Spotlight & Giveaway: The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble

Posted July 21st, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 44 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Kate Noble to HJ!

Hi Kate Noble, welcome 🙂

If you were written about in the newspaper, on the front page what would the headline say? Why? 

Kate NobleAuthor Wins Speed-Typing Competition, Fingers Fall Off.

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

I would love to have dinner with Phillippa Benning and Marcus Worth from Revealed. I loved writing them so much I kept giving them cameos in my other books. However, the dinner would be at Phillippa’s. She’s much better at throwing a party than I ever could be.

Let’s talk about your newest release: The Game and the Governess

If you had to summarize the book for the readers here

TGatGIt’s Pride and Prejudice meets the Prince and the Pauper! When Ned Granville, the Earl of Ashby wagers his secretary that he can get anyone to fall in love with him without the benefit of his title, they end up switching places for two weeks while they visit the country. But Ned finds his charms fail him for the first time ever, as everyone is enamored of Mr. Turner as the Earl. Everyone, that is, except Phoebe Baker, the governess… who has reason to hate the Earl of Ashby, and the ability to upend Ned’s entire world.

Please tell us about the characters in your book?

During the war, Ned Granville earned the name Lucky Ned — not only for being the lucky long-lost relative inheritor of an Earldom, but for his luck on the battlefield. And to this day, he believes it. He believes he’s lucky. And he believes that luck will never abandon him.
Meanwhile, Miss Phoebe Baker has had some of the worst luck imaginable. Her father losing his fortune, followed by his untimely death left her alone in the world at a vulnerable age. She took a position as a governess to simply survive. And she has every right in the world to be sour, but she refuses to be. She is secretly, defiantly happy. And that fascinates Ned.

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

I think that Ned surprised me the most, because he’s very shallow and very silly when he starts the story. And he doesn’t necessarily lose any of his silliness, but he starts to realize the reason for it. Meeting Phoebe forces him to take a hard look at things he has kept buried.

The most surprising thing about Phoebe was that she could be happy. She had every reason to be angry and brittle, but she fought for her happiness. And that is what certainly surprised Ned the most about her.

What scene did you most enjoy writing? Why?

Any time Ned was perplexed, I adored writing. (and everything perplexes him. Everything.) But the scene I most enjoyed writing was when Ned was completely perplexed by Phoebe simply eating a tart.

She moved the plate closer to her, and picked up her half a tart, taking the smallest of bites.
It was delicious.
She made a small, throaty sound, a sigh of appreciation. Her eyes closed, and she let the blackberry juices fill the inside of her mouth, savoring.
When she opened her eyes, he was giving her the most curious look, his own mouth hanging open.
And he didn’t stop staring.
A self-conscious hand flew to her mouth. “I’m sorry, did I… am I a mess?” she asked.

What scene was the hardest to write? Why?

Oh, writing book where two people have switched identities made it incredibly difficult to keep track of who was who, who thought who was who and how they acted because of it! My mind reeled at keeping all those details straight. But emotionally, the hardest scene to write was when Phoebe and Ned fought about… stuff. Stuff I can’t tell you without giving away too many spoilers! (sorry not sorry)

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

I love Chris Evans, because he can be both silly and serious. And I think Emilia Clarke (from Game of Thrones) would make an intriguing Phoebe.

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 tell Ned and Phoebe to take their walls down. It would save so much time! But then again, if they did, we wouldn’t have such a delicious time watching those walls fall.

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

Currently, I working on The Lie and the Lady, the next book in the Winner Takes All series! This one follows Leticia and Turner, as they try to hate each other (hint — it doesn’t work.)
My other book out this summer is The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet — written as Kate Rorick. It’s on shelves as of June 24th, and it’s the behind the scenes Lizzie’s life from the Emmy-award winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Between the two, I’ve been keeping pretty busy!

Where can readers get in touch with you?

I am everywhere online! I’m on Twitter as @NobleRorick, Facebook at, Tumblr at, or my website at And if all else fails, you can email me at

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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Here’s a little bit more from the blackberry tart scene…

“But a night with a blackberry tart is not one for pitiful ruminations! Let’s talk about something more jolly!”

“All right,” she allowed. “What do you have?” “What do I have?”

“In your boundless reserves of jollity? I find it very useful to call upon something fun or fanciful to make yourself smile when you need to.” She hesitated a moment. “It’s my own form of rebellion.”

He shook his head, still not understanding. Thus, she explained, “I have found that people expect a governess to be stern and miserable. So, secretly, I refuse.”

It had been that philosophy that had ultimately saved her sanity five years ago. And given her the temerity to plan for America. Her old teacher Miss Earhart had been right about that. She would find joy again, if not in the same places as before. She had managed to piece herself back together.

But Mr. Turner was looking at her queerly, so she cleared her throat.

“So—I always remember to enjoy the little things. Like . . . what was the silliest thing that happened to you yesterday?”

He put his chin in his hand, rubbing thoughtfully.

“I took a bath in water so dirty, it might as well have been piss.”

She nearly choked on a bite of tart.

“No, it was!” he continued. “I was the last one to use it—after your charges, mind—and I have no doubt that the scampering fleas and ticks that survived their drowning from the other bodies they came off of have now found a new house somewhere on my person.” He gave a little shiver. “I want to bathe again just thinking about it.”

She shook her head, trying to ward off the bark of laughter that threatened to escape. “I take it you are not used to such practices? You are a well-pampered secretary, then.”

He shrugged, and she could tell he blushed a little in the light. “My time in the army was different, but since then I have lived alone. And enjoyed my bathwater to be mine. But I have discovered that the pond is suitable for my bathing needs from here on out.”

You could join me.

Her eyes shot to his. The words were not said, she was sure of it. But somehow, they snaked their way into her brain. As if his tone and his throaty tenor, the candlelight and the delicious tart had made the suggestion for him.

She closed her shawl more tightly about her. Took another bite of tart. And replied. “There are eels in that pond.”

He threw his hands up in the air. “Then I’m doomed to a rather smelly existence. I think I will manage, but what about my poor dinner companions? Or dessert companions, as the case may be. No—I shall simply have to brave the eels—for their sake. And yours.”

Book Info:

Trading Places meets Pride and Prejudice in this sexy, saucy romance—first in a new series from the author of YouTube sensation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.
Three friends. One Wager. Winner takes all.

The Earl—‘Lucky Ned’ Ashby. Pompous, preening, certain that he is beloved by everyone.
The Miller—John Turner. Proud, forced to work as the Earl’s secretary, their relationship growing ever more strained.
The Doctor—Rhys Gray. Practical, peace-loving, but caught in the middle of two warring friends.

Their wager is simple: By trading places with John Turner and convincing someone to fall in love with him, Ned plans to prove it’s him the world adores, not his money. Turner plans to prove him wrong.

But no one planned on Phoebe Baker, the unassuming governess who would fall into their trap, and turn everything on its head…

Three best friends make a life-changing bet in the first book in a witty, sexy new Regency trilogy from acclaimed author Kate Noble, writer of the wildly popular Emmy award–winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Author Bio

Kate Noble love books. Romances especially. But, being born into a family of doctors, scientists, and mathematicians, she didn’t discover she was adept at writing until, oh, about junior year of high school. Which came as something of a relief, as she was hopeless at memorizing the Latin names for all the bones in the human body. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle eludes her to this day. Kate lives in Los Angeles.




44 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Game and the Governess by Kate Noble”

  1. Gretchen H

    I wouldn’t want to switch places with anyone for only one day. It wouldn’t be long enough to enjoy it and it would only make going back to reality harder!

  2. jdh2690

    I would switch places with ANYONE for a day at an ocean resort on an island in the Caribbean or Bahamas. I’ve always wanted to go to one of those resorts/islands and will probably never make it…unless someone would trade places with me for a day. 🙂

  3. ki pha

    Oooo~ I wouldn’t mind switching places with my friends online! They seem to be very fascinating and I would love to be somewhere else and experience many different things in their shoes.

  4. Terri

    I would switch with someone in Iceland or Norway. Actually anywhere in that region. But I doo agree that a day isn’t long enough.

  5. ndluebke

    I am not sure I would want to switch. Being a shy person would take most of the joy from the experience.

  6. Sue C

    I would love to switch places with a friend so I could play with her 4 German Shepherds all day

  7. Lori Meehan

    That’s a very good question…maybe an author. Is like to be inside their head for a day.

  8. Melody Gonser

    I would not like to change places with anyone. Getting into someone else’s head may be a lot more than you bargained for.

  9. Sandy X

    I would love to switch place with my friend that is visiting her family in S. Korea or my other friend in Thailand for a research project during the summer

  10. jeannemiro

    If I could change places with anyone it would be with my boss so he could see what doing my job was really like! That way he’d find out to “Not judge a man (or woman) until you have walked a mile in his shoes.”!

  11. Taswmom

    I’m surprised at how many people gave my answer. You always think, oh, if only, but when it comes right down to it, I’m best off being me!

  12. Laney4

    If I COULD change, I wouldn’t; I don’t want anyone else with my man! If I had no choice, I’d say my husband, so we could still be together.

  13. rebelovesbooks

    I’m having a hard time thinking of someone I’d like to switch with as well! I’d love to be on the beach, though, so maybe I’d switch with someone on the beach in the Caribbean.

  14. Irma Jurejevčič

    I’d change places with any historical romances author. I really wanna know how the writing proces goes, from where you get ideas,…

  15. Amy R

    I would want to trade places with Melinda Gates, I would spend the day donating money to places in my local area.

  16. Colleen C.

    Hmmm… not sure… if my grandmother was still alive… I guess I would choose her… to learn from her…

  17. Kai W.

    As much as I love to switch places with someone, I think I rather stay on my side of the green grass then go over where it is greener.

  18. barbed1951

    I’d choose someone very wealthy, like Bill Gates, just to see what it would be like to have so many freedom to do all those things that I can’t do because of lack of money.

  19. Betul E.

    I would love to trade places with someone rich, and just try to spend as much money as possible.

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