Friday, June 20, 2014

Cut from the Same Cloth - A Tale of Two Scarlets

Scarlet O'Hara meet the Scarlet Pimpernel...

Few heroines have intrigued the imagination as thoroughly as the feisty indomitable Scarlet O’Hara. In high school, I will admit I made a study of her. If only I had her moxy. I wanted to be like her – willing to take on anything. Resourceful and gutsy enough to make a gown out of curtains.

Who did you use as a role model? Hang onto that thought and leave me a comment. You might win a free eBook.

Now let’s talk about the illusive Scarlet Pimpernel. Foppish on the outside but dangerous on the inside.
I loved the book, but felt none of the films did him justice. In college I had a boyfriend who was built like a Viking but wore the most ridiculous clothes – striped pants, mismatched plaids, all kind absurd patterns. And yet he still had a flock of girls chasing after him. He claimed he did it to weed out the pretentious girls. In a way he modeled the Scarlet Pimpernel, foppish on the outside, dangerous on the inside.

What if Scarlet O’Hara suddenly found herself thrust into the world of a Scarlet Pimpernel? 
that was the basis for my Regency Romantic Comedy, Cut from the Same Cloth.
 Today is launch day so I'm giving away a copy every day this weekend.
      WHY does the powerfully built Lord St. Evert dress like an overdone Dandy? His outlandish wardrobe belies the hard unyielding lines of his face. Whoever he is, he’s ruining Elizabeth Hampton’s desperate scheme to secure a rich husband. It vexes her to arrive at the most fashionable Breakfast soiree of the Season wearing a perfectly stunning Chinese silk gown, only to discover Lord St. Evert is clad in unmentionables cut from identical cloth. 
     Why, the devil, must he show up in fabrics Elizabeth searched so diligently to procure? To say nothing of the long hours she spent secretly stitching her creations together. He must be stopped. She is determined to spy out his perplexing game, and put an end to his interference.

     Lord St. Evert despises pretension of any kind. He cannot abide the self-important airs put on by some members of the Ton and takes pleasure in making a mockery of Brummell’s fashion strictures. Arrogant frauds! Hadn’t his grandfather’s snobbery made his mother’s life a misery? All the more maddening to discover that the one woman who manages to capture his interest is the biggest pretender of all. He vows to teach Miss Elizabeth Hampton a lesson she won’t soon forget. 

If you would like to read an excerpt, there's one on my website scroll down.

What about you? Did you have any fictional role models? Fess up and you might win an eBook copy of Cut from the Same Cloth.


Mary Preston said...

WOW!! This sounds amazing. I read LITTLE WOMEN so many times growing up. I was smitten with Jo. Such confidence. Such surety about what she wanted from life. I wanted a piece of that.


May said...

I love Anne of Green Gables. Always wanted her as a best friend. :)

Kathleen Baldwin said...

Hi Mary! I loved Little Women, too. Jo was wonderful. I read all of Louisa May Alcott's books. I even hunted up her old short stories. Yes, I'd have to say Jo was a remarkable role model.

Kathleen Baldwin said...

Hi May!
Anne of Green Gables was a delightful heroine. Good choice! I didn't meet her until I was an adult but I can see why you would've chosen her.

bn100 said...


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Kathleen Baldwin said...

And yet, mysterious bn100, I know you love to read. LOL Thanks for dropping by.

Angi Morgan said...

Best of luck with the reissue, Kat !!

Anonymous said...

I heard about this book earlier today, Kathleen, and I spent a lot of time on your website and goodreads checking out the series and reading all the excerpts. They've all been added to my wishlist and my goodreads page. And now here you are on GLIAS! LOL

I really loved The Scarlet Pimpernel. It's always fun to see an alpha hero playing the fop. I don't know that I had a role model though.

Marcy Shuler

Maureen said...

When I was a kid I thought Anne of Green Gables was very brave.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

Linda said...

I loved Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie. I admired how spunky she was & her love for her family

E.E.Burke said...

What an awesome concept! I love it. Thanks for sharing it with us here today, Kathleen. As for role models, I based one of my characters after a real woman, Dr. Mary Walker, a doctor who served during the Civil War. So many inspiring characters out there, real and fiction. Good luck with your series!

nancy wolfe said...

Your books sound great. I have not read any of them, but I will check them out definitely! Thanks for the contest.

Kathleen Baldwin said...

Thanks Marcy! You made my day!!!

Nice to meet another Scarlet Pimpernel fan. I'd love to know how you heard about Cut from the Same Cloth?? It just came out in eBook yesterday. so that's very cool.

I've entered you in the drawing.

Kathleen Baldwin said...

Wasn't she a delightful character! Unforgettable. Loved her bold take on life and genuine love for others. I'm sure she had an impact on many lives.

Got you in our drawing - thank you for stopping by

Kathleen Baldwin said...

Me, too, Linda!
Oh, now you've brought up some tender memories. My mom used to read those books to us when we were little. She gave me a copy of Farmer Boy for a birthday present.

Mom passed away when I was 13 but she gave me a love for books. The pages are old and crumbling but I still have that tattered copy of Farmer Boy.
Thank you so much for stopping by.

Kathleen Baldwin said...

Thank you E.E.! I'm so glad you stopped by.

Which of your books has the female civil war doctor? I just have to read it. I love those kinds of stories.

Kathleen Baldwin said...

Hi Nancy!
Thank you for stopping by. Leave me a coded email or a way to contact you so I can enter you in the drawing.
Have a good afternoon,

Kathleen Baldwin said...

Posted on behalf of Connie who posted her comment on Facebook. (occasionally people have trouble posting from safari):

I was quite taken with Scarlett O'Hara when I first read "Gone With the Wind." I like to think that I am an outspoken, say-what-I-think kind of person so I can attest that she is my heroine.
As a reviewer for our blog,, I would love to read, review and promote your new novel on our blog! It sounds terrific.
-Congratulations! Connie F

Kathleen Baldwin said...

Thanks Angi!
And CONGRATULATIONS on your fabulously popular new releases.
Hey all, here is BREAKING NEWS on Angi's latest books:

*Navy SEAL Surrender spent 4 weeks in the TOP 50 on Neilson’s Book Scan
*The Renegade Rancher spent 4 weeks on Neilson’s Book Scan AND
hit #25 on Publisher’s Weekly Mass Market Paperbacks.


Anonymous said...

It was from your newsletter, Kathleen. LOL

Marcy Shuler

Gjillian said...

A study in scarlet! Intriguing high concept, Kathleen!

To my mind, Scarlett O'Hara is an antiheroine, and one of the best ever written. She is a study in how to write a seriously flawed character. Vicious, manipulative, vengeful, jealous, and unapologetically uses men. She cheats, steals, and kills to get what she wants and we love her for it. ;)

Kathleen Baldwin said...

Yes, and I'm so impressed at how seamlessly Mitchell pulled that off.
Most of us fell loved Scarlet from the get go.

Kathleen Baldwin said...

I put all the names through a randomizer but I couldn't bear not to send some of you a book.
So... All seven non-GLIAS members will receive a copy of Cut from the Same Cloth!
Happy Book Birthday!!!
And THANK YOU ALL for your lovely comments.
I have everyone's contact info except for Nancy Wolfe. Nancy if you will email me privately I will send you your eBook.
I'm at Kathleen(at)KathleenBaldwin(dot)com
Have a good week everyone!!!!

Margaret Kennedy said...

For Rebecca: Have you been to Scotland? I would so love to go!