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Mistress by Mistake by Maggie Robinson

Mistress by Mistake sizzles off the page. A marvelously sexy romp.
Anna Campbell

… sexy chemistry and wry humor … I really enjoy those books where the characters take real joy in their pleasure and this is one of them. It’s a steamy historical that I enjoyed re-reading for the sake of the review.
Dear Author

A great big Risky welcome to Maggie Robinson who’s here today to give us the inside scoop on her book Mistress by Mistake, Book I of the Courtesan Court Trilogy, and give away a signed copy. So please ask a question or make a comment to be entered into the drawing.

How did the idea for this book/series evolve?

Although it will be published first, Mistress by Mistake is actually the second book I wrote that takes place on Jane Street, AKA “Courtesan Court,” my fictional address for London’s most exclusive mistresses. In Mistress by Midnight (which comes out next January), I had my heroine reflect that there really should be some sort of Mistresses Union for bored courtesans waiting for their gentleman, and I realized I had a series. It was all entirely accidental and providential.



Tell us about your hero/heroine. Who would you cast if the book was a movie?

Charlotte Fallon is a straight-laced, lace-making spinster whose heart was broken once. Sir Michael Bayard is a straight-up rake whose heart was not only broken but stomped on, skewered and seared. They’re both wary with good reason, but of course they are absolutely right for each other and ripe to fall in love. Catherine Zeta Jones might make a good Charlie with blue contact lenses (and she’d have to gain some weight, too). Bay was inspired by the yummy nameless model for Lord and Taylor’s Black Brown ad.



(Did I get the right guy, Maggie?) What bit of this book do you love?

Oh, there are so many parts. People seem to love the raspberry fool scene. And there are not too many heroines who use such an unusual weapon to save the hero like Charlie does. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but Charlie is quite creative.



Which part gave you the most trouble?

I wasn’t certain if a man could be forced to engage in sex. Upon serious research, I was assured that they could.



Ahem. Moving on … What do you like about the Regency period?

The corsets, of course. Seriously, there’s war, royal hijinx, scientific and social advancements—there’s just so much for an author to mine.



What do you dislike about the Regency period?

The obvious disparity between the rich and the poor—but we still have that today. And I don’t think I could deal with the hygiene difficulties.



It seems there are lots of mistress-themed books on the shelves at the moment. What makes yours risky/pushes the envelope?

Well, to be honest I guess my women are more-or-less faux mistresses. Charlie is mistaken for her sister, Laurette is installed on Jane Street by the man who wants to marry her (Mistress by Midnight), and Caroline is unhappily married to the man who bought her her house after the requisite misunderstanding (Mistress by Marriage). I use the setting for two upcoming novellas too. I think my biggest risk is choosing to write about older heroes and heroines (yeah, like thirty to forty is old to me, but in the Regency you’re more than half-dead at that point. *g*)



What’s next for you?

I also write erotic historical romance as Margaret Rowe, and she has a debut of her own with Tempting Eden, which comes out in June. It’s kind of fun to be a double-debutante at my age. Thrilling, actually.

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Anything else you’d like to be asked about?

Huge announcement! Mistress by Mistake has been selected by Kensington to be a free e-book download from May 3 through May 6. For the details, visit www.maggierobinson.net/blog tomorrow. One commenter below will get a signed dead-tree book, too!

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Karen H in NC
12 years ago

Really Maggie, the more I read about this mistress series of yours, the more I gotta have a copy of MBM for my very own! Love the pictures of your inspirations too! Very hot. I also like reading about the older hero & heroine. There are so few books out there with heroines in their late 20s or 30s and very seldom do we see a hero in his 40s.

Couple of questions for you:
1) Do authors doing a blog tour to promote a new book ever feel stalked by their followers?
2) Was a winner ever drawn from your blog at the Romance Reader @ Heart blog on 4/27?

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

Thanks for having me, Riskies! I’m still pinching myself that I am commenting here as a published author! Janet, your guy is more than adequate even tho he’s not the same one—but you can’t have enough good-looking guys. 🙂

jcp
jcp
12 years ago

I enjoy reading about older characters too.

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

Karen, as far as I know Fatin has not picked a winner yet (at least I think she does it–I know I haven’t!). I’ll e-mail her and ask her.

And no, I don’t feel stalked. *g* I’m so happy people seem enthusiastic about the book and want to win a copy. I’ve been very fortunate at Brava, because they’ve given me plenty of books for giveaways (and enough for my family, too, LOL).

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

jcp,I figure there are a lot of women who aren’t 17 year old virgins anymore who like to read about more mature heroes and heroines. I spent enough time with teens working in a high school library to know that I had to “grow up.”

Diane Gaston
12 years ago

Welcome, Maggie! It is terrific to see you here, talking about your debut.

What a boost for you, too, to have a free download of Mistress by Mistake!

maria pena
maria pena
12 years ago

Sounds like a great read. Would love to win a copy!

Maria
chilosa_2004@yahoo.com

Elyssa Papa
12 years ago

Yay, Maggie!!! I’m so excited that MbMistake has received such a fabulous reception. I’m lucky to be one of Maggie’ cps and so I’ve read all her books from the very start. Each book of hers just gets better and better. Plus, Maggie’s a fab person.

No need to enter my name into the drawing. 😉

Julie
12 years ago

I sort of love the idea of a Mistresses Union for bored courtesans! Because really, what did they do in their downtime? And you hooked me with the raspberry fool scene–I can’t wait to get to it! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

Amber S
Amber S
12 years ago

I’m looking forward to reading this book. I love the premise and excerpt I’ve read so far! Congrats on the news from Kensington!

PJ
PJ
12 years ago

Hi Maggie! Congrats on your fabulous debut! I’m very glad you’ve decided to write about the more “seasoned” heroine. Though I enjoy reading historicals with young, virginal heroines I am delighted to see more authors focusing stories on characters a bit older. Being way past the virginal stage myself, I enjoy the freedom and maturity of the older couple.

PJ
PJ
12 years ago

Oops! Forgot to say don’t include me in the giveaway. I already have my copy of Mistress by Mistake!

Gillian Layne
12 years ago

Hurray, Maggie! The story sounds delicious, and you’ve been truly blessed by the cover gods. 🙂

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

Thanks, Janet. I’m honored to be here.

Ely and my 2 other crit partners are great friends and writers too! 🙂

Good luck, Maria. I’m giving away more books on my blog tour (on the News pagge at http://www.maggierobinson.net ) so there are plenty of chances. 🙂

Julie, one of the fun things writing this series was creating a social life for the courtesans while they waited for night to fall. The trilogy and two upcoming novellas have Jane Street as their setting and I’m sorry to leave it…who knows, maybe I’ll revisit in the future.

Amber, I still need to get links from my editor, because I’m not sure how this free download thing works. I guess I could put MBM on my husband’s Nook—although he’s not allowed to read my books, LOL.

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

Gillian, both Mistress by Midnight and Tempting Eden’s covers were done by Alan Ayers. I’ve said it before elsewhere, but I never could decide which one I loved better. Now I know why.

PJ, thanks so much. I do like h/hs with a little mileage on them. 😉

ArkansasCyndi
12 years ago

I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good historical read. I think that’s because I know I can’t write one, which makes me really appreciate how difficult it is!

I look forward to reading this.

Jessica
12 years ago

Hi Maggie! First off, thanks for the wonderful contest. I would love to read this trilogy.

And secondly, I have a question. Why do so many authors write under a different name? I’ve noticed that many authors do this but confused as to why. Could you answer this for me?

Again, thanks for the contest. The Courtesans sound ‘fun’. 😉

Louisa Cornell
12 years ago

Hello, Maggie, dear! I see Gillian, our other Avon FanLit buddy, has already stopped by and I am sure there will be others. I am SO excited about your debut (your DOUBLE debut) and I can’t wait to get my hands on Mistress by Mistake. I love the idea of an older hero and heroine – people who are more set in their ways always fall the hardest!

What sorts of research sources did you use for this series? Any interesting or obscure resources that you happened upon by happy accident?

Congratulations on a well-deserved debut, my friend!

Keira Soleore
12 years ago

I’ve known Maggie for a few years now and have been a fan of hers, the person and the writer. That she would burst out a new decade with two debuts is not surprising at all. What is surprising is that it took the publishing world this long to recognize the talent Maggie is.

Congratulations once again, Maggie, on your first debut.

And starring on the Riskies as a pubbed author when you’ve been commenting for so long is just the icing on the cake, isn’t it?

Amy Kathryn
Amy Kathryn
12 years ago

I can’t wait to spend some time in Jane Court. Really looking forward to this series…Congratulations!

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

Jessica,I’ll answer your question first. My agent and my Berkley Heat editor thought the tone of Tempting Eden was radically different from the Kensington Brava trilogy. While both books are Regency-set historicals, the erotic level is higher for TE. So I became Margaret Rowe. Margaret is my real name, and Rowe is a family name, something close enough to Robinson that hopefully I’ll remember who I am. 🙂 My son’s middle name is Rowe, too, but I’ve been practicing signing it.

I think when authors choose to write in different genres they often tend to do so under different names.For me, it was a question of edgier, darker, more erotic subject matter.

Arkansas Cyndi, I’ve tried different time periods, but the Regency seems to fit me best.Must be all the Georgette Heyer I read. 🙂

Louisa,almost 4 years from FanLit! Wasn’t that fun, LOL. I did watch a few YouTube videos on lacemaking which was fascinating. And they made me dizzy.*g*

Keira, thanks so much. There is that feeling of unreality being a guest instead of a regular commenter. Although lately my Internet visits have been few and far between—something about those deadlines and pesky real life.

Amy Kathryn, the houses on Jane Street are as familiar to me as my own. I loved writing about them and the women who find themselves ensconced there for whatever reason. The novella I’m working on now features a heroine who was mentioned in passing in the trilogy—all of a sudden I knew I had to explain why she behaved as she did, and I’m having the best time. For a kid who loved to spend much time in imaginary play, writing is a fabulous way to still do it as a grown-up.

Santa
12 years ago

Hi Maggie and all the Riskies!

I am so over the top over Maggie’s debut! I can say I remember her when and it’s been such a fantastic journey for me, as another aspiring writer, to see Maggie have her debut.

I can’t wait to read MBM and revisit Eden once again.

Congrats, Maggie!

Virginia
12 years ago

Hi Maggie, I have been hearing a lot about your debut book and I can’t wait to read it. I love reading the debut books by authors so I can try them! Thanks for sharing with us today!

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Daphne
12 years ago

This sounds really interesting. Think I saw mention of this elsewhere too (real life = scatterbrain right now). I always enjoy a read about a mature couple and have always scratched my head at the thought of middle-aged male and half-grown girl. I mean, really, what’s the appeal on either side (ok, ok, I know but still, really?? Just doesn’t work well for me.) There was one story I read once about a heroine who was some years older than the man she married (30s vs 20s, I believe)–loved the daring, wish there were more as that would take a certain type of courage in pairing.

Tiffany Clare
12 years ago

It’s so exciting to see Maggie doing her blog tours. The MBM books are such wonderful books, it would be a tragedy to not read them! I hope everyone loves them as much as me!

No need to enter me for the draw, I’ve read all of Maggies books cover to cover, too!

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

Daphne, I should say that Charlie’s only 30 and Bay is 33, but I like that age disparity better than the 17 year old and the 35 year old hardened rake…although I’ve read wonderful books where the hero was basically old enough to be the heroine’s father. I just keep thinking of Charles and Diana, tho, which kind of ruined the age gap thing for me. 😉

And you don’t have to explain about scatterbrained—you should see the lists on my desk! Even with bits of paper, I know I’m going to forget something. 🙂

Santa! Thanks for stopping by. “When he was done…” (inside joke)

Virginia, I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it. It came after something a little more serious and all of a sudden I was laughing at my own writing!

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

Daphne, I should say that Charlie’s only 30 and Bay is 33, but I like that age disparity better than the 17 year old and the 35 year old hardened rake…although I’ve read wonderful books where the hero was basically old enough to be the heroine’s father. I just keep thinking of Charles and Diana, tho, which kind of ruined the age gap thing for me. 😉

And you don’t have to explain about scatterbrained—you should see the lists on my desk! Even with bits of paper, I know I’m going to forget something. 🙂

Santa! Thanks for stopping by. “When he was done…” (inside joke)

Virginia, I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it. It came after something a little more serious and all of a sudden I was laughing at my own writing!

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

Oops, sorry for the double post.

Hi Tiff! *waving north to Canada* Your turn is coming soon!

Julie Yates
Julie Yates
12 years ago

Hi!

I am always enjoy learning about other authors and reading their work.

Take Care,

Julie Yates From Facebook 🙂

Barbara E.
12 years ago

Congrats on your debut Maggie. The more I hear about Mistress by Mistake, the more eager I am to get my hands on it. I like that the main characters are older, since I’m no spring chicken either.

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

Thanks for coming by, Julie and Barbara! I hope when you get your hands on the book you like it.:)

J
J
12 years ago

Mistress by Mistake looks like fun! I’ll have to keep an eye out for it. Thanks for the giveaway.

Historical Romance Junkie

This book really looks interesting!
And I adore your inspiration for the hero! He is gorgeous!!

Are you a fan of Turner Classic Movies and would you ever do a book with a Clark Gable a la’ ‘Gone with the Wind’ type character? A lot of HR novels have characters like him; and those are usually the ones I can’t resist!

Rosie Hong
12 years ago

All the hype about MBM the last few weeks has really whet my appetite. Can’t wait to read it!

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

Rosie, I hope MBM lives up to the hype, LOL. As an author, you want great reviews, but sometimes expectations get awfully high.But I love this book anyway. 🙂

Historical Romance Junkie, ah. Clark Gable. An Alpha male if there ever was one.Now you’ve made me want to watch GWTW again. My influences lately are more the 30s screwball comedies where there’s banter between the h/h. Too bad I can’t be as witty with my husband in real life. 😉

J, I hope you find it if you don’t win it. My youngest daughter called me from a Boston Barnes and Noble Friday night and said, “Guess what I’m buying?” She said there were several on the shelves, so I hope more Bostonians get to read MBM!

Historical Romance Junkie

LOL. TCM is inspiration on replay! so many wonderful movies and old actors! At 10:00 ‘All this, and Heaven Too’ is coming on. Its about a French nobleman who falls in love with his children”s governess. If that isn’t straight from an HR novel, idk what it is!!
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers had some great repartee too (and dancing numbers)! and Kathrine Hepburn was just a delivery DIVA!

(I am not even 18 yet but I watch more TCM than my granny.=[..)

Janet Mullany
12 years ago

Hi Maggie, I’ve been at work all day (the dayjob, not the writing one) and I’m thrilled to see what a great crowd you’ve attracted. It’s great to see such a wonderful response to your book!

Janga
12 years ago

I’m late, and I’m a lurker at Riskies these days, but I had to drop by and say Mistress by Mistake merits all the buzz it’s getting and more. It’s a wonderful book–witty, sensual, and character-driven. (Please exclude me from the contest.)

I’ve been saying “One day, Maggie” ever since I read her first drabble on the old Eloisa James bulletin board. I’m thrilled that one day has arrived and the rest of the romance world is discovering what a terrific writer Maggie Robinson is.

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

Janga,praise coming from you is balm to my writer’s soul. Thank you so much.

HRJ,you may be young, but you’ve got great taste. I love old movies—can remember when they were broadcast on local NY stations on my parents’ black and white TV when I was a little girl (they were the very last people on the block to succumb to color). I thought everyone wore fox stoles, had maids and danced down stairs.

Janet, thanks so much for having me. Being here, as Keira said, is icing on my cake.:)

librarypat
librarypat
12 years ago

Lets hear it for dead tree books. I really think in the long run they cause less pollution.

Anyway, this book and the series sounds like it is a good one. Mistaken identity stories offer lots of opportunities for fun plot directions.
I look forward to reading it.

By the way, who said characters in their 30’s and 40’s are old? Even then, they could live a good long while. They just didn’t very often.

Best of luck with the release of this book and your alter ego’s book, too.

Kaetrin
12 years ago

If the giveaway is open to international visitors, please count me in. I’ve read about this one in a few places now and I’ve got it on my TBB. It sounds right up my alley.

Best wishes for success Ms. Robinson.

Kirsten
12 years ago

Hi Maggie,
Your book sounds wonderful and that raspberry fool scene has me intruiged. I too am glad to hear that there are stories with “older” H/H’s. Not all readers are under, lets say, 30 years of age and they (or I) would still like to read about the romance between people more like themselves. They young girl that never left home or has kissed a man is getting a bit old sometimes 🙂
When you’ve got more life experience the whole falling in love gets a different and (perhaps) more interesting feel I find.

Mitzi H.
12 years ago

I love this type of story be the heroine older or younger. Congrats on your new release (and series). I’ve very much looking forward to reading them. Thank you the drawing.

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew
12 years ago

great interview, all the best for your release, it sounds wonderful!

mbreakfield
12 years ago

Hi, Maggie,
What is your favorite book with a Regency setting?
marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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