Friday, October 7, 2011

Character Interview (Giveaway): Romancing The Countess by Ashley March

Please sit back and enjoy. I loved this book and hope to get my review posted soon. I sat down with Sebastian Madinger, The Earl of Writhosly and got an interview. :)

I am very excited to get to sit down today with Sebastian Madinger, the Earl of Wriothesly.
 I assure you, Miss Rebecca, it is my pleasure to be here. You’re certain this is the equivalent of shouting my love for Leah from the rooftops? She told me she would kill me if she ever found me climbing up to the roof…

First up, tell us how you and Leah are doing now? The story after the happy ending.
 My wife is an amazing woman. Although I didn’t think I could fall in love with her any further, she continues to give me more reasons every day to love her more. Don’t tell her I told you this, though—she’d tease me unmercifully.

As you know, she very much wanted to have a child of her own. Although I know she would have been content with Henry as our only son, I’m happy—very well, I’m ecstatic—to tell you that after a miscarriage, Leah is just weeks away from giving birth to our first child together. I’ve never seen her look more beautiful. And I’ve never been more nervous. But don’t tell her that, either—I’m her rock through her own anxiety.

After that first kiss, did you know you had found ‘the one’?
 To be honest, I thought that I’d just proven myself right and that I was an utter fool. I don’t think she was “the one”; as you know, I had once believed that Angela was “the one”, and obviously our marriage didn’t turn out as I’d hoped. However, that first kiss was something very unexpected—I didn’t expect to kiss her, and I didn’t expect to continue wanting her, even when she withdrew from me. Even after three years of marriage, Leah continues to intrigue me; every day I find something special that draws me to her even more and makes me realize all over again how fortunate I am to have found her. I don’t think I could bear it if something ever happened to her…which is why I’ll be so damn relieved when the baby is born. Even seeing her struggle to stand up from a chair nearly kills me.

When you discovered Leah was having a house party, did you only go because of the secret or did she intrigue you?
 I have to admit, part of it was that smile. For the short length of our previous acquaintance, I’d always seen her as this quiet, reserved, proper woman. But that smile…it was as if every light inside her suddenly shone brighter than the sun itself. Yes, I went to the house party because of the possibility of a scandal, but I also went because it was Leah. Even then, even when I was grieving and angry, I found an excuse to discover more about her. Perhaps I was hoping that she would really return to the docile woman I’d known before…but I’m so glad she didn’t. She is amazing as a reckless woman. *smiles*

In the beginning, you almost seemed like you thought it had to be Leah’s fault as to why her husband turned to your wife. Did you really feel this way?
 *looks away* God, I wish I’d never said that. No, I never felt that it was Leah’s fault. Especially now that I know her for who she truly is, I am amazed at Ian’s idiocy. I know I was cruel to her at the beginning, and I don’t have an excuse that could ever justify my behavior. All I can say is that she was the only person who could understand how I was feeling, but instead of being miserable like I was, she was happy. And I hated that she was happy. I hated that after all the love I gave to Angela, it wasn’t enough. And so, as I blamed myself for Angela turning to Ian, it made me feel better to blame Leah for Ian’s betrayal as well. As you can see, I can be an idiot sometimes, too.

Did you have any idea after the death of your first wife that you would find anyone else you would truly love?
 I never thought of it. The news of Angela’s betrayal and death tore me apart to such an extent that I couldn’t think of anything beyond her being together with Ian…and then of her not being there at all. But then Leah came along, with her reckless behavior and her smile, and she took me completely by surprise. Certainly, I imagine one day I would have tried to find another mother for Henry, but the idea of marrying probably wouldn’t have come to me for a long, long time.

Leah definitely didn’t make it easy for you. What was the most stubborn thing she did?
 *smiles* Let me tell you, she’s still just as stubborn now as she was then. Thank God I let go of the idea of her obeying anything I said a long time ago.

I suppose that while I understood the pain that Ian put her through, I wish she wouldn’t have stayed distant from me for so long. As I said above, I never thought to fall in love again, and certainly not so quickly. I wished that she would have acknowledged her feelings for me sooner, but I also knew that if I pushed her too hard and too quickly I would only push her away.

The greatest part of my day now is in the mornings, when I wake up beside her and the first thing she does is wrap her arms around me and says she loves me. That makes up for every moment in the past when I feared she would never truly be mine.

When was the moment that you knew you had to go find her no matter what?
 Ah, an excellent question. But the truth is this: I wanted to go find her and take her back with me and Henry to our home the very moment I left her. However, I was hesitant because of Henry. At first I believed any resulting scandal from her behavior would hurt him. And then, after the rumors started circulating about Ian and Angela, I realized that having a shell of a father would have hurt him even more. I could have gone on with life without her, but by God I didn’t want to. I probably would have gone after her eventually even if the rumors hadn’t started, but I was glad to have that as an excuse. And if I hadn’t had it as an excuse, who knows if she would have accepted me when I proposed?

Thank you for being here. I know you are ready to get back to your wife and son. It was a pleasure meeting with you today.
 *laughs, catching Henry in his arms as he runs up, then wrapping an arm around Leah’s very pregnant waist and kissing her cheek* Yes, they are impatient for me, as you can see. But truly, Miss Rebecca, it was my pleasure. You’re welcome to visit with us anytime. Perhaps you can convince my lovely wife here that taking long strolls about the estate is not a good idea, nor is telling her husband what to do all the time. It— *breaks off as Leah jabs him in the ribs, then kisses her full on the mouth* Yes, feel free to visit our happily-ever-after anytime you wish. *smiles*

I hope you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes interview with Sebastian, and thanks so much to Rebecca for hosting me today as I continue celebrating the release of ROMANCING THE COUNTESS! If you’ve already read the book and you could ask Sebastian any one question you wanted, what would it be? If you haven’t read the book and could ask me any one question you wanted, what would it be? Whether the answers are in the comments or in a separate blog post, I’ll be sure to answer them!

One random commenter will be chosen to win a copy of my newest book, ROMANCING THE COUNTESS (open internationally)! Also, find out how to win the ROMANCING THE COUNTESS Book Tour Grand Prize of 50+ romance novels by visiting!  



Beebs said...

Great post!

Kinda like a 2nd epilogue, loved it!

No further questions til I've read the book, so looking forward to it.

Please don't enter me for the competition as I already won a copy.

Ora said...

I love the interview, and I agree it is kinda like a second epilogue. It is so worth reading for those of you who haven't read it yet. I'm glad that Sebastian and Leah had the HEA and eventually a child. Are there more in the future? Also what is James up to?

Karen H in NC said...

Love these character interviews. Gives more insight to the book. I've got my copy...just need to pull it to the top of the heap to read next!

May said...

Glad to hear that Leah is having a baby... :) How does Henry feel? Sibling rivalry?

Margaret said...

I enjoyed the post and would love to read the book! I'll keep my fingers crossed! Thanks!


Ashley March said...

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to pop in and say I'll try to comment as I can. The hubby's away today, so I'm waiting (hoping) for the girls to take naps at the same time. Looking forward to reading everything! =)

LSUReader said...

Hi Ashley--
I know you are super busy with the toddlers now...When you move to self-publishing, and perhaps have a bit more time, how many books per year do you plan to release?

Thanks for another interesting post.

ClaudiaGC said...

Hi Ashley!
I love these kind of character interviews. I haven't read the book yet and I don't want to know anymore than I already do! :)
Thanks for the post!

claudigc at msn dot com

Wolfe said...

I loved having you Ashley! So glad to be part of your tour!

Johanna R Jochum said...

You answered the baby question! YAY! Thanks for a wonderful post!


Di said...

I like it when a character gets interviewed - a bit more incite is always fun.

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Ashley March said...

Hi Everyone! So sorry it's taken me until now to follow up. It was with the kids. Individual replies coming up soon! =)

Ashley March said...

Hi Beebs! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post, as I've never done a character interview AFTER the book before. I don't think I gave anything way to hinder your enjoyment of the book (which I hope you get soon!). =) Thanks for visiting with me!

Ashley March said...

Hi Ora! Thank you so much for your wonderful recommendation. =) Lol, I think the number of children my heroes and heroines in their HEAs fluctuates depending on how my children have behaved each day. Today, they might have only had the one besides Henry. ;) But seriously, I think they would both love a huge family (and would definitely enjoy the begetting). I'm happy to say that Leah has no more miscarriages and they end up having four more children. =)

As for James, I will tell you that I'm planning his own story. Can't tell you much else right now, unfortunately, as I'm still working on the details. =)

Ashley March said...

Hi Karen! So happy you enjoyed the post. =) And don't you wish we could get gift certificates for more time? *wistful sigh*

Ashley March said...

May, I think he's a little confused right now, and he'll be very excited when the baby comes. But soon he'll get tired of the crying and won't really connect until he (another boy, this one is) starts smiling. They will be best friends growing up. =)

Ashley March said...

Thanks, Margaret! =) Good luck with the giveaway!

Ashley March said...

Hi LSUReader! This is a great question. =) I'm actually working on a schedule for next year right now, but I'm planning on at least 5 full-length books. I have a tendency to try to overachieve, and that's actually scaling back from other plans I've made, so I feel really comfortable saying that. =)

Ashley March said...

Hi Claudia! Then I have to warn you that I will be doing a couple of interviews that occur toward the ending of the book, so you might not want to read those. ;) But I'm glad you enjoyed this one!

Ashley March said...

Thanks, Rebecca! These were great questions, and I'm so glad you enjoyed RtC. =) And I didn't know you were a writer--yay! I look forward to the day when I could read your books. =)

Ashley March said...

=D Johanna--I had to give her one. I love making my characters happy in the end. =)

Ashley March said...

Thanks, Di! This was a different sort of interview for me (Rebecca came up with the questions), and it was a lot of fun. =)

Lexi said...

Oh they are going to have a baby! I feel like I just found out one of my friends is expecting and want to say "Congrats!" and hug Leah!

mamabunny13 said...

Loved the interview! :)
I haven't read the book yet so I don't have a question at this time.
mamabunny13 at gmail dot com