>Month of Love Questionnaire & Giveaway: Cara Elliott (aka Andrea Pickens)


*Giveaway Now Closed*

Everyone please welcome Cara Elliott to Paperback Dolls! Cara’s third book in her Circle of Sin series, TO TEMPT A RAKE, just released and after she answers our questions, she’s giving you a chance to take home a signed copy!

We know that you don’t have a lot of time so we’ve come up with small ‘Proust’ style interview to get to know your romantic side a little better, but first can you tell our readers who you are? What your books are about?

Thanks so much for inviting me to visit Paperback Dolls! I’m a graphic designer by training, turned writer by that tiny little voice in my head which kept whispering stories. So I guess I have some strange left brain-right brain thing going. But then, authors have to be a little quirky to be in this profession!

I fell in love with Regency England after reading Pride and Prejudice in high school, and have been captivated by the era ever since then. With their wit, intelligence and strength, Jane Austen’s heroines serve as constant inspiration However, I have to confess that my Regency heroines tend to be a little . . . unconventional. You’ll find no dainty, demure demoiselles, no helpless pattern cards of propriety waiting for a hero to ride to the rescue. Nope. My ladies aren’t afraid to strip off their kidskin gloves (along with a more unmentionable garments) and take matters into their own hands .

What do you think romance is?

I think romance is a state of mind. It’s all about keeping a sense of wonder and delight in the little everyday things around us—like appreciating the color of a sunset, or the shape of a friend’s smile. For me, laughter and a love of life are a big part of what sparks an aura of romance.

Do you believe in destiny?

I believe we shape our own destiny by daring to dream, and then having the courage to go after it.

Do you believe men or women are more romantic? Who is more sentimental?

Oh, men have always been inner softies—look at Shakespeare’s love sonnets or J.M.W. Turner’s paintings. I’ve always been a history geek, so it’s fascinating to look at different eras and discover that men really are just as sensitive and sentimental as women. They simply have been encouraged to show it in varying degrees of outward expression. Nowadays, Alphas can be Betas (and everything in between.) Which in my opinion is a very Good Thing!

What’s the difference between attractive and sexy?

Both have a lot to do with how you feel about yourself—if you feel slinky, it shows. If you feel hot-hot-hot, it shows. It’s not just silk and lace that make you attractive or sexy, it’s attitude.

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done? The sexiest thing you’ve ever done?

A really memorable romantic evening was when my DH arranged a candlelight dinner on a tropical beach . . . white tablecloth, candles, fabulous food and wine . . . the whole deal!

As for the sexiest thing . . . well, you just have to read my books and figure out which scene might be from real life!

How do you plan a romantic night at home?

A blazing fire is crackling in the fireplace, candles are flickering on the tables, an Eric Clapton acoustic album is playing on the CD, a good pinot noir is uncorked . . . need I go on?

What kind of clothes do you find the sexiest?

Hmmm, I suppose my comfy synchilla “writing” sweatpants don’t count here . . . oh, you’re probably talking about men anyway. I’m an outdoor kind of girl, so I love seeing a guy in great pair of well-worn jeans and a classic white button down shirt, slightly rumpled.

Most romantic song to make love to?

Oh come on, there are some secrets a girl doesn’t share!!

What romances are on your “Keeper Shelf”?

Don’t ask me to list them all! A few of the ones on the top shelf are Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion by Jane Austen, Lord of Scoundrels and Lord Perfect by Loretta Chase, A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James and It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas.

Thank you so much for taking the time to join us for our Month of Love!
We hope that you will feel free to come back for a visit anytime!


Today, Cara is offering ONE signed copy of the third in her Circle of Sin series, TO TEMPT A RAKE, to ONE lucky US commenter and all you have to do is answer the question: We’re in the mood to hear some music today, so what’s your favorite romantic song?

Kate Woodbridge has spent most of her life sailing to exotic ports around the globe, acquiring an expertise in botany, along with a few less ladylike skills. So when a deathbed promise to her parents brings her to London to seek a reconciliation with her grandfather, the imperious Duke of Cluyne, she feels like a fish out of water in Polite Society. Her outspoken views and fiery temper tend to set off sparks—especially with the arrogant Conte of Como.

The man has a knack of getting under her skin, And if he gets too close, he might uncover her scandalous past . . .

A devil-may-care rogue, Marco finds Kate a tempting target for his flirtations. But when murder strikes at the duke’s country house, he suspects she’s hiding a dark secret. He has his own clandestine reasons for helping to prove her innocence . . . which leads them on a perilous journey from London to the glittering ballrooms of Vienna.

Sumptuous pleasures and gilded lies.. The city is.aswirl in decadence and deception, and they find themselves waltzing on a powderkeg of hidden passions and dangerous desires. For Kate and Marco must duel with a deadly villain—and confront their own explosive attraction.

More ways to win:

+1 for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your comment.

Giveaway ends March 7th and the winner will be chosen by random.org on March 8th. We ask the winners to post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out. Also, we will try to contact the winners, but we ask that you check back to see if you’ve won.

I’m absolutely delighted to announce Cara Elliott’s debut into the world of romance!

Now, some of you may know me as Andrea Pickens, author of a number of award-winning Regency-set historical romances.

So why Cara Elliott? Well, the answer is . . .

I’m so excited about the new direction of my writing that my editors and I decided it deserved a new pen name.

And I’ll tell you why—the upcoming books are more SEXY than ever!

My Andrea Pickens “Spy” trilogy was swashbuckling adventure. (Think Jane Austen meets James Bond!) The three oh-so-dangerous heroines were not afraid to put on breeches and boots, and then kick a little butt! They crossed swords with the men—and came out on top! (check out my alter ego website for more detailed info and excerpts.)
As Cara Elliott, I slide into a sexy, slinky little black dress. My debut trilogy is called ‘The Circle of Sin’ and features three beautiful, brainy heroines. Each of them is a brilliant scientist—and each of them has a dark secret in her past. Experience has taught Ciara, Alessandra, and Kate that men are dangerous devils. But when an old mistake threatens utter ruin and scandal, each of the ‘Sinners’ is forced to accept help from an unexpected hero . . .

So what happens when a serious scientific scholar must partner with a rakish scoundrel? The result is . . . a sinfully sexy chemistry that ignites some real heat! It’s said that “opposites attract.” And when the ‘Sinners’ and their men collide, watch the sparks fly.

Passion, wit and intrigue—I hope that you will agree that The Circle of Sin combines the perfect romantic ingredients for three sizzling, seductive stories.

To Sin With A Scoundrel (Circle of Sin)To Surrender To A Rogue (Circle of Sin Trilogy)To Tempt A Rake (Circle of Sin)

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