Friday, July 10, 2015

Interview & Giveaway with Sarah Ladd

If you've never read Indiana author, Sarah Ladd, then you are in for a wonderful treat!

I'm thrilled to introduce Sarah and her latest release to all our readers!


Sarah, what inspired your latest story idea?
I love the Regency Era – the gowns, the estates, and the manners. The more I learn about this time period, the more I want to know! I am fascinated by the complex social structures of the era, and that is something I wanted to explore in the Treasures of Surrey series. In many traditional Regency novels, the main characters are often wealthy or enjoy high social standing, but while writing The Curiosity Keeper I kept this question in the back of my mind: What would happen if a well-bred woman fell into hard times? Additionally, while doing research, I learned about boarding schools that served the poor and lower classes, and my mind sprung to life. What were these teachers and students like? How did they find themselves at the school? What were their stories? And by combining the question with this bit of research, the story idea was born!

How would you describe your favorite characteristic about your story’s hero and heroine?
I love my heroine Camille’s spunk!  Camille is not your typical Regency-era heroine.  Even though she was born into wealth and opulence, her father’s poor decisions sent them plummeting down the social ladder. As a result, Camille had to develop her “street smarts.”  She is courageous, clever, and brave … and she was a fun character to write!

What spiritual theme in your story do you hope every reader is challenged by?
This story is really about self-discovery.  You see, when the novel opens, both the hero and the heroine find their identity in following their family’s expectations.  Throughout the course of the story, however, they learn that their true identity and purpose is found when they seek and follow God’s will.  This truth is the main spiritual theme of the novel.

Jaime & I are coffee addicts. Erica & Gabrielle are tea lovers. What about you? Coffee or Tea?
No offense to Erica and Gabrielle, but … COFFEE!  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cup of peppermint or ginger tea, but there is nothing like a cup of piping hot coffee to start the day!

Favorite historical movie? Or mini-series?
Oh my goodness, I have to pick just one?  I really like to watch Jane Austen movie adaptions, like Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Northanger Abbey.  I do love a good mini-series, though!  Paradise and North and South come to mind immediately!

While Jaime loves to take selfies, and Erica loves museums, I love Pinterest and food pics. What comes to your mind to share? 
Right now I am working on the 2nd book in the Treasures of Surrey series, and I have a board of British forests for inspiration for one of the book’s settings.  Gorgeous!

Always wanted to be an author? Or surprised your path led you to publish?
I did always want to be a novelist, but I thought it was a far-off dream. I feel so blessed to have had my writing dream come true and really love what I do.

Favorite century to read? To write? To watch on TV or in a movie?
I know this is going to come as a shock … but … I like to watch movies and read / write books set in Regency England. ☺  If I had to pick a second time period, I also love stories set in 19th century America.

Favorite heroine of all time, and why?
Lizzie Bennett from Pride and Prejudice.  I love her spunk!

And now, a peek at the back cover of The Curiosity Keeper:

“It is not just a ruby, as you say. It is large as a quail’s egg, still untouched and unpolished. And it is rumored to either bless or curse whoever possesses it.”

"Camille Iverness can take care of herself. She’s done so since the day her mother abandoned the family and left Camille to run their shabby curiosity shop. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille must allow a mysterious stranger to come to her aid.

Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content to work as the village apothecary. But when his brother’s death made him heir just as his father’s foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession—a ruby called the Bevoy—can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop—and the beautiful shop girl who may be the answer to his many questions.

Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, these two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear. But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, they will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness."

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37 comments:

  1. I am Hungarian, and proud of my heritage. I don't seem to find books with Hungary as the setting, which I would LOVE! My favorite thing about Regency fiction is the "sizzle" under the good manners and fine breeding! :)

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    1. Vicki, a story with some Hungarian flavor to it would certainly be different and could be very interesting! :)

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  2. The Regency era dynamics are incredible. The distinct social classes and the issues within each are interesting.

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  3. I love reading all eras, but my favorite is Civil War settings. I enjoy reading about the clothing and history in the Regency Era. Thank you for the chance to win and read this.

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    1. Oh right, Lucy. The Civil War era is so complex with so much happening. I enjoy that era also.

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  4. The book sounds amazing! And I absolutely love the cover!

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  5. As always sound like an amazing book. kamundsen44(at) yahoo (dot) com. Kim

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  6. My favorite time period to read about is 1800's westerns. I'm always on the lookout for adoption stories with a positive angle. I also adore Regency fiction since it's so different from the lifestyle we live today.

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    1. Heidi, I love the 1800's westerns also. There's just something about the mountains isn't there? Oh adoptions stories, lots of complexity there, and you are right, keeping it positive makes a more enjoyable read.

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  7. I love the Regency era; the way people dressed, the culture. I do like the medieval era, too. jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    1. But Lisa, have you looked at the corsets and waistlines of those dresses back then?? It's amazing anyone could even breathe! ;)

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  8. I love reading about the Civil War period. In regards to Regency - I love the setting and customs of the time. It's fun to imagine!
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  9. I read several WWII historical fiction stories in the past year, which I really enjoyed. I like reading about the clothing and propriety of the characters in Regency novels.

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    1. We watched Pearl Harbor again this year. The WWII era was not really that far off but life was much more simplistic then. Sometimes that's what I long for.

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  10. I'm a history buff so I'm happy with any time period! I love learning about the history of different countries, it's fascinating!

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  11. I like the 1800's.. But I do enjoy any time period!
    In Regency - I love the manners.. Good & proper manners, always neatly dressed and hair in place. Gentleman & Ladies :)

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    1. Oh, now there's an important point. Manners, and Gentlemen/Ladies. It's true when you drive into the South, you will hear "yes, ma'am" and "yes, sir" much more than in the North. And I love that sense of respect and manners. I still love it when someone opens the door for me. Its not that I can't, I just enjoy the kindness.

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  12. I love historical fiction from many eras, but am particularly fond of Regency and of Westerns. I have to agree with the commenter that said there don't seem to be many historical novels set in Hungary - or much of Eastern Europe, really.

    Very much looking forward to this book!

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    1. Eastern Europe, That would be a great setting! I lived in East Germany for 3 months in 1988. It's crossed my mind to dream up a story line. Hmmmm. :)

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  13. I don't know what era I like best. Mostly I like the 1800s too. It is true that the manners are better. I like the books that are like Jane Austen. They are so romantic.

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  14. I really don't have a favorite time period. I just love a good story and don't care if it's set during the middle ages, Regency, World War II, contemporary, whatever. I don't have a preference of location either.I don't really care for sci-fi or speculative though. Otherwise, if it's a good story, I'm game to read it. I love Sarah's books. You can tell by her writing that she loves Regency
    and has done the research. I do like the clothes of this period.

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  15. If the story is good the time period doesn't matter to me. I do enjoy mail order bride stories, in the late 1800s. I guess because I Love Lucy is one of my favorite TV shows, I like reading stories set in the 1950s too. But I read all kinds.

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  16. Thank you so much for hosting me! This is such a fun blog!

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  17. I really love the earlier historical settings, medieval or before, but any time frame is enjoyable.Thanx for the giveaway. Your background questions are intriguing.

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  18. Regency is one of my favorite time periods ever since reading Jane Austen in high school! I love the manners, the clothes, and of course, the British accents! i wish I could see more Asian characters in fiction or home schoolers that aren't stereotyped as sheltered, submissive brainiacs. :)
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    1. Heehee, the British accents, of course!! I love those too. I really haven't read anything about home schoolers, probably because I'm more historical, but I smiled at your comment. :)

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  19. My favorite period of history is the Renaissance, but thanks to authors like Jane Austen, Sarah Ladd, and Julie Klassen, I've fallen in love with Regency novels! The clothes, the manners, the dancing, the romance - beautiful ladies and dashing gentlemen (Mr. Darcy, anyone???) *wishful sigh* As far as a period I'd like to see more of in fiction...either the Renaissance or the first World War.

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  20. I have no real preference, but I kind of like the Victorian Era
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  21. I enjoy most any era, but my faves are the 1940's and 50's - as well as the war areas of the Revolutionary, Civil, WW1 and WW2.

    Enjoyed the interview, Sarah and Anne - thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

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  22. I love anything before 1880's. My most favorite is anything Scottish or highland themed, but that might be my ancestry coming out. :)

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  23. نقل عفش بالمدينه أمر مهم جدا وكلنا يبحث عن افضل شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة.عندما يتعلق الامر بشركات نقل الأثاث الخاص بك من مكان لاخر
    نقل عفش المدينة المنورة
    فالموضوع قد يكون في بداية الامر بسيط بالنسبة لك وقد يكون في غاية الاهمية والخطورة وانت تستعين بشركة متخصصة في نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة منزلك لكي لا يتعرض للمخاطر الممكن أن تحدث في عملية نقل اثاث فلاثاث ليس فقط المفروشات أو الاجهزة المنزلية فقط وانما يمكن ان تكون قطع لها ثمن غالي.ونحن هنا في شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة نريد ان نلفت انتباهك للعديد من الاشياء التي يجب أن تقوم بها عند قيامك بنقل عفش منزلك وتعنبر هذة بمثابة نصائح مجانية لك اذا قررت أن تقوم بنقل الفعش بمفردك وتعتبر ايضا توضيح بسيط لما يكن ان تقوم بة نقل عفش بالمدينه المنوره من اعمال عند تواصلكم معنا
    افضل شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
    لتنفيذ هذه المهمة لك بكل سعادة. تهتم نقل الاثاث بالمدينة المنورة بعملية نقل العفش حيث انها تعد واحدة من افضل شركات نقل الاثاث وتضع فى الحسبان وفى المقام الاول التوفير لعملائنا الكرام والحد من عناء نقل اغراضهم حيث ان شركه نقل اثاث توفر طاقم عمل متخصص وحرفى فى عملية فك وتركيب الاثاث حتى نضمن عملية نقل اثاث بالمدينه المنوره سليمه ومضمون بدون حدوث اى خدوش او تلفيات .لدى افضل شركة نقل اثاث بالمدينة المنورة فنيين تركيب للغرف الصينى والغرف الوطنى كما اننا
    نقل العفش في المدينه المنوره

    نهتم بفك وتركيب الستائر وكل انواع المكيفات وشاشة العرض وكذلك فك المطابخ وتركيبها ولدينا سيارات مفتوحة او مغلقه .

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