Q+A with Elizabeth Boyles, author of IF WISHES WERE EARLS + Giveaway

Hello everyone,
We are so excited to have author Elizabeth Boyles on our blog today! Her newest novel, If Wishes Were Earls (the third book in the Rhymes with Love series), is out this Tuesday (12/31).

Harrriet Hathaway has loved only one man her entire life: the Earl of Roxley. But when he ignores her at a ball, she takes rather desperate steps to catch his eye and her plans find her ruined and without any hope of gaining Roxley’s heart. So it is much to her amazement when Roxley proposes marriage to save her from ruin. But Roxley’s proposal isn’t quite on the up and up and when she finds out she’s just another piece in one of his plots and japes, she vows revenge.

Roxley is desperate to pull his family from the brink of ruin, and the only way to gain a lost fortune is to prove to his aunts that’s he’s “reformed” his life and is determined to settle down. But the bride-to-be that he thought would be most amiable is doing everything to turn his life and his heart upside down. Harriet Hathaway had always seemed the most sensible girl he knew, but now this siren of a stranger he’s engaged to is leaving him feeling anything but sensible. Harriet is about to steal not only his heart, but quite possibly the keys to the Roxley fortune.
To celebrate the upcoming release of If Wishes Were Earls, Elizabeth did a Q+A with us and she has a special giveaway you can enter below.

Hi Elizabeth! Happy holidays and welcome to our blog! What was your reaction the first time you saw the cover for If Wishes Were Earls?
Probably the same as everyone else’s: WOW! But I have to say, the covers for the entire Rhymes with Love series have been really breathtaking—just so gorgeous. As an author, when you get that email from your editor announcing your cover, you just get this cold pit in your stomach, and this little voice whispers, “Please don’t suck.” So when you open it and find such a lovely cover, you just have to say “Thank You!!!”

Some writers talk about talking to their characters in their head like they are real people. Do you talk to your characters? Also, who was harder to write: Harriet Hathaway or the Early of Roxley?
Characters are always yammering on inside my head, but come on, they’re fictional and not that good at conversations. The trick is to listen to them. Because when you stop trying to direct them and you just let that voice, that inspiration, have room to talk, then you find out all the good stuff.

As for which character was harder to write, believe it or not, Harriet. She’s always been an interesting character to work into the mix, because she has depth to her and so much to say—and yet she says very little. She’s spent most of her life listening and having to push her way through that herd of brothers to be heard or noticed. So when she does speak—it has meaning, and that, in itself, is hard to write.

Which novel in the Rhymes with Love series was the most challenging to write? Why?
Definitely If Wishes Were Earls. The plot is immensely complex, layers of actual history—facts that cannot be changed--and then adding your fictional layer to it, and on top of things, Roxley and Harriet are so beloved. I was so stressed out ensuring that they had the right story. Plus, you wouldn’t think it would be, but writing a romance where both characters are head over heals in love on Page 1 is HARD.

If you have room (like college roommates) with any of your heroines in the Rhymes with Love series, whom would you want to be roomies with?
Well, certainly not Daphne (And The Miss Ran Way With The Rake)—she’s way too fussy about clothes, way overly opinionated, and her Dale relations would be always interfering. Basically, she would drive me nuts as a roommate. I love her as a heroine—because she makes an excellent friend and she’s hilarious in her antics and opinions, but not 24/7.

As for Tabitha, (Along Came a Duke) I wouldn’t mind her—after all, she’s been cooking and cleaning for her aunt and uncle for a number of years now, so she’d probably keep the place clean just out of habit. Again, as a friend, she is an excellent conscience, a devoted and fierce friend, and a great listener. But there are her Timmons relations and that makes her a bit of a drawback.

So I would have to say Harriet, hands down. And she has 6 older brothers. All hunky and perfect heroes in the waiting. They could come over anytime, especially Chaunce, who I have a terrible crush on.

How are you spending the New Year? Do you have a New Years tradition?
The usual: making resolutions I won’t keep. I hope everyone resolves to read Harriet and Roxley’s story. I mean, who wouldn’t want to spend New Year’s Eve with an earl? That is one resolution that is worth keeping.

As for the Boyle household, we don’t have any big traditions—though we do like to watch the fireworks over the Space Needle here in Seattle (and we are totally lazy—we watch them on TV.) One year the entire thing went awry and nothing was working so in desperation whoever was in charge just hit a bit switch and they all went off at once. I think we watch now to see if something will go wrong. That’s just the way we roll around here—real life always makes for good story fodder.

But there is one tradition I don’t want to forget: Happy New Year to everyone! I hope your year is full of good tidings, blessings and great books.

A big thank you to Elizabeth for answering our questions. You can find more info about Elizabeth and her books on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

If you like fun, charming romantic comedy-style historical romance If Wishes Were Earls is your book (it can be enjoyed as a standalone read). Get it this Tuesday and make it our first historical romance read of 2014!

Good luck and happy reading,
Michelle & Leslie

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