Please welcome dashing Rafe Hartley to the virtual offices today! Rafe is the intrepid hero of Jayne Fresina’s Lady Mercy Danforthe Flirts with Scandal, and he dropped in for a chat.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Rafe Hartley] Always left at the altar!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Rafe Hartley?
[Rafe Hartley] I work hard from first light to dusk, managing my small farm in Sydney Dovedale. But I don’t mind the long hours; it’s all worthwhile. In the evenings I sit by my fire and read – yes, I can read, thank you very much, despite what some folk think! – the daily newspaper to keep up with current affairs (in case I have the chance to impress Lady Frosty Bottom) and catch up with any boxing news. I also read the weekly Norwich and Morecroft Farmer’s Gazette. Occasionally, I am invited to Morecroft to dine with my father and step-mother. Since that means having to dress up like a dandy and put up with my great-grandmother’s snide comments, I don’t often accept, but I do like to visit my half sisters when I can and tease them unmercifully. If the mood takes me, I might enjoy a jug of cider and a game of cards at Merryweather’s Tavern of an evening.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Mercy?
[Rafe Hartley] Bossy, Stubborn, Buttercup!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about her?
[Rafe Hartley] She always thinks she’s in the right, even though I am.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?
[Rafe Hartley] Let her get away from me once before. I was a young fool and should have stood up to her brother when he had our marriage annulled.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Rafe Hartley] My wits! Nobody gets one over on me. Not even Lady Bossy Drawers Danforthe.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t being jilted at the alter?
[Rafe Hartley] I’m a bit of a daydreamer. I know you wouldn’t think it to look at me, would you? I daresay you look at me and think – handsome charmer, all brawn and balls – but no, I have brains too and quite an imagination. I’m not merely pretty to look at, as I keep telling Mercy Danforthe. I’m not here just to be her plaything! Sometimes I catch myself daydreaming about that woman and what I’d like to….
Well, sometimes I make serious plans for the future. A man has to have plans. Of course, I haven’t always been this way. I used to be quite a reckless boy, aimless, enjoying life with no real path. I’ve grown up though. At least, I’m trying. A few folks might be surprised by that, but I mean to make something of my life and now I know what I want for myself. So look out!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.
[Rafe Hartley] To kiss Mercy every day.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
[Rafe Hartley] Thank you, my lady! It’s been a pleasure.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jayne Fresina sprouted up in England, the youngest in a family of four girls. Entertained by her father’s colorful tales of growing up in the countryside, and surrounded by opinionated sisters— all with far more exciting lives than hers— she’s always had inspiration for her beleaguered heroes and unstoppable heroines. Look for the fourth book in the Sydney Dovedale Series, Miss Molly Robbins Designs a Seduction in March 2014. For more information, please visit www.jaynefresina.com.