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Sara Ramsey writes fun, feisty Regency historical romances. She won the prestigious 2009 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award with her second book, Scotsmen Prefer Blondes. Her first book, Heiress Without A Cause, was a 2011 Golden Heart finalist.
Sara grew up in a small town in Iowa, and her obsession with fashion, shoes, and all things British is clearly a rebellion against her hopelessly uncool youth. She graduated from Stanford University in 2003 with a degree in Symbolic Systems (also known as cognitive science) and a minor in history. She is currently living the hip romance writer life in San Francisco, California.
Day in the life of Sara Ramsey
My daily schedule depends on whether I’m going to the day job or whether I have the freedom to write all day. Since the day job days are mostly a horror show (three hour commute! juggling my work laptop and personal laptop while trying to avoid injuring myself! getting overhyped on caffeine!), I’ll share what my schedule looks like for my days “off” (I don’t really get days off, but you get the point).
6:30am: my alarm goes off. I’m going to get up early and write! Yay!
6:30 - 7:15: hit snooze repeatedly. Daydream that my book is already finished.
7:15 - 8:00: read Twitter, blogs, and news on my phone while lying in bed and still denying that I need to get up.
8:00 - 8:40: make myself pretty. This requires a shower, hair drying (or else my bangs look like they were attacked by a zombie attempting to find my brain), and makeup (because I need to feel sexy and feminine to write - yes, it’s silly).
8:45: Negate all attempts to look sexy and feminine by putting on yoga pants, a sweatshirt, and fingerless gloves.
9:00: Go to a cafe, usually 15mins after I’ve agreed to meet my friend for a writing date. She’s aware that I hate mornings and so far hasn’t shanked me for being late.
9:15: Once the latte has kicked in, put in my headphones, set it to a single song on repeat, and start writing. The single song depends on which scene I’m writing -- I have a playlist for each book and choose the song based on the mood I’m going for and how I’m feeling.
10:15: Look up and make faces at my writing date. She usually doesn’t notice.
11:00: Take a break and check out whatkatewore.com to see if the Duchess of Cambridge has worn anything smashing recently. Sternly tell myself to start writing again.
12:00pm: Suddenly realize I’m starving. Abandon the cafe and spend a couple of hours eating lunch, checking in on Twitter, etc. I also take a walk - I live in San Francisco, which is great for walking if you don’t mind that the hills will make you feel like an old woman. Also, don’t have your phone out while you’re walking around or someone may mug you. Other than that, it’s lovely!
2:30: Think about writing. Take a nap instead.
3:30: Brush my hair and remake my bed so there’s no evidence of my sloth. Check Twitter again.
4:00: Maybe consider putting on my shoes.
4:30: Put on a dress since I can no longer stand to be in yoga pants. Try to write at my desk (which is ideally set up) but realize I’m getting nothing done in the house. Go out for another writing session. This one often ends up being at a wine bar with a glass of champagne.
7:30: Eat dinner. If I’m on deadline, steak is required; if I’m not on deadline, I might go out for margaritas.
8:30: If I’m feeling hermity, read a book or talk to my roommate. If I’m feeling social, meet up with some friends for dinner (or a second dinner, if I already ate) or go out for drinks.
10:00: Pretend to go to bed. Read Twitter and play Angry Birds instead.
11:30pm: Actually go to bed. Set the alarm for 6:30 because I’m surely going to get up the next morning and write!
I’m giving away an e-book copy of my next release, The Earl Who Played With Fire, to one random commenter on this blog (winner to be picked on 11/9). The winner will get their choice of epub or Kindle file when the book comes out later this month.
A woman courting ruin…
No one would suspect prim, proper Prudence Etchingham of lusting after her best friend’s brother. Nor would anyone guess that she’s responsible for dozens of the best forgeries in London’s antiquities markets. But if her love for Alex is doomed to fail, she must raise enough money to escape the marriage mart. She just needs one last, daring forgery to set herself up for life…
A man evading disaster…
Alex Staunton, the rich Earl of Salford, lives a charmed existence. No one knows that he’s dangerously attracted to his sister’s best friend. Nor has he revealed that he suffers from an ancient curse — one that has given him everything, but prevents him from marrying the woman of his dreams. But when an enemy from his past takes an unseemly interest in Prudence’s future, Alex must find a way to break the curse…or risk losing her forever.
A love they’re destined for…
Every seductive encounter brings them closer together — but their secret, smoldering desires will inevitably burn them. And when Prudence’s illicit forgery collides with Alex’s desperate search, more than their hearts are at stake. Can they break Alex’s curse and save Prudence from her unwanted suitor? Or will their love become a weapon that will destroy them both?
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