Thursday, October 2, 2014

TVBT: The Governess Club: LOUISA by Ellie MacDonald (Book #4) #HistoricalHeroProfile #Giveaway #UpcomingRelease @Avonbooks

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Louisa Brockhurst is on the run - from her friends, from her family, even from her dream of independence through The Governess Club. But sometimes it’s easier for her to hide from those she loves in order to escape the secrets of her past.

Handsome but menacing John Taylor is a former prize-fighter turned inn-keeper who is trying to make his way in society. When Louisa shows up at his doorstep he’s quick to accept her offer to help - at a price. He knows that she’s hiding something and he can’t help his protective instincts around the beautiful woman.

Their attraction grows, but will headstrong, fiery Louisa ever trust the surprisingly kind John enough to tell him the dangerous secrets from her past that keep her running? Or will the power of her feelings scare her into running yet again?

John Taylor. I’ve also been known as the Five Hit Wonder. Louisa calls me Giant Johnny or her big galoot. But even her calling me Johnny is nice. She’s the only one who does.
Nine and twenty
Rank or Peerage or Occupation: 
I am an innkeeper now, but used to a pugilist. The champion, actually. I retired to buy myself the Beefy Buzzard. I was also a grenadier in His Majesty’s army for four years.
Physical Description: 
Oh, I’m big. Mountain-like. Louisa calling me Giant Johnny is fitting. My fists are the size of another man’s head and I tower over everyone. I am bald and have a chin-strap beard.
Sporting events, exercising in the stable with my training bag, being active in general. Teasing Louisa also entertains me for hours.
Doing the books. Anything to do with paperwork. When people think I am nothing more than an ignorant boxer who can’t do anything else.
Relationship Status: 
Well, I am with Louisa, but we’re not married. Or even betrothed. I have asked her several times, but she keeps pushing it off. I know she’s scared and doesn’t want to lose her independence, but I love her and don’t want to have any bastard children. I don’t think she really wants that either, but it will just take some time.
Typical Evening Out: 
Oh, we’re always in the inn. We don’t get evenings out, not unless we are visiting friends or family. Evenings are the busiest time for the pub, so I work as the barkeep. The payoff of this is that I get to have lazy mornings in bed with Louisa – if she doesn’t leave to see to getting breakfast for the guests.
Drink of Choice: 
Ale. It’s a favorite of Louisa’s too, so I have to be sure never to share mine with her – she will guzzle it all in one go just to prove she can.
Favorite Food: 
Steak and kidney pie.
Favorite Book: 
I’ve read Tom Jones several times.
Favorite Dance: 
I’ve never learned to dance. I went into the army when I was ten and four and was fighting professionally by the time I was nine and ten. Before all that I worked on my father’s farm. I didn’t have time for dancing.
Best Memory to Date: 
I once snuck out on Louisa to fight in an exhibition bout – she hates the idea of me fighting, but the purse was fifty quid and I couldn’t pass that up. But she found out and came to watch me. I didn’t see her arrive, but she was standing so close to the ring that she was splattered with my blood. Her scream silenced the barn and stopped the fight. I thought she was going to faint or be sick. But instead she yelled out, “Two pounds on Giant Johnny!” I was never so proud to win a fight.

Words to live by: 
Only you have the power to define yourself, not what others think of you.

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Ellie Macdonald has held several jobs beginning with the letter t: taxi-driver, telemarketer and most recently, teacher. She is thankful her interests have shifted to writing instead of taxidermy or tornado chasing. Having travelled to five different continents, she has swum with elephants, scuba dived coral mazes, visited a leper colony and climbed waterfalls and windmills, but her favorite place remains Regency England. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada. The Governess Club series is her first published work.

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