Monday, June 25, 2012

Character Interview + Giveaway: Thomas from The White Swan Affair

As part of his blog tour I can honestly say I'm thrilled to introduce you all to Thomas, male main character of "The White Swan Affair".





Interview with Thomas
 Main character of: The White Swan Affair

Alaiel: Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog, Thomas! It’s a pleasure to have you here.
Thomas: Thank you, Miss Alaiel. I am delighted to visit with you today.

Alaiel: As an adventurer in love with the sea, what caused you to own property in any city and why London?
Thomas: While I would always rather be on the deck of my ship or exploring a far off port, London is the greatest city in the world. My partner, Edward Hannay and I decided to locate our warehouses here because it allowed us the greatest scope. We have always wanted to make a success of our company and without false modesty, I believe I may say that we have done so admirably.

And I don’t dislike London as much as I dislike the restrictions I face on dry land. Society’s constraints don’t sit well with me. I’ve never been one for doing the pretty. Too blunt. Too fond of speaking the truth. (laughs) It makes me a far from ideal dinner guest, I’m afraid.

Alaiel: How long had Robert Aspinall and his sister been your lodgers before you first took notice of Hester?
Thomas: I noticed Hester the very first day we met. It is not very gentlemanly of me to admit it, of course, but even dressed in mourning, she caught my eye. She is a very beautiful woman. Of course, I often went months at a time without the privelege of meeting with her. My business often sees me abroad but whenever I was in High Holborne, I hoped to see her. Perhaps that explains my sudden fondness for that corner of the metrĂ³polis?

Alaiel: What was it about Hester that drew you to her?
Thomas: There are many things I love about her. I was first drawn to her by her gentle manners.

Alaiel: Do you have any qualms about engaging romantically with any woman, given that you aren’t the sort of man to settle down in the traditional sense?
Thomas: Of course I had qualms. No right thinking woman wants a man like me for a husband. Never in the same country from one month to the next, always setting out on another sea voyage. That was enough to prevent me from seriously considering matrimony for years. But sharing my life with Hester, I have come to realize that I am not settling. Adventure will still be mine, only now I will share it with the woman I love.

Alaiel: What were your first thoughts when you found out about the trouble Hester’s brother Robert had gotten into?
Thomas: I sympathized with Robert’s plight. I know there are many who condemn sodomites. Who think them unnatural or perverse but if there is one thing I have learned in my travels, there are few absolutes in this world and that despite what my uncle the bishop may claim, an observant Mohamadan has as strong, or stronger a claim, to virtue than most Englishmen. We all have secret desires, things about ourselves that others would decry. My own behaviour with Hester – the secret longing I held for her for so long – was something I was deeply ashamed of. Who am I to say then that my sin is less, merely for the fact that I love a woman and not a man?

Every one who is accused of a crime ought to have a proper and well-argued defense at a trial that lasts longer than eight minutes. I know that our system of justice is lauded as superior to that of the Continent but when I see children of seven and eight, being tried for capital crimes or people transported for seven years for stealing a used shift worth 4 shillings, I have my doubts.

Alaiel: In Spanish there’s a saying about sailors and captains thas goes more less like this: “Every seaman has a woman in each harbor”. Would you say that’s true?
Thomas: While I will make no defense as the honour of seamen generally, the phrase holds no truth in my case. I have one woman, in one port. And that is Hester, in London.

Random and quick questions:
Alaiel: Do you like pelicans?
Thomas: That is a random question, indeed. But no, I do not like pelicans. They taste foul and make a terrible mess of the ship’s deck.

Alaiel: Snow or sunny days?
Thomas: Sun and a steady wind. There is no finer weather to sail in.

Alaiel: Rum or wine?
Thomas: I would rarely turn down a glass of spiced rum, warmed. If you are offering...

Alaiel: When you are not in your ship, do you enjoy storms?
Thomas: There is power in nature which a man must respect.

Alaiel: Whast the first word that pops into you mind when I say “stowaway”?
Thomas: Headache.

Alaiel: Do you like cheese? If yes, which ones are your favorites?
Thomas: Another unexpected inquiry. But I like a stout English cheddar, toasted on a fork.

Alaiel: Once again, thanks a lot for being here, Thomas :] I’m sure all lovers of historic romance will enjoy to read about you and Hester.
Thomas: Thank-you. I would like to offer your readers a chance to win a copy of Miss Mady’s account of my experiences with Hester and Robert during the recent happenings at the White Swan. I would like to know what drew (or draws) them to a person upon first meeting? Their appearance? Their manners? What characteristics must a person have in order for you to fall in love with them?




The White Swan Affair
by Elyse Mady

Official Blurb:

London, 1810
After the tragic death of her beloved, Hester Aspinall vowed never to be ruled by her passions again. Still, she is drawn to her landlord, handsome adventurer Thomas Ramsay—but she doesn't fool herself that a man of his station would look twice at a poor tailor's sister.

With the sea for a mistress, Thomas has no intention of entering into matrimony. And yet, he can't get the plain-spoken and desirable Hester out of his mind, even though she's never tried to secure his attentions as other women do.

Everything changes the night Hester's brother is arrested during a raid on a gay brothel, the infamous White Swan. With no one else to turn to, and terrified Robert will hang for his crime, Hester accepts Thomas's offer to bear the cost of the defense. A true gentleman, Thomas expects nothing in return—but Hester can no longer deny her own desires...
She may offer her body eagerly, but can she protect her heart?

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Thanks to Kismet Book Touring for making me part of this wonderful tour :D I'm sure you will all enjoy Mady's books and especially The White Swan Affair!