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Helen Lacey ONCE UPON A BRIDE and Giveaway!



Let's welcome author Helen Lacey and read what makes her tick! She also has a Kindle copy of her latest book, Once Upon A Bride, as giveaway for one commenter!


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1. How do you keep coming up with fresh characters and stories?
I never seem to run out of ideas. I always start with the character’s and let them lead me into the story.

2. What do you like to read?

Romance… mostly contemporary although I do read some historical romances too.

3. What's your favorite place to read?
On the bed, stretched out on a rainy afternoon.

4. What are some of your reading pet peeves?
Bad grammar. But, since I’m a horse owner, my singular pet peeve is reading about horses and finding errors or implausible plot devices. Say, when the hero or heroine is always riding a black stallion. In all the years I’ve had horses and competed on the equestrian circuit, I’ve known very few horse owners who ride anything other than a mare or gelding. And I read a book once where the heroine scaled a seven foot fence on a pony…if I don’t believe it, then the story loses me.

5. Do your characters stick with you after you've finished a book and if so, how do you handle it?
Oh, yes, they certainly do. And I don’t mind having them in my head, especially while I’m writing a series, since they often pop back up in books down the track.


6. How do you handle writer's block?
Honestly, I’ve never suffered from writers block. I’m always looking for new ideas and being a pantser, I simply sit in front of my computer and let the characters come to life on their own…some days I have very little say in what my characters get up to J

7. What motivates you to write your books?
Simple - my love of storytelling. I wrote my first book when I was seven years old and have always had a book in progress since. And I love getting reader emails telling me how much they connected with my characters.

8. Tell us a little about your book...
Once Upon A Bride is my fifth book for Harlequin Special Edition. I really like tackling issues that can affect people in everyday life, so my heroine has sworn off love like so many of us do after losing someone we’ve cared about. And my poor hero isn’t looking for commitment for reasons of his own. Of course they get their happily ever after, but it was fun sharing the journey with them.


Helen Lacey’s latest release is ONCE UPON A BRIDE

Happily ever after…?

When Gabe Vitali escapes to a fresh start in Crystal Point, Australia, the former physician isn't
looking for a storybook ending. For the first time he's living in the moment. His new five-year plan does not include serious relationships. But he doesn't anticipate his unavoidable next-door neighbor…and an undeniable attraction.

Bridal consultant Lauren Jakowski wants marriage. She's just sworn off love and sex! To avoid getting burned again, she's looking for safe and forever-after. But they're not Gabe's to give–for reasons he can't share with anyone, least of all this pretty complication.

Gabe and Lauren don't figure on a fairy tale. But fate has other plans…

For Kindle: Once Upon A Bride

Paperback:    Once Upon A Bride

15 comments:

  1. My favorite implausible scenario I used to read in historical romances was the h/h having sex on the stallion. :)

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    1. Hi Stina - Not sure how they'd do that lol. Sounds tricky to me. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. It's interesting to learn a bit from you, Helen, about horses. I guess black stallions are so beautiful, a reader wants to envision their hero/heroine riding one. Based on Stina's comment, too, "riding" could have different meanings. Devilish laughter.

    Best of success to you with Once Upon A Bride!

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    1. Hi Rawkrobyn - yes, stallion's are beautiful and I guess from a hero's perspective they say power and virility and all that....and thanks so much for your good wishes :)

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  3. Great interview! I agree about implausible plot points. While I don't know much about horses, I do know a little bit about technology, and it bothers me whenever a book, TV show, or movie gets tech things wrong.

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    1. Hi Shelley - with so much tech stuff in books and movies and on TV I'm betting you come across mistakes regularly. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. Love the questions and the answers and the cover! Thanks for sharing this, ladies. It was very interesting.

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    1. Hi Joylene - thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  5. What a great interview! Congrats to her on all of her successes with Harlequin.

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    1. Hi Stephanie - thank you for your congratulations. Much appreciated. And thanks for dropping by today :)

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  7. Great book. Thanks for announcing the giveaway.

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    1. Hi Lady Lilith - you're in the draw. Good luck and thanks for stopping by :)

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  8. Helen, I get why authors choose black stallions ~ visions of Mr Rochester.

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  9. Looks like a great read. I don't like it when something in a book isn't believable. Black stallions seem like a romantic choice, but the few horses I've seen have been something else.

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