I'm absolutely thrilled to have author Ashley March here today as part of her blog tour for her newest release, Romancing the Countess! If you haven't read any of Ashley's works yet, you're in for something special. Romancing the Countess and Seducing the Duchess were some of my favorite releases over the past year, and I loved the plot twist in Ashley's recent novella, Romancing Lady Cecily. Not only does Ashley have a gorgeous way with words, but her characters and plots are refreshing and so very real. Be sure to check out her blog and follow her on Twitter for her insight on all things romance and non-romance. Thank you so much, Ashley, for stopping by and giving readers a taste of all the characters in Romancing the Countess!
An Introduction to the Secondary Characters in ROMANCING THE COUNTESS
Thanks so much to Sarah for hosting me at The Brazen Bookworm today as I continue celebrating the release of my newest book, ROMANCING THE COUNTESS!
I have to admit, one of the parts of writing a book that’s the most fun for me is coming up with the characters in the supporting cast. Not only do authors get to make up their names, but they also get to create secondary characters’ quirks and flaws. I once heard that in order for a secondary character to seem as real and three-dimensional as the hero and heroine, they should have their own goals and motivations as well. I try to keep this in mind whenever I create a new character, and I hope it shows in my writing.
Dear Reader, please allow me to introduce you to the main supporting cast of ROMANCING THE COUNTESS, in order of appearance. =)
Ian George, deceased husband of Leah George, our heroine:
Though dead, Ian plays an important role in the book as he epitomizes Leah’s past failure as a wife; handsome, popular, and outgoing, he was Leah’s idea of a fairytale prince and Sebastian’s best friend.
Angela Madinger, Countess of Wriothesly, deceased wife of Sebastian Madinger, the Earl of Wriothesly, our hero:
Though also dead, Angela’s letters to Ian are featured in snippets throughout the story; beautiful and kind, she is the ideal aristocratic lady who just happened to fall in love with her husband’s best friend.
James Madinger, brother to Sebastian:
After Ian, Sebastian’s best friend as well as his brother. He is loyal, witty, and a fantastic uncle to Sebastian’s son Henry.
Adelaide Hartwell, mother to Leah:
The woman who has pushed Leah to be perfect her entire life. Critical and selfish, she believes that the end always justifies the means and that good intentions can erase any offense when it comes to her daughters.
Beatrice Hartwell, sister to Leah:
The object of her mother’s criticisms when Leah is not around, she remains quiet and obedient in order to avoid Adelaide Hartwell’s wrath. Inside, however, lurks a woman desperate to be as free as Leah.
Herrod, the butler at Linley Park, the George country estate where the house party is held:
The best of servants, Herrod is loyal, faithful, and shows his protective nature when a certain earl threatens to enter Leah’s bedchamber.
Alfred Dunlop, a guest at the house party:
Friend to the Baron Cooper-Giles. Attends the house party because he learns Miss Pettigrew, an heiress, will be attending, and he needs a bride to save him from failed investments.
Baron Cooper-Giles, a guest at the house party:
Friend to Alfred Dunlop. Also interested in Miss Pettigrew for her status as heiress.
Mrs. Meyer, a guest at the house party:
An older matron, she is kind but possesses more air than brains in her head. Friends with Lady Elliot, who also attends the house party.
Mr. Meyer, Mrs. Meyer’s husband and another guest at the house party:
Miss Pettigrew, a guest at the house party:
Daughter of a wealthy banker, she was sent to the house party by her father, who wishes her to marry an aristocrat; however, she is secretly in love with her father’s clerk. Although the party began among rumors of scandal, it’s the first time she’s been invited to a house party and her father seizes the opportunity for her to make friends among the ton.
Mrs. Thompson, Miss Pettigrew’s hired companion and another guest at the house party:
Required to attend the house party as Miss Pettigrew’s chaperone, the widow is arrogant and contemptuous of Miss Pettigrew, though she hides it well. She may also hide a secret scandal in her past.
Lady Elliot, a guest at the house party:
Eccentric and direct, but also kind and loyal, Lady Elliot becomes a friend of sorts to Leah. As one of London’s premier gossipers, she’s attended the house party so she can be the first to report of any scandal.
Lord Elliot, Lady Elliot’s husband and another guest at the house party:
An obedient husband to Lady Elliot, he is also the husband whom she boasts of as well-endowed.
Mrs. Neville, a dressmaker in Swindon:
She creates a rather scandalous ballgown for Leah.
Viscount Rennell, Leah George’s father-in-law (Ian’s father):
He loves Leah as his own daughter, but he must be careful to follow Society’s rules, he is the father Leah wishes she could have for herself.
Henry Madinger, Sebastian’s son:
Between one and two years old throughout the story, he is young and adventurous and adorable. Unfortunately, some believe he looks more like Ian George than Sebastian.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little about the supporting cast of ROMANCING THE COUNTESS! If you haven’t read the book yet, which of these characters would you be interested to read in their own book, just from the description given above? If you have read the book, which character are you dying to see in their own love story?
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