Friday, November 27, 2009

Anna Campbell talks about Captive of Sin (& a Giveaway - closed)

Anna Campbell decided to become a writer shortly after she learned to walk. Then she discovered romance novels and realized she just had to be a romance writer and tell stories about love and hope and triumph through adversity, not forgetting gorgeous, passionate men. Her latest romance, Captive of Sin, tells the tale of two tortured souls who, despite the odds, find a once-in-a-lifetime love. More from lovely Anna herself...


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Something’s Gotta Give by Anna Campbell 

Hello, everyone at A Book Blogger's Diary! Thank you so much for having me as your guest today to talk about my latest historical romance from Avon, Captive of Sin, which came out in November.

Growing up, I was addicted to the movies of Hollywood’s golden age. One of my favorites was DADDY LONG LEGS starring Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron. Lovely romantic story, gorgeous dancing and a brilliant score by Johnny Mercer, including the famous “Something’s Gotta Give”, the irresistible force meeting the immovable object song.

This song was playing continually in my mind as I wrote Captive of Sin. This is a marriage of convenience story with a Regency noir twist. After torture and imprisonment in India, Sir Gideon Trevithick returns to England as a national hero. But Gideon can’t escape the effects of his ordeal and he’s convinced he will never lead a normal life.

On his way back to the family estate, he stumbles across a runaway heiress, Lady Charis Weston, in a stable in Winchester. When he pledges himself to her protection, little does he know that this rash gallantry will lead him into a dangerous elopement and a marriage to a woman he knows he can never deserve.

He’s determined to do the honorable thing and save Charis from the effects of his tragic past. The marriage will be in name only and he will make no claim on her once she gains her majority and takes control of her fortune. So we have our immovable object.

Our irresistible force is Charis. At first, she suffers a powerful case of hero worship for the brave man who saves her from her greedy, violent stepbrothers. But this girlish emotion ripens into a deep, steadfast, passionate love. And there’s no way she’s going to let Gideon surrender to the demons that hold him in thrall. She will not accept that her love is unrequited and that she can’t save him.

The battle lines are drawn. Who do you think will win? Yeah, right. My money’s on Charis too. But there’s lots of drama and emotion and derring-do and passion before they reach their happy ending.

Do you have a favorite Immovable Object/Irresistible Force romance? I’m currently re-reading PRIDE AND PREJUDICE for a review and it definitely falls into the category so we’re talking a really classic theme here.
Sounds like a great read, just like P&P! I always like books with feisty leading ladies in them. Gives it an extra zing, so to speak, whatever the era.

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  1. Hi Anna - Am I the first to post? Does this mean a rooster or lizard or something?
    I love marriage of convenience stories. There's always that added tension in a historical of knowing they are legally entitled to, ahem, get it on!
    I'm fortunate enough to have already read CAPTIVE OF SIN and loved it. So I'm nominating it as my favorite object/irresistible force. Gideon is so tied up in angst and honor (quite understandably after what he's been through) but the reader so wants him to heal and enjoy the love of the wonderful Charis. I love her character, so young yet so smart and nurturing.
    I also love the Cornish mansion in your book, I'm a sucker for a dream house in a book ( or movie!)
    I know you have had marvelous reviews - including a place in the top 100 books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly - so I hope you win many new readers with this truly wonderful story.

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  2. Golly a girl's gotta be quick to get in first! Kandy was too quick for me, Anna! And she's picked Captive of Sin as her fav Immovable Object/Irresistible Force... I second that! Charis and Gideon's story is wonderful! I don't need to go into the draw because I have my very own copy already!

    Thinking of another IO/IF stories... I've not long ago re-read Linda Howard's Now You See Her. I think Sweeney qualifies as an immovable object and Richard as an irresistible force.

    Anyway, good luck with Captive of Sin, Anna. Your readers are in for a treat!
    :)
    Sharon

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  3. Good morning Anna,
    I have to say I can't wait to read about Charis and Gideon. My bet is on Charis based on your post. I absolutely love "To Kill A Mockingbird" although it isn't a romance Gregory Pecks character Atticus (hope that's spelled right) is some hero.It was nice seeing you here today.
    Carol L.
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  4. Forgot to mention I'm an email subscriber and follower.
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  5. Hey Anna! You know how much I love your books! Yeeehaaa! It was great to see you here today. I do love a good marriage of convenience story. I know COS will give me all that and more. So far Matthew, from Untouched, is my fav hero of yours, as you know, but it sounds like Gideon may give him a run for his money, you know?

    Grins. Have fun!

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  6. I think it's absolutely amazing that you were knew what you wanted to do with your life so early in your life. A good number of people have to struggle to find something they want to do and can do. You are a fabulous romance writer that obviously lives life with great passion and a deep understanding of human nature and romantic thought. Thanks so much for offering this book as a giveaway. It's a book I haven't yet read and am hopeful for the possibility of winning.

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  7. I'm an email subscriber.

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  9. Hey, Benita, I dropped my jaw when I saw your name. My first name is Benita too! Benita Jo, although I've gone by Jo for many, many years.

    Hi, Anna! I adore marriage of convenience stories too and am loving every minute of COS, which I've had to put on hold because of -- oh, you know, that pesky Thanksgiving holiday LOL.

    One of my favorite clash of the sexes stories is IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, an old 30's movie with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable. In fact, those old screwball comedies often feature that underlying theme.

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  10. Hi, Anna! Okie here :D You know how much I looove your dark heroes. I'm a real sucker for all that brooding and pent up emotions and it doesn't hurt that they are easy on the eyes ;) A favorite irresistible force romance of mine is Johanna Lindsey's Surrender My Love. It's full of revenge, lust, and redemption but then again, what fabulous romance isn't!

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  11. Another Bandita swinging by to say HI!

    I'm really looking forward to COS! I'm with Jeanne, so far Matthew from Untouched is my favorite of your heroes, but Gideon sounds YUMMY!!

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  12. Hi Kandy! Lovely as ever to see you. And thank you for saying all those lovely things about Captive of Sin. I think those two really worked hard for their happy ending! I agree with you about marriages of convenience being particularly delicious in historicals - it means you can get to the good stuff without being too contrived about your plot details, snort! I think you can guess how much fun I had writing that house. The only bad thing was once I'd written it, I wanted to live in it!

    Laughed at the rooster idea. For those who don't know the Romance Bandits blogs where I'm a regular, the first commenter of the day gets a cranky and rather conceited chicken called the Golden Rooster.

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  13. Hey, Sharon, thank you for swinging by!!! Having read the book, you can see why the old IO/IF dichotomy came into play in my mind! I love NOW YOU SEE HER! Great book. And you're so right about Richard and Sweeney.

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  14. Hey, Miss Carol! Happy Thanksgiving for yesterday. Hope you had a great day! Hope you enjoy Charis and Gideon's story. I think To Kill a Mockingbird is a fabulous choice! I only recently saw the movie although we did the book in school. It's beautifully done, isn't it? And I think it's Gregory Peck's greatest performance.

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  15. Hi Jeanne Bandita! Great to see you here too. Actually Gideon and Matthew come from the same hero shop, if you know what I mean! While they're very different men, they're both in that unshakable man of honor mode which I must say I really like!

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  16. Hey, Benita! What a lovely comment. Thank you. Actually what was kinda frustrating is that I KNEW I wanted to have a book on the shelves for most of my lives. It took the world a little longer to catch up with my ambition, LOL! Good luck in the draw and Happy Thanksgiving for yesterday!

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  17. Jo, I did know about the Benita thing but I'd forgotten. How cool! So glad you'r enjoying COS. Isn't it terrible when real life interferes with our reading? I'm always frustrated when that happens. Oh, I love It Happened One Night. So clever and so sexy but in a subtle way. Always get a giggle out of the Walls of Jericho bit. And the hitchhiking scene is classic. Actually another movie that springs to mind with the IO/IF basis is Sabrina. She's the force and Humphrey is the object. Naturally, she wins in the end!

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  18. Hi, Anna :) Charis sounds like a wonderfully strong heroine.
    Aww, rereading Pride and Prejudice? I love that story *bg*

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  19. Hey, Okie, great to see you here! I'm a sucker for a dark hero too - oh, right you knew that, didn't you? Oh, Johanna Lindsey does great IO/IF romances. Great choice!

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  20. Hey, Aunty Cindy, Bandita! Thanks for swinging by out of the lair. Another Matthew fan? I had so many people who wanted to marry him after they read that story. I had to tell them very politely that he was very happily in love with Grace, thank you very much ;-) These dratted men of honor. They stick with their woman!

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  21. Ali, it was a really interesting experience reading P&P again. I'd read it quite a few times when I was younger but probably not for about 15/20 years. And I realized re-reading it that the adaptations had got into my head in the meantime and the book is quite a different beast. Much sharper in its humor, for a start. Here's a link to the review if you want to see it:

    http://www.theromancedish.com/2009/11/mr-collins-to-rescue.html

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  22. Hi Anna! I loved CAPTIVE OF SIN, as you know and I'm still waiting for Charis to honour that time-share arrangement we negotiated over Gideon! I love the IF/IO theme. It's always so satisfying to see the IO finally crumble.

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  23. Christine, you're right - there's always that delicious moment in an IO/IF romance where the IO just crumbles. It's lovely in Daddy Long Legs too! Thanks for those lovely words - I think Charis is talking to a lawyer about getting out of your agreement. She's decided she doesn't want to share after all! Just thought I ought to let you know.

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  24. Hi, Anna! To be honest, it's a concept of IF/IO is something I'd never seen put down in words before. Or maybe I have but I wasn't paying attention in class! But your explanation makes perfect sense. It forms the conflict and tension that keeps a reader turning the pages. No wonder I couldn't put 'Captive of Sin' down!

    Kandy, I'm with you on the Cornish mansion. It was like another character. Anna, did you base it on anything you've seen in your real-life travels?

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  25. Hey, V, it's a REALLY great song. One of the classics. Here's a Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PS-e1BxIjA

    Cool that you loved COS! The house was such a joy to write. It's probably a mixture of a few Victoria Holt mansions and definitely Manderley from Rebecca and I remember driving past an amazing mansion when I was in Cornwall, but it wasn't on the seafront, but it had the mullioned windows and the beautiful stonework. It's kind of based on a few Elizabethan houses I saw, including one of my faves, Penshurst in Kent. The setting was based on Tintagel which is supposedly where King Arthur was born - very cool, windswept cliff setting with the wild Atlantic beating at the stones.

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  26. Hi Anna,

    Great post. I love the irresistible force/immoveable object scenario. Right now that's playing out here with my looming book deadline being the immoveable object and various other distractions being the irresistible forces keeping me from it. I prefer your version. I MUCH prefer your version! Seriously, 'Captive of Sin' is a terrific read - too good to put down.

    Adding my 5 cents worth - I immediately thought of Victoria Holt when I read about Gideon's house. I want to visit there and, Ms Campbell, I'll be really miffed if I can't find it next time I get to Cornwall!

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  27. Well, Miss Annie, if you do find the house next time your'e in Cornwall, call in for tea because I'm surely going to be living there or there will be tears before bedtime in the Campbell household ;-) Actually another really fun part of the book was all that stuff about Gideon's dashing piratical ancestors. Yum! If I can't have Gid, I think I'll settle for Jack Trevithick! Actually this time of year seems to be full of immovable objects and irresistible forces doesn't it. Like time (IO) and what needs to be done (IF!). Good luck with everything you need to get done! And thanks for saying you loved COS!

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  28. I know a Cuble like that in The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning.
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  29. Hi Stacey! Great to see you again! I LOVE the Dark Highlander! I think it's a really powerful basis for strong conflict so writers use it quite a lot - I know I always enjoy the IO/IF theme when I see it! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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    Looking back on my own marriage I wouldn't have considered it a marriage of convenience per se. But, in a way it was sort of like that. I was getting older and worried that I hadn't found the right person and that I wouldn't have a family etc. etc. So I ended up marrying a good friend, but not someone I could say that I had fallen head over heels for. We had two beautiful daughters who mean the world to me and I certainly wouldn't have changed it because of them. But, it wasn't the fairy tale or the romance novel ending that we have with Anna's wonderful book. I look forward very much to reading it because despite how things turned out for me the first time, I found my Prince Charming a little later in life and I can honestly say... I doesn't happen just in books!

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  41. I read Second Sight by Amanda Quick few months ago and loved Venetia & Gabriel's constant in and out dialogue. Not wanting to admit they were attracted to each other. I love this type romance book where both are trying so hard not to fall in love or admit they are but can't help but fall in love.

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