Hello, hello everyone and happy Halloween! There’s been a lot going on today and I’m excited to keep it rolling by bringing author Janna MacGregor to the blog for an interview! Y’all might remember my review of The Bad Luck Bride earlier this year and now it’s time to celebrate the release of the sequel, The Bride Who Got Lucky, out today!
All About Janna MacGregor
You wrote a book! That’s pretty awesome. Why don’t you tell us a bit about what inspired The Bride Who Got Lucky?
Believe it or not, it was a pirate ship that inspired me to write Emma and Somerton’s story, The Bride Who Got Lucky. The Whydah Expedition exhibit came to Union Station in Kansas City, and I took an afternoon to visit. The Whydah is one of the first pirate treasure ships excavated in modern times, and it was found off the coast of Cape Cod. Immediately, I started thinking that I’d write a romance about a woman interested in the history of piracy.
That didn’t happen because Emma-as characters so often do-wanted me to do something else. But what stayed with me was the famous line from Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi. “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” From that quote, Emma Cavensham was born. She’s not a pirate nor is she interested in piracy history, but she’s fearless like a pirate and a fierce protector of women. There is nothing she believes she can’t accomplish.
Introduce us to your main character!
Lady Emma Cavensham is a powerful duke’s daughter who was raised with an education equal to her two brothers. With such a foundation, Emma develops a love affair with books particularly philosophy books by Jeremy Bentham. It’s through these books that she acquires her sense of values particularly her drive and determination to better the lives of other women and her ideas of individual freedom. She wants to use the advantages she has in life to help women who find themselves in dangerous situations. However, Emma’s quest becomes personal when her best friend Lady Lena Aulton dies at the hands of her husband, Lord Alton. Emma makes it her life goal to bring Alton to justice.
Enter Lord Nicholas St. Mauer, the Earl of Somerton, who’s a close family friend. Though he’s a recluse and against the idea of marriage, he feels a strong bond to Emma. When she travels alone to the coastal town of Portsmouth to find evidence of Alton’s wrongdoing, it’s Nick who follows to protect her. When both are found in a compromising position, they’re forced to marry-a situation neither wants. When their goals collide with one another, they both must learn to compromise if their marriage has a chance.
Walk us through a day in the life of Janna MacGregor.
Well, I like to get up early and answer my email. I try to exercise in the morning, then I write or edit. In the evening, I read or if I’m really inspired, I continue writing. But my schedule changes often as my husband and I like to travel.
Lots of aspiring authors out there. Any advice for them?
The best advice I can offer is this-READ daily, then read some more. Take the time to learn your craft. It’ll pay dividends in the end. Those two things in my opinion are invaluable if you want to succeed as a writer.
I know asking someone’s all-time favorite book is a loaded question so what’s your current favorite read?
I love Kerrigan Byrne’s Victorian Rebel series. The stories are dark and sensual with pure alpha heroes that I adore. The heroines are smart and have a grit that makes me fall in love with them. But there are several great books I reread every year: Eloisa James’s Much Ado About You, Lisa Kleypas’s The Devil in Winter, and Anna Campbell’s Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed. Each time I read these, I find some new magical thing. All are fabulous stories.
Alright, the ultimate question: why should we read your book?
If you enjoy heart-wrenching emotions, playful banter, and plenty of swoon-worthy romance, then you should read The Bride Who Got Lucky. It’s a classic story of a strong-willed Lady who melts a sexy Scrooge’s heart.
Now for the Fun…
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Playful, tenacious, and an early-bird!
What is your most embarrassing memory?
High School Prom! My date was a horrible dancer and knocked me to the floor with one clumsy move. Literally! Where I grew up, we wore hooped skirts to prom. (I know! Crazy-right? It was like an antebellum fashion style.) Anyway, I wore a beautiful, white-hooped dress, and when I fell, it flew up over my head so I flashed everyone. I still flush at the memory. That was pure horror for a seventeen-year-old girl! Alas, my date helped me quickly to the floor and apologized profusely. I could hardly look anybody the next week at school. Ugh! Needless to say, we never dated after that.
What is your Hogwarts/Ilvermorny house?
The first time I took the sorting quiz, Ravenclaw was my house. The second quiz, I was sorted into Gryffindor. I think I should split my time between the two houses! Ilvermorny-I’m a House Horned Serpent
A famous movie producer wants to make your books into movies and they want you to cast your characters. Which actors/actresses make the cut?
Such a hard question as there are so many. But if I had to start a list:
Tom Hardy-Alex Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, Oliver Jackson-Cohen – Nicholas St. Mauer, the Earl of Somerton, Emily Blunt-Lady Claire Cavensham and Emma Watson-Lady Emma Cavensham.
You just won America’s Got Talent. What’s your talent?
I can serve a mean “Thanksgiving” spread! Of course, the next day I’m ready to go out to eat and let others do the dishes!
This morning you woke up with the ability to time travel to only one time period. Where (or more accurately “when”) would you go?
Definitely England during the Regency (1811-1820). I’d love to see the clothing first hand.
Coffee or tea?
No competition! COFFEE-the stronger, the better.
Best ice cream flavor ever?
Your theme song/personal anthem?
I love Katy Perry’s Roar.
I’m kind of a Mark Twain kick right now.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. –Mark Twain
What is one piece of advice you would tell everyone?
You’ll never achieve your dreams unless you try and fail. Only then will you have a roadmap.
The Cavensham Heiresses #2
by Janna MacGregor
Published on October 31, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
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He would do anything to protect her. Even marry her…
The son of a cold-hearted duke, Nicholas St. Mauer isn’t one to involve himself in society…or open his own heart to anyone. But driven by honor, the reclusive Earl of Somerton feels obliged to keep a watchful eye on Lady Emma Cavensham. She possesses a penchant for passions unbecoming a woman that finds Nick in constant peril of losing his well-structured solitude. She even dared kiss Nick once―an utterly unladylike, and delightful, lapse…
Emma can’t deny the appeal of the earl’s attention, and occasional affection, but she has no need for a man. There are worse fates than spinsterhood, as Emma knows too well. She still mourns the loss of her dear friend Lena, and is determined to prove Lena’s husband responsible for her death before he lures another innocent woman into a brutal marriage. But as Emma pursues her prey, a compromising moment upends all her plans. Now, with gossip swirling and her reputation in tatters, Nick may be the only man brave enough to join in Emma’s cause. . .and fight for her heart.