Thursday, May 7, 2015

Day Four ~ The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Day Four! And two more fun-filled blog posts for your enjoyment!

First, I'm excited to introduce you to our guest blogger, Amanda Barratt, whom I first met several years ago at the ACFW annual conference. Amanda was so young at the time, her mother had to attend with her! I loved Amanda's enthusiasm and the way she soaked up every bit of knowledge and information she could get about writing and publishing. Her hard work has paid off, and her story "A Bride for a Bargain" is her DEBUT! (I am so thrilled to have THREE debut authors in this collection, Amanda, Suzie, and Gabe!)

Here is a bit about Amanda's story:

North Carolina 1898 - Geoffrey Buchanan is tired of having marriageable women paraded before him. Ada McClane needs money after being let go from the factory. Geoffrey and Ada's chance meeting leads him to invite her to his mother's summer estate to pose as his fiancee. Can such an arrangement end well?

Today Amanda is interviewing the elusive (and handsome) Geoffrey...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Geoffrey Buchanan

Though he simply despises anything to do with the press, after much coaxing and five calls to his secretary, I have finally convinced Mr. Geoffrey Buchanan to attend this private interview. Perhaps he will let us in on some of his secrets… like which lady he favors most. After all, it is high time this eligible bachelor chose a bride.

(Geoffrey Buchanan enters the room. His tie is perfectly straight, his hair neatly combed. He nods politely at me and takes a seat on the settee, perhaps a bit too stiffly. I offer him tea. He declines.)

Me – A thousand thanks for agreeing to this interview, Mr. Buchanan. I know how frightfully busy you are.

Geoffrey – You gave me little choice in the matter. What was it, five calls to my secretary? Or six?

Me – Only five, sir. So tell me, Mr. Buchanan, is there any chance you’ll be bringing a wife home to that Fifth Avenue mansion of yours, in the near future?

(Geoffrey’s jaw hardens and he sits even straighter on the settee.) - I don’t discuss personal matters with the press. My life is none of their concern.

Me - Don’t you remember? I’m not the press. I wrote the book. The one with you in it. And if you’re going to get temperamental, you’d do well to remember that I can do anything with you I want. Like when you fall off that horse and sprain your ankle, I could have you break your leg. And don’t glower at me. You’re so much more handsome when you smile.

(Geoffrey’s features soften a bit.) - Very well. You wish to know whether or not I intend to take a wife. At the present, the only women I know have their eye on my purse strings. To them, luxury rates higher than love. (He leans closer, his blue eyes intent.) I’ve seen firsthand the unhappiness such a marriage can bring and I have no intention of following that path. If, and that is a big if, I do marry, it will be to a woman who dreams of more for a marriage, than the chance to enter society with a diamond ring on her finger.

Me – (Surprised by how much he has shared.) And have you met such a woman?

Geoffrey – No. And I highly doubt I ever will.

Me - Well, you never know what life may bring, Mr. Buchanan. A simple walk through Central Park could very well change everything.

(He chuckles, his lips easing into a half-smile.) - Your optimism is encouraging. But for now, I have other places to go and more meetings to attend. (He stands and makes a perfect bow.)

Me - Thank you for joining me, Mr. Buchanan. It was a pleasure.

Amanda Barratt is a historical romance author with two novellas soon to be published. The first, “A Bride for a Bargain,” will release May, 2015 as part of Barbour’s “The Most Eligible Bachelor Romance Collection.” The second, “The Substitute Wife,” will debut in July, 2015 as part of “The Convenient Bride Collection,” also by Barbour. She has won several awards for her work and enjoys writing about eras such as Regency and Victorian England, and the Gilded Age.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she is represented by Rachel Kent, of Books and Such Literary Agency. She lives in northern Michigan with her family, where she reads way too many old books, watches period dramas to come up with new plot-lines, and dreams of taking a trip to England.

Today's second blog hop stop is at Inkwell Inspirations where Gina Welborn and Susie Dietz will be chatting about their stories in the Most Eligible Bachelor Collection. You can find the post at:

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  1. Intriguing . . . who is this young lady? Sounds wonderful! Thanks for all the hard work in writing great stories/books! Blessings.

  2. Love the interview! Geoffrey sounds like a fascinating man. ;)

    Congratulations, Amanda! Looking forward to your epic writing career!

  3. Amanda, I loved the interview with Geoffrey Buchanan! I can't wait to find out if he's able to relax a bit around a certain young lady.


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