A very warm Casablanca welcome to fellow romance author EMILY GREENWOOD! The second book in her Regency Mischief series, GENTLEMEN PREFER MISCHIEF, hits stores this month!
Casa authors, thanks so much for helping me celebrate the release of GENTLEMEN PREFER MISCHIEF! It’s so fun to be here with you.
And since no party is complete without delicious treats, I thought I’d bring my two main characters, Miss Lily Teagarden and Hal, Viscount Roxham, with me today to bake the cake. Why don’t I let them get to it?
Lily: Do we really need a cake? It seems like a waste of ingredients to create something that’s not good for us. Why don’t we make some nice whole wheat bread instead?
Hal, unwrapping a stick of butter: We need a cake. You need to live a little.
He drops butter into a mixing bowl and starts beating it, mercilessly and cheerfully, with a wooden spoon.
Lily, eyes lofting toward the ceiling: You really have taken being a viscount too much to heart. It’s made you ridiculously bossy. And pushy. When I think of what you’ve done with that thing you stole from me--.
Hal, grinning: It makes you want to laugh, right? And kiss me?
She dumps a measure of sugar on the butter, wrinkling her nose as if in distaste.
Hal: You do love saying no. I take it as a personal challenge to get you to say yes.
Lily: Just get busy with that butter and sugar. It looks lumpy.
Hal (laughs, and beats the mixture harder): Like this? Is this hard enough for you?
The hint of a grin briefly teases the edge of Lily’s mouth before she returns to a serious expression.
Lily: We have a job to do, and I intend to do it properly.
She cracks several eggs into the mixture Hal’s beating and begins measuring flour and baking powder into another bowl.
Hal (sticks a finger into the butter mixture and tastes it): Pretty good, but it needs vanilla.
He pours in a hefty dash of extract.
Lily: Hey! That’s raw batter—you shouldn’t eat it. And you’re only supposed to put in a teaspoon of vanilla.
Hal (swipes another taste of batter): It’s really good, and I hear the risks of getting Salmonella are very low now. Plus, we’re Regency people, and we’ve got the iron stomachs of people who consumed unrefrigerated meats and unpasteurized milk. A little raw egg is nothing.
Lily (laughs): You are so ridiculous.
Hal: You know you want to taste it. What’s the good of being alive if you don’t take a few risks and taste everything you can?
Lily hesitates, but then uses her finger to take a small taste. Her eyes close for a minute as she savors the flavor.
Hal: I knew you’d like it.
Lily, eyes still closed, but with a smile on her lips: Go measure the milk. We need a cup.
Hal, grinning, pours the milk, and they take turns adding it and the flour mixture to the batter. Hal beats it while Lily gives directions, and they pour it into pans and put it in the oven.
Hal: Can’t wait. I love a good cake.
Lily, looking around them: We should clean up the kitchen.
Hal, looking out the window: The kitchen can wait—let’s go out and watch the sunset.
Lily hesitates, but Hal leans forward and kisses her cheek.
Hal: I promise you the dishes aren’t going anywhere, and as soon as we’ve seen the sunset, we’ll do them together.
Lily, smiling and taking his hand as they head for the door: Very well, but I suppose I shall have to teach you how to clean up properly. What does a viscount know about chores?
Hal: You’re going to be surprised at just how much I know about so many things…
Laughing, they rush outside.
Emily here again—I hope you enjoyed this little visit from Lily & Hal!
Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Emily, Lily and Hal! To enter to win 1 of 2 copies of Gentlemen Prefer Mischief, leave a comment below and tell us your favorite cake (or treat) to bake! Open to US and Canada only, winners will be chosen on Friday, 12/13.
GENTLEMEN PREFER MISCHIEF BY EMILY GREENWOOD – IN STORES DECEMBER 2013
When Adversaries Clash, Mischief Ignites Passion...
If it hadn't been for the crazy rumors, Lily Teagarden would never have approached her neighbor, Hal, Viscount Roxham—the careless rogue who broke her fledgling heart. But strange noises and lights on his property are causing serious problems for her, and she needs his help.
Trouble is oh-so-diverting for Viscount Roxham, and what could be more amusing than investigating what's plaguing his prim, beautiful neighbor—haunted sheep, of all things. Every time he seems to make progress, though, she throws mischief in his path, and his attraction to her is becoming extremely distracting...too bad Lily's the only woman in England who doesn't think he's Lord Perfect.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emily Greenwood worked for a number of years as a writer, crafting newsletters and fundraising brochures, but she far prefers writing playful love stories set in Regency England, and she thinks romance is the chocolate of literature. A Golden Heart finalist, she lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. For more information, please visit http://emilygreenwood.net/, follow her on Twitter @EmiGreenwood, and like her on Facebook!