Collette Cameron Interviews Alexia, the Duchess of Harcourt from Heartbreak and Honor




Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series Book 3

Today, we have Her Grace, Alexandra, the Duchess of Harcourt, sharing her fascinating journey from a Highland gypsy to a British peeress.


CC: Welcome, You Grace. I confess. I’m a bit nervous. I’ve never had the privilege of taking tea with a duchess. Please, have a seat. Milk or sugar in your tea?

Just push the dachshunds aside, but do watch your biscuits. They’ll snatch them right off your plates, the little fiends.

ADH: Thank you. It’s lovely to be here, and don’t worry about the dogs. I quite like animals. I take my tea with milk and two lumps of sugar.

CC: Please tell us a little about yourself, and how you meet his grace, the Duke of Harcourt. I hear it’s quite an amusing tale.

ADH: Chuckling. He helped rescue me from a band of rogue Scots holding me prisoner. I confess. Our first meeting was awful. I gave him a black eye when he stole a kiss.

He’s lucky I didn’t stick him with my dagger. I was raised as a Scottish Highland Traveller, a gypsy, and I know how to wield a blade. My gypsy name is Tasara Faas, and I lived with the travellers, also called black tinkers, for eighteen years.

CC: How fascinating. But you weren’t a traveller, were you? Was it a shock to discover you were a long-lost heiress? Tell us a little about that.

ADH: Yes. Right after my husband helped rescue me, I learned I wasn’t a traveller at all, but Alexandra Atterberry, an heiress in line for a barony.

The transition from living in a tent and bathing in streams to having a fortune at my disposal was a bit overwhelming.

I don’t much care for Society, you see. Such pretentiousness. I didn’t even know what fork to use at my first formal dinner, but I fell in love with Lucan.

He asked me almost daily to marry him. He’s most stubborn and wouldn’t accept no for an answer.

CC: I gathered that. What is the characteristic that first drew you to him?

ADH: He’s incredibly kind, especially to those others shun.

At first I thought he was a stuffy bore, but when I saw a glimpse of the real man, I was smitten! He has a delightful send of humor too.

Of course, I didn’t tell him.

He was far too cocky and assured I’d fall into his arms just because he held a duchy.

CC: Was there every a time when you thought you wouldn’t be together? That your worlds were too far apart?

ADH: Absolutely. I thought we were wholly incompatible. He was accustomed to power and privilege and all the falderal that accompanies someone of his station.

I wanted no part of it. I loved the simplicity of living in the Highlands. Still do.

I was actually preparing to leave England for good when circumstance caused me to realize, I didn’t want a life without him.

CC: What are your plans now?

ADH: As you know, Lucan’s mother is unwell, so we spend the majority of our time at Chattsworth House.

I would dearly love to return to Scotland for an extended visit, but that will have to wait.

I promised Mother Harcourt to wait until after the babe is born.

CC: Congratulations. His grace must be thrilled.

ADH: He is, and just like a man, is already planning activities for his son.

I, on the other hand, am planning to teach our daughter how to use a dagger.

CC: Thank you for visiting today, and I hope the next time, you can persuade the duke to accompany you.

ADH: You are very welcome. If you ever find yourself out our way, please do, call.

Coming to Amazon Dec. 2, 2015

Coming to Amazon Dec. 2, 2015


Collette Cameron


Bestselling, award-winning Historical Romance Author, Collette Cameron, pens Scottish and Regency Romances featuring rogues, rapscallions, rakes, and the intrepid damsels who reform them. Mother to three and self-proclaimed Cadbury chocoholic, she’s crazy about dachshunds, cobalt blue, and makes her home in Oregon with her husband and five mini-dachshunds.