Monday With An Author – Katharine Ashe

>Over the last several months, I’ve widened my networking circle in the romance author world, and I’ve been delighted to meet so many new and lovely writers. One of those is Katharine Ashe. The two of us work in similar environments on our day jobs, so we’ve commiserated with one another on occasion. Now that I’ve read her bio, she doesn’t know it yet, but I’ll be asking research questions!! LOL 

Katharine’s a kind, sympathetic soul, and I’m delighted that she’s here today to talk about her books. I’d also like to point out that Katharine’s current release is part of Avon’s K.I.S.S. and Teal releases this month in support of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.

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Forbidden Love

I adore forbidden love stories. Adore. Despite its horridly tragic ending, Romeo and Juliet is one of my favorite love stories of all time.

This does not make me a glutton for emotional punishment. I am — as I think you may be — quite comfortably addicted to Happily Ever Afters.

But I’m also addicted to first love. New love. Love so intense, so powerful, pure and hot that it will not be quenched. Not even by others that seek to tear the lovers apart. This is why I cannot get enough of young Romeo and his Juliet. Their love defies hatreds and fears. They meet, they woo, they fall, and they love so swiftly, so intensely that every single time I watch it, it’s impossible for me to remain aloof. It doesn’t matter that I know (have known since ninth grade!) that their story ends terribly. I am swept up each and every time they tumble into love. Not tumble. Throw themselves into love.

And I think I know why I adore their story so much. It is because their love is honest. Full of all the confidence yet giddy uncertainty of adolescence, they practically hurl themselves at one another emotionally. In their hearts whisper every fear that we all have of being rejected. But need and desire and hunger clamor louder, drowning out everything else, and they allow themselves to fall into perfect, delectably dangerous bliss. 

 It’s heady stuff.

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She had never forgotten him…

Miss Octavia Pierce is witty, well off, and shockingly unwed. Still, she is far too successful in society to remain on the shelf forever, and her family has hopes that Octavia will finally make the perfect match. What they do not know is that years earlier Octavia was scandalously tempted by the one man capable of sweeping her off her feet—the man now known as the Marquess of Doreé.

A third son, never meant to inherit, Lord Ben Doreé has abandoned his past and grown accustomed to his illustrious new position of wealth and power. But he has never forgotten Octavia, and now she desperately needs his help in a most dangerous, clandestine matter. Although she claims she has put the memories of the passion they shared behind her, Ben is determined to once again have her in his arms—and in his bed.

Still think I’m a glutton for emotional punishment?

All right then, what if a young love of that sort of intensity didn’t have to end tragically? What if a girl just upon the verge of womanhood and a youth just become a man meet, despite the barriers that society erects to keep them apart? Then what if they fall? What if they tumble headlong into first love… passionate love… forbidden love… only to be rent asunder?

(You’d say, “I’ve heard this story before.” And I’d reply, “But the story doesn’t end there.” Because I am, after all, addicted to Happily Ever Afters.)

What if, when they meet again seven eternal years later, they are still in love? And what if this time, no matter the dangers and forces pulling them apart, they will not be denied their greatest desire?

That’s the sort of forbidden love story I adore most. The sort that triumphs because the love is so powerful nothing can stop it. So that is the story in my latest Regency historical romance, IN THE ARMS OF A MARQUESS.

If you could rewrite the ending of any tragic love story of yore, how would you do it? Would Romeo  not drink that poison? Would Rhett not walk out that door?

Join me as I purchase Katharine’s book and 
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IN THE ARMS OF A MARQUESS is part of Avon Books’s K.I.S.S. and Teal campaign to spread awareness about the whispering symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. For each copy sold, Avon will donate 25 cents up to $50,000 to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance toward research and support programs for victims of this stealthy disease. Know the Important Signs and Symptoms and help spread the word! 

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About the Author
he American Library Association’s Booklist named Katharine Ashe among its “New Stars of Historical Romance”. A professor of European history, Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, two dogs, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt.
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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

15 thoughts on “Monday With An Author – Katharine Ashe

  1. >Romeo and Juliet was such a large part of my middle school years! I decided I would never be as stupid a teen as to die for a boy. If Juliet could have gone to college instead of having to be someone's wife, would she had fallen for Romeo and killing herself? Would she had told her parents no and waited until she had a career before marrying Romeo? That would have been my choice of ending when I read the play for the first time.

    I've never read GONE WITH THE WIND but have seen the movie a few times when I was young and always though Scarlet was a selfish idiot. Rhett was much, much better off without her. However, I've imagined that she did win him back, the sucker that he was for a bad girl.

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  2. >Agreed, Orpheus had trust issues, but one of the operatic version does give him one more chance, and Eurydice makes it out alive, and they get their HEA!

    Tristan and Isolde, well, in Wagner's opera (and the original story I read, lo, those many years ago), they die in each others arms. One form of HEA. Sort of. King Mark is left with Isolde's servant woman, which neither of them are too pleased about.

    And while we're on the subject of Shakespeare, what about Othello and Desdemona? Now, THAT is a story that deserves an HEA, but doesn't have one!!


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  3. >Hi Katherine and Monica! I love your question and if I were going to re-write a love story I would go back to the first romance author, Cervantes and his book Man of LaMancha and Don Quoixote would win his true love Dulcinia! To me he was the first true romance hero who loved without reservation, forgiving all her past indicretions and loved her with a pure heart.

    He also fought wind mills to conquer all wrongs. What more could you ask for in a hero!

    Katherine, Your also one of my "heros" and I want to thank you again for your support in the K.I.S.S. and Teal campaign. My best friend Sheilah died from ovarian cancer but was a true role model for us all and encouraged all her friends to be vigilant and to talk to their health professionals to be vigilant in testing early for this type of cancer.
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  4. >Monica, you're completely right. Scarlett deserved everything coming to her. She was wretched and selfish and misguided and Rhett deserved so much more. But I still cannot stand to see love defeated! And by the end she's finally learned. It takes her so long, and she's hurt so many people along the way. Still, I'm a sucker for a redemption story. I really believe in giving people a second chance, a third, a fourth… whatever it takes. I think Rhett was right to walk out on her. I harbor hope that he'll take her back someday, though. 🙂

  5. >Mary, yes! I'm so glad you mentioned this. Do you know, I almost put Orpheus and Eurydice in the question at the end of my post?! It's up there at the top of my list of most tragic love story endings ever. He's just too afraid to trust, and he lets that fear overcome hope. Since trust is so essential to real love, it's heartbreaking. And the image of her behind, grief stricken as he ascends and she cannot… It's too much. I'm all teary! :}

  6. >Lisa, Tristan and Isolde is one of the saddest love affair endings ever. In fact, in my novella, A LADY'S WISH, the hero and heroine decide to change Tristan and Isolde's story so that it'll end happily!

  7. >Good Morning, Congratulations on the new release, it looks like a fun read that I'll definitely be getting soon.

    Orpheus and Eurydice is the story that I would change. it's so sad that she dies after being bitten by snakes and he is so sad that he goes to the underworld and asks to have one more chance with her. The only thing he has to do is not look backwards on the way out of the underworld and he forgets that they both have to be in the upper world and he turns back before she is…and she disappears forever. I would change that so that she makes it to the upperworld and he saves her. To me that is one of the saddest stories I've ever heard.

  8. >Katharine, WELCOME! So glad you're here today chatting different endings as well as promoting the K.I.S.S and Teal efforts Avon is doing. What a great cause!

    As for endings I'd change, I can't think of any. I think I'm one of those people who looks at the actions of others and sees myself in them, so when they do things that are human, yet asinine, I think they deserve what they get.

    As for me, I think Rhett deserved a hell of a lot better than Scarlett, and seeing him walk out on her gave me satisfaction because I thought he was a wonderful hero, who fought hard, but decided he was worth more than being a doormat to Scarlett any longer.

  9. >Hi Katharine! 🙂 Great to see you here! If there is one tragic story I'd change to ending to, it'd definitely be Tristan and Isolde. I saw the 2006 movie version with James Franco and Sophia Myles. All that death and destruction, and nary a happy ending in sight. Tristan dies, Isolde is married to a man she doesn't really love, though he is more than good to her, and Lord Marke is betrayed by his wife, and the man he loved like a son. I like to think that if Tristan and Isolde had been honest, a lot of pain and heartache could have been prevented. I think Marke would have stepped aside and let Isolde be with Tristan. And because I love Rufus Sewell, I definitely felt Marke was short-changed and deserved a bride who loved him with her whole heart!

  10. >Jennifer, I haven't read Atonement. Now I'm hugely curious to know how it ends and how you would change it! I know what you mean; Romeo and Juliet wouldn't be the same if it ended happily, but I still hope… 🙂

  11. >Oh, I have faith that Rhett came back. Rhett ALWAYS came back.

    If I could change the ending of any book, I'd change the ending of Atonement by Ian McEwan. I won't spoil it here if anyone hasn't read it, because it's really such an amazing story. In fact, it would be utterly ruined if the ending were different. But I'm selfish and I want to change it!

  12. >Ora, agreed! Those two were made for each other. If only she didn't remain so steadfastly, adamantly one-track-minded. And while I adore Leslie Howard (my idol as The Scarlet Pimpernel), Ashley is a thorough wimp. Gone With the Wind is another one of those films I can watch every time and still hope that it will end happily.

  13. >Good morning, ladies! Monica, thank you for hosting me today. It's lovely to be here. 🙂

  14. >Gone with the Wind is one of my absolute favorite stories. I would love it if Scarlett would have come to her senses earlier about Ashley. I think that's the only way Rhett would have stayed knowing he wasn't in compettion for Scarlett's affection. Instead of Rhett walking out the door, I would love it if he would have embraced Scarlett with a passionate kiss.