Thursday, September 22, 2011
Ashley March Guest Blogs: An Interview with Sebastian Madinger, the Earl of Wriothesly: The Middle
ROMANCING THE COUNTESS is about an earl and his best friend’s wife who are drawn together after their spouses—who were having an affair—die in a carriage accident. While Sebastian didn’t know of his wife’s infidelity, Leah George had been carrying the secret of her husband’s betrayal for the past year. She is ready to move on with her life and pursue happiness instead of propriety—something she’s never done before. Unfortunately, Sebastian has to become involved when she decides to host a country house party in order to protect his son from the scandal she will bring on all their heads if the truth about the affair is revealed.
ASHLEY, scooting to the edge of her chair: So, tell me about this house party. Is it truly scandalous? Does Leah have naked men parading through the house serving chocolate and wine to all the guests? Oh, wait. She’s the scandalous one, isn’t she? I bet she’s not wearing her widow’s weeds, but bright crimson dresses. And rouge! There must be rouge, right?
SEBASTIAN, shifting uncomfortably: *mutters* Actually, no. There are no naked men—thank God—and no crimson dresses. In fact, except for the fact that she acts too bloody happy, she pretends well. All of the guests are convinced of her grief for Ian and seem to admire her for her courage for hosting the party. But though she’s not what I expected her to be, I’m still watching her closely. I know it’s only a matter of time before she plans something reckless, and I’ll be there to stop her.
ASHLEY: Reckless, hmm? Is it or is it not true that you were the one to become drunk one evening? Isn’t it true that you were the one who risked scandal by venturing to Leah’s bedchamber in the middle of the day?
SEBASTIAN: For the record, I didn’t plan to become drunk. I don’t plan to do reckless things like she does. And I only went to her bedchamber because I feared she’d become ill. Neither were my finest moments, I confess, but…she does something to me when she’s near.
SEBASTIAN: Certainly. She drives me mad. That’s what she does to me.
ASHLEY: Mad? Is that why you kissed her? Or what about the time you laid your head in her lap? Or the fact that you sought her out—
SEBASTIAN: No, there’s no need to go further. I’m not sure how you found out about those events, but suffice it to say that such moments should stay between Leah and myself. Regardless, I will not make excuses for what I’ve done. In truth, I don’t regret any of it. But you haven’t yet asked the right question.
ASHLEY: And what would that be?
SEBASTIAN: The right question is: Did Leah succeed in helping me get over my grief for Angela?
ASHLEY: I see. And the answer?
SEBASTIAN, staring off into the distance, a small smile curving the ends of his mouth: The answer is…I find it difficult to think of anyone or anything else when Leah George is around. She’s enough.
To read my other interviews with Sebastian and my interviews with Leah, make sure to keep up with my ROMANCING THE COUNTESS Book Tour (details at http://www.blogger.com/www.ashleymarch.com).
But for now, I’d like to know your opinion on a hero’s attraction to the heroine. In ROMANCING THE COUNTESS, Sebastian does not fall instantly in lust with Leah. Not only is he upset about the death and betrayal of his wife, he simply doesn’t find Leah attractive at the beginning. Of course, that changes as he gets to know her better. As a romance reader, do you prefer an immediate physical attraction between hero and heroine, or one that grows over time?
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