Guest Author Interview: Ruth J. Hartman, author of Time for a Duke

Ruth - Author picThis week is dedicated to guest authors, and I have multi-published Ruth J Hartman as my guest today. She’s been a guest blogger on 4F1H in the past, but I wanted to talk to her about her latest regency, a time-travel story called Time for a Duke. Though she’d been published prior to writing this book in 2012, she hadn’t written historical romance until she decided to respond to a call-out for holiday regencies. As Ruth puts it, “What started out as a reluctant answer to a publisher’s submissions call turned into something I absolutely love!”

Ruth is busy editing the re-release of Time for a Duke. In fact, she’s so busy, she brought her main characters, Isabella and Charles, to help answer my questions!

PK (to Isabella and Charles): How did you first meet your writer?

Isabella: “It was way back in 2012. Ruth wrote our story for the first time then. This is an updated version.”

Charles: “Well, actually, it was in 1812 – at least for me. Isabella and I always have a good laugh about that. It was quite the conversation starter, let me tell you. Some of our conversations were about the strangest concepts that she’d had in her time. And the crazy things she pulled out of her bag scared me nearly to death!”

PK: What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance?

Isabella: “For me it was the dialogue at end of the book, which of course is not the actual end of our love story. But it was a very sweet, satisfying moment for me on the last page of the book. I cry every time I think about it. I’m so glad Ruth wrote that for the ending.”

Charles: “I’d have to say my favorite scene was our first kiss. Remember, Isabella? It was in the carriage on the way to the ball. I let decorum fly out the window and sat next to you on your side of the carriage.”

Isabella: Sniffs… “You are so sweet. Of course I remember. They way you pulled me close, touched my face, and then your warm—”

Ruth: Holds up her hand. “Moving on…”

Charles: Raises his eyebrows suggestively.

PK (clearing throat): Umm, Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?

Charles: “I personally thought the bedroom scene should have been a bit more, er… let’s just say I’d hoped for more detail.”

Isabella: “Charles! In front of everyone?”

Ruth: “In all fairness, to go along with the type of books I write, I felt I needed to change a little of that from the first draft in 2012. Sorry about that, Charles. Though, I’m sure what you two did in private was quite, um, satisfying?”

Isabella: “Now I’m blushing.”

PK: Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?

Charles: “Of course! It’s where I’ve always lived, after all. In my opinion, the Regency era is by far the best of any I’ve ever read about. I’m glad not to have been placed in medieval times. Can you imagine?” Shivers.

Isabella: “Yes, very happy in the Regency era. Although… at first I wasn’t so sure. I did end up in 1812 by accident, you know. It was a big adjustment, let me tell you.”

Ruth: “Hey, your story was my first Regency. I had to start somewhere…”

Isabella: Laughs. “I have no complaints.”


Time for a DukeReaders don’t have any complaints, either! Time for a Duke will soon be available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, ITunes, and AllRomance ebooks.


Izzy Hodgkin just wants an adventure. Who knew that involved being locked in a closet in 2012, then being transported to 1812 when the door is opened later?

Charles Hamilton Douglas Wade, Duke of Bramblewood Green, thinks he will never find the right woman. When he opens his closet door one day, imagine his surprise to find a woman in there. And she’s from the future!

Will Izzy stick with her plan to return to 2012 America to achieve her goal of financial independence? Or will she and Charles find happiness in 1812?

You can find Ruth on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, and Pinterest.


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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16 Responses to Guest Author Interview: Ruth J. Hartman, author of Time for a Duke

  1. Welcome, Ruth…and Charles and Isabella! I always like a good time-travel story. I wish you success with this one.
    You just never know where a break will come, do you?


  2. jeff7salter says:

    Delighted to see Ruth Hartman here again at 4F1H. The last time was 9-27-2012 and may have been about the initial release of this title.
    I’ve had the good fortune of meeting Ruth (and her TALL husband) in real life — in Cincinnati — a few summers ago.


  3. Ruth J. Hartman says:

    Thanks for having me today! Charles and Izzy had fun answering the questions, though for a minute there, I was afraid Charles might say something inappropriate. I just don’t know about that man sometimes…

    Liked by 1 person

  4. I read the first version of this one and Ruth did so well at handling the differences in time periods and how the two people would clash based on that. I can’t wait to read the updated version.

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