Good Evening. I am your host and moderator, Justin Case. In our continuing effort to bring you information about the people depicted in The Stelton Legacy, a fine historical fantasy series well written by Ruth A. Casie, we have something quite unique and exciting this evening. We usually conduct our interviews with a full staff during the day. But this interview is… well, I don’t know where to begin. I’m here in our studio with the minimum of staff and it’s well past our usual workday.
Everyone here is quite excited. No one knows what to expect. Our guests could only spare us a short time and must be on their way by midnight. Can you imagine! Evan and Angel, the murdered couple from Ruth A. Casie’s book The Highlander’s English Woman, are tonight’s guests. They play an important part in the story. They bring Lady Laura and Lord Jamie together.
Oh. The lights are flickering and… they’ve dimmed. Everyone is speaking in whispers. The door. It just opened. I see a mist. It seems to be floating into the studio. Oh my, you’ won’t believe this. Two people seemed to have materialized out of the air. I… I don’t know what to say. Give me a moment please.
(Justin Case picks up bottle of water with a shaky hand.)
Evan: Good evening, Mr. Case. Angel and I want to thank you for inviting us this evening.
Justin Case: (mopping his brow) I’m very pleased you both could join us. I had no idea what to expect. I mean… you both are… ghosts.
Evan: Yes, sir. We are. But we don’t haunt before midnight or drag chains. You’re quite safe with us.
Angel: Oh, Evan. You’re not helping. Can’t you see the man is upset? (Angel turns to the reporter) Mr. Case, he’s teasing. We’re really very harmless. Why don’t you ask Evan your first question?
Justin Case: (Justin settles himself and gives her a relieved smile)Thank you Angel, or should I call you Sonia?
Angel: My real name is Sonia, but my Da always called me Angel. So did everyone else. So please, call me Angel.
Justin Case: (the reporter nodded then turned to Evan) What was your first impression of Angel?
Evan: I can’t remember not knowing Angel. We grew up with each other. Both our families work for The Maxwell, and a kinder more honest man never roamed the earth. Over all that time I’ve had varying impressions. But I always thought she was steadfast.
Justin Case: I know you love her now. Did you always love her? I mean as a boy.
Evan: As a young boy I didn’t think anything of her other than she was a good friend to go with when I looked for frogs. We always had a comfortable relationship and could tell each other anything.
Angel: Neither of us planned to fall in love. It just happened.
Justin Case: When did it happen?
Angel: The mare was foaling and had a difficult time. No one was near. Evan took care of it all alone. He’s a hero.
Evan: You were with me. You helped, too.
Justin Case: (searching through papers) I don’t have any mention of that here. (searches some more, a bit perplexed)
Evan: It was nothing to record or speak about. The mare’s time came early and the foal wasn’t in the right position. We were in the meadow far from anyone. I watched my father help the mares and had a good idea what needed to be done. I got the mare up and walked her around. The mare did all the work.
Angel: He says it all calm now, but we weren’t calm then. I ran home to tell Da then came back to the meadow Da was a half hour behind. The mare had just lain down to try again. This time the sweet foal had no trouble and arrived without any trouble. We got so excited that we kissed each other. (she bent her heard toward Justin) on the lips (she whispered)
Justin Case: (smiling) And that’s when things changed between you?
(Angel and Evan look at each other deeply)
Angel: It was magical.
Justin Case: (Coughs) You’re very much in love and planned to marry, but you were both killed and became the brunt of ugly rumors.
Angel: Yes. The murderer made it look like Evan killed me then himself. He was trying to cause problems for The Maxwell. Some people were easily led. I wasn’t going to let people think that of Evan.
Justin Case: I understand, Angel that your actions came with very large risks.
Evan: (Evan moved to the end of the seat) She never told me. She never told anyone. It’s not even mentioned in Ms. Casie’s book.
Angel: (quickly turns to face Evan) Let it be, Evan.
Evan: No. I want everyone to know that you were willing to sacrifice and wander the rest of eternity to get to the truth. That’s the most honorable and humbling thing you could have done for me.
Angel: Don’t you understand? If they didn’t bury you in hallowed ground you would be doomed. I would never see or speak to you. It was an easy decision to make. There was no paradise without you. I knew Lady Laura would find the truth. The added benefit she found her soul mate in Lord Jamie. In the end everyone had a happy ever after.
Evan: If they hadn’t—
Angel: But they did. (Evan and Angel were silent for a few long seconds)
Justin Case: I understand that you returned Lady Laura and Lord Jamie’s help in a unique way
Angel: (Bright smile) Their situation was similar to Evan’s and mine. Lord Jamie and Lady Laura had grown up childhood friends, but had trouble getting over that obstacle. That they loved one another was not a question. Everyone could see that, everyone but themselves.
Evan: Lord Jamie was concerned that Lady Laura’s brother would never approve of their relationship. Lady Laura had the same concern.
Justine Case: How did you help? Richard died in the Welsh war.
Angel: After they interred Evan in hallow ground we told them Richard approved of their relationship, gave them his blessing. You should speak to Lady Laura or Lord Jamie. They can tell you so much more.
Justin Case: (studio manager whispers in his ear) Yes, thank you. (the reporter turns toward his guests) I know you must leave before midnight. I wish we had more time.
Angel: Perhaps we can visit you again.
Justin Case: Yes. That would be quite nice. Thank you both for speaking to us. (the reporter turns to the audience). Thank you all for coming this evening. You can find out more about Evan and Angel in The Highlander’s English Woman. Until next time.
The Highlander’s English Woman
Laura Reynolds and long-time friend of Jamie Maxwell Collins are in love. She adores his playful sense of humor, caring nature as well as his strong sense of honor. They have known each other from the time Jamie trained with her older brother at their home on the English side of Scottish border. Jamie has become an excellent soldier except he won’t fight and while she knows him well, she has no idea why.
Jamie Maxwell Collins lives on the Scottish side of the border. Carefree and open, he hides a dark secret so powerful it could destroy his family and those he cares for. He can’t involve Laura in this deception. He mustn’t give her hope for a future together. Instead, he ends their relationship.
While visiting Jamie’s uncle, Laura stumbles upon Jamie’s secret, but has nowhere to turn. The only person with the answer, her brother is gone, killed on a Welsh battlefield. In her heart of hearts she knows Jamie is innocent. Their relationship in tatters and with no hope of reconciliation, she plays a deadly game to find a way to exonerate Jamie even though it means agreeing to a political marriage. She has no idea the entire game has been orchestrated by her future husband, Jamie’s greatest enemy.
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RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of historical swashbuckling action-adventures and contemporary romance with enough action to keep you turning pages. Her stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. She lives in New Jersey with her hero, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and vice president at an international bank where she was a product/ marketing manager, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures. For more information, please visit RuthACasie.com or visit her on Facebook, @RuthACasie, Twitter, @RuthACasie, or Pinterest RuthACasie.
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