1. Welcome to Books Like Breathing! Please tell us a little bit about The Devil's Thief.The Devil's Thief is the first book in a new Regency historical romance series called The Saint's Devils. The series is about a group of rakes who've been friends since their school days. Their unofficial leader is Sir Hilary St. John, a brilliant, hedonistic Sherlock Holmes-like character. The Devil's Thief is about Alasdair Sharp, a well to-do gentleman whose famous family heirloom The Stewart Pearl is stolen by Miss Julianna Harte, a quiet lady who needs the money from the pearl to save the foundling home she sponsors. When Alasdair catches Julianna stealing the pearl she lies about her identity and he thinks she's an experienced thief, a product of the underworld. So he offers her a bargain--one night in his bed for the pearl. He nevers means to keep the bargain, however. He plans to pay her off with something else in the morning and make her his mistress. But when morning comes Julianna has disappeared with his pearl and Alasdair has to enlist the aid of his friends to find her and his family heirloom.
2. Who would you cast as Juliana and Alasdair? And why?I'd cast Mila Kunis as Julianna. I actually think the model on the cover looks a little like her. But she plays spunky, funny girls well. Alasdair I see as Jesse Spencer, the Australian actor who used to be on House and is on Chicago Fire now. The same sort of almost boyish, blonde good looks with an underlying intensity.
3. If you had to recommend a romance novel to a non-romance reader, what would it be?It depends on what sort of books they usually read. I'd recommend different romances to mystery readers than I would to fantasy readers. I'm always hesitant to recommend specific books rather than authors in general. So I would probably recommend authors Nalini Singh, Suzanne Brockman, and Mary Balogh, and let them choose a book from those authors that appeals to them.
4. Can you give us a hint about your next book?I can give you a title! The very next book I have coming out is Love and War: The Beginning, a very short Brothers in Arms story. It's a prequel to the first book in the series, The Courage to Love. I originally wrote the story as a free gift to my newsletter subscribers, but I know that not all readers want to subscribe, so I'm making it available to them. I have another Brothers in Arms novella coming out before the end of the year, a Prologue to Love Betrayed, which is Daniel's story. The full length novel Love Betrayed will be released next year. And in July, 2013 Tempting a Devil, the second book in The Saint's Devils series, will be released.
5.Lightning Round:Favorite Book: Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh
Favorite TV Show: The Voice
Word I wish would disappear from the English language: Totes as shorthand for totally. Makes me crazy.
Favorite Word: Calliope. It just sounds so pretty and is fun to say.
Favorite Movie: Die Hard.
Place I would most like to visit: The Great Wall of China.
If a genie granted me three wishes, I would wish for: Health and happiness and long life for my kids, an end to poverty, and a cure for cancer.
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The Devil's Thief by Samantha Kane, Excerpt