He’s a Duke, But I Love Him: A Historical Regency Romance (Happily Ever After Book 4) by Ellie St. Clair was published on February 20th, 2018 and is a historical romance novel.After five seasons, Lady Olivia Jackson has despaired of ever finding the man she is searching for — a man who will allow her the freedom to live life as she pleases. Her deepest desires are not the typical pastimes of a lady. Using a pseudonym, Olivia puts her intellect to use writing a financial column, and yearns for a life of fun and adventure. Her mother, unfortunately, has other ideas.
Upon the unexpected death of his father, well-known rake and charmer Alastair Finchley is thrust into the role of Duke of Breckenridge. The title, however, also comes with massive amounts of debt which his father accumulated at the horse track and the gambling tables. This life of responsibility is not one which Alastair would have chosen, and he is determined to maintain his rakish ways in all other aspects.
When Olivia and Alastair renew their acquaintance, they are shocked by the depths of their desire for one another. They each determine, however, that giving in is not worth the potential consequences — or is it?
He’s a Duke, But I Love Him is a 60,000-word romance with no cliffhangers, no cheating, and a guaranteed happily ever after!
About the Ellie St. Clair:
Ellie has always loved reading, writing, and history. For many years she has written short stories, non-fiction, and has worked on her true love and passion — romance novels.
In every era there is the chance for romance, and Ellie enjoys exploring many different time periods, cultures, and geographic locations. No matter when or where, love can always prevail. She has a particular soft spot for the bad boys of history, and loves a strong heroine in her stories.
She enjoys walks under the stars with her own prince charming, spending time at the lake with her children, and running with her Husky / Border Collie cross.
Ellie loves hearing from her readers! Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a huge fan of St. Clair’s work and love reading her novels. I am honored that she agreed to let me interview her.
Interview with Ellie St. Clair
1. What is the first book that made you cry?
Oh gosh! I have been reading for so long it is hard to think of which book was the first to make me cry. I do vividly remember reading Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor on an airplane, unable to stop the tears streaming down my face.
2. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It usually energizes me! There are days when the words don’t come quite as easily, but the days when the story just writes itself is exhilarating.
3. Have you ever gotten writer’s block?
Fortunately, so far I have never had long-term writer’s block. I do have moments where I am unsure of where the next scene will go, but then I usually cope by going for a walk or run, or doing something else for awhile and generally the ideas will begin to flow again.
4. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Both! I am an avid reader myself, so I have a fairly good sense of what readers enjoy and what they are looking for and I am also always interested in feedback. At the same time, I want my books to stand out, as I think that is also something that readers do want. I try to create characters that really resonate, who are not entirely what would be expected of their time period. I also try to include elements that are true to history but at the same time not frequently written about.
5. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I do both. My books can all be read on their own, although they are within series. I always like this as a reader — when characters from another book make an appearance, it’s like re-visiting old friends.
6. If you could tell your younger writing self anything what would it be?
To not be so concerned about what others may think. I find writing fiction is very vulnerable — its like putting your innermost thoughts on display. Sure, there will be some people who don’t connect with your writing, but that’s ok as there are so many more who will love what you do!
7. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I think it made writing a priority. Before that I would write now and then, whenever I found the time, which was not very often. Once I began publishing, I created a schedule for myself and writing became one of the first things on my to-do list, not the last.
8. Are there any new releases you would like for me to share or any upcoming works?
He’s a Duke, But I Love Him was released on February 20th! I absolutely loved writing this book. The characters really spoke to me, and connected so well with one another that their witty banter seemed to write itself. I hope readers feel the same about Olivia and Alastair.
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