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Monday, September 3, 2012

An Interview with Sophie Handley--and a Giveaway!


I am so pleased to announce that my second book in the Brides of Waterloo series will be released this month. The Temporary Betrothal picks up where Captain of Her Heart left off, and concerns the life and loves of Harriet's somewhat spoiled, somewhat flighty little sister Sophie. And since Sophie loves the limelight, I decided it would be fitting to interview her for my blog today.

Sophie was dressed in a lovely, lemon yellow frock embroidered with small white flowers. Her lovely hair was dressed in the Grecian manner, with several loose tendrils flowing free. As we spoke, she worked on making over a gown for one of the war widows of Bath--her favorite charitable project.

LG: Sophie, I must say that you were rather unpopular with my readers for some time. How do you answer your critics?

SH: Gracious, what a start to an interview! Honestly, Miss George, I find your frankness rather abrupt. And yet--I have a habit of speaking frankly, so I will answer you in kind. When John Brookes returned from the war, it wasn't his injury that made me decide against marrying him. His personality had changed--fundamentally. He was a stranger to me. And so, I decided not to wed him. We were both different people, you know.

LG: Yes, and it did work out rather well for your sister Harriet, who married John Brookes. What is your favorite thing about your sister?

SH: (smiles slowly, showing her dimples) Hattie is wonderful--I cannot imagine life without her. She's a rock. And much prettier and lovelier than she thinks. I know she thinks I am the beauty of the family, but Hattie has this glow about her from within. It cannot be replicated, not even with beauty aids and lotions.

LG: Tell me something about Lieutenant Charles Cantrill. 

SH: (blushes furiously and lowers her eyelids) I cannot put my feelings about Charlie into words. I'm not gifted with words, like Hattie. Your readers will have to read about our romance for themselves.

LG: Very well then. I shall respect your privacy. What can you tell me about Aunt Katherine?

SH: Auntie helped me through some of the darkest hours I face in this book. She's an extraordinary woman, you know. And so wise. I adore her. And luckily for me, she adores me too. It took time for her to get over being hurt on John's behalf, but now she's forgiven me. And I can't be happier. (She holds up her handiwork and squints at it with a critical eye before continuing her stitching.)

LG: I believe you were seamstress to Lord Bradbury's household in Bath. Any comments on Lord Bradbury himself?

SH: (gives a firm shake of her head, sending her blonde ringlets dancing). No. I don't wish to say anything, other than that I adore his daughters, Amelia and Louisa. 

LG: But I believe his lordship gave you a rather expensive bracelet, did he not? How did that expensive gift change your life?

SH: Well, it made me decide what was really important in life. It made me decide what I wanted. In fact, I would say that the bracelet was the one thing--aside from Mama's death, of course--that transformed my character. In fact, I should like to gift your readers with a bracelet today, if I may.

LG: Why yes, of course. What a nice gesture.

SH: This bracelet was made by Holly at Sable Greyhound Gifts. It looks very much like the kind of thing I would have owned, back when Papa was a wealthy man. And I shall give it to one of your readers today as an inaugural gift for my story's release.

LG: And I shall add to the gift by including a signed copy of The Temporary Betrothal. Miss Handley, thank you so much for joining me today. I do like chatting with the Handley girls. Do you have any topics you'd like to discuss with our readers?

SH: I think it would be lovely to hear what others enjoying doing in their spare time--are there any other seamstresses out there? And if anyone needs advice with flirting, I shall be happy to share my expertise.

Here's a short excerpt from The Temporary Betrothal to pique your interest:

Sophie patted his arm. "Honestly, Charlie, I am not offended that anyone would think out courtship was real."

His heart beat faster. Really? Was that so?

"I am a career soldier, but I must confess I have no idea how to handle this particular battle. I don't know how to extricate you without damaging your reputation."

"Remember who I am? What I am? Fickle and flighty Sophie." She gave a bitter laugh that wrenched his stomach. "If it comes to that, no one will think anything of it if I break our engagement."

"I don't think of you that way," he muttered. I was the truth. He hated for her to think poorly of herself, when he had seen so much good in her.

She turned toward him, her bright blue eyes glowing. "Don't you?"

"Not at all. I admire you greatly." It was difficult to say the words, but something told him she needed to hear it.

She reached up and pecked his cheek. "Oh, Charlie," she whispered. "That means more to me than all the diamond bracelets in the world."

The Lady Scribes and our guests always look forward to hearing your thoughts. If you would like to be entered into the drawing for a copy of Lily George's The Temporary Betrothal and the bracelet from Sable Greyhound Gifts, please include your email address. Only relevant comments adding to today’s discussion will be eligible for the drawing.

33 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Very cute and what a personable gift! I would love for you to come link up your blog to my Get social Sunday link party!
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  2. I loved the excerpt. Makes me want to read more. Thanks so much for the great giveaway.
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  3. Hey Lily,
    That was such a sweet interview with Sophia. I love when authors interview their own characters; it truly makes them come alive. Thank you for the opportunity to get to know Sophia.

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  4. Thanks everyone for stopping by! Sophie will even answer your questions should you have any to ask. :)

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  5. Im so excited about this next book. I loved being able to imagine myself as a character in the book. Patiently waiting this book!!!! Love the bracelet...its gorgeous.

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  6. Im so excited about this next book. I loved being able to imagine myself as a character in the book. Patiently waiting this book!!!! Love the bracelet...its gorgeous.

    Sidnek08@gmail.com

    Sidney

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  7. Good luck with your release, Lily! What a fun interview. (And your cover is gorgeous)

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  8. I am SO looking forward to this book! CAPTAIN OF HER HEART was such a wonderful read, I can't wait to dive back into the family :)

    Gorgeous bracelet and fun interview, Lily!

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  9. I loved the interview and the chance to get a little insight into Sophie's character. I like to read in my spare time, what a surprise, huh? I also crochet and quilt occasionally, but spend way more time on the computer than anything besides reading.

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    1. I am so in awe of anyone who can quilt and crochet, Barbara! All I can do is cross stitch. Of course, Sophie can do anything. ;)

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  10. Congrats on the book! I enjoyed the interview. Sophie sounds sweet and honest.

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  11. The title combined with that GORGEOUS cover is so swoony-worthy, Lily! Congrats on your release and good luck to all commentors. What a beautiful bracelet! :)

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    1. Thank you, Marquita! I must confess I love the cover too. :)

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  12. Hi Lily! Cute interview and lovely cover! I love that you can see the room along with the couple--makes for an elegant setting!

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    1. Thank you, Andris! So glad you stopped by. :)

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  13. I have to admit I didn't like Sophie's character in Captain of Her Heart; she seemed quite shallow & selfish there. It'll be interesting to read her story.

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    1. I hope you like Sophie a little better, Linda! I promise she grows up in this book. ;)

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  14. Aunt Katherine sounds like a wonderful and supportive Auntie! I like that she's a person you can turn to and it sounds like a person I'd like to meet. BTW you look stunning on the cover, very pretty dress :)

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  15. wow.. what a wonderful interview and lovely barcelet :)

    no, i'm not a seamstresses.



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  16. This sounds like a really sweet novel and I'm so looking forward to reading it. The interview made me smile. I could just picture pretty Sophie with her blonde ringlets.

    What a generous giveaway you are offering and that bracelet is so lovely and feminine looking.

    Connie Fischer
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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Connie! I hope you enjoy the book. :)

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  17. Good Luck with the new book! It was a delightful interview.

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  18. And the contest winner is Sidnek08@gmail.com! Thanks for everyone who commented.

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