Saturday, November 2, 2013

Masked Love by Nicole Zoltack

Today I'm chatting with my friend Nicole Zoltack, whose holiday-themed historical romance Masked Love released this week. Cheers to historical!!

Title: Masked Love
Author: Nicole Zoltack
Genre: Holiday/Christmas Regency Novella
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: November 1, 2013
Formats: eBook (mobi and ePub)

Book Description...
Isabelle is content being a maid, and will do anything for her lady, even accompany her to a masquerade ball. Lady Theodosia needs extra support and encouragement on this night, for tomorrow she will meet the man her parents have pledged her to.
Isabelle has never had occasion to attend such an event, and is at first ill at ease. But meeting an enchanting young man during the course of the evening makes her wish for a life she can never have. Thinking she will never see him again, she returns his flirtation and even reveals her face. Imagine her shock when he shows up the next morning, announcing his claim on Lady Thedosia.
Isabelle does all she can to avoid Lord Adrian Wingave, but then he not only sees her, he recognizes her. To make matters worse, Isabelle fears her feelings are not one-sided. Torn between duty and desire, Isabelle hopes for something more this Christmas.

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1) Nicole, what inspired you to write Masked Love?
I've always thought of Christmas as a magical time, just perfect for falling in love. I'd been wanting to write a Christmas romance for awhile. I had just finished writing a steampunk romance (which is in the middle of a rewrite) and that was my first venture into the Victorian era. I decided I wanted to try yet another time period, since I love research, and picked Regency. From there, I added a masquerade ball and I was off to the keyboard.

2) Do you have a Masked Love playlist? If Isabelle and Lord Adrian had a song, what would it be?
Since I wrote Masked Love not even close to the Christmas season, I actually listen to a lot of Christmas music to get me into the mood. Hark the Harold Angles Sing, Here We Go A-Wassailing, and the like.
Isabelle and Lord Adrian's song would be "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz. The beginning is fitting for their first meeting: When I look into your eyes, it's like watching the night sky or a beautiful sunrise.
And the chorus for the rest of the story: Well, I won't give up on us even if the skies get rough. I'm giving you all my love. I'm still looking up.
*sigh* Such a good song!

3) What do you like best about setting books during the Regency period? What other historical periods intrigue you?
This is my first Regency and it definitely won't be my last. I enjoy this time period because of how different it is from today. It's more strict and rigid and the division between the different classes makes for plenty of conflict between characters. So many sources of drama and tension exist within the Regency era and makes for perfect story fodder.
I've written a lot of medieval-inspired fantasy romances. I've always been fascinated with the idea of knights and chivalry and love. I already mentioned the Victorian era with my steampunk WIP. I'm not opposed to trying a different time period either. Who knows what I'll try next?

4) Who did you envision as you wrote Isabelle and Lord Adrian? 
Henry Cavill with green eyes a la Tudors would be a perfect Lord Adrian. Yum! As for Isabelle, she looks like Jaimie Alexander, but with brown eyes. Very good-looking couple! ;)

Love me some Henry Cavill! (OK, she's beautiful too.)

Thanks, Nicole!



1 comment:

  1. Thanks for having me, Melanie! I could stare at Herny all day. ;)


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