Author Interview: Maire Claremont

MClaremont-LadyinRedtourReaders, thank you for joining me today for my first author interview (totally doing the happy dance!).  Please welcome the fabulous Maire Claremont on the blog today as we talk about why she writes, a little about her latest release Lady in Red and some of her favorite things. A lucky one of you will receive a $10 Amazon gift card so make sure to post (contest is international).

MClaremont-blogtour200x400RRG: Can you tell us what inspired your Mad Passion series?
MC: Lady Eva Carin from The Dark Lady. She popped into my head and adamantly insisted that I write her story. Seriously, I was in bed trying to sleep and she wouldn’t stop showing me this heart rending scene. So, I got up and wrote it. That was the beginning and then I was swept away into that world.

RRG: When did you realize you wanted to write and why historicals?
MC: True Confessions Time. I was eighteen. I’d devoured just about every Johanna Lindsay book and Julia Quinn novel. I was convinced romance writers ate bon bons and lived fabulous lives. It seemed a good career choice. ;D

RRG:  Who are some of your favorite heroes and heroines in romance novels?
MC: That’s a brutal question. My ultimate historical Heros are:
The Duke of Jervaux from Laura Kinsale’s Flowers From the Storm. He’s just out of this world in his dark fabulousness.
The Duke of Auburn from Meredith’s Duran’s Duke of Shadows.
Dageus MacKeltar from Karen Marie Moning’s The Dark Highlander. I love them tortured and he’s so deliciously bad and good.

RRG: When not writing what do you like to do?
MC: My VERY favorite thing is to travel. I could probably live out of a suit case and be happy. I adore reading in the bath tub. Seriously, I could spend hours. I’m also a big movie fan. I adore period films.

RRG: Please tell us about your highly anticipated book Lady in Red.
MC: Lady Mary, daughter of the Duke of Duncliffe, has been locked in the asylum by her father. So, instead of being the toast of London she’s battling to stay alive, fight off her laudanum addiction and escape the asylum. Once she does escape, she meets another duke, Edward Barrons, a hero who will do anything to save her. Together they discover that while the path of vengeance seems to be the only way to find a peace, love ultimately is the answer.


Favorite Snack?
Hint of Lime chips and Queso
Favorite Season?
Christmas. I am a Christmas FIEND. . . And yes, I realize it isn’t exactly a season.
Favorite Animal?
Horse. I wish I could own one, but there’s just something so beautiful and elemental about horses.
What song can’t you get out of your head? 
Right now, since I’m writing, its one of my major go to songs, Go Ask Alice by Jefferson Airplane.
One place you would like to travel to and why? 
London. Pretty much always London. It a huge city filled with good food, history and theater. Also, Scotland and Ireland and Paris are just a skip and a jump away. ;D
ladyinred_MClaremontAbout Lady In Red:
The Victorian era was full of majestic beauty and scandalous secrets—a time when corsets were the least of a woman’s restrictions, and men could kill or be killed in the name of honor…Lady Mary Darrel should be the envy of London. Instead, all society believes her dead. For Mary holds a secret so dangerous, her father chose to keep her locked away…and have a grave made for her near her mother’s. Driven to the edge of desperation, Mary manages to escape the asylum, only to find that her fate yet again rests in the hands of a man…Edward Barrons, Duke of Fairleigh, longs for some way to escape the torment of his father’s crimes. In Mary’s warrior spirit and haunted gaze—which so mirrors his own—he finally sees his path to redemption. He will stop at nothing to keep her safe, even as she seeks revenge. But will the passion they discover in each other be enough to save them from their demons?

Maire ClaremontBio:
2011 Golden Heart winner Máire Claremont first fell in love with Mr. Rochester, not Mr. Darcy. Drawn to his dark snark, she longed to find a tortured hero of her own… until she realized the ramifications of Mr. Rochester locking his first wife up in his attic. Discovering the errors of her ways, Máire now looks for a real-life Darcy and creates deliciously dark heroes on the page. Oh, and she wants everyone to know her name is pronounced Moira. Her parents just had to give her an Irish Gaelic name.


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A big thank you to Maire Claremont for being on my blog today!
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Review: Desire Wears Diamonds (Jaded Gentleman #6), by Renee Bernard

Happy Monday Readers,

I can say that I have been waiting for what seems like FOREVER to read Desire Wears Diamonds. Renee Bernard’s final book in the Jaded Series comes to riveting conclusion.

**Readers, you can read this story as a standalone, but I ENCOURAGE you to start at the very beginning with Revenge Wears Rubies. You will be so happy you did!** 


Michael Rutherford has been known as the gentle giant of the Jaded. From the beginning he has appointed himself as the protector of the his fellow Jaded brothers. He has vowed to protect them from the evils that could befall them, when leaving India and returning to England. As the twist and turns have led the Jaded on a bumpy exciting ride, Michael has been at the forefront helping his fellow brothers through what evil is waiting. Finally, after three years of the Jaded being taunted Michael is ready to face the Jackal and put an end to the games he has put the gentleman through. However, nothing is ever that simple when facing the Jackal. Michael will be tested beyond all measures to save his fellow brothers, the woman he has fallen in love with and himself. Can he protect everyone as he has vowed to protect without losing himself?

Grace Porter lives a double life. By day she is the quiet spinster taking care of her elder brother’s home, just living an ordinary existence. By night she is a writer, feverishly writing stories about pirates in a mythical underworld. Her one dream is to leave her brother’s cold house, live on her own and write to her hearts content; leaving the harsh words of her brother behind and living in her mythical writing world. However, plans are going to change for Grace when Michael Rutherford appears in her drawing room one afternoon asking questions about her brother. She is consumed by him and is intrigued by his mysterious presence. Can Grace resists the force that is Michael Rutherford to live her dream of living on her own and writing?

We have been waiting from the start of this captivating series for the Jackal to be revealed (Sorry folks, you’re going to have to read the book to figure it out!) and we are not left wondering for long, as Ms. Bernard’s gives it up early in the story. Though true to form the Jaded will not have an easy go at him and we are left nail biting to the very end. There are moments where the brotherhood of the Jaded is tested and you are left breathless thinking it might be end of their friendship. In the midst of trying to take down the Jackal; Michael and Grace being to build a foundation for a wonderful friendship that blooms into a lovely passionate relationship.

Michael is truly funny. I don’t think we ever get to see how funny he is in the other stories, with all the other guys talking over him, but he is hilarious. That was such a treat for me. Funny and gentle as he is there was a moment in this book were I stopped and said, “Michael Rutherford is a badass and it’s hot!”

Oh and Grace, what can I say? She has the best wit and one-liners ever. She stole my heart and truth be known, I want to be Grace when I grow up.

All the boys are in this book, in the same room at the same time and you can’t help but snicker when they are bantering back and forth. It’s the true brotherhood that has kept this reader coming back from the start. It’s contagious and you feel like you are one of the Jaded. Ashe (his story- Seduction Wears Sapphires) plays a big role in this story and I have to admit that he has grown on me and I adored him in this story. We see all the characters that we have loved from the start and it is like coming home.

Ms. Bernard does a wonderful job wrapping up this series and you are left with no questions of what is happening with all the characters of the beloved Jaded. I am not going to lie, as I am a huge fan of this series I was excited and sad to see it come to an end. I have been waiting on the edge of my seat for this book and it was well worth the wait. By far one of my favorites series and books. Well done!

Oh, there is a bonus, Readers! At the end we get to read a penny novel written by A.R. Crimson. I really enjoyed it, as it is the center of Grace’s world.

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