Meet the Matchmakers: Viscountess Staveley & the Duchess of Weston

On this Valentine’s Day, bestselling authors Ava Stone and Jerrica Knight-Catania are happy to bring you a conversation between their most devious, managing, and cupid-like heroines, the ladies who may make a little havoc, but always find a way to make things right, all while getting others to do their bidding.
Without further ado… Caroline, Viscountess Staveley from Ava’s Scandalous Series and Katherine, the Duchess of Weston from Jerrica’s Wetherby Brides Series.
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Caroline re-folds a letter from her sister-in-law and smiles to herself. Everything has turned out exactly as she’d planned.

“Are you going to voluntarily tell me the reason for that sly expression, or am I going to have to pry it out of you?” Katherine asks from the threshold.

Caroline grins in response. “An expression you’ve been known to sport quite often, Kat.”

Katherine shrugs and steps into the Staveley’s white parlor. “Indeed. But what has you smirking like that today?”

Caroline’s grin grows even wider as she makes room for the duchess to sit beside her on the settee. “Vindication. No matter how much my brothers complain about my ability to manage them, they both have me to thank for their current states of happiness.”

“I could say the same thing.” Katherine settles in beside Caroline, an equally sly expression now etched across her lovely face. “I’ve got a story or two about brothers of my own.”

“Of course you do. What feat, in regards to your brothers are you the most proud?” Caroline asks.

“Oh, that’s an easy one. Benjamin and Phoebe, of course. It was easy enough getting them to the altar, but they nearly sabotaged their marriage! If I had not stepped in, Lord only knows where they’d be by now.” Katherine turns to Caroline. “Your turn. Which couple was your greatest success?”

Caroline taps her chin and scrunches up her nose. “That’s so difficult to say, Kat. On one hand, Luke with his foolish male-ness would have lost Juliet forever, if not for me; but I think bringing Robert and Lydia together was my greatest accomplishment. Robert is so stubborn and set in his ways. Domineering, really. His mind had been firmly made up about his wife, and it still would be if I hadn’t intervened. Now several children later, he hardly resembles his former self. It’s so rewarding to know how happy he’s become.” Her hazel eyes twinkle mischievously. “I think we have to do what we do, Kat. Manage others, I mean. No matter how dangerous a situation gets. Where would our friends and family be without us?”

Katherine sits forward in her seat, clearly getting excited about the topic. “Oh, I couldn’t agree more! Why, to think of the hoops I had to jump through for cousin Victoria. Goodness, it gives me the vapors just to think of that situation. Foolish girl! Now if we could only bring her brother, Thomas up to snuff! Of course, the way I’ve seen him carousing about Town tells me he’s not thinking of settling down anytime soon. Perhaps Victoria and I can team up to change that. But tell me, Caroline, what–or rather who– will your next project be?”

“Oh, darling!” Caroline clutches Kat’s hand. “There are just so many people in Town who need a happy ever after, don’t you agree?”

Katherine nods whole-heartedly. “Indeed.”

“Hmm.” Caroline continues. “Lord Carraway would be high on my list of those to help next, as would that poor, brooding Lord Avery. Although, I think his sister, Cordelia Clayworth, might have something up her sleeve for that particular fellow.” Her hazel eyes suddenly start flashing with indignation. “But I can tell you who won’t be getting any help from me. The Marquess of Haversham can go hang, for all I care. That man makes your average rake look like a well-behaved saint!” She heaves a sigh and shakes her head as though to shake an unpleasant thought from her head. “Enough about him. What about you, Kat? Who will you focus your efforts on next?”

Jerrica pipes up, Ava by her side. “Ladies, I’m afraid we must ask you to stop right there.”

Both Katherine and a Caroline turn to them, confused looks upon their faces.

“But why?” Caroline asks.

“We can’t have you giving away any secrets now, can we?” Ava explains. “You’ll ruin things for our readers.”

Katherine shrugs. “She does have a point, Caro. But that doesn’t mean we can’t wait until they leave to continue planning our machinations.”

“Oh!” Caroline leaps from her seat and rushes to where Jerrica and Ava are standing. “Well, thank you for stopping by, ladies,” she says as she ushers them out the door.

They try to protest, but it’s no use. They are no match for Caroline’s desire to plan her next matchmaking adventure.

If you’d like to read more from Katherine and Caroline, be sure to check out Ava Stone’s Scandalous Series, as well as Jerrica Knight-Catania’s Wetherby Brides Series!

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Please welcome the stars of The Robber Bride…

In honor of the release of my newest novella, The Robber Bride, I’ve invited my hero and heroine here today for an interview. Everyone, please welcome Phineas Dartwell, Earl of Leyburn, and-

Oh, dear…

Jerrica: Lord Leyburn, where is Miss Barclay?

Phineas: How the devil should I know? Blasted girl keeps disappearing.

Jerrica: Well, she said she’d be here, and if I know Miss Barclay, she is a woman of her word-

Phineas: [scoffs] Clearly, you don’t know Miss Barclay at all.

Jerrica: Well, perhaps we could get started anyway. I do have a few questions I wanted to ask you.

Phineas: All right…go right ahead.

Jerrica: I heard you’ve been working on a secret project in your studio. [Phineas blushes] Would you mind telling us the subject of the secret painting.

Phineas: Ahem. Well, then it wouldn’t be a secret, would it?

Jerrica: That’s true, but then again, I don’t think you and I run in the same circles, seeing as you live almost 200 years in the past.

Phineas: Nice try, Mrs. Knight-Catania, but I am no fool. I know you have very close relationships with several people of my acquaintance, including one Victoria Barclay.

Jerrica: You’re not a very trusting person, are you?

Phineas: My closest friend is constantly lying to my face and evading my company. How could I possibly have confidence in people I hardly know at all?

Jerrica: Point taken. All right then…if you won’t talk about your paintings, will you tell me about your association with Lady Beecham?

Phineas: [nearly falls out of chair laughing] I will gladly tell you that I would rather have all my teeth pulled barbarically from my mouth than spend a single moment in the company of that woman.

Jerrica: [slightly taken aback] Goodness. Is she that bad?

Phineas: [levels me with an evil eye] You should know. You wrote her, didn’t you?

Jerrica: [blushing] Oh, right. Sorry about that.

[Victoria rushes in, hair askew, color high in her cheeks]

Victoria: Have I missed anything? I’m so sorry I’m late. I was unavoidably detained.

Phineas: You ought to give warning to people when you’re not going to be on time, Vickie.

Victoria: [rolls her eyes] What would you have me do? Send a messenger all this way to tell you I would be a mere five minutes late?

Phineas: Don’t be obtuse, Victoria.

Victoria: I shall try to refrain from obtusivity in the future, my lord.

Phineas: [grumbles] Do you see what I put up with?

Jerrica: Now, now, let’s not argue. Miss Barclay is here now, isn’t she?

Victoria: Exactly. And isn’t that what matters?

Phineas: Would it really hurt you to be a bit more respectful of other people’s time?

Victoria: Have you a pressing engagement, Finny?

Phineas: Perhaps I do, but frankly, what I have to do is none of your concern.

Victoria: I never said it was, I-

Jerrica: Stop! [Phineas and Victoria turn to look at me] Perhaps it would be best if we continued this interview another day.

Phineas: [to Victoria] Now do you see what you’ve done?

Victoria: Me?!?! You’re the one who won’t stop harping on my timeliness-

Phineas: Or lack thereof, as it were-

Victoria: Yet look at all the time you’ve wasted scolding me when we could have been nearly done with this whole thing by now.

[Phineas glowers at Victoria; Victoria crosses her arms over her chest and gives him a haughty look]

Jerrica: All right…well, thank you both for being here today. It was…interesting, to say the least. But despite this interview-gone-wrong, I do hope our readers will check out The Robber Bride, available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!