Take a look at Samantha's latest release Arms of Love from Ellora's Cave
Valentine Westridge and Kurt Schillig are lovers, and have been since the Peninsular War when lonely young officer Valentine let himself be seduced by the equally lonely Kurt. Now they're back from the war and intent on beginning the future they dreamed of together, one that includes a quiet country estate, horses, dogs, children, and each other. Their plan, however, also requires a wife. At the suggestion of a mutual friend, Valentine and Kurt believe the financial security they can offer to impoverished widow Leah Marleston will help her accept the unusual sexual relationship they are suggesting.
Leah is at her wit's end, creditors having taken everything she owns to pay off her late husband's gambling debts. She must find a way to support herself and her two children, or be forced to marry her abusive and obsessive brother-in-law. In Valentine's and Kurt's arms, Leah discovers a passion she never knew existed. Brought together by necessity, bonded by desire, these three lonely people find themselves fighting against all odds for a love that was never part of their plans.
Lady Vanessa Carlton-Smythe is from one of England’s most well-respected families and the daughter of an earl. She has lived an exemplary life—the perfect daughter, the perfect lady. Until one Christmas Eve, when she meets two men who unleash her secret desires. She can’t surrender her heart, only her body, and only for the next twelve days. After Twelfth Night, their affair must end and she will return to a life that is slowly suffocating her.
Veterans Nick and Oliver have been constant companions since Waterloo. They share everything, including women and a bad reputation. When Lady Vanessa catches them in a compromising position, they are seduced by the longing in her eyes. Cool, distant, unattainable—the more she protests, the more they want her. Vanessa’s desires prompt the two men to finally give in to their feelings and become lovers. When desire becomes love, can they convince Vanessa to leave her privileged life behind and surrender to them forever?
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NEW SERIES ALERT!: I just signed a contract with Random House/Bantam Loveswept for a new mainstream (non-erotic) Regency historical series called The Saint’s Devils. The first book, The Devil’s Thief, is scheduled for release this November. It will be the first new historical release by the new Loveswept line.
Ali: Is there an author that makes you go all “fangirl?”
Sam: A bunch of them! I just fangirled on Robin Schone at the Romantic Times Booklovers’ Convention. I swear I almost bowed down before her in the aisle at the book signing. It was embarrassing. I think I stuttered, too. Lee Child, same reaction. And then I smiled like a complete stalkery loon when we had our picture taken. (The evidence is on my website. Don’t look.) I approached J.R. Ward at an RT convention a couple of years ago with eyes cast down and my knee ready to genuflect. I swear, I have no pride.
Ali: If you could co-write with another author who would it be and why?
Sam: I have! I co-wrote a western steampunk, Engine No.9, with my critique partner and best friend, Mari Freeman. We decided to do it for several reasons. The story was so damn good we had to write it, first of all. But for those who are familiar with our work, we are almost complete opposites. And that was the real incentive. I’m very character focused when I write, dialogue and characterization are my strong points, and, of course, my historical background (I have a master’s degree in History.) One of my strengths is also the male POV. Mari writes paranormal and contemporary romantic comedies with kick-ass heroines, and she’s got a science background. So for writing an alternate-history-science fiction-western steampunk with a secret agent heroine and a Shane-type hero set in 1869 Texas, we were the perfect fit. (Did I mention Mari grew up in Texas?) And it was so much fun to write that with my best friend. P.S. This book is new, and is being reviewed by several editors right now. As soon as we have a sale and a release date, I’ll let you know!
Ali: What are you looking forward to most about AADNola?
Sam: Seeing friends! Having just returned from a conference yesterday, I have to wait until Nola to see them again.
I’m also looking forward to debuting my new Regency historical romance from Bantam Loveswept, The Devil’s Thief. I’ll be doing an exclusive first reading from my new book in the Historical Readers’ Event there. The Devil’s Thief is the first book of my new series, The Saint’s Devils, and will be released in November.
After renewing friendships and debuting my new book, I’d have to say I’m looking forward to the workshops/panels. AAD has the best panels of any convention I’ve attended. They put together some great topics and authors. I’ll be on the Sci Fi/Fantasy, Menage, and Western panels at AAD this year, in addition to the Historical Reading event.
Ali: The world is under attack and you are forced to run for your life. You only have room for one book in your survival kit, what book do you take?
Sam: How To Stay Alive in the Woods, by Bradford Angier. (My sons are Boy Scouts, and swear by this book.)
Ali: Who are your favorite literary characters? (Yours or someone else’s)
I’m going to pick someone else’s. LOL I can’t pick just five of my own.
1. Jack Reacher (Lee Child) 2. Bigwig (Richard Adams) 3. Eve Dallas (J.D. Robb) 4. Rand Morgan (Laura London, aka Tom and Sharon Curtis) 5. Randy Bragg (Pat Frank)
Ali: Are there any of your secondary characters you would like to give more life to?
Sam: Evan Michaels, the Unitarian minister from my m/m romance Cherry Pie. I’ve started his story, but had to put it aside to meet other obligations. But I’m going to return to Evan, and Mercury, North Carolina, soon.
My Brothers In Arms series has so many secondary characters waiting for their stories. Daniel’s is coming next, later this year. But then there’s Simon, and Ambrose Wetherald, and Barnabas James, and Devlin O’Shaughnessy, and Dr. Thomas Peters, and Kitty Markham, and…lol. I want to give life to all my secondary characters.
Ali: If you friends were asked to describe you in one word what would it be?
*Favorite color: Blue, maybe. Sometimes pink. Although I like light green. (I’m ruining this, aren’t I?)
*Favorite food: Ugh. None. I just discovered I have a ton of food allergies and eating is a minefield. I hate everything right now.
*Boots or heels: Boots. I’m ashamed of how many pairs I have. It’s truly embarrassing.
*eReader or Print: ereader, Kindle to be exact.
*Beer, Liquor or Wine: Again, ugh. I’m allergic. But I used to love Corona and Moscato.
Favorite place to get it on besides the bedroom: Uh…okay. That would be…the shower.
*Favorite TV Show: The Voice. I’m obsessed. I’d want Christina as my coach, but my favorite is Blake. He’s so dang cute.
*Favorite Book series (besides your own): J.R. Ward’s BDB. It’s my crack.
*Pj’s or Lingerie: PJs. My husband would faint if I walked out in anything remotely sexy. TMI? Sorry to burst your romance-writers-wear-sexy-stuff-and-eat-chocolate-all-the-time bubble.
*Vampires vs. Shifters: Tough one. Other than BDB, I don’t really do vamps. So I guess shifters. I like Shelly Laurenston’s books a lot.
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