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Interview With Jerrica Knight-Catania, Author of More Than a Governess

What is your book about?

It’s about two people, who probably shouldn’t fall in love, falling in love. It’s about facing your demons, both internal and external. It’s about finding closure, finding happiness and finding love.

How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story?

More than a Governess was about 10 days in the making. They were the 10 days I spent in London a few years ago, and by the time I got home, I was itching to write so badly that it only took me about 6 weeks to complete the book.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

A combination of things. Like I said before, 10 days in London had me itching to write. And I was inspired by my own life and the many years I spent taking care of children. Much to most people’s surprise, I was not inspired by Jane Eyre. I had no idea what Jane Eyre was about until about two years after I’d written More than a Governess.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?

There’s always a little of me in every heroine. Becky reflects my maternal side. I’ve taken care of children since I was about 11-years-old, so writing about a governess and her two wards came somewhat naturally.

Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite?

In this book, I would have to say that Lydia, the little girl, is my favorite. She has an imaginary friend, and she will only speak to that imaginary friend, so conversations with her could get frustrating for the other characters, especially the hero. I was quite amused.

How (or when) do you decide that you are finished writing a story?

This is a funny thing for me. I typically get one or two chapters from the end and have no idea how the book is going to end. Sometimes I’ll toil for days, or even weeks, trying to figure it out. But ultimately, it comes to me in a dream or in that half awake/half asleep state in the morning. Once that happens, I can usually bang out the ending in a couple days, and then I know I’m done!

What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?

I used to have a writing schedule. I had an evening job answering phones for several years, and that’s where I wrote most of my books. Those 15 hours/week were like gold. But then I had a baby, and I’m lucky to get 10 minutes to myself these days where I’m not doing dishes or picking up toys or brushing my teeth.

What do you like to read?

I mainly stick to Regency Romance, but I also love chicklit. Sophie Kinsella has been a huge influence in my writing – maybe a little too much. I get a lot of feedback on my historicals that I would make a good chicklit writer. I love YA paranormal as well: Twilight, Evernight, and Harry Potter are among my favorite series.

How have you marketed and promoted your work?

I’m big into social networking. Facebook, Twitter, blogging – I’ve found these methods to be far more effective than book signings and mailers.

Where can people learn more about your books?

My website is fairly up to date now, and I also blog a few times a month. www.jerricasplace.com and http://romancingthebook.wordpress.com/

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Regency Romances for the Romantic at Heart

Pure is the Heart, by Amy de Trempe: A Christian romance set in the 18th century, Pure is the Heart has the ability to draw out the lover and the faithful spirit in every soul.    Forced to escape her home country or face the guillotine, Elise LeNoir makes her way to the estate of Lord Hunter Westwood who opens his home to the young woman and his heart soon becomes hers. Unfortunately, he is already betrothed, an engagement meant to unite two families, not two hearts. Even if Hunter were free, Elise is not in a position to marry.

Loving Lydia Loving Lydia by Amy de Trempe is a sweet, inspirationally touched romance, set during the regency era. When Lady Lydia, a moral, naïve young woman enters society, she is confounded by Lord Alex, a known reprobate rumored to have a dark side.  Yet he captures her heart. When Lydia is sucked into his dark world, can he save her and their love?

Love Trumps Logic by Lucy Balch: When suitors are baffled by Miss Fiona’s scientific turn of mind, her mother tearfully predicts that her daughter will be doomed to spinsterhood—until Lord Henry comes along. Nicknamed “the Mad Scientist,” Henry appreciates Fiona’s mind as well as her face. Fiona thinks she’s found the perfect husband in Henry until notorious Lord Beaumont crashes through her neatly laid plans.

A Gentleman Never Tells by Jerrica-Knight Catania: Benjamin Wetherby, Earl of Glastonbury and heir to the Marquessate of Eastleigh, has just received an urgent letter from home. His father is dying and he must return to England at once. Benjamin is a man bound by honor and duty, to both his country and his family. So, despite his reservations, he leaves his life in New York City behind so he may find a wife and assume his role as the Marquess of Eastleigh.

Miss Phoebe Blake is finally out of mourning for her father, and just in time. She and her mother could be days away from being carted off to debtors’ prison, so Phoebe returns to society with the intent and determination to secure a rich husband.

Sparks fly when Benjamin and Phoebe meet, and it appears they have both found just what they are looking for. But will a dark secret keep them from finding their happily ever after?

More Than a Governess by Jerrica Knight-Catania: Becky Thorn has been keeping a secret for more than seven years. A secret that, if found out, could destroy her. So before she gets too ensconced in London society, she accepts a position as a governess for a reclusive Viscount and his wife, far away from the ton.

Stephen Hastings, the third Viscount Hastings, is nothing short of perturbed when the tart Miss Thorn shows up on his doorstep. He is a man with little time and even less patience, who feels his pushover housekeeper is doing a fine job keeping his wards out of his hair. But Miss Thorn thinks differently and needles her way into becoming his governess, and eventually, the object of his affection.

Click here to read the first chapter of all Second Wind novels: The Exciting Worlds of Second Wind Books

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Celebrating Four New Releases from Second Wind Publishing!

To celebrate these releases, we have three contests/giveaways/chances to win books. Choose your favorite, or enter all of them! All events end on April 15, 2011, so hurry!!

1. a writing contest: If you could write a letter and send it back through time to yourself, at age eight, what would you say to your younger self? J. Conrad Guest will select the best ones and award those letter writers inscribed copies of One Hot January. Click here for the rules and to submit your entry: What Would You Say to Your Eight-Year-Old Self?

2. a quiz: One person, randomly chosen from all correct entries, will win an ecopy of all four newly released books. (To be downloaded at Smashwords.com). Click here for the quiz: Take this Quiz and Win Books!

3. a giveaway:  leave a comment on this post telling us which newly released book (or books) you would like to read, and you might win that ebook! Four people chosen at random from all commenters will win an ebook of their choice to be downloaded from Smashwords in their preferred format.

Your choices of books for the giveaway:

Light Bringer: Becka Johnson had been abandoned on the doorstep of a remote cabin in Chalcedony, Colorado when she was a baby. Now, thirty-seven years later, she has returned to Chalcedony to discover her identity, but she only finds more questions. Who has been looking for her all those years? Why are those same people interested in fellow newcomer Philip Hansen? Who is Philip, and why does her body sing in harmony with his? And what do either of them have to do with a shadow corporation that once operated a secret underground installation in the area?

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In One Hot January, Joe January, an emotionally aloof private investigator from the South Bronx, gets more than he bargains for when he uncovers this seemingly impossible plot of time travel and alternate realities by grudgingly agreeing to help a pretty young woman locate her missing father. Her father, a Professor of Archeology from Columbia College, must prevent the secret location of Hitler’s body, which lies in a cryogenic state awaiting a cure for cancer, from falling into the wrong hands. By the end of the novel, January is thrust one hundred years into the future, where he must survive on a century-old sagacity as he endeavors to find his way back to his own time and the woman he loves but lacked the courage to tell. The tale concludes in January’s Thaw, to be released later this year.

The Magic Fault unfolds in Turin, Italy, where the Catholic Church’s most revered relic has been stolen by a mysterious sect from the city’s cathedral.  The theft occurs during the 2004 Salone del Gusto, Turin’s celebration of “good, clean, and fair food” sponsored by the international Slow Food Movement. Tom Ueland, an American Midwest college history professor and journalist who writes about magical thinking, is in Turin to vacation with a friend, Rachel Cohen, an exhibitor at the celebration.  He’s also there at the invitation of the Turin archbishop, himself a student of magical thinking.  Tom takes up the chase after the Shroud of Turin and is spun toward a resolution he never sees coming.

More Than a Governess: Becky Thorn has been keeping a secret for more than seven years. A secret that, if found out, could destroy her. So before she gets too ensconced in London society, she accepts a position as a governess for a reclusive Viscount and his wife, far away from the ton.

Stephen Hastings, the third Viscount Hastings, is nothing short of perturbed when the tart Miss Thorn shows up on his doorstep. He is a man with little time and even less patience, who feels his pushover housekeeper is doing a fine job keeping his wards out of his hair. But Miss Thorn thinks differently and needles her way into becoming his governess, and eventually, the object of his affection.

Read the first chapters of these books at: The Exciting Worlds of Second Wind Books.

For even more fun, click on the covers and you will find a surprise!

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Take this Quiz and Win Books!

For all questions, answer
A for Light Bringer by Pat Bertram
B for More Than a Governess by Jerrica Knight-Catania
C for The Magic Fault by Paul Mohrbacher
D for One Hot January by J. Conrad Guest

If you don’t know the answers to the following questions, (or don’t want to guess) you can find most but not all of the answers by clicking on the above links. One person, randomly chosen from all correct entries, will win an ecopy of all four books. (To be downloaded at Smashwords.com). Send your responses to secondwindpublishing@gmail.com before April 15, 2011 to be considered for this special prize.

Hint: five questions pertain to each book.

  1. This book has been described as the world’s longest parable.
  2. The main character of this book is a Midwestern college history professor.
  3. This story takes place in London.
  4. This book is about getting a second chance at starting over.
  5. One of the main characters in this book is short of time and short of patience.
  6. The main character of this book is described as an indignant Humphrey Bogart
  7. This book features a ghost cat. Or is something other than a ghost?
  8. This book is a regency romance.
  9. This story takes place in Colorado.
  10. The stolen object in this story could have repercussions for the Catholic Church.
  11. This is the fourth novel by this author to be published by Second Wind Publishing.
  12. This book is written in the style of Raymond Chandler.
  13. This book is best described as speculative fiction.
  14. This story is about the theft of a famous relic.
  15. This book takes place in alternate realities and features time travel.
  16. This story takes place in New York.
  17.  This is the first book by this author to be published by Second Wind Publishing.
  18. This story takes place in Italy.
  19. This book is part of a published series.
  20.  The heroine of this story is a servant. Or is she?

Now you are intrigued! If you want to know more, you can find the first chapter of all four books at: The Exciting Worlds of Second Wind Books

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Q&A wtih Jerrica Knight-Catania, author of More Than a Governess

What is your book about?

It’s about two people, who probably shouldn’t fall in love, falling in love. It’s about facing your demons, both internal and external. It’s about finding closure, finding happiness and finding love.

How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story?

More than a Governess was about 10 days in the making. They were the 10 days I spent in London a few years ago, and by the time I got home, I was itching to write so badly that it only took me about 6 weeks to complete the book.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

A combination of things. Like I said before, 10 days in London had me itching to write. And I was inspired by my own life and the many years I spent taking care of children. Much to most people’s surprise, I was not inspired by Jane Eyre. I had no idea what Jane Eyre was about until about two years after I’d written More than a Governess.

How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?

There’s always a little of me in every heroine. Becky reflects my maternal side. I’ve taken care of children since I was about 11-years-old, so writing about a governess and her two wards came somewhat naturally.

Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite?

In this book, I would have to say that Lydia, the little girl, is my favorite. She has an imaginary friend, and she will only speak to that imaginary friend, so conversations with her could get frustrating for the other characters, especially the hero. I was quite amused.

How (or when) do you decide that you are finished writing a story?

This is a funny thing for me. I typically get one or two chapters from the end and have no idea how the book is going to end. Sometimes I’ll toil for days, or even weeks, trying to figure it out. But ultimately, it comes to me in a dream or in that half awake/half asleep state in the morning. Once that happens, I can usually bang out the ending in a couple days, and then I know I’m done!

What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?

I used to have a writing schedule. I had an evening job answering phones for several years, and that’s where I wrote most of my books. Those 15 hours/week were like gold. But then I had a baby, and I’m lucky to get 10 minutes to myself these days where I’m not doing dishes or picking up toys or brushing my teeth.

What do you like to read?

I mainly stick to Regency Romance, but I also love chicklit. Sophie Kinsella has been a huge influence in my writing – maybe a little too much. I get a lot of feedback on my historicals that I would make a good chicklit writer. I love YA paranormal as well: Twilight, Evernight, and Harry Potter are among my favorite series.

How have you marketed and promoted your work?

I’m big into social networking. Facebook, Twitter, blogging – I’ve found these methods to be far more effective than book signings and mailers.

Where can people learn more about your books?

My website is fairly up to date now, and I also blog a few times a month. www.jerricasplace.com and http://romancingthebook.wordpress.com/

Read the first chapter of: More Than a Governess

Click here to buy: More Than a Governess

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More Than A Governess by Jerrica Knight-Catania

Becky Thorn has been keeping a secret for more than seven years. A secret that, if found out, could destroy her. So before she gets too ensconced in London society, she accepts a position as a governess for a reclusive Viscount and his wife, far away from the ton.

Stephen Hastings, the third Viscount Hastings, is nothing short of perturbed when the tart Miss Thorn shows up on his doorstep. He is a man with little time and even less patience, who feels his pushover housekeeper is doing a fine job keeping his wards out of his hair. But Miss Thorn thinks differently and needles her way into becoming his governess, and eventually, the object of his affection.

Excerpt:

“Good evening.”

Becky gasped and spun from the bookshelf to find herself face to face with the lord of the manor. She stammered as she fished for an appropriate excuse. Truth be known, she should not have been traipsing about the house at this hour, let alone on a mission to borrow one of the library’s books. She would be dismissed before she’d even had a chance to begin.

“I’m so sorry, my lord, I was just…”

Lord Hastings raised his brows in question and sipped lazily from the snifter he held in his hand.

“I was just leaving, actually. Good night.”

Becky bobbed a shallow curtsy and then backed towards the door, eager to return to her room.

“Miss Thorn, you needn’t leave on my account,” Lord Hastings said dryly. “You interrupted the rest of my day, why not finish it out?”

Becky stood frozen, trying to decide whether she should be grateful for the chance to stay and choose a book or outraged that he’d insulted her yet again. Unable to keep her thoughts or feelings to herself, she opted for the latter.

“Forgive my impertinence, my lord,” she began, “but may I ask why you have taken it upon yourself to be exceedingly rude to me since my arrival?”

A sinister chuckle escaped from Lord Hastings’ lips. “Don’t take it personally, Miss Thorn. You’re a servant. I treat you no differently than I treat anyone else in my employ.”

“Considering I’ve been brought here under false pretenses, I find your behavior reprehensible.”

“Behavior?” he asked indignantly. “Need I remind you that you are governess to my niece and nephew and not to me? However you find my behavior it is none of your concern.”

“It is when it affects me.”

“Then I suggest you grow a thicker skin, Miss Thorn, for I am not in the habit of walking on eggshells for the sake of my servants’ feelings.”

Becky remained silent. She had already overstepped her boundaries more than once today and she would not put it past Lord Hastings to turn her out even at this late hour. Though a thousand retorts swirled in her head, she merely clamped her lips shut and walked to the shelves of books that lined the walls, drawing her robe tighter around her as she did.

But there was no hope of concentrating on the books or their titles. She was outraged and tired and feeling completely lonesome and helpless. All she really wanted was to go to sleep but she was still too wound up from the day’s events.

When the hairs on her neck stood involuntarily, she was certain she was being watched. She turned around to see Lord Hastings regarding her with a cynical smile.

“Would you please stop staring at me? It makes me uncomfortable.”

“Would you care for a drink, Miss Thorn?”

That caught her off guard. She was prone to a glass of wine or a pint of ale from time to time, but only amongst friends, never with intimidating strangers.

“No, thank you,” she said proudly and turned her attention back to the books.

“It might help you sleep.”

He had a point there.

“All right, then,” she sighed. “Perhaps just a little.”

 ***

After obtaining a degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and years of pursuing a career on the stage, Jerrica left the “glamorous” life of an actress in favor of writing romance. She continues to reside in the New York City area with her husband, cat, and precious daughter.

Click here to read the first Chapter: More Than a Governess by Jerrica Knight-Catania
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