Hello, everyone, I’m Lydia Dare of The Times and today, I’d like to introduce The Duke and Duchess of Blackmoor, who have graciously allowed me to interview them. If you’ve read A Certain Wolfish Charm, you’re familiar with their story. But I know there are often questions readers would like to know the answers to. So, here’s the chance for the couple to let us all in on some inside secrets.
Lydia Dare: Thank you so much for joining us.
(His Grace crosses one leg over his knee as his arms drops around his duchess’ shoulders on the settee. I don’t know why I expected them to rest within the bounds of propriety and keep a few inches between them. I did read the book, after all.)
Duke of Blackmoor: Thank you for inviting us. We’ve always wanted to visit the cramped offices of The Times. This impromptu trip provided the perfect excuse.
Lydia Dare: If I may begin with some questions from some of your readers?
Duke of Blackmoor: Of course. That’s why we’re here. Just don’t ask us what happens with William or Benjamin in their stories. They have their own tales to tell.
(He glances down at his duchess when she squeezes his knee tenderly. Or was that a warning? I’m not certain which it was.)
Lydia Dare: Speaking of your brothers, why do you think readers find William to be so charming?
Duke of Blackmoor: That would be a question about my brother.
(He removes his arm from around his wife’s shoulders and glares at me. Uh oh.)
Lydia Dare: Well, he’s an integral part of your story, after all. He was one of the reasons why you pursued Miss Rutledge…I mean Her Grace so heartily. And he gave her more than a little help along the way to win your heart. Inquisitive minds want to know.
Duke of Blackmoor: (He leans forward and smiles. Oh, my, what a wolfish grin. My heart flutters.) I pursued Lily so heartily because she smelled like heaven, looked like an angel, and fought like a termagant. Oh, and I love her. Can’t forget that.
Lydia Dare: You don’t have any thoughts at all about why readers find William to be so endearing?
Duke of Blackmoor: No, I find him to be quite the scoundrel, a rake and he’s the devil of a nuisance. I have no idea why women adore him the way they do.
Lydia Dare: (At this point I turn my attention to the duchess.) What about you, Your Grace, do you have any comments?
(She opens her mouth to speak but His Grace makes a rumbling noise from beside her.)
Duchess of Blackmoor: (Hisses at her husband.) If you don’t stop that, I’m going to find a rolled up newspaper and pop your nose.
Duke of Blackmoor: (Chuckles.) Sounds like my idea of a good time.
Duchess of Blackmoor: (Blushes furiously.) William is handsome and good hearted and incredibly humorous. You’d really like him if you met him.
Duke of Blackmoor: (Grumbles.) Womanizer.
Duchess of Blackmoor: (Pats his leg again.) You’re one to talk, dear.
Lydia Dare: If you won’t talk about William, may I ask where Benjamin is? We know he has gone off to Scotland. Can you tell us why?
Duke of Blackmoor: That would be my other brother, Miss Dare, who has his own story to tell.
Lydia Dare: (Sighs loudly.) Does that mean you don’t know where Benjamin is?
Duchess of Blackmoor: He has no idea where Benjamin is. Which is part of why it bothers him so. But William is on the way there to investigate. I have faith in him.
Lydia Dare: So, can you tell us anything about William and Benjamin? Will Benjamin find love in Scotland? Will William and Prisca ever come together? Or will she finally move on?
(His Grace comes to his feet and holds a hand out to Her Grace.)
Duke of Blackmoor: It’s time to take our leave, darling.
Duchess of Blackmoor: (Sighs.) I suppose it is.
Lydia Dare: Wait! I’m sorry. I’m just so curious about the others! Perhaps the readers can pose better questions than I can. Readers? Is there anything you’d like to ask the Duke and Duchess before they take their leave?
A CERTAIN WOLFISH CHARM by LYDIA DARE—IN STORES APRIL 2010!
He gets crankier and crankier as the moon gets full…
The rules of society can be beastly—especially when you’re a werewolf and it’s that irritating time of the month. Simon Westfield, the Duke of Blackmoor, is rich, powerful, and sinfully handsome, and has spent his entire life creating scandal and mayhem. It doesn’t help his wolfish temper at all that Miss Lily Rutledge seems not the least bit afraid of him, and in fact, may be as untamable as he is…
A woman whose charm is stronger that the moon…
When Lily’s beloved nephew’s behavior becomes inexplicably wild, she turns to Simon, the boy’s cousin and guardian, for help. But Simon’s idea of assistance is far different than hers, and Lily finds herself ensconced in his house and engaged to the rogue.
They both may have bitten off more than they can chew when each begins to discover the other’s darkest secrets…
Lydia Dare is the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. Both Tammy and Jodie are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina. They are working together on their next paranormal historical trilogy as Lydia Dare, which will be released by Sourcebooks Casablanca in Spring 2010! For more information, please visit http://www.lydiadare.com/.