Friday, August 29, 2014

Answering Questions about the Earl of Dentin

Thank you to Joyce DiPastena for tagging me for this fun blog tour. I really enjoy her medieval romances and I am looking forward to reading her next book.

Bio: Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist). Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.

Her newest title, Loving Lucianna, will be available in October 2014.

Now to answer questions about the hero of my coming novel, Honor.

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Jerome Simon Cordale, fifteenth earl of Dentin, is a fictional character. He hates his first name and reluctant to go by his second name. His friends call him Dentin. His frenemies call him Lord Dentin. His enemies, of whom he has many, call him the bulldog of Rhynan, Mendal’s Monster, and bully. While all defer to him as King Mendal’s right hand man, not all are willing to accept his power complacently.

2) When and where is the story set?
Honor takes place in an ancient kingdom loosely modeled on medieval England. The government is similar, but not exactly the same. Simon holds a very powerful position in the government, second in power to the king. As Securer of the Realm, he is responsible for rooting out conspiracies, treason, and other forces that would undermine the power and security of the current monarchy.

3) What should we know about him/her?
Despite his tough reputation, Simon is a likeable and admirable guy. You just have to get past his gruff demeanor, something few women are willing to attempt. Those that do are frequently only interested in his money or power and he sets them straight at once, except for the stubborn Elsa.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
The king sets Simon on a mission to collect an orphan boy from his adopted family. If it had been any other adopted family, Simon wouldn’t have had as much difficulty, but the family is the one of his best friend. Simon must choose between betraying a friendship or his king. As he struggles with the decision, he meets the strong willed Elsa. Not only does she frequently point out the dishonorable nature of his current mission, but she is caught up in major problems of her own. No matter how he tries to convince her, she refuses to accept his help.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Simon strives to preserve and champion justice in an unjust world. Using the power he has gained to help others, he works endlessly to serve, protect, and fight for others. He knows it is a never ending and thankless task, but he sees it as a way to prevent his past from happening to someone else.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
Honor is the second installment in the Novels of Rhynan series. He appears in the first installment of the series, Duty, but Honor is mostly about him and Elsa, the woman who tamed the Bulldog of Rhynan.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?
I am hoping to have it out in print and ebook by the end of 2014 or early 2015.

I would like to tag the following authors whom I didn’t warn ahead of time. They might not take up the challenge, which would be fine because I just want to sing their praises and hope they will answer questions about a character too.

Charissa Taylor Lees

Charissa and I have known each other since we were kids in the same homeschool group. As another oldest child in a pastor’s family, she and I had a lot in common. Since finishing degrees in communication and Bible at Philadelphia Biblical University, she has taken a large role in starting and running The Solid Rock Youth Center in her home town of Morrisville, PA. She served with the Pennsylvania National Guard for nine years before settling down to marriage, motherhood, and writing. She currently has books available with many more on the horizon.

Rachel Heffington

Bio stolen from Amazon: Rachel Heffington is a Christian, a novelist, and a people-lover. Outside of the realm of words, Rachel enjoys the Arts, traveling, mucking about in the kitchen, listening for accents, and making people laugh. She dwells in rural Virginia with her boisterous family and her black cat, Cricket.

Rachel released her debut novel (Fly Away Home) in February, 2014, and is looking forward to the publication of her Cinderella-inspired novella (The Windy Side of Care) in the Five Glass Slippers collection being published by Rooglewood Press in June, 2014. 

The Windy Side of Care is out already. Now I am eager to get my hands on her next release, Anon, Sir, Anon.


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