Monday, November 4, 2013

The Billionaire Banker by Georgia Le Carre: Interview and Excerpt

Welcome!  Thanks so much for this opportunity to find out a little about you.  It's my pleasure to host your first tour stop with Juniper Grove Book Solutions.   As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

The airline companies do such a marvelous job of glamorizing the job of air-hostess, I actually wanted to be a trolley dolly.  Jetting around the world, having my tights paid for, and rubbing shoulders with pilots in uniform – wonderful, I’ll have that.  It was only when I grew older that I realized that air-hostesses sign up for hard labour.  Some airlines even make the girls periodically clean the toilets!

What is your favorite meal?

A restaurant in Caversham makes my favorite meal.  It is some kind of pancake number filled with julienne cut vegetables and served with a delicately flavored white sauce.  They won’t give me the recipe, but it’s very, very delicious.

What is it that you like to do when you’re not reading/writing?

Walking.  I like going on long walks.  I even like walking the rain.  Helps me think.

What are the most important attributes for remaining sane as a writer?

I don’t know that this question is appropriate for authors, because I happen to think authors are incomprehensibly lucky people.  Go at your own speed, no boss, work in your pajamas, pretend to have writers block when you want to take a day off.  What’s not to like?  

What would we find under your bed?

I want to say a pair of cowboy boots, but the truthful answer must be dust.

Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words. 

Easy, relaxed, quiet

What one word best describes you? 


Title:  The Billionaire Banker

Author: Georgia Le Carre  

Published:  October 1st, 2013

Word Count: 55,000

Genre:  Erotic Romance

Content Warning:  Explicit Adult Content

Restricted Age:  18+


When Lana Bloom learns the devastating news that her mother is dying, she is faced with a terrible dilemma.  The one thing that can save her is the one thing she does not have.  For young and innocent Lana, the unthinkable becomes her only choice.

But when she walks through the door of that exclusive restaurant she has no idea of the seismic shift her life is about to take, for the highest bidder will not be the rich man she has accompanied.  Fate drops her at the feet of the deeply mysterious and dazzlingly gorgeous American banker, Blake Law Barrington.  Throbbing with raw masculinity and arrogance, this is a man who owns all that he pursues.

And now he wants her.

Lana cannot deny she is both intrigued and intoxicated by the world Blake inhabits and the smouldering passion he stirs in her body, but she is also fearful for this man is addictive, and right now she is very vulnerable.  She knows she should focus only on the arrangement, but how can she…when he has opened a door that cannot be closed?

*This excerpt has had certain words/phrases cleaned up.

It is Rupert’s cold, hard voice that drags her back into that room.  They had both not heard him enter.  ‘I’m afraid she’s rather spoken for,’ he drawls, but there is so much suppressed anger that his voice is like a blast of icy air. 
She snatches her mouth away from Blake’s.  He is positioned between her and Rupert so his wide chest hides her from Rupert’s condemnation.  Her eyes, cloudy with confusion and desire, are still caught in Blake’s gaze.  For a few seconds more he does not release her, but simply stares into their blue depths with something approaching surprise.  Then his eyes turn into hard granite chips and his body stiffens as his hands tighten and curve protectively around her waist.  Slowly he turns to face Rupert.
‘But still unpaid for, I believe?’ he says, and looks down with a smile at Lana’s flushed, troubled face.  She has two very quick impressions.  He is a brilliant actor and he is a cold man.  A shockingly cold and unemotional being. 
 Rupert directs his astonished, vicious eyes at Lana’s.  ‘You offered yourself to him too?’
 Lana stares mutely at Rupert.  His eyes move derisively, hatefully over her.  She feels herself cringe. 
‘Does he know how much you charge?’
‘Do you doubt I will be able to afford her?’ asks Blake.
Rupert shrivels the way a leech that has had salt thrown on it does.  ‘This is why you invited me here, isn’t it?’ 
‘What a joke!’ he taunts, but his jibe lacks any real bite.  ‘The great Barrington can’t find his own whore.  He has to steal mine.’
‘I didn’t steal her,’ Blake notes reasonably.  ‘I just offered to pay more.’
Rupert’s eyes bulge, bug-like.  ‘She’s just a cheap bloody tart.  I’ve just fingered her out there,’ he taunts maliciously, jerking his dandruff-laden head in the direction of the door.
Lana feels Blake’s hand tighten around her waist.  ‘Consider it an unearned freebie, then,’ he says quietly, but there is warning in the calm words.  A warning that is not lost on Rupert.  The air becomes tight with tension.  Lana looks from one man to the other.  It is like watching two lions fighting for supremacy.  But her body knows which lion she wants to win this fight.
Rupert shrugs.  He knows he’d be a fool to go against a Barrington.  He has much to lose.  ‘If you think I’m going to fight over her you’re mistaken.  Have her.’
He turns on his heel and leaves.
Blake lets go of Lana.  She realizes she is trembling.  She leans against the desk, hating herself, but unable to stop—nothing is more important than the money—she asks, ‘Did you mean it about the money?’

About the Author:

Georgia Le Carre lives in England, in an old 19th century romantic cottage surrounded by a magical garden filled with fruit and walnut trees. 

When she is not feeding words into her laptop, she is either curled up in bed with a box of chocolates and a good read, or lost in a long walk in the woods. Especially on moonlit nights.  And often with the man of her dreams.

Giveaway Details:

There is an international tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • Love Heart Handbag Charm, $30 Amazon Gift Card, 1oz Silver American Eagle coin from the Barrington family vault, and a signed print copy of The Billionaire Banker (INT)

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