Please welcome Maire Claremont to the virtual offices! Maire also has a story in Entangled Publishing’s Christmas anthology All I Want For Christmas Is A Duke. She is here to chat about her story, The Twelve Days of Seduction.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Maire Claremont] I am a total gypsy soul! I love to travel about and constantly see new things and new people. I’m a book and movie aholic and I’m never happier than after a marvelous play.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Twelve Days of Seduction?
[Maire Claremont] The Twelve Days of Seduction is a nod to Jane Eyre and features a heroine’s mother, a lady runs away with her drawing master. The heroine fights her way to a much better life, but has a number of secrets! And when her employer, the duke, finds out there is hell to pay. There’s also a whole lot of pleasure!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Maire Claremont] Delilah Marvelle and I both wanted to write stories featuring a duke and I loved the idea of doing a story up in a isolated castle where the romance is all part of the landscape too. My heroine, Adriana, insisted on being a cheeky young woman who’d been masquerading as the perfect young woman. I loved creating her.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Adriana?
[Maire Claremont] Clever. Resourceful. Loyal
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Alexander had a theme song, what would it be?
[Maire Claremont] Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Adriana won’t leave the house without.
[Maire Claremont] A BOOK!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Alexander’s greatest regret?
[Maire Claremont] Not taking a chance on love when he had the chance. It has haunted him for years.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this story?
[Maire Claremont] I loved exploring Victorian Christmas traditions! And I adored bringing two characters who couldn’t dare to express their desire, even though they had secretly wanted each other for so long.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is your favorite holiday themed book?
[Maire Claremont] With out a doubt, A Christmas Carol by Dickens. I try to read it every year.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Maire Claremont] I LOVE to hear from readers, especially since I’m recently published. Its fun! You can find me at my website, Maireclaremont.com, on twitter @maireclaremont, and Facebook!
I look forward to meeting you all!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
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About the book:
Merry Christmas, Mrs. Robinson by Delilah Marvelle
Lady Jane left her father, the Earl of Chadwick, and the ton behind to experience life on the stage. After a disastrous marriage, the widow is living on the edge of poverty, determined to guard her heart, when a secret admirer from her past demands a second chance.
Shy and retiring Martin Nicholas Pierce, the Sixth Duke of Somerset, has carried a torch for Lady Jane since her youth, but he is five years her junior. When she married another man, he left for Europe, determined to put her out of his mind. After returning to find Lady Jane free, he vows to replace the memories of her cursed Twelfth Night with a new beginning.
The Twelve Days of Seduction By Maire Claremont
Alexander Hunt, Eighth Duke of Berresford, is aware his ward’s governess isn’t quite what she seems. Although Miss Flint is beautiful and intelligent, she misrepresented herself to gain employment, and he threatens to give her the sack mere days before Christmas.
Desperate to convince the sexy duke not to tear her from the little girl she’s grown to adore, Adriana challenges him to seduce her before the Twelve Days of Christmas have come to an end, although she fears it may cost her heart. Alexander accepts the challenge, unconcerned that he has as much to lose, if not more, than the delectable Miss Flint.