Hello, reader friends! Join me in welcoming author friend Carolyn Miller for a little chat about her favorite heroes, a few quick questions, and giveaway celebrating the latest new release from Carolyn Miller, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh!
about the author
Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher.
A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, and A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc.
five favorite heroes
Who are your five favorite (or favourite for you proper English spellers) heroes of your published books?
C: With seven books now released, and another two releasing later this year, that’s an excellent question!
Nicholas Stamford, Earl of Hawkesbury from The Elusive Miss Ellison
I love Nicholas because he’s a classic Mr. Darcy-type character, misunderstood by the heroine, but on a God journey to faith and change. He might appear arrogant, but he possesses a witty sense of humor that makes some of his exchanges with Lavinia Ellison very entertaining to read. His experiences in war have scarred him, and his family history means his new role feels more noose than joy, yet he struggles on with his obligations to duty and family, thus demonstrating his perseverance.
B: I’d also say he’s a mister steady, my very favorite type of hero!
Lord Henry Carmichael from Miss Serena’s Secret
I do love a man with a sense of humor, and Harry Carmichael has such a delight in wordplay that, combined with an easy manner and charm, make him quite a dashing gentleman. His town polish of flirtatious sophistication hides a warm and affectionate heart towards his niece and nephew and his beloved grandmother, and that he holds a secret passion for an industry that could possibly save his father’s estate. But his past catches up with him, and when he meets the artistic Miss Serena Winthrop she’s less than impressed by the rumors about his rakish reputation, and it’s only a return to God that will help him see his future.
B: Humor is a must!
Gideon Kirby, from A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh
Gideon is a man of science with a protective streak a mile wide. He’s juggling responsibilities to his ill sister, and to his family and work, which means he’s also juggling a secret he can’t afford to tell. He’s got character and commitment, and just might be the hero Caroline Hatherleigh is looking for…
B: I love Gideon, he is such a sweet man!
William Hartington, from The Captivating Lady Charlotte
I really like that William is not the alpha male; he may be a duke, but his looks and demeanor are far more humble. His wounded heart and scientific interests aren’t necessarily going to captivate many young ladies, but his kindness and protectiveness towards his daughter and to Lady Charlotte slowly win her heart. Who says nice guys always finish last?
B: I would never say something like that, nice guys for the win!
Thomas Hale, from The Making of Mrs. Hale
Thomas wouldn’t be everybody’s first pick as a quality hero; he’s done a lot of things he regrets. But his heart has (mostly) been in the right place, something he’s counting on his estranged wife understanding, should he ever find her. Someone’s got some apologizing to do! And who doesn’t love to see a bad boy come good?
B: Oh, dear Thomas!!! I love his story!
C: Right now I’m re-reading Death Comes to Pemberley, having (re)watched the film recently. I like to get into the Regency period with appropriate films, as the language and style all help me maintain a good headspace for historical fiction. But I have a TBR pile which includes new releases from Kara Isaac, Laura Frantz, and Lindsay Harrel. Looking forward to lots of good reads!
B: I’ve not read the book or seen the movie, I’ll have to fix that!
What is your go-to beverage?
C: A cup of tea! Preferably English breakfast, with a little milk, no sugar. And you might as well leave the teabag in. I don’t mind some tannin in my tea! 🙂
B: A cuppa! Why am I not surprised? 😉
What is your comfort food?
C: I love Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate – the real stuff, made in Australia. It’s just so more-ish!
B: Yum! You had me at chocolate!
Do you prefer print or ebook?
C: I love real books – which is a problem as my bookshelves are already packed to the brim and groaning. I think my husband would prefer me to prefer ebooks, but I love the feel of paper and ink – it’s like holding someone’s dream! 🙂
B: Can’t argue that!
Describe your writing style in five words.
C: Researched, witty, God-threads, romantic, hopeful.
Tell us about your latest release.
Carolyn Miller: A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh is the first book in my new series Regency Brides: The Daughters of Aynsley. It examines the challenges of social obligations versus family duty, and particularly centers on a fossil hunting scientist and the adventures he and Caroline Hatherleigh experience on England’s south coast.
I was partly inspired for this by the tongue twister “she sells seashells by the seashore” which is reputed to be about Mary Anning, a poor woman from Lyme Regis who went on to discover a number of England’s most important fossils on the 1800s. Research into her life and work convinced me that this would prove a really interesting part of history – on a coastline renowned for smugglers, too!
B: I loved the fascinating fossils in this story!
about the book
new release from Carolyn Miller A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley book 1)
Can a proper noble lady find a future with a fossil-hunting man of faith?
As the daughter of Viscount Aynsley, Caroline Hatherleigh knows every rule of society–and she’s always followed them precisely. But when she visits south Devonshire and encounters a fossil-hunting scientist and his sister, her assumptions about what is right are shaken. Questions she has never considered about the importance of friendship and faith suddenly confront her–and her comfortable understanding about how the world works is thrown off balance. What if God wants to be the center of her life, rather than merely a social obligation?
Gideon Kirby loves science, and hunting down proof of past lives is a joy he won’t willingly give up. But his scientific leanings are being challenged both by his personal beliefs and by local smugglers in the Devonshire countryside. And every day his sister’s illness becomes more desperate, her care growing more demanding. Adding a viscount’s daughter to the mix is a complication Gideon never expected–especially since he must stay far away from this young woman he’s falling for in order to protect his beloved sister’s secret.
When a mysterious stranger visits the village, that secret will be exposed, no matter how Gideon fights. Then tragedy strikes in a smugglers’ cave. And the threat of scandal may lead to broken hearts and passionless propriety. Will the shaky bond these two have nurtured be strong enough to overcome their differences–or will the trust they’ve withheld from each other tear three lives apart?
A complex combination of secrets, tragedy, and scandal creates a riveting and memorable reading experience. Caroline’s tepid faith and shallow friendships are a stark contrast to Emma’s sweet, compassionate spirit and the sacrificial love Gideon exudes for his sister. Miller’s fans will delight in her unapologetic references to scripture as well as subtle connections to previous works. Readers are also treated to a completely fascinating foray into the world of Regency-era archeology and beautifully descriptive breathtaking treks along the coast of south Devonshire. Genuine characters and heartfelt expressions of biblical truths are the stars of this sweet romance.
I wrote this unpaid review, originally featured by Hope By The Book magazine. It is my honest opinion.
What are you working on now?
C: I’m just finishing final edits on Underestimating Miss Cecilia (releases July 2019), and will no doubt have more edits soon for my November release, Misleading Miss Verity. In the meantime, I’m tossing up ideas for a new historical series 🙂
B: You are on fire! The way you are pumping out wonderful stories is amazing! Thank you for taking the time to visit with us today, Carolyn!
Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley series
Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series
Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series
Carolyn Miller has generously offered to send one fortunate Faithfully Bookish reader friend one ebook or print copy of a single title. Winner’s choice of her new release, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, or a previous title, The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss Delancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, or The Making of Mrs. Hale.
ends 3/27/19 | complete giveaway rules
Say hi to Carolyn in the comments! Which hero most appeals to you, reader friends?
Be sure to add the latest title by Carolyn Miller, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh to your tbr!