Please welcome Nathaniel Colton, the hero of Connie Mason and Mia Marlowe’s One Night with a Rake. After Nathaniel charms your pants off, be sure to enter to win a copy of Waking Up With a Rake! Mia has a special giveaway for International readers, too! Read the interview for details.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Nathaniel] Incorrigible. That says it all.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Nathaniel Colton?
[Nathaniel] Dawn finds me in search of my bed, not that I may not have found someone else’s before that. I rise when I’m rested and head for White’s for a game of poque. Don’t make that tsking noise! It’s not gambling when one consistently wins. My evenings are spent in riotous living. The charm of wearing myself out with mindless hedonism is that it leaves no opportunity for thoughts of Anne’s death to creep in. I despise maudlin people and what could be more maudlin than a man who cannot forget his first love?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Georgette?
[Nathaniel] Anne’s sister… Stubborn… Addictive. That’s four words, but you’ll simply have to forgive me. In truth, a thousand words would not be sufficient to explain the minor miracle that is Lady Georgette.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about her?
[Nathaniel] It’s her confounded desire to fix everyone. She undoubtedly means well, but there are some things that cannot be mended.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?
[Nathaniel] I would not have trusted the scout’s reports before leading my men into the disastrous battle at Maubeuge, France. If not for that debacle, I would not find myself susceptible to a certain Member of Parliament’s blackmail and wouldn’t be tasked with seducing Georgette. The more I learn of her—her kindness, her vulnerability, her open heart—the more untenable I find my position. When I am with Georgette, I can indulge the fantasy that I might become a different sort of man. But if I am bound to ruin her, I must remain what I am—an unrepentant rake.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Nathaniel] My wits. I do not routinely carry a weapon, having seen enough bloodshed to last a lifetime on the Continent. Though that is not to say I cannot acquit myself well if matters turn to violence.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t charming the ladies?
[Nathaniel] When I cannot lay aside the shadows that gather on my soul, I enjoy listening to my sister Caroline play the pianoforte. I’m not musically inclined, but her melodies never fail to sooth me.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.
[Nathaniel] Something other than my present.
I am on the horns of a dilemma. I must ruin Georgette or my family will be engulfed in scandal. Yet the idea of harming that delicate creature offends even my debauched spirit. There is not enough wine, not enough laudanum in the world, to make me easy with my impossible choice.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
[Nathaniel] No, thank you, my dear. You’ve been a charming hostess and I’ve been . . . well, myself. I should try not to let my dark humors get the best of me. You see, my authors assure me it all turns out well in the end.
Oh, one last thing! If you would be so kind, dear reader, as to leave a comment or question for me, you will be entered in a random drawing for Waking Up with a Rake—the story of my friend Rhys Warrington and the young lady he was sent to remove from royal consideration. USA/Canada only. My author Mia Marlowe will also offer winner’s choice of one of her Rock*It Read ebooks. Open Internationally.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Connie Mason is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels. She was named Storyteller of the Year in 1990 and received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews in 1994. She currently lives in Florida. Mia Marlowe is a highly acclaimed new voice in romance whose debut novel released in Spring 2011 from Kensington. She lives in Boston. Together, they are working on the next book in the Royal Rakes series, Between a Rake and a Hard Place, which will be in stores in January 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.miamarlowe.com .