MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Sharon Cullen? I’m a wife of one, mother of three human children and two canine children. I’m addicted to makeup (eyeshadows and lip glosses are my particular vice). I’m in constant search of the best anti-wrinkle cream on the market. I write historical romance, paranormal romance, contemporary romance and romantic suspense. I don’t think there’s a romance genre I haven’t tried but my first love is historical romance.
MBA&M: What are 5 fun facts about Sharon Cullen readers may not know about yourself? Hmmm. That’s a trick question because I could get myself in trouble if I don’t watch myself. I worked in the amusement park business for 18 years. It’s a great way to spend your high school and college summers and I made some of my bestest friends there. People I’m still in contact with today. I hate heights. I see people zip lining and it makes me want to pass out. I don’t like walking on grates because I’m afraid they’re going to fall through when I step on it. My favorite place in the world is on a beach. Any beach.
MBA&M: Why do you enjoy writing historical romance and what do you feel the allure of historical romance is to readers today? I love, love, love writing historical romance because it’s such a romantic time. I love the gowns, the social etiquette. I love that there are no cell phones or iPods. I think readers like it because it takes them back to a place where chivalry was alive and well. 
MBA&M:  GIve our readers some insight into the research required to write an authentic historical romance? When I first start writing a new book, I research the historical time period I’m considering. For instance Lady Anne is about pirates so it had to take place during the golden age of piracy. However, I knew I wanted Lady Anne to be a series and I had somewhat of an idea of what the next book was going to be about and when it was going to happen so there was a fine balance of when it took place. When I’ve narrowed the time frame down, then I start researching the political climate of that era. Who was at war with who? What were the big, political issues of the day? What were the citizens of that country worrying about? As I’m researching all of this, my characters slowly take shape in my head. As I’m writing the book there’s more specific research that I get into.
MBA&M:  Where did you draw your inspiration from in writing “The Notorious Lady Anne”? I’ve always been fascinated by pirates and years ago my husband (who is an avid reader) put a book in my hand called Under the Black Flag. It’s the most comprehensive book I’ve read about pirates and pirating. I was hooked. It’s not the romantic profession that the movies portray it to be. What I like about it, is that each ship it’s like it’s own little country. Piracy, believe it or not, is a democracy. Everyone gets a vote. Now the vote can be vetoed by the captain, but he (she) knows that to go against the majority could result in mutiny. Piracy was also a very lucrative career. Everything, down to the last shilling, was doled out and each pirate knew the exact amount they would get after each attack.
MBA&M: Which character in “The Notorious Lady Anne” was your favorite to write about and why? Lady Anne. She has so many layers. On the outside you see a rough woman pirate, hardened by the life she led both before and after she took up pirating. But underneath she’s like any other woman. She wants to find that one true love. She wants to settle down. She wants to feel loved.
MBA&M: 2013 is a new year, what do you hope to accomplish this year in your writing career and personally? 2013 is going to be a great year! Lady Anne releases and later in the year the second book, The Infamous Lord Blythe will release. I don’t have an exact date yet for Lord Blythe but I’m hoping sometime mid-year. I have two more ideas for this series that I’m hoping Loveswept will want to acquire.
MBA&M: Who are the authors you feel influenced your writing? Sharon Sala was a huge inspiration. When I first started writing twelve years ago I wanted to write stories like hers–packed with emotion. I wanted the emotion of the characters to drive the story forward. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series hooked me on historical romance.
MBA&M: If you could be a character in a novel,(any book,past or present) who would it be and why? This doesn’t even have anything to do with romance, but I would love to be Myron Bolitar’s secretary. Myron is the lead character in many of Harlan Coben’s books. I think it would so much fun to work for him.

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  • Publisher: Loveswept (February 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00957T6IQ

Book Description(from  Amazon)

Publication Date: February 11, 2013
From rising romance star Sharon Cullen comes a tale of the fiery passion between a noble naval officer and a female pirate that’s as tempestuous and as unpredictable as the sea.
Nicholas Addison, celebrated captain of the Blackwell Shipping Fleet, has agreed to take Mrs. Emmaline Sutherland aboard the Pride andferry the raven-haired beauty across the Atlantic on what he imagines will be a routine trip. But when the ship is attacked by pirates, the seemingly innocent passenger is reyvealed to be none other than the infamous marauder Lady Anne, whose name strikes fear in the hearts of sailors everywhere—and whose seductive wiles commandeers Nicholas’s affections.

Lady Anne, a legend of the high seas, has spent the last eleven years plotting revenge against her father, the owner of Blackwell Shipping. She’s targeted the Pride in hopes of plundering its captain’s company secrets. But beneath her fierce courage and bitter determination, Anne has the delicate heart of a woman—a heart that cannot help falling for Nicholas. Now Anne must make a difficult choice: bring down Blackwell or surrender to love.
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MBA&M: Wendy, please tell our readers a few tidbits about yourself?

WW: My brother, sister and I were born and raised in the North Island of New Zealand by

English immigrant parents, which makes me a first generation Kiwi. I was lucky enough to have a childhood filled with love and laughter, surrounded by adults who were willing to give me their time and answer the thousands of questions that I fired at them constantly.

I have been married for 28 yrs to a wonderful man who puts up with a great deal of angst from me and our two children, Soph 25yrs and my son Nate 22yrs.

My writing habits are a bit different than most as I write in the lounge in the evenings, on my lap top, headphones on listing to rock music while my family watch T.V. around me. It works because we’re all together and if they want my attention they just throw something at me!

I am a hopeless romantic who cannot watch a movie unless it has a happy ending. My favorite at the moment is Persuasion (2007 version) by Jane Austen. 

I’m not overly fussy where food is concerned and pretty much love everything as long as there’s lots of it. However after an illness I was tested and found to be a Celiac, which means I can’t eat donuts and chocolate brownie which I’m still struggling to recover from. My favorite meal is a bbq after a long summer’s day, especially if I can enjoy it with friends and family.

I am a cyclist, avid watcher of rugby and love a good joke. My favorite time of year is Christmas when my husband says I morph into a crazed Christmas Fairy with maniacal tendencies

MBA&M: If you had to state something about “THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS” that would most appeal to your readers what would it be?

WW: My hero and heroine are born into two different worlds yet through a set of circumstances they find each other and I think there’s something pretty neat about fighting the odds and finding true love as a result.

MBA&M: Where did the idea of “THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS” come from?

WW: I was actually given the idea for the beginning of the book in a competition I was going to enter and the book evolved from there. Strangely, I never entered the competition.  

MBA&M: Which character in THE “RELUCTANT COUNTESS” stands out the most to you and why?

WW: I think my hero Patrick is my favorite character. He’s so determined to think the worst of Sophie my heroine right from the opening page. He’s rude, arrogant and actually really vulnerable deep down inside. He can’t help himself from lusting after her even though he knows she’s all wrong for him. It was interesting to write about how he tried to fight his feelings and then how he totally capitulates when he realizes she’s not the woman he had first thought her to be.

MBA&M: Name a secondary character or two in “THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS” and tell our readers a little about them. We understand the main characters are usually discussed, but the secondary characters help to carry the story along?

WW: Lord Stephen Sumner is Patrick’s best friend. Their families estates are close together and both were raised to be head of their family’s, but that is where the similarities stop. Stephen is loud, loves life and has a wicked sense of humor that irritates the hell out of Patrick. He is possibly the only person who is not awed by Patrick and in fact challenges him on every level. It is Stephen who realizes how Patrick feels for Sophie first. 

Amelia Pette becomes Sophie’s friend. She lives with her mother who is harsh and critical, yet Amelia has always managed to keep her humor intact. She clashes with Stephen and shares Sophie’s love of dolls, but more importantly as Sophie’s character grows in “THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS” so does Amelia’s. She finds the courage to stand up to her mother and in the end she too gets her man.

MBA&M: What scene in “THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS” was your favorite in writing and which was your hardest to write?

WW: The first scene was fun to write because it really set the feel for the book. You meet the two main characters immediately which is not always possible to do and you are plunged straight into the conflict.

The hardest scene to write was the scene where Sophie gets injured and Patrick is the one who must tend her with help from Stephen. It’s hard to portray that kind of desperation and emotion on the page without overdoing things. I think by then I was pretty emotionally involved too so I wanted it to make as real as I could.  

MBA&M: If you were not writing, what would you being doing? Thanks, by the way for writing.

WW: Your welcome and thanks so much for having me here on your fabulous blog.

That’s a tough question because writing has always been in my blood. I did think about becoming a teacher once but I’m not sure I’d have the patience for that. I love music but again I’m not terribly musical and have had two aborted attempts at learning the guitar until finally my family hid it from me. I must admit to being a bit of a dreamer so I’m sure if I didn’t write I’d do something along the lines of writing the words in greeting cards or advertising of some kind.

MBA&M: Who do you feel most influenced your writing and why?

WW: I would have to say that as far as other writers go Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas and Julia Quinn have influenced me most. I love there style of writing and the worlds they build, their humor and intrigue and the wonderfully descriptive way each of them write. They have such colorful characters and all three are savvy women. Of course I could name many more but these three are favorites of mine.

Romance Writers of New Zealand is probably responsible for me becoming published however. After becoming a member I started entering competitions and that is where I honed my skills. Feedback is essential or how do you know if what you are writing is any good? RWNZ made me get over my fear of letting people read my work and helped me to get to the point where my novel was ready to be put before an editor or agent. These organizations are invaluable as are the knowledgeable people who belong to them.


MBA&M: Who do you feel your writing style most resembles?

WW: My editor thinks I most resemble Mary Balogh, Julia Quinn or Sabrina Jeffries and to be honest I would find it hard to put myself in such exalted company but maybe given time and a few more books I may reach those heights.

MBA&M: What do you hope to accomplish in your lifetime, you have not already done?

WW: I would one day love to be on the New York Times best seller list and there are a few awards I would like to be nominated for, but I’ve got several books to write before achieving these heights.

I have a few travel destinations I want to visit like Pompeii and Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Duich in the Scottish Highlands.

I’m really looking forward to cuddling my grandchildren too!

MBA&M: Last but not least, please tell our readers where to find you and where they can purchase “THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS”…

WW: My website is http://www.wendyvella.com/ and I have a facebook page http://facebook.com/AuthorWendyVella and Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/wendy_vella

“THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS” can be purchased from Random House INC http://www.randomhouse.com/book/221633/the-reluctant-countess-by-wendy-vella

Email: wendy@wendyvella.com

Thank you so much for visiting with us and our readers today!


The Reluctant Countess

On Sale: January 14, 2013
Pages: 302 | ISBN: 978-0-345-54007-2
Published by : Loveswept

From rising romance star Wendy Vella comes a Cinderella story of whirlwind passion between a dashing earl and a beautiful countess—and the secret that threatens to tear them apart.

Regal, poised, and elegant, Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is everything that a highborn lady should be. But Sophie is hiding a past that is far from royal. When Patrick, Earl of Coulter, realizes that her story doesn’t add up, he resolves to find out the truth of what Sophie and her sister-in-law are concealing. Although Sophie has every reason to avoid him, the handsome and charismatic Patrick awakens something wicked deep within her soul . . . a powerful need that Sophie must stifle in order to protect her place in society.

Despite Sophie’s humble background, the raven-haired beauty has won Patrick’s heart. But what Sophie needs now is an ally. Viscount Myles Dumbly, the disgruntled former heir of Monmouth, is determined to expose Sophie as a fraud to recapture his lost inheritance. Soon Patrick is drawn into a fight for both their lives. Somehow he must find a way not only to rescue Sophie from poverty once and for all, but to keep her in his arms forever.

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**Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.**


JULIE: I’m so excited to be here today for another stop on my Release Me blog tour!  Be sure to leave a comment so you’re in the running to win a copy of the book!

Today’s topic ties right in with the book.  Release Me is an erotic romance, and I’ve been asked so many times about how difficult it is (or isn’t!) to write the sensual scenes that I thought that would be a great topic to handle today.

Truly, though, the answer may surprise you.  Because the scenes aren’t hard to write at all … not so long as the sex flows from the characters’ honest interaction.

The fact is, sex is emotional, intimate, arousing, sometimes funny, sometimes awkward, hopefully mind-blowing. It can be slow or fast, rough or tender.  It can bring two people closer or build walls of embarrassment and unfamiliarity.  It can release a free spirit, or trap someone in low self-esteem and uncertainty.  There are as many possibilities with a sexual scene as there are people, and all those possibilities flow from the way the characters are relating to each other before they actually—how shall we say?—get down to it.

My favorite part of writing sex is the part that comes before.  The intimate dance when the characters lead up to consummation.  My least favorite part is choreography, because while writing a sex scene is absolutely 100% not about inserting part A into slot B, you still have to get all the body part placement right, otherwise your reader will be left scowling at the page, turning the book this way and that as they wonder how in the world the characters got into that position.

Copyeditors are a real blessing in that regard.  But before the copyeditor it helps to have a movie running in your head.  I know I do. R or NC-17.  Not X, no matter how hot the actual scene might be.  Because to my way of thinking, X means it’s about the sex.  R and NC-17 means it’s about the characters who, at that moment, are connecting both emotionally and sexually.  And that, after all, is what the story should be about.

I hope you check out Release Me!  Hard to believe it’s going to be hitting shelves tomorrow!

And be sure to have a safe New Year’s Eve—and I wish you all a wonderful 2013.




J. Kenner is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author Julie Kenner (who also writes as J.K. Beck).  Release Me, an erotic romance, will be available in the U.S. and the U.K. on January 1, and in over a dozen other countries later in 2013. 

You can hang out with J.K., learn more about Release Me and her other novels, or just poke around and see what catches your eye at her website, www.jkenner.com, and also at her J. Kenner Facebook page, www.facebook.com/jkennerbooks and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/juliekenner





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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345544110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345544117
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms.

He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.

Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.
Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.

Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.


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