Thursday, September 24, 2009

Come Chat with Ingela & Win Prizes...

I'm very excited, because tomorrow, my debut novel, A Knight of Passion is being re-released!

And to celebrate, I'm chatting tomorrow with fellow historical romance author, Donna Hatch, who will be celebrating her release: The Stranger She Married!  

Where? At the fabulous, Historical Romance Club!

When? Friday, Sept. 25th, 9:00 pm Eastern (8:00 pm Central, 7:00 pm Mountain, 6:00 pm Pacific).

Me and Donna are giving away lots of prizes, including copies of our books...

So come join the fun tomorrow night!

See you there.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Winners of the Blythe Gifford Contest!

I would like to congratulate: catslady for winning a signed copy of Blythe Gifford's latest historical romance: In the Master's Bed

In addition to the above prize, I'm giving away two bonus prizes. Two copies of the re-released ebook of A Knight of Passion!

Congrats to the AKOP ebook winners: The Blackraven and Martha Lawson. 

WINNERS: To claim your prize, please email me ( author @ ingelahyatt (dot) com - you know how to make it work ;) with your blogger ID, real name, and email address.

I would like to thank Blythe Gifford for taking the time to answer questions and donating a prize, and I'd like to thank everyone who left comments.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Romantic Rambling Interviews: Historical Romance Author, Blythe Gifford!

Greetings Everyone!

I’m very excited today because I'm holding my very first Romantic Ramblings Interview with Historical Romance Author, Blythe Gifford. Blythe exploded onto the romance scene back in 2004 with her debut novel, The Knave and The Maiden which received rave reviews. Today, we’re celebrating Blythe’s fourth book, In the Master’s Bed with an interview and contest! So grab yourself a cup of java, sit back and enjoy…

In the Master's Bed by Blythe Gifford

Disguised as a man in a place where women are forbidden, Jane meets a man who, for the first time, makes her want to be a women. But what will happen when he discovers her secret and she’s discovered IN The MASTER’S BED?

Ingela: Welcome Blythe, to the Romantic Ramblings blog.  Can you tell us about your latest Harlequin Historical, In The Master's Bed?

Blythe Gifford: It’s a medieval romance featuring a heroine born on the wrong side of the royal blanket, the sister from my previous release The HARLOT’S DAUGHTER. She runs away from home, disguised as a man, to study at the university, where women are forbidden. There, she meets a man who, for the first time, makes her want to be a woman. But what will happen when he discovers her secret and she’s discovered IN The MASTER’S BED?

Ingela: What inspired you to write a romance in the fourteenth Century England?

Blythe Gifford: In junior high school, I read Katherine, by Anya Seton. It’s the story of a lifelong love affair between John of Gaunt, a son of Edward III, fourteenth century English monarch, and Katherine Swynford. They had four children together and in a happily-ever-after moment, they finally married late in life. Their children were legitimized and in just a few generations, their descendents sat on the English throne. It sparked my interest in fourteenth century England and the royal family, particularly the behind-the-throne stories. I subsequently put together my own royal family tree, complete with all the mistresses and bastards I could find. And I’m writing stories of royal bastards today!

Beyond that, I like to write about turbulent times and the fourteenth century has it all: plagues, wars, political intrigue, religious and economic upheavals. My characters grapple with a changing world, just as we do. There’s always something coming to test their mettle.  

Ingela: What made you decided to become a writer? Is writing your "first love" or is it something you "fell into?"

Blythe Gifford: After many years in public relations, advertising, and marketing, I started writing seriously after a corporate layoff. Ten years and one layoff later, I was an “overnight success.” That’s when I sold my Golden Heart finalist manuscript to Harlequin.
But the truth is, I’ve been a writer all my life. I started to write (and illustrate) my first historical novel when I was ten. (I have since given up illustration!)

Ingela: So what's in store for you now? What book are you currently inspired to write?

Blythe Gifford: I’m just finishing revisions on my next book about a fourteenth century royal bastard, which will be released next year by Harlequin Historical. (Date and title still to be determined!) This time, I’ve written my first Scottish set story. I’ll be interested to see what readers think about my trip across the border!

Ingela: And now for some fun questions... ;) If you could travel back in time for a month long vacation, which Era would you visit and why?

Blythe Gifford: Well, I’d have to say the fourteenth century. It would be interesting to see whether I got it right. But it might not feel like much of a vacation! And I’d want a time travel guarantee that I wouldn’t catch from the plague, or be have to ride to war or get on the king’s bad side. If any of those happened, I might not make it back!

Ingela: If you could meet anyone of your characters in person, who would it be and why?

Blythe Gifford: The one I would like to meet is a character in my books, but also a real person. Jane, the heroine of IN The MASTER’S BED, and Solay, the heroine of The HARLOT’S DAUGHTER, were inspired by real people: the daughters of Alice Perrers, the notorious mistress of Edward III. If you Google Alice, “notorious” is the nicest word that pops up. The list includes greedy, unscrupulous, shrewd, venal, shameless, and rapacious! But in creating her as a character, and a mother, I developed my own take on her life and motives. In twenty-first century hindsight, I think she was scandalous because she exceeded the boundaries set for a mistress in her age. Had she been a man, she would have been admired for her wealth and power. I’d like to know whether I’m right.

Ingela: If you could meet any author in the world (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

Blythe Gifford: Oh, I could make a list! But let me give the “dead” answer. I’d love to meet Anya Seton so I could tell her how her book had influenced my life. I did get to do the second best thing. I met her granddaughter at a conference earlier this year. That was a real thrill, I have to say. I got goose bumps!

Ingela: What is your favorite "guilty" pleasure and why?

Blythe Gifford: Only one? I’m a fan of “Dancing With the Stars” and I’m really looking forward to having it back on air next week!

Ingela: What is the "coolest" or most interesting thing that has happened to you since becoming a published author?

Blythe Gifford: Actually, just being a published author is pretty cool! And hearing from a reader who loved the book is the best thing ever. But my favorite event was having my first book, The KNAVE AND The MAIDEN, named the book club selection of my hometown library. I visited with the group after they had read the book and got to hear their perceptions and fill them in on some of the flotsam and jetsam of inspiration that went into the story. That was wonderful enough, but while I was there, I kept remembering myself as a little girl, haunting the shelves and taking home stacks of books to read. It is still amazing and wonderful to think that that little girl grew up to write books!

Blythe Gifford: I’d like to thank you for having me, Ingela. I know you are a fellow medieval lover! And I’d love to hear your blog readers tell us what they are reading right now. A copy of IN The MASTER’S BED will go to one lucky commenter.

Ingela: And thank you for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to drop by and do this interview, Blythe. 

To learn more about Blythe Gifford and her books, be sure to check out these websites: , and


Now readers, heres your chance to WIN a Signed copy of Blythe Gifford's In the Master's Bed! Simply ask a question or tell us what your reading, or leave a comment.  Blythe will be popping in and out throughout the day to answer any of your questions.

Good Luck!

Please check back on Wednesday, September 23rd, for the announcement of the Winner of Blythe's Contest.

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Author photo by Jennifer Girard

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