Friday, January 29, 2010

Linore Rose Burkard ~ Interview + Giveaway!

Linore will be giving away a copy of her new book, The Country House Courtship, so make sure you enter! =)

About the author:
Linore Rose Burkard creates Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen Soul. Her characters take you back in time to experience life and love during the Regency England era (circa 1800 - 1830). Ms. Burkard's novels include Before the Seasons Ends, The House in Grosvenor Square and, The Country House Courtship. Her stories blend Christian faith and romance with well-researched details from the Regency. Readers experience a romantic age, where England from the past comes alive and happy endings are possible for everyone!

About the book:
England, 1818: It has been five years since Ariana Forsythe married The Paragon, Mr. Phillip Mornay. Now, Ariana's sister, Miss Beatrice Forsythe, is seventeen and determined to marry advantageously as well. (Surely Ariana's society connexions all but guarantee Beatrice's success-especially if Mr. Mornay is created a baronet by the Prince Regent!

But the Mornay's have disappeared from high society as they raise a family at their country estate. Can Beatrice persuade them to chaperone her in London? And what about her business with the curate, Mr. O'Brien, whom Beatrice rashly promised to marry years earlier? She is too sophisticated now to settle for a mere clergyman-despite his agreeable countenance and gentle, understanding ways. When Mr. Tristan Barton becomes tenant of the Manor House, Beatrice's hopes seem to have found their object. But when Ariana falls gravely ill, secrets come to light, motives are revealed, and pretenses that are easy to keep up in the darkness begin to crumble. As hearts are bared and truths uncovered, a country house courtship like no other cannot be far behind!

Fans of Linore's first books, Before the Season Ends, and The House on Grosvenor Square, will be delighted with final addition to the Regency Inspirational Series, as will all readers of historical romance.

Linore, Your tag line is "Inspirational Romance for the Jane Austen Soul". How did a girl from Queens, NY become enamored with the Regency era and come to write novels in that genre but with an inspirational twist?
By my twenties I had discovered Georgette Heyer (called the Queen of the Regency Romance) and then I re-discovered Jane Austen. Christian fiction was just starting to take off, and I kept hoping for a Christian regency to read, but it never materialized. I finally realized that if this book was going to be written, it would have to be by me! So, I wrote the book I wanted to read.

How has Jane Austen's work influenced yours? Who else has inspired your writing?
Austen shows that "romance" does not have to be seen as less literary than other genres, and that wit, taste and depth of character are as important as plot. Georgette Heyer, as I mentioned, was an influence; and beyond them, I suppose it is just that I always read a great deal, and really longed to fashion a story where the gospel was included, but to have it in there naturally, so that readers wouldn't feel preached to. I love all the James Herriot books, Dickens, the Brontes, and other English writers.

What do you hope readers will take away from your books?
I hope my readers will feel as though they've been transported to an amazing world of the past, with living characters and places so real they can almost reach out and touch them. I love it when readers write to me to say they just had a wonderful mini-vacation--reading my book! Some say they've had a spiritually encouraging journey while reading--and that means everything to me.

Any Regency romance is going to be compared to Jane Austen's novels ~ how are your books similar / different?
I don't think most regencies are written to be like Jane, and mine are no exception. I'm not competing with Jane Austen; I'm re-visiting the world she wrote about, though; and that is the similarity. When readers say my writing is "Austen-like", I take that as a huge compliment, but that's when I think it's wise not to believe my own press! (smile)

Do you have more Regency novels planned?
Right now I'm working on a regency time-travel that is dying to be a screenplay! I'm writing it as a novel, but little scenes creep in where, at their end, I actually type in "fade to black," before I realize what I've done. That's all I'm going to say about the new book for now, but readers can rest assured that it will be different enough to delight them, but similar in the sense that it's still me writing, it's still my voice.

Can you give us a sneak peek into The Country House Courtship?
Country House is the third book in the Regency Series, and gives one of the minor characters from the first books her own "day in the spotlight," her own romance. It begins about five years later (about 1818) and sees Mr. O'Brien (a curate, now) to a happy marriage of his own. There's a little bit of mystery, a villain (an Austenesque villain--not a serial killer, in other words!)and a denouement that I hope will leave people smiling and satisfied.

*USA residents only, please*

Okay readers, here is your chance to win an autographed copy of The Country House Courtship!

To enter:

*Leave a comment with your name and email address (so I can contact you if you win).

*Please specify that you want to be included in the contest!

*If you want an extra entry, become one of my followers.

*The comment is mandatory. (Please, say in the comment if you are a follower!! It makes my job easier when you do.) You will not be entered unless you leave a comment. If you are already a follower, and then you leave a comment, you will still get two entries in the contest.

*The contest will run from today (Jan. 29) until 10:30 CST on Thursday (Feb. 4). I will announce the winner that night. The winner is always randomly drawn. I will contact the winner on Friday the 5th, and then that person will have one week to reply. If the winner doesn't reply within that time period, I will pick a new winner.

Good luck! Thanks for visiting.


Casey said...

Thanks for the interview and chance to win!

I am a follower. :)


Merry said...

I love Jane Austen & Georgette Heyer, so Linore's books are just my cup of tea. Please add me to the drawing. Thanks!


Trinity Rose said...

Thanks for the interview. I would love to be in the contest and I'm a follower.
Wanda Chamberlain

Emma Michaels said...

You have received an award on my blog:
Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful day!

Connie Hall said...

I love Jane Austin. While in England one of the highlights was seeing her home. I'm a follower. I also want to enter your contest. Thanks for the review. The book sounds like a fun read.

Judy Glidden said...

Would love to win this book! I have the others she wrote in this series and know I will enjoy reading this one!

rubynreba said...

Please enter me. Thanks.

I follow.


Marci said...

Please enter me--I'm a follower and would love to win! Thanks!
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me. The book sounds great!
bethnaf at hotmail dot com

Charity said...

Please enter me:) I would love to read this one. Have both her new ones on my wish list. Thanks!!


Charity said...

Also a blog follower:D

Carolynn said...

Hi Linore,
I'm delighted you have another book out and would appreciate being entered in your contest. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Would love to read this one....please enter me. Thanks!!!

destrella said...

Love Jane Austen romance style. Thank you for the giveaway and I am your follower. :O)

inthehammockblog said...

Great interview! I love regency stories! Please enter me in the contest!
+1 I'm a follower

inthehammockblog (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks so much!

Robin said...

I'm a new Follower.
I love Regency Era. Especially if they are inspirational.

Robin Riley

robinribbit at yahoo dot com

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D. said...

Great book. Hope to post a review within the week on Amazon. Already ordered my MIL a copy. Don't enter me in contest - but if you don't win the book, go out and buy it as soon as you can.

justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.

I am a follower.

Sara Harricharan @ Fiction Fusion said...

A great interview. A time-travel screenplay also sounds lovely. ^_^

Please enter me,

Virginia said...

This really sounds like a great read and i would love to read it! I have heard a lot about her books but have never read Linore's books before! Please enter me! I am a follower!


Marjorie said...

This book sounds wonderful and I
have never read a book by this
author, please enter me.

I am a follower.

Katie Bensch said...

This looks SO good I have read the first two books and I loved them! I would love to be entered in the drawing for this book. My email is Thank you! :)

Renee said...

Thank you for the interview and chance to win! I am a follower, and would love to win this book. I read the first two, and have been waiting forever for this one! :)


Michelle said...

I would love to be included in the contest! Thank you for entering me.

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Michelle said...

I am now a follower of your blog.

Thank you,
scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

pixie13 said...

Thanks for the wonderful interview. I would love to be included in your lovely contest. I'm a new follower. Thanks!


The Unsell Family said...

Please enter me.
I am a follower.
~Jen Unsell

HereBeDragons said...

Who doesn't love Jane Austen? Please enter me. I'm following now.