Friday, 7 June 2013

Author Interview and Giveaway: Anne Cleeland and Tainted Angel

Today I interview Anne Cleeland and there is a giveaway at the end :)

Welcome!

1. Who is Anne Cleeland?  
 I’m a mild-mannered research attorney, so I suppose you could say that technically, I’ve always made my living by writing— but instead of fiction I wrote dry-as-dust legal briefs (adverbs and adjectives strictly prohibited.)  I love reading, and so I decided one day to try my hand at writing the kind of stories I love to read.  My favorite stories are about ordinary women swept up in extraordinary events, so that’s what I like to write.

2. Could you tell me about your new book, Tainted Angel?  
Tainted Angel is the first book in a series that I like to call “Regency Adventure,” even though technically there is no such subgenre. The story is basically a Regency version of Mr. & Mrs. Smith.  The heroine is an agent for the Crown, but her spymaster suspects she is “tainted”—a double agent working for Napoleon. Her love interest has his own dark secrets—unless his affection is feigned and he is actually setting a trap to reveal her own treason.  The story offers up a compelling game of cat and mouse, as the attraction between the two spies becomes more powerful than their mutual distrust—and the fate of the world hangs in the balance

3. What was the inspiration behind this book?  
I’ve always loved the Regency era and it’s a great time period for storytelling, with so many possibilities to choose from.  In this series, the year is 1814, and Napoleon is exiled on the Island of Elba after having surrendered for the first time.  However, he’s about to escape and try to conquer the world again, and so the enemy is trying to gather together enough money and treasure to fund the next war. Each of the stories features British agents who are battling French agents behind the scenes in order to thwart this treasure hunt.  In Tainted Angel, the heroine is supposed to be trying to discover who is stealing shipments of gold that are slated for Wellington’s army—until, that is, she realizes that she is suspected of treason, and the net starts tightening around her.

4. What more can we expect from this series?  
Daughter of the God-King is the next book in the series, coming out in November. Also set in 1814, it is about a heroine who travels to Egypt after her famous archeologist parents disappear, only to discover that various factions from the last war are desperate to find her—for reasons that are unclear. She begins to suspect that her love interest is not what he seems, and she doesn’t know whether she can trust him, or trust no one as she uncovers one devastating secret after the other, all while the next war looms on the horizon.  

In The Bengal Bridegift, the heroine has grown up in India because her father was a sea captain for the East India Company—unless he wasn’t, and was instead a traitor to the Crown.  Meanwhile, the enemy believes she knows where her father hid a cache of diamonds disguised as her bridegift, and they are in ruthless pursuit of her and of this imagined treasure.  Her love interest is a former Barbary pirate, who may or may not be after the diamonds himself.

5. And now to a tricky one, tell me which books you love most in the world ;)
I love a wide variety of books but in particular I enjoy the Regency period—Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and Tracy Grant.  I also love mysteries and adventure—I was a big fan of Agatha Christie and Edgar Rice Burroughs growing up—so this series combines all those elements into Regency adventure stories.  

Thanks so much for allowing me this opportunity; I hope your readers enjoy Tainted Angel, now available at Amazon or in a Barnes & Noble near you. 

GIVEAWAY
1 copy of Tainted Angel

1. US and Canada only
2. Ends June 16th
3. Just enter :D


37 comments:

  1. Do we just comment to enter?

    I really enjoyed this interview and getting t know Anne a little bit!

    This cover s beautiful I think!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and post!

    My email: mrsjtucker2012[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Just comment :) I do not like to make people jump through hoops

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  2. Thank you for the interview Anne :)

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    1. I like your comment, " I don't like to make people jump through hoops."
      Nice give away, thank you.
      CABWNANA1@bellsouth.net

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    2. I like your comment, " I don't like to make people jump through hoops."
      Nice give away, thank you.
      CABWNANA1@bellsouth.net

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  3. Fun getting to know the inspiration behind the book. Just stopping by though, not entering contest.

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  4. Great interview. I'm sure writing her books is much more interesting than those legal briefs. Lol.

    I'd love to enter for this one Linda. It sounds great. Thanks!

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  5. ooo I love the sound of the next project! Journey to Egypt.. always interested!

    lilypondreads at gmail dot com

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  6. A most interesting and informative interview. this book sounds fascinating. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Thank you all for your interest; I am so happy to be here. Eileen Carey designed the cover, so a big thanks to her.

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  8. I enjoyed learning about the author and her writing and reading interest. The next novel sounds enthralling. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. I like novels set in Egypt but booo...US and Canada only, boooo....

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    1. Sorry Ana! You know I could not enter too if it wasn't my blog

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  10. Ha ha.. for a brief moment I thought you were interviewing the author from your group book yesterday... whew.. glad it was the one with the cool cover. I already liked the sound of it from your review and I love the idea of a Regency Mr. and Mrs. Smith.. too fun. Enter me please!

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  11. Thanks for the nice interview. It's a great cover!

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  12. Oh you had me at regency adventure. So love mixes like that. Plus, the plot sounds so interesting. Thanks for the great interview!

    Oh yea.. enter me for da prize!!

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  13. Spies and romance, and a great time period. Sounds good.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

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  14. This sounds like a great book! Regency is always a great time period to read. I look forward to reading it!

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  15. Oh my lord, a Regency version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith sounds SO COOL. Love it! :-)

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  16. This sounds really cool, and the cover is so eye catching!!

    gosh, i shouldn't enter the contest, b/c i have so many books, but oh well, another book can't hurt :)

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  17. I wrote the book because one of my Regency-loving friends wished someone would write Regency adventure, so it's dedicated to her. :)

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. Sounds really good.

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  19. Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! Love that cover! This book is getting such great buzz it was already on my wishlist :)

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  20. I really like the titles and descriptions of this series. And thanks also for giving a few other authors to try. I feel a glom coming on!

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  21. O_O! Yet again I'm dying to read this but can't enter. You don't know how lucky you are, North America! :)

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  22. Regency adventure sounds quite interesting!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    MJ :)

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  23. This sounds like it's going to be a series I will really enjoy reading. Thanks for the chance to win.
    peacelily_2006 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  24. I would love to read the Bengal Bridegift, sounds like the adult version of the Secret Garden story beginning. So, would be happy to start at the beginning with Tainted Angel.

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  25. Thanks for the giveaway! This looks great!
    mestith at gmail dot com

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  26. Thanks for the giveaway. Great interview and the book sounds excellent.

    yvone473[at]optonline[dot]net

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  27. Regency Adventure? Sounds fantastic. This does sound like a great series.

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  28. The cover is gorgeous!

    jannettanrobinson at yahoo dot com

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  29. Napoleon's Josephine is one of my favorite characters in history. Love this historical time era. Appreciate the giveaway.

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  30. Sounds like a great series. I love reading books about spies. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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