Today I have the great pleasure to welcome award winning, Historical Romance author; Elizabeth Ellen Carter to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals for an exclusive chat.

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Ellen Carter is an award-winning historical romance writer who pens richly detailed historical romantic adventures. A former newspaper journalist, Carter ran an award-winning PR agency for 12 years. She lives in Australia with her husband and two cats.

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Frankie Hi Elizabeth, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.

Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?

Elizabeth Playful, witty, curious, adventurous and ready to laugh (which is technically seven words, so add ‘rule breaker’) 😉

Frankie If you could take a holiday in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?

Elizabeth I would love to see Ancient Rome in all its glory – those beautiful buildings, temples and monuments brand new.

Frankie Oooh, That wold be amazing! Can, you tell us a little about latest release?

Elizabeth Shadow of the Corsairs is the final title in my Heart of the Corsairs series. It’s a Regency with a difference because it’s not set in England – it’s set in Sicily and Tunisia when Sicily was an English protectorate with the threat of Napoleon’s Empire along the Italian peninsula and the Barbary Coast pirates on the African Coast.

The Past Casts a Shadow Over a Second Chance For Love….

Palermo, 1810

Morwena Gambino is struggling to keep her family’s business going against mounting troubles. Her widowed father, once shrewd, is now increasingly forgetful, letting debts mount and disavowing his sons. Morwena runs the shop behind his back, forced to hide her enterprise not only from her father but also her bitter older brother.

In Tunisia, Tewodros “Jonathan” Afua is struggling to stay alive. Once an Ethiopian prince, he is a captive of the corsairs who slaughtered his wife and children. When a US naval bombardment provides an opening for escape, Jonathan falls in with a seemingly deranged English pirate. Aboard Kit Hardacre’s rundown ship with its ragtag crew, Jonathan learns the real reason he was taken by slavers.

Reluctantly joining Hardacre’s crew, he meets Morwena in Palermo. The fiery young Sicilian woman is the opposite of his quiet reserve, but he is attracted to her despite mourning for his late wife. As he and Morwena grow closer, it emerges that they have something in common – secret betrayal by those close to them – and they must count what they’re willing to risk for a future together.

Frankie Wow, that sounds amazing, Who was your childhood hero?

Elizabeth My mum. She raised my sister and I on her own and gave us a love of reading, and a passion for education.

Frankie Aww, that’s lovely. If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead characters?

Elizabeth Alex Pettyfer from Magic Mike as Captain Kit Hardacre; Josh Whitehouse, who plays Hugh Armitage in Poldark as Elias Nash and Kit Hardacre – just turn his hair blond and give him coloured contacts. And Lance Gross from Deuces as Jonathan Afua who is the hero of my upcoming releases.

  

Frankie Out of all your work, who is your favourite character and why?

Elizabeth I do have to say Captain Kit Hardacre, not only is he a pivotal character in all the three Heart of the Corsairs books but his influence will be felt in the series I’m started to write The King’s Rogues.

Darling Kit is brave and reckless, damaged and yet romantic. He inspires loyalty but struggles to love.

Frankie Where does your inspiration for your books come from?

Elizabeth I love history – especially the bits that people have forgotten, so I like to tease out a human story – what was it like to live in a particular era going through those particular circumstances.

Frankie What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Elizabeth :

Persevere, write that story, give your character their voice.

Know your craft, always read, always keep learning more.

Reach out to other authors. We’re really friendly .

Frankie If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)

Elizabeth :

GK Chesterton
CS Lewis
JRR Tolkein

Three great authors, three great thinkers, three great raconteurs…

Frankie Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?

Elizabeth Right now I’m eating Dark Chocolate Digestives…

Frankie One of my favourites, Thank you Elizabeth.

About the Book

Elizabeth’s up and coming book; Shadow of the Corsairs is to be released on 26th June and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.

The Past Casts a Shadow Over a Second Chance For Love….

Palermo, 1810

Morwena Gambino is struggling to keep her family’s business going against mounting troubles. Her widowed father, once shrewd, is now increasingly forgetful, letting debts mount and disavowing his sons. Morwena runs the shop behind his back, forced to hide her enterprise not only from her father but also her bitter older brother.

In Tunisia, Tewodros “Jonathan” Afua is struggling to stay alive. Once an Ethiopian prince, he is a captive of the corsairs who slaughtered his wife and children. When a US naval bombardment provides an opening for escape, Jonathan falls in with a seemingly deranged English pirate. Aboard Kit Hardacre’s rundown ship with its ragtag crew, Jonathan learns the real reason he was taken by slavers.

Reluctantly joining Hardacre’s crew, he meets Morwena in Palermo. The fiery young Sicilian woman is the opposite of his quiet reserve, but he is attracted to her despite mourning for his late wife. As he and Morwena grow closer, it emerges that they have something in common – secret betrayal by those close to them – and they must count what they’re willing to risk for a future together.

Shadow of the Corsairs will be out on June 26. It is available in Kindle Unlimited at Amazon

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