Monday, 19 May 2014

Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice by Heidi Ashworth The Rose Garden Blog Tour - Interview + Giveaway
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Welcome to my stop on THE ROSE GARDEN TOUR for
Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice by Heidi Ashworth

Roses in the Miss Delecourt Series

It all begins when the Dowager Duchess of Marcross sends her grandson, Sir Anthony Crenshaw, to accompany her niece, Miss Ginny Delacourt, to their country estate to check on the roses. The Dowager is concerned since her neighbor is keen on stealing cuttings from her spectacular rose garden for Rosehaven, his rose-inspired country home. On the way, they have a carriage accident and are held up by highwaymen but it isn't until they are quarantined at Rosehaven for the pox that Ginny's and Sir Anthony's love begins to bloom.

Thus the series begins...

Heidi Ashworth, the author, has a beautiful rose garden and each stop is showcasing one of her roses.
My roses are these little beauties:

Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice (Miss Delacourt #6) by Heidi Ashworth
Adult Historical Romance
Ebook, 274 pages
Published: 24th April 2014 by Dunhaven Place Publishing

Mr. Colin Lloyd-Jones and his friend, Sir Anthony Crenshaw, make a pact to avoid the fair sex during the course of an entire season in order to nurse their wounded hearts. As they shake hands on it, they have no idea that one would soon be off on a trip to escort a young lady to the country and the other soon to fall head over heels in love with Miss Elizabeth Armistead. Sadly, Miss Armistead is only interested in those she trusts not to become so besotted with her beauty that they cannot see her true self. Prior to meeting Colin, she had only met one man fitting that description and she has promised to be his bride. However, Mr. Cruikshank is not due to arrive in London for a full month. Can Colin convince Miss Armistead that he loves her for more than her beauty before her betrothed's ship arrives on British shores?

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Interview with Heidi Ashworth

Tell us a little bit about your book, Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice.

Miss A is a traditional regency romance (i.e. clean and sweet) about a man who is determined to stay away from women for the time being and a woman who is engaged to be married to another. They feel an instant attraction for one another but neither feels themselves free to pursue it. However, they also feel safe to spend time together since it is clear that they can never be anything but friends. As they draw closer to one another, each must learn to trust in spite of betrayals in their past. It is my most romantic story yet!

How much research went into your book and did you discover any surprising things?

I love research! It is so much easier to do these days then it was when I wrote my first book (Miss Delacourt Speaks Her Mind) nearly twenty years ago. I had to learn a lot about India, where the heroine, Miss Elizabeth Armistead, was born. I also researched about art and the British Museum. I was surprised to learn that the museum started out as a bequest from a man who turned over his house and all of his collections to the government. However, the museum outgrew the space and was forced to move to its current location.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

I write character driven books, meaning, the plot is determined by the personalities, whims and inclinations of the characters. I know what to write next because they tell me what they would do in a certain situation, etc. However, this book was the first time I began a book with a plot idea rather than a character knocking at my brain asking me to tell his/her story. It was tough going at first but once I learned who they were and what motivated them, things went much more smoothly.

How do you handle negative reviews?

Negative reviews no longer bother me very much. Books are so subjective and how we feel about one has everything to do with every book we have read prior. One person’s tastes are not another’s. However, I stay away from reviews if I am having a bad day or I am feeling less than confident. It is much better to read them when I am feeling good about my work. Bad reviews are written by people who don’t like the kind of books I write. I put a lot more weight on the reviews written by people who like the kinds of books I write.

Where's your favourite place to go for inspiration?

I love this question! I have worked hard to make my home a place of constant inspiration and serenity. This is where I work so it is important that it is full of sights and sounds that make me feel good. There are certain places in my garden that I go to feel grounded and to fill my bucket, as well. In the end, though, it is when I am actually writing that the inspiration comes to me. It is a process that never fails to surprise and delight me. I think that is what I love best about writing—there are always those moments of serendipity that take me by surprise. In a way, I am reading the book as I am writing it. It’s pretty sweet!

What book(s) are you currently working on and do you have anything planned for the future?

As I mentioned, the sister of the hero in Miss A will have her own story out a year from now if all goes according to plan. By October, however, I hope that all goes smoothly for the first book of a new series. It is a mystery series with Julian, Lord Trevelin, the hero of the Lord Who Sneered, as the sleuth. I have a real soft spot in my heart for him and decided that a 7,000 word novella is not enough to tell his story. This first book will go back in time about 7 or 8 years and the series will fill in his story from then on up to the events of The Lord Who Sneered. I am excited about it!

Thank you for the great interview, Heidi. I am super-jealous of your fabulous garden!

Author Bio - Heidi Ashworth

Heidi Ashworth, author of the popular Miss Delacourt series, including the award-winning Miss Delacourt Has Her Day, is a busy wife and mother who's grateful for a bit of peace and quiet in which to write. An unapologetic anglophile, she is determined to return to England to see the home of Jane Austen, a landmark she missed during her first trip across the pond, though she knows Lord Byron's house to be a suitable substitute. She's smitten with books, chocolate, and roses, not necessarily in that order, and is never averse to a round of Guitar Hero.

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$50 Amazon gift card and paperback copy of Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice (US Only)
3 e-copies of Miss Armistead Makes Her Choice (Open INT to these countries: US, England, Canada, Belguim, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Italy, France, Japan, and Australia)

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  1. Great interview, thank you.


  2. I really enjoyed reading your interview! I like! :) The book sounds super romantic. Something I would enjoy reading in the winter months.

    Nina from J'adore Happy Endings