rue allyn, one moment's pleasure Today, I have a guest blog and interview for you from my friend Rue Allyn.  Rue is interviewing her heroine, Edith Alden, who appears in her latest release, One Moment’s Pleasure.  Without further ado –

Thank you so much Lisa for inviting me and Edith Alden—heroine of One Moment’s Pleasure—to visit with you and your viewers today. Edith has graciously consented to this interview but asks that readers please not spread the word to her grandfather, Carlton Rosencrantz Alden IV. He doesn’t know Edith’s decided to search for her missing sister so that together they can circumvent his outrageous will. Imagine leaving your wealth to a pack of dogs if your human heirs don’t reproduce within two years. Scandalous, and very out of character for Grandfather Alden. Let’s have Edith explain.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am Edith Marietta Alden of the Boston Aldens, one of Massachusetts’ oldest families. I am a 24 year old spinster and perfectly happy with my single state.

Why is that:

You’d have to know my grandfather to understand. My sisters and I came to live with him after our parents were killed in a carriage accident. I was twelve and missed my parents terribly. Grandfather did not approve of emotional displays or anything else that interested young girls. He considered females to be of little value except for procreation and was bitterly disappointed that he had no grandsons he could train to take over his business and his fortune.

He doesn’t sound like a very pleasant man:

Pleasant is not a word anyone would apply to grandfather. He’s autocratic, dictatorial and parsimonious. He often loses his temper and is not above using violence on those who dare not oppose him. He refused to listen when my middle sister Kiera declined an offer of marriage from one of Grandfather’s associates. Grandfather did not care that the man was known to have beaten three previous wives to death. Our guardian’s stubbornness forced my sister to run away rather than enter a marriage that was a death sentence.

Yet you think you can find your sister and with her help overturn the will that essentially leaves you and your sisters destitute:

I am completely confident that I can achieve all of that. I found papers about Kiera in Grandfather’s desk when I went searching for money to pay the physician attending him. Kiera was last seen in Madame Cerise Duval’s San Francisco bordello. With Grandfather in a coma, I must go to San Francisco, locate Kiera and bring her back to Boston with all possible speed. If Grandfather passes on before that will is overturned, we will be destitute. None of us—myself, Kiera, or Mae—would be so callous as to conceive a child simply to gain a fortune.

Your situation is difficult and regrettable. Most people with means would hire a Pinkerton man to locate a missing relative. Since your grandfather obviously won’t provide you with funds to do that, please tell us one thing about yourself that makes you confident of your success:

I’ve never let fear or worry stop me. Grandfather can be fearsome, and I’ve received his brand of discipline more times than my backside likes. However, even though I knew the consequences could be painful, I have never let that stop me before. I don’t believe that San Francisco or Madam Duval can threaten anything worse than Grandfather has already given me.

Why not marry and let your husband take care of this problem? He might also buffer you from your grandfather’s cruelties:

I assume that all men are like Grandfather—some more, some less. Regardless, I’ve no desire to live under a man’s thumb once I can escape Grandfather’s draconian rule. I’ll solve my own problems, thank you.

You are about to embark on a long and possibly dangerous journey. Are you looking forward to any part of your trip:

I’m thrilled to be traveling on the transcontinental railway, which has just been extended into the San Francisco area this year. I can’t wait to see the United States’ ‘fruited plains and purpled mountains.’ I’m thrilled that this adventure will take me a city reputed to be the ‘golden gateway’ to the west.

We’ve had a lovely time speaking with you, Edith, and hope your journey brings you everything you wish and more.

We have just enough time for Rue to tell a little bit about One Moment’s Pleasure and where to find the book.

Thank you Lisa. I’ve prepared a short blurb for our audience along with some links and a small biographical statement.

One Moment’s Pleasure will become a lifetime’s passion when spinster, Edith Alden, embarks on a search for her missing sister.  Pretending to be a rich bored woman looking for an interlude with an anonymous male Edith enters the San Francisco bordello where her sister was last seen. She escapes the bordello almost too easily, but she can’t escape the passion ignited by a stranger’s kiss.

Born and raised in the brothels of the California gold rush, Dutch Trahern worked for years to erase a childhood spent committing petty crimes and worse in order to survive. That past comes back to haunt him in the form of a woman he rescues from prostitution. Now his hard won respectability is threatened by an irresistible desire for a woman he shouldn’t want.

rue allyn, one moment's pleasureAbout Rue Allyn: Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers about their favorite books and real life adventures.  Learn more about Rue at