Kathryn Caskie

I’m delighted to welcome my friend, Kathryn Caskie, to Risky Regencies! Kathy’s and my writing journeys have been on near parallel path, with Kathy leading the way. One of the biggest thrills of my writing career was having previous winner Kathy present me with my Golden Heart at the 2003 RWA conference. I was already wearing a Golden Heart necklace, though. Kathy lent me hers for luck. (It worked, too!) I could go on and on with other ways Kathy has been generous to me, but better you hear from her! I’m thrilled with her success at Avon and with her newest series, The Seven Deadly Sins.
Diane

Caskie’s irresistible and irrepressible Sinclair siblings, better known as the Seven Deadly Sins, liven up any season with their audacious actions, witty repartee and wild escapades. Caskie sprinkles their stories with a winning combination of poignancy and humor that’s sure to charm her fans–Kathe Robin, RT Book Reviews.

1. Welcome to Risky Regencies, Kathy! Tell us about The Most Wicked of Sins.

Thanks for inviting me to the rout. Wouldn’t you know it? My blue silk evening gown is being dry cleaned.

The Most Wicked of Sins (in stores September 29th) is my ninth book, and the second in my Seven Deadly Sins series. It’s Lady Ivy Sinclair’s story and the sin she must overcome is envy.
The seven Sinclair brothers and sisters—known throughout the Society as the Seven Deadly Sins—live for scandal and delight in disgrace . . . until their father decrees that they must reform. Propriety has never come easily, but now they have no choice. They must redeem themselves or regret in poverty.
It doesn’t take long before Lady Ivy Sinclair grows weary of pretending to be rich while living like a pauper behind closed doors. And so she vows to land a sensible, serious husband her father will accept.
Snaring a husband shouldn’t be difficult. After all, Ivy is the envy of Society—at least she was, until Miss Fiona Feeney arrived in Town. Suddenly, the Irish beauty is the undisputed toast of the ton. Worse yet, just when the gentleman Ivy’s set her cap for is about to pop the question, Miss Feeney snatches away his attentions. Furious, Ivy hatches a plan. Using the last of her money, she hires an actor to impersonate the new Marquess of Counterton, hoping his passionate courtship of her will send her intended into a jealous rage. There is only one small problem with Ivy’s plan: Dominic Sheridan, the blue-eyed “actor” she hires, really is the Marquess of Counterton, who has just arrived in Town. And he isn’t acting at all, but intent on seducing her into committing the most wicked of sins.

2. The Most Wicked of Sins is the second book in your series, The Seven Deadly Sins. Tell us about the first book and whether we need to read it first before book number two.

The first book in my Seven Deadly Sins series is To Sin With a Stranger (Avon, December 2008). While the story introduces the series, every book is written as a stand-alone story, meaning while your reading experience may be enhanced by reading the stories in order, you do not need to understand everything.
To Sin With a Stranger is Sterling Sinclair’s story (his sin is greed). I had so much fun writing this story. Here it is in a nutshell: When an anonymous gamester places the largest wager in White’s history on whether rakish Sterling Sinclair will marry misfit Isobel Carrington, everyone wants a stake in the long-shot match of the Season. But when the ton decides to manipulate the bet’s outcome, suddenly the word extreme loses all meaning as London becomes the hottest city on earth.

3. What is risky about The Most Wicked of Sins?

The Sinclairs as characters—Ivy in particular. Social etiquette was all important in Regency Society. Even so, the Sinclair siblings regularly challenge the rules and get away with even the most outrageous behavior.

Why wouldn’t they be blocked from every drawing room? Denied invitations? Well, for the same reason stars today are sought after guests and given a pass for even the worst behavior.

The Sinclair’s are the day’s social celebrities. It doesn’t hurt that they are the sons and daughters of a Scottish duke or that they are witty, entertaining and striking in appearance. Invite them to your ball and if they attend, everyone will be talking the next day. Your event will be a success.

But they are desirable guests on another level too—because everyone, from the grandest nobleman to the lowliest maid can see that these outwardly perfect creatures are broken. Their heartbreaking past that so deeply wounded them, separated them from Society, is exactly the thing that draws people near, wanting to embrace and heal them.

4. You seem partial to Scottish heroes. Why?

I do love Scottish heroes. There is something a little less predictable, a little less restrained, a little more outwardly passionate than their English counterparts. Oh, and there are kilts.

5. I happen to know you married your very own hero this summer. Tell us about your wedding!!
As a romance author, you have to believe in happily ever afters…I mean reallllly believe. And I do. Believing in happily ever afters got me through the tough times, and I know it opened me to experiences that reinforced my belief.

Last month, my hero and I began our own happily ever after when we were joined in marriage at Dalhousie Castle just outside Edinburgh, Scotland.

A bagpiper led the bridal party through the castle chapel where my fiancé waited. The rings were delivered to my daughter by a little owl (named Ted), the great surprise of the guests. After pronouncing us husband and wife, the adorable minister presented us with a tiny box he’d made from the wood of centuries-old yew (the oldest trees in the world), wishing us a long, happy marriage and everlasting love.

We cut the wedding cake with the piper’s dirk (which works really well!). Next came the traditional Scottish wedding toast. The piper gifted us with a Quaich and a bottle of Glenfiddich. As the bride I was tasked with filling the Quaich and passing it to everyone to toast our union. Beginning with my new husband, everyone (of age) in the room made a toast then drank the whisky. The reception dinner was held in the white flower-filled dungeon. Lady Catherine, lovelorn ghost of Dalhousie, who is said to hate weddings, thankfully did not make an appearance.

It was a fairytale wedding for this romance author.

(for more wonderful wedding photos, see Kathy’s Facebook page)

7. What is next for you?

I am just finishing up The Duke’s Night of Sin (Avon, August 2010), book four, and beginning work on a mini-trilogy within the Seven Deadly Deadly Sins series, which is planned to be released in 2011 (very close together).

So, I am staying busy!

So now I have a question for all of you.

Each of my characters battles one of the Seven Deadly Sins: Greed, Envy, Sloth, Gluttony, Lust, Wrath and Pride.

Usually when you hear of a series dealing with the Seven Deadly Sins, it’s a suspense or horror series—not a love and laughter romance. Right?

Given this, which sin is your greatest challenge? Be creative. Join the fun.

I’ll give away one signed copy of To Sin With a Stranger to one lucky commenter!

Cheers!

Kathryn

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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Diane Gaston
13 years ago

Wish I could say Lust, Wrath, Pride, or Greed, but I’m afraid it is a toss up between Sloth and Gluttony for me.

Yesterday I ate a whole bag of caramel candies. And almost every day I glance at the clock and wonder where the day has gone and marvel at how easily I am able to waste time.

Kathy, it is great to have you here!!

Mary Blayney
13 years ago

Hi Kathy, The info on the new book is great as is the wedding picture. Best wishes to your whole family.

I’ve tried all the seven deadlies. Tell me, which one covers spending too much time on the Internet?

penney
13 years ago

Hi Kathryn thank you for being here today I love your books and am looking forward to reading the The Most Wicked of Sins. Great blog today I’ve enjoyed it.
Keep me out of the drawing as I’ve read all her books already and love them.
Thanks
Penney

Lexie
13 years ago

Wrath–I’m too quick to anger and react in that anger then I am in anything else. Its kind of thought to action–you pissed me off, you get hit.

And I’ve enjoyed Kathryn’s books in the past, so I will have to hunt down a copy of this new series!

Barbara Monajem
13 years ago

Heh. I can lay claim to at least a little of many of those sins, but my greatest annoyance (at the moment) is impatience, so I guess…. Wrath? I do write a lot of angry heroines!

Loved the blurb for both books!

jcp
jcp
13 years ago

It’s glottony for me.

40YearOldBride
13 years ago

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Kathryn Caskie
13 years ago

I think that procrastination can be lumped in with sloth. Sign me up for the one!

I battled gluttony the entire two weeks were in Scotland before the wedding, worrying that at the end of the trip I wouldn’t be able to fit into my wedding gown. No scales in the hotels either. In the end, it first perfectly. If you want to see any more pics there are some on my site KathrynCaskie.com under Diversions (procrastination devices.)

Kathryn Caskie
13 years ago

The movie Julie and Julia just amped up my gluttony. Barbara Samuel mentioned the Julie Julia Project blog to me a few years back. I read it then, loved the idea, but the movie prompted me to take the plunge and buy the cookbook and a Le Creuset casserole (gulp, those babies are expensive) and now I’ve started making massive meals that take hours–but taste yummy.

Virginia
13 years ago

Gluttony, is my worsed. I can relate to all of them but food is my down fall. You can tell by looking at me too! I also waste a lot of time when I could be doing something. That is why I never get everything done that I want to do.

Jane Austen
13 years ago

I must admit to envy. I am about to turn thirty and I really wish I was someplace different than I am. I wish I had made different choices when choosing a major in college and such and yet if I hadn’t made the choices I made I wouldn’t have had some great experiences (studying abroad in Wales) and some of the friends I have as well. So while I am envious of people who made smarter decisions than I did I don’t know if I really regret my decisions. Does that make sense?

Looking forward to reading the stories. I am quite intrigued by the premise of the second one. Although since you suggest reading them in order, that’s what I’ll do.

Jane Austen
13 years ago

PS Congratulations on your own happy ending. The wedding sounds fabulous.

Kathy
13 years ago

Hi Kathy! Your new book series is very intriguing and your Scottish wedding sounds fabulous. 🙂

As far as sins go, I would say gluttony. I’m in love with the store Ross at the moment and can’t seem to keep from shopping there. Or is that greed? LOL!

What, besides what you’ve already mentioned, has drawn you to Scotland?

Louisa Cornell
13 years ago

Hello, Kathryn! The Seven Deadly Sins series sounds fabulous, but then again I DO love your books!

Your wedding sounds truly wonderful. Congratulations and I wish you many, many years of happiness and joy. I love the idea of the rings being delivered by an owl, one of my very favorite birds!

Hmm. Which sin is the toughest? What is it Oscar Wilde said “I can resist anything except temptation!”

I can definitely succumb to sloth, especially after a hard week working in the bakery. I fight a constant battle not to veg out on the couch or in bed with the dogs and cats reading romance novels and watching movies on my days off.

I will confess to sometimes feeling completely envious of those who are living my dream and working as published authors.

I suffer from extreme wrath when a customer comes in and wants to order a five tier wedding cake on Monday to be ready on Friday when it CLEARLY states that we need two weeks notice for wedding cakes. That wrath turns to the true desire to murder a manager when he says “Oh, they can get it done, ma’am. Don’t you worry.” GRRRRR

I suffer from greed every time I find a new place from which to buy research books. My CP laughs at me because I am constantly trolling for great buys on Regency research books. Got a great one the other day Town and City Maps of the British Isles 1800-1855. GORGEOUS book and got it for a song.

The only time my widow self suffers from lust is when I read really great love scenes in historical romances or when I write a really HOT love scene in one of my books. SIGH

I WILL suffer from the sin of PRIDE once I FINALLY finish this book I am working on! Book number three is proving much harder to finish than books one and two!

I feel a bit of gluttony coming on as I just remembered I bought a bag of Ghiradelli dark chocolate squares with raspberry filling! Envious, anyone?

michellewillingham
13 years ago

Gluttony is mine, when it comes to chocolate! Sounds like a great series, Kathy! 🙂

Jane
13 years ago

Hi Kathryn,
Congrats on the upcoming release. Mine is envy. I see what others have and want it, too.

Kathryn Caskie
13 years ago

Jane Austen~

In my post I said I believed in happily ever afters, but you know, it is the believe part that is most important. My mother always told me that if I believed I could do something, and worked hard enough, that I would succeed. Thankfully, I believed her. Along the way I found that there would always be someone better educated, more talented, skilled, prettier, experienced, etc. But I also believed that if I wanted something enough, I could make it happen. I didn’t get to major in what I wanted, but I also knew that that fact didn’t prevent me from learning and growing and working toward my goals.

Most authors I know had other careers first. I know I sure did. My path wasn’t the straightest, but it got me where I wanted to be and my experiences along the way made me who I am today.

Your path will too. Your journey is what makes you unique. And you will get there. You just have to believe.

Okay, enough rambling. Confession. I am really under the weather and really envying those who get to be outside to enjoy this beautiful day!

Kathryn Caskie
13 years ago

Kathy~ I think part of the draw to Scotland is heritage. I am part Scottish on both sides of the family.

A number of years ago, well before I was published, I was working on a Scottish (paranormal) historical and I was fortunate enough to go on a research trip with other would authors and published authors (Brenda Novak and SueEllen Welfonder were on the trip too). For a couple of weeks we toured castles and historic sites, and I bought every research book I could lay hands on about Scotland. Thank goodness there were no ridiculous weight restrictions on bags then! I read everything.

Of course, when I was published, it was a Regency-set historical. A story that popped into my mind one day and that was it. I had no choice. The story was a Regency. I started buying and highlighting every Regency research book I could find. Period texts were my favorite (just ask Diane!).

Switching from a Scottish historical to Regency-set historical turned out to be a good decision in the end. The manuscript won the Golden Heart, sold, and was a double RITA finalist (Rules of Engagement). The story was set in London, but the hero– you guessed it– was Scottish!

Kayla
13 years ago

Ohh.. that’s hard to chose. It’s between gluttony and lust for me. I love to eat, and not snack, but eat meals. BIG meals.. But lust, ugh, yeah.. I think that speaks for itself. Hahaha

Ellen
13 years ago

I just want to say that I loved the Sinclairs. I am looking forward to The Most Wicked of Sins. I also want to say that your wedding picture is beautiful and I hope you have a wonderful marriage. I have been married for 16 years. And I wish you all the happiness in the world. Also I love your books. Have a great day!!

Free Your Creative Mind!

What a beautiful wedding picture! Congrats!

Kelly L Stone

Emmanuelle
13 years ago

Kathryn,
I saw you pictures on FB. They are just gorgeous, ans so were you !! I can’t believe you ended up with a DH in kilt… see I just that’s my sin : ENVY !!Lol
I’ve loved your books and can’t wait to read more about all those Sinclairs *sigh*
Congrats !!

Jane Austen
13 years ago

Kathryn,

Thanks for the pep talk. I would really like to be a museum curator and although I majored in public speaking and marketing and then got a masters in library science I know my choices will help rather than hinder my process. Although it will take me a little longer to get there than it will take other people. But my choices made me who I am and although I want to be a museum curator sooner rather than later I would not change my choices. They led me to great experiences and great friends. But it’s good to know that other people face the same problems that I’m facing. Thanks.

RKCharron
13 years ago

Hi 🙂
Thank you for the great post Kathryn!
I’d have to say sloth because I don’t exercise enough.
All the best,
@RKCharron
xoxo

Wicked Pretty
13 years ago

I think I would have to pick sloth unfortunately and it took me all afternoon to do this, LOL. It is far too easy to sit at the computer and slip into an alter-persona that is doing “fun” things while the clock goes tick-tick-tick. I then find myself looking up only to see that 4,6,or sometimes even 8 hours have gone by and I have not accomplished any actual “WORK”. I can look at what I have done and see merits in it and use some of it, but it truly is laziness and a bit of procrastination sprinkled on top for good measure.

Kathryn Caskie
13 years ago

Exercise. Oh yeah. I guess being too lazy to exercise puts another tick in my SLOTH box.

I am glad you like the wedding pics. The photographer sent us these after the wedding (because I begged for something) but we haven’t seen the rest yet. I would say..and I want them now– but that would be GREED, right?

Kathryn Caskie
13 years ago

Okay, The Risky Ladies are going to choose a winner of a signed copy of To Sin With a Stranger–but so I am I. Two in fact.

Winner one, for using all of the seven deadly sins in her hilarious comment….Louisa Cornell! (please send Diane Gaston your mailing address, Louisa.)

Winner two in an hour or two!

Louisa Cornell
13 years ago

Thank you, Kathryn !! I am doing my own little greedy, gluttony dance even as we speak!! YAY!

Diane Gaston
13 years ago

Ah, Kathy, you are so generous to our Risky commenters. I’ll make my selection of a random winner tomorrow and announce it by the end of the day.

Thanks so much for being our guest, Kathy!

I have Louisa’s address already so I’ll send it on to you.

Keira Soleore
13 years ago

Kathy dear, welcome to the Riskies. And the book is *finally* here.

I hounded Kathy’s table at Nationals hoping that she’s have some early copies so I could pick up a signed book, but no such luck. But now that I’ve waited so long to read this one after the first sinful book, I’ll be the one right outside Target on release day, when doors open at 9am.

Gluttony is my worst failing. Not for food, but for books. We’re being run out of the house by books, and I have shelves of unread books, and yet I buy more and more and even more.

Yes, Diane and Ammanda. I am admitting to Sloth. There, I did it. I’m slothful, lazy, slug-on-the-rug, couch potato…tick all of the above.

For the 342nd time, let me say how absolutely ADORABLE you looked, Kathy, in your wedding pictures.

Keira Soleore
13 years ago

Mary, spending too much time on intrywebs is definitely under Lust. I lust after all those thoughts that everyone oh-so-cleverly writes all over the web.

Louisa, way to go. Read Kathy’s 1st sinful book, too. It’s fab!

Louisa Cornell
13 years ago

Keira, one of my favorite photos of the two of us is as we stood on either side of the statuesque Kathryn after the GH/Rita awards in San Francisco. I think it’s in one of my Facebook albums, isn’t it?

Can’t WAIT to read the book!

Patricia Barraclough
Patricia Barraclough
13 years ago

I would think Wrath would be the most difficult to treat lightly.
True when we think of the seven deadly sins, it isn’t romance with a sense of humor we think of. However, as you are proving, it can be done. Even Wrath – a beauty to cool the anger and wish for revenge that could be involved.
I’ll be looking for the books. They sound like fun.

Kathryn Caskie
13 years ago

Patricia, you were the night’s last poster and you brought up an interesting point. While I haven’t started Killian Sinclair’s book yet, his sin is wrath. While he is quick to act, his problem with wrath is that his behavior brings the sin out in others.

Patricia, you are the second winner. Please send Diane your address and we’ll get a signed copy of To Sin With a Stranger to you.

Diane, that leaves one book for you to give away!

Thank you so much for having me. Be sure to look for The Most Wicked of Sins on Tuesday, September 29th!

Cheers!

Kathryn