Nobody Parties Like a Hive –
We’re Thrilled to Kick Off The Improper Bride Blog Tour!
When we heard about Lily Maxton‘s blog tour for The Improper Bride, we knew we wanted in on that action. I mean, who doesn’t wanna party with a bunch of romantics – and bees? 😉 Also, we know our readers love the chance to interact with our favorite authors – and maybe win something too!
Then we found out we were OPENING the blog tour and it looked more like this…
Once the dancing stopped (well, as much as it ever does up in here), we wanted to make sure to rock this out right, so yesterday, we popped up our review as a preview. There are no spoilers in this article, but you might want to make sure you read our review right here for The Improper Bride by the terrific Tanya.
After we settled in with some Earl Grey and fresh honey (you don’t talk Regency romance without tea, and you don’t visit a hive without getting honey!), I asked some fun questions that we thought would help you better know Lily, and she graciously played along.
So reporting straight from the Throne Room of the Hive, here’s our one-on-one with Lily:
What is your all-time favorite literary character, and why?
This is tough. There are so many! I’ll just say that one of my all-time favorites is Hermione Granger. She stole my nerdy little heart with her intellect and love of books, and let’s be honest, she pretty much kicked butt. Would Harry and Ron have gotten anywhere without her?
Have you ever written a character you thoroughly disliked? If so, how did you get through that?
There’s a minor character in The Improper Bride who is thoroughly unlikable. It helps that he’s a minor character, though, and I didn’t have to spend very much time with him. But I think if we’re talking about an unlikable main character, they need to have some redeeming quality, something that makes them human. This is good for both the writer and the reader—it makes the character intriguing.
How would your best friend describe you?
Reserved around people I’m not comfortable with or don’t know very well. Otherwise, dorky/goofy, introverted, a bit neurotic.
If you could live during any era, what and when would it be? Why?
I guess I have to say Regency England since I write about Regency England. But in all seriousness, I write in that time period because I love it. Obviously, the lack of modern medicine and indoor plumbing wouldn’t be fun, but I love the manners, the dresses, the houses, the dancing! A Regency-themed ball with dancing and costumes would be right up my alley.
If you were reviewing your book, what would you say?
I’ve seen more than one reviewer describe my book as “lovely,” so I’ll go with that. For me, the most important thing in a romance novel is always the romance. I want a slow build, I want a friendship turning into something more, I want a connection that is physical but goes much, much deeper than the physical, and that’s what I try to do when I write. It’s especially what I tried to do in The Improper Bride, a story about a cold, demanding marquess who gradually thaws, and the housekeeper who tries to pretend she’s content with her life when she isn’t. They’re two kindred spirits who’ve known each other for years but only begin to recognize each other when they let their guards down. The result is frustrating, and passionate, and yes, I hope, lovely. Also, there are German lessons, a snowball fight, and risqué parlor games. What more could you ask for?
Lily wanted to make sure her fans had the chance at something special too, so (directly from her team) we are the first to announce this awesome giveaway. Make sure to enter!