SPOTLIGHT & #GIVEAWAY: A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell

Posted August 22nd, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 120 comments

Please welcome historical romance author Anna Campbell to HJ!

Hi Anna, Welcome to HJ!

Hi Sara! Thanks for having me as your guest today. Love the site!

If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves,what would they say about you?

Anna CampbellHa ha. Great question. I think my characters would all say they’re not going to let no stinkin’ author push them around! Seriously, I had quite a different story in mind when I set out to write A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS, but both Genevieve and Richard came on the page as such strong individuals with such strong ideas of what they wanted to do (and not do, curse them!) that I ended up letting them have their way. Of course the fact that they’re strong individuals means there’s plenty of sparks flying as they unwillingly fall in love.

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

I write emotional and sensual novels with high stakes stories. One of the things about my real life self that hasn’t perhaps been that obvious in the books till now is that I like jokes. Richard is one of those heroes who hides his wounded heart behind many a witty quip so I got to be funny (well, at least do my best!) in A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS.

Do you find writing love scenes giggle-worthy or cringe-worthy?

Neither. I love writing love scenes. It’s when I can really get to grips with my characters’ deepest motivations and emotions! And they can get to grips with each other, both literally and figuratively! I think in a good love scene, the characters are naked emotionally as well as physically!

Which hero, among your books has given you the biggest run for your money?

Ha ha! I’m a bit of a serial monogamist. I fall in love with each hero in turn. It’s an occupational hazard. Just because he’s my current squeeze, I’ll choose Camden Rothermere, the Duke of Sedgemoor, who’s a secondary character in SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED and A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS. I’m currently writing his story and he’s fighting like a demon again falling in love. I have fun with guys who need to be dragged kicking and screaming to recognizing that they can’t escape their destiny.

What are you currently reading?

I’ve just finished THE LADY AND THE LAIRD by the fabulous Nicola Cornick, the first in her Scottish Brides series. This story combines a whole stack of things I love – Regency setting, Scotland, a brave and protective Highland hero, a very gutsy heroine, lots of problems before they get their happy ending, and some wonderful sexual tension.


If you had to summarize A Rake’s Midnight Kiss for the readers here ….

ARMSWhen I came up with the idea for A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS, I had a picture in my mind of a man who becomes a hero in spite of himself. Sir Richard Harmsworth avoids emotional commitments like the plague and hides his deepest feelings beneath an elegant, careless façade. But when he falls in love with scholarly vicar’s daughter Genevieve Barrett and discovers that there are some genuine baddies threatening her, he has to step up to the plate. Always love that moment. I had a couple of models in my mind when I wrote the story – the old Cary Grant film TO CATCH A THIEF and the Scarlet Pimpernel.

Please tell us about the characters in your book

Sir Richard Harmsworth has always known he was the result of an illicit liaison between his mother and a man who wasn’t her husband. And so has the rest of the world. He’s grown up facing down scandal by pretending he doesn’t care. But when someone taunts him about his birth, he finally loses his temper and swears to lay his hands on the Harmsworth Jewel, a family heirloom that confirms his birthright. This quest leads him to burglary, a false identity, danger, passion and true love – and the realization that what matters is who he is, not what the world thinks of him.

Genevieve Barrett is a woman who hides away from involvement in books and scholarship. But she’s never received adequate credit for her work. Now her research into the Harmsworth Jewel offers the opportunity for independence and academic reputation. She might be unworldly, but she’s smart and she knows her father’s new student, the rich dilettante Christopher Evans has hidden motives. He also wants to seduce her, but he doesn’t try to hide that! It would be so much easier if, despite her suspicions, she didn’t find Mr. Evans so irresistibly attractive.

What scene did you have most fun writing? why?

Actually I had fun with pretty much all A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS. There’s such a cat and mouse game between Genevieve and Richard and you just know they’re falling in love even as they fight it all the way. Speaking of cats, Genevieve owns a man-hating cat and this is Richard’s first encounter with the ferocious feline Hecuba. Richard and his dog Sirius have arrived at the vicarage and have just been introduced to Genevieve, her aunt, and her father’s aristocratic colleague Lord Neville Fairbrother:

“Is this an inconvenient time? I can come another day.” A quizzical expression lit Mr. Evans’s face and Genevieve realized he’d misunderstood her scowl. Apparently awkward social behavior at the vicarage wasn’t confined to the maid. Color pricked at her cheeks.
“Mr. Evans, I’m—”
A storm of screeching and hissing drowned her answer. Hecuba, her aged black cat, leaped onto Genevieve’s shoulder, dug her claws in, then launched herself at the high shelf lined with china plates. The dog barked once, then settled at his master’s heel.
“Good God!” Lord Neville jumped back. Aunt Lucy shrieked and cowered against her chair. Mr. Evans, who had until now struck her as a rather languid gentleman, moved with impressive speed to save a blue and white Delft plate that Genevieve had always hated.
“I’ll put Sirius outside,” he said calmly, handing her the dish.
The dog regarded her with reproach. He was behaving perfectly so she felt like a traitor when she agreed. “That might be wise.”
“But first I’ll rescue your cat.”
“Hecuba doesn’t like men,” Genevieve said quickly, but Mr. Evans had already reached up. To her astonishment, Hecuba dived into his arms as fast as a gannet plunged into the sea after a herring.
“I see that,” he said solemnly. Somehow she knew that beneath his grave demeanor, he laughed at her.
“How bizarre,” she said, momentarily distracted from the chaos. Even from a few feet away, Genevieve heard purrs of delight as the big, lean man cradled Hecuba to his dark brown coat. She’d rescued Hecuba as a kitten from neighborhood lads attempting to set fire to her tail. Since then, the cat couldn’t abide the touch of any human male.
With a gentleness that made Genevieve’s foolish heart skip a beat, Mr. Evans passed Hecuba across. Hecuba’s reluctance to forsake her new beau was audible. The man snapped his fingers at the dog. “Come, Sirius. Outside.”
Genevieve still recovered from her odd reaction to the sight of those capable, deft hands handling her cat. She bent over Hecuba, hoping that nobody noticed that the usually unruffled Genevieve Barrett was indisputably ruffled.

Who would who cast in the role of hero and heroine if your book was optioned for a movie?

What a fun idea! I think I’ll go a bit old school. Because Richard has a touch of the Scarlet Pimpernel about him (and he’s a gorgeous blond!), I’ll choose Anthony Andrews as he was in the Scarlet Pimpernel movie. For Genevieve, because of the TO CATCH A THIEF CONNECTION, let’s go for Grace Kelly.

What are you currently working on? What other releases so you have planned for 2013?

I’m currently writing Cam’s story and really enjoying it. He’s been Mr. Cool, Calm and Collected in the other Sons of Sin stories. He’s falling in love with the last woman he ever expected to right now and he’s very far from CC and C about it all! I’m having a busy year for releases. In March, I indie published a Regency ghost romance called THESE HAUNTED HEARTS (Amazon). In July, there was a Sons of Sin novella called DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES (Amazon). Then toward the end of the year, I’ve got a short story in a Christmas anthology with a couple of other fantastic authors. Watch for more information about that!

Where can readers get in touch with you?

I love to hear from readers. You can contact me in several ways:
Twitter: @AnnaCampbellOz

Thank you for stopping by HJ!

Thank you for having me. That was a fun interview!

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An excerpt:

When innocent vicar’s daughter Genevieve Barrett chances a midnight swim on the Duke of Sedgemoor’s estate, she gets more than she bargained for when rakish Christopher Evans (aka Sir Richard Harmsworth) discovers her:

The night was so still that Richard heard the soft pad of her feet as Genevieve approached. He turned around. Control, man. Control.
“Genevieve, you are beyond lovely.” Admiration roughened his voice.
The downward flicker of her lashes betrayed a bashfulness that touched him as much as her defiance. “It’s a very old dress.”
That doyen of fashion Sir Richard Harmsworth should scorn the drab garment, but Genevieve’s beauty transformed the worn muslin. He held out a hand, unsurprised to note that it wasn’t steady. A distant warning clanged in his brain that with this woman he risked the detachment that protected him from emotion. But how could he heed caution’s call with her standing so close?
“Come here,” he murmured, taking her hand. Her skin was cool from her swim. Slowly he drew her nearer.
Hesitantly she advanced. Her shyness quieted the rapacious beast inside him, so gentleness came naturally when he slid his hand around her waist. Her innocence seemed precious and fragile. As precious and fragile as the Harmsworth Jewel. His heavily armored heart cramped with poignant longing and his grip turned coaxing, soft. Touch confirmed what sight had hinted. She wore nothing beneath the flimsy muslin.
“I’m sure this is a mistake.” Her body lost its stiffness and she curved into his hand.
“I’m sure it’s not.” Which wasn’t completely true, damn it.
He was accounted a master of seduction. But this tremulous, delicate anticipation made him feel like a boy with his sweetheart. He lifted the hand he held and placed it over his heart. Through his thin cambric shirt, her touch melted all remnants of calculation.
Experimentally she flexed her hand, spurring his heart into a gallop. “You’re so warm.”
“Let me warm you,” he whispered.
Her chin tilted until glittering eyes met his. What he read in her gaze was no surprise. Trepidation. Questions. Courage. And something else. Something he’d longed to see since he’d climbed through her window little more than a week ago.
He’d imagined when he kissed Genevieve, he’d be eager to stake his claim. That wasn’t how he felt, holding her tall, trembling body in the moonlight and staring into her beautiful face. Perhaps the night indeed possessed magic. Or, much easier to believe, the woman did.

120 Responses to “SPOTLIGHT & #GIVEAWAY: A Rake’s Midnight Kiss by Anna Campbell”

  1. Jackie

    My favorite hero right now is Gideon Cross from Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. There are SO many hotties who could play him, but it would be seriously great if Henry Cavill (the author’s pick for the show!) would play him. YUM.

  2. booksaver

    My favorite romance hero is Roarke from the In Death series by J.D. Robb. I don’t know who I’d pick to play him now. Colin Farrell in his youth would have been perfect, he’s a little old for it now.

    Linda Henderson

  3. ki pha

    Oh~ Charles Cooper from Maggie Robinson’s In the Arms of the Heiress. I’m not sure who I want to play him but the image of a better version of Ian Somerhadler is good. Or Matt Bomer.

  4. Sandy Xiong

    Leo Hathaway from Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas. I honestly don’t know who will be able to play him…I just don’t like the idea of him being ruin in the movie

  5. Justine

    Haha, yes, let’s cast Henry Cavill in anything and everything. Too bad he’s too old now for many roles, including the fictional heartthrob Gilbert Blythe.

  6. Marcy Shuler

    I recently fell in love with Will Jones from Sarah Mayberry’s Her Favorite Temptation. I’ll admit to being fickle and fall in love with most of the heroes in the books I love. I have no clue who should play him though. 🙂

  7. Theresa Fischer

    Kaleb from Heart Of Obsidian by Nalini Singh. I would get Hugh Jackman to play him.

  8. Mary Preston

    Having just re-read SENSE AND SENSIBILITY Col. Brandon is fresh to mind. Alan Rickman more then did him justice in the movie.

  9. Lori Meehan

    Ian MacKenzie from The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie. Hmm…who to play him Jason Mamola(sp?).

  10. blondieblack

    Alex, the Enforcer, from Suzanne Johnson’s Elysian Fields is my current dreamboat. Chris Hemsworth would be awesome playing him… but, then again, I think anything Chris does is awesome.

  11. ndluebke

    I no longer know the names of the young hunks who would be good for this. My memory is no longer that good. But there are some real hunks out there that would be good at this.

  12. barbed1951

    I would choose Julie Anne Long’s Asher Flint, Earl of Ardmay, from I Kissed An Earl as my current favorite.

  13. Cari White

    I agree with Linda… JD Robb’s Roarke can’t be beat. I actually don’t like putting a specific person to book characters, because none are what I visualize. I’ve always been disappointed in romance books turned to movies. The actors/actresses aren’t who or how I experienced the characters in the book. Ruins it for me.

  14. Krysten M

    At the moment, I’m reading all of the In Death series by JD Robb.. So for me it’s Roarke 🙂 Although I do love Adam from Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. As to who would play either of them.. I couldn’t even begin to narrow that down 😉

  15. Deb Liu

    My favorite is Christian Grey. He started it all for me. I would like him to be played by Robert Pattinson. Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Ada

    Right now, my favorite romance hero is Sawyer Thompson from Jill Shalvis’ Head Over Heels. I think Jamie Dornan would be perfect for Sawyer!

  17. Stephanie

    Lachlain MacRieve from Kresley Coles Immortals After Dark series. Gerard Butler would be a good actor. Add a little muscle to him and longer hair and yum.

  18. Michelle Huang

    Favorite romance hero? Wow, that is a toughie. I don’t have a favorite because they are all unique and sexy in their own way!

  19. Linda Thum

    My fav hero is typically from the book I’m currently reading. I’m reading CJ Archer’s Surrender & Alex Redcliff the hero is yummy. He’s battling opium addiction. I can just picture Richard Armitage playing his intensity to perfection.

  20. Anita H.

    Lord Harry Traemore from Kieran Kramer’s “When Harry Met Molly”. I can totally picture Stephen Amell playing that role!

  21. orangepeacock313

    My favorite male character is probably Quinn from Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson Guradian Series, and I’d choose Gerard Buttler as the actor, because he wouldn’t have to try to make the accent sound real. Plus he is so smokin’ hot and fits this character perfectly!

    Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  22. Brenda Rumsey

    LOL…it changes as I read each book. The last was Ford from Susan Mallery’s THREE LITTLE WORDS (part of her Fool’s Gold series). And I’m terrible at picking actors that would fit, so will leave it up to the professionals. Congrats on writing so many wonderful romances for us to read.

  23. tonacolorado

    I have many favorite characters and I love Anna’s books. Right now I will say my favorite is Rance Welham, the Earl of Lazomby by Liz Carlyle, I really don’t know who can play him. I always have a hard time thinking of an actor who could play the characters because they are so great in the book that I’m afraid to ruin it LOL. So I would just leave it in the book, in the writer’s imagination and mine 😉

  24. Lori Howe

    I think and think and come up with one and he’s immediately replaced … darn it all. I can currently narrow it down to He’s a Highlander! And he may or may not have to deal with women who get caught in a time travel/fairy circle…hmph…

  25. Diane P. Diamond

    I’ve got a huge crush of Henry Cavill, and think that he would make an amazing Gideon Cross. I don’t think he’s too old, like Justine said. He’s only just turned 30. I also love Rupert Penry-Jones, he’s the epitome of an English gentleman.

    Love your books Anna, and would love to read “A Rake’s Midnight Kiss”.

  26. Janie McGaugh

    My favorite is Jamie Fraser. I had imagined Chris Hemsworth in the role, but I see possibilites in the actor (can’t remember his name at the moment) that was chosen for the upcoming series.

  27. bettysunflower

    I just LOVE them all! But some of my favorites are the Highlanders. Liam Neeson, Gerard Butler or Sean Connery are among my favorites!

  28. Sharlene Wegner

    Most of the time, if there is a picture of the hero in the cover art, I would picture the hero looking like that. Most recently, I would say Jake from Samantha Grace’s “Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half”. The cover model is Paul Marron & I find myself drawn to the covers he is on. LOL! I’m sure he is not an actor, though.

  29. Roberta

    One of my all time favorite heroes is Zachary Bronson from Lisa Kleypas’s Where Dreams Begin. I think I’d like to see Tom Hardy play him. Or any hero really.

  30. Debra A.

    Roarke is a fav. But mostly the hero of the novel I am reading at the moment. I read too many to have an all time fav. Unless it’s a continuing series hero. Also all of Anita Blakes guys.

  31. annacampbell

    Guys, sorry I’ve been missing in action! I’m away from home this weekend and I’m having computer troubles. Bear with me. I’ll get all these lovely comments answered!

  32. Sue G.

    I love Ethan Barron from Carly Phillip’s Serendipity….tall, dark and trying to be a reformed bad boy! I could see Christian Bale playing the part. Ooh, how he looked in the last Batman movie…YUM!

  33. annacampbell

    Janie, I was more impressed with the actor they picked for JF than I thought I would be. I often look at casting decisions and think, “What are they on?”

  34. Texas Book Lover

    Roarke from JD Robb’s In Death series is one of my all time favorites but I have no idea who could live up to playing him. I am just not good with picking actors.

  35. annacampbell

    Tawnya, I often use an actor for the style of looks rather than details, if you know what I mean. Really helps make a character concrete, especially in the early stages of writing.

  36. annacampbell

    Vonda, I so agree with you about Pamela’s heroes – and about Russell Crowe. Nice to see the Aussie guys getting a mention (although RC was actually born in NZ!).

  37. annacampbell

    Phew! Up to date with the comments. Thanks so much to everyone who swung by and to Sara for hosting. Because I’ve had computer issues, I might leave responding to the next lot of comments until I get home tomorrow. Really enjoyed the chat!

  38. Kai W.

    It would be Roarke from the In Death series. The only one actor that has that Irish/Scottish brogue is Gerard Bulter. I need that accent.

  39. Rita Wray

    I fall in love with every book I read so I don’t have a favorite. I would love to see any one of them played by Josh Holloway.

  40. annacampbell

    Kai, I think Roarke has been the clear winner of this pick your fave romance hero
    Kai, I think Roarke has been a clear winner of this pick your fave romance hero poll! I must let him know he’s won a date with MEEEEEE! 😉

  41. annacampbell

    Rita, great to see you here. I must look up Josh Holloway. I have lots of handsome guys to drool over, um RESEARCH! Who knows? I might find a few heroes of my own!

  42. Kim

    Except for Gone From The Wind, Hollywood seems to ruin any book to movie production. So while there are many heroes I’d like to see in a movie, I’m sure the script would be disappointing.

    • annacampbell

      Kim, I think with a book we’re lucky in that there’s a lot of extra space and time to get to know a character. As I said to you, I often find movie adaptations disappointing. One that I think is even better than the book is the Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility. I’m not actually crazy about the book but I really enjoyed the movie.

  43. Janice Hougland

    Oh, Anna, I can tell from the number of comments that I’m not the only one who loves your writing and your wickedly humorous stories…and I simply cannot wait to read this one! BTW, I recently received Nicola Cornick’s book myself and can’t wait to read that too. I’m glad to hear that you like her writing as well. Janice

    • Janice Hougland

      Oops, didn’t see the question I needed to answer until I clicked on the button. I don’t have a favorite romance hero. I’ve loved all that I’ve read so far. If there were others they were too long ago for me to remember. 🙂 But I would put George Clooney in as a hero in just about any movie I can think of…no matter the era.

      • annacampbell

        Janice, no worries about the question – anyone who says they love my books gets a free pass on that, LOL! You can’t go wrong with George! Well, I’d LIKE to go wrong with George. I wonder if he wants to go wrong with me!

  44. Chelsea B.

    My favorite would have to be my current read– the Stephanie Plum series. And I think the casting in the movie was just perfect! Especially Joe– SWOON! 🙂 It was so amazing to watch those characters come to life!

    • annacampbell

      Chelsea, how fantastic about loving the SP movie. I didn’t see it – I was worried it might spoil the story for me, so often movie adaptations do.

  45. annacampbell

    Wow, what an absolutely fabulous turnout! Thank you so much to everyone who swung by and to Sarah for hosting me. Thank you in particular for bearing with my internet problems! It’s a hazard of travelling away from home! Congratulations to the winners! Hope you enjoy A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS!

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