When inviting one of our favorite historical romance authors to open up our Scandalous Affair, we thought what better way than interviewing her surly and sometimes grumpy new hero, the Duke of Rothbury!  We now present you Ransom!

Hello Ransom! Welcome to UTC! I promise I won’t take up much of your time.

Ransom:  You already have.

A note from Izzy:  I’m so sorry.  As you may know, His Grace suffered an injury that diminished his vision, and he is unable to read and answer his own correspondence.  As his secretary, I will transcribe the duke’s answers faithfully.  I apologize for them in advance.

I know you have lots to do as the Duke of Rothbury, but the readers want to know more about you. Can you list three words that best describe you?

Ransom:  Duke. Wealthy. Those two words should be more than enough.

Izzy, again: As expected, he is loath to say anything charitable about himself.  If I might take the liberty of answering, I would submit the words “Loyal”, “Brave”, and “Protective.”  And (because I always use four words where I should use three) I will add “Handsome.”

If you could keep only one material item you own, what would it be?

Ransom:  Gostley Castle.

Izzy:  He only says that to vex me.  He knows I’ve inherited this place.

If you could pick to be a character straight out of a fairy tale, which character would you be and why?

Ransom:  Whichever character is spared the pain of insipid questions.

Izzy:  I’m so sorry. He’s especially out-of-sorts today.  As you can probably gather, he’s very much like a Beast.

I also wanted to ask you about Izzy. Izzy is quite the intrepid heroine who is strong-minded as well as strong-willed. What would you say is your favourite thing about her?

Ransom:  Her beauty.

Izzy:  Impossible man.  He knows very well that I’m no beauty.  I’m plain, and I’ve told him this several ti—

Oh, dear.  He has noticed my excessive scribbling and berated me for it.  I’ve been bid—commanded, really—to transcribe the following sentence verbatim:

“Isolde Ophelia Goodnight is a raven-haired temptress with exquisite breasts and a shining heart.”

There.  I hope he’s happy.  So mortifying…

And finally, I have to ask, what does a “happily ever after” mean to you?

Ransom: This. Just this.

Izzy: For once, I have nothing to add. 

Thank you so much to both of you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to help us introduce you to readers!


Castles Ever After # 1

In the first in Tessa Dare’s captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . .

As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.

And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one.

Ugly duckling turned swan?
Abducted by handsome highwayman?
Rescued from drudgery by charming prince?

No, no, and… Heh.

Now Izzy’s given up yearning for romance. She’ll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished twenty-six year-old woman who’s never even been kissed?

This one.


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Ms. Dare is giving away a copy of ROMANCING THE DUKE – print or ebook, winner’s choice.

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  1. Lol that interview just made me want to read this book even more…thanks for sharing and also for the great giveaway.

  2. i love historical romance books i love the interview and description of the story thanks so much for the giveaway

  3. I loved that interview. It was a perfect teaser. Now I need to win so I can read this charming sounding book.

  4. How I love reading about a taciturn hero and the woman that can…sometimes…handle him. Can’t wait to read their story.

  5. Awesome interview =). I really want to read this book…the snark sounds like so much fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. This sounds like a wonderful read! ..and one that I would love to win a print copy of!
    TY for the opportunity.

  7. Oh dear! He is surly isn’t he? I just love a Beauty & the Beast story & of course I love Tessa’s books! Can’t wait to read this one, loved the blurb at the end.

  8. I love Tessa’s books. They are so funny. This one sounds like another winner. I especially love Beauty and the Beast type stories, so I can’t wait to read it.

  9. Ransom seems like quite the arrogant Duke (then again, is there any other way for Duke’s to be?) Can’t wait to see how Izzy tames him 🙂

  10. Oh this sounds so fabulous!! Izzy sounds like the perfect match for Ransom. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales so despite his grumpiness, I have a feeling I’m going to love Ransom!

  11. I don’t believe I’ve read any of Tessa’s books but this interview and the excerpt just had me chuckling. Will be checking this book out. Thanks for the awesome interview and the giveaway.

  12. Very funny interview! Thanks for it and for the giveaway. I love books with a Beauty and the Beast theme and Romancing the Duke sounds great.