The Chemistry of Love

Sweet Enemy Blog TourIf you follow my blog, you know I’ve embarked on a number of blog tours myself. Today I’m happy to be a stop on someone else’s cyber-trek. Please welcome debut author Heather Snow to Read, Write, Love!

Mia:  I see from your website that you’re a chemist by training. How does being a scientist affect the way you tell love stories?

Heather: It certainly played in part in how I went about learning to write.  When I decided I wanted to write romance, I went about it methodically—that’s my natural way of approaching anything first.  I pulled my six favorite books of all time and evaluated them from all angles.  I wrote my own synopsis of the stories, boiled them down chapter by chapter, character by character as I would if I were trying to analyze an unknown substance in the lab.  It’s a little funny to me now, but it was really how I got my head around what I wanted to do.  Also, being a chemist, I know all about mixing two unknown substances (characters) and starting reactions you can’t control!

Mia: What an excellent way to figure out the writer’s craft! Tell us about your new release.

Heather: SWEET ENEMY is the first in the Veiled Seduction series, featuring science-savvy heroines and a touch of mystery.  For example, Liliana Claremont is a Regency-era lady chemist who goes undercover at a country house party as a husband-hunter to investigate the earl whose family she thinks murdered her father.

Mia: Oh, I love smart heroines. Throw a mystery into the mix and I’m a very happy camper. But I’m always all about the alpha. What are your ‘must have’ traits for a hero?

Heather: Hmmm…the shallow part of me says “Tall, Dark, Lean and Clean-cut!” ;-)  I’m much more into that body style than I am the buff, Fabio-type.  As for true characteristics?  I don’t care if he’s upstanding and protective, or brooding and wounded, as long as he’s honorable, even if only to his own personal code of honor versus what society considers honorable.  I like him ambitious, and for a goal that helps others, not just himself.  He must have a willingness to change—I don’t care if he starts out an ass, as long as he learns and grows.  And of course, he must possess a keen appreciation for his heroine, and the self-assuredness to let her be who she will.

Mia: Sounds like we are in accord about heroes! Now for something a little more personal.   Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

Heather: Oh, so tough to choose!  There’s a whole great wide world out there, and I haven’t seen it all yet!  I adored London, and the English country-side.  Can’t wait for my trip back.  Loved the ruggedness of the Big Island, Hawaii.  My favorite snorkel spot so far has been Xel-Ha, Mexico.  Loved driving leisurely down the Pacific Coast Highway and stopping off at Hearst Castle…  But I haven’t made it to Italy yet, or Greece, or France, or—I’ll have to let you know when I find it!

Mia: I’ve got a long bucket list of destinations, too. (In fact, I’m in Tokyo today. Probably getting lost in their labyrinth of a subway, but that’s part of the adventure of travel. Be sure to pop back later in the week for pictures!) But enough about me.  What’s next for you, writing-wise?

Heather: Well, the second in the Veiled Seduction Series, SWEET DECEPTION, comes out August 7th.  It features another science-savvy heroine who is sort of a Regency-era Bones character (picture Temperance Brennan, not Star Trek!) who gets tangled up with a Regency James Bond who we meet in SWEET ENEMY.  After that, SWEET MADNESS in 2013.  Not sure where I’ll go past there, but if readers love my heroines, there are all kinds of interesting pursuits I could write about…

And I’m definitely going to have to get traveling so I can find that perfect vacation spot!

Sweet Enemy…
A Veiled Seduction Novel ~ Book One

“Historical intrigue and heart-pounding passion make Sweet Enemy a great read.  Romance fans will love it.” ~#1NYT Bestselling Author JULIE GARWOOD

Sweet EnemyGeoffrey 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…

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

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Heather SnowHeather Snow is a historical romance author with a degree in Chemistry who discovered 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.

Heather lives in the Midwest with her husband, two rambunctious boys and one very put upon cat.  She sincerely hopes you find her stories have just the right chemistry…

Please visit her at www.HeatherSnowBooks.com, on Facebook www.facebook.com/authorheathersnow or on Twitter www.twitter.com/HeatherSnowRW

Sweet Enemy is available wherever books are sold and at these fine retailers.


Rainy Day Books (Heather’s local Indie)

Amazon (Kindle Edition)

Amazon (Paperback Edition)

Books-A-Million
Barnes and Noble
Indiebound
I-Book

Heather is offering a copy of Sweet Enemy to one lucky commenter so be sure to let her know you were here!

And be sure to pop back here tomorrow. I’m hosting an All Day, Mega-Giveaway Blog Bash to celebrate the release of Touch of a Rogue, featuring a new author each hour with giveaways and prizes all day long!

41 thoughts on “The Chemistry of Love

  1. Barbara Elness says:

    I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Sweet Enemy, I can’t wait to read it.

  2. Cate S says:

    Smart heroines… a nice change from the usual 18-20 something deb… I’ve enjoyed reading all your interviews!! Thanks!

  3. May Pau says:

    It’s nice to read about brainy heroines!

  4. Diane Sallans says:

    I really drawn to his idea of the heroine being a chemist – it’s so much fun to see what happens when elements are combined!

  5. catslady says:

    I’ve been hearing such great things about your book. I love debut stories and finding new authors!

  6. Andrea says:

    I’m a chemist so this book automatically went on my to read list. I can’t wait to read it!

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Andrea, I hope you enjoy Liliana :)

  7. Diana Quincy says:

    I love the idea of a female chemist, and that your professional background lends real authenticity to the story.

    BTW, I’m in awe of how you first got started – after taking apart your favorite books and analyzing them to understand the craft. I guess that explains the success of SWEET ENEMY!

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Diana! Thanks :) It’s sort of the analytic in me…helped me get my head around what I was trying to accomplish. The real struggle was then to let the creative person inside me fill in the gaps :)

  8. eli yanti says:

    hi heather,
    i just your coverflat and bookmark of sweet enemy.thank you so much :-).make me really want to read this book and my friend has promised to buy the book to me.yipie.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi eli! I’m so glad you got the excerpt book and bookmark :) What a good friend, to buy you a book! I love friends like that :)

      1. eli yanti says:

        lol.. the book is for my birthday gift ;)

        i’m forget i read that the book is about chemistry, do you like learn about chemistry?

  9. alisha woods says:

    Can’t wait to check out your book Heather:-)

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Thanks, Alisha! Hope you love it :)

  10. Julie says:

    Wow, your vacations sound amazing–I’m thinking about getting my SCUBA certification, so I can have similar experiences. Thanks for the interview!

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Julie! I haven’t gotten my SCUBA certification, though I’ve considered it. I’m simply an amateur snorkler :) Once the Heir and Spare get a little older, I’d love to do a little more travel and then maybe do some real diving!

  11. Barb Bettis says:

    Hi Heather *waving from the SW corner of the state*. I’m so happy for you and your first book. Congratulations on this release–and the next one, coming soon. Way to go. Don’t need to enter my name–I have your book. I’m hanging my head, tho, because I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. But I’m looking forward to it. Hugs.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Barb! Hello, fellow Kansan! Thank you so much, and don’t hang your head! We’re all busy, and I’m simply honored you took a chance on my debut! Thank you so much :) I look forward to your thoughts

  12. Kathryn says:

    I just read an excerpt, Heather – and I love your style. Ropes me in and doesn’t let go. I also soo identify with the left and right brains warring. My right brain tends to win more often, so I have to keep my left brain handy to rope her in logically. (Am a Southpaw).

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Kathryn,

      Ah, you creative southpaws :) Thank you so much for stopping by. Glad you liked the prologue, hope you love the story!

  13. The book is fantastic. I love that heroine! Can’t wait to read the next one.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      It’s hard to beat a smart heroine, isn’t it?

    2. Heather Snow says:

      Thanks Saranna! And I just saw your new covers on FB! AWESOME :)

  14. Deb says:

    Heather, I have been reading rave reviews about your debut novel and I really look forward to having it on my TBR pile! The hero and heroine sound like a good pairing for a story. Thanks for stopping by today.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Deb…Ah, the towering TBR pile :) I have one myself! I hope you find Geoffrey and Liliana’s story sigh-worthy!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Don’t you love the heroine’s name–Lilianna? It absolutely sings!

  15. Damaris Sanchez says:

    Hi Heather, congratulations on the success of your first book. I’m looking forward to reading it and meeting you at the RT Convention in Chicago.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Damaris! Thank you so much. I’m excited to go to my first RT Convention! It sounds like it will be a ton of fun. And I’m very excited that RT is going to be in Kansas City next year, since that’s my hometown :)

      I look forward to meeting you, too!

      1. Mia Marlowe says:

        Oh, I didn’t realize you were from MO, Heather! I have some Missouri roots, too.

  16. Desere Steenberg says:

    HI HEATHER

    CONGRATS THE BOOK SOUND AWESOME I would adore winning ,thank you for the chance to win and good luck to us all !

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Desere, Thank you so much!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Hey Desere. Thanks for dropping by!

  17. Sheila Mulholland says:

    Hi Heather,

    Glad to see you’re shallow too…tall,dark, lean, etc…and love another new author!

    1. Heather Snow says:

      LOL…I’m deep in most things, but yes…shallow there :) And we’re a pair in another way, you and I….I LOVE another new reader :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      No apologies about enjoying a man’s fine face and form. A girl may not want to spend time with the pretty boy once she learns what’s beneath the spectacular exterior, but looking is free.

  18. dian says:

    great in interview heather…

    and congrats for your book,,i find another author again hehe..

    i hope i win this book so i can read ^^

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Dian — nice to *meet* you. I do so love being found :)

  19. Aretha zhen says:

    Hi heather , waving to you. Do you love adventures too like your heroine? Cheers

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Aretha! I used to be much more adventurous…I’ve scaled cliff faces to get to abandoned houses above, I’ve explored through the woods to find a hidden waterfall in Hawaii, I’ve cliff-jumped, etc. But the older I get, the less adventurous I’m getting…I think the Heir and Spare exhaust me! I’m hoping the boys will be adventurous and drag me back in :)

      1. Mia Marlowe says:

        I sometimes refer to my pre-kid adventures as BC (Before Children!) but raising a child to seek out new experiences (safely, of course!) is an adventure in itself.

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