Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Virtual Tour for A BARON IN HER BED

Welcome Author Maggi Andersen
Maggi Andersen and her lawyer husband are empty nesters, living in the countryside outside Sydney with their cat and the demanding wildlife. Parrots demand seed, possums fruit, ducks swim in the stream at the bottom of the garden, and the neighbours chickens roam their yard providing wonderful eggs. She began writing adventure stories at age eight. Three children, a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing degree later, her novels are still filled with adventure and suspense, but are also passionate romances. Georgette Heyer among others, brought inspiration to her seductive Regencies and she also writes darker, Victorian novels, contemporary romantic suspense and young adult.
She supports the RSPCA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals) and animals often feature in her books.
Maggi will be awarding the winner's choice of a backlist eBook to two randomly drawn commenters during the tour, and a $30 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter.
Sitting down with Maggi
1.      Author name or pen name. If writing under a pen name, why did you choose this particular name?
Andersen is my maiden name; my father’s family came from Denmark. I forgot when I decided on it how difficult a name it is.  It is invariably misspelt. Sometimes both surname and first name are wrong. I still prefer it to a made-up name, though.
2.      When did you tell your family and friends that you were a writer? How did telling them make you feel?
Quite proud when my first contract was signed. Some of my acquaintances looked at me as if I’d suddenly developed two heads. Surely, you’re not writing romance novels? I happen to think romance novels are great chronicles of life and relationships, and there’s much to be learned about life from them. Close friends and family have been very supportive though.
3.      What would your grandmother think if she met the hero in your book?
A tall handsome, blue-eyed man with a French accent? I should think she’d flirt with Guy. I certainly would, given the chance.
4.      What is the most romantic thing a man/partner has ever done for you?
When my husband and I went to Paris, the sales were on. He sat for hours while I tried on clothes.
5.      If you were planning a seductive dinner in front of a crackling fire, what would you serve?  How would you serve it? What would you wear?
I’d wear a formfitting black dress, black stockings, and strappy black high heels. I’d serve chilled white wine in crystal glasses and serve one of my favorite French chicken dishes, Coq Au Vin, followed by Tiramisu for dessert. But with the fire lit it would most likely be winter and I’d choose pants and a snug, form-fitting angora jumper, and drink a good red wine while eating a fork dinner, perhaps a Hungarian goulash, so tender the meat falls apart on the fork, with a good dollop of sour cream and rice, followed by a rich chocolate dessert and brandy in snifters!
6.      Clothing is an important part of each scene. A low cut tank top sparks more male appreciation than a conservative button down, rolled up sleeve shirt. From a male perspective, compare the two opposites I mentioned above or choose your own for comparison.
The conservative button down, rolled up sleeve shirt, hides, but suggests what lies beneath. A man’s imagination can run riot, provoking a powerful desire to unbutton the shirt and bare her body to his gaze. 
7.     Besides being unfaithful, what quality in a manno criminal actswould be a deal breaker? Why?
A great turn off would be if he was selfish and insensitive, and particularly if he had no sense of humor. That is one of the reasons I married my DH. It’s great to have a good conversation with someone who appreciates my brand of humor.
8.      Do either your heroine or hero have a vice  (drugs, chocolate, expensive jewelry, cigarettes, etc.)?  How important is it to the story?
Horatia Cavendish is a young lady who dislikes convention. She has a guilty habit of riding around the countryside on her father’s huge stallion The General, dressed as a groom. It is on one of these rides that she meets Guy.
Guy, Lord Fortescue – one of my favorite heroes, doesn’t have any discernible vices, except for what Horatia sees as rakish tendencies. He is overprotective, which annoys Horatia no end. He demands unquestioning loyalty from those he loves and does not forgive easily.
9.      You’ve been dating Mr. Practically Alright for a month. He’s been to your house several times. Finally, he asks you over to his place to meet someone who is important to him. You are thinking it’s a child or perhaps his visiting mother. Wrong. It’s a big Labrador retriever who puts his paws on your shoulders and washes your carefully air brushed face from ear to ear. The biggest dog you’ve ever been around was the size of a meatloaf. What are the first words out of your mouth? If your date doesn’t offer antibacterial face wipes and saysby the way—Fido sleeps with him every night,  what’s your next move?
I’d make a great fuss of the dog. A woman never comes between a man and his dog. Not at first, anyway. But that would depend on how much you wanted to continue seeing the man. Personally, I love animals and the man I’m with has to love them too. Some compromise in the sleeping arrangements could be made further down the track.
10.   In your work, regardless of genre, do you consider the environment and do you exhibit an awareness of practices that can make a difference?  It could be something as simple as motion activated lights or lights on timers.
Environment is important. I’m a descriptive writer. Writing historical romances, I have to be aware of the quality of lighting, whether it is lamplight in carriages, candlelight or moonlight. I’m also aware that the nights would have been black as pitch back in Regency times, and I’d have to come up with some way of preventing my characters stumbling around in the dark. Mood can be evocative. Whether it be the heat of many candles in a stuffy ballroom, or the silver net cast by moonlight over a quiet garden where lovers stroll.    
11.   Do you think readers would embrace a heronot a struggling artist, sculptor or writerwho earns only a fraction of what the heroine earns?  Please explain.
A hard premise to pull off, but it works if the hero brings other strengths to the relationship that the heroine desperately needs. Something similar to this is my Regency novella, LOVE AND WAR, where the hero is an impoverished earl who marries the daughter of a wealthy businessman. He does bring other (somewhat delightful and at times disturbing) strengths to the relationship and her money restores his bankrupt estate.
12.  Congratulations, your book has just been optioned by movie producer. Of course you’ll be a consultant to the casting director. Who would you chose to play your heroine?  Hero? What song would you pick for your soundtrack? And since you’ve convinced the powers to be that you must write the screenplay, what will you be wearing to the Academy Awards to accept your Oscar for best screenplay? Include jewelry!
I see Guy, Lord Fortescue as a blend of Michael Fassbender, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and the Frenchman, Olivier Martinez. Kirsten Dunst would be great as Horatia. I liked the music in Sherlock Holmes, Game of Shadows, Hans Zimmer collaborated with Lorne Balfe to produce the score which was a blend of traditional and modern. I’d love to see what they could come up with for my story.
My outfit would of course be sensational! At the Oscars 2012, Natalie Portman strutted down the red carpet wearing a strapless, polka-dotted, waist-defining vintage dress from designer Haute Couture Christian Dior from 1954. I thought she looked elegant and beautiful. She wore a lovely vintage-looking diamond necklace with was so right for the gown. I’d definitely love to wear something like that. And as this is hypothetical, I have the perfect, tiny waist to wear it!

The Blurb...

London, 1816. A handsome baron. A faux betrothal. And Horatia's plan to join the London literary set takes a dangerous turn.

Now that the war with France has ended, Baron Guy Fortescue arrives in England to claim his inheritance, abandoned over thirty years ago when his father fled to France after killing a man in a duel. When Guy is set upon by footpads in London, a stranger, Lord Strathairn, rescues and befriends him. But while travelling to his country estate, Guy is again attacked. He escapes only to knock himself out on a tree branch.

Aspiring poet Horatia Cavendish has taken to riding her father's stallion, "The General", around the countryside of Digswell dressed as a groom. She has become bored of her country life and longs to escape to London to pursue her desire to become part of the London literary set. When she discovers Guy lying unconscious on the road, the two are forced to take shelter for the night in a hunting lodge. After Guy discovers her ruse, a friendship develops between them.

Guy suspects his relative, Eustace Fennimore is behind the attacks on his life. He has been ensconced in Rosecroft Hall during the family's exile and will become the heir should Guy die. Horatia refuses to believe her godfather, Eustace, is responsible. But when Guy proposes a faux betrothal to give him more time to discover the truth, she agrees. Secure in the knowledge that his daughter will finally wed, Horatia's father allows her to visit her blue-stocking aunt in London. But Horatia's time spent in London proves to be anything but a literary feast, for a dangerous foe plots Guy's demise. She is determined to keep alive her handsome fiance, who has proven more than willing to play the part of her lover even as he resists her attempts to save him.


 Now for a taste...
“This is a dance with which I’m familiar,” the baron said, drawing her close in his arms. “We danced it in Paris long before it came to England.”

She supposed he considered England far behind Paris in most things fashionable. Finding herself pressed up against his hard chest produced the memory of how it looked unclothed. Her breath caught, and she wriggled within his arm. “We do not dance this close in England, my lord.”

He let her go in surprise then took up the pose again, leaving space between them. “Merci. I did not know. You have saved me from making a faux pas.”

She suspected he knew quite well, for the devilry in his eyes betrayed him. “You might learn by observing others, my lord,” she admonished him.

At least now she could breathe. But this was unlike the night they had spent together, when her disguise had protected her. Did he find her attractive?

She had no idea if his charm was merely part of his personality. It shouldn’t matter, for he would choose a bride from the aristocracy, but somehow it did.

His hand at her waist, guiding her, made her recall their time in the hut and his indecent revelations of lovemaking. Her breath quickened at the thought of such an act perpetrated by him on some woman, and even possibly her. His proximity and the strength and pure maleness of him overwhelmed her.

Breathing in the familiar woody Bergamot scent, intermingled with starched linen and soap, she closed her eyes, but that made her dizzy. After examining his masterfully tied cravat adorned with a sapphire pin the color of his eyes, she raised her eyes to his. “I have not seen a cravat tied in that way before. What is it called?”

He smiled down at her. “I believe it is called Trone d’Armour.” The style hailed from France most likely. He was different from the English in other ways too. The French had a disconcerting way of looking at someone. Was he the real Baron Fortescue or an impostor?
Where in the world is Maggi?

Twitter: @maggiandersen

 The tour dates  for the rest of Maggi's tour can be found here:


Maggi Andersen said...

Thanks so much for inviting me to your blog.

Mary Preston said...

A most informative Q & A thank you.

Going back to the Oscars, is it a dream to see your book come to life on the screen?


Maggi Andersen said...

I think it's every writer's dream Mary.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting today.

MomJane said...

I really enjoyed your interview. I loved the excerpt.

Christy McKee said...


Welcome! So glad you could join us today. The excerpt certainly draws you in. Can't wait to read the rest.

Linda said...

Horatia (but what a name! somehow it doesn't seem in the least romantic?!) sounds like a heroine I'd like. Pls say she's feisty & intelligent :)

I like having animals feature in the romance stories I read especially when the heroine is an animal lover and/or has an affinity with animals.

Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Lyra L7 said...

Great interview, your husband let you try clothes for hours, now that's devotion! Mine would have give up after two hours, at most. :)

lyra.lucky7(at)gmail Dot com

Ingeborg said...

I loved the interview and learning more about you.


Jibriel said...

What are you currently working on?


Hope said...

What is the best book you have read this year?

hopefull1978 AT gmail Dot com

Lena said...

Do you write other genres as well?

lennascloud at gmail dot com

Ami said...

Fabulous intereview, I liked your choices for actors as well!


Anas said...

Great questions and it's I loved your choice for the Oscar ceremony.


Lana A said...

Which one of your books would you like to be made in a movie?

anzuazura at yahoo dot de

Shannon R said...

I like that you used your maiden name. I've always dreamed up different pen names and usually they are family names as well

fencingromein at hotmail dot com

Maggi Andersen said...

Hi everyone, I apologize for not replying individually. Your comments came through in the middle of the night here in Australia. Thank you all. Lane asked which book I'd like made into a movie. It would be Murder in Devon, a romantic suspense with plenty of intrigue, romance and suspense. Best book I've read this year? Anna Campbell's Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed. Other genre's? I write contemporary romantic suspense - With Murderous Intent - a woman in jeopardy story, is released later this month. I have written young adult novels also.

Catherine Lee said...

Christy...What a great interview. I love the questions...which are definitely NOT run-of-the-mill. And Maggi's responses are so revealing. Thanks for the wonderful interview.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Maggi Andersen said...

Thanks for your comment, Catherine! I'm glad you enjoyed the interview.

Christy McKee said...

What a great day! Thanks to everyone, especially Maggi, for coming by today--even if we did keep you up all night--you are a very good sport.

Maggi Andersen said...

Thank you Christie, I enjoyed the visit very much!

Andra Lyn said...

lol! Cute post! I never thought about how authors with pen names might misspell them sometimes!


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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

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BookLady said...

Congratulations on your new book! Enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the giveaway.