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    Romance Author Lorraine Heath Guest Blogger on Romance Novel TV
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New York Times best selling author Lorraine Heath has been an auto-buy author for me since her Rogues in Texas Series. So I’m very excited to have her with us today on Romance Novel TV.

Today Lorraine is graciously offering a complimentary copy of one of her Avon books, winner’s choice, to one lucky poster. If the winner has all of her books, she can opt to have Lorraine send her a copy of Between the Devil and Desire as soon as it’s available in late December. She’ll also include a complimentary copy of her latest teen novel, Labor of Love, which is written under her Rachel Hawthorne pen name.

Stepping Out of Comfort Zones

heath_devilhome.jpgHello! I’m thrilled to be here at romancenovel.tv this morning. You’re such a lovely group and so supportive of romance.

I’m also thrilled to have an opportunity to talk about my scoundrels. They came to me in a dream, these dirty little scamps running around the London streets. One of them said, “We’ve got nufin’.” And another replied, “We’ve got each ov’r.” And at that moment they won my heart. I woke up, went to my office, and wrote what I called “An introduction to Lucian Langdon,” “An introduction to Jack Dodger” and “Final musings from Lucian Langdon.” I saw these two characters so clearly. And I saw Frannie Darling, the one who would tie all the scoundrels of St. James together. My editor had concerns that if I opened the book in first person, readers would think it was all written in first person and put it back down so I changed the introductions to journal entries although they are a bit broader and more omniscient than a journal entry might truly be.

As I began researching what life was like for Victorian children, I realized that if I stepped out of my comfort zone of the 1880’s and went back to the early 1850’s that I would be tapping into a time that provided a broader canvas on which to paint a story. Andrea mentioned in her lovely review that this was a grittier book than I usually write, but it really appealed to me as a writer. And once I discovered Jeannie Duckworth’s nonfiction work, Fagin’s Children, I realized my characters had the potential to work on several levels and could provide some fun for those who are fans of Oliver Twist.

What amazed me as I researched was how children were treated like adults when it came to crime and punishment. Any child, crime, and punishment mentioned in In Bed With the Devil was based on documentation. An 8-year-old girl was sent to prison for stealing gumdrops. A 14-year-old boy was transported to New Zealand for picking a pocket. My characters grew up in this world and they each try in their own small way to right what they consider injustice.

And, of course, as usually happens when I write I discover characters I didn’t realize existed, and in this case, more scoundrels popped up. James Swindler whose past led him to work at Scotland Yard and William Graves who became interested in medicine after selling cadavers to hospitals. The scoundrels all had the opportunity to be shaped by such interesting circumstances.

I’m very excited that readers won’t have to wait long for the next scoundrel. Between the Devil and Desire will be released December 30. It’s Jack Dodger’s story. I have to admit to having a soft spot for Jack. Of all the scoundrels, his life was the harshest and it takes a very special lady to break down the walls and re-open his heart.

I confess to being much more adventuresome when it comes to my writing than in real life. Outside of my office, I tend to stay in my comfort zones. Makes me a tad predictable. Anytime we go to a new restaurant, my husband can look the menu over and know exactly what I’ll order. Are you an adventurer or do you prefer to stay snuggled in your comfort zones?

Thanks so much for inviting me to blog with you today.

Fondly,

Lorraine

48 Responses to “Romance Author Lorraine Heath Guest Blogger on Romance Novel TV”

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  1. Isabel
    on Jun 30th, 2008
    @ 9:57 pm

    Hi Lorraine, I was introduced to your books — “A Duke of Her Own” will always have a special place in my heart and bookshelf–thanks to Andrea. I cannot believe I’d been missing out.
    I’m excited and definitely looking forward to reading IBWTD and the rest of the new series. Dark and sexy, and gritty makes for my favorite kind of story. Thanks for the fascinating tidbits into how you came up with the idea for the series. If you don’t mind me asking, how long does it take you to complete a book?
    To answer your question, I love to snuggle in my comfort zone. My husband and I have been going to our favorite chinese restaurant for years and I always order the same thing. I don’t even get a menu from the waiter. A regular coke and vegetable fried rice is my thing –all the time! lol


  2. Kimmy L
    on Jun 30th, 2008
    @ 11:10 pm

    Hi Lorraine, I absolutely love reading your books. I read Love With a Scandalous Lord and loved it.
    I’m one of those girls who wishes she were more of an adventurer but I’m stuck in my comfort zone and I’m stuck there.


  3. Marisa O'Neill
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 4:34 am

    Hi Lorraine, so glad you here today! Thank you so much for the ‘inside look’ on how you wrote In Bed with the Devil.

    I feel like I step out of my comfort zone every time I get off the bus in Times Square. Sometimes the sights, sounds and smells make me want to run back to my home and curl up with a good book. When I do step out of my comfort zone I usually try to be very prepared. Meeting new people is also a challenge for me, so I try to do it frequently, just to see if I can. I know exactly what makes me comfortable – so I know where to return when things get a bit out of my control.

    I know I could never have been a woman living in Victorian England, I would open my mouth and instantly be put in jail!


  4. Gannon
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 4:53 am

    Hi Lorraine! Thanks for hanging out with us today. I’m just a few pages into IN BED WITH THE DEVIL, and I’m hooked! I was so thrilled when I received my book from you (I won it over at Romance Bandits). I would like nothing better than to hunker down and read all day, unfortunately this pesky thing called work keeps interfering.;) Oh, well, I’m using all of my free time. I really love Lucian, and I can’t wait for Jack Dodger’s story. Who doesn’t like The Dodger?!

    I enjoy wallowing in my comfort zone, but I love to travel and experience new things. I’m always game for a new adventure, but after all is said and done it’s nice to come back home and return to my comfort zone. Ahhhhh.


  5. Buffie
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 5:24 am

    Hey Lorraine **waving** I am so happy that you are here with us today. I have IN BED WITH THE DEVIL at the top of my TBR pile. As soon as I finish the review book I’m reading, I’m diving right into Devil.

    My comfort zone changes with the days. Some days I don’t even want to venture out of the house, and other days I would love to grab a bag and just drive.


  6. Lorraine
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 6:38 am

    Good morning! You all are early birds! It’s so great to be here. I really appreciate all the kind words and am so glad you all enjoy my stories.

    Isabel: How long it takes me to complete a book depends on how long they give me. I’m not being smart here – but I work best with deadlines and I tend to take my time if the deadlines are far away and when they’re close together I work harder. I’ve always worked better with pressure. I’m one of those people who the more I have to do, the more I get done. For my historicals, the shortest amount of time I’ve written one in is 3 months. My young adults I can usually write in 6-8 weeks because they don’t require nearly as much research or fact checking. And I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who doesn’t have to open a menu when I go to a favorite restaurant.

    Kimmy: Comfort zones are comforting.

    Marisa: New York is definitely outside my comfort zone. I’ve been there twice for conferences and barely left the hotel. I’m determined when RWA is there in 2011 that I am actually going to see some of the sights.

    Gannon: So glad the book arrived safely and you’re enjoying it. Yes, the Dodger can be quite the charmer when he wants to be. I was trying to think of what adventuresome thing I might have done lately – I think it was trying out a new spa. 🙂

    Buffie: Great to see you here! I can’t even look at my TBR stack these days without a sigh. I’ve had so little time for pleasure reading lately. Grabbing a bag and just driving sounds heavenly.


  7. Stacy ~
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 6:54 am

    Hello Lorraine. I had read “Just Wicked Enough” on the rec of a reader friend, and enjoyed it very much. And I know a lot of readers just love your westerns. I’m sure you get asked this a lot, but any plans to re-visit the westerns? I’m sure you are venturing outside your comfort zone by trying new things, but sometimes going back can be an interesting challenge. The rules change along the way. Or maybe you are intrigued by all the paranormal worlds out there – any thoughts of creating your own?

    I’m like most people in that I do like my comfort zone and my routine, but also love to break out of it and explore. I’m trying to travel more, try different restaurants, things like that. I like the idea of a bucket list (or whatever the term was before the movie came out) and have had one for awhile now, just working on checking those items off my list.


  8. AndreaW
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 7:01 am

    Hi, Lorraine!!! Welcome to the RNTV Guest Author spot! We’re so happy you could join us. 😀

    As you know, I LOVED In Bed With the Devil. Fantastic story. I liked that it is dark and gritty — totally “fit” the story. And I’m so glad that Jack’s book is next. I’m looking forward to reading how he handles being a romance hero. 😉

    To answer your question, I like to stay snuggled in my comfort zone (usually with a good book!). I’m a total home-body and like Isabel said, I usually always order the same thing when I go to a restaurant. What can I say? I like what I like!


  9. AndreaW
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 7:05 am

    Awww, you’re welcome Isabel. I bought Lorraine’s A ROUGE IN TEXAS, NEVER LOVE A COWBOY and NEVER MARRY A COWBOY at a UBS back in the summer of 2001 and she became an auto-buy for me then. 😉 Enjoy IN BED WITH THE DEVIL, my friend!!


  10. Shannon
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 7:08 am

    Hi Lorraine! I loved reading your excerpt above about researching the lives of children in the nineteenth century. It’s amazing how life was then compared to now. The lives those poor children had to endure…it makes you realize how fortunate we really are now.

    I would love to be an adventurer – if I could just take off and go, I would. Alas, the duties of a wife and mother restrict my inherent nature for action and excitement. While I do find excitement on the Little League field watching my babies, I know that it will be a few years before I can focus on my own dreams and seek out the adventure waiting to be found.

    So for now, I stay in the comfort zone – reading my books and enjoying my family. And I certainly can’t wait to add your next one to my pile!
    Shannon


  11. MaryKate
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 7:15 am

    Good morning, Lorraine, welcome to RNTV! I had to laugh at your blog. I am the same way. I often joke that if a tree fell down in the middle of the road on my way to work, I’d have to turn around and go home. I have absolutely NO sense of “I wonder where this road goes?” I panic if I’m lost, I don’t like being late. I’m completely OCD about stuff like that.

    All that being said, there is nothing I enjoy more than traveling. I really love discovering new places. I just don’t have an in born sense of adventure, it’s more one I’m cultivating.

    Congrats on the new release! Andrea loved it, which speaks really highly about the book, since she’s got impeccable taste. I’ve got to add it to my TBR stack.


  12. jess
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 7:27 am

    Hi.. Loved IBWTD… it was fantastic… I like that it was a great change of pace- dark and sexy- Luke was a great hero…Looking forward to the next one… and can’t wait for the rest of the Rogues and Roses series… 🙂

    Thanks!

    Jess


  13. Maria Lokken
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 7:35 am

    Hi Lorraine – Great blog – the behind the scenes of your writing adds another dimension to a great read. I loved In Bed With The Devil.

    My comfort zone changes day to day. And I’m one of those crazy people who is always challenging my comfort zone. Sometimes when I’ve stepped so faaar outside of it, I take a walk, look around, and say to myself – ‘come on Miss Thing’ – there are people out there who have it a lot harder than you.


  14. Nancy Haddock
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 7:46 am

    Hi Lorraine! I love that the scoundrels came to you in a dream, and that you found great research! Then again, you always do.

    You’ve been – and will always be – a favorite author. I read everything you write and have for years. I also learned early on to NEVER start one of your books after five in the afternoon. I will read until I finish no matter what I have to do the next day!

    I like to think I step outside my comfort zone, and I do to an extent. I’m also quite happy in the comfort zones I have.

    Have a marvelous day and thanks for another thoughtful blog!

    Light,
    Nancy


  15. Pam
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 7:52 am

    Hey Lorraine,
    I just started “In Bed With The Devil” last night and already can’t put it down!


  16. Eva S
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 8:11 am

    Hi Lorraine,
    wonderful books! I love especially the whole The Lost Lords Trilogy and I’m looking forward to reading In Bed With The Devil. The books aren’t easy to find here in Finland but I will keep trying…


  17. Lynn A Smith
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 8:27 am

    Happy July Lorraine!

    I absolutely loved “In Bed With The Devil” and can hardly wait for Jack’s story! I laughed and cried and could feel as if I had met all of your imps early on and was delighted that they all grew up so well in spite of their lack of time to be children. Thanks again!

    I do have one question: Will “Parting Gifts” be reissued? My copy is in very real danger of falling apart!


  18. sandra aka vfun
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 9:27 am

    I plan on hitting the book store for IBWTD… Well we see more books in Rogues and Roses Series….Jenny and Jeremy’s stories?


  19. CrystalGB
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 9:40 am

    Hi Lorraine. I love your books. I prefer to stay in my comfort zones. I am not much of an adventurer.


  20. Valarie P
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 9:49 am

    Hi Lorraine, I am two-thirds through with “In Bed With the Devil” and I am loving it so much. I think this one is going to tie with “Just Wicked Enough” for my favorite book. The chemistry between Lucian & Catherine is amazing and I sooooo love a tortured hero. I will be finished with it today and I cannot wait to see how you bring about the HEA. Jack’s story is next and I cannot wait to see what you put him through.

    But when are you going to finish your Rogues and Roses series? I know you have to follow the muse, but you left us hanging there. 🙂

    As for stepping out of my comfort zone, in some things, especially food wise, I am very adventurous, I love to try new foods. I really don’t like to travel much, but it is the only way I can meet my favorite authors, so I am stepping out of my stay-at-home comfort zone there. When it comes to work, I will stay in a job I don’t really like because I’m comfortable there, I hate changing jobs. So, I’m a bit of a contradiction.

    Speaking of meeting my favorite authors, I am looking forward to attending RWA for the first time this year, and I also want to plug Celebrate Romance (CR) which will be held in Portland, OR on Feb 27 to Mar 1, 2009. This is a great way to meet and mingle with authors. I hope everyone will put it on their radar, check out http://www.crspring.com for more information.


  21. KIETA2006
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 10:04 am

    WOW I JUST LOVE THE MUSIC TO THE TRAILER OF IN BED WITH THE DEVIL LOVE YOUR BOOKS WILL RECEIVE THE BOOK SOON TO READ


  22. peggy
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 10:46 am

    I enjoy your books.and in bed with the devil sounds wonderful. I cant wait to read it,i must say i keep to the comfort zone.
    but this last year i’m not sure if is is age are what i getting bolder and stepping out of the comfort zone even surpriseing my self


  23. Rachel
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 10:49 am

    Hi Lorraine! I’m so exhausted. I picked up IBWTD yesterday morning, big mistake. I couldn’t put it down and stayed up way past my bed time to read it, it is fabulous! And what a wonderful blog, now that I’m in the middle of reading your book I have a better understanding of the research that went into it and how it has made each character more 3 dimensional. Soooo good.

    Comfort zone? What’s a comfort zone, I’m constantly trying new things and wishing I could just pick one and stay steady for a minute.

    Mary Kate you made me laugh, I’m quite the opposite, I’m always taking a new way to work, I get bored taking the same route everyday. One day it took me almost 2 hours to get to work (and I only live 30 minutes away) because I went down a road I hadn’t been on before and I was so captivated by the houses and scenery I just kept driving. I don’t do that often, got to work for a living, but it was a great small and unexpected adventure.


  24. Teresa W.
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 11:13 am

    Your latest release sounds great. I usually like to stay in my comfort zone, really wish I was more of an adventurer!


  25. Lorraine
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 11:26 am

    My apologies for not getting back here sooner. I thought I’d set this up to email me when comments came in – and I didn’t think anyone was visiting. Imagine my surprise when I popped in and saw all the posts!

    Stacy: Regarding the westerns – the problem there is that while I would enjoy writing them again, publishers aren’t interesting in buying them from me. I love writing stories set in England, but sometimes I do miss the cowboys and I have a few stories I’d like to write with a western setting, but I need the market to turn around.

    Funny you should mention paranormals, though, as I’m putting the finishing touches on my first young adult paranormal — which is the first book in the Dark Guardians trilogy which will be out in spring 2009. I’m having a blast with it and am thinking that I might want to give writing paranormals for adults a try – but again, it comes down to what publishers will buy from me.

    Love the idea of the bucket list!


  26. Lorraine
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 11:36 am

    Hi, Andrea! Thanks for the welcome. And the lovely review. I hope you’ll enjoy Jack’s story. He does need a bit of redeeming. Those heroes are always fun. You and I share comfort zones!

    Hello, Shannon! Yes, researching the children was fascinating. I think I use my stories to find my adventure. I can be anyone, do anything in the small worlds I create.

    Hi, Mary Kate! You made me laugh with your comment about the tree in the road. Turning around and going home sounds like the way to go.

    Jess: Thanks so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed IBWTD. And I caught your hint about Rogues and Roses. 🙂

    Maria: Thanks for the kind words. Again, I’m so pleased people are enjoying IBWTD. Could have possibly used a shorter title now that I’m putting all those letters but I thought it worked on several levels, and was pleased when it got the nod. Interesting about your comfort zone. I may have to start stepping out of mine a bit more.


  27. heidenkind
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 11:51 am

    Hi Lorraine,

    You new series sounds awesome! I haven’t had a chance to read IBWTD yet, but A Duke of Her Own is firmly on my keepers shelf, and I always buy your books. The YA paranormal sounds intriguing. Does the plot center around vampires, ghosts, magic, etc?


  28. Lorraine
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 11:54 am

    Hello, Nancy! Wonderful of you to stop by. I have to put in a plug – if you haven’t read LaVida Vampire by Nancy Haddock it’s a fun read. And Nancy is one of my faves. Can’t wait for her next one. And Nancy, you make it fun to think about stepping out of my comfort zone.

    Pam: Nice to see you and to know you can’t put IBWTD down!

    Eva: Finland. My goodness! You’re a long way off. Isn’t it great how the Internet makes the world seem so much smaller? I liked the Lost Lords, too. A Matter of Temptation came about because I saw an etching of the prisoners taking their daily walk at Pentonville and it just intrigued me. A lot of historical stories are generated by research.

    Lynn: I appreciate your enthusiasm for the imps – in my mind it was fun to watch them grow up. As for Parting Gifts, I do hope to someday have it republished. But not sure when that will happen. So hang on to that copy!

    Sandra & Valarie: I do hope to finish the Rogues and Roses. My plan at this point, subject to change based on my editor’s recommendations, is to write one more Scoundrels book and then return to R&R.

    Hi, Crystal: Maybe you and I get all the adventure we need from books.

    Kieta: Didn’t Book Candy Studios do a terrific job with the trailer? I thought the music fit the tone of the book wonderfully well.

    Peggy: How wonderful to surprise even yourself. You go, girl!


  29. Lorraine
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 11:59 am

    Rachel: I love knowing that it’s difficult to put the book down. I’m bad about putting a book down and then not picking it up again. My habit is to start a book and not do anything else until I finish it. Maybe that’s why my TBR stack is getting so tall. I need to read during small measures of time instead of thinking I need time to read the entire book. And no comfort zone. What a concept. I admire that.

    Teresa: I can relate. I did go river rafting several years ago. That’s about as adventuresome as I’ve ever been, and in retrospect, I’m not quite sure what I was thinking. I won’t ride a roller coaster because I don’t trust it to stay on the track, but I climbed into a rubber raft and rode it down a raging river. Was great fun, though!


  30. Lorraine
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 12:01 pm

    heidenkind – I’m glad you enjoyed A Duke of Her Own. And a keeper! Thank you. As for the paranormal YA – werewolves.


  31. sandra aka vfun
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 12:15 pm

    you have just made my day…. I love R&R and I can’t wait…… I must say you always post the best cliffhanger on your book excerpt… I hope to meet you at the RWA book signing @ San Francisco Marriott on July 30, 2008.


  32. Fedora
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 12:27 pm

    Hi, Lorraine! Comfort zones are hard to leave… I like to think I’m adventurous, but I’m coming to accept the reality that I’m really much more comfortable within my comfort zones. A homebody at heart, I guess, as long as I have a big stack of books in my TBR–that’s about all the adventure I need!


  33. cheryl c.
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 1:18 pm

    Your new book sounds like a fun read! I love books about scoundrels!


  34. Helen
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 2:25 pm

    Hi Lorraine

    Your books are auto buys for me I love them I have read a lot of your books and have some older ones that I have found in UBS. I am waiting for the new one to arrive should be any day now it takes a bit longer for them to arrive in Australia and I am really looking forward to reading it.
    I agree I like comfort zones as well I have my routines and I really like to stick to them and that includes finding a lot of time to read because I love the adventures that authors take me on.
    Thanks for the wonderful books
    Have Fun
    Helen


  35. orannia
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 2:33 pm

    HI Lorraine,

    I am sad to say that I haven’t read any of your books…..yet! I’ll be winging my way to the library (hopefully today – if they ever ban me I am so in trouble!) so I’ll definitely be looking for your books when I get there. I was really interested to see that the young pickpocket in Fagin’s Children was sent to New Zealand. That’s where I’m from, and I didn’t know they sent pickpockets to New Zealand in the 1850s. Something to investigate further.

    I’m not very good at stepping out of my comfort zone. I like to be in control of everything, or at the very least prepared. (It must be the Girl Guide in me…their motto is ‘Be Prepared’ 🙂 Saying that, I went to visit a diplomatic friend in China shortly after September 11; while he was working I would wander around Beijing with my Lonely Planet and visit everything. I still can’t believe I did it.

    orannia


  36. cyclops8
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 2:43 pm

    Hi Lorraine,
    I’ve been a fan of yours since reading “A Matter of Temptation.” I prefer to stay in my comfort zones. I like to know what’s on the agenda so I can prepare for my day. I do like to travel and try new foods, but that’s as adventurous as I get.


  37. Lorraine
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 2:56 pm

    Andra: Glad the cliffhangers work! It’s always hard because I’m tempted to post a whole lot more . . . And yes, hope to you at the RWA book signing. I will definitely be there.

    Fedora: There is much to be said for the comfort of a big stack of books.

    Cheryl: Scoundrels are my favorite!

    Helen: I would love to visit Australia someday. Must be difficult, though, when you’re waiting on books to arrive and people are already reading them here in the States.

    Orannia: Hope you find some books at the library. If I got the info wrong about them transporting pickpockets to New Zealand we’ll chalk it up to literary license. Transporting stopped sometime in the 1850’s I think. Readers, esp. of historicals, really know their history. Going to China would be so interesting. I love traveling.

    Cyclops: Thank you! I think my problem with trying new foods is that I enjoy the ones I like so much that I hesitate to add to the list. I’m probably missing some tasty treats.


  38. Ann M.
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 3:03 pm

    Your book sounds very interesting. It was interesting when you talked about feeling uncomfortable with the “time” you were writing and moving it back.

    What is it that you find so interesting about the historical time you write? And would you want to live in that time period?


  39. elainec
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 3:11 pm

    Hi Lorraine,
    I’ve enjoyed your books from “The Outlaw and the Lady” to “Just Wicked Enough”. I can’t wait to read “In Bed with the Devil”. I’ve already bought it. I thought your introduction to it on your website and this blog were terrific.
    I don’t often leave my comfort zone in reading. I love historical romance, some contemporaries, and cozy mysteries. I skip supense, true crime, horror, and sci/fi.
    Hope IBWTD does great!
    elainec


  40. Amy
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 3:32 pm

    Hello Lorraine… I like everyone above adore your books, and fell in love with IBWTD!!! I was soooo tired at wok for that week, having stayed up late to read it…haha The books of yours that I do have I let my sissy borrow and I still ned to get them back. We are going there for vacation, and I am going to “HELP” her clean her closet!!! Your Texas series is my all time favorite and in fact I need to get my hands on a new set as mine has started to fall apart. I greatly anticipate IBWTD doing the same thing as it is already a favorite of mine!!! I can appricate the whole control zone in life as mine has a very big one as well. You have a wonderful outlet and THANK YOU so much for sharing with us!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Amy


  41. Maureen
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 3:49 pm

    Hi Lorraine,
    I am not adventurous but I don’t think I’m totally predictable either. I try different things when I feel like it’s something I would enjoy.


  42. Lori
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 4:56 pm

    Hi Lorraine,
    I have “In Bed With The Devil” in my TBR pile and hope to read it this coming weekend. Everything I’ve read about it has increased my anticipation level so that I cannot wait to read it.

    I hardly ever leave my comfort zones. I am a homebody, have daily routines, and am very predictable.


  43. Stacie Mc
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 6:09 pm

    I confess that I tend to stay in my comfort zones. Usually snuggled up reading a good book. I really enjoyed An Invitation to Seduction and A Duke of Her Own. I hope to read more of your books as I work my way through my lengthy TBR list. I find the premise for in Bed with the Devil to be fascinating. Congratulations on its release.


  44. Peggy Jean Toland
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 8:41 pm

    Dear Lorraine: You are without a doubt one of my very very favorites. In fact, I can lay the blame totally on you when it comes to my reading habits. I NEVER read a series until it is complete. My favorite thing is to pile up the pillows and sit down with ALL the books in a series – and I only come out of hibernation when I have competed the series! I started this after your Texas Series, when I mistakenly read the 2nd book in the series first and realized about 1/3 of the way thru that it was a series! From that point on, I collected the entire series before I started reading. Since I purchase about 50 to 60 books a month, and read 20 to 25 books a month, I have quite a bookcase of unread books (waiting for the final book in a series). This way, I never leave my comfort zone. If I don’t have at least 5 or 6 unread books – I PANIC. Will there be 5 books in the “scoundrels” series? Write Fast! IBWTD is on order.

    The only things I really consider “out of my comfort zone” are cocktail parties (I really dislike), and movies and books that are full of filthy language.


  45. Peggy Jean Toland
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 8:43 pm

    BIG cities are also out of my comfort zone.


  46. Marisa O'Neill
    on Jul 1st, 2008
    @ 9:02 pm

    Lorraine, thank you so much for visiting with us today we had a great time- you are terrific !


  47. Lorraine
    on Jul 2nd, 2008
    @ 7:23 am

    Marisa: Thank you! And thank you everyone for joining me yesterday. I had a blast and it was a nice break while finishing my manuscript (which I sent off at 2:00 this morning – yeah!). I really appreciate all your enthusiasm for my stories – and now I’m off to start working on the next scoundrel.

    Happy July 4th! to everyone in the States and a wonderful weekend to those of you beyond our borders.

    Fondly,
    Lorraine


  48. Val
    on Jul 7th, 2008
    @ 2:12 pm

    Lorraine: I have been a loyal fan of yours since the beginning (Sweet Lullabye, Always To Remember, and OHHHH, those brothers, Houston, Dallas and Austin!!).

    Anyway, I wanted to say hello and tell you I love your books and I’m glad you haven’t changed your writing style. So many authors I’ve loved over the years have suddenly changed their style of writing or storytelling so that I can no longer identify their books with them. Your books are ALWAYS beautiful signatures that say “Lorraine Heath”.

    I do however want to know if you’ll ever write any more heroes who are tortured, but kindhearted and gentle. I love the tortured and tough ones also, but I will never forget Clay from Always to Remember. A gentler hero has never been written, but he suffered so much and was so honorable and beautiful that I’ve never forgotten him. Although I can’t think of the name right now, I found the same love for the hero of Sweet Lullabye. What beautiful, tearjerking stories.

    I’m excited to start IBWTD today and look forward to everything new you write!! God bless and have a great summer.

    Val

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