Although the awards themselves were awarded last night, so we now know who the winners are, I am continuing my celebrations with the shortlisted authors and tonight’s guest was nominated in the Shorter Romantic Novel category for her book, The Highlander’s Inconvenient Bride. It is author… Terri Brisbin.
Terri, welcome to the blog. Thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?
Hi and thanks for inviting me! Tonight I’m drinking my favorite cocktail EVER – a French Martini – vodka, raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice – mmmmm!
If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
I’d probably take you out to a local bar/restaurant close by me here in Berlin NJ.
If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
Queen Elizabeth I (a must!) and Idris Elba – how’s that for eclectic!
That would be an interesting mix for an evening out. So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
Well, I’ve always been a writer of some kind – short stories and poetry in high school, then technical writing in my profession (I’m a dental hygienist, too!). I started writing novels when the urge grew too strong to resist any longer – I was 40. I started my first novel not believing I could write a ‘whole book’ and just wanting to try it out. That’s lead to 53 now!
That is an impressive number. What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?
One of my proudest moments was when I was visiting London and found my first book on a shelf in a bookstore there – I was an international author! Add to that my first nomination for an RWA RITA award and hitting the USA Today bestselling list – big moments! (And now being on the shortlist for the RNA Liberta Award gets added to my list!)
My biggest challenge is facing self-doubt as my writing process has changed in recent years and is no longer reliable to me. Trying to sort out how to write a story is difficult!
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
I’d love to see one of my books – especially my time travels/slips – made into a movie or tv series! That would be grand!
What are have planned that you are really excited about?
Travel – finally being able to travel after the pandemic quarantine/lockdowns. I’m heading to Ireland in May and SCOTLAND in September!
Two of my favourite places! I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
Scotland is probably my most favorite place to visit – I’ve been there five times and will be going back this September. I love the places, the cities, the towns, the people, the scenery and history.
The top place on my bucket list for travel is Egypt. I’ve been ‘into’ Egyptian history since I was a teen and have actually scheduled trips there three times, only to have to cancel each time for different reasons! It’s almost as though the universe is conspiring to keep me away…!
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself.
I’ll share two with you. Interesting (I think) – is that I modeled for a women’s clothing catalog three years ago and was featured in their print catalog and on their website. Surprising – I had an FBI record due to my activities in high school! Shhhhh!
Wow, I think I need to hear more of that story! Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
Oh, come on! One?! I have so many on my re-read list of favorites/comfort reads that I could name so I’m going to give you two. The first is an older book – still a favorite that I reread at least yearly – Keeper of the Dream by Penelope Williamson – sigh… Medieval, a bit of magic, so good. The other is by a newer author but her books have made it to my reread list – A Wicked Kind of Husband by Mia Vincy. Regency historical, witty/strong dialogue, soooo emotional, such great characters and character growth. I’m reread it now. GET IT!
It was the ideal marriage of convenience…until they met
Cassandra DeWitt has seen her husband only once—on their wedding day two years earlier—and this arrangement suits her perfectly. She has no interest in the rude, badly behaved man she married only to secure her inheritance. She certainly has no interest in his ban on her going to London. Why, he’ll never even know she is there.
Until he shows up in London too, and Cassandra finds herself sharing a house with the most infuriating man in England.
Joshua DeWitt has his life exactly how he wants it. He has no need of a wife disrupting everything, especially a wife intent on reforming his behavior. He certainly has no need of a wife who is intolerably amiable, insufferably reasonable … and irresistibly kissable.
As the unlikely couple team up to battle a malicious lawsuit and launch Cassandra’s wayward sister, passion flares between them. Soon the day must come for them to part … but what if one of them wants their marriage to become real?
So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
Well, since the wild days of drinking in my youth gave way to being almost non-drinking as babies/children arrived in my life, I actually don’t drink much at all now. My failsafe is to stay with my one drink and then drink a lot of water, too. The last hangover was so long ago I can barely remember it, but when young and daft, I would always drink 2-3 glasses of water before going to bed after an evening of drinking with friends. Then more fluids in the morning. That seemed to help.
After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
A perfect weekend for me usually involves reading (something – for pleasure or for research), some good food and lots of chatting with friends.
Sounds very much like my perfect weekend! Thank you for chatting with me this evening, I’ve very much enjoyed myself.
Terri’s RONA-shortlisted novel, The Highlander’s Inconvenient Bride is out now and you can buy a copy here.
Betrothed by duty
To his enemy!
To strengthen an alliance between their clans, future chieftain of the mighty Cameron Clan, Robbie Cameron, must marry Sheena MacLerie. Only, she is the last person he would have picked – after her betrayal years ago. Now she is as infuriatingly elusive as ever, and worse, seems intent on breaking their betrothal! Just what is his inconvenient bride hiding? Uncovering her secrets means earning her trust – but that also ignites a simmering passion!
Terri’s new release from Harlequin/Mills&Boon is The Highlander’s Substitute Wife, which is the first book in a 3-book multiauthor series. Writing along with Jenni Fletcher and Madeline Martin, this is the story of a new clan chieftain trying to protect his family and lands when an outlawed clan returns and war ensues. Of course, marriages of (in)convenience are the answer and no one involved is very happy about those.
She’s the best wife…
…he never wanted!
Ross MacMillan lifts his bride’s veil…and discovers it’s not the woman he’d agreed to marry but her beautiful younger sister, Ilysa MacDonnell! The new MacMillan chieftain must accept Ilysa as his wife, for retaining his clan’s lands depends on her father’s support. But why is she there? Are her aims to help him or her father? Drawing out Ilysa’s secrets will kindle an alliance more powerful—and passionate!—than Ross ever imagined…
RWA RITA®-nominated, award-winning, USA Today® best-selling author Terri Brisbin is a mom, a wife, grandmom! and a dental hygienist from southern NJ. Terri has sold more than 3 million copies of her 50+ historical and paranormal romance novels and novellas in more than 25 countries and 20 languages around the world. Her current and upcoming historical and paranormal/fantasy romances will be published by Harlequin Historicals, Dragonblade Publishing, Oliver Heber Books and independently, too.
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