Welcome to author Harmony Williams, who is stopping by today to talk about herself and her new book How to Play the Game of Love, out October 17th!
ALL ABOUT YOU
You wrote a book! That’s pretty awesome. Why don’t you tell us a bit about what inspired How to Play the Game of Love?
I wrote book two of this series (Francine’s tale, coming out spring 2017) long before I ever dreamed of writing book one. It was first written in a NaNoWriMo frenzy and involved the first draft of a character who eventually came to reflect me. Studious, intelligent, introverted. I gave Francine a married friend to balance out the fact that she was completely naïve when it came to matters of the heart. That married friend was Rose, the heroine of book one. Francine’s book endured revision after revision, and in each pass it seemed to pick up another interesting hint about the unorthodox courtship Rose had with her husband. Before long, I realized that Rose’s romance with Lord Hartfell was much too juicy to pass up writing! I poured a lot of my own hopes and fears into their book and I am so proud to be able to share it with you now.
Introduce us to your main character!
Rose Wellesley is a drama queen and a hopeless romantic. She wears her heart on her sleeve and tends to fall in and out of love easily while she looks for a love that will last her a lifetime. She is headstrong, confident, and secretly doesn’t fit the mold for what men of the ton would call the perfect woman. I matched her with Warren Hartfell because he is just as stubborn, he values genuineness over meekness, and he needed to learn a thing or two about love. Rose is just the woman to teach him.
Walk us through a day in the life of Harmony Williams.
I’m one of the lucky few who writes for a living. By day, I ghostwrite for various clients. By night and weekend, I work on my own books. This means a lot of desk time (usually ten or more hours per day), and I’m fortunate to have a treadmill desk so I’m not always sitting. When I’m not working, I’m usually spending time with my goofy 90-lb Doberman/Shepherd mix who thinks he’s a lap dog. This monotony is broken up with D&D nights with my friends and sword fighting through a local branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).
Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?
If you write, you’re an author. To those who aspire to be published, my advice is not to give up. There are a lot of ups and downs in publishing. Write a book for the reader in you and you will connect with other people. Reading in your genre is also important (and, let’s face it, fun!).
I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current favorite read?
I found Julie Anne Lindsey’s Geek Girl mystery series this year and I’m over the moon about them. Not only are they great mysteries that keep me turning the pages, but I really see myself reflected in the main character — a socially awkward geek girl who loves history
Alright, the ultimate question: why should we read your book?
I wrote How to Play the Game of Love to be one of my “happy reads”, i.e. books that I can always pick up when I’m feeling low that will bring a smile. It’s a fun, flirty historical romance book that I think is hilarious (though obviously I’m a bit biased).
NOW FOR THE FUN…
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Workaholic, bookworm, geek.
What is your Hogwarts house(s)?
Your characters are sent into the Hunger Games. Who wins?
Mary Babington-Smith. She’s only a secondary character in How to Play the Game of Love, but gets her own book eventually (book 3 of the Ladies of Passion series). If Francine (book 2) is most like me, Mary is the woman I want to become. She is fearless, capable, and works tirelessly to protect those who need help.
A famous movie producer wants to make your books into movies and they want you to cast your characters. Which actors/actresses make the cut?
I would cast Natalie Dormer as Rose and Chris Hemsworth as Warren. Chris Hemsworth does the protective alpha male role really well and Natalie Dormer is such a versatile actress, I think she would be the perfect choice to bring him to his knees.
You just won America’s Got Talent. What’s your talent?
Finding new and embarrassing ways to hit myself in the head while trying to sword fight.
Radioactive space rock fell from the sky and turned you into a superhero/villain. Tell us your new name, describe your powers, and what does your costume look like?
Oh! This was fun. I even made a little cartoon sketch of me. My name would be Paige Turner and I would have the ability to learn the complete past and content of an object instantly by touching it. My costume would probably be the same as what I normally wear… a nerdy t-shirt with a book reference and yoga pants. I aim for comfort. I want book earrings that light up when I learn something new like in my little sketch. Superhero or not, I’ll still be a nerd.
This morning you woke up with the ability to time travel to only one time period. Where (or more accurately “when”) would you go?
This is a cruel, cruel question. I love so many eras! I suppose, if pressed, I would travel back to the Golden Horde late in Chinggis (Genghis) Khan’s reign or just after his death. My SCA persona is from that time period, which I find fascinating, and my research into that era has unearthed the fact that women had a surprising amount of power. Of course, I would be a bit hamstringed since I don’t speak Mongolian, but I’m a quick learner so I have hope that I wouldn’t completely flounder.
Coffee or tea?
Best ice cream flavor ever?
Neapolitan! Three flavors in one!
Your theme song/personal anthem?
It fluctuates. Currently: Victorious by Panic! At the Disco
They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds. (Mexican Proverb)
What is one piece of advice you would tell everyone?
Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or cannot be. That’s for you to decide.
How to Play the Game of Loveby Harmony Williams
Series: Ladies of Passion #1
Published on October 17, 2016 by Entangled Publishing LLC
Genres: Historical Romance, Romance
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He’s everything she thinks she doesn’t want.
When Miss Rose Wellesley’s father threatens an arranged marriage, she knows she'd better settle on a choice quickly or end up having no say in who she marries. Fortunately, she's garnered a rare invitation to Lady Dunlop's "Week of Love" house party, an annual affair notorious for matchmaking. Her plans to expedite a proposal would go smoothly if not for the brash younger sister she must chaperone, her outspoken, disagreeable best friend, and the bullish Lord Hartfell who seems determined to dog her every step.
Lord Hartfell embodies every last thing Rose dislikes in a man. He’s domineering, tenacious, argumentative, and a little too casual with his nudity for her tastes. Worst of all, Rose can't seem to get him—or his kisses—out of her mind.
Rose is determined to find a more appropriate husband, even if her heart disagrees with how unsuitable the stubborn lord is…