Interview & Giveaway with Jillian Stone

Books-n-Kisses is pleased to have Jillan Stone on the blog today.

Jillian, can you please share with us a little about yourself? Have you always wanted to be an author?

I think I have always been a storyteller, at heart. At one time, I thought my career trajectory would land me in film, but I am very happy with the turn it has taken into fiction writing. I was an art director in advertising before I decided to try writing novels, which I guess makes me a very visual writer! An Affair with Mr. Kennedy was my second complete manuscript and I was fortunate in 2010 to win the RWA Golden Heart for An Affair with Mr. Kennedy, plus I met my agent, Richard Curtis, at the RWA Nationals in Orlando.

Are you a plotter or a punster?

I’m a plotter, but I don’t have hard and fast rules about  plotting. And I don’t have a method, either. In fact, I never plot the same way twice.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?

I suspect I have a lot of quirks, but I don’t recognize them as quirks. I try to always stop writing in the middle of a scene, even though I want to finish, because it makes it easier to jump back into writing the next day. Is that is more of a tip than a quirk?!

Can you please tell us about your latest book(s)?

I’m excited to share my latest release from The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series. A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis is a fast paced road trip adventure, with the hero and heroine on the run from Edinburgh to London by train, velocipede, landship and submersible!

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Here’s the blurb:

WHEN FANNY Greyville-Nugent’s father suffers a gruesome death in the clutches of his own machine, mourning his loss is not the beautiful heiress’s only heartbreak. Scotland Yard is convinced he was targeted in a plot to halt the rise of industry, and Fanny’s former fiancé, dashing and dubious detective Raphael “Rafe” Lewis, has been assigned to the case.

For the estranged ex-lovers, bringing the notorious assassins to justice proves as tumultuous as quelling pent-up desires. Fighting peril and passion at every turn of a dangerous journey from Edinburgh to London, they are pursued by an anarchist group hell-bent on destroying her father’s mysterious entry into the London Industrial Exposition.

When an astonishing discovery about the couple’s failed engagement surfaces, the sleuthing duo realize they can trust no one. Rafe confesses new details about his infidelity and Fanny risks all to avenge her father’s murder. But will Rafe and Fanny triumph over the pain of their past?

How did you come with the idea for this story?

As a film student, I studied all of Alfred Hitchcock’s work and I particularly admire the romantic suspense films: Rear Window, North by Northwest, and To Catch a Thief. Thrills, chills, adventure––perhaps there’s a mystery to uncover, or a villain to capture, but at the story’s core, there is a love story.

I had an idea that was based on a villain and his small private army of minions who are essentially anti-progressives. In 1887 England, that meant that they were anti-industry, anti-machinery, anti-invention. Today they would be anti-technology. I then came up with a string of grisly murders and a beautiful industrial heiress whose father has just been killed by one of his one machines––accident or murder? Scotland Yard suspects the darker of the two and sends a detective up to guard the young heiress. Then I added a complication for the romance––Rafe and Fanny have a past.

Can you share with us your current work(s) in progress?

At this very moment, I am writing the third book for the Phaeton Black series for Kensington and synopses for the next three Gentlemen of Scotland Yard novels for Pocket!

Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?

I was having dinner with my editor at RWA12 and who should stop by to say hi? Nora Roberts! I think I went all fan girl­­ on her––really embarrassing!

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?

Write what you love. Write everyday. Learn to be your own best editor. The moment you finish one book, start another. Keep writing as you market your previous manuscript.

Can you share with us something off your bucket list.

Travel. Anywhere and everywhere. And especially volunteer vacations through the Peace Core!

What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?

Anna Randol’s Sins of a Virgin, Heather Snow’s Sweet Deception, Kristen Callihan’s Moonglow, Tessa Dare’s A Lady by Midnight.

What is one book everyone should read before they die?

To Kill a Mockingbird

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I enjoyed the interview, thanks Kelly!

Thanks for being here Jillian!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jillian has given me an advance copy of A DANGEROUS LIAISON WITH DETECTIVE LEWIS.
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58 Responses to Interview & Giveaway with Jillian Stone

  1. Diana N. August 9, 2012 at 6:11 am #

    Can’t wait to read this! It looks like it has all the things I love about romance: adventure, suspense, intrigue, and (of course!) a sexy hero. ;)

    • Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      Melanie Rovak: Thanks so much Melanie! This new one was great fun to write, hope it is equally fun to read. Rafe and Fanny are on the run, but they still manage to work in time for romance!

      • Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 9:17 am #

        MIx up! Diana N. your message is below with Melanie!

    • Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 9:14 am #

      Diana N: I do hope you’ll give the series a try!

      • Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 9:15 am #

        Sorry, Melanie…your message is under Diana N. and vice versa! I really need a second cup of coffee this morning!

  2. Melanie Rovak August 9, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Jillian all your books look amazing can’t wait to get started on them! :)

    • Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      I think I will give up entering everyone’s message below their comment! See yours above!

  3. Maria D. August 9, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    I love the sound of A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis – this whole series sounds great. I have the first book An Affair With Mr. Kennedy and can’t wait to read it and then this one. I’m so thrilled to hear we will be getting an additional three books in this series.

  4. erinf1 August 9, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    thanks for a fun post and congrats on the newest release! I just got an Affair w/ Mr. Kennedy and I’m dying for some time off work to read it :) This series sounds fantastic and I’m so happy to see more books!

    • Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      For some reason my replies to all of you got stuck under Diana N. so please see my reply below.

  5. sienny August 9, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    congrats for the release jillian! hope i can read them soon

  6. Yadira A. August 9, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    I just love the covers of your books! CONGRATs on your latest!!!

  7. Nora-Adrienne Deret August 9, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Velocipedes? Oh my!

    This has the smell of a sort of steampunk genre to it… I WANT IT.

  8. Melody May August 9, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    Congrats on the new book. That’s always exciting to have new books. :D

  9. Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Diana N: I do hope you’ll give the series a try!

    Melanie Rovak: Thanks so much Melanie! This new one was great fun to write, hope it is equally fun to read. Rafe and Fanny are on the run, but they still manage to work in time for romance!

    Maria D: Wonderful…So glad you enjoyed Mr. Kennedy and are looking forward to Detective Lewis. My book titles are so long I shorten them to the names of the detectives!

    erinfi: You actually meet Detective Lewis in AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY. I do hope you enjoy so you will go on to Rafe and Fanny’s adventure!

    sienny: I hope so too!

    Yadira A: Aren’t the covers wonderful? The art director/cover designers really captured the essence of these Scotland Yard men!

    Nora-Adrienne Deret: Yes! I’d call it Steampunk light, though. The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard are an elite group of detectives, who work for Special Branch, which is a division of the Criminal Investigations Division of the Metropolitan police. They are like CIA or Homeland Security agents, who often work undercover. There is also a crime laboratory that creates or commissions gadgets from time to time (a bit like James Bond). One really popular gadget is the experimental, battery driven torch (flashlight).

  10. Linda August 9, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Love the interview and giveaway, =) looking forward to reading this!

    best wishes, Linda xo

    • Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 9:24 am #

      Thanks Linda! I hope you get a chance to read A DANGEROUS LIAISON WITH DETECTIVE LEWIS!

  11. Tina M August 9, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Congrats on your new book…Can’t wait to read it..Thanks for the chance to try and win it….

    • Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

      You’re welcome Tina M. Keep a lookout for my twitter/FB messages. There are more chances to win coming along!

  12. Robin B. August 9, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    Hey congrats on the new book. Can’t wait to read it. It is added to
    my wish list. Nice give away.

    • Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

      Thanks, Robin B. Hope you get a chance to read Rafe and Fanny’s story.

  13. Jeanne Miro August 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Jiliiian -

    Be careful what you wish for! One of my son’s friends from High School joined the Peace Core after she graduated from college and ended up marrying the son of a tribal chief. They moved back to her home state here in the USA but after his father died he became chief of his country which is very poor so he is now working two jobs to help support his tribe as well as his family here. They are both working hard to help educate people here the difficulties being faced by so many of the people in Africa who face starvation every day he they strive daily to work at making his tribe more educated and able to support their own needs.

    Congratulations on the release of A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis. Hopefully you have many more books planned for the The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series!

    • Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      OMG Jean!

      What a tale you have to tell. I guess what I love most about the idea of a working travel holiday is that when you’re a tourist, you don’t really get a sense of a place like you do when you can stay awhile and get to know the people and make friends. But trust me, I’m not knocking being s tourist, either. LOL!

      Oh yes, there is an unlimited number of gentlemen detectives to write about!

  14. Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    Before I forget, I have been letting everyone know that there is a special limited time offer on AN AFFAIR WITH MR. KENNEDY $1.99 in all ebook formats until the release day of Detective Lewis. So, if you haven’t read book #1, this is a really good deal!

  15. Lexi August 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    To Kill a Mockingbird…interesting choice.
    Art director, sounds like a fun job. Though I am glad you moved over to writing =) And what a hit for your second book you wrote, An Affair With Mr. Kennedy is great!

    • Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

      Hi Lexi,

      When I get asked to name one book, I’m always flummoxed, because choosing one book above all others is really impossible for me. And I confess I change my answers. To Kill a Mockingbird is just one of my all time favorites, but what a great a Southern Gothic novel.

      I do hope that The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard will be well received and sell many copies that way I will be able to write more adventures and romance with Yard men!

  16. Victoria Zumbrum August 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    i would love to read this series. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

      Thanks Victoria,

      I hope you to get a chance to read the series!

  17. Jennifer Bielman August 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    I love how you came up with your concept. I love those kinds of movies too.

  18. Barbara Elness August 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    I enjoyed The Seduction of Phaeton Black and I have An Affair With Mr Kennedy waiting on my TBR shelf to read. I guess I better get cracking, since there’s a new book coming out that I’ll have to read as well. :D

    • Jillian Stone August 9, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

      I’m so happy you enjoyed The Seduction of Phaeton Black, and I do hope you enjoy Mr. Kennedy…he’s a different kind of hero than Phaeton. Zeno “Zak” Kennedy is a true alpha male, brilliant, stoic––and yet all hotness!

  19. Linda August 9, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    Congrats on the release of your latest book & belatedly on winning the RWA. An Affair with Mr. Kennedy is in my TBR list & I can’t wait to get to it. Love the covers of your books.

    I have to admit to drooling over your To Read pile!

    • Jillian Stone August 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

      Linda,

      Thanks Linda, I do love all my Scotland Yard men covers!

  20. Jen August 10, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    I so want to read the book. Please pick me :)

    • Jillian Stone August 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

      Jen,

      LOL! I think the Rafflecopter is picking one signed copy per blog site on the tour. Good luck!

  21. Jane August 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Congrats on the new release, Jillian. I loved the first book in this series and can’t wait to read “A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis.”

    • Jillian Stone August 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

      Hi Jane,

      Thanks! When someone tells me they loved one of my books I feel like…mission accomplished! It is a truly wonderful and satisfying thing to know that someone read one of my tales and was spirited away into a land of romance and adventure!

  22. Dora V. August 10, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Sounds awesome!

  23. Jen B. August 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    This series is new to me. I love the covers. I find it interesting that you stop writing in the middle of a scene so it’s easier to write the next day. I think that would drive me nuts! Thanks for the giveaway. I am always looking for new things to read.

    • Jillian Stone August 11, 2012 at 7:46 am #

      Haha! It does drive me a little nuts, but it also really works! Jumping back into writing the next day is sometimes easy and sometimes not––especially if I’m starting a new chapter, so if I can, I try to leave off in the middle of a long stretch of dialogue.

      Glad you got a chance to get to know the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series. Pocket does such a great job with the covers!

  24. ginger August 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    wow you and your books sound great will definatley be checking out

  25. Carol L. August 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Loved your interview Jillian. These books are on my TRL. I love a story about a bunch of Detectives from Scotland Yard. Can’t wait to read them. And yes, yes. To Kill A Mockingbird is a must read for everyone to read before the die By the way, love your name Jillian. It’s my granddaughter’s name as well. :) Liked your Amazon page but didn’t realize it was opened in my daughter’s name. (Jessica Kaiser) Sorry. :)
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com.

    • Jillian Stone August 12, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      Hi Carol,

      I do hope you will get a chance to read all The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard. TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD is a book I revisit from time to time just to remind me that brilliance is simple, honest and from the heart.

      No need to be sorry! I thank you and your daughter for liking my Amazon page!

  26. Renee Brown August 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    I love your writing and can’t wait to read this one! I love detectives from Scotland Yard. They are what I have always wanted to be.

    • Jillian Stone August 12, 2012 at 8:58 am #

      Hi Renee,

      Thanks so much! I do hope you enjoy the next few releases, as well. More of The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard coming up this fall. ;)

  27. bn100 August 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Nice interview. Thanks for sharing about the inspiration.

  28. adis August 16, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    Great post! Congratz on the new release Jilian. It sound like a great book and I love the cover.

    • Jillian Stone August 16, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      Hi Adis,

      Thanks and I do love the cover…all I can say about the book is if you enjoy a mix of adventure and romance, this is your kinda story!

  29. Millie McClain August 16, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    The book sounds wonderful! Congrats, and I’ll be adding this one to my TBR. Thanks.

    • Jillian Stone August 16, 2012 at 11:57 am #

      Thanks so much, Millie. I do hope you enjoy Rafe and Fanny’s story!

  30. Sheryl Nyary August 16, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    I am putting this on my TBR list ASAP! This series sounds great

    • Jillian Stone August 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

      Thanks Sheryl! If you like adventure and romance I think you will enjoy!

  31. Charity Costa August 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    I gotta grab these books they sound amazing!!!! Thanks for such a great interview :)

    • Jillian Stone August 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      You’re welcome and thanks, Charity. Good luck!

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