Please give a warm welcome to Jonah Sharp this morning!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Jonah Sharp] Not chatty. That should suffice.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share a typical day in the life of Sir Jonah Sharp?
[Jonah Sharp] If I were a fashionable gentleman, I’d rise about 11 o’clock. However, I am not fashionable. No matter how late a night I’ve had, and trust me, I often close down whatever establishment I frequent, I still rise shortly after dawn. My morning starts with a vigorous ride. If I exercise my body to exhaustion, I find my conscience troubles me less. Afternoon finds me at Boodles, my favorite coffeehouse. It’s always instructive to listen to the conversations around me. Information is my stock in trade, since I serve as an agent for a secretive group known as The Triad. I avoid Polite Society when I can, but in pursuit of Lady Serena, I have even been known to subject myself to that torture known as opera.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words come to mind when you think of Lady Serena?
[Jonah Sharp] Too much trouble. Well, almost…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you find most exasperating about her?
[Jonah Sharp] She is utterly fearless, which makes me fear for her. How can I protect a lady from herself?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?
[Jonah Sharp] I would change my decision to lead my men into battle at Maubeuge, France. The intelligence I was given was faulty, but I should have ordered my own reconnoiter of the enemy forces. The disaster there followed me home and gave Fortescue Alcock the leverage he needed to blackmail me into seducing Lady Serena. Alcock has his reasons for not wanting the lady to become the Duke of Kent’s new duchess. After getting to know her, I have reasons of my own.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?
[Jonah Sharp] My sword. I performed my first official assassination for the Triad in the guise of a duel. I was very young and it was exhilarating to hazard myself for King and country. Now that I look back, it was also the last time I felt my hands were clean.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How do you relax after a hard day plotting the ruination of a lady?
[Jonah Sharp] With extreme difficulty. Lady Serena is not an easy lady to ruin, both because she’s no fool and because after a while, I began to reconsider agreeing to ruin her. She’s not at all the usual debutant. She’s smart. Adventurous. Imaginative. She deserves to be celebrated, not destroyed. I came to know my true mission was to protect her. Even if that meant protecting her from myself.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.
[Jonah Sharp] It only takes one—Serena.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
[Jonah Sharp] Thank you for having me this day. May you and your friends never run out of books.
BETWEEN A RAKE AND A HARD PLACE BY CONNIE MASON AND MIA MARLOWE – IN STORES JANUARY 2014
Lady Serena’s List of Forbidden Pleasures
Attend an exclusively male club.
Smoke a cigar.
Have a fortune told by gypsies.
Dance the scandalous waltz.
Sir Jonah Sharp thinks Lady Serena Osbourne will be just like any other debutante, and seducing her will be one of the easiest services he’s ever done for the Crown. Then he catches her wearing trousers and a mustache in his gentleman’s club and she demands he teach her to smoke a cigar. But what will truly be Jonah’s undoing is finding out he’s an item on her list too, which makes him determined to bring her all the forbidden pleasures she can handle.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Mia Marlowe is the award winning historical romance author of the Touch of Seduction Series and various Rock*It Reads. She lives in Boston. Connie Mason is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels. She received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews in 1994 and currently lives in Florida. Together, Mia and Connie have written Sins of the Highlander, Lord of Fire and Ice, Lord of Devil Isle and the other books in the Royal Rakes Series: Waking Up with a Rake and One Night with a Rake. For more information, please visit http://www.miamarlowe.com.
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