Thursday, October 11, 2012

Fallen Women Week: Lorraine Heath (& Giveaway)

Co-hosted by Kati and Jamie (from
Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance) & Myself

This event showcases some of the amazing authors and books that feature “fallen women” as the heroine.  Make sure to stop back each day as we will have guest posts, interviews and lots of giveaways!

Today I have the lovely Lorraine Heath, and the girls at RRFTLOR have Jess Michaels!


Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® during which she received a kiss from Caesar Romero--Joker on the original Batman TV series) and a Texan who was stationed at Bovingdon while serving in the air force. Lorraine was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, but soon after moved to Texas. Her "dual" nationality has given her a love for all things British and Texan, and she enjoys weaving both heritages through her stories.

When she received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today, Waldenbooks, and most recently, the New York Times.

She also writes for teens under the name Rachel Hawthorne and Jade Parker.

Hi Lorraine, thank you for agreeing to take part in our Fallen Women Week Event!

1. What is your all-time favorite “fallen woman” and why?

Olivia in Anna Campbell’s TEMPT THE DEVIL. She’s an extremely complicated character forced into difficult choices while striving to do the right thing. She’s strong and compelling.

2. What inspired you to write about a “fallen woman”?

The “fallen woman” will actually not be introduced to readers until next May. She’s the heroine in LORD OF WICKED INTENTIONS. My hero cares for no one save himself and I needed to give him a heroine who could break through his heart of stone, and Eve has managed to maintain her belief that there is goodness in people in spite of the fact that she finds herself with no choice except to become a mistress in order to survive.

3. If you were stranded on an island, what 5 books would you take with you?

WILD AT HEART by Patricia Gaffney
DEVIL IN WINTER by Lisa Kleypas
MORNING GLORY by LaVyrle Spencer

4. If your book were to have a theme song, what would it be?

Dream the Impossible Dream

5. Which two authors would you write an anthology with and what would it be about?

Sarah MacLean and Lisa Kleypas—women gamblers during the Regency or Victorian era. We’ve all written books where the setting was a gambling den.

Quick either/or:

1. Alpha or Beta? Alpha on the outside; beta on the inside

2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Wallflower. As a wallflower myself, I most easily relate to that type of character.

3. Debutante or Spinster? Spinster—she’ll have greater life experiences

4. Virgin widow or Secret baby?  Virgin widow

5. Titled peer or Working man?  Working man or Titled peer who is a working man because of unfortunate circumstances. I need something to give him character.

6. Love at first sight or Second chances?  Second chances

7. Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate?  Swashbuckling pirate—hence, Tristan in LORD OF TEMPTATION

8. Vampires or Shifters?  Shifters (my YA series, the Dark Guardians) or vampires (YA series written with my son, Darkness Before Dawn)

9. Past, Present or Future? (sneaky) Past

10. Writing or Reading?  Writing

11. Paperbacks or e-books?  Paperbacks

12. Plotter or Pantser?  Pantser

13. Author’s choice: You get to ask a question for the readers to answer.

What about fallen men? Who is your favorite scoundrel?

"Three young heirs, imprisoned by an unscrupulous uncle, escaped--to the sea, to the streets, to faraway battle--awaiting the day when they would return to reclaim their birthright."

Once upon a time, he was Lord Tristan Easton--now he is Crimson Jack, a notorious privateer beholden to none, whose only mistress is the sea. But all that will change when exquisite Lady Anne Hayworth hires his protection on a trip into danger and seduction. . .

Desperation brought Anne to the bronzed, blue-eyed buccaneer. But after the Captain demands a kiss as his payment, desire will keep her at his side. She has never known temptation like this--but to protect her heart, she knows she must leave him behind. Yet Tristan cannot easily forget the beauty--and when they meet again in a London ballroom, he vows he won't lose her a second time, as fiery passion reignited takes them into uncharted waters that could lead the second lost lord home. . .


One lucky commenter will win a copy of LORD OF TEMPTATION

All you have to do to enter is answer Lorraine’s question in the comments and fill out the Rafflecopter form!

Open to residents of the US only, must be 18 or older! No PO Boxes please!

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  1. Thanks for a great post and giveaway! Love the "fallen men" :) Ummm... for some reason getting a blank and all I can think of is.. jack sparrow :) LOL...

  2. Fallen men.....Jaimie Lost in Defiant by Kris Kennedy. I just read this one and I pulled for him throughout the book. He is so dead inside until Eva walks into his life and turns his world on end.

    Thank you for the chance in the giveaway! :)

  3. Hi

    Great post, love the fallen man. The most recent one I loved was Jonas in Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed by Anna Campbell. Such a great fallen hero.

    Thanks for the chance

  4. My favorite scoundrel is Brandon St John from Karen Hawkins' Confessions of a Scoundrel.

  5. Fave fallen man, where do I start....Alex Cartwright-An Heir of Deception...ALL the Lords of Vice - Alexandra Hawkens...all the Company of Rogues - Jo Beverley, all of Stephanie Lauren's bad boys, the Cynsters and the Bastion Club to name a few.....harder to find good fallen women...then men, but they are all great reads, and Thank God for them!

  6. Great post. Fallen man huhh?? So far this year I love Sarah MacLeans's Michael, Marquess of Bourne, from 'A Rouge by Any Other Name'.

  7. I actually don't have a fav scoundrel so far, but I am still looking:)

  8. I love fallen men! All the Lords of Vice (Alexandra Hawkins), the Inferno Club members and many from the Knight series (Lucien, Billy, Devlin, Jack, Alec, etc) by Gaelen Foley. These are just the first ones to pop into my head right now, but I have always really loved the bad boys (especially those who are not bad at heart).

    1. And of course Lorraine's Scoundrels of St. James heroes :)

  9. I love fallen men. My favorite scoundrel is Dain from Lord of Scoundrels.

  10. Some of my favorite scoundrel's are Karen Moning's Adam Black and Jericho Barrons, Diane Duvall's Bastien, Kresley Cole's Lothaire, Lorraine Heath's Scoundrels of St. James, Johanna Lindsey's James Mallory, and Georgette Heyer's Dominic Alistair.

  11. I like fallen men. I like Sebastian from the Devil in Winter

  12. My favorite is Giles Masters from Sabrina Jeffries Too Woo a Reluctant Lady. I love Giles. I love fallen men and scoundrels. They usually fall the quickest and hardest.

  13. My favorite scoundrel is St. Vincent from Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas.


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