Get into Bed with Anne Gracie (Author Interview)

by Keira G on February 2, 2013 · 36 comments

in Author Interviews, Contests, G-I, Governess / Companion, Regency

AnneGracie4_2Keira: How does a governess become a companion?

Anne Gracie: In my book The Autumn Bride Abby is sacked from her governess job when she smuggles in her sister and two friends for the night. They have nowhere else to stay — they’ve just escaped after being kidnapped and taken to a brothel. Things go from bad to worse, and in desperation Abby goes to break into an old mansion in search of something to steal. Instead she finds aristocratic Lady Beatrice Davenham in dire straits — bedridden and in the hands of lazy and neglectful servants.

So with the old lady’s cooperation she and her “sisters” pretend to be Lady Beatrice’s nieces, thus improving everyone’s situation.

Keira: Why was Lord Davenham in the orient?

Anne: When he was just eighteen Lady Beatrice’s nephew, Max, Lord Davenham had inherited a title and a mound of debts. For the last nine years, he’s been away in the Orient, making his fortune, and now he’s come home. He’s not impressed to find his home invaded by impostors. Especially when his aunt informs him that he’s got nothing to say about it — if she wants to have nieces, she’ll have nieces!

Keira: What is the most interesting Regency rule you’ve come across in your research?

Anne: I honestly can’t think of one — the thing is, people bent “rules” in those days just as much as they do now. The important thing was not to get caught.

Keira: A governess’s most loveable qualities are. . .

Anne: My heroine, Abby is the kind of person who takes care of other people. She’s a loyal friend and sister, and she’s also impetuous — she can’t ignore another person in trouble — and that’s what gets her into trouble. She’s a fighter, too — she stands up to Max from the very beginning.

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There was the sound of a scuffle, and she ran down the last few steps to the landing in time to see Featherby fall to the floor and a tall, dark-haired stranger push past him and enter the house. Before she could gather her wits, he’d crossed the hallway and was racing up the stairs toward her, taking them two at a time on long, powerful legs.

“Stop!” Abby braced herself, flinging her hands out to bar his way. “You can’t come up here.”

She fully expected him to shove her roughly aside, as he’d shoved Featherby, but amazingly, he stopped.

She had an impression of a hard, chiseled jaw, a bold nose, a firm, compressed mouth. And he was tall; even standing three steps below her, he was taller than she. Her heart was pounding. What sort of a man would shove his way into a lady’s house with so little ceremony? At this hour of the morning?

He was casually dressed in a loose dark blue coat, a white shirt, buff breeches and high black boots. His cravat was carelessly knotted around a strong, tanned throat.     Despite the almost civilized clothing, he looked like . . . like some kind of marauder. His jaw was unshaven, rough with dark bristles; his thick, dark hair was unfashionably long and caught back carelessly with a strip of leather. Gray eyes glittered in a tanned face.

A dark Viking—surely no Englishman would have skin that dark, burnished by years under a foreign sun.

“Who’s going to stop me?” He moved up one step.

She didn’t move. “I am.”

Keira: How do you define love?

Anne: I couldn’t — I just know it’s everywhere, all around us, and has many different forms and faces. In The Autumn Bride, for instance, there isn’t just love developing between the hero and heroine, there’s love between the sisters, and between the four girls and the old lady.  The old lady adores her autocratic nephew and even though she drives him to distraction, he adores her too. It’s everywhere — you just have to know how to look for it.

Buy: The Autumn Bride (A CHANCE SISTERS ROMANCE)

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1 Diane D - Florida February 2, 2013 at 8:59 AM

What a great excerpt. I’m also drooling at the description of Max (I cheated, and went to Amazon to read the review). I love it when my heroes’ are dressed casually. There’s something about the tight breeches, and boots that does it for me. :-)

I’d love to read “The Autumn Bride”, as it has everything that I love in a book, passion, romance, intrigue, and with a guaranteed “Happy Ever After”.

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2 Anne Gracie February 3, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Diane, I love the boots and breeches look, too. And I love designer stubble. :)

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3 Anne Fescharek February 2, 2013 at 9:40 AM

I like historical romance where at least the H or h is an ordinary person, that it, not wealthy or a member of the nobility. In a way, it’s a lighter look at times when a poor person had SERIOUS problem. There was no social safety net

Better stop, I’m bringing myself down!

I would love to win your book. I don’t think I have had the pleasure to read you yet. Please enter me. Thank you.
annfesATyahooDOTcom

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4 Anne Gracie February 3, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Anne, I often have as heroes or heroines people who are born into the upper class but for some reason end up poor and in desperate straits. There was no safety net for them either.
I’m told readers prefer to have lords and ladies and glamour, but I like more of a mix.
Good luck in the draw.

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5 Doris February 2, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Love all your books and can’t wait to read this one!

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6 Anne Gracie February 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Thanks, Doris, and thanks for dropping in to LoveRomancePassion.
I hope you enjoy the book.

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7 Maureen February 3, 2013 at 7:58 AM

It sounds like Abby and Max meet under very unusual circumstances. It looks like a great story.

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8 Anne Gracie February 3, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Doris, yes, it’s not the most conventional of situations. :)
Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for dropping by.

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9 Anne Gracie February 3, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Sorry, that was meant to be addressed to Maureen. Thanks Maureen.

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10 Renee Brown February 3, 2013 at 8:44 AM

I love heroines who do the right thing yet keep getting accused of doing wrong. I love to see right prevail. Obviously, helping others pulled me into this book and I can’t wait to read it!

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11 Anne Gracie February 3, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Hi Renee. I love it too when people stick their neck out to help someone else, and I want them to be rewarded. And what better reward than a big handsome man who adores her — though he doesn’t know it yet. ;)

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12 JenM February 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM

This book sounds great. I love that the aunt takes the girls in and that it’s a mutually beneficial situation for them. I will definitely check this out. Best wishes on the release.

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13 Anne Gracie February 3, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Hi Jen, thanks for your good wishes.

It was definitely mutual benefit — the aunt and the girls help each other — and have a lot of fun in the process.
I hope you enjoy the book.

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14 erinf1 February 3, 2013 at 9:52 AM

congrats Annie on the new release! I think this book sounds fantastic! Definitely on my want list ;) I guess my question is… what is your favorite thing to read/write about this time period?

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15 Anne Gracie February 3, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Hi Erin, I hope you enjoy the book.
I love reading old letters and journals from people who live in the regency. I’ve especially used them for books where my people travel — there’s nothing like journals and letters for getting the nitty gritty details that furnish a book.
Thanks for dropping by — all the best in the draw.

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16 Martha Lawson February 3, 2013 at 1:48 PM

This one sounds really great!! I like the way she stood up to the “stranger”. I’d love to be entered to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

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17 Anne Gracie February 3, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Hi Martha, thanks for that comment. I like my heroines to be a bit gutsy and I love the hero’s surprise when it happens.

Good luck in the draw.

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18 Diane Sallans February 3, 2013 at 2:35 PM

I love that Abby is so feisty and that she is also going to be able to help Lady Beatrice when she is so vulnerable.

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19 Anne Gracie February 3, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Hi Dianne — thanks for dropping by.
Abby is the kind of woman who can’t see someone in trouble and ignore them. But you know, Lady Beatrice was pretty special herself, and I loved her journey from helpless invalid to Grande Dame.

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20 bn100 February 3, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Nice def of love

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21 Anne Gracie February 3, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Thanks bn.

Good luck in the draw.

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22 JackieWisherd February 3, 2013 at 6:21 PM

The Autumn Bride sounds like a great book to read at Valentine’s Day with all the love involved in it. Thanks for the info on your book.

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23 Anne Gracie February 3, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Thanks, Jackie — maybe that’s why Berkley scheduled it when they did. Who knows?
I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day.
Good luck in the draw.

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24 Jen B. February 3, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Lady Beatrice sounds like a whole lot of wonderful. I love that Lady Beatrice decides to create a fake family to help herself and it ends up being the perfect romance for her nephew. The story sounds really fun.

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25 Anne Gracie February 3, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Hi Jen. I have to admit I fell in love with Lady Beatrice myself.
And she gets exactly what she wants in the end — she claims at the start that “If I want nieces, I’ll have them.” And when Abby married Max, she gets one— legally. ;)

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26 Mary Preston February 3, 2013 at 9:02 PM

I already love Lady Beatrice Davenham. She sounds like such a pistol.

I look forward to reading about Abby & Max in THE AUTUMN BRIDE.

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27 Anne Gracie February 3, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Hi Mary — she is a pistol. She just took over the whole story. ;)

I hope you enjoy my book.
Thanks for dropping by.

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28 eli yanti February 3, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Hi Anne,

Can’t wait to read this book :)

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29 Anne Gracie February 4, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Hi Eli, thanks for dropping by.
Good luck in the draw.

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30 Julie February 4, 2013 at 3:35 AM

I love the idea of Lady Beatrice and Abby creating their own little family to suit themselves. Thanks for the excerpt!

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31 Anne Gracie February 4, 2013 at 4:20 AM

Thanks, Julie. I think people often create kind of families in life — they just don’t call them families.
All the best with the draw.

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32 Diane Peterson February 4, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Every time I read more about this book I want to read it more. I really like this plot — a governess, a Gothic feel — it is ready-made for this Jane Eyre fan. Thanks!

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33 Anne Gracie February 4, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Hi Diane. I hadn’t really thought of it as gothic, but there are a few elements of that sort. Hope you enjoy the book.

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34 Jane February 4, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Congrats on the new release, Anne. Abby seems like my kind of heroine, a fighter.

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35 Anne Gracie February 4, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Hi Jane — yes, Abby is the kind of girl who doesn’t give in easily. Hope you enjoy it.

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36 Keira March 18, 2013 at 7:44 PM

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