June 6, 2014

Character Interview Lt Rycroft from Confessions Of Love @MelissaBlue26 #RLFblog #HistoricalRomance

Confessions Of Love 
Title Confessions Of Love
Genre Regency Historical Romance
Author Melissa Blue
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
London, 1817
Lieutenant Jonathan Rycroft is intoxicating. His hands know just where to touch her, his lips know just how to trip her pulse, and his body knows just how to bring about every forbidden desire Lindsay Dunsfield has ever felt. He's the one man that's owned her heart... and he shattered it two years ago.
Returned to London on assignment with the War Office, Jonathan's mission is hindered by a love he cannot forget. One scorching kiss reignites the flames of their passion, but he inadvertently drags Lindsay into a mire of murder and deception that hits closer to home than she ever would have dreamed.
In a world where Lindsay can trust no one, will she find renewed faith in the last place she expected to look?

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Publisher Entangled Publishing

Interview with Lieutenant Jonathan Rycroft

Tell us about yourself, please.
Oh, my, where do I start? My name is Jonathan Rycroft and I'm a Lieutenant in His Majesty's Royal Navy, and I am currently on special assignment with the War Office. I joined the navy in part to spite my father, but mostly to earn a respectable living to marry the girl I love.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I want Lindsay Dunsfield. We were childhood sweethearts, you see, but now she blames me for the death of her brother. Andrew Dunsfield was my best friend and I will do anything to solve his murder and prove myself to Lindsay.
What's your internal limitation? Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need to do during this story?
For one, I am a bastard. The illegitimate son of the Earl of Wayford to be exact. I grew up with my father berating me for my worthlessness whenever he got drunk, and I never really knew my mother. She killed herself because she couldn't bear up to the shame of having me. With history like that, it is difficult not to believe I'm nothing more than a mistake.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
My investigation with the War Office hinges on finding key documents which would prove a very important member of the aristocracy, Lord Harold Grimsby, guilty of treason. As a matter of self-defense, I shot and wounded Lord Harold. Now I'm in hiding, and unless I find the documents to prove he's a traitor I'll be hanged or forced to flee the country. Either way I'll lose Lindsay.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Lindsay is amazing. Beautiful and kind. She is easily the most giving person I've ever met, and that is probably her best quality as well as her greatest downfall.
What would that person say about you?
I'd like to think she'd say I'm the love of her life, and honorable despite every reason not to be.
What is your family like?
Despite the horror I already spoke of with my parents, my family is not so terrible. I have a half-sister, Felicity, whom I adore, and my step-mother, Sarah, was a wonderful woman. She raised me as her own, and I owe any upstanding qualities I possess to her.
What special skills do you rely on?
I am a good fighter. In the navy I was trained to fight in close combat situations and am skilled with a knife and saber.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
My father. He'd probably threaten to have me shipped to America once he learned I'd shot a nobleman.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
I am very pleased. I have Lindsay at my side, and I solved the murder of my best friend. I also have the satisfaction of brining a traitor to justice.

About the Writer

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
Author of fast paced, beautifully written historical romance weaved with mystery and suspense.
Why did you choose to write about this character?
This character actually started out as a secondary character in a story I am yet to finish. Jonathan quite literally stole the show and I wound up writing him a story instead!
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
My characters never fail to surprise me, and what surprised me with Jonathan is how steadfast he was. A man with as much emotional baggage as he's written with would have every right to be closed off and hard-nosed, but I just wasn't able to write him about as anything but kind, open, and honorable.
Why do you write? And how did you get started writing?
I love history and I love books! I've had my own story ideas rumbling around in my head for as long as I can remember, and I've always had a knack for creative writing. My dad as well as several school teachers encouraged me to study writing in college, but I chose to pursue nursing in large part for it's practicality. In college at Western Michigan University a literature professor also encouraged me to write. It wasn't until my husband bought me a laptop computer for Christmas about six years ago that I started putting my own stories down in earnest. It is a wonderful escape.
What do you want to write next?
Currently I am working on another Regency Romance titled SIREN. Hopefully my agent will see that by the end of summer! But with four kids at home and my job as a nurse it just isn't that easy to juggle time.
What other character from this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
The story I never finished, which featured Jonathan as a secondary character, was started for his half-sister, Felicity. One of these days I'd like to get back to that book.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Lindsay has three very entertaining sisters. Sequels are a distinct possibility.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Happy Reading!

Author Bio

A Registered Nurse by night, Melissa battles the stresses of life and illness by enjoying uplifting tales of love and romance. A firm believer in true love united with an enduring fascination with history has prompted her pursuit of romance writing. She lives in beautiful Big Sky Country Montana with her husband and children.

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