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…