Maggie Robinson chat and contest

Maggie Robinson is one of the funniest and most delightful people I know and her books are terrific. She kindly sent me a copy of her latest which I devoured and loved–hot and funny with a kernel of sense and feeling. What more can you ask for? Here’s the official blurb for Master of Sin:

Maggie Robinson’s Courtesan Court series is historical romance at its most wickedly inventive and shamelessly sexy. In the fourth and final novel, an expert in the art of pleasure tries to reform himself but finds one woman impossible to resist.

Andrew Rossiter has used his gorgeous body and angelic face for all they’re worth—shocking the proper, seducing the willing, and pleasuring the wealthy. But with a young son depending on him for rescue, suddenly discretion is far more important than desire. He’ll have to quench his desires—fast. And he’ll have to find somewhere his scandalous reputation hasn’t yet reached…

Miss Gemma Peartree seems like a plain, virginal governess—or so she hopes. No matter how many sparks fly between them, she has too much to hide to catch Andrew’s eye. But with a stormy Scottish winter driving them together, it will be hard to keep her secrets. Especially when Andrew feels he has found the woman who can restore his soul—one kiss at a time…

Wow, Maggie, that is one seriously depraved-looking boy. I guess that’s because he is … Remind us where we first met him and Gemma and how they fit in with the other Courtesan Court characters.

Andrew Rossiter is introduced as a quasi-villain in Mistress by Marriage. He is the “bad man” from the heroine Caroline Christie’s past, but he does a good deed and then goes off to Italy, where he gets in a major spot of trouble. Gemma Peartree makes her first appearance in Master of Sin, though she lived on Jane Street when she was a girl.

Did you always intend that they should have their own book?

Honestly, if I’d known how insistent Andrew was going to be about becoming one of my heroes, I would have given him much less baggage. It was pretty tricky making his conversion to respectability convincing–he’d literally done and seen it all before he met his heroine. Andrew is extremely damaged, and the love of a good woman really isn’t quite enough.

The book has a very unusual setting. Tell us about it and about the research you did.

Oh, I immersed myself in wonderful YouTube clips of the Outer Hebrides with haunting Celtic music and read a great book called Sea Room. Ultimately I made up an island, and it became so real to me I wish I could visit it!

What’s your favorite scene?

I really love when a frazzled Andrew encounters Gemma for the first time. She doesn’t seem like she’s Andrew’s type at all, which makes her perfect for him, as he’s trying to reform.

Andrew was beginning to suspect Edward Christie had the last laugh after all, giving him just what he asked for. Andrew had wanted private, he’d wanted simple. He’d suggested the Western Isles himself, having had a romantic notion about them since he was a boy and read of Viking raids. He doubted any factor of Edward’s had actually seen the place—the purchase had been accomplished in too short a time. Someone had been sold a bill of goods. And Andrew now had to live with the consequences.

He tiptoed down the hallway as quietly as he ever had eluding a suspicious wife or husband, coming at last to the kitchen. A raggedy serving girl dressed in what appeared to be stray Tartans and tablecloths was bent over an empty fireplace, a pitiful pile of sticks on the hearth. At the sound of his footstep on the bare slate floor she turned and shrieked.

Some of Andrew’s childhood Gaelic had come back to him the further north he’d come. Immersion with the village women earlier had helped a bit. “Gabh mo leithsceal.” Excuse me.

“Does bloody anyone in this bloody place speak any bloody English?” the girl muttered.

She looked like a street urchin. Her brown hair was a nest, her pointed, unfashionably brown face was smudged and her brown skirts muddied. She was so very brown. Surely she couldn’t be—

“Miss Peartree?” Andrew asked, praying not.

The little wren’s mouth hung open like a baby bird waiting to be fed. Then she looked like she tasted the worm. “Oh, good lord. Mr. Rossiter?” She curtseyed, nearly tripping on twigs.

What’s your writing process?

Ha ha ha. Process? I don’t need no stinkin’ process. I get up very early every day with only the faintest idea of where I’m going, no matter what it says in the synopsis, and peck away until noontime. I try to write consecutively, but sometimes I get struck by inspiration and get ahead of myself. I tend to tinker and refine as I go, so that when I’m finished, I really am finished. I usually reread from beginning to end several times during the writing to make sure I haven’t lost any threads (and because my memory is shot, LOL) Revisions thus far have been mercifully light–I love my editor.

What’s next for you?

I have a new Brava trilogy debuting late this year, starting with Lord Gray’s List on November 27. The books are all loosely connected by a newspaper, The London List, which features ads and gossip–kind of like a Regency Craigslist and the National Enquirer combined. In fact, the working title was Lord Craig’s List, but the Kensington marketing department got a little nervous that prostitution and murder scandals might be an unwise association. 🙂 The other books are Captain Durant’s Countess and Lady Anne’s Lover, coming in 2013.

Thanks so much to the Riskies for having me here today! I have a signed HARDCOVER edition of Master of Sin for one commenter (no geographical restrictions–my post office loves me). And the fine print: you must include a “safe” version of your email e.g., riskies at yahoo dot com so we can contact you and/or plan to check back here on Monday when the winner will be announced. If we don’t hear back in a week, we’ll choose someone else.

Tell me, if you were stuck on a remote Scottish island in the middle of winter, what would you do to pass the time? Hero optional. 😉

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Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

Janet, thanks so much for your very kind words! I’m going to Scotland next month–too chicken to go in the winter. I already live in Maine and that’s bad enough. 😉

10 years ago

Congrats on your new release, Maggie!

I’d spend some time taking pictures of the place but eventually I’d probably drink a lot of hot tea indoors and read books, depending on how cold it gets.

ironss (at) gmail (dot) com

Melody May
10 years ago

Maggie- I bought your books last year and loved them. I accidently read Mistress by Marriage first. Then I realized I read them in the wrong order, but they were still good. Then I heard you wrote a fourth book I was excited.

countessofmar (at) yahoo (dot) com

Betty Hamilton
10 years ago

I LOVE your books!! If I were on that remote Island, I would (hopefully) find a nice man… ;o) ****clearing throat…. uh, read, or sew or take in the local views. Best wishes with the new book!!

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

Thank you, Melody! You really don’t have to read them in order, altho I think it helps if you’ve read Mistress by Marriage first to understand Andrew. I was explaining him to my daughter just this morning–because she never read Marriage. Must disinherit her (just kidding)

Thank you, Betty! yes, uh, sewing. That would be it. 😉

Thank you, Sheree!I’m a big tea drinker myself, and it always tastes better in Great Britain. 🙂

Jeanne M
10 years ago

Janet and Maggie –

Thank you both for getting up so early on a Sunday morning for this great interview!

Maggie – I loved the excerpt and since they closed our local bookstore I’m thrilled your offering a “real book” copy of Master of Sin!

If I ended up on a remote Scotish island it would be because I was born there! I’d probably be a widow who is helping my son by caring for my grandchildren because his wife died in childbirth. Andrew would have come to beg me to come up and help with the cooking and even say I could bring my grandsons with me to play with his son while I was getting the meals prepared.

Oh but I would wonder why things were so disorganized and out of place when I’d return the next morning. Whatever is going on up there while I’m gone and whatever are these Londoners doing here in this remote place? Oh yes the villagers are concerned but that little missy Gemma SEEMS like a nice little lady, well perhaps not quite a lady but she does treat me kindly after all.

Well the villagers can question me all they want but I won’t tell them a thing – not none of their business after all.

jeanne miro at yahoo dot com

10 years ago

A handsome charming hero to flirt with would be nice but other than, prob sleep a little extra, read –hopefully I’d have a nice selection from the tbr pile with me, (curled up near a bright toasty fire with a good book sounds delightful) & wonder about exploring & enjoying the countryside during the warmth of the day.

congrats on the latest release & contract for the next series.

gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

10 years ago

I love your books and you really make the reader feel like they are the character in the book. congrats on your new release Maggie!!

I’d spend time looking around and then i would go inside and read books with a hot cup of coffee or tea depending on the weather.

10 years ago

Oh thanks for your post. I can’t wait to read your books.
I think i would walk around – i love walking in the winter at night seeing the moon sparkling over the snow and then i would have a hot toddy and curl up with a good book 🙂

Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe

Thanks, ladies! Seems like books and tea are on the menu. 😉

Barbara E.
10 years ago

I’d build lots of fires in the fireplace, make some hot cocoa and sit and read. 😀 Of course if there were a handsome, sexy highlander around there might be a few more activities to pass the time. ;o) It would be fun to bundle up and go exploring as well, especially with a companion.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Janet Mullany
10 years ago

aah… bliss. Many cups of tea, scones with fresh butter (since we’re in Scotland). Possibly a little scrabble?

10 years ago

I would find the local pub and see if a brawny fellow wouldn’t mind giving me bagpipe lessons in return for a wee dram or two…..even better if some of the sparks that flew weren’t just coming from the peat in the pub’s fireplace…heh.heh.

Diane Gaston
10 years ago

A belated hello and a welcome to Risky Regencies, Maggie.

I envy you your trip to Scotland!

10 years ago

Great interview. I’d probably bake.