[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Penelope! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Penelope Clayton] Shy
Passionate (about science)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in your life?
[Penelope Clayton] I am a botanist, and love the field so much. Shortly after breakfast in the morning, I don my work clothes, which consists of men’s trousers (yes, I know—rather scandalous) my old boots and my father’s worn greatcoat. Then I do my research in the garden and woods behind my house. That takes up a great deal of my day. My housekeeper, Mrs. Porter is always fussing at me to put away my ‘digging in the dirt’ as she puts it, and get married. But I’m not interested in a husband. Which is why I’m not happy to have to go to London for a Season.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of the Duke of Manchester?
[Penelope Clayton] Frightening
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about him?
[Penelope Clayton] How little he thinks of my work as a scientist. Like most men, he thinks a woman, even if he admits she has a brain, shouldn’t use it. Unless it’s to perform duties on his behalf. Very frustrating.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?
[Penelope Clayton] I probably would have paid closer attention to my dance master when Father hired him years before I ended up dancing with Drake. What a muddle I made of things.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Penelope Clayton] My spectacles. They help me see, even though my aunt insists young ladies won’t get offers if they appear to be a bluestocking. Of course, I proved her wrong, though, didn’t I?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
About the book:
Title: THE DUKE’S QUANDARY
Author: Callie Hutton
EBook: 285 pages
Release Date: March 10, 2014
Drake, Duke of Manchester is searching the Marriage Mart for a perfect bride. He wants a woman who is poised, sophisticated, and worthy of the title Duchess. But most of all, he wants a woman who does not want the useless emotion of love.
Socially awkward Miss Penelope Clayton isn’t meant for marriage. A serious botanist, she has no desire to wed, so being forced by her guardian to participate in the Season to find a husband is torture. She’ll never fit in with the ton, especially if they discover she’s been pretending to be a man within the scientific community.
As Drake’s family makes over Penelope, turning her from naive bluestocking to enchanting debutante, he is put upon to introduce her to society and eligible bachelors. Despite dance lessons and new gowns, Penelope is the opposite of poised and sophisticated as she stumbles from one mishap to the next. Why then, does he find it so hard to resist her?
Callie Hutton always knew those stories she made up in her head would be written down one day. There was nowhere else for them to go. After years of writing articles and interviews for magazines and company newsletters, she decided to tackle writing a book. That was back in 2010. Now with twelve books under her belt, and seven more contracted, the relief at having somewhere to tell those stories is wonderful. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, adult children and three dogs.
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