AAD Author Spotlight: Samantha Kane

Next up on our Authors After Dark Featured Author tour, we have Samantha Kane! She is also a new-to-me author, and it’s been a real pleasure getting to know her. So without further ado, our interview:

What is the first book you remember reading and loving as a child?

A Bargain for Frances by Russel Hoban. I’ve never forgotten the tea set in that story. Now I collect teacups! I just made that connection. :-)

What is your first memory of realizing you were passionate about writing?

I don’t really have a first memory. It was just a fact of who I am and always have been. I won a poetry contest in 3rd or 4th grade with a poem about a man who killed his wife. Jeez, and my folks didn’t put me in therapy. lol Now I write romance, and so the pendulum swings. I wrote for all my school newspapers, took creative writing courses starting in elementary school…and so it goes. I’ve always been passionate about writing.

When you need to find inspiration in music, what do you turn to?

Mostly country music, or romantic ballads. Music is a big part of my inspiration and creative process. Miranda Lambert’s The House That Built Me was the inspiration for Cherry Pie. Very’s song, when I was writing Prisoner of Love, was Jo Dee Messina’s Bring On the Rain. I have several books planned, not written, for a handful of other songs. With my current wip I’m sort of experimenting with classical music. I’m finding Handel and Beethoven, in particular, very evocative and perfect for this historical romance.

Do you have a guilty pleasure on TV, and if so, what is it?

I love Storage Wars. I don’t really watch t.v. I don’t have time. I have three kids–11, 8, and 5–and they own the t.v. in our house. And when they go to bed I’ve got work to do! But sometimes I’ll sit down with my husband and watch hockey or something. But I always try to watch Storage Wars, which is weird. I’m not a fan of reality t.v., but dang, I love that show. (Dave is my favorite. He’s such a ba****d.) I’ve got my husband and kids hooked on it now, too.

What is the first thing you plan on doing upon arriving to NOLA for AAD?

Exploring New Orleans! I’ve always wanted to go, but never been. We had a trip to NOLA planned once, but then Katrina arrived ahead of us. :-( So this is a such a treat for me. I can’t wait! Mari Freeman, my bff, practically grew up there and her new series is based in New Orleans, so she’s going to be my personal tour guide, as well as leading a tour for convention goers. I’m such a tourist, I want to have coffee and beignet at Cafe du Monde first, I think. And I must go to Margaritaville. I’m a huge Jimmy Buffet fan, and always visit the local Margaritaville wherever I go. (Mari is going to roll her eyes at this)

What is up next for you book-wise in 2012?

I’ve just signed a contract for a brand new mainstream Regency historical series with Random House/Bantam Loveswept. The series is called The Saint’s Devils (unless Random House changes that) and is about a group of rakes who were friends in school. They’ve been nicknamed The Saint’s Devils because of their unofficial leader, Sir Hilary St. John. Sir Hilary is sort of a sexy Sherlock Holmes character. In each book he’s going to help one of his friends solve a mystery that involves their heroine. The first book, working title is The Devil’s Thief, is about devil Alasdair Sharp and Miss Julianna Hart, a thief with a heart of gold. :-) The book is scheduled for a November release and will be in ebook.

Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband of fourteen years and three children, two boys and one girl. She spent seven years as a high school history teacher before becoming a full time writer and mom. Ms. Kane has a Master’s degree in American History.

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Love’s Surrender (Brothers in Arms, #9)

Lady Vanessa Carlton-Smythe is from one of England’s most well-respected families and the daughter of an earl. She has lived an exemplary life—the perfect daughter, the perfect lady. Until one Christmas Eve, when she meets two men who unleash her secret desires. She can’t surrender her heart, only her body, and only for the next twelve days. After Twelfth Night, their affair must end and she will return to a life that is slowly suffocating her.Veterans Nick and Oliver have been constant companions since Waterloo. They share everything, including women and a bad reputation. When Lady Vanessa catches them in a compromising position, they are seduced by the longing in her eyes. Cool, distant, unattainable—the more she protests, the more they want her. Vanessa’s desires prompt the two men to finally give in to their feelings and become lovers. When desire becomes love, can they convince Vanessa to leave her privileged life behind and surrender to them forever?

 

GIVEAWAY! Samantha Kane is generously giving up a copy of Love’s Surrender, or a back list choice. To enter, simply leave a comment letting us know… when it comes to your hero pref, good boy or bad boy?

Comments
  • Emily February 8, 2012 at 12:21 am

    I have been wanting to read Samantha Kane for awhile, sounds like she has another great one coming out.

  • Cherity Thibodeaux February 8, 2012 at 7:42 am

    I’m torn between a good boy and a bad. I think I would prefer a good boy who is a little bad at times. This sounds like a great read and I’m always on the lookout for new authors!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  • Joanne B February 8, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Definitely a bad boy. They are usually alphas, have had something bad happen to them long ago and they have to try to work it out. They love the heroine, but give her a hard time and won’t let her know it. Sounds like a great book. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.
    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  • Laurie February 8, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I would say bad boy. Something about them is captivating. Thanks!

  • Amy Boulet February 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I think I’ve always bee drawn in by characters like Derek Knightly,. You know dark and brooding, what girl doesn’t want to tame the bad boy. I also find myself drawn to characters like Gideon, someone that all you want to do is ease their pain, and love! Thanks for writting these books, I hope you write many morE!

  • ClaudiaGC February 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    In my books I definitely prefer bad boys. I like it when he has a dark past and only the heroine can help him getting better.

  • HeatherU February 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I would say a good boy. Because they’re just waiting to be corrupted ;)

  • erinf1 February 8, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Thanks for the great post and giveaway! Love a bad boy… especially a rake who then slightly reforms :)

  • Anne R February 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I like my hero a bit of a bad boy. Great giveaway! Thanks.

  • Erin K. February 8, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I love a bad boy who wants to be good. I recently discovered Samantha Kane’s Brothers in Arms books and I think she writes great heroes!

  • Samantha Kane February 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks everyone! Sounds like the bad boys have it. I sort of like a good boy who can be very, very bad when he wants to. ;-) But there is something quite satisfying about a bad boy made good by love. Just not too good.

    Good luck and thanks for commenting!

  • Betty Hamilton February 9, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Samantha, I love your books!! Your new series sounds great and I hope it will be released on paperback also! I would love to win a copy of Love’s Surrender (Brothers in Arms, #9)… also hoping that its in paperback. Thanks and good luck with the new series!

  • Samantha Kane February 11, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Betty, Love’s Surrender was just released in a print anthology called Arms of Love, together with Love’s Strategy, Brothers in Arms Book 3, the only BIA that wasn’t in print.

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