Caroline Warfield Interviews Catherine Wheatly from Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem

PrintWith the holidays upon us, the time seemed right to sit down with Catherine Wheatly whose story recently reached its happy ending in “A Dangerous Nativity,” one of seven stories in Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem, a Bluestocking Belles collection. The author and Catherine sip warm cider in front of an energetic fire under a mantle festooned with greenery and ribbons.

Caroline:  This turned out to be a momentous holiday season for you.

A wistful look comes over Catherine’s face and she smiles a private smile.

Catherine:  The most momentous of my life. I am overwhelmed by love from all sides. I have a fiancé, a brother I never knew existed, and I’m closer to Papa than ever.

Caroline: But the man you call “Papa” isn’t your actual father.

Catherine: He certainly is! I won’t abide anyone saying otherwise. The man who brought about my conception was no father in any meaningful way. Still, I admit I am glad to have the information. I always knew my birth was irregular. At least now I have the facts.

Caroline:  Still, you tried to run from the Earl of Chadbourn when he proposed.

Catherine: He rather rushed it under the mistletoe, didn’t he?

Caroline: That wasn’t all of it though, was it?

Catherine: No. I confess. A base-born spinster hardly brings any credit to a man of Will’s position. I bring no dowry to speak of. I reminded him that I’m not even eligible to be presented. Do you know how he replied? He laughed! He told me that as his wife I will be eligible to be presented to the queen and have entrée to any gathering or home in the United Kingdom.

Caroline: Is that why you decided to accept him.

Another memory makes her smile shine.

Catherine: No. He finally asked how I felt about marrying a farmer. He claims to be a finer farmer than earl. That is nonsense of course, but I realized the title is superficial. At heart he’s a man who values family, cares for those dependent on him, and has a passion for the land. Those are all values we share, and they’ll give us a good foundation for marriage.

Caroline: When will you marry? Quickly?

Catherine: I wanted quickly and quietly, but Will will have none of it. He says that my very insecurities are the reason we need to let his sister the duchess host a large society wedding. Everyone, he says, who is anyone will be there.

Caroline: Goodness! Good luck with that.

The author smiles. That wedding has already been written into Dangerous Works.


Belles Ladies


Mistletoe, Marriage, and Mayhem: A Bluestocking Belles Collection

In this collection of novellas, the Bluestocking Belles bring you seven runaway Regency brides resisting and romancing their holiday heroes under the mistletoe. Whether scampering away or dashing toward their destinies, avoiding a rogue or chasing after a scoundrel, these ladies and their gentlemen leave miles of mayhem behind them on the slippery road to a happy-ever-after.

***All proceeds benefit the Malala Fund.***

A Dangerous Nativity, by Caroline Warfield

The Earl of Chadbourn he loves nothing better than to care for his fields, his flocks, and the people who earn their living from the land. Trapped by his brother-in-law’s death into responsibility for his traumatized nephew, grieving sister, and an estate gone to ruin, loneliness overwhelms him. The first-rate husbandry of a neighboring farm and the woman who runs it draw him like a moth to flame. With Christmas coming, can he repair the damaged estate and far more damaged family? Dare he hope for love in the bargain?

The other stories:

All She Wants for Christmas, by Amy Rose Bennett

A frosty bluestocking and a hot-blooded rake. A stolen kiss and a Yuletide wedding. Sparks fly, but will hearts melt this Christmas?

The Ultimate Escape, by Susana Ellis

Abandoned on his wedding day, Oliver must choose between losing his bride forever or crossing over two hundred years to find her and win her back.

Under the Mistletoe, by Sherry Ewing

Margaret Templeton will settle for Captain Morledge’s hand in marriage, until she sees the man she once loved. Who will win her heart at the Christmas party of her would-be betrothed?

’Tis Her Season, by Mariana Gabrielle

Charlotte Amberly returns a Christmas gift from her intended—the ring—then hares off to London to take husband-hunting into her own hands. Will she let herself be caught?

Gingerbread Bride, by Jude Knight

Traveling with her father’s fleet has not prepared Mary Pritchard for London. When she strikes out on her own, she finds adventure, trouble, and her girlhood hero, riding once more to her rescue.

Joy to the World, by Nicole Zoltack

Eliza Berkeley discovers she is marrying the wrong man—on her wedding day. When the real duke turns up instead, will her chance at marital bliss be spoiled?


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Caroline Warfield has at various times been an army brat, a librarian, a poet, a raiser of children, a nun, a bird watcher, an Internet and Web services manager, a conference speaker, an indexer, a tech writer, a genealogist, and, of course, a romantic. She has sailed through the English channel while it was still mined from WWII, stood on the walls of Troy, searched Scotland for the location of an entirely fictional castle (and found it), climbed the steps to the Parthenon, floated down the Thames from the Tower to Greenwich, shopped in the Ginza, lost herself in the Louvre, gone on a night safari at the Singapore zoo, walked in the Black Forest, and explored the underground cistern of Istanbul. By far the biggest adventure has been life-long marriage to a prince among men.

Currently retired to the urban wilds of Eastern Pennsylvania, she sits in front of a keyboard at a desk surrounded by windows, looks out at the trees and imagines. Her greatest joy is when one of those imaginings comes to life on the page and in the imagination of her readers.

She is the author of:

Dangerous Works in which the heroine, Georgiana Hayden attends Catherine and Will’s wedding

Dangerous Weakness in which Catherine and Will host a house party at which the hero, the Marquess of Glenaire, meets Lily, the heroine

Dangerous Secrets in which Will joins with Glenaire to help solve the hero, Jamie Heyworth’s, problems


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