Stephanie Rowe Talks Guilty Pleasures - With Giveaway!

Author Stephanie Rowe talks guilty pleasures and gives readers a special look at the unusual weakness of Trinity Harpswell, the heroine of this month’s paranormal release Kiss at Your Own Risk. And don’t miss your chance to win the novel at the end of the post!

Blaine Underhill was one lucky man. Having recently escaped a century and a half of imprisonment at the hands of an evil witch, he's determined to save his still-enslaved friend. But in order to do so, he'll need the help of one of the world's most lethal women.

Trinity Harpswell is sick and tired of being a Black Widow. Having managed to go three years without accidentally killing anyone she loves, she's one short week away from freeing herself from this killer curse forever. When Blaine tracks her down and convinces her to help him, little does Trinity know that the next seven days are going to be murder! 

Imagine this: your romantic interlude to the tropics is only three weeks away. You try on your bathing suit and model it in your floor length mirror. Alas, it's not the enticing sight you were hoping when your sweetie booked the trip. 

You consider feigning an extreme case of sun-allergy so you have to spend the whole trip hiding underneath a black and red striped kimono while your hunk-of-burning-love cavorts in the waves with assorted sweet young things. Um… not quite the one-on-one love fest you were anticipating with such eagerness. 

Option two: avoid the sweet train for three weeks and hit the gym so those extra dimples vanish, turning you into a svelte vessel of beauty and sensuality. 

You can do it. No problem. You have self-control of steel. Desserts will no longer be a part of your life. 

Then, two minutes later, you walk into your kitchen and see the still-cooling tray of chocolate chip cookies you just made. Your hands start to shake. Your body starts to tremble. You start to drool uncontrollably (and not in an attractive way). And suddenly, there is this voice screaming in your ear, screaming, "Eat! Eat! Eat!"  You sprint for the front door, stumble outside to run for freedom, only to see the ice cream truck heading toward you."Eat! Eat! Eat!" Your mom climbs out of her Corvette, beaming as she holds up a carton of her special homemade fudge. "Chocolate, my dear," she calls out. "It's time for our Friday Double Chocolate Fudge Binge!" 

Suddenly, it seems like there are desserts everywhere. The harder you try not to eat them, the more enticing they appear. You have to say no, but the chocolate is hammering at you relentlessly from all directions. You will not fail! You will not eat!

But three weeks later, you get on that plane, and you are two pounds heavier than you were when you began your dessert-free life. Utter failure. Complete inability to Just Say No. Sigh. Sucks, doesn't it? Not to have the self-control you want?

Well, you're lucky. It's only about chocolate. Trying being cursed with an unstoppable need to kill every man you fall truly, madly and deeply in love with. Now that really bites. Welcome to the world of Trinity Harpswell, Black Widow. 

When I first thought of the black widow idea, I thought it was a fantastic opportunity for a romance novel: to have a heroine would absolutely could not afford to fall in love with the hero. But that clever idea soon expanded as I watched Trinity's struggles not to betray her own values and to try to adhere to her own beliefs about what kind a person she wants to be (i.e. a woman who has the self-control not to murder those she loves). Although most of us aren’t driven by an unstoppable need to off the men we love (thankfully!), the struggle to become the person we want to be is something many of us can relate to. Often, it feels like the ability to lose those last five pounds is as difficult as if an evil witch had cursed us to fail. In Trinity's struggles to figure out who she is (killer or not?) and to learn to love the woman she is in her soul, she shows us how we all have that inner strength to be who we really want to be, and to learn to love ourselves along the way. And, of course, the journey is that much more delightful when it is complicated by a deliciously handsome immortal warrior who is going to challenge everything Trinity is trying to be.

- Stephanie Rowe

GIVEAWAY ALERT: Enter to win your own copy of Kiss at Your Own Risk by leaving a comment on this blog about something that you just can’t give up. Or email your comment here with your US mailing address and the subject line “Stephanie Rowe’s Kiss at Your Own Risk Giveaway.” One entry per person, please. The three winners will be announced on January 18th.

BLOG UPDATE 1/18/11: And the winners are ... wavybrains, Jackie U and Natascha Fawthrop