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Look at the cover for The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare, isn’t is beautiful. This regency fiction novel is published by Mills and Boon.
‘I am a Duke. I’m not asking you to marry me. I am offering to marry you. It’s a different thing entirely.’
When the Duke of Ashbury returns from war scarred, he realises he needs an heir – which means he needs a wife! When Emma Gladstone, a vicar’s daughter turned seamstress visits wearing a wedding dress, he decides on the spot that she’ll do.
His terms are simple:
– They will be husband and wife by night only.
– No lights, no kissing.
– No questions about his battle scars.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s pregnant with his heir, they need never share a bed again.
But Emma is no pushover. She has secrets and some rules of her own:
– They will have dinner together every evening.
– With conversation.
– And teasing.
– Last, and most importantly… Once she’s seen the man beneath the scars, he can’t stop her from falling in love…
| Author Interview |
What book truly inspired your life and why?
Without a question, the answer is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I’ve loved that book ever since I read it for the first time in high school, and via a roundabout process, it’s the reason I became an author. In my senior yearbook, I listed “Elizabeth Bennet” as the person I most admire. My son’s middle name is Austen, and I have “Jane” tattooed on my left (writing) wrist in her own handwriting. If that doesn’t establish my Austen fan cred, I don’t know what does!
How did you pick who you dedicated your book too?
This particular book was dedicated to my father. The heroine, Emma, is a vicar’s daughter—and my father was a clergyman, too. However, the similarities end there. In terms of unconditional love and acceptance, my Dad could not be more different to Emma’s demanding and unforgiving father. Writing this book made me even more grateful to my father for the support he’s always given me, so I dedicated the book to him in gratitude.
Did you do a lot of research for your book?
As a former librarian, I love to research. And despite my admittedly modern touch with dialogue and social attitudes, I do research history quite a bit. With The Duchess Deal, for a few examples, I researched the lives of seamstresses during the era, and went down several internet rabbit holes while researching the weapons and artillery used at Waterloo before deciding on a Congreve rocket as the cause of Ashbury’s wounds and scars. During the process, I learned that Congreve rockets were the origin of the “rockets’ red glare” mentioned in the US national anthem!
If you had to take three books on a desert island what would they be?
Pride and Prejudice
What would you like your readers to know before starting your book?
Be warned, readers have reported this book made them laugh out loud in public!
| Giveaway |
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