Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Courting the Countess by Donna Hatch Interview & Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Courting the Countess by [Hatch, Donna]
Courting the Countess
by Donna Hatch
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 388 pages
October 5th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc

When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.

Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?

Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

Tour Schedule

September 27th: Launch
September 28th:
September 29th:
September 30th:
October 2nd:
October 3rd:
October 4th:
October 5th: Grand Finale & Release Day Celebration


How long does it normally take you to write a book and how long did it take you to write COURTING THE COUNTESS?

Each book is different. I have written some in as little as a month; others took a year or more with all the revisions. The rough draft of Courting the Countess took about two months, but then it needed extensive revisions.  The first page of the rough draft to the day I sent it to my editor actually took almost two years.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I don’t know if it’s a quirk but I write best in either total silence or with only soft instrumental music—nothing with lyrics or a drum beat. Also, when I am editing something particularly stressful, I line up Dove chocolate squares along my desk (in a pinch, peanut M&Ms work, too). When I get stuck or frustrated, I pop one of those babies in my mouth and get back to work. It really helps.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
The shower seems to be a good place. But mostly they come as I brainstorm a story about a secondary character from another one of my books.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating COURTING THE COUNTESS?
I learned sometimes characters come with their own backstories and decisions no matter what I have planned for them….which sounds neurotic, but, hey, that’s an author’s mind.

What do you think makes a good story?
Lots of heated moments, historical accuracy, witty banter, personal growth for the characters, and a perfect happily ever after.

What would you like my readers to know about the book?

The plot loosely parallels my story with my husband. I was dating the outgoing, popular guys while the man of my dreams was right in front of me the whole time. At first, he seemed too shy, too quiet, and so I overlooked him. When I finally took the time to get to know him, I realized he was my match. This is basically what happens in this novel. The theme for the story is something like: “the best man is often right in front of us; we’re just too blind to see him.” Or something like that ;-)

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  1. I think the cover on this book is awesome.

  2. Thank you so much for featuring my book on your beautiful blog!

  3. Thank you so much for featuring my book on your beautiful blog!