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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