Wednesday, February 13, 2013

GUEST LAUNCH PARTY + GIVEAWAY: Once Again a Bride by Jane Ashford

Please welcome fellow Casa author Jane Ashford, author of ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE—in stores this month. We did an interview to keep things lively!

1. This is your first new book in over ten years! What’s it like to be back? JA: Lovely! The romance community is such a busy and exciting place these days, with so much information and conversation on the web and so many new types of stories.

2. Tell us a little bit about your newest book, Once Again a Bride. JA: It’s about a young woman, Charlotte, who gets a second chance at love. The first chance was a miserable failure. Her dying father pushed her into marriage with an acquaintance of his, wanting her to be safe when he was gone. But the despicable Henry Wylde only wanted Charlotte’s money to expand his antiquities collection. He treats Charlotte with contempt, and lets his servants do the same. When his death sets her free, Charlotte finds herself nearly penniless and, eventually, suspected of murder.

Henry’s nephew Alec thinks his life is totally under control, though he feels a bit burdened by his many responsibilities. The discovery that his reclusive old uncle was married, and left a lovely young widow, gradually turns his world upside down.

The book also tells the love story of Charlotte’s maid Lucy Bowman and Ethan Trask, a footman in Alec’s household.

3. What are some of your favorite things about writing a historical romance? Anything you love about the Regency time period in particular? JA: I love the language of past periods, particularly the English Regency. I think it offers opportunities for elegance and wit. That era was a little less buttoned up than, for example, the Victorians. That said, the strictures of society make for interesting plot complications.

4. I really liked that in Once Again a Bride, you get to see two love stories—one with Sir Alec and Charlotte, and another with Ethan, one of Alec’s footmen, and Lucy, Charlotte’s maid. What inspired this secondary love story? JA: I think it began with the idea that Lucy was having almost as hard a time in Henry Wylde’s unhappy household as Charlotte. She longed to leave, and she could have; she could have gotten another position. But she’d been with Charlotte so long and was devoted to her interests. I started to wonder what that would mean for an individual and her own happiness. And then somebody had to help bathe Lizzie’s fearsome cat, and Ethan came along. The rest is history!

5. What are some things you like to do in your free time? JA: I like getting together with good friends, walking in nature, movies. I love animals and have volunteered at SPCA shelters.

6. Who are some of your favorite authors? Read anything good lately? JA: I’ve been doing some reading for the Rita Awards, which is always a pleasure. I read lots of different genres, so it’s hard to pick favorites. I love Charles de Lint’s urban fantasy, Laurie King’s books, Alice Hoffman.

7. Of course, we all want to know what is coming next for you and your writing! JA: My next historical is called A Compliant Husband. You can read a bit about it at

8. Anything else you’d like to add? JA: Thanks for having me. I’ll be at the RT Book Lovers Convention in May. Hope to see everyone there!

Thank you so much to Jane for visiting with us today! We are so glad she’s back! To enter to win one of two copies of Once Again a Bride, please what is your favorite thing about reading historical romances, or tell us what your favorite romance genre to read is and why! US and Canada only, please leave an email address so we can reach you. Winners will be chosen on Friday, February 15.


She couldn’t be more alone…
Widowhood has freed Charlotte Wylde from a demoralizing and miserable marriage. But when her husband’s intriguing nephew and heir arrives to take over the estate, Charlotte discovers she’s unsafe in her own home… Alec Wylde was shocked by his uncle’s untimely death, and even more shocked to encounter his uncle’s beautiful young widow. Now clouds of suspicion are gathering, and charges of murder hover over Charlotte’s head.

He could be her only hope…or her next victim…

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Jane’s historical and contemporary romances have been published all over the world, and she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Eighteen of her Regency romances will be published by Sourcebooks in the near future! Born in Ohio, Jane currently lives in Boston. For more information, please visit

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  1. My favorite romance genre is science fiction romance, I love the HEA and the creative imaginings of life in space and all of the wonderful possibilities that are explored.

  2. I love being able to transport to another time and place. With a historical romance, you get to imagine that you were wearing the fancy gowns and being romanced by a Duke or a Viscount.

  3. Welcome, Jane! I love that you have the love story featuring the servants too. How fun!

  4. My favorite is historical romance!! However, I do read Sci-fi, time travel, biographies, and many others.

  5. A great big Tex/Okie welcome, Jane. Your book sounds fascinating. Love the plot and the subplot and the cover is simply awesome!

  6. Hi Jane. How exciting to have a secondary love plot. Beautiful cover.

  7. Love historical romances- I have no love life of my own so I just put myself in the place of the heroine and pretend.

  8. Hi! !!! I love historical. It's my favorite I love the history in it. :)

  9. Hi Jane! Congrats on the new release! Beautiful cover, too!

  10. Hi Jane. Your book sounds great. I love the cover. I love historicals because you get to see how they lived, the way they dressed and the social practices of the time.


  11. I love historicals for the same reason I love Urban Fantasy. The characters populate a world that feels so different from what I experience. But the language and wit of times past is also extremely appealing to me.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  12. I love it because it is so very different from the life we lead today. Such a slower pace, more appreciation to the smaller details, and of course, the HEA!!

  13. My favorite genre is historical or paranormal romance. But I am beginning to become a huge fan of contemporary. I love romance because I hope that everyone get their own happily ever after. Everyone deserves it. I love seeing and hearing someone describe falling in love. I love all the firsts that come with falling in love also.
    Jane is a new author for me. This book sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win.
    christinebails at yahoo dot com

  14. This novel sounds utterly lovely! I just think historical romance is the *most* romantic of any genre. It is just so... swoon worthy :-)


  15. I've been hearing good things about your book! Historicals are my favorite although I do read a little bit of almost all genres. I enjoy being taken away and into different times and places. I love learning while enjoying a romance.


  16. Once again Sourcebooks has hit the jackpot with the cover! And the book sounds like a winner, too. Congrats!

  17. Amazing interview! Congrats on your new release! I cannot wait to get my hands on it. I love historical romances. Love the time periods in general. The scandals, the dresses, and the way things were back then. It made it all so deliciously to read :D

  18. Oops forgot my email :) lilypondreads at gmail dot com

  19. Congrats! I like the HEA.


  20. The book sounds great, Jane!

    I love historical romances, especially the Medieval and Regency periods.

    Marcy Shuler

  21. Historical romance is one of my favorites!! I really love the regency period because I like reading about the clothes and the balls and of course the happily ever after. I enjoyed the interview and reading about the book. It looks wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  22. I just love historical romance because it's so fascinating to me to see how people lived in a bygone age. I read quite a number of romance genres, I love them all, but the two I read most are paranormal romance and historical romance. Both because they're so different from my every day world.

  23. I do love historicals for their ability to take us to another time and imagine what it would have been like to live during that time (or at least a romanticized view of it). Lately though, I have been reading more paranormal stories. But I read just about every type of romance there is. Congrats on your new release. It sounds wonderful :)
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  24. Good Morning--thanks to everyone who commented! Our winners are:

    Anonymous (Marcy)
    Martha Lawson

    I'll be contacting you both shortly!

    Have a great weekend!