The Chemistry of Love
If 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!
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
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…
If you’d like to read the Prologue and first Chapter of Sweet Enemy, you can find it here.
Heather 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…
Sweet Enemy is available wherever books are sold and at these fine retailers.
Rainy Day Books (Heather’s local Indie)
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!