Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The Earl's Cinderella Countess Guest Post #GoddessFish



Amanda McCabe


GENRE: Historical Romance



Enjoy this friends-to-lovers romance set in Regency Bath

The one match

She doesn’t want to make…

The Earl of Fleetwood was Eleanor St. Aubin’s first love, but being a mere vicar’s daughter held her back from admitting her feelings. Now she's a successful matchmaker, and the prospect of finding Frederick the wealthy wife he needs to settle his inherited debts is a nightmare come true! But returning from war, Frederick’s facing nightmares of his own. Eleanor feels compelled to help him, but could she ever be his Cinderella countess?



Staring down at the sparkle of the glorious view before her, Eleanor stumbled a bit as she descended the carriage steps. Fred caught her before she could tumble down, lifting her high for an instant as she held tight to his shoulders, staring up in wonder at his familiar, unfamiliar, beautiful face.

He slowly, ever so slowly lowered her to the ground, a gentle slide, his gaze never leaving hers. Eleanor didn’t want to let him go, yet the chatter of Penelope and Mary as they made their way up the path, the chirping song of the birds, pulled her back into the real world again.

She stepped back, flustered. “Thank you. So clumsy of me.”

The last thing you could ever be, Ella, is clumsy,” he said hoarsely. She noticed him running his damaged arm, as if he had wrenched it and didn’t want her to notice. She felt so shy and awful that he had to worry about such things now! Her strong, funny old friend.

They walked together behind Penelope and Mary and the footmen, toward a spot where they could spread out their picnic with the glorious view all around them. Eleanor lost herself in the chatter, the wine and laughter, and soon felt easy again, as if she was with the old Fred and she the old Eleanor, reading poetry in the Moulton Magna summerhouse.

But they were not those people still, not really, and there was a new, taut awareness she could not deny. He was at the other end of the blanket, far from her reach, yet Eleanor was achingly aware of him at every moment. As they finished their repast, and grew quiet and drowsy in the sunlight, he glanced toward her and smiled.

Shall we walk a bit, Ella?” he asked, popping a last strawberry into his mouth. “I fear if I sit here any longer, I’ll quite go to sleep in this delightfully warm sun.”

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Guest Post

     Hello, and thank you so much for inviting me here today!! I am so excited to be talking about my new book The Earl’s Cinderella Countess and the series “Matchmakers in Bath,” and especially to talk abut minor characters to get bossy (as they often do).

The main characters in the book are Eleanor (Ella) and her Frederick, childhood sweethearts who manage to find each other again, but a character I loved soooo much (and who will luckily have her own book next!) was Ella’s sister Mary. She is younger, a bit spoiled, very pretty and stylish, but with the kindest heart. In many ways, she’s what I wish I could be! Outgoing, intuitive (which is helpful, since she and her sister run a matchmaking business!), always seeing the best in others. (I am a shy bookworm, so I loved going along with Mary to parties where she dances and plays cards!). She also has to learn to grow up a bit, to see her own strengths.

I thought she would probably have her own story one day (and she will! Their Convienent Christmas Betrothal will be out in November), but I wasn’t sure who her hero would be, or what sort of man she would need to win her heart. Charles Campbell is a strong, tough, no-nonsense Scotsman. What will he think of Mary’s sociable ways??? Will he be grumpy and want to stay home by the fire, or will she teach him to have fun? Can he show her she is perfect just as she is? Stay tuned!

(BTW, I always think of something I read a long time ago, though can’t remember the title of the book, where the author claimed a character can no more take over a book than an eggplant can take over your kitchen. I am pretty sure he was quite wrong, because it seems to happen to me with every single book!!!

Who are some side characters you would love to see find love????

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Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen--a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject...)

She's never since used algebra, but her books (over 100 so far!) have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in Santa Fe with two rescue dogs, a wonderful husband, and a very and far too many books and royal memorabilia collections.

When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network--even though she doesn't cook.

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