Hey everyone! Wednesday brings us…another great author interview! And today I have the wonderful Sandra Sookoo, who also kindly allowed me to review her book, Lady Parker’s Grand Affair (which is an awesome title, by the way).
Writing is my life. I spend the bulk of my time concocting new and ingenious ways to make my reader laugh. If I can’t make you spill milk on yourself or spew coffee on your screen while reading my work or laugh, cry and feel for my characters along their journey, then I haven’t done my job. I take that very seriously.
When I’m not writing, I love to read. I hoard books like they’re going out of style and have squirreled them away all over the house. My husband just lifts an eyebrow when I acquire yet another mystery novel or bring home a shiny new piece of romance – or whatever the genre of the week is. What can I say? I love reading which is why I’m a writer. I’ve always had a love affair with the English language in general and vocabulary in particular.
Hello Sandra, it’s great to have you here, welcome to my blog!
Hi, and thanks for having me here!
As in all my interviews-random question first! Your novel is historical; if you could go back to any period of history in a time machine, where would you go and why?
Well, I’m very partial to writing in the Civil War time period or at the turn of the 20th century in America. Such a fascinating time for change! Of course, recently I’ve become interested in the Regency period. Who wouldn’t want to go back in time, just to observe the dresses?
Haha, that would be my main motivation; the dresses! So when did you realise you wanted to be a writer? Do you remember what inspired you?
At the age of ten. Actually, one event inspired me. We had to do a report in fifth grade about a role model. Mine was Walt Disney. He followed his dreams; I wanted to do the same. Also, home life was less than ideal at the time so I spent a lot of hours at the library reading and all my free time writing stories. Actually, I haven’t stopped!
That’s a lovely thought to go through life with; so many people don’t bother to chase their dreams! What books do you read? Do you read books in your genre, or books very different from it?
I read according to my mood. Sometimes I do read books in the genre I’m working in, but I really love reading mysteries and thrillers.
Your novel, Lady Parker’s Grand Affair, sounds really interesting. Can you tell us more about it?
Thank you! In this novel, the heroine—Maggie—has decided that though she loves her freedom in Surrey, she’d like to take on a lover, but only if he’s as daring as she. The hero—Stephen—fits the bill but he has goals of his own. The wrench—or wench if you’d like—is Maggie’s petulant niece Amanda, who endeavours to keep them apart since she wants Stephen for herself. Maggie and Stephen will either get together or scandal will chase them down.
No problem, it really is that scandalous people, I’ve read it! 😉 So what inspired this novel?
I’d never written in the Regency period before, had always thought I’d steer clear of it because I thought I could never do it justice. It had been brewing in the back of my mind for a while. So, when someone suggested I should go for it, I took the challenge. The funny thing was, I really enjoyed writing this piece and it has since inspired a whole series. I’m working on the third book now.
Where can we find your novels?
You can pop over to my website www.sandrasookoo.com and read blurbs and excerpts for all my books. All of them can be found at any digital book outlet.
What can we expect to see from you in the future?
LOL The sky’s the limit. My imagination is always going, but for the rest of this year, look for a couple of Wolfish stories, the second Scandal in Surrey novel as well as a couple of contemporary pieces. There should also be a couple of stories coming in print format too.
Ooh, so lots to look out for then! Can’t wait. 🙂 Last random question! You also say on your website that you are a Disney World nut! If you could only choose one Disney film to watch for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Hands down, Beauty and the Beast. Classic story, fantastic ending. What’s not to love?
Good choice, I’d pick exactly the same one-is there anyone who’s heart didn’t melt for the poor Beast? You can find out more about Sandra Sookoo on Facebook, Twitter, her website, and on her blog. Thank you for being here, Sandra, any last words?
Thanks for having me here today! Remember, if you’d like to receive a packet of book swag (postcards, bookmarks, etc) send me your mailing address at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lovely having you here. 🙂
She wants an affair…Maggie, Lady Parker desires a man, but she’s not willing to leave freedom in Surrey to find scandal in London. Widowed for years, she wants to conduct a big enough scandal that a gentleman might come calling merely to see if the rumors about her are true.
He wants a shot at Parliament…Stephen Tarkington is a self-professed rogue but if he had his way, he’d be a philanthropist. The only thing prohibiting his dream is his lack of sponsorship for a spot in Parliament. Marrying Lady Parker’s niece could solve his problem.
Sometimes the heart wants more…Imagine his surprise when he meets the widow and she’s not an old bird he can charm. She’s vibrant, sharp-tongued and enchanting to boot. Passion flares between them, and Stephen gives up on his plan… in search of a more pleasurable gamble.
Maggie is immediately drawn to the charming, handsome gentleman, but will a simple affair fulfil her needs? A scrape with public scandal will toss them into a situation that may just satisfy both of their secret desires.
*this book was given to me free of charge by the author, I received no fee in return for this review!*
First of all, the dialogue was the first thing to catch my attention. Usually, even in my novels occasionally, dialogue is just a way to connect from one event to another. Sandra Sookoo, however, managed to do this while making the dialogue amusing and clever. The characters are well-developed from the first few pages, and I loved Lady Parker almost immediately. All the characters were wonderful, but she definitely stole the show in this book, as I’m sure she would in real life! The descriptions were wonderful, and I could hear every horse clop, every leaf fluttering. And on top of all that, it was a brilliant storyline, and the sex scenes were HOT! *blush* The energy between Maggie and Stephen was amazing, and not only that, you could feel the romance building between them as the story progressed, and it made it all the more lovely!
I felt that sometimes the characters were almost killing time more than moving the story on in parts. After Maggie and Stephen meet, there is almost palpable electricity between them, but it gets drawn out over the next several pages. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it shouldn’t have been; it made it all the sweeter once they got together. But the problem is it didn’t really feel like there was a middle event that had the ‘problem one and the solution’ feel to it, and it meant that you simply had to watch the two characters getting closer. This isn’t a huge point, but it might have been nice if a few spanners got thrown in the works.
I though this was a wonderful read, and I would definitely read it again. I’d recommend it to anyone who loved the regency classics of old, but also wanted a spunkier heroine who could speak her own mind. (Tess of the D’urbervilles aside) I fell in love with this book, as well as Maggie and Stephen, and the only qualms I had was that the action ebbed slightly. Oh, and I wish it had been longer! 😀
I give it….4/5 stars!