Talking with author Christy English!
How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
HIGHLANDER is the third in a series, so I always knew that Mary Elizabeth was going to fall in love with a duke, but I did not know what Harry was like until I started this novel. I had no idea that he loved astronomy, sailing, hunting and horse breeding. I had no idea he was lonely, just as Mary Elizabeth was, surrounded by splendor as she was surrounded by family. They found each other, and let their loneliness go.
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
My favorite scene is when Harry and Mary Elizabeth escape the ball being thrown in his honor. She wants to escape the English and he wants to escape marriageable young ladies and their duke-mad mamas. They end up talking on the roof, far from anyone’s reach, drinking whisky and looking at the stars. Harry can’t hold his liquor, and when he tries to kiss her they both start to slide off. Mary Elizabeth saves them with some quick thinking and the judicious use of knives and part of her gown, and as Harry watches, he falls even more in love with her.
What are you working on now and when can we expect it to be available?
My current love is affectionately titled Pirates and Petticoats, in which hot Highlanders meet pirates on the high seas. In the first novel, the pirate is a woman. I’m not sure when this will come to light, because I haven’t written much yet. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out. Of course, with romantic comedy, you know that love triumphs after a few laughs.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love to read, watch movies, walk outside when it’s warm enough. I love to cuddle with my sweetie and talk about a lot of nothing. I love going to dinner and lunch with my friends, and talking books with my book clubs. I like bowling, though I’m really bad at it. I love yoga, though I am only now beginning my practice again after years of not doing it at all. But that is the good thing about a practice: you can begin again wherever you are, and go from there.
What is one interesting fact about you that readers don’t know?
I love to roller skate. Some folks might know it, but they may not.
Top 3 things on your bucket list?
Go back to Paris with the man I love, see the ruins of Pompeii, and spend a week on St. Thomas, drinking in sun and rum.
Do you have a genre that you can see yourself writing in the future?
I have done a little dabbling in paranormal romance, and I enjoy it, but romantic comedy has my heart. I really love my Highlanders.
Broadswords and Ballrooms, #3
Author: Christy English
Pub Date: December 6, 2016
She’s the Hellion of Hyde Park…
A foolproof plan to avoid marriage:
1. Always carry at least three blades.
2. Ride circles around any man.
3. Never get caught in a handsome duke’s arms.
Wild Highlander Mary Elizabeth Waters is living on borrowed time. She’s managed to dodge the marriage banns up to now, but even Englishmen can only be put off for so long…and there’s one in particular who has her in his sights.
Harold Percy, Duke of Northumberland, is enchanted by the beautiful hellion who outrides every man on his estate and dances Scottish reels while the ton looks on in horror. The more he sees Mary, the more he knows he has to have her, tradition and good sense be damned. But what’s a powerful man to do when the Highland spitfire of his dreams has no desire to be tamed...
Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in North Carolina.
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