Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Hi, I am Sasha Cottman. I was born in England but live in Melbourne, Australia. I write Regency Romance.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I signed up for an adult education writing course a few years ago, only to discover it was a romance writing course. I had never read any romance books but I quickly discovered my passion, after that I decided I wanted to write.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I am currently writing a Rockstar/Historical Romance mashup series which is being released in early 2020. This is great fun. Lots of egos, sex and bad behaviour as well as the music.
My upcoming release is Two of a Kind which is Book 8 in my award- winning Duke of Strathmore Series. It is a runaway bride book which has been a real challenge to write, but I really love the hero and heroine.
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?
Writing historical romance involves continual research, but the longer I write in the genre, the deeper my working knowledge of Regency England grows. For Two of a Kind I have had to research the coach timetables for 1817, the perils of linseed oil and the west coast of the Southern counties of England. It has been great fun.
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
I read across a lot of the romance genres. I love historicals, but I also read contemporary, shifter, Rockstar, New Adult. I like to read wide across all romance books. With my upcoming Regency Rockstar series, I am listening to a lot of Rockstar audio books including Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive Series which I love.
Who is a person you greatly admire and why?
Bill and Melinda Gates because they have taken their wealth and used it to make positive change in the world, especially in the third world.
Please tell us your favorite holiday and why.
That’s a hard question. I have travelled to many countries over the years. Vietnam would have to be one that has stuck in my mind in recent years. Bali is currently my go-to place as it is close to Australia and my family gets to rent a private villa with its own swimming pool.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you?
Accept that this is a long game and that you need to learn to prioritise your health, relationships and the job which pays the bills along with your writing. Don’t compare your writing career against other authors, we are all living different lives. Enjoy your small wins, they will eventually become big ones.
My final piece of advice is to get on and write your next book.
City, suburb, or small-town?
CITY. I am a city girl to my bones.
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate?
Dark chocolate with nuts please.
Alpha, beta, or both?
I’m a bit of a fan of a beta. They tend to be more complex and interesting guys.
Wine, whiskey or punch?
Pass the chardonnay!
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos?
Tacos at a pinch.
Boxers, briefs, or commando?
Leather, lace, or silk?
Top, bottom, or against the wall?
Never tried against the wall. Bottom thanks.
Biceps, abs, or buns?
Biceps. Suns out, guns out!
Any last words before we say goodbye?
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Two of a Kind
September 16, 2019
Historical ~ Regency
James Radley cannot put his finger on why he does not want Leah Shepherd to marry his best friend. She is kind, sweet and a true beauty. Any man should want to marry her.
And therein lies the problem.
Like a bolt out of the blue, James finds himself headlong in love with his best friend’s fiancée. He promises himself that if he can just get through the wedding service, everything will fine.
But as his carriage draws up outside St Georges, Hanover Square on the morning of the wedding, he is greeted by the sight of the bride racing down the front steps of the church.
Leah begs him to help her escape both the wedding and London, and in an instant of madness, he readily agrees.
Leah Shepherd is certain that James does not like her, but as he is the only man willing to help, she has no choice but to trust him.
Taking refuge with him at her grandfather’s far flung estate in Cornwall, Leah eventually comes to see James in a new light.
When love blossoms between them, Leah and James begin to question everything in their lives. Decisions are made and acted upon.
But actions have consequences, as they soon discover when they return to London.
For James there are the harsh repercussions of not only abandoning his life’s calling, but also stealing his best friend’s bride, while Leah finds herself scorned by her family and friends.
James and Leah are left to wonder whether that by choosing their love over duty, they have both made a terrible mistake.
In a moment of crisis when their marriage seems forever lost, James will have to reach beyond the passion of love and find the strength to forgive his wife and give their marriage a second chance.
But will it be enough to save their marriage and their future?
A runaway bride romance.
Two of a Kind. A standalone book in the ongoing Duke of Strathmore Series.
More About Sasha
Born in England, but raised in Australia, Sasha has a love for both countries. Having her heart in two places has created a love for travel, which at last count was to over 55 countries. A travel guide is always on her pile of new books to read. Before accidentally enrolling in a course for romance writers a number of years ago, she had always had a love of history. Her first published novel, Letter from a Rake was a finalist for the 2014 Romantic Book of the Year. Sasha lives with her husband, daughter and a cat who demands a starring role in the next book. She is always seeking new hiding spots for her secret chocolate stash. Sasha’s novels are set around the Regency period in England, Scotland, and France. Her books are centered on the themes of love, honor, and family.