Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Interview and Giveaway: Jane Ashford and Once Again a Bride


Today I have Jane Ashford over for an interview, and there will be an international giveaway of her new book.

Welcome!

1. Could you introduce yourself to my readers?
JA: I’ve loved stories for as long as I can remember. My mother had a lot to do with that. When I was small, she was kind enough to read and re-read my favorite books, like The Wind in the Willows. She also read me a few fairytales and fables in French and German, which I’ve always seen as one source of my love of language. I’ve worked with words as a teacher, editor, and corporate communications professional, but telling stories has always been my first love. 


2. Your new book is called Once Again a Bride; could you tell me about it?
JA: As the title implies, it’s about a heroine, Charlotte, who gets a second chance at love. The first one hardly even qualified as a chance. Her dying father pushed her into marriage with an acquaintance of his, wanting her to be safe when he was gone. Turned out to be a huge mistake. The despicable Henry Wylde only wanted Charlotte’s money, and she is treated with contempt by everyone in his household. When his murder sets her free, she has to struggle to re-make her life pretty much from the ground up.

Henry’s nephew Alec thinks his life is well in hand, even though his list of responsibilities is very long. The discovery that his unpleasant old uncle was married, and left an entrancing young widow, gradually turns his world upside down.

3. Poor Charlotte gets quite a few shocks in this book! Is it fun to cause some drama? ;)
JA: It is fun! And drama/conflict shows what the characters are made of. They learn about themselves and each other through intense interactions.

4. Now I wonder about the hero, Alec... Tell me why readers will fall madly in love with him..?
JA: Alec is a deeply-caring man who doesn’t trust the idea of romantic love. As a child he watched his grandparents’ love match crash and burn, and he never wants to experience anything like that. He works hard to watch over for his family and dependents on his estate. And then along comes Charlotte, who completely disrupts his responsible life. The ”adventures” she pulls him into finally let him see that the past doesn’t rule him, and let him open up to love.

5. What makes this era so fun to write about?
JA: I love Regency expressions and slang. They make for vivid language. It was a time of flamboyant, larger-than-life characters like the Prince Regent and Byron, and I think lends itself to sophisticated social comedy. And of course the social constraints of the nineteenth century offer lots of plot opportunities.

6. And last, what is coming next from you?
JA: My next historical is called A Compliant Husband. You can read a little about it on my website. http://www.janeashford.com/wip.html I’m working on another to follow. In the fall, Sourcebooks will begin re-releasing my backlist titles, so they’ll be available as e-books for the first time, which is exciting. Audible will be doing the same in audiobook format.

Thanks for having me. I’ll be at the RT Booklovers Convention in May. Hope to see you there!

GIVEAWAY
1 copy of Once again a Bride

1. Open to ALL, everywhere in the world
2. Ends Feb 18
3. Just enter :)

ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE BY JANE ASHFORD – IN STORES FEBRUARY 2013

She couldn’t be more alone…
Widowhood has freed Charlotte Wylde from a demoralizing and miserable marriage. But when her husband’s intriguing nephew and heir arrives to take over the estate, Charlotte discovers she’s unsafe in her own home… Alec Wylde was shocked by his uncle’s untimely death, and even more shocked to encounter his uncle’s beautiful young widow. Now clouds of suspicion are gathering, and charges of murder hover over Charlotte’s head.

He could be her only hope…or her next victim…

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. Jane’s historical and contemporary romances have been published all over the world, and she has been nomined for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Eighteen of her Regency romances will be published by Sourcebooks in the near future! Born in Ohio, Jane currently lives in Boston. For more information, please visit www.janeashford.com

To Purchase Once Again a Bride:

44 comments:

  1. Oooo I like the setup in this one! I'm in the mood for a historical romance, thanks so much for the chance to win:)

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  2. I bet Charlotte and Alec make quite a couple. I'd love to be entered.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

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  3. Oh that is wonderful that a girl gets another chance at love after a bad marriage. Love the cover. Thanks for the chance to win. Enter me!

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    1. She so needed it cos her husband turned everyone against her :/

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  4. I can't resist second chance love stories. :)
    bookofsecrets(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. ^.^ Again...sounds super cute!

    carolerae4488@yahoo.com

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  6. Oh thank you for the chance to win! Second chance love stories are awesome :)

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  7. I would like to win and enjoy this novel.

    1dozenstars@gmail.com

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  8. Thank you for the interview Jane :)

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    1. Thanks for having me. And for everyone's comments.
      Jane

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  9. I so agree... it's the social constraints of that period that lend to so much opportunities in these books! Yes! Do enter me into this giveaway!

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    1. I do love them, even if for me it would have been horrid

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  10. After reading your review yesterday and the delightful interview with the author..i have to read this. I too love Regency romances they are my favorite HF reads.
    kimbacaffeinated at gmail dot com

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    1. Regency is just lovely, they are my fav too

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  11. I'd like to be entered into the giveaway! This looks so good!
    I love a good romance.

    mestith@gmail.com

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  12. I'm really looking forward to reading this one after seeing your review.

    Thanks for the chance to win it.

    fwiwDOTkeaATgmailDOTcom

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  13. Wow, it's nice to meet Jane Ashford! Once Again a Bride sounds right up my alley, I love good regency romance :) Great post ladies.

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  15. Once Again a Bride sounds like a fantastic story and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  16. This sounds so fun. I'm always so quick to stay within my own well-worn preferences with genre (usually fantasy) that I forget to venture out and read a good romance once in a while. Which is shame because I love a good romance. ;)

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    1. I do love fantasy the most, but I always read everything else too. Even if I mostly think it's cos I have so few fantasy books to choose from ;)

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  17. I would love to have the chance to read this wonderful book, that sounds amazing and so i would be most greatful if my name could be put forward for the giveaway.
    Thank you so much x

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

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  18. Great interview!
    I would like to win this book.

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  19. My mother too introduced me to books at a very early age. I am forever thankful!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  20. Love the interview and this story is just what I was looking for. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  21. I look forward to reading your book. It may be placed in the 19th century but it rather gives hope to those who, even today, live in a loveless marriage and hope someday they will find real love. Womens lives are ultimately not so very different in that aspect in the 21st century. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank you,

    annfesATyahooDOTcom

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  22. I'm loving the fact that Charlotte is a widow. A lot of baggage there.

    ONCE AGAIN A BRIDE is my ideal read.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  23. Sounds wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    luvs2read4fun(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. New author to me today!! Loved getting to know her a bit better!! Her leading man sounds wonderful!

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  25. This one looks and sounds lovely.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

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  26. Thanks everyone for stopping by :)

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  27. Gosh I been swooning for this book ever since I saw it announced. The cover and the premise all sound gorgeous! thank you so much for the giveaway, very excited!

    lilypondreads at gmail dot com

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  28. This sounds very good, just what I like in my historical romances. Adding it to the wishlist :)

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  29. I'm a huge fan of historical romances so I would love to read this one!!! It sounds great :)

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  30. Awww, the Wind in the Willows. Classic. And how wonderful of your mother to read to you in different languages. Recently my husband and I made a point to start using Spanish at home around the kids, if they can pick up a second language and be fluent it will give them that extra boost. Your mother must have been thinking the same thing, and look at how successful you turned out!

    Your book sounds lovely. A good HR that is sure to tug at the heart strings. Glad you were here so I could hear about it!

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  31. Sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing! I love the reunited love stories :)

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  32. winner Carol Carols Notebook

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