Addie Jo Ryleigh (Author Interview)
Addie Jo Ryleigh
June 6, 2016
Please tell us a little about yourself, the romance subgenre(s) in which you write, and your newest book.
Hello! I’m Addie Jo Ryleigh. I’m married to the man who was my date to my high school junior prom and I’m the mother of three hockey-loving boys under the age of ten.
I write Regency Historical Romances filled with spirited ladies and heroes who tend to be a bit rakish but always find their heart.
THE RUNNER’S ENTICEMENT is my newest release and is the second book in my Men of Circumstance series. It is the story of a bastard Bow Street Runner who can’t seem to find his place until he is forced into the world of a bluestocking lady.
What inspired you to write romance fiction?
I’m a sucker for romance. I always have been. Be it movies, tv shows, or books, I’m hooked. I can’t even remember what age I was when I read my first romance novel. I love the butterflies and the tingles an emotional love story brings. It is the feelings that hook me. The passion between a hero and heroine. Being able to write such a story just enhances everything I embrace about writing.
What’s your favorite part of writing?
I love to get lost in my writing. That moment when the story is playing out in my mind and I can see it unfold like a movie. Where the characters are writing the story for me. It brings together the best of all my favorites: writing, books, and movies. And the fact that it never feels like work is also a plus. I could crawl out of bed at the crack of dawn, grab a cup of coffee, and write long before I manage to drag my half-sleeping butt out of bed for my “day job”.
How do your family and friends feel about your romance writing?
I have the greatest support system when it comes to my writing…even considering it can tend to be a bit steamy. My children blush when they are around me as I share a new book cover or talk about the love story I’ve written. But they’ve been my ultimate cheer squad. My husband has endured…and ultimately embraced…being referred to as ‘The Duke’ by his co-workers (book one of the series is called THE DUKE’S TEMPTATION). So much that he can’t wait to hand out the paperback copies at work when they are available. It took me a bit to feel comfortable sharing the types of stories I write with everyone I know (I live in a very small town), now I embrace it because the support has been amazing!
What stories do you have in the works right now?
At the moment, I have two stories in progress. I’m working on book three in the Men of Circumstance series and can’t wait to finish it. Marcus (the hero) has been around since book one and is just itching to tell his story. I’m also frantically working on a new project. A novella that will be a part of The Soul Mate Tree project through Soul Mate Publishing. Once it is complete, it will be a collection of thirteen novellas. My contribution, ONCE UPON A LADY, is scheduled for release November 2017.
Addie Jo has lived in the same cold-winter-hot-summer area of Minnesota her entire life. Sharing in the raising of her three extremely rambunctious boys is her very understanding husband who endured being dubbed “The Duke” by his co-workers. Keeping Addie Jo company while she writes (besides her wonderfully loud children) is her yorkipoo, Bella, who is never far from Addie Jo’s side. And recently the newest addition to their family, a black lab puppy named Max.
Addie Jo has always had a love and passion for romance books and became engrossed in historical romance (particularly Regency) soon after graduating from Lurlene McDaniel’s young adult books. Currently, Addie Jo reads any genre that has a great emotional story that keeps her reading into the early hours of the morning.
Addie Jo has a bachelor degree in accounting and is a financial coordinator when not playing chauffeur for her hockey-playing boys, cuddled up with a good book, or writing her next story.
A Duke. A Runner. An Earl.
Three men, each born into different circumstances.
Each fighting to overcome their own adversity.
All striving to change their past.
As much as Nathaniel Frederickson, bastard brother to the Duke of Wesbrook, loathes the status and consequence of his lowly birth, he has reinvented himself by becoming London’s leading Bow Street Runner. But no matter his success or his charm, he never seems to be good enough.
Lady Annabel Baines, self-professed bluestocking, has one goal in life. To create a legacy for her deceased mother by ensuring the success of her school for young ladies. Even if it means being beholden to a man intent on ruining her life, forcing her to make impossible, heartrending choices.
Assigned to recovering stolen artifacts, Nate is thrust into Anna’s privileged world. To make matters worse, he is forced to protect her from a mysterious threat she refuses to acknowledge. While fighting Anna’s stubbornness—and his unwanted fascination with the spoiled chit—Nate becomes the renewed target of a blackmailer thought to be destroyed . . . while a killer sets his sights on Anna.
Will the well-born bluestocking ultimately save the bastard Runner?
Everything settled, Nate was about to excuse himself to take a look about the perimeter of the house when a soft gasp from the doorway drew his attention. He scowled at what he found.
Given the young woman’s quality of gown and pristine appearance, Nate would guess Brodford’s daughter had made her entrance. As she stood by the door with an air of propriety, he couldn’t help but liken her to a spoiled princess.
An attractive princess, but spoiled nonetheless.
The source of her appeal was subtle. Muted auburn hair set to flame with highlights of crimson perched atop a head he doubted would reach his shoulder. He wondered if even she realized her allure. In fact, if not for the pull of her turquoise eyes gazing at him, he might have overlooked it himself.
He had a gut feeling the job had just become insufferable.
“Sorry, Papa, I didn’t mean to intrude.”
Even the soft velvet of her voice held an enticing promise. Luckily, he’d long ago learned the only promise a proper lady would give him was an eventual dismissal.
“Annabel, dear, impeccable timing. There is someone I want you to meet.”
Her slight figure crossed the room to her father’s side. With each step her gown shifted and teased him with the faint outline of her delicate curves. A lesser man might have passed over the sweetness confined in her petite frame. Barring her exalted status, Nate could possibly find her agreeable.
“Annabel, this is Mr. Frederickson. The Runner I called for.”
“Not another word, dear. We’ve had this discussion and as much as I respect your opinion, I will not budge on this.”
The side conversation between father and daughter was cryptic but it didn’t take a genius to know Brodford’s daughter objected to his assistance.
“Mr. Frederickson, my daughter, Annabel.”
Brodford made the introduction as if presenting his daughter to someone as common as a Bow Street Runner—an illegitimate one at that—was an everyday occurrence. Lady Annabel, on the other hand, did nothing but turn her dainty nose up at him—or would have if her nose wasn’t at the same level as his chest.
All affirming his assessment of a spoiled princess.
However, he’d met her kind before and knew how to handle her superior attitude. Nothing ruffled an overindulged lady’s feathers more than being ignored.
He didn’t approach but instead gave a slight bow of his head. Then, dismissed her very presence and addressed Brodford. “If there is nothing further, I will explore the grounds.”