Monday, May 6, 2013

Vitual Book Tour: His Jilted Bride

Please welcome author Rose Gordon, who bravely answered my infamous questions. She's got a new release she's also going to talk about - His Jilted Bride. This is but one stop among others. Rose is giving away a $100 Amazon gift card to a random commenter. To find the other stops, go here.

The Questions
1)      You’re marooned on a small island with one person and one item of your choice—who is that person and what item do you have?
My husband and my laptop, equipped with a solar powered rechargeable adapter.
2)      Which musical would you say best exemplifies your life – and which character in that musical are you?
Tracy Turnblad from Hairspray. I was terribly shy and unpopular in high school (and if truth be told in just about every area of my life and still am to some degree), but when I found what I felt I was good at (writing) and didn’t let other’s opinions hold me back, I was able to found my niche in the world and broke free of the imaginary chains holding me back and became who I was meant to be.
   3)    Take these three words and give me a 100 word or less scenario using them:  voting, corresponding, light
Jill stood in her little cramped voting cubicle, her eyes blurring as she stared at her three options. She’d been standing there for more than an hour now, hoping she’d finally, “see the light” as some say and know who to vote for so she could check the corresponding box.
4)      You’ve just been let loose in the world of fiction, with permission to do anyone you want. Who do you fuck first and why?
Wow, um...I honestly have no idea. (See, what a dud I was talking about being in number two, this is WHY I was so unpopular.) I do believe if I were let  loose in the world of fiction I’d created, I’d have to tie weights to my skirts to keep them down and resist the handsome gentlemen so not interfere with their relationships.
5)      What is your idea of how to spend romantic time with your significant other?

Frankly, at this point in my life—we’re in our mid-to-late 20s and have two small boys—I cherish any second we can have together without one of our kids barging in—and believe me, they’ve barged in at some very inopportune times. But if I were allowed a wee bit more time, I’d want him to take me out to the driving range where he used to work and drive us around to collect the balls like he did when we were dating. Very strange, and unromantic to most, but we had some great evenings when there was a slight chill in the air and we’d watch the sun set and the stars come out while riding the ball picker and scooting closer...
6)      When you start a new story, do you begin with a character, or a plot?
Characters. I’ve usually met at least one of them in a former book, so I know their personality and know what kind of a plot will work best for their story. It’s a bonus if I have created another character who I think will be a good match for them, and the timeline works to pull them together. But if not, I still stick with characters first and let the plot work itself out.
7)      If they were to make the story of your life into a movie, who should play you?
Julia Stiles! But I hear she’s selective about her roles, so she’d probably laugh in the face of whoever presented her with the project.

    8)    Who’s your favorite horror villain and why?
Another boring answer, I’m afraid. I don’t read a lot of horror, so my answer will have to come from a
movie. My all-time favorite is still Chucky from Child’s Play.  The original came out in 1988 when I was only two and my brother was four. Despite this, somehow we saw it. I think I was too young to really understand to be terrified, but my brother wasn’t and for nearly three years he refused to get up to go to the bathroom at night, scared Chucky would be waiting for him in the bathroom. Being the loving younger sister that I am, I might have had just a little part of this when I’d hide behind things from time to time and jump out, saying, “Sorry, Jack, Chucky’s back!”, which of course was the tagline for the sequel. (I continued to do this from time to time until we were adults, actually.) I recently saw an extended preview for the movie and while I didn’t remember a lot of details, that demonic doll still looked exactly how I’d pictured him all of these years!
9)      Do you have an historical crush and if so, who is it?
General George Pickett. I once read a book of letters he’d written to his wife before and during the Civil War called The Heart of  A Soldier and I must say, for as much energy, drive and determination he put into Pickett’s charge, he matched it with an equal intensity of his love for his wife.
10)   Is there a story that you’d like to tell but you think the world isn’t ready to receive it?
Of course! But that’s never stopped me in the past and it won’t stop me in the future. However, this might only rattle the readers in my world as about a year ago, I asked on my blog if my readers felt that a villainess could be redeemed. A lot of the responses were, “it depends on how bad her original crime was”... All, I’ll say is in a book that follows His Jilted Bride this particular storyline just might be explored at the expense of shocking, scandalizing and perhaps even dropping the jaws of a few of those who’ve been following me from the beginning. But it shall be fun!

His Jilted Bride
by Rose Gordon



It's her wedding day and there is no groom in sight. But why should Amelia Brice be surprised? Hiram, Lord Friar is known for having no gentleman's honor to speak of and his jilting her on their wedding day makes it official.

Elijah Banks cannot allow his childhood friend to continue to be shamed this way. It's been almost an hour past the time when the wedding was to start, and that bounder still hasn't shown up. Unable to sit still a second longer, Elijah does the only thing that seems logical from where he stands: kidnap the bride and marry her himself in order to escape this scandal with one far more forgiving for a young lady's reputation.

The only trouble is, she has a secret...but so does he; hers is big...but his is bigger.


“Nobody has to know he jilted you,” he said, reaching forward to push the hair sweeping across her forehead behind her ear.

She shook her head; her grey eyes shining with unshed tears. “They already do.”

“No,” he corrected. “All they know for sure is a wedding is not currently taking place. What they don't know is if it was the groom who jilted the bride or the bride who jilted the groom.”

Amelia eyed him curiously. “No, I'm fairly certain they all know it was the groom who jilted the bride. My mother and father are both out there.”

“Yes, and they are doing a wonderful job acting as if they're waiting for their daughter's wedding to take place.”

“Acting?” she said, her eyes narrowing in on him.

“Acting,” he confirmed. “See, your mother is sitting in her pew, dabbing her eyes with a handkerchief while your father is pacing a hole in the wooden platform just outside the front door of the church. Both are playing their roles perfectly, giving off the illusion to the rest of the guests that they are just waiting for the wedding to begin any moment.”

“Which seems to be less likely to happen as the minutes pass.”

“Exactly,” Elijah agreed. “Which is why you need to act now before someone discovers your game.”

“My game?”

He nodded once. “Yes, madam, your game.” He picked up her petite hand and wrapped his fingers around it. “I'm not as dimwitted as the rest of them. I see what's really going on here.”

“At least you do, because I have no idea what you're talking about.”

He ignored her. “I almost fell for it, too.”

“Fell for what?” she burst out in hysteria, presumably due to her current situation, lacing her voice.

“You're jilting your groom,” he said evenly, meeting her eyes.

A shadow crossed her face and she cleared her throat. Twice. “What are you suggesting?”

“I'm not suggesting anything. I'm just merely making mention of the fact that the wedding has yet to begin, and both the bride and the groom have yet to be seen. How does a guest such as myself truly know whether it was the bride or the groom who didn't come today? How do I—a random guest—know that the bride and groom were not so in love with the other they could hardly wait another day and decided to elope?”

She snorted.

“All right, well, perhaps that scenario isn't very believable, but the other very well could be possible.” He took a deep breath. “Amelia, listen to me, I know you're a very strong young lady and you come from a very important family; but none of that will matter come tomorrow when this is all over the scandal sheets.”

“I know,” she said with a swallow.

“Then see the sense in what I'm saying and marry me.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

USA Today Bestselling Author of ten unusually unusual historical romances that have been known to include scarred heroes, feisty heroines, marriage-producing scandals, far too much scheming, naughty literature and always a sweet happily-ever-after. When not escaping to another world via reading or writing a book, she spends her time chasing two young boys around the house, being haunted by wild animals, or sitting on the swing in the backyard where she has to use her arms as shields to deflect projectiles AKA: balls, water balloons, sticks, pine cones, and anything else one of them picks up to hurl at his brother who just happens to be hiding behind her.




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  1. Best interview!!!


  2. Great interview, fun reading.


  3. Fun interview, and the book looks very entertaining!


  4. lol!! I totally love your interview! Such fun answers!! :) Makes me have high hopes for the book!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  5. If your writing is as much fun as your interview, this is a must read story.

    1. Thanks so much. I've noticed my writing style in blog posts and interviews is often the same that I write with in books... So maybe it will be.

  6. Her writing is as much fun as this interview! I've read 7 of her books and highly recommend them.

    Regarding the answer in #2, I admire you for that. I regret allowing my self doubt and critical people influence my career choice. I went the safe route and was extremely bored. Thankfully, I get to be a stay-at-home mom now which is a job I love!

    1. It was actually quite by accident that I discovered what I think I'm good at. There was A LOT of trial and error along the way. Mostly error.

      I'm glad you're a stay at home mom!

  7. That Chucky scares me to death! I have not been able to make it through a Chucky film...and I generally like scary movies.
    Rose...I love the thought of you and your hubby riding around on the golf cart collecting wayward golf balls. You need to grab hold of those moments. It's too easy to let life get in the way.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks, Catherine. Those were some truly memorable times.

  8. Great interview! Thank you for sharing Rose!

  9. Loved the interview! You always have the best stories!
    tifferz19 AT hotmail DOT com

    1. I don't know about always having the best stories, but I do try!

  10. What an awesome interview! I love the Banks' brothers series! Rose, you are a great story teller.

  11. I enjoyed reading the interview!

    1. Alanna, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I had a TON of fun answering it.

  12. I love Rose Gordon so reading these answers and getting to know her better is awesome! I can't wait for more books I own them all and love them!! Great interview thanks for hosting!

    1. Thanks, Heather. I'm glad--and a bit humbled--that you enjoyed learning a bit more about me! More books are coming soon, I promise.

  13. Sorry, I'm checking in so late. It's been a wild week! Anyway, I loved your answers to those questions. Especially the laptop and a solar powered battery! What would you do for internet connection? Of course, you're the writer and can entertain yourself without the internet...unfortunately, I can't. Gotta have my internet connection.

    1. I'd just have to give up the Internet, unfortunately. But that actually might be a good thing as I've become too dependent on it as of late.

  14. Julie, thank you SO much for hosting. I had a wonderful time answering your questions.

  15. awww! tracy turnblad!! i'm glad you have found your confidence now :)

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com