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Friday, October 25, 2013

Blog Tour: The Viscount's Vow by Collette Cameron (Review & Interview)


Welcome to the blog tour for The Viscount's Vow by Collette Cameron, hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions.

About the book:
Publication Date: September 4, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Blurb: Amidst murder and betrayal, destiny and hearts collide when scandal forces a nobleman and a gypsy to marry in this Regency Romance.

Half Romani, half English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.

When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous. 

At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betraya
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I asked Collette some interview questions and she has graciously provided me with detailed answers:


1. As you were a voracious reader of romance, what made you decide to become a historical romance writer?
Well, I truly had no intention of ever writing a historical romance. I thought someday I might write a book of some kind, but it never crossed my mind to try to write a romance. Too hard, I thought! All that dialogue and conflict.  

I had a scene pop into my head one day, and as I played it out in my mind, I wondered if I could write an entire story around it. I did. My first book, Highlander’s Hope is the result. Of course, once the writing bug bit me, I was hooked.

2. What research did you do for The Viscount's Vow?
The main focus of my research for The Viscount’s Vow was about the Romani; their culture, customs, language, laws, religion, entertainment, dress, food... you name it, I probably researched it. I fell in love with the Roma as a result. One of the greatest things I learned was some Roma expressions. For example, “It is easier to milk a cow that stands still,”  and when a woman is pregnant, hubby takes over all her duties so the women can pamper her.

I also had to do some extensive research on plants and herbs used for medicinal purposes but that could also, if used incorrectly could kill someone and have the symptoms mirror a natural death.  That’s why I used ewe berries in the story. They can mimic a heart attack or stroke.

Another area I had to study (thank goodness for a critique partner who is an expert in this area) was addressing nobility and the proper use of titles. 

3. What made you want to write a half-Romani heroine?
I wanted Vangie to have a heritage she was proud of, but that the beau monde (society in general) would deem inferior. It was important to me that she be able to overcome the prejudices by revealing what a noble people her people really were. Ian also had to overcome some preconceived notions about his part gypsy wife.

4. How did you come up with the plot for this story?
I’m chuckling because the plot for The Viscount’s Vow kept interrupting the writing of Highlander’s Hope. I kept getting ideas and had to tell Vangie and Ian to wait their turn. I’m a pantser, but I do have basic plot points I want to include in my stories.

I’ve had a few people express they think the villain in the story is over-the-top, which is fine, but the average person hasn’t dealt with someone who is truly insane. I have, and my villain’s behavior isn’t off the mark. In that respect, that portion of the plot was built upon my personal experience.

5. What story are you working on now/next? 
I just finished The Earl’s Enticement, the third book in the trilogy. It’s Roark and Adaira’s story. They were introduced in Highlander’s Hope. My next book is a stand-alone about Flynn Templeton, the Earl of Luxmoore. He was mentioned in The Viscount’s Vow, but really introduced in The Earl’s Enticement.


Thank you for your fabulous answers, Collette, I look forward to The Earl's Enticement. And now...for my
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Review: 
Believing Evangeline (Vangie) Caruthers to be responsible for his father and brother's death, Ian Hamilton, Viscount Warrick, lies in wait for the perfect opportunity to ruin her. Yet, in spite of his personal protests, he notices every nuance of her expression, every step of her graceful dancing, and the slightest twitch of her smile. 


"Had he imagined it, or had her steps faltered and her shoulders slumped, just the merest bit? Was her smile a little strained? Ian stared, searching her face. No, she smiled as brightly as ever." (pg 10/428)

And even when his mind for vengeance won out, he still retained enough morals to help Vangie when she fainted for lack of air -- though he planned to ruin her in the beginning -- which unfortunately landed them in a compromising situation as a result as his trying to help her breathe, and thus, the forced-marriage trope was employed. 

My initial opinion of Ian as an honorable rogue changes quickly enough. Yes, he is a scoundrel of the first order, but he is also misguided and doubles as a villain for most of the story. As the story has more from his perspective than Vangie's, the streak of cruelness within his character arises quickly and it takes him a long time to channel that strong emotion into something more subtle, to like and love. Unsurprisingly, the latter is the biggest challenge for Ian, as he holds Vangie in such contempt, as well as veiled prejudice against her Romani blood. Vangie is the quintessential pure and beautiful heroine, who has a heart of gold and astounding gentleness despite her situation (being snubbed by the ton for her birth). She is also not a complete pushover, which is evident when she defiantly runs away from Ian after their marriage. Vangie is a very emphatic character, which makes her a nice counterpart to Ian's harsh coldness, in ways like Christine to Erik in Phantom of the Opera, but for the Ian holds a grudge against her. 

The story's resolution was done nicely, tying up loose ends and giving a finish to the true villain of the book, who didn't emerge immediately amidst the tangled emotions of the protagonists. The historical research I greatly enjoyed, especially the story takes place in both Regency London and Romani dwellings, with detailed points of each setting that makes it distinct and colorful. I will certainly be anticipating Collette Cameron's next work. 


To find out more about Collette Cameron, please visit her links:
Website | Facebook | Goodreads

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Collette will be awarding a $25.00 Amazon gift card and an e-copy of Highlander's Hope, the first book in the series, to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. 

I hope you enjoyed the interview and you can find the following blog tour here:
October 14: The Most Happy Reader 
October 15: Bunny's Review
October 16: Bookgirl Knitting PROMO
October 17: Andi's Book Reviews
October 18: Reviews Unleashed
October 21: Love Saves the World
October 21 SECOND STOPLisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
October 22: Writing Novels That Sell
October 23: Book Reviews by Xunaira J.
October 24: Rachel Brimble Romance
October 25: Buried Under Romance
October 28: Stitch Read Cook
October 29: Queen of the Night Reviews
October 30: My Devotional Thoughts PROMO
October 31: Punya Reviews...
October 31 SECOND STOP Books and Other Spells
November 1: It's Raining Books 
November 4: Dawn's Reading Nook Blog
November 4 SECOND STOP Once Upon A Book REVIEW ONLY
November 5: Sharing Links and Wisdom
November 6: Romantic Historical Lovers REVIEW ONLY
November 7: Journey with Books
November 8: WriterAshleyL

18 comments:

  1. I love the idea of the husband taking over all the duties. We should introduce this into our culture.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Wouldn't that be great, Mary? My hubby was rather useless when I was pregnant, bless his heart.

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  2. I love the dynamics between the two characters! It seems really fascinating! Its good to see some good press for the Roma..I feel bad that they are under such pressure because of that one bad family with the kidnapped girl.

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Andra, unfortunately the whole business in Greece feeds into the typcial views of the Roma.

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  3. Thank so much for the lovely review and for hosting me today. Happy Friday!

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  4. Great interview and review, thank you.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. Well, it’s Friday. Had fun following you around this week and looking forward to more good stuff next week. Have a great weekend!
    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Karen. Submitting book three this weekend.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway. Sounds like a great book. evamillien at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Eva! Wasn't that a wonderful review?

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  7. Great Interview!
    I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Ms. Cameron. I like her writing style.

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  8. Thanks for participating in the interview, Collette! :D

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  9. Great interview!
    Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  10. Shoot! I knew I should have signed up for the tour on this one! It sounds like a really good read, and I'm glad that the author created a heroine that was a little different in being half Romani :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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  11. This looks like a lot of fun and I love gypsy romance stories. Great premise. Can't wait to read the love scenes..... :)

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  12. Looking forward to reading this i read Highlander's Hope and loved it .Thank you for sharing with us today.

    flanagan@mebtel.net

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