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Reviews for Marquess of Cake
"5 Stars! I could not put this book down and stayed up until 4am reading it." -- Goodreads
"5 Hearts! It is a must read for lovers of historical romances." -- Bitten by Love reviews
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About Heather Hiestand
After a couple of years of writing Victorian-set steampunk, Heather Hiestand went back to what first sold her into the romance market in the first place -- Victorian-set romance. Her first novel for Kensington is the 1886-set Marquess of Cake (July 2013) which will be followed by One Taste of Scandal, (December 2013) His Wicked Smile (2014) and two other unnamed stories also in 2014. All the novels feature a Victorian bakery, a central setting of the Redcakes series. You can learn more about Heather at her website, http://www.heatherhiestand.com and blog, http://blog.heatherhiestand.com. You can join her newsletter at http://www.coffeeonsundays.info/_sgg/m3_1.htm . She is also on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hahiestand and is lurking somewhere on Facebook too.
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An Interview with the Heather Hiestand
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
Holly: Heather, thank you for talking with us at TRS. You featured story is Marquess of Cake. Where did you get the idea for this incredible story?
Heather: My ideas for the book (and the Redcakes series in general) came from two places. A dream I had about an austere, yet charismatic hero, who I dubbed Michael Shield, Marquess of Hatbrook, and an overindulgence in cake decorating competition shows, which led me to invent a Victorian tea shop/bakery/market called Redcake’s Tea Shop and Emporium. From there it was a matter of fleshing out the hero’s family and the people surrounding my tea shop.
Holly: What do you like about Alys and why will readers identify with her?
Heather: What is the cost of living how you want, and how does a romantic connection change things? Alys is twenty-six, and a career girl. Originally, she was one of five children. The oldest three worked in their father’s factory. The problem is, her father’s businesses became very successful a few years before and now he’s being knighted. Alys has two younger sisters who have been raised far more gently than she was, and they want to find well-born London gentlemen to marry. So Alys’s family has to figure out what to do with her, while she’s holding onto her cake-decorating job at the family bakery as fast as she can. She loves her current life, and she’s working hard at it, so why should she have to change? I think that’s why readers will identify with her. It might be 1886, but she has modern-type lifestyle problems.
Holly: What do you like about Hatbrook and why will readers love him?
Heather: He came from a dream, so I loved him just because. But in general, I like that he’s a pretty real guy, for a marquess. He’s an oldest child, which I identify with. Like Alys, he’s kind of a career type, and he’s trying to hold his family together. I think readers will love his loyalty to his family, and that he fights for the woman he loves, rather than looking for the correct sort of bride for a high level nobleman.
Holly: How did you bring the setting so vividly to life in this story and what sort of research did you do?
Heather: I’ve been to London, so that is helpful since much of the book is set there. I researched Victorian kitchens and various lifestyle issues. I really did try to be accurate to the extent possible for someone who lives 5000 miles away, not to mention 125 years or so. My setting isn’t window dressing. The tea shop is vital to my characters, so I think that always helps. The story wouldn’t exist without the setting.
Holly: What do you think readers will enjoy most about this romance?
Heather: It’s a little forbidden, and a lot sexy. One of the key questions for Alys is, can she cope with being a mistress since there is no way the marquess is going to make her his wife?
Holly: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
Heather: The Redcakes are shaping into a pretty significant series, with four novels and a novella at this point. One Taste of Scandal will be out in December, and His Wicked Smile is coming in spring 2014, followed by a summer novella and a Christmas novel.
Holly: What would most like to accomplish in your writing career this year?
Heather: I would like to sell another series starter, so that I have another contract in the works. I have a couple/few other ideas out there with publishers and I hope something will “stick.”
Holly: What hobbies or interests do you have outside of your writing?
Heather: I have a four-year-old! Enough said, I think. ;)
Holly: What's your favorite quote ever?
Heather: “You can’t turn a thorn into a rose with a kiss.” Well, that was my favorite quote in adolescence, and I’ve never gone hunting for another one. I guess as a romance writer that means I want my characters to behave consistently as the story people they are from page 1. No forcing characters to fit a plot idea.
Holly: What's your favorite social media and how to use it to let readers know about your books?
Heather: I’m a tweeter--@hahiestand. My tweets go to Facebook, where I do have a presence with an author page, but I’m one of those who have been around so long that her personal page has most of the people on it. It confuses me. I find Twitter to be the easiest for me to manage. You’ll find me commenting about the “tot” a lot, my writing progress, funny retweets and that kind of thing. I love reality shows, so there’s a few of those comments too. I do have a blog and a website as everyone does, but Twitter is where I go everyday.
HH: Thank you!