Friday, October 12, 2012

Fallen Women Week: Ann Lethbridge (& Giveaway!)

Co-hosted by Kati and Jamie (from
Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance) & Myself

This event showcases some of the amazing authors and books that feature “fallen women” as the heroine.  Make sure to stop back each day as we will have guest posts, interviews and lots of giveaways!

Today for FWW I have the lovely Ann Lethbridge and the ladies at RRFTLOR have Sabrina Darby!

ann_lethbridgeAnn Lethbridge began writing Regency-set historical romances at the turn of the century (this one). She has twelve full-length novels in print and digital, and numerous short stories some of which have won awards. She now writes for Harlequin’s Historical imprint. Growing up army-bratting around England, she developed a love of British history and made friends with Georgette Heyer’s characters when making new friends at new schools was a daunting proposition. True love came her way on a motorbike and wearing jeans and leather jacket, much frowned upon by her Dad at first, and she now makes her home in Canada with two lovely daughters and a fussy little dog who likes to sit in a chair beside her computer, or on her lap, if she could figure out a way to type around him. She has swapped the motorbike for something with four wheels and a roof.

Her next book Lady of Shame (Castonbury Park) will be out in e-book form in North America in November 2012, and out in print bundled with book 3 of the series, in January 2013.


Hi Ann, thank you for agreeing to take part in our Fallen Women Week Event!

1.  What makes “fallen women” special to you as an author?

Part of what makes fallen women special is the deep understanding we all have that everyone makes mistakes, that circumstances are not always within our control and that often choices are difficult. Whether a woman is deemed fallen because of choice or circumstance, she is changed forever in ways that make her character fascinating. And let’s face it, we can all imagine ourselves landing up in the same boat.

2.  What inspired you to write about a “fallen woman”?

Lady of Shame, out in February 2013, is book four in Harlequin’s Castonbury Park Series. My heroine, Clare, rebelled against her family, the Montagues, and against her father’s wishes, marryied a man who she later discovered only wooed her for her status and money.

Clare now has a child, her husband is dead and she is penniless. This was my first story about a woman who had previously been married and while widows had more leeway during the Regency, without money her choices are limited.

For the sake of her child, Clare puts her pride in her pocket and while she is unsure of her welcome, she goes home to ask for help. The danger lurking at home comes in the form of a young and handsome chef, Andre. Once more Clare is forced to choose between doing her duty and following a heart that has been proved wrong before.

It was this latter idea that inspired this story. Once bitten twice shy is a very old saying, and I wondered if a woman who had gone through the fire once, only to be burned, would dare attempt it again? And if so, why.

3.  If you could live anywhere in the world (or a place from a book) where would it be?

I am one of those people who, wherever she goes on vacation, wants to live there at that particular moment. Every place has its charm, as does every country. I honestly believe I could be happy no matter where I was plunked down. This likely stems from the number of places I lived as an army brat following the drum in England, a place I love to visit even now. It seems to me, it would have to be somewhere with my husband and somewhere near my daughters. So wherever they are, that is where I want to be, but if it could be somewhere near the sea shore, I have a thing about the seaside, I would be doubly happy.

4.  What are you writing at the moment?  Can you give us a sneak peek into your current WIP?

I am just finishing the second Gilvrys of Dunross novel. The first book in the series, The Laird’s Forbidden Lady, came out this past July. These books are set in Regency Scotland and the family’s fortunes are tied up with the making and smuggling of illegal Scotch whisky (note in Scotland whisky has no e before the y). This second book strays away from Dunross to the castle of the clan’s chieftan and follows the adventures of Niall, a third son who feels as if he has never found a place in the family and so is off to make his own way in the world. Lady Jenna is seeking a rich husband so she can restore her family’s fortunes. The last thing she needs is to fall for a footloose poverty-stricken Highlander and while she is not a fallen woman at the beginning, well... Ah but then should leave you to read about what happens. It is a story of adventure and betrayal and intrigue, with a lot of romance to spice things up.

I also have a book coming out in February 2013, Haunted by the Earl’s touch, which contains all the elements of a spooky Gothic I hope readers will enjoy.

5.  What book is at the top of your TBR pile?

The one at the top of the pile is one as yet unwritten. I have been devouring Martin’s Game of Thrones like a woman deprived of chocolate who has been given a whole box and I can’t wait to taste the next one. Only sadly, I’m on a restricted diet.

The next one down the pile is the second book in the Castonbury Park series. The series is a continuity, written and plotted by eight different authors. Lady of Shame is book four and while I know the plot line of each book, I have only just received my author copies of the complete set. So I am dying to read them all in order and see how my partners is crime bring the overarching story, of which my book is such a small part, to a conclusion.

I am a voracious eclectic reader, and in addition to the research books I need to dig through, I get through about four books a week, so my tbr pile is an ever-changing monster. I tend to read Regencies because I love them. Probably why I write them, too. I enjoy paranormals and fantasy as well other other eras of history. Most of all, I love to finish a book and say, I wish I had written that even if my face is tinged with green.

Quick either/or:

1. Alpha or Beta? Alpha

2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Belle of the Ball, she’s a harder sell.

3. Debutante or Spinster? Spinster

4. Virgin widow or Secret baby? Virgin widow

5. Titled peer or Working man? Working man

6. Love at first sight or Second chances? Love at first sight.

7. Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Pirate every time

8. Vampires or Shifters? Shifters

9. Past, Present or Future? (sneaky) Past

10. Writing or Reading? Writing

11. Paperbacks or e-books? E-books

12. Plotter or Pantser? Pantser

13. Author’s choice: You get to ask a question for the readers to answer.

Where in the world do you like to travel when you are reading a book, in the past, in the present, and in the future? (sneaky!) Smile


Ian Gilvry, Laird of Dunross, is as rough and wild as the Highland heather. Yet the return of Sassenach Selina and her family to claim his land ignites hatred and passion in equal measure.

Lady Selina is torn between family loyalty and wanton need for Ian. Tricked into marriage, she finds the laird fulfils her every burning desire. But Ian is a man bound by duty.

Can Selina be sure that his heart belongs not only to his clan…but also to the woman he has made his wife?




One lucky commenter will win a copy of Ann’s THE LAIRD’S FORBIDDEN LADY!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment answering Ann’s question:  Where in the world do you like to travel when you are reading a book, in the past, in the present, and in the future?

Open to residents of Canada and the US – no PO Boxes please!

Must be 18 or older!

See S R C’s policies for more info.

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  1. thanks for a fun post! I can honestly say that I have no preference and have enjoyed all 3! As long as I can get lost in the story, I don't care when or where an author takes me :)

  2. I love reading about the past the most. It fun to see just how different it was compared to now.

  3. Lovely to see you here Erin and Danielle. It's nice to know that you love history no matter where it takes place.

  4. Hi

    Great post and your book is one I want to read. I do not have a preference, I just decide what I am in the mood for and go from there, anything from Romance, PNR, UF, Romantic Suspense, Historical or Contemporary. My mood picks the books and the books take me to different places.

    Thanks for the chance

  5. Hi Ann!

    I loveed all I learned about you in your interview and it really brings into focus the reason I love reading your stories so much! I think that every reader can identify with the feeling of a "fallen woman" whether because of choices made, circumstances they have no control of or opportunities lost whether of their own choice or because of the decisions of others.

    My favorite books are historical romaance and when I'm reading I love to think of myself not only in the same country it's taking place but I like to think of myself actually as part of the setting. Unfortunately I usually think of myself as the spinster Aunt who ends up sitting in the back of the ballroom with the chapterones listening in on the whispered conversations of the lofty aristocrats and debutantes but I do manage to hear some sinful secrets as well!

  6. I like the past more. Just because I like the escape and the romance of it all!

  7. When I'm reading a book I love to travel to: In the past to Scotland and England, in the present I like the US, Canada or Australia, and in the future I want to travel beyond our world and explore the stars. :D

  8. I like going to the past when reading since the social customs and costume and dialogue is so different and I love to read about all of it.

  9. I like them all, depending on what mood I am in. I read everything from historicals to contemporary to futuristic sci-fi. I think that each era has great things to offer and I like to change thing up so that I don't burn out on any specific genre.

  10. Thanks to everyone who came by yesterday, it was great to get your opinions and to meet you all. And thanks so much to Aislynn for having me here on her blog. It just so happens I too love to read, sew and cook.

  11. Not much on futuristics! So I will say the present and the 1800's!

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  12. I Like to travel in the past when I read, especially the Regency Period.


  13. I like them all but I think my favorite is the past.

  14. The past mostly! It's a great escape!

  15. I tend to like to travel everywhere. The past can be fun because everything is so different.

  16. I like to travel to the past (since reading is the only way I'll get there).
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  17. i love traveling to the past

  18. I love to travel to the past.

  19. love historical romance, love contemporary, not as crazy about the future, but I'll read if it's interesting enough


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