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Tracy Anne Warren interview - author photo

I’m delighted to welcome New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author TRACY ANNE WARREN to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thank you so much for inviting me to do the interview with you at Rakes and Rascals. The questions were a lot of fun.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Tracy:
I was born in Columbus, Ohio about 30 miles from Granville, the town in which I was raised. My family and I lived away from the town center, “in the country” as we called it. There were corn fields that stretched out for acres during the hot summers and blankets of white snow in the winters. My childhood was good but quiet with lots of time to read and think up stories. It wasn’t until high school, however, that I started writing some of them down and many years later before I was published.

Tracy Anne Warren interview - 2 months old
A baby picture of me with my mother (I think I was  
about two months old in this.

Tracy Anne Warren interview - aged 17
One taken of me when I was seventeen. I’m on the left, my sister, Leslie, is on the right and an unnamed monkey, of all things, is in the middle. The photo was taken at the Wittlich Pig Fest in Wittlich, Germany. I visited my sister that summer while she was stationed in Germany with the US Air Force.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Tracy:
I don’t really consider myself to be either temperamental or easy-going, maybe somewhere in between. As an introvert, I enjoy getting together with close friends, reading and watching television shows and movies–when I’m not writing, of course.

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Tracy:
While I definitely have a sweet tooth, for chocolate in particular, I also enjoy well prepared savory dishes. As a foodie, I love trying new restaurants and exploring a variety of cuisines.

 

R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Tracy:
I have a beautiful wall mirror that one of my sisters gave me as special birthday present. It’s very whimsical and has painted birds, chipmunks and strawberries on it. The mirror is a work of art and seeing it always makes me smile.

Tracy Anne Warren interview - mirror
The mirror 

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A detail of one of the decorative chipmunks. 

 

R&R:
If you could to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Tracy:
I’m torn between saying Hawaii or England. I’d choose Hawaii for the islands’ breath-taking natural beauty, fabulous weather and tranquillity. I’d love to live in England and be surrounded by all that glorious history and old-world charm. Plus, I’m kind of an Anglophile, in case you haven’t noticed, so there’s that as well. Ideally, I’d have enough money to afford a home in both places, so I wouldn’t have to pick one over the other.


R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Tracy:
Embarrassing moment, hmm? I’ve had a few over the years but one that comes to mind is the time I met actor Adrian Paul of Highlander fame. He was so incredibly gorgeous and I was so star-struck that I literally could not speak. Try as I might I couldn’t get so much as a syllable past my lips. All I could do was stand there blushing while he signed an autograph for me. Luckily, I’m sure I’m the only one of us who remembers.

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and share these interesting facts about yourself, Tracy.

Thank you for inviting me to share some facts about myself that readers will hopefully find enjoyable and informative.

 


If you would like to find out more about Tracy and her books, here are the links:

Website
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Publication date: 30th March 2017

Proud Mary

(Roxton Family Saga, #5)

Genre: Historical Romance (Georgian, 1777)

Cover Blurb:

The Roxtons are back! Romance. Drama. Intrigue. Family secrets. There’s never a dull moment for the 18th Century’s first family…

Widowed and destitute, Lady Mary Cavendish is left with only her pride. Daughter of an earl and great-granddaughter to a Stuart King, family expectation and obligation demands she remarry. But not just any man will do; her husband must rank among the nobility. Falling in love with her handsome and enigmatic neighbor is out of the question. As always, Mary will do her duty and ignore her heart.

Country squire Christopher Bryce has secretly loved his neighbor Mary for many years. Yet, he is resigned to the cruel reality they are not social equals and thus can never share a future together. Never mind that his scandalous past and a heartbreaking secret make him thoroughly unworthy of such a proud beauty.

Then into their lives steps a ghost from Mary’s past, whose outrageous behavior has Mary questioning her worldview, and Christopher acting upon his feelings, and for all to see. The mismatched couple begin to wonder if in fact love can prevail—that a happily ever after might just be possible if only they dare to follow their hearts.

Mary and Christopher’s story can be read as a standalone and fans of the series will delight in being reacquainted with the fascinating, always surprising and never ordinary members of the Roxton family.

Stand-alone fifth book in the highly acclaimed ROXTON FAMILY SAGA
152,000 words, about 600 standard pages (not including bonus material)
Non-explicit, mild sensuality

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This is the 5th book in Lucinda Brant’s superb Roxton Family Saga series and, once again, I was totally captivated by Christopher and Mary’s tender and beautiful love story. While this book can be read as a standalone, I know reading the previous books in the series will not only enhance your enjoyment of PROUD MARY,  but they are all wonderful books in their own right and shouldn’t be missed.

I always lose myself in one of Ms. Brant’s books, because she writes such intelligent and intricately layered stories with finely-drawn characters, and always makes me feel as if I am stepping back in time and experiencing life  through her characters’ eyes.

I invariably fall in love with her heroes and Christopher is no exception. Apart from being handsome and sexy, he is also kind, generous, sincere and fair. You see this in the benevolent way he treats his tenants and workers; the way he compliments Mary on her skill at embroidery and as an artist, something no one else has ever done; the positive way he treats Teddy while her father was dismissive because she wasn’t a boy.

When the eighteen-year-old Christopher discovers the truth surrounding his birth, I could understand the anger and sense of betrayal he feels towards the two people he loved and trusted.  He sees himself as ‘a bastard, the ill-begotten fruit of an illicit affair between two adulterers.’  His answer is to run away, something that youngsters with problems still do today. I couldn’t condemn him for his choice of employment whilst abroad. Alone and destitute, he uses the only assets he has. He knows that while his position is perfectly respectable in Italian society, it would be deemed scandalous by English society. It is no surprise that, once he returns home and assumes his position as Squire Christopher Bryce, he wants to keep his family secret and scandalous past well hidden.

Mary is such a sympathetic character. No wonder she is so docile and lacking in confidence given her rigid upbringing; a childhood spent with an overbearing mother who constantly drummed into her the correct social rules; a mother who still dominates her life. Then, marriage to the odious, self-centred Sir Gerald not only compounded her insecurities, but also left her believing she is emotionally and physically cold and incapable of enjoying intimacy.

Mary is a wonderful mother and her love for Teddy shines through, and I admire her determination to give her daughter a very different childhood to her own.

…if climbing trees and riding astride and being outdoors all day made Teddy happy, then she, as her mother, would do her best to see that she could do those things

As with all Ms. Brant’s books, the romance is beautifully written; tender, romantic and sensual, without being overtly explicit. I love how Christopher and Mary each let down their guards and confide in each other about their pasts and how Mary is willing to accept Christopher’s past and sees only the man he is now.

 “I truly do not mind about your past; it is who I see before me that matters.”

The unexpected return of someone, thought long dead, provides a definite obstacle to the romance or, perhaps not!

It is heart-warming to see Mary’s new-found confidence, happiness and contentment knowing that she is truly loved.

She looked confident and content, and it radiated. He smiled to himself as he sipped his tea, at the small part he had played in her new-found self-assurance and happiness.

One of my favourite scenes is where Mary finally stands up to her appalling mother and I was positively whooping when Julian, as head of the family, gives Lady Fitzstuart an ultimatum!

I applaud Ms. Brant for not making the issue of their differing social status conveniently disappear like a puff of smoke, but she deals with it in a realistic way. Mary is aware that she will no longer be accepted by certain elements of society, but she and Christopher are content to live in the depths of Gloucestershire, and, as their marriage is accepted and supported by the Roxton family, that is all that matters.

I adore the tomboyish Teddy and how she loves Uncle Bryce as much as her true uncles. There is one very poignant scene where she gives Christopher’s Aunt Kate, who is virtually blind, a personally embroidered pocket for her handkerchief.

I hated Sir Gerald for so cruelly using his daughter as a means of gaining revenge on the Duke of Roxton (Julian).

Poor Julian is often misunderstood and so I was pleased that Christopher immediately sees him as a good and honest man, one he would willingly trust with his life. I love the unlikely friendship that develops between the two men, but perhaps it is not so surprising as Mary observes…

…both were sticklers for exactness and truthfulness, both were honorable and honest, and both could be frustratingly pedantic at times.

I enjoyed all the secondary threads running through the story, the twists and surprises and the welcome appearance of familiar members of the Roxton family, especially Antonia, who seems to steal every scene she graces.

To my delight, there is also a charming Epilogue and is it possible that Teddy and Jack might get a book in the future? I do hope so.

MY VERDICT: Another superb book to add to an equally superb series. If you have not yet read this series, then you have many hours of wonderful storytelling to look forward to. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


REVIEW RATING:  STELLAR 5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: SUBTLE


Roxton Family Saga
– series so far (click on the book covers for more details):

Noble Satyr (Roxton Series #1) by Lucinda Brant Midnight Marriage (Roxton Series #2) by Lucinda Brant Autumn Duchess (Roxton Series #3) by Lucinda Brant Eternally Yours Roxton Letters Volume One A Companion To The Roxton Family Saga Books 1–3 by Lucinda Brant Dair Devil (Roxton Series #4) by Lucinda Brant Proud Mary A Georgian Historical Romance (Roxton Family Saga Book 5) by Lucinda Brant

 

 **I received a complimentary copy from the author in return for an honest review**

 

Callie Hutton Interview - author picture

I’m delighted to welcome USA Today Bestselling author CALLIE HUTTON to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

I am very excited to be here today. I’m looking forward to the interview and getting to know your readers.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Callie:
I was born and raised in a major city in New Jersey. It was also the time in our history when most mothers were at home, and there were tons of kids to play with. No video games or internet. We were sent outside to play first thing in the morning and except for lunch we were not expected back home until dinner time. In the summer time if you weren’t in when the street lights went on you were in big trouble. We all had chores and the only sports we played were with neighbourhood kids. No shuffling to dance lessons, baseball practice or piano lessons.

 

R&R:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Callie
:
I am probably one of the few mothers you will meet whose adult children will tell you I’m too easy going. Discipline was never my forte. But, thankfully, my kids turned out great. My daughter is a kick-ass law enforcement officer, and my son and his wife have adorable two-and-a-half-year-old twin boys, who I call ‘the twinadoes.’ We all live in Oklahoma

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‘The Twinadoes’

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Callie:
Both.


R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Callie:
My family. No question that there is no material possession that matches the ones I love.

 


R&R:
If you could afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Callie:
Probably a little cottage somewhere in the English countryside.

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Callie:
I have what my family calls ‘selective memory.’ I don’t really remember the bad things in my life, so I can’t recall anything embarrassing. I’m sure there is something, but…

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Callie.

Thank you so much for having me. It was fun!

 

If you would like to find out more about Callie and her books, here are the links:

Website
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I’m a sucker for a Beauty and the Beast story and having read and enjoyed Rachel L. Demeter’s dark and intensely emotional FINDING GABRIEL back in 2015, I was delighted when she offered me a review copy of her new book which is released today.

Beauty of the Beast

(Fairy Tale Retellings, #1)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Cover Blurb:

Experience the world’s most enchanting and timeless love story—retold with a dark and realistic twist.

A BEAST LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF HIS PAST

Reclusive and severely scarred Prince Adam Delacroix has remained hidden inside a secluded, decrepit castle ever since he witnessed his family’s brutal massacre. Cloaked in shadow, with only the lamentations of past ghosts for company, he has abandoned all hope, allowing the world to believe he died on that tragic eve twenty-five years ago.

A BEAUTY IN PURSUIT OF A BETTER FUTURE

Caught in a fierce snowstorm, beautiful and strong-willed Isabelle Rose seeks shelter at a castle—unaware that its beastly and disfigured master is much more than he appears to be. When he imprisons her gravely ill and blind father, she bravely offers herself in his place.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Stripped of his emotional defenses, Adam’s humanity reawakens as he encounters a kindred soul in Isabelle. Together they will wade through darkness and discover beauty and passion in the most unlikely of places. But when a monster from Isabelle’s former life threatens their new love, Demrov’s forgotten prince must emerge from his shadows and face the world once more…

Perfect for fans of Beauty and the Beast and The Phantom of the OperaBeauty of the Beast brings a familiar and well-loved fairy tale to life with a rich setting in the kingdom of Demrov and a captivating, Gothic voice.

Beauty of the Beast is the first standalone installment in a series of classic fairy tales reimagined with a dark and realistic twist.

Disclaimer: This is an edgy, historical romance retelling of the classic fairy tale. Due to strong sexual content, profanity, and dark subject matter, including an instance of sexual assault committed by the villain, Beauty of the Beast is not intended for readers under the age of 18

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I know that I’m going to shed a bucket load of tears over this story of the Marquess of Marsden and beloved wife, Linnie.

 When the Marquess Falls

(The Hellions of Havisham, #3.5)

Genre: Historical Romance (late Regency and Victorian)

Cover Blurb:

The long-anticipated and utterly extraordinary tale of the Mad Marquess that proves love truly does last forever

The Marquess of Marsden always follows the rules. Expected from birth to adhere to decades of tradition, he plans to marry a proper young woman from a good family. But when a beautiful, and completely unsuitable, woman snags his heart, he begins to realize that to get what you want, sometimes you have to break the rules.

Linnie Connor dreams of the independence of running her very own bakery. And while she may be allowed to be a marquess’ childhood companion, the baker’s daughter never ends up with the handsome nobleman. Determined to achieve at least one of her dreams, Linnie makes plans to leave her sleepy village for London, intent on purging him from her heart. And yet, when an invitation to the Marsden annual ball arrives, she can’t refuse her one chance to waltz in his arms.

It will be a night that stirs the flames of forbidden desires and changes their lives forever.

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A Splendid Defiance - audio

Genre: Romantic Historical Fiction (English Civil War, 1644-1646)

Cover Blurb:

Justin Ambrose, dashing cavalier and close companion to Prince Rupert, was bored with life in the Royalist garrison in Banbury, until he met the sister of a local merchant. Famous for his romantic conquests, Justin had never before let a woman touch his heart.

But Abby was no ordinary woman. She was beautiful and she was brave. She was also young and terrified of her brother, a religious fanatic and self-sworn enemy of all Royalists.

When the rebel army unleashed its might on the castle, Justin fought tirelessly to break the siege. But even his closest friends did not know what tormented him. And Abby, as she sat with the rebel commanders at her brother’s table, dreamed of a man she could not, must not love…

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It’s fair to say that I’m a huge fan of Stella Riley. She can do no wrong in my eyes and I’m running out of superlatives to adequately describe or do justice to her writing. Nevertheless, I will try my best to initiate new readers/listeners and show what an absolute treat they have in store with this superbly performed version of A SPLENDID DEFIANCE.

If you are an historical fiction or historical romance fan, then you must read or listen to Stella Riley’s work, and a good place to start is A Splendid Defiance. It was this story and another of the author’s books, The Marigold Chain, that initially piqued my interest in this turbulent period in England’s history. Both books are superbly researched, standalone stories and each is eminently enjoyable. I couldn’t imagine improving on my enjoyment of the original print version of A Splendid Defiance but, by employing the superbly talented actor, Alex Wyndham, to narrate her powerful story, Ms. Riley has done just that. Mr. Wyndham brings her exciting, historically accurate, wonderfully romantic, feast of a book to multi-dimensional life.

Captain Justin Ambrose has been banished following an ill-advised comment he made about one of the King’s favourites, which unfortunately reached that officer’s ears. Justin is now moodily kicking his heels at the Royalist controlled garrison of Banbury Castle in Oxfordshire, apparently indefinitely. A career soldier of considerable experience, he has earned a formidable reputation and naturally feels resentful at being stuck in the Puritan backwater of Banbury. His generally acerbic and sarcastic tongue is even more prominent as the prolonged inactivity begins to take its toll on his temper.

Abigail Radford (Abby) is a young, sweet and innocent seventeen-year-old when this story begins. She lives and works, along with her mother, younger brother, Sam, and sister-in-law, Rachel, in the home and drapery shop of her elder brother, Jonas. But this is no happy household, for Jonas is an autocratic, over-bearing bully of a man, whose hatred of the Cavaliers at the castle is topped only by his religious fanaticism.

Justin is a man of integrity, honesty and honour and a Royalist to the core. Completely dedicated to his King and cause, there is no room in his life for love and marriage. In his first encounter with Abby – during which he saves her from being ravished by a couple of his subordinates – he doesn’t even see her as more than a terrified girl. It takes several more encounters before he even remembers her and then only fleetingly. It takes several more unplanned meetings before he notices that, beneath the extreme plain clothing and, unflattering white cap, there is a rather sweet and attractive young woman. Any possible developing of interest on Justin’s part – for Abby is already clumsy and tongue-tied in his presence – is further delayed by the arrival of a large Roundhead contingent, the senior officers of which take up residence at the home of Jonas, being the most prominent Banbury citizen and the first siege of the castle begins.

I admire the way Stella Riley grows her love stories in all her novels, but particularly in this one, where it is understated and plausible and entirely in keeping with unfolding events. The historical aspect of the story is all important; Banbury castle was a strategic holding and central to the Royalist cause. Three hundred and fifty men held Banbury castle against almost impossible odds, nearly starving in the process.

After the first siege is over, the Parliamentarians ousted, and on the run after Royalist re-enforcements arrive, the Garrison can breathe again and life returns to some semblance of order. Ms. Riley then continues to develop the interaction and slowly growing attraction between Justin and Abigail, throwing them together in various situations which further advances their apparently ill-fated friendship. For how can two people on opposing sides of a civil war ever have a chance at mutual happiness?

Justin is a multi-layered character with many deep, dark secrets; even his closest friends know little about him, other than he has a well-deserved reputation with the ladies. He is such a believable character, especially when you find yourself getting cross with him because he’s given Abby an undeserved tongue lashing, upsetting her to the point that it feels as if he’s kicked a puppy. But then, conversely, you find yourself going all gooey over him when he’s being particularly charming – and my goodness, he can certainly turn it on when he chooses!  Then it’s clear to see what a terrific job Stella Riley has done in bringing us the very memorable Captain Justin Ambrose because he’s gorgeous – seriously flawed -but still gorgeous, and we love and castigate him in turns.

Abby’s character grows over the course of the story from a timid Puritan to an attractive young woman with a lot more oomph than she had to begin with. Justin sets out initially – not entirely altruistically – to help her stand up to and defy his nemesis, the odious Jonas. In the end, however, he is hoist with his own petard as he finds himself drawn more and more to her quiet, unassuming and undemanding presence. Eventually, Justin realises that she is the only person in his life who has ever cared for him or gives a damn what happens to him, and refreshingly requiring nothing from him in return. Their eventual acceptance of the love between them is heart-warmingly tender and all the better for the waiting. As is the norm with Stella Riley, she doesn’t need to resort to explicit love scenes. Instead, sensuality and tenderness is the order of the day, and I was left with a warm glow as she found a way to bring these two lovely characters together against all of the odds.

As usual, Alex Wyndham’s performance is stupendous. There are few performers who could tackle such a varied and wide cast of characters and fool the listener into feeling as if they are listening to a rather superior radio play, rather than one man’s narrative of a story. Obviously, as this is a story set in war time, it is top heavy with a large cast of men who are often in a multi-character conversation. This holds no difficulty for Mr. Wyndham who switches between a variety of accents, tones and timbres, giving each character a distinct interpretation. Artistically, his performance is faultless, and there is really nothing I could criticise in his portrayal of Stella Riley’s fabulous cast of characters, male or female. While listening to his performance, I discovered that Alex Wyndham has another interesting addition to his repertoire…a very pleasing, rich baritone singing voice. Rarely have I experienced a voice actor/narrator able to perform in this way and certainly none so well.

MY VERDICT: I cannot recommend this audio book highly enough because it has everything that I look for in an historical romance; living, breathing people and so well does Stella Riley blend her fictitious and non-fictitious characters, that it is impossible to see the seams; atmospheric, superbly researched historical content and spine tingling romance. A SPLENDID DEFIANCE is a Stellar 5 stars for both content and narration and another winner for this phenomenal writer/narrator team. 


REVIEW RATING: STELLAR 5 STARS

SENSUALITY RATING: WARM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meara Platt Interview - author photo

I’m delighted to welcome USA Today Bestselling, Award Winning and Amazon UK Allstar author MEARA PLATT to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Carol, it is such a pleasure! I’m a great fan of Rakes and Rascals and love the fabulous authors you feature. I am jumping for joy and so honoured to be with you today.

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R&R:
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

Meara:
My early years were most unusual and I can happily say that my life for the past decades has been happy and quite normal. I was born in Cairo, Egypt, an incredibly beautiful country – our sandbox was the desert and we played in the shadow of the Great Pyramid at Giza. But it was also a country with deep problems. So, I actually spent my childhood as a refugee and my family had to move from country to country until we were resettled in Australia. Reaching Australia was like stepping into heaven for us. We lived in a small apartment near Bondi Beach and there were beautiful flowers, passion fruit and strawberries growing in our garden – the impact of that beauty was huge for me, so it is no surprise that my Farthingale Series features sisters each with the name of a flower and my paranormal series is called Dark Gardens! We spent a summer outside of Canberra where kookaburra birds nestled in eucalyptus trees, and kangaroos hopped into the meadow promptly at tea time every day to take the bread we offered. We eventually made it to the United States because most of our family had settled here and have been here ever since, very much enjoying the opportunities offered to all.

Meara Platt Interview - in grade school in Australia
In grade school in Australia

Meara Platt Interview - in high school
In high School

Meara Platt Interview - in college
In college


R&R
:
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?

Meara:
I am one of the most easy-going people you’ll ever meet and it certainly has everything to do with the turmoil of my childhood. This will sound completely corny, but I wake up every day thankful for the beautiful life I’ve been given and the wonderful friends and family with whom I share it. So, when I’m standing on a freezing train platform in the early, early morning, I don’t mind. And when I’m stuck in traffic or the bills seem to come in fast and furious, I don’t mind. The one thing I do go out of my way to do is make an outsider or new person I’ve met feel welcome, because through all the travails of our early years, the things I remember most are the kindness and incredible generosity of those who reached out a helping hand. Even a smile or a pat on the hand can make a difference.

 

R&R:
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?

Meara:
I’m very even-handed, I’ll overindulge on both! Chocolate and warm, crusty bread are my downfall. I love food with lots of flavour, especially all the great Middle Eastern foods, but my stomach rebels at too much spice. So, no hot sauces or hot peppers for me!



R&R:

What is your most treasured possession?

Meara:
I have two favourite possessions: a book that has travelled the world with me containing two stories – Robin Hood and the Tales of King Arthur’s Court – and so I learned to love romance stories and knights in shining armour at a very early age. The second possession was a gift of two toy koala bears given by one of the dear friends we’d made in Australia as we boarded our ship to head to the USA. Her father ran a toymaking factory and so my sister and I each got a father koala and baby koala as a farewell gift. To this day, those koala bears have NEVER left our side!

 

R&R:
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?

Meara:
Easy question! England – Cotswolds or Lake District, or really anywhere in England! There is no more romantic, charming place on earth. The beautiful old structures, historic castles, Tudor homes, charming countryside, high tea, English accents, Regency fashions, gorgeous gardens, Shakespeare, double-decker buses! What’s not to love?

 

R&R:
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?

Meara:
A childhood memory: We boarded our ship to sail from Australia to the USA and my twin sister and I were inspecting the deck chairs one sunny day, trying to determine if our heads would fit through the slats on the back of the chairs. My twin, being ten minutes older and far wiser, suggested I try it and find out. Jump ahead thirty minutes when, to my mom’s great relief, the capable ship steward managed to squeeze my firmly-wedged head out from those slats to the cheers of the HUGE crowd that had now gathered around me. No doubt they were all giving thanks that their children were not THAT stupid!

 

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Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Meara.

Thank you, thank you so much! It has been a treat and a huge delight to be with you! Sending love to you and all the kindred spirits who love historical romance!

 

 

If you would like to find out more about Meara and her books, here are the links:

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