1. Tell us about BEAUTY TEMPTS THE BEAST
BEAUTY TEMPTS THE BEAST is the final book in the Sins for All Seasons series and features Benedict—known throughout Whitechapel as Beast—Trewlove. Shortly after he was born, his mother handed him over to Ettie Trewlove, with the promise she would return for him. Only she never did, and he has often struggled with wondering why she didn’t keep her promise. Because he is the tallest and broadest of all the Trewloves, he has made it his mission to protect those who haven’t the strength or means to protect themselves. Lady Althea Stanwick has been cast out from Society and is determined to return on her own terms—and those terms involve becoming a notorious courtesan. Shortly after an encounter with Beast, she asks him to teach her how to become a seductress.
2. Without giving away any spoilers, give us a hint about a favorite scene.
My favorite scene takes place in a gambling hell, when Althea confronts her former fiancé and Beast aids her in having a bit of revenge against him.
3. What inspired you to become a writer?
I have always loved writing. In my youth, I wrote lengthy letters to relatives, kept a diary, and wrote stories to entertain myself. In high school, I worked on the school newspaper and the yearbook. In college, I started out as a journalist major, but got sidetracked by psychology. But I always wanted to write a novel. In 1990, I discovered romance and fell in love with the genre. I knew I was reading the sort of stories I wanted to write.
4. What is a typical writing day for you like?
Because I tend to write late into the night, my day typically doesn’t begin until mid-morning. I prepare a cup of tea and bring it into my office where I take a quick gander at my email. Then I’ll write for a while. I break for lunch and usually take a nap afterward. During the late afternoon I’ll write or research until around 7. I spend the evening with my husband, watching TV. Then around midnight, I return to the computer for a couple of hours. I really enjoy writing when the rest of the world has gone to sleep.
5. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
I would probably do more volunteer work, organizing fundraisers and events. I enjoy organizing the Buns & Roses Romance Tea for Literacy that takes place every October to raise funds for the Richardson Adult Literacy Center.
6. Do you have any interesting writing quirks or habits?
I don’t know if it’s interesting, but I always listen to a rain/thunderstorm CD that I purchased at the beginning of my career to assist in muffling out the ruckus of my sons playing. They no longer live at home, but after so many years of listening to that sound as I wrote, it always triggers something inside me that announces it’s time to get busy writing.
7. What has been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned as a published author?
While the act of writing may be a solitary endeavor, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the romance community of readers, authors, and publishing professionals provides a comradery that is incredibly uplifting and supportive. It’s as though I have another family.
8. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
I have to give a lot of credit to my younger sister, Theresa, in helping me to become a writer. When I first started writing, I’d mail her a chapter, back before we had email. She’d read it and call me to ask where the next chapter was. Her enthusiasm for my stories often kept me at the keyboard. As the Internet came into being, I connected with writers Fay Robinson and Alexandra Hawkins. None of us were published at the time and we became critique partners. I learned a lot from them, and it was reassuring to have someone traveling the same path I was.
9. Do you have any favorite authors that you like to read?
I’m certain to leave someone out, but Sarah MacLean, Meg Cabot, Addison Fox, Cathy Maxwell, Tracey Livesay, and Julie Anne Long are auto-reads for me. I’ve recently discovered some new-to-me authors that I have really enjoyed reading: Talia Hibbert, Emily Henry, Scarlet Peckham, and Kerrigan Byrne.
10. What other hobbies or interests do you have?
I enjoy trying different types of massages—four hand massage, hot rock massage, and yes, even chocolate massage. Whenever we travel, if a spa is near, I’ll sample their services.
11. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next after this for you writing wise?
In BEAUTY TEMPTS THE BEAST, the reader will be introduced to the heroine’s brothers and one of them will begin a spin-off series: Once Upon a Dukedom.
12. How can readers connect with you online?
They can email me through my website: lorraineheath.com. Or follow me at:
She wants lessons in seduction
Althea Stanwick was a perfect lady destined to marry a wealthy lord, until betrayal left her family penniless. Though she’s lost friends, fortune, and respectability, Althea has gained a scandalous plan. If she can learn to seduce, she can obtain power over men and return to Society on her terms. She even has the perfect teacher in mind, a man whose sense of honor and dark good looks belie his nickname: Beast.
But desire like this can’t be taught
Benedict Trewlove may not know his parentage but he knows where he belongs—on the dark side of London, offering protection wherever it’s needed. Yet no woman has ever made such an outrageous request as this mysterious beauty. Althea is out of place amongst vice and sin, even if she offers a wicked temptation he can’t resist. But as the truth of his origin emerges at last, it will take a fierce, wild love to overcome their pasts.