Monday, January 13, 2014

Interview with Hope Tarr, author of 'Suddenly Cinderella Bundle' - Win a $50 Gift Card!


Title: Suddenly Cinderella Bundle
Genre: Romance
Author: Hope Tarr
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence
Pages: 420
Language: English
Format: Ebook

Operation Cinderella 

 Magazine editor Macie Graham devises a plan to masquerade as a modern-day Cinderella and get her revenge on infuriating Texan Ross Mannon. She’ll do anything to uncover the dirt on the famous radio personality but when she finally uncovers a secret that could destroy Ross's reputation, she faces losing her job or losing the fairy-tale ending she didn't even know she wanted.

  The Cinderella Makeover 

 Chic fashion photographer Francesca St. James agrees to work as a "fashion fairy godmother" on a new reality TV show, but she doesn't agree to falling for one of the contestants. Tech company CEO Greg just needs some help transforming himself enough to find his happily ever after, and butting heads with his high-and-mighty fairy godmother isn't in his plan. The two couldn't be more different, but as Greg transforms into the smoking-hot, confident guy he was always meant to be, will his makeover find him his one true love?

  The Cinderella Seduction 

 Four months ago, Nick’s bachelor-style life was turned upside down. Now the sole parent to a seven-year-old daughter he never knew existed, Nick doesn’t have time for pleasure. But he hadn’t factored in Stefanie or the intense attraction he’d feel for her. As her seduction heats up, so do the stakes, both professionally and romantically. Can he let business go long enough to allow Stefanie into his heart?



What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? 

From 1996 through 2002, I founded and led a national grassroots campaign, The Pet Overpopulation STAMP OUT. The campaign’s goal, persuading the US Postal Service to issue a stamp to advocate the spaying/neutering of companion animals, was achieved in September 2002 with the stamps’ release—and subsequent record sell-out. Animal lovers can read more about the project, and the real-life rescue pets who often find their way into the pages of my novels, here: How has your upbringing influenced your writing? Growing up I always wanted to be a writer. Though I pursued another career path entirely, eventually I surrendered and delved in, selling my second manuscript in 1999. 

When and why did you begin writing? 

I can’t remember when I haven’t been writing—only now I use a laptop versus crayons. 

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 

I can’t remember not being interested in books. Growing up, I was a voracious reader. Rather than reading and enjoying good books, I always found myself dissecting them for their structure, pacing etc. 

When did you first know you could be a writer? 

I think I’ve always known. That said, I had a great fourth grade “Language Arts” teacher, Mrs. Cohill, who really encouraged me and another fabulous mentor later on, my high school English teacher, Sandra Durfee. They both really nurtured my writing—and my soul. 

What inspires you to write and why? 

The characters start talking to one another until I have no choice. I have to write it all down. 

What genre are you most comfortable writing? 

I’ve written twenty-five published romance novels (both historical and contemporary), and two romance novellas. I also love writing nonfiction. I’ve written numerous nonfiction articles and essays and travel blog posts. Recently I contributed to (as well as edited and published) a nonfiction anthology for this Valentine’s, SCRIBBLING WOMEN AND THE REAL-LIFE ROMANCE HEROES WHO LOVE THEM. Styled in the spirit of the bestselling “Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul” Series, SCRIBBLING WOMEN is a collection of twenty-eight essays by popular romance authors on how they met, wed, or love (over time) their real-life spouse or significant other. All net proceeds from sales of the anthology will benefit Win, formerly Women in Need ( 

What inspired you to write your first book? 

I’m a huge British history geek and grew up watching various BBC productions, so starting out by writing British-set historicals was a natural progression. 

Who or what influenced your writing once you began? 

Many thanks including reading really great books and wanting to someday write to that caliber. 

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? 

Balancing the actual writing with time spent on social networking (which I find addictively fun) and other promotion. 

Did writing this series teach you anything and what was it? 

I grew up eating, dreaming and breathing fairy tales. For years now, I’ve signed off on blog posts etc with “Wishing you fairy tales come true.” Finding a way to incorporate my lifelong love affair with Happily Ever After into novels written for adults is a reminder to always embrace who we are—and to never give up on finding True Love and HEA not only within a book cover but in real-life, too. 

Have you developed a specific writing style?

 “Sexy, sophisticated reads” is how I’ve branded myself for years. It’s also my promise to readers of both my contemporary and historical romances. 

What is your greatest strength as a writer? 

Dialogue and characterization. (Two again!) 

What is your favorite quality about yourself? 

I’m tenacious and don’t give up easily—or sometimes at all—when it comes to what I want to accomplish in both my career and philanthropies. 

 What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

 I can be loyal “to a fault.” 

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? 

 From silent screen actress, Mary Pickford: “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down.”


Award-winning author, Hope Tarr earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Education before coming to grips with the tough truth: she wasn’t especially interested in analyzing people or teaching them. What she wanted was to write about them! Today Hope is the author of more than twenty historical and contemporary romance novels for multiple publishers including THE CINDERELLA SEDUCTION, the finale to her Suddenly Cinderella Series for Entangled Publishing. Hope is also a co-founder and current curator of Lady Jane’s Salon®, New York City’s first—and still only—monthly romance reading series now with satellites in eight U.S. states. The Romance Writers of America’s New York City chapter recently honored Hope as their 2013 Author of the Year. She lives in Manhattan with her real life romance hero and their feline family members. When not writing, she enjoys running, hiking, martial arts—and browsing restaurant menus.



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