She is a complete darling and I can’t wait to curl up with these books.
Join the silly and grab a cupcake!
The Queen of Tarts
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Oh! Would you like something to drink? Tea, coffee, water…. Soda, something stronger?
Elizabeth: I would adore a glass of wine. Whatever you have is good by me!
Me: *passes Elizabeth her drink and sinks onto the couch* so darling, happy book birthday! *swipes a cupcake of the coffee table* Once An Heiress is here! How do you handle the countdown to book release day? Do you obsess? (I would!) or are you more c’est la vie and don’t stress?
Thanks for the felicitations!
So far, the difference between my two releases is quite marked. With Duchess, l was tied in knots for weeks. Lovely friends sent me bottles of celebratory libations and my family threw me a party. For Heiress, things have been much more subdued. It’s kind of like having a second child. Everyone is excited, but no one’s going to throw you another baby shower. I’m so super proud of Once an Heiress. I hope it doesn’t think I love it any less just because it gets hand-me-down onesies.
Me: *chokes on cupcake* Hand-me-down onesies! lol Love that!
Elizabeth: Plus, my kids have kept me distracted the last couple weeks with passing ear infections and nasty colds amongst themselves. There’s nothing like a river of mucus to keep one grounded in the here and now.
Me: Oh my! I know how that goes. Vicious little cold bugs keep going round and round. *sigh*
Can you share a bit about your new release Once An Heiress and the Once trilogy? *licks frosting off upper lip and looks at Elizabeth expectantly*
Elizabeth: Once an Heiress!!! * squee * Okay, little jolt of excited nerves just then. Sorry.
The Once trilogy is Regency romance. It started with my October 2012 release, Once a Duchess, in which we meet Marshall Lockwood, Duke of Monthwaite and Isabelle, the woman he wrongfully divorced for adultery. I enjoyed the supporting cast of their friends and family so much, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye when Duchess ended. So, I’m bringing the whole crew along for another two novels. Party bus!
Once an Heiress follows Lily Bachman, who is Isabelle’s best friend in Duchess. She has the largest dowry on the marriage market, which is supposed to catch her a titled husband. Of course, the fortune hunters come out of the woodwork. Lily harbors great disdain for the dissipated aristocracy, and certainly doesn’t want to marry one of them. She’d rather focus her attention on the charity school she is opening.
Among those interested in marrying Lily’s money is Ethan Helling, Viscount Thorburn. Ethan is drowning in debt and he wants to take his friend’s mistress for himself – the epitome of everything Lily despises in the ton, but she doesn’t know that yet. As Ethan draws Lily into his seductive web, he starts to question what he’s doing. But before he can put a stop to his plan, Lily turns the seduction tables on him. Public discovery leads to ruin leads to the uncovering of Ethan’s true nature. Too late for Lily; now she has to marry the bounder.
Her dowry is held ransom by Lily’s father, who says he’ll release the money when Lily reports herself happily married. Ethan has to woo his wife, but Lily’s trust is shattered. She’s determined to keep her money and her heart away from her husband. Ethan and Lily engage in a wary dance of lust and longing, revelation and redemption.
The last book in the Once trilogy is Once an Innocent, with Naomi Lockwood (younger sister of Marshall in Duchess, friend to Isabelle and Lily) as the heroine. Her hero, Jordan Atherton, Viscount Freese, actually makes brief cameos in each of the first two novels. There’s a little Easter egg for readers. Once an Innocent releases this July.
Me: *couch bounce* ooohhh I love those kinda treats for readers! 😀 They all sound delicious. I’ve actually been in a historical romance mood… just need to clear TBR mountain a bit. 😉
I love that your website has Bluestocking in the title! To me the word conveys intelligence, interest in learning and confidence in ones wits. I love it! I would think it a compliment to be considered a bluestocking. 😉 What was your reason for choosing the word?
Elizabeth: Yay! A sister bluestocking! * secret handshake * During the Regency, “bluestocking” was used as a derogatory term for a woman who was bookish, over-educated, and opinionated. No gentleman wanted a bluestocking for a wife. In Regency romance novels, thankfully, heroes learn that smart is sexy, and bluestocking heroines often save the day with their cunning mental prowess. The name of my website, Bluestocking Ball, celebrates women who embrace their intellects.
Me: *hiccups* of course!
*Tops off both glasses.*
Oh! Do you have a favorite Jane Austen book? Who’s your favorite female Austen heroine? What do you think of Colin Firth’s Darcy? Do you watch the Lizzie Bennett Diaries? And do you use an umbrella? *gasps for breath*
Elizabeth: Favorite Austen book: Northanger Abbey, Jane’s send up of the Gothic novel. It’s an absolute delight. Have you read it yet? If not, do so. At once.
Me: *hides behind pillow* meep! I will I will!
Elizabeth: Bonus! Even though you didn’t ask, my least favorite Austen novel is Mansfield Park. The central romance gives me the squicks.
Favorite Austen heroine: Oh, so tough! Cliche though it is, I think I have to go with Elizabeth Bennet (Emma, sweetie, you’re a close second!). She’s just so gosh darned relatable. Everyone wants to be Lizzie’s BFF. She’s smart, funny, and tells it like it is. Seriously, don’t you want to take her shopping? You know she’d never let you buy jeans that don’t look good on your butt.
Me: rotflol BEST kind of friend ever! *nods*
Elizabeth: Colin Firth’s Darcy: You say that like there could be any other Darcy. * side eye *
Me: lol I adore you! I had to make sure. 😉 *sigh*
Elizabeth: Lizzie Bennet Diaries: Umm… ? I guess that’s a no.
Click HERE to see The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!
Umbrella Use: No. I admire pretty umbrellas and sometimes think I’d like to have one, but I only remember I meant to buy one when it’s raining.
Me: You are a complete dear! Thank you for putting up with my run-on questions. But you did so well I have to ask you a few more…. Have another cupcake first! *passes one over*
The Book Tart Quickie
- Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion? Button fly jeans. The Gap had the world’s greatest jeans in the mid – 90’s.
- Who’s your favorite celeb with the same first name or surname as you? OK, I was going to cheat and say Liz Lemon, the main character from 30 Rock, as homage to my hero Tina Fey. But but but!!! I just this minute, in a moment of inspired googling, discovered that Ms. Fey’s legal first name is Elizabeth. So Imma going with Tina Fey, which is probably still cheating. I’ll live with being a cheater.
- Have you ever been on a pogo stick? Yes! I had one when I was a kid and could hop for a long time without falling off. So much fun. I wish they made adult sized pogo sticks. Do they? If so, you wanna pogo with me? LOL Yes!
- Have you ever been in or had a food fight? Not so much. I once threw my drink into the face of a handsy guy in a bar.
- Can you down a pint (of anything) in one? No. Can you recommend a tutor? lol Me either!
- Are you ticklish? Yes, but I really dislike being tickled. I’ll laugh, but inside I’m crying.
- Are you a hat person? I enjoy hats on other people, especially the amazing fascinators Brits and Aussies bust out to wear to the races. Like umbrellas, though, hats are something I never quite get around to acquiring for myself.
- What do you typically have for breakfast? Last night’s leftovers. *fist bump* yes!
- If you were in a band, what instrument/role would you play? I would be Linda McCartney (RIP) in Wings. Middling keyboard ability, pretty bad vocals, but a whole lotta music in my heart.
- Whats the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten? This one time in France, some friends and I ordered a margherita pizza at a cafe. When it arrived at the table, there was a raw egg in the middle of it. It was jarring, like in a skewed-reality kind of way. Who the hell puts raw egg on pizza? I’m all for trying new and exciting cuisines, but that one threw me for a loop. I chewed fast and tried not to taste it. ewwwww!
Me: Awww Thank you hon for playing with me at The Book Tart! I want you back for a longer visit when Once An Innocent has it’s birthday!
Elizabeth: Thanks so much for having me over for a visit, my dear Queen of Tarts! Your hospitality is truly unparalleled. I would love to do this again sometime.
Me: Yes! Yes! It’s a date 😀