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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Today's Special -- Shana Galen

We are thrilled to have historical author Shana Galen joining us today. As a busy mother and frequent blogger at The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quill (an author blog site) Shana keeps her readers coming back for more with her stories of intrigue and romance. Her latest novel, THE ROGUE PIRATE’S BRIDE, will be released on February 7, 2012, and boy is it a good one (check out Buffie’s review here). Please give a warm welcome to Shana Galen.



Shana, thank you for joining us today. Let’s jump right in. Please tell us a little bit about your newest release, THE ROGUE PIRATE’S BRIDE.
First of all, thank you for having me!

The Rogue Pirate’s Bride is the third in my Sons of the Revolution series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. It’s the story of Bastien, one of three brothers who are separated as children during the French Revolution. Bastien is a pirate, though he prefers to be called a privateer, and he is seeking revenge against a Barbary corsair who betrayed and murdered his mentor and father-figure.

Raeven is the daughter of a British Admiral and she also wants revenge. Bastien killed her fiancĂ©, and she’ll do anything to avenge his death. It’s an exciting book with sword fights, chases, naval battles, and of course, a happy ending.

I really enjoyed reading Bastien and Raeven’s story, as you could tell from my review. There just something about a pirate, a man living life by his own rules. I absolutely love pirate books, but there seems to be a small quantity of them. What made you decide to write one?

I’ve always wanted to write a pirate book. Like you, I love pirates and can’t ever find enough books featuring pirate heroes. One of my favorite books ever is Marsha Canham’s THE WIND AND THE SEA. The hero isn’t a pirate, but the heroine is a pirate’s daughter. I started thinking about writing a book where the heroine is as knowledgeable and experienced in naval matters as the hero, and that was the beginning of the idea for THE ROGUE PIRATE'S BRIDE.

Several scenes in the book are set around Gibraltar. Did you visit the area to conduct research?
I can only hope to visit one day. I had to research online, but my sister was working in Morocco at the time, so I was able to ask her lots of questions about North African cities and markets.

While most historical romances have English heroes, Bastien is a man of French heritage. Did you consciously make an effort to write a non-English hero? And by chance are you of French descent?
For whatever reason, French heroes are not that popular with readers, so I definitely didn’t make a conscious effort to write one. The smarter move would have been to write a British or Scottish hero, but that wasn’t the book idea I had. I have always loved the period of the French Revolution, and I wanted to explore the ramifications of a revolution like that. Bastien fled the revolution as a boy and signed on as a cabin boy on the first ship he found. It turned out to be a pirate ship. The men on board became his family. He had no other family because he thinks they all perished in the Revolution.

No, I’m not of French descent. I’m Dutch and German.

I have to say that I found a French hero very refreshing. And Bastien is one hero that will have all the girls swooning!

Other than your family, who has been your greatest supporter during your writing career?


I’d have to say two people, Tera Lynn Childs and Christina Hergenrader. Both are writers and both have been there for me for the good times and the bad. Most authors go through periods when they think they might never sell another book, and both of these friends stood by me and encouraged me to keep writing during that period for me.

It is so nice to have such moral support from people in the profession.

I love the show Inside The Actor’s Studio, which is hosted by James Lipton. I enjoy the questions he ask every actor on his show and find I’m always fascinated by the answers given. Therefore, I’m going to ask you a few of Mr. Lipton’s usual questions.


What’s your favorite word? It changes, but lately it is sonorous.

What’s your least favorite word? Sucks, as in “This sucks.”

What sound do you love? Silence. I don’t get much of it.

What sound do you hate? My daughter’s crying. It must be instinctual in mothers. It doesn’t bother me when other kids cry, but when mine starts crying, I cringe.

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? I have always wanted to work with animals, so maybe I’d be a veterinarian or run a shelter.


Now on to our Quick Six Questions.
Early bird or night owl? Early bird, definitely.
Mexican or Italian food? Tough. I think Mexican. I live in Houston, and we have great Mexican food.
Beach or mountains? Beach. The sound of the waves is relaxing.
Chocolate or peanut butter? Why not together? Chocolate over peanut butter, unless they’re together or caramel is involved
Heels or sneakers? Sneakers.
Silver or gold? Silver.

Since THE ROGUE PIRATE’S BRIDE was the last in the series, I’m sure you must be working on something fabulous. Please tell our readers what is up next for you.
I’m working on a new series about three glamorous courtesans in Regency London. They become involved with some dangerous diamonds and some equally dangerous men. It’s been a lot of fun to write and is action-packed. The first book comes out in September, and it’s titled WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND.

Wow, that sounds like another fabulous series. But, of course, that is what we expect when we pick up a Shana Galen book. It has been such a pleasure having you with us today. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule.

Dear reader, Shana would love to hear your response to the Quick Six Questions she answered in our interview. So are you an early bird or a night owl? Do you prefer chocolate or peanut butter? Come on, answer those six questions and let's get to know each other a little better.


Thanks to Shana, two random commenters will win a copy of THE ROGUE PIRATE’S BRIDE.


This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.



~ Buffie

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Shana Galen is the author of numerous fast-paced adventurous Regency historical romances, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne’s Bride. Her books have been sold worldwide, including Japan, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and the Netherlands, and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time. She’s a wife, a mother, and an expert multi-tasker. She loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

106 comments:

  1. Shana, I now have the first 2 books in the series to catch up on, but I have already read and loved Lord and Lady Spy, and waiting to read more of those also.

    I've always been a nite owl.
    Half Italian so of course love eating it.
    Love getting to the beach to chill out and relax.
    Definitely chocolate, all kinds.
    Prefer comfort, so I'm usually sneakers or sandals.
    Live silver usually over gold.

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  2. Sounds like a great book! I love pirates, can't wait to read it :)

    Quick Six:
    Early bird most of the time.
    Italian.
    Mountain, soo peaceful!
    Chocolate! I'm a huge chocoholic.
    Sneakers.
    Silver.

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  3. Hi Ladies

    Early bird or night owl? Night Owl

    Mexican or Italian food? Italian

    Beach or mountains? Beach.

    Chocolate or peanut butter? Chocolate always

    Heels or sneakers? Sneakers

    Silver or gold? Silver

    Great to hear there's a new series in the works Shana, hoping for more of your spies too.

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  4. Hi Shana I'm looking forward to meeting all of your pirate heroes and lady spies!!

    Quick six:

    Early bird

    Mexican -Steak fajitas Yummy!

    Chocolate -Love chocolate! I actually dislike peanut butter.

    Beach - I actually like the beauty of both, but I prefer warmer temps so the beach wins out. I like to take long walks along the shore. Beautiful, powerful!

    Sneakers- I wear them all the time.

    Gold- I've always liked gold jewelry. It seems warmer to me. Gold looks better with my skin tone.

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  5. Early bird or night owl? Night owl by nature but early bird due to work.

    Mexican or Italian food? Italian I guess. I love the flavors of Mexican but it doesn't like me.

    Beach or mountains? Mountains, the sun doesn't like me any better than the Mexican food.

    Chocolate or peanut butter? Oh well, I prefer them together but if I have to make a choice it would be chocolate. Dark

    Heels or sneakers? Once upon a time I didn't even own sneakers, now I can't find a pair of dress shoes in my closet.......LOL The body finally said enough already with the heels!

    Silver or gold? Both, against all fashion rules from way back when I wear them mixed together, if I like it, I wear it.

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  6. Shana, I am still sighing over Armand. :) Love that man. And I'm waiting to read Bastian. Always loved reading about Pirates.
    Of course I have to read Julian's story as well. :)
    Quick six:
    I'm an early bird
    Italian so it's what I grew up eating-Love it.
    Love the Beach, warm balmy breezes.
    Chocolate, especially with raspberry
    Sneakers these days
    Platinum
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  7. Thanks, Pam! I see from the time you posted that you are a night owl, indeed!

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  8. Mariee, I'm such an early bird I've been up since 4:30. I think that means it's time for chocolate, right?

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  9. Thanks, Beebs. Maybe pirates and spies? That could be a fun series.

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  10. Hey Laurie, I think I just emailed you about your win on Jaunty Quills! Great to see you here too. My mom has an olive skin tone and looks better in gold, too. I'm so pale, it's silver for me.

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  11. I hear you, Dianna. I have a toddler, and she loves to put on my highest heels. I can't wait to get them off!

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  12. Carol, now I'm craving chocolate with raspberry. Yum! Thanks for the compliment about Armand. he was definitely one of those brooding, dark heroes.

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  13. Hi Shana,

    I've read amazing reviews about "The Rogue Pirate's Bride" and would really love to read it.

    Quick Six:

    I'm an early bird most of the time.

    I love Italian food.

    I adore the beach, and am lucky enough to live very close to it.

    Chocolate is my downfall. Only milk chocolate though.

    I prefer sneakers over heels now.

    Gold all the way.

    Thank you for giving us another opportunity to win your book.

    dpd333 (at) aol dot com

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  14. Thanks to Buffie for hosting me today! I'll be back later to read more of your comments and favorites.

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  15. This series sounds very interesting. I'll have to check it out sometime. :)

    I'm more a night owl than an early bird.
    I prefer Italian food over Mexican food.
    I LOVE the beach.
    I definitely prefer chocolate.
    I would much rather wear sneakers.
    I'd choose silver over gold.

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  16. Great book! Really enjoyed Lord and Lady Spy...

    Quick Six:
    Night Owl for sure
    Italian... Love pasta!
    Beach for sure...
    Chocolate.. but I wouldn't mind both together... esp. with caramel AND nuts AND toffee..
    Sneakers..
    Silver...

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  17. Hi shana, can't wait to read you book ^^

    Thanks for giveaway

    I'm an early bird

    I very like chocolate with almond
    Evething made from chocolate

    sjdlampung1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Quick Six:
    Night owl, but have kids so I'm forced to be an early bird.

    Italian

    I would perfer the beach, but live an hour away from the Rocky Mountains.

    Cholocate

    Sneakers, I can't even walk in heels without imbarrassing myself.

    Silver.

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  19. Shana-Loved Lord and Lady Spy--hope that you will write a sequel! Looking forward to Rogue Pirates Bride.
    Quick 6:
    Nite owl
    Italian
    Beach
    Chocolate
    Sneakers
    Gold

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  20. Great question ;)

    Early bird or night owl? Early bird
    Mexican or Italian food? Italian food because i liked spagheti ;).
    Beach or mountains? Beach
    Chocolate or peanut butter? definitely chocolate, dont like butter ;(
    Heels or sneakers? Sneakers
    Silver or gold? Silver

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  21. Diane D, I only like milk chocolate too. Why can't I like dark chocolate, since it's supposed to be good for you?

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  22. Thanks, Trisha M! You're up early for a night owl.

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  23. May, you had to throw the caramel and toffee in there, didn't you? Now I'm rally hungry!

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  24. Newan, I love Hersheys bars with almonds. Yum!

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  25. Rebekah, kids do force night owls to wake up too early, don't they? If my daughter sleeps until 7, I'm thrilled--but only because then I can get some work done.

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  26. Susan, I am writing a sequel to LORD AND LADY SPY. I just signed the contract for TRUE SPIES.

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  27. Can't wait to get my hands on this book!

    Quick Six answers:
    1. night owl
    2. Italian food
    3. beach
    4. chocolate
    5. sneakers
    6. gold

    Questions for you: Are you still planning on writing a second book to go with Lord and Lady Spy?

    The way your books are publishing now, I need to get on the stick and start reading some of my Shana backlog! My TBR shelves hold about 800+ books waiting their turn in my hand!

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  28. Thanks for the comment, Eli! Sounds like we have a lot in common.

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  29. Karen, 800+ books? Wow! How many do you read a week?

    Yes, I am writing a sequel to LORD AND LADY SPY. I just signed the contract for TRUE SPIES. It will be out in Fall 2013.

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  30. Hi, Shana! We're so glad to have you dishing with us today.

    Oh, love me some pirates! One of my favorites is Marsha Canham's ACROSS A MOONLIT SEA. It's on my keeper shelves. :-)

    Chocolate? Yes, please. Peanut Butter? Absolutely. And the two together? Mmmm. Caramel, toffee....love it all. All this talk of sweets is killing me. I've started a new "clean eating" plan. No processed foods allowed. I'm hoping it gets better in a few days. *sigh*

    I'd prefer to indulge my night owl side, but I have to get up to make sure the kids get off to school in time every day.

    Love Italian and Mexican, but since my hubby is half Italian and we lived in Italy for 2 years, I have a soft spot for good Italian food.

    I live in the mountains, and I find so much peace here. But I do love the sound of the ocean.

    Heels are nice, but I prefer sneakers or bare feet. Although, I do love my cowboy boots. :-)

    I wear more silver now than I used to.

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  31. Oh I am totally a night owl when I can be. So much of the time, I have to get up in the morning for something. But left to myself, my alert clock clicks on after 2230! haha
    Love them both, but I cant do really hot spicy.
    Beach for sure.
    Love Shanas answer to chocolate/pbutter. If forced to choose, it would be chocolate. But I do love them together!
    Sneakers.
    Silver.
    I also adore Actors Studio and his questions! I love his interview style. And the people seem to take it seriously! Love the way they treat the students. And often, the final comment is profound!
    No idea what sonorous means, I will look it up.
    But I also dislike the word ''sucks'' used that way.

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  32. Night owl
    Italian food, I'm a true Milanisti
    Mountains, I can't be touched by sun ;)
    Chocolate for sure!
    Sneakers
    Gold investment! :D

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  33. Fun interview. I didn't know that French heroes weren't popular with readers. Julien, Armand and Bastien should change any prejudices against French heroes, as they are all brave, sexy and unique.

    Quick six. Night owl. Italian and Mexican are both my favorite. Beach. Chocolate and Peanut butter together. Sandals.Gold.

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  34. I can't believe that French heroes are not overly popular! And yet, what about those Three Musketeers -- and L. A. Meyer wrote about some wonderful charming and heroic French men in MY BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN (I just love this series!!),hmmmm...this is not easy!! Didn't Anne Stuart write about an aristocratic family in the 18th century (and their descendants) in her RUTHLESS, RECKLESS, SHAMELESS series? At least the series began in France! I guess there are not too many romance novels with French heroes --this should be rectified!! :-)
    I look forward to reading Shana Galen's newest book!!
    And for my answers!! (Drum roll!)
    I used to be an Early bird, and then I had two sets of twins who never slept. I am now recovering, (they are all in college now!) and am waking much earlier to begin my day! I enjoy Italian food and we have a preponderance of fine restaurants in our area since there were many immigrant settlers here in the past century. I am very fair and sunburn (too quickly!) so I prefer the mountains where it is much more shaded and cool; Chocolate and peanut butter together, can't have them separated (Love those Reese cups)!! With the running around I still do, sneakers are the first things I reach for, although I love to dress up in high heels to look pretty and sexy for my husband. And I love white gold or silver. It looks best with my coloring, too.
    Happy February everyone!! --Laurel

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  35. Love the interview. Can't wait to read this book. Thanks for sharing with us today!

    Here is my quick six:

    early bird- I have to be, I have small children
    Mexican- cheese and onion enchiladas!!!
    Beach-I live on the Oregon coast! So I have to pick this
    Chocolate-there is no other choice!
    sneakers-I almost killed myself falling down stairs in heels at my sisters wedding!
    Silver-Thats all I wear! Or white gold

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  36. Early bird or night owl? Night owl. I like to stay up late, reading.

    Mexican or Italian food? Mexican. I live in Houston, too, and the Mexican food is great!

    Beach or mountains? Mountains.

    Chocolate or peanut butter? Chocolate and more chocolate

    Heels or sneakers? Sneakers, definitely.

    Silver or gold? Silver.

    Thanks for a fun interview.

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  37. The book sounds interesting. Like you, one of my favorite pirate stories was The Wind & The Sea.

    I'm usually a night owl.
    I like Italian food.
    Mountains
    Chocolate
    Sneakers for everyday, but heels when going out.
    Gold

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  38. Night owl
    Italian
    Mountain
    Chocolat
    Sneakers
    Gold

    Your books sounds wonderful and I would love to read it.

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  39. Thanks for having me, Gannon. No processed foods? I could not survive. I microwave everything. I'm such a horrible cook, sometimes I even mess that up. In my defense, i do have a toddler clinging to my leg half the time. That tends to make me forget crucial parts of the cooking process.

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  40. Krazymama, did you look up sonorous? I'm always trying to use it in a sentence and get some weird looks. But my favorite word previously was circuitous and that was even harder to use often.

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  41. Lady, how mysterious! No sun? You couldn't survive in Houston.

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  42. Gayle, basically only British and Scottish heroes are popular with readers. maybe the occasional American. But it's hard to write books where the characters have a background in the French Revolution without making them French!

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  43. Laurel, those are great examples of books with French heroes. Also Laura Kinsale's LESSONS IN FRENCH.

    TWO sets of twins? How are you still sane? Hugs!

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  44. Johanna, enchiladas. Yum! I had yogurt for lunch but wish I'd had enchiladas!

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  45. LSUReader, a Molina's just opened near us, and I can't wait to try it. There used to be one near the school where I worked, but I haven't been in so long. Have to remind my husband Valentine's Day is coming.

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  46. Penfield, it's so fun to find other Marsha Canham fans. Gannon, too! Most of the time when I mention her, no one knows who I'm talking about.

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  47. Thanks for sharing, Virginia. Good luck!

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  48. Hi Shana! I love your books, and your latest sounds as wonderful as your other books I have read.

    I'm a night owl.

    I like both Mexican and Italian food, but usually eat Mexican out because it's cheaper.

    I prefer the beauty of the mountains.

    I like both chocolate and peanut butter. An example is Reese's peanut butter cups. Love them!

    I love my sneakers.

    I like both silver and gold. In earings, I prefer gold though.

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  49. This book sounds like another great one from you!

    Night Owl
    Mexican food
    Beach
    Chocolate with peanut butter :)
    Sneakers
    Gold

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  50. Hi Shana and Buffie and all you lovely Dishes!

    Great interview, thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading your " Mr. Lipton’s usual questions" section, plus the Quick Six too!

    I've been reading your books since I picked up PRIDE AND PETTICOATS, a wonderful read.
    Needless to say, that had me tracking down all of your books, lucky me!

    I was going to ask you if you were going to write a second book to go with LORD AND LADY SPY, but no need, thrilled to know you are!

    I also enjoy reading pirate books, they totally rock! Yes, Marsha Canham is also a keeper for me.

    Here are my Quick Six ~

    1. early bird
    2. Mexican food
    3. mountains
    4. peanut butter
    5. sneakers
    6. gold

    P.S. ~ please do not enter my name in giveaway, already have book! :-D

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  51. Early bird (I grew up on a farm)

    Italian (I'm half Italian)

    Mountains (I'm half Irish & very pale, therefore no beaches)

    Chocolate (anything but white)

    Heels (love my Louboutins & Choos)

    Silver (not a fan of gold)

    Fun Q&A. Congrats on the new release Shana!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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  52. Thank you so much, Cathy. It does seem like Mexican is cheaper, doesn't it? I know when I was a new teacher, the other newbies and I used to go out for Mexican on Friday afternoons because we could fill up on the free chips and then split an entree.

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  53. Thanks for the comment, Cheryl. There seem to be a lot of night owls!

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  54. Dalila, thank you so much for your comments AND for already having the book. You rock!

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  55. Stacie D, If i had some Jimmy Choos, I might like heels too :-) Thanks!

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  56. Early bird or night owl? NIGHT OWL

    Close call but I will go with Italian food.
    Beach or mountains? BEACH!
    Chocolate or peanut butter? Peanut butter! Not big on chocolate.

    Heels or sneakers? Sneakers!

    Silver or gold? Silver.

    Great interview!

    Karyn Gerrard~

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  57. Early bird or night owl? NIGHT OWL

    Close call but I will go with Italian food.
    Beach or mountains? BEACH!
    Chocolate or peanut butter? Peanut butter! Not big on chocolate.

    Heels or sneakers? Sneakers!

    Silver or gold? Silver.

    Great interview!

    Karyn Gerrard~

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  58. Night Owl
    Italian
    Beach
    Dark Chocolate
    Loafers lol (but use to love heels)
    Gold

    I am sure this book is going to be another wonderful read.

    catslady5(at)aol.com

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  59. This is wonderful thank you!!

    Early bird
    Italian food
    Beach
    Chocolate
    Sneakers?
    Gold

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  60. Night Owl, definitely.
    Mexican. It's hard to get good Mexican food in Central Florida though.
    Mountains
    I like chocolate a tad more than peanut butter, but I love them together.
    Sneakers.
    Silver.

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  61. Karyn, my husband isn't real big on chocolate either. I think that's great. More for me!

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  62. Loafers, huh? Catslady, you are always surprising me. Honestly, I like wearing fuzzy socks the most. I don't get that many opportunities in Houston.

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  63. Thanks for stopping by, marybelle, and good luck!

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  64. Barbara, I was in Florida recently, and I noticed there was a lot of seafood and Cuban food but not so much Mexican food. Also, the Starbucks didn't have pumpkin scones. The barista told me those are only at Thanksgiving. Here we have them all Fall and winter.

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  65. Shana, thanks so much for joining us today!

    So sorry I'm late to the party. Had to pick my youngest child up from school as he was sick. I just got in from taking him to see an after hours doctor. Possible strep throat ... we will know more after the lab work.

    Here's my answers to the Quick Six.

    Early bird, most definitely.
    Mexican
    Beach
    Peanut Butter
    Sneakers
    Silver

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  66. Hey Pam! I see you are all about comfort ... so am I :-)

    Mariee, it is so peaceful in mountains, isn't it? I really enjoy the crisp mornings.

    Beebs, I'm excited about Shana's new series too. It's sounds fascinating.

    Laurie, how is it possible you don't like peanut butter??? To me that's like not breathing. But of course, I don't eat chocolate :-)

    Dianna, I love that you defy fashion "rules" and wear what you want. That's the way it should always be ;-)

    Hey Carol! I don't think you will be disappointed at all in Bastien. He lives up to the pirate hype ;-)

    Diana D, lucky you to live close to the beach. I used to when I was a child, but not any more. However, I am counting down the days until summer vacay ...

    TrishaM, I really think you would enjoy this series alot.

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  67. Hey there, Shana, and welcome! Congrats on your newest release! As you know, I've been a fan of yours from the beginning. I love all your books, but my heart still belongs to Freddie. :)

    My Quick Six answers are:

    Early bird
    Mexican
    Mountains
    Peanut butter AND chocolate (my fave!)
    Sneakers
    I'm going to go with gold since my wedding band is gold. :)

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  68. Hi May! I see you are a pasta lover too. I really could eat it every single night, but my thighs and hips would agree :-)

    Newan, LOL! I guess that means you like chocolate.

    Hey Rebekah! Funny how these little humans seem to change our entire schedule - LOL!

    Thanks for stopping by Susan!

    Oh Eli, how can you not like peanut butter? I can eat it by the spoonfuls. LOL!

    Hey Karen! Boy do I hear you on the TBR pile. I don't have the courage to count all of them!

    Wow, Gannon, the clean eating sounds great. We have started eating more fresh fruits and veggies. Haven't quite made it to no process foods though. Let me know how it goes.

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  69. I also adore Actors Studio and his questions! I love his interview style.

    Hey KrazyMama98! Glad to see another James Lipton fan here. I'm always intrigued by the answers to the questions he asks during every interview.

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  70. Early bird or night owl? Well, 2am seems like an early bird to me...unless you mean that I sleep through the rest of the morning ;)

    Mexican or Italian food? Are we talking Olive Garden italian food or homemade? I'm all about the Olive Garden! ;)

    Beach or mountains? Beach

    Chocolate or peanut butter? Reese's!

    Heels or sneakers? Heels

    Silver or gold? Silver

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  71. Hi Lady! Nice to have a true Milanisti in our midst.

    Gayle, I echo your thoughts on French heroes. I sure do wish there were more. Have you read any of Lila DiPasqua's books? She writes French heroes too.

    Laurel, wow ... twins that never slept!

    Johanna, I have always wanted to visit Oregon. It looks so beautiful.

    LSU Reader, so glad you enjoyed the interview!

    Penfield, it is always great having you stop by!

    Hey Virginia! I think you would really enjoy this book.

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  72. Penfield, it's so fun to find other Marsha Canham fans. Gannon, too! Most of the time when I mention her, no one knows who I'm talking about.

    Shana, I have read some of Marsha's books and love her style of writing. And she is such a fun person to talk with.

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  73. CathyP, this newest book is just fabulous!

    Thanks for stopping by Cheryl!

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  74. Great interview, thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading your " Mr. Lipton’s usual questions" section, plus the Quick Six too!

    Dalila, so glad you enjoyed it!

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  75. StacieD, wow ... half Italian and half Irish. What a gorgeous make up that is!!

    Hey Karyn! Great seeing you around.

    Catslady, yes this book is another wonderful Shana Galen read!

    Thanks for stopping by Marybelle.

    Barbara, how said not to have any good Mexican places around you :(

    Andrea, I have to say "awwwwww" to your gold for your wedding band comment. :-)

    Hey Katie! Wow, 2 a.m.!!!??!! Here I thought my 4 a.m. wake up call was early. And I love Olive Garden too. Really I like any place where I'm not cooking :-)

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  76. Thanks for this great interview!

    Here is my Quick Six Contribution!

    I am an early bird, definitely -

    Italian Food is my FAVORITE - nobody made it like my grandmothers -

    I LOVE the Beach - going down the Jersey Shore is the best -

    Chocolate AND Peanut Butter together - YUMMMM -

    I am a sneaker person - used to be a high heel person -

    And I prefer gold to silver!

    Felicia Ciaudelli
    mrschopchop@verizon.net

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  77. Thanks to Buffie for hosting me today!

    Thank you, Shana, for taking the time out of your busy day to join us and for responding to so many of the comments.

    I wish you much success with THE ROGUE PIRATE'S BRIDE ... it was a fabulous book!

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  78. Hey Felicia! So you are a Jersey Shore gal? I have never been on the coast line that far north.

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  79. Love Marsha Canham, too. Great to hear about True Spies, tho wish it was out sooner, but good we have others from you to read in the meantime,

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  80. Wonderful interview, Buffie and Shana! Thank you.

    As I said to Buffie in her review post, there haven't been a lot of good pirate stories in some years and TRPB sounds so good. It's on my TBB list.

    I am an early bird because I have to be. I do like to stay up late, though. Too bad dark circles under the eyes is a telling sign of that. ;)

    I LOVE chocolate and I like peanut butter and chocolate and peanut butter together are soooo yummy. (As in peanut butter cups, yum.)

    Thanks again and congrats on the release of TRPB, Shana!

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  81. Andrea, my heart will always belong to Freddie too. He's still my favorite hero. Good to "see" you! I feel like we've known each other forever.

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  82. Katie, I haven;'t been to the Olive Garden in so long, and all of a sudden I want to go. My dad loves it so much, he asked for a gift card to it for Christmas. LOL!That's the closest we get to real Italian in my family.

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  83. Buffie, now I am jealous. I've never met Marsha Canham. One day. I still need to meet Julie Garwood too.

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  84. Felicia, you are very fortunate! An Italian grandmother! Mine were/are Dutch. Dutch food isn't quite as yummy as Italian.

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  85. Pam, I've only written the first 50 pages, but as soon as I finish the book due in April, I'm on it!

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  86. Thanks, Deb. I have had some late nights/early mornings with my daughter. Cucumber slices do wonders for puffiness under the eyes.

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  87. Night Owl (because I can't get to sleep very easily)
    Italian, but love Mexican food too (with Margaritas)
    Beach, but love Mountain air & views
    Love Dark Chocolate - Hate Peanut Butter
    Sneakers - rarly wear heels cause I'm tall
    Both Gold & Silver - depending on the occasion or what I'm wearing

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  88. Shana, Congratulations on the release of THE ROGUE PIRATES BRIDE. Now I can read the series. I prefer to wait until I have all the books in a series before reading it. It keeps the characters and the story arc fresh. Plus, I am not a patient person. Waiting for months between books is not something I like.

    Pirate books can be such fun, it is too bad there aren't more of them. Of course, in real life they were a pretty despicable group of people. But this is fiction and romance, so we can make our pirates just what we want them to be.

    Quick six:
    Night owl, always have been.
    I like both Mexican and Italian, but I think I'll have to go with Italian.
    Love the mountains. Throw in a lake and I'm in heaven.
    Chocolate
    Sneakers
    Silver

    I hope the release of THE ROGUE PIRATE'S BRIDE goes well.

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  89. hy shana...

    great book,,i cant wait to read.

    quick six :
    early bird
    italian food (i like it)
    beach
    of course chocolate my fav
    iam prefer to sneaker or sandal..
    silver

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  90. Shana's book looks fantastic!

    Early bird
    Mexican food
    Beach
    Chocolate
    Heels
    Gold

    robindpdx(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  91. Hi Shana, can not wait to read the book, wish I could win a giveaway someday *sigh*
    It,s like raising my pride you know. *wink*

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  92. Early bird or night owl? Night owl coz it's sexy ....lol

    Mexican or Italian food?
    Italian food because i love pizza and Italian guys.... *blushing*

    Beach or mountains? Mountain exactly , because in the mountain, I can cuddle with my love one

    Chocolate or peanut butter? definitely chocolate, it's melting in a mouth ,like kissing your sweetheart...... *grin*

    Heels or sneakers? Heels, makes me feel sexy...and ready to flirt :)

    Silver or gold? Gold... its sparkling in the dark and it's costly....

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  93. Shana, I just buy 2 books you write and I can't wait to read it!!!
    Early bird.
    Italian.
    Mountain, soo cold and peaceful!
    Chocolate! I'm the one fans of choco.
    Heels, sounds sexy.
    Gold because more expensive and eternal than silver.

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  94. Hi Shana, thank u for this giveaway, This is awesome :)
    Have to admit, that I haven't read any of your book. But I'd love to read it. My friends told me that your books very recommended to read.

    And about the quick six questions,
    Early bird of course
    Italian food, pizza is one of my favorite
    Mountains, I can't swim :D
    Peanut butter, I'm not a big fan of chocolate
    Heels, last time I wore sneakers when I was 18 years old and it's like hundred years ago :D
    Silver

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  95. Di, how could I forget margaritas? Those are the best part of Mexican food. Thanks!

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  96. Librarypat, I never understood waiting until all the books in a series were out until I started watching Downton Abbey. I missed the first season and watched it all in a couple of days online. Then I started season 2 on PBS. It's KILLING me waiting for the next episode. I should have just waited and watched the whole series at once. So now I understand!

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  97. Icha, here are all the early birds! I thought maybe I was the only one. Thanks for the early comment.

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  98. Thanks, Robin. Good luck on the contest!

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  99. Lelyana, I never win anything either. Hopefully, you're lucky this time :-)

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  100. Thanks, Katherine. I agree heels are sexier. I can only be sexy for about an hour, though :-)

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  101. AmelArmeliana,thanks so much for stopping by. What lovely friends you have to recommend my books. Thanks!

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  102. I just want to say thanks to Buffie, Andrea, Gannon, and PJ for having me here. I had a great time and loved learning more about everyone.

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  103. Hi Shana :)
    This sound's really great giveaway

    ok, this my answer for Quick Six Questions

    Early bird or night owl? Night Owl

    Mexican or Italian food? Italian food, coz I haven't tasted Mexican Food :(

    Beach or mountains? Beach

    Chocolate or peanut butter? chocolate,chocolate, and chocolate makes me feel better when eating it

    Heels or sneakers? Sneakers, make me comfortable

    Silver or Gold? Silver

    thank's for giveaway contest,shana :D

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  104. Shana -
    I love your books AND your answers!

    I'm definately a night owl and love to stay up late reading after a hectic day at work.

    Since I'm married to an Italian and he gets homemade Italian dinners most nights you might be surprized that my favorite is Mexican! I went to the University of Ariozna and fell in love with Mexican food. My heritage is English, Scotish and German so my dinners are diverse and different every night.

    I love the beach and we live in a beach community but I like to "get away" form the rat race when the tourists descend in the summer and escape to the mountains!

    I wish I could "love" chocolate but I'm a juvenile Type I diabetic so it's peanut butter or nothing for me!

    Heals or sneakers? Neither - I like to wear "flats" or go bare foot!

    My favorite is gold. I have three but have been married to my "first" (and only) husband for 42 years. I have the wedding ring he gave me the day we got married and one he gave me for our first anniversary. I also inherited my mother's wedding ring which I also wear. I tell everyone the 3 rings are circles of love that I'm wearing!

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  105. Hi Buffie and Shannon! Great interview, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to THE ROGUE PIRATE’S BRIDE. Your next series sounds wonderful as well!

    Here's my quick six:
    1. Night owl I love to read at night when everything is quiet.
    2.Italian
    3.Beach. Our home overlooks the water
    4.Chocolate, occasionally with PB.
    5.Sneakers, heels=ouch!
    6.Both, especially combined!

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  106. I'm so excited that the book is finally out and I can see what happens with the 3rd brother!

    Night Owl!
    Mexican, I just don't care too much for pasta or tomatoes.
    mountains are easier to ski down and drive around on.
    Chocolate
    Sneakers all the way
    Silver, gold makes me think tacky.

    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

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