Harlequin March Spotlight with Andrea Laurence, Daire St. Denis, & Anne Mather






I was asked to create the ultimate bachelor by taking three of my favorite famous guys and combining them into one perfect guy. It took me a while to determine what pieces I wanted. There are so many great choices out there and I’m sure as soon as someone mentions another great actor, I’ll think – oh, can I squeeze in a 4th or 5th guy? But here’s my final result:

– First, we’re going to harvest all the best parts of sexy Brit Tom Hiddleston. I want the smooth voice, the British accent, the artistic soul, the ability to recite Shakespearean sonnets and make a girl melt, the romantic at heart, and the accomplished ballroom dancer. Honestly, Tom is practically perfect on his own.

– Second, we’re going to add in a dash of Chris Pratt. Tom is tall and handsome, but I like a little more meat on my men. I’m all about Chris’s height and build, so we’ll take the body, but also, his great sense of humor, overall goodness and undying devotion to the woman in his life. I mean the guy dresses up as Starlord and visits kids in the hospital. I’ll take one of those, please! Even before the six-pack, he was a catch.

– Finally, we’ll need a little Matt Bomer. I swear, is there a prettier man? To quote Lady Gaga in American Horror Story, “your boy has jawline for days!” Indeed, he does. So, definitely need the face, the dreamy blue eyes, and the sense of style. He’s also a dedicated family man, so gotta love that.

There! I can’t think of a more perfect Frankenbachelor than this one. Romantic, talented, handsome, tall, caring, and thoughtful with an accent. Yes! Let’s start mass producing these, Dr. Frankenstein!


Song Playlist

Admittedly, this playlist is a little all over the place. I listen to a lot of different genres of music and it all comes together into a crazy playlist. Luca and Claire have a complicated and untraditional relationship, and not one that I think has been captured in the perfect song. I tried to find songs that represent their hurt in the past, their willingness to move forward, and finally to fall in love.

  • Better Love – Foxes
  • The Woman Before Me – Trisha Yearwood
  • Broken – Seether
  • Believe – Cher
  • Bring Me to Life – Evanescence
  • Demons – Imagine Dragons
  • With Arms Wide Open – Creed
  • I’m Ready – Bryan Adams
  • I’m A Believer – Monkees

sweet sed

SWEET SEDUCTION by Daire St. Denis


David Beckham’s bod and tatts (tasty). Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice (gives me shivers just thinking about him whispering in my ear), Ryan Reynolds personality (perfect mix of playful and sexy, mmmm).

Song Playlist:

Hot Stuff – Donna Summers

Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh,

Stressed Out – Twenty-One Pilots

Theme song from Rocky

In the End – Linkin Park

Sweet Thing – cover by Hozier

Change – Taylor Swift

I Choose You – Sara Bareilles



Q&A with Anne MatherA Forbidden Temptation

  • What’s your favorite love story? Fiction or non-fiction.

I have dozens of favourite love stories, but GREEN DARKNESS and KATHERINE by Anya Seton are high on my list.

  • Is anything in A Forbidden Temptation based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

No, A FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION is not based on any real life experiences, but I can say that the Northumbrian Coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the UK and incidentally, I do believe in ghosts.

  • You get a brilliant phrase/idea/thought at an inappropriate time (while driving, drifting off to sleep/in the shower). What do you do?

I always make a note of any ideas I have, and in consequence I have a notebook full of them!

  • What’s your favorite line from any movie?

I love the film, DIRTY DANCING, and there are many lines from that script I could nominate, not least the most famous ‘nobody puts Baby in the corner.’

  • If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be?


  • If you could live anywhere on this planet, and take everything that you love with you, where would you choose to live? Tell us about your choice.

I love where I live now, and although I enjoy travelling and seeing different places, I wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else.


  • What was your favorite scene to write in A Forbidden Temptation? Why?

I think one of my favourite scenes was when Sean was confronted by Lisa’s ghost.  I really wanted Sean to meet his match.


  • What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?

I don’t remember having to learn to write.  I started scribbling in exercise books as soon as I could write and my stories grew as I did.  There’s nothing destructive about writing.  It’s the best job in the world.

  • What are five words that describe your writing process?

Time, time, discipline, discipline, satisfaction.

  • What are you working on now? What is your next project?

I’m in the process of writing my next book for Harlequin Presents.   I’m also working on an ebook, SILENT ECHO, that is coming out with Kindle later this year.


Thanks for stopping by and Happy Easter!





  1. These interviews are so fun! thank you!
    Happy Easter!

  2. kathy valentine says:

    i started out with reading harlequin and anne mather was one of my favorites! glad to see she’s still writing!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: