The Jaunty Quills are excited to host Kate Noble for Bring a Friend Friday. Kate’s new book, Let It Be Me, is the next book in the Blue Raven series. Keep reading to find out how to win one of Kate’s books.
Shana: I have serious cover envy whenever I see your books, Kate. Do you have much say in your covers?
Kate Noble: I have always been so lucky with my covers. I am lucky too, in that my editors allowed me in on the process a little bit. They ask me in advance of their cover conference about the book, the characters, and what is important and should be featured. And they take what I say into account when creating the cover. (I actually wrote a blog about it a little while ago.)
Shana: Tell us a bit about the Blue Raven series and Let It Be Me. Why did you set the new book in Italy?
Kate Noble: Bridget Forrester has long lived in her sister’s shadow (Sarah, from If I Fall), and earned a reputation as something of a shrew because of it. I knew I had to get Bridget out of London and get her a fresh start. Venice is a city that exists like a dream to me – an island bisected by canals, literally living on the water. A perfect place to fall in love.
Shana: Your heroine, Bridget, is a musician in Venice to study piano. Music is an enormous part of her life and a major part of the book. Do you play? Did you do any research or listen to any period music when writing the book?
Kate Noble: I took piano lessons growing up, but then quickly moved onto something more my speed (the trumpet, only three keys). But I am nowhere near the musician that Bridget is, and so I did a ton of research on playing techniques, on music from the period – I must have listened to Beethoven’s piano sonata no. 23 about six hundred times while writing this book.
Shana: You were one of the writers for The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Are you sad that it’s over? Any similar projects in the works?
Kate Noble: Of course I’m sad it’s over, it was a wonderful project to work on the fan response was so fervent, it was such a rush. I feel like every generation gets their Pride and Prejudice and I just feel so lucky that I got to be a part of this one. I am also going to be involved in the Gigi spinoff Welcome to Sanditon, coming later this summer.
Shana: Very exciting! Tell us what you coming soon.
Kate Noble: I’m hard at work on my next historical romance trilogy, the first of which will be out in 2014. And of course, there is Welcome to Sanditon. I’m also working on a comic book with Javier Grillo-Marxuach of the Middleman fame, and artist Kel McDonald. I have another couple of pet projects that I can hopeful make see the light of day.
Readers, now it’s your turn. Do you enjoy novels set in romantic locales like Venice or do you prefer authors to stick to London or the USA? One reader who comments will be randomly chosen to win a copy of Let It Be Me. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.
London weather is chilly—and the social scene even more so. Luckily, Bridget Forrester is just getting warmed up…
Bridget longs to meet a gentleman who doesn’t mention her beautiful sister upon shaking her hand. But since being branded a shrew after a disastrous social season, Bridget knows she’s lucky to even have a man come near her. It’s enough to make a lady flee the country…
So Bridget heads to Venice for music lessons with the renowned Italian composer Vincenzo Carpenini, with whom she’s been corresponding. But not only is Carpenini not expecting her, he doesn’t even remember her! His friend, theater owner Oliver Merrick, does, though. And one look into her tantalizing green eyes has him cursing his impulsive letter-writing, which brought her across the continent. Yet before Merrick can apologize, Carpenini has ordered her away.
Little does either man know that they will soon be embroiled in a wager that will require the beautiful Miss Forrester’s help—or that there’ll be far more at stake in this gamble than money…