Please help me welcome Kae Elle Wheeler. Kae Elle’s second book, The English Lily, was published by Wild Rose Press in May. She also writes contemporary under Kathy L Wheeler. Kae Elle is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter. Please just tell her you want it in a comment.
Ella: Tell us a little about yourself, Kae.
Kae: I grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, then moved to Boulder, Colorado in my high school years, and back to Dallas after high school. I’m not sure how I ended up in Oklahoma, but I’ve been here for twenty years now. And now that we have a real sports team (OKC Thunder), I’m proud to call Oklahoma home.
Ella: When and how did you start writing?
Kae: I began writing in November 2006. Odd that I know exactly when I began. I was looking at a Google writing prompt that said “What if Cinderella’s glass slipper fit one of her evil stepsisters?” Voilá. I wrote that series! The Wronged Princess – book i. The second two books in the series belong to the sisters, Pricilla and Esmeralda, in The Unlikely Heroine – book ii and The Surprising Enchantress – book iii, respectively.
Ella: What drew you to historical?
Kae: I love the history. I love the courtesy the gentleman must show his heroine. I realize that I am operating in a fantasy world. I know I live in the twenty first century. But the trials a man must go through to win his love are just irresistible.
Ella: What’s next?
Kae: I recently finished a first draft of the first book of another historical series I’m hoping to pitch at Nationals next week called The Earl’s Error. In the meantime, I’m editing the third book in my Bloomington Series, a contemporary.
Ella: Now what you’ve been waiting for, the blurb and excerpt of The English Lily.
Lady Kendra Frazier is devastated. The love of her life just married another, and now all she desires is to be as far away as possible. But Kendra has a secret. She is an imbecile. She cannot read. No matter how hard she has tried to learn. Viscount Lawrie, Joseph Pinetti Gray, is facing financial ruin and needs a wealthy heiress. Luckily for him, Kendra’s impetuous nature has handed him the fortuity he requires to save his family’s downfall. But Joseph’s carefully cultivated plans come to a grinding halt when he finds himself falling in love for what should have only been a marriage of convenience. But for the curse of an old scrimshaw doll that will not be broken until there is true love, can they reach their happiness.
He rushed over. “Thank God,” he whispered. He crouched down next to her. “Thank God,” he said again, touching his forehead to hers.
“Joseph? Lord Lawrie?” Her voice cracked. Her white glove was no longer white. He wished he could have protected her from that.
Leaning back, he peeled the stained fabric away.
Her hand clenched. “My hands—”
He brushed his lips over the tiny scars. “Your hand is perfect,” he said. “We’ll have to marry, you know.”
“Married. I’ve dreamed of marrying,” she whispered, smiling. Her eyes were dry, but in them he read the shock and fear.
Something tight squeezed Joseph’s chest, he found he could hardly breathe. Death hovered over them. While he might fail in creating bliss for Kendra’s last moments on this earth, he could offer her the whimsical fairytale.
Joseph dropped her hand and cupped her head with both hands. “Lady Kendra Frazier, would you do me the honor of becoming my wife, mademoiselle, s’il vous plait?”
With a stately incline of her head, she replied with a trembling smile. “I shall be honored, Viscount Lawrie, Chevalier Joseph Pinetti Gray. Lord Hardwick’s Marriage Act was enforced in Scotland, in fifty-four, so we’ve no need to post the banns.” A small hysterical laugh erupted. “Shall we escape to Gretna Green, my lord?”
Her spirit touched him as nothing else could. Even in the throes of shock and danger, she managed to recall his full proper name and title. He pulled her to him as heavy steps echoed on the wooden planks just beyond the door. But for a moment he could pretend they would live a long and fruitful life together. “Oui, Gretna Green suits my purposes, perfectly, love,” he whispered against her lips, before crushing them beneath his own.
The door crashed back.
Kathy L Wheeler/ Kae Elle Wheeler is an active member of the Oklahoma Romance Writers, an avid sports fan, theater buff, and traveler. She lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with her multi-talented husband (music & law) and her bossy cat, Carly. http://klwheeler.com/