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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Prince Richard - A Lady Never Lies by Stephanie Burkhart

Thank you for bringing Prince Richard to visit Steph, he's absolutely gorgeous.

Question: Thanks so much for joining us today, Prince Richard. Inquiring minds want to know: How did you meet Lady Jocelyn Ridgecroft.  She's sooooo… involved in her work.

Richard: Quite by accident, I assure you. The time machine plunked me down in a pile of dirt on my derrière next to a black oil quarry. It was hot, dusty, and rusty. I took off my cravat and trudged over to the quarry in search of a drink and some information and what do I discover but the dirtiest woman in the world looking up at me with the widest, most sincere eyes and calling me a rogue for having my necktie off. A part of me wanted to strangle her and the other part wanted to kiss her.

Question: What attracted you to Jocelyn?

Richard: The girls in my century paint their nails, dye their hair and wear the tightest fitting clothes to grab my attention. They tell me they feel sorry for me because of why my mother died, and then talk about the most insipid things in the world like their favorite nail polish and ask me if Henry VIII really was like his portrayal in "The Tudors." Let me assure you nail polish does not catch my attention., and Henry VIII is quite dead. Jocelyn was the first woman I met who cared more for the world and people around her than herself. I also adored her eyes, bright and sparkling, full of life and personality. I wanted to get to know that woman.

Question: So what are you attracted to in a woman?

Richard: I want her to have a personality that shines. I grew up taught to respect the world and those in it, so that's important to me. I want her to be warm and caring, a bit daring with a sense of adventure, honest and trustworthy. I notice eyes first, they truly are windows to the soul, then lips, then….ah, it wouldn't be gentlemanly if I continued.

Question: How are things going with you and Jocelyn now?

Richard: Tough, I'm afraid. Her father was gravely hurt, and I'm afraid it's my fault. She's been barely civil to me. Then the Prime Minister has asked her to go to York to mediate a coal strike. She hates to leave her father. I'm hoping my constant presence and quiet support will win over her heart.

Question: How do you define hero?

Richard: Oh, that's another tough one. A hero does many difficult things well. He looks danger in the eye then spits in it. He accomplishes his task in the face of adversity. He does not run away from problems, he runs into them. He's not afraid to cry when tears are called for.

Question: When was the last time you cried?

Richard: At my mother's funeral. She died in a plane accident when I was a teenager.

Question: Who is your own personal hero?

Richard: Historically, Winston Churchill. He got his chops beat in World War I, but he looked adversity in the eye, spit, and learned his lessons before standing firm against Nazi aggression. Closer to home, my mother is my hero. I saw her face down reporters. She went against the old fashioned established royal protocol. She was honest and always true to heart.

Jocelyn Dunkirk is not your typical Victorian lady. She dresses in leather, wears goggles and is not afraid to get a little grease under her fingernails. Gentlemen avoid her like a dirty rivet.

Richard Windsor, the Prince of Wales, travels through time to claim Jocelyn's heart, but if it isn't one challenge, it's another. He determines to be a constant, steady presence in her life, hoping to prove he'd make a worthy husband.

Jocelyn's facing a bucket full of problems. The Prime Minister wants her to assist in ending a coal strike before it cripples the nation while her father attempts to recover from a serious injury. Will Jocelyn's dedication to her country and family ruin the one chance she has at love? 

She swatted her hand next to her head like she was swatting a fly. Love could flitter away from her heart like a hummingbird for all she cared. Who needed it? Love hurt.

A knock rapped on the door, but before she could voice a reply, Richard walked in. He crossed the room, raw concern splayed over his face and he knelt before her. "What's wrong?"

"You look annoyed."

"A lady never cusses," she replied.

His lips tipped in amusement. "What else does a lady never do?"

"They never wear the same dress twice."

He pulled up a chair and sat in front of her. "I believe that."

"And a lady never lies," she said.

He slid his hand over hers and laced their fingers together. A sweet jolt pulsed up her arm and she smiled despite herself.

"So what's bothering you?" he asked.

"You've got romance, betrayal, time travel and gadgets. Perfect mix!!! Can't wait for the next book!" The Crafty Cauldron

4.5 Stars, Clue Review
This is a fun series! The author has a huge imagination.

5 Stars,  Michelle Stanley for Reader's Favorites
"A wonderful book."






Author Bio: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She adores coffee, enjoys coffee and is participating in the 5K walk to end Alzheimer's in Santa Clarita in SEP 2014. A Lady Never Lies is book 3 in her steampunk series, "The Windsor Diaries."









Stephanie Burkhart said...

Sue, thank you so much for having me here today. It's a pleasure to visit! I have to ask - who is your favorite royal? I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts.


E. Ayers said...

I love the excerpt!Such fun!

Melissa Keir said...

What a fun story. I would be bored speaking about nail polish too. Does Richard have a brother? *wink*

All the best Stephanie!

Sue Perkins said...

Thank you for visiting Stephanie, love the first of these books and have the other two in my TBR list.

Favorite royal hmmm! Would have to be Prince William I think as he's such a breath of fresh air.

If you mean favorite in your books it would have to be Princess Alice from Victorian Scoundrel.

Rose Gorham said...

Enjoyed the interview, ladies. Loved the excerpt...sounds like a great read.