Friday, March 8, 2013

Temptation by Kathryn Barrett:Character Interview: Entangled Publishing Tour Stop


Thanks, Laurie, for the opportunity to talk to you and your readers. Laura Hayes is here today, fresh from a round-the-world tour promoting her latest film. Have a seat, pour a glass of merlot, and let’s chat!

Welcome Kathryn and Laura! It's such a treat to meet you both, and I'm especially pleased for this opportunity to find out more about you, Laura   :) to start why don't you tell us a little something about your family.

My mom, Bev, is one of those “helicopter” mothers. She signed me up for acting work when I was still in diapers and she’s been telling me how to run my life ever since. She actually suggested once that I should get breast implants! My sister makes up for Bev’s shortcomings—Meg’s a real Earth Mother. She’s a midwife who’s always calm and full of good advice (like to ignore Mom!). My best friend, Matt, is like a big brother to me. I hope you get to read all about how he found the love of his life soon—it’s really a great story!

What was the scariest moment of your life?

When the pranks started happening on the set of Temptation, I wasn’t worried at first. But that day in the buggy—I was terrified, but I tried to act cool. I should have won an Academy Award for that performance, because inside I was shaking! I couldn’t believe someone wanted to harm me. That hurt, even more than the bruises.

What is your favorite meal?

Oh, I’m glad you asked! I’ve had such a bounty in the garden this year, I’m cooking lots of delicious veggie dishes with eggplant, zucchini, spring onions, and some sweet heirloom tomatoes I discovered. One of my favorite ways to cook vegetables is to roast them in the oven. I have a great recipe for Roasted Ratatouille—it’s a perfect way to use up all the garden bounty! 

What group did you hang out with in high school?

High school was really tough for me—I was always working on location, and while I had a tutor, it was hard to fit in to the social scene when I came back to school. I didn’t even have a date to the prom, but my mom arranged a date for me (she was always doing that—ugh!). I remember once the “cool girls” decreed that everyone should wear a ponytail with a pink ribbon, and when I did I felt like I finally fit in—until they changed the rules again, and I showed up with the wrong color ribbon!  

If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?

Ha! You should ask Jacob—I once almost attacked him with a lamp when he showed up early in the morning to replace my cabinets! He’d say I’m a grumpy bear, but then he’s unnaturally chirpy in the morning.  

Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extravert? Why?

I’m an extravert, but I realized when I moved to Pennsylvania that I’d never lived alone before. I needed some time on my own to figure out who I was when I wasn’t surrounded by people who all wanted something from me. I discovered I liked “me” time, when I wasn’t jumping to do a director’s bidding, or worse, my mom’s. That time I spent in the garden, just me and the tomato worms, was better than the therapy my mother dragged me to. 

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I know I come across as confident and sure of myself, but deep down I sometimes feel inadequate. Like the fact that I never went to college? That bothers me, at least it did until I met Jacob. He’s the smartest man I know, yet he’s only got an eighth grade education! He likes me just the way I am, and that feels really great.  

Thanks for the chat, Laurie! I’d love to hear from your readers! And visit for a great recipe for Garden of Eden Roasted Ratatouille.


Kathryn Barrett has been writing women’s fiction since the day her youngest daughter left for pre-school. All was going well, until she read a book called “30 Mistakes In Fiction Writing” and realized she was making all of them.

One by one, she’s overcome the mistakes and learned to make a few more along the way. “The best way to learn to write is to write,” she says. “Period.”

Kathryn lives near London in the enchanting countryside of England. When she’s not writing, she’s busy training a rescue dog, tramping around archeological ruins, and occasionally making wine runs to France. Because nothing fuels the imagination like a good Bordeaux. 

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Entangled Publishing - February 2013

Title: Temptation
Author: Kathryn Barrett
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 322 pages
Release Date: February 18, 2013
Imprint: Entangled Edge
ISBN: 9781622669615
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Laura Hayes has been acting since she was an infant, making Hollywood the only home she has ever known. But when she moves to Pennsylvania’s Amish country to film her next movie, she discovers there’s more to life than a pair of Jimmy Choos and a Marie Claire cover.

Intrigued by the Amish simplicity, she’s soon gardening and baking plum pies—and enjoying it. And when her neighbor turns out to be the local heartthrob and a talented furniture maker, she realizes that what’s missing from her life might be the love of a good man—not to mention the perfect heirloom tomato.

Jacob fights the urge to question the teachings of his Amish beliefs—despite his desire to create furniture that is beautiful as well as useful—and struggles with his longing for the sexy stranger who makes him feel truly alive for the first time. As his attraction grows, so do his doubts, until he’s forced to face temptation and decide once and for all what is truly worth the fight.

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Next Few Stops
March 13 – Harlequin Junkie
March 15 – The Bookish Babe
March 18 – My Reading Room
March 20 – Novel Reflections

Grand Prize:
Kathryn is giving away a Kindle Paperwhite at the close of the Temptation blog tour!
Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.  Ends March 29th
Comment on this blog post for a chance to win a digital copy of Temptation.
Be sure to include your email addy so I can contact you if you win. Ends March 30th


Bessamy said...

Thanks for the review! I love veggies roasted from the garden too! Bessamys at gmail dot com.

KathrynB said...

Thanks, Bessamy. I always have preferred my veggies roasted--it really brings out the flavor.

June M. said...

Congrats on your release! The book sounds great. I, too, love roasted veggies! Well, I actually like veggies about any way :)

Roxanne Snopek said...

I love the Amish twist - looking forward to reading this one, Kathryn!

Stella Ex Libris said...

Thank you for the nice interview, it was great to "see" you again Laura! :-) Glad that your garden gave plenty of delicious and healthy vegetables, I just love those vibrant red tomatoes where you taste the sunshine when you bite in them :-D

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com