Interview & Giveaway: To Tame a Scandalous Lady by Liana De la Rosa

Happy Monday, dear readers! Today on the blog I have an interview with Liana De la Rosa, who is on Blog Tour for To Tame a Scandalous Lady! We hope you enjoy the interview! We also have a giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card, so be sure to enter.

Hello Liana and welcome to Passages to the Past! Thanks so much for stopping by today to talk about To Tame a Scandalous Lady!

To begin, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your writing?

I write historical romance with a touch of spice set in the Regency and Victorian periods which feature unexpected characters, witty heroes, and saucy heroines. I live in the Phoenix area, and when I’m not writing, I’m herding my three young children with my very patient husband. I enjoy collecting and wearing striped shirts, sipping crisp glasses of sauvignon blanc, and listening to true crime podcasts. I’m also a huge romance novel fan, and love chatting about my favorite romances with other readers.

How and when did you begin writing Historical Romance?

After my younger son was born, I found myself reading a lot of romance novels - several a week. With a two-year-old and colicky newborn, I enjoyed escaping into historical romances for a time. But it wasn’t until my husband asked me why I hadn’t tried writing my own novel, that I even considered it. I was floored and thought, Why hadn’t I? I started researching writing craft topics that week.

What was your favorite scene to write?

I think the very first scene I wrote, and my favorite scene, was when Christian discovers Flora’s identity by the pond. I usually write in consecutive order, but that scene was so vivid in my head, I wrote it out all in one sitting.

What was the most difficult scene to write?

The black moment between Christian and Flora at the Campbell House ball. I rewrote elements of that scene so many times attempting to get the feelings of betrayal, helplessness, and love just right.

What does your daily writing routine look like?

With three small children at home, I can’t write until after bedtime. I tend to social media, etc, during the day in between taking my boys to school and playing with my two-year-old, #FutureHeroine. Once the kids are in bed, I pour myself a glass of wine, kiss my husband good night, and retire to my office. I try to write for a solid three hours, and do my best to write as many new words as possible during that time.

What has been your greatest challenge as a writer? Have you been able to overcome it?

The greatest challenge I’ve faced as a writer is battling my own insecurities. It’s easy to critique my writing and think it rubbish, or compare my career with others. Every day I remind myself my stories are worth sharing, and I continue to learn my craft to make my writing the strongest I can.

Who are your writing inspirations?

Oh goodness, I have the longest list, but I’ll do my best to condense it. I’m inspired by Lisa Kleypas’s memorable characters and fascinating research tidbits; Julie Anne Long’s prose is like poetry and makes me sigh; Alyssa Cole’s storylines are so compelling that I’m always excited to pick up one of her books; and RS Grey’s stories are quirky and filled with witty banter.

What was the first historical romance novel you read? 

I honestly can’t remember. I started reading historical romance in my teens, and I vaguely remember a western romance with a strawberry blonde heroine I loved. When I started reading romance again as a SAHM, Monica McCarty and Mary Wine were the first authors I really binged on. Perhaps that’s why I always have a Scottish character in my books. :-)

What is the last historical romance novel you read? 

SCANDALOUS by Minerva Spencer. She’s an auto buy author for me, and I had eagerly been anticipated this third installment in her Outcasts series, and it did not disappoint!

What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?

The research! I love losing myself down a research hole. I once spent two months watching documentaries and reading books on a topic I found fascinating…only for my father to ask why I didn’t write about it. I gasped and thought, Holy cow! Why didn’t I think of that?! I ended up writing a whole series proposal and the first book inspired by that topic I had researched simply for the enjoyment of it.

What historical time period do you gravitate towards the most with your personal reading?

I’m pretty eclectic in my personal reading. I sometimes crave a Scottish historical, sometimes a Western, and other times a Regency. Right now I’m actually reading an alien romance series that’s so much fun!

What do you like to do when you aren't writing?

I enjoy doing DIY projects around the house. I also try to keep my children from destroying that house. They’re very rambunctious, so it’s a good thing…for them…that they’re so cute.

Lastly, what are you working on next?

I’m about to start work on the fourth book in my Once Upon A Scandal series, TO TEMPT A SCANDALOUS LORD. This is Niall’s story, Lady Flora’s somewhat overbearing older brother who appeared in books two and three, and his heroine is going to turn his world upside down. I can’t wait to write it!

That sounds great! Thank you so much for spending time with us today!

To Tame a Scandalous Lady by Liana De la Rosa

Publication Date: October 21, 2019
Entangled Publishing/Amara
eBook; 400 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Regency/Victorian

In the wake of a fire that decimates his racing stock, Christian Andrews, the Marquess of Amstead, struggles to keep his family's stud farm from slipping into ruin and painstakingly rebuilds the program. When one of his prime stallions is injured, he notices his new assistant trainer has a special way with the horses. As talented as the trainer is, once he realizes he is a she…and a very beautiful, spirited she at that…he should sack her before scandal breaks. But it’s only weeks before the high stakes race he’s counting on to build back his fortune, and Flora should be by his side for the win.

Miserable under the weight of the ton’s expectations, headstrong Lady Flora Campbell laments her privileged life in London. Embracing her dream of working with racehorses, she disguises herself as a lad and slips away to learn as much as she can from England’s premiere expert, Christian Andrews, never thinking of the scandal she courts but the glory to be had.

Although she develops a tendre for the dashing marquess, she can never let on that she’s not only a woman, but the daughter of a duke...

"Sparkling, sensual, and oh-so-smart!" —Lenora Bell, USA Today bestselling author

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About the Author

Liana De la Rosa is a historical romance writer whose stories are set in the Georgian and Late Regency periods. As a longtime fan of the romance genre, Liana can remember sneaking Harlequins into her bedroom to read on the sly. After her second child was born, her husband challenged her to write her own book and she’s been writing ever since. Liana is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona and enjoys cheering on her alma mater in all things (BEAR DOWN!). When she’s not writing witty heroes, saucy heroines, and secondary characters screaming for their own stories, she’s a wannabe domestic goddess and fashionista who wrangles a rambunctious brood of small children with her patient husband in Arizona.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, October 21
Review at The Romance Dish

Tuesday, October 22
Review at Historical Romance Lover

Wednesday, October 23
Review at Rose is Reading

Thursday, October 24
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Friday, October 25
Review at Gwendalyn's Books

Monday, October 28
Review at The Book Junkie Reads

Wednesday, October 30
Excerpt at Coffee and Ink

Friday, November 1
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Monday, November 4
Interview at Passages to the Past

Thursday, November 7
Review at Nursebookie
Feature at The Lit Bitch


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on November 7th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Paperback giveaway is open to the US only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen.

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