January 26, 2012

Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow: Guest Post & Giveaway {Blog Tour}

Today I have Heather Snow on the blog for a guest post & giveaway. Also be sure to click the banner above for the schedule for the rest of the tour. Enjoy!


I’m so excited to be here today at I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read! Thanks to Kate for hosting me on this very first stop on my very first blog tour, and to you—her readers—for being kind to a newbie!   My name is Heather Snow and Sweet Enemy, my debut Regency historical romance with a touch of mystery, is coming out from NAL Signet Eclipse in less than two weeks now—February 7th, to be exact. After the long wait from sale (October 2010) to publication, I can hardly believe it’s finally almost here.

But unlike many authors, I haven’t been waiting my whole life for this moment. I didn’t set out to be a writer at all. In fact, my degree is in Chemistry. But I have always been an avid reader with wide ranging tastes, and romance has always been a love of mine—at least since the day that I discovered my Nana’s hidden stash, secreted behind her recliner on the very lowest shelf of her bookcase. Okay, I’ll admit, I strayed from romance for a few years where I read almost strictly horror (how could you not after discovering Stephen King’s “It”? Brilliant, twisted man…) and crime/mystery novels, but after a few years, I came back to my first love, historical romance.

So when the writing bug did bite, historical romance was the natural choice for me to try my hand at. As a story formed in my mind, it was no surprise that it included my other loves —chemistry and mystery (I couldn’t find a way to incorporate horror into romance—unless you count the terror my poor hero feels when he realizes he’s trapped for two weeks in a house full of marriage-minded females!). And so, my Regency-era lady chemist was born, and of course, she has a mystery to solve. Liliana goes undercover as a husband-hunter at that same house party to uncover who was responsible for the death of her father.

I had great fun researching the chemistry of the early nineteenth century and using it to shape Liliana Claremont into a character I hope readers adore—and to help her get out of some of the scrapes she gets herself into! But while the story is flavored with chemistry and mystery elements, Sweet Enemy is, at its heart, a romance. Liliana needed the perfect hero for such an independent, brilliant woman, and she finds him in Geoffrey Wentworth, Earl of Stratford. Too bad Geoffrey also happens to be her enemy, the son of the man she suspects of murder.

If you’d like to read the Prologue and first Chapter of Sweet Enemy, you can find it here.

I’d be happy to give away an early signed copy of Sweet Enemy to one random commenter. I’d also love to know, what’s your favorite story where characters start out as enemies but end up in love?

Thanks for stopping by Heather!

Sweet Enemy is available for Pre-Order right now wherever books are sold and will available widely on February 7, 2012.

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Series: Veiled Seduction #1
Geoffrey Wentworth, a war hero and rising political star, never wanted to be the Earl, but when his brother dies, he knows his duty—take up the responsibility for his family’s estates. His mother’s definition of duty differs from his, however, and can be summed up in one word—heirs. When Geoffrey rushes home to answer her urgent summons, he finds himself host to a house full of women, all vying to become the next Countess of Stratford. But his love is Parliament, where he wields his influence and reputation to better the lives of ex-soldiers, until a tempting houseguest and a secret from his past threaten his freedom…and his heart.

Liliana Claremont, a brilliant chemist, doesn’t want to be any man’s wife, much less a Countess. If she had tuppence for every time she’d been told her place was filling the nursery, not experimenting in the laboratory, she could buy the Tower Bridge. However, when she receives a coveted invitation to the Earl’s house party, she trades in her beakers for ball gowns and gladly takes on the guise of husband hunter—for the chance to uncover what the Earl had to do with the murder of her father.

Liliana believes the best way to get the answers she needs is to keep her enemy close, though romance is not part of her formula. But it only takes one kiss to start a reaction she can't control...


BIO: Heather Snow is a historical romance author with a degree in Chemistry who found she much preferred creating chemistry on the page, rather than in the lab. She is forever trying to wrangle her left and right brain to work together (some days with more success than others!), but if her two sides had to duke it out, left would win every time—which can be a creative challenge. Luckily, she loves challenges…she just goes about solving them analytically.

One of Heather's favorite quotes is from Carl Jung, who said, "The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed." Her background in chemistry prepared her for writing romance better than one might think: There are rules to follow, and some you can break when you want to experiment. Historical romance, like science, requires careful research. Most chemical reactions require a catalyst to drive them, just like characters require motivation to drive the story forward. And finally, both chemistry and writing, if done well, involve a precise mixture of elements and careful manipulation to achieve that perfect reaction that makes you want to sigh with satisfaction.

Heather sincerely hopes you find her stories have just the right chemistry…

Please visit her at www.HeatherSnowBooks.com, on Facebook or on Twitter .

26 comments:

  1. I love that the book will have a heroine as a chemist, I just hope that she doesn't wind up like Curie. I do love learning about the history of chemistry and other sciences, even if my comprehension of the subjects themselves are really shaky.

    One of my favorite enemies-turned-lovers is in Cordelia's Honor by Lois Bujold McMaster, where the protagonists are from two different planets, who meet on an unclaimed planet just after one of their homes which had just declared war on the other.

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    1. Thanks so much! There is definitely a little fun chemistry in the book, although it's definitely used more to demonstrate Liliana's character and how she would handle situations :) No need to comprehend anything scientific to enjoy it! As for the chemistry of the time, it was a lot of fun to research what Liliana and her father would have known, and I do talk a little about it in the author's note at the end.

      Cordelia's Honor sounds like a great book. I love asking questions about people's favorite books because I get great recommendations!

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  2. I'd have to say, one of my favorite books where the heroine has a love/hate relationship is Gone With the Wind. Such a fun relationship to follow.

    This sounds like a fun book. I like that you incorporated your love of Chemistry into your book. Thank you for the opportunity to win this.

    nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

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  3. There was this book called A Rogue of My Own by Johanna Lindsay.. It was so much fun reading the two main characters bicker with each other. The male character would infuriate the female character to the point of utter frustration.. At the end, it was so beautiful how much they love each other... :)
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  4. Arianne, I love Johanna Lindsay, although I must admit, I've not read that one. I think it's one of her more recent ones, yes? Since my eldest son was born in 2008 and my own writing career took off, I don't have near the amount of time to read as I once did :( I'll have to check that one out! Thanks for the recommendation.

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  5. C.E. Gone with the Wind is great! I may have to re-read it soon :)

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  6. Outlander starts out with Claire as Jamie's prisoner. Thanks for the giveaway.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

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  7. Sweet Enemy sounds like a fantastic book and I'm looking forward to reading it. I've read quite a few stories where two characters started out enemies but end up in love. I especially enjoy second chance at love stories, where the characters used to love each other, now everything has fallen apart and they now hate each other, and because of events in the story, they recapture their love again. Examples of that is Sherry Thomas' Private Arrangements and Ashely March's Seducing the Duchess.

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  8. the first one that comes to my mind is pride and prejudice! :) Thank you for the contest!

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  9. Bethie, ooh, another good one! You're welcome :)

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  10. Barbara, thank you. I, too, like second chance at love stories. I'll have to write one one of these days :)

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  11. Carrie, Yes! The quintessential enemies turned lovers, right? And such a beautiful story.

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  12. I'm re-reading JANE EYRE at the moment.(I'm going through my yearly classics phase.) It's such a wonderful story.

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  13. Congrats on your upcoming debut release, Heather. My favorite enemies to lovers stories include Julie James' "Practice Make Perfect" and Loretta Chase's "Lord of Scoundrels."
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  14. Mary Jane ~ You know, don't shoot me, but I don't know if I've ever actually read Jane Eyre. I mean, I know the story, of course, but I can't recall actually sitting down and enjoying the book. I might have to rectify that situation!

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. Jane ~ I have "Lord of Scoundrels" on my Kindle right now...can't wait to read it. I've heard fab things about Julie James. I'll have to pick her story up! Thanks for the recommendations!

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  16. I can't think of a favorite, but I also liked A Rogue of My Own. Thanks for the post. lisagk(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. Lisagk~I'm definitely going to have to check it out, then...twice it's been recommended. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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  18. I would have to say Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series. Anita started out hating vampires and then fell in love with one. She hated Jean-Claude and he wanted her. She hated everything about him.
    I love the stories were they hate each other and then end up falling in love. Because as they say, Love prevails all. Which I say is true. Because if you love enough, everything is usually okay. Not always.
    Heather is a new author to me and would love to win and read this book. thanks for the chance to win. I love to read and always looking for new books and authors to check out.
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  19. Sounds like an intriguing story! My favorite story of enemies to love would have to be Pride and Prejudice.

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  20. My favorite story where characters start out as enemies but end up in love is Wicked Deeds On A Winter's Night by Kresley Cole.

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  21. Ah, I love the sound of your novel! I really like how the main character is a chemist. It'll be interesting to see how chemists worked in the 19th century.

    I love romance with love/hate relationships but right now I am seriously blanking. I usually gravitate to those kind of stories though! They're too much fun.

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  22. I hope it's international, I'd love be entered! I do love when the two characters hate each other and end up in love! Pride and prejudice is just a great example!

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  23. Definitely between "Graceling" and "The Iron King"! :D

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Congratulations on the book! I enjoyed your post. I would say Johanna's Lindsey's You Belong To Me.

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  25. First story that comes to mind is definitely Pride and Prejudice. I love that you have a degree in chemistry. I' a pre-nursing major and writing is passion of mine and sometimes can't decide which one of the two I want to study. Thanks for the giveaway.

    jennys.rocks@yahoo.com

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