Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Robena Grant is here with a giveaway.

Posted by Susan J Berger on 3:30:00 AM with 18 comments
Meet romantic suspense author Robena Grant whose sixth novel, Ring Me Later, came out last week.
Robena is Australian by birth but resides in Southern California. She has two adult children, enjoys reading, swimming, friends, simple dinners, a glass of wine, a board game, and heaven forbid…karaoke! Travel has always been her greatest love. France, Australia, Italy, England, and Scotland have featured in her stories. She often chooses a setting that has captured her senses through travel. And, Yes, I got that from her blog.


Sneaky. Very sneaky. J Thanks for hosting me today, Susan
 Robena, I am delighted to have you. The first book I read of yours was Blue Dolphin and I was completely immersed. (Excuse me.I think I just punned.) 
I love firsts, so tell me about the moment when a publisher told you they wanted to publish your book.

It was early in 2013. I was absolutely stunned. Another book was a Golden Heart nominee that year, and I ended up signing with the Wild Rose Press for all three books in the series. There were continuing characters and that was a stipulation of the first contract. So that was a whirlwind year. Golden Heart Nominee, too? Definitely a heart to remember.

I know you love to travel. Do you remember your first trip?
Yes. It was by train from the Snowy Mountains in the southern part of New South Wales in Australia. It took forever! Mum, Dad, and seven kids. We travelled to the mid coast where we were relocating and I remember sleeping on the train. Some of the smaller kids slept in the overhead luggage racks, but I was ten and chubby, so I had to stay on the seat.
I can relate. When we left Capetown, we flew home to New York. It was a four day plane flight with several stops. This was 1956, three years before the first passenger jet. There were bunks, but only for rich people.Mom, Dad and three kids. My three-year-old sister, Kelly, kept climbing into older men's laps and asking them if they want to color in. Personally I think she wanted a shot at one of those bunks.

Other than your own, who are your favorite (heroes/heroines/writers) in your genre?

I rarely read romantic suspense, but my favorite contemporary author is Jennifer Crusie. My favorite heroine is Min from Bet Me. I adore Jane Austen and re-read Pride and Prejudice at least once a year. 
I love Jennifer Cruisie. 

What is the most exciting moment, so far, in your writing career?

Being a Golden Heart nominee for Desert Exposure.
Fabulous!
Sappy movie to cry over?


Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant.) The scene where he comes back and she’s so vulnerable, and then she learns he’s come back for her and she cries and wails, and well, I cry with her every time.

Karaoke song to sing?
Stop! In The Name of Love, by The Supremes. 
 Yes!

Any advice for new writers just starting out?
You can’t do it all! Write to your strengths, and gradually discover and work on your weaknesses.

Tell us about your latest release.
Ring Me Later, a romantic suspense, released on April 8, 2015. It’s a second chance romance that turns deadly. There is a London connection, a reclusive billionaire, a stalker, a determined heroine, and a web of deceit that ensures someone will gain billions. Here are some links: http://amzn.com/B00UF3F3FY

TWRP author page: http://tinyurl.com/keymgfw

What’s your current WIP?

It’s a contemporary romance, with a mystery thread, and set in the English countryside.

And finally, where can we find you?

www.robenagrant.com I blog at MY BLOG every Monday, www.facebook.com/robenagrantauthor
Twitter: @robenagrant

I’m also including a giveaway: one kindle copy, one autographed print copy, of Ring Me Later. Just leave a comment to enter.
Is it crass to enter a giveaway on your own blog? Maybe I will use a fake name.
Thank you so much for being here, Robena. 




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18 comments :

  1. Good morning, Susan. Thanks so much for the interview. Have a great day!

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  2. Fun interview! Now I'm visualizing you singing Stop In The Name Of Love LOL!

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  3. Nice interview! Yep, I see the mic in hand and the palm out, "Stop. In the name of love..."

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  4. Thanks for coming by Veronica and Dee J. I remember well the night of karaoke at your home Dee J. That was back in the day with all the old crowd. I remember Lynne Marshall and TJ Bennett could belt out a tune. :)

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  5. Great interview you guys! I need to hear you do some karaoke, now, Roben! Congrats again on your newest release!

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  6. Two of the loveliest LARA ladies together in one blog! You make it too easy for me to sit here, enjoy someone else's story, and avoid my WIP. Roben, every time I see the RING ME LATER cover, I want to book a trip to London. (I know just what to read on the flight)!

    Thanks for bringing a fun distraction to my Tuesday. :)

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  7. Thanks Robin and Sam. Believe me, Robin you do not want to hear me sing. And Sam, I'm seriously tempted to take a trip to England in the late summer.

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  8. Fun blog ladies! Great idea to set your books in great places to visit! And love the London connection in both your and Sue's books. :-)

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  9. Thanks, Pam and yep, Kady, there's nothing like a trip to London. ;)

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  10. On my way to London later this year ... now I know just what to read on the way!

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  11. Great interview, I too love to travel, reading books let's me travel to more places

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  12. Thank you all for your comments which I LOVED reading. But I had to wait till 11:45 tonight when I finished my book in a week stint. I love to sing, but I get nervous a Karaoke. I only have a couple of songs I'm conformable with. I started my thirl level of Musical improvisation last week and that scares me too. LOVE London and can't wait to read Ring Me Later. Thank you for all the lovely comments on Time and Forever. My Book in a week (isn't going to be done in a week) is about Jen, Jeremy's sister. And there is time travel.

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  13. Great interview! Best of luck with sales :)

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  14. Thanks all for the lovely comments. And just to make certain you understand, before maybe paying money for this book, it is not set in London but has a London connection. References are made to London and phone calls arrive from London but the actual setting is Los Angeles and Malibu. :)

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  15. Loved the interview and I'm relly interested in your current WIP :)

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  16. Lovely interview! I´m excited to get to read the book!
    Jenna

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