Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Guest Blog & Giveaway with Lydia Dare

I'm excited to welcome Lydia Dare to the blog today. Debut author of A Certain Wolfish Charm.

Welcome ladies!

In October of 2009, Jodie and I were at a workshop offered by our local RWA chapter and started talking about what was hot in romance. Jodie was stalled on her work-in-progress and I hadn’t written any pages worth keeping in quite some time. Regencies have always been my favorite genre to read, and I had a plot idea for a werewolf Regency novel. Jodie can spout more Regency rules and regulations than an encyclopedia, so I set out to pick her brain.

Jodie: No, you can’t write that in a Regency.

Tammy: Why not?

Jodie: Because she couldn’t inherit.

Tammy: Well, darn, I want to write this story.

Jodie: (shrugs) Then write it, but you have to stay true to the time period.

Tammy: How do I do that? I don’t know all the Regency rules. (A light bulb goes off.) We should write it together.

Jodie: Will they have sex when he’s furry?

Tammy: Don’t know. Maybe. (My turn to shrug.)

Jodie: Ok. Let’s write it.

And at that very same conference, Jodie and I mapped out our overall plot and got a good idea of what the story was going to be about. We also decided what our characters looked like and what their names were. Then we went home and Jodie wrote the first five pages. Then she sent them to me and two months later, we had a book. We had set up some pretty charismatic characters (by our standards) in the first book, so it was pretty natural to jump right into book two because their stories had to be written, too. We just couldn’t leave them there hanging.

We started to query publishers, trying to find someone who wanted to publish our work, and we found a home with Sourcebooks. We had heard Dominique speak at the Sourcebooks Spotlight at the RWA National Conference the year before and she was so enthusiastic that she makes you believe anything can happen. And Deb Werksman’s dedication to her authors is unsurpassed. So, pitching to Sourcebooks was natural for us, and we’re just thankful they fell in love with our wolves as quickly as we did.

Being a debut author has been a fun and exciting experience. Having a partner to share it with has been an added benefit. We have two sets of eyes working on edits. And while one of us writes, the other one can take care of the other tasks like proofreading. Then we swap. When we got our starred review from Publishers Weekly for A Certain Wolfish Charm, we were able to celebrate together. When we do our workshop for our local RWA chapter on “team writing” we’ll do it together.

Of course, there are some funny outtakes that are a natural result of writing as a team, like the time we cast a young waiter as a wolf pup in an upcoming book. That kid thought we were nuts when we asked to take his picture. And there have been some pretty odd conversations we’ve had about plots when we’re at restaurants, most of which have gained us an odd look from nosy people who listen in. Like when we finally decided the hero and heroine wouldn’t have sex when he was furry after all. :-)

He gets crankier and crankier as the moon gets full…

The rules of society can be beastly—especially when you’re a werewolf and it’s that irritating time of the month. Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor, is rich, powerful, and sinfully handsome, and has spent his entire life creating scandal and mayhem. It doesn’t help his wolfish temper at all that Miss Lily Rutledge seems not the least bit afraid of him, and in fact, may be as untamable as he is…

A woman whose charm is stronger that the moon…

When Lily’s beloved nephew’s behavior becomes inexplicably wild, she turns to Simon, the boy’s cousin and guardian, for help. But Simon’s idea of assistance is far different than hers, and Lily finds herself ensconced in his house and engaged to the rogue.

They both may have bitten off more than they can chew when each begins to discover the other’s darkest secrets…

About the Author
Lydia Dare is the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. Both Tammy and Jodie are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina. They are working together on their next paranormal historical trilogy as Lydia Dare, which will be released by Sourcebooks Casablanca in Spring 2011! For more information, please visit

Thanks to Sourcebooks I have 2 copies of A Certain Wolfish Charm to giveaway. Open to U.S. & Canada. Winners will be announced on April 19th. Good Luck!


  1. After reading the guest blog and summary of Wolfish Charm, I'm intrigued! I love werewolf books!

    krae991 at yahoo dot com

  2. Didn't knwo there were 2 on this book, cool :)
    No sex when furry, good choice, he was so much fun furry-less anyway

  3. OMG! I NEED this book! I absolutely adore werewolf stories and this one sounds delicious! just wicked with a hint of gothic...the purrfect book.


  4. Loved the mini convo at beginning of post and this book sounds fabulous! Please count me in!

    lilazncutie1215 @

  5. Jodie:

    Hey everyone!Ya'll started posting early. :)

    Before I start the day, I wanted to thank Anna for sharing her space with us today. I'll be around to reply to posts most of the day.

    Kelsey - I'm glad we've intrigued you. Hope you enjoy the book.

    Blodeuedd - LOL. I totally agree. Simon is a lot more fun with he's furry-less. :)

    s7anna - I so want you to have this book! And when you do finally get your hands on it, I hope you'll love it.

    jeanette8042 - If you loved the mini convo on the blog, you'd be beside yourself if you saw us in real life. Our local chapter mates just shake their heads at us when we're together. "How do the two of you write together?" We don't quite know how to answer that. :)

  6. I enjoyed reading your post. I just found out there were actually two of you making up Lydia Dare. That's awesome. Twice the thinking and creating. :)
    I'm into wolf books big time and would love to read about Simon and Lily.
    Carol L.

  7. I'd love to read this book.

    Thanks for the great review.

    deborah150 at

  8. Good Morning Anna and Lydia:

    I really enjoyed your interview about how "A Certain Wolfish Charm" was conceived. I've been reading a lot of great posts about your story and didn't realize you were a writing duo!

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway Anna, I'd love to be entered. :-)

  9. Jodie:

    Carol L - LOL. It wasn't a very well kept secret so we decided to come out of the closet, so to speak. I hope you enjoy meeting Simon and Lily.

    Deb - Thanks! It was a fun post to write.

    Lea - Thanks for stopping by. I don't think anyone was more suprised than we were that this worked out. ;)

  10. A Certain Wolfish Charm sounds great. I love werewolves.

  11. Hey the waiter story is great. He was kinda cute. :)

    Don't enter me...already have my copy.

  12. Hello! The more I read about "A Certain Wolfish Charm", the more enamored I become of that hunky man-wolf, Simon. I would aboslutely love to win!

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    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  13. I'm dying to read this fact, i bought it on kindle, but I can't read it yet because my laundry's a mile high! I hope I win a real book copy!

  14. Jodie:

    CrystalGB - I have discovered I'm a little partial to werewolves too. :)

    Beth is a member of our local chapter and has witnessed some of those conversations I referred to earlier. The waiter she mentions was cast on sight at dinner one night for an future wolf hero. He was only mildly embarrassed.

    Virginia - I'm so glad Simon has enamored you! I hope you'll like his book. :)

    Shoshana - My laundry is a pile high too! I so feel your pain! I hope you're able to get to ACWC soon. :)

  15. I've been hearing alot about this one, count me in!

  16. great post.I've have wanted this book since I first heard about it,it sounds really good.
    please count me in for the giveaway

  17. WOW, after reading the guest blog and summary of Wolfish Charm I have to read this book. I also like werewolf stories. This has to be a terrific book. I did not realize that you were a duo. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.
    Pls enter me in the giveaway.


    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  18. I'm so looking forward to reading A Certain Wolfish Charm. Thanks for the insight into how you wrote it.

  19. I guess I never considered the "rules" for a time period but now that I think about it - there's a lot - no property, no vote, no control - ((shudders))to creepy for thought - but I love werewolves, and yeah, the furry thing - good call!! :-D

  20. Hi Lydia,

    You are most welcome. Thanks for stopping by today to chat with us.

  21. I'm happy to see everyone excited about reading A Certain Wolfish Charm. I really enjoyed it.

    If anyone what like to read my review, it can be viewed here.

  22. Wow, I really enjoyed your guest blog today. This book sounds great! Thanks again!

    rosie0512 @ hotmail . com

  23. I love werewolf stories!
    Did not know there were two writers for this book.

    kissinoak at verizon dot net

  24. Great interview! Count me in please.

  25. Real Awesome post. Boy, I really need to read this now.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  26. oh that looks so good!

    meghanriegel AT yahoo DOT com

  27. Please count me in.

    simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

  28. I've really never read a werewolf as hero before. Sounds interesting.

  29. This looks awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. :)


  30. Another new author to discover!


  31. I love paranormals and historical romances, so I think I'll enjoy A Certain Wolfish Charm twice as much. I'm looking forward to reading it, I'm definitely putting this book on my wish list.

  32. Sounds like a great read! Please enter me as well.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  33. Enjoyed your guest blog and the blurb. "A Certain Wolfish Charm" sounds fabulous! Great title. I love to read werewolf romance and books set in the Regency period. Thanks for having this giveaway!


  34. I would love to read this! Especially hearing about the writing process:)
    email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

  35. Loved the interview! I'd love to by a fly on the wall when you tow get together!!! I really love werewolve books and this one sounds really good. It has intriqued me now for awhile!! Definitely going on the to buy list, if i'm not lucky enough to win.
    I am a follower on google friend

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  36. Thank you, everyone, for making us feel so welcome today. We had a great time and your encouraging words were so nice to hear!

  37. ooh, Sounds like a good one! Thank you for the chance!
    mstlee2000 @

  38. I'm glad they're not having sex when he's furry. This sounds like a good book. Please enter me in the contest. I love werewolves.

    forwhlz at gmail dot com

  39. Sounds like a great read!! I would love to win this. Please enter me

  40. This book sounds so good! I would love to read it :)
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  41. This book sounds like lots of fun!


  42. Hi Anna!

    New author for me, the books sound great. Excellent post!

    Dottie :)



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