The Jaunty Quills are excited to bring back veteran author Heather Snow. Heather’s new book, Sweet Madness, is the third in the Veiled Seduction series. Keep reading to find out how to win one of Heather’s books

Shana: Welcome back, Heather. You’ve been our guest before, but I’ve never interviewed you, and I’m excited to have the opportunity. Tell us about Sweet Madness. I love the tagline: There is a fine line between love and insanity…

Heather Snow: Hi Shana! I’m thrilled to be here. The Jaunty Quills is one of my very favorite places to be…oh, and please tell Jaunty that Armando the Cravat-Wearing Armadillo says hello, too.

Armando and Jane

Unlike my first two novels, which featured a lady chemist and a lady criminologist/mathematician who reveled in pushing Society’s boundaries, Sweet Madness is about a young lady who is Society’s darling. She’s always been perfectly behaved. She has the perfect husband. And she’s perfectly content to live the privileged society life she was born to…until her husband’s tragic death changes her forever. It drives her to study the maladies of the mind and leads her to a traumatized soldier who needs her help…and her love. But she also finds that healing is a two way street. To be able to follow our hero to the dark places she must go to reach him, she has to open up wounds of her own. It’s really a story about the healing power of love, with a little mystery and some racy bits thrown in!

It was great fun helping Penelope discover her inner genius and learn that she, too, was brilliant…just in a different way.

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Shana: I’m not currently speaking to Jaunty, Heather. I hope armadillos are nicer than porcupines–or at least not as interfering.

Gabriel Devereaux suffers from what we call now PTSD. I did some research on this condition when I was writing If You Give a Rake a Ruby and found there wasn’t a lot out there. What drew you to write a wounded warrior and how did you research Gabriel’s “episode” scenes?

Heather Snow: All three heroes in my debut series served in the wars in some capacity, and their experiences changed each of them. But I knew from the moment this series was planned that this third book would be the darkest. I sort of backed into how I handled Gabriel’s “episode” scenes. Luckily, there is a lot known about PTSD today, even if there was little available back then. I read texts, medical journals and firsthand accounts from today’s soldiers, pulling the signs, symptoms and effects I used to depict Gabriel’s struggles.

As far as figuring out how Penelope would help him, that part was a bit harder. Since little was known about “battle fatigue” at the time, I had to look at the remedies that help today and choose only those that could have been determined or intuited through what Penelope might have known or experienced in her life and her own common sense.

I am glad you brought up the PTSD aspect of my book. As I’ve said, Sweet Madness is a story of the healing power of love, and just as important, of hope. Gabriel is a fictional war hero but there are many real life heroes and their families suffering today. Therefore, my husband and I have decided to donate a portion of all royalties earned from the sale of Sweet Madness to Hope For The Warriors®, an organization dedicated to “restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.” You can find out more at http://www.heathersnowbooks.com/Hope_For_the_Warriors.ht

Shana: You’re known for heroines who are smart and scientific, and I know you have the science background to make them authentic. Do you think you’ll keep writing scientifically minded heroines?

Heather Snow: I would love to, and maybe later on I will, but right now there’s a new series percolating in my mind that I’m itching to get started on. I can’t share until all of the details are finalized, but it will certainly feature the smart strong heroines readers have come to expect from me, if not scientifically minded ones.

Shana: What’s it like writing with two small children? How do you manage to get anything done? Is there a magic spell or secret password, and if so, please share with Emily, Robyn, and me!

Heather Snow: Ha! I was going to ask YOU that! You always seem to have it so together.

Let’s see…Bose noise canceling headphones and the infinite patience of my poor husband? Really, I don’t know how women do it. I don’t know how I do it and stay sane (which is debatable, really, my sanity). The last three years have been like running on a giant treadmill and trying not to go flying off of the back and crashing into the wall. I guess I just keep telling myself that the boys will be in school soon enough and then I’ll have more time. And yet, just typing that, I feel horribly guilty for wishing their toddler and preschool years away…

I guess the answer is there is no answer. We just all have to do what we can when we can do it, and rely on our families to pitch in when we’re down to the wire. I do, however, have a fortune from a fortune cookie taped to the top corner face of my laptop screen…it says “Focus your attention.” I look at that a lot when I’m working to remind myself I only have so much time to accomplish what I need to.

Shana: That all sounds very familiar to me. I’m glad I have you fooled!

Finally, tell us what you have coming next.

Heather Snow: Vacation! Sweet Enemy sold when our eldest was still in diapers, and the second was written right after the birth of our youngest—while my husband was finishing up his masters on top of his full time career! He graduated right after I finished Sweet Deception and we’d barely had time to enjoy a breather before I jumped into Sweet Madness. My family and I are looking forward to a couple of weeks on the beach together during the month of May—our first real vacation in three years. Then I’ll get started on my new series…

Readers, now it’s your turn. Do you enjoy historical (or contemporary) romance novels where the characters deal with real life issues like PTSD or miscarriage or a cancer diagnosis or do you prefer books that take you away from real life tragedies? One reader who comments will be randomly chosen to win their choice of Heather’s first two novels, Sweet Enemy or Sweet Deception (which just won the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for published historical romance and was named a finalist in the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Awards!). This giveaway is open internationally.

055 Heather Snow Website

Ever since her husband’s sudden and tragic death, Lady Penelope Bridgeman has dedicated herself to studying maladies of the mind, particularly those of soldiers returning from the Napoleonic Wars, but Gabriel Devereaux’s unpredictable episodes are like none she’s ever seen. Even though she knows the folly of loving a broken man, she can’t help herself from trying to save him, no matter the cost…

Read the Prologue and First Chapter HERE

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Heather Snow is an award winning historical romance author with a degree in Chemistry who discovered she preferred creating chemistry on the page rather than in the lab. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two rambunctious boys, and one very put upon cat. Mr. Snow recently promised the boys they could have a dog when the family returns from their beach vacation. The cat is not happy.

The final book in her Veiled Seduction series, SWEET MADNESS, hit shelves April 2, 2013. RT Book Reviews Magazine gives it 4 ½ stars, saying “In this emotional, compassionate romance…the powerful love story will sweep readers away.”

Find out more at www.HeatherSnowBooks.com or connect with Heather at www.facebook.com/AuthorHeatherSnow , www.twitter.com/HeatherSnowRW or at her blog, Heather’s Historical Reader Salon at www.heathersnowbooksreadersalon.blogspot.com

 


52 thoughts on “Heather Snow’s Sweet Madness

  1. Felicia M Ciaudelli says:

    I mostly love historical romances – but DO enjoy contemporary stories as well – and yes, it is intriguing to read about characters dealing with various life challenges, whatever they may be, and watching them progress –

    Thank you SO much for sharing your own writing experiences with us! :grin:

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Felicia. Thanks for stopping by! I’m kind of the same. I mostly love historical, but enjoy contemporary stories, too :) I think I like to read about real life issues more in historicals because the layer of fantasy that exists setting the stories 200 years ago lets me experience it without it being right in my face, so to speak.

  2. Wonderful post, Heather! I love historicals that deal with “real-life” issues. In my own stories, I’ve dealt with PTSD (Coming Home) and stroke (Playing For Keeps). I think it deepens the story – and I love “the healing power of love.”

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Cynthia! It certainly does deepen the story, and hopefully the emotional impact of it :)

  3. Sheryl says:

    I love when an author includes real life problems in their stories. I enjoy the fantasy of HEA, but reality is that there are real problems in the world and its hard to escape them. Great interview and thanks for the chance to win.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      I love historicals in particular with real life issues, because I get to have the best of both worlds…the reality AND the fantasy element, given the story is 200 years old!

  4. Stefanie D says:

    I prefer reading historical romance and I like it when the characters have to deal with real-life issues. It makes them all the more real and dear to me.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Stefanie! I think that’s the heart of it…it makes the characters feel more real! Great way to put it. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Rita Wray says:

    I read Sweet Enemy and loved it. I can’t wait to read Sweet Madness.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Rita! So glad you enjoyed SWEET ENEMY :) It is certainly the most “regency” feeling of my books, as there were parts of it that were sort of an homage to my favorite historical romances of the past (albeit shown through the eyes of my chemist heroine). As the series moves on, it sort of goes its own way, which people have seemed to love. I hope that you love Sweet Deception and Sweet Madness too!

  6. Nicole Laverdure says:

    When I started to read SWEET MADNESS, I wasn’t to sure what to expect! To my surprise, this one is my favorite of Heather’s three novels! It’s a high drama story, with characters filled with rich and strong emotions! I love romance set in the Regency era, so it was easy for me to fall in love with your books! Heather, I love your style of writing , I find a little “je-ne-sais-quoi” in your beautiful novels. Maybe, its because you write about real life issues. I can’t wait to read your next book!Thank you Shana! I have read all 3 books of Heather and loved them!
    I just felt that I needed to share my thought!

    1. Heather Snow says:

      So lovely to see you, Nicole! You flatter me with your praise :)

  7. Kirsten says:

    I do enjoy real life stories both historical and contemporary. But it’s not the only type I read. I guess it’s the variety of spice type of thing with me. When I feel great I enjoy a more dramatic story and when I need something to take my mind if things I prefer something funny. :grin:

    1. Heather Snow says:

      That’s the beauty of stories, is that they are all told in such different ways and there are such a variety to choose from! My favorites are the ones that do both…that have realistic themes but where the characters can find the lightness and humor in them, providing the reader with a much needed laugh or two between!

  8. Shana Shana says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Heather!

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Thanks for having me! Always lovely to be here :)

  9. eap says:

    I like real life issues in my reading.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Me too, eap. Makes it all more interesting!

  10. Rebe says:

    I do enjoy historical romances where the hero/heroine deal with issues that might not have been addressed in the time period but which we know more about!

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Me, too. What’s been really interesting, though, is how much they DID know at the time. In researching my lady chemist and my lady criminologist/mathematician, and even Penelope, I only used what they could have known or inferred at the time to solve their issues. I was amazed at what I learned WAS known and what they might have been capable of. I made sure to include author’s notes at the ends of thee books to share some of that with readers!

  11. CrystalGB says:

    I do enjoy historicals with real life issues. Heather’s new release sounds awesome. I love the cover.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Thanks, Crystal. And it’s definitely my favorite cover of the three :)

  12. catslady says:

    I love variety and so I am open for whatever the author wants to bring me – if I enjoy the characters, you can take me anywhere! I have been hearing such good things about this series :)

    1. Heather Snow says:

      You make a great point, catslady. It really IS all about the characters. I have such a linear mind that I foolishly thought it was all about plot before I started writing… :) But I’ve learned my lesson as I’ve learned to write…if people love your characters, they are willing to follow them anywhere! And that’s where the TRUE fun and creativity can begin!

  13. Heather Snow says:

    BTW, I have to say it was quite a shock to look at the post and see myself referred to as a “veteran” author…I suppose after three books that’s true, but I still feel like such a newbie!

  14. Connie Fischer says:

    I’m on the fence about the types of books I read. Generally, I prefer historical romance novels because they have always been my favorite. There are some real life novels that I enjoy, however, I will admit here and now that I cannot read novels that depict and describe someone going through and suffering with cancer. The reason is that I have been there myself and it’s not something I care to revisit. I am a breast cancer survivor and I watched my Mom slowly die of cervical cancer. I hope that an author would not be offended by my saying that I would prefer not to read a particular novel like that, however they may write about another subject and I would just love it. I hope you understand.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Connie! I completely understand (nor would I ever be offended by what a reader would rather not read!). I think there are types of stories that would be too raw for all of us, depending on our life experiences. Stories that are just too close to home. Ultimately, no matter what stories we like to read, escapism is part of it, and we all have different things we like to escape to!

  15. Carrie L says:

    Oh, gosh. This is a difficult question as I read them all. I find I need a balance. XD I love both historical and contemporary romance that deal with heavy issues (such is real life), reading about characters having to deal with these types of situations and reading how they hopefully overcome their obstacles is sort of like therapy. I also like to read the books that are meant for le sweet escape and it is exactly that. Also, therapy. Oh, how I love books XD

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Carrie :) That is one of the things I LOVE about the variety of books available now. I can always find one that fits just the type of story I need at the time! I love books, too…it’s an addiction ;)

  16. Hi Heather, thanks for chatting with us today. I have been following your Sweet Deception Series from the very first book. Now I am looking forward to SWEET MADNESS. I’ll take my Romance any way I can find it; sometimes I’m in the mood for problem solving and others I just want to escape. I do believe the topic of PTSD is of particular importance right now because it is so relevant with so many of our young men and women currently serving in the military. Kudos to you for not being afraid to tackle issues that affect so many young peoples as well as their families.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Flora. It is really relevant today, and I hadn’t really considered how much until I started getting letters from readers about Sweet Madness. I’ve gotten letters before on my previous books, mostly about the things they loved about the book. These letters have been different…yes, what they loved, but more about how the story affected them. I got one from a military wife that brought tears to my eyes. It’s been moving.

  17. Marcy Shuler says:

    I like having real life issues in books because it brings a lot of depth to the characters.

    I loved SWEET MADNESS, Heather. It was a very moving story.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Thanks, Marcy! So glad you loved it :)

  18. Cindy Kirk Cindy Kirk says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Heather! It’s always nice to have you. I’m so happy for your success!!

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Thanks, Cindy! As you know, you were one of the very first authors I met as a star-struck newbie in Dallas, RWA. My hot tub buddy :) You were so welcoming and friendly and encouraging…it’s always so lovely to see you!

  19. I actually like some what of real life situations. Books help me escape either way because for that time I am in the book and away from the real world. So when my characters go through real life situations I tend to feel of an emotional connection to a character, and I love books that make me emotional. Odd I am sure but I love to have a romance just brings tears out of me or have me hanging in suspense. Thanks for the giveaway! I love being exposed to new authors!

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    1. Heather Snow says:

      Hi Danielle! I really love the ones that take me by surprise emotionally. Some authors do it so well…and maybe not every book they write, but a particular one that just strikes me out of the blue with a gut punch or a sudden swell of tears that comes out of the blue. Whenever I run into one of those, I find myself stopping for a breath and thinking, “Wow. How did they DO that?” LOL. That’s the writer in me, I guess… I’d love to have that effect on readers :)

  20. Molly says:

    As long as the real life situation is handled in a real way, I’m okay with it, but I prefer less tragedy. I like escapism, not reminders of life’s downsides.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      A great point, as well, Molly :) There are definitely the times I want the lighter, happy books for sure! And even when something is darker, it really needs to have humor throughout, lighter moments, and most importantly hope. I’m a sucker for redemption and second chances.

  21. Robin Daily says:

    I like this that deal with current topics. Sweet Madness looks like a great book!

    Robin

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Thanks, Robin. Hope you love it!

  22. Sharlene Wegner says:

    I think the real life issues are OK, as long as you get the HEA. It is easier to read in the historical romances, because it doesn’t seem as close to home. I think it is a great thing you are doing, Heather, in donating to Hope for the Warriers, so thank you for that!

    1. Heather Snow says:

      I’m so happy to do it, Sharlene. Living for those months inside Gabriel’s head was hard enough. Just that small experience and researching PTDS was enough to move me deeply. I also agree that it’s easier to read issues through the lens of 200 years of history…makes it not strike too close to home. Thanks for stopping by!

  23. Chelsea B. says:

    You know, I’ll be honest: I don’t mind as long as it doesn’t go to far and doesn’t take away from the main characters’ relationship. I’ve read books where it ADDS to the couples relationship, strengthens it. So for me, it all just depends.

    1. Heather Snow says:

      Oh, I definitely agree with you. Whatever the plot/issue is, you CAN’T let it overwhelm the love story. It works best when whatever the characters go through ties them together more inexorably…where they come together because of WHO they are, because of how whatever has happened has changed them.

  24. Janie McGaugh says:

    I like some angst in my romance books, whether historical or contemporary, but I generally prefer that the background or the events in the book not be too tragic. I doesn’t keep me from reading the book and enjoying it, though, if it’s well-written.

  25. Heather Snow says:

    I couldn’t read tragedy all of the time, for certain…nor could I read something that was focused on the tragedy (I need it to focus on the HOPE to satisfy me.) Every once in a while, though, a certain kind of tragedy is right for the character, really shapes who they are, and you can’t get away from that.

    For example, this story was intended to be about Gabriel’s PTSD and what happened to HIM, but as it started to unfold, I realized that Penelope was suffering her own brand of PTSD, and that to be able to reach him, she had to be able to go to the dark places, too…therefore, I had to give her tragedy of her own to shape her. It was important to me, though, that no matter what happened, neither of them were DEFINED by their tragedies. It was just what was right for this story…

    Thanks for stopping by!

  26. Ada says:

    I prefer my novels (historical and contemporary) to be light, something that’ll take my mind off the real world and immerse me someplace fun. That’s not to say it can’t deal with issues as such but I would rather read a book that doesn’t focus primarily on such issues.

  27. Anita H. says:

    I think it depends on my mood and how the issues are woven into the story (either historical or contemporary). Sometimes I would want to read something light for escapism, other times I am more willing to delve into stories that are more realistic. Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Barbara Elness says:

    I love history and I think stories that deal with real issues where I might learn more about how those issues were treated during that period are very interesting. I loved Heather’s Sweet Enemy and look forward to reading the rest of her books. :D

  29. Donna D says:

    I do like Historical romances, altho contemporary ones are good also. I do sometimes read to ‘escape’ my troubles, problems, pressures, realities; but I do not mind reading the characters’ real life issues. Even in fiction, everything being nicey-nicey would get boring and unrealistic.

  30. Rhonda says:

    I used to only read contemporary romances but now I have fallen in love with historical romances. thanks for a chance to win!

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