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 Marriage Will Do. It’s a fantastic historical romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Juliet and Amiable.
How did you first meet your writer?
Amiable: Interesting story, that. Ms. Jaxon was writing the first book of our series, Only Scandal Will Do, and needed a reason for Lady Katarina Fitzwilliam to flee back to her home in Virginia. Her father was a colonel in the British Army stationed there, and an officer under his command seemed a likely candidate for a previous amour, so I whispered my first name in her ear—just to get her attention. And we’ve been working together ever since.
Juliet: I met Ms. Jaxon during the writing of Only Scandal Will Do as well. I am Duncan’s—the hero of Scandal, don’t you know?—sister. I returned home for his wedding to Kat and became good friends with her. Then Ms. Jaxon decided I needed to have an adventure of my own, even though I’m not the adventuring type, like Kat. *smiles broadly* But she made me like it very much.
Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Juliet: Of course! Such marvelous things happen in books, so I just knew I’d be in one sometime during my life. And it couldn’t have come at a better time. *squeezes Amiable’s arm”
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?
Amiable: The action.
Juliet: The romance. *looks at Amiable, hurt*
Amiable: Well, the romance was part of the action. *grins at her* If you recall, my dear.
Do you like the way the book ended?
Amiable and Juliet: Absolutely! *they laugh*
Amiable: After everything we had to go through—near rape and torture—the ending was very…satisfying. We got to spend some time together alone, in a very interesting place.
Juliet: It was a house belonging to—
Amiable: Now, my love. Leave our readers to discover that. We don’t want to give too much away.
Would you be interested in a sequel, if your writer was so inclined?
Amiable: Well, we know Ms. Jaxon is writing three more books in The House of Pleasure series, and we believe we’ll put in an appearance in one or more of those. But as for continuing our story…
Juliet: You can’t do better than a happy-ever-after, don’t you know?
What do you do for a living?
Amiable: Until recently I was a captain in His Majesty’s 44th Infantry stationed in Virginia. However, due to a death in the family, I had to sell my commission and return home to England. Now I am learning estate management in reparation for eventually inheriting my father’s title.
What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Amiable: Now, that’s a bit too personal—
Juliet: *breaking in* As little as possible. Clothing impedes so many pleasurable things, don’t you know?
What do you think your greatest weakness is?
Juliet: I have struggled with telling the truth all of the time. *looks down at her lap* I…I told Amiable some things that were not strictly true.
Amiable: Hah! That’s putting it mildly.
Juliet: I told you I was sorry!
Amiable: *sighs* I know, my love.
Juliet: And it’s not like you are without your faults.
Amiable: You are certainly correct, my dear. I have a bad tendency to jump into situations without thinking about the consequences. *his eyes twinkle* Especially when it comes to rescuing damsels in distress.
What sound or noise do you love?
Amiable: The sound of Juliet’s voice when she says my name.
Juliet: Oh, Amiable! *squeezes his arm* What a lovely thing to say.
What other profession would you like to try?
Juliet: Women in my time don’t really have a profession, except to be a wife and mother and run her husband’s home. However, if I had the chance, I would love to write romance novels! Having read several and been in two so far, I think it would be such fun to create characters and have them do what you wanted them to do. *frowns* Well, most of the time. I think I may have been a bit headstrong with Ms. Jaxon once or twice and done what I wanted rather than what she wanted me to do. That might be a drawback, don’t you think?
Not every happy-ever-after begins at “I do.”
When the hero of her dreams rescues Lady Juliet Ferrers from the man claiming to be her husband, she is sure she has found her one true love. But is she free to marry him? Not to be deterred, Juliet arranges for her hero, Captain Amiable Dawson, to escort her to her family estate, hoping that along the way she can win his love.
Amiable is charmed by the sweet, beautiful woman he rescued, and although he has grave reservations about her marital status, he allows himself to be swept up into Juliet’s romantic spell and the promise of a happy-ever-after.
The spell breaks when legal questions arise and Juliet faces the horror of not knowing if she is married to her knight in shining armor or the cruel viscount who is determined to have her at any price.
At the touch of his fingers on her cheek, Juliet lost her battle with the tears. She had sworn not to shed a single one over him, but now they flooded her face as the ache in her chest reached a terrible crescendo.
“Juliet, my dear.”
As the first sob tore from her throat, he scooped her up, bore her over to the parlor’s sofa, and settled her in his lap. “Juliet, do not cry, my love. You break my heart.”
He pressed her head to his chest, heedless of the torrent that soaked into his jacket.
She could not stop, however. The misery at what she intended to do overwhelmed her. She must send him away, she must.
Her cries intensified, banishment from Amiable a sentence too terrible to contemplate. The pain cut so deep for a brief moment she wished to die just to escape it. Finally, she managed to stem the tide to a trickle. Soul-wrenching grief gave way to bleak despair. She lay exhausted on his broad chest, too tired now to even move her head.
“My dear,” he spoke quietly into her ear. “What has happened to make you so unhappy?”
She struggled up, trying to catch her breath. She risked a glance at him and wished she hadn’t. Tears threatened again. “I…I c-came to tell you I no longer r-require your services as escort, Captain Dawson.” There. She had said it. “You may return to London on the morrow, sir.”
“I see.” He held her steady with one hand while the other pushed back a stray wisp of hair straggling from her coiffure. “That would be a most prudent move.” He captured another escaping strand and stroked it into place behind her ear, then wiped her tears away with his thumb.
Could he not see her misery? Would he add to it with his kindness? Such attentions made it almost impossible to continue with her resolve.
“However, I do not think I will go, my lady, if it is all the same to you.”
She fought to keep her composure. “I, however, no longer require your escort, sir. I will journey on alone.”
Amiable smiled patiently but shook his head. “I fear not, my dear.”
“I will.” She tried to pull away from his grasp but he held her still.
“Most definitely not.” He wrapped his hand around the back of her head, urging her face closer to his.
“Wh—what are you doing, Captain Dawson?” His blue eyes were her whole world.
“Bowing to the inevitable, my love.” Then his mouth met hers.
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Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. She 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.
Jenna is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as President of Chesapeake Romance Writers, her local chapter of RWA. Her debut novel, Only Scandal Will Do, is the first in her House of Pleasure series, set in Georgian London. Only Marriage Will Do, the second book in the series, is set to release in mid-June 2015 from Kensington. Her medieval serial novel, Time Enough to Love: Betrothal, Betrayal, and Beleaguered, is a Romeo & Juliet-esque tale, set at the time of the Black Death. The companion short story, Beloveds, released in early June 2015. And a time travel novella, Crashing Through Time, will release in early July as part of a boxed set about seven plane crashes that lead to love called Crashing Into Love.
She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.
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