Author Tina Gabrielle shares the romance novel that changed her life

The Femmes are pleased to welcome author Tina Gabrielle to our blog today. Tina is a member of Romance Writers of America, NJ Romance Writers, and Liberty State Fiction Writers. Today, she’ll share the author and book that influenced her early love of romance reading and writing.

Tina Gabrielle, an award-winning author, is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. After multi-publishing for a prestigious Law Journal, she fulfilled her dream of writing fiction. She is the author of In The Barrister’s Bed, In The Barrister’s Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Kensington Books. To enter her monthly contests for free giveaways visit her website at www.tinagabrielle.com

For a chance to win a signed copy of IN THE BARRISTER’S CHAMBERS and a NJ Romance Writer’s tote bag, leave a comment during this week. Good luck! Tina will be commenting on the blog through Tuesday and then is off to RWA Nationals in Anaheim. Don’t forget, anyone commenting the month of July will also be entered in The Femmes monthly contest.

And now…Welcome Tina!

First let me thank the Violet Femmes for inviting me to blog. It’s wonderful to be here!

I’m Tina Gabrielle, and I write rich Regency historical romances full of passion and emotion for Kensington Books. My current Regency Barrister series is about four sexy barristers and the women who wreak havoc in their chambers and steal their hearts.

I started reading romance at an early age—too early now that I’m a mother myself! I remember a fateful family vacation in the Poconos. Both of my older sisters found summer romances, one sister with another vacationing boy and the other sister with a waiter at the hotel. I was much younger, in an awkward phase of braces and a bad complexion, and left behind. So I picked up my oldest sister’s romance and read in secret.

Ah! I was hooked!

It was Julie Garwood’s The Bride. I dreamed about her Scottish hero Alec Kincaid for a year thereafter and fell in love with brawny Highlanders and historical romance novels. I recently repurchased the book, and it still enthralled me and kept me up reading all night.

How did it change my life? I read all types of fiction, but I write historical romance, and I credit Julie Garwood’s book for inspiring me. I’ve since attended engineering school and law school and my love of reading for pleasure helped me through years of academia. I often picked up a romance and let my fantasies of knights in shining armor and lords and ladies carry me away. So I owe part of my success—academic or as a romance author—to fiction and romance in particular.

My fourth historical romance, In the Barrister’s Bed, was released by Kensington Books in July 2012. It’s the second book in my award-winning Regency Barrister Series. Here’s a sneak peek at both Barrister Books:

IN THE BARRISTER’S BED (July 2012) 

A Hotly Contested Claim

A bastard by birth, James Devlin lives on his own terms—until a twist of fate reveals that he is the true Duke of Blackwood. Though the brooding bachelor swears to hold on to his freedom, he does intend to take back his childhood home. But once at Wyndmoor Manor, he discovers an arresting adversary in Bella Sinclair. Her hot-blooded claim to his home is amusing…and arousing. Which is why he isn’t leaving until he takes possession of everything—starting with the bewitching Bella…

A Sensual Surrender

Bella is furious when the Duke barges into her home, declaring it rightfully his! The willful widow is not about to give up her haven without a fight, no matter how determined the Duke is—or how sensual the battlefield. But once she’s sharing a house with the beguiling barrister, she is in danger of losing everything—one deep, slow kiss at a time…

IN THE BARRISTER’S CHAMBERS (September 2011) 

Courting Danger

Lady Evelyn Darlington’s first love was the law. But since a woman scholar meets nothing but ridicule from men, she has given up and chosen a future husband. Randolph seems adequate for the task: to provide intelligent conversation and not annoy her too much. Of course, before they can be engaged, she’ll have to do something about the murder charge hanging over his head. If only London’s top barrister wasn’t Jack Harding, object of all her unattainable girlhood fantasies…

And Seducing Scandal…

Jack Harding remembers Evelyn well—but the idea that the gorgeous woman standing before him is little Evie, the professor’s daughter, is incredible. He knows better than to enter a business relationship when he wants to pursue pleasure. Yet however desirable she is now, Evie is still Evie—stubborn, smart, and never willing to take no for an answer. Even though proving her fiancé’s innocence might just cost her her own…

So tell me: Who is your favorite type of historical hero? A kilted Highlander, a Regency rogue, or a cowboy? Comment for a chance to win!

If you want to keep in touch with Tina, you can find her at:

Tina Gabrielle – www.tinagabrielle.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/tinagabrielle

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TinaGabrielle

Thanks, Tina, for visiting and have a great time in Anaheim!

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16 Comments

  1. Hi, Tina. Thanks for joining us and for sharing your first romance novel and author. The fun part of this month’s blog topic is hearing about all the different authors who’ve influenced us to write. It also makes me see how much I need to broaden my reading. When I started out reading, it was a lot of historical. That switched to mainstream/contemporary fiction. But, I’ve found a new love in historical and have been reading more. I just finished In The Barrister’s Chambers and can’t wait to read IN THE BARRISTER’S BED. Thanks for joining us and have a great time at Nationals!

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    • Thanks so much for inviting me, Maria! Romance novels have always been such a big part of my life. I’m glad you enjoyed the book. It was fun to write!

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  2. Hi Tina! Great choice. I certainly remember that particular Julie Garwood book, though it’s been awhile since I’ve read it. It’s a great one. One of the first Scottish romances I ever read, I think.

    Best of luck with your new release. Your books are so unique and clever, and always a joy to read. Thanks for joining us this week!

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  3. Hi Tina and Femmes,

    Great post! Although I write contemporary, I love historicals. I’m definitely going to have check out Tina’s sexy barristers and their loves. By the way, my favorite historical hero is hands down–the cowboy.

    N

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  4. I love all of Julie Garwood’s historicals. I plan to go back and read most of them!

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  5. Tina, I recently read Lady of Scandal and really enjoyed it! I have your other books but my reading pile is huge. I hope to get to some of the others soon!
    I grew up reading Mary Stewart, Phyllis A. Whitney and Victoria Holt. Probably the first historical romance I read was Moonlight Madness or something like that–by Laurie McBain.

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  6. Who doesn’t love the cowboy! Very sexy!

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  7. Hi Tina, thanks for joining us! I love the character Alex Kincaid too – one of those heroes that stays with you. My favorite Julie Garwood is “The Lion’s Lady”, but I love her contemporaries too.

    In the Barrister’s Chambers was wonderful, and I have In the Barrister’s Bed are on my nightstand waiting for me.

    Best wishes, Michele

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    • Thank you so much, Michele! I hope you enjoy the second barrister book as well. I do enjoy Garwood’s contemporaries, but her historicals will always hold a special place in my heart.

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  8. Hi, Tina! Just adding my thanks for guest blogging with the Femmes! I somehow didn’t know you are a lawyer, as well as a romance writer. Interesting!

    Okay, I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never read a Julie Garwood book, although I do have one in the stack of books TBR by my bed. Thanks to this month’s posts, I’m going to have to rearrange my pile and move some books to the top. Lately I’ve been on a Jill Shalvis kick…I love her sense of humor.

    Enjoy RWA…I’m sure it will be a blast!

    Jaye

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  9. hieubietusa

     /  July 22, 2012

    Hi Tina:

    Your post was interesting and revealing. Books that often influence you are ones that at first, you dare not read. Talk about a hook!
    “So I picked up my oldest sister’s romance and read in secret” That hooked me to read the post.

    Have fun at RWA

    Joe

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  10. Thanks Jaye and Joe! I’m looking forward to RWA. I’ve been to Disneyworld, but never Disneyland. It’s always nice to get some time away from the family and spend it with great friends.

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  11. jennablueblogs

     /  July 23, 2012

    Tina,
    I love this little tidbit of how you started reading romance. We’ve all endured those phases, so it’s little wonder that romance hooks so many of us with escape and beauty and dreams of adventure and true love!
    I, too, think I’d better pick up a Garwood! : )
    Jenna

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  12. marcia carlson

     /  August 26, 2012

    aug 26 an article about you and self publishing is featured in our local paper today. It includes a picture of you and in your home with novel coverings on the wall. I would like to have such a cover made as a gift for a friend who recently self published. Can you suggest a source to help me get this printed??

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