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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Guest Post with Author Jane Ashford and Giveaway

Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. She has written historical and contemporary romances, and her books have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, and Spain, as well as the U.S. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Born in Ohio, she now lives in LA. For more information, please visit

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One of the things I like most about the hero and heroine in my new book The Bride Insists is a trait they share. Both of them experienced major catastrophes in their teens, and both have the determination and strength to recover and embrace life.

Reared on a prosperous estate, with every expectation of a London season, Clare lost her brother, and then her home at age seventeen – and her mother soon after that. She had to make her own way in the world, submit to an unkind, capricious boss, and hide her natural vivacity in order to fit in as a governess. But adversity doesn’t extinguish her spirit. When her financial position unexpectedly changes, she bounces back and acts decisively. She emerges from her self-imposed shell and lives with greater joy and compassion and understanding.

Jamie Boleigh’s life was turned upside down when he was only sixteen, when his mother’s death in childbirth was closely followed by his father’s probable suicide. Feeling grief-stricken and abandoned, he finds that his legacy, his home, is swamped with debt. And there’s no one to save it but him. So he plunges into this losing battle, trying plan after plan, only to be thwarted. Sometimes he’s made to feel less than a man because of his financial status. He’s desperate to restore his patrimony, but the long struggle takes its toll. Is it any wonder that he’s left with a “hot button” about money and control. As a result, he makes mistakes. But through love he finds the inner strength to conquer his personal demons and resist the dictates of his culture.

I like writing about characters who have flaws. The difficulties in life leave all of us less than perfect. And I’m interested in the idea that the partnership of marriage can help two people grow into their better selves. And – since that sounds kind of heavy! – have more fun and pleasure and an even more glorious HEA, as a result. :)

Thanks for having me on the blog!

She Thinks She's Bought a Compliant Husband

Although Clare Greenough has inherited an unexpected fortune, her money is in the hands of a trustee until she marries—everyone knows a woman is incapable of managing funds. What she needs is an easygoing husband, right away...

They're Both in for a Shock

She makes a deal with impetuous young James Boleigh, seventh Baron Trehearth: they will marry, Clare will get control of her money, and Jamie will get the funds he desperately needs to restore his lands. To stave off ruin, Jamie agrees, believing Clare will soon become a proper, submissive wife. But to expect a serene, passionless marriage was only their first mistake...

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Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 copy of The Bride Insists

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  1. Sounds like a fun book. I love a strong heroine.


  3. Sounds interesting!!! Sounds like a marriage of convenience story that turns into love. I can't wait to read it

  4. I love stories about heroes and/or heroines who have pulled themselves out of trouble and woe with determination and sacrifice. They become very strong characters with sometimes strong wills and stubbornness, which makes for some interesting conflicts and romances. And this story appears to be one that I would enjoy reading immensely--since I am possessed of a strong will myself! :-) Thanks for this post and information about Ms. Ashford's newest release.

  5. I love it when heroes and heroines have things such as these to overcome. It gives them strength of character and gives them a necessary depth that makes them much more realistic and therefore more likeable. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

  6. congrats to Jane on her new release!!! I love reading about strong characters :)

  7. I do hate the 'heroines' who sit on their delicate behinds and wait to be rescued. Guess that's why I like Jane's books. The Bride Insists looks great!

  8. "Delicate behinds" lol.
    Thanks everyone for the congrats.

  9. My daughter's name is Clare. Most people spell it with an "i" in it. I'm curious if you have a reason for spelling it the way you did(like I do) :)

    1. Not that I'm aware of, except that I liked the way it looked on the page. : )

  10. This sounds really good. I hadn't heard of Jane before, but I will definitely be checking this out as I love a good MOC story, especially when both parties have really good reasons for entering into the marriage.

  11. Jane is a new author for me. The Bride Insists sounds like a good book. I love marriage of convenience stories that turn into love. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I've read Jane's books before and really enjoyed them. Congrats on this new release Jane. It's on my TRL. Thank you for the chance to win.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  13. Sounds like a fun story to see how Clare and Jaime will get to know each other.

  14. While the book sounds delightful (and has been added to my TBR), I would like to know how you came to be involved with the lambing program? (Yes, that little darling in your arms was so cute I had to find out why he was featured in the photo so I snooped around your website.)

  15. I am looking forward to reading this! Sounds like a meeting of the minds, or butting of the heads!

  16. Hi Jane!

    I've been reading your books since you released The Bargain but I must admit that one of the things I love about having a Kindle now is so that I can now buy some of the books I missed when they were released years ago that I missed picking up at a book store but if they sold out you weren't able to get a copy unless the local library had a copy. Are planning on having any of your other books that I may have missed available through Amazon in the future?

    I love that fact that in The Bride Insists that both Jane and Clare have had to deal with losses in their past. I think all of us relate on one level or another because all of us have had a time in our live when we've faced diversity and had to learn to go forward with determination whether it was as a child or an adult. One of the things I love about your books is that they always seem to make me reflect back on my own live and realize how strong I was at times and didn't even know it!

    I had checked on Amazon just a few weeks ago to see what you had available and was amazed at how close together some of your books were released! Are the books (or for Kindle) stories with dates of 2013 and 2014 all "new releases" are some of them re-releases from before?

    Congratulations on The Bride Insists earlier this month!

  17. Oh This sounds fabulous!!!! And congrats on its release~

    This will definitely be a fun little book to read. I live it when they have marriage of convenience and surprises!!

  18. Lovely cover! I'm looking forward to reading the book :)

  19. Congrats on your new release. I can't wait to read all about Clare and Jaime.

  20. Interesting trait info

  21. Congratulations on the book. The colors on the cover are nice.

  22. I like the premise of this book; it sounds great!

  23. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!