Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Here's an interview with the lovely and talented Olivia Drake!

Tell us about your release.

The Scandalous Flirt, November 2017, is the sixth and last historical romance in my Cinderella Sisterhood series.  Each book features a fairy godmother in the guise of the mysterious Lady Milford, who loans a magical pair of dancing slippers to a deserving young lady in desperate circumstances. 
 Synopsis:  Aurora Paxton was once the most sought-after debutante of the season. Then a scandalous mistake ruined her and she was banished from society in disgrace. Now Rory has been summoned back to London by her stepmother, who’s being blackmailed by the least likely man imaginable—Lucas Vale, Marquess of Dashell.  Lucas is as devastatingly handsome as he is coldly disapproving of Rory. What could he want from her or her family? Rory intends to find out. But she never expects to discover that the icy aristocrat has a soft spot for her … and a secret plan to win her heart. 

Without giving away any spoilers, give us a hint about a favorite scene.

When Rory suspects Lord Dashell of blackmailing a member of her family, she wangles a position in his household as companion to his invalid mother in order to hunt for the spicy letters that he’s stolen.  One night, while he’s out at a ball, Rory sneaks into his bedchamber to have a look around.  Of course, Lord Dashell returns and catches her in the act!  Since he can’t know that her secret mission is to retrieve the letters, Rory is in a predicament when he leaps to the logical conclusion that she’s come to seduce him.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was in third grade, I penned a story about a set of triplets who get lost in a cave. It was utterly forgettable--but a writer was born!  In high school, I went through a brooding poet stage in which I scribbled verse during study hall.  I grew up reading Nancy Drew, Victoria Holt, and Mary Stewart, which is why my romances often have a bit of a mystery in them.  But it wasn't until a few years after college, when I discovered romance authors like Kathleen Woodiwiss and Georgette Heyer that I decided to try my hand at writing historical love stories.

What is a typical writing day like?

When my two daughters were young, I stuck to a 9-4 workday while they were in school.  But at heart, I’m really a night owl.  Now that I can set my own hours, I find that I do my best writing from 6 in the evening until midnight.  There’s something about it being dark outside that sparks my creativity!

Do you have an interesting writing quirk or habit?

May I confess to being a perfectionist?  I edit my manuscript with a sharp eye and an even sharper pencil.  Being picky is both a blessing and a curse because sometimes I get too caught up in searching for just the right word or turn of phrase.  But it's very important to me to turn out the best book possible. 

What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned as a published author?

In the beginning, I used to think that eventually I’d reach a point when I could dash off a completed story in a matter of a few weeks.  But trust me, it never gets easier no matter how many manuscripts you complete!  Since my goal is to make each book better than the last, I put in many months of effort in order to turn out a page-turning romance that will please my readers. 

What does your family think about your career as a published author?

Naturally, they’re very proud of me!  My mom has a shelf crammed full of my books, and whenever I’m on deadline my husband is very good about fending for himself for dinner.  As for my daughters, they brag about me to their friends and coworkers!

Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

Naturally, I love to read, and I have more time to do that now that my two grown daughters have flown the nest.  I also collect research books and own over a thousand volumes, primarily on English life in the nineteenth century.  Outside of the book world, my husband and I spend time every summer at our cabin in the mountains of Colorado, where he fly-fishes while I read, play games with family and friends, and make jigsaw puzzles.  We also love food and wine; my husband is a renowned food photographer who knows many of the top chefs here in Houston.

Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing-wise?

At the moment, I’m working on the first book of a new series for St. Martin’s which involves dukes and governesses in Regency England.  Prepare yourself for breathtaking romance with a dash of mystery and a sprinkle of fun!

How can readers connect with you online?

Instagram: barbara.d.smith
Twitter: @OliviaDrake1


Scandal begins with just one kiss. . .
Aurora Paxton was once the belle of the ball, the most sought-after debutante of the season―until a scandalous mistake ruined her.Shunned by her family, Rory was banished to the country to live in disgrace. Now she’s been summoned back to London by her stepmother, who is being blackmailed by the least likely person Rory can imagine: Lucas Vale, Marquess of Dashell.
Lucas is someone Rory’s known for years―a man as devastatingly handsome as he is coldly disapproving of her. What in the world could he want from her or her family? Rory intends to find out as soon as she comes face to face with her old foe. What she never expects, however, is that the icy aristocrat has a soft spot for her―and a secret plan to redeem her status. Could it be that Lucas has been in love with Rory all along. . .and has finally found a way to win her heart?
The Cinderella Sisterhood series is:
“Beautiful.”―RT Book Reviews 
“Breathtaking.”Night Owl Reviews
“Magical.”―Once Upon a Romance

Olivia Drake is the author of 8 books including the Cinderella Sisterhood series: IF THE SLIPPER FITS, STROKE OF MIDNIGHT, ABDUCTED BY A PRINCE, BELLA AND THE BEAST, and HIS WICKED WISH. Another book in the series will be out in 2017. She also has written 24 romance novels under the name Barbara Dawson Smith. Her books have won the Golden Heart Award, Best Historical Romantic Suspense, Best Regency Historical, and the prestigious Rita Award from Romance Writers of America. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and a pair of feisty cats. Her two daughters have flown the nest, but they still come back whenever they want a home-cooked meal.

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Unknown said...

I enjoyed the interview, the book sounds great :) Thanks for the chance to win.
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Fedora said...

Love how supportive your family is, Olivia! Great interview!

Texas Book Lover said...

Yeah for Texas!!! This book sounds wonderful.
Thanks for sharing!

Karielle Stephanie said...

Loved getting to know Olivia better through this interview! Great cover!

Meredith said...

I haven't read any of this series yet! Thanks for sharing!