A Scandalous Interview with Cara Elliott

Cat 243 Dover
by Mary Jo
 
Today's guest needs no introduction, since she's the Wenches' own Cara/Andrea!  Her last Cara Elliott Regency historical, Too Dangerous to Desire, was a Too Dangerous to Desire coverRITA finalist as well as a Booksellers Best finalist, so it's a delight to see that the books of her new trilogy, The Hellions of High Street, will be published one after another in January, February, and March.
 
First up is Scandalously Yours, which I've had the pleasure of reading. An early review  Scandalously Yours cover describes the book as "Another hit for Cara Elliott!" The story is smart and sexy and has a lightness of touch that reminds me of the Signet Regencies where she and I got our start in publishing.  Here's an excerpt.



MJP: Cara, can you tell us a bit about the book?  

CE: The series features a trio of unconventional sisters with a passion for writing. Olivia, the eldest, pens political essays, Anna, the middle sister, writes racy romance novels and Caro, who is not quite out of the schoolroom, is a budding poet. But as we all know, proper young ladies of the ton—especially those with very small dowries—aren’t supposed to be passionate about anything except finding a rich, titled husband. So they must keep their passions a secret.

Which naturally leads to Trouble! 

RegencySisters1--AckermanScandalously Yours is Olivia’s story. Her fiery political essays, written under a pseudonym for London’s leading newspaper, have attracted the attention of the oh-so proper Earl of Wrexham.

A former military commander dubbed The Perfect Hero for his military exploits. Wrexham is also a widower with a young son who is determined to quash his father’s courtship of a lady he dubs The Steel Corset. A resourceful lad, Scottie decides to put an ad in the same newspaper for a mother. Add to the mix a flurry of nom de plume letters crossing paths, and Olivia’s well-meaning sisters trying to help her stay one step ahead of scandal and, well, things get a little complicated . . .

MJP: It’s hard to resist a gentleman called The Perfect Hero! Tell us a little more about him.

CE: Oh, writing Wrexham was such fun! Honorable and duty-minded, he takes his civic and family responsibilities very seriously, so he sees himself as a very disciplined fellow, Perfect Hero imageruled by reason and self-control. Which is why he’s totally bewildered to find himself attracted to the headstrong, opinionated Olivia. His head keeps telling him it’s all wrong, but his heart—not to speak of the rest of his body—disagrees! Letting his rebellious, playful side slowly break free from his own preconceptions was something I really enjoyed doing.    

Lewis Chess SetMJP: I loved the chess sets you described.  Are they real, or products of your artist's imagination?

CE:  Ha! I’m afraid I let my artistic imagination run a little wild there! I wanted to juxtapose the cerebral elements of the game—the disciplined tactics and strategy—with the tactile and whimsical feel of the chess figures themselves. Both Olivia and John have that dual nature inside them, so the scene where they react to the textures, forms and colors of the different sets in the shop really let me play their thoughts and reactions.
 
 MJP: I love the title "The Hellions of High Street."  Where did you get the idea, and what do the future books hold?

CE: I seem incapable of writing normal, well-behaved heroines! <G> So the name seemed a Sinfully Yours-smallperfect fit for the Sloane sisters. The next book, Sinfully Yours (out in February) features Anna’s story. She’s way behind on her book deadline, so a country house party in a remote Scottish castle seems to offer the perfect interlude of peace and quiet. But little does she know . . . And Passionately Yours (out in March) finds Caro stuck in Bath, while her mother takes the spa cure. She’s ruing the fact that she’ll never write truly passionate poetry if nothing exciting ever happens to her. But when her nemesis from Scotland arrives in town, she quickly finds herself drawn into very dangerous waters . . .    
 
MJP:  Your publisher, Grand Central, is putting the Hellions in a new e-book first program.  Could you tell us more about how this works?

CE: It’s a new marketing strategy featuring dual release. The e-books come out first, followed in several months by the paperback editions. So for those of you who prefer paper, never fear! The series will be available in that form shortly.
 
MJP:  You're actively involved with indie publishing, including your Signet Regency backlist written as Andrea Pickens.  What do you have out there, and what can we look forward to?

CE: Re-releasing my old regencies has been great fun. Three more are being repackaged Andrea Pickens Second Chancesright now, and will be out in several months, making nine available. But the really exciting news is I’m also self-publishing a brand new, original Regency. I had an unfinished manuscript in my drawer, which I decided to complete. It’s called Pistols at Dawn, and it will be out this spring. And I’ve some other ideas, so may continue to add new titles to the Andrea Pickens library. Self-publishing is such a wonderful opportunity to offer readers books that fall outside the box of the traditional publishers.

MJP: How great that you're exploring the brave new world of self-publishing, and that it includes a new traditional Regency!  Thanks for letting me interview you today.

Scandalously Yours coverCara/Andrea will gave away a copy of Scandalously Yours to someone who leaves a comment between now and Saturday midnight.  AND the winner will have the choice of an e-book version now, or a print book when it becomes available in the spring. 

So–what qualities would you require for a "Perfect Hero?" 

Mary Jo

180 thoughts on “A Scandalous Interview with Cara Elliott”

  1. I finished a review copy of this one a few days ago! I have to admit, I would have read it no matter what the book was about, because the cover was so pretty – and the next book’s cover, too. 🙂
    I’m not usually one who likes children in my romances, but I LOVED the son in this one.
    My favourite line, which I quoted in my review (that will be published a few days):
    “She liked that about the earl – most men seemed to feel the need to constantly natter on, but he was comfortable with his own thoughts.”
    I get so sick of seeing that said about women, so I loved you turned it around and put it back on the man. 🙂
    As I get the ebooks for review, I’m definitely holding out for the paperbacks to buy. I like buying historicals (in particular) in paper form because they usually have the nicest covers!

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  2. I finished a review copy of this one a few days ago! I have to admit, I would have read it no matter what the book was about, because the cover was so pretty – and the next book’s cover, too. 🙂
    I’m not usually one who likes children in my romances, but I LOVED the son in this one.
    My favourite line, which I quoted in my review (that will be published a few days):
    “She liked that about the earl – most men seemed to feel the need to constantly natter on, but he was comfortable with his own thoughts.”
    I get so sick of seeing that said about women, so I loved you turned it around and put it back on the man. 🙂
    As I get the ebooks for review, I’m definitely holding out for the paperbacks to buy. I like buying historicals (in particular) in paper form because they usually have the nicest covers!

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  3. I finished a review copy of this one a few days ago! I have to admit, I would have read it no matter what the book was about, because the cover was so pretty – and the next book’s cover, too. 🙂
    I’m not usually one who likes children in my romances, but I LOVED the son in this one.
    My favourite line, which I quoted in my review (that will be published a few days):
    “She liked that about the earl – most men seemed to feel the need to constantly natter on, but he was comfortable with his own thoughts.”
    I get so sick of seeing that said about women, so I loved you turned it around and put it back on the man. 🙂
    As I get the ebooks for review, I’m definitely holding out for the paperbacks to buy. I like buying historicals (in particular) in paper form because they usually have the nicest covers!

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  4. I finished a review copy of this one a few days ago! I have to admit, I would have read it no matter what the book was about, because the cover was so pretty – and the next book’s cover, too. 🙂
    I’m not usually one who likes children in my romances, but I LOVED the son in this one.
    My favourite line, which I quoted in my review (that will be published a few days):
    “She liked that about the earl – most men seemed to feel the need to constantly natter on, but he was comfortable with his own thoughts.”
    I get so sick of seeing that said about women, so I loved you turned it around and put it back on the man. 🙂
    As I get the ebooks for review, I’m definitely holding out for the paperbacks to buy. I like buying historicals (in particular) in paper form because they usually have the nicest covers!

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  5. I finished a review copy of this one a few days ago! I have to admit, I would have read it no matter what the book was about, because the cover was so pretty – and the next book’s cover, too. 🙂
    I’m not usually one who likes children in my romances, but I LOVED the son in this one.
    My favourite line, which I quoted in my review (that will be published a few days):
    “She liked that about the earl – most men seemed to feel the need to constantly natter on, but he was comfortable with his own thoughts.”
    I get so sick of seeing that said about women, so I loved you turned it around and put it back on the man. 🙂
    As I get the ebooks for review, I’m definitely holding out for the paperbacks to buy. I like buying historicals (in particular) in paper form because they usually have the nicest covers!

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  6. Sonya, I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed the book! I have to say, I had such fun writing this series.For the longest time after seeing Sleepless in Seattle I kept thinking it would make such a great Regency trope because of the letter writing . . . took a long time to figure out all the plot threads, but it suddenly came altogether and my editor bought the series idea.
    The next one is a lot of fun too, as Anna writes romance novels . . .

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  7. Sonya, I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed the book! I have to say, I had such fun writing this series.For the longest time after seeing Sleepless in Seattle I kept thinking it would make such a great Regency trope because of the letter writing . . . took a long time to figure out all the plot threads, but it suddenly came altogether and my editor bought the series idea.
    The next one is a lot of fun too, as Anna writes romance novels . . .

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  8. Sonya, I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed the book! I have to say, I had such fun writing this series.For the longest time after seeing Sleepless in Seattle I kept thinking it would make such a great Regency trope because of the letter writing . . . took a long time to figure out all the plot threads, but it suddenly came altogether and my editor bought the series idea.
    The next one is a lot of fun too, as Anna writes romance novels . . .

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  9. Sonya, I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed the book! I have to say, I had such fun writing this series.For the longest time after seeing Sleepless in Seattle I kept thinking it would make such a great Regency trope because of the letter writing . . . took a long time to figure out all the plot threads, but it suddenly came altogether and my editor bought the series idea.
    The next one is a lot of fun too, as Anna writes romance novels . . .

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  10. Sonya, I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed the book! I have to say, I had such fun writing this series.For the longest time after seeing Sleepless in Seattle I kept thinking it would make such a great Regency trope because of the letter writing . . . took a long time to figure out all the plot threads, but it suddenly came altogether and my editor bought the series idea.
    The next one is a lot of fun too, as Anna writes romance novels . . .

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  11. Am a newly hooked historical romance addict. Keeps me on the treadmill for my hour a day, so not only entertains, but is helping with my cholesterol. So far, I love the heroes who are a little cocky and insecure at the same time. And of course, tall broad shouldered and gorgeous. But that seems to go without saying.

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  12. Am a newly hooked historical romance addict. Keeps me on the treadmill for my hour a day, so not only entertains, but is helping with my cholesterol. So far, I love the heroes who are a little cocky and insecure at the same time. And of course, tall broad shouldered and gorgeous. But that seems to go without saying.

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  13. Am a newly hooked historical romance addict. Keeps me on the treadmill for my hour a day, so not only entertains, but is helping with my cholesterol. So far, I love the heroes who are a little cocky and insecure at the same time. And of course, tall broad shouldered and gorgeous. But that seems to go without saying.

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  14. Am a newly hooked historical romance addict. Keeps me on the treadmill for my hour a day, so not only entertains, but is helping with my cholesterol. So far, I love the heroes who are a little cocky and insecure at the same time. And of course, tall broad shouldered and gorgeous. But that seems to go without saying.

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  15. Am a newly hooked historical romance addict. Keeps me on the treadmill for my hour a day, so not only entertains, but is helping with my cholesterol. So far, I love the heroes who are a little cocky and insecure at the same time. And of course, tall broad shouldered and gorgeous. But that seems to go without saying.

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  16. The Perfect hero is always the one who is Just Right for the heroine. He isn’t always the handsome stud — a known rake isn’t hero material , generally, but when he meets the one woman for him, he becomes her perfect hero.he isn’t necessarily a military hero, r spy, or extremely wealthy, or or any other superlative. He has vulnerabilities, but most of all he is perfect for the heroine.
    I like beauty and the beast stories and the beast can come in many disguises– as can beauty.
    The Perfect hero and heroine are right for each other. A most important part is that I care about them and want to know what happens to them. Unless I find something to like about a hero , I don’t care what happens to him– which removes him from any possibility of being perfect.

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  17. The Perfect hero is always the one who is Just Right for the heroine. He isn’t always the handsome stud — a known rake isn’t hero material , generally, but when he meets the one woman for him, he becomes her perfect hero.he isn’t necessarily a military hero, r spy, or extremely wealthy, or or any other superlative. He has vulnerabilities, but most of all he is perfect for the heroine.
    I like beauty and the beast stories and the beast can come in many disguises– as can beauty.
    The Perfect hero and heroine are right for each other. A most important part is that I care about them and want to know what happens to them. Unless I find something to like about a hero , I don’t care what happens to him– which removes him from any possibility of being perfect.

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  18. The Perfect hero is always the one who is Just Right for the heroine. He isn’t always the handsome stud — a known rake isn’t hero material , generally, but when he meets the one woman for him, he becomes her perfect hero.he isn’t necessarily a military hero, r spy, or extremely wealthy, or or any other superlative. He has vulnerabilities, but most of all he is perfect for the heroine.
    I like beauty and the beast stories and the beast can come in many disguises– as can beauty.
    The Perfect hero and heroine are right for each other. A most important part is that I care about them and want to know what happens to them. Unless I find something to like about a hero , I don’t care what happens to him– which removes him from any possibility of being perfect.

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  19. The Perfect hero is always the one who is Just Right for the heroine. He isn’t always the handsome stud — a known rake isn’t hero material , generally, but when he meets the one woman for him, he becomes her perfect hero.he isn’t necessarily a military hero, r spy, or extremely wealthy, or or any other superlative. He has vulnerabilities, but most of all he is perfect for the heroine.
    I like beauty and the beast stories and the beast can come in many disguises– as can beauty.
    The Perfect hero and heroine are right for each other. A most important part is that I care about them and want to know what happens to them. Unless I find something to like about a hero , I don’t care what happens to him– which removes him from any possibility of being perfect.

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  20. The Perfect hero is always the one who is Just Right for the heroine. He isn’t always the handsome stud — a known rake isn’t hero material , generally, but when he meets the one woman for him, he becomes her perfect hero.he isn’t necessarily a military hero, r spy, or extremely wealthy, or or any other superlative. He has vulnerabilities, but most of all he is perfect for the heroine.
    I like beauty and the beast stories and the beast can come in many disguises– as can beauty.
    The Perfect hero and heroine are right for each other. A most important part is that I care about them and want to know what happens to them. Unless I find something to like about a hero , I don’t care what happens to him– which removes him from any possibility of being perfect.

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  21. Congrats on the new release & a new series. Love the title too.
    The perfect hero to me has to be intelligent & honorable but with a keen sense of humor.

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  22. Congrats on the new release & a new series. Love the title too.
    The perfect hero to me has to be intelligent & honorable but with a keen sense of humor.

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  23. Congrats on the new release & a new series. Love the title too.
    The perfect hero to me has to be intelligent & honorable but with a keen sense of humor.

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  24. Congrats on the new release & a new series. Love the title too.
    The perfect hero to me has to be intelligent & honorable but with a keen sense of humor.

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  25. Congrats on the new release & a new series. Love the title too.
    The perfect hero to me has to be intelligent & honorable but with a keen sense of humor.

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  26. Another great interview with you Cara. I really enjoy your interviews. This new series sounds great and your future plans is a thumbs up!

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  27. Another great interview with you Cara. I really enjoy your interviews. This new series sounds great and your future plans is a thumbs up!

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  28. Another great interview with you Cara. I really enjoy your interviews. This new series sounds great and your future plans is a thumbs up!

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  29. Another great interview with you Cara. I really enjoy your interviews. This new series sounds great and your future plans is a thumbs up!

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  30. Another great interview with you Cara. I really enjoy your interviews. This new series sounds great and your future plans is a thumbs up!

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  31. A perfect hero – someone who is intelligent enough to share conversations that we want to read. Someone who makes the heroine laugh at his view of the absurdities of life. Someone who treats everyone equally whether they are able to change his life or simply enter his life for a few moments. Someone who has integrity and yet never sees himself as the special man that he is. And of course this man would be someone who learns to adore the heroine created for him.

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  32. A perfect hero – someone who is intelligent enough to share conversations that we want to read. Someone who makes the heroine laugh at his view of the absurdities of life. Someone who treats everyone equally whether they are able to change his life or simply enter his life for a few moments. Someone who has integrity and yet never sees himself as the special man that he is. And of course this man would be someone who learns to adore the heroine created for him.

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  33. A perfect hero – someone who is intelligent enough to share conversations that we want to read. Someone who makes the heroine laugh at his view of the absurdities of life. Someone who treats everyone equally whether they are able to change his life or simply enter his life for a few moments. Someone who has integrity and yet never sees himself as the special man that he is. And of course this man would be someone who learns to adore the heroine created for him.

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  34. A perfect hero – someone who is intelligent enough to share conversations that we want to read. Someone who makes the heroine laugh at his view of the absurdities of life. Someone who treats everyone equally whether they are able to change his life or simply enter his life for a few moments. Someone who has integrity and yet never sees himself as the special man that he is. And of course this man would be someone who learns to adore the heroine created for him.

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  35. A perfect hero – someone who is intelligent enough to share conversations that we want to read. Someone who makes the heroine laugh at his view of the absurdities of life. Someone who treats everyone equally whether they are able to change his life or simply enter his life for a few moments. Someone who has integrity and yet never sees himself as the special man that he is. And of course this man would be someone who learns to adore the heroine created for him.

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  36. ***The Perfect hero is always the one who is Just Right for the heroine.***
    And that’s The Perfect Definition, Nancy. *G* The best romances are those that convince the reader that these people suit each other as no other one could.

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  37. ***The Perfect hero is always the one who is Just Right for the heroine.***
    And that’s The Perfect Definition, Nancy. *G* The best romances are those that convince the reader that these people suit each other as no other one could.

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  38. ***The Perfect hero is always the one who is Just Right for the heroine.***
    And that’s The Perfect Definition, Nancy. *G* The best romances are those that convince the reader that these people suit each other as no other one could.

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  39. ***The Perfect hero is always the one who is Just Right for the heroine.***
    And that’s The Perfect Definition, Nancy. *G* The best romances are those that convince the reader that these people suit each other as no other one could.

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  40. ***The Perfect hero is always the one who is Just Right for the heroine.***
    And that’s The Perfect Definition, Nancy. *G* The best romances are those that convince the reader that these people suit each other as no other one could.

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  41. What qualities are require for a “Perfect Hero?” I think anyone who does their best in any given situation is the perfect hero.

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  42. What qualities are require for a “Perfect Hero?” I think anyone who does their best in any given situation is the perfect hero.

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  43. What qualities are require for a “Perfect Hero?” I think anyone who does their best in any given situation is the perfect hero.

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  44. What qualities are require for a “Perfect Hero?” I think anyone who does their best in any given situation is the perfect hero.

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  45. What qualities are require for a “Perfect Hero?” I think anyone who does their best in any given situation is the perfect hero.

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  46. *** I think anyone who does their best in any given situation is the perfect hero.***
    Jackie–I like that definition. A guy who does the best he can and doesn’t give up–what more can a woman ask???

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  47. *** I think anyone who does their best in any given situation is the perfect hero.***
    Jackie–I like that definition. A guy who does the best he can and doesn’t give up–what more can a woman ask???

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  48. *** I think anyone who does their best in any given situation is the perfect hero.***
    Jackie–I like that definition. A guy who does the best he can and doesn’t give up–what more can a woman ask???

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  49. *** I think anyone who does their best in any given situation is the perfect hero.***
    Jackie–I like that definition. A guy who does the best he can and doesn’t give up–what more can a woman ask???

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  50. *** I think anyone who does their best in any given situation is the perfect hero.***
    Jackie–I like that definition. A guy who does the best he can and doesn’t give up–what more can a woman ask???

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  51. A Perfect Hero:
    – brave but not foolhardy
    – stoic but not coldblooded
    – a good commander but not officious at home
    – decisive but ready to listen to suggestions
    – unmarried and unattached!!

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  52. A Perfect Hero:
    – brave but not foolhardy
    – stoic but not coldblooded
    – a good commander but not officious at home
    – decisive but ready to listen to suggestions
    – unmarried and unattached!!

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  53. A Perfect Hero:
    – brave but not foolhardy
    – stoic but not coldblooded
    – a good commander but not officious at home
    – decisive but ready to listen to suggestions
    – unmarried and unattached!!

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  54. A Perfect Hero:
    – brave but not foolhardy
    – stoic but not coldblooded
    – a good commander but not officious at home
    – decisive but ready to listen to suggestions
    – unmarried and unattached!!

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  55. A Perfect Hero:
    – brave but not foolhardy
    – stoic but not coldblooded
    – a good commander but not officious at home
    – decisive but ready to listen to suggestions
    – unmarried and unattached!!

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  56. I enjoy a hero with strong family ties. Although reading about the tortured hero who meets the heroine who helps shine a light on his path is also enjoyable.

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  57. I enjoy a hero with strong family ties. Although reading about the tortured hero who meets the heroine who helps shine a light on his path is also enjoyable.

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  58. I enjoy a hero with strong family ties. Although reading about the tortured hero who meets the heroine who helps shine a light on his path is also enjoyable.

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  59. I enjoy a hero with strong family ties. Although reading about the tortured hero who meets the heroine who helps shine a light on his path is also enjoyable.

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  60. I enjoy a hero with strong family ties. Although reading about the tortured hero who meets the heroine who helps shine a light on his path is also enjoyable.

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  61. I agree with a lot of the ideas of a perfect hero, perfect for the heroine or one that has specific virtues or attributes.
    But I am particularly found of less-than-perfect heroes who uncover something or discover new things. It may be a hidden strength, it may using a flaw as an asset, it may a change in values or perceptions, or it may be the transformative power of love. The perfect heroes who remain perfect are charming, but I really fall in love with someone who becomes better and deeper on his hero’s journey.

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  62. I agree with a lot of the ideas of a perfect hero, perfect for the heroine or one that has specific virtues or attributes.
    But I am particularly found of less-than-perfect heroes who uncover something or discover new things. It may be a hidden strength, it may using a flaw as an asset, it may a change in values or perceptions, or it may be the transformative power of love. The perfect heroes who remain perfect are charming, but I really fall in love with someone who becomes better and deeper on his hero’s journey.

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  63. I agree with a lot of the ideas of a perfect hero, perfect for the heroine or one that has specific virtues or attributes.
    But I am particularly found of less-than-perfect heroes who uncover something or discover new things. It may be a hidden strength, it may using a flaw as an asset, it may a change in values or perceptions, or it may be the transformative power of love. The perfect heroes who remain perfect are charming, but I really fall in love with someone who becomes better and deeper on his hero’s journey.

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  64. I agree with a lot of the ideas of a perfect hero, perfect for the heroine or one that has specific virtues or attributes.
    But I am particularly found of less-than-perfect heroes who uncover something or discover new things. It may be a hidden strength, it may using a flaw as an asset, it may a change in values or perceptions, or it may be the transformative power of love. The perfect heroes who remain perfect are charming, but I really fall in love with someone who becomes better and deeper on his hero’s journey.

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  65. I agree with a lot of the ideas of a perfect hero, perfect for the heroine or one that has specific virtues or attributes.
    But I am particularly found of less-than-perfect heroes who uncover something or discover new things. It may be a hidden strength, it may using a flaw as an asset, it may a change in values or perceptions, or it may be the transformative power of love. The perfect heroes who remain perfect are charming, but I really fall in love with someone who becomes better and deeper on his hero’s journey.

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  66. A perfect hero to me would be tall, dark, handsome, have a wicked sense of humor, a few things he needs to work through (with the heroine’s help of course), and be someone who protects anyone weaker than himself.

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  67. A perfect hero to me would be tall, dark, handsome, have a wicked sense of humor, a few things he needs to work through (with the heroine’s help of course), and be someone who protects anyone weaker than himself.

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  68. A perfect hero to me would be tall, dark, handsome, have a wicked sense of humor, a few things he needs to work through (with the heroine’s help of course), and be someone who protects anyone weaker than himself.

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  69. A perfect hero to me would be tall, dark, handsome, have a wicked sense of humor, a few things he needs to work through (with the heroine’s help of course), and be someone who protects anyone weaker than himself.

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  70. A perfect hero to me would be tall, dark, handsome, have a wicked sense of humor, a few things he needs to work through (with the heroine’s help of course), and be someone who protects anyone weaker than himself.

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  71. I would say the perfect hero is one that isn’t so perfect. He’s flawed, but changes for the better as the story progresses, usually with the heroine’s help.

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  72. I would say the perfect hero is one that isn’t so perfect. He’s flawed, but changes for the better as the story progresses, usually with the heroine’s help.

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  73. I would say the perfect hero is one that isn’t so perfect. He’s flawed, but changes for the better as the story progresses, usually with the heroine’s help.

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  74. I would say the perfect hero is one that isn’t so perfect. He’s flawed, but changes for the better as the story progresses, usually with the heroine’s help.

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  75. I would say the perfect hero is one that isn’t so perfect. He’s flawed, but changes for the better as the story progresses, usually with the heroine’s help.

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  76. Like Nancy said a few comments back, the perfect hero is different for each heroine. 🙂 I need him to be intelligent, compassionate (passionate is good too), and have a sense of humor.

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  77. Like Nancy said a few comments back, the perfect hero is different for each heroine. 🙂 I need him to be intelligent, compassionate (passionate is good too), and have a sense of humor.

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  78. Like Nancy said a few comments back, the perfect hero is different for each heroine. 🙂 I need him to be intelligent, compassionate (passionate is good too), and have a sense of humor.

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  79. Like Nancy said a few comments back, the perfect hero is different for each heroine. 🙂 I need him to be intelligent, compassionate (passionate is good too), and have a sense of humor.

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  80. Like Nancy said a few comments back, the perfect hero is different for each heroine. 🙂 I need him to be intelligent, compassionate (passionate is good too), and have a sense of humor.

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  81. I, too think that a “perfect hero” is one who does all the “right” things & sometimes gets tangled up when they go the wrong way! 🙂 At that point we get to see what “our hero” is really made of. Of course he redeems himself & makes us sigh with admiration! 🙂 BECAUSE HE’S OUR HERO!!

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  82. I, too think that a “perfect hero” is one who does all the “right” things & sometimes gets tangled up when they go the wrong way! 🙂 At that point we get to see what “our hero” is really made of. Of course he redeems himself & makes us sigh with admiration! 🙂 BECAUSE HE’S OUR HERO!!

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  83. I, too think that a “perfect hero” is one who does all the “right” things & sometimes gets tangled up when they go the wrong way! 🙂 At that point we get to see what “our hero” is really made of. Of course he redeems himself & makes us sigh with admiration! 🙂 BECAUSE HE’S OUR HERO!!

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  84. I, too think that a “perfect hero” is one who does all the “right” things & sometimes gets tangled up when they go the wrong way! 🙂 At that point we get to see what “our hero” is really made of. Of course he redeems himself & makes us sigh with admiration! 🙂 BECAUSE HE’S OUR HERO!!

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  85. I, too think that a “perfect hero” is one who does all the “right” things & sometimes gets tangled up when they go the wrong way! 🙂 At that point we get to see what “our hero” is really made of. Of course he redeems himself & makes us sigh with admiration! 🙂 BECAUSE HE’S OUR HERO!!

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  86. I’ve been looking forward to this series since I first read about it ! And this interview only adds to my anticipation.
    And I do love a stiff upper lipped hero who cannot fathom why a certain woman turns him into an idiot! 🙂
    For me the perfect hero is the one who sees the heroine, really sees her. He sees her flaws, her strengths, her heart and all of the ways she is beautiful. He sees something in her that tells him she is everything he never knew he wanted. He knows it will never be dull, it will never be perfect, but oh God, it will be worth it.

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  87. I’ve been looking forward to this series since I first read about it ! And this interview only adds to my anticipation.
    And I do love a stiff upper lipped hero who cannot fathom why a certain woman turns him into an idiot! 🙂
    For me the perfect hero is the one who sees the heroine, really sees her. He sees her flaws, her strengths, her heart and all of the ways she is beautiful. He sees something in her that tells him she is everything he never knew he wanted. He knows it will never be dull, it will never be perfect, but oh God, it will be worth it.

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  88. I’ve been looking forward to this series since I first read about it ! And this interview only adds to my anticipation.
    And I do love a stiff upper lipped hero who cannot fathom why a certain woman turns him into an idiot! 🙂
    For me the perfect hero is the one who sees the heroine, really sees her. He sees her flaws, her strengths, her heart and all of the ways she is beautiful. He sees something in her that tells him she is everything he never knew he wanted. He knows it will never be dull, it will never be perfect, but oh God, it will be worth it.

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  89. I’ve been looking forward to this series since I first read about it ! And this interview only adds to my anticipation.
    And I do love a stiff upper lipped hero who cannot fathom why a certain woman turns him into an idiot! 🙂
    For me the perfect hero is the one who sees the heroine, really sees her. He sees her flaws, her strengths, her heart and all of the ways she is beautiful. He sees something in her that tells him she is everything he never knew he wanted. He knows it will never be dull, it will never be perfect, but oh God, it will be worth it.

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  90. I’ve been looking forward to this series since I first read about it ! And this interview only adds to my anticipation.
    And I do love a stiff upper lipped hero who cannot fathom why a certain woman turns him into an idiot! 🙂
    For me the perfect hero is the one who sees the heroine, really sees her. He sees her flaws, her strengths, her heart and all of the ways she is beautiful. He sees something in her that tells him she is everything he never knew he wanted. He knows it will never be dull, it will never be perfect, but oh God, it will be worth it.

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  91. The perfect hero can look like or be almost anybody. But he must feel that the heroine is the only woman for him and be true blue in supporting her and protecting her.
    I love Cara Elliott’s books but I’m glad to hear there’s more Andrea Pickens on the way too!

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  92. The perfect hero can look like or be almost anybody. But he must feel that the heroine is the only woman for him and be true blue in supporting her and protecting her.
    I love Cara Elliott’s books but I’m glad to hear there’s more Andrea Pickens on the way too!

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  93. The perfect hero can look like or be almost anybody. But he must feel that the heroine is the only woman for him and be true blue in supporting her and protecting her.
    I love Cara Elliott’s books but I’m glad to hear there’s more Andrea Pickens on the way too!

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  94. The perfect hero can look like or be almost anybody. But he must feel that the heroine is the only woman for him and be true blue in supporting her and protecting her.
    I love Cara Elliott’s books but I’m glad to hear there’s more Andrea Pickens on the way too!

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  95. The perfect hero can look like or be almost anybody. But he must feel that the heroine is the only woman for him and be true blue in supporting her and protecting her.
    I love Cara Elliott’s books but I’m glad to hear there’s more Andrea Pickens on the way too!

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  96. The perfect hero is a man whose strength comes from honesty, compassion, a sense of fair play and the confidence to follow what he knows is right. He must have a sense of humour, and, if push comes to shove, compassion should triumph the letter of the law (it’s a complicated world we live in!) It doesn’t matter to me what he looks like. Everyone has at least one attractive feature and it is what shines through from the inside that makes a person attractive in the long term.

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  97. The perfect hero is a man whose strength comes from honesty, compassion, a sense of fair play and the confidence to follow what he knows is right. He must have a sense of humour, and, if push comes to shove, compassion should triumph the letter of the law (it’s a complicated world we live in!) It doesn’t matter to me what he looks like. Everyone has at least one attractive feature and it is what shines through from the inside that makes a person attractive in the long term.

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  98. The perfect hero is a man whose strength comes from honesty, compassion, a sense of fair play and the confidence to follow what he knows is right. He must have a sense of humour, and, if push comes to shove, compassion should triumph the letter of the law (it’s a complicated world we live in!) It doesn’t matter to me what he looks like. Everyone has at least one attractive feature and it is what shines through from the inside that makes a person attractive in the long term.

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  99. The perfect hero is a man whose strength comes from honesty, compassion, a sense of fair play and the confidence to follow what he knows is right. He must have a sense of humour, and, if push comes to shove, compassion should triumph the letter of the law (it’s a complicated world we live in!) It doesn’t matter to me what he looks like. Everyone has at least one attractive feature and it is what shines through from the inside that makes a person attractive in the long term.

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  100. The perfect hero is a man whose strength comes from honesty, compassion, a sense of fair play and the confidence to follow what he knows is right. He must have a sense of humour, and, if push comes to shove, compassion should triumph the letter of the law (it’s a complicated world we live in!) It doesn’t matter to me what he looks like. Everyone has at least one attractive feature and it is what shines through from the inside that makes a person attractive in the long term.

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  101. I can’t wait to read about these 3 sisters.i always liked books that continue into a series, that keep you in suspense till the next one comes out.

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  102. I can’t wait to read about these 3 sisters.i always liked books that continue into a series, that keep you in suspense till the next one comes out.

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  103. I can’t wait to read about these 3 sisters.i always liked books that continue into a series, that keep you in suspense till the next one comes out.

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  104. I can’t wait to read about these 3 sisters.i always liked books that continue into a series, that keep you in suspense till the next one comes out.

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  105. I can’t wait to read about these 3 sisters.i always liked books that continue into a series, that keep you in suspense till the next one comes out.

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  106. The perfect hero for me would be someone I could talk to, someone who took me seriously, who listened to me, who was worth listening to himself. I would have to feel that sense of mental and emotional engagement, and that it was a two way thing. As for looks, well, great looking men are nice, no question! — but it’s what’s behind the eyes that matters to me.

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  107. The perfect hero for me would be someone I could talk to, someone who took me seriously, who listened to me, who was worth listening to himself. I would have to feel that sense of mental and emotional engagement, and that it was a two way thing. As for looks, well, great looking men are nice, no question! — but it’s what’s behind the eyes that matters to me.

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  108. The perfect hero for me would be someone I could talk to, someone who took me seriously, who listened to me, who was worth listening to himself. I would have to feel that sense of mental and emotional engagement, and that it was a two way thing. As for looks, well, great looking men are nice, no question! — but it’s what’s behind the eyes that matters to me.

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  109. The perfect hero for me would be someone I could talk to, someone who took me seriously, who listened to me, who was worth listening to himself. I would have to feel that sense of mental and emotional engagement, and that it was a two way thing. As for looks, well, great looking men are nice, no question! — but it’s what’s behind the eyes that matters to me.

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  110. The perfect hero for me would be someone I could talk to, someone who took me seriously, who listened to me, who was worth listening to himself. I would have to feel that sense of mental and emotional engagement, and that it was a two way thing. As for looks, well, great looking men are nice, no question! — but it’s what’s behind the eyes that matters to me.

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