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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Interview with Seraphina Donovan and review of Been Loving You Too Long!

Ophelia Broulliard’s life has always been linked to the wealthy and powerful DuChamps family. The granddaughter of the family’s housekeeper, she’s worshipped Vincent DuChamps from afar--the ever unattainable prince in her fairy tale dreams. Little does she know that Vincent harbors his own secret feelings for her, but other darker secrets that he sees as an insurmountable obstacle to ever being the man she deserves, have prompted him to avoid her altogether.
When Thomas, the family patriarch dies, his will bears some unpleasant surprises for them both. Thomas wants nothing more than for Vincent and his siblings to be happy, and in his final act as the only father figure they’ve ever had, engineers a series of contingencies in his will that require them each to face their demons. Only too aware of what Vincent really feels for Ophelia, Thomas creates a situation that will force Vincent to confront his feelings. Unless, Vincent and Ophelia marry, Vincent and his siblings will lose everything, including the family business.
Forced into such close proximity, denying their attraction for one another becomes impossible. But even as they grow closer, other threats to the future of DuChamps Hotels and all that Vincent holds dear threaten to destroy their burgeoning relationship. Ophelia has played it safe her whole life. Taking a risk on Vincent is a frightening prospect. Will it be worth it, or will his secrets break both their hearts?

Seraphina Donavan is a hopeless romantic with a wicked & oh-so-dirty mind! Those things, combined with her love of writing, prompted her to take the leap and transform those fantasies into written words on a page. As a curvy girl herself, Seraphina has made it a point to celebrate those women with delicious curves with her work through writing and the hot men who love them.
She currently has 11 published books & is working on many more..
Living in Central Kentucky, Seraphina spends her time rescuing stray animals, working for a non-profit agency and dreaming of becoming a best-selling author. She lives in a home that has more character than working parts and enjoys spending time with her fur babies. Feel free to contact her with any questions or thoughts on your mind.. She loves connecting with her readers & hearing from anyone!

Check out all her books here:

Tell my fans a little bit about yourself and your books.

I tend to write whatever I’m inspired by in the moment. Some are paranormal, some sci-fi, some are contemporary, some are menage, and some are traditional m/f romances. They also run the gamut from true erotica to erotic romance. It wasn’t a conscience decision to be hard to categorize, it just sort of happened.  But the beauty of independent publishing is that I can write what I want to and not what someone else wants me to!

How would you introduce your books to someone that has yet to read them?  I don’t write comedy, but there is always some humor in my books. Let’s face it. Life is funny.  I’d probably recommend starting with Bad Girl Lessons. It’s a shorter novella, lots of humor and Southern charm.

What inspired you to start writing? What age did you start? I can’t actually remember a time when I didn’t write.  I spent a lot of my childhood at my grandmother’s house, watching her “stories” with her.  So whenever I was playing with my barbies, someone would invariably have an evil twin out to steal her man.  I don’t think I really had a choice!  As soon as I could spell, I was writing.  

What advice would you give to an aspiring author? Christina Dodd said it best.  Put your butt in the chair and write.  Don’t give up.  

What’s your favorite scene/line from your works?   Hmm.  That’s a tough one.  It would probably be from Bad Girl Lessons.  Jackson Cope was a charming bad boy with a heart of gold and he had some great lines!   This is one of my favorites:  Jackson allowed her to loop the ribbon around his wrists.  He even submitted to the big giant bow she tied the ribbon with, his only response was one raised eyebrow.  “You’re the  Martha Stewart of dominatrixes now?”

What's the hardest thing about writing? The easiest? The hardest thing about writing is exposing so much of yourself to the world, knowing that basically you’re waiting for someone to tell you that you’re baby is ugly.  As for the easiest, that’s the writing itself. It’s a part of who you are.  

What are you currently reading?  I’ve been so busy writing, haven’t had much time to read lately.  I did just finish a historical by Mia Marlow called Stroke of Genius.  

What are you currently working on?  I’m working the second book in the DuChamps Dynasty series, called Have a Little Faith in Me. It’s a follow up to Been Loving You Too Long.  

What books did you read as a child?  Nancy Drew.  The Witch of Blackbird Pond. The Secret of Nymh. All the fairytales.  

How has your life changed since you began writing? I always feel happier when I have a creative outlet.  

Do you listen to music while you write?  I listen to a bit of everything, but I do build a playlist for each book.  

What's been your favorite moment as an author?   Doing a book signing and having people that I don’t personally know tell me how much they loved my books.  

Out of all of your characters, who is your favorite?   I love the character I’m working on right now, Kaitlyn DuChamps.  She’s gorgeous, but very wounded, and covers it all up with this bitchy socialite exterior.  

What do you want readers to take away from your books? Just joy.

You’re stranded on a desert island. What books do you take with you?  Things I haven’t read yet!

What book(s) do you wish you would have written?  The Velvet Series by Jude Deveraux (yes, it’s ancient but so am I!).

What is your dream vacation destination? To travel through Europe, no destination, no itinerary, just pick up and go from one fabulous city to the next.

Do you have any interesting dreams or goals?  I’m living it right now.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Still writing, hopefully living in a better neighborhood!
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Smartass.  

Where can fans find you? On twitter as MissSeraphinaD,, and my blog

This is not your typical 'billionaire' type story. The two main characters, who have known each other for most of their lives (another thing I loved), have always loved and fantasized about the other. It is through a very unexpected situation that the pair are thrust (hehe) together and forced to marry or a lot of bad things will occur.

I absolutely adored this story. There's such an explosive chemistry between the two main characters that crackled right off the page. The sex was crazy hot! I knew right off the bat this was going to be a great story because of Vincent. All the Alpha males who think they are incapable of love have the best  and most beautiful stories because they fall the hardest. Him and Ophelia have this unbelievable, raw passion that blossoms into the most unconditional forms of love. It was quite the ride watching these two find their well deserved happiness. 

The story line was great and really interesting. I love all of the 'hoops' their beloved Uncle is making them jump through in order to get their inheritance. I think what makes it even better is that all of the things he's making them do are incredibly beneficial to them. It's like he's taking care of them, even after death. I loved the brief flashbacks/nightmares Vincent has of his parents, I really like how that develop his character further and helps the reader to understand why he does the things he does.

What was amazing to me was how intrigued I was by all of the characters. I liked them all and look forward to reading about what the other two DuChamps siblings will have to go through in their own stories. I like that all of the characters are so mysterious and have all of their own secrets. Ophelia's roommate was a hoot and I'd love to read more about her, too!

I love the author's writing style and the way she added in little touches of New Orleans to give the story a wonderful richness that was just the icing on the cake. I love the fact that not only is the heroine a lovely, larger lady, but she went from being a helper to the family, a 'maid'/caretaker', to the incredibly wealthy bride of a high up business man. 

I look forward to reading more from this author and continuing this series!!


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