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Monday, February 4, 2013

Today's Special - - Anne Gracie

I'm so happy to be hosting one of my favorite authors today.  Anne Gracie is a smart, savvy, talented Aussie with a warmth and smile that reach across the globe.  Her books (all of her books) grace my keeper shelves and I still haven't stopped thanking Janga for introducing me to her books several years ago.  Her newest, The Autumn Bride, releases tomorrow, February 5th.  It's the first in a new series so, if you haven't tried Anne's writing yet, now's the perfect time to give her a try.

You can learn more about Anne and her books by visiting her website and can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.  You can also find her at the multi-author blog, The Word Wenches.  





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 Welcome, Anne!  We’re so happy to have you visit with us today.  Congratulations on the release of The Autumn Bride.  It's always cause for celebration in my house when you have a new book out.  Will you please tell our readers what they can expect from this one? 

Thanks for having me here, PJ.  I love the Dish.

The Autumn Bride is a rags to riches feel-good, fun story with a dark undertow.  But mostly it's about the joy of friendship, second chances, sisterhood — and love.  At the start of the book, my heroine, Abby, is a governess and from there her life goes rapidly downhill to a point where she's desperate and destitute... and then finds an aristocratic old lady worse off than herself.

2        I love how the Chance sisters come to be a family.  What inspired you to create these sisters of the heart? 

Thank you PJ.  I think family is important to most people, and even if they don't have a family, they like the idea of family. People create families all the time, even if they don't call it that. So I like to explore different kinds of families. I've done a series about sisters (the Merridew sisters) and I've done one about brothers and brothers-in-arms (The Devil Riders), and I wanted to do another girl-centered series. I planned that they'd just be friends, but in the writing they became sisters of the heart — and also nieces of the heart.
I intended to have only three sisters, but then Daisy stepped up to the plate. She was supposed to be a very minor character without even a name, but she opened her mouth and she was so real and gutsy and such fun, I loved her and I had to keep her.

I'm so glad you decided to keep Daisy!  

What is one thing that you would like readers to know about Abby, the heroine of The Autumn Bride?

She's impulsive and loyal and she leads with her heart. Sorry, that's three.

LOL!  Three is good.  

4      Same question for Max, our hero?

Max is  a hero in dire need of a bit of loosening up. He's the soul of honor, and he's never broken his word — and that gets him into a real pickle. Will he follow his conscience or his heart? Can he reconcile the two? (Really, I do know what 'one thing' means — i just can't give one answer. ;)

5     Tomorrow is release day for this wonderful book.  How do you celebrate the release of your books?  Do you have any traditions? 

I celebrate on line, of course, and I often have a little celebration with a friend — we were unpublished writers together and we made a pact one year to see which of us could be published first. She got an agent first, but I was contracted first, and we're both multi-published now. So on Tuesday we're doing lunch.  But mostly, you know, on launch day I'm madly blogging and clogging up the social media. <g>

          Do you still write to music?  If so, what was the soundtrack for The Autumn Bride?



I do sometimes write to music, but I've taken to writing by hand lately, often in my local library, and they don't let people play music  there so I didn't have a particular sound track for this book. I really missed it though. Katie Melua, who is often my musical muse, has a new album out, so I'll have to listen to it and see if there's a song there for me.

Thanks for the heads up on Katie Melua's new album.  I've been a fan since you introduced me to the song that was your muse for Rafe's story.  

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Will we be seeing any of Max’s partners in future books?

Definitely. Next up is Freddy, who's not exactly the dark and dangerous alpha hero; he's more of a charming and frivolous bad boy — but there's more to Freddy than you might imagine. I'm having a lot of fun with Freddy and I hope readers will love him as much as I do.

What fills your days when you’re not writing?  Any favorite hobbies?

I could spend the entire day reading if I could but sadly, nobody will pay me to do that,  and since I need to earn a living, I write most days. I love to cook, and I also make stuff — cards, things for dolls houses, a bit of sewing. My latest hobby is making jewelry. And pretending the weeds in the garden are meant to be there.

You mean garden weeds aren't meant to be there?  Who knew?  ::grin::

      Will readers have the opportunity to meet you at any conferences (U.S. or Australian) this year?

I'm not yet sure if I'll be going to the US this year, but in Australia I'll be attending the ARRA (Australian Romance Readers) Conference in March, the Romance Writers of Australia conference in Western Australia in August (Julia Quinn is coming too — squee!) and also I'm going to the GenreCon conference in October. So you can see why I might not be able to fit a trip to the US in this year.

Yes, I can see why coming to the U.S. might be a bit difficult but I have to (selfishly) say I hope you can make it work! 

1       What’s next?

I'm working on Freddy and Damaris's story next, and then hopefully, I'll have time to do some of Marcus's story (from the Devil Riders) before I start on the third Chance Sister's story. I'm also hoping to get started on some house renovations — long overdue.  So it's going to be a very busy year.

Yay for a story for Marcus!  I'm so looking forward to his book!

Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Anne.  I wish you mega sales for The Autumn Bride.  It's such a wonderful book!  Would you like to ask our readers a question before we wrap things up?

Thank you, PJ. And my question is:  if you could go on a Valentine's date with your favorite fictional hero, who would it be, and what would you do?

Oh, good question!  Readers, Anne is graciously offering a copy of The Autumn Bride to one randomly chosen person who leaves a comment on the blog today.  Good luck, all!




Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her sister and two dearest friends from destitution, even if it means breaking into an empty mansion in the hope of finding something to sell. Instead of treasures, though, she finds the owner, Lady Beatrice Davenham, bedridden and neglected. Appalled, Abby rousts Lady Beatrice's predatory servants and—with Lady Beatrice's eager cooperation—the four young ladies become her “nieces,” neatly eliminating the threat of disaster for all concerned!

It's the perfect situation, until Lady Beatrice’s dashing and arrogant nephew, Max, Lord Davenham, returns from the Orient—and discovers an impostor running his household…

A romantic entanglement was never the plan for these stubborn, passionate opponents—but falling in love may be as inevitable as the falling of autumn leaves...  







83 comments:

  1. *screams* I'm so happy this book is finally out this week! (I have my local store saving me back a copy as soon as it gets here!)

    Favorite fictional hero...well, he's not exactly heroic, at least not until after the fact, but Severus Snape. And I'd probably give him a bath and feed him some cookies to make him smile--and then try to make him forget all about his broken heart. :) I'd keep him home with me--places are too crowded on Valentine's--and have him teach me potions...and foolish wand waving. I'd wear my Slytherin Shirt for him...it'd be lovely.

    BUT romance hero wise, I couldn't pass up Gideon from THE PERFECT RAKE or Mayne from PLEASURE FOR PLEASURE. I'm also a fan of Adam, from A NOTORIOUS COUNTESS CONFESSES--but all these men are so in love with their wives, it'd be pointless to try to win them at this point, right? Snape, I might have a half-chance...you know if he wasn't dead...or fictional.

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    1. Thanks Hellion — I hope you enjoy it. Oh dear, Severus Snape? Really? So many people I know reeeeally fancy him, and I just do not get it. Still where would we be if we all had the same taste in men. I hope you do have your valentines date with him - it sounds. . . interesting. :)

      And thanks for the hero suggestions — I'm delighted you chose Gideon, and I love Mayne, too but I haven't read a A NOTORIOUS COUNTESS CONFESSES, which means, yay, new book to read. I'm off to order it now.
      Thanks for dropping by.

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    2. Hi Hellie! Less than 24 hours now and you can snuggle up with Abby and Max. I promise, it will be well worth the wait! :)

      Great heroes! Gideon is a wonderful choice, I'll take Mayne but only if Josie comes along with him and Julie Anne Long outdid herself with Adam. I so love Adam!

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  2. I don't have one fav; I love them all :)

    Maybe Dragos Cuelebre from Thea Harrison's Dragonbound (because i love dragon shifters)? I'd love to fly with him to a deserted paradise island & spend the day alone with him flocking on the beach.

    Love your books Anne! Can't wait to read this one.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I love dragons, too, and Thea Harrison. The fantasy of being able to fly off with a bit, powerful beast... sigh. Love your desert island date.
      Thanks for joining in. Best of luck in the draw.

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    2. I have Dragonbound but haven't had a chance to read it yet. Clearly, I need to free up more reading time!

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  3. Congrats on the new release, Anne. One of my favorite heroes is Gabriel from Julie Garwood's Saving Grace. Maybe we'll have a picnic in the Highlands.

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    1. Jane, a picnic in the highlands with Gabriel sounds lovely — just remember to take along your insect repellent, as well as the chocolate, strawberries and champagne — there are midges (little bitey insects) in them thar hills. ;)
      Thanks for dropping by.

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    2. You don't mind if I come along, do you, Jane? ;-) Gabriel is one of my all-time favorite heroes from my #1 comfort read, Saving Grace. I long ago lost track of how many times I've read that book and yet it never loses its appeal for me.

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  4. Saint from London's Perfect Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch...think about what happens between him and Evie every time they meet, fireworks and sizzles every single time ;) The perfect lover.

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    1. Sounds gorgeous, Mina — one hot Valentines date coming up.
      Glad you could drop by.

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    2. I have a feeling Andrea may be joining you on that date, Mina. She's very possessive of Saint! ;-)

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  5. THE AUTUMN BRIDE is going to be an amazing read.

    I have just re-read SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen. I am even more in love with Col. Brandon. I'd be very happy with just tea in the drawing room.

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    1. Hi Mary — thanks for dropping in.
      Col Brandon, eh? Out of his Severus outfit and into his regency clothes. :)
      And tea in the drawing room sounds lovely, with lots of delicious little cakes. And then you could wishdraw to another room. ;)

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    2. Hi Mary! The Autumn Bride is such a wonderful story. Set aside the whole day for reading. These characters will keep you glued to the pages!

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  6. Congrat on the new release, Anne!! I was fan of you, and i love read your books, especialy Devil Rider Series!! I can't wait to reading your new book!!

    My favorite heroes was Arcangel Raphael from Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh. I really love him and if he can take me fly to place anywhere i want, that was perfect!!

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    1. Thank you Filia, I'm so glad you enjoy my books. Hope you like the new series, too.
      I love Nalini's books, but I prefer the shifters to the angels. I think it's the fur. :)
      Sounds like you'll have a very exciting Valentine's date, flying off into the blue with Raphael. Enjoy.

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    2. Hi Filia! Thank you for stopping by today. Wasn't the Devil Rider series wonderful? Love those men...and their ladies. Anne's new series looks to be just as great, if The Autumn Bride is any indication. :)

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    3. Thanks, PJ. I hope people like the new series. It's always hard to leave one world and enter another.

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  7. Oh, just a ride or fishing with Mr.Darcy would work for me..... I have to agree with Linda though, I love them all for one reason or another.

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    1. Oh, Dianna, that wet shirt dive into the pond scene in the Colin Firth P&P. Sigh.
      So I can guess how your fishing expedition might end.
      And then you'd have to dry the poor dear off...

      Have fun. Thanks for joining in the conversation.

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    2. Dianna, maybe we could plan a "gathering" and invite them all along for the ride...or fishing...or picnic. :)

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  8. I would pick Mr. Darcy and we would go on a tour of his estate. Congratulations on the new book!

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    1. Thanks, Maureen, A tour of his estate would be lovely, I think. With tea and cakes to follow.
      Good luck in the draw.

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    2. Mr. Darcy seems to be a very popular choice today. ;-)

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  9. Hi, Anne! I think everyone who knows me knows that I'm an Anne Gracie fan and have been since I read Gallant Waif, one of my all-time favorite books.

    I could never pick one hero. One of the joys of being a romance reader is having a different hero every day, all of them wonderful. :) And I agree with MsHellion that the best heroes are so in love with their beloveds that it's difficult to think of one without the other. Maybe I'll just pick a favorite Anne Gracie couple to have Valentine's day lunch with. I'm sure they'll have their private celebration that evening. Hmm. Even then, I'd be hard pressed to choose between Jack and Kate from Gallant Waif and Harry and Nell from His Captive Lady. If I choose Harry and Nell, I'd probably get to spend time with Gabriel, Rafe, Nash, Luke, and Marcus as well. But I do love Jack. And then there's Gideon, who is the Perfect Rake and . . . Anne's not the only one who finds it difficult to give one answer. :)

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    1. Oh, Janga, thank you — you're such a sweetheart. For that comment, you can have ALL of them!
      With a few exceptions, most of my books are set in a pretty limited time period — 1812—1818, so I'm sure there's one point where they could all meet up and take you to lunch. And then one by one they could take you on a stroll in the garden, by the lake, up to the folly, by the stream, and a horse ride, and a carriage ride and...
      Have a lovely Valentine's day.

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    2. ::Sigh:: I don't know about Janga but the gift of that picture you just drew in my mind will make my Valentine's Day complete, Anne. ♥

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    3. Janga, as you know (since I tell you often enough...lol), I cannot thank you enough for introducing me to Anne's books all those years ago. When I finally scored a copy of Gallant Waif a couple years ago it was one of the best days of my reading life and I agree with you about Jack. Not sure I could leave him off my list either.

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  10. Aragorn from Lord of the Rings! Loved Vigo in his portrayal of this character.

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    1. Laurie, I do so agree with you. Love Viggo in that role. I have a photo of him that will one day inspire a hero in one of my books.
      Thanks for dropping in.

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  11. Hi Anne! Thank you so much for being with us today and for graciously answering all of my questions. I love, love, love The Autumn Bride! You've given us a wonderful cast of characters with this new series and I just know reading all of their stories will be a special treat.

    As far as which hero I'd like to spend Valentine's Day with? Wow, how can I choose? A picnic just wouldn't be complete without your Devil Riders and how could I take them without inviting along the rest of the guys. Then there's Julie Garwood's Gabriel (I'm sure Jane won't mind sharing). Of course, I couldn't leave out Julie Anne Long's Colin Eversea, that sexy rogue, who I'm sure would keep me laughing the entire time. I could go on and on...and on but, looking at that list, I think I better start cooking instead. We're going to have a whole lot of hungry heroes to feed!

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    1. No No, PJ — you don't cook on Valentines Day — you get taken out and given wonderful treats. So there will be a french chef — several chefs from various countries in fact, and they will make you all sorts of delicious dishes. A collection of romance dishes, in fact. :)

      Thank you so much for being a wonderful hostess. I'm enjoying myself immensely.

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    2. Okay, so no cooking but you know I'm going to have to make chocolates for them because...well...that's what I do. ::grin::

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    3. You make chocolates? How gorgeous!

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  12. Anne, I'm fascinated by all of your creative pursuits. And you're a beekeeper too! You're a true Renaissance woman. :)

    Do you have photos of any of your jewelry posted? I have a friend who makes jewelry and I'm in awe of her artistic skill.

    Readers, you can read more about the many facets of Anne Gracie at her website.

    http://www.annegracie.com/anne/anne.htm

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    1. PJ I don't have any pics up of my most recent stuff, but I have some on my blog.
      These are pearl items I make for a charity auction at RWAust every year.
      http://annegracie.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/creative-procrastination.html

      And these are some paper beads I made.
      http://annegracie.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/would-you-wear-these.html
      http://annegracie.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/paper-beads.html

      And these are the first necklaces I made — my style has changed a lot since then.
      http://annegracie.blogspot.com.au/2009/04/procrastination-is-not-dirty-word.html

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  13. Okay, I posted earlier, but had a glitch with my computer.
    Welcome to TRD today, Anne. Thank you for the interview!

    I am not quite sure which hero to choose for a Valentine's date. I like Colin Bridgerton from JQ's RMB. Since Valentine's Day is usuall cold and snowy where I live, I think it would be fun and romantic if the hero (mine real-life DH included) would spread a blanket in the middle of the living room floor and have a picnic basket filled with lunch and, of course, chocolate. A nice added touch would be a small bouquet of violets or lily-of-the-valley or even miniature roses.

    Congrats on the release of TAB, Anne. I look forward to reading it!

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    1. Oh, good choice, Deb! I bet Colin would bring some good eats too! :)

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    2. Deb that sounds like a delightful Valentines picnic. I love picnics indoors.
      I hope you have a roaring log fire as well.
      Thanks for your well-wishes. I hope you enjoy my story.

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  14. One of my favorite fictional heroes that I would love to spend Valentine's Day (and every other day) with, is Hart Mackenzie, from Jennifer Ashley's "Highland Pleasure" series. He's sexy, strong, and very, very alpha. *sigh*. I would love to go on a ride with him through the Scottish highlands, and then make wild, passionate love by a gently running stream.

    Congratulations Anne, on your upcoming release of "The Autumn Bride".

    Thank you for this opportunity to win.

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    1. Now that would be a memorable Valentine's Day!

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    2. Thanks, Diane — those jennifer Ashley heroes are pretty special, aren't they? Again, take the insect repellant, and enjoy your glorious day in the highlands.

      Thanks for the good wishes, and for joining in the fun. Hope you enjoy the Autumn Bride

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  15. It's hard to choose a hero for a Valentine's date because I fall a little in love with each hero in the romances I read. I guess I would choose one of Julie Garwood's highlander heroes. It would be fun to spend some time with an alpha male who is protective and possessive. I would just love to listen to him talk and watch him practice with a claymore...with his shirt off, of course! ;-)

    Congrats on the new release. The Autumn Bride is on top of my TBB list for February!

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    1. Julie Garwood has some fabulous heroes to draw from doesn't she?

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    2. Thanks Cheryle — yes, indeed, those Julie Garwood Scotsmen. I'm fond of the guy from Honor's Splendor , though I've forgotten his name (Bad Anne!) But as I said before, take insecticide for the midges you get in Scotland -- they're fierce wee beasties.
      Thanks for visiting. I hipe you enjoy the book.

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  16. I'd like to have J.D.Robb's Roarke take me on a tour of his many off-planet holdings. Fun question.

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    1. You know, one of these days I'm going to have to read those books.

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    2. Ooh, off planet, eh? That would be interesting. PJ, I'm remiss there, too.
      Thanks for joining in.

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  17. It is hard to choose just one, so I guess I will go with Rhett Butler. I would love to go dancing with him if Scarlett doesn't mind.

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    1. I think you should dance with him even if Scarlett minds. And would you be wearing one of those fabulous dresses with the big swooshy skirts? And then he'd swish you out onto the terrace for a dance in the moonlight...
      Sounds good to me! Thanks for coming by, Cathy.

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  18. Since many have chosen historical characters, perhaps I'll try a contemporary one. Any of the heroes in Julie James' books would be a good date. They're smart, funny and successful. Her last hero, Kyle, even took down Twitter.

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    1. Any of Julie's heroes would be just fine with me!

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    2. Funny, smart and successful is a pretty good summing up, Kim. Are you taking just one hero, or all of them?
      Kyle sounds like an interesting date.
      Thanks

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  19. Hi Anne. Looking forward to your new release. Love family oriented series. My favorite fictional Valentine date would be James Malory from Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey. Although he's a departure from the dark, brooding hero I normally like with his green eyes and blond hair, he seems as if he'd really show a gal a good time.

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    1. James would be a fine choice! I'd want to bring Georgie along too though. I adore her!

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    2. She is his perfect match, isn't she?

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    3. Ooh Donna, James is such a gorgeous bad boy, isn't he? I do like a bad boy and yes, I think James would definitely show you a good time. Think it's time I reread my old Johanna Lindsays.
      thanks for joining in the fun.

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  20. I don't think I have one favorite. I get totally involved with the current hero that I'm reading about. As to a date, maybe a small, intimate dinner in an out of the way restaurant with glorious food, some wine and a decadent dessert and to be continued...

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    1. Ah yes, we do enjoy that ..., don't we? ::grin::

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    2. Small intimate dinner followed by a decadent dessert followed by . . . sounds like a delightful way to spend Valentines night, Catslady. ;)
      Hope you get that on Valentines night.

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  21. I would like to go on a date with William from The Forbidden Rose by Joanna Bourne. He is witty and mysterious and intelligent. It would be nice to attend a sports event because we can see how other people outwit each other and strategize. He's one of my favorite but there are so many to choose from with wonderful qualities! Congratulations on the release of your book tomorrow :)

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    1. I love William! I especially love how much he adores his wife. A good hero!

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    2. Na, this is such an interesting idea — I'd love to see what William makes of a modern day sports event — William at the Superbowl, for instance. What fun. I love Joanna Bourne's books.
      Thanks for the good wishes.

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  22. When I first saw the cover of The Autumn Bride and saw that it was about a governess, I gasped and then sighed. Cannot WAIT to read it. Sigh - encore.

    I've always said how Rhett Butler is my favorite fictional romance character. I would love to spend Valentine's Day with him as we both dress up in our best period costumes and dance the night away. Nice!!

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    1. Connie, she's not a governess for long, alas. But I hope you enjoy the story. I think she's a lovely heroine.
      Another Rhett Butler date, eh? I can certainly see the appeal, and as for the dress-ups and the dancing . . beautifully romantic. Enjoy!

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  23. Oh man, this is going to be a really awesome read.... thanks for sharing your thoughts with all of us!!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it. i had a lot of fun writing it.

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  24. I would have to go with a little bit of a bad boy and say Rhett Butler. I have always loved this man ever since I read GWTW the first time. I have read it several times and its on my keeper shelf. Your book sound fabulous and I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Thanks, QuiltLady — I hope you enjoy it. I suspect there might be a bit of er, pushing and shoving in the Rhett Butler line. All the nice galz love a bad boy. :)

      Thanks for joining in.

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  25. I love the premise of this book, the abused and lonely old woman who takes in four young ladies in need, and of course the nephew who objects to this arrangement. Sounds like a recipe for a fantastically wonderful story and I can't wait to read it.

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    1. Oh, and I'd pick Captain Jack Sparrow to go on a date with, I think he'd be a lot of fun as we went for an afternoon sail.

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    2. I hope so, Barbara — I did have a lot of fun writing it,. so I hope that transfers in the reading.
      Mmmm, Capt. Jack Sparrow — verrry nice choice.

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  26. Anne, thank you so much for visiting with us today!

    Readers, be sure to check back Wednesday to find out if you are the winner of a copy of THE AUTUMN BRIDE!

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    1. PJ, thanks so much for the interview and the fun — I've really enjoyed being here.

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  27. Thanks for the fun interview and congrats to Annie on her new release! I wants it sooooo bad :) Lol... everyone has already mentioned pretty much all the top best VD dates so I'm gonna go with... Roarke from the JD Robb In Death series. he owns the universe and is a known suave, ladies man so I think I'd be in good company!

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    1. Thank you, Erin. I hope you enjoy the book. I'm going to have to get me some JD Robb — I don;t know why i haven't read them as I love other Nora books. And Roarke sounds pretty amazing. have a lovely Valentines Day.

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  28. Congratulations on the release of THE AUTUMN BRIDE. I have heard such lovely things about it.

    I have read so many books and fallen in love with so many of the heroes, I can't think of one in particular I would like to be with. Pamela Clare has a trilogy set in pre-revolutionary colonial America. It is actually set in the area where I grew up. Any one of the three MacKinnon brothers, transplanted Highland warriors, would make a great date. A quiet walk and canoe ride in the Adirondacks and a picnic by a lake would be a wonderful way to spend the day.

    Best of luck with the release of THE AUTUMN BRIDE. I know it will do well.

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    1. Hi LibraryPat — thanks for your good wishes. Love the sound of your Valentines day picnic and canoe ride in what I imagine is stunningly beautiful countryside. I hope you really can do something similar.

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  29. I would love to go on a picknick with Jane Eyre's Mr Rochester.

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    1. Hi Jo, what an interesting choice. I find Rochester such a complicated man — I imagine he'd be a fascinating conversationalist, too. Thanks for joining in the conversation. Best of luck in the draw.

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