GOING OVERBOARD with Lorraine Heath

FB_LHeath-lresHello, Banditas and Bandit buddies! It’s so lovely to be visiting with you again. It’s always a treat and I can’t thank Suzanne Ferrell enough for the invitation. Since Suz is busy playing grandma and I’m in the midst of revisions, Grace, the Duchess of Lovingdon (from WHEN THE DUKE WAS WICKED) has consented to interview the characters in my upcoming release, ONCE MORE, MY DARLING ROGUE. So, Grace, take it away…

Thank you ever so much, Lorraine and Suz, for allowing me this opportunity. I am more than qualified to get to the heart of the matter with these characters as Drake Darling, the hero of the tale, was raised within the bosom of my family. And Lady Ophelia is, in today’s terms, my BFF. We’ve known each other forever. Before I place them both on the hot seat, I wish to tell you a little bit about them.

When Drake first came to live with my family, I was not yet born but I have heard his tale. He was an orphan who went by the name of Peter Sykes. My mother had a rather nasty encounter with his parents, but she has always been a generous soul and did not hold the actions of Peter’s parents against him. When his mother was murdered and his father hanged, she took him in. After my mother married the Duke of Greystone, Peter adopted her maiden name of Darling. My father has a fascination with dragons, which he passed on to Peter. When Peter learned of the constellation Draco, a formation of stars that etched a dragon in the night sky, he began calling himself Drake. And so it was that by the time his story was told, he was known as Drake Darling. Although he traveled the world with my family, he never quite forgot his origins. Eventually he was employed at Dodger’s Drawing Room and quickly moved up to become its overseer.

My dear friend, Lady Ophelia Littleton, had lost both her parents and was living with her brother, the Earl of Somerdale. Her father had established a trust for her that would serve as her dowry. If she had not wed by the time she reached her thirtieth year, the trust and all its funds would be turned over to her. Although she flirted with gentlemen, she had no wish to marry. I did not quite understand that. Nor did I understand why she snubbed Drake at every turn. I suspected it was because she was drawn to him, and the notion that she might want someone who had come from the streets appalled her. As much as I treasured her friendship, I must admit that she was a bit of a … how shall I put this politely? A snob.ONCE MORE MY DARLING ROGUE

I’m not proud of the fact that I found it fascinating to watch the two of them cast sly insults at each other. I always suspected that Drake was holding back. It is not in his nature to be cruel. Ophelia, on the other hand, sometimes seemed to be someone else entirely.

So there you have it. What I know of them. I suspect there is a good bit I do not. Let’s see what they are willing to share.

Grace: Ophelia, with your dowry, you could have any lord in the kingdom. Yet no one seems to have caught your fancy.

Ophelia: I am extremely particular. He must be of noble birth, not in need of my dowry, as handsome as Apollo, as powerful as Zeus, as strong as Hercules. He must be dashing, kind, gentle, above reproach, with no sins to his name.

G: Even my dear husband, the Duke of Lovingdon, would not meet your criteria.

O: I am quite aware that I want what does not exist.

G: Do you not fear loneliness as you advance in years?

O: I fear choosing poorly, as my dear aunt did, so I prefer not to choose at all. What is shown to the world is not always the true heart of a man.

G: I couldn’t agree more. But sometimes what we hide is what makes us vulnerable. You are my dearest friend. I know you are hiding something. Will you not share it?

O: I do not like the one you refer to as your brother.

G: (laughing) That is no secret. What is it specifically that you don’t like about him?

O: He makes me contemplate the pleasure that might be found in the forbidden, makes me wish for things I shouldn’t.

G: You are drawn to him then?

O: Quite the opposite. He repulses me.

G: Has he ever been unkind to you?

O: Of course not. It is part of his façade. The kinder a man is, the deeper his cruelty runs.

G: That is not true of Drake.

O: Trust me when I tell you that he is capable of doing things you would never expect.

51p1PAqrHOL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I have to admit to being quite troubled by my dear friend’s cynicism and perception of Drake. I could not love him more if we carried the same blood.

Grace: Drake, brother of my heart, you recently purchased a residence. You live there alone, no servants whatsoever. Why the Spartan existence?

Drake: I have recently acquired a servant. I found her drifting in the Thames, and decided to give her a place as long as she earns her keep.

G: I was not aware.

D: I’m keeping her secret for now—until I unravel how she ended up in the Thames. She is part of the aristocracy and yet no one seems to have noticed that she has gone missing.

G: Would I know her?

He considers…

D: I do not think so. Even I am hard pressed to admit that I have met her before. She is quite different in unfamiliar surroundings. Fetching, interesting, enticing.

G: It sounds as though you are smitten.

D: Absolutely not.

G: Not even a little?

D: Perhaps a little.

G: Can she not tell you how she came to be in the Thames?

D: Her first memory is awakening in my bed. She recalls nothing before that.

G: How unfortunate for her.

D: But very fortunate for me. And I think in the end, extremely fortunate for her.

G: Do tell.

He merely smiles, but with that smile he has spoken volumes. I look quite forward to meeting this woman who I believe has the ability to tame him. Or is it she who will be tamed?

Back to Lorraine.

Thank you, Grace, for giving us a little peek at these characters. As you all may have figured out, this story is OVERBOARD meets Victorian London. OVERBOARD is a go-to for me when I just want to feel good. The chemistry between Kirk Russell and Goldie Hawn is terrific. Of course, I don’t write romantic comedy so my tale is a little darker and edgier but I had a lot of fun writing it. What is your favorite feel good movie or a movie would you like to see transported to Victorian London?

I will give a signed copy of WHEN THE DUKE WAS WICKED, the first book in this series, and a surprise book of my choice to 2 lucky posters.

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  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the upcoming release, Lorraine. I haven’t watched “Overboard” in so long. My favorite feel good movies include “Finding Nemo” and “The Princess Bride.”

  • Deanna says:

    Loved the interview and very excited about the book now. Sounds fascinating.

  • Helen says:

    H Lorraine

    Oh I do love the sound of this one and Overboard is one of my favourite movies but it is a while since I have watched it I think I need to pull the DVD out love it being made into an edgier Victorian story 🙂

    Some of my other favourite movies are Jaws and Titanic not sure how they would go being set in Victorian times LOL

    Congrats on the releas and huge congrats to Suz and her family 🙂

    Have Fun

    • Good morning, Helen!!

      Thanks for the congrats. I posted pics on my FB page. I’m so thankful Lorraine and Grace could take over the blog today. Doesn’t this book sound fun?

      • Lorraine Heath says:

        Sorry, Suz. I got up in revisions. Yikes!

        But congrats to you and all the family. I know you’re enjoying the twins. Double the fun but double the trouble, right?

    • Lorraine Heath says:

      We watch Jaws every July 4th.

  • Cathy P says:

    Congrats on your upcoming release, Lorraine! I love your books. Some of my favorite feel good movies are National Security, Blues Brothers, McClintock, and The Princess Bride.

    • Morning, Cathy!

      Blues Brothers is another cult favorite over at the Ferrell place, too! Jazzman, doesn’t like many movies, but when he does…we watch them almost religiously!

  • flchen1 says:

    How fun, Lorraine! Thanks for the introduction to your characters (by your character 😉 ) I don’t watch too many movies, and even fewer more than once. I have to concur with the choice of The Princess Bride. I also confess a liking for Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 😉

  • Sally Schmidt says:

    Congratulations on the release! This book sounds like so much fun. I love Overboard, the DVD is always handy. It will be fun to read this with that in mind.

    • Morning, Sally!

      The minute I saw that OVERBOARD was the inspiration for this book, I knew I’d be thinking of that as I read, too! 🙂 (Love me some Kurt Russell)

      • Sally Schmidt says:

        Kurt Russell – oh yeah. Along with Overboard, I love him in Captain Ron. My grandkids will sidle up to me, say “Captain Ron” and watch me laugh – every time.

    • Lorraine Heath says:

      My story isn’t quite a romantic comedy but it still has some fun moments, I think.

  • Mary Preston says:

    OVERBOARD is such a fun movie. I watch so many different kinds of movies on DVD. Everything from MARY POPPINS to GLADIATOR. I can’t think of any that would translate well to Victorian times.

  • Shannon says:

    One of my favorites is actually set in the Victorian era, but in the fictional country of Ruritan–The Prisoner of Zenda.

    Although not high on my favorites list, I could see The Thomas Crown Affair being transported to another era.

    I wonder if you could take Die Hard to the Victorian era–they didn’t have the complex safe, helicopters, or high-tech explosives, but what a challenge!

    • Morning, Shannon.

      Oooo, I think you’re right on the Thomas Crowne Affair. Die Hard…maybe if you made it a Steampunk. Then lots of things could be blown up, ala the new Sherlock Holmes movies.

    • Lorraine Heath says:

      Die Hard! Wow that would be a challenge, but it could also be fun.

  • Anita H. says:

    One of my go-to movies is The Sound of Music. There’s just something about singing along with the movie that always makes me feel better!

    Congrats on the release of your book! I absolutely love reading your stories, can’t wait to read this one!!

  • Quantum says:

    Delighted to see that both ‘When the Duke was Wicked’ and ‘Once more my Darling Rogue’ will be available as audio books in the UK, so I can soon learn more about Grace and the new characters. I recently listened to ‘Lord of Temptation’ and was very impressed with Crimson Jack, so am looking forward to more of your audio books!

    I think I would like to see ‘Working Girl’ transported to Victorian London. Harrison Ford and Melanie Griffith would look good in any era. Not sure what the stock market was like in Victorian times though. LOL

    • Ohhh, good choice, Quantum. Working Girl would translate welll, especially with the introduction of women into the work force with secretaries and typewriters.

    • Lorraine Heath says:

      So glad you enjoyed Lord of Temptation on audio. I’m so grateful that Avon makes my books available in audio.

  • SecretNinja says:

    Oh I absolutely love the cover for Once More, My Darling Rogue! The black looks fanastic!!

    My feel-good movie is The Proposal. It has the perfect amount of sappiness and comedy, not to mention the ever hunky Ryan Reynolds! And the jokes never get old, especially the ones during the closing credits 🙂

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!

  • Maureen says:

    Congratulations to Lorraine on her new book! It sounds like an interesting one. A favorite of mine is Pride & Prejudice when I want to relax.

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    While You Were Sleeping. Loved Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman together. Might be interesting in Victorian Times. One man supposedly engaged to the heroine and the handsome brother comes along. Looking for a new book idea?

  • catslady says:

    I loved overboard and so enjoyed this interview and excerpts (I usually prefer my books edgy lol)! My favorite movie is Forever Young (an old Mel Gibson movie) which is funny but also the most romantic story – I cry and laugh which means all my emotions have been touched!

  • Cassondra says:

    Hi Lorraine and welcome back.

    I love love LOVE Overboard. I’ve listed it in my top ten favorite movies for a long time. Depending on the mood I’m in, it might make my top five. And what a clever idea, combining that idea with Victorian London. Talk about conflict!

    Other feel-good movies for me–Practical Magic and While You Were Sleeping. Then the straight up comedies of course–anything with Goldie Hawn will do. And of course the Monty Python flicks–but those are for “snort-tea-out-your-nose” fun, which is a little different.

    I haven’t read any historicals in a while. I’m going to have to get this. Should I start with Lady Ophelia’s book if I want to follow the series in order?

    Wonderful guest today, Suz–always love having Lorraine here. You have the coolest friends.

    • Lorraine Heath says:

      Thanks, Cassandra. You can read ONCE MORE, MY DARLING ROGUE without reading WHEN THE DUKE WAS WICKED. I try to write in a way that readers can pick up any book and not feel lost.

  • Hey Cassondra.

    IF you want to follow this series in order you have to start with Grace’s story. When The Duke Was Wicked. Both Ophelia and Drake make appearances in it!

  • Kim says:

    Congratulations on the new release. I enjoyed the first book in this new series, but haven’t had the opportunity to read the original series.

    I always laugh at Romancing the Stone and The Sure Thing.

  • Hi Lorraine! Hi Your Grace! Hi Suz! Hi Drake! Hi Ophelia! Goodness me, is the lair getting crowded today with all these wonderful people visiting?

    Lorraine, huge congratulations on your new release, I love that cover and the premise. Love the idea of Overboard in Victorian London.

    I haven’t seen Overboard in years. Must get it out again. I love a great romantic comedy, especially the old style ones. In honor of the late, great Lauren Bacall, I’ll pick How to Marry a Millionaire, another one I haven’t seen in years but one I think would transfer very well to Victorian London!

    • Lorraine Heath says:

      Hey, Anna. Great to see you! Even if I’m a bit late visiting. As you know, I LOVE your books. And your TimTams. 🙂

      And you! You are so very nice.

  • sandyg265 says:

    I like to watch An Officer and a Gentleman. That would probably work in a Victorian setting.

  • teresa says:

    I feel like I”m missing out since I’ve never seen Overboard.

    My go-to pick me up movie is BBC’s North and South. That’s already in VIctorian times though. If I’m crunched on time, my shorter go-to pick me up movie is It Happened One Night. I can see that being transported to Victorian London.

    • Lorraine Heath says:

      If you haven’t seen Overboard, you can still enjoy the book–it’s just the premise of overboard. And It Happened One Night would be great.

  • bn100 says:

    the proposal movie’s funny; not really interested in Victorian London

  • Amy Conley says:

    Hello Lorraine. It isn’t a movie I go to, but an Astrian tv show, McLeod’s Daughters. I own all 8 seasons so sometimes I’ll just pick and choose, depending on my mood.

  • Becke says:


    I love the premise and I thought the movie was hysterical. What a fabulous idea for a book!

    My go-to movie. The American President w/ Annette Benning and Michael Douglas.

  • Pissenlit says:

    Hee hee, I love Overboard! I don’t really have a go-to for a feel good movie because it all depends on what I feel like at the time. At the moment, I’ve been feeling like I want to rewatch Titan A.E. I’m not so sure how that one would work with Victorian London. Heh.

  • Barbara Elness says:

    My favorite feel good movie is the romantic comedy One Fine Day with Michelle Pfeiffer and George Clooney. I agree that Overboard is a fun movie, I’ve enjoyed it very much every time I’ve seen it. 😀

  • Laurie G says:

    Feel Good Movies: Breaking Away, Pretty Woman and Man From Snowy River

    I’ve never watched Overboard.

    • Lorraine Heath says:

      My editor says she says shades of Pretty Woman in the book I’m revising. I wasn’t even aware. It’s been so long since i watched that movie.

  • I owe everyone an apology for not answering your wonderful posts yesterday. See…I had twin grandsons the night before and I was at the hospital with them!

    BUT know I’ve read them all and think you all had great ideas. Now if someone would just write those books!! 🙂 🙂

  • Jenny says:

    Lorraine, it doesn’t matter the setting or the inspiration, we’re all racing to download whatever comes out next! And can’t wait for this one! I love “Everafter” but been there done that…. The Wedding Planner, 27 Dresses and How to lose a Guy in 10 Days… All fun chick flicks!

  • Lucy says:

    I can’t wait to read Once More My Darling Rogue, Lorraine!!!
    Hmm, I have been in a bit of a musical movie pattern at the moment, so how about Grease and Dirty Dancing??? Maybe without the singing and songs though 😉

  • Lorraine Heath says:

    Oh, Dirty Dancing…I could see that! Hope you enjoy ONCE MORE, Lucy.