Spotlight & Giveaway: The Countess Confessions by Jillian Hunter

Posted February 14th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 111 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome romance author Jillian Hunter to HJ!


Hi Jillian, welcome 🙂

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title of the book should be? Why?


Hans Christian Anderson is quoted as having said, “Every man’s life is a fairy tale, written by God’s fingers.”
If I were Cinderella, my pumpkin coach would probably get a flat wheel and I’d end up falling in love with the footman. I’ve definitely had magical times in my life, but not when I expected them.

Which of your prior characters when you most/least likely invite to dinner and why?

That would depend on my mood. I’d love to invite Heath, Drake, and Grayson Boscastle.
They’re all sexy and masterful men.

Let’s talk about your newest release: The Countess Confessions

If you had to summarize the book for your readers here …

TCCIt’s a romance about an earl and a young lady who are engaged in secret but separate plots at a house party. Emily Rowland is pursuing romance with a man who acts as if she’s invisible. Damien Boscastle, the Earl of Shalcross, is dedicated to thwarting a ring of spies. When Emily accidentally interferes with Damien’s plans, he has no choice but to put her in a witness-protection program otherwise known as marriage.

Please tell us about the characters in your book.

At the beginning of the book, Damien appears to be a compelling, bearded, and dangerous Scotsman who barges into Emily’s life uninvited. Before long, however, she realizes the truth – “Sir Angus” is actually a compelling, clean-shaven and dangerous English spy who is about to take over her life.

As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

I was pleased at how quickly they adapted to their circumstances, how level-headed they remained during dangerous moments, and how passionate they became in between.

What scene did you most enjoy writing? Why?

I like the scene in which Emily and Damien are confronted by her father, who is drunk and demanding the name of the rogue he assumed ruined his daughter while she was actually trying to romance another man. This would be enough trouble for any Regency couple. It’s during this scene that Damien, who is a spy in disguise, realizes he has been caught in Emily’s personal intrigue.

“I demand to know the man’s name and whereabouts.” Her father raised his fist to her face. “So help me God, I will beat the truth out of you if you make me. Everyone at the party must be laughing at what a fool I looked, searching for — ”
“My name is Damien Boscastle, the Earl of Shalcross, and I am standing in your shadow. Your daughter was with me this evening. I take full responsibility for our actions. I let her astray.”
“What?” Emily whispered, shaking her head in disbelief, moving forward without a thought to what she was doing. Damien Boscastle? Who in heaven’s name was this man?

What scene was hardest to write? Why?

One of the hardest scenes to write, in terms of stage directions and keeping a visual scoreboard, was the scene where Emily’s fortune-telling tent collapses in the wind and her cards go flying. She has sworn to return them to their owner.

She would recover that card if it took an hour. It meant something, although exactly what was no longer clear. It could turn out to be a memento of the only kiss she would ever know. She released Lucy’s hand and snagged the corner of the card. Oh – and there in an updraft, went Virtue.
She chased that one until she lost sight of it.
She stood, at least twenty cards collected in her basket, but double that number escaping like prisoners determined to inflict the acts of fate to which they had been assigned. “I promised my brother I would return every single one of these cards intact.”
Lucy stared as one soared over her head. “Some of them are already sailing downstream. They look ever so enchanting. The guests are going to think we had trained cards unleashed for their entertainment. They’re like party favors. Besides, Michael will forgive you. Your father won’t.”
The Past flew beyond her grasp. She watched it go with no regrets; she had the most unexciting life in the annals of English history. But along with it went its reverse, the Future. And that indicated that Emily might be trapped in the tumultuous present she had created, a fate she was not about to settle for.

Who would you cast in the role of your characters if your book were optioned for a movie?

Honestly, I never see my characters as actors or actresses.

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

You will share a passionate and dangerous destiny. Trust each other from the start.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2014?

I’m working on a new Regency series about four sisters and the desperate measures they take to save their manor house. Scoundrels, of course, are involved. I hope to have some of my backlist available as e-books in 2014.

Where can readers get in touch with you?

Readers can contact me at or on Facebook.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!



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Excerpt: From The Countess Confessions

He lifted his forefinger to her mouth. She lowered the basket to her lap, her pulse throbbing in anticipation. “I could eat you up in one meal,” he mused. “Some men would find you to be a threat. Others, like me, would consider you a challenge. There’s something delectable and devious about you. If only I had a little more time.”
Emily reminded herself that her brother was only a shout away. “You have stolen my time, sir, and if you see deceit in me, it is only because I, with my supernatural gifts, am reflecting your wretched soul.”
“What a mouthful,” he said, breaking into laughter. His forefinger circled to her bottom lip. “What a tempting mouth. Now, lay out the deck, darling. Amuse me a little more in the time we have left, or I shall be tempted to divert us in other ways.”

111 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Countess Confessions by Jillian Hunter”

  1. ndluebke

    Been reading an asortment of books lately, but the only ones that stand out right now are a couple of cozy mysteries. Been some disapointing reads lately.

  2. lisagk

    I have been in a slump, but got a paperback copy of As Hard As It Gets… so I hope to start that tomorrow on my day off. Thanks.

  3. Christine L.

    I recently finished an ARC of SHOTGUN LOVESONGS (good) and today started an ARC of I AM PILGRIM (which is supposed to be awesome).

  4. Betty Hamilton

    I have been reading Grace Burrowes latest releases, The MacGregor’s Lady (MacGregor Series), and Douglas: Lord of Heartache (The Lonely Lords). Both are excellent reads.

  5. Margaret

    Some of my recent favorites: Bedding the Wrong Brother by Virna DePaul, Wicked Beat by Olivia Cunning (the whole series actually is great!), Beg Me to slay by Lisa Kessler, High-heeled Wonder by Avery Flynn. I’ve also started the Sullivan series by Bella Andre and they are such sweet romances!

  6. conniefischer

    Hi, Jillian! “The Countess Confessions” sounds like a wonderful novel! I would so love to win a copy of it to read/review and promote on our blog, bookworm2bookworm.

    I have been reading lots of books – 20 so far in 2014. The last book I read that truly grabbed me was “I Always Loved You” which is the story of Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. The story is based in Paris which was home to me for many years and made me feel like I was right back in that wonderful city. If you happen to be an art lover like myself, I hope you will take the time to read this very touching book.

  7. Gretchen H

    I am reading Madeline Hunter’s Regency Quartet. I found it at the library a few weeks ago and have been working my way through it. I love reading series!

  8. Cari White

    I’m on a paranormal kick. Loving shape shifters. Just finished all of Sara Humphreys books!!! Brilliant! Reading Suzanne Wright’s Carnal Secrets! Excellent characters and story! Not big on D/s! but she’s such a great writer.

    • jillian hunter

      How do you all find these diverse books? In the library, online, bookstores? I love it.

    • jillian hunter

      And enjoying every bit, I’ll bet! There’s nothing like re-reading a juicy book.

  9. Janice Hougland

    Actually, I’ve been reading some western historical romances by Adrienne deWolfe. Excellent stories BTW. My usual fave genre, however, is Regency/Georgian/Victorian/Medieval historical romance…and I like Jillian’s stories a whole lot. Thanks for the question.

    • jillian hunter

      Thank you for the recommendation, Janice, and the thumbs up! Western historicals never seem to lose their popularity. I’m delighted to hear from a satisfied historical romance reader!

  10. Lori Meehan

    I’ve been on a paranormal romance kick lately vibe read 1-6 of the Bayou Heat series by Laura Wright and Alexandra Ivy. They are very good.

  11. DebraG

    I have been reading shifter stories but I also read Charlene Sands latest. it was quite good.

    • jillian hunter

      Someone else mentioned shifters, Debra. This is fun. I feel like I’m about to go on a treasure hunt.

  12. Leanna

    Just finished Let me be the One by Bella Andre. I am planning to order some books from at the end of the month Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton, The Chance by Robyn Carr, Once in a lifetime by Jill Shalvis.

  13. Emma

    Emma Miller Plain Murder
    The Tattered Quilt Wanda E. Brunstetter
    Marin Thomas Daddy by choice

  14. marcyshuler

    Walking on Air by Catherine Anderson – Historical/paranormal? Gunslinger gets second chance at life after talking to some angels.

    I’ve also been reading quite a few novellas, several of which are prequels to upcoming books.

    • jillian hunter

      A gunslinger and angels. Very nice!

      I was reading short stories for a while, but I’ve been too busy even for those. Now I have a big list of books waiting for me when I have time. Thanks, Marcy!

  15. jeannemiro

    Ironically I just finished re-reading Jillian’s The Mistress Memoirs! It was the first book of her’s I read (I think it came out in 2011) and is the story that kept me coming back for more! It’s been a winter this year to stay home and forget about all the snow that’s on the walk and it sure was a lot more fun reading it in front of a nice warm fire than it would have been shoveling! Fortunately my husband got to do it for me instead!

    • jillian hunter

      I’m very pleased that you came back for more, Jeanne! Thank you. I hope your snow melts soon and you don’t run out of good books until then!

  16. Brooke

    I have been reading contemporary romance lately, and also some suspense reads. A chick lit/cozy mystery cross that I’m reading right now is called Limoncello Yellow. 🙂

  17. barbed1951

    I’m reading Shana Galen’s If You Give a Rake a Ruby, and the steampunk romance Gossamer Wing by Delphine Dryden. Both excellent stories that I’m enjoying very much. I just finished Jenn Bennett’s Bitter Spirits and that was wonderful. I loved the 1920’s San Francisco setting.

  18. Chelsea B.

    I have been reading all over the place! Paranormal romance: Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole. Historical Romance: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare. Young Adult: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd. I’ve read soooo many good books here lately!

    • jillian hunter

      These are new names to me. Thank you, Kai! I almost feel like I’m getting out in the real world.

  19. Linda

    I just read a really great book, Entreat Me by Grace Draven. It’s a Beauty & the Beast fantasy romance & very well written. I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend it.

  20. Kathleen O

    I read the first book in Susan Wiggs, Bella Vista Chronicles called the Apple Orchard. It was a great story and I can’t wait to read the next one called The Beekeepers Ball.

    • jillian hunter

      One day, one day, I swear I’m just going to sit down and read all the books that have been recommended to me.

    • jillian hunter

      Catherine Anderson is such a fine writer. I have to admit I’ve heard about The Rosie Project and I still don’t have a clue what it is.

  21. celiaboop

    I’m reading some of Kathy Gabbera’s books. I tend to like contemporar. But grew up reading historicals so I’d like to read this one!

    • jillian hunter

      This is another name I don’t know, but if he’s fantastic and fun, I’m on board!


    just finished Infinite Sacrifice by L.E.Waters and am starting Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon

  23. Josette Schaber

    I seriously have an eclectic book shelf. Romance is my thing – but no particular genre. I have a huge TBR, but haven’t had time to read lately. Donna Grant has a new series coming out, Wild Fever is the first and I can’t wait for her first full-length Dark Kings to be released. Carrie Ann Ryan is another good author, as is Laurann Dohner. Sara Humphreys is pretty awesome too. Most of these are paranormal, which is probably me go to genre. Jill Shalvis and Kristen Higgins are hilarious contemporaries. Love Molly Harper for humor too.

  24. Glenda

    I’m finishing up 2 books: Cheryl Bolen’s first The Duke Deceived; and Sara Ramsay’s latest the final book in the Muse’s of Mayfair series The Earl Who Played With Fire. 🙂 I’ve got a huge list of author’s I’d recommend and I always leave someone out when I start listing them.

    • jillian hunter

      I’m the same way, Glenda. Long ago I kept track of every book I read. Now I read mostly for research.

  25. Anita H.

    I’ve been catching up on my reading and finished Surprising Lord Jack by Sally MacKenzie and A Love Untamed by Pamela Palmer. Definitely 2 series I’d recommend!

  26. Ada

    Currently catching up on Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series but I have to recommend Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series. The third book (Love Hacked) is set to release in March!

    • jillian hunter

      It sounds like you’ve got your reading schedule happily planned out, Ada. Thank you!

  27. Diane P. Diamond

    I just finished reading “How to Master your Marquis”, by Juliana Gray. I absolutely loved it, and would highly recommend this to everybody. 🙂

  28. Aline

    I’ve just finished Once a Duchess and currently reading Once an Heiress, both by Elizabeth Boyce 🙂

    • jillian hunter

      Beth, I’m on deadline. You wouldn’t believe how desperately I need to clean my house!

  29. Lori P

    I’ve been reading quite a bit lately. Some of the writes I’ve been reading are Maya Banks, Hannah Howell, Jill Shalvis, Robyn Carr and Erin McCarthy. All very good in their own right.

  30. jillian hunter

    Hi Connie,

    Twenty books so far! I’m jealous! I probably would like the book you recommended. I was a French major and spent some wonderful time in Paris doing research. I would especially love it if it were non-fiction.

    Good luck with the contest! Thank you.

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