Katharine Ashe's Rose-Colored Glasses

Help me welcome Katharine Ashe to Read, Write, Love today. She’s a talented writer whose work I admire greatly. I know you’re going to love her too! Ok, Katharine. My blog is now yours.

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She had never forgotten him…

Miss Octavia Pierce is witty, well off, and shockingly unwed. Still, she is far too successful in society to remain on the shelf forever, and her family has hopes that Octavia will finally make the perfect match. What they do not know is that years earlier Octavia was scandalously tempted by the one man capable of sweeping her off her feet—the man now known as the Marquess of Doreé.

A third son, never meant to inherit, Lord Ben Doreé has abandoned his past and grown accustomed to his illustrious new position of wealth and power. But he has never forgotten Octavia, and now she desperately needs his help in a most dangerous, clandestine matter. Although she claims she has put the memories of the passion they shared behind her, Ben is determined to once again have her in his arms—and in his bed.

A Little Naïvité

Back when I was young and naïve (a year ago when my debut Regency historical romance came out), Mia kindly hosted me on her blog for the first time. A wonderful author, a wise blogger, and a generous hostess, Mia was all a girl could want to support her in the plunge into the wide and wonderful world of the romance internet. (Mia popping in here. I did NOT pay Katharine to say that!) Although this is probably going to make me sound like a perfect idiot, I’ll admit that after guest blogging with people like Mia, I was definitely wearing rose-colored glasses.

But do you know what? I am not now going to tell you that those rosy glasses are bad. No, ma’am. Why?

Because I believe in first love.

I believe in the kind of love that comes when you delve into a new experience and fall for all the goodness, excitement and passion of it. The kind that only happens when you allow yourself to be just a little naïve, a little starry-eyed, with dangerous things like trust and dreams pressing beneath your ribcage. The kind that—despite all you’ve heard about those dangers, about the potential pitfalls and even the ones you’ve already experienced yourself—simply will not leave you alone.

The heroine in my new novel IN THE ARMS OF A MARQUESS is that kind of dreamer. When Miss Octavia Pierce and I were first introduced—

Wait. That’s totally wrong. Octavia (actually, she goes by Tavy) — isn’t at all the sort of girl to wait for somebody else to make introductions. Despite her ladylike upbringing, if she wants to meet someone she’s more likely to thrust out her hand and state her name loud and clear. Which is precisely what she does upon encountering the tall, dark and delectably mysterious young lord who lives next door to her in the little British colony of Madras. Ben Doreé is rumored to be a rakehell, a troublemaker, and a ladies’ man. But that doesn’t mean a thing to Tavy, just on the verge of womanhood, dying to learn about life. Dying to finally live.

And the way Ben looks at her definitely makes her want to do some living.

First love. Young love. Joyful. Passionate. Forbidden love. Love that is destined to be torn apart.

Because, after all, life isn’t actually rose-colored. Reality is all shades and hues, and pink is only one of them.

But like I said, I believe in rosy glasses. And I believe in first love. I believe that a love born in passion and adventure, then lost in anguish, can indeed be re-found… in dreams and trust and desire that rocks lives until nothing is stable but the lovers’ hearts, thoroughly entwined.

So perhaps a little naïvité isn’t all that bad after all. Perhaps being a bit naïve, a little trusting, and a lot excited about living is precisely what ensures our happily ever afters.

From stumbling upon a great new restaurant, to finding a fantastic new vacation spot, to discovering a new author you adore, what “first-love” experience have you had?

Mia here again. Thanks for sharing with us today! For more about Katharine and her books, please visit KatharineAshe.com. As a special treat, one lucky commenter is going to score a signed copy of Katharine’s CAPTURED BY A ROGUE LORD!


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38 thoughts on “Katharine Ashe’s Rose-Colored Glasses

  1. Chris Bails says:

    I would have to say that when my son and daughter were born is the day I fell in love. With them of course, who could not love their children more than anything in the whole wide world. I love my children more than anything. My daughter was 2 months premature and so I was very scared. I had to have a c-section because she was breech. Those were some scary moments and when she came out and I saw her(before they took her away) I knew that nothing could compare to her. Elena was 3 pounds and 1/2 ounce when she was born. She stayed in the hospital for 2 months. Dylan was also beech and decided he also was ready to be born 5 weeks early. He decided he wanted to make his debut at the doctors office. In for a check up and water broke. Before they got me on the gurney his foot was already hanging out. I had to have an emergency c-section. Now both of my children a healthy and happy.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.
    christinebails@yahoo.com

  2. Chelsea B. says:

    The first book I fell in love with was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. At the time I remember not even liking to read, but I read the first two books (only one’s out at the time) within a couple days. I was amazed at myself and how much I enjoyed them! (and reading) :-)

  3. Quilt Lady says:

    I agree! I love the cover of this books and it sounds like a great read.

  4. Na says:

    Some of my first-love experiences have been from afar. One of them is Europe. I would love visit there one day and see Scotland, England, Ireland and more. I get to experience these things from books and The Amazing Race :)

    1. Na, I feel that way about Wales and Scotland — the first time I visited, I fell in love. But books have long been my fall-in-love place. In fact, the spark for IN THE ARMS OF A MARQUESS ignited in me many, many years ago from a novel I read about a far-away place. :)

  5. Aimee Laine says:

    I am a firm believer in the power of love and what comes first can drive and influence all the rest. Being married to the boy I met at 14 and it being 23 years later is attributable to that. I just LOVE first love stories. :) So exciting!!

    1. Wow, Aimee! Fabulous. I love to hear about love stories like yours. Thanks for visiting today. :)

  6. Lisa says:

    Hi Katharine!
    I loved this blog post!

    As a romance reader/lover/hope-to-be-writer, how can I not have rose-colored glasses and not firmly believe in true love conquering all and happy ever after??!! And what I love is that even though the hero and heroine get put through the wringer, you know it’s worth it because they grow and mature due to the ordeals the author puts them through, and that happy ever after is well deserved and they’ve EARNED it.

    I fell in love the summer before my sophomore year of high school. I was lucky enough to take part in a study abroad program where I got to spend 10 glorious days traveling all over Spain. It was an unforgettable experience of a lifetime, and I just fell in love with the culture, museums, history, delicious food, and the locals were as friendly and nice as can be. I still remember getting lost in Cordoba and barely making it back to the bus in time, the Prado museum was amazing, and taking an overnight train from Barcelona to Seville. Then there was the night we were at a tapas bar in Madrid doing the Macarena, but that’s a whole other story……
    P.S. No need to enter me in the giveaway as I already have a signed copy of Captured By a Rogue Lord! :)

    1. Lisa says:

      And I nearly forgot to add, there was also my British Lit course my junior year when I first discovered the wonder that is Pride and Prejudice, and when I watched the 95 BBC version with Colin Firth, I was done for! ::Sigh:: *melt*

      1. Sigh! Melt! Indeed! :)=)

    2. Hi, Lisa. It’s lovely to see you here. :) What a fabulous time you had in Spain! Octavia falls in love with a foreign land just as you did. Sometimes a place can just grab you with both arms and pull you in. I’m so happy you have that experience always in your memory and heart. :)

  7. Shana Galen says:

    My first love was Han Solo. I remember seeing Star Wars for the first time when I was like 5 and falling in love with Han (Harrison Ford). All the other girls liked Luke, but not me. If you think about it, Han is much more of a romance hero than Luke (and not just because he gets the girl). He’s the bad boy, the alpha male, the guy we all want even though we know he’s bad for us.

    1. Shana, I’m a Han girl too. Adored him, for all the reasons you say, and because he’s got such a fantastic sense of humor. Yum!

      Thanks for visiting today. :)

  8. catslady says:

    I married my love at first sight boyfriend from high school and it’s been 41 years! I also fall head over heels with any stray animals. I have had 7 cats at one time but it always varies (I help ferals/strays). When we had dogs (2 at separate times) my husband had to go to the pound because I knew I couldn’t pick just one.

    I enjoyed your blog and your books sound wonderful. Horray for rose colored glasses (so much better than mistrusting everything).

    1. Hi, catslady. Congratulations on 41 years! :) I’m the same way with animal shelters! Not too long ago I was thinking about volunteering some time at my local shelter. My husband knew I’d end up with a new dog every week and put a stop to that idea right away. :}

  9. It sounds yummy! Love your books!

    It wasn’t first sight, but on our first date there was this *knowing*. I looked up at him and he was looking at me with this intensity. I felt more naked and vulnerable there at dinner with him than I ever had.

    He was it. If I stayed at that table with him, I would marry him and he’d be my forever. Color me terrified.

    I actually got up and ran to the bathroom. I considered just leaving. (What can I say? I have commitment issues.) But, I’m also a both feet first kind of girl. So, I decided to hang on for the ride. In three months we were living together, three months after that we were engaged, three months after that we were married. And this October, it will have been twelve years.

    We were actually planning to get married at a castle in Scotland, but I got this… feeling yet again. So we just did it and we found out two weeks later I was pregnant with our Kathryn. LOL.

    1. Wow, Saranna. Yours is a love story worthy of a novel. (Will you write it someday???) The *knowing* is truly so profound I honestly don’t entirely understand it. But it’s there, at some primal place in us, a familiarity and excitement about the new both at once. And it’s at the root of every love story I write. :)

  10. Deb says:

    Believe it or not, I think I did fall in love with my husband at first sight. The attraction was sizzling, that’s for sure!

    I fell in love with Denmark when I visited there over 20 years ago and still think it is a beautiful country.

    Last year, after hearing about Tim Tams so much over at Romance Bandits, I happened to see a package of them in the grocery store and snapped them up. Oh, my gosh! They are just as deliciously scrumptious as everyone said. Yum!

    1. Deb, oh, I just love to hear this. I believe in so many kinds of love (love is far too big to confine to one sort of emotion or experience, I think), including first-sight love that lasts.

      I haven’t yet been to Denmark, but would love to someday. So many wonderful adventures yet to be had!

      I am a Tim Tam addict!! So glad the Bandits introduced you to them. :)

  11. Amelia Grey says:

    I didn’t fall in love with my husband at first sight, but he was and still is my first love!Wishing tons of success!
    Amelia Grey

    1. Thank you, Amelia. You’re so kind. :) Congratulations to you on a lifetime spent with your first love — big happy sigh!

  12. Barbara Britton says:

    Hi Katharine,

    I like stories about first loves reuniting and your is also a kiss and teal book! Doubly good.
    I haven’t been to Scotland, but I do love Hawaii, Mia. I set my last novel in Oahu and I’m dying to go back.

    1. Barbara, how fabulous that you set a novel in Hawaii. It’s simply ripe for romance, with the heat and ocean (I do love the ocean) and exotic tropical beauty. I hope you have the chance to go back soon!

  13. Ora says:

    I can’t wait for Tavy and Ben’s story. I absolutely love all your books. I would love to win a signed book from you, however if not I hope I will see on Sept. 17th for the Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk.

    1. Hi, Ora. Thank you! I’m so glad you’ll be at the walk in Raleigh on September 17. More ways to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research and support — yay!

  14. eli yanti says:

    i always love stories where the hero can’t not forget his first love because i think first love is so beautiful =D

    thanks for sharing the great story of ben & octavia mia and kat =)

    1. Me too, Eli. There’s something so delicious about a hero who — despite being thwarted in love — never forgets his lady. Yum!

  15. kelly says:

    I was able to visit Ireland and Scotland 3 years ago and fell in love with both countries. I hope to return one day>

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Sounds like the way I feel about Hawaii. Been twice. Going again next May, but I take the road to Hana in my mind almost every day.

    2. Kelly, how lovely! I visited Scotland for the first time last year and absolutely fell in love! I went to do a little research for my next series that begins with a Scottish hero (coming in March 2012, WHEN A SCOT LOVES A LADY). I can tell you I’ll be writing many more Scottish characters now! :) I also visited Wales not to long ago and it was love at first sight — a beautiful, magical place. I have yet to go to Ireland. Can’t wait for that, the home of my ancestors. :)

  16. Thank you for hosting me today, Mia. I’m so happy to be here!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Anytime, my friend.

  17. Sheila Mulholland says:

    Still single after a divorce 24 years ago and yes, I still believe someone is out there for me. Kissed a lot of frogs butr I’m not going to settle. The rose colored glasses are still on. Octavia sounds a bit like me- not at all shy.

    1. Sheila, sometimes it takes kissing a lot of frogs, it’s true. I’m so happy you’ve still got your rose-colored glasses on. :)

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      Three cheers for you for knowing you deserve more than settling!

  18. Robin in NC says:

    You’ve got to believe or you’d go through life a very jaded, unhappy person! Octavia & Ben’s story sounds smokin’ hot!!! Thanks Mia & Katharine!
    Robin Weiss

    1. Hi, Robin. I agree completely! Thanks for visiting Mia’s blog today. :)

    2. Mia Marlowe says:

      My pleasure, Robin. Katharine’s writing always makes me think and today’s post takes me back to that jittery-stomach time when everything is on high alert whenever “he” comes into view.

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