Friday, February 1, 2013

Blog Tour: Interview with Catherine Bybee + Giveaway!



New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the novels Wife by Wednesday and Married by Monday. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.
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The_Book_Queen: Hi Catherine! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Catherine: Sure, lets see.  I'm a wife...almost twenty years. A mother of two teenage boys just shoot me now, a RN who isn't working in the field any longer and of course an author.
TBQ: If you couldn't write, what else would you do? Any dream jobs that you want to try? :)
C: Being a full time writer is my dream job.  My commute is sweet and I don't have a boss breathing down my throat. (Sounds perfect!)
TBQ: Binding Vows starts off your MacCoinnich Time Travel Series. Can you tell us a little bit about this book, and briefly about the series in general, and why readers are going to love it?
C: I've read romance novels since I was a teenager.  Back then Historicals were all the rage.  I always dreamt of traveling back in time to experience falling in love in a different era.  When I began writing Binding Vows I realized how difficult it would be to live in the past... How hard it would be to curb my smart mouth. 
Creating the MacCoinnich family and having them peppered with 21st century characters was such a joy as a writer. 
So... About Binding Vows... Meet Duncan, a burly 16th century kilt wearing Scott who has to travel to the 21st century for the sole task of deflowering Druid virgins.  Then meet Tara, a 21st century virgin who has no idea she's a Druid... But the kilted hottie has some serious moves.  The move she wasn't expecting lands her back in time without toilets and a Vengeful witch gunning for her.
That about sums it up. (Oooh, I'm hooked!)
TBQ: Time travel and Highlanders...they go so well together! You'll never hear me complain about either one, I assure you. Why do you think that the two themes are often put together in romances?
C: I have no idea.  I think it might have something to do with the polar opposite of our times.  But I sure as heck plan on writing more and more of them.  Sadly, time travels have very limited shelf space.  I want to change that. (Yes, please write more--I'll keep buying them! :D)
TBQ: You've done contemporary, some paranormal, and now time travel...Are there any other genres you would like to try?
C: Why limit myself?  As long as romance is the running theme, I'll write the book.  I've dabbled in erotic as well, but think I'll leave that to my colleagues.
TBQ: I know we all hate this question, author and reader alike. :) But I have to ask: What are a few of your favorite books and/or authors?
C: I admire Nora Roberts for many reasons. Her tenacity and ability to grow as an author is inspiring.  I read a lot of new helps that I have had the pleasure of meeting many of them.  I'm enjoying Shannon K. Butcher's Sentinel Series.  Katharine Ashe's Historicals... Dakota Cassidy and all her snark!  
TBQ: We've all fallen for a hero (or two, or three, or....ahem).  Tell us one hero that you've fallen for—who is he and what drew you to him?
C: Lisa Kleypas hero in Smooth Talking Stranger, Jack Travis... Yummy.  Loved his charm and loved his moxie that oozed from the pages of that book.  (Must read Kleypas' contemps, I love her historicals!)
TBQ: What's next-- Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming releases or WIP?
C: I have several contemporaries coming out this year. All of them part of a series.  FiancĂ© by Friday will release in late spring or early summer... Not Quite Mine will be here on April 30th.  And the fifth book in my time travel series, Ambers story, I'd like to have out in 2013 as well.  Lots going on! (Wow, busy girl! :) But I think all your fans will love you all the more for it!)
A day on a secluded island OR a day at the spa?
A spa on an island. (Oh yes!)
Reading a spicy romance novel OR a sweet “my-heart-skips-a-beat” one?
Which would you rather have an affair with: a sexy highlander OR a devilishly handsome English lord?
Sexy Kilted Highlander (Really, is there any other answer to this one?)
Hot summer days OR cold winter nights?
Cold winter with a fire and a hottie. (YES!)
Where would your dream house be: in the city, where all the action is OR nestled in the mountain where you can enjoy the quiet and the wilderness?
On a mountain overlooking the ocean.
If you could live in any time period, past or future, which one would it be?
So long as I wasn't dirt poor, I'd probably pick the Regency period... And I damn we'll need to be titled! (LOL!)
Cover Lover OR Blurb Fan?
A cover sells a book.
Steamy Novella OR Sweet Novel? (aka, Quickie or Slow Build Up?)
And finally, tell us 3 unique/wacky/fun things about yourself:
  • I wanted to be an actress and moved to California to peruse that dream. 
  • I sing in the shower...and I'm good at it.
  • After working in Emergency Rooms most of my adult life I believe that life is much more entertaining than fiction.  And I can back that up with story after story. 
The_Book_Queen: Thanks so much for stopping by, Catherine, and please know that you are welcome back anytime! Do you have any questions for our readers—something to spark a good discussion? :)
C: Yep, two questions...

First: toilet paper, Over or Under?
Area 51 is still guarded by our military and Google maps won't show areal views... What say you, dear reader... We're we visited?
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Binding Vows by Catherine Bybee
Publisher: Catherine Bybee; 2 edition (January 13, 2013)
Series: MacCoinnich Time Travel Trilogy, 1
Genre: Time Travel Romance

Duncan MacCoinnich’s task… Travel to the twenty-first century Renaissance Faire, deflower the Druid virgins, and go home. Only his job is not so easily accomplished with the virgin in question, Tara McAllister. 

Time is running out. The evil is closing in on them both.
Tara finds Duncan irresistible after what was supposed to be a mock Hand-fasting binds them.

When Duncan whisks her to his home in Scotland she could accept that. But, can she forgive him for taking away her modern life when she finds herself in the sixteenth century?

And is it love they feel? Or something else?

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Binding Vows by Catherine Bybee

"A lady is not safe out here by herself."
She stopped again. This time he didn't stop in time and fell into her.
Hands at her sides, her chest thrust up next to his; she gritted the words between her teeth. "A lady isn't safe around you, either."
"Now, Tara." He tried pleading with her.
"Oh, don't you even, 'now, Tara' me." She stepped to the side and started off in a different direction. Walking in circles.
He let her walk for several minutes before attempting to talk to her again. "I would be happy to escort you on a walk, but we need to get you more properly dressed." He knew the effect watching her walk was having on him. He could only imagine what his men must have thought when she had stormed the courtyard in her shorts.
"You're a bastard, you know that, MacCoinnich?"
He wanted to counter what she said but cautioned himself against it. "Still, we need you in more fitting clothes. If someone were to come along, questions would be raised which would be most difficult to answer."
"You should have thought of that before you brought me here." She waved a hand in his general direction. "Right now I don't give a crap what questions 
"I told you how necessary it is for secrecy." He turned to the Keep and noticed some of the men watching to see what would happen. He needed to put a stop to this and soon.
"Bite me."
A completely inappropriate image of him doing exactly that popped in his head. A slow lazy smile inched over his lips.
Unfortunately for him, Tara read his thoughts.
you might have to answer."

Silent Vows by Catherine Bybee
Publisher: Catherine Bybee; 2 edition (January 13, 2013)
Series: MacCoinnich Time Travel Trilogy, 2
Genre: Time Travel Romance

Myra, a medieval virgin druidess, flees five hundred years into the future to escape death at the hands of a cursed witch and lands in the arms of a handsome but cynical twenty-first century cop.

Officer Todd Blakely knows Myra is hiding something , but can't resist her innocent charms. Destiny throws them both into a world of intrigue and mysticism. Can Todd be the true white knight she needs? Or will magic and the winds of time tear them apart? 
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Silent Vows by Catherine Bybee

"I want you," he whispered in her hair, not willing to break their contact.

She stiffened when his words registered. "I don't--"

"You want the same thing, Myra. Don't try and deny it."

"I don't know what I want. I've not ever..." She didn't finish her sentence.

"Not ever what?"

"No one has ever kissed me the way you do. Let alone anything more."

A virgin? Was that even possible?

"You mean you've never...?"

"Never." She lowered her head and removed her hands from his shoulders.

"Hey." He caught her gaze. "It's nothing to be embarrassed about." He kissed her again, briefly, then placed a protective arm over her shoulders and walked her home. "So are the men in Scotland blind?"

She laughed. "Nay."

"What then?"

"My father is very protective."

"Does your father know you're here?"

"Much to his dismay, but we had no choice."

Interesting, a protective father who sent his daughter away to a different country without any money. Something wasn't lining up.

They were within a block of his home when Myra stiffened, and all color washed from her face. She stopped and spun in a slow circle.

"What is it?"

"Someone is watching us."

"Some of the neighbors are busybodies."

"No, Todd. The one who watches wants more than to gossip."

Now the hair on his neck stood on end. 

Redeeming Vows by Catherine Bybee
Publisher: Catherine Bybee; 2 edition (January 12, 2013)
Series: MacCoinnich Time Travel Trilogy, 3
Genre: Time Travel Romance

For her own safety, modern day, single mom, Lizzy McAllister is forced to bow to the medieval men who surround her when she's thrust back in time to the sixteenth century against her will. When Lizzy finds herself trapped in time with Fin, the one man she finds both irresistible and maddening, she agrees to combine forces with him to rid Scotland of the evil witch, Grainna. Finlay MacCoinnich's attraction to Lizzy sizzles the very air they breathe.

Tearing down the solid walls the woman has built around her won't be easy, but he's willing to do anything to keep her by his side. When a spell cast by their deadliest foe throws them forward in time, will they manage to find their way back in time to save their family from peril?

And will Lizzy willingly stay in his time, or abandon him altogether?

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Redeeming Vows by Catherine Bybee

Her next two punches came fast, unexpected, one catching him hard on the
jaw. And it hurt. His brow rose. The muscles straining on her arms held
surprising strength.     
Fin sent his foot out to trip her.
She avoided it and waved him toward her. "Come on, Fin. Stop playing." 
He turned his back to her, heard her approach, and swept her off her feet...
Within ten minutes, they were both panting. Liz's punch wavered. Fin caught
her fist and pulled it behind her back and her firmly up against his chest.
Her breasts heaved, and her breathing strained. The soft curves of her body
pressed to his. Liz reached up to the arm he used to hold her and called her
Druid powers. Fin felt his skin burn under her touch... 
"Not fair, lass." 
"Ever hear the term, all's fair in love and war?" 

Aye, well, what were they?

When she came at him again he ducked, taking her down to the floor and
grabbed her hands and stretched them above her head where she couldn't apply
any fire or heat because her fingertips weren't touching him. Her eyes met
his, his body heavy on top of hers, keeping her from moving. But this
closeness, this contact was torture. 
Elizabeth's gaze traveled to his lips dancing dangerously close to hers. He
smelled the sweet scent of her breath, knew without a doubt she desired his
taste as much as he did hers. He knew that taste, had it once before,
briefly. Wanted it even more now. 
"You're quite a workout," she breathed the words to him, lifted her lips a
tad closer. 
"As are you." 
They lay there, staring at each other, neither willing to make the first
move. Stubborn. 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today Catherine! I really enjoyed our interview, and I cannot wait to catch up on all your books, especially your sexy Highlanders here! :)
Don't forget, Catherine has a few questions for you:

First: toilet paper, Over or Under?


Area 51 is still guarded by our military
and Google maps won't show areal
views... What say you, dear reader...
We're we visited?

Over. I think anything's possible! :)


Until Next Time,


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Joni Payne said...

HI Catherine! Toilet paper over. Area 51-of course we were lol.

Brandee Price said...

I definitely have to have my TP over...kinda obsessive about it. :) And yes, I think we were visited.

Vicki P said...

TP over, of course, and the more we discover in space, the more I believe we've probably had visitors!

Catherine Bybee said...

Oh, yes... I agree, Vicki!

Catherine Bybee said...

I've been known to switch the toilet paper in other people's homes. Just sayin.

Catherine Bybee said...

I knew I liked you, Joni.

Catherine Bybee said...

Thanks for having me here today, Book Queen. I had a lot of fun answering your questions.

Catherine said...

TP...I just don't give a damn as long as I have some. Area 51...I believe in extra-terrestrial life but I don't think we've been visited and that's not what's being guarded at Area 51.

Janie McGaugh said...

Under (I have cats); yeah, I think anything is possible, too.