Friday, January 16, 2015

FREEDOM TO LOVE: 5 Questions for Historical Romance Author Susanna Fraser

02_Freedom to Love CoverPlease join Susanna Fraser as she tours the blogosphere with HF Virtual Book Tours for Freedom to Love, from January 5-16. 

Publication Date: January 5, 2015 Carina Press eBook
ISBN: B00MTGFABM; Genre: Historical Romance

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Louisiana, 1815 Thérèse Bondurant trusted her parents to provide for her and her young half-sister, though they never wed due to laws against mixed-race marriage. But when both die of a fever, Thérèse learns her only inheritance is debt—and her father's promise that somewhere on his plantation lies a buried treasure. To save her own life—as well as that of her sister—she'll need to find it before her white cousins take possession of the land. British officer Henry Farlow, dazed from a wound received in battle outside New Orleans, stumbles onto Thérèse's property out of necessity. But he stays because he's become captivated by her intelligence and beauty. 

It's thanks to Thérèse's tender care that he regains his strength just in time to fend off her cousin, inadvertently killing the would-be rapist in the process. Though he risks being labeled a deserter, it's much more than a sense of duty that compels Henry to see the sisters to safety—far away from the scene of the crime. And Thérèse realizes she has come to rely on Henry for so much more than protection. On their journey to freedom in England, they must navigate a territory that's just as foreign to them both—love. 

Praise for the novels of Susanna Fraser
“[Susanna Fraser is] a go-to writer for Regency romance that is actually set in the Regency rather than in that Never-Neverland mash-up that’s been dubbed ‘The Recency’ or ‘Almackistan.’” — Willaful at Karen Knows Best 

“This is easily one of the best historical romances I’ve read.” — Romantic Historical Reviews on An Infamous Marriage 

 “…the romance in this story was very sweet. Sydney was immediately relatable and likeable, because she faced such a serious conflict and wanted to make an ethical decision that would preserve the lives of her loved ones.” — Dear Author on Christmas Past 

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5 Questions for Susanna Fraser
What is your favorite scene in Freedom to Love?
There’s this quiet scene maybe a quarter of the way into the book that’s just a conversation between the heroine, Therese, and her 13-year-old half-sister Jeannette. They weren’t raised together, but they’re the only family either of them has left. Each one feels like she’s the wiser of the pair—Therese because she’s an adult, and Jeannette because A) she’s a stubborn adolescent and B) she believes Therese’s more pampered, sheltered upbringing hasn’t prepared her properly for the dangerous situation they’ve found themselves in. So there’s this tension with Therese trying to play mother and Jeannette pushing her away, but beneath it you can see they’re growing into true sisters.

I realized as I was writing it that it was the first time I’d given one of my heroines a sister. Since I don’t have one myself, just three much-older brothers who were all out of the house by the time I started kindergarten, I’d been writing heroines like me—either only children or the only girls in their families—without even consciously realizing it. Maybe that’s why that scene feels so special to me even though it’s not sexy or dramatic. It’s something new in my writing, and I hope my readers who do have sisters will find Therese and Jeannette’s relationship believable!

What type of hero do you like best?
My favorites are the noble, honorable knight/paladin types, while bad boys, rakes, and rogues are a tougher sell for me as a reader. (Though I did have a huge crush on Han Solo when I was a kid.) To get more specific, I think my all-time favorite romance hero is Michael MacNeil, the Actually Raised By Wolves protagonist of Patricia Gaffney’s Wild At Heart. Outside of the genre, I have a major crush on Aral Vorkosigan from Lois McMaster Bujold’s novels, and I’m currently enamored of Ichabod Crane as played by Tom Mison on FOX’s Sleepy Hollow.

What is your favorite movie based on a book, where you preferred the movie?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I thought it did an amazing job of humanizing the epic characters and condensing the sprawling plot without gutting the story. Now, The Hobbit, on the other hand…

What else have you written?
Freedom to Love is my seventh published work and my fourth full-length novel. My backlist includes:

The Sergeant’s Lady (2010 historical romance novel)
A Marriage of Inconvenience (2011 historical romance novel)
An Infamous Marriage (2012 historical romance novel)
A Dream Defiant (2013 historical romance novella)
Christmas Past (2013 time travel romance novella)
A Christmas Reunion (2014 historical romance novella)

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Henry Farlow (hero): Tom Hiddleston (though he’s a bit too tall)
Therese Bondurant (heroine): Rashida Jones
Jeannette Bondurant (heroine’s half-sister and possible future heroine): Amandla Stenberg

About the Author
03_Susanna FraserSusanna Fraser wrote her first novel in fourth grade. It starred a family of talking horses who ruled a magical land. In high school she started, but never finished, a succession of tales of girls who were just like her, only with long, naturally curly and often unusually colored hair, who, perhaps because of the hair, had much greater success with boys than she ever did. Along the way she read her hometown library’s entire collection of Regency romance, fell in love with the works of Jane Austen, and discovered in Patrick O’Brian’s and Bernard Cornwell’s novels another side of the opening decades of the 19th century. When she started to write again as an adult, she knew exactly where she wanted to set her books. 

Her writing has come a long way from her youthful efforts, but she still gives her heroines great hair. Susanna grew up in rural Alabama. After high school she left home for the University of Pennsylvania and has been a city girl ever since. She worked in England for a year after college, using her days off to explore history from ancient stone circles to Jane Austen’s Bath. Susanna lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter. When not writing or reading, she goes to baseball games, sings alto in a local choir and watches cooking competition shows. For more information please visit Susanna’s website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Subscribe to Susanna Fraser's Newsletter
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