Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Devil's Thief by Samantha Kane - Review, Interview and Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday!

Today I am happy to welcome The Devil's Thief and the author Samantha Kane on my blog. Me and Reading is participating on Samantha's blog tour which is organized by Romance at Random and by the author and my stop includes a review, an interview with Samantha and a giveaway.

Let's start with review!



Author: Samantha Kane
Title: The Devil's Thief
Series: The Saint's Devils book #1
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Loveswept
Release date: 12th of November 2012
Genre: Adult: Historical, Romance, Regency
Pages: 297 pages in ebook version
Source: From the publisher through Netgalley

Summary:


The daughter of a reformed jewel thief, Julianna Harte knows a thing or two about stealth. When the foundling home she provides for finds itself in dire financial straits, Julianna is forced to do the unthinkable. In a bit of misguided Robin Hood derring-do, she slips through the window of a wealthy rake to search for a treasure she knows is there: an invaluable pearl. But when the towering and very naked occupant of the moonlit bedroom ambushes her with a bargain—a night in his bed in exchange for the pearl—Julianna doesn’t know if it’s masculine heat or sheer desperation that makes his terms so tempting.


Alasdair Sharpe had no intention of keeping his end of the bargain. Planning to offer his little cat burglar carte blanche instead, he promptly loses himself in the delights of unexpected pleasure. But when he awakes the next morning to find his family heirloom gone, fury quickly replaces sensual languor. Of course, Alasdair is more than willing to use seduction to reclaim his stolen pearl—and find the key to Julianna’s heart.

My review:

The Devil's Thief by Samantha Kane is the first book in her The Saint's Devils series. Each book in the series can be read as stand alones and The Devil Thief is the story of Alasdair and Julianna. The Devil's thief was a historical Regency romance, which was filled with suspense and twists in the story. It was well-written and very easy to read. The plot was entertaining and the characters lovably different!

Plot:

The story opens very suddenly and grabs you from the beginning! You find yourself in a dark bedroom where the female protagonist Julianna is trying to steal an invaluable pearl from a wealthy gentleman Alasdair Sharpe. Unfortunately when Julianna is about to get her hands in the pearl, Alasdair wakes up and finds unknown woman in his bedroom. They make a deal, which she has every intention to fulfill and he is sure, that he can cheat and never plans to keep his word. Next morning when Alasdair is waking up, there are no signs of neither the pearl nor Julianna and Alasdair is starting a search for an unknown woman together with his childhood friends.

When Alasdair's and Julianna's paths lead to each other again, Alasdair is furious when he finds out who Julianna really is. But there is an undeniable attraction between them and even though there is anger and frustration and not so gentlemen-like-behaviour from Alasdair's side, they can't keep their hands from each other.

The story was quick paced and filled with good old fashioned Sherlock Holmes type of suspense which I really enjoyed. I liked the setting of the story and the historical descriptions of the era.

Characters:

I truly liked Julianna, who despite being a daughter of a thief, carried herself like a lady. Well, of course, she had inherited a lot from her dad, but she needed the pearl not for her own welfare, but for the kids in orphanage. She was bold and had a lot of courage to deal with illegal institutions and salesmen. She had a sparkle in her eyes and a heart of gold and tad of naughtiness which I enjoyed.

Alasdair was very different, darker, slightly devious and sexy. I had difficulties with understanding him, thinking where does the anger come from and I did not like his actions towards Julianne. I did not like how he treated Julianna with lot of disrespect and disgust. I grew on him towards the end of the book, but my favorite male character was actually Alasdair's friend and a lead of the investigation - Hil. I can't wait to read more about him!

Generally:

I liked the historical settings Samantha Kane created. The author is very good at describing the era. If you like Regency romances, then The Devil's thief is definitely for you!

5 Flowers!
4 stars.

Thanks for Loveswept for providing me with the review copy!


Author Bio:


Reviewers have called Samantha Kane “an absolute marvel to read,” and “one of historical romance’s most erotic and sensuous authors.” Her books have been called “sinful,” “sensuous,” and “sizzling.” She won the Passionate Plume for best erotic historical romance in 2008, the Historical CAPA award from The Romance Studio in 2011, and has been nominated multiple times for Favorite Author at The Romance Studio. She was born in the Midwest, but now resides in North Carolina with her family.

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I am very glad, that Samantha also agreed for interview! So ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the author of The Devil's Thief, Samantha Kane!    



The interview is divided into several sections. First section is about the author, second section is about her book, writing it, about characters etc, third part is about her favorites.

Part I

MR: Please describe yourself with few sentences. Who are you?

SK: I’m a writer, a mom, a wife, a former teacher. I’m a sister, a daughter, a daughter-in-law. You can tell my family is the most important thing in my life. :)

MR: Who did you want to become when you were a kid? What did you dream about?

SK: I wanted to be a writer. True story. I’ve been writing since I was very young. I won a local writing contest in the 4th grade. I was editor of my high school newspaper, a contributor to my college newspaper, and started writing my first book when I was in my early twenties.

MR: What brought you to writing? When did the idea of writing your first book formed?

SK: My very dear aunt died when I was in transition, moving across country to go to graduate school. She was only 53 and her death was unexpected. It shook me and I knew it was now or never. So I began writing my first romance at the same time I started graduate school. I didn’t finish that book until after my first son was born about six years later.

MR: What do you do when you are not writing? Do you have any hobbies?

SK: I knit. I’m working on a stuffed toy for my son’s birthday next week. I just finished a scarf for my daughter and I’m knitting a sweater for myself. I read, of course, and I’m addicted to HGTV. Not that I’m a do-it-yourselfer around the house, lol.

MR: What is the most difficult aspect of being a writer for you?

SK: Deadlines. You can’t control when the ideas come to you or when one idea wants to take precedence. So having to put something on hold that is calling to you in order to complete a book by a deadline is stressful and the writing can be difficult.

MR: Who or what is your Muse?

SK: Music is often my muse. Most of my book ideas have been sparked by songs. I never know when a song will inspire me. I’ve plotted books to songs in the car, the grocery store, restaurants, you name it. But once it hits, every time I hear that song the book will fill my head. Songs become books for me. Some I’ve written, some I’ll never write.

Part II

Let’s talk about your books!

MR: Would you briefly give us an overview what The Devil’s Thief is about?

SK: The Devil's Thief is the first book in a new Regency historical romance series called The Saint's Devils. The Devils are a group of rakes that've been friends since their school days. Their unofficial leader is Sir Hilary St. John, a sort of brilliant, hedonistic Sherlock Holmes character who helps his friends solve mysteries surrounding their heroine in each book. The Devil's Thief is about Alasdair Sharp, a well to-do gentleman whose famous family heirloom The Stewart Pearl is stolen by Miss Julianna Harte, who needs the money from the pearl to save the foundling home she sponsors. When Alasdair catches Julianna stealing the pearl she lies about her identity and he thinks she's an experienced thief, a product of the underworld. So he offers her a bargain--one night in his bed for the pearl. He never means to keep the bargain, however. He plans to pay her off with something else in the morning and make her his mistress. But when morning comes Julianna has disappeared with his pearl and Alasdair has to enlist the aid of his friends to find her and his family heirloom.

MR: What went through your mind when your first book was published? How did you react?

SK: I was in shock. Even though I had months to prepare for it, to actually see it there online, my name on the cover, was so intimidating. But then, when I saw people were buying it, and the reviews started coming in and the fan mail, it was such an enormous high. There is nothing like it, knowing that you’re bringing others the same pleasure you get from reading a good book.

MR: How do you write? Do you sketch a plot first, create characters first and then starting to write?

SK: I draw up characters first, their main goal, the romantic conflict etc. Then I plot the book, in detail, scene by scene. I organize the outline like a script, Act I, Act II, Act III, the midpoint, the climax. Then I begin writing with Chapter One and I write the story from beginning to end. I can’t jump ahead and do a scene and then go back and write what leads up to it. Too much can change in the writing process.

MR: What do you think is the most important thing while writing?

SK: To actually write! A lot of people say they’re writing a book, but they don’t put their butt in a chair and fingers on the keyboard regularly. Writing is like any other job or chore, just talking about it isn’t going to get it done. Finding the time to write is hard, but it’s the most important thing.

MR: Where did you get the idea for The Devil’s Thief from? How was it born?

SK: I honestly can’t remember how the idea came to me. I can tell you that it was originally supposed to be a book in a completely different series co-written with another author, and it was going to be an erotic story. But as often happens, that idea was scrapped. Then I saw Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr., and the Sir Hilary St. John character was born, and from him came the series The Saint’s Devils. And I went back to that old idea of an innocent young woman stealing something valuable from a rake and it became The Devil’s Thief.

MR: How do you create characters?

SK: Most characters just knock on my door and there they are. I don’t have to sit down and create elaborate character profiles and sketch them out and write pages and pages before I have their voice. I think in terms of characters. My stories flow from the characters. Every book begins with a character, not a story. I always try to have my characters have one obvious strength and one obvious flaw. In The Devil’s Thief Alasdair’s strength is his loyalty to his friends, and his weakness is his inability to trust. Julianna’s strength is her conviction to do what’s right, no matter the cost, and her weakness is her stubbornness. Those character traits were essential to the story.

MR: Which character can you mostly relate to in The Devil’s Thief? Why?

SK: Wiley, the street-wise young thief who befriends Julianna. Because he’s funny and practical and says what he thinks. He’s also loyal and gallant and braver than he thinks he is. But out of all the characters I think he’s the most real. He’s my version of a Greek chorus, telling the reader what’s going on and how idiotic the others are being. lol

MR: I must ask you about new book to be published. What will it be about? Anything you can tell us already?


SK: Well, I have a new book coming out in my popular Brothers in Arms m/m/f erotic romance series called Love and War: The Beginning. It’s just a short story I wrote as a gift to my newsletter subscribers, and now I’m making it available to everyone else for just $.99. That will be released in November. After that look for a Brothers in Arms novella, Love Betrayed: Prologue. Next year the full-length novel Love Betrayed, the 10th Brothers in Arms book, will be released. For those who read the series, this will be Daniel’s book.

The second book in The Saint’s Devils series, Tempting a Devil, will come out on July 8, 2013. This is Roger Templeton’s book. He’s one of Alasdair’s best friends and a major secondary character in The Devil’s Thief. Roger will find his match in an old childhood nemesis, Lady Harriet Mercer, a widow with a secret; and a not so secret passion for Roger. But she’ll have to risk everything to tempt this Devil to finally fall in love.


Part III – Favorites

Who is your favorite author? I have many. JD Robb, JR Ward, Nalina Singh, Lee Child
What is your favorite book or series? The Black Dagger Brotherhood and the Psy-Changeling series
What is your favorite song? The changes on a daily basis! But I do love Miranda Lambert’s The House That Built Me. It inspired my book Cherry Pie.
What is your favorite season? Fall. I love the cooler weather here. I live in the South, so fall means jeans and a t-shirt and a light sweater.
What is your favorite food? It depends on how hungry I am. LOL Favorite comfort food would tuna noodle casserole.
What is your favorite car? The new Ford Mustang.
What is your favorite color? Lime green or red.
What is your favorite movie? Die Hard.
What is your favorite time of the day? Late morning.
What is your favorite weather? Cool, but not cold. Sunny and bright.

Thank you so much for the interview, Samantha! It is highly appreciated!



What can you win this time?

Last, but not least - giveaway of The Devil's Thief! Me and Reading is giving away one Netgalley preview copy of The Devil's Thief!

Giveaway details:

In order to participate, please leave a comment with telling us if you read historical romances and what do like about historical romances.
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The contest runs until November 7th.
Open internationally.

Thanks for coming by!
Happy reading!

8 comments:

  1. I love historical romances. When I moved from kids books I delved right into the genre albeit a little eary (I was 11). I've always loved the romance, and the settings because I love history! Thanks for the giveaway!
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages
    Turning.the.pages@hotmail.com (just copy sand paste it since the periods are part of my e-mail address).

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  2. I love to read historical romances. Reading about the fashion and how ladies had to conduct themselves and what was considered acceptable behavior is always interesting. Reading about the rules for the era is what really captures my attention along with the lovers in the book of course.
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  3. I read everything from historical to futuristic Sci-Fi, LOL. I guess what I like the most about historicals is the traditions and how the ladies were supposed to behave. Although there is no way I could have kept from breaking the rules and getting "ruined" before the end of my first ball or party.
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

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  4. Historical Romance is actually my favorite genre. I love the rules of the society. I love the clothing, the way of life - everything really.

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