Spotlight & Giveaway: At His Majesty’s Request by Maisey Yates

Posted January 8th, 2013 by in Spotlight, _Harlequin Romances / 47 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome back Harlequin Presents and USA Today bestselling author Maisey Yates to HJ!

Hi Sara! Thanks for having me back to Harlequin Junkie! I love it here.

 

At-His-Majestys-RequestI have a new book out, At His Majesty’s Request, the second book in my Call of Duty series. (And it’s an RT Top Pick! My very first one!)

 

This book continues the theme from A Royal World Apart, and my free online read The Prince and the PA: What’s more important, love or duty?

 

Stavros was such a great hero to work with. He’s bound up in a duty he’s inherited from his brother. Because he’s seen what happens when people don’t do what they’re supposed to, the idea of doing right, and acting for the greater good, is extremely important to Stavros.

 

He knows what he has to do. He lives to serve his country, and the next logical step is finding a woman fit to be queen. A woman with no scandal in her background, who can represent Kyonos well, and who is capable of bearing an heir.

 

To find this woman, he enlists matchmaker Jessica Carter.

Jessica bust into my mind, and onto the page with so much personality. A smart mouthed, self-made millionaire who loves vintage clothing and Angry Birds. I also knew early on that she was divorced. And it was, in part, that divorce that spurred her to create her matchmaking company. To find ways of figuring out what might make a marriage last, where her own had failed.

 

But this meant that I had to explore the reasons for Jessica’s failed marriage.

 

*Ye Olde Spoilers ahead*

The thing is, Jessica can’t have children. There is no magic fix for this. Jessica has endometriosis and in order to deal with the pain and try to combat the condition, she chose to have a partial hysterectomy.

 

This marked the end of what had been a relationship fraying slowly as her husband realized she wouldn’t be able to fulfill his expectations, and as she realized she was falling short in his eyes. As she realized he found her lacking because of her inability to conceive.

 

And of course, when she starts to fall for Stavros, these old hurts come back with a vengeance. Since her divorce she’s made a new life for herself, and she’s found a lot of success, but she can’t be his queen. And it comes back to the fertility issue. Once again, she’s made to feel less than a whole woman on her own.

 

Jessica’s journey is not one that ends in her conceiving a child. As she says herself in the book: You can’t bake a bun when you have no oven to put it in. Jessica’s journey is about being accepted as the woman she is, with what she brings to the table. Jessica’s journey is about feeling whole, not lacking simple because she can’t give birth to a child.

It was very important to me, that dealing with this issue, which is so sensitive and also so much a part of reality for so many people, that I honored it. That I didn’t take any easy roads with it, and that I was respectful.

I understand that some readers have found her happy ending difficult. Because in some people’s minds, she still doesn’t ‘have it all.’

 

But in my eyes, she does. She is a complete woman, worthy of receiving love. Her value has nothing to do with whether or not she can have children. Her happiness, whether she and Stavros adopt (which, I believe they will) or they don’t, is complete.

 

Because she finds acceptance of herself, and a man who loves her. A man who wants nothing from her but for her to be the woman she is. A man who is willing to give up the throne for her if he had to. A man who would sacrifice duty, something that has meant more to him than anything else, to be with her.

 

I feel really passionately (as you can see!) about Jessica and her journey to happily ever after.

 

Because no matter our circumstances, I hope it’s something we can all have. The feeling that we’re valuable, not because of what we do, but because of who we are. That we deserve love. And that even if our happiness isn’t brought about by what we envisioned, it can still be complete.

 

her-little-white-lieInternational Giveaway: Maisey will be giving away a copy of her brand new UK release‘Her Little White Lie’ 

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47 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: At His Majesty’s Request by Maisey Yates”

  1. Chris Mead

    Your book sounds amazing Maisy! I don’t have to have the perfect HEA, I think it is more like real life when it isn’t perfect. I can’t wait to read your book! 😉

  2. Caribbean Accent

    I think non-traditional HEAs reflect the reality of life, so bring on more stories like this one about endometriosis . This is in some was more inspiring to see a (fictional) couple find love 🙂

  3. Tawnya Bentley

    It is hard to say until you are in that situation. But I think you can eventually be happy without having everything you first wanted. I have no less love for my 2 children and being single then my dream of having 4 and happily married. Your happiness, is in the end for you to control.

  4. Michele H

    Obviously life isn’t perfect so I enjoy reading stories from time-to-time that reflect a more realistic view. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Erin K.

    I think it is more inclusive to show all different types of couples in romance because it reflects real life. I don’t think a couple has to have kids or be very wealthy or get everything they want to prove their HEA is everlasting. I find it is easier to relate to characters who encounter adversity and become a better person because of the adversity.

    • Maisey Yates

      She definitely has an HEA with the prince. In some ways, I found writing her HEA happier, because she’d struggled so much, and because she values what Stavros sees in her so much, having been married before to a man who didn’t see her full worth.

  6. Kai W.

    I do feel I would be less of a woman if I can’t have kids or have a mastectomy. I wouldn’t feel feminine. I would love to read a story where a man could accept a woman without those two assets.

    • Maisey Yates

      Kai, I agree it would be a struggle. We find out identity, so often in these things, in our figure or in our desire to be a mother. I loved giving Jessica back her identity, and acceptance of who she is now, and love of a man who appreciates all that she is. There was a Harlequin a long time ago where the heroine had a double mastectomy and the hero fell in love with her after, but I don’t know the title!!

  7. Lori P

    I’m more thank okay with that life because I’ve lived it. My husband and I have gone through a lot in our 25 years of marriage, but we got through it with lots of love and support for one another.

  8. Mary Preston

    I’m more than okay with an ending that is not a typical HEA. In fact I applaud it.

  9. Olga

    I am okay with something a little different, but I just love HEA. Sounds like a good book.

  10. Rebe

    I actually prefer this type of book – I love it when a heroine like Jessica finds her HEA and realizes that she’s a “whole” women. Great topic for a conflict between hero and heroine!

    • Maisey Yates

      Rebe, it’s a theme I like to explore without the infertility, even. I like to start with a character who is living for other people’s expectations, but discovers they have worth beyond that, just because they’re them.

  11. Joanne B

    I don’t mind somethng different as long as there is a HEA or at leart a HFN at the end.

    • Maisey Yates

      Funnily, I feel like I need a HEA, but I don’t need all the details to be there. I can be fine with a heroine who can’t have children, or, for example, Kate Hewitt had a book where the hero was going blind. We knew he would. It was getting worse through the book, and even at the end, it was still getting worse. But he had the heroine, and they were on the journey together, even though it wouldn’t be smooth. I like that. It’s real love to me.

    • Maisey Yates

      I like HEA, I’m just okay with not everything being perfectly happy. And by that I mean circumstances around the H&h. I like to know they’ll be happy together no matter what.

  12. Arely Z.

    Hi, Maisey!
    I myself have two friends that have both endometriosis and ovarian cysts. One of them has the most extreme case of endometriosis and there is a huge possibility that she won’t ever have children.
    I think that this happy ending is perfect, because it’s realistic and still happy at the same time. I won’t lie — I love the “have-it-all” happy endings. But I also like the realistic happy endings too!
    Also, thanks for the giveaway, Maisey. You’re the best. (And you too, HJ!)

  13. Annwitch

    I don’t think happily ever after should be perfect, that would make life boring. Life brings happiness in many different forms.

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