by Anne Mallory
My Q&A with Anne Mallory!
Reading Romances: Who are your favorite romance authors, and are there any new authors who have grasped your interest?
Anne Mallory : I have so many favorites, but Marjorie M. Liu, Sarah MacLean and Meredith Duran are current loves.
Q: If someone were writing a story about Anne Mallory what would your blurb say?
A: This is the strange tale of an optimistic girl with crazy hair and very questionable taste in shoes…
Q: How is the process of naming your characters and books?
A: I have to have a title and character names that resonate in order to write, but sometimes that resonance changes, and then so do the names of the characters. It all depends on how much I have “set” in my mind when I start writing. Some books bloom fully before I start typing, some are slow-to-open buds.
Q: How do you like your heroes and heroines?
A: I like characters who are strong, smart and adaptable. I tend to like my heroes a little rough around the edges. My heroines tend to be pretty pragmatic.
A: 1. The book is told primarily from the POV of the hero.
2. The hero is a main player in the London underworld. Not normally the type of man you’d take home to mother…
3. When the heroine keeps popping up with a sunny smile, he thinks she must be either mad, brilliant, or some strange combination of the two, and I found writing that confusion so much fun.
4. While In Total Surrender can stand alone, I set up a number of plot elements in One Night Is Never Enough (which features the hero’s brother).
5. My working title for the book was One Kiss Leads to Another.
Q: What’s your best line of dialogue?
A: Hmmm…not sure about best…but this line is part of a scene in the book that was a lot of fun to write: “But, see the thing is, sir, we don’t know what to do with a hundred chickens.”
Q: Can you tell us about some of your upcoming releases, or new projects that we can look forward to?
A: I’m hoping to have a book out soon featuring a secondary character from a past book – the secondary character who, by far, I receive the most mail about. 🙂
Q: What would you consider to be the perfect blend of ingredients to make a romance a great love story?
A: A wonderful emotional connection, great characters, and a satisfying ending!
Thank you so much for having me here today! I would love to hear from readers about what YOUR blurb would say, if someone were writing a story about you. 🙂
Interesting plotting and development. A unique and delightful new approach to a historical romance novel!
I have to admit that I had some trouble with the first chapters, where we only get the hero’s POV. After we start to see thing through the heroine’s perspective you won’t be able to stop reading! Phoebe is very daring and has an incredible strong way to voice her opinion, it made the story feel fresh and you never knew what she would come up with next! It isn’t very believable according to the context but so fun you’ll totally forget about it! I believe she didn’t have a major development through the story, that was heavily the heroe’s job. And oh boy, he had so much to deal with!
Mallory could have explored a few situations further, extending the trip scenes and perhaps creating new problems for the characters during that. I was also expecting the sex scenes to be a little more detailed since the tension between the couple got better and better! I did feel like the end was rushed, but I was VERY surprised with the secrets in this story and how they were delivered to the reader.
Heat Level: 3/5
This book was received in digital format through Goddess Fish Blog Tours, in exchange for an honest review.
Andreas Merrick is the king of London’s dark underworld, having amassed unimaginable wealth
and power…and a fierce reputation that leaves even the bravest men quaking in their boots. Yet
one person is maddeningly unintimidated by his fearsome presence: the persistent Miss Phoebe
And one kiss always leads to another…
Equal parts honey and steel, Phoebe will stop at nothing to find her missing brother and save
her family. Though associating with Andreas means peril and scandal, she never expects to
experience a passion so intense that it threatens to consume her. But enigmatic Andreas is no
ordinary man to love. He brings dangers from all sides – without and within – while tempting her
beyond her wildest dreams…
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