A warm welcome back to Astraea author, Heather Gray, who's dropped by to tell us all about her new release, Queen, book 3 in the Regency Refuge series.
You can't hide from the past.
Queen's world was shattered, and she was banished to a foreign land. Years pass before she dares to return, but what she finds is of little comfort. Greed and dishonesty have festered and grown in her absence. Embittered and cynical, Queen trusts few people.
Owen pursues a clandestine investigation and finds himself working side-by-side with a veritable ghost, an agent few have seen, a master of disguise known simply as Queen. He craves her trust…but then uncovers a secret from his family's past that could destroy her.
Queen once sought refuge in America and now seeks it in disguise. Owen has always found his refuge in God, but will his faith be strong enough for the challenges ahead? Can he convince Queen to stop hiding, or is he doomed to become her most hated enemy?
Queen's family was torn to pieces when she was twelve years old. No family would take her in, and she was forced into service as an English spy. Why a spy at such a young age? Let's just say she wasn't supposed to survive – but she did, and now it's twelve years later, and she's investigating a bribery plot. During the course of her investigation, though, she runs into Owen, someone she hasn't seen since childhood and who has no idea about everything she's been through.
And to whet your appetite, Heather has penned us a mock-interview between Owen and Queen.
Owen: Do you have any skeletons in your closet?
Queen: I have the kind of skeletons that give grown men nightmares. My skeletons involve traitors, ambushes, and blood.
Owen: What's your family like?
Queen: Dead. They're all dead. The family I was born into, anyway. I've made my own family since then – a scary looking redhead and a former prostitute. They're all the family I need.
If you could travel anywhere in the world (or out of it), where would you go? Why?
Queen: People are the same everywhere you go. There are honest ones and dishonest ones. Those you can trust, and those who would gut you and leave you in the street without blinking. So I might just pick a place with few people. Africa, perhaps. I've never seen a lion before. Would it be unseemly for a woman to go on an African safari? Ha! What do I care what people think?
Owen: Are you doing with your life what you always dreamed of doing? Why/why not?
Queen:Very little in my life has ever been about doing what I want. It's been about surviving and make the most of the hand I've been dealt. When I landed in America, though, I had to make a living, and I decided to do what I did well – discover people's secrets. Investigating seemed like a natural step. Now that it's led me back to England, who knows? I don't think I'd ever want to work for the Crown again, but I do love what I do. The chase is exhilarating. There really is no comparison. Besides, it's not as if I ever plan to take a husband, and a girl's got to do something to put food on the table. Trust me, this is more respectable than some of the other choices.
Owen: Describe yourself in three words.
Queen: Invisible. Secretive. Indifferent. Although maybe that last one is more of a hope than a fact…
What an intriguing story! Here's where to buy it if you'd like to read more:
Heather Gray authors the Ladies of Larkspur inspirational western romance series, including Mail Order Man, Just Dessert, and Redemption. She also writes the Regency Refuge series: His Saving Grace, Jackal, and Queen - plus contemporary titles Ten Million Reasons and Nowhere for Christmas. Aside from a long-standing love affair with coffee, Heather’s greatest joys are her relationships with her Savior and family. Heather loves to laugh, and this theme is prevalent in her writing where, through the highs and lows of life, her characters find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her.
Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your book, Heather. I can't wait to read it. :)