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I’m delighted to welcome Award-Winning Author ELIZABETH ESSEX to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

It is such a delight to visit with Rakes & Rascals today. You have long been a favorite place for me to discover new authors—I read my first review of a Grace Burrowes romance here, and became an instant fan.

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R&R:

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

Elizabeth:
I am a New Englander. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up on the Connecticut coast, with a view of Long Island Sound. Looking back now, I can see how lucky I was—my childhood was filled with dogs to walk, ponies to ride, woods and marshes to explore, little boats to sail, and best of all, an unlimited supply of books to read. It was a childhood full of freedom tempered with responsibilities and loads of chores—those ponies had to be mucked out! But I know that childhood full of exploration and vivid imagining—I was a knight on my own pint-sized charger, heading off into the forest to slay my own dragon—helped me develop the intellectual curiosity and sense of wonder that still fuels me as a writer.

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A very old picture of me in the late 60’s with my lovely old dappled pony.

 

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

Elizabeth:
I wish I could say I’m easy going, but the truth is, while I’m not exactly temperamental, I’m a little too high-strung for ‘easy.’ I am a worrier—as a writer this manifests itself in constant editing and revising. I’m constantly asking, “Is it good enough?” “Did I convey the emotional truth of this scene?” “How can I make this better.” I hate to disappoint people, especially my readers.

 


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

Elizabeth:
Savory!!! I am a slave to the salty snack. I write best when I have a bowl of salted almonds at my elbow—somehow crunching away at the almonds helps me to concentrate. 🙂

 


R&R:
What is your most treasured possession?

Elizabeth:
Too difficult to choose! I am vastly sentimental, and my house is filled with things that mean a great deal to me—antique furniture from one grandparent, teapots and china from another, linens from a great auntie, paintings and artwork by my friends or my children, and many, many photographs of my large and exuberant family. But if I had to choose just one possession, it would be my wedding ring, which was the one thing that made all the other things possible.

 


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

Elizabeth:
Again, so difficult to choose! But I think because I live in a hot, rather urban environment in Texas now, I would choose someplace rural and bucolic and green, where I could ramble with my dogs for hours on end. I’m torn between imagining a house in the English countryside, or a return to my childhood, with a bolt-hole in New England. In the end I am sure I would choose the comfort of the familiar and go back to New England.

 


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

Elizabeth:
Again, too many to choose from!!! I constantly say or do just the wrong thing. Constantly. Which is very likely why I LOVE being a writer—I can edit and revise until I finally get it right! But of all my gaffes, I think my most embarrassing is when I have not stood up or adequately expressed the courage of my convictions, and have let myself, or other people down. That’s the kind of thing that stays on my conscience far longer than that time my skirt fell off during a school play, or I fell off my high heels during a dinner date and pulled the entire table over when I grabbed at the table cloth, or I pulled my pants down in a bar to show a guy where I got bit by a dog. (To be fair, it was his dog that had bitten me, and he was being a complete jerk and accusing me of lying to get him kicked out of our apartment building, so I felt compelled to show him the evidence in the flesh. And he was the one who was then kicked out of the bar. SO maybe it wasn’t the wrong thing after all. 🙂

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

Thank you so very much for inviting me to Rakes & Rascals! There is nothing I like more than talking books and ideas with readers! Wishing everyone Happy Reading!

 

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

Website
Goodreads
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GARETH: LORD OF RAKES BY GRACE BURROWES

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

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(Lonely Lords # 6)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

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She’s caught between a rake and certain ruin…

Felicity Worthington’s only hope of avoiding poverty—or worse—is to accept her distant cousin’s dubious bequest…a thriving, high-class brothel. Felicity has 90 days to convince her cousin’s solicitors that Gareth Alexander has taught her the art of pleasing a man, though she’s more interested in the gentleman she glimpses beneath Gareth’s debauched airs, than in the rake he’s become.

In the business of love…How much should he teach her?

Gareth Alexander, Marquis of Heathgate, has little incentive to help a spinster learn to manage a brothel—except that the alternatives for the prim, pretty Miss Worthington are even worse. His resistance to teaching Felicity how to be a madam leaves Gareth wondering if the honor he’d thought long dead still survives, and if that honor allows him to yield to the lady’s ruinous scheme…and to their shared desires.

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IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY BY SHANA GALEN

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

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(Jewels of the Ton #2)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

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Her Mysterious Past Is The Best Revenge…

Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, is a celebrated courtesan with her finger on the pulse of high society. She’s adored by men, hated by their wives. No one knows anything about her past, and she plans to keep it that way.

Only He Can Offer Her A Dazzling Future…

Warrick Fitzhugh will do anything to protect his compatriots in the Foreign Office, including seduce Fallon, who he thinks can lead him to the deadliest crime lord in London. He knows he’s putting his life on the line…

To Warrick’s shock, Fallon is not who he thinks she is, and the secrets she’s keeping are exactly what make her his heart’s desire…

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THE SCANDAL BEFORE CHRISTMAS – A HOLIDAY NOVELLA – ELIZABETH ESSEX

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

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(The Reckless Brides  # 3.5)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

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Lieutenant Ian Worth needs a wife by Christmas, and he can’t afford to be choosy. He has to find her, woo her, and wed her before he goes back to sea – all within a matter of days.

Anne Lesley is a shy spinster with no prospects, and nothing and no one to recommend her but her own self. She accepts the lieutenant’s hasty offer only for the comfort and security it will bring. But when a midwinter storm snows her and Ian in, they both find they got much more than they bargained for – daughter, light, and a Christmas filled with honest to goodness true love…

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THE GREATEST LOVER EVER BY CHRISTINA BROOKE

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

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(The Westruthers #2)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

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Passion to last a lifetime…

The Sweetest Scandal

Beautiful, exuberant, and stubborn Georgiana Black has more spirit than sense—which she learns when an ultimatum to the Earl of Beckenham ends their engagement. Six years later, Georgie is less concerned with impending spinsterhood than with making sure her young sister doesn’t make the same mistakes she did. But soon Georgie stumbles into a scandalous encounter with none other than her former fiancé. Beckenham is still breathtakingly desirable.

The Truest Temptation

Beckenham’s brief engagement to Georgie taught him one thing: when it comes to a wife, he wants a woman who will do her duty and cause no trouble. When the fiery Georgie falls unexpectedly into his arms, Beckenham remembers just how lushly delectable she is. Suddenly, the idea of actually marrying Georgie is irresistible. In a battle of wills, can passion conquer pride?

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LORD OF THE SEA BY DANELLE HARMON

Source: Gift from a dear friend

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(Heroes of the Sea # 4)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

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A Sea Devil Who’s Reckless At Heart. . .

Captain Connor Merrick’s thirst for danger has brought him fame and fortune as one of the most brazenly successful privateers of the War of 1812. But deep beneath his swagger, derring-do and charm, the handsome American captain is hiding a devastating secret, and he’ll go to any lengths to protect it . . .

A Beauty Who Gets More Than She Bargained For. . . .

Rhiannon Evans has longed for an adventure—and a mysterious, dangerous man to sweep her off her feet. While enroute to the tropical paradise of Barbados, she never dreams that her heart will be captured by the dashing American privateer who rescues her from bloodthirsty pirates. Only Rhiannon can see beneath Connor’s reckless façade to the man beneath. But when tragedy strikes, can Rhiannon’s love save Connor from himself? Or will the secret he guards so carefully, end up being the undoing of them both?

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GABRIEL BY GRACE BURROWES 

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

(Lonely Lords #5)

Genre: Historical Romance

Official Blurb 

Gabriel North has spent two years allowing his family to believe him dead, while he assumes the identity of a hardworking steward on the neglected Three Springs estate.

When Gabriel falls in love with Polonaise Hunt, cook at Three Springs, he realizes that until he solves the mystery of who tried repeatedly to kill him, he cannot ask any woman to share his life.

Gabriel resumes his proper identity as Marquis of Hesketh, only to find that Polonaise has also resumed her calling, that of talented portrait artist, and she’s been commissioned to paint Gabriel’s heir.

While Gabriel tries to untangle the mystery of his attempted murder, he finds Polonaise has been keeping secrets of her own. She can capture Gabriel’s likeness on canvas, but can he capture her heart?

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

THE ELUSIVE WIFE BY CALLIE HUTTON

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Official Blurb 

Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry, is trying to discreetly locate his unwanted and abandoned bride among London society to request an annulment. However, he doesn’t remember what she looks like because he was blind drunk at his arranged wedding and hasn’t seen her since. The fascinating Lady Olivia has captured the Earl’s attention. Newly arrived from the country to stay with her school friend for the Season, she is appalled to discover that her husband, Lord Coventry, doesn’t even recognize her. She’s not about to tell the arrogant arse that she is his wife. Instead, she flirts with him by night and has her modiste send her mounting bills to him by day. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned… Too bad this woman finds her husband nearly irresistible.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

THE SPY WORE BLUE BY SHAN GALEN

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

(Lord and Lady Spy #1.5)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Official Blurb 

An exciting new novella in the popular Lord and Lady Spy series. Blue, an elite spy, tracks an assassin to Naples and the theater where his estranged wife performs. As he falls in love with his Helena again, Blue races to apprehend the assassin before he destroys them both.

★✩★✩★✩★✩★

SCANDAL IN THE NIGHT BY ELIZABETH ESSEX

Source: Won in a Giveaway

(The Reckless Brides #3)

Genre: Historical Romance (Regency)

Official Blurb 

When the Reckless Brides set their sights on England’s eligible bachelors, nothing can stop them. But when they are strangers in a strange land, anything can happen…

The Spy Who Loved Her

Assuming a false identity as a prim and proper governess, the bold and beautiful Cat Rowan thinks she has finally escaped the wild misadventures of her past—and the wickedly handsome spy who seduced her in India. Imagine her surprise when her employer introduces his brother: the very same cad who destroyed her heart!

The One Who Got Away

The Honorable Thomas Jellicoe cannot believe his eyes when he sees his beloved Cat—the Scottish beauty who nearly jeopardized his mission in India. Disguised as a horse trader from the bazaars of the Punjab, the British spy risked his life for one night of passion in her arms. But here and now—breaking all rules of decorum—one heated kiss ignites a flurry of gunfire. For their enemies have followed them home. And love is the greatest danger of all…

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This is a historical biography but it sounded really interesting.

THE LADY PENELOPE: THE LOST TALE OF LOVE AND POLITICS IN THE COURT OF ELIZABETH 1 BY SALLY VARLOW

Source: Bought from Amazon Kindle

Official Blurb 

Penelope Devereux was the brightest star who ever shone in the court of Queen Elizabeth I in 16th-century England, and this biography challenges the usual historians’ view that she was merely a footnote to famous men’s lives. The questions explored include: What political significance did she hold with her brother, Essex, and the Queen? Why did Essex name her as a major player in the coup that cost him his head, and how did she walk free? What was she doing having secret meetings with the most hunted Jesuit priest in England? Most important of all, if Mary Boleyn was her great-grandmother, was King Henry VIII her great-grandfather? Her life touched on every great event of the age—the execution of Mary Queen of Scots, the defeat of the Spanish Armada, the arrival of King James, and the Gunpowder Plot. She also knew many of the celebrated artistic figures of the day, including William Shakespeare. She was the most beautiful woman of her generation and muse to countless poets and musicians, yet she died in disgrace—a widow, outcast from court, and stripped of all her titles. Set against the character of Queen Elizabeth I and the staged pageantry of her Court, this dramatic and ultimately tragic story will have immediate appeal to all lovers of historical biographies.

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