Time for a Duke by Ruth J. Hartman – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Ruth J. Harman

Ruth J. Hartman spends her days cleaning teeth, and her nights spinning sweet romantic tales that make you giggle, laugh, and all-out guffaw. She, her husband, and their two cats, love to spend time curled up in their recliners watching old Cary Grant movies. Well, the cats, Maxwell and Roxy, sit in the people’s recliners. Not that the cats couldn’t get their own furniture. They just choose to shed on someone else’s. You know how selfish those little furry creatures can be.

Ruth, a left-handed, tooth-scraping, Jeep driving, farmhouse-dwelling romance writer uses her goofy sense of humor as she writes tales of lovable, klutzy women and the men who adore them. Ruth’s husband and best friend, Garry, reads her manuscripts, rolls his eyes at her weird story ideas, and loves her in spite of her penchant for insisting all of her books have at least one cat in them. Or twelve. But hey, who’s counting?


What is one book everyone should read? 
The Bible. Not only does it give spiritual guidance, it has great drama! (A man who spends 3 days inside a fish’s tummy, is urped back up on shore later, and lives to tell about it?  A man who lives to be 969 years old? Wow! You can’t write this stuff. Okay, maybe you can…)

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
I’m working on my second regency romance. I had so much fun writing, “Time for a Duke” I had to do another. 🙂

What inspired you to want to become a writer? 
My first published book was my memoir about living with debilitating OCD. I really didn’t know if I had a second book in me. Ten books later, I guess I did!

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
A reader who has life-threatening health problems with severe pain once told me she read and re-read my books while she was in the hospital. She said my writing helped her forget her pain temporarily and gave her a vacation from her worries. That meant so much to me.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
Don’t give up! There are so many publishers and ways to be published now. Just find what works best for you and go for it!

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 
Definitely. They’re flawed and funny and sappy and clumsy. Yep. That’s me.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? 
“You had me at ‘Meow'”

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again. 
I work part-time as a dental hygienist, so on those days, I start early. Feed my herd of cats as well as my husband, drive 30 minutes to work to scrape goo off of other people’s teeth, drive 30 minutes back home, feed the herd of cats again (and okay, my husband, too), shower, put on pajamas and finally write!!!!

What’s your favorite season/weather? 
Fall. The temperature isn’t wickedly hot and the leaves are the most gorgeous colors ever imagined.

Who or what inspired you to become an author? 
When I felt well enough after the treatment of my OCD, I realized I had something of value that might help someone else. So I decided to write down my experiences with what I’d gone through and how it affected me and those around me.

Cats or Dogs? 
Cats! I’ve had at least one my whole life, starting from my time in the womb.

Favorite quote from a movie? 
“Drunk, fat, and stupid is no way to go through life.” Animal House.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you? 
I once meowed so convincingly, I coaxed three motherless kittens out from their hiding spot in my shed. To this day, my husband still doesn’t quite believe that I did that.

Time for a Duke

Izzy Hodgkin just wants an adventure. Who knew it meant being locked in a closet in 2012 and when the door is opened later, it’s 1812?

Charles Hamilton Douglas Wade, Duke of Bramblewood Green, thinks he will never find the right woman. When he opens his closet door, imagine his surprise to find a woman in there. And she’s from the future!

Will Izzy stick with her plan to return to 2012 America to achieve her goal of financial independence? Or will she and Charles find happiness in 1812?

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Ends 11/22/12

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