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You Are Going to Love Joanna Bourne and a Giveaway of My Lord and Spymaster
Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Joanna Bourne has made a big hit in the romance community with her debut novel, The Spymaster’s Lady and the follow up, My Lord and Spymaster. Ms. Bourne possesses a delightful sense of humor (my husband and I got the biggest kick out of her blog entry about the DA BWAHA contest. Please give Joanna a warm welcome. Leave her a comment or ask her a question, and you’ll qualify to win a copy of My Lord and Spymaster!


My Lord and Spymaster

Raised as a poor but cunning pickpocket, Jess Whitby may have grown into a wealthy young woman, but now she must once again rely on her guile. Her father’s been wrongly accused of selling secrets to Napoleon, and he is going to hang-unless Jess finds the real traitor in the London underworld. She never dreamed her search would begin by waking up naked in a rude captain’s bed. Or how little she’d mind…When Captain Sebastian Kennett prevents a kidnapping on the London docks, he takes the headstrong would-be victim home. He’s infatuated with her courageous spirit. She’s enthralled by his commanding strength and the sexy spark in her eyes. The she discovers something else about the spellbinding seaman: He could be the traitor she’s hunting, the man whose next move could determine her father’s fate- and her future as well.

Publisher’s Weekly:

“Bourne’s latest espionage-based series historical (following The Spymaster’s Lady) entices with subtle subterfuge and heated romance. Jess Whitby, daughter of suspected spy Josiah Whitby, is doing everything in her power to exonerate her imprisoned father. In order to free him, she must prove that someone other than her father is the Cinq, a notorious mole. But Jess has met her match in Capt. Sebastian Kennett, wealthy bastard son of an English nobleman, equally as clever at keeping tabs on Jess as she is at tracking him. Sebastian is responsible for Josiah’s arrest; Jess believes that Sebastian may be the Cinq; their mutual attraction proves a lovely foil for their suspicious minds. Glimpses of the leads’ sordid pasts add depth, and Bourne’s consummate way with a story line and an explosive denouement do the rest.”

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Joanna Bourne Interview

BK: Thank you for joining us, Joanne!

The Spymaster’s Lady and My Lord and Spymaster have taken the romance world by storm. Were you surprised by their success? Was there a moment when you realized, I’m going to be a hit at this romance writing thing?

JK: My first and overwhelming sensation was delight that Spymaster’s Lady sold at all.

It was kind of a close thing. We were going through one of those, ‘Historical Romance is Dead,’ periods, so they were buying less Historical than they might have. And there’s the common wisdom that Romances set outside America and the British Isles don’t sell well.

Spymaster’s Lady was a little weird in some ways, I suppose. I remember one rejection I got — the nice woman pointed out that I was making a number of grammatical errors. Was English my first language?

Anyhow, Berkley took a chance on me.
I was flabbergasted by the lovely reviews and the interest and the kind support.
I have RITA FINALIST Nominations for both books.

I haven’t got over the flabbergasted stage, really.
“Wow,” says I, and, “Oh my.”

As to being a ‘hit’ in terms of selling lots of books . . . *wry grin*.
I don’t know whereas hit-dom is exactly just on the immediate horizon. But I do hope the Maggie book — out in 2010 from Berkley, God willing and the crick don’t rise — will avoid the books-that-suck category.

BK: Interesting, the way the romance market waxes and wanes. It seems like the moment they figure out a trend, it’s finished and something new is happening, doesn’t it?
What is sure to distract you from sitting down and working/writing?

JB: Criminy. What doesn’t distract me? I have a hummingbird of a mind, always flitting off in any random direction, headed for the next showy flower.

Anything will pull me away from the writing. I will scrub the kitchen floor in preference to sitting down to write. I’ll wash the dog. I will watch bad TV.

I have to schedule a regular time every day and go somewhere OUT of the house to work, where there’s nothing to do but drink coffee and work.

BK: What are you working on presently? What about upcoming releases?

JB: I’m in the middle of Maggie’s story. Maggie and Doyle. These two appear as secondary characters in The Spymaster’s Lady and My Lord and Spymaster. This is how they met and fell in love and managed to stay alive despite considerable and concentrated effort from various interested parties. Adrian’s in there too.
is set in France in 1794. We are smack dab in the middle of French Revolution, in the time of The Terror, and fairly terrifying it is.
You think American politics are rough? In 1794 ,when you annoyed the Powers That Be, they cut your head off.

BK: What’s the best compliment you ever got on your writing or a book?

BK: Somebody called it ‘intelligent fiction’.

BK: If you could time travel to any time or placeβ€”the past or futureβ€”where and when would you go to, and why?

JB: I’m going to answer for how I feel right now at this minute. Other minutes, you’d get other answers.
I’m sitting in a coffeeshop, listening to jazz. It’s raining outside. The street is black with it and it’s all beaded up on the windows. Just beautiful.

I imagine myself in Paris in the 1920s, on the Left Bank. Since this is imagination, I make myself skinny and dressed in slinky black. I find a table way in a quiet corner of the Cafe de Flore. They all come in, singly or in groups. Brooding. Thinking. Settling down with a notebook to write. Drinking pernod. Reading. Arguing loudly and passionately. James Joyce. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda. Pablo Picasso and some bimbo model he’s dragged along. e. e. cummings. Sylvia Beach. Gertrude Stein and Alice. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Hemingway.

BK: I can just picture it. Jack Finney would say you were the perfect candidate for time travel with that imagination, Joanna. πŸ™‚ Thank you for visiting with us today, and best of luck in future works.

Leave Jo a comment to qualify to win a copy of My Lord and Spymaster. The winner will be announced during the evening of 4/13/9. For those of you who already haven’t done so, be sure and enter the super Daring Time Contest and win BIG!

24 comments to “You Are Going to Love Joanna Bourne and a Giveaway of My Lord and Spymaster”

  1. blackroze37@yahoo.com
      · April 12th, 2009 at 6:47 pm · Link

    boy i keep having trouble with the blog posts, since it always start out with the daring contest, (ENTERED IT:) )
    so hiya joanna , i havnt read any of your books and its nice to read about them

  2. Jane
      · April 12th, 2009 at 6:58 pm · Link

    Hi Joanna,
    Congrats on the RITA nominations. Do you have a release date for Maggie and Doyle’s book yet?

  3. Greta
      · April 12th, 2009 at 6:59 pm · Link

    Just wanted to drop by and say hi to Beth & Joanna. I haven’t read Joanna’s book yet but I have become intrigued with it since DABWAHA. I have it on my TBB list for next month.

  4. beth kery
      · April 12th, 2009 at 7:08 pm · Link

    Sorry, blackroze37. Since the Daring Time Contest is the big thing going on around here, it has a sticky for the top of my blog. The daily guest authors–such as the lovely Joanna–appear immediately below the contest as the most recent entry.

  5. Roberta Harwell
      · April 12th, 2009 at 7:09 pm · Link

    Hello Joanna,

    Congrats on the RITA nominations. Thanks for giving us a view into your world of writing. Have a great day. Would love to win one of your books.

  6. Kammie
      · April 12th, 2009 at 7:20 pm · Link

    “She never dreamed her search would begin by waking up naked in a rude captain’s bed.” Wow…what happens next! I want to read more…

    Congratulations to you on your success and your RITA nominations. Enjoyed hearing about your latest story and reading your blog.

  7. Lea
      · April 12th, 2009 at 7:26 pm · Link

    Hi Joanna:

    It is so wonderful to see you here at Beth’s blog. I’ve read nothing but rave reviews about “The Spymaster’s Lady” and “My Lord and Spymaster”. Congratulations on your RITA nominations.

    Best Regards πŸ˜€

  8. Jody F.
      · April 12th, 2009 at 7:30 pm · Link

    Thanks for joining us on such a wonderful holiday. Your book sounds great and something I’ll have to add to my tbr pile.

  9. Sue A.
      · April 12th, 2009 at 8:38 pm · Link

    Kudos on the Rita noms! Historicals never go out of fashion with me. I hope authors like you always continue to write them and that publishers continue to support you.

  10. Lynda
      · April 12th, 2009 at 11:29 pm · Link

    I have The Spymaster’s Lady but not My Lord and Spymaster yet. I’ve heard so many wonderful things that these are a definate must. Congrats!

  11. Afshan N
      · April 12th, 2009 at 11:47 pm · Link

    Hey Joanna!!
    I Loved The Spymaster’s Lady!!! It was a great read, I definitely recommend that if you haven’t read it to pick it up
    πŸ˜€ you will NOT be disappointed.
    I didn’t know there was a follow up book it sounds great I’m looking forward to reading it.

  12. Blanche
      · April 13th, 2009 at 12:55 am · Link

    Hi Joanna!!

    I’ve also heard wonderful things about your books and I can’t wait to read them!!!
    Congrats on the nominations!!! :mrgreen:

  13. blodeuedd
      · April 13th, 2009 at 2:45 am · Link

    I do love a good historical πŸ˜€
    And this one sure looks good.

    1920’s paris seems a good choice.

  14. Beverly G
      · April 13th, 2009 at 6:13 am · Link

    congrats on ur rita noms as a reader i was wondering do you ever get character ideas from the people you know like does someone in ur life inspire a certain character

  15. Danielle
      · April 13th, 2009 at 6:50 am · Link

    Hi Joanna, first let me tell you how blown away I was with The Spymaster’s Lady– I loved it. I was lucky enough to find a copy of Her Ladyship’s Companion. Will this book ever get reissued? But I think my main question is when is Adrian getting his own story?

    Congrtulations on being a RITA Finalist!! Way To GO. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

    P.S. I enjoyed My Lord and Spymaster too. πŸ˜‰

  16. RobynL
      · April 13th, 2009 at 7:59 am · Link

    congrats on being a Rita finalist and congrats on this book flying.

    traitor, underworld, spy, naked…. what more could one want in a novel. LOL

  17. Joanna Bourne
      · April 13th, 2009 at 9:20 am · Link

    Hi All —

    Thank you so much for the kind welcome. I am stunned witless to get two RITA noms. It is so wonderful.

    @ Jane. I expect MAGGIE to be published in 2010. No idea when. I don’t think they’ll schedule it till I turn in the manuscript in Fall 2009.

    @ Greta and Jody. Oh, thank you so much for putting MLAS on your TBB list. I do hope you enjoy it.

    @Lynda — thank you for buying TSL. If you like it, do drop by the blog and tell me. If you don’t like it . . . well . . .

    @Kammie. I am so glad you enjoy the blog. Right now I’m in the middle of researching French fashion of 1794. I’m putting the highlights on my blog.
    Slowly, slowly, I’m working my way through period pics, trying to decide what my characters are wearing.

    @ Afshan. You liked TSL? I am just delighted. Oh my, yes.
    My Lord and Spymaster takes place in the same fictive universe. It’s not really a sequel, but Doyle and Adrian come back as secondary characters.

    @ Beverly. My young spy Adrian came a little bit of a fellow I knew in High School. His appearance at least. Maybe some of his spirit too, now that I think of it.

    I don’t really go to people I know for my characters. They’re made up from scratch, I guess you’d say.

    @ Danielle. You are so very kind. THANK YOU for liking the books. It makes all the work worthwhile.

    Adrian will get his own story. I’m planning to write his book as soon as I’m finished with MAGGIE. I’ll admit I have not the least idea yet what it will be.

    I hope it comes to me.

  18. Val Pearson
      · April 13th, 2009 at 10:50 am · Link

    Congrtulations on being a RITA Finalist!

    I voted in that DAWBWA (? I can’t remember the initials, but I voted for your book the whole way! It looks really good!

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  19. Eva S
      · April 13th, 2009 at 11:55 am · Link

    Hey Joanna,
    congrats on your RITA nominations!
    I loved The Spymaster’s Lady and have My Lord and Spymaster on my wishlist, it sounds great!

  20. Cheryl M
      · April 13th, 2009 at 12:44 pm · Link

    Hi Joanna,
    Congrats on the nominations!
    I’ve put your books on my tbr list.
    I loved you answer to the time travel question! Since we’re imagining why can’t we be thinner and have great clothes? And I’d be taller too!

  21. Eimy
      · April 13th, 2009 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Congrats on your RITA nominations!
    I loved The Spymaster’s Lady, and My Lord and Spymaster sounds just as good πŸ™‚

  22. Maija P.
      · April 13th, 2009 at 2:33 pm · Link

    I still haven’t read either of your books even though I just love a good historical romance. And I don’t even remember when was the last time I read espionage-themed book. Please count me in the drawing πŸ™‚
    Congrats on the nominations!

  23. Lori Ann
      · April 13th, 2009 at 4:24 pm · Link

    Congrats on the Rita nominations!

    I enjoyed reading this interview. I cannot wait to read Maggie and Doyle’s story. I loved My Spymaster’s Lady and My Lord and Spymaster. πŸ™‚

  24. MarthaE
      · April 13th, 2009 at 5:26 pm · Link

    Wonderful Interview! Thanks for sharing – the books sound like my favorites – HR with sexy pickpockets, traitors, spys… Oh My!

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