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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Welcome Ros Clarke author of The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh

Ros... Welcome to LtRR we are so glad to have you here today! 

Please share a short bio with us:
Ros is a writer, a student, a church worker, a crafter, a blogger, a twitterer, a lazy gardener, and an appalling housekeeper. She lives in a sixteenth century shed in England and is very glad that it has twenty-first century plumbing. She is interested in almost everything except cricket and football (US and UK) and mostly she likes happy endings in fiction and in real life.

Can you tell us more about The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh?
It’s a contemporary romance with a very contemporary conflict – the need for the wealth that oil brings versus the destruction it does to the environment. Doing battle over this question are Sheikh Khaled of Saqat, a marine biologist and heir to the throne, and Olivia McInnes, an oil executive who is determined to take control of her father’s company. He’s deeply principled but knows he needs to do his duty. She’s talented and ambitious and won’t let anything get in the way of her career. When his principles come up against her ambition, sparks fly in the boardroom – and in the bedroom.

Where did the idea come from?
I wanted to write a sheikh book that seemed like it could belong in the real world of the Middle East where religion, politics and oil all combine to make it a complicated and fascinating world. Oil was my starting point and the potential for serious environmental damage in the Persian Gulf. Once I’d worked out that I wanted my sheikh to be the environmentalist, I had to have his counterpart be the oil executive, and it all flowed from there.

What sort of research did you do for this book?
I have a friend who used to be an oil engineer, so I talked to him a bit about life on an oil rig. I’ve lived in northern Scotland, so that part of the book was relatively easy to write. Otherwise, I did a lot of reading up on the research areas of the Natural History Museum, the reproductive cycle of dugongs, and the marine life of the Persian Gulf.

Do you have a common theme or item that appears in each of your books?
Hah! I do. Only one person has spotted it so far, and it began accidentally but it is so brilliant that I am now doing it deliberately, but I want it to be a secret that every reader can discover for themselves, so I’m not going to tell you what it is.

As far as themes go, food tends to play a big role in my books. But mostly I think it’s that I like to write about good, decent people trying to do the right thing in really difficult situations.

Who has inspired you as an author?
India Grey was the first real live author I got to know. I admire the way that she can write tired old tropes and make it feel as though you’ve never seen them before. She really inspired me to believe that I had what it took to get published.

Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?
Laptop. I tried writing on paper a couple of times but I just can’t do it.

How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Usually I forget them. :( Occasionally I’ll make a note and sometimes the idea is so brilliant that I think of it again. But mostly I’m disorganised and don’t.


What are some of your favorite books? Who are you reading now?
I’ve just finished reading three Regencies by Louise Allen which I enjoyed a lot (the Transformation of the Shelley Sisters series). I love Heyer and Balogh and lots of great historical romance authors. As far as contemporaries are concerned, I’m a huge fan of Sarah Morgan and Kate Hewitt.

What's next for you?
A couple of short stories. I’m also working on an Indulgence featuring a sexy French footballer. And hopefully some historicals!


Where can you be found online?
You can find Ros on twitter, at Goodreads, and at her own blog. Come and say hi!

Do you have anything you'd like to ask our readers?
In The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh, the action moves from cold, damp, windswept Scotland where they snuggle up beside a wood fire and sip old whisky, to the scorching sands and burning sun of Saqat on the shore of the glittering Persian Gulf. For Khaled and Olivia, both places are equally romantic in their own way. Which would you prefer? Or somewhere else? Where’s your perfect romantic setting?



About the book
The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh is part of Entangled’s Indugence line of contemporary category romances.
His duty, her dreams, undone by their desire…
In the male-dominated oil industry, executive Olivia McInnes plays a careful game – she’s cold, uncompromising, and ambitious as hell. Once she seals the deal to drill in the clear waters of Saqat, she’ll finally prove herself worthy to take the reins of her father’s oil company. Her only obstacle is marine biologist – and Saqat’s royal heir – Sheih Khaled Ibm Saqat , who’s determined to protect both his people and his country from environmental devastation…
It’s not long before Olivia’s icy cool exterior is shattered by the intelligent and wickedly hot sheikh, and business is surpassed by sweet, stolen pleasures. But outside the bedroom, there’s reality to be faced. Soon Khaled must return to his obligations – and his betrothed – in Saqat.
Caught between duty and ambition, can an oil tycoon and a sexy sheikh find room for love…or will this business deal spell disaster for them both?
More details and an excerpt are available here.

Buy it at Amazon (US), B&N, Amazon (UK)



The Oil Tycoon and Her Sexy Sheikh

Ros Clarke

Indulgence an imprint of Entangled Publishing

July 14th 2012

131 pages






His duty, her dreams, undone by their desire...

In the male-dominated oil industry, executive Olivia McInnes plays a careful game - she's cold, uncompromising, and ambitious as hell. Once she seals the deal to drill in the clear waters of Saqat, she'll finally prove herself worthy to take the reins of her father's oil company. Her only obstacle is marine biologist - and Saqat's royal heir - Sheikh Khaled Ibm Saqat al Mayim, who's determined to protect both his people and his country from environmental devastation...

It's not long before Olivia's icy cool exterior is shattered by the intelligent and wickedly hot sheikh, and business is surpassed by sweet, stolen pleasures. But outside the bedroom, there's reality to be faced. Soon Khaled must return to his obligations - and his betrothed - in Saqat.

Caught between duty and ambition, can an oil tycoon and a sexy sheikh find room for love... or will this business deal spell disaster for them both?






Olivia and Khaled's story is captivating and compelling, it touches on a lot of current concerns along with their romance. I could tell throughout the book that Ms. Clarke had done her research for this story. She does a wonderful job of intertwining the environmental concerns of oil drilling with the issues that the couple have to overcome from Khaled's background everything from religion, cultural expectations and leadership responsibilities. Ms. Clarke is a new author to me and I will definitely be looking for more from her.  EBook copy provided for review by the author.





Ros is a writer, a student, a church worker, a crafter, a blogger, a twitterer, a lazy gardener, and an appalling housekeeper. She lives in a sixteenth century shed in England and is very glad that it has twenty-first century plumbing. She is interested in almost everything except cricket and football (US and UK) and mostly she likes happy endings in fiction and in real life. Ros has been writing stories for as long as she can remember, never dreaming that other people would be interested in reading them. A few years ago, she discovered a writing forum on the internet, and has never looked back. Her head--and her hard drive--are full of ideas for fresh, fun, contemporary romances that she hopes you'll love as much as she does.



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