This 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.”
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?