I'm delighted to have been included in Catherine Hemmerling's blog tour for Taming Her Forbidden Earl! I am lucky enough to have been able to ask Catherine a few questions as well as give away a copy of her book, so stick around, enjoy the interview and don't forget to enter the contest at the end of the post!
I'm a huge historical romance fan but I admit to having a "thing" for those that include mystery and intrigue (a little spying doesn't hurt either). Sadly it's usually the men having all the fun because of the time period, so why did you decide to let the women have all the fun and was it difficult to write these women as lady "spies" while still keeping them somewhat realistic for the time period?
I decided to let the women have the fun because I firmly believe curiosity, intelligence, and spunkiness transcends time periods. I can’t imagine a girl in 1814 who would see a handsome man, wouldn’t giggle with her friends about him. I also can’t imagine that all the women of that time period would chose to be oblivious to things happening around them. They would have been considered odd, certainly, but they HAD to exist. And in the aristocracy, even the odd women could find a spouse if they were rich enough, beautiful enough. Taking off on that idea, I created the Garden Society and a cast of characters just a little left of traditional center. By choosing the Regency period - by all accounts a brief period in time where the “stays” were loosened a bit - I could take those liberties with the personality quirks of Lady Lancaster’s “girls” and the heroes and still retain the realism of the period I wanted to achieve.
* I loved it! As a reader who will not tolerate weak heroines, it was great to read about a group of women who masqueraded as a "Garden Society" but actually uncovered secrets and nefarious plots.
Are any of the characters in Taming Her Forbidden Earl based on people you know?
I think all of the female characters have a bit of my personality. Hannah and Sarah, in particular, are very like me. Rose has a lot of my cousin’s traits. My cousin is an architect and very logical with a great attention to detail. I think Emily has my sister’s reluctance to deal with fools. Hope has my best friend’s desire to protect everyone she loves and a great faith in people. The parents in the series are definitely inspired by all my parental figures. The men are a bit of my past loves and also a bit of what wish I could find in a man.
* I really liked Emily and I can't wait for her book.
What was the most challenging part of writing Taming Her Forbidden Earl?
Coming up with the title!!! Taming Her Forbidden Earl is the fourth title attached to the book. The rest was a breeze compared to that pesky title.
*Wow, I would have thought a part of the actual story would have been more challenging, who knew that a title could cause so much trouble?
Your book is part of Entangled Publishing's new historical romance imprint, Scandalous (which is a great name by the way), what is the most scandalous thing you've done or seen?
Aside from sitting down and putting a sex fantasy in writing for everyone (including my parents - my father - to read)? I met my last two serious relationships through online dating … and just met my current significant other the same way.
* Online dating, actually, dating in general terrifies me so I actually see you as a very brave soul to venture into online dating.
If Taming Her Forbidden Earl were to be made into a movie, who would be your perfect cast?
Off the top of my head I think Emma Watson would be a great Hannah, Colin Farrell a great William, Ryan Gosling as Lord Shrewsbury, and Helen Mirren as lady Lancaster. How cool would that be?
* Oh I think Emma Watson is so lovely, and Helen Mirren can do no wrong in my eyes. She's such a classy, sexy woman. Colin Farrell and Ryan Gosling just show you have great taste in men ;)
I really liked all the ladies in Lady Lancaster's Garden Society and I know you have stories planned for them too, can you tell me about the next book in the series?
The next book is Rose’s. The historic event is the scientific breakthrough of being able to discover toxins and poisons in hair and tissue. This technology will be used to solve a murder! Rose has a photographic memory and between her amazing recall and the help of her betrothed, Simon, the Garden Society is finally able to bring down a longtime enemy. This book is my personal favorite. I love the interaction between Rose and Simon. They have fabulous chemistry!
* Ooo, I can't wait!
What book is on your e-reader/bookshelf that people would be surprised to find?
I collect antique children’s books. I just love reading books from other eras … they are just as entertaining and character driven as anything you could find today.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I am having so much fun with this blog tour. I especially like the interviews. Thanks for such great questions. I’ve said it before, too, but I really love receiving all the comments from the readers. I don’t have a book for signing, so I really feel like these blog stops allows me to interact with everyone. I truly appreciate the opportunity to do so!
* I'm glad to have been a part of your blog tour Catherine!
Thank you so much Catherine for taking the time to answer some of my questions. Best of luck to you and I can't wait for your next book!
Now then, how would you like a chance to win a copy of Taming Her Forbidden Earl? Yes? Then fill out the rafflecopter below!
Everyone knows William Bredon, the earl of Pembroke, has a reputation as a captivating rogue, determined to never marry until his duty to produce an heir requires it. So when he invites Lady Hannah Rochester to dance, Hannah vows to keep her distance. But the undeniably gorgeous William, with his dark humor and seductive gaze, draws her in nonetheless.
Of course, Lady Hannah is not completely what she seems, either. A member of the dowager Lady Lancaster’s Garden Society, she secretly spends her days solving mysteries and uncovering intrigues, and when she brings William into the fold, a sinister plot develops that brings the two closer together. William’s protective nature ensures he remains by Hannah’s side, but he will not surrender his anti-marriage stance.
Can intrigue, passion, and maybe even a little bit of scandal reform the most notorious of rakes?
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