Please welcome special guest Henry Middlebrook to the virtual offices today! Henry is the red-hot hero of Theresa Romain’s It Takes Two to Tangle.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Henry] Determined. Embattled but not defeated.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Henry Middlebrook?
[Henry] I wish such a thing as a typical day existed for me. During my years in the army, I could rely on a steady routine of early rising, marching, camping, shouting, helping, and any other verb that might occur to a person. Since selling my commission, I have found life among the ton in London to be less dangerous but more unsettling. At the moment, I reside with my brother the Earl of Tallant and tolerate his excessive helpfulness. It is kindly meant—and with one arm useless, I need more help than I care to admit. Nothing from correspondence to paying calls to dressing to dancing is the same as it used to be before wartime and my recent injury.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Frances?
[Henry] Stubborn, brilliant, unexpected.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about her?
[Henry] She wants my trust, but she won’t give me hers. In the years since she was widowed, she has relied on her own wits and scraped by at the edge of respectability as companion to her wealthy cousin. She is proud of the life she’s built on her own terms, and quite rightly. But secrets have become a habit with her. How I shall ever convince her to trust me, I don’t know. I shall probably have to spill a few secrets of my own…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?
[Henry] I would not ask a soldier without medical training to adjust my dislocated shoulder. The result was…let me say, unfortunate. I cannot regret my years defending England, though. And sometimes I wonder what sort of turns my life would have taken had I not been injured. Would I still be a soldier? If so, I would be nearly a stranger to my brother. And I would never have been given the chance to know Frances.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Henry] A passionate letter from “a friend.” So it is signed, but I know who wrote it. On the letters from “a friend,” I pin many hopes. These letters remind me that there is much good to be found in a new sort of life, and that love is within reach.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t attempting to woo potential brides?
[Henry] I have always liked to paint with oils, though since losing the use of my right arm, the results of my painting are not pleasing to the eye. Thinking about color and understanding the art of others is still a favorite pastime of mine. I enjoy every trip to the British Institution to look at new paintings. And if my lifelong friend Bart Crosby comes along and tries to pretend he isn’t bored within five minutes—well, that’s always good for a grin.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.
[Henry] Paint, love, laugh, teach, learn.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
[Henry] Thank you. It is my honor to engage in conversation with such a gracious hostess.
About the book:
IT TAKES TWO TO TANGLE BY THERESA ROMAIN – IN STORES SEPTEMBER 2013
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest and is working on more Regency romances. Please visit http://theresaromain.com/ for more information.
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