Monday, March 3, 2014

GUEST LAUNCH PARTY + GIVEAWAY: The Bride Insists by Jane Ashford


A warm Casablanca welcome to author Jane Ashford, who is celebrating the release of her brand new Regency romance, THE BRIDE INSISTS!

Tomorrow is the official publication date for The Bride Insists, my twentieth regency set historical romance. In honor of that event, I invite you to join me for high tea. I’ve set out my best china, the Haddon Hall. There are pots and pots of English Breakfast blend. Milk or lemon for you? We’re offering scones and iced teacakes and lots of those little crustless sandwiches, just like the ones served at The Ritz. Cheddar and chutney? Smoked salmon? For those who prefer something a bit stronger than tea, have no fear. We have Pimm’s Cups, with a slice of cucumber and a few blue borage blossoms. Just keep in mind – there’s gin in there! Hungrier guests are directed to the tray of scotch eggs, quite filling.

So, does everybody have a cup or a glass and a plate of goodies? Splendid. Do have a seat.


If we were all members of the haut ton, or even just hangers-on, we’d now exchange the latest on dits about reckless debutantes and straying lords. We could talk about the Duchess of Cambridge or Prince Harry. Did you hear Princess Madeleine of Sweden just had a baby girl? Here’s a test for royal watchers – when Charles, William, and then little George become King of England (in due course, over the years), what will their “numbers” be? As in King William the ??th. Can you answer without Googling?
 
As you can see, I’m an Anglophile. I’m not sure if I love Regency romances because of that, or vice versa. Whichever, I can’t seem to stop telling stories set in that era. In The Bride Insists we get to travel from Regency London to Cornwall and back again, as Clare and Jamie struggle toward a loving partnership. Since they’ve both been scarred by financial reverses when young, even an inherited fortune doesn’t make that easy. Jamie, in particular, has to fight engrained cultural expectations of a man’s role in the world.
I like creating characters with issues and flaws. Their blind spots can be bit irritating, perhaps. But I think they deepen a story. A change is more significant if you have to battle inner demons in order to make it, don’t you think? And the payoff is bigger when characters like that find their way to HEA.

My, aren’t we getting serious here? But no matter. Those Pimm’s Cups were very popular. I think there’s somebody under that table in the corner. So raise your glass (or cup) to the delights of Regency England, and thanks for coming to the launch party! I hope you had a good time. Cheers!

Thank you, Jane, for celebrating with us today! We’re giving away two book prize packs—each prize pack will include The Bride Insists, The Marriage Wager, Man of Honour and The Three Graces, all of which are by Jane! To enter, tell us what you’re bringing to Jane’s celebratory high tea. Winners will be announced in the comments on Wednesday, March 5. Open to US and Canada only, please leave an email address in your comment so you can be contacted easily!

THE BRIDE INSISTS BY JANE ASHFORD – IN STORES MARCH 2014

She Thinks She's Bought a Compliant Husband
Although Clare Greenough has inherited an unexpected fortune, her money is in the hands of a trustee until she marries—everyone knows a woman is incapable of managing funds. What she needs is an easygoing husband, right away...

They're Both in for a Shock
She makes a deal with impetuous young James Boleigh, seventh baron Trehearth: they will marry, Clare will get control of her money, and Jamie will get the funds he desperately needs to restore his lands. To stave off ruin, Jamie agrees, believing Clare will soon become a proper, submissive wife. But to expect a serene, passionless marriage was only their first mistake...

Praise for The Bride Insists
“Perfectly delightful Regency romance... Remarkably executed.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Ashford captures the reader’s interest with her keen knowledge of the era and her deft writing.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by  the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. She has written historical and  contemporary romances, and her books have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, and Spain, as well  as the U.S. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Born in Ohio, she now lives in LA. For more information, please visit http://janeashford.com/.

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35 comments:

  1. I can answer without googling. I have the official site for the British Monarchy bookmarked. However, on the top of my head guess I had one too many Georges but the others were spot on.

    My contribution is a plate of Vanilla Cream Wafers. They are petite shortbread wafers sandwiched with a dab of vanilla cream icing. A friend described them as the most decadent things this side of chocolate.
    vlettel at cox.net

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  2. Congratulations! It sounds like something I'd enjoy.

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  3. Congrats on your release. I hang my head in shame at my lack of ready royals knowledge. Thank goodness we have you as our hostess.

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  4. I'll bring some Yorkshire Gold tea! Those Scotch eggs look interesting, and so does the new book! Congrats!

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  5. What fun and congratulations. I'll bring my famous cucumber sandwiches and/or ham and cheese stuffed yeast rolls. The new book looks so inviting and yes, ma'am, I'd love a cup of tea. No milk or lemon, just a spot of honey and thank you!

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  6. Congrats on the release! What a wonderful party, I'm enjoying the tea and scones. I brought my appetite with me. :) Oh and a flask to share with anyone who wants a little more tastier tea.
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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    1. Warning partygoers, don't mix spiked tea and Pimm's Cups! : )

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  7. Congratulations on your book, Jane! I used to be an avid royal watcher in the Princess Di era, but not so much anymore. I'm curious about the muffin with cooked egg inside. Intriguing... What is it called?

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    1. Thanks! That's a Scotch egg and actually has sausage around it. Definitely filling. : ) http://allrecipes.com/recipe/scotch-eggs/

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  8. Congratulations on the book release! I am afraid I would have to Google. And I would bring Bakewell tarts. Love the jam layered on to the pastry and then the almonds in the filling.

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  9. Congratulations on your release - such a lovely cover! How about scones with clotted cream? I've never had it but I've read about it a lot. And Scotch eggs are very good!

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    1. Sourcebooks does such a great job on covers! Devonshire cream, yum.

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  10. Congrats! Chocolate cake

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  11. Gorgeous cover, and you throw a great party! Congratulations!

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  12. Congrats on the release!

    The menu you listed sounds fabulous. I'll add some floral-decorated petit fours. Many of them will be chocolate.

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  13. I'd bring chocolate covered strawberries. They might be a more modern treat, but they're tasty. :D

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  14. And cover our fruit food group. : )

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  15. I'd love to bring honey tea and buttermilk scones with strawberry jam! Mm, now I'm getting hungry! :)

    thebigbluewall77(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Congrats on the release! I would bring classic English Sponge cake to go with all the deliciousness that everyone else is bringing :)

    ahui89 at hotmail dot com

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  17. I would bring some fancy little cucumber sandwiches and a big appetite! Your book sounds wonderful. I love reading those kind of books.
    JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

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  18. Congrats on your launch! The book looks fabulous :)

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  19. I would bring petit fours. Your book sounds wonderful. I love the cover.
    Crystal816[at]Hotmail[dot]com

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    1. You can never have too many petit fours.

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  20. Hello! I apologize that listing the winners is coming a day late!

    Our winners of Jane Ashford Prize Packs are

    Joye
    and
    Virginia E

    I'll be emailing you both soon!

    Thanks to everyone who commented!
    Danielle

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