Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Jenna Jaxon, and her characters from Only Scandal Will Do. It’s a fantastic historical romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Reginald Matthews, an intriguing secondary character from Scandal that I’m sure you will fall in love with as much as I did!
How did you first meet your writer?
I think I was a convenience. Ms. Jaxon needed a foil for her dastardly marquess (he was more dastardly in the original drafts) and a rival love interest. So she created me as a safe and comforting presence for Katarina and an alternative to marrying Duncan. The first thing I remember was coming through the door of 4 Bow Street and seeing a very bedraggled Katarina on the settle. And seeing Ms. Jaxon smile.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
I actually prefer the action sequences in the book (I’m in several of them), although my favorite scene was cut from the final draft. It’s the first meeting between Amorina Vestry and I and it was certainly…memorable. Ms. Jaxon loved it too, but was persuaded it didn’t add enough to Scandal. However, she’s saved that chapter and promises it will be released as a free read before the final book of the series is released.
If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
I would keep me in as a rival love interest for Katarina. I just loved ruffling the marquess’s feathers. I get to do it some in Scandal, but not nearly enough. *grins*
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
Ms. Jaxon has done better than that. She’s giving me a book of my own, the final one in the series, Only Pleasure Will Do. It’s about me and …oh, but that would be telling, wouldn’t it? J you’ll have to wait, just like I do.
What do you do for a living?
I am a Bow Street runner, a forerunner of the English police force in 1761. We were under the direction of Henry Fielding and later his brother, Sir John Fielding. I am very good at what I do and have hopes of a promotion to magistrate one day.
What is your greatest fear?
That I will not perform my job as a runner to the utmost best of my abilities. To date I have had no unsolved cases. I would be appalled if that were to change.
What do you wear when you go to sleep?
I beg your pardon? You want to know…what? Or perhaps the best question would be why do you ask?
What is your most prized possession?
A pocketwatch given to me by my late cousin. I was his namesake and he always took an interest in me because of it. He left it to me in his will. He was also Katarina’s uncle and the reason I got involved in her case.
What do you think is your strongest attribute?
I believe my compassion for those who I encounter during my cases, like Katarina, is my strongest attribute. Also my determination to do my job the best of my ability.
What embarrasses you?
Your earlier question, Ms. Lowery.
What do you find most appealing in women?
Strength and the ability to endure. It is a harsh world we live in and women who can meet it head on capture my interest immediately.
What do you find most unappealing in women?
What other profession would you like to try?
None. I am completely content with my current profession. If I make magistrate, I hope I will continue in that position until I retire from the force.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I rarely sleep, so I often see both late nights and early mornings. I’ve learned to adapt.
TAG: He has the woman of his dreams, but what price will he have to pay to win her heart?
Kidnapped and sold at auction in a London brothel, Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam squelches an undeniable attraction to the masked stranger who purchased her, pits her wits against him, and escapes him and the scandal that would ruin her life.
Unable to resist temptation in a London brothel, Duncan Ferrers, Marquess of Dalbury, purchases a fiery beauty. She claims she’s a lady, but how can she be? No lady of his acquaintance in polite society is anything like her. Then he discovers she is who she says, and that this latest romp has compromised her reputation. He knows how that is. One more scandal and he’ll be cast out of London society, but he needs a wife who’ll provide an heir to carry on his illustrious family’s name. He seeks out Katarina, intending only to scotch the scandal, but instead finds his heart ensnared. He’s betting their future he’ll capture her heart, but does he have what it takes to win the wager?
WARNING: A blade-wielding heroine who crosses swords with a master of sensuality.
Excerpt for Only Scandal Will Do:
“I assure you, there was never a night like that before.” Lord Dalbury spoke quietly, and Katarina sensed a tension in him. “I had never done such a thing before. Never participated in such an auction. Never tried to take a woman unwillingly to my bed.” He stopped speaking. Just stopped. Then his breath hissed as though he’d slowly released it.
“I cannot find the words to tell you how deeply I regret I was not a better man that night.” He paused, and she held still and waited. “What I tried to do was madness, without thought, without honor. I do not even have an excuse other than my base desires, and that your abundant charms overwhelmed me.” His face was shadowy in the scarce light of the sickle moon, but he sounded contrite. “I have no right to ask for your forgiveness. I have no right to expect it. But I would ask you to allow me to attempt to remedy the situation.”
Kat shook her head slowly. “What on earth do you believe you could do, Lord Dalbury, that could even come close to a remedy for the terror and humiliation you put me through? Do you think now that I have met you, heard your feeble attempts at an apology, and rejected them, the memory of that night will magically disappear?” She fought to control her anger, though she yearned to blast him with it. “What magic potion would you have me take that would erase the memory of you pinning me to the bed? Because if you have such an elixir, then yes, I will gladly take it from you and obliterate you absolutely and irrevocably.”
He stood silent at her words, then said simply, “I have only myself to offer, my lady.”
“You would have me kill you, my lord? In that, too, I agree I would oblige you, but not at the cost of my own life. I understand the English law punishes those who do murder quite severely.” Kat was astonished when he lurched backward, as from a blow.
“No, my lady, I would not have you kill me,” he said, sounding grimly amused. “Though indeed that would probably give you most satisfaction. I meant I would have you marry me.”
His words surprised a laugh out of her. “Marry you?” The laughter grew. “I see, my lord, you think me both a whore and a fool.”
“I think you are neither, Lady Katarina.”
“Then you are the fool to believe I would put such a man as you in control of every aspect of my life.” That he thought she would even entertain the suggestion was insulting.
The pale moonlight shadowed his face, but she could read displeasure there just the same. “You judge me solely on one act that, I assure you, was grossly out of character for me. You cannot possibly know what kind of husband I would be.”
“And never will, Lord Dalbury. I can swear to you that I would not marry you if I were in Hell and you were my only hope of Heaven.”
He inclined his head toward her, a faint smile touching his lips. “I believe you made a similar claim about dancing with me, Lady Katarina. Yet we have indeed enjoyed a dance together despite your words.” His tone was soft, the sensuous, cajoling one he had used to seduce her that night in the House of Pleasure.
Kat trembled, recalling the incredible sensations of his hands, his mouth on her body. Damn. He could not do this to her again. Not just with his voice.
“Is there nothing that would entice you to leave your Hell for my Heaven?”
She struggled to answer, opened her lips to deny it, only to find her mouth completely sealed by his.
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Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. Her historical romance, Only Scandal Will Do, the first in a series of five interconnecting novels, was released in July 2012. Her contemporary works include Hog Wild, Almost Perfect, and 7 Days of Seduction. She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as a member of Chesapeake Romance Writers. Her medieval romance, Time Enough to Love, is being published this year as a series of three novellas. The first book, Betrothal, released on April 19th.
Jenna has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.
She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.
As a special treat Jenna is giving away a copy of Betrothal to everyone who comments and enters her Scandal Goodreads Giveaway:
Thank you for joining us today! I hope you enjoyed this round of Meet the Characters and will join us again next week!