Abducted by a band of renegade Scots, Highland gypsy Tasara Faas doesn’t hesitate to blacken the eye of her rescuer when the charming duke attempts to steal a kiss. Afterward, Tasara learns she’s the long-lost heiress Alexandra Atterberry and is expected to take her place among the elite society she’s always disdained.
Lucan, the Duke of Harcourt, promised his gravely ill mother he’d procure a wife by Christmastide, but intrigued by the feisty lass he saved in Scotland, he finds the haut ton ladies lacking. Spying Alexa at a London ball, he impulsively decides to make the knife-wielding gypsy his bride despite her aversion to him and her determination to return to the Highlands.
The adversary responsible for Alexa’s disappearance as a toddler still covets her fortune and joins forces with Harcourt’s arch nemesis. Amidst a series of suspicious misfortunes, Lucan endeavors to win Alexa’s love and expose the conspirators but only succeeds in reaffirming Alexa’s belief that she is inadequate to become his duchess.
1) What does your writing space look like?
I have a wonderful writing space!
When my youngest son went off to college, I snagged his bedroom and turned it into my writing room. All the furnishings are repurposed—painted white to go with the shabby chic theme. The walls are a very pale pink and covered in all sorts of fun pictures and frames.
I have a spectacular view of my back yard, which is also a wildlife habitat.
2) Tell us the best (and worst) parts of being an author.
I love connecting with readers! I’ve met the most amazing, giving people and made some great friends since becoming an author.
I confess, I do rather like the power I have when creating my books too! It’s my world, and I can do what I want in it. Heck, if someone in real life ticks me off, I can write them into the story and make something unpleasant happen to them.
Yes, I have done that!
The worst part, in my opinion, is the editing. No matter how careful I am, or how many times I have a book edited, I miss something.
Just today a sharp-eyed beta reader pointed out I had titled instead of tilted. Ugh!
3) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Why, read of course!
Seriously though, I love to spend time in my flower gardens and to go on long hikes. In Oregon we have lots of gorgeous hiking trails.
I’m a teacher too, though these days, I only substitute once in a while. I’d rather write.
4) Do you have any interesting writing quirks?
Quirks … hmm.
I talk out loud and gesture sometimes to see if a scene I’m writing works.
One time I made my husband put on one of my long nighties and then shone a flashlight behind him, because I was trying to find out if you could see through the material. I needed to know for a scene.
5) What are you working on now?
I’m writing Schemes Gone Amiss, the second book in my Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper series. I really let my humor go in these Regencies!
I also have a boxed set releasing in January and an anthology releasing in February.
Thanks so much for answering my Fast Five Questions for Brooke Blogs.
Thank you for having me here today!
About the Author
Award winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.