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Friday, November 19, 2010

Guest blogger: Lydia Dare

Today’s guest, and our sister blogger, Lydia Dare, writes historical romances with a wild streak. She is the paranormal historical writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson, two very funny and hardworking ladies. Both Tammy and Jodie are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina. Lydia Dare’s latest release from Sourcebooks, The Taming of the Wolf, was released November 2nd, 2010.

Regency England has gone to the wolves!

Welcome Lydia. Tell us a little about The Taming of the Wolf, your fourth book from Sourcebooks.

Lydia/Jodie – The Taming of the Wolf picks up the same night the previous book – The Wolf Next Door – comes to an end. Werewolf Dashiel Thorpe, the Earl of Brimsworth, under the power of the full moon shares a heated kiss with a Scottish lass and bites her, “claiming” her as his mate. Unfortunately, the Scottish lass in question is a powerful witch who isn’t too keen on having been “claimed”.

Lydia/Tammy: Dashiel Thorpe has been raised to believe that he’s a monster, an anomaly, an abomination. He can’t help that his real father was a Lycan, that he never met him, or that his mother cuckolded the the Marquess of Eynsford, the man Dash has always considered to be his father. It’s not until he meets the Westfields that he realizes there are others of his kind. Unfortunately, Caitrin Macleod lands directly in his path and he claims her without even knowing it. Now he’s left with two options, to go and get training as a Lycan, or go after Caitrin who is Scotland-bound. Perhaps he can do both.

We are always fascinated by an authors writing process, and since there are two of you it must take some juggling. How does a typical writing week go for you two ladies?

Lydia/Jodie – There is no typical. It depends on the book and what else is going on. What revisions are due, what copy edits, that kind of thing. We like to get about 1500 words written a day and exchange the book back and forth for edits.

Lydia/Tammy – Our first three books each took two months to write. We find that it’s more difficult to keep that schedule up now, but we still aim for about five pages a day. When I get the pages from Jodie, I read what she wrote, make any edits I think are necessary, then write my five pages. Then it’s off to Jodie again!

What is your favorite form of procrastination, apart from getting lost in research?

Lydia/Jodie – For me, I’d have to say the internet or television. I’m a little addicted to Vampire Diaries.

Lydia/Tammy – Work is a terrible distraction! I also get bogged down in internet searches should I need to look something up. Even if it’s just looking up the spelling of a word, it gets me off track.

We know The Taming of the Wolf is about to be unleashed, but what are you working on now, and what was the last scene you wrote on the story?

Lydia/Jodie – What we just finished working on was book seven in this series, Never Been Bit. So the last scene was the epilogue, which is always one of my favorite scenes to write. I love seeing what has happened months or even years later to the couple in question and realizing that they still love each other as much as they did at the end of the final chapter.

Here’s our question for you – Have you ever had to tame anything? An unruly child? A pet? Your grandmother who likes to yell obscenities out the car window? Anything at all? If so, we’d love to hear about it. A copy of THE TAMING OF THE WOLF will be sent to one lucky commenter. Please include email addresses along with your comments so the winner can be contacted. **Available for only US and Canada residents.

The Lady Scribes would like to thank Lydia for allowing us to pimp her next fantastic romance novel today. Stop by her website at http://www.lydiadare.com/.


  1. I have never read any of your books, or should I say both authors books.lol But I love all kinds,historical to paranormal. Would like to see what the books are like.

  2. I would say that my husband was the one that did the Taming. I was a big party girl, now we have two sons and a morgage.LOL

  3. Yay for Vampire Diaries!! Sorry...had to say it :)

    As for taming something...I cut my teeth on an unruly cat named Jewel. She was the kind who would poop *next* to the litter box or climb on your back when you were in *ahem* compromising positions. But in the end, she couldn't really be tamed. And now I'm learning the same thing about my 10-month-old. You just have to let them be who they're going to be, poop and all :) LOL!

    Great interview, ladies!!

  4. I personally think everyday is a feat of personal willpower to get what needs to be done, done. So I'd say taming myself. It's a lot of work for me to get organized, to remember to even write my to-do list and with three boys life is always hectic. So yeah, taming myself is my biggest priority. Great interview and I've loved this series!

  5. Loved the interview. I am not sure I have ever tamed anything. Wait, I take that back. My sixth grade Sunday School class always needs taming at one point in the year ;).

  6. How did I miss this? Regency and werewolves and Scotland? Oh, it came out on my birthday--I was distracted. Good thing I celebrate my birthday month, because this is going on my BUY NOW list. :)

    I'm still all woozy at the thought of working with a co-author. LOL I don't even have a CP--I admire you for doing this, and doing it so well.

    No taming stories for me. At least, none that I can tell here. LOL

  7. When I was a child we occasionally had to tame lambs. Sometimes the mother couldn't look after them, but the older they were the less they seemed to like that idea. :o( Lambies are strong little buggers when they get to a certains size and I'll admit to being knocked down. Hey they were bigger than me!! That's about as close to wild as I get. *giggle*

  8. I had to learn to tame my hair. It still gets unruly at times. :)

  9. Debra ~ I hope you enjoy these. :)

    Jarpammy03 ~ It sounds like you were a little wild. Good for you. ;)

    Jerrica ~ I don't think Jewel and I would have gotten along. You've heard the stories about my fiendish cat.

    Melissa ~ LOL! Good luck taming yourself.

    Amy ~ I can't imagine trying to tame a class full of 6th graders. You just made me shiver.

    Donna ~ I hope you enjoy the books. And I think you're holding out on us in regards to a 'taming' story. ;)

    Heather ~ You and your lambies cracked me up.

    Samantha ~ You have such pretty hair! It's ok if it's a little unruly at times.

  10. I have to tame my children everyday! They are wild! I tell people not to be fooled by the sweet innocent faces! LOL! Great interview today and thanks for sharing!!!


  11. I have to tame my dogs every day. If you also own a Dachshund, then you understand the challenge. This breed can be very stubborn! But all the work is worth it when they crawl in my lap and give me puppy kisses.

    Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway!