The Hawaiian word of the day is
It is dog.
|Gainsborough's PORTRAIT OF MARY ROBINSON|
I am caring for my friend's 'ilio during her extended absence. Her kaikua'ana, sister, is today's featured author, Susana Ellis. Susana interviewed Damian Ashby, Lord Clinton, from TREASURING THERESA.
Susana (to the Reader): This morning I have the honor of speaking with Damian Ashby, Lord Clinton, who just popped in for moment to give us an update on his stay in the English countryside. (To his lordship): Welcome to Hawaii, my lord. What do you think of the vista outside the front window? I should think it compares favorably with the English countryside—where was it you've been staying?
Lord Clinton: Thank you, Miss Ellis. Hertfordshire, north of London. An estate called Granville Manor. Indeed, I would say the ocean view is quite the equal of what I saw in the Greek islands. I can't help but recall Cousin Theresa's astonishing blue eyes when I gaze upon it. But the area around Granville Manor has its own appeal, of course.
Susana: I understood you to be a London man. What was it that brought you to Hertfordshire?
Lord Clinton: I stand heir to the Earl of Granville, a distant cousin of mine, you know, and when he fell ill recently, his daughter, Lady Theresa, wrote to say that he was asking to see me. I could have refused, of course, but it seemed rather churlish to deny a man his last request.
Susana: A magnanimous gesture indeed. Do you mind revealing the nature of the request?
Lord Clinton: He wishes to assure himself that the estate will be in good hands after his…er…departure. Naturally, I refrained from mentioning that I am primarily a London creature and plan to leave it under the management of a competent steward.
Susana: How very thoughtful of you! How long do you intend to rusticate, then? I assume it must seem quite monotonous compared to the pleasures of Town.
Lord Clinton: Well, actually, I am finding it much more intriguing than I expected. Cousin Theresa's daily excursions keep me so busy I hardly have time to think about London.
Susana: Ah, Cousin Theresa, the earl's daughter. Tell us about her.
Lord Clinton: To be frank, she's not at all what I expected.
Susana: No? Why do you say that?
Lord Clinton: When we met a few weeks ago at a betrothal ball, her behavior was that of a silly, graceless chit determined to make a fool of herself trying to attach me. The Cousin Theresa who greeted me here bears the same appearance—did I mention her Cerulean blue eyes?—but has thus far made no effort to impress me whatsoever.
Susana: And that annoys you?
Lord Clinton: Yes…no, of course not! I couldn't possibly wish for an entanglement with an eligible young lady at this point in my life. When the time comes for me to take on a leg-shackle, I shall choose a lady with some Town bronze. Not a country chit like Cousin Theresa. (Consulting his pocket watch.) I beg your pardon, but I really must be on my way. Cousin Theresa and I are engaged to visit the vicar tomorrow, and it's quite a long trip to 1810 England, you know.
Susana: Oh indeed, I quite understand, Lord Clinton. Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us. Mahalo, as the Hawaiians say.
Lord Clinton: You are quite welcome, Miss Ellis. A lovely place, this…Hawaii. Quite charming, really.
Read more about Lord Clinton and Lady Theresa in Treasuring Theresa, a sweet Regency short story, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, AllRomance eBooks, Ellora’s Cave, Sony, Kobo and Bookstrand.
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A former teacher, Susana is finally living her dream of being a full-time writer. She loves all genres of romance, but historical—Regency in particular—is her favorite. There’s just something about dashing heroes and spunky heroines waltzing in ballrooms and driving through Hyde Park that appeals to her imagination.
In real life, Susana is a lifelong resident of northwest Ohio, although she has lived in Ecuador and studied in Spain, France and Mexico. More recently, she was able to travel around England and visit many of the places she’s read about for years, and it was awesome! She is a member of the Maumee Valley and the Beau Monde chapters of Romance Writers of America.