Romance By Catherine: The lovely and talented, Rae Summers

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The lovely and talented, Rae Summers

Time to kick off the August Tour~ From South Africa, I'd like to introduce you all to Rae Summers, aughor of Let's Misbehave. *love that title*

CB: Welcome to my blog. I look forward to learning more about you and your work.

Thank you for hosting me here today Catherine.

CB: Tell us a little bit about you. How long have you been writing? How many books and what genre have you written?

I started writing about eight years ago but I’ve only taken it seriously for about the last three. My first attempt was an epic Dark Ages drama that grew and grew but never got finished. It was only when I started writing Romance that everything began to click into place. Now I write short (but not so sweet!) romances set in the Jazz Age, the first of which has recently released through The Wild Rose Press.

CB: Tell us about the book you’re highlighting today on my blog? (*can be a new or older release or up-coming*)

Let’s Misbehave is set in London in the late 1920s, and it’s the story of Gabrielle, a nightclub singer and Flapper. Until the moment she meets the staid aristocrat Sebastian, she thinks she’s got her life sussed. She sets out to seduce Sebastian, wanting him to let loose just a little before he settles down and marries the ‘suitable’ woman chosen for him. But what starts out as a bit of fun soon leads to heartache as Gabrielle breaks all her own rules and falls in love.

CB: What do you love most about this job?

I love exploring new ideas. Starting a new story with new characters is like falling in love all over again. I just wish there were more hours in every day though, as there are so many wonderful stories in my head just waiting to be told!

CB: If there was one thing you could change about the writing business, what would it be?

The wait times! Publishing must be the slowest business on earth, and as I’ve spent my entire adult life in film-making where everything happens yesterday, I have very little experience at being patient. At the same time I’d really like to change the time it takes me to write a story too. As I said, there are so many stories that want to be written, and in an ideal world each one would get the time it deserves.

CB: What do you say when someone says…”Oh, you write THOSE kinds of books.”

So far I’ve been lucky and no-one has said it – at least not to my face! But even if they dared, I’d simply smile and say ‘yes’. I’m a loud and proud reader and writer of romance.

CB: Give us a taste of your latest masterpiece:

Gabrielle is the quintessential Flapper, a wild child who turns her back on home and a resentful and unloving mother to become a nightclub singer. She wants nothing more from life than freedom and pleasure.

Sebastian is a dutiful son, following in his father’s footsteps and on the verge of marrying a suitable bride. But as the Twenties roar to their conclusion, he finds himself torn between duty and the urge to indulge his adventurous streak
From the moment Gabrielle and Sebastian meet, the tension between them simmers. When he rescues her from a boorish suitor, Gabrielle discovers a kindred spirit beneath Sebastian's serious demeanour, and she sets out to seduce him into one last passionate fling before he settles for a loveless marriage.

But the fire that burns between them threatens to consume her. Will Gabrielle survive falling in love with the one man she cannot have?


She shifted in her seat to take a harder look at him and felt an unfamiliar frisson of longing. He was not her usual type. He was too staid, too tightly wound, to interest her. Men like that held back all their lives, never living, never feeling. She wanted to feel everything. She wanted to experience every sensation, go places she’d never been. She wanted to taste life. Because only in those thrilling moments of living on the edge was she able to overcome the sense of loss that infected their generation.

He must have sensed her eyes on him, for he turned to look at her. Driving, even at this decorous speed, had altered him. His sandy hair was tousled by the wind, and his bright blue eyes were alight with excitement. He even laughed to catchher staring.

Her stomach did a flip. She imagined those eyes bright with mischief, burning with desire. It would be a thrill to be the one to put that look there, to push him over the edge and make him lose his careful control. It could be done. If just this little drive could stir his excitement, imagine what full blown arousal would do. The devil voice inside her head laughed.

Before he married and settled down, and allowed that spark to die inside him, Sebastian needed to learn to live. And she was going to show him how.

CB: Where can we find your books? Where can we find you on the net?

My blog is at, and Let’s Misbehave is available either through Amazon or through The Wild Rose Press. Readers can also view the book trailer at YouTube. [Links below]

The buy link:
Trailer link:

CB: Thank you for joining me today. I look forward to doing this again with your next release.

Thanks, Catherine. I can’t wait to be back!

Rae Summers Bio

Rae's first grade teacher was so seriously concerned by her day dreaming that she called her parents in for a conference. Fortunately, her parents staunchly defended Rae's right to daydream and these days she's able to prove their faith right by turning those day dreams into novels. She hopes her stories bring as much pleasure to her readers as they bring to her.

Rae Summers lives in South Africa where she works in television advertising, a line of work that is only glamorous on very rare occasions. When she isn't working or being mom to two young daughters, Rae can be found with her nose in a book.


Judy Croome said...

Rae, I SO agree with you on the waiting times for publishing. I find it so frustrating. I keep telling myself patience is a virtue, but it doesn't seem to help!

Good luck with Let's Misbehave - it's a great story, with super characters.
Judy Croome

Catherine Bybee said...

Thanks again for stopping by my blog to answer some of my questions, Rae. I agree about the wait times, they are crazy long. I suppose that with all the writers out there compared to the amount of publishers, it's to be expected... but still...

Judy said...

Let's Misbehave looks like a great read. Enjoyed learning a little about you. Good luck with your book.

Lilly Gayle said...

Love seeing romances that are NOT set in Regency London. Don't get me wrong, I love Regencies, but there are so many places and eras that never get explored. This sounds like a great story.

Historical Writer/Editor said...

I love the twenties and look forward to reading this story! -laura

Catherine Bybee said...

This is on my TBR list, too, Laura. Thanks for stopping by.

Helen Hardt said...

Great to meet you, Rae! I love that time period, and your cover is gorgeous! I look forward to exploring your work.

Aileen Harkwood said...

Fantastic excerpt Rae. As I was reading along, I was reminded of a heroine in a Daphne Du Maurier novel. The depth of your heroine's inner dialogue is quite wonderful.

This one definitely goes on my to-read list.

Catherine Bybee said...

Helen: It does sound yummy.

Aileen: Oh, yeah... I remember than name.