Interview & Giveaway with Jane Ashford

Books-n-Kisses is pleased to welcome back Jane Ashford to the blog.  

Jane, can you please share with us a little about yourself?

Jane: When I take those “what’s your ideal job” quizzes on Facebook, I get “writer.” Maybe it’s destiny. I’m an avid reader, too. A bit of an introvert. I like hiking in the wilderness. And cake. : )

Have you always wanted to be an author?

Jane: Yes. I’ve told and written stories for as long as I can remember.

What is your most interesting writing quirk?

Jane: I don’t know if it’s interesting, but I often do an idea dump in contemporary language as I’m writing my historicals. For example, [hero] mouths off and acts like a total jerk until [heroine] tells him he can stuff it. Then I go back to expand and “historicize” it.

Can you please tell us about your latest book(s)?

Jane: The Bride Insists is a marriage of convenience story, about two people who have been deeply scarred by financial travails. They soon find passion, but must struggle toward understanding, and love.

How did you come with the idea for this story?

Jane: It came from that Regency slang phrase “the Marriage Mart.” I thought, what if a woman actually set out to “buy” a husband? How would that happen? And how would it play out?

Can you share with us your current work(s) in progress?

Jane: I’m working on a new Regency historical for Sourcebooks called Married to a Proper Stranger. It’s about a couple married less than a month when the husband is sent off to China with Lord Amherst’s diplomatic mission. Almost two years later, he’s back – a changed man. His wife is equally altered by her experiences at home. So what’s to be done when you find yourself married to an intriguing, infuriating stranger?

Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?

Jane: I’d like to tell Laurie King how much I love and admire Folly.

What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to get into writing?

Jane: Be sure you like solitude and can motivate yourself to get the work done. And never give up.

Can you share with us something off your bucket list.

Jane: I’d like to visit Bali. It sounds like a culture so permeated by art.

What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?

Jane: I read all kinds of things. One book I’m eagerly anticipating Skin Game by Jim Butcher. I love Harry Dresden. Anyone see the TV series?

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Jane: Thanks so much for having me!




The Bride Insists


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She Thinks She’s Bought a Compliant Husband

Although Clare Greenough has inherited an unexpected fortune, her money is in the hands of a trustee until she marries—everyone knows a woman is incapable of managing funds. What she needs is an easygoing husband, right away…

They’re Both in for a Shock

She makes a deal with impetuous young James Boleigh, seventh Baron Trehearth: they will marry, Clare will get control of her money, and Jamie will get the funds he desperately needs to restore his lands. To stave off ruin, Jamie agrees, believing Clare will soon become a proper, submissive wife. But to expect a serene, passionless marriage was only their first mistake…


Praise for The Bride Insists

“Perfectly delightful Regency romance… Remarkably executed.” —Publishers Weekly

“Ashford captures the reader’s interest with her keen knowledge of the era and her deft writing. … a charming plot and just the right amount of sensuality.” —RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

“…a marvelously engaging marriage of convenience tale, and Ashford’s richly nuanced,

realistically complex characters and impeccably crafted historical setting are bound to

resonate with fans of Mary Balogh.” – Booklist



Jane Ashford discovered Georgette Heyer in junior high school and was captivated by the glittering world and witty language of Regency England. That delight was part of what led her to study English literature and travel widely in Britain and Europe. She has written historical and contemporary romances, and her books have been published in Sweden, Italy, England, Denmark, France, Russia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, and Spain, as well as the U.S. Jane has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by RT Book Reviews. Born in Ohio, she now lives in LA. For more information, please visit or find her on Facebook.



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12 Responses to Interview & Giveaway with Jane Ashford

  1. bn100 March 27, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    Bali would be fun

  2. erinf1 March 27, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    thanks for such a fun post and giveaway!!! I agree… Bali sounds awesome :)

  3. Janie McGaugh March 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    The book sounds really interesting; can’t wait to read it! Yes, I watched Harry Dresden and really enjoyed it; haven’t gotten to the books, though; too many others to read ahead of them.

  4. Diane Sallans March 27, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    I love stories where the couple gets to know each other after they are married!

  5. Lori Meehan March 27, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

    The book sounds really good. I love your pic with the lamb.

  6. Marcy Shuler March 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    I love marriage of convenience stories, Jane, and can’t wait to read Clare and Jamie’s story!

  7. Janice Hougland March 28, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Hello to you, Jane! Your new release sounds yummy, and the cover is gorgeous. :-) Speaking of Georgette Heyer, I was introduced to her by my hubby when I was in the hospital after the birth of our first child. He gave me a boxed set of 12 of her books! A great gift, huh? I’ve been a reader of romances ever since, especially historical. I love that both the hero and heroine got surprised by their attraction to each other because they were so different…at first. I think this story probably has some humorous moments what with this couple “discovering” each other. I do love a good romp of a romance…lukewarm milquetoast it will NOT be! :-)

  8. Mirlou March 30, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    Thank you for this giveaway.

  9. Jeanne Miro March 30, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    Hi Jane!

    Congratulations on the release of The Bride Insists on the 4th!

    I’ve been reading your books since I first “discovered” you back in 1997 when I read The Bargain and have been enjoying reading your books ever since and have always wondered which book you’ve released was your favorite to write?

  10. Joanna Moreno March 31, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    My favorite trope! Thanks for the chance at getting my hands on your book 😉

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