5 random facts about Cecilia Grant.
1. I went to high school with Sir Mix-a-lot. (You know, the “Baby Got Back” guy? He likes big butts and he cannot lie?)
2. I dream of one day being on Jeopardy!, and I once auditioned for the show. (I scored well on the knowledge test, but I’m not fast enough on the buzzer and I’m pretty sure I flunked the “tv-ready personality” requirement.)
3. My favorite poem is “Design,” by Robert Frost.
4. You know when you go to a baseball game, and as a batter comes to the plate the PA blasts some pop music like it’s his personal theme song? If I were a baseball player I’d want them to play the opening bars of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” for me. Yes, I’ve given this some thought. And no, I’m not athletic in the least.
5. I have two snack-food kryptonites (cannot stop eating them once I start), and oddly enough they’re both orange: Cheetos, and sweet-potato fries.
4 things that always make you laugh or bring a smile to your face when you're down.
1. The final few seconds of the “Hotel Inspectors” episode of Fawlty Towers. That smash-cut to credits, just as John Cleese grasps that the three men who’ve just seen him at his most unprofessional are the very inspectors he’s been stressing about all episode, is still one of the best-executed bits of comedy I’ve ever seen.
2. The arc of the Tom Wilkinson character in Shakespeare in Love. To see this Elizabethan mobster get progressively stagestruck (“...with Mr. Fennyman as the Apothecary”), and also sincerely moved by the magic of the theatre, makes me smile so hard it hurts.
3. The song “This was a Real Nice Clambake,” from the musical Carousel. “This was a real nice clambake/We’re mighty glad we came/The vittles we et were good, you bet/The company was the same.” A world where people can burst into song about something like that, can’t be all bad. (See also the title number from the Elvis movie Clambake.)
4. Mr. Bingley in Pride and Prejudice. Every party he goes to is the most fun he’s ever had. Every set of people he meets is the most agreeable he can imagine. I’d a hundred times rather hang with him than stick-in-the-mud Darcy.
3 random facts about Theo Mirkwood, the hero of A LADY AWAKENED.
1. His full name is Theophilus, and he’s never quite forgiven his father for that.
2. Like most romance heroes, he’s spectacularly well-endowed. Unlike most romance heroes, he goes out of his way to call his partner’s attention to the fact.
3. He’s fond of toast, and things that go on toast. Blackcurrant jam is his favorite, followed by honey.
2 random facts about Martha Russell, the heroine of A LADY AWAKENED.
1. She ought to have been the seventh of ten siblings, but because of miscarriages and infant mortality, she’s the youngest of five.
2. In her secret heart of hearts, she wishes her stern, dictatorial childhood governess would want to correspond with her.
1 favorite scene from A LADY AWAKENED.
I have a lot of favorites, but I think I’ll pick the very short one that opens Chapter 15. Things have finally gone according to plan in bed, all the right fireworks have gone off, and Theo and Martha have maybe a minute of small talk afterward, capped off by a lame little joke on his part. There’s a relaxed intimacy to that scene that just really pleases me.
(That’s my answer today. Ask me tomorrow and I’ll probably say the hand-job scene.)
Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate—and housemaids—from a predatory brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes... for a fee.
Theophilus Mirkwood ought to be insulted. Should be appalled. But how can he resist this siren in widow's weeds, whose offer is simply too outrageously tempting to decline? Determined she'll get her money's worth, Theo endeavors to awaken this shamefully neglected beauty to the pleasures of the flesh—only to find her dead set against taking any enjoyment in the scandalous bargain. Surely she can't resist him forever. But could a lady's sweet surrender open their hearts to the most unexpected arrival of all... love?
Doesn't that just sound fantastic?! (As someone having already read it, trust me when I say it is!) Click on the cover or HERE to read an excerpt.
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