Today's guest is Stephen Redepenning, 8th Earl of Chirbury. Rede, as he prefers to be called, is the hero of Farewell to Kindness.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Please. Call me Rede. I never expected to be the Earl of Chirbury. When I left England to make my fortune in the fur trade in Canada, my Uncle George was still alive, and his son George. I was next in line, of course, but I figured my cousin would marry and his sons would inherit.
After my wife and children were murdered, I returned to England to hunt down the people responsible. I stepped off the ship and found out George had died a few weeks earlier, leaving me with a title I didn't want and an estate to rescue from his poor management.
What is your role in the story?
I spend most of the book focused on hunting my enemies, and doing my best to ignore the depth of my feelings for a mysterious widow who lives near my country estate. She has been living rent free for six years, and she has a daughter of nearly six years who looks exactly like my cousin George. I was attracted to her immediately, but I was very reluctant to admit that I loved her. I didn't have time for love.
And she was equally reluctant. She had her own secrets to hide, and her own enemies to avoid.
What is your favorite hobby?
I like to ride and walk. I'm used to being active. I also play cards and chess. But reading is probably my favourite hobby. I like Shakespeare's comedies, and I enjoy Sheridan's wit, but I particularly enjoy stories of adventure. Daniel Defoe's books are excellent. Have you read Defoe's 'The Life, Adventures, and Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton'? It's a superb book.
What is the challenge you’re trying to overcome during the story?
On the outside, my challenge is to find and stop the business men who had my family killed as part of a strategy to destroy my fur trapping company. They are involved in a lot of shady business practices, and they're not above threatening other members of my family to stop my hunt.
But my biggest challenges are internal. I have to learn to let myself love; to risk loss again. I have to let go of the need for revenge. The villains have to be stopped; that doesn't change. But I thought revenge was all I had to live for, and then I met Anne. It takes me most of the novel to realise what that means for me.
If you could make one wish, what would it be?
That's a hard one. When I hold my wife and feel our child move within her, I don't wish for anything. But that doesn't mean I've forgotten Marie-Therese and the three lovely children she gave me. I wish I could know that they are safe and happy. I believe they are. I will always remember them.
Title: Farewell to Kindness
Author: Jude Knight
Genre: Historical Romance
Farewell to Kindness (On prerelease 2 March 2015, on sale from 1 April 2015)
Price: US99c from 2 March 2015 to 8 April 2015; USD3.49 from 9 April 2015
The man who hunts. Rede believes he has turned his back on compassion and mercy. But he is distracted from the hunt for those who killed his family by his growing attraction for Anne. His feelings for her are a weakness. Or could they instead be a source of strength?
The woman who hides. Anne protected her family from scandal and worse by changing their identity. She must keep Rede from discovering who they are. She cannot give him her heart without trusting him, yet how she trust him when he has closed himself off to love?
And the danger that threatens them both. When their enemies link forces, Rede and Anne must face the past in order to claim the future.
Price: free ebook in multiple formats at all eretailers; USD12.99 in print on Amazon
Cover art created for and owned by Jude Knight
Published: 1 April 2015, publisher: Jude Knight
Page length: 420 pages
ISBN ebook: 978-0-473-31354-8 ASIN: Not yet assigned ISBN print book: 978-0-473-31353-1
Heat: PG13 edging towards R in places
Jude Knight started writing fiction when she was still at school, but went on to spend many years as a commercial writer. In late December 2012, she came home from her mother’s funeral determined to finally achieve the dream her mother had always supported.
After more than a year collecting ideas, doing research, and creating plots and character sketches, she stopped procrastinating and started writing. Her first novella was published just before Christmas in 2014, and – to Jude’s awed surprise – hit several Amazon bestseller lists in both the US and the UK, at one point reaching the top 2 in the US and the very top in the UK. 2015 is the year of the novel, with one in April, one in September, and one in December. Jude is also part of a collaborative group of writers, the Bluestocking Belles, so watch for their boxed set just before Christmas 2015.
Jude has chosen 1 April as the launch date for Farewell to Kindness in honour of all the people who told her that she’d never achieve anything if she didn’t get her head out of a book.
In Jude’s books, you’ll find strong determined heroines, heroes who can appreciate a clever capable woman, and villains you’ll love to loathe. The novel plots tend towards the gothic, with a leavening of humour, and some insights into the similarities and differences between now and way back then.
Jude thinks her Mum would have liked them.
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