The Inside Scoop – Part Two
Thank you so much for joining me. In a follow up to our interview with Lord Alex and Lady Lisbeth, brother-in-law and Scotsman Jamie Collins is with us today. You must know that this has taken us months to arrange. The man just cannot be pinned down. Personally, I can’t wait to get a different perspective on the hero and heroine of Ruth A. Casie’s book, The Guardian’s Witch.
Oh wait, there’s a lot of commotion at the door to the studio. It must be him. Yes, I see he’s walking this way. You can’t miss him. He towers over everyone. Josh, our sound technician, is six feet. Jamie dwarfs him. This may take a few minutes. He’s making time to speak with everyone. For here I can feel his magnetism.
(Jamie takes his seat.)
Reporter: (Nods to Jamie then looks at the audience) Today’s guest, Lord James Collins—
Jamie: Please, Jamie will do.
Reporter: Of course… Jamie is the brother-in-law of Lord Alex Stelton and Lady Lisbeth Reynolds. Lord Alex is the exceptional knight who put his life on the line for the woman he loves, his wife, Lady Lisbeth. She too was willing to risk it all–to save her husband. Jamie was the man behind the curtain that helped them both succeed.
Reporter: (Turning to his guest) Thank you for taking time to talk to us today. My staff has tried for some time to reach you.
Jamie: I’m flattered that you sought me out, but I’m not the one you should be speaking to. Lord Alex and Lady Lisbeth are the hero and heroine of the story. The tale is theirs to tell.
Reporter: You’re much too humble. But let me start at the beginning. What was your first impression of Lord Alex?
Jamie: A handsome, prideful man, Alex had to make his own way in the world. By reputation, I knew he was loyal to his king and had his trust, to boot. Not an easy thing in these times. Still, I watched him with the castle, villagers, and Lisbeth.
Reporter: And what did you find? What part did you play in the romantic adventure?
Jamie: By the time we met I knew a great deal about him. I was sure he wasn’t there to line his pockets but rather to keep the people safe and make Glen Kirk Castle prosper. My part in the romantic adventure? Nice turn of a phrase. Glen Kirk Castle sits in a precarious place, on the border of England and Scotland. My clan and Lord Wesley Reynolds family have been close for centuries. I married their Laura, the love of my life. Since Lord Wesley and Lady Darla’s untimely death I’ve watched over Lisbeth. And that’s no easy task. She is quite the independent woman.
Reporter: And what of Lady Lisbeth?
Jamie: Ach, there’s a bonny lass. She was afraid her talents would cause the villagers great harm. You know she’s a witch.
Jamie: (Bent forward toward the reporter) With the Lord and Lady gone, her king sent protectors to care for the castle and people. They were weak minded men. She feared each one he sent. Not for herself. When she stood up to the first man the king sent he called her a witch. If that wasn’t bad enough when her people stood beside her he called them her coven and threatened to kill them all. He accomplished what he wanted, kept the people and Lisbeth away. He was too busy raiding her father’s fine wine cellar and trying to strip the castle of anything worth value. After he disappeared, my men and I helped Lisbeth and the castle staff pack everything and hide it away.
Reporter: And when Lord Alex arrived?
Jamie: (Sat back and relaxed) Now there was a different man. You didn’t have to be a witch or a fey to see he was the right man for Glen Kirk and for Lisbeth. He cared about both. By the time he arrived everyone was suspect of the king’s men. He had a lot to prove.
Reporter: As Lady Lisbeth’s brother-in-law and only male relative. Did you approve their marriage?
Jamie: It was a horrible thing his king did, horrible, marrying them by proxy and Lisbeth ignorant of the plan.
Reporter: (Shuffling papers) I have a good source in the King’s most private council that the proxy marriage was your idea. (More paper shuffling) Yes, here it is. When you went to London, you spoke to the king and over a few glasses of ale you both planned the event.
Jamie: (The smile on his face didn’t reach his eyes. Jamie reached over and crushed the pages in his hand) What did you say?
Reporter: (Visibly uncomfortable) Umm… Nothing, sir. Nothing at all.
Jamie: (His demeanor softened, slightly) That the two were in love was not a question. Everyone knew but them. Lisbeth, well she vowed never to marry afraid her gift would… well, let’s just say she wanted to stop the line of magic that was well established in her mother’s family. Alex? He was no better. The king thought the solution was brilliant.
Reporter: You were a loyal son-in-law even though your political beliefs differ.
Jamie: Lord Wesley may have been English but he judged a man fairly. He and Lady Darla were good and kind to their family and their people. Our families were neighbors separated by an imaginary line. We shared many things, a love of the land, a love of family, and a love of friends.
(Jamie hesitated deep in thought)
Jamie: They didn’t deserve to be murdered. I knew the moment I saw their crumpled carriage it wasn’t an accident. I vowed I would see the assassin pay.
Reporter: You took unusual action for a Scotsman.
Jamie: (His face flushed in anger) What did you expect me to do? (He spit out the words between clenched teeth.)
Reporter: Sir, I meant no disrespect. On the contrary. For a Scotsman of your high stature to go to the English king and tell him his favored lord and lady were murdered and pledge your support. Amazing.
Jamie: Lord Wesley and Lady Darla had to be avenged. The king agreed with me. When I came back I wouldn’t rest until the puzzle was solved. I would do it all again.
Reporter: I understand you met Lord Alex’s six brothers.
Jamie: Yes. They look like a small army when they stand together. Each one is nagged by one of the deadly sins. It took Lisbeth’s love and trust to help him overcome his excessive pride. I understand there may be a book about each brother. (Jamie looks directly into the audience) You just have to tell the author you want to hear more about the Stelton Legacy. She’s immune to my badgering. Perhaps she’ll be more responsive to yours.
Reporter: Thank you for your time. (turning to the audience) You can find out more about Jamie, Lord Alex and Lady Lisbeth in The Guardian’s Witch by Ruth A. Casie available for their Nook, iBook, KOBO or Kindle
I hope you enjoyed the interview. Here’s a brief overview of The Guardian’s Witch.
Lord Alex Stelton can’t resist a challenge, especially one with a prize like this: protect a castle on the Scottish border for a year, and it’s his. Desperate for land of his own, he’ll do anything to win the estate—even enter a proxy marriage to Lady Lisbeth Reynolds, the rumored witch who lives there.
Feared and scorned for her second sight, Lisbeth swore she’d never marry, but she is drawn to the handsome, confident Alex. She sees great love with him but fears what he would think of her gift and her visions of a traitor in their midst.
Despite his own vow never to fall in love, Alex can’t get the alluring Lisbeth out of his mind and is driven to protect her when attacks begin on the border. But as her visions of danger intensify, Lisbeth knows it is she who must protect him. Realizing they’ll secure their future only by facing the threat together, she must choose between keeping her magic a secret and losing the man she loves.
Ruth A. Casie’s first career as a Vice President and product manager for a major international bank took her around the world. Romance novels were her companions on the long flights and, when not with clients, solo dining experiences. On her travels, her imagination ran wild when she visited historic sites and ancient ruins. Now she loves to include little details from her travels, and her family, into her stories. In addition to writing historic fantasy time travel romance for Carina Press and Harlequin, Ruth is a participating author in the TIMELESS TALES short story series. Her book KNIGHT OF RUNES was a NJRW Golden Leaf Finalist in 2011. THE GUARDIAN’S WITCH was a RomCon Reader’s Crown Finalist in 2013. KNIGHT OF RAPTURE was a NJRW Golden Leaf finalist in 2015. You can reach her at www.RuthACasie.com , on Twitter @RuthACasie, at her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RuthACasie or at Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ruthacasie/