Co-hosted by Kati and Jamie (from Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance) & Myself
This event showcases some of the amazing authors and books that feature “fallen women” as the heroine. Make sure to stop back each day as we will have guest posts, interviews and lots of giveaways!
Ann Lethbridge began writing Regency-set historical romances at the turn of the century (this one). She has twelve full-length novels in print and digital, and numerous short stories some of which have won awards. She now writes for Harlequin’s Historical imprint. Growing up army-bratting around England, she developed a love of British history and made friends with Georgette Heyer’s characters when making new friends at new schools was a daunting proposition. True love came her way on a motorbike and wearing jeans and leather jacket, much frowned upon by her Dad at first, and she now makes her home in Canada with two lovely daughters and a fussy little dog who likes to sit in a chair beside her computer, or on her lap, if she could figure out a way to type around him. She has swapped the motorbike for something with four wheels and a roof.
Her next book Lady of Shame (Castonbury Park) will be out in e-book form in North America in November 2012, and out in print bundled with book 3 of the series, in January 2013.
Hi Ann, thank you for agreeing to take part in our Fallen Women Week Event!
1. What makes “fallen women” special to you as an author?
Part of what makes fallen women special is the deep understanding we all have that everyone makes mistakes, that circumstances are not always within our control and that often choices are difficult. Whether a woman is deemed fallen because of choice or circumstance, she is changed forever in ways that make her character fascinating. And let’s face it, we can all imagine ourselves landing up in the same boat.
2. What inspired you to write about a “fallen woman”?
Lady of Shame, out in February 2013, is book four in Harlequin’s Castonbury Park Series. My heroine, Clare, rebelled against her family, the Montagues, and against her father’s wishes, marryied a man who she later discovered only wooed her for her status and money.
Clare now has a child, her husband is dead and she is penniless. This was my first story about a woman who had previously been married and while widows had more leeway during the Regency, without money her choices are limited.
For the sake of her child, Clare puts her pride in her pocket and while she is unsure of her welcome, she goes home to ask for help. The danger lurking at home comes in the form of a young and handsome chef, Andre. Once more Clare is forced to choose between doing her duty and following a heart that has been proved wrong before.
It was this latter idea that inspired this story. Once bitten twice shy is a very old saying, and I wondered if a woman who had gone through the fire once, only to be burned, would dare attempt it again? And if so, why.
3. If you could live anywhere in the world (or a place from a book) where would it be?
I am one of those people who, wherever she goes on vacation, wants to live there at that particular moment. Every place has its charm, as does every country. I honestly believe I could be happy no matter where I was plunked down. This likely stems from the number of places I lived as an army brat following the drum in England, a place I love to visit even now. It seems to me, it would have to be somewhere with my husband and somewhere near my daughters. So wherever they are, that is where I want to be, but if it could be somewhere near the sea shore, I have a thing about the seaside, I would be doubly happy.
4. What are you writing at the moment? Can you give us a sneak peek into your current WIP?
I am just finishing the second Gilvrys of Dunross novel. The first book in the series, The Laird’s Forbidden Lady, came out this past July. These books are set in Regency Scotland and the family’s fortunes are tied up with the making and smuggling of illegal Scotch whisky (note in Scotland whisky has no e before the y). This second book strays away from Dunross to the castle of the clan’s chieftan and follows the adventures of Niall, a third son who feels as if he has never found a place in the family and so is off to make his own way in the world. Lady Jenna is seeking a rich husband so she can restore her family’s fortunes. The last thing she needs is to fall for a footloose poverty-stricken Highlander and while she is not a fallen woman at the beginning, well... Ah but then should leave you to read about what happens. It is a story of adventure and betrayal and intrigue, with a lot of romance to spice things up.
I also have a book coming out in February 2013, Haunted by the Earl’s touch, which contains all the elements of a spooky Gothic I hope readers will enjoy.
5. What book is at the top of your TBR pile?
The one at the top of the pile is one as yet unwritten. I have been devouring Martin’s Game of Thrones like a woman deprived of chocolate who has been given a whole box and I can’t wait to taste the next one. Only sadly, I’m on a restricted diet.
The next one down the pile is the second book in the Castonbury Park series. The series is a continuity, written and plotted by eight different authors. Lady of Shame is book four and while I know the plot line of each book, I have only just received my author copies of the complete set. So I am dying to read them all in order and see how my partners is crime bring the overarching story, of which my book is such a small part, to a conclusion.
I am a voracious eclectic reader, and in addition to the research books I need to dig through, I get through about four books a week, so my tbr pile is an ever-changing monster. I tend to read Regencies because I love them. Probably why I write them, too. I enjoy paranormals and fantasy as well other other eras of history. Most of all, I love to finish a book and say, I wish I had written that even if my face is tinged with green.
1. Alpha or Beta? Alpha
2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Belle of the Ball, she’s a harder sell.
3. Debutante or Spinster? Spinster
4. Virgin widow or Secret baby? Virgin widow
5. Titled peer or Working man? Working man
6. Love at first sight or Second chances? Love at first sight.
7. Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Pirate every time
8. Vampires or Shifters? Shifters
9. Past, Present or Future? (sneaky) Past
10. Writing or Reading? Writing
11. Paperbacks or e-books? E-books
12. Plotter or Pantser? Pantser
13. Author’s choice: You get to ask a question for the readers to answer.
Where in the world do you like to travel when you are reading a book, in the past, in the present, and in the future? (sneaky!)
Ian Gilvry, Laird of Dunross, is as rough and wild as the Highland heather. Yet the return of Sassenach Selina and her family to claim his land ignites hatred and passion in equal measure.
Lady Selina is torn between family loyalty and wanton need for Ian. Tricked into marriage, she finds the laird fulfils her every burning desire. But Ian is a man bound by duty.
Can Selina be sure that his heart belongs not only to his clan…but also to the woman he has made his wife?
One lucky commenter will win a copy of Ann’s THE LAIRD’S FORBIDDEN LADY!
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment answering Ann’s question: Where in the world do you like to travel when you are reading a book, in the past, in the present, and in the future?
Open to residents of Canada and the US – no PO Boxes please!
Must be 18 or older!
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