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Meeting Mr. Nutbrown
a guest post by Michelle Griep
(author’s note ~ I’ve never met anyone who only communicated through a puppet, but I think it would super awesome if I did! And so I created a character named Lucius Nutbrown, who only speaks through his clown puppet, Nixie.)
Q: Mr. Nutbrown, how did you and your, er, pal Nixie meet?
Lucius shoves out his hand, the one with a puppet, bobbing the clown’s tiny hat. . .the little fellow—the puppet, not Nutbrown—clears his throat
“Mr. Nutbrown and I have had the pleasure of acquaintance since we met at Madame Guiselle’s Papier Mache Emporium over on Kirkwell Street, behind the glue factory, next to the tripe seller. From the moment our eyes met, we knew we were meant for each other, ain’t that right, Mr. Nutbrown?”
Lucius bobs his own head, the brim of his hat dipping low over his eyes—which he bats away, taking Nixie on a wild ride
Q: I heard you were a guest recently at the Blue Hedge Inn. Can you tell us about your stay there?
“It was a right fine stay, the best, actually, until Alexander Morton showed up. Such a harsh fellow. Threw us out on our ears.” Nixie looks back at Lucius, who’s frowning “Well, on Mr. Nutbrown’s ear, that is. I were tucked in a pocket so it didn’t hurt me over much.”
Q: Of all the people at the Blue Hedge, who is your favorite?
Nixie shares a glance with Lucius, and when Lucius nods once, the little puppet swivels back
“The boy, Thomas Langley. Now there’s a fine young fellow, knowing his way around a deck o’ cards or pair o’ dice. Why, he just might grow up to be a businessman like Mr. Nutbrown here.”
Q: It’s been said you had a bit of a run-in with some smugglers. Can you tell us about that?
The little puppet shakes. . . so does Mr. Nutbrown
“Smugglers! Horrid creatures! We’ll have no more to do with such scoundrels. Nearly got ourselves killed, we did. But we learned a valuable lesson. Never do business with a peg-legged bully or an axe-wielding hothead.”
Q: Thanks for visiting with us today. Any parting words?
“Business is business the world round—just make sure to keep your nose in your own.”
You can meet Lucius Nutbrown and his sidekick Nixie in the new release of The Innkeeper’s Daughter.
About the Book:
Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.
All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.
Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.
About the Author:
Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, Undercurrent and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
The Innkeeper’s Daughter Giveaway:
Michelle has generously offered to give away a copy of The Innkeeper’s Daughter (winner’s choice of paperback or e-book). To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling us what appeals to you most about The Innkeeper’s Daughter. Comments must be posted by 11:59 pm on March 13, 2018 (CST) to be included in the giveaway. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.