Week 1: Historical Fiction
Kaye Dacus’ Ransome’s Honor

I’m so excited to host author Kaye Dacus on my FIRST EVER Holiday book giving guide blog post! There will be a new different author/genre each week through December 16th, and every week, one lucky commenter will win a signed copy of the featured book (and in some cases, book(s) and other prizes TBA)

Without further adieu, I’m pleased to introduce to you multi-published author KAYE DACUS.

*applause* *applause*

Krista: Kaye, I’m so glad you joined us today! I know Ransome’s Honor is your first published historical novel after two contemporaries (Stand-in Groom and Menu for Romance.) Personally, the thought of writing both gives me a massive headache. I’m curious. How is writing historicals different than contemporaries?

Kaye:As a singer, the easiest way for me to describe it is that it’s a lot like the difference between singing in a classical style (not operatic, but close) and singing Southern Gospel music. I can do both of those, but the practice and warm-ups it takes for each is different. Same thing for writing both historical and contemporary. It’s still my voice—but it just takes a slightly different approach. Different planning, different word choices, different sentence structures. And, of course, there’s the research—and access to an additional vocabulary of words that aren’t in common usage in my contemporary settings (the naval terminology, the fashions, and so on). But because I love history so much, and because I chose an era in which I was already well-versed, it’s a little easier. It’s more about going in and filling in gaps in my knowledge (just like I had to do when writing a chef or lawyer in the contemporaries) than it is researching something totally unfamiliar to me.

Krista: I got a solid B in History back in my school days… guess that’s why I write contemporaries:-) Speaking of Ransome’s Honor… tell us a bit about it. What’s it about? Where did you get the idea from? Did you fashion a character after me???? (Oh, wait… you wrote it before you knew me. Never mind!)

Kaye: Actually, the character of Julia’s best friend has some of your fun/funny personality traits!

Ransome’s Honor all started because I fell in love with an actor/character in the BBC/A&E productions of the Horatio Hornblower films. The character (and the actor in the role) struck such a chord with me that he started becoming a new character in my head. The main thing that set off my imagination: the original character’s statement that it’s never a good time for a naval officer to marry. Because I had a crush on him (which is how all of my hero-characters develop), I started thinking up scenarios to put a man like that into in which he couldn’t help but fall in love and be forced to eat his words.

What started as a simple, one-book romance novel turned into a trilogy when I started writing it and I realized these two characters, William and Julia, had far too much backstory together and way too much about to happen to them to fit into one book. Especially when other characters started coming in and demanding their own scenes. (My favorite being the villain, Sir Drake Pembroke.)

Krista: My romantic heart sighs at the thought of the handsome captain. *sigh* See??? I must say, you’ve had quite a year, Kaye! If I’ve counted correctly, you’ve had three… count them THREE… books released this year. I need to sit down and rest just thinking about how busy you are. So, after having such a banner year… tell me… what will we see next from Kaye Dacus?

Kaye: You counted correctly–I had three books come out in 2009. And I’ll have three books out in 2010 . . . and three books in 2011! The third book in the Brides of Bonneterre series, A Case for Love, releases February 1, 2010—just in time for Valentine’s Day!—and I just signed a new three-book contract with Barbour for another contemporary romance series called “The Matchmakers,” which will be set right here in Nashville (and, no, it won’t have anything to do with the music business). Ransome’s Crossing, book two of the Ransome Trilogy, comes out in July 2010, and the final book in the series, Ransome’s Quest, will be out in 2011.

Krista: You’re a busy woman!!! For those of you who don’t know, I’m in a local writer’s group where Kaye serves as President. She’s pretty much awesome, and teaches our wee little writer minds a ton of stuff each month. We’re forever appreciative of this. However, *ahem* there are a few times that I’ve been, uh, caught, um, twittering… while she’s enlightening us. A heated, er, friendly conversation follows. In this light, I have a fun Krista “Pop-Plot brainstorming” quiz for Kaye.

QUIZ: Give me a story idea in elevator pitch form that involves Twitter, Panera Bread, and Taxes (I’m the treasurer after all…) GO!

Kaye: Professional chef Daria Ryan may never live down the humiliation of taking a job making sandwiches at Panera—but a failed restaurant and a pile of back-taxes mean she has to take whatever she can get. Her only source of joy is her alter-ego on Twitter–and the following she’s gaining that leads her to believe she might someday have the successful restaurant she dreams of. But when a mysterious follower starts hinting that he knows more about her real life than she’s ever revealed online, Daria is drawn into a game of intrigue and subterfuge to try to discover the identity of her cyber-stalker before he reveals her secrets to the world.

Krista: Very nice! I expect the book to be dedicated to me, kay? Thanks! *grin* Speaking of twitter… you know that I’m a fellow twitterer and I’m always lamenting about the absence of “real” information from people. You, on the other hand, recently tweeted that since being on the twitter, you’ve gained a new understanding of the bathroom habits of the people you follow along with their pets/children etc. I… personally… have not experienced this phenomenon yet. In light of this… tell us, Kaye. Do you prefer Cottonelle, Quilted Northern, Angel Soft, or whatever’s on sale?

Kaye: I’m an Angel Soft girl. Not really sure how I settled on that—maybe because I can usually pick up a 4-pack at Kroger for around a dollar. Let me ask you this—when it comes to TP, are you “over” or “under”? Everyone in my family is “over.”

Krista: Wow… an ask the interviewer question! Personally, I’m a “However it lands on the dad gum holder” kinda girl. Although I do hate it when you twirl and twirl and can’t find the end of it. Am I the only one???

One last question as we conclude our time with Kaye.

GIFT GIVING GUIDE: Who should I buy this book for?

Kaye: Well, of course this book is for everyone! Though people who like historicals, and especially Regencies, will enjoy it the most. I’ve had feedback from people of all ages—from as young as fourteen all the way up to people in their nineties—who’ve enjoyed reading of the romantic adventures of Julia and William. And with a light inspirational message to it, it’s a great book to give someone who may not like “Christian” fiction because they don’t want to be preached at.

KAYE DACUS of Nashville, TN is a graduate of Seton Hill University and an active member of American Christian Fiction Writer’s. Visit her website at You can purchase Ransome’s Honor or any of Kaye’s other fabulous books on or, or at your local bookstore.

About Ransome’s Honor: When young Julia Witherington doesn’t receive the proposal for marriage she expects from William Ransome, she determines to never forgive him. They go their separate ways—she returns to her family’s Caribbean plantation, and he returns to the Royal Navy.

Now, twelve years later, Julia is about to receive a substantial inheritance, including her beloved plantation. When unscrupulous relatives try to gain the inheritance by forcing her into a marriage, she turns to the only eligible man to whom her father, Admiral Sir Edward Witherington, will not object—his most trusted captain and the man who broke Julia’s heart, William Ransome. Julia offers William her thirty-thousand-pound dowry to feign marriage for one year, but then something she never imagined happens: She starts to fall in love with him again.

Can two people overcome their hurt, reconcile their conflicting desires, and find a way to be happy together? Duty and honor, faith and love are intertwined in this intriguing tale from the Regency era.

REMEMBER: Everyone who leaves a comment before midnight tomorrow (Thursday, November 4th) will be entered into a drawing to win a signed copy of Ransome’s Honor! Please remember to leave your e-mail address so we can contact you if you win!


  1. Ah, leave it to you, Krista to come up with the funniest and most interesting interview! Thanks for sharing more about Kaye and her books! I can't believe anyone can write three books a year! Wow!

  2. Wow! Three books a year! That is phenomenal! And what a fun interview! As for twittering, it seems I remember you being involved in a tweet-fest that revolved around vibrating bums! How much more personal can you get????? lol 🙂
    I've heard about Kaye's books all year, but haven't gotten one into my hands yet! I'd love to be entered for a chance.

  3. Ah, I just loved the interview. It was one of the funniest and quirkiest that I have read. Kay, that is fantastic that you have so many books coming out. Please enter me in drawing.


  4. Great interview and a lovely book I'd like to read. Please add my name to your giveaway. Thank you!
    Enjoying your blog too!



  5. Thank you for the great interview and giveaway. I have been so tempted to buy this book since it came out. I would love to win a copy. Thank you again.

  6. great idea about the gift giving guide. 🙂 don't enter me to win this fab book b/c i already have it! LOVED it.

    The Character Therapist

  7. Krista and Kaye, what a fun interview. I'm ready to read "The Secret Life of Daria Ryan" right now! 🙂

    I also think this is a great idea – the holiday book giving guide.

  8. What a wonderful idea for your blog. I love it, and I'm ready for some holiday spirit. :]

  9. First, I love the "Holiday Book Giving Guide" blog idea! Now, every time I read one of them I'll have to add another book to my "to read list." I loved the interview and the comparison between writing & singing, but slightly jealous that you are both living the Nashville area. I always envisioned myself there.

  10. Please dont enter me I have read this book.
    When I read it it reminded me of Hornblower and the era.
    I have to say I also fell in love with Hornblower both the actor and character. In fact we have recently had it replayed on tv here.
    Its a great book and thanks for a great interview.

  11. Thanks everyone! All (except those who asked to be excluded) are entered!

    Sherrinda… LOL. That is STILL one of my favorite scenes in my book… and my favorite twitter conversation too!

    Vibrating bums… LOL

  12. Krista, you're so funny. 🙂

    I do loves me some historical romance. 🙂

  13. What a great interview! Thank you. Both of you.

  14. Such a fun interview! I don't know if I'm too late for the contest, but if I'm not please enter me! 🙂

  15. Not too late at all! All comments posted by 11:59 TONIGHT will be eligible.

  16. Oh, I would like to be entered into this contest! I love regencies and Kaye Dacus' books. I bought MFR, have SIG on my wish list (read it from the library), and plan to buy ACFL when it comes out.


  17. Holidy book giving guide is a great idea! Entertaining interview – I learned more than I ever wanted to know!! Really enjoyed it. And I'd love to win a copy to give away for a Christmas gift.

    carlagade [at] gmail [dot] com

  18. I've read both of Kaye's contemporaries and enjoyed them thoroughly. Would love to read her historical too to see if I can still hear her voice in it, like I do in the contemps.

    Great interview–made me smile!

  19. Hey there! I've got a little something for you on my site to thank you for letting me read your awesome blog!


  20. I cannot wait to read this book. I'm impressed by Kaye's ability to flex between contemporaries and historicals, and by the generous way she shares her experience with others through her blog, etc.

    Please enter me in the drawing. lauramctx at

  21. Don't enter me, Krista. I already have it.

    But I have to say I hate spinning and spinning it and not being able to find the end. Especially in the middle of the night!

  22. What a fun interview. I've also read both of Kaye's contemporary novels and would love a chance to win her historical one as well.

    Daria's story certainly does sound promising 😉

  23. You gave an awesome interview!! Funny!! The book sounds great and congrats to her!!

  24. What an interesting interview and terrific giveaway; sorry I missed the deadline to enter! Thanks for visiting my blog BTW:)

  25. You didn't miss the deadline… you still have.. um, an hour and a half!

    (guess I should mention that my deadlines are KRISTA time! AKA CST!)

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