Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fallen Women Week: Maggie Robinson

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!

To kick things off I have Maggie Robinson and the ladies at RRFTLOR have Anna Campbell!

Maggie Robinson

Maggie Robinson is a former teacher, library clerk and mother of four who woke up in the middle of the night, absolutely compelled to create the perfect man and use as many adverbs as possible doing so. A transplanted New Yorker, she lives with her not-quite perfect husband in Maine, where the cold winters are ideal for staying inside and writing hot historical romances.

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

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

Since I’m rather mature myself, I prefer women of some experience to write about (although in my current WIP, the heroine is a 29 year old virgin. But she wants to end that ASAP.). My women really haven’t fallen that far—usually they have had very limited encounters, but in the periods I write in, that’s enough for people to give them the evil eye. J

2. If you could trade places with any fallen woman (real or fictional) who would it be and why?

I love my Evangeline Ramsey in Lord Gray’s List. (the brand new November release that I’m giving away today) She masquerades as a man, is a problem solver, has a social conscience, and gets to sleep with Lord Benton Gray!

3. If you were stranded on an island, what 5 books would you take with you?

Oh dear. When I talk books to tropical places the bindings melt and the books fall apart. But I guess my Kindle battery would wear out. Hm. Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Impossible, The American Heritage Illustrated Encyclopedic Dictionary, The Connoisseur’s Complete Period Guide, and the Bible. Might as well do some research and improve my mind and soul while I’m waiting to be rescued.

4. Describe your book in 140 characters (a tweet).

That cute guy in pants over there is the woman you've loved all your life. But she made you miserable then and now. Time to take control.

5. Which 5 authors (dead or alive) would you invite to dinner?

Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, Hilary Manton, Agatha Christie and Barbara Metzger

Quick either/or:

1. Alpha or Beta?  Alpha

2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Wallflower

3. Debutante or Spinster? Spinster

4. Virgin widow or Secret baby? Secret baby (more angst)

5. Titled peer or Working man? Titled peer (someday my prince will come fantasy)

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

7. Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Naval officer (who will break some rigid rules for me)

8. Vampires or Shifters? Vampires, but I’m not a paranormal girl at all.

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

10. Writing or Reading? Reading, but since I have a deadline…

11. Paperbacks or e-books? E-books

12. Plotter or Pantser? Such a pantser it’s absolutely terrifying

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

Who interests you more when you read, the hero or the heroine?

From duchesses to chamber maids, everybody’s reading it. Each Tuesday, The London List appears, filled with gossip and scandal, offering job postings and matches for the lovelorn—and most enticing of all, telling the tales and selling the wares a more modest publication wouldn’t touch.

The creation of Evangeline Ramsey, The London List saved her and her ailing father from destitution. But the paper has given Evie more than financial relief. As its publisher, she lives as a man, dressed in masculine garb, free to pursue and report whatever she likes—especially the latest disgraces besmirching Lord Benton Gray. It’s only fair she hang his dirty laundry, given that it was his youthful ardor that put her off marriage for good.

Lord Gray—Ben—isn’t about to stand by while all of London laughs at his peccadilloes week after week. But once he discovers that the publisher is none other than pretty Evie Ramsey with her curls lopped short, his worries turn to desires—and not a one of them fit to print.

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All you have to do to enter is answer Maggie’s question – Who interests you more when you read, the hero or the heroine?

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Must be 18 yrs or older to enter!

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  1. I actually care about the heroine more. I can't stand reading wimpy and dumb heroines! I have liked books purely on the strength of the heroines. :)

  2. I too care more about the heroines than the heroes. I like reading about the women who I think are close to being me. Like to read. Lol :)

  3. Usually the heroine interests me more because I identify more with a female. But if the hero has a compelling story, I will care about him as well.

  4. Oh, I must be the minority here. I always am way more interested in the hero (often end up falling in love--or at least lust). But I do really enjoy strong heroines who don't let anyone tell her what to do.

    Btw, loving the sound of this new book. I love heroines who are not afraid to break the rules, and heroes who aren't afraid to "try" to control the lady he loves.

  5. thanks for the great post and giveaway! I want to like the heroine more but sometimes I do end up liking the hero more. I guess it depends on the story and how developed the characters are.

  6. As a woman I usually identify more with the heroine, but I end up liking whichever character is stronger and smarter. The one who isn't wishy-washy and takes steps to improve themselves and their lives.


  7. I need the hero, especially if he is the broken hero, and the heroine helps him find himself again........

  8. Thanks so much for having me kick off the week! Sorry to be so late to respond--am getting ready for a trip to London and I must have packed my mind in my suitcase. Thanks for all the comments!

  9. I always love the Hero more than the Heroine. I'm like June, I always fall in love with the Hero to. I do like a strong heroine, but not a pushy one.

    I'm so jealous of you going to London. I miss my hometown so very much. Have a wonderful and happy time.

  10. I think I start out loving the heroine...but by the end it's pretty even. I love watching them both grow and seeing the changes that happen around them.

    Have fun in London..get lots of ideas for lots of books.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. I love strong and independent Heroines but, it's the Heroes I'm attracted to. They always need a woman to ease their suffering. :) Love the sound of this book Maggie. It's on my TRL.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  12. I like to identify with the heroine, so she usually interests me more.

  13. I like the heroine to save the hero

  14. I'd have to say the hero, but I envy the heroines. :)

  15. Usually the heroine! But it's got to have a great hero.

  16. It all depends on the story. Sometimes both are equally interesting. It depends on how the author has the story line going.


  18. I'm more interested in the hero. I like them to be strong, independent, intelligent, self sufficient, compassionate with integrity. I love it when they are completely taken off their stride by their attraction to and their feelings for a woman!

  19. Hi Maggie, sounds like your having a great time with Katie and Jamie!

    I'm a more mature (okay really old - almost ancient according to my sons) woman myself so I think I can honestly admit that I want to hot guy! Well I always want that but my husband insists that's fine as long as it's him.

    In truth I have to say that it depends on how the way the author develops the story whether I'm more drawn to the actions and feeling of one character or the other and the sex doesn't really matter as much as the connection.

    I think some of my influence comes from being a teenager and going to college in the 1960's. I like characters that aren't afraid to think out of the box and do things not expected of their gender. I've found it in heros who are war heros but kind to animals, heroines who are wealthy but resourceful in finding their own way and making a difference in society. From the poor to the rich, the downtroden to the rising star it all comes down to the personal connection we make with the individual characters.

    Since we've all had different experiences in our own lives we can all read the same paragraph or chapter and come away with a totally different perspective of the story and the characters and their actions and reactions to what's going on in the story.

  20. The hero! Don't get me wrong, I love a greatly written heroine, but the hero is what captures my attention most.


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