Hello Sunshines, I hope you are all safe and well? I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on this amazing blog tour; Rakes and Roses by Josi. S. Kilpack. Not only will I be sharing this gorgeous book with you all, but I have an exclusive author interview with Josi; which is amazing! I hope you love it as much as I do.
Rakes and Roses by Josi. S. Kilpack
A standalone novel in the Mayfield Family series with an unusual premise and an uplifting ending.
Lady Sabrina endured an abusive marriage, a miscarriage, and early widowhood to emerge as a smart, successful, confident woman who found a way to make her mark in a man’s world. She has friends and purpose, but cannot hide from the emptiness she feels when the parties are over and the friends have gone home to families she will never have.
Harry Stillman may be charming and handsome, but he’s a gambler and a rake who has made a mockery of his privileges. He turns to the mysterious Lord Damion for financial relief from his debts, but still ends up beaten nearly senseless by thugs and left in an alley.
When Lady Sabrina comes upon Harry after the attack, she remembers the kindness Harry once showed to her six years ago and brings him to her estate to heal. Though their relationship begins on rocky footing, it soon mellows into friendship, then trust. But Lady Sabrina needs to keep Harry at a distance, even if he is becoming the kind of man worthy of her heart. After all, she is keeping a secret that, if exposed, could destroy everything she’s so carefully built.
“Uplifting…Kilpack flips the typical Regency romance script, with the heroine rescuing the hero. Kilpack’s strong, upright heroine who finds a way to claim her power in Regency society sets this love story apart. This magnetic tale will appeal to fans of emotional romance.”—Publisher’s Weekly
“Kilpack takes traditional regency roles and challenges them. She shows how one person can make an impact in the world. I found the story and premise unique.”—Heather Gardner, Fire and Ice
“This is a story of redemption above all else…the ending was perfect.”— Lucinda Whitney, author of Rescuing the Prince
Hi Josi, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.
Thank you for having me! I’m excited to be here and talk with you and your readers.
Can you tell us a little about your latest Regency romance, Rakes and Roses?
You bet. Rakes and Roses is the third book in my Mayfield Family series. Like the other books in the series, it stands alone so you can read them in any order. The premise of the series is that an Uncle returns to England after spending thirty years trying to save the family coffers only to find that it was the family connection that has suffered the most. With his brother and sisters passed away, he creates marriage inheritances for his nieces and nephews if they will marry well, settle down, and live respectable lives he hopes will give better foundation to the future generations. Rakes and Roses follows one of the nephews, Harry Stillman, who has squandered his privilege and inheritance in the gaming hells of London and is desperately in need of rescue.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of your main characters?
Harry starts our story as a bum, out of money, friends, and options. His charm and good looks haven’t done him the sort of favors to give him stability. Over the course of the story and as he dries out, we get to see the things in him that even he hasn’t seen before—that he’s smart, that he’s determined, and that can care about other people.
Sabrina is a strong and independent woman. She works hard to live above reproach and make the world a better place. She’s compassionate, generous, and optimistic. However, she’s also insecure and lonely and has a bit of a temper that Harry is really good at triggering.
What are the dominant themes in Rakes and Roses?
Redemption for themselves and trust for each other. There’s a strong theme of family connection, as there are in all the books in the series, and how that strengthens the individual. At the same time, everyone’s journey is not meant to be the same as anyone else’s.
If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead character’s?
I would love to see any of the Mayfield Family series made into movies—I’ve already chosen Sean Connery to play Uncle Elliott, though he may have aged out of the role by now. If Rakes and Roses were made into a movie, I would love to see Harry played by a blonde Zac Efron—I’m sure he could pull it off—and Lady Sabrina played by Scarlett Johansson. I mean, why not?
When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?
I plot a little bit, but not a lot because when I spend too much time plotting, I feel beholden and my creativity works best when I let the story grow as I go.
What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
1—Attend writing conferences
2—Learn your craft
When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?
I love to watch TV and movies, and it is the Golden Age of all things on the screen. I’ll often watch the same movies over and over, dissecting plot and character and dialogue. I love the true-crime series that have been popping up too.
If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Aberdeen Scotland. Gorgeous!
If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?
That would come? I’m going to assume they would come if I invited them—Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, and Ed Sheeran. Man, that would be fun.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Josi. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?
Peanut M&Ms and almonds are eaten with a spoon, 1 M&M and 3 almonds per spoonful.
Mmmm, that’s a huge thumbs up from me, thank you!
About the Author
Josi S. Kilpack is the bestselling author of several Proper Romance and Proper Romance Historical series and a Cozy Culinary Mystery series. Her books, A Heart Revealed and Lord Fenton’s Folly; were Publishers Weekly Best Romance Books of the Year. She and her husband, Lee, are the parents of four children.
Blog Tour Schedule
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May 04 Historical Fiction with Spirit (Review)
May 04 Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog (Review)
May 04 All About Romance (Guest Blog)
May 05 Timeless Novels (Review)
May 05 Literary Time Out (Review)
May 06 For Where Your Treasure Is (Review)
May 06 Courtney Reads Romance (Review)
May 07 Fire and Ice (Excerpt)
May 07 Gwendalyn’s Books (Review)
May 08 History Lizzie (Review)
May 08 Wishful Endings (Review)
May 09 Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Spotlight)
May 09 Relz Reviewz (Character spotlight)
May 10 Book Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina (Review)
May 10 Delighted Reader (Excerpt)
May 11 Frolic Media (Guest Blog)
May 11 A Bookish Way of Life (Review)
May 11 Bringing Up Books (Review)
May 12 Lu Reviews Books (Review)
May 13 English Historical Fiction Authors (Guest Blog)
May 13 Adventure. Romance. Suspense (Review)
May 14 Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals (Interview)
May 14 So Little Time…So Much to Read (Spotlight)
May 15 Storybook Reviews (Excerpt)
May 16 The Book Diva’s Reads (Review)
May 16 The Fiction Aficionado (Review)
May 17 Inkwell Inspirations (Spotlight)
May 17 Half Agony, Half Hope (Review)
May 18 Romance Junkies (Guest Blog)
May 18 Christian Chick’s Thoughts (Review)
May 18 The Lit Bitch (Review)
May 19 The Caffeinated Bibliophile (Interview)
May 19 Heidi Reads (Review)
May 19 Bookworm Lisa (Excerpt)
May 19 Laura’s Reviews (Review)
May 19 Katie’s Clean Book Collection (Review)
May 20 The Silver Petticoat Review (Excerpt)
May 20 Joy of Reading (Review)
May 20 Austenesque Reviews (Review)
May 21 The Calico Critic (Spotlight)
May 21 Getting Your Read On (Review)
May 21 From Pemberley to Milton (Excerpt)
May 22 Wishful Endings