Spotlight & Giveaway: Uncovered by Love by Madeline Ash

Posted March 18th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 30 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome Romance author Madeline Ash to HJ!

Hi Madeline, welcome to HJ! Congrats on your début release.
Thanks Sara, it’s fun to be here!

Madeline would you please introduce yourself to the readers here. What would you say are the defining characteristics of a Madeline Ash novel?

MadelineAsh_ProfileI’m twenty-something and live in the sprawl of Melbourne. I write contemporary romance that’s emotional, dialogue-heavy, with conflicts that are a bit different. I always include the love of family. It can be such a special love, fierce and loyal, and can define the way people respond to romantic love. I would find it hard to write a romance without it.

I would love to know how you became a published author.

I started writing romance about six years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t know much about writing novels and lacked the patience to learn. I just wanted to write! This resulted in many aimless, wholly uninteresting stories. I finally learned the importance of technique and took my time with the next book, learning craft and constantly revising.

A year later, I submitted Uncovered by Love to Destiny Romance. Within five days, I received a phone call from Carol claiming how much she loved my book and wanted to publish it. I embarrassed myself by saying ‘I’m all aflutter’ and 6 weeks later, I was published 🙂

What authors, books, or ideas have influenced you?

Such a hard question! In terms of technique, I was massively influenced by Debra Dixon’s Goal, Motivation & Conflict. This is the book that set me squarely on the path to publication.

I’m inspired by Juliet Marillier, Kristin Cashore, and Robin Hobb, who write the most beautiful fantasies. The emotional atmosphere gets me every time. I adore JD Robb’s In Death series and admit that the rapid-fire pacing of these books has influenced the pacing of my work-in-progress.

I love Kelly Hunter’s wit and sparkle; the way Melina Marchetta lifts the most devastating moments with humour; and Terry Pratchett’s proof that no idea is too outrageous if executed correctly and supported by complimentary ideas.

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

I’m almost finished my work-in-progress, a contemporary romance that is set at the World Bodypainting Festival in Austria. My heroine is a twin, and swaps places with her sister (for an urgent and possibly criminal reason I won’t reveal) at the start of the book, which results in her modelling – nude – for the hero at the festival. There’s a lot of action and tension, and it’s quite a bit sexier than my début, but still has plenty of emotion, snappy dialogue, and family love.

A release date isn’t set yet – I have to finish it first! – but there’s rumour that it’ll be the second half of this year.

Let’s talk about your newest release ‘Uncovered by Love. If you had to sum up the book for the reader here…

UBLSumming up is a weak point of mine. I’ll end up typing out the story! Here’s part of my blurb:

Vera Cole dreams of studying art in Spain, but when wealthy investor Leeson Stone offers her work at his gallery, her dwindling bank balance forces her to agree. Vera and Leeson both have secrets that they are desperate to hide, but when Vera works up the courage to reveal her past, Leeson falls hard for the bravest woman he has ever met. Can two people from very different worlds overcome their fears and learn to trust in love and one another? A moving contemporary romance about love against all the odds.

What was your biggest challenge while writing this book?

To be honest, it was to write slowly. As I mentioned, I used to jump into writing without any direction, and that didn’t work out for me. I forced myself to plan and revise, wanting to give Vera and Leeson the story they deserved. I didn’t rush, and while that was a huge challenge, it was the best thing I could have done.

If you had to pick your favorite scene …

When Vera reveals her secret to Leeson. I got teary while writing it. It was probably the most emotional I’d ever felt while writing and had never loved my characters more.

Who would play Vera Cole and Leeson Stone in the movie version of your book? And why?

I’m going to be slippery on this one! Although I know my characters’ general appearance, I’m hesitant to give them both a celebrity face, in case I won’t be able to picture them any other way. Kind of like when they cast Ron Weasley – he didn’t match the image I’d created in my head, but after I’d seen the film, I couldn’t read the later books without picturing Rupert Grint. And I was actually a bit heart-broken about that!

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Vera and Leeson are both afraid to share their secrets because they fear the other will reject them. Has there ever been something about yourself – big or small – that you’ve hidden from people, fearing they would judge you badly for it? If it has been revealed since, was the reaction as bad as you imagined it to be?

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Would you please share an excerpt from ‘Uncovered by Love’

I’d love to share my favourite scene, but that would be a big spoiler. So here’s a snippet from chapter two when Leeson is trying to act on their attraction, and despite wanting to, Vera can’t give in.

He murmured, ‘We have a problem here.’
She didn’t move. ‘Avoidable?’
‘Doesn’t feel like it.’
Vera’s eyes were wide. ‘You sure?’
Blood was pumping hard through him, charging him with such energy he felt he could carry her through the Staff Only door and not come out for days. ‘Fairly sure, yeah.’
Her bottom lip disappeared between her teeth. She inhaled, drew away fractionally, and asked, ‘What should we do?’
‘It’d be best if we deal with it now,’ he suggested, using his body to back her against the wall and keep her there. He didn’t do relationships and she was leaving in five weeks. As far as he was concerned, the stars had aligned. He lowered his head until the freckles on her cheeks blurred. ‘Don’t you think?’
She made a soft humming sound, a sound that walked the line between denial and temptation. It was a clever little noise that left her in complete control.
‘Was that a yes?’
‘Does your method of dealing with it involve discussion?’
One side of Leeson’s mouth rose in a half-smile. ‘No.’
‘Then no,’ she said, her eyes dropping to his mouth even as she said, ‘it wasn’t a yes.’
He didn’t pull back. ‘Okay,’ he said silkily. ‘What would you like to discuss?’
A boundary was nothing but a challenge to overcome. ‘You want to be careful where you put them,’ he told her, ‘if I know you don’t really want them there.’
‘I draw the line between flirting and anything physical.’ Her breasts were currently crossing that line by brushing against his chest.
‘Flirting is harmless.’
‘My kisses don’t hurt.’
‘You intend to stop with a kiss?’
He was too aware of her body against his to lie. ‘No.’
‘Then we don’t start.’
Leeson’s forehead touched hers. ‘You don’t want to get hurt,’ he said, trying to sound rational rather than desperate. ‘So let’s keep emotions out. The sooner we dive in, the sooner we’ll surface.’
Vera didn’t answer immediately, and for that time, Leeson thought he’d won. Then she said, ‘What would you say if I told you I haven’t dived in before?’
He stilled. Frowned. ‘I’d say we have metaphor confusion.’
She closed her eyes briefly. ‘We don’t.’
‘We must.’
‘Pool of sex,’ she said, ‘in which the diving is the having.’


30 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Uncovered by Love by Madeline Ash”

  1. Mary Preston

    I do have a secret, but it’s not that I’m worried others would judge me badly, it’s just none of their business. I’m a very private person.

  2. Marcy Shuler

    The book sounds so good, Madeline. Congrats on your debut!

    I didn’t have an easy childhood and that made for not the greatest self esteem. There are still parts of that time that I don’t share with others.

  3. Aline

    I think we all have our skeletons in the closet. I do have some which I couldn’t even talk about with my family but I don’t talk about it not because I’m afraid they will judge me. It’s more because I’m and adult and it’s my own business 🙂

  4. Kai W.

    I told my boyfriend back when I was in college that a dark secret that wouldn’t be mentioned back then. He break off our relationship within a few days. I haven’t heard from him since. From this reaction, I have never told everyone.

  5. Karen Pietrusinski

    Back when I was 9 years old, we had a project in school about Pittsburgh being some place special so we had to say why we were special. I did my presentation on being adopted as an infant. The kids were cruel…made fun of me due to their ignorance of not understanding. At the time it did hurt, but my parents were very understanding and explained all to me. I have two of the best parents a girl could ever ask for, had a wonderful childhood. I tend to keep the adoption to myself until I get to really know a person before I confide in them.


    yeah i have one … it’s yet to be revealed … happened over 20 years ago, before husband … my daughter would think it was pretty cool … my husband, not so much … thank you for sharing your work. 🙂

  7. Alicia Jespersen

    Yea, there was something. I told my family and they said you know what’s right for you and if you are happy then we couldn’t care either way. I wasn’t too surprised but the hesitation to tell them made things so much worse.

  8. Evelyn

    I have a secret that I have kept for the last 12 years. I am extremely private person and don’t want someone to judge me based on one action that I made.

  9. alterlisa

    I don’t. I think trust is 90% of a relationship and secrets will hurt that trust. On the other hand if telling that secret only makes YOU feel better and hurts someone else, keep it to yourself.

  10. lennifer13

    Yes I have kept something from my mother, knowing she couldn’t handle what it was. When I did finally tell her, our relationship has never been the same..It is very sad..and a part of me wishes I had never told her, but they say “honesty is the best policy”, so who knows maybe one day she will come around.. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Veronica

    Yes, it is about something I did once. I have told a few people and they didn’t believe what I was saying, so now I just don’t tell anyone because it has no effect on them anyways

  12. Christine Merritt

    My secret – a horrible devastating experience from my childhood. When my boyfriend proposed I said “no” thinking I couldn’t marry him unless I told him first and I’d never told anyone ever. Lots of hurt and several proposals later – I caved and told him all of it. He cried, he got angry and then he told me he loved me even more for surviving it.

  13. DebraG

    I do have secrets that I have shared with those close to me. Reaction was anger on their part for me.

  14. Leslie Miner

    Yes, and he asked me to marry him anyway : ) Other than that, there’s been a few things here and there, but my opinion is if someone doesn’t accept me for who I am, faults and all, I don’t need them in my life.

  15. Rebe

    When it comes to my family, no, there aren’t really any big secrets that I haven’t been able to tell them, but outside my family, yes, I keep a lot of things quiet!

  16. Leanna H

    I hsve a chronic medical problem that I don’t like to tell people about. Once my aunt told someone that I was dating about it. I no longer speak to her. It was not her place. His only problem was that I didn’t tell him myself.

  17. Tawnya Bentley

    Yes I have a HUGE secret I always keep to myself, unless I think the relationship might go somewhere, then I’ll tell him. If he judges me for it, then he’s gone, but the general reaction has usually been positive, if that’s quite the word you want to use when they are threatening someone’s life.

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