Spotlight & Giveaway: Once She Was Tempted by Anne Barton

Posted November 13th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 50 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome historical romance author Anne Barton to HJ!


Hi Anne , Welcome to HJ

Hi, and thank you so much for having me!

What would you say are the defining characteristic of your novels?

Anne BartonWhat a great question! Gosh, I think I’m still figuring it out, and maybe the answer will come into focus with more books. But I write fairytale-like stories—nothing too horribly gritty. I like a hero and heroine who I can root for, and who don’t take themselves too seriously. Oh, and you know how some romantic comedies end with an over-the-top scene that’s a little cheesy but still makes you happy and teary-eyed? I like to write those scenes—the big, public declarations of love. I can’t help it!

5 best things about being a writer?

1. Starting a new story—so many possibilities!
2. Going to conferences. Romance writers are FUN.3. Getting lost in a story. 4. Hearing from readers.
5. Typing “The End.”

Let’s talk about your newest release: ONCE SHE WAS TEMPTED

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here…

OSWTA hot, tortured hero with a bad attitude meets a sweet, innocent heroine—who might have posed for a couple of scandalous portraits. Oh, and he has one of them.

Please tell us about the characters in your book?

Benjamin Elliot, the Earl of Foxburn, (our hot and tortured hero) was inspired a little by the character of Dr. Gregory House. He’s got a wry sense of humor and a war injury that makes him retreat from the world—until he meets Daphne.

Everyone thought Daphne Honeycote was the sweet, innocent younger sister, but it turns out that she has a couple of secrets of her own. The scandalous portraits she posed for could bring shame upon her family—unless she can track them down before they’re revealed.

What scene did you most enjoy writing? Why?

It’s hard to choose! I like writing love scenes because intimacy almost always leads to interesting revelations about the characters. And as I said, I love writing the big public declarations at the end, but that would be giving too much away. For this story, I really liked writing the opening, because it’s in Ben’s point of view and it’s just so him.

Upon meeting Miss Daphne Honeycote for the first time, Benjamin Elliot, Earl of Foxburn, had two distinct thoughts.
The first was that she appeared to be a suitable match for his upstanding young protégé, Hugh. Her golden hair was smoothed into a demure twist at her nape, and the collar of her gown was prim enough to pass muster in a convent. Her entire person radiated light, goodness, and purity.
The earl’s second thought regarding Miss Honeycote was that he should probably take down the nude portrait of her that was hanging in his study.

As you wrote your hero and heroine was there anything about them that surprised you?

Yes, but I don’t want to give it away! I’ll just say that I love how they eventually bring out the best in each other.

What was your hero’s biggest secret?

The solemn promise to his best friend, who died at Waterloo.

What does your hero love most about your heroine?

Her luminous, sweet, generous personality.

What does your heroine love most about your hero?

His loyalty, bravery, and honesty. And his broad shoulders. 🙂

If you could have given your Characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be?

You can’t fight love.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2013 into 2014?

I’m finishing up the third book in the Honeycote series—SCANDALOUS SUMMER NIGHTS. It’s Olivia’s story, and it’ll be out in 2014. Rose’s story comes after that!

Where can readers get in touch with you?

Oh, please visit me on Facebook, Twitter, and my website.  I’d love to see you there!



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She looked up at him, her beautiful face imploring. In the light of the lanterns, the skin above her fashionably low neckline glistened, and he imagined what it would be like to hold her and cover her mouth with his, to lose himself in her warm, seductive glow. He longed to trace the lace edge of her pretty gown with his fingertip. Or, better yet, his tongue. The anger that he’d felt only seconds before turned to ash and a different kind of fire ignited in his chest. In that moment, he knew he’d do anything she asked of him, no matter how silly or hopeless. “Why should I?”
“Because you have nothing to lose.”
“That is true.” He took her bare hand from his arm, raised it between them, and pressed his lips to the back of it.
“What was that for?”
“I was simply sealing the deal. I shall search for the owner of the second portrait. You shall search for a miracle cure.”
She smiled as though he’d given her a precious gift. Or a puppy. “Perfect,” she said.
Before he knew what he was saying, he blurted, “I’ll even sweeten the pot.”
Her forehead wrinkled in puzzlement.
“If you find a way to ease my pain, I shall give you the portrait of you that hangs in my study.”
“It’s still hanging in your study?” Her voice held a note of alarm.
“Relax. No one has seen it. No one will.”
“I would feel better if it were destroyed.”
Destroy it? He hadn’t considered the idea that she might want to get rid of the portrait altogether. It would be sacrilege. He understood her logic, of course. For as long as the painting existed, her reputation was in a state of danger. He just knew that he’d never be able to bring himself to torch or shred it. The very idea made his stomach clench.
“Let’s take one step at a time,” he said. “I’ll visit Hugh tomorrow and concoct an excuse to look through Robert’s papers.”
Her face fell. “I feel awful for putting you in a position where you need to lie.”
He laughed. “You’re hardly responsible for corrupting me. I thought we’d already established that I’m quite without scruples—a lost cause, if you will.”
“I’m not so sure about that…Benjamin.”
The sound of his name on her lips unleashed a fresh wave of desire. He wondered how she’d react if he leaned in and kissed her tenderly—just a brief kiss so that he could test his theory that she’d taste like honey, pure and golden.

50 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Once She Was Tempted by Anne Barton”

  1. Sandy Xiong

    I’ve always love Sleeping Beauty. The prince fighting to save the princess….who doesn’t love that. The princess I wanted to be the most was Mulan…does she still count as a princess? She’s strong and does what she can to help and honor her family. I love her character so much!

  2. jdh2690

    My favorite fairy tale growing up was Cinderella because she triumphed over her cruel stepmother and stepsisters … and it was just so magical with bippity boppity boo! Thanks for the post and congrats to Anne on her newest release.

  3. Heather L

    Belle from Beauty and the Beast. How lucky is she to have her man give her a whole library! 🙂

  4. Marcy Shuler

    My favorite fairytale is Beauty and the Beast, but I think I wanted to be Cinderella.

  5. Krysten M

    I always wanted to be Belle.. but my favorite fairy tale was probably Cinderella (although I recently read one of the original creepy versions.. I’ll just choose to think of the Disney storyline instead)

  6. casie boland

    Belle from Beauty and the Beast, who would want a castle and a big beautiful man and enchanted dishes!

  7. Lani

    Ariel (little mermaid) cause i cant swim! lol. i like her, and the prince.. not sad ending, but happy ending

  8. Kai W.

    When I was a kid, it was Sleeping Beauty. What a better way then to be awaken by a Prince and finding true love.

  9. Barbara Elness

    My favorite fairy tale was always Cinderella. I don’t remember ever actually wanting to be a princess, but if I did, it would have probably been Cinderella, since she gets the handsome prince in the end.

  10. Chelsea B.

    When I was young, my favorite was Cinderella. I was bewitched by the thought of love at first sight. Of having someone fall in love with me at the mere sight of me. Now, my favorite is Belle. Smart, independent, she gave it her all to be with the love of her life 🙂

  11. KateS

    Now that I’m older… Beauty… the magical dishes!! no washing!! YEA!!!! and the library!!
    Princess… not so much as I wanted to be with Roy Rogers!!

  12. Sue G.

    Cinderella was my favorite growing up because she had pretty dresses. Later in life when Disney started adding more princesses I fell in love with Belle. She loves to read and is smart….just like me! 😉

  13. Angela

    This was after my childhood but I love and would want to be Belle from Beauty and the Beast. The story is so beautiful and Belle’s love for a tortured hero (a favorite theme for me) draws me in.

  14. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    Alice in Wonderland. She got to visit a cool place like wonderland and meet such interesting people. Thank you for the chance.

  15. Suzanne Edwards

    Snow White was my favorite growing up. She had the angelic voice and loved everyone 🙂

  16. Christine L.

    My favorite fairy tale and princess was Rapunzel because of those flowing tresses that were her crowning glory …. blonde, unlike my mouse-brown locks. I have to admit I coveted her hair! Glad to see she finally got the Disney treatment in “Tangled.”

  17. Alma Pereira

    I liked Ariel when I was a kid-who wouldn’t want to be a mermaid and have all that ocean to explore?! Now I admire how she went after what she wanted, and kept fighting even when what she wanted didn’t turn out so great 🙂

  18. Nicole Potter (@NiiArt)

    It was a tie between Ariel (The Little Mermaid) and Belle (Beauty and the Beast). Actually, the more I think about it…it was probably Belle. I LOVED that she read, didn’t change to anyone’s expectations, and could see the good in everyone – even a beast! And she technically wasn’t a princess until the very end – she was a normal girl with big dreams and she didn’t compromise for them!

    I was obsessed with the Little Mermaid…because I loved mermaids. Who didn’t want to be one as a kid?! I know I did!!

  19. Aline

    My fave is Belle from Beauty & the Beast. I like the way Belle love the Beast despite his horrible looks 🙂

  20. Kim Perry

    I loved Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I loved the house and all of the other characters.

  21. Lori P

    I don’t remember having a favorite when I was younger, but as an adult my favorite is Beauty and the Beast 🙂

  22. cbjake

    Growing up I liked Sleeping Beauty but I was never much of a damsel in distress. I think now I prefer Disney’s Merida. Strong and holds her own.

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