Monday, June 2, 2014


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When two worlds collide, anything is possible. . .

An international affair, London's Great Exhibition has taken the city by storm. As its newest Royal Commissioner, Lord Skyler Ridgemont must ensure the performers are properly contracted. Among them is the delicate and graceful Hanako Sumaki. Draped in vivid silk robes, Hanako's exotic Japanese fan dance captivates Skyler--and he longs to learn more about her. . .

But Hanako's enigmatic employer keeps his exquisite charge very close. The consummate artist, she shows the handsome nobleman many faces, but never her true heart, which holds a desperate secret. When Skyler learns the real reason Hanako has been brought to London, he will risk his entire world to win her trust--and save her from losing both body and soul. It's a feat that will require the type of courage only love can give. . .

Welcome Author, Amara Royce to A Tasty Read Book Reviews

A Tasty Read: What is your writing environment?

Amara Royce: I find that I write best when I’m alone and have music playing. So I tend to write at night after my family has gone to bed. Generally, you can find me writing in one of two spots: 1) curled up on the couch with my laptop or 2) at my antique writing desk. If I hit a rough spot or encounter writer’s block, it helps for me to change my surroundings.

ATR: Who is your perfect hero/heroine? Why?

Amara: This is so hard for me to answer—because for me it’s a situational thing.

ATR: Which authors have caught your interest lately? Why?

Amara: I am excited to read Sonali Dev’s debut novel A BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR, which will be released in October. I’ve read some advance snippets and recommendations from fellow authors, and I can’t wait!

ATR: What type of book have you always wanted to write?

Amara: Sometime in the future I want to write an epic historical novel, a sweeping kind of romance that ranges across continents and generations to capture a love that never dies.

ATR: Top 3 things on your bucket list

Visit London.

Work at Disney World.

Learn to play piano.

ATR: How did you get the idea for this particular novel?

Amara: I’m interested in London’s Great Exhibition of 1851, which was intended to be an international affair and included objects from a wide range of countries. After writing my previous book, NEVER TOO LATE, I decided I wanted to write a non-British heroine in Victorian London. While writing NEVER TOO LATE, I came across some Japanese artwork (ukiyo-e), and the starting pieces fell into place.

ATR: What is your favorite scene in your newest release?

Amara: Well, my very favorite scene is a spoiler so I can’t describe it, but I think my second favorite scene is the epilogue. What can I say? I love a happy ending.

ATR: What is the last movie you watched and loved?

Amara: I wouldn’t say I loved it, but I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed CAPTAIN AMERICA 2: THE WINTER SOLDIER! It’s probably my favorite of the Avengers movies.

ATR: What would you consider a “perfect date”?

Amara: A day in New York City exploring museums, seeing a show, having a gourmet dinner, and then chatting for hours about the highlights of the day over some wine.

ATR: What are you currently working on?

Amara: I’m currently writing book 3, tentatively entitled NEVER WITHOUT LOVE. It is set in the same time and place as my previous two books, but it can be read independently. NEVER WITHOUT LOVE features a 40-something widow, whose elopement with a virtual stranger 20 years ago had far-reaching economic and political effects on her hometown. Returning 20 years later to care for her ailing grandmother, she faces the long-simmering anger of this close-knit community and happens to find out some disturbing realities about some local businesses. As she tries to make things right, she finds a surprising yet irresistible ally: the brother of the man she jilted so many years earlier.

Amara Royce writes historical romances that combine her passion for 19th-century literature and history with her addiction to happily ever afters.

She earned a PhD in English, specializing in 19th-century British literature, from Lehigh University and a Master's degree in English from Villanova University, and she now teaches English literature and composition at a community college in Pennsylvania.

When she isn't writing, she's either grading papers or reveling in her own happily ever after with her remarkably patient family. 

You can find her at

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1 comment:

Amara Royce said...

Thanks so much for hosting me! I enjoyed your interview questions and appreciate your interest!