[BREAKING NEWS: The Black Hawk has been nominated for Best Historical Romance by Romantic Times. Congratulations, Jo!]
This week we are to have RITA winner Joanna Bourne with us. You may have read some of her earlier books: The Spymaster’s Lady, My Lord and Spymaster, or The Forbidden Rose.
Jo has lived in a half-dozen dozen countries around the world, working for the US Government, including France and England, where her books are set. Now she lives and works in the foothills of the Appalachians with her family, her dog, and her cat.
Her next book is The Black Hawk, on the shelves November 1, from Berkley Sensation.
Here’s what Publishers Weekly has to say about The Black Hawk in a starred review:
Bourne mixes heart-pounding mystery and romance in her spellbinding fourth Spymaster historical romantic thriller (after 2010’s The Forbidden Rose). From childhood, Adrian Hawker spied on France for England while Justine DeCabrillac gathered intelligence for the Police Sècrete. They were teens when they met in Paris in 1794, and as they grew up, their paths crossed often in a changing world. Sometimes they were on the same side, and sometimes they were opposed, but it was inevitable that they fall bittersweetly in love, knowing that any minute duty could take precedence over passion. Their tempestuous love affair unfolds in flashbacks, alternating with scenes from 1818 London, where somebody tries to kill Justine and frame Hawker, now head of the British Intelligence Service with as many enemies in England as in France. Just the right amount of intrigue makes this vivid romance a gripping page-turner.
Here’s what Jo has to say about her latest:
This is Adrian’s story. And Justine’s story. It kinda wraps things up between them. The two of them have been friends and lovers and enemies. Now they have to work together to find out who wants to kill Justine and frame Adrian for the murder.
Oh … and I go back to talk about the day she shot him, which is one of those things that could happen to anybody, really.
And lots of interesting stuff like that there.
Jo responds to
Deb nosiness the Deb interview:
Talk about one book that made an impact on you.
Back in the dark dawn of history, when pterodactyls still roamed the sky, carrying off the occasional unwary toddler — I guess I was about twelve then — I read Margaret Mead’s Coming Age in Samoa. Margaret Mead was an anthropologist who studied the peoples of the Pacific. She wrote a clear, vivid picture of life in a world wildly different from the one in which I’d been raised.
This Samoa book said the world was a larger and more interesting place than I’d imagined. There were people out there believing and dreaming in ways utterly different from what I’d taken for granted.
In a way, that realization led directly to me writing Historical Romance. History is another country. People think and act differently there.
Talk about one thing that’s making you happy right now.
D’ya know. I’m a simple person. Very simple things make me happy.
Today, I went out and bought heritage tomatoes from a man who grows a couple rows of them every year. They are just really ugly tomatoes, but they taste good. I got a big bag of them and a mess a green beans and some onions and summersquash.
I did not buy zucchini. This time of year, if you stand still on a street corner in this town and you get buried in zucchini.
Downtown, on Main Street, there’s a bakery with the most amazing pastries and really good bread.
Tomorrow, on my way home I’m going to stop and buy a fruit tart. Or a nut tart. Then I’m going to come home and settle into the kitchen and start chopping up the vegetables I bought today to make minestrone soup.
Paris. The 8ieme. A sidewalk café.
Just about any sidewalk cafe.
Me and the pigeons, watching people walk by.
Which talent do you wish you had?
I sure do wish I could learn languages more easily. The old brain just doesn’t sop up the language stuff.
What I need is an app for that.
Which animal would you like to be, and why?
Assuming we could get over the habitat destruction and being hunted to the edge of extinction, both of which are depressing in the extreme … I think I’d like to be a sea otter.
They do not delve and spin. They do not plan for the future or save or make wise investments. Not one is dissatisfied — not one is demented with the mania of owning things; Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago; Not one is respectable or industrious —
Oh, sorry about that. I was channelling Walt Whitman.
As near as I can tell, sea otters float around all day eating abalone and playing tag.
They play, even the adults. They make love. They cuddle. They hug their babies.
If you could just add a laptop and wifi, it would be perfect.
Thank you so much for being with us today, Jo!
So, if you want to cyber-stalk the very talented Ms. Bourne, here are some good places to start:
Twitter: Do you tweet? Follow @jobourne on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/JoBourne
To win your own free copy of The Black Hawk (trust me, you want to do this!), just leave a comment. If you like, tell us what animal you’d like to be. Or where you’d like to be. Or what is making you happy right now.