Spotlight & Giveaway: How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels

Posted July 20th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 99 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Elizabeth Michels to HJ!

Hi Elizabeth and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less!

Thank you so much! I’m happy to be here!

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

HTLALA rebellious society outcast helps an uptight lord to see that perfect is flawed and flawed is perfect even in racehorses and especially in love.

Andrew becomes stranded on the road south from Scotland and seeks refuge on Katie Moore’s estate. Katie is unlike any lady he’s ever met and the two disagree about everything under the sun until one night when Andrew joins her for dinner…in her cottage, alone. They form a tentative friendship that grows into something deeper until the danger that drove Andrew back to England threatens everything they’ve built.

Please share the opening line of this book:

Andrew rounded a bend in the road and urged his mount into a small patch of woods. Damn the open terrain of the moors.” – HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

• The heroine of this book, Katie Moore, has red hair even though the lovely lady on the cover is a brunette. But, the lady on the cover does have on a really pretty red dress, so I let the discrepancy slide.
• This story came out of a character that was in MUST LOVE DUKES by the name of Andrew Clifton, Lord Amberstall. He wasn’t originally going to have his own book, but he was so over-the-top with his male opinions that my editor asked for him to have his own story. He still cracks me up.
• I set this story in the North Yorkshire Moors on an estate called Ormesby Place. Although Ormesby Place is fictitious, it sits in a location where I spent the summer when I was 18 years old, on Ormesby Bank.

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. 

Lady Katie Moore is no lady. She is a breeches wearing, somewhat wild daughter of an earl. She lives in the old gamekeeper’s cottage on her family’s property and spends her days trying everything from pottery to playing the bagpipes. She doesn’t do any of these things well, but that doesn’t deter her at all, it only makes her play the bagpipes that much louder.

On the other hand, Andrew Clifton, Lord Amberstall, is nothing if not a proper and orderly gentleman driven to perfection in everything he does. He was once a well-known horse breeder in society and an all-around popular gentleman in society. Of course, that was before the incident that sent him running to Scotland two years ago. Now, he’s a gentleman on the road home, unsure of what is waiting for him at the end of his journey or if he desires that life anymore.

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

When I started writing Andrew, I was pretty convinced he was the same person at his core that he appears on the outside, but I was wrong. Although he began the story the same uptight, arrogant lord he was in book 1 of the series, he softened as I wrote him…or maybe that was Katie’s influence on him. *grins* either way, he changed more than I expected over the course of the book.

The First kiss…

This story simmers for a bit before things heat up between them, but once they do…

He reached up and lifted the long braid from her shoulder, allowing it to trail over his fingers before falling back against her body. His gaze lingered on her neck for a moment, heating her skin even more and causing her heart to race. When his eyes finally met hers, there was an intensity hidden in their golden depths.
Taking a small step back, she forced words to her lips. “You’re going to leave here soon…”
His gaze softened as he closed the gap between them. “Katie, I can’t pretend to know what will happen tomorrow, but I’m here now.”
“Andy…” She couldn’t think clearly with him so close.
“I know we need to discuss things, but there’s something I must do just now.”
Something he must do… He was leaving? “But it’s night. What do you possibly have to do?”
“This,” he whispered. He raised his hands to frame her face, pressing his mouth to hers. The touch of his lips was soft and demanding. Her eyes fluttered closed as the world seemed to hang there, suspended in their kiss. His hands held her in a light grasp, but she wasn’t going anywhere. Rising to her toes, she pressed into the kiss, wanting more.

If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and Why?

Andrew and Katie have such great conversations, it’s hard to choose one, but I think this one shows who the characters are at the beginning of the story. In this scene Katie is sitting on the fence overseeing the care of Andrew’s horse. And then he finds her…

“It needs to be cooled with water before wrapping it,” Lord Amberstall stated as he joined her at the fence. He leaned over the top rail at her hip, bracing his forearms against the wood.
“Good morning to you, as well.” She kept her eyes on the horse.
“Of course, that won’t heal what is troubling him, in my experience,” he mused.
“Time and patience will heal quite a bit, in my experience.”
He cocked his head toward her, drawing her atten¬tion. “I thought Shadow was going to be given room in your stables for a fortnight until he could be seen to.”
“Oh, you’re anxious to stay now, are you?”
“No.” He drew back in offense. “I would like nothing more than to put that horse out of its misery, purchase another, and be on my way.”
“Your horse can be healed, Lord Amberstall.”
“So you keep saying.”
“You’re one of those people. I understand quite well.” She shot him a smile made of daggers and wrapped with loathing. “I’ve had dealings with gentle¬men like you before. You only see a small flaw, not the whole of any situation.”
“I am not one of those people. I simply have standards of health and strength.” He nodded with an imperious expression of all-knowing rightness—the bastard.
She let out a small breath and looked away. “Strength isn’t always found in muscles, you know.”
“That’s precisely where strength needs to be found if the beast is to carry me down the road from here.”
“The beast,” she mimicked. “Typical.”
“My apologies. Shadow’s Light.”
“You named your horse Shadow’s Light?” She rolled her eyes. Poor horse.
“Yes. Do you have an issue with that as well?”
“No, it seems rather fitting.”…for the horse of an arrogant lord whose only care is fancy titles and nothing more, she finished in silence.
“It’s apparently better than ‘beast,’ which I apolo¬gize for the insensitivity of using.”
She turned back to him, catching the lack of sincer¬ity in his face for a second before he corrected it with a polite smile. He was just as false as the rest of the ton. He was the reason she kept to the moors. Yet here he was, invading her peaceful life—which was entirely her fault. “My lord, do you want my help or not?”
He pointed to the groom. “This is not the help I sought.”
She watched him for a moment as she bit at one of her fingernails. Had anyone ever told this man no? She doubted it. Dropping her finger from her mouth, she leveled him with a glare he could not misunderstand. “Sometimes there are injuries, but those injuries cannot be allowed to cease life. Shadow’s Light is worth saving.”
His deep voice was quiet when he spoke. “You may get him to walk, but he’ll never run.”
“Perhaps not.” She shrugged. “We shall see.”
His golden brows dipped into a deep vee as he regarded her. “To what end, Lady Katie?”
“I don’t know yet.” Did he truly only care for him¬self and his convenience on his journey to his home? “Don’t you have any fondness for the creature? He is your horse, after all.”
“Certainly.” His gaze dropped to the grass, but she still saw some emotion there. It resembled regret, but that couldn’t be, or if it was, it certainly wasn’t over his poor horse’s condition.

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

I would give Andrew and Katie pats on the back and say, “There, there.” Why? Because these characters are so stubborn they wouldn’t listen to me anyway. They tear head first into this book and nothing I say would change that…nor would I want to. The fun is in the journey, after all.

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

I’m currently writing Roselyn Grey and Ethan Moore’s story. It’s a twisted tale that begins on the same estate where HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS takes place, but soon moves back to London. What’s waiting in London? The season, society mishaps and Roselyn’s new friends, Evangeline Green and Isabelle and Victoria Fairlyn. It’s going to be a fun time! But, for these books, there will be a small wait as I’m still writing them. *grins* Three book releases in six months requires some recovery before I do it all over again.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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Book Info:

“I want to know you, to understand anything at all about you, because you are the most maddening lady I have ever encountered.”

He’s the perfect gentleman…
After years hidden away from the mockery of the Ton, proud Andrew Clifton, Lord Amberstall, is finally ready to face Society again. But when his horse is injured on the road to London, Andrew finds himself literally thrown at the feet of the beautiful, infuriating, and undeniably eccentric Katie Moore.

…she’s anything but a lady.
Katie always preferred the stables to society, so when she was badly injured in a riding accident, she was more than happy to retreat to the countryside and give up the marriage mart for good. She never expected an infuriatingly proper lord to come tumbling into her life-and she certainly never expected to find herself wondering what it would be like to rejoin the world at his side. They couldn’t be more different, and soon Andrew and Katie find themselves at odds about everything but the growing passion between them…and a keen awareness of a threat that may end their unconventional romance before it has even begun.
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Author Bio

Elizabeth MichelsElizabeth Michels grew up on a Christmas tree farm in rural South Carolina. After tip-toeing her way through school with her focus on ballet steps and her nose in a book, she met a boy and followed him a thousand miles away from home to Kansas City, Missouri, before settling down in North Carolina. She attended Park University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Interior Design. Elizabeth is a lover of happily-ever-afters; she invites you to read her stories, get lost, and enjoy.




99 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less by Elizabeth Michels”

  1. Melody Gonser

    I like to do a craft children usually do. I’m not sure what it’s called. You take plastic beads put them on a board and when done you iron. I find it relaxing.

  2. Irma Jurejevčič

    I supose none 🙂 I’m a nature girl, I love everything that includes being outdoors.

    • elizabethmichels

      Me too, Irma! I love to go hiking in the mountains, but my favorite is spending time on the lake by my house. Nature is so beautiful! Enjoy!

      • Irma Jurejevčič

        Yes, hiking and lakes! I’m only 5 min away (walking) from river and I love that so much. Thank you 🙂 You too!

    • elizabethmichels

      Aren’t podcasts great, Cari? I’m glad your pastor provides those for you to enjoy.

  3. Terri

    I have enjoyed quilting and am teaching myself cross stitching. I don’t feel their unusual though. Want to learn crocheting, how to use a spinning wheel, so many things. Lol.

    • elizabethmichels

      Terri, I used to cross stitch and I’ve tried to knit, but I would love to learn to crochet. Crochet work is so pretty! I just need to find more time in the day for everything. 🙂

    • elizabethmichels

      I consider my collections hobbies and I love them. I collect antique copper cook wear, teapots, and Dept. 56 Dickens Village pieces. I bet your vintage Barbie collection is sooooo cool! I would love to see that!

    • elizabethmichels

      I envy your knitting abilities, Carrie. I tried to learn a few years ago and gave up 8 inches into a lumpy scarf. LOL

  4. ki pha

    I don’t think it’s unusual but I like to look up historical stuff from the Regency and Victorian eras. Anything from clothes, jewelry, life of the Duke of Wellington, life of Mary Antoinette….
    Yup, just stuff.

    • elizabethmichels

      History is an amazing hobby, Ki! I love to learn about history too. My personal favorite parts are the art, architecture and fashion. I could happily wander through historic homes for the rest of my days and be perfectly happy. 🙂

  5. nicholskathy

    I don’t have or do anything unique or unusual just simple everyday crafting things when I can afford to do them. Simple and easy knitting, embroidery, cross-stitch that kind of thing. Thanks for this giveaway!!!

    • elizabethmichels

      Being crafty is a wonderful gift! I wish I could do embroidery work. I tried once on a pillow for the chair in my son’s room and it ended rather badly or comically…how ever you want to look at it. LOL

    • elizabethmichels

      It’s funny how kids can change our hobbies. LOL These days finding time to breathe is a challenge for me. Enjoy your books!

    • elizabethmichels

      Sounds like a convenient collection to have, Kai! And stuffed animals are so cute, aren’t they?

    • elizabethmichels

      Oooh! I took a class on beading and jewelry making a few years ago. It was so much fun! And then you get to wear it! Enjoy, Lori!

  6. Lori Ha

    I don’t have much free time but if I can find the time I enjoy sewing. I also enjoy crafting with my children 🙂

    • elizabethmichels

      Craft time with kids is so much fun, isn’t it, Lori? I love making things with my son. Good times! 🙂

  7. Sandy X

    For me it might be sewing. I tend to do it when my mom needs me to help her finish her design for a skirt or shirt

    • elizabethmichels

      Do you step in to assist with buttons and zippers, Sandy? That’s the part of sewing I’ve always struggled with. As long as all clothes are slip on–I’m good. LOL You’re a wonderful daughter to help out with these things!

    • elizabethmichels

      Sue, I’ve always wanted to scrapbook! Unfortunately, at this point in my life I have to choose between writing and organizing my photos and memorabilia…if my family wants to eat dinner and have clean clothes. LOL I hope one day I get to scrapbook too. Enjoy!

  8. Diane Sallans

    nothing very unusual – I enjoy going to second-had stores & garage sales to look for unusual things.

    • elizabethmichels

      That sounds like fun, Diane! Sometimes you can find some real treasures at those places. Have fun on your quest for the unusual!

    • elizabethmichels

      Genealogy is fascinating, Janie! My dad has done a lot of research about our family and I soak it up when he tells me about it. I love hearing the stories about the lives of my ancestors. Super cool stuff!

  9. marcyshuler

    I don’t do anything unusual. I read, of course. I can quilt and do cross-stitch. When I was younger I played hand bells in a group and really loved it. I do miss that.

    • elizabethmichels

      Hand bells are so pretty, Marcy! I love listening to them at Christmas. It’s always amazed me to see the coordination across so many people, organized and making one song together.

  10. Colleen C.

    Unusual… nothing unusual that I can think of… love to read and draw… collect horse statues…

    • elizabethmichels

      I think collecting horse statues totally counts as unusual, Colleen. I mean, not everyone does that. Horses are beautiful animals! I hope you enjoy HOW TO LOSE A LORD IN 10 DAYS OR LESS–it’s quite the horsey book. 🙂

    • elizabethmichels

      That sounds like fun! And how lovely for your friends and family members to receive hand made cards! I’m guessing you put my holiday cards to shame. 🙂

  11. ndluebke

    I do a lot of genealogy, I have 5 big trees going. I enjoy finding unusal things about these ancesters.

    • elizabethmichels

      That sounds interesting! I love finding out the details of the lives of ancestors. I like the feeling of being connected to something bigger than myself. Happy researching to you!

  12. Glenda

    I’m not sure any of my hobbies are super unusual…. I love to read of course. Time and weather permitting I love to hike. I do love reading about history and am a bit of a geek that way. 🙂

    • elizabethmichels

      I’m a history geek too, Glenda. And, I love to hike. I live about 2 hours from the Appalachian Mountains, so I go and day hike with my family sometimes. My husband will go out on the trail for days, but I’m not that brave. 😉

    • elizabethmichels

      Sony, I think you would fit right in with my group of writer friends. We are fans of all things Buffy and all things Joss Whedon. 🙂 Have fun with your collection!

  13. Laney4

    Nothing unusual here. I write poetry for friends and family for special events … I scrapbook (and use those materials to enhance my poetry cards and envelopes, as well as when wrapping presents) … and I keep meticulous records – which actually COULD qualify as unusual, I guess: my calendars note birthdays/anniversaries of friends/family who have long ago died or moved far away (in addition to the usual suspects, of course).

    • elizabethmichels

      Laney, what a beautiful hobby! That’s amazing! I bet your family and friends are so happy to check their mail and receive your creations! Way to go on making the world around you a wonderful place. We should all be so fortunate as to have someone like you in our lives. 🙂

  14. Selenity Jade

    Dunno if you’d count this as a hobby…. but it is a little odd. I make lists. *shrug* Of anything and everything. It’s kind of an ocd thing I developed to deal with my anxiety.

    • elizabethmichels

      Can I admit here that I do the same thing, Selenity Jade? And then in an even more OCD gesture, I rewrite my lists if my handwriting isn’t nice enough the first time. But, lists help me sort my thoughts and stay calm. I’m glad it’s not just me. 🙂

  15. Pat Walker Pinkston

    Nothing unusual. I love to read and play on the computer. And, often read on the computer, as well as physical books.

  16. Cathy P

    Nothing unusual. I enjoy cross stitching, reading romance novels, and being on my computer.

  17. dragon20077

    I collect bookmarks, key chains, and finding secondhand books at a used book sale or my work’s own bookstore to add to my collection that is ever growing or to give to my friend’s young daughter whenever possible.

  18. Anita H.

    I don’t think it’s unusual but I like to cross-stitch and do crosswords whenever I find some spare time 🙂

    • elizabethmichels

      Cross word puzzles are fun, Anita! I’m always amazed when people do them in ink. I’m a pencil and eraser girl when it comes to such things. 🙂

    • elizabethmichels

      Hockey cards sound like hero inspiration to me, Ada! I fully support this collection of yours. 🙂

    • elizabethmichels

      Sounds perfect, Jen! With your hobbies you can curl up with a good book under a quilt and eat a cake you baked! Does it get better than that? I don’t think so. 🙂

    • elizabethmichels

      Being crafty is so much fun! I enjoy it too. I just wish I had more time for it in my life.

    • elizabethmichels

      Seriously, we need to be friends. Sparkly things and jigsaw puzzles are two of my favorite things. Shine on!

    • elizabethmichels

      It’s okay, Angelina. I’ll be unusual enough for both of us. 😉 I enjoy home renovation and have been known to draw architectural plans for houses when I’m bored. Is that unusual enough? LOL

  19. BethRe

    Ok don’t let my family know but I have a ton of collections, I love angels and ladybugs and owls….. and books

    • elizabethmichels

      Your secret is safe with me, BethRe! I love my collections too, only I display mine so there’s no hiding them from my family. 😉 I bet your ladybugs are so cute! Enjoy!

  20. barbed1951

    My hobby is collecting books and reading them. That’s about all I do in my spare time. 😀

  21. florryalyna

    I love keeping memories from the places I visit, so I collect my own souvenirs: plane tickets, rocks, wild flowers, recipes, photos… Everything that I find interesting there…

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