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Katharine Ashe

I’m thrilled to be hosting acclaimed historical romance author Katharine Ashe at the Jaunty Quills today.  Those of you who read Katharine’s books know they are beautifully written, lush, and wonderfully emotional.  She has a new book out called My Lady, My Lord, and she’s here today with a great interview.

Thanks for inviting me to JQ today, Vanessa! I’m so happy to be here.

Hello everybody! Vanessa asked me if I’d like to interview Corinna Mowbray and Ian Chance, the heroine and hero of my new book, My Lady, My Lord, a historical romance with a very special twist. Corinna thinks it’s a great idea. She hosts a fashionable, elite salon in London, and enjoys conversing on all sorts of subjects. The trouble is, when we suggested it to Ian, he… well… he squared his handsome jaw and headed toward the card room.

“Like any barbarian would.”

Hi, Corinna! Lovely of you to join us. So, Ian’s decampment gave me an idea. Since you and he are opposite as opposites can be—

“A vast understatement. You might compare Genghis Khan to Cleopatra and find more points of similarity.”

Right. Anyway, I thought I’d give you a quiz to see how suited to each other you actually are, even though you seem so different. You know, whether or not secretly you’d be perfect together. How does that sound?

She stares blankly at me. This doesn’t bode well.

Okay, I say hastily, I’ve clearly caught you right before My Lady, My Lord begins. But if you bear with me I think this will be fun. I’ve found the ideal quiz on the Marie Claire website. It’s called “Is he the one?”

“The one what?”

The one. You know, the one.

I don’t think she knows. Not yet, at least. But she will. Oh, boy, will she know. Too well.

Please, Corinna, bear with me? But you have to answer the questions honestly. Every one of them.

“Of course. When I feel that I cannot answer honestly to my advantage, I will simply be silent.”

Great! Okay, here goes.

Question #1. When you two fight:
a) It’s like World War III. It takes days for us to start speaking again.
b) We have arguments like anybody, but we usually resolve things pretty well.
c) Fight? Please. We’ve never fought about anything.
d) We tend to have major blow-ups, but our hot make-up make-out sessions are totally worth it.

“I don’t know what a ‘make-out session’ is.”

So I guess we are, in fact, still at the beginning of the book.

“I beg your pardon?”

Oh. Er… Nothing.

“Katharine, Ian Chance and I have been quarreling for nine-and-twenty years. Since he is constitutionally incapable of rational argument—or rational thought, for that matter—we have never once resolved a quarrel. Next question?”

Question #2. How do conversations about your future together usually go?
a) We haven’t really discussed it.
d) We both want children. I’d just rather wait a few years, while he has major daddy fever.
c) We both want similar things in the areas of kids and lifestyle.

“Conversations concerning the future tend to end in him recommending the convent and me recommending debtors’ prison.”

I suppose that means you’ve never discussed children?

“The notion of Ian Chance procreating fills me with horror. The world has no need of another in his mold.”

But you think he’s handsome. You can’t deny that.

“No.” Her brow dips. “I cannot. But males of the species must be physically appealing to attract a mate.”

“Talking about me again, Corrie dear? How gratifying.”

Ian! You left cards for us? How nice of you.

He bows to me. “At your service, madam.”

Corinna crosses her arms. “He knew I preferred to do this alone. He’s come solely to vex me.”

“Of course I have. Vexing you is my fondest pastime.” He grins.

All right, you two. Let’s continue.

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Question #3.What is your couple vacation style?
a) We haven’t been on a trip together.
b) We always head to our favorite place: the beach.
c) I like exploring new places, and he likes relaxing, anywhere and anytime.

Corinna? This quiz is for you, really, so you should answer first.

“A and C. There is no place in this world I mind being except in the same room with him.”

“You’re perfectly free to leave now, Corrie dear. I can handle the remainder of this interview alone, no doubt much more amusingly, too.”

“Answer the question, cretin.”

“A, of course. Though I do wish it were otherwise. Isn’t there a D for this question?”

Um. No. What would you want D to be?

He looks down at her with a devilish half-grin. “Anywhere, as long as the ride is long and the carriage closed.”

Corinna’s eyes pop wide. He shrugs innocently.

“Would you have me state a mistruth, madam?”

Of course she wouldn’t. Next question.

#4. Corinna, what do your friends think of him?
a) They love him.
b) They don’t really know him that well yet.
c) They’re happy that we’re so in love, although they sometimes worry that there might be something better out there for me.
d) They always seem to be unavailable when we want to double-date.

“What is this ‘double-date’?”

You’re just going to ignore C, aren’t you? At least the first part?

“It has no bearing on reality.”

For those of you in the audience, Ian’s just looking at her now, and he’s got this look on his face I’ve seen only…

Corinna glances up at him and the expression disappears from Ian’s face.

“Well, it doesn’t,” she says.

“How could it?” he replies. An obvious evasion.

Then I think maybe it’s not actually before the beginning of the book right now. Maybe we’re deeper into the book at this moment than I’d imagined. Because Ian looks like he’s withholding something. Something a little too revealing.

Okaay.

Question #5. Corinna, when you’re sick…
a) He brings me soup, makes me tea, and holds my hair back while I’m throwing up.
b) I refuse to let him see me any sicker than with a little case of the sniffles.
c) He mostly leaves me alone, but checks in on me occasionally.
d) He doesn’t really like to be around me when I’m sick.

“A,” she says quietly, then peeks up at him. Now he has a gentle sort of smile on his face. Her cheeks color up and she rolls her eyes away. “Of course. He has enough personal experience with it, the scoundrel.”

Now I’m positive we’re in the middle of the book at this point. Because there’s that morning when Corinna wakes up after a late night spent with friends and a lot of brandy, and… Well, let’s just say Ian knows precisely how to take care of her the morning after.

Question #6. Corinna, he likes you best…
a) In jeans and a T-shirt even though I generally prefer to dress up a little more.
b) In my underwear.
c) In my pajamas, when I’m just waking up.
d) In an outfit he chooses.

“Well— I—” she stammers. Her fists go to her hips and she frowns. “What sort of interview is this, Miss Ashe?”

“Perhaps I am the most appropriate person to answer this question,” he offers. 

Corinna gapes. “He is not.”

Go ahead, Ian.

“A through C.”

Corinna’s cheeks get even brighter red. It seems that in fact she does know what a make-out session is after all.

Much farther along in the book than I’d thought, indeed.

Okay, final question, Corinna.

#11. My fantasy guy is…
a) The man standing beside me right now.
b) Someone who fits perfectly into my life.
c) Tall, dark, and handsome.
d) Someone who doesn’t let me get away with my own B.S.

Corinna remains completely silent.

“C?” I suggest. Ian pretty much fits that bill.

“D,” he says with assurance.

Corinna looks up at him stormily. But she doesn’t protest. Ian smiles.

All right! Let’s see how you did. I’ll just tally up the answers here… and… Aha! Listen to this:

Mr. Right
Congrats! You’ve found yourself a great match. It’s clear that the two of you have made it through the tough stuff, and you recognize that a good relationship has its ups and downs. Plus, you have a clear picture of who you’ve fallen in love with and have managed to find that ever-elusive balance of passion, respect, and honesty.

Ian’s grin widens. Corinna glares and turns to walk away. But a little smile lurks at the corner of her lips.

Yes, indeedy. A match made in the heavens, proving that the gods have an excellent sense of humor.

~ ~ ~

Book #1 in a new series of historical romances… with a twist.

The Bluestocking
Lady Corinna Mowbray has three passions: excellent books, intelligent conversation, and disdaining the libertine Earl of Chance.

The Rake
Lord Ian Chance has three pleasures: beautiful women, fast horses, and tormenting high-and-mighty Corinna Mowbray.

Neighbors for years, they’ve been at each other’s throats since they can remember. But when a twist of fate forces them to trade lives, how long will it be before they discover they cannot live without each other?

My Lady, My Lord is available now on iBooks, Kindle, Kobo and Nook for $2.99 ($3.99 after March 31st).

Katharine, thanks so much for being here, and thank Ian and Corinna for us!  It sounds like they have some grand adventures ahead. 

Readers, what do you think about “perfect match” quizzes?  Have you ever taken one?  What was the result?  One person who comments will win a Kindle copy of My Lady, My Lord.

~ ~ ~

KATHARINE ASHE is the award-winning author of twelve historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the Ten Best Romances of 2012, and I Married the Duke, Historical Romance of the Year nominee in the 2013 Reviewers’ Choice Awards. She lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. For more about her books, please visit www.KatharineAshe.com.


41 thoughts on “Katharine Ashe Guest Blogs!

  1. ki pha says:

    Hi Katharine and welcome Corinna!!! I already have the book in my possession so no need to enter me in. But those were some fun questions and answers!!!
    As for the “perfect match” quizzes, I haven’t taken…errr actually I have taken one. During my high school year as a junior or a senior they, the class cabinet, had us take a quiz for Valentine’s Day and matched us up with those of our classmates. I did not look at who I matched with because that would have been very awkward so, I don’t know if that someone might have been for me.
    But I think they either will work or not work depending on the persons involved. I mean they might be “perfect” but their personality might be what you want, or I’d it their way of thinking? Well they might have lied on the quizzes too, who knows!

    1. Ki, ha! This reminds me that we did that one year in high school too! What on earth were they thinking?! Like it’s not enough pressure as a high schooler to have a crush. :}

  2. I just ordered the book. Love the chemistry! There’s something so delicious about a hero and heroine who genuinely dislike each other at first…Welcome, Katharine, and best of luck with the book!

    1. Thanks for your welcome, Kristan. It’s lovely to be here!

  3. Susan Gorman says:

    Hello Katharine!
    Loved the quiz interview between Ian and Corinna.
    Great chemistry! Looking forward to reading it so much.
    Got my postcard yesterday– just love it.
    Please don’t enter me in the contest as I have My Lady, My Lord on my kindle.
    Have a fabulous weekend!

    1. Thanks, Susan! I hope you enjoy it. :)

  4. Maureen says:

    I have never took one of those quizzes since my husband and I are so different but since we have been married twenty-five years I think it’s irrelevant. Congratulations on the new book. The cover is a good one.

    1. Maureen, I agree: twenty-five years is proof enough that you’re compatible. :)

  5. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

    Ha! Love the quiz. I just finished the book I have due April 1, and guess what I’m reading this weekend? Yep! Can’t wait :-)

    1. Hi, Shana! Thanks for having me here today. It’s such fun to play with you ladies.

  6. girlfromwva says:

    SO loving this interview! I got my postcard in the mail! I love the cover art. Can’t wait to read it!

    1. I’m so glad you like the quiz, girlfromwva. I think Corinna regrets she agreed to it. :)

  7. Alexisa N says:

    I’ve never taken one of those quizes myself. But so loved the interview with Ian and Corinna taking one. Looking frward to reading their whole story.

    1. I took a few of these when I was a teenager, Alexisa. They always just told me what I already knew… like this one did for Corinna. :)

      1. Alexisa n says:

        LoL Since they seem to be so reliable I’ll have to find one for my friends to take.

  8. CateS says:

    LOL haven’t seen one of those quizzes for years… but we do think alike!

    1. Hi, Cate! I think the last one I took one of these quizzes, I was in my 20s… which was A Very Long Time ago. :)

  9. Quilt Lady says:

    Loved the quiz but will have to say I have never taken one like this before. Not sure I want to. I am sure it would tell me my husband and I are not a match at all.

    1. LOL, Quilt Lady. Probably best not to. :)

  10. LSUReader says:

    I’ve been married way too long to take a perfect match quiz…it is fun to read the results of others, though! Thanks for the post and giveaway.

    1. Hi, LSU! How are you? I miss all you ladies on the Ballroom Blog!

  11. bn100 says:

    Don’t really take them; don’t think they’re really accurate

    1. I think Corinna probably agrees with you. :)

  12. donna ann says:

    cute interview ;) I haven’t taken that particular one (that I recall) but have done similar quizzes but always w/ a grain (ok many grains) of salt & tongue in cheek :)

    1. Many grains of salt needed, indeed, donna ann. :)

  13. Barbara Elness says:

    I probably took such a quiz in Cosmo years ago, but not lately. I think they’re fun, but certainly wouldn’t base any decisions on them. :D

    1. That’s probably a good idea, Barbara. I suspect they’re written by a couple of staff writers off the cuff.

  14. Anne Hoile says:

    I don’t remember ever taking a quiz like that, but what do I know, I am 70 yrs old and can’t be expected to remember teenage years or early dating times (:)

    1. LOL, Anne. That’s what we have fiction for, I guess. :)

  15. JoannaM says:

    Awesome and unique interview! Great wáy to get to know the characters. As far as the quizzes, I might had done them in high school but not anymore. They use to be fun though, as far as I remember ;)

    1. Joanna, thanks! I think I took these quizzes mostly in high school too. Any excuse to talk about boys. Which I suppose is still the case, given my profession. ;)

  16. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

    Thanks for joining us, Katharine. Great blog – I loved the quiz. I have the book sitting impatiently on my kindle right now, as soon as my book is turned in on the 1st…. can’t wait!

    1. Thanks for the welcome, Robyn! It’s a great pleasure to be here, and an honor.

  17. sheryl n says:

    Loved the quiz! I have done the ones like that in Cosmo magazine. Either way, I found my Mr Right. Congrats on the new release!!!

    1. And congrats to you on finding Mr. Right, Sheryln — without even a quiz, lol! :)

  18. Barbara Elness says:

    I always thought those quizzes were fun, especially the ones in Cosmo. I don’t think I’d ever base any kind of decision on whether I found the right guy or not on one though. :D

  19. Marcy Shuler says:

    This was one of the cutest and funniest interviews I think I’ve ever read, Katharine. :D

    I’ve only taken ‘perfect match’ quizzes when authors post them for their heroes. I’ve found much happiness with book boyfriends that way. And my hubby doesn’t even care. ;)

  20. Loved the interview. What a clever idea. It appears that Ian and Corinna will eventually make a great match! I enjoyed the witty responses. I didn’t take a match quiz and I’m not even sure they had them when I was young. I really don’t think people are realistic enough to answer any questions truthfully when it comes to knowing what really is important to them. And when they are thinking about a specific person–way too much emotion involved.

    1. Alexisa n says:

      Eileen, I have to agree with you there. Like I said I’ve never taken one even semi seriously and when my friends do we all know that they’re not being completely honest with themselves or the test. You are taking it already determining what you want the outcome to be I guess.

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