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Special Interview with Emma Locke today! She is promoting TEMPTED BY HIS TOUCH anthology. Make sure you enter to win an iPad mini and don’t forget to attend the Facebook party tonight!

Q&A with Emma Locke
What’s your favorite historical romance?
I don’t mean to be repetitive, because I know everyone says this, but Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels has to be the best book I’ve ever read. For the same reasons everyone else loves it, of course. It’s clever and sexy and has that Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh factor we all want to feel when we read a fantastic romance.

What is the first romance novel you ever read?
Heather Graham’s Captive. I’m a Florida native, and I got my fifteen-year-old hands on this book because my then-boyfriend’s stepmom (who he loathed, by the way) had the limited judgment and incredible foresight to realize I would absolutely love it. Captive has everything: a super-hot, super-alpha hero, a Southern belle, a terrible war that couldn’t be won, and historical trivia that could put you to sleep. I never read another non-romance novel after that.

Would you want to live in the time you write about? What would you love? Hate?
I say I would. I also grew up believing I wanted to be Laura Ingalls, and now that idea makes me want to grab my iPhone and hold it close. But I think I would [love to be rich]. If I could be rich, my time period (1813-1817) would be great. I’d love the fabrics and dresses and all the old, old houses. I’d love the horses and proper beaus and cottages—oh, the cottages. Even in the 1800s, I’d be blown over by the history in the places I visited. That’s what stood out to me most when I went on vacation to Ireland—even in my characters’ time, the houses I visited would have been old. But if I were just an average citizen of the time, then no, I’d hate it. Life was hard—just ask Erica Monroe. I respect the people who came before us, the downtrodden men and women brave enough to think America would be better than the hellholes they lived in. Which means, I suppose, that were I living in the time period I write about, I might spend all of my time trying to get out. I’d be Laura Ingalls after all, in some weird, twisted paradox, trying to get to Future America.

If given the choice between a duke, a rogue, or an alpha hero, which would you choose?
I’d want to be a duke. You can be a rogue or an alpha hero and a duke, but if you’re just one of the former, your power is limited. In my real (non-author) life, I’m more likely to be found making critical decisions than wreaking havoc. I mean, havoc is fun, but I can do it in my down time. I guess I’d be a really fun, clever, benevolent duke who managed to drag himself into work with a hangover.

What tempts you? (Chocolate, caviar, long walks on the beach…)
I love a good happy hour. No matter how serious the day was, how impossible the situation, happy hour brings people together. I will pretty much forgo any good intentions to exercise or write or clean the house if I can bond with some buddies over a few beers. (Or a few margaritas with my lady friends, though that happens far less often.) I’m a true extrovert, and nothing relaxes me more than surrounding myself with my loud, drunken friends at the end of the day. Which is why I would make an awesome alpha hero.

Rapid fire round:
Designer purses or Target special?
I was Target special, until my girlfriend who only buys Coach convinced me that high quality = longevity. The logical engineer inside me can’t deny her point. I’ve been Designer ever since (but only on clearance!)
Heels or flip flops? Flip flops. But mine have sparkles!
Rich or famous? Rich. I grew up very poor and I have to support my parents in their old age, so having a good, solid, dependable retirement income is more important to me than anything else. (That’s my PSA to any aspiring writers out there. Writing doesn’t usually pay right away because it takes time to build up a backlist and start making money, but there are lots of great STEM jobs you can work while you wait for your career to take off. Get a job in a STEM field then write your heart out after work. It’s nice not to have to worry about things like health insurance and rent while you make the slow, marathon climb to success.)
American hottie or sexy Brit? Sexy Brit. I like a little class with my six pack.
Where’s your happy place? I write most of my books at my local bar, The Rock, because as an extrovert it’s very difficult for me to write at home alone (QUIET = AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, NIGHTMARE). I spend all day looking forward to getting back into my little corner of The Rock. My husband doesn’t understand it. Whenever he comes to have dinner with me, he brings ear plugs. Yet I love the noise.

Tempted bookExcerpt from THE PROBLEM WITH SEDUCTION:
She relaxed gradually into his embrace. It was odd. She’d allowed herself to be drawn into all manner of illicit activity within a few feet of potential witnesses, but nothing had ever made her feel as exposed as Lord Constantine’s chaste hug did. What if another patron were to walk around the corner?
“Don’t go.” His arms tightened, holding her against him. “Just a moment longer.”
Her heart melted for this man who liked babies and hugging and, for some reason, her. Bit by bit, she worked her hands around his waist and clasped them at his back. He’d done so much for her. If all he asked for was a few minutes’ embrace in return…
Who was she fooling? This felt wonderful.

About the Book:
A boxed set with ten sizzling historical romances from ten bestselling historical romance authors. Fall in love with fabulous tales of intrigue, suspense, wit, and passion featuring dukes, rogues, alpha heroes…and the women who can’t resist them. JUST 99 CENTS from July 27 – Sept. 21—then it disappears FOREVER!
Scoundrel Ever After by Darcy Burke – Once upon a time there was a very bad boy who met a very nice girl….
Lady of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle – Educating a man in the art of love takes time. Lots of it.
Sonata for a Scoundrel by Anthea Lawson – Passion and secrets simmer against the glittering backdrop of 19th century musical celebrity.
To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield by Bronwen Evans – What’s a lady to do when a notorious rake wins her estate in a game of cards?
Undone by Lila DiPasqua – One steamy, emotionally charged retelling of Rapunzel…Rescuing this beauty from the ‘tower’ is only the beginning…
The Problem with Seduction by Emma Locke – Elizabeth Spencer needs a man. She doesn’t need to like him—because while she needs a man, she doesn’t particularly want one.
A Dangerous Invitation by Erica Monroe – Daniel O’Reilly returns to win back Kate Morgan’s heart and prove he’s innocent of murder.
Once Upon a Duke by Eva Devon – A widow looking to get seduced. A duke more than willing to oblige.
Great & Unfortunate Desires by Gina Danna – A marquis with a guilty past takes a bride in a world where love is fatal.
Dark Surrender By Erica Ridley – Trapped in darkness…. Their passion burns bright!

Wednesday, July 30th
Chat with the authors and win prizes!
Also, be sure to like each author’s Facebook page so you’ll see the WEEKLY GIVEAWAYS they have going on while Tempted by His Touch is on sale. You don’t want to miss an exciting moment of this extravaganza!

Grand prize: iPad Mini (16GB) with surprise bonus print books [Open to US/CA]
Click HERE to enter!


-Romance Reader Girl



  1. Oh, I loved this excerpt, Emma! There is nothing better than a hug, really. If there were more hugs in this world than harsh words (and rockets), we wouldn’t have wars. Tender moments are bandages on raw wounds. Thanks so much for sharing this! Love this anthology…it’s the absolute BEST!

  2. I really enjoyed the interview, and the books sound wonderful. Looking forward to reading them. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. i doubt ill win, but this giveaway is too awesome to pass up! thank y’all for having it! And it’s awesome getting to learn about all these authors I didn’t know before. 🙂

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