Christi Caldwell Interview

TittleTattler Books’ debut Spotlight Author of the Month of May 2017 is the incomparable Christi Caldwell. It is an honor and a privilege to have you grace our blog with your presence and your wonderful books.

As our readers may know, the five ladies who comprise this blog met in Christi Caldwell’s Corner, a private reader’s forum on Facebook created by Sandra J. Rutter Davis for the purpose of discussing Christi’s books.

So, it is with great pleasure that we now welcome you Christi as our very first Spotlight Author in TittleTattler Books. *rousing applause*  Welcome!

CC:  Thank you for having me!

TT: Can you share with our readers a bit about yourself and how you came to be such a prolific writer?  How do you feel about the writing process?

CC:  Writing is and always has been cathartic. I still find myself fascinated at how whatever I’m feeling or experiencing in my  life at a given moment invariably impacts the emotional feel of a book. And going back through time, each work stands as a kind of memory, too.

TT: We are looking forward to seeing you at RWA this year, how is the planning going, any surprises for your readers?

CC: I look forward to seeing everyone who will be in attendance at RWA come July.

Here’s something exciting to share.  It’s official!

I’ve signed a THREE book deal with Montlake Romance for the next books in my Hell and Sin set Regency romance series!! For those of you who are enjoying my Sinful Brides…I have more gaming hell heroes and heroines coming for you in 2017 AND 2018!!!

TT:  That is indeed exciting! We look forward, as always to reading every word.  So, I wanted to thank you for dedicating a book to me. I was really touched by that… oh wait, that wasn’t *just* me…, but I like to think as one of your fans, I was included. Can you tell us a bit about that?

CC:  Every day, I’m humbled by my readers’ excitement for characters and books that mean so very much to me. As I said in the dedication of “The Scoundrel’s Honor,” my experience as an author is never a solitary one because of each of you. So from the bottom of my heart, thank you!!

TT:  So, how are Doug, Rory, Riley and Reagan? Anything new and exciting with them? What’s everyone reading in your family this month?

CC:  Oh, they are so wonderful…and always wonderfully busy. This year, our son began a new experience in a school for children with special needs.

As someone who had a strict vision that included a world of inclusion, it was a difficult and gut-wrenching decision. In the end, it’s proven everything he needed. He’s in a place where he is nurtured, loved, and cared for and he’s truly blossomed. So sometimes the things we *think* we know, we don’t always. I still learn that lesson every day through my children.

Rory is reading every Mo Willems book he can get his hands on. Or, we read it together. He’s still working on learning how to read.

We just began reading Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems. Reagan, on a trip to Barnes and Noble picked out Disney’s story of  Moana and her sister, Riley, Big Hero Six. My husband is a huge Star Wars fan and is currently reading Star Wars: “Thrawn.”

The latest addition to my collection is a primary resource: The Complete Servant: Being a Practical Guide to the Peculiar Duties and Business of all Descriptions of Servants…With Useful Receipts and Tables. (how’s that for a title)…it was written by a husband and wife who were servants.  

TT:  That is awesome. It sounds like you are a family with diverse tastes in reading material. It surely makes for interesting dinner conversation.

Can you give your readers an idea of your writing process?

CC:  Some authors are ‘pantsers’ (fly by the seat of their pants when writing a book)…others are ‘plotters’ with very detailed chapter outlines and perfectly mapped out.

I think of myself as a panster…who jots down a plot that acts as a general, very loose ‘guide’… and then I just follow where my muse leads.

To give you an idea, this is one I dug up from Marcus and Eleanor’s story…”To Trust a Rogue.” As you can see in this, I’d originally entertained the idea of Eleanor having siblings.

Ideas usually come to me in the dead of night, and I frantically write down everything as quick as I can. That said…yes, my handwriting is sloppy. 🙂

TT: I can see the story taking shape in your notes. Thank you for that insight into your process.

We want to thank you so much for talking with us today. I hope you enjoy your month in the Spotlight with us. Now before we depart, the burning question. Every reader pictures the hero of your novels in her mind. For most readers, that hero would naturally be Aidan Turner.

Tell us why you’ve gone against the grain and selected Kit Harrington as your hero ideal.

CC:  I don’t even know what I was thinking. There could be no greater romantic hero prototype than Aidan Turner. Kit Harrington pales in comparison.

TT: (side commentary, the last response cannot be confirmed as the author’s own words and was completely fabricated by the interviewer who shall remain unnamed as an anonymous source. FAKE NEWS)

Spotlight Author: Christi Caldwell

85d49-christiChristi Caldwell                                                         Broken dreams, broken hearts, broken minds, broken bodies, ruin, and scandal are the seeds that grow the roots of the intertwining stories in Christi Caldwell’s unique universe. 
Historical romance has never seen such a fascinating group of characters. TittleTattler Books is proud to present Ms. Christi Caldwell as our debut Spotlight Author of the Month!

Find Christi on facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorChristiCaldwell/

Official Biography: 
USA TODAY Bestselling author CHRISTI CALDWELL blames Judith McNaught’s “Whitney, My Love!” for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and pick up her laptop to try her hand at romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections, and she rather enjoys torturing them before crafting them a well deserved happily ever after! 

Christi makes her home in southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing her own enchanting historical romances, chasing around her feisty eight-year-old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

My Lady of Deception By Christi Caldwell

 

This book, the first in the series, “Brethren of the Lords” was my introduction to Christi Caldwell’s wonderful writing. It is quite well written and dark. I usually don’t go for dark, but the prose sucked me in.  In hindsight, after reading so many of this author’s works, the tone is extremely dark. This is not your typical Regency romance.

Wow! What an incredible ride. I’ve never worried so much for a heroine in my life. Honestly, I came to the conclusion at one point that Adam did not deserve her. I know that there were some extenuating circumstances, but good grief man! He redeemed himself, of course, in the end, but … oh well.

 


The characters are well developed. Georgina’s ability to maintain a strong moral compass despite her family situation is amazing.


Adam’s willful blindness to her true social standing annoyed me. Yes, of course, a servant can pick up ballroom etiquette and ton manners in a few easy steps. Yes, a servant speaks posh English. Context clues are a thing, Adam.


This book left me yearning to know more about Nathaniel Archer, the Duke of Aubrey, and Adam’s brothers. There is so much potential there to be mined.
I know that there are no definite plans to continue the series, but surely these characters will start screaming or whispering to the author for a story at some point.

TRIGGER WARNING: There are scenes that allude to torture and domestic violence.

 

 

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Loved By a Duke By Christi Caldwell


“When you have your Come Out, I’ll gladly make you my future Duchess”


And that’s how eleven year old Daisy Laurel Meadows fell in love with Auric, Lord Ashburn – the future Duke of Crawford.


Eleven years later, both Daisy and Auric have had their lives torn apart by a senseless act of tragedy seven years ago.


While it left Daisy “invisible” in the eyes of everyone who matters, Auric has shut himself away from the world to be the perfectly austere and sterile Duke the Ton expects him to be.

 

The Heart Of Duke necklace is purported to bring the wearer the everlasting love of a Duke. But Daisy doesn’t want any Duke. She’d take the life-weary Auric any day irrespective of his title. But given her deuced uncommon looks, so in contrast to the English ladies so preferred by the ton, including Auric, she needs help. And if that means getting hold of the pendant, then that is what she will do.


A single act of selfishness saw Auric turn the lives of his dear friend’s family upside down. Ever since that dark night, he’s tried to make amends to the family but has always failed. Now it seems he can’t keep the obstinate Daisy Meadows safe from harm either. Though he keeps telling himself that he only cares because she is his best friend’s sister.


This book explores relatable human emotions such as guilt, loss of a loved one, suppressed feelings, and so much more. It turns these feelings and the characters shaped by them into individuals you’d want to draw out of the pages and give a huge hug!


For anyone who’s ever lost someone dear and has had their lives shaped or altered forever by that loss, this book is a tale you shouldn’t miss.


Christi excels again as a master storyteller in this book that furthers the HOAD series. Her development of secondary characters, e.g., the Marchioness of Roxbury, Viscount Wessex and Frederick all add dimensions to the story.

 

A must read and reread on repeat kind of a book.

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The Rogue’s Wager by Christi Caldwell

 Christi   Caldwell has doneit again!!!

I’ve read amazing books by this author, these characters she has created you just fall in love with them.


When you just read the beginning of this book you’ll be AMAZED, you’ll be like did I just read that and you don’t want to miss a single page. I couldn’t put it down, this story will have you on an emotional rollercoaster but it is a ride you won’t want to miss.


It tells the story of Robert and Helena, two bruised souls, who finally find love in each other. Robert grew up in a family full of love and he has a sense of equality between nobles and servants, he sees everyone as human rather than a lesser human being. Robert’s innocence is destroyed by a certain family member. He hardens his heart but he still yearns for love.


Helena our heroine is a Duke’s by-blow who grew up under very difficult circumstances but she is strong and doesn’t let that dictate her choices.

When Robert and Helena’s world collide, you can actually feel the emotions between these two, the air changes and electricity ripples and oh my I loved every minute of it.

It has everything I love in a historical romance, a kind hero and strong heroine. 


Christi Caldwell captures your attention with every book and she’ll lead you on a merry chase every time.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a satisfying HEA.

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To Enchant a Wicked Duke By Christi Caldwell

 
To be honest I finished this book in a DAY, there’s just something so captivating about Christi’s books.
 
This is the story of Nick, who is set on revenge, and Justina, whose family members will be the receivers of the revenge. My heart actually raced during some of the scenes.Where Nick is dark and ruthless, Justina is light and hope. Theirs is a story that will stay with me for a long time.
 
Christi Caldwell is one of today’s top and favourite authors. She truly cares about her characters and her readers. Every book she writes leaves us wanting more. As I finish each book, just as I did with this one, I say it’s my favourite….at least until she writes the next one.

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To Redeem a Rake by Christi Caldwell

“To Redeem a Rake” by Christi Caldwell reintroduces the reader to Daniel Winterbourne, the Earl of Montfort. We met him in “The Lure of a Rake.” He was not a likeable fellow. Although he was not the principal antagonist in the story, he presented himself as quite the opportunist and as an all around, selfish and nasty person. I would characterize him as the anti-friend and ultimate frenemy, if you will.


When I heard rumblings, rumor and innuendo that this character was getting a book, my first reaction was, “No way! Not Montfort! Ugh!”  “Really, who would want such a despicable person? Poor girl, whoever she may be.” Well, Christi Caldwell proved me wrong and I am so happy that she did. 


My absolute favorite novel premise is that of two childhood friends meeting as adults with differing circumstances. Daniel and his love, Daphne, were written as such nuanced characters. For them, childhood was the great equalizer and social standing didn’t factor into their friendship. It mattered not that he was the son of an earl or that she was the daughter of an impoverished gentleman. They were simply friends who shared a pond.


After a lapse of nearly two decades, their life circumstances have changed, but the fundamentals of their friendship remain the same.  Again, as in all of Christi’s books, we find a broken hero and a broken heroine. They are broken in different ways, but love indeed heals. 


This novel also introduces a villain/antagonist, Tennyson, who, in my humble opinion, should never receive a redemption. But who knows, I’ve said it before, you’d think I would have learned better by now. Christi Caldwell is the ultimate fixer of the broken.


Oh oh oh! An extra shoutout to Daniel’s uncle and his younger roguish sister, Alice. They both brought so much wit and banter to this sometimes very sad book.

Read this book. You will laugh, you will cry; but this book will leave you hopeful and believing in redemption. I highly recommend it. It’s on repeat on my Kindle.

 


To Redeem a Rake by Christi Caldwell