Thursday, March 28, 2013

Torch In the Forest by Marcie Kremer: Character Interview: Entangled Publishing Tour Stop

 




 



Today we're fortunate to have Lady Eleanor of Blystoke, from A Torch in the Forest with us.
She has graciously agreed to answer a few questions for us.



Where do you dream of traveling to and why?

Oh, my dreams! How did you guess? *blushes* I dream almost every night of traveling to Wykeham to see Lord Hugh and to feel his strong arms around me, holding me close, so close.…but no one can know this, because we are sworn enemies, so please, promise to keep my secret!


Who is your favorite author?

Well, my favorite authors are co-authors Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, who wrote Le Roman de la Rose, and they said this: "If any man or woman shold ask what I wish this romance…to be called, it is The Romance of the Rose in which the whole art of love is contained." I swoon over its pages!


What do you think makes a good story?

A good story needs strong characters you can admire, even though they might have a few flaws….like Lord Hugh, who may seem arrogant and high-handed, but, he has a soft side that he works hard to conceal…


Tell us about your family.

Both my parents, sadly, have passed on, and I have a sweet sister, Mary, who is now of marriageable age, being fourteen, the same age at which I was married to that swine's head, Edgar!


What was the scariest moment of your life?

For a long time, the scariest moment of my life was my wedding night at age fourteen to the disgusting Edgar. Now, the scariest moments are when I am near Lord Hugh and I have to hide my passionate feelings for him, because no one can know, most assuredly not he!


What books have most influenced your life?

Most definitely, the book that has influenced me the most is Le Roman de la Rose, and it's quoted at the beginning of each chapter of my story…The quotes serve as little clues to what might happen in the chapter…


As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Being of noble birth, I had no choice as to what I would be. I always knew I would marry a noble when I reached the marriageable age of fourteen and manage his lands, as I'd been trained to do, while he was away at the Crusades or was at court. Say you there are other choices?


What are your favorite songs ?

My favorite songs are played on a lute by my sweet younger sister, Mary.


What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal is sixteen courses served in the Great Hall, and it includes spiced pork in nutted wine sauce, golden cardamom chicken, fried squash flowers, a subtlety of a peacock with its feathers arranged beautifully, and a troycrem for dessert. Naturally, wine is served in goblets, and I have to work extremely hard not to have to share my goblet with the lecherous William of Litchfield, who is scheming to marry me, and who has bits of eel stuck in his teeth.


Do you play any sports?

I play a mean game of chess and roundly trounce horrible William of Litchfield, while trying to dodge his groping, greasy hands.


What are you passionate about these days?

I am so passionate about Lord Hugh that I can't stop thinking about being with him, his arms around me, and his mouth on mine… and the strength of those feelings unsettles me, making me want to reach for another goblet of wine, but I need to keep my wits about me, or that cur William of Litchfield will get the better of me.


What would we find under your bed?

Under my bed, you would find one of my little dogs, dozing, and in front of the fire, in her cot, you would find Agnes, my maidservant. Of course, what I wish you would find under my bed would be Lord Hugh – er – rather *in* my bed… and married, of course!


What makes you happy?

What makes me deliriously happy is imagining being with Lord Hugh…in the buttery…his kisses…but, I cannot be thinking this way, since he has asked for the hand of my sister in marriage!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?


What people would be surprised to know about me is the passionate feelings I have for Lord Hugh. All he has to do is look at me with that intense, blue gaze, and my hands tremble and my pulse begins to race!


Do you have a favorite quote, quip, or saying? What is it?

Our noble Blystoke family motto is "Honor et Fides" – honor and loyalty, and I work hard to live up to that, even though that handsome Lord Hugh, because of his late wife, who dallied with all manner of knights, is sure that no woman can ever be honest and loyal, which incenses me!


Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
 
Honor et Fides, our family motto is what drives my actions, despite Lord Hugh's rather condescending attitude about it! He will soon find out what true honor and loyalty really are, and I can't wait to show him…



Eighteen-year-old widow Eleanor of Strathcombe is stunned to realize she has a powerful attraction to Hugh of Wykeham, the arrogant, neighboring lord returned from the Crusade. But he wants to marry her sister, and when he learns that poachers are running rampant he blames her and feuds with her over the control of their forest boundaries.
 
As she struggles to keep control of her forests and find the poachers, unsettling feelings confront her when she deals with Hugh, feelings she never felt in her brief, loveless marriage — feelings she tries to fight, because she knows Hugh to be a cold, harsh man who may have murdered his faithless wife in revenge — and who trusts no woman.
 
 
When she finds herself in the midst of a net of intrigue and lies, how will she find the courage to capture the conspirators, save herself and her sister, and overcome her feelings for Hugh?



Title: Torch In The Forest
Author: Marcie Kremer
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 216 pages
Release Date: February 2013
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-62266-880-9
Imprint: Scandalous
 
 
Eighteen-year-old widow Eleanor of Strathcombe is stunned to realize she has a powerful attraction to Hugh of Wykeham, the arrogant, neighboring lord returned from the Crusade. But he wants to marry her sister, and when he learns that poachers are running rampant he blames her and feuds with her over the control of their forest boundaries.
 
 
As she struggles to keep control of her forests and find the poachers, unsettling feelings confront her when she deals with Hugh, feelings she never felt in her brief, loveless marriage — feelings she tries to fight, because she knows Hugh to be a cold, harsh man who may have murdered his faithless wife in revenge — and who trusts no woman.
 
 
When she finds herself in the midst of a net of intrigue and lies, how will she find the courage to capture the conspirators, save herself and her sister, and overcome her feelings for Hugh?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 



 
 Blog Tour Schedule
Torch in the Forest by Marcie Kremer
 
 
March 25th A Chick Who Reads   Top Ten List
March 28th Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews   Character Interview
March 29th Mochas Mysteries and More  Interview
April 1st In the Hammock Book Blog Guest Post/ Giveaway
April 4th  Manga Mania Cafe  Interview
April 5th Romancing Rakes 4 Luv of Romance Book Interview
April 8th Under The Covers Book Blog  Guest Post
 
 



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