellar introduction! And I swear no money changed hands! Actually all jokes aside, I’m so happy you really got what I was trying to do with this book. It was a bit of a departure for me – nobody got kidnapped for one thing!


What a perceptive comment to say that the book is heroine-centered rather than hero-centered like both the other two. Not that I think Verity or Grace were slouches in the heroine department but in both those books, the people with the hardest, longest road to travel were Kylemore and Matthew.

Strangely, when I started TEMPT THE DEVIL, I also thought it was going to be hero-centric. I was well into it before I realized that Olivia was the one with the biggest hurdles to overcome. Please don’t ask me why it took me so long to recognize that! You’ve read the book, it should have been clear from the start.

This threw up all sorts of problems for me in writing the book because while I generally get the hero’s voice and motivations immediately, the heroine is a little slower to arrive and she generally only comes together in the furious storm of the last rewrites I do before I send the book off. A major problem when basically this was Olivia’s story! So I had to keep digging and digging to get her right.

In the very first scene you set up the stakes. We are immediately introduced to your heroine Olivia, a courtesan who is looking for her next and perhaps last patron. Her ennui is palpable. When you started this book did you create an extensive back story for Olivia?

Oh, great that you felt her ennui. It’s like she’s grown out of the life she’s set for herself but she doesn’t know where to go next.

What happens when I start a book is that two characters present themselves fully formed but I have to dig to discover their layers. Kind of like getting to know someone in real life! I knew about Olivia’s horrific background from the start, I knew about her secrets and I knew she’d fight falling in love tooth and nail because it threatens everything she’s struggled so hard to create out of the ruins of her childhood. I wanted to write about two people for whom falling in love was the most dangerous thing in the world! But the way she developed through the story, her courage, her determination, her heart – they were all wonderful discoveries as I wrote the book.

Erith is a hero who surprised me at every turn. His dominance and true alpha nature is a bit different from your past heroes. For me, I found him a bit more willing to try and understand both his actions and reactions. What made him different for you?

One of the obvious differences with both Erith and Olivia is that they’re older than my other protagonists. Kylemore was 27, Verity 28. Grace and Matthew were both 25. Olivia is 31 and Erith is 38. I think the landscape of your world is different in your 30s compared to your 20s. For a start, both Olivia and Erith have responsibilities they can’t ignore so they can’t consider the world well lost for love. Or not without making some majorly wrenching decisions! Also Erith was deeply in love with his late wife (don’t think that counts as a spoiler). Olivia is a complete stranger to love, but he’s experienced it before so he recognizes the symptoms, unwelcome as they are!

I said that you set up the stakes in the first scene. But as with all your books (which is one of the reasons I love them) you have layers and layers of subtext. When you begin a book are the characters fully developed or do you discover things about them along the way? If so, what did you discover about Olivia and Erith that may have surprised you?

I definitely discover things about them along the way. That’s one of the fun things about writing a book. The characters never turn out how I think they will when I start! I’m definitely a pantser – I let the story unfold organically so there’s constantly new things popping up to surprise me. A minor example is Olivia’s intellectual curiosity. That came from nowhere but in fact, it’s among the things that draw her so strongly towards Erith who has traveled the world and met so many amazing people during his career as a diplomat.

Erith was originally meant to be an ultra alpha like Kylemore (I keep trying to write another one of those – Matthew was meant to be an ultra alpha as well!). I set out to make Erith really hard-edged and ruthless, a sexual predator. It didn’t work out that way! While he’s strong and he knows what he wants, he’s actually enormously perceptive and willing to sacrifice immediate gratification to achieve long-term goals. Of course, when I finished the book and looked back on the story, I realized that an ultra alpha wasn’t going to lure Olivia out from behind her defenses. But on the other hand, her match had to be a man strong enough to prevent her walking all over him, the way she usually does with her lovers. It’s weird how often your instincts know considerably more than your conscious mind does!

There is one scene in the book that I think is the most romantic scene I’ve read in a long time. You know which one I mean – THE KISS. It’s a delicate scene where all the hope, fear, promise and passion of these two people hang in the balance. Where did you get the idea for this scene and what makes it romantic for you?
Oh, Marisa, thank you for picking one of my two favorite scenes in the whole book! The other’s the ending where for some odd reason, everything all seemed to come together just right (well, at least that was how I felt about it!). The kiss is actually more emotionally significant than any of the hotter scenes leading up to that point.

All right, here’s the lowdown. You know how I LOVE North and South and the gorgeous Richard Armitage? Well, I snitched a whole stack of details from the beautiful kiss at the end of that series where they meet on the railway platform. He touches her as if she’s the most precious thing in the world and he looks at her as if she just fulfills his whole life. Sigh!

Of course, that’s the end scene in a TV show and this is a middle-story scene in a book so the results are rather different but I wanted to create that same glowing, passionate tenderness. The kiss is the moment where Olivia and Erith realize that they’re in BIG trouble!

Your dialogue is always superb. You exposition spot on. What is your favorite part to write?

Marisa, thank you! I’m definitely an auditory person so I hear my people first and once I’ve got the sound of them right, I can go through and put in the rest. The dialogue tends not to change terrifically much from the first draft. The stuff in between changes enormously! I write a really dirty draft that has the skeleton structure of the story and the dialogue and then go through and layer and layer and layer. Hey, did you in the U.S. get that Sara Lee ad where she’s making the Danish pastries layer upon layer upon layer? Anyway, that’s sort of what it’s like. Going over and over it to try to get to the emotional truth that’s hidden away in what I’ve got already.

Don’t throw a book at me – but why do you write historicals as opposed to contemporaries? We’re always telling you that we love your contemporary voice – would you ever consider writing a contemporary?

Hmm, what book will I throw at you? I have a nice hardcover of UNTOUCHED here! Actually I think that’s a lovely compliment. Thank you.

I’m not sure if you know, but I tried for years to write Harlequin Presents because I thought that would be the easiest way to break into the romance business. Ha! I think, unless the bottom completely falls out of the historical market, that I’ll be writing about the olden days until they pack me away to the great copy edit room upstairs. I love the way you can write larger than life stories (heroes?) in historicals and I love the rich detail of language and setting you can use. I’m not saying you can’t do those in a contemporary but I do think it’s a different beast.

One day, though, I’d love to write romantic comedy, even if still in a historical context. And it might be interesting to explore a few different settings. But right now I’m loving the late Regency and the dark, dramatic stories it lets me tell!

A huge thank you to Marisa! OK, now for the GOOD stuff. I'm giving away an ARC of TEMPT THE DEVIL. It's the very last one! So I'd like to know what tempts you this Holiday season.

147 comments:

Helen said...

Is he staying with me

Have Fun
Helen

Natalie Hatch said...

helen you're quick

Natalie Hatch said...

Okay, now what a great interview Anna, that's fantastic and I'm glad your first drafts aren't that great, that gives me hope. lol.
As for what tempts me at this time of year - sleep! Yes, trying to edit one novel, write another and have littlies under foot I have to sacrifice my sleep. But it's all for a good cause.

Beth said...

Fabulous interview, ladies! Anna, I love hearing about your writing process and even more, I love hearing about Tempt The Devil! I'm counting the days until I can get my hands on this book :-)

As for holiday temptations, there are too many! I'm tempted to procrastinate and not write by all the wonderful holiday films and tv shows.

I'm tempted to overindulge by all the sweets (White Trash and chocolate chip biscotti dipped in white chocolate are two of my weaknesses *g*).

And I'm tempted to overspend by the thought of finding just one more gift for a friend or loved one :-)

Then again, as you may have guessed, I'm easily tempted ;-)

Marisa, thank you so much for interviewing Anna! What a treat!

Helen said...

The GR and I are going to be writing Chrissy cards while there is a cake in the oven a quiet day.

What a wonderful interview Marisa and Anna I am so dying to read this book I adore your writing voice Anna and can't seem to get enough of your books they are riveting and emotional from start to finish I have been over to Love gives back and read some of it and I love Olivia and Erith already from the few pages I have read.

What tempts me this holiday season some time with a good book and of course chocolate I am so busy with babies expected anyday now and cooking shopping and wrapping presents it is my turn to have Christmas lunch here and after all of that I will really need some time out and to be tempted by a wonderful hero and heroine and a great adventure to true romance.

Have Fun
Helen

Virginia said...

One of these days I am going to get that rooster, just wait and see.

Loved your post! What tempts me during the holiday season is the food, sweets, pecan pie, and home made candies. Yep I am already gaining weight, which means a big diet come January.

Janga said...

Anna, you know every bit that is revealed about Tempt the Devil increases my impatience to read it.

What tempts me at this time of year? The same things that tempt me all year long--good food, good books, and frittering time. The holidays just increase the level of temptation. I ate poppyseed chicken, fried green tomatoes and cherry cobbler with homemade ice cream at a Christmas luncheon today and cheese straws, crab-stuffed mushrooms, and chocolate-dipped strawberries at a party tonight. I have been lecturing myself about economizing on books, and my TBB Book calendar for 2009 already has more than sixty books on it. I was supposed to write for three hours today; I wrote for thirty minutes. I'm not just tempted; I yield. :)

Monique Wood said...

Great interview! It was very interesting reading, ladies.

What tempts me? At the moment, it's an Italian Christmas cake called a Panettone. It's usually a dry, bread-like cake, but they now make it with chocolate inside and out, or even with alcohol (the marsala one is delicious).

Lately I've been stuffing my face with the chocolate variety, so I'll have to work extra hard at the gym after Christmas! Lol.

So, food is my temptation this season. Thank heavens Christmas only comes once a year :-)

flchen1 said...

Ooh, lovely interview, Anna and Marisa! Always love hearing more about what you're thinking and how some of it comes together in your books! And can't wait to get my hands on Erith and Olivia's story!

As for temptations, the usual, of course--chocolate and the abundance of baked goodies that crop up this time of year to lure a sweet tooth to her doom (plus apparently I can buy Tim Tams here, although they've been sold out the last couple times I checked--must be faster!) and more books! Gifts to myself, as it were ;) I'm also tempted to toss the Christmas card list and rudely ignore everyone this year, but I'm not sure I can bring myself to actually do it!

Anyway, congrats on the GR, Helen!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Drat! Helen, you beat me to the post again! I was so...er...tempted by the fabulous interview (Thank you, Marisa!) that I didn't make the attempt to snatch the chook until waaaay late.

Beth, I had to LOL at your list. Temptation is my nemesis as well. More than one Starbucks Mocha a day...
More baklava than is good for any human...
More books, more books, more books...and did I mention I was tempted to buy more books?
I'm REALLY tempted by Yves Delorme sheets and towels but they are waaaaay too dear...sigh.

Temptation is my battle. Grins.

Now, however, I'm waiting with bated breath to be Tempted by the Devil. Grins. Not long now...

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oh, and I figured that the holiday sweets went without saying. Grins. I'm ALWAYS tempted by them.

Keira Soleore said...

Helen, you're clairvoyant!! That's a stellar streak of rooster-nabbing.

Marisa and Fo, what a fabulous chat. Marisa, it's good to see a photograph of you. And Fo, you naughty thing, always urging the worst urges on your heroes. Sensible of Matthew and Erith to resist.

You know my temptations already, but since you're giving me a second cut at naming them, I thought I'd scratch the gray matter a bit more to come up with something less superficial. Colors! I adore colors -- vivid, pale, a clash of them, a synergistic swath of them -- it doesn't matter. Nothing catches my eye or holds my attention longer than a host of hues. And the perfect place for them is where I am right now. Ever seen an Indian wedding???

Keira Soleore said...

That kiss at the end of North & South rates as the most romantic in my book. Waiting to see what devilish fancies TEMPT is going to give me. :)

jo robertson said...

Hi, Marisa, thanks so much for visiting the Lair and interviewing our amazing Anna Campbell. Great, perceptive questions.

I cannot wait for this book. December 30 is much too far away for my satisfaction. Anna is one of the top new historical writers in the business, in my opinion, and we're proud of her Bandita-ness!

BTW, Anna, I like the "older" characters. They have more texture to their characters I think and you can have more fun painting their canvases.

What tempts me? Chocolate, of course -- preferably Sees Candies. I also just made a batch of my vanilla fudge -- huge mistake. it's nearly gone and I can't blame that entirely on Dr. Big!

And my pumpkin bread.

And sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles.

And, heck, every Christmas goodie that comes my way!

jo robertson said...

Helen, again? Go, girl. Any news on the grandbabies.

Donna MacMeans said...

Well as my waistline has simply disappeared and I fear a second chin is hovering - I can state without reservations that I'm tempted by anything edible -- or drinkable.

At the moment I'm easily tempted away from my work in progress. Yes, procrastination is my friend.

Santa - bring me back a productive rut - and a lock for the fridge, please!

Tawny said...

Oh wow, what a fun fun interview!! Lovely job, ladies :-) I love hearing your process, Foanna.

As for temptations this time of year... blowing off writing would be my biggest. There is SO much to do, so much that holds special meaning during the holiday season and I want to just immerse myself in it. Knowing that, I'd told myself to have this book DONE by next week. But, well, it won't be so too bad for me, I have to call on discipline and keep writing through the fun LOL.

Helen -congratulations on the rooster :-) I hope he stays out of your cake.

Anna Campbell said...

Helen, you seem to have him hypnotised at the moment! Congratulations!

Nat, goodness, you ALMOST made it! You have such a busy life! Sleep always tempts me but particularly at this time of year when I think I'm conditioned to think I SHOULD be on holidays! And believe me, my first drafts are fit only to light fires!

Anna Campbell said...

Beth, what's White Trash? Hey, thanks for checking out the interview. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I wanted to do something a bit different and also talk about Tempt the Devil. Marisa has such an interesting take on the book, doesn't she? I think she asked such perceptive questions!

Helen, it sounds like you're going to be so busy, the prospect of a few good books after Christmas will be just the thing! Although I think you'll be busy looking with misty eyes upon the new grandkids, myself ;-) I hope you keep that waskally wooster in line. I suspect he loves home-cooked cake! And thank you so much for those kind words about the books - you really are lovely!

Anna Campbell said...

Virginia, you were pretty close to collecting the rooster today. Only 20 minutes out! Good luck! He's naughty, though - be warned!

Oh, the food at this time of year is just irresistible, isn't it? And I'm getting a lot of visitors at the moment which means not only pigging out when they're here, but the world's greatest treat, LEFTOVERS! I think I'll have to go on bread and water through January!

Janga, that Christmas lunch sounds mighty fine from down here in Oz! I'm eating a lot of fresh seafood at the moment. Which probably isn't fattening on its own. But if you throw in dessert and fresh bread and all the extra alcohol. Ouch! Books always tempt me but I've decided they're a necessity like air. You can't be tempted by air, can you? Good luck on the writing. I've decided that the new book is going to have to wait until after 1st January. I think that's a good psychological moment to start a story!

Anna Campbell said...

Monique, it sounds like you've got the same problem as the rest of us. Too much delicious stuff around and easy to lay your hands on! I've only ever had the traditional panettone which as you say, isn't that exciting. The idea of adding chocolate? YUM!!!! Thanks for coming over!

Fedora, another foodie? I think that's going to be a theme of today's comments! I'm so glad you like the sound of Erith and Olivia's story! Actually writing Christmas cards is one of the Christmas activities that I really enjoy. I love sending and getting mail. I think it's a hangover from my boarding school days when letters were like a lifeline.

Anna Campbell said...

Marisa, I can't thank you enough for your fabulous questions and for visiting us today!

Jeanne, books and sweets? What a wonderful combination! I love baklava. In fact, most of those Greek treats are absolutely delicious. Funny you mention sheets - I've decided I'm going to hit our January sales (that's when we have the big discounts like you get after Thanksgiving) and update all my household linen. It's time - the stuff I've got looks like it comes from the local workhouse! So glad you enjoyed the interview, my friend!

Keira, I'll be really interested to see what you think of this book. It's quite a different kettle of fish to the other two. One thing I will say - there's lots and lots of nooky! Snork! Oh, wow, color! You're right. It's such a temptation. I remember saying to my best friend after I saw those wonderful films Monsoon Wedding and Bend It Like Beckham that I wanted an Indian wedding. Western-style weddings look positively anaemic in comparison! Hope you're having a lovely holiday!

Christina Phillips said...

What a fabulous interview, Marisa and Anna! I can't wait to get my hands on this Devil.

As for what tempts me this time of year, oh the yummy food which I've hidden away in the cupboard but which I always go and peek at every hour or so... I love Christmas and having the family together and also my hubby actually takes time off work... so that's Very Nice too!!!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Keira, I HOPE Tempt gives you devlish fancies!!!! Bwahahahahaha!

Jo, thank you for those lovely words. That was gorgeous! Mwah, Bandita! Actually I found it really interesting writing older characters - their story arcs are quite different to the younger ones. As you say, the canvases are different. Sounds like you're joining our foodaholic group!

Donna, you don't really want Santa to put a lock on the fridge until after the festive season, do you? There's all sorts of treats around at this time of year that I just don't eat at other times of the year. So I don't fight it, I just go with the flow. Or perhaps given the current state of my waistline, roll with the flow!

Anna Campbell said...

Tawny, keep writing! You can celebrate Christmas next year ;-) Yes, you're right - it's purely self interest that makes me say that. I want another Tawny Weber book to keep me awake into the early hours of the night! Actually seriously, good luck with the deadline! And thanks for saying how much you enjoyed the interview. I had great fun doing it!

Christina, I think here in Australia we're hit with a double whammy at this time of year when it comes to treats. It's not only Christmas and New Year, it's summer holidays as well with all the socialising that involves. Thanks so much for popping by. Delighted you enjoyed the interview!

Helen said...

Jo
Nothing happening as yet with the girls if Bec hasn't gone herself by Sunday she has to be at the hospital for inducment and Brooke has her appoinment with the Doctor on Friday.
How is your daughter going it really is getiing exciting.

Ladies this talk of all the food has my mouth watering I too love all the goodies at Christmas time especially the lovely fruits cherries peaches apricots yummy.

Anna I will always find time to read a book that has my mouth watering waiting for its release believe you me.

have Fun
Helen

flchen1 said...

Anna, food's one of life's great pleasures ;) And I do love exchanging cards and getting the little updates and photos from friends! (I've just got to find a reasonable photo for our card and be done with it! ;))

Elyssa Papa said...

I cannot say it enough how much I want to read this book! It not only sounds sooo good, but I've read what was posted on Avon's Love Gives Back and it's just great all-around. The kiss inspired by North & South sounds divine. I can't wait to read it and the rest of the novel.

What tempts me? Well, that's simple. A really great romance book. Oh, and an English accent on a handsome man is very, very tempting, too. *g*

Michelle said...

Great interview, Anna, I always love reading about someone else's writing process. As for what tempts me during the festive season - this really amazing fruit cake I make from a Nigella Lawson recipe. Can't get enough.

Jane said...

Congrats on the GR, Helen.

That was a great interview by Marisa. I would love to see Anna write a romantic comedy one day. I know I'm repeating myself, but I love your stepback cover of "Tempt The Devil." I am tempted by the Kindle. It's kind of pricey and I heard it's out of stock. I'm also tempted by the desserts that will be on the table during the holiday dinner. I'm hoping we'll have either red velvet cake or key lime pie. All the sales and discounts on clothes and everything else is also a big temptation. It's hard not to buy something so cheap, but you know you're on a budget because we should be saving during these tough times.

Keira Soleore said...

Ooh, I adoree Bend It Like Beckham, and I hear that director is out with another one now.

I am having a good holiday!! Lots of good cheer and laughter.

Christine Wells said...

What a fun interview. Thanks for visiting us in the lair, Marisa and for chatting with Anna about TEMPT THE DEVIL. I'm not surprised you're excited about it. This is my favourite read of all Anna's books. I love that both Olivia and Erith were equals in wit and experience and they dueled as well verbally as they did between the sheets! Anna has a talent for witty banter which really comes out in Tempt, even though it's essentially a dark, angsty story.

Anna, I think it's interesting that you have little control over who your characters turn out to be, even though you know their backstory pretty well by the time you write them. Would you say that what then adapts is the character who has the easier path to travel? It sounds like that's what happened with Erith without your conscious mind even registering.

And I have to ask...what sort of research did you have to do for this book and did you find any interesting snippets you used for Tempt?

Congrats on the bird, Helen!

Sharon said...

Hello Marissa and Anna

Fabulous interview, thank you!

Tempt The Devil is another Anna Campbell keeper I can't wait to add to my shelves -- they just keep getting better and better!

And in fact that's what tempts me - indulging in a lovely read of a book from my keeper shelf. Like sitting down with an old friend -- and if chocolate can be consumed at the same time that's even better!

:)
Sharon

Deb Marlowe said...

Lovely Anna! Your book is the only reason I'm wanting December to go quickly. Otherwise it feels like it's flying by too fast! I can't wait to get my copy!

Temptation? Two words. Chex mix.

Yum.

Sue said...

Anna,
What's tempts me most is another of your dark and sexy heroes stuffed into my Christmas stocking. Yummy! Plus enough hours to sneak away by myself to a quiet spot on the beach and read Erith's story cover to cover. I need to see if he beats my favourite Kylemore in the dark and devilish department. Can't wait,
Sue Webb

Donna MacMeans said...

Anna - Forgot to congratulate you again for that gorgeous cover. I love the stepback and must say that white dress certainly makes the heroine a tempting morsel.

Margay said...

What tempts me? Over-indulging in all of the food and candy I know will be over-flowing from now until New Year's.

Marisa O'Neill said...

It was so much fun interviewing Anna and to be here at the Lair to day. After reading Tempt the Devil - which you all know is one of my Top Picks for 2009 - is was great to read Anna's answers to my questions. It gave me even further insight into Olivia and Erith/Julian. Trust me when I say, there are all kinds of temptations for these two.

Unfortunately I don't have the same temptations as Olivia or Erith - Anna I'm working on that. But during the holiday's I'm tempted by food - all kinds of food - but mostly deserts and I just can't seem to get enough! Actually, I see a chocolate mousse calling my name.

Gillian Layne said...

What a lovely interview! And as I've said before, I really love that these delicious Campbell romances are released right at the holidays--a treat to myself!

I am tempted by my mother's amazing holiday cooking --banana and cranberry breads, cookies, and her fudge...her fudge is beyond belief.

I'm also very tempted by a good hot chocolate topped off with a bit of peppermint schnapps at the end of a cold day... it's 12 degrees here right now!:)

Buffie said...

Well, crap! How is it that I always seem to miss Anna's giveaways??!!!??!!

Great interview, Marisa and Anna!

Gannon Carr said...

Loved the interview Marisa and Anna! I CANNOT wait to get my hands on TEMPT THE DEVIL! Of course, the cover with the gorgeous Nathan Kamp is a lovely bonus!

What tempts me? Maybe you should ask what doesn't tempt me? My list of temptations is long: lazy days in my PJ's reading, eating out, eating anything yummy!, a lovely bottle of wine, sleeping in.... But I'll put Tim Tams at the top of my temptation list. Now that I know those babies are available at Target for the next few months, I'm in TROUBLE! :)

Congrats on the GR, Helen. He must really like it at your house.

Gannon Carr said...

Loved the interview Marisa and Anna! I CANNOT wait to get my hands on TEMPT THE DEVIL! Of course, the cover with the gorgeous Nathan Kamp is a lovely bonus!

What tempts me? Maybe you should ask what doesn't tempt me? My list of temptations is long: lazy days in my PJ's reading, eating out, eating anything yummy!, a lovely bottle of wine, sleeping in.... But I'll put Tim Tams at the top of my temptation list. Now that I know those babies are available at Target for the next few months, I'm in TROUBLE! :)

Congrats on the GR, Helen. He must really like it at your house.

Buffie said...

Okay, just call me crazy. Here I thought this blog was from yesterday, not today! I'm soooo out of it. LOL!

Hmmm, what tempts me during the holidays? Hot tea and peanut butter cookies and an afternoon in a quiet house reading the latest romance book. At least that is a temptation that I can really give in to.

Another temptation during this season is jewelry. I just love, love, love watching all the diamond commercials. Sure wish I could give in to that!

Off to make sure my calendar is reading Wednesday, December 10.

Gannon Carr said...

OOPS on the double post! Must have been all of those tempting thoughts that had me going a little crazy. :)

Marisa O'Neill said...

Gillian - hot chocolate gets me every time, topped with cinnamon is the best.

My biggest temptation this time of year is like Gannon - sitting around in my pj's and having a cup of hot chocolate...hmmm, heaven.

Beth said...

What a great interview and I cannot wait to read this book. I love your romance noir Anna but I was tickled to read that you want to write a romantic comedy someday. I love to laugh and judging from all the pictures I have seen of you, you love to laugh too. I'm sure you will write a terrific romantic comedy.

I love that kiss in North & South as does everyone here. I'm just wondering for the people who own the DVD - does that scene still play or have we all worn it out rewinding? ; )

Beth said...

Oh, what tempts me this time of year is spending money on myself. I was shopping online yesterday at one of my favorite stores for my sisters-in-law and I was so tempted to buy something for myself while I was at it. I resisted, but it was hard.

HistoricalGoddess said...

Hello Anna. Im tempted to give my girls all thier christmas gifts. Im such a child when it comes to surprises that I have a very hard time not just giving them sooner. I love watching thier faces when they get gifts. Its so sweet.

And Anna you already know that I love your work and I absolutely cannot wait for this book. I got teased enough here.lol

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Kirsten said...

Keira, I also love those colors at Indian weddings -- not to mention Diwali! Did you know I used to study Hindi-Urdu? I took it in college, and my professor had us watch a bunch of movies in Hindi so we'd be listening to the language more. I can't remember what they were but I do recall one that started with a Diwali festival and it was so beautiful. I never felt so pale and washed out as I did then! I longed for some jet black hair, dusky golden skin, and a gorgeous golden sari!!

Kirsten said...

Oooh, great interview and some great temptations!!! Anna, I cannot wait to read this book. I keep hovering by the "new release" table at Borders in the hopes they will bring it out early!

I love all the food temptations -- those used to be mine. But for a variety of reasons, I don't have to battle those as much any more (mainly cause I can't eat the chocolate, so why bother?!).

But now my worst temptation is spending TOO MUCH MONEY! I am a slave to a big sale, and they are everywhere right now.

Historical Goddess, I'm with you. I want to give my kiddos all their prezzies early so I can see them light up with joy. The waiting nearly kills me!

But I also struggle from Beth's plight! I see that sale rack of sweaters and can't help but notice one would look just PERFECT on MOI! :-)

danie88 said...

ok what tempts me is...

all the cool stuff i would like to buy for myself thats on sale during the holidays... BUT i know i wont because i need to do the holiday shopping for everyone else... :)

Kirsten said...

danie88, thanks for joining the "tempted to spend money on myself" support group! It's nice to have company here!! Those sales are the worst, aren't they? ;-)

Maureen said...

That was a great interview Marisa and Anna. This book comes out at a great time, right after Christmas. Right now I am tempted to read instead of get my house ready for Christmas.

PJ said...

Terrific interview, Marisa and Anna! I am so looking forward to getting my hands on TTD!

Many things tempt me this time of year. Like Gannon, I'm tempted to spend the entire day in my pj's, sipping hot chocolate and reading fabulous romances. It's cold and pouring rain here today, perfect for doing just that but, alas, I have to be at the hospital at noon for my volunteer duties. Maybe tomorrow? :)

I'm constantly tempted by all the goodies I'm making in my kitchen. I assuage my conscience by telling it I'm performing quality control. I mean, I *have* to test them. I'd be terribly embarrassed to give away cookies or chocolates that fell short of the appropriate standards of excellence. Yeah, that sounds good.

PJ said...

Helen, have fun with the GR today. What kind of cake are you making?

Raven99 said...

I cannot wait to read Tempt the Devil. Time seems to go so slow when there is a book I am really looking forward to reading.

As for what tempts me: books and chocolate. I go to the bookstore to get one or two books and walk out with ten. I can't seem to help myself when it comes to books. I guess it's reading about all the great heroes in romance novels that I cannot say no to. And while I'm reading, it's hard to not eat a little chocolate. This time of year my house is packed with fudge, chocolate pies, magic cookie bars, etc.

jo robertson said...

Helen, good news for you! I'll bet you can wait to hold those babies.

Sandra has been in and out of the hospital, getting the amniotic fluid up but she'll have Emma on the 16th -- next Tuesday!! -- if she doesn't go into labor first. Isn't Emma a lovely name?

Anna, I find it interesting that we consider a 31 yo and 38 yo as an "older couple."

LOL, that must make me practically dead!

But isn't it true that most romance readers aren't interested in couples in their forties or older?

Or are they? Hmmmm.

Marisa O'Neill said...

Beth - I raising my hand high - I have definitely worn out the scene at the train station in North and South. And I've re-read the kissing scene in Tempt the Devil several times.

Marisa O'Neill said...

Jo said: "Anna, I find it interesting that we consider a 31 yo and 38 yo as an "older couple."

Jo, I'm with you on that one.

I have to say that I just recently re-watched the movie Somethings Gotta Give with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicolson - both in their 60's when they made the film and I have to say I loved it even more this time. Watching an accomplished woman who thought that love and sex were over for her, rediscover and embrace love was so wonderful. So yes, I'd love to see older heroes and heroines in books and movies. I can definitely get behind that.

M. said...

I'm tempted by the thought of a AC romantic comedy! How intriguing to think of those possibilities.

Also, tempted to go build a snowfort instead of dedicating myself to the vacuum...

Maria said...

When we received the ARC of TTD there was an all out brawl between Marisa and I. Who would read it first? I won, I'm four minutes older.

I can't tell you how much I love this book. And yes, the KISS SCENE is breathtaking. This is a story that lives with you long after you close the back cover.

What tempts me is FOOD. I am a food slut, particularly around the holiday times. I'm always looking for something to eat. And if I'm sitting at the computer for any length of time it could be disastrous the amount of stuff I will shovel into my face. So lately, I've been exercising more than usual.

Susan Seyfarth said...

Wow, Anna! After this interview I can't WAIT to read Tempt the Devil. I haven't read a really good heroine centered book in so long & I have a feeling you're going to totally make my Christmas vacation. :-)

sarah said...

What tempts me...

Pumpkin pie. mmmmm... I think because with all the sweet stuff that is out there for the holidays - pumpkin pie is a little more savory and spiced.

mmmm... bring on the pie! I can eat a whole one!

Pam P said...

Great interview Anna and Marisa, now I want to read this even more.

I have a sweet tooth, hard to resist so many goodies this time of year with so many parties going on, all the cookies and cakes, yum, though really I'm tempted all year round. One of my favorites are Italian cream puffs, with the custard, not whipped cream inside. There's an excellent Italian pastry shop in town and I treat myself every so often. Good thing it's not in my normal driving path or I'd be tempted to have one every day, lol.

Keira Soleore said...

Kirsten said, "Did you know I used to study Hindi-Urdu? I took it in college, and my professor had us watch a bunch of movies in Hindi so we'd be listening to the language more."

OMGosh, I didn't know. You should meet my husband and his father. They're both afficionados of Urdu and gazals. Ms. Wee is learning the Urdu-fied Hindi, as opposed to the classical Hindi. The former sounds so posh and chic, the latter simply pretentious.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oooh, Sarah, I'm with you on the pumpkin pie. Slurp!

Kirsten, I'll join the "I'm tempted to shop for me" club. :> I'm about 1/2 way through shopping for everyone else and oh, the fabulous sales... Grins. (Bums me that Yves Delorme doesn't have sales. Sigh)

I have this mental image of Maria and Marissa wrestling over TTD and Maria saying, "I get it, I'm OLDER"

Snork.

BTW, I'd so get behind older heroes and heroines. As an older heroine of my own story...Grins.

Eva S said...

Great interview! And I'm so happy to hear you won't stop writing your wonderful historicals, Anna! I've been waiting for this book too!

What tempts me, chocolate of course, this is the holiday when you're allowed to eat as much as you like (that's what I'm telling myself!)!!
And I love spending time with my family, eating all the good food and having enough time for many great romances!
On my temptation list is also to spend much money on more books, but....I have a bunch of great friends and relatives and I love buying them presents, so my Christmas wish list is very short this year ...books, books and more books!

MsHellion said...

Oh, this book is so delicious! I can't wait to read it, Anna, and I can't wait until you blog with us again on the RWR. We'll crack the rum and have a big old time! Congratulations--you're so awesome!

And I LOVE that scene from North & South. Sometimes when I'm having a crap day, I just dig out that movie, scene select that scene and just watch it over and over. *LOL* It makes everything better.

CrystalGB said...

Great interview. What tempts me during the holiday season is sweet treats and shopping too much.

Minna said...

Since I'm such a chocoholic, it's chocolate that tempts me.



Celine Dion - Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHrVG06U5MA

MsHellion said...

Crap, I knew I was supposed to be answering a question!

What tempts me this holiday season? Oreo Truffles. Iced sugar cookies. Amazon.com. The slew of oscar-worthy movies and kid's movies out that all look awesome to see. Starbuck's gingerbread coffee; and Godiva's milk chocolate cocoa (OMG, it's so good; go get some now!) And kisses under the mistletoe.

Trish Milburn said...

Totally fun interview, Anna and Marisa. And Anna, I LOVE that kiss scene from North and South. I watch it on YouTube every now and again. :)

Joan said...

Hi Marisa!

Thanks for turning the tables on our own Fo and whetting my appetite even MORE for TTD.

I've been a huge Anna Campbell fan since CTC. The artistry in her writing, her deft handling of their relationship was incredible.

I want to be Anna Campbell when I grow up :-)

When I started my Patrician series I had it firmly in my mind that they would be heroine centered. After all, I am a strong female so I'd be able to identify with them more.

Jared, Damon and Bran put a quick nip to those plans.

As to temptation this time of year? All the goodies for sure and like Beth resisting the temptation to get "just one more present".

Speaking of which, gotta go figure out how to wrap a 10 gal. shop vac....brothers...go figure.

Marisa O'Neill said...

Trish - great idea, now I don't have to fire up the DVD anymore when I want to replay the kiss scene from North and South, I'll just check it out on You Tube.

Jo - I'm with you. I too want to be Anna Campbell when I grow up.

Anna Campbell said...

Helen, let us know how things go with the family! I love the fruit at this time of year - going to have a mango for breakfast, yum!

Fedora, it IS a nice time of year, isn't it? With the food and the family and friends!

Ely, I love a nice English accent on a bloke. Almost as much as I love a Scottish brogue! Thanks for checking out Tempt!

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, Michelle, the fruitcake sounds great. Is it a traditional heavy fruit one? That's the standard for Christmas cake here in Australia. Thanks for popping by!

Jane, I'd LOVE to write a romantic comedy one day. Watch this space. You never know - I might hit a stage where I can get a publisher interested! The stepback is pretty hot, isn't it? So much so that the Aussie Avon office decided to use it as the cover - that's the Australian cover in red on the blog.

Anna Campbell said...

Keira, keep in touch! You count as our South Asia correspondent, I think! I don't think anyone else checks in from India...

Christine, I'm not quite sure how the changes happen between my concept and what goes on the page. I will say that generally what goes on the page is stronger than my concept, even if I have to be dragged kicking and screaming to that conclusion! I think Erith as an ultra alpha would have changed the balance of that story disastrously. He's definitely an alpha but he's not gung ho set on his own needs above everyone else's. He definitely isn't my way or the highway!

Actually I didn't do very much research for this book at all apart from practicalities like where to put the house in London or how long it takes to get to Kent. I'd basically immersed myself in the courtesans' world for Claiming the Courtesan and because of my recent travels, I knew Kent and London pretty well, especially Kent where I had a lovely couple of weeks in spring in 2004. Definitely worth a visit!

Anna Campbell said...

Sharon, thanks so much for coming by and for saying those lovely things about TTD. Oh, my favorites shelf! These days, there are so many new books in the TBR pile, I hardly ever seem to get to it.

Hey, Deb, lovely to see you! And thank you for those kind words. Hey, what's Chex Mix? Is it a food?

Hey, Sue, great to see you here! Erith was MEANT to be like Kylemore but he developed into a completely different man as I wrote the story. I'll be very interested to see what you think! Good luck on getting quiet time to read over the holidays. I usually get a bit of a break between Christmas and New Year. Not to mention LEFTOVERS!!! I think I've already expressed my fondness for LEFTOVERS!!!!

Helen said...

Jo
I love the nane Emma, Bec is calling her little boy Jake Dillon and Brooke is calling hers Corey Jackson.

Anna
I love the idea that Olivia and Erith are 31 and 38 to me it means that they have a lot of experience and that there will be conflict and angst while they get to there HEA and I know I am going to love it all.

PJ
I am making a traditional Christmas fruit cake they make the house smell lovely while cooking for 3.5 hours I have made 3 now another 2 to go and then the boiled Christmas pudding in the cloth still lots to do LOL. So the GR can help me make another cake today and a tradition in our family is to stir and make a wish maybe I can work out a way so as he can do this.Wonder what he will wish for ?

Have Fun
Helen

Suzanne Welsh said...

Good morning, Anna and Marisa! What a glorious cold day it is in Texas. And I mean that with all sincerity!! A high of 40...whooppee!

Okay, have to tell you how much fun this interview was to read. And of course I'll be clicking over to Amazon from the pics to order my copy of Tempt The Devil!!

One of my favorite parts of Anna's books is that she doesn't sugar coat the times. Regency England was not a nice place, despite our lovely stories by Jane Austin. Men were ruthless, women were dependent on them. The classes were seperated by chasms! IN other words, Anna's stories have meat to them.

Speaking of meat...gotta go check the Turkey soup!

Suzanne Welsh said...

oops, forgot to say what tempts me this time of year. Well, I bake, a lot, which I give to friends, but here are some of my favorites: Chocolate mint cookies, Buckeyes, chocolat chip cookies, chocolate mint crackers wafers, chocolate peanut blossom cookies, hot chocolate mix....


okay, Chocolate!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, thanks for the congrats, Donna. The cover gods sure do smile on the Bandits, don't they?

Margay, sounds like you've joined the foodies here! Thanks for coming by!

Marisa, there must be brandy in that chocolate mousse if you're hearing it talk back to you! LOL! Thanks so much for that fantastic interview! Mwah!

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, Gillian, do you have room at your family table for a ring-in at Christmas? All that stuff sounds amazing. Especially the peppermint schnapps hot chocolate! Yum! This blog has turned into a disaster - all I want to do is go and eat bad stuff! Whaaaaah! So glad you're looking forward to Tempt!

Buffie, you haven't missed my giveaway, you silly sausage! We won't draw a winner for hours yet! So glad you enjoyed the interview!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Gannon, what's the story with Tim Tams and Target? Are they going to become a regular item on sale? Oh, that's terrible! I always knew I could bribe my American friends with offers of Tim Tams but if you can just buy them locally, I'll have to work out some other fabulous local delicacy! Hope you like Tempt the Devil! As you say, the cover is worth buying the book! ;-)

Aha, Buffie! Even you think you're a silly sausage! I like the idea of the quiet read with all the good stuff. I think mine will have to wait until after the 25th but it's definitely on my list.

Speaking of jewelry, I had a really extravagant moment the day before yesterday. I was looking at glamorous shops with an old friend and we went into a lovely gift shop which had the most fantastic jewellery. I bought a really gorgeous solid silver heart necklace that was too much money. I had a new photo taken yesterday which should turn up in book four next November. So look out for the necklace. It was a luxury but man, I just love it to death! Sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, huh?

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Gannon, seeing you once is lovely, twice is just a bonus ;-)

Oh, I love hot chocolate. Which is why I try to stay away from it. One is never enough, Marisa!

Beth, I really think my natural voice is comic. It certainly comes more easily to me - thanks for saying those lovely things about the Regency noir. Laughed at you wearing out the kiss. I'd taped North and South originally off TV. Believe me the end of the last episode is now so stretched, it just doesn't even play any more. I've never quite worked out why that should be...

Anna Campbell said...

Beth, it is tough to avoid spending money on yourself at this time of year, isn't it? I think it's because there's so many lovely things around! Glad to hear you were strong. As you'll have gathered by my comments, I wasn't nearly so strong!

Hey, Michele, lovely to see you visiting from the Avon Board! Hey, I never tease you about liking my stuff. I think you're a woman of discerning taste!!!! Kids are great at this time of year, aren't they? They get so excited, they just can't sit still. I must say I love to torture them and make them wait for their presents. It's like writing a romance - the more you make them want it, the bigger the bang! Ahem, no pun intended!

Louisa Cornell said...

Good on you, Helen! He obviously likes it at your house!

What a great interview Marisa and La Campbell. After reading it of course my temptation is Tempt the Devil. The end of the month is too far away! I want to read it now!!

That is one of my greatest temptations at this point. I have a stack of TBRs miles high and I really need to get the revisions of LIL and TRH done. It is hard to resist the call of so many great books to read when I really need to write!!

And research books! Any time someone mentions one I add it to my list and the minute I get a bit of extra money the temptation is to buy that research book quick!

Don't get me started on chocolate, especially Cadbury's. There is no temptation there. I skip straight from tempted to devouring it!

The worst temptation of all is when I get up early to write and things are going really well. The temptation to call in sick to work and keep writing is getting stronger every day. However, as the day job pays for little luxuries like food, electricity and living indoors I must continue to resist that particular temptation. SIGH!

Elyssa Papa said...

I'm the same way with North & South . . . when I need a good fix, pick me-up, or just to give me that lovey-dovey feeling, I'll pop in the DVD or head over to YouTube and watch the last scene. I replay it so many times, but it's such a romantic scene. Sigh.

limecello said...

This season? Pie. :P Reading, books, doing things when I should be... >.< studying. SHOPPING. Oh gosh - there are these champagne glasses I've been eyeing for a few days, but simply can't justify buying :|

Anna Campbell said...

Kirsten, I hear you on the washed out feeling when you've seen an Indian movie! Honestly, I got out of Monsoon Wedding feeling like I was beige! The color was so strong, it just burnt the eye. What a sensual feast! How interesting about learning Indian languages at uni! Do you remember much of them? Hey, thanks for hovering! You'll have to move to Louisville. For some reason, they seem to get my books ahead of time!

Danie, one of the nice things I like about this time of year is that I buy all this gorgeous stuff that I wouldn't actually buy myself, much as I might yearn for it. It's like going overseas and buying people presents. That's so much fun!

Gannon Carr said...

Anna, I believe that Target and Tim Tams is a short term relationship. :) From what I've heard, they will be available until March. After that, who knows. So you may still be able to bribe us Americans with them.

Temptation thy name is Tim Tams!

And speaking of temptation, when Hugh Jackman was on Oprah promoting AUSTRALIA, he brought Tim Tams for the entire audience! Hugh and Tim Tams (or maybe Hugh covered in Tim Tams and nothing else!), now that's what I call temptation. :)

Anna Campbell said...

Maureen, I'd love nothing better than to curl up with a book. But I've had so many visitors lately, I have to get organized for them. Fingers crossed we both get a chance to have a good solid read once the madness is over!

Oh, PJ, if you need a taster, you know where to turn. I think I'd get on a plane for one of your goodies! I think I'd swim for a chance to play sampler in your kitchen! It's so odd to think of you lot shivering away in the Northern Hemisphere. It's been really, really hot here and I've spent so much time in the pool I look like a prune! Hey, why not come down for a party?

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Oooooh, Gannon...Hugh covered in TimTams...

*fainting*

*thunk*

*Fanning*

My overactive imagination again. Whew! The very visual....

SLURP!

Anna Campbell said...

Raven, I can't just buy ONE book either. Even online I can't resist the lure of buying a whole heap. I think we need help. I'll go and look for some as soon as I've cleared away the TBR pile, which will be NEVER! Thanks so much for saying how much you're looking forward to Tempt the Devil. Less than three weeks to go...

Jo, I think it's interesting that we consider a couple in their 30s older. I've gone back to youngies again for the next book - in fact, she's my youngest heroine yet at only 21. He's 25. The book I'm about to start features a heroine in her late 20s and a hero in his 30s so the dynamic will be completely different. I think because these books are basically courtship novels, they tend to lean toward featuring younger couples.

Yes, Emma IS a lovely name!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Marisa, you re-read the kiss from TTD a few times? Wow, that's excellent! I know this sounds like boasting, perhaps because it undoubtedly IS!!! But Eloisa James finished the book and then went straight back and read the ending again, she liked it so much. Isn't that amazing? I still start glowing like a supernova when I think about that! I'm not speaking out of school here - EJ put it on her bulletin board which I think was lovely of her.

Marisa, I liked Something's Gotta Give, although I think I would have stayed with Keanu ;-) But I think Diane Keaton's portrayal of a woman who, as you say, has given up on life and then discovers it's still full of surprises was amazing. Love stories like that! So yeah, I'd definitely read books about older couples.

Anna Campbell said...

M, I've got housework up to the wazoo to do today too. Had visitors last weekend, been running around all week, and visitors due next weekend. So I desperately need to tidy and do some laundry. I'll think of you while I'm pushing the vacuum. At least the snow fort isn't a temptation to me. Although the pool...

Maria, thank you so much for that lovely description of Tempt. You have no idea how happy I was when I knew the wonderful Ms had liked my book! I can't have food near me when I'm on the computer - it's too tempting. A friend of mine sets up M&Ms (not you too, the little round variety!) on her keyboard and has one to reward herself with every page. I don't have the willpower. Not one word would be done, all the M&Ms would be scoffed and I'd be up looking for more. Oh, well, I suppose you can call walking to the refrigerator exercise!

Anna Campbell said...

Susan, thanks for saying that. Actually this book has NO subplots! There's no mystery or suspense or even a bad guy really. It's just about these two people on a very unwilling journey to lasting love. I was absolutely exhausted when I finished writing it!

Sarah, I've never had pumpkin pie. It's not really something we get over here. I adore roast pumpkin, though - if you do it right, all the sugars turn to caramel. Yum! Actually that makes me think of living in England and trying to buy pumpkin at the local grocery. They think pumpkin is cow food over there. They don't know what they're missing out on!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Pam! Great to see you here. Thanks for popping over. Hope you like TTD! Oh, that Italian custard. Ooh la la! I love zabaglione which is kinda that custard with alcohol added. Too good!

Keira, I laughed at your description of the two Hindis!

Jeanne, I think you're right about the older heroine appealing now because I suspect the demographic is slightly older. We like to read about people we can relate to. But then I think, we've all been young so we can relate to the younger ones as well.

PJ said...

The Target stores where I live don't have the Tim Tams yet so I'm still open to bribery, Anna!

Joan said...

So the GR can help me make another cake today

To quote a favorite BB "Have Fun" Helen!

I just got back from the grocer's after buying my baking items. Lots of chocolate and toffee involved this year.

Now just to whip up some energy for doing it all!

Buffie said...

Anna, your new necklace sounds beautiful. I can't wait to see it. And I'm happy for you that you were able to splurge on something just for you!!! Isn't that great when you get to do that?

Speaking of Hugh Jackman, I went to see AUSTRALIA over the weekend with some girlfriends. Man, what a wonderful movie!!! Fabulous, even thought it was long. But hey, about 30 minutes into the move there is a scene with Hugh wearing pants and nothing else and washing his chest by pour water all over himself. When that beautiful body took up the entire big screen, I honestly thought I would choke to death on the popcorn. And right after that he is taking about to Nicole Kidman about being "friendly" with the locals and he pulls his pants down just far enough to make this gal break a sweat in a freezing theater. Totally sexy!!!

Buffie said...

Goodness, just thinking of Hugh causes my fingers to do all kinds of stupid things while typing!! Excuse all the typos in my previous post :0

Anna Campbell said...

Eva, I think the entire world should give each other books for Christmas! So I'm pleased to see you're part of my campaign already without knowing it! Thanks for saying how much you're looking forward to TTD.

Hey, Hellion, thanks for that! Brought a tear to the old pseudo-pirate's eye! I always have such a great time sailing the high seas on the Romance Writers Revenge. I'm really looking forward to the visit! Avast, me hearties!

Crystal, sounds like you've found just the place for you then. So far, the temptations are eating, drinking, reading and shopping. Hmm, sounds like just my sort of crew!

Anna Campbell said...

Minna, hello to you in cold Finland! I'm sure you'd love to come to my pool party ;-) Chocolate is just impossible to resist, isn't it? Sigh.

Ms Hellion, what a great list! I wouldn't mind a kiss under the mistletoe if it was like the one in N&S! It always makes me want to cry, it's so beautiful!

Hey, Trish, isn't it interesting that we ALL responded to that kiss scene. It obviously got everything just right. Thanks for coming by, my Bandita buddy!

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, JT, what a lovely wrap for me and my writing. Thank you so much! I'll be sobbing all over the keyboard if this keeps up! ;-) It's interesting how our characters have their own ideas about what they'll do and we can't shift them, isn't it? I firmly believe that are as real as you or I and just live in an alternative universe. Because seriously, if I invented them, why can't I control them? Good luck with the wrapping!

Marisa, I tell you, I'm misty eyed and sniffling and it ain't purty!

Helen, lovely names for the new grandkids! You're going to be beside yourself when they arrive! Helen, I love the smell of cooking fruitcake. It really makes me think of my mother who made a magnificent fruitcake!

Gannon Carr said...

Buffie, I think I actually gasped and then moaned during that scene! I'm pretty sure I drooled, too! Hugh is pure perfection!

PJ said...

Why do I have this vision of Buffie jumping up in the middle of a crowded theater shouting, "Take it off! Take it all off!" :)

Anna Campbell said...

Suz, turkey soup? That sounds just the thing for a cold day in Texas! Hey, thanks for the compliments. I actually think life in the Regency was pretty tough for most people which makes for lots of dramatic situations. Suits me fine - bwahahahahaha!

Hey, good plug about the Amazon click-through, Suz. If anyone wants to buy TTD, you can just click on the cover and it takes you straight through to Amazon. Eazy Peazy.

Ooh, and the baking sounds scrumptious! Can I come and visit?

Oh, Louisa, isn't it terrible when the Dreaded Day Job interferes with the muse's correct operation? I so feel for you! Good luck with your revisions - I want at least one more Louisa Cornell to cheer on at RWA next year! Thanks for saying such nice things about the interview. I'm glad we managed to TEMPT you, LOL!

All jokes aside, I think reading feeds into good writing. So you could maybe reward yourself with a bit of reading now and again and call it work!

Gannon Carr said...

LOL, PJ!! Now, I have that vision in my head. I would definitely join in. :)

Anna Campbell said...

Ely, you'll know the scene I'm talking about in Tempt when you get to it. I hope it gives you a sigh too!

Hey, Limecello, I don't think you can EVER have too many champagne glasses! Sounds like you're terrifically busy - don't wear yourself out before Santa comes!

Gannon, Hugh and Tim Tams???!!! TOGETHER????!!! Oh, that's so good, it's wicked! Actually I still have Caramello koalas in my repertoire if Tim Tams become regularly available in the States. I am not without resources!

Anna Campbell said...

Jeanne, clean up that drool before someone slips on it! Hop to it, Bandita!!!

PJ, I believe we can negotiate between Tim Tams and turtles. Do a bit of international diplomacy here!

Ooh, JT, toffee? Chocolate? I want to come and visit you too! Good luck for the baking!

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, Buffie, the pictures running through my mind right now? Let's say a hot day in Australia just turned really steamy! I got such a kick out of buying the necklace - it was my Christmas present to me. Because it's a heart and plain, it should go with everything too. Just the thing for a romance writer to wear! And hey, who cares about typos when you're talking about Hugh getting all wet and interesting? LOL!

Gannon, I can see that scene got your seal of approval too!

PJ, perhaps because it happened and someone put it on Youtube? Snort!

And Gannon, you're just encouraging her!

Buffie said...

PJ, were you there in the theater with your camera??? LOL! It was a scene where I slide down in my seat and let out a big old sigh. I still get tingles thinking about that scene! That particular scene is definitely worth the ticket price and I'd pay to see it again!

catslady said...

Mostly I'm tempted to spend way too much on everyone. I am careful except when it comes to giving gifts and then I go overboard. As for myself, of course all the goodies this time of year.

Anna Campbell said...

Buffie, too funny to think of PJ stalking you with her video camera at the ready!

Catslady, congratulations on winning Laura Lee's book last week! You're going to just love it! Yes, it's hard to be disciplined at this time of year, isn't it? But then I also figure I love to give nice things to people I love so what the heck!

Kate Carlisle said...

Marisa and Anna, what a lovely interview! I can't wait to get my hands on TTD and read that KISS scene!! It sounds impossibly romantic! Anna's characters are always so fabulous. I love that these two are a bit older and ... hmm, wiser? :-)

Temptation? This time of year? Hello?? FOOD! Specifically, right now I'm staring at a box of exquisite handmade chocolates from a lovely little store in Northern California. And yes, I'm drooling. There, I admitted it. Sigh. Is there anything better in the world than chocolate?

Oh heck, twenty minutes from now I might be drooling over some barbequed potato chips. Let's face it, I'm a goner!!

Helen, have a lovely day with your BFF!!

PJ said...

Anna said...Buffie, too funny to think of PJ stalking you with her video camera at the ready!

Buffie, she says that because she hasn't met me in person yet! lol

Cassondra said...

Fo, what a great idea, having Marisa on as a guest interviewer! And as always, I love learning more about your process.

Marisa, you did a great interview. More insightful than most that I've seen. Sheesh, wouldn't any author just hate THAT--to be interviewed by somebody perceptive..... (grin)

I can't wait for this book. All the other Anna Campbell's I've preordered, but in the craziness of the job change and Christmas, I haven't made it to the bookstore to order. I'll have to fix that immediately.

Lily said...

During the holiday season, what tempts me is to have some quality time with my family, plus enjoy a lot of chocolate treats... and not feel guilty about it!

Congrats on Tempt the Devil,. I can't wait to read it :-)

Anna Campbell said...

Kate, I don't know about wiser, although they definitely THINK they are! Oh, the chocolates sound absolutely lovely. No wonder I'm so hungry! Oh, and I adore barbecue potato chips! Yum! They've actually even more my downfall than chocolate!

PJ, it's really weird - I FEEL like I know you in person! Can't wait for Washington!

Hey, Cassondra, you know if you click on the cover, you get... Yeah, yeah, we've been through that! Wasn't it a magnificent interview? Such interesting questions!

Lily, enjoy your family time. I think that's the best part of this time of year! And nice hint about winning TTD, Bandita buddy! Snort!

Elyssa Papa said...

Caramel koalas? Please divulge what those are. The name itself sounds yummy.

One of my friends in high school used to bring these mini-bags of these Chinese-specialty cookies. They were tiny bears filled with chocolate. SooooRPo good! I could never find them anywhere.

You know, I never got the Hugh Jackman attraction. I was like oh, he's not that cute. Then I saw previews of Australia where he's all dirtied up and looks rough and manly, and I'm all over Hugh Jackman now.

Anna, I'll probably e-mail you once I do read that scene and write OMG! LOL

Beth said...

Beth, what's White Trash?

White Trash is a mix of mini pretzels, Cheerios, Corn Chex, peanuts and M&Ms all covered in melted white chocolate.

*sigh* My son and I can't get enough of it during the holidays
:-)

Lily said...

Anna,

I love your books, your regency noir style is great and very unique nowadays!

I also am wishing for some time off to actually read something other than my medical books, this university year is just hectic.

jo robertson said...

I love those names, Helen. We have a Jake too. Such a solid, alpha name.

Just got word that baby Emma's coming tomorrow, inducing labor first thing. Yay!!

Anna Campbell said...

Ely, don't you know you're my barometer? If I get an OMG from you, I know I'm on the right track!

Caramello koalas are little milk chocolate koalas from Cadbury and inside is this wonderful rich caramel filling. Seriously good! And cute. Well, cute until you bite their heads off!

Where I last worked in a DDJ, there was a Chinese bakery across the road. Oh, man, so sinful, so tempting, so irresistible. My favorite things were the hot custard tarts, yumbo, and the pancakes filled with fresh cream and fresh mango. Oh, they were both heaven on a stick!

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, Beth, White Trash sounds SOOOOO good! How could you tease me with that description, you wicked girl?

Lily, I hope the studies are proceeding well. I'm going to need a doctor by the time I've got through all the Christmas goodies. You're not thinking of specialising in heart problems, are you? Thanks for saying that about the Regency noir. I hope Tempt the Devil tempts you away from your textbooks in the new year!

Jo, how exciting! Good luck to everyone involved!!!!

J.K. Coi said...

Oh My!! That was an amazing amazing interview. I loved it. Thank you. As for what tempts me this time of year....sleep. Really. I need it badly and rarely get any. But besides that, the promise of the bright smiling face of my son on Christmas morning.

J.K. Coi said...

PS I loved hearing about how you came to know Olivia's character. I find that's how I feel as well. One of the characters is usually a little more forthcoming about their motivations and conflict, and I have to work harder to bring the other one together, but then I find that this is usually the character whose arc is going to be the most important.

Gannon Carr said...

Buffie said...
That particular scene is definitely worth the ticket price and I'd pay to see it again!

Buffie, that's exactly what my sister and I said!!

Anna Campbell said...

J.K., hey, thanks for popping over and checking out the interview. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It's amazing - the magic of Christmas never fails for kids, does it? Lovely! I really had to keep digging for the truth of Olivia's nature - but by the end of it, I really felt I knew her!

Genella deGrey said...

Dear Anna - Your book, "Tempt the Devil" is what is tempting me right now! LOL

This time of year it is so dark when I wake up . . . Every morning I'm tempted to just stay in bed, snuggled with my honey and just not go into work.

I can't wait to read your book!
:)
G.

Nancy said...

Helen, wow! Didn't you just have him with you a while back? You're fast off the mark these days.

Great interview, Marisa and Anna. What a fun chat! I can't wait to read TTD.

As to what tempts me . . . anything with sugar. Especially when I have papers to grade.

Donna wrote: procrastination is my friend

Do you ever find, when you reach the point where you've run out of procrastination time--and perhaps pushed a bit beyond the limit--that you click with ideas? That's what I always hope for.

Caren Crane said...

Marisa, what a wonderful interview! Even those of us who know WAY too much about dear Anna learned loads in this post. (Not that we'll use it against you or anything, Anna. *eg*)

I think the biggest temptation for me right now is TDD! I am always tempted by the promise of a great read and I know this will be one.

I had the great pleasure of reading the ARC of Claudia Dain's February release The Courtesan's Wager and, honestly, it's hard for any book to follow it! I think TDD is up to the challenge, though. AFTER I finish Christine Wells' The Dangerous Duke - another GREAT READ!

Too much temptation! I must hie away to bed, where most of my reading gets done. *g* Thank you for a great interview, Marisa!!

Helen said...

Best of luck Jo, Sandra and little Emma I hope everything goes smoothly please give Emma a cuddle for me nothing like a new born baby to cuddle.

Have Fun
Helen

Helen said...

WOW Hugh Jackman covered in Tim Tams now that is something to tempt anyone.
Buffie I would have loved to have been in the movie theatre with you I still haven't managed to get the time to go and see the movie but I will probably as soon as the babies are born can't wait.

Have Fun
Helen

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

Oh my, I am late to the party again, I hate work!!! I have my fingers and toes crossed wishing mightily for the ARC.
Congrats Helen, the GR seems to be gravitating your way a good bit lately, I think he likes those grandbabies.
Great interview Anna, I can't wait to read Tempt the Devil, I would certainly try and tempt him if it was me!

Anna Campbell said...

Hi Genella! Lovely to see you. Pull up a cabana boy! I remember those dark, cold winter mornings from when I lived in London. I can't blame you for wanting to stay in bed!

Nancy, actually sometimes I agree - procrastination can be your friend. My problem is sorting out genuine I'm waiting for real ideas to gel procrastination and I'm just being a slack tart procrastination. That's the trick!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Posh, what do you mean WAY too much? Oy! A bit of R-E-S-P-E-C-T if you please! Claudia's book sound fab. Christine's I already know is fab!

Helen, I haven't seen the movie either. But it's definitely on the list, even if Hugh isn't covered in Tim Tams!

Dianna, the man on the cover certainly is tempting, isn't he? Sorry to hear the dreaded day job is getting in the way of your fun! Hardly seems fair to me!

Anna Campbell said...

Thanks, everyone, for an amazing day in the lair! It's been wonderful talking about Tempt the Devil with you all. Marisa, thanks again for a fantastic interview! You're the best!

Don't forget to check back to find out who won the one last lonely ARC! Good luck!

Caffey said...

Hi Anna! Loved reading this interview!!! And looking forward to DEVIL!

Oh, tempting for me during the holidays has to be all the sugar free stuff out now! I'm finding more that I can have and I got an excuse to get it now, the holidays!

Pat Cochran said...

Here I am again! Arriving late!
"I'm late, I'm late, for a very
important date!" Or some such
lyric! I just can't seem to catch
up! Oh, well, Congrats, Helen, on
catching that wily rooster! He
does seem to love visiting with you, doesn't he? Have fun!

Anna, I love that you are today's
interviewee, not the interviewer!
I'm going back now to read those
140 comments!

Pat Cochran

Anna Campbell said...

Caffey, I hope you find lots and lots to sweeten your holidays! Hey, and thanks for checking out the interview. I'm really glad you enjoyed it!

Pat, you know we keep the doors open especially for you, don't you? As you can see, we've had quite a party in the lair today. Pull up a chair, put up your feet and hey, here's a good book to read ;-)

Leslie said...

Wonderful interview. What tempts me is all the delicious goodies. The candy, cookies and cakes. I don't like pie so that's about the only dessert that doesn't tempt me. LOL

Anna Campbell said...

Leslie, another foodie! Welcome, welcome! You're definitely among friends here! Thanks for popping by!

HistoricalGoddess said...

Anna You are so funny......Ah yes I love torturing them too, I keep telling them I bought them each a bag of coal for Christmas and thats all they are getting. But they know I got some things so they keep asking for hints and they are very excited and I see that and just cant wait to give them to him. Ah and yes I have very discriminating taste! lmao.. You are so awesome. ; )

kimmyl said...

THe holiday food is always my greatest temptaion. LOL