Welcome Ashlyn Macnamara, Author of A Most Devilish Rogue

Ashlyn MacnamaraI’m pleased to welcome my friend and critique partner, author Ashlyn Macnamara, as my guest today. Ashlyn has graciously offered a copy of her book and a special surprise gift to one lucky commenter. Welcome, Ashlyn! Please tell us a little about your story, A Most Devilish Rogue.


Years ago, when Isabelle Mears was still a young miss too infatuated to know better, she surrendered her innocence to a dishonorable man. Though ruined and cast out from society, she has worked hard to shelter her illegitimate son, Jack. Having sworn off men in her quiet but dignified life, Isabelle is unprepared for the deep longing that rips through her when a handsome stranger rescues her rambunctious six-year-old from the pounding ocean surf.

George Upperton is a man in trouble with debts, women, and a meddling family. He is, by all accounts, the last gentleman on earth Isabelle should be drawn to. But loneliness is a hard mistress, and caution gives way to desire . . . even though Isabelle is convinced that happiness can’t be found in the arms of such a devilish rogue. Only when Jack is kidnapped does Isabelle discover the true depth of George’s devotion—and how far a good man will go to fight for the woman whose love is all that matters.

Ashlyn, please tell us about your future releases? What are you most excited about?AMDRCover

I don’t currently have anything contracted right now. I am working on a new series, though, and crossing my fingers that it sells. I’m not sure I ought to say too much here, but it’s a three-book series set during the late Regency—although not in London. The heroine of the next book is George’s sister Henrietta.  She has taken a job as the paid companion of the cantankerous Lady Epperley, who appears in my debut A MOST SCANDALOUS PROPOSAL, and Henrietta is getting on as best she can when her former betrothed shows up with both kids and bad guys in tow.

Who would you cast to play your hero and heroine in an adaptation of your story?

In my head, George has always been a younger, less scruffy Russell Crowe. One of my friends who read the story protested loudly at this, but my imagination sees what it wants to see. So if Russell doesn’t do it for you,  I give you permission to imagine Ryan Gosling, instead.

You know I adore Russell Crowe…I may be biased, but I can truly picture George being portrayed by a thirty-something Russell. Absolutely gorgeous! Who do you picture for the role of Isabelle?

Isabelle is a little more problematic, because I have a very specific picture of her in mind.  She’s petite with big brown eyes, a bit of an elfin face, and naturally curly blond hair—the kind that falls in a long, loose tangle of curls.  I’m open to suggestions if anyone wants to find me a lookalike.

She sounds like a Charlie’s Angels-era Drew Barrymore with brown eyes. I can picture that. Any other ideas, readers?

So, Ashlyn, what’s your favorite quotation?

This changes from time to time, but right now I’m rather fond of something children’s fantasy author Lloyd Alexander said. “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”

Whether you like your fantasy in the form of Middle-earth, a gritty, modern urban setting, or something historical (and I do consider historical romance as a form of fantasy), I believe this to be true.

Okay, Ashlyn, now on to the really important question, at least to an Elphaba wannabe like me. Which would you rather possess: flying monkeys or Toto?

I’m actually more of a cat person than anything, but who wouldn’t want flying monkeys? And, sorry, but Toto was kind of a yappy little thing. If I ever got a dog, it would have to be a big one—one your average cat couldn’t beat up.  A few of my friends are now going to point to this reply and say, “See? I always told you she was evil.” I suppose I’ll have to live with that.

There’s nothing like having flying monkeys around the house to keep those pesky door-to-door salespeople away…and they’re actually very neat and low-maintenance. Okay, another really thought-provoking question: If you could wake up stranded on a desert island with one celebrity hunk (actor, athlete, musician, etc.), who would it be? Why?

Does it have to be just one? Really? Ok, if I must choose (and I reserve the right to change my mind at any time), I’ll pick Richard Armitage. Totally for research purposes, mind you.  I recently discovered the old Robin Hood series that the BBC did a few years back, and Richard Armitage as a tall, dark, brooding, conflicted bad guy, um, did it for me, shall we say. And I’m considering basing a future hero on the character. Oh my, yes. Plus, he’s not so young that I feel like Mrs. Robinson when contemplating his hotness.

I have to admit I’m relieved you didn’t say Russell Crowe…I have dibs on him for my desert island fantasy. If he’s not available, Gerard Butler can always stop by my island for a night or two.

Thanks for stopping by today, Ashlyn. Congratulations on your upcoming release! Readers, don’t forget to comment for a chance to win a copy of Ashlyn’s book and a special, secret surprise gift. The winner will be announced Monday, August 26.

Welcome Guest Author Sasha Cottman

Sasha CottmanIt’s my pleasure to welcome author Sasha Cottman to the blog today. She’s going to tell us a little about her new Regency Historical romance release, Letter from a Rake. Sasha has graciously offered one lucky commenter an e-book of her novel. The winner will be announced by Monday, August 5.

Welcome, Sasha.

Hi Tara,

I’m really excited to be a guest on your blog, I hope I look windswept and interesting having just stepped off a 26 hour flight from Australia. Ok, not really, I am just waving madly at you from across the Pacific pond.

Thanks Sasha, more about your home later, firstly can you tell us a bit about Letter from a Rake, your new Regency Historical Romance?

Letter from a Rake is about the unconventional Miss Millie Ashton, who has recently arrived from India. She finds England a cold and dismal place. The fashionable ladies of London society look down their noses at her and it isn’t long before Millie is planning her return to the country she considers home.

When she befriends the high-spirited Lucy Radley, she also meets Lucy’s handsome brother, ‘Alex the Great’ and things take a turn for the better. Alex, the Marquess of Letter from a Rake CoverBrooke, is considered the most eligible bachelor in London, yet he appears fascinated by the independent Millie.

Against the odds, their unlikely friendship deepens. But Alex has a secret and when a love letter goes astray, it threatens to destroy all their happiness…

Interesting, so why a Regency novel, you do live a long way from England?

Actually I was born in England so writing about the English Regency period comes naturally to me. I have great fun writing about places that I know personally. For instance I was thrilled to discover the Great North Road, which gets a mention in Letter from a Rake, used to pass through a village my cousin lives in.

Ok, so I have to ask. Do you have a pet kangaroo?

(Laughs) No, I live near the city in Melbourne. They are huge animals and my cat would be terrified. The only kangaroos I ever see are near my parents in laws house in the bush. You have to watch out for kangaroos on the road at dusk, they tend to leap in front of cars.

So tell me a little about what you like. I’m a huge movie fan. What was the last movie you saw?

I saw the new Superman movie a few weeks ago, and that was pretty neat. I must confess I could sit and watch Henry Cavill for 2 hours even if he just stood and stared at the screen.  The last movie we saw at home was the classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. We had a room full of 14 year olds who couldn’t understand how the adults knew the whole opening monologue.

Sasha, I adore Ferris Bueller’s Day Off…it’s one of my 80’s favorites…Fast Times at Ridgemont High is another one of my favorites.

What’s your favorite TV show, Sasha?

Sorry, but I have to pick 2. Game of Thrones, which as a writer has so many plot twists I find myself squealing at the television. The ending of last season had everyone stunned, which is brilliant writing.  Supernatural which is such a fun show. The cast and crew clearly have a great time making Supernatural. Ok yes and the lead actors are fantastic (and cute).

Favorite Holiday Place?

Um, that’s a hard one. I have been to over 50 countries in my travels. My favorite for warmth, food and just chilling out would have to be Fiji. Its only 5 hours flying time from Australia and really good holiday value. We had Christmas in Fiji a couple of years ago and that was a really special holiday for our family.

Finally, describe your writing space.

A mess. Though I just bought a huge computer screen which is nearly as big as our TV. When Dell asked if I wanted to upsize I didn’t realize it was going to be that big!

I do have clean ups every so often, but the papers slowly creep back into the room.

Sasha, I have that same problem. I have containers all over the place, but I wonder if little elves are strewing my papers about every night. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit on my blog.

A pleasure, thanks Tara.

Letter from a Rake is Sasha’s debut book.

You can find Letter from a Rake here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Letter-From-Rake-Destiny-ebook/dp/B00DGLWEYK

Kobo http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=letter+from+a+rake

iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/letter-from-a-rake/id662840513?mt=11

Also available at Google Play, Readcloud, Angus & Robertson and Booki.sh

You can follow Sasha and find out more about her and her books on her website: http://www.sashacottman.com

Follow her on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/sashacottman

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sashacottmanauthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7136108.Sasha_Cottman

About the Author

Born in England, but raised in Australia, Sasha has a love for both countries. Having her heart in two places has created a love for travel, which at last count was to over 55 countries. A travel guide is always on her pile of new books to read.

Five years ago, Sasha accidentally enrolled in a romance writing course. Other than Pride and Prejudice she had never read a romance book before. She soon discovered that the world of historical romance allowed her to combine her love of history with the passion of romance writing.