Rebecca Cohen’s Forever Hold His Peace
Let me start by saying how ecstatic I am to have Rebecca on my blog today. Plus I get to interview her. Her latest release Forever Hold His Peace is out now and is the final book in the Crofton Chronicles series. If you haven’t checked out this series yet, I highly suggest you do! I loved it so much and couldn’t wait for each book to come out. You can read about the first book here, and the second here. After the interview you can read all about this amazing book and read an excerpt you can only read here! At the very bottom is a giveaway for an e-copy of the book!
Amanda C. Stone: Let me fangirl for a little bit here. I am so super excited to have you here today and getting a chance to interview you. You’ve written a little bit of everything (historical, fantasy paranormal-y, and some contemporary in the works too). What is your favorite to write?
Rebecca Cohen: I genuinely love writing across multiple genres, and if an idea bites me I’ll run with it. My current writing project is a sci-fi, I’ve a contemporary in submission and a WIP list that is beginning to scare me. But they are very different, so I really have to get myself in the right frame of mind to work on something in a new genre otherwise I’d in a right pickle and confuse my planet builders with my noblemen.
ACS: Hmm, that actually sounds like it could be fun though. Planet builders coming to meet noblemen? I know I’d read a book like that. Did you have to do tons of research for the historical parts of the stories in the Crofton Chronicles series?
RC: The Elizabethan period is a favorite of mine so I had a head start, but, yes, there was a lot research involved to get the setting, clothing and period details right. There’s a lot that didn’t end up the series, and I think it’s important not to go too far and end up sounding like a history book. But I do love research, so it was all part of the joy of writing for me.
ACS: I think to write historical romance books, you have to love research to some extent. Now that the whole series is out, are you sad to let Sebastian and Anthony go? Do have a hard time letting all of your characters go?
RC: Oh yeah, I will miss them. But at the same time I have other characters I need to get attached to. However, I’m not quite ready to let Sebastian and Anthony go completely yet… and the modern Crofton (Saving Crofton Hall) does use their part of the Crofton family history (but my lips are sealed for now!).
ACS: Oh, of course now I have to guess what makes it into the modern Crofton! Trying not to spoil it for those that haven’t read it yet, but the epilogue at the end of Forever Hold His Peace was wonderful to read and see how William thought about everything as he got older. Will we see some history of the characters in that scene in the contemporary books coming in the (hopefully not too distant) future?
RC: In Saving Crofton Hall I do reference in passing several of Benjamin Redbourn’s relatives (he’s the current Earl of Crofton), but not specifically the ones in the Forever Hold His Peace epilogue. But I do have ideas for other modern Crofton novels, and they do involve Ben researching the Redbourn family history, but I’ve not decided which ones in particular will make an appearance yet.
ACS: As a reader I want to know all of the juicy history, naturally. But it would be nice to know if those two characters get together somehow. Last question and it’s a fun one. If you were to create your own coat of arms for your family, what colors and symbols would you use?
RC: I use silver and black for my avatar so I think that would be a good start. The black would symbolize wisdom and the silver for truth and sincerity. But I’d like a splash of green for joy, love and loyalty. As for symbols I like the idea of a bee (industry and creativity) or because I like the idea of being a bit of a terror, a cockatrice. Blimey, that all sound a bit messy – not sure the College of Arms would let that one through!
ACS: I really like the colors you picked. A good combination. I know if I tried to make one I wouldn’t use any kind of symbolism, just what looked nice at the time. I’m sure that’s a fabulous idea. Thank you so much for joining me Rebecca! It was wonderful having you.
Sebastian Hewel has never been happier. But his life playing the role of his twin sister Bronwyn, the wife of Anthony Redbourn, Earl of Crofton, is about to change. Rumors abound that Bronwyn is using witchcraft to enthrall her husband, and false evidence has been found. Practicing witchcraft is a crime that could have Bronwyn brought in for questioning by the sheriff, and that would reveal Sebastian and Anthony’s secret.
Together they must decide whether it is time to lay Bronwyn to rest. Anthony intends to ensure that whoever implicated Bronwyn pays for the treacherous deed. Whatever happens, Sebastian and Anthony must prepare to face an unknown future together.
Anthony had just dismissed Wallace when Sebastian arrived, and he was staring at a pile of letters on his desk, wearing a similar scowl to the one his son had worn while reading the hornbook. “Apologies, Sebastian. I know we agreed that you could be yourself for the next few days, but I need Bronwyn at supper tonight. Lady Florin will be joining us.”
“What is she doing here?”
“There is no need for you to be jealous—she is an old friend.”
“She was being too friendly for my liking when we were last at court.”
“Sebastian, really, you need to leave these childish notions to one side.”
“You are a hypocrite, sir. If it were reversed, you would be fuming like an apothecary’s crucible.”
“I admit that at times I can be a little… green-eyed, but in those cases, I have not been unreasonable.”
“You have told me yourself that you would rip the eyes out of a man’s head that looked at me with intent, and chop off his hands if he were to lay them upon me.”
Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and baby son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.
DSP Author Page: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_462
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Rebecca-Cohen/e/B007UEFIXS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
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