This is Peter Prichard from the Regency Morning Gazette, reporting to you from Mrs. Marlowe’s Book Emporium and Teashop. Today I have the pleasure of sitting and chatting with Miss Tessa Penrose, the heroine of Amy Rose Bennett’s ‘All She wants for Christmas’ and Miss Margaret Templeton, the heroine of Sherry Ewing’s ‘Under the Mistletoe’. Both stories are contained within the Bluestocking Belles’ Christmas anthology ‘Mistletoe, Marriage & Mayhem’. This is part two of their interview.
Let us continue getting to know you, ladies.
Peter: What is the worst thing that has happened in your life? What did you learn from it?
Margaret: Losing my mother was extremely difficult as it would be for anyone who has lost a loved one. If I have learned anything from her passing, I would say to treasure every moment that life brings you. You never know how long you shall be here to make even the smallest measure of difference in someone’s life.
Tessa: I too have lost my mother. She passed when I was fourteen. She understood and accepted me despite my wayward disposition and what some may consider, unseemly quirks. I loved her dearly and miss her so keenly sometimes it hurts. The worst part is, I believe she died from a broken heart. So I suppose it is easy to see why I eschew the idea of marriage. A sad lesson to learn at such a young age, isn’t it?
Peter: Describe your ideal mate.
Margaret: The man who I would take to husband would accept me for who I am and not a trophy to be shown off upon his arm. This is most likely the reason I remain unwed. My forward way of thinking that women have a mind and are capable of using it generally is my undoing when it comes to finding a husband.
Tessa: I cannot think of a single man who would be a suitable match for me, or vice versa for that matter. A long time ago, when I was but a child, I did dream of finding a love match one day. But I am not a princess and my life is not a fairy tale. I am not expecting to meet, or ever want, such a fanciful thing as an ideal mate.
Peter: Then, you do wish to marry someday?
Margaret: Yes, of course I do. My father would like nothing better than for me to find someone who would suit. He has been busy of late by bringing eligible men to our home in the hopes I might find a common accord with one. There has been one…but I must not divulge such information. I understand spoilers cause a reader to become upset when information is given away before they have a chance to read it for themselves.
Tessa: I think, given my previous response to your question, Mr. Prichard, my opinion on the subject is quite clear.
Peter: What do you want to avoid?
Margaret: Gossip. I despise small minded people who have nothing better to do than whisper behind another’s back. For whatever reason, it seems to follow me no matter how much I try to avoid it.
Tessa: I am used to a small degree of gossip about me, however, creating a scandal that would bring shame upon my family is something I wish to avoid at all costs. As I mentioned, my younger sister, Emma, is about to make her debut and securing a match is very important to her. She is such a pretty, lively girl, and so I fear she will be easy prey for unscrupulous rakes when she enters society. Unfortunately, my brother is friends with more than few such men. I pray they will be on their best behavior around Emma. If they are not, they will have me to answer to!
Peter: Thank you so much for meeting with me today and being so open to a discussion about your lives.
Margaret: Thank you, Mr. Prichard, for this opportunity. I see Mrs. Marlowe is sending someone with some tea and biscuits. I do hope you shall stay to have a cup with us.
Tessa: Yes, thank you, Mr. Prichard. I too have enjoyed talking to you and sharing a little a bit about our Christmas box set, Mistletoe, Marriage & Mayhem. And please, do stay for tea!
For Part One of this interview, be sure and pay a visit to Amy Rose Bennett’s website and don’t forget to leave a comment. We would love to hear back from you! For part one, click here.
Amy Rose Bennett’s Author Bio:
Amy Rose Bennett has always wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. An avid reader with a particular love for historical romance, it seemed only natural to write stories in her favorite genre. She has a passion for creating emotion-packed—and sometimes a little racy—stories set in the Georgian and Regency periods. Of course, her strong-willed heroines and rakish heroes always find their happily ever after.
Amy is happily married to her own Alpha male hero, has two beautiful daughters, and a rather loopy Rhodesian Ridgeback. She has worked as a speech pathologist for many years, but is currently devoting her time to her one other true calling—writing romance.
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Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem: A Bluestocking Belles Collection is releasing on November 1, 2015
In this collection of novellas, the Bluestocking Belles bring you seven runaway Regency brides resisting and romancing their holiday heroes under the mistletoe. Whether scampering away or dashing toward their destinies, avoiding a rogue or chasing after a scoundrel, these ladies and their gentlemen leave miles of mayhem behind them on the slippery road to a happy-ever-after.
All She Wants for Christmas by Amy Rose Bennett
A frosty bluestocking and a hot-blooded rake. A stolen kiss and a Yuletide wedding. Sparks fly, but will hearts melt this Christmas?
When confirmed bluestocking, Tessa Penrose, is thoroughly compromised at a Yuletide ball by Jasper, the Earl of Arlington, she is none to pleased to have to marry him. But not only her reputation is at stake. Can Tessa trust this disreputable rogue with a secret she will do anything to hide?
One thing is certain: she dare not trust her husband with her heart.
Under the Mistletoe by Sherry Ewing
When Margaret Templeton is requested to act as hostess at Captain Sander Morledge’s Christmas party and possibly agree to marry him, she did not think she would see the man who once held her heart. Frederick, Viscount Beacham had never forgotten the young woman he had fallen in love with, and his feelings are evident when he sees her at a holiday gathering.
In a swirl of Christmas miracles and joyous celebration, will the two finally put down their differences and once again fall in love?
***All proceeds benefit the Malala Fund***
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