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Friday, February 16, 2018

#BOOK CLUB FRIDAY--OOPS! HEROINE ACCIDENTALLY ELOPES WITH WRONG MAN!

Today we sit down with Katherine, niece of Earl Quamby, from author Beverley Oakley’s The Accidental Elopement.

What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?

Believe me, I had my life all mapped out. The pinnacle of my ambition was to make the most illustrious marriage possible during my London season. I was beautiful, from a well-connected family (if you disregard my mother’s pre-marriage scandals) and I had three suitors. Then my author threw me together with my childhood friend, Jack – a boy from the foundling home – and we fell madly in love.

I was furious that she should do that to me – for about five seconds – because truly, I was prepared to cross shark-infested waters to be with Jack. In fact, I nearly did (well, not shark-infested but raging seas). Unfortunately, I got into the wrong carriage. The one that wasn’t taking me to those raging seas I was prepared to cross. And that’s when my life took a very dark turn.

Excuse me if I don’t go into the details right now. The trauma is still quite fresh in my mind.

What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I shouldn’t need to tell you that a well brought-up young lady doesn’t advertise her good qualities which should be evident to all her eligible suitors. However, if there’s one thing I secretly like about myself, it’s my love of adventure. I was so lucky to have been able to climb trees with Jack and join him on adventures when we were seven. This was when Jack would be brought over from the foundling home to be a playmate for my cousin, George. But it was Jack and I who found some mischief to get into – and Jack always defended me and took the blame – even if it was my fault. Sorry…I didn’t mean to get tearful but I do miss Jack. Or rather, the fact that he is lost to me and…the fact we’re doomed to be apart.

What do you like least about yourself?
My impulsiveness. Oh, yes, definitely that! If I hadn’t been so foolish and impulsive, I never would have made the biggest, most terrible mistake of my life. I never would have…I’m so embarrassed to admit it because who would do such a thing? Who would accidentally elope with the wrong person?

What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
Strangest? Or do you mean most terrible? Because, there’s no getting around the fact that my author utterly ruined my life! That carriage I got into? How was I supposed to know it had been sent by someone other than whom I assumed had sent it?

But I can’t blame anyone other than myself. All this happened seven years ago and I’m not the feather-brained, impulsive debutante I was then. I’m older and wiser – lonelier, too, though I deserve it. But I have a beautiful seven-year-old daughter and she’s my treasure.

Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
I argued about the fact that I thought it wasn’t that Jack and I couldn’t be together again after we’d been apart for seven years. After all, I was widowed and Jack was not yet married. But my author said honour had to prevail. She said it was one thing that I’d only just been widowed but quite another that Jack was honour-bound to marry the daughter of his dying mentor whom he’d promised, in the West Indies, he would protect. He’d just brought Odette back from across the seas so how could I expect he’d leave her to marry me? Even though I knew Jack loved me?

I suppose I can’t blame him. I was the impulsive one. I brought all my troubles upon myself. It’s hardly any wonder Jack thought I had forsaken him.

But I did ask my author if I couldn’t just tell him everything about what had happened and how I felt about him. She said I could but only if I wanted to put him in the impossible position of choosing between his heart and his honourable soul. I’m still trying to find a way to get around that one.

What is your greatest fear?
That Jack will never know how much I love him. And that he will never learn my secret. I want him to know it – yet I know it would destroy him.

What makes you happy?
Being with my child makes me happy. I lead a quiet life after my late husband ruined my reputation and gambled away our worldly goods so I take pleasure in simple things.

If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
I would rewrite the end because I think Jack deserves to be happy but I think I do, too. And we can only be happy together. But Jack is about to marry and then he will be lost to me forever.

My author found me in tears this morning. She told me my story isn’t finished yet but I don’t believe her. Jack is marrying so soon. It’s set in stone. His bride-to-be is sweet and worthy and her father is dying. My aunt thinks she has a plan to make her fall in love with someone else, but it won’t work.

I must accept that Jack and I are doomed to be forever apart.

Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
My cousin George, for sure! He was spoiled and whiney when we were children and he hadn’t changed much when we were eighteen which is when he suddenly decided he wanted to marry me – even though he knew Jack and I were soul mates.

Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
Odette, Jack’s betrothed. Because she is the one who will have Jack for the rest of her dying days. But she won’t have his heart. I thought I would take comfort from that but I can’t. I don’t want her to suffer as much as I have for the truth is that she’s a good person. Better woman than I am. It’s just that Jack loves me. And I love him.

Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
Beverley Oakley is an Australian author who grew up in the African mountain kingdom of Lesotho, married a Norwegian bush pilot she met in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and started writing historical romances to amuse herself in the 12 countries she’s lived as a ‘trailing spouse’. She writes historical romances laced with scandal and intrigue and Africa-set romantic suspense as Beverley Eikli. You can read more at www.beverleyoakley.com.

What's next for you, the author?
She’ll be writing book three in her Fair Cyprians of London series. Each story features a courtesan at Madame Chambon’s elite Soho establishment. Keeping Faith, like the other stories in the series, is based on fictionalized versions of the interviews of the ‘fallen women’ nineteenth century journalist Henry Mayhew included in his study of Victorian vice, London’s Underworld. Sacrificing Charity is about a courtesan who’s been groomed by her protector to be her ‘beautiful weapon’. It highlights hypocrisy and has at its heart a revenge and redemption theme.

The Accidental Elopement
Today we sit down with Katherine, niece of Earl Quamby, from author Beverley Oakley’s The Accidental Elopement.

What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?

Believe me, I had my life all mapped out. The pinnacle of my ambition was to make the most illustrious marriage possible during my London season. I was beautiful, from a well-connected family (if you disregard my mother’s pre-marriage scandals) and I had three suitors. Then my author threw me together with my childhood friend, Jack – a boy from the foundling home – and we fell madly in love.

I was furious that she should do that to me – for about five seconds – because truly, I was prepared to cross shark-infested waters to be with Jack. In fact, I nearly did (well, not shark-infested but raging seas). Unfortunately, I got into the wrong carriage. The one that wasn’t taking me to those raging seas I was prepared to cross. And that’s when my life took a very dark turn.

Excuse me if I don’t go into the details right now. The trauma is still quite fresh in my mind.

What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I shouldn’t need to tell you that a well brought-up young lady doesn’t advertise her good qualities which should be evident to all her eligible suitors. However, if there’s one thing I secretly like about myself, it’s my love of adventure. I was so lucky to have been able to climb trees with Jack and join him on adventures when we were seven. This was when Jack would be brought over from the foundling home to be a playmate for my cousin, George. But it was Jack and I who found some mischief to get into – and Jack always defended me and took the blame – even if it was my fault. Sorry…I didn’t mean to get tearful but I do miss Jack. Or rather, the fact that he is lost to me and…the fact we’re doomed to be apart.

What do you like least about yourself?
My impulsiveness. Oh, yes, definitely that! If I hadn’t been so foolish and impulsive, I never would have made the biggest, most terrible mistake of my life. I never would have…I’m so embarrassed to admit it because who would do such a thing? Who would accidentally elope with the wrong person?

What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
Strangest? Or do you mean most terrible? Because, there’s no getting around the fact that my author utterly ruined my life! That carriage I got into? How was I supposed to know it had been sent by someone other than whom I assumed had sent it?

But I can’t blame anyone other than myself. All this happened seven years ago and I’m not the feather-brained, impulsive debutante I was then. I’m older and wiser – lonelier, too, though I deserve it. But I have a beautiful seven-year-old daughter and she’s my treasure.

Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
I argued about the fact that I thought it wasn’t that Jack and I couldn’t be together again after we’d been apart for seven years. After all, I was widowed and Jack was not yet married. But my author said honour had to prevail. She said it was one thing that I’d only just been widowed but quite another that Jack was honour-bound to marry the daughter of his dying mentor whom he’d promised, in the West Indies, he would protect. He’d just brought Odette back from across the seas so how could I expect he’d leave her to marry me? Even though I knew Jack loved me?

I suppose I can’t blame him. I was the impulsive one. I brought all my troubles upon myself. It’s hardly any wonder Jack thought I had forsaken him.

But I did ask my author if I couldn’t just tell him everything about what had happened and how I felt about him. She said I could but only if I wanted to put him in the impossible position of choosing between his heart and his honourable soul. I’m still trying to find a way to get around that one.

What is your greatest fear?
That Jack will never know how much I love him. And that he will never learn my secret. I want him to know it – yet I know it would destroy him.

What makes you happy?
Being with my child makes me happy. I lead a quiet life after my late husband ruined my reputation and gambled away our worldly goods so I take pleasure in simple things.

If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
I would rewrite the end because I think Jack deserves to be happy but I think I do, too. And we can only be happy together. But Jack is about to marry and then he will be lost to me forever.

My author found me in tears this morning. She told me my story isn’t finished yet but I don’t believe her. Jack is marrying so soon. It’s set in stone. His bride-to-be is sweet and worthy and her father is dying. My aunt thinks she has a plan to make her fall in love with someone else, but it won’t work.

I must accept that Jack and I are doomed to be forever apart.

Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
My cousin George, for sure! He was spoiled and whiney when we were children and he hadn’t changed much when we were eighteen which is when he suddenly decided he wanted to marry me – even though he knew Jack and I were soul mates.

Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
Odette, Jack’s betrothed. Because she is the one who will have Jack for the rest of her dying days. But she won’t have his heart. I thought I would take comfort from that but I can’t. I don’t want her to suffer as much as I have for the truth is that she’s a good person. Better woman than I am. It’s just that Jack loves me. And I love him.

Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
Beverley Oakley is an Australian author who grew up in the African mountain kingdom of Lesotho, married a Norwegian bush pilot she met in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, and started writing historical romances to amuse herself in the 12 countries she’s lived as a ‘trailing spouse’. She writes historical romances laced with scandal and intrigue and Africa-set romantic suspense as Beverley Eikli. You can read more at her website.

What's next for you, the author?
She’ll be writing book three in her Fair Cyprians of London series. Each story features a courtesan at Madame Chambon’s elite Soho establishment. Keeping Faith, like the other stories in the series, is based on fictionalized versions of the interviews of the ‘fallen women’ nineteenth century journalist Henry Mayhew included in his study of Victorian vice, London’s Underworld. Sacrificing Charity is about a courtesan who’s been groomed by her protector to be her ‘beautiful weapon’. It highlights hypocrisy and has at its heart a revenge and redemption theme.

The Accidental Elopement
Book 4 in the Scandalous Miss Brightwell series

A seven-year secret. A tragic misunderstanding. Can love outwit fate in this tale of misadventure and thwarted dreams?

Earl Quamby’s niece, Katherine, and Jack, a foundling home lad adopted by a local family, have been loyal friends for as long as they can remember. 

As Jack is about to leave England to make his fortune and Katherine is being courted by two eligible suitors, they unexpectedly realise their friendship has blossomed into passionate love. A love, they are warned, that has no future.

Despite a brave attempt to defy the forces keeping them apart, tragedy results and the pair is separated.

When chance throws them together seven years later, Katherine, newly widowed, is being pressured into a marriage not of her choosing to avoid scandal and Jack feels he must honour his pledge to the worthy Odette whom he met in India and whose father is dying.

Katherine knows that revealing a long-held secret may win Jack to her but she also knows conflicting obligations from past and present may tear him apart.

Can master matchmakers, Fanny, Antoinette and Bertram Brightwell, outwit fate in its latest attempt to keep these star-crossed lovers apart and deliver them the happiness they deserve?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

GUEST AUTHOR DONNA SCHLACHTER ON THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

Donna Schlachter writes historical suspense under her own name and contemporary suspense under her Leeann Betts alter ego. Donna also teaches writing classes and courses and is a ghostwriter and editor of both fiction and nonfiction. Learn more about her and her books at her website where you can receive a free book by signing up for her newsletter. Today Donna joins us to discuss how she came up with the idea for Train Ride to Heartbreak, the novella she contributed to The Mail-Order Brides Collection.

The idea for this story came from a love of a movie and a friend with a great story to share.

The movie was The Fugitive, both the original series pilot and the more recent remake. I loved the idea of a train ride leading to a second chance.

My friend had recently taken a train ride from Denver to San Francisco, and she shared several delightful stories. I wondered if a train ride might be like a cruise in that it would provide an insulated environment where the travelers might do something they’d never done before. If so, this was perfect fodder for a romance, much like the old TV show, The Love Boat.

And then I saw Murder on the Orient Express, and as a lover of anything Agatha Christie, decided to incorporate a few of the details in my story.

The result? A chance meeting, two characters with integrity, and a way for God to reach both of them.

The Mail-Order Brides Collection
What kind of woman would answer an advertisement and marry a stranger?

Escape into the history of the American West along with nine couples whose relationships begin with advertisements for mail-order brides. Placing their dreams for new beginnings in the hands of a stranger, will each bride be disappointed, or will some find true love?

Train Ride to Heartbreak

1895, Train to California
John Stewart needs a wife. Mary Johannson needs a home. On her way west, Mary falls in love with another. Now both must choose between commitment and true love.

October 1895
Mary Johannson has scars on her body that can’t compare with the scars on her heart. She is alone in the world, with no family, no prospects, and no home.

John Stewart is at his wit’s end. His wife of three years died in childbirth, leaving him with a toddler and an infant, both girls. Theirs was the love of fairy tales, and while he has no illusions about finding another like her, his children need a mother.

Though separated by thousands of miles, John and Mary commit to a mail-order marriage. But on their journey to Heartbreak, they meet another and realize the life they’d planned would be a lie. Can they find their way back from the precipice and into the love of God and each other, or are they destined to keep their word and deny their heart?

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!


Fun Facts About Valentine’s Day

Ever wonder how Valentine’s Day began? One theory is that Bishop Valentine performed secret weddings against the wishes of Emperor Claudius II, who forbade Roman men from marrying during wartime. The bishop was jailed for disobeying the emperor. While in prison, he wrote a note to the jailer’s daughter and signed it, “from your Valentine.” The bishop was executed and eventually elevated to sainthood, and the rest is history—or myth.

However, one has to wonder if this might be the reason that in Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.

Ever wonder why people sign Valentine’s Day cards with a series of X’s to indicate kisses? Back in medieval times most people were illiterate. They signed their names with an X in front of a witness, then kissed the X as a sign of their sincerity. Perhaps this is also the origin of the expression “sealed with a kiss.”

Another romantic expression, “wearing your heart on your sleeve”, also harkens back to Valentine’s Day during medieval times. Young men and women would draw names from a bowl to choose their Valentine. The name would be pinned to their sleeves for a week for everyone to see.

If you find Valentine’s Day depressing due to your single status, you can celebrate Singles Awareness Day instead. Or become an honorary citizen of Finland for the day and celebrate Ystävänpäivä, which is Friend’s Day and is all about celebrating friendships.

And what about all those red roses that are given on Valentine’s Day? Why did the red rose become synonymous with romance? It probably has something to do with the red rose being the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

To all our readers, Happy Valentine’s Day—or Singles Awareness Day or Ystävänpäivä! 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

#COOKING WITH CLORIS--VALENTINE'S DAY CHOCOLATE WITHOUT THE GUILT

Sometimes a girl just has to have her chocolate. But Indulge the crave, and afterwards the guilt sets in, right? All those calories! There goes the diet…

But hey, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. You deserve a little chocolate without the guilt. These chocolate dipped strawberries are only seventeen calories each, and they’re super-easy to make.

Ingredients:
Large strawberries
Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Note: You’ll need 1 tablespoon of chips for every five strawberries.

Wash strawberries and allow to dry.

Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir chocolate until smooth as velvet. If all the chips haven’t melted, continue microwaving fifteen seconds at a time and stirring in-between.

Cover a plate with wax paper.

Dip strawberries in chocolate coating half to three-quarters of the berry. Place on a wax paper covered plate.

Place the plate of dipped strawberries in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.

Happy low-calorie Valentine’s Day to all you chocolate lovers out there!

Monday, February 12, 2018

#CRAFTS WITH ANASTASIA--FACELIFT, PART 3

If you’ve been following the blog lately, you know that the last two Mondays I’ve featured posts on the rebranding of the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries. Two weeks ago I showcased the new cover for Crewel Intentions, and last week I showcased the new cover for Mosaic Mayhem. Up today is the new cover for Patchwork Peril, the third novella in the series. Of course, once again author Lois Winston has planted me firmly in peril (hence the title, get it?)

But it’s no laughing matter when I discover my elderly neighbor unconscious at the bottom of her basement stairs. Luckily, I had rushed out in the middle of a rainstorm to rescue Rosalie’s quilts, which were whipping around on her clothesline and in jeopardy of flying off to parts unknown. Otherwise, who knows how long the poor woman would have been lying crumbled on her basement floor?

Rosalie’s estranged niece Jane flies east to care for her during her recovery, but Rosalie suspects Jane’s motives are less than altruistic and even accuses Jane of trying to kill her.

Is Rosalie’s paranoia a result of her head injury, or is there something more to her accusations? All I know is that I need to uncover the truth before it’s too late.

Do I? Read Patchwork Peril to find out.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

BOOK CLUB FRIDAY--INTERVIEW WITH PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR LEE ALVAREZ

Today we sit down for an interview with private investigator Lee Alvarez, the star sleuth of author Heather Haven’s Alvarez Family Murder Mysteries.

What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
Soooo much better. I mean, she really has me running over rooftops, down and dirty in the mud, being shot at, etc. You name it; I do it. I can’t tell you how many of my shoes have been ruined since I met her. I keep asking her why she won’t let me sit in my client’s office snooping at online files, sipping a double latté, while wearing my latest Vera Wang find. I simply don’t get it! What did I ever do to her? For instance, in my last adventure I am in disguise as a dishwasher at a cooking school. I can’t tell you what that did to my nails. My manicurist sobbed like a baby.

What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
The glass is always half full. I’m a positive, upbeat sort of person. I love life and everybody in it until they prove to me I shouldn’t. Which many of them do. That’s more or less a PI’s lot in life, the hardened criminal. Here I am, about as hard as a two-minute egg. But I don’t want to be any different. Embrace life, I say. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Take care of small animals and those less fortunate. Salute the flag. Let’s face it, I’m a walking Hallmark card.

What do you like least about yourself?
Sometimes I leap before I look, but I try to watch that. You don’t want to be leaping into something that could hurt your Jimmy Choos. And I’m impulsive by nature, hot-blooded, all that Latina stuff. I try to be even-tempered. I try.

What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
In the latest book, The Culinary Art of Murder, she puts me in a disguise that makes me look just like Albert Einstein. I wear a salt and pepper wig, sort of like a Brillo pad on steroids, false buckteeth, and thick glasses. Baggy black pants, a huge white shirt, and imitation Crocks on my feet complete this ghastly getup. I am a real bow-wow. And then to add insult to injury, I get to stand on those feet and wash about a gazillion dirty dishes, pots, and pans while trying to find a killer. What I do for a living!

Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
You’re kidding, right? Argue with Heather? Not me. I tend to roll over with all fours in the air and bark.

What is your greatest fear?
That people won’t read about me and my family’s adventures running a detective agency in the heart of Silicon Valley. I might have to go out and get a real job.

What makes you happy?
Well, I’m pretty blessed. I have a great life, a great job, barring a few scrapes and bruises here and there, and let’s not mention the time I was shot. But I got married recently to a wonderful guy who thinks I’m about as great as I know he is. I’m working on having it all. I mean, why not?

If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
Well, there’s two things: One – I can’t sing worth a tinker’s dam, which is too bad. I love to sing. But my brother says I have a voice that can clear out a stopped up sink. And two – The biggest love of my life is ballet. Unfortunately, I wound up being a so-so ballerina, no matter how hard I worked at it. Not much of a choice – mediocre dancer or first-rate sleuth. But I still do a barre every day. At that time, I’m as good as Pavlova, if only in my mind.

Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
My mother makes me crazy. I say this because Lila Hamilton Alvarez is perfect. Really, truly. All my life I have lived in the shadow of the most beautiful, in-control, stylish, intelligent, and knowledgeable woman on this planet, my mother. But there’s another side to her, which is really annoying. Example: I’m told I take after my father in nearly every way. Dark hair, twilight colored eyes, fiery temper. When I was a kid, everybody would say, “Lee’s got her daddy’s features and her mother’s fixtures.” But nobody ever said that around Mom. Way too crude. Gender-based innuendos are not made around L. H. Alvarez. She would be scandalized. My mother also can’t tolerate people who use abbreviations (like I just did) or nicknames, such as calling me “Lee.” She’s called me Liana, since I dropped out of the womb. Whoops. Scratch that remark. Back to being crude.

Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
I don’t think anybody. My philosophy mirrors Oscar Wilde’s - Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
I think Heather is a pretty nice lady when I can get past how she sends me out and nearly gets me killed every time I turn around. But she does let me wear designer clothes and I do have the occasional zinger to say. Now if she’d just get me valet parking wherever I go, we’d have something.

You can find Heather at her website. She loves it soooo much. Says it really shows who she is. And I’m featured nicely on it. Actually, all of us characters are. She’s real fair like that.

What's next for you?
Heather’s got me hopping! The seventh of the Álvarez Family Murder Mysteries will come out next year, Casting Call for a Corpse. She hasn’t started it yet per se, so I’m fairly safe for the moment. However, what she’s working on now is the second book of the spinoff series, The Lee Alvarez Mystery Novellas. This series features hubby, Gurn Hanson and me. We’re sort of a Nick and Nora Charles in today’s Silicon Valley. The first book, Honeymoons Can Be Murder, is already out. She’s merciless, almost getting me killed in book one, even though I had a sprained ankle. Now she’s writing Marriage Can Be Murder, book two. I’m crossing my fingers I’m going to make it through another one of her stories. Mercy, Heather, mercy!

The Culinary Art of Murder
Book Six of The Alvarez Family Murder Mystery

Lee’s Uncle Tío is smitten with the guest chef at a Silicon Valley culinary arts institute. When the woman is arrested for the murder of a fellow chef, a reluctant Lee agrees to help prove Tío’s lady love innocent. But Lee suspects the ambitious, southern belle of a cook might just be guilty. Undercover work at the institute proves to have more pitfalls than whipping up a chocolate soufflé. The killer isn’t done and tries to get Lee out of the way permanently. But just who is the murderer? The accused? One of her two sons? Another inmate from a cooking school with more to hide than dirty dishes? With secrets as plentiful as sauces, the nagging question remains, if Lee proves the lady chef guilty, will Tío ever forgive her for sending his new love to jail?

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

MEET STEPHEN CHAPLIN, HERO OF LADY ELINOR'S ESCAPE

Today we sit down with Stephen Chaplin from Lady Elinor’s Escape by author Linda McLaughlin.

What was your life like before your author started pulling your strings?
Quiet and peaceful!

What’s the one trait you like most about yourself?
I pride myself on my honor and integrity.

What do you like least about yourself?
My inability to resist a damsel in distress, as it caused me many difficulties during Lady Elinor’s Escape.

What is the strangest thing your author has had you do or had happen to you?
She made me fall in love with a lady far above my touch. An Earl’s daughter, no less!

Do you argue with your author? If so, what do you argue about?
Alas, there’s no point in arguing with her.

What is your greatest fear?
I fear that my author will match my sister Olivia with my oldest enemy in the next book. I pray she never writes it.

What makes you happy?
Helping people in need.

If you could rewrite a part of your story, what would it be? Why?
I would change the part where I fail to recognize the woman I love at a masquerade. How could the author think I could be so clueless?

Of the other characters in your book, which one bugs you the most? Why?
My nemesis, Marcus Knightley.

Of the other characters in your book, which one would you love to trade places with? Why?
I might be persuaded to change places with my law partner, Owen Tudor. To date, his life has been almost entirely without drama.

Tell us a little something about your author. Where can readers find her website/blog?
She tells me it’s https://lindalyndi.com, though I have no idea what a website/blog, is.

What's next for you?
I have no idea. It’s all up to my nefarious author!

Lady Elinor's Escape
Lady Elinor Ashworth always longed for adventure, but when she runs away from her abusive aunt, she finds more than she bargained for. Elinor fears her aunt, who is irrational and dangerous, threatening Elinor and anyone she associates with. When she encounters an inquisitive gentleman, she accepts his help, but fearing for his safety, hides her identity by pretending to be a seamstress. She resists his every attempt to draw her out, all the while fighting her attraction to him

There are too many women in barrister Stephen Chaplin's life, but he has never been able to turn his back on a damsel in distress. The younger son of a baronet is a rescuer of troubled females, an unusual vocation fueled by guilt over his failure to save the woman he loved from her brutal husband. He cannot help falling in love with his secretive seamstress, but to his dismay, the truth of her background reveals Stephen as the ineligible party.