Today I’m featuring romance author Dawn Ireland and her wonderful new release, The Perfect Duke. I’d like to thank Dawn for stopping by to talk about her new… Hey, wait a minute, who are you? (A group of seven short, stout little men have appeared out of nowhere.)
Grumpy: “My brothers and I have some questions for this writer, and she’d better be quick about it.”
Doc: “Grumpy, put that pick axe down!” (Doc turns to Steven.) “Sorry, about that. But since Dawn patterned some of her characters on us, we have a few questions for her.”
Well Dawn, do you have any objections?
Dawn: Of course not, although characters don’t usually ask ME questions.
Grumpy: (wiggles his overlong eyebrows and leans forward.) “So what took you so long to write us? We’ve been cooped up in that manuscript forever.”
Dawn: You haven’t been cooped up anywhere, and it took me less than a year to write The Perfect Duke. The revisions are what took the time. Besides, Cara comes across a grouping of folks like you. They aren’t even dwarfs. Though now that I think of it, one of them does have your temperament.
Grumpy: “Humph.” (Grumpy sits, hugging his axe and glaring. Happy steps in front of him.)
Happy: “I’m glad she put us in this book. I LOVE Cara. It’s not fair that she marries that Duke. He’s not nice at all.”
Dawn: “Now Happy, you shouldn’t say that. Cara understood that Garret had good in him right from the start. He has to learn how to treat the people around him. Not everyone has your ability to make the world a special place every day. Besides, don’t you think Garret makes Cara happy?
Happy: “Well, I guess. But if he ever mistreats her, I’m right there.” (Doc pats Happy’s shoulder, looks up at Dawn and winks.)
Doc: “So what now? Are you going to forsake your fairy tale friends for other kinds of books?”
Dawn: Don’t worry Doc, fairy tales are a part of all our lives, and mine more than most. One of my favorite TV shows is “Once Upon a Time.” So you see, no matter what I write, I’ll always look for that touch of whimsy and a “Happily Ever After.”
(Bashful inches forward, his cap crushed in his hand.)
Bashful: “I’d like to know, that is, well…What do you do when you aren’t writing? You don’t have to tell me. Only if you want to.” (He turns, his chin tucked against one shoulder.)
Dawn: Thank you for asking Bashful. It’s kind of you to be interested in who I am. Aside from writing, I love to sing, (I know dwarfs do as well.) dig in my garden, work on my Victorian home, attempt to play my harp and help out our local historical society. I’m even trying my hand at Gepetto’s craft-woodcarving. Though I don’t think I’ll be carving Pinocchio any time soon.
Okay my little friends, I think that’s enough questions for today. I do have a blog to write, you know. Dawn, thank you for visiting with us today. I’m going to give you the last word. Tell us a little more about The Perfect Duke.
Dawn: The Perfect Duke is a story for women who sigh over Alpha males. Garret may seem arrogant and selfish, but he’s tamed by Cara, an innocent that is pure of heart. I hope my readers enjoy the magic they create.
(PS, can you name the dwarfs that didn’t ask me questions?) ANSWER at the very bottom.
Well, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled spotlight:
“The ability of words to create pictures and convey emotion has always fascinated me.” – Dawn Ireland
First a little about Dawn Ireland:
Dawn has always been a little “different.” That was made perfectly clear when she was the only one in the audience taking notes at Harlequin’s Male Model search. She came away with two things that day: a list of male attributes and her discovery of RWA. Her association with RWA made her painfully aware she needed writing classes – lots of them. She’s taken classes at Writer’s and Books, RWA National & Regional Conferences and online – as well as developing an extensive library of books on the writing craft. This education propelled her from being nearly dead last in the Four Season’s Writing Contest, to placing first a couple of years ago. She’s currently writing her third novel, Morgan’s Folly, and hoping Morgan will be the one to keep the readers up at night.
Dawn’s Latest release is titled The Perfect Duke, available now from Soul Mate Publishing:
Known as The Marble Duke amongst the Ton, Garret Weston, the Duke of Kendal sets himself apart from his peers. Nothing will hinder his guilt-driven attempt to become a perfect duke. Nothing that is, save the alluring and imaginative betrothed he’d thought dead. His intended believes-of all things-that she is a Vicar’s daughter. The “perfect” duke needs a “perfect” duchess, but how was he to discern her suitability? Employing her as a governess to his niece seemed like an ideal solution. But whose “suitability” is being tested? His betrothed refuses to see he is beyond redemption. And most grievous of all, she stirs his blood, making him forget what’s important.
Cara believes fairy tales really can come true, until she meets the unrelenting and arrogant Duke of Kendal. He looks like a Prince, but acts like a Beast. Why must he challenge her at every turn? Her greatest peril is her attraction to the vulnerable, seductive man behind the title. A match between them would be impossible. But can she show him, without losing her heart, that “perfect” is in the eye of the beholder?
Soul Mate Publishing: http://www.soulmatepublishing.com/the-perfect-duke/
Dawn Ireland is also the author of Love’s Guardian:
Declan Deveraux, the Earl of Worthington, is a man who knows one thing for certain – he will never marry for love. With that aim, he pursues only the most vain, and spoiled, women of the Ton. Fate has other plans for him, however, and he’s made guardian to Alex Kendrick, a female he likes – God forbid. Now Declan has to get her suitably married, before he succumbs to the temptation to make this fiery temptress his own.
Alex, a rapier-wielding countess in her own right, doesn’t welcome a guardian and crosses swords with him at every opportunity. In spite of their less than auspicious beginning, she soon discovers Declan’s quick wit and Black-Irish looks inspire an emotion she can’t ignore, love. Now the battle is for Declan’s heart, because Alex will accept nothing less.
Dawn’s story, Bane’s Belief is featured in the anthology Highland Sons:
BANE’S BELIEF – Dawn Ireland
Kenzie McCleod thought the witch-hunting frenzy would never find her in the Highlands. Her un-natural connection to animals and her bothersome beauty could be hidden, as long as she and her mother kept to themselves. So what had prompted her to accept the invitation of the compelling, and wickedly handsome, Laird of the Mackays?
Laird Bane Mackay knows he should marry a woman of his clan, but none have sparked his curiosity like the black-haired lass with the winning smile. Why can’t he ignore his attraction to this unsuitable stranger whose haunting violet eyes and strange abilities make him rethink magic in the world? In following his heart, he may very well bring the wrath of the Witch Pricker (hunter) down on them all.
I’d like to thank Dawn for sharing with us today and for bringing along her little friends. I know I’m looking forward to your next book: Morgan’s Folly.
Did you guess the dwarfs that didn’t ask me questions? ANSWER:Dopey, Sleepy, Sneezy