Interview and Giveaway with Tessa Dare

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Hi Tessa and welcome back to Under the Covers. As you know, you are one of our top historical romance authors and we are thrilled about the next Spindle Cove book that just released.

Thank you so much for having me!

Any Duchess Will Do is Griffin York’s book! I loved his brief appearance in A Week to be Wicked. But for those who are unfamiliar with Griffin, how would you describe his character?

Up until a year ago (including his appearance in A Week to be Wicked), Griff was the epitome of a dissolute nobleman. Lots of women, gaming, general debauchery. But in the past year, he’s undergone a personal experience that really changed who he is and what he wants from life. He’s just not sure what to do with that yet. When the book begins, he’s a rake on the way to reforming.

I absolutely loved Pauline, the heroine. What would you say is Pauline’s most admirable trait?

What I admire most about Pauline is her determination. She comes from rural poverty and an unhappy home, but she has never stopped striving for something better, or believing that she and her sister deserve more. That’s why she can’t resist Griff’s offer–she sees it for the life-changing opportunity it is.

What’s the one scene in your book that you love the most and would never cut?

Chapter 21. It’s a love scene. There’s a desk. I can’t say any more. 🙂

You’ve recently released Beauty and the Blacksmith, a Spindle Cove novella! For readers who haven’t had a chance to grab it yet, can you please tell us more about it?

Sure! Beauty and the Blacksmith is the story of Diana Highwood, elegant beauty, and the Spindle Cove village blacksmith, Aaron Dawes. Everyone who’s ever read a Regency knows that there are barriers to any relationship between a gentlewoman and a common craftsman. But the two have so much chemistry, they just can’t resist each other.

A little birdie told me that Any Duchess Will Do will mark the end of the Spindle Cove series 🙁 If we begged, do you think there is a possibility of more books set in this series?

This is the last planned book, but who knows – something unplanned could always happen! 🙂 If nothing else, I might try to write some bonus scenes for the website, as a chance for readers to revisit their favorite characters. But Spindle Cove is not going to cease to exist in my mind – I might find ways to work it into future books. It’s really nice that readers have grown so attached to it!

Of ANY book character, who would you want to have a date with?

Mr. Darcy. Of course.

And which female character in ANY book would you take out for a drink?

Well, I would say Elizabeth Bennet – but since I’ve just snuck out for a date with her beau, perhaps I’d better choose someone else. Bridget Jones, maybe. So we could dish all about my date with Mr. Darcy!

What authors are on your must buy list?

So many! I will forget someone, but some of my must-have historical authors are: Courtney Milan, Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, Loretta Chase, Julie Anne Long, Sarah Maclean, Miranda Neville….and many more.

Do you have a writing process? Do you have to listen to music, have complete silence, write only on a full moon?

I only wish I could say I have a routine that works for me! I like to listen to music before I write, but not usually while I write. And I take long walks and write on pen and paper to get my thoughts organized before sitting down to the computer.

What are you currently working on right now?

The first book in a new series starting next year! I should probably keep it under wraps for the next few months, but let’s just say I’m excited about it!

Thanks so much for having me!

What’s a duke to do, when the girl who’s perfectly wrong becomes the woman he can’t live without?

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season—or any season—but his diabolical mother abducts him to “Spinster Cove” and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl.

Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn’t dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop. That dream becomes a possibility when an arrogant, sinfully attractive duke offers her a small fortune for a week’s employment. Her duties are simple: submit to his mother’s “duchess training”… and fail miserably.

But in London, Pauline isn’t a miserable failure. She’s a brave, quick-witted, beguiling failure—a woman who ignites Griff’s desire and soothes the darkness in his soul. Keeping Pauline by his side won’t be easy. Even if Society could accept a serving girl duchess—can a roguish duke convince a serving girl to trust him with her heart?

About the Author

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nine historical romance novels and three novellas.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a big brown dog.

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We are giving away winners choice from the Spindle Cove series, from the previous books.  International.

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Sue G.

A desk, hum? Sounds interesting! 😉

I just adore your covers. Such pretty colors.

Thanks for the chance.

Sue K

Can’t wait to read Any Duchess Will Do.
Thanks for the contest.


I love Tessa’s books & can’t wait to read this one. I want to know what happens in chapter 21!


I’m bummed that this is the last planned Spindle Cove book! Hopefully we’ll see more of it in future books!


I LOVE Tessa Dare and this series is AWESOME!!!!! Such wit, such amazing characters!!!!

Stefanie D

I love your books Tessa! I just can#t wait to read this one 😀

Joanne B

Congrats on the release. The Spindle Cove series sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it, especially Chapter 21 of Any Duchess Will Do. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway.

Betty Hamilton

Great interview. I look forward to reading this book!!


This looks like a really good book! It is going on my TBR pile.


Congrats to Tessa on the new release! Sounds awesome 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!!

Beth H.

Love the interview and I had a chance to join her Twitter chat yesterday and learned a lot about the series! Tessa rocks!! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

Joy F

I also like many of those authors that she reads. Thanks.


Looks really good.Great interview.


Love the interview, can’t wait to read this book!

Cheryl Sanders

Great interview! Thank you for the giveaway 🙂 Very excited about the new series coming out next year! Woo Hoo!!!

Alicia Jespersen

What an awesome book! I can’t wait to read Tessa Dare’s latest!!! I loved the interview, nothing quite like getting to know a fav author better. Thanks so much for sharing and the chance to win!

Tammy S.

This is one of my favorite series. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

Julie K

Great interview……Look forward to reading this one!

Sebella Blue

Don’t you just love a romantic rags to riches story? I know I fall for them every time and just couldn’t be happier about it. I loved the brief insights into Tessa’s processes and her future projects. I look forward to reading many more of her books.


Congratulations on the publication of Any Duchess Will Do! Love the cover. Sorry to hear that it will be the last book in the Spindle Cove series. Great interview. Thanks for sharing.

ki pha

I love this series! I can’t believe this is the last book- supposedly- to this fabulous series. Yes, extra chapters should be added please 😉 But news of a new series for next year is super excited~!!!

Lori H

Cute interview. I love Tessa’s books. I can’t wait to read this one. I have enjoyed seeing her on some of the blogs I follow.
Lorih824 at yaoo dot com

Sharlene Wegner

Great interview! Isn’t Bridget Jones’ boyfriend Mr. Darcy, too? Can’t wait to read the new book!

Elizabeth P

oooo a desk …definitely looking forward to this book…thanks

Rita Domingos

love this!! thanks 😀


Great interview!!
I love this series!!

Carol L

Enjoyed the interview. Chapter 21 is the tease. 🙂 Love your books and looking forward to reading Any Duchess Will Do.
Thanks for the chance.
Carol L

Amber H

Love your books! I cant wait to read this one!

Lisa Borbeck

Awesome interview and I LOVE the cover!!!


Fairly new fan here. Don’t know why it took me so long to sart reading your books, but it just took one to hook me.

TIna F

Great author and series. Thanks for the interview and giveaway.

Diana Doan

Great interview. Thanks for all your hard work =)

Vicki Lake

This book sounds wonderful! I look forward to reading it! Love the cover!!

Christina G

Love this series!! Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

Megan D.

Good questions! It is so hard sometimes to think up interview questions, I love reading everyone’s different styles.



Looking forward to reading this book

Thanks for the giveaway


Nice interview

Maria D.

Thanks for the interview! I hate to see a good series end -but I’m behind reading the books so I still have a couple to look forward to:) I’m excited that there will be a new series – just wish we could have gotten a little more detail….lol….Thanks for the giveaway!


Love the interview, =) can´t wait for my chance to read!
Happy Thursday!

Kim P

Now I want to know what happens with the desk! Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

Alisa Kaminski

I love Tessa’s novels. I can’t wait to read this one. Thanks for the giveaway.

Krysten M

Can’t wait for this one!!! Loved the interview!


I’m looking forward this book and the rest of the series!

Anita H.

Great interview, it saddens me this might be the last Spindle Cove book! 🙁 And I agree, who wouldn’t want to date Mr. Darcy?


Thanks for the interview. I’ll have to read this series

Nicole Potter

Oh, I didn’t know this was the last planned book in the Spindle Cove series! I’ll just have to read all your other books too 🙂


Great interview, I totally agree with the authors on your must-buy list 🙂 Can’t wait to read this book!

nurmawati djuhawan

howdy tessa…
i love all ur spindle cove books…i read all of them..
i am a fan !!
thx for the giveaway 😉


I am totally looking forward to your next series!

Amanda Good

Great interview! This book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!