Featuring Character Interview: Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin

I have a treat for you all, dear readers. Together with all the info about today’s featured book Refuge for Masterminds, I have included a tasty section on an interview with Lady Jane Moore, the central character in the book. It promises to be an interesting writeup so please check it out! Enjoy 🙂
From Award Winning Author
Kathleen Baldwin
The stakes in this game of spies are life and death.
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Kathleen Baldwin
Series: Stranje House, Book 3
Genre: Young Adult, Teen Alternative Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: May 23, 2017
Lady Jane Moore has a secret. A secret that must be kept buried. If anyone discovered the truth, her life at Stranje House would crumble. And with Napoleon Bonaparte threatening to invade England, everyone at Stranje House is already in mortal danger.
There’s a traitor in the house. Someone is sneaking information to Napoleon’s spies, Lady Daneska and Ghost. Jane is determined to find out who it is before suspicions rip apart the bonds of friendship at Stranje House. Her desperate hunt for the traitor ensnares a brash young American inventor, Alexander Sinclair, Robert Fulton’s nephew, into an ambush that puts his life in danger. Sinclair is the most maddening young man in all of Christendom, a sharp-tongued rascal with boorish manners, but Lady Jane cannot bear the thought of the golden-haired genius being harmed.
Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save Alexander, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?
Fans of Gail Carriger, Patricia Wrede, and Caroline Stevermer will love this Regency-era alternate history filled with spunky heroines, handsome young lords, and dastardly villains.
“Baldwin has a winning series here: her characters are intriguing and fully rendered.”
– Stacey Comfort, Booklist
“Refuge for Masterminds moves at a fast pace from the first page and doesn’t stop. Although it is written with a young adult audience in mind, it is a fun and enjoyable novel and will also appeal to adult readers.”
– Francesca Pelaccia, Historical Novel Society

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Character Interview

I would like to interview Lady Jane Moore

1. Please tell us something about yourself.

Lady Jane Moore:

I suppose I can tell you since you’re bound to guess this after knowing me for a few years.

Or a few minutes.

I’m a trifle bossy. Mind you, only a trifle. It’s only because I’m good at organizing. Miss Stranje calls me a strategist—a mastermind.

Nonsense. It’s simply a matter of determining what move your enemy will make next, as one does in chess.

Except in this game, the stakes are life and death.

2. How did you find yourself at Stranje House? Was it strange (please forgive the pun) to find yourself in such a place and among such unusual girls for company?

At first, it was horrifying.

My older brothers packed me up and hauled me off to Stranje House because I prevented them from plundering our estate to support their gambling habits. I love my brothers, really, I do, but they are hopelessly addicted to gaming.

Miss Stranje has a terrifying reputation. Society matrons believe she is cruelly whipping their wayward daughters into marriageable misses. In truth, she’s secretly training us to navigate the treacherous waters of diplomacy and spies.

I love a challenge. Banishing me to Stranje House turned out to be perfect for me.

3. Among your friends at Stranje House, who do you most get along with? Why do you think that is?

I love them all; they’re like sisters to me.

Georgie is brilliant and completely genuine. Maya has the grace of a princess and the most magical calming voice you’ll ever hear. And Tess . . . well . . . Tess is stubborn and fierce, her nightmares are unnerving, but there’s no better ally to have in a sticky situation.

Out of the five, though, Seraphina is my closest friend. I’ve no idea why she is so sweet and kind to me. Sera observes everything. Surely, she must see that I don’t really deserve her kindness.

4. What do you think about American inventor Alexander Sinclair?

I have long admired Robert Fulton for his brilliant inventions: the steamship and the submarine.

His nephew is equally brilliant, but Alexander Sinclair is quite possibly the most maddening young man in all of Christendom. He is a sharp-tongued rascal with boorish American manners, but his life is in danger, and I cannot bear the thought of anyone harming the golden-haired genius. I will protect him even if at the cost of my life.

5. What are your thoughts concerning the war and the role you play in it?

I detest war, but Napoleon must be stopped before he invades England. Lady Daneska thinks the world will be better off with him as Grand Emperor. But if he positions people like her and Ghost as our rulers there is only suffering in our future.

6. If there was one thing you could do differently, what would it be?

Ah, you are making me a confess a painful truth—I wish I had learned to trust my friends sooner.

Other Books by the Author

Don’t miss the first two books in the Stranje House series:
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Series: Stranje House, Book 1
Napoleon is exiled, Europe is in shambles and Britain is at war on four fronts. Daughters of the Beau Monde who don’t fit high society’s strict mold are banished to Stranje House, where headmistress, Emma Stranje, entangles these unusual girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.
“A completely original–and totally engrossing–world, full of smart girls, handsome boys and sinister mysteries…Sign me up.”
– Meg Cabot, NYT Bestselling Author of The Princess Diaries on A School for Unusual Girls
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Series: Stranje House, Book 2
Tess Aubreyson can’t run far enough or fast enough to escape the prophetic dreams that haunt her. But with Napoleon threatening to invade England, Tess’s disturbing dreams may be the only means of saving Lord Ravencross, the man she loves, and her friends at Stranje House.
“This spy school for girls . . . is impossible to put down! . . . I recommend this book to anyone that loves brave girls, adventure and great friendships.”
– 5 Girls Book Reviews


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About Kathleen Baldwin

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Kathleen Baldwin loves adventure in books and in real life. She taught rock climbing in the Rockies, survival camped in the desert, was stalked by a mountain lion, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, spent way too long in college, fell in love and married her very own hero.
A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS, the first book in the alternate history series for teens, was awarded Spirit of Texas in 2016, is a Junior Library Guild selection, and Kansas NEA Reading Circle gave it a starred review in their 2016 “Best of the Best” for High Schools. Ian Bryce, producer of Spiderman, Saving Private Ryan, and other notable films optioned the series for film.
REFUGE FOR MASTERMINDS, Book 3 in the Stranje House series, releases May 23rd.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot calls this romantic Regency adventure, “completely original and totally engrossing.”
Official website: http://kathleenbaldwin.com/
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