Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Reading Cafe Gives AUDRA a Glowing Review!

TRC_logo“Once again Ms. Shalaby has out done herself.”

Check out this glowing review of Audra at The Reading Café!

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The Next Big Blog Tour

I’ve been tagged by the fabulous pirate expert and storyteller extraordinaire, Katherine Bone, to take part in The Next Big Blog Tour!  Here are the ten interview questions.  Ready, set, go!

AudraLoRes1) What is the working title of your next book?

AUDRA, released April 29th

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

Audra Kingsley was a minor character from my first novel, RHIANNA.  She was young, but developing a strong romance with the boy next door.  Audra refused to let me rest until her story was complete!

3) What genre does your book fall under?

Historical Romance/Mystery/Suspense

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I saw a great photo of Ian Somerhalder that made me think he would be a fabulous Crispin Brighton (the hero).  I’m still looking for an actress that captures my Audra.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Audra Kingsley, wealthy heiress, fights against general convention to marry her true love.

6) Who is publishing your book?

Crimson Romance

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Something around five and six months.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I feel like there has to be a Barbara Cartland book out there that has some of the same situations – kidnappings, stalkers, overzealous patronesses who want to marry off their girls to who they think best.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Audra herself wouldn’t have it any other way.  She’s a feisty one, who more or less demanded her story be told, and she wouldn’t leave me alone until it was done.

10) What else about the book might pique the readers’ interests?

AUDRA is great for anyone who loves English historical romances set in and around London during the Season, with a heavy emphasis on mystery and suspense.  And, of course, a happily ever after!

I’m tagging:

Nancy Loyan: http://nlsscribe.com/blog/

Leslie P. Garcia: http://lesliepgarcia.wordpress.com/

Melinda Dozier: http://melindadozier.blogspot.com/

Christine S. Feldman: http://christinesfeldman.com/

R.T. Wolfe: http://rtwolfe.com/

See you next Wednesday, ladies!

Cyber Stalking – How You Can Protect Yourself

I’m over at Crimson Romance today, talking about the very serious subject of cyber stalking.  The heroine in my newest release, Audra, deals with stalking in 1836 London, but that was very different from what we hear about today – or have perhaps experienced personally.

Stop by and find out how you can protect yourself and your privacy here.