Interview & Giveaway: BETRAYING MERCY by Amber Lin

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02_Betraying MercyTitle: Betraying Mercy
Author: Amber Lin
Publisher: Harlequin E
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: August 4, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon  |  B & N  |  iTunes

Can she be more than a mistress?

With a tarnished reputation, Mercy Lyndhurst expected to become the Earl of Rochford’s mistress, not his wife. Immediately abandoned by her husband after their wedding, Mercy transformed herself from commoner to countess, vowing to protect the lands and people her husband was forced to leave.

Over the past six years, William has restored the family fortune all the while tortured by his memories of Mercy…and the dark night he killed a man. When a threat draws him home, William learns just how much has changed—including his wife. While the passion still flares between them, he fears he has wounded her too badly to regain her trust. But as the danger grows they must unite to save the estate…and possibly their marriage.

Praise for Amber Lin’s Books

“Amber Lin shows us that romance isn’t just for the rich and shiny. Love can find its way even into the dark corners of the most damaged hearts.” – Tiffany Reisz, bestselling author

“Amber’s work cuts deeper than that of anybody else I can think of—her prose is beautiful, the dark emotions are darker, the sex is sexier.” – Ruthie Knox, New York Times Bestselling Author

“She has a beautiful, atmospheric writing style and you’re not going to find sentimental love here, nor are you going to find hearts and flowers. This is taut, compelling, thoughtful and also gritty, earthy and unembellished.” – Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews

“Oh and as for Amber Lin, well she was already on my shelf as a favourite Author of mine and yet again she proved just why. Her writing style is beautiful, flawless and so evocative you live and breathe her stories.” -TotallyBooked Blog

“Amber Lin has created an incredible story that is a captivating mix of redemption, love, and psychological suspense that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I highly recommend it to more adventurous readers!” – The Autumn Review

“Since the release of Giving It Up, the first book in her Lost Girls series, I have been a die-hard fan of this author and have been singing her praises to everyone who wants to listen. Four full-length novels later and it is evident that Amber Lin’s talent is not restricted to dark romances, she also writes wonderful steamy and sweet contemporaries.” – Swept Away by Romance

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Interview with Amber Lin:

 

Hi Amber, thank you so much for dropping by Girl meets Books today!

Thanks so much for having me, Camille! I’m so excited to share my new release, Betraying Mercy. It’s a dark historical romance with a brooding hero and a scientist heroine.

Here’s the blurb:

Can she be more than a mistress?

With a tarnished reputation, Mercy Lyndhurst expected to become the Earl of Rochford’s mistress, not his wife. Immediately abandoned by her husband after their wedding, Mercy transformed herself from commoner to countess, vowing to protect the lands and people her husband was forced to leave.

Over the past six years, William has restored the family fortune all the while tortured by his memories of Mercy…and the dark night he killed a man. When a threat draws him home, William learns just how much has changed—including his wife. While the passion still flares between them, he fears he has wounded her too badly to regain her trust. But as the danger grows they must unite to save the estate…and possibly their marriage.

You can read Betraying Mercy now from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

 

Where did you get the inspiration for this book?

When I started writing it, I had written and published my first two contemporary romance novels. They were pretty dark and edgy, and I knew I wanted to translate that into a historical setting.

Usually characters come to me first, so I knew Mercy was a poor girl from the village, and that William is the lord of the manor.

And then I envisioned this stereotypical dark and stormy night—but a very not-stereotypical setup wherein the hero ends up killing the heroine’s father.

And then he ruins the heroine by bringing her back to his room and having sex with her.

And then… well, wait, are we sure this is a romance? Yes! It totally is, but it’s a hard, dark road for these two.

 

Can you tell us some behind-the-scene happenings when you were writing this book?

This one’s not about writing the book, but publishing it. So after I wrote the book I got a lot of feedback, and all of it was like “Wow! So good. And so dark! What’s that about?” So I figured there may be some pushback about that aspect, once I got to the querying phase.

I actually didn’t even query it. I shoved it into a drawer and focused on my contemporaries.

Then I saw that Harlequin was starting a new line of gothic romances, and I remembered my old book. I was like hey, that book is dark! There’s some worry over a ghost in the abbey. This can work! So I submitted it, and when the call came back, the first thing they said was “no, this isn’t a gothic romance. It’s a historical romance, and we’d love to publish it.”

So that was the path to publication for this book. A little long and circuitous, but here we are :).

 

How would you describe Mercy in three words?

Brave. Smart. Hopeful.

 

How about William? How would you describe them in three words?

Haunted. Brooding. Protective.

 

What made you decide to write in the historical romance genre?

I’ve always wanted to write contemporary and historical. I started writing contemporaries, and with Betraying Mercy, as well as my releases with the Entangled Scandalous line, Letters at Christmas and Falling for the Pirate, I’ve done historical too!

There’s definitely something breathless and powerful and evocative about historical romance, and I really enjoyed playing with the tropes in that sub-genre, taking full advantage of the freedoms it has, compared to contemporaries, as well as pushing a few of the boundaries.

 

Can you share with us your writing process?

I’m definitely a character-first kind of writer, so first I’ll get a feel for a character who seems interesting and complex. Ideally, they have a lot of work to do in their lives, to fix themselves, to be ready and open to love, to be stable and kind and caring. Otherwise, well, it’s a really short book 😉

 

Which books are you reading right now?

I’m a sucker for romantic suspense. I recently read Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane and love it. I’ve read all of Laura Griffin’s books and I’m anxiously awaiting the release of Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy. And I actually have a boxed set coming out with some romantic suspense authors so keep an eye out for the Danger and Desire set in October.

 

What do you think is the perfect formula for a romance novel?

Honestly I love to be surprised. I love things that are out of the box. While story itself is a formula, I love for romance novels specifically to push the boundaries of the hero, the heroine, and how they fit together. But if I had to put one thing out there, I love when the characters find each other irresistible. For example, the conflict is huge. Massive. It would be so easy to walk away. So easy to hate them or close their hearts or strike out emotionally. And there’s something really compelling about their inability to do those things, like being forcibly pulled into kindness and intimacy and love, as if the characters are magnets of opposite poles, and no matter how much distance between them, they must meet in the middle.

 

Which authors or works have influenced the way your write or conceptualize your stories?

Oh gosh, in terms of historical romance, I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Hoyt, Sherry Thomas, Laura Kinsale, Lisa Kleypas, and Judith Ivory. Reading To Have and To Hold by Patricia Gaffney last year pretty much blew my mind.

 

What’s next in store for you?

I’m going to be continuing my Men of Fortune series with Entangled—those are historical romances focused on a group of men who’ve banded together. They all started poor and through ambition and sheer force of will and… well, and a little bit of piracy, built their wealth. Now they return to England to resettle in society and find love along the way. The first two books in the series, Letters at Christmas and Falling for the Pirate, are already out. The third book should be out soon.

 

Thank you so much for the wonderful interview, Amber!

Thanks again for having me, Camille!

You guys can find Betraying Mercy on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. And you can sign up for my newsletter to keep up with future releases ❤

 

 

 

About the Author:

03_Amber LinAmber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion.

Her debut novel, Giving It Up, received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” She has been published by Loose Id, Carina Press, and Entangled.

Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good.

For more information on Amber Lin and her novels please visit her website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads. Sign up for Amber Lin’s Newsletter.

 

 

Giveaway!!!

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