Adrienne: It’s a pleasure to visit! Thank you for the invitation.
(Mutters a curse.) Damn, will you pardon me? These pins are burdensome! (Draws the hair pins from her long tresses before casting them haphazardly on the table between them.) There, that’s better. Why Maman and my nursemaid, Selene, insist on having one’s hair done up is beyond me.
Devika: Adrienne, I’m curious to find out more about you. What do you do for a living?
Adrienne: What an unexpected, yet fascinating question. Most people would say I’m a young woman in society…a lady, right? But since you’re asking me, I can assure you I am so much more. A gambler, an avid feminist, a wielder of various weapons. Oh, I can duel with the best of them. I also love a good ruse.
Devika: Interesting. What about your family background?
Adrienne: Ah. You’ve heard the rumors, I see. Both my father and brother are capable captains at sea. My mother caused her own trouble back in her day, though she now tries to keep me in line. I also have my sister-in-law Chloe and my Aunt Lina to keep me company. But never fear, I refuse to be tamed. Well, there’s Eric too, but I’ve found ways to circumvent him when necessary. I live at the Bellamont Plantation, and I’d have it no other way.
Devika: I see. So how did you meet (hero/heroine)?
Adrienne: (One can spot a rare blush on Adrienne’s cheeks.) Oh, him. I first saw Christian du Plessis at an event I attended with my friend Elena. I was quite unable to deny his request to assist him in a strategy he proposed.
Devika: Wow. That sure makes for an interesting story. How did you know he’s/she’s the one?
Adrienne: The moment I met him, I knew I recognized a trait in him, much like something I always saw in myself. We were two wayward souls, hoping to find someone who understood us a little better. Of course, it didn’t help that the bastard wouldn’t stop kissing me.
Devika: You strike me as a woman quite out of your time, almost like a female warrior. What gives you your strength? Would you say there was a decisive moment in your life that made you who you are today?
Adrienne: Oh, yes, I am strong and stubborn like my parents. I’d like to think I have their courage. To answer your question, it wasn’t any one moment in my life that made me who I am, but a multitude of them. And I suppose I’ve always felt highly protective of those I love.
Devika: Let’s talk about your dreams and goals in life.
Adrienne: My dream? To find the one person who’ll understand me and never wish to change me. As for ambitions, I’ve had far loftier goals than most women my age. Allow me to simply say I wish to be an equal to every man. I feel we’re all capable of the same things, don’t you agree?
Devika: Okay. And what is your greatest fear?
Adrienne: (Frowns, her gaze drawn away.) My greatest fear is losing someone I love. I shouldn’t like that to happen again.
Devika: Sorry, I didn’t mean to dampen the mood. Why don’t we finish off on a happy note? Tell me, if you could have anything in the world, what would you wish for?
Adrienne: Love, in its purest form, no expectations at all, just the simple blessing of having love and being loved. And, of course, I’d want my family to always be healthy and happy.
Devika: I’d love to talk some more, but unfortunately our time is up. Thanks so much for stopping by. I can’t wait to see what adventures you’ll have in store for us in the future. *waves*
About the Book
Fara Hill, mother and faithful wife, is torn between her family at home and her urge to be at sea. Soon, she learns some disturbing truths. Was the past a fairy tale instead of reality?
Chloe Hill, loving wife and young mother, questions her faith when her husband sets an ultimatum she cannot meet. Will she be able to keep her marriage from falling apart?
Adrienne Bellamont Hill, born of a valiant captain and a fiery redhead, is untamed to her core and will bow to no man. Then Christian du Plessis enters her life with an offer she can’t refuse. Discovering the man behind the polished gentleman, she is drawn to him in many ways. Holding out for love is a family tradition, but can she resist the temptation of passion?
Christian finds this young woman to be a fascinating challenge, and is torn between keeping his distance from her and succumbing to her charms. A fierce battle of wills ensues as he sees she is much more than he ever imagined.
But danger lurks, threatening to destroy everything…
Can these two strong-willed individuals unite in the cause before time runs out?
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About the Author
Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for a little over twenty-five years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 25 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several multi-author anthologies. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series, The Blood at First Sight Series and The Code of Endhivar Series.