Hi Danette! Thanks for asking me to be a guest on your blog. I love the questions, especially the one about heroes and heroines. All my stories start with the characters, so that really struck a chord with me.
Five phrases or words that describe you:
humorous (I won't say funny - that might be pushing my luck),
Five people and/or things that inspire you:
my critique partner Annie West,
North and South (just watched it - fantastic!),
Five of your favorite authors:
Describe five of your heroes/heroines of your books in your eyes:
Justin Kinmurrie, the Duke of Kylemore, hero of CLAIMING THE COURTESAN - dark, sensual, passionate, sexy, haughty, smart, determined, tormented, desperately in love. Tall, dark, lean and very handsome with vivid blue eyes and a beak of a nose (I have a soft spot for big noses!).
Verity Ashton/Soraya, heroine of CLAIMING THE COURTESAN - a reluctant courtesan who is tormented, tragic, divided, loving, self-sacrificing, courageous, desperately in love against her deepest instincts. Beautiful enough to stop traffic. Looks like Olivia Hussey in the Zeffirelli version of ROMEO AND JULIET.
Matthew Lansdowne, Marquess of Sheene, hero of UNTOUCHED - brave, frighteningly intelligent, complex, strong through trials that would break most men, self-deprecating, heroic, principled, desperately in love (hmm, am I picking up a thread here?). Tall and lean with unusual golden eyes that express his deepest feelings.
Grace Paget, heroine of UNTOUCHED - beautiful, headstrong but able to learn from her mistakes, loyal, courageous, victim of circumstance, defiant, determined, empathetic, desperately in love, doesn't trust happy endings.
Small, slender, dark-haired with an aristocratic air that seems at odds with her poverty.
Olivia Raines, heroine of the as yet untitled third book for Avon - London's most notorious courtesan who finds herself against her will desperately (yeah, we know what's coming) in love with her latest lover, the infamous Earl of Erith. Clever, cynical, witty, sophisticated, beautiful, sexually adept, unconventional.
Five reasons to read your books:
They're dark and sensual.
They're full of emotion and passion.
You'll get to meet some really interesting characters.
If you read my books, you'll make Avon and Anna Campbell happy ;-)