Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Vanessa Kelly!

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 Today’s featured author is the lovely Vanessa Kelly! Learn some fun facts about Vanessa in this short Q&A and about THE HIGHLANDER’S PRINCESS BRIDE (10/31/17). Leave a comment or question on the blog for a chance to win the first 2 books in The Improper Princesses series!

What genre(s) do you write?

I write Regency-set and Scottish historical romance as Vanessa Kelly, and contemporary romance and romantic suspense with my hubby under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.

2. Coffee or tea lover? 

Love them both! Coffee in the morning and tea later in the day.

3. Name one thing on your bucket list.

A trip to the Scottish Highlands.

4. Do you have pets?

Not anymore, now that we live in a condo. But I’m an avid dog lover and had several pets over the course of my life—including a couple of crazy but lovable standard poodles!

5. When I wake up every morning I… I do a short prayer and meditation, then I have coffee and read the paper.

6. Weirdest or unique thing you own.IMG_0954

A wooden dog that was made by a master toymaker in Italy, which my parents gave me when I was a little kid. I still love it, and it sits on the bookshelf by my bed.

7. Do you have any hobbies or particular skills?

I think research and writing are my particular skills. My one true hobby is reading.

8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?

My books tend to be about the ups and downs of living with big, complicated, but ultimately loving families. So, like my characters in these situations, I hope the readers experience a full range of emotions, especially laughter, love, and just a wee bit of heartache. But most of all, I want my books to make readers happy!

Meet Vanessa Kelly

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Vanessa Kelly is the award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of The Improper Princesses series, The Renegade Royals and The Stanton Family series, in addition to other historical romances. Named by Booklist as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance,” she is a Maggie Medallion winner and is well known for developing vibrant Regency settings, appealing characters, and witty storylines that captivate readers.

When she’s not dreaming of plots for her next Regency novel, she’s writing USA Today Bestselling books with her husband, under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.

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The Highlander’s PRINCESS BRIDE

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In Vanessa Kelly’s enchanting series, three young women descended from royalty overcome their scandalous beginnings to win the hearts of the ton’s most eligible men . . .
The illegitimate daughter of the Prince Regent might be expected to pursue various dubious professions. Actress, perhaps, or artist’s model. Even courtesan. Victoria Knight, however, has become a governess—a respectable choice, until she travels to Scotland to meet her new charges. The younger brothers of Nicholas Kendrick, Earl of Arnprior, aren’t children at all. They’re brawny, wild Highland men. As for the Earl, he’s handsome, guarded, and far too compelling . . . especially for a woman hiding a dark secret.

Nick needs a proper teacher to transform his unmarriageable brothers—and a sensible,
straight-laced wife for himself. Miss Knight seems to fit the bill on both counts. But he soon discovers there is more to Victoria than he thought. It’s not just her notorious origins, or the danger that’s followed her all the way to Scotland. It’s the fiery loyalty beneath that sedate façade. This, the real Victoria, is the woman Nick is starting to desire so desperately. And what an earl wants, he’ll use every seductive means to get . . .



Winner is Ellie Bolen!

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Vanessa Kelly  is giving away My Fair Princess AND Three Weeks With A Princess to one lucky commenter! Open in the U.S. and INTL!

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48 thoughts on “Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Vanessa Kelly!

    1. First I usually look at birth/death/church records from the period which are often scanned and on-line, as well as looking at baby name sites for the meanings of names. I also google lists of names from the Regency and Georgian period. English maps are another source for helping me come up with titles for my aristocrats. And sometimes I use the names of people I know!

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        1. Hi Lorelei! Thanks for hosting me today! There’s also a fun app called The Regency Name generator that I use when I’m a little stuck. Some of the names are sort of silly, but it’s fun.


    1. Latifa, I was going through a rough period in my life, and I felt like I needed a creative, engaging outlet to distract me from my day-to-day troubles. I was already a writer (non-fiction), and I’d always wanted to write a romance novel, so it seemed like a good thing to try. That manuscript became my first published book.

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  1. when you are with your husband writing books, how does it work? do you just collaborate on the writing or research or is it different for each book?

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    1. My husband generally does most of the research for our joint books. We brainstorm the plot, then he writes the first draft, and then I revise it. He’s also my critique partner for my historical books. There, the process is reversed. I research and write the first draft, and he helps me edit and revise. We pretty much have it down to a routine.

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    1. I think I first wanted to write a book while in grad school, when I was in my 30s. I attempted writing a Western–the less said about that venture, the better! As for research…I do enjoy it, but it can become a rabbit hole. You can spend hours researching a topic and then it ends up getting ditched from the manuscript. Still, it’s always fun to learn something new!

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  2. Thank you for answering all the great questions today. I love to find out more about the authors that captivate me…likes/dislikes, inspiration, even the mundane (favorite color, food, etc). Thank you for sharing a little bit of yourself!

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    1. I’m so happy you enjoy the concept, Jennifer. I want readers to learn and appreciate more the author’s interests as well as their stories. It gives us a better experience and appreciation for them. And one thing for sure, authors love engaging with readers. I’m thrilled they get to spend some time with us here. Thanks for participating! I hope you find more authors to captivate you! ❤️☺️

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    1. Great question! Although historical romance is my first love, I do find it easier to write contemporary romance. Heroines have more freedom and the contemporary language is a bit more flexible.

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    1. Karen, I recently finished a fabulous mystery series by Anne Cleeland, called the Doyle and Acton Series about a very unusual husband and wife team who both work at Scotland Yard. Fabulous writing and one of my best couples I’ve ever read in fiction. Anne also writes great Regency historicals. I also love Elizabeth Hoyt and Loretta Chase. Old school, I truly enjoy re-reading my Georgette Heyer and Mary Stewart books. I’m also a big lover of historical mystery.

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  3. Do you think you will ever get to visit the Scottish Highlands since you use it as the background for many of your books? BTW, I do love your books.

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    1. My husband and I are hoping to plan a research trip to Scotland within the next year or so. It’s top of my list! And I’m so happy you enjoy my books!

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    1. Hi Debra! It was actually “why.” I was going through a difficult period in my life, and needed a creative, engaging outlet. Writing seemed to be i!

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    1. No, that’s the only one. After many years, it broke. My dad actually took it with him when he went on a trip to Italy and found a toymaker to repair it.

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  4. I have always been a bit fascinated by the idea of you and your husband writing contemporary romance stories together. I cannot think of my husband and I doing such a thing. How did you all get started doing that? Was he a writer before?

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    1. Both of us were non-writers in our work careers. When my hubby decided to retire, he needed a hobby. Out of the need to keep each other from going crazy, I suggested writing fiction. Turns out, he loved it!

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    1. Sometimes we’ll talk through a tricky plot point with each other. But now that I think about it, we usually work it out on our own. Or I ask my critique partner, which is kind of funny when you think about it! And we both get a lot of inspiration from reading other books or watching movies or TV.

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  5. Sometimes we’ll talk through a tricky plot point with each other. But now that I think about it, we usually work it out on our own. Or I ask my critique partner, which is kind of funny when you think about it! And we both get a lot of inspiration from reading other books or watching movies or TV.

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