Guest: Eliza Knight + Wicked Woman Book Giveaway
Eliza Knight is the multi-published author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. She is also the other half of writing duo, Annabelle Weston. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain, and enjoys cold winter nights when she can curl up in front of a roaring fire with her own knight in shining armor. Visit Eliza at www.elizaknight.com or her historical blog, History Undressed, which was recently mentioned in a feature article in The Wall Street Journalwww.historyundressed.blogspot.com



Q: Welcome Eliza! Please tell us about your latest release. 
A: My writing partner, Sarah and I are totally psyched about our new release under the name Annabelle Weston.  WICKED WOMAN, is a historical erotic western romance, complete with corsets, guns, horses, cowboy hats, adventure, sizzling love scenes, and all the conflict that goes along with it! 
Here's the blurb:
There are some things a man can't walk away from. Nathan Bender is on a quest for vengeance. What he finds is sexy saloon-dolly O'Dell Murphy. She holds the information he needs--and becomes a temptation he can't resist.
O'Dell longs for a respectable life outside the saloon. When the man Nathan is searching for steals O'Dell's savings, she has no choice but to go after him.
Torn between passion and revenge, Nathan reluctantly accompanies O'Dell through the Sonoran Desert. There are some things a man can't walk away from--and Nathan is finding it's not revenge that binds him. It's O'Dell, and the wicked, sinful pleasure she provides.
Reader Advisory: This book contains violence and a brief depiction of rape.
This book just came out on October 19th, so as of me answering these questions we haven't gotten a review… So, readers! Please post your reviews :)


Q: Sounds exciting and creative! What inspired this story?
A: Sarah and I wanted to write a story about your not so typical heroine. We wanted it to be edgy, risky--which presented us with a challenge. You see our heroine is a Wild West prostitute--a saloon dolly. But the thing is, she wants to be treated like a respectable lady. She wants to settle down. She's a tough broad, but sweet on the inside. To make things more challenging for our lovely O'Dell, she's been robbed blind by a man she trusts, and now she's run into our hero who wants to avenge his brother's murder--they just so happen to be in search of the same man. And oh the sparks fly!  Throw these two in a room… or on a couple of horses in the wide open desert.


Q: Why do you write romance?
A: We write romance because we love to see a story unfold. To watch the progression of two characters who appear to have no ability to get together, fall in love. They go from not be able to stand each other, to not being able to live without one another. I love the fantasy of it. The escapism. And as I've often said, I love, love.


Q: I love love too. :) What do you enjoy most about writing historical romance?
A: I enjoy building a world and creating characters where anything is possible. I love taking readers on a journey, letting them experience the story as if they were there.



Q: Did you choose the title of your book and if so how did you do it?
A: We did choose this title. We wanted this book and the rest of the books in the series, to have the word WOMAN in it, because while they are romances, they are centered around a woman and her struggles.  In WICKED WOMAN's case, she is a prostitute, and a tough chick. She has a wicked streak in her, and knows just how to please a man to get what she wants--pretty simple really.


Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?
A: Well, I have to say my favorite place in the whole world is my house--because my family is there, and at heart I am a total homebody. BUT if you're asking where my favorite place that I've traveled has been I'd have to pick two - the countryside of Ireland and Chateau Versailles in France.


Q: Please tell us about your favorite character in the book.
A: My favorite character is O'Dell. She is woman that comes from nothing, has worked her a** off to build a small fortune, and seek out her dreams. Even when her hopes appear to be dashed, she won't let the world slam her down. She is strong, she is confident, she knows what she wants and she's not afraid to get it. I think she gives hope to all women, that if you want something bad enough, and you work hard enough, you will eventually get there.


Q: Which element of this story was the hardest for you?
A: The hardest part of this story was getting Nathan and O'Dell to commit wholly to each other. They both have some pretty big demons they are dealing with, that won't allow them to be together, or with anyone. They desire one another for sure, but what makes a couple jump over that line from chemical attraction to saying forever? Especially when everything inside you, and the world around you is saying NO! We did it, and I think we did it very well. But it was tough! O'Dell and Nathan deserved their happy ending, and we were so very pleased to give it to them!


Q: What inspires you? What motivates you?
A: I am inspired by everything--real life, documentaries, movies, books, drama, nature--literally everything. But a half naked man with a cowboy hat is pretty inspiring too J


Q: Do you have any advice for unpublished authors?
A: Don't stop. Keep writing. Don't stop. And of course, have patience. This business is mostly, hurry up and wait. Don't take rejections personally--we've all got a truckload of them. It's part of the process.


Q: What's next for you?
A: We have a contemporary intrigue, Mr. Temptation, coming out in a few months with Ellora's Cave (no release date quite yet), AND we are working on two more books in the western Wicked series - so look out for Carly's story--who is mentioned in the 1st book--and Kate's story, who will make an appearance in the second book!


Q: Wow you've been busy! Congratulations on the upcoming release! Would you like to ask readers a question?
A: Yes!  What do you like about historical westerns?


Great question! Thanks so much for being our guest today!
Don't forget, Eliza is giving away a hot copy of Wicked Woman to one commenter!
Read an Excerpt of Wicked Woman, or buy the book at Ellora's Cave, Amazon, or All Romance eBooks.


Please visit Eliza's websites:

www.elizaknight.com
www.historyundressed.blogspot.com
http://annabellewestonromance.blogspot.com/

9 Responses
  1. derekd Says:

    First let me say how fun it is to have my two favorite writing coaches together. Congrats on the release of Wicked woman, Eliza.

    Growing up in the country on the border of OK and TX, cowboys are part of the everyday culture. Reading Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey as a kid, I have always liked westerns. Then there are all the John Wayne westerns like Rio Lobo with Angie Dickenson. How can you not like westerns?

    Good luck with the release and sales!


  2. Ella Quinn Says:

    Eliza,

    Congratulations on your release. I'm not normally into westerns, but I will definately read Wicked Woman.

    I wish you great success and many sales.

    Marion


  3. I love the history in historical westerns. The hoop skirts, the wild outlaws, the horse drawn wagons...all that stuff that isn't around anymore. The romance is wonderful too!!

    Congratulations on your new release. It looks awesome!

    rachie2004 AT yah00 *d8t* c-m


  4. Na Says:

    Wicked Woman sounds like an exciting read! I admit I don't read a lot of Westerns but I choose my reads according to the story and this seems full of action, romance and well...more action. Congratulations on your release :)

    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com


  5. Eliza Knight Says:

    @Derek -- Aw, thanks :) I LOVE John Wayne... My youngest daughter when she first started walking, walked just like him--we had her dress up as a cowgirl for her first halloween and she swaggered all up and down the street :)

    @Ella -- Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy it :)

    @Brunette Librarian -- Thanks so much :) That is why I love historical tales as well!

    @Na -- Thank you! We did try to keep the action flowing, mixed with a bit of sensuality and romance, and of course all that the Wild West encompassed!


  6. Nancy Says:

    How come I did NOT know you were also writing with a partner? Neat! Don't know if I have the personality for that, but I'd love to read your combo novel. Good luck with WICKED WOMAN.


  7. Tami Dee Says:

    Hi, Eliza! *waving madly* I enjoyed your interview and your book sounds great! Good job!


  8. Joanne Says:

    Congrats on the new release. I love Westerns.


  9. Eliza Knight Says:

    And the winner is... The Brunette Librarian! I will send you an email :)


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