I would like you all to welcome Samantha Grace’s leading men, Drew, Jake, Daniel, Luke, Anthony, and Sebastian, to What I’m Reading.
All six men are gathered in the library. Lord Andrew Forest; Lucas Forest, Duke of Foxhaven; Jake Hillary; Daniel Hillary; and Anthony Keaton, Earl of Ellis sit to one side of the room while Sebastian, Baron Thorne is alone. The gentlemen appear none too friendly with the baron.
Hello fellows, would you guys care for a drink?
The men mumble their thanks, but politely decline. Drew and Luke watch the baron through narrowed, distrustful eyes, and Anthony avoids eye contact all together. Jake and Daniel remain silent, which is a feat in itself for the boisterous Captain Daniel Hillary.
Sam pulls Melody aside to speak quietly with her. “Oh, dear. I was afraid something like this might happen if we got them all together in the same room. Drew and Luke are still unhappy with Sebastian for fighting with their good friend Anthony when he eloped with their sister Gabby. I think they understand why Sebastian would be furious—after all, Gabby was the baron’s fiancée when Anthony took her—but they haven’t forgiven Sebastian for placing Gabby in harm’s way.”
Sam glances back over her shoulder toward the Hillary brothers. “I’m afraid their association with Sebastian isn’t much better ever since their older brother Ben jilted Sebastian’s sister. Jake and Daniel don’t agree with what their brother did, but family loyalty is very strong among the Hillarys. Are you sure that you want to do this? Maybe I should have a little talk with them first.”
Making the decision, Sam approaches them. “Now, gentlemen. I realize there might be some bad blood between you, but Melody was very kind to invite you all here today. I need you to put your differences aside for one day so we can make this a pleasant experience for our kind hostess and her readers. Please, be on your best behavior. Otherwise…” Sam mimics typing with her fingers in the air.
Drew bursts out laughing. “Ms. Grace, did you just subtly threaten us?”
Sam blushes. “Perhaps, but I didn’t mean it. You know I love you all. I simply want this to be a nice interview.”
The men flash their heart-melting grins. “I will make certain everyone behaves,” Luke says.
“Thank you, Your Grace.” Sam waves goodbye and turns her men over to Melody.
I personally thought it would be fun to ask you guys a few questions and have my readers get to know you all. Are you guys up for the challenge?
Sebastian’s dark eyes sparkle with mischief. “I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge. Ellis can attest to that.”
Anthony, Earl of Ellis, chuckles. “I believe the baron is understating it. He always has to do one better than me, whether it’s a foot race, shooting, arm wrestling. I think he’s powerless to back down from any challenge involving me.”
“That’s the pot calling the kettle black,” Luke says. “Anthony is just as hopeless when it comes to competing against Sebastian.”
What’s one word you use to describe Sam?
Drew flashes his dimples. “Generous. Let’s just say she created ample opportunity for me to woo my lady in Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel.”
Jake and Daniel glower at him. “Watch what you say, Forest,” Jake warns. “That is our sister you are talking about.”
“Ms. Grace is an excellent matchmaker,” Luke pipes up before more words can be exchanged between the Hillarys and Drew. “I cannot imagine a lady better suited for me than Vivian. She is all the adventure any man needs.”
“Shameless,” Jake says. “I think Ms. Grace took delight in embarrassing me as much as possible in Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half.”
Daniel smirks at his brother, but then turns serious. “Understanding. I know I behaved like a scoundrel when we first met, but she showed no judgment when I revealed my past to her.”
Anthony nods. “And patient. Ms. Grace kept encouraging me to talk to Gabby, but I had never learned to trust women. Now I am glad I listened.”
Everyone looks to Sebastian. He shrugs. “I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but I will be adding Ms. Grace to the Thorne Christmas card list.”
What was one challenge you had to face in your story?
“Overcoming Helena’s—Pardon me—Lady Prestwick’s stubbornness,” Sebastian says.
Daniel snorts. “I can relate to loving a stubborn woman. Lisette is as stubborn as they come.”
“Yeah, your wife is the stubborn one,” Jake quips.
If you had to pick a favorite drink what would it be, and why?
“Scotch for me,” Drew says. “As a matter of fact, I think I will accept that drink.” He hops up from his chair and saunters to the sideboard to pour a scotch.
Daniel cranes his neck trying to see what bottles sit on the sideboard. “Is there any rum? I learned to enjoy it when I sailed my ship in the Caribbean.”
Anthony clears his throat. “To be honest, I prefer coffee. The stronger, the better.”
Jake, Luke, and Sebastian say they have no drink preferences.
Now, if you had to be a color, what color would you be and why?
Drew laughs. “Sebastian would be puce. According to my sister, he’s as tenacious as a tick.” Puce is a reddish, pink color named after a tick swollen with blood.
Sebastian glowers at his ex-fiancée’s brother. Luke crosses his arms and frowns at both men. “Enough!” He turns toward Melody and offers a polite grin. “Perhaps we should move on to a different question.”
If you were forced to live a life of a servant for a day what job would you want to have?
“Lady’s maid!” Drew blurts as he returns from the sideboard with two drinks. He hands one to Daniel.
Luke grins, his striking blue eyes twinkling. “You will notice my brother was quick with his answer. Drew, just because you are adept at removing ladies’ garments doesn’t mean you would make a good lady’s maid.”
Drew pretends to speak confidentially to the other men. “He is just jealous he did not think of it first.”
“Maybe.” Luke’s grin grows wider, revealing the tiny gap between his front teeth.
“Sebastian Thorne would make a good butler,” Anthony says.
“Sod off, Ellis.”
Anthony swivels toward the baron, his former friend. “Why must you take everything as an insult? You are good with your fists and protective of your ladies. A butler acts as a buffer between riffraff and members of the household. He keeps out the undesirables. You would excel at such a position.”
“Too bad Lady Melody doesn’t retain a butler,” Sebastian responds with a grudging smile. “Then I wouldn’t be sitting in the library with an undesirable.”
“Jake volunteers to scrub chamber pots,” Daniel says.
Jake rolls his eyes, not bothering to respond to his brother’s ribbing.
If you could change anything in your story, what would you change?
Jake rubs his forehead and grimaces. “I could do with less being made to look like a fool. Shall I list some of the embarrassing things Ms. Grace put me through? Let’s see… walking in on my brother getting his butter churned.”
Daniel smirks. “You’re such a perv.”
“Of course, everyone calls me the depraved brother.” Jake returns to listing his embarrassing moments. “Being attacked by a lightskirt at a masked ball. Again, your fault, Daniel. Getting caught peeking in Amelia’s window…”
“That didn’t exactly end badly for you.” Daniel is sprawled on the chair, displaying as much insolence as possible. “I seem to recall mention of a steamy interlude on the dining room table. I told you he was a perv. You got the girl. Stop complaining.”
“True. I suppose I should be thanking Ms. Grace instead of calling her on the carpet. I loved Amelia from afar for too long. Thanks to Ms. Grace, I’ve never been happier.”
Sebastian gestures toward Jake. “You are not the only one forced into embarrassing situations, although I blame my sister for my humiliation. Sisters should never be allowed to choose weapons for a duel. Gloves??? What the hell was she thinking?”
“Well I, for one, appreciate Miss Thorne’s quick thinking,” Jake says. “After all, you challenged my brother Ben to the duel. He may have deserved your anger for jilting your sister, but we prefer him breathing.”
“For now,” Sebastian mutters under his breath.
Last question, what is the talent you excel at and is it fit for public?
“I’ve been told I am an excellent shot with a firearm,” Luke says.
“You’re a decent duke, too,” his brother Drew adds. “It may have taken you a while to feel comfortable stepping into our father’s shoes, but you’ve stepped up to take care of your tenants. I used to be good at getting the ladies, but only one little redhead piques my interest now.”
Daniel cocks one eyebrow. “Good answer, since that little redhead is my baby sister.”
“I never hold that against her.” Drew holds his tumbler up in a toast to the two Hillary men, clearly teasing them.
Jake chuckles. “You excel at being a smart ass, too.”
“I excel at most things, while your talent seems to lie in being accident-prone. What about you, Thorne? What is your talent?”
“What isn’t he good at?” Anthony asks. “The man wins almost every challenge he issues—knocking apples off my head with a rock—
“I hardly considered it a win when you missed the apple on my head and blackened my eye,” Sebastian quips.
“Er…yes, sorry about that.”
“It is in the past, Ellis. Let’s not dredge up old grudges.” Sebastian turns toward Melody. “Ellis is not one to boast, so I will do the honors. He has a good head for making a profit from his land. I would go so far as to say he is an excellent landlord. And he can fit the most sausages in his mouth, which we established not long ago. The man knows how to handle his sausage.”
Anthony turns crimson. “Would you please do me the honor of never mentioning that incident again?”
“What do you think?” Sebastian winks at Melody.
I would like to thank you all for being good sports today and is there anything you would like to say to my readers. Maybe you would like to pitch to them on why they should read your story.
Luke, ever the diplomat, gestures to Sebastian. “It is Thorne’s time in the spotlight. His new book IN BED WITH A ROGUE will be released September 2nd. I think it is about time the baron had his own happy ending.”
“Thank you, Your Grace,” Sebastian says. “But Lady Melody’s readers could win all 6 of Ms. Grace’s books and read all of our stories. They just have to enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom. Good luck, everyone.” He stands as Melody does, takes her hand, and places a kiss on her knuckles. “It was a pleasure, Lady Melody. I hope our paths cross again in the near future.”
He's the Talk of the Town
The whole town is tittering about Baron Sebastian Thorne having been jilted at the altar. Every move he makes ends up in the gossip columns. Tired of being the butt of everyone's jokes, Sebastian vows to restore his family's reputation no matter what it takes.
She's the Toast of the Ton
Feted by the crème of society, the beautiful widow Lady Prestwick is a vision of all that is proper. But Helena is no angel, and when Sebastian uncovers her dark secret, he's quick to press his advantage. In order to keep her hard-won good name, Helen will have to make a deal with the devil. But she's got some tricks up her sleeves to keep this notorious rogue on his toes...
Historical romance author Samantha Grace discovered the appeal of a great love story when she was just a young girl, thanks to Disney's Robin Hood. She didn't care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience and she didn't want the warm fuzzies to end. Now Samantha enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publisher's Weekly describes her stories as "fresh and romantic" with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.
Part-time hospice social worker, moonlighting author, and pilates nut, she enjoys a happy and hectic life with her real life hero and two kids in the Midwest.
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