Giveaway and New Release by Katharine Ashe!

cover-ashe-the-earlAlyssa Alexander here! Please join me in welcoming Katharine Ashe to Embracing Romance! Katharine is the author of historical romance, her latest being THE EARL, which released just this week.

Though Katharine now lives in the south, she was once a Michigander like myself. She lived and wrote just a few miles down the road from where I live and write now! Alas, I didn’t know her then, but I did have the pleasure of meeting Katharine in Paris this spring, at the Festival du Roman Féminin—a conference for romance readers and writers alike. Katharine was warm, funny and a pleasure to have lunch and dinner with!

So, without further delay…

Alyssa: What is your favorite aspect of writing historical romance?

Katharine: Everything! I love the gowns and magnificent country estates and balls and horses and swords (my heroes and heroines tend to do a lot of sword fighting). I love that incredible feeling of being swept away by the lovers’ emotions that are almost too powerful for them to bear until they finally declare them. I love how despite restrictive social rules that dictated how ladies and gentlemen should behave, they break through those barriers to fall head over heels in love anyway. I love the cozy comforts of daily domestic life, like taking tea. And I love the vast, spectacular, thrilling reality of the British Empire at the time—not just a backdrop for a great love story, rather the material from which a really rich and gorgeous love story can be fashioned. So, everything! 🙂

Alyssa: I know Mamas are not supposed to have favorites, but what is your favorite Book Baby, and why?

Katharine: I fall in love with every couple I write—not with the hero, or even the heroine; I fall in love with their love. So it’s really hard to choose. That said, I honestly think THE EARL is now my favorite. The hero is at once thoroughly arrogant and completely vulnerable, which turned my heart inside out to write, and the heroine is tender, loving, generous-hearted, and a feminist. She believes in equal rights for men and women—which did not exist in that era in Britain—and publicly fights for them. Also, they’ve been promised to each other since birth. Also, they each have secret identities in public and those personae have been enemies for years. Also, they’re running from an angry mob across the Scottish wilderness. Also, they fall in love harder and with more devastating consequences than any couple I’ve ever written. Telling their story tore me apart and I loved every second of it.

Alyssa: [As an aside, as I put this post together, I’ve already one-clicked The Earl. But if I hadn’t before, I would NOW!) But back to questions. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Katharine: The beach! (I’ve also dreamed of having a little apartment in Verona, Italy.)

Alyssa: Um. Yeah. I would totally live at the beach forever if I could! Tell our readers one thing about yourself they probably don’t know.

Katharine: To write the first book in my Devil’s Duke series, THE ROGUE—which stars a heroine learning to fence from the hero, who is a master swordsman—I took fencing lessons for over a year.

Alyssa: Oh, I so want to do that! Now, tell us a little about the book.


quote-card-7-ashe-the-earlHe’s sworn to expose her.
She’s determined to bring him down.
It must be love.

How does a bookish lady bring an arrogant lord to his knees?

Entice him to Scotland, strip him of titles and riches, and make him prove what sort of man he truly is.


Handsome, wealthy, and sublimely confident, Colin Gray, the new Earl of Egremoor, has vowed to unmask the rabble-rousing pamphleteer, Lady Justice, the thorn in England’s paw. And he’ll stop at nothing.


Smart, big-hearted, and passionately dedicated to her work, Lady Justice longs to teach her nemesis a lesson in humility. But her sister is missing, and a perilous journey with her archrival into unknown territory just might turn fierce enemies into lovers.


Alyssa: See? I would one-click even if I hadn’t already! And, since I have you trapped, let’s do a little lightning round of fun questions. Ready? Set? Go!

Blue jeans or party clothes? Blue jeans 364 days of the year. Party dress, rhinestones, and heels the other day!

Sushi or steak? YUM. [lol, that’s my answer too!]

Cats or dogs? (Or hamsters?) My sweet dog is one of the best gifts from God I’ve ever received.

Beer, wine or water? Champagne.

Coke or Pepsi? (If you answer Pepsi I hereby disown you. Ask my father.) Yipes. Actually, I had to stop drinking soda a while back. Sugar and artificial sweeteners do Very Bad Things to me.

Favorite color? Green. Or blue. Or purple. Or… or… or… THE RAINBOW. 🙂

Favorite word? Puppy. Or kiss. Or love. Or hug. Or… (I am obviously a disaster at lightning rounds.)

Least favorite word? Boobs.

Coffee or tea? Coffee in the morning; tea in the afternoon. [Me too!]

And last but not least…Favorite character trait in your significant other? (Mr. Alexander says my most endearing quality is my ability to talk. He also says it’s my most irritating quality). Hee! I love your ability to talk. You say wonderful things! For my husband, it’s his kindness. (My father always said to his five daughters, “You can marry any man you want, as long as he’s kind.”) My husband’s thorough respect for women comes in a really close second, though.

Alyssa: Aw, very sweet! And very true. Your father is a wise man.

And now for a little GIVEAWAY! Katharine is giving away a signed paperback copy of THE SCOUNDREL & I! Just comment below and answer one of our lightning round questions. Favorite word, coffee or tea, whatever floats your boat, and you’ll be entered to win. Open to US only, 18 years or older, winner chosen by



Katharine Ashe is the USA Today bestselling and award winning author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including her acclaimed Devil’s Duke Series, an Amazon “Best Books of the Year” novel, and two finalists for the coveted RITA® Award. A professor of history, she writes romance because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. You can find her at


Follow Alyssa Alexander:

Despite being a native Michigander, Alyssa Alexander is pretty certain she belongs somewhere sunny. And tropical. Where drinks are served with little paper umbrellas. But until she moves to those white sandy beaches, she survives the cold Michigan winters by penning romance novels that always include a bit of adventure. She lives with her own set of heroes, aka an ever-patient husband who doesn’t mind using a laundry basket for a closet, and a small boy who wears a knight in a shining armor costume for such tasks as scrubbing potatoes. Alyssa’s debut release, THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK, was awarded 4.5 Stars and Top Pick, nominated for 2014 Best First Historical by the Romantic Times and Best First Book in the Romance Writers of America RITA contest. Her second book, IN BED WITH A SPY, released in December 2014 from Berkley, and received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic times. She has been called a “talented newcomer” and “a rising star you won’t want to miss.”
You can find Alyssa at all the usual places! Please stop by and say hello! And you can always reach her by email at

48 Responses

  1. Glenda

    Jeans preferably with boots (or barefoot). I have to have coffee first thing in the morning 2-3 mugs worth, then it’s tea the rest of the day.

    Great post! I love Katharine’s books!

  2. jessicajefferson

    Great interview! Love your books – I’m especially excited to read The Earl. I have to admit, I woke up early to read this one. Anytime we have an author I love on Embracing Romance, I get a little fan girlish!

    • Alyssa Alexander

      You should have seen me in Paris. I was totally fan-girlish when I met Katharine, but I tried hard to be a big girl and act professional. But, you know, it’s me. Ergo…

  3. Jennifer Lucas

    I am a jean girl :). I have to have 2 cups of coffee by 830 or I am ill, love pepsi, and love to wear Shox tennis shoes

  4. maria griffo

    coffee I love romance books and indoor soccer and love reading outdoors while either watching a game or music playing with coffee in hand

  5. Christy Carlyle

    Coffee! Now that I’m trying to cut back on caffeine, I am savoring my single cup a day even more. CANNOT WAIT to read The Earl!

  6. Jennifer W.

    Cats and dogs please! All shades of blue will do and my favorite word is love, it’s so powerful and can destroy so much without it!

    • Alyssa Alexander

      Jennifer, what a great sentiment. I agree, love is one of the best words. The more there is in the world, the better it will be!

  7. moosehog83

    Cats. Have adopted 4 strays. Hate coffee and tea prefer hot chocolate and water lol

    • Alyssa Alexander

      I’m a cat lover myself! We’ve rescued 5 so far (only have 3 now), and though Mr. Alexander says no more cats, I’m going to work on him. 🙂

    • Alyssa Alexander says you’re the winner!! Congrats, and shoot me an email at alyssa @ alyssa-alexander . com (no spaces, of course) and we’ll get your goodies out to you!

  8. Kelly

    Great interview! I am also a native Michigander.

    I’m a tea girl who recently discovered organic coffee doesn’t make me sick. I indulge sparingly though. 🙂

    • Alyssa Alexander

      Greetings from the Mitten! I don’t know where in MI you are, but we’ve had some gorgeous color this last week or two, and I hope you have too!

  9. Jennifer becker

    Jeans for sure no matter the weather and coffee hands down.

  10. Kimm Cooper

    Sushi and wine! but before all those can happen Coffee first

  11. Charlotte Litton

    I love Katharine Ashe, it’s so neat that she took fencing lessons.