Thursday, May 19, 2011

Book Club: Midnight's Wild Passion by Anna Campbell

London's most notorious seducer, Nicholas Challoner lives solely for revenge . . .

The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister—now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas's vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe's unsuspecting daughter.

Having herself been deceived and disgraced by a rogue—banished by her privileged family as a result and forced to live a lie—Antonia vows to protect her charge from the same cruel fate. She recognizes Ranelaw for the shameless blackguard he is and will devote every ounce of her intelligence and resolve to thwarting him.

Yet Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes . . .

Hey there book clubbers, Marie here taking a turn at hostess duty, and what a book we have to talk about this week! It had been a while since I'd read a juicy historical (one of my favorite genres within romance), and Anna's books never disappoint. From the time I first read Claiming the Courtesan, I have been a huge fan of her work. In this new book, Anna has given us a truly memorable hero and heroine in Nicholas, Lord Ranelaw, and Miss Antonia Smith. From their first meeting, the chemistry between Nicholas and Antonia burns up the page. Both had compelling backstories and interesting motivations for the decisions they made and the choices that drove them. I loved the way Anna tapped into the mores of the day by making Antonia's first love affair an abject disaster that poisoned the next ten years of her life, and how a similar situation in Ranelaw's past fueled his desire for revenge.

There were so many fabulous scenes in this book, but among my favorites were when Antonia clubbed him over the head with a fireplace poker (he had it coming, didn't he?) when she stared him down with a gun in hand after he kidnapped her cousin, and when she cried over his sick bed when she thought she'd lost him before she ever got to tell him she loved him. Ahhh, the stuff of classic romance novels! What were your favorite scenes in the book?

Anna will be joining us today from her home in Australia to chat about MWP and to give away a book from her back list (winner's choice) to one lucky commenter. Look forward to chatting about Midnight's Wild Passion! Find out more about Anna and her books at www.annacampbell.info.

Since I go out of my way to NEVER cook if I can avoid it, and as I have already posted the five or six recipes I make with any kind of frequency, I will offer this as my recipe for the day: RESERVATIONS, people. Make them. Often. :-)

103 comments:

Marie Force said...

Welcome to book club, ladies! Look forward to chatting today!

Marie Force said...

Got to comment again to subscribe to the comments! Blogger is acting flukey again today!

Alison said...

Good Morning!

Great write up Marie! I haven't read this book yet, but I bought it yesterday to read this weekend! I'm excited to start it, I love a good historical. This will be my first book of Anna's :)

krisgils33 said...

Morning all,
I like historicals, especially this type, but don't end up reading that many of them. I think I really, really need to change that and read some of Anna's work....I have heard so many good things and your write-up Marie makes me even more intrigued! So, I'm going to put this book on my wish list and, hopefully, get to it soon!!

Marie Force said...

Hi Allison,
Hope you enjoy the book. Make sure to pop back in and let us know what you think of it.

Hi Kris,
I was a late-comer to historicals, too, but now I am totally ADDICTED. There is just something so yummy about all that "my lord" business and the corsets and the rules of society. I love them!

Ronlyn said...

Good Morning!! I woke up thinking today was Wednesday! Whooops. But, it's been that type of week (couple weeks really) for me.
I always enjoy reading Anna Campbell. Since I started reading romance with historicals, it's a bit like coming home again for me when I read one. Especially a good one. It brings me warm fuzzies.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, girls, helloooooooo! It's very early in the morning here in Oz. Please excuse any dangling participles (hate it when a hero has a dangling participle) or typos! Marie, thanks for inviting me to be your guest here today. Hope blogger is behaving. It's playing up like a naughty toddler over at the Romance Bandits!

Anna Campbell said...

Phew! Comment went through. Marie, so glad you loved that scene with the poker. I had fun with that one, as you could probably tell - and he's SOOOO naughty, he definitely deserves a cosh on the noggin! Actually you picked two of my other fave scenes in the book too. Love how implacable Antonia is when she brings out the gun. Again, he deserves it!

Actually two of my other fave scenes are the kiss by the brook when he finds all his wickedness confounded and the scene when he carries the buckets. That one's not a BIG scene but it was the spot where they danced so close to actually sorting things out - and then of course, they don't!

Anna Campbell said...

Alison, thanks for picking up Midnight. I hope you enjoy it. It's actually a little bit lighter than a lot of my other stuff - closest I've come to writing a classic Regency romance. I really enjoyed writing it - those characters basically told me what they wanted and I did it (poor, obedient, pushed-around writer I am!).

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Kris, cool that Marie's wonderful write up has got you intrigued. Thank you, Marie! Kris, I LOVE a great historical, I always have. I love how they sweep you away to that larger than life world!

Anna Campbell said...

Marie, I agree with you. Actually one of the things I love about writing historicals is that there ARE rules and consequences if you break them. That makes everything so high stakes. You know, if our heroine sleeps with the hero, there will be serious and perhaps life-destroying repurcussions. I mean, look at poor Antonia. She falls for a rotter's charms and everything goes up the creek without a paddle.

Anna Campbell said...

Hi Ronlyn! So glad you've enjoyed my books! Lovely to hear. Oh, hasn't it been that sort of week? And I'm still trying to come to terms with the fact that we're nearly halfway through 2011!

Marie Force said...

Anna, I am over here giggling madly at all your funny comments. I love your voice, girlfriend. It comes through loud and clear in your books and in your comments. Thanks so much for being here with us today.

There are a few hardy souls who are big fans of historicals here, but a lot of them love the books that are more of the shoot em up suspense types.
:-)

I am such a fan of your books that I had to have you over, and hopefully we've convinced a few of the gals to check out your latest, which I LOVED. Did I mention I loved it??? I've already downloaded a couple of other historicals since I'm all *ahem* in the mood thanks to yours! :-)

jo robertson said...

Hi, Marie and Anna! I've just barely started this book, but I love it! All of Anna's books are dark enough to satisfy my angsty personality, and I love how she makes her characters work damn hard for their happy ending.

I've been meaning to ask, Anna. I LOVE the name Ranelaw, such a telling name. Did you make it up? How did you come to give your hero that name?

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Hey, Marie and Anna. Isn't that just the prettiest cover?

Anna, I always think your characters names are very evocative. Do you have a process for picking names for your characters? Do they have to have names before you can work on the story?

Marie Force said...

Waving to Jo and Trish! Nice to have you ladies join us, and great question about the name "Ranelaw." I wondered where that one came from, too!

I love the cover, too, Trish!

Nancy said...

Anna, I loved this book! Nicholas and Antonia may be your most tormented couple yet, and that's saying something. I especially liked their verbal sparring and the way Nicholas kept doing the right thing despite his determination not to. He's a great example of the bad boy succumbing to his better nature.

Anna Campbell said...

Marie, thanks so much for the wonderful reception of MWP! Means a lot! I tend to read in crazes too - I'm on a Harlequin glom at the moment.

Actually I thought of another scene I had fun with - the Cinderella moment in the ballroom when he waltzes with her and shocks the ton.

Anna Campbell said...

Jo, lovely to see you. How fantastic you're enjoying MWP!!!! It's not as dark as my usual fare but there's definitely plenty of angst there.

Ranelaw is actually a variation on Ranelagh Gardens which was a pleasure garden in London, a competitor for Vauxhall.

Marie Force said...

Ohhhh, I loved that! I was all a'flutter waiting for the wrath of the ton to come down upon her!

So here is my (not so) secret admission: I have half of a historical written. Snort... I have absolutely NO business, but it's been fun and I hope to get back to it one of these days. Damned deadlines! :-)

Anna Campbell said...

Hi Trish! Thanks for swinging by. Isn't that cover gorgeous? I just love it.

Names are one of the fun bits of writing, aren't they? When you get the RIGHT one, that is. I've started keeping a notebook of possible names - things I hear watching UK TV shows (we get a lot here) or something I read or hear elsewhere. With historicals, names are a bit of a problem because often you need a family name, a title that's different from the family name, and then often at least one estate you have to name. No wonder I've started putting lists together.

And yeah, I have to have the right name before I can tell the story. Diana in My Reckless Surrender was originally Antonia but it just wasn't right for her. Whereas Antonia in MWP is just right for her.

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Nancy, thanks so much for swinging by and saying such nice things. I remember our discussion of Nicholas when you'd finished the story. You know, how he's not so much a 'bad' boy but someone who started out with pretty good impulses but then goes wrong through everybody he should be able to rely on letting him down big time. I think you said it was a process of gradual disillusionment so that by the time he meets Antonia, he's convinced that he's as black as he's painted. Whereas of course he isn't - he doesn't want to be a knight in shining armor but by the end, he can't help himself. Love it when a man's a hero in spite of himself!

Anna Campbell said...

Marie, that scene came out of nowhere - but it just seemed so right. And it was such fun to write him heading like a missile in her direction and her going, he's not, he is, OH NOOOOOOO!

Anna Campbell said...

By the way, cool on the historical. Is it a Regency? Actually I think sometimes writing something different just freshens us up anyway. I wrote a ghost story for the Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance (OK, it's a historical ghost story so not completely out of my realm) and that was such fun.

Tawny said...

Anna, I loved loved love this book :-) One of your best, yet, which says a LOT!!!

I think one of my favorite aspects (besides the amazingly hot sex, of course) was how wonderfully you balanced the secondary characters. They were so strong, but didn't take over the story. Is that a natural thing for you or do you have to pull back the secondaries to keep the focus on the heroine and hero?

Vanessa Barneveld said...

Hi, Marie and Anna!

Marie, you've picked one of my favourite books of 2011! Choosing just one scene is so difficult. You've actually mentioned two of the scenes I loved--where Antonia knocks Ranelaw over the head with a poker and also where she shows what a crack shot she is. Oh, and then, there's the opening scene at the ball where they first lay eyes on each other--fireworks!

Christine Wells said...

Hi Marie! Thanks for having Anna on your book club today.

Congratulations on another amazing romance, Anna. I loved MIDNIGHT'S WILD PASSION!

Definitely the scene where he carried the buckets was one of my favourites! Because, of course, it was an unselfish act, and it was to help her. It sounds unromantic but in fact it is the essence of true romance, the hero taking a burden from the heroine's shoulders. I think we saw him grow to admire Antonia's character in the phase, too so there's a lovely deepening of the relationship.

Anna Campbell said...

Tawny, thank you so much for your lovely compliments!

Actually I tend to have tunnel vision with my stories and the secondaries are VERY secondary. In Midnight, though, the story meant that the secondary characters had to be major players in their own right if that's not a contradiction. Cassie, Johnny, Demarest and Antonia's brother all needed to make enough of an impression for the story to make sense. Cassie in particular was fun to write. I've read a million books where the debutante was a complete airhead - which Cassie certainly isn't. Nice to confound the cliches, for the people in the book and for the readers.

Tawny said...

Well, just so ya know, I want Cassie's story next LOL

Marie Force said...

Welcome Tawny, Christine and Vanessa!

Tawny--you said something I meant to--Cassie's story! Will we see that at some point, Anna?

As for whether my historical is a Regency--I dunno. Which is why I have NO business writing one! LOL

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, Vanessa, thank you so much for swinging by and saying such lovely things. Actually that opening scene came to me like a flash of inspiration. When I first saw them, I knew he wanted revenge and I knew she was ruined but everything else was a complete mystery. And it was such fun to play with him going, "Nah, she's a dowd." And then he can't take his eyes off her. Love that dynamic!

Anna Campbell said...

Christine, thanks so much for coming over to the book club! Oh, so glad you love the bucket scene. I just found him really touching there because he's in love with her by now - although he wouldn't admit it under threat of torture, at all. And what he does isn't flashy or dramatic - as so many of the other things he does are. But it was the stage of the book where you thought, "You know, these two really could make it if they can get over the barriers between them." Or at least that's how it felt when I wrote it. And he's not king of the world in that scene either which he doesn't like but I must say I did ;-)

Anna Campbell said...

Tawny, interesting about people wanting Cassie's story. I actually think she's far too well adjusted to star in an Anna Campbell ;-)

Anna Campbell said...

Marie, laughed at your answer! Sounds like that book's luring you back!!!!

Actually there's quite a strong hint as to what happens to Cassie in MWP. I still think she's too sensible to be seen dead in one of my stories as the lead character, LOL! Mind you, there is that thing with Henry...

Vanessa Barneveld said...

Ditto! Cassie deserves her own story, too. :)

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, V, feeling the presha!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hi Anna! Popping over from the Bandit Lair to say howdy!

You know my heart still belongs to Matthew (Untouched) but he's got a rival now in Ranelaw. Grins.

As Tawny said, you continue to "top" yourself, and I adore the secondary characters as much as she did.

Given your hostess, I'm going to say that MWP is a Tour de Force....SNORK! (Sorry Marie, had to do it.)

I do have one issue however. You need to write faster.

Grins.

Sharon Archer said...

Hi Anna and Marie!

Marie, great book club choice! I adore Anna's books!

I love the scenes you've mentioned, too and I also think the scenes where we see Nicholas's softer side, where he surprises himself by his behaviour, are just fabulous. Antonia's niece, Cassie, is a delight, too.

Anna, whichever book your winner chooses as their prize, they're in for a rivetting read!

Don't put me in the draw, Marie - I already have all of Anna's books on my keeper shelf!

:)
Sharon

Anna Campbell said...

Jeanne, actually this book was a joy to write - can't always say that. If they were all like that, I probably COULD write faster! ;-) Thanks so much for swinging by and saying such lovely things. I'm delighted Ranelaw is giving Matthew a run for his money! Snorking at tour de Force!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, thanks, Sharon! And how lovely that you loved the earlier books too. Nicholas is SOOOO determined to be a bad guy but he just can't manage it most of the time, can he? Writing that conflict in his character was such fun.

Helen said...

Waving Hi to Anna and Marie

Who Hoo I started this book last night and I gotta say the sizzle from Nicholas and Antonia on the first few pages was fantastic, I need to get the groceries done today and then I will be back to it and nothing else will get done LOL.

Love Anna's stories they always take me on a magical journey filled with ups and downs that keep me enthralled to the wonderful HEA

Have Fun
Helen

Tawny said...

interesting about people wanting Cassie's story. I actually think she's far too well adjusted to star in an Anna Campbell ;-)

;-) Then you'd just have to un-adjust her, right? LOL

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, thanks so much, Helen! So glad you're enjoying the story. I was hoping you would!!!!! Get those groceries fast - I want you to get to the good stuff ;-)

Anna Campbell said...

Snort! It CAN be done!!! I mean look at the mess poor Tarquin got himself into in My Reckless Surrender and he was fine before he met Diana!

Donna MacMeans said...

Just swinging by to wave hi!

Must say you have to love a book when the heroine, a force to be reckoned with, takes a poker to hand.

Marie - Many years ago I wrote contemporary suspense, but once I wrote my first historical - I was hooked. Best of luck with yours.

Love this cover, Anna - though I loved My Reckless Surrender cover as well. The cover gods are with you.

Mary G said...

I don't read many historicals. Do not try to tempt me. I mean it!!
LOL. I've hraed so may gereat things about Anna AND her books.

Mary G said...

Antonia sounds more like my kind of heroine. Not the simpering heroines I grew up reading - yes I'm showing my age LOL.

Kandy Shepherd said...

Hi Anna and hi to Marie too.
I'm a great fan of Anna's books and I'm ranking MIDNIGHT'S WILD PASSION as one of her best.
Favorite scene? When Antonia confronts Ranelaw at gunpoint is wonderful but the deathbed scene is very emotional and truly romantic.
Anna, I'm another one who would love to see Cassie again and I also thought Antonia's brother had a wonderful story in him--kind of a Regency Big Bang Theory kind of guy!

Anna Campbell said...

Donna, these last two covers have been gorgeous, haven't they? I loved the yellow dress on Reckless and this richly colored cover for Midnight is just beautiful! Yeah, I had great fun when Antonia bonks poor Nicholas with a poker!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, thanks for swinging by, Mary. Are you sure we can't tempt you? Come to mamma!!!! LOL! Oh, no, my heroines NEVER simper!!!! It's one of the rules!

Anna Campbell said...

Kandy, thanks so much for saying such lovely things about Midnight. I'm delighted you enjoyed it so much. Oh, I got really choked up writing the deathbed scene. Cassie may get another appearance - you never say never, do you? And yeah, I found Henry really intriguing. Love the Big Bang idea - personally I really like scholarly heroes!

Suzanne Brandyn said...

Hi Anna,

All your covers are lovely, and stories as well. your'e the queen of romance.

All the best,
Suzanne :)

Anna Campbell said...

Awwww, thanks, Suzanne! Lovely to see you here!

Marie Force said...

Jeanne!
Now there's one I haven't heard before--NOT! LOL! On our wedding day, my husband said, "Get ready for the FORCE jokes." :-)

Sharon,
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Anna,
Isn't it funny how some books are joyful writing experiences and others are root canals without medication?

Helen,
Hope you got the groceries before the reading frenzy began. If not, plead off with a headache. A very bad headache. ;-)

Tawny!
You took the words right out of my mouth! Un-adjust Cassie! She was a wonderful character and I'd love to see more of her!

Mary G,
You'd LOVE Anna's books even if historicals aren't your usual cuppa tea. And Antonia is a wonderful heroine, full of gumption and back bone. LOL Anna on the coming to Mamma. You are funny!

Kandy,
I adored the deathbed scene too. It was wonderful!

Suzanne,
Thanks for coming by today!!!

Thanks to all the Banditas who came over to play with us today. I love my friends at the Romance Bandits, always one of my favorite stops on the blog tour!

Marie Force said...

Donna,
I missed your message the first time through--thanks for the encouragement in finishing my historical. I will remember your kind encouragement when I need beta readers to tell me all the MANY things that are wrong with it. :-) LOL! I have had MORE fun with that book. They are as fun to write as they are to read.

Let me ask you (and Anna) this--what's the very BEST source of info about the various eras? Anna asked me if it was a Regency, and I honestly don't know what it is. As a reader of all kinds of different authors, I don't know if a historical is a Regency or not, so that's not something that is patently obvious to me. So tell me your TOP source of info on all things Regency and historical.

Thanks in advance!

Tona said...

Hi Anna and Marie!
Marie, I always follow Anna, I go to any blog she is in. She is one of my new best friends and to top it all one of my favorite authors. I'm reading right now this book and I'm really loving it. I love the main characters, they are making me laugh but also cry. I'm going a bit slow right now but it's due to my job and that I'm training to get my life insurance license, so it's study time for me ;) But when I need my time out... Antonia and Nicholas are there for me.
Hugs and Blessings to both.
Delia Antonia ;) Yeah, that is my real middle name Marie.

Jolene and Family said...

This sounds like a great read, can't wait to get ahold of it :)

I must say, Reservations sound lovely. My kind of thing :)

Anna Campbell said...

Marie, we love having you visit over in the lair too. It's always a party when you call in. Well, perhaps I should say MORE of a party as partying seems to be the plat du jour over there (you can tell I write Regencies, I put in classy stuff like French!).

I wish I knew why Midnight was such a joy to write. Generally I really struggle with first drafts but this one just fell on me like the angels were whispering in my ears. Wish every book was like that!

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, Marie, interesting question. I think one of the best ways is ask the important question - what is everyone wearing? If it's high-waisted gowns for the gals and boots and breeches for the blokes, it's probably a Regency. One of the best intros to the Regency I know (and great for a romance writer) is Jennifer Kloester's GEORGETTE HEYER'S REGENCY WORLD. Mind you, reading GH is a great intro too!

Anna Campbell said...

Delia, Antonia is actually one of my favorite names, always has been - no joke! I've been dying for the chance to call a heroine that but till now, it just hasn't been right. But it WAS right in this case. Oh, I'm so glad you're enjoying Midnight!!!! Sometimes it's nice to savor a book we're enjoying, isn't it? I'm inclined to rush to the end and then I'm sorry it's finished! And thanks so much for swinging by all the blogs - it's always fun to see you!!!!

Marie Force said...

Tona,
Thanks so much for coming by! Always happy to have new visitors to book club!

Jolene,
The book is great, and I'm glad you agree with reservations. Cooking? Shudder!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Jolene, thanks for swinging by. So glad you love the sound of Midnight. Actually there have been a few spoilers in today's conversation - forget about them when you read the book, that's an order! LOL!

Marie Force said...

Very interesting, Anna! I wonder if I am like most readers who wouldn't know whether they are reading a Regency or not. What do you think? Or am I just a dolt? LOL

Anna Campbell said...

By the way, Marie and Jolene, snickering at reservations as your recipe!

Marie Force said...

Antonia is a great name, Anna. And Nicholas is one of my favorites, too (my hero in the Fatal books is a Nick).

I always say I started writing because I had more names on my favorites list than I had kids to name... :-)

Anna Campbell said...

Marie, I think like in most things, there's a huge range of readers. I know there are people out there who know what the headlines were in the newspapers every day of the Regency, they're that dedicated to the period. I also know there are people out there who say they're in long dresses, that's enough. Not sure how much of a history lesson you want but generally if it's set in the early 19th century (generally up to 1837 when Queen Vic ascended the throne), it's counted as a Regency.

Anna Campbell said...

Marie, Nicholases abound in historical romance! Actually I think if we were being really true to period, all our heroes would be John or George or William! They were the most common male names in the era.

Marie Force said...

That is very good to know, Anna. Thanks for sharing.

The hero in my era-less historical is Derek. I haven't even researched to see if that name was around then. Clearly I have my work cut out for me before I show this book to anyone. :-) Namely, I need a time period.

Anna Campbell said...

Good luck, Marie!

Marie Force said...

Thanks, Anna! I need all the luck I can get since I feel like a total FRAUD venturing into an genre I have no business tackling.

BTW, I meant to tell you, I loved the sprinkling of French throughout the book. It added a true touch of elan (see I got me some French, too. That is French right? LOL)

I'm reading Sarah McLean's 11 Scandals now and it's sprinkled with Italian. I love it!

Anna Campbell said...

Marie, I always like it when there's a few extra chewy bits of flavor like that in a book too. I think it's partly growing up with Georgette Heyer. I remember half the time I had NO idea what people were talking about but I knew it was cool! Sarah's book's next off my TBR pile! Loved the first two.

My current hero I'm writing was brought up in Italy so there's quite a bit of Italian in the current one. Tesoro this and bella that!

Marie Force said...

Ooooh, marvelous! Can't wait to read it. I'm loving 11 Scandals. Julianna is such an AWESOME heroine. Such a spit fire.

Sheree said...

So, do we know who is the male model on the stepback? I love the cover, such a rich color!

Mary G said...

I'm Italian descent. I knew you'd tempt me somehow LOL.

Anna Campbell said...

Sheree, I haven't confirmed but he looks like Nathan to me.

Marie Force said...

Face it Mary, you're kinda easy when it comes to romance novels. LOL

Anna Campbell said...

Mary, we'll do our best!!!

Anna Campbell said...

Marie, be nice to Mary! We're trying to lure her in!!!

Marie Force said...

LOL, Anna, she's one of my most faithful reader pals. When I tell you she's EASY for romance, I mean EASY.
:-) I hope she tries the new book, because if she loves it, you will be one lucky author!

Anna Campbell said...

Snort! I'll offer her some candy!

Mary G said...

LOL Anna
Marie knows me too well. I am so easily lured. I shouldn't say I hardly read historicals. This club got me hooked on Lisa Kleypas and I went on a LK reading binge. I trust Marie's taste & will certainly give your books a try.
And then I will curse you & thank you at the same time.

Marie Force said...

Yeah, Anna, I should warn you, she blames US for why she is cranky when we keep her up reading all night!

Mary G said...

Sooo true LOL. Anna, My fave tennis player is retired Aussie Patrick Rafter. If your hero could look like him, I'd really appreciate it.

Anna Campbell said...

Mary, Marie is clearly a woman not only of surpassing talent but of wonderful taste ;-) Trust her! Yeah, I should be selling used cars! ;-) Lisa K's books are classics! Can't go wrong with them.

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, well, that seals it then. No candy for Mary!

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, Mary, Pat is a credit to his nation! I was always proud to be an Aussie when he was playing. We had the most wonderful underwear ads on bus stops here of him. Drool! What I loved about Pat was that he didn't put on a front at all - he was real! And very easy on the eye too!

Mary G said...

He made me proud to be a tennis player. He won the Sportmanship Award so many times. So down to earth and so modest and sooo hunky. I miss watching him play.

Marie Force said...

Mary, you have charmed your way into Anna's heart, and she has requested that you receive the giveaway! Congratulations, and do let us know which book you might like to have from her back list. They are all wonderful, so you can't go wrong!

Marie Force said...

You should both come to my hometown of Newport, RI, to visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame! :-)

Anna Campbell said...

Mary, I didn't know about the sportsmanship thing but he SO deserves it. He spends most of his time working for charity now. A good guy all over (and I'm not just talking about the bod!).

Anna Campbell said...

Mary, I think perhaps Midnight might be a good one to start with, unless you'd like something from the backlist. Here's a link to the books page on my website: http://annacampbell.info/books.html

Congratulations!

Marie Force said...

I agree with Anna's recommendation, Mary!

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, I didn't know about that, Marie. I'm not a big sport watcher but if I did get hooked on a sport, I think it would be tennis.

Anna Campbell said...

Thanks, everyone, for a great day here. Marie, thanks for inviting me to be your guest on the bookclub. It's been great fun!

Marie Force said...

Thank YOU, Anna, for all the laughs and the great chat and for bringing your posse with you! Hope you'll come back again some time!

Mary G said...

OMG That's sooo cool!! Thanks so much. I will definitely take your recommended choice Anna & Marie. LOL On meeting at your place Marie. Maybe you should wait till you meet me in Cincy before you decide you can put up with me again. I knew you guys would tempt me. Darn it!

librarypat said...

Historicals and suspense are my favorites. I have several of Anna's on my TBR shelf. I heard that UNTOUCHABLE is not to be missed, so now that I have it, most likely it will be first on the list. Anna, your heroes and heroines seem to be troubled individuals. Why do you prefer that type of character? Whyever (I guess that isn't a word) keep it up. They are delicious and give you such good material to work with. Please keep them coming.
I hope MIDNIGHT'S WILD PASSION's release is going well. I look forward to reading it.
Maria, thank you for hosting this interview.

Marie Force said...

LOL, Mary! It's gonna cost you, because when you read one of Anna's books, you'll want them all! :-)

Mary G said...

I'm sure I'll be hooked Marie. Thanks for taking me over to the dark side LOL.

Marie Force said...

Happy to help, Mary!

Welcome LibraryPat! If "whyever" isn't a word, it certainly should be! :-)

Anna Campbell said...

Mary, please email me on anna@annacampbell.info with your snail mail and I'll get your prize off to you. Congratulations!

Anna Campbell said...

Hi Pat! Great to see you here! Good question about the troubled individuals. I think it's because they give me the most interesting character arc as I tell their stories. I like that movement from darkness to light that you get with troubled people finding redemption and purpose and love. And whyever SHOULD be a word! ;-)

Annie West said...

Hi Anna and Marie,

I've been enjoying the post. I've already enjoyed 'Midnight' so it's nice to read about it again. If you haven't snaffled a copy yet this really is pure romance indulgence - one of my faves so far of all Anna's books!

Anna, I particularly loved the scene where Antonia laid Nicholas out with a poker. He really had it coming so it was a lovely moment! Out of the dim recesses of memory I've just recalled my first pubbed book and really enjoyed the moment when the hero finally went too far and the heroine punched him at the end of a particularly tense chapter. Again - he had it coming. A tendency to violence? Never. By the way, I particularly liked the sparking dialogue between hero and heroine in 'Midnight' - it kept the pace ripping along beautifully.