Interview & Giveaway: BEGUILING THE BARRISTER by Wendy Soliman

Today we are celebrating the upcoming release of Wendy Soliman’s newest release Beguiling the Barrister. Not only do I get to interview Wendy who is also a new-to-me author, but Wendy is giving away a copy of one of her books. Check out all the details below!

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Interview with Wendy Soliman:

Amy (with So Many Reads): Hi Wendy and thanks for joining us today. I am new to your books and in doing some research it looks like you write both contemporary and historical. What do you like about each of those and is it hard to go back and forth between the two?

Beguiling The Barrister_CoverWendy: Historicals have always been my first love. I cut my teeth on Jane Austen and Daphne duMaurier. I was raised on the Isle of Wight in southern England, surrounded by castles, stately homes…oh, and Queen Victoria’s island residence. I guess the historical vibes rubbed off on me a bit like osmosis. It’s certainly a challenge switching between historical and modern. My first attempt at a contemporary was stilted because I was so used to Regency-speak. I now enjoy keeping one foot in both worlds.

Amy: What was the first adult book (not as in erotic, but as in not a child’s book) you read?

Wendy: I think it was Wuthering Heights, and I hated it!

Amy: I don’t remember liking Wuthering Heights much either when I had to read it in high school. Did you have a favorite author growing up?

Wendy: Daphne duMaurier has a lot to answer for. She inspired me when I was younger that that inspiration endures. I love Frenchman’s Creek in particular. The book doesn’t have a happy ever after ending that publishers expect nowadays, but I think that makes it stronger. We learn just what lengths a woman will go to in order to protect the man she loves. Powerful stuff!

Amy: What was the last book you read?

WendyGuilty Wives by James Patterson. Four young women of different nationalities go to Monaco for a girly weekend. They’re all married but what happens in Monaco stays in Monaco, right? Well, it would have done if they hadn’t been arrested, accused of murdering the president of France. The jail scenes are horrific but, I suspect, realistic. Wondering how they’d clear their names, or even if they would, kept me turning the pages.

Amy: I heard about that book and it freaked me out enough that I will be staying far away from it. I am kind of a chicken when it comes to those books. What is coming up for you this year?

Wendy: I have Beguiling the Barrister out now and the third book in the Forsters series, Finessing the Contessa, releases in November. On top of that I write erotica under the pen name Zara Chase and have regular releases in that genre.

Amy: For new-to-you readers, which book of yours would you suggest they start with?

WendyOf Dukes and Deceptions is probably my most popular historical. Against all the odds, a poor relation attracts the attention of a highly eligible duke. She’s really most annoyed about that because she has no time for romance. And then, of course, there are my Forsters. Compromising the Marquess is Hal, Marquess of Denby’s story, in which a gossip writer with a scorching pen lands Hal in all sorts of trouble.

Amy: Can you tell us a little bit about your hero and heroine in Beguiling the Barrister?

WendyBeguiling the Barrister is Hal’s sister’s story. Flick- more properly known as Lady Felicity Forster – was twelve when she decided she was going to marry her handsome neighbour, Darius Grantley. Now, embarking on her second season, she’s no nearer to achieving that ambition. Drastic action is called for if she’s to make Darius fall in love with her. Darius adores the lovely, high-spirited sister of the Marquess of Denby, but he’s aware that Flick is far above him socially and he can’t afford to keep her in the style to which she’s accustomed. Winning the high-profile Cuthbert case being heard at the Old Bailey will earn him a promised appointment to King’s Counsel and just enough income to prove a home for his well-born lady. But the cards are stacked against Darius. Not only do the newspapers trumpet his clients’ guilt, but a powerful peer bribes the witnesses and threatens Flick unless Darius sabotages his own case…

Amy: Thanks so much for joining us today, Wendy!

Wendy: Thanks so much for having me here.

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About The Book:

TitleBeguiling The Barrister (The Forsters, #2)
AuthorWendy Soliman
PublisherCarina Press
Release Date: June 24, 2013
Category: Historical Romance
Buy: Amazon Carina Press / Barnes & Noble

Book Summary:

England, 1814

Flick–more properly known as Lady Felicity Forster–was twelve when she decided she was going to marry her handsome neighbor Darius Grantley. Now, embarking on her second season, she’s no nearer to that lofty ambition. She commits to making Darius fall in love with her, if only he’d take a break from pleading the case of the common criminal as a barrister at the Old Bailey.

Darius adores the lovely, high-spirited younger sister of the Marquess of Denby, but he’s all too aware that Flick is far above him in social status, not to mention fortune. Winning the high-profile Cuthbert case will earn him a promised appointment to King’s Counsel and just enough income to provide a home for his well-born lady.

But the cards are stacked against him. Not only do the newspapers trumpet his clients’ guilt, but a powerful peer bribes the witnesses and threatens Flick unless Darius sabotages his own case…

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About the Author:

Wendy Soliman_AuthorWendy Soliman was brought up on the Isle of Wight in Southern England but now divides her time between Andorra and West Florida. She lives with her husband Andre and a rescued dog of indeterminate pedigree named Jake Bentley.

The Isle of Wight is full of historic buildings, which is where she acquired her love of history, absorbing it like osmosis. She is the author of nine single-title Regency romances and is excited about her up-coming series charting the fortunes of the Forster dynasty.

When not writing she enjoys reading other people’s books, walking miles with her dog whilst plotting her next scene, and is on a one-woman mission to save the wine industry from the economic slump. Well, someone’s got to do it!

Find Wendy:  Website / Facebook / Twitter / Blog

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Giveaway Details:

To enter Wendy’s giveaway for a digital copy of COMPROMISING THE MARQUESS or BEGUILING THE BARRISTER (winner’s choice), just leave a comment and let us know about your favorite historical romance author or book. We are all about book recommendations on this blog! Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm Central Time on Friday, June 21, 2013. 

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Follow Wendy’s Blog Tour for more chances to win! Just click on the image below for more information and a list of tour stops.


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  1. Maureen

    I loved Of Dukes And Deception. I always tell Wendy that she is my guilty pleasure. I’m not supposed to read historicals/regencies. People would gasp at the mere thought that I did…and yet, I sneak in her books because I love them.

    1. Amy

      Hi Maureen – I am starting to read more Historical Romance so I plan to read one of Wendy’s books!

  2. Edie Ramer

    It sounds like a wonderful book! And I love it that the author plots while walking her dog. My favorite historical authors are Loretta Chase and Michelle Diener. I enjoy all of Amanda Quick’s paranormal historicals, too.

    1. Amy

      Hi Edie – Michelle is one author that got me to open up my mind and enjoy historical fiction. 🙂

  3. Maria

    I cannot possibly name a favorite author or book but several stand out: Sherry Thomas, Juliana Gray, Lorraine Heath, Monica Burns. My current favorite was Jillian Hunter’s A Duke’s Temptation. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

    1. Amy

      Hi Maria – thanks for stopping by! Thanks for the recommendations. I don’t know many historical romance authors so this is great!

  4. Wendy Soliman

    Thanks for stopping by, ladies, and for your lovely comments.

    1. Amy

      Thank you, Wendy, for letting me be a part of your tour. I always like meeting new authors and can’t wait to check out one of your books. 🙂

  5. Kristine R

    Great interview Amy. My fave historical author is Lynsay Sands

    1. Amy

      Thanks for commenting, Kristine! Also, I love hearing about new authors, so thanks for the recommendation!

  6. ki pha

    Welcome! Great interview. Now I have a new author to add to my list. I have so many Historical authors that I sometime don’t remember all of their names. LOL My all time fave is Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens (all her books I love~ Ahh the Cynsters :D), Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen, Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series, Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton and Smithe-Smyth series, Julie Anne Long, Miranda Neville…..so many to name! but these are just only a few 🙂

    1. Amy

      Hi Ki – I am new to historical romance and am glad you listed a bunch to check out. I really like to mix up my reading. I have heard of Tessa Dare and Julia Quinn but have not read anything from them. Tessa’s covers always look so cool. Thanks!

      1. ki pha

        Oh, please enjoy indeed! You will love them!

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