I'm so excited to be on the blog tour for yet another amazing Entangled title. This time for the awesome Contract For Marriange by Barbara DeLeo
Publication Date: September 15, 2012
Genre: Adult - Contemporary Romance
Pregnant and alone after her ex-lover’s death, magazine editor Ruby Fleming’s not about to give up her home to the man who broke her heart—until she discovers her mother left half of the estate to somebody else, and she realizes she’s trapped.
Property tycoon Christo Mantazis wants the one thing his riches can’t buy—the villa where his mother has lived and worked as housekeeper for forty years. That it’s the same house he was banished from after being caught making love to the owner’s irresistible daughter stirs up old.
Doesn't it sound awesome?
Now let's give a bit welcome to Barbara DeLeo
Thanks for taking the time to be on K-Books today.
Thanks so much for having me on the blog today. It’s wonderful to be here.
When did you first discover that you wanted to be a writer?
I’d always loved writing stories at school and had some amazing teachers who encouraged me. It wasn’t until I was home with four kids (all under 2 and a half!) that I decided I really wanted to pursue it. I read craft books and attended conferences and fell into a whole, incredible world.
Your book Contract For Marriage is in the contemporary romance genre. Did you always want to write in this genre?
I’ve always read pretty widely and my undergrad degree was in English Lit, but it wasn’t until after I graduated that I discovered the amazing world of romance. There’s so much in contemporary romance, too! Comedy, drama, Romantic Suspense. Love the choice.
What genre book do you enjoy reading most?
I love stories about the challenges faced by real people (I struggle a little with beasts and people with fangs) so contemporary romance is my first love. I discovered category romance after my second set of twins were born. Being able to finish a whole book AND to have a bit of romance in my hazy, baby-brain world was a lifesaver. The fact that most of them had no children in them was a big attraction too!
Did you have any authors that you look up to or that inspire you?
The romance writing community is an incredible place. I look up to pioneers like Valerie Parv who I was so lucky to have as a mentor for a year, and incredibly talented writers like Robyn Grady and Rachel Bailey are always auto-buys for me.
What was the inspiration behind Contract For Marriage?
I’m always fascinated by how attached to a place people can be. I tried to imagine a situation where two people could be passionately intent on hanging onto a home but could never live there together. I also wanted to explore the idea that people often use each other for their own ends and how that could play out when they’re deeply attracted to each other.
How do you feel about unleashing this story into the world?
Excited, thrilled and bat-crazy nervous!
Do you take any personal experiences and adapt them into your writing?
I guess there are parts of my life in my books. Christo, in Contract for Marriage has Greek heritage and so does my husband so I’ve used some of what I know about Greek culture. The story is set in Auckland and I’ve lived in that city too.
Are there any particular scenes that you enjoy writing more than others?
I do love to write love scenes! Its such a challenge to write the action, the emotion, the sensuality and the dialogue in such a way that the pacing is right and everyone ends up satisfied!!
And finally what can we expect to see from you in the future?
My next book, Last Chance Proposal comes out in January ’13. It’s a Christmas/New Year story with a twist!
Getting to Know You – Quick Fire Round
Hardcopy or E-Book? E-book
Bookmark or Dog-Ear? Would love an e-reader I could dog-ear!
Book or Movie? Book
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Summer or Winter? Summer
Ice-Cream or Cake? Ice-cream
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Nice guy or bad boy? Bad boy
Thanks so much for being here on K-Books with us today.
It’s been fantastic, Kayeigh-Marie. Thanks!
Read Chapter One of Contract for Marriage free!
Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and now lives her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters.
Degrees in English and Psychology, and a career as an English teacher, fuelled Barbara’s passion for people and stories, and a number of years living in Europe gave her a love for romantic settings.
Discovering she was having her second set of twins in two years, Barbara knew she must be paying penance for being disorganized in a previous life and was determined to get it right this time. It’s amazing what being housebound with four preschoolers will do for the imagination and she decided it was time to follow her writing dream. Funnily enough, those first manuscripts had not a single child in them.
Married to her winemaker hero, Barbara’s happiest when she’s getting to know her latest cast of characters. She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, but now without a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.