Title: A Baron in her Bed
Author: Maggi Andersen
Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing
Length: 302 pages
Subgenres: Historical, Suspense, Romance
Horatia’s plan to join the London literary set takes a dangerous turn. Now that the war with France has ended, Baron Guy Fortescue arrives in England to claim his inheritance. When Guy is set upon in London, a stranger, Lord Strathairn, rescues and befriends him. But while traveling to his country estate, Guy is again attacked. Guy suspects his relative, Eustace Fennimore, is behind the attacks on his life. Horatia refuses to believe her godfather, Eustace, is responsible. Secure in the knowledge that his daughter will finally wed, Horatia’s father allows her to visit her blue-stocking aunt in London. But Horatia’s time spent in London proves to be anything but a literary feast, for a dangerous foe plots Guy’s demise. She is determined to keep alive her handsome fiancé, who has proven more than willing to play the part of her lover even as he resists her attempts to save him.
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She patted The General’s nose and fed him an apple. By the time the last of it had disappeared, she heard the clip of a horse’s hooves on the gravel drive. She peeped out of the barn door and saw the baron, tall in the saddle, riding towards the house.
Horatia stepped out and beckoned him. He caught sight of her and rode towards the stables then dismounted and led the horse inside.
“Sorry, my lord,” Horatia said, adopting Simon’s gruff voice. “We have no footman here. No under-groom neither. I’ll stable your horse.”
“Simon, good fellow,” he said warmly. “I came to thank you again. I am indebted to you.”
“No need for that, my lord,” she said. “Everything’s right and tight here as it happens.” She turned her back to lead his horse into one of the stalls. Seizing a brush, she bent and swept it over the horse’s flanks.
He came to rest an arm on the stall door. “I am relieved. If you had lost your job, I was going to ask you to work for me.”
She straightened to brush the horse’s back, confident of the poor light. “Mighty good of you, my lord. But not at all necessary.”
“Eh bien, merci encore.” He turned towards the door.
Relieved it had gone so well, Horatia stepped out from behind the horse. She looked up to see if he had gone and found him watching her with his arms folded.
The elation left her, and she took a deep, shaky breath.
“Did you really think you could go on fooling me?” A note of outrage lay beneath the humorous tone in his voice. “How many people around here have red hair like yours?”
“My hair’s not red,” she said, incensed. “It’s chestnut.”
“I wondered how far you would carry this ruse, Miss Cavendish.”
She backed into an empty stall as he strode towards her.
He followed her inside. Reaching over, he whipped off her hat, and her hair came loose and tumbled around her face. “So, what do you have to say in your defense?”
“Nothing, my lord.” Horatia lifted her chin, her heart pounding loud in her ears. She chewed her lip. She would have to brazen this out.
Annoyed blue eyes stared into hers. “I do not like to be toyed with. I thought there was something wrong with me.”
“Watching you bend over in those breeches. Zut! From the first, I felt a strong attraction to you. And then, when I saw you dressed as a woman, I understood.”
“You knew it was me at the dance?” She scowled. “And you deliberately teased me?”
“Don’t you think you deserved it?” He seized her shoulders and gave them a shake. “You tricked me. Why?”
She swallowed. “No trickery, my lord. I was dressed this way when I found you, if you recall. I needed to keep up the pretense.”
He shrugged. “But why do you dress like that?”
She couldn’t explain her restlessness to him and tossed her head. “I prefer to ride astride.”
He raised a brow. “You like a strong beast moving beneath you?”
She bristled at the insult. “I like to ride alone.” He made it sound as if she gained some sort of indecent enjoyment from the exercise. Her face heated. To ride astride was unfeminine, she knew, but that fact had never bothered her before.
“But to do so places you in peril.”
Horatia drew herself up. “I can handle myself as well as a man.”
“You believe that, do you?” His gaze flicked over her. What was he thinking? She quivered under his scrutiny.
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EM: Welcome to My World, Maggi. It's lovely to have you here today. :-)
MA: It’s lovely to be here, thank you for inviting me.
Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a multipublished, Amazon bestselling author of historical romance, romantic suspense and young adult novels. I live in Australia with my husband, a lawyer and our cat, Affie who rules us.
How long have you been writing for?
Most of my life, but I only decided to write for publication ten years ago.
Did you always know that you wanted to be a writer?
Yes, always, although life got in the way. I married and raised three children then studied for two degrees before I began to consider a career in writing.
What is your favourite genre to read? To write? And why?
I love to read and write romantic suspense and mysteries, both historical and contemporary.
Who is your favourite author? Fave book? And why?
Eloisa James is a favourite. I loved her Duchess series, because of the quirky characters and the humor. I’m a Georgette Heyer fan too.
How do you get your ideas?
Sometimes ideas come from dreams. Sometimes I have to do a lot of brainstorming. I can get ideas from old black and white movies at times too.
In your opinion what is the hardest part of the writing process?
Rewriting. They say writing is 5 % writing 95% rewriting. I agree, it’s the rewriting which is so crucial to the success of a novel.
In your opinion what is the best part of the writing process?
When, with very little effort on my part, the dialogue between my main characters flows as if by magic, with strong sexual tension and spine tingling romance.
Are you a planner or a panster?
I’m a bit of both these days. I dislike ending up with a first draft which is as shapeless as the jumper Holly Golightly was knitting in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It takes a lot of work to change it and I have written myself into a corner more than once in the past. Now I shape it scene by scene, but I don’t work from a synopsis, and the story can change and go off on tangents I didn’t foresee.
Do you prefer to concentrate on one story, or juggle a few?
When I first started to write, I’d tackle three at once in different genres! Now I stick to one and try to make it the best I can.
Tell us about one of the most favourable scenes you have written.
In A Baron in Her Bed, Horatia Cavendish must maintain her disguise as a male groom during a night spent in a hut in the forest with the Baron. Very difficult when she must share a bed with him!
Out of all the characters you have created, who is your favourite and why?
I’m fond of all my characters, even the villains. Guy, Baron Fortescue is quite delicious in my opinion. He’s gorgeous, but not perfect. He doesn’t easily forgive those who fail to take him on trust. He’s an alpha male who expects his word to be law. Until Horatia teaches him otherwise. His imperfections make him all the more attractive in my view. Horatia isn’t perfect either; she’s reckless and impulsive, but also brave and loyal.
If you could meet any fictional character, who would you meet and why?
Mm. I’d have to say, Guy Tuesdale, Baron Fortescue. Tall dark, blue-eyed and half-French? Definitely! But in a book by another writer it would be Hawker in The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne. He’s a great character, complex, rather dark, brave and passionate. And the fascinating, brooding Brisbane in the Lady Julia Grey Series by Deanna Raybourn.
Are you working on anything at the moment?
Taming the Gentleman Spy is the next in the series. It is released in September by Knox Robinson Publishing. It features spy, John Haldane, Earl of Strathairn and Lady Sibella Winborne.
Do you have any current releases?
A Baron in Her Bed – The Spies of Mayfair, Book One
With Murderous Intent (Contemporary Romantic Suspense) just released by Black Opal Books.
The Folly at Falconbridge Hall (a Victorian romantic suspense) is released on 8th May 2013.
London, 1816. A handsome baron. A faux betrothal. And Horatia’s plan to join the London literary set takes a dangerous turn.
Now that the war with France has ended, Baron Guy Fortescue arrives in England to claim his inheritance, abandoned over thirty years ago when his father fled to France after killing a man in a duel. When Guy is set upon by footpads in London, a stranger, Lord Strathairn, rescues and befriends him. But while travelling to his country estate, Guy is again attacked. He escapes only to knock himself out on a tree branch.
Aspiring poet Horatia Cavendish has taken to riding her father’s stallion, “The General”, around the countryside of Digswell dressed as a groom. She has become bored of her country life and longs to escape to London to pursue her desire to become part of the London literary set. When she discovers Guy lying unconscious on the road, the two are forced to take shelter for the night in a hunting lodge. After Guy discovers her ruse, a friendship develops between them.
Guy suspects his relative, Eustace Fennimore is behind the attacks on his life. He has been ensconced in Rosecroft Hall during the family’s exile and will become the heir should Guy die. Horatia refuses to believe her godfather, Eustace, is responsible. But when Guy proposes a faux betrothal to give him more time to discover the truth, she agrees. Secure in the knowledge that his daughter will finally wed, Horatia’s father allows her to visit her blue-stocking aunt in London.
But Horatia’s time spent in London proves to be anything but a literary feast, for a dangerous foe plots Guy’s demise. She is determined to keep alive her handsome fiancé, who has proven more than willing to play the part of her lover even as he resists her attempts to save him.
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Any advice you would like to give aspiring writers?
Firstly, don’t give up; it’s writers who persist whose dreams come true. Take every opportunity to learn your craft. Don’t be in a rush to send the work off. Leave it for as long as you can, then read it again. You’ll be surprised at the mistakes you find. Be careful who you show your work to before it’s finished, some won’t read in the genre, won’t understand it and may damage your already fragile writer’s ego. Find a critique group which will foster your talent, rather than one where the criticism is destructive! Take the nuggets of good criticism you get and consider it. Read heaps of books in your genre to understand how the best writers do it. Aim high, and the very best of luck!
EM: Thank you so much for joining me!
MA: It was my pleasure! Thank you for inviting me!
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About the Author:
I am an Australian author with a BA in English and an MA in Creative Writing. My lawyer husband and I live in a pretty, historical town in the Southern Highlands with our spoiled Persian cat, plus the assorted wildlife we feed: chickens wander in from next door and give us lovely eggs, ducks swim in our pool, parrots and possums line up for bananas and seed. I write historical romance, contemporary romantic suspense and young adult novels.
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