Elf Stoops to a Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing

By Elf Ahearn, author of A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing

A Rogue in Sheep's ClothingA Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing is my first Regency romance, but it’s not my first brush with spirited heroines of the era. X number of years ago New York City was full of little theaters stuffed into apartment building basements and squirreled away in church lofts. It was during these X years that I became an actress. Like all the other actresses in the city, (there were about seventy-five-thousand of us then) I scrambled from one non-paying gig to the next, just thrilled to be in a play, any play.

Of all the postage-stamp stages on which I trod, perhaps the tiniest belonged to The Westside Repertory Theatre, which was so small fifth-row center amounted to the back of the auditorium. Stage left was literally a closet, and stage right shared space with the storefront of a pickle vendor who fancied himself a guru, and a Chinese laundry. The dressing room housed not only all of the actors, but the props, the costumes and the company’s entire collection of furniture. In the middle of a show, we sometimes heard hoards of rats thundering overhead as they raced across the tin ceiling, but for all of its shortcomings, WRT put on some great theater.

Elf AhearnI appeared in dozens of productions at WRT. Of them all, my favorite was a play titled She Stoops to Conquer, a comedy by Oliver Goldsmith that appeared in London in 1773. The plot revolves around smart-as-a-whip Kate Hardcastle and Charles Marlow, the man she wishes to marry. Marlow is shy around women of stature, so Kate poses as a maid to put him at ease. She “stoops,” and as with all good love stories, she conquers. That play was the inspiration for A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing. There are very few plot similarities between the two texts except that my hero, Lord Hugh Davenport, is uncomfortable around well-bred women. My hope, however, is that some of the fun and adventure found in She Stoops to Conquer can also be mined from the pages of A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing.

22 thoughts on “Elf Stoops to a Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing

    1. elf ahearn

      Okay, here I was brand new to publishing, and I forgot totally that people respond when you post a blog, and that it’s only polite to respond back. Elley, do you mind that I’m over a month late, and can you forgive me for being blonde?

    1. elf ahearn

      I’m a geek. Sorry it’s taken me over a month to reply, but I was brand new to blogs when this was posted. A babe in swaddling, in fact, and spaced that there might be comments I should respond to. Well, here I am at last. If you love you some good historical romance, you’ll like A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing. It’s got all the historical stuff, plus sexy stuff, plus adventure — lots of it. Hope you’ll give it a peek.

    1. elf ahearn

      I’ll forgive you your “Wolf” if you’ll forgive me for responding more than a month after you commented. What a space case I am. Yikes!

      Now Deborah, you must have been in the theatre too if you know to say, “Break a leg.” So what’s your story?

      Elf Ahearn

    1. elf ahearn

      Bobbi, what a nice comment. And isn’t it “nice” of me to finally, finally respond after more than a month? I swear, I was so new to the biz that I had no idea people would write to me. Today I’m updating my Web page, so I went to all of my blog postings and that’s when I found your name.
      So sorry, and I hope you’ll decide A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing is worthy of a peek, even if its author is a late bloomer.
      Elf “Dork” Ahearn

    1. elf ahearn

      Hey Irene,
      I’m handing out apologies today. When I wrote this blog I was such a greenhorn I didn’t realize people would be writing back. Only today did I discover your comment. SOOO sorry!

      I do hope you’ll give A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing a looksee. It is a good read and it’s not as “lost in space” as I am — I promise.
      Elf Ahearn

    1. elf ahearn

      Hey Lcrandall246,
      Well over a month after posting my blog entry, I come to realize that people actually respond to these things. Yikes! So sorry to be getting back to you so late but… I’m blonde. There is no other excuse.
      Thanks for commenting, and I hope you’ll give A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing a try. It’s a really fun story.
      Elf Ahearn

    1. elf ahearn

      Hi Synithiaw,
      You commented on my blog posting over a month ago, and I’m finally getting back to you and all the wonderful people who said nice things to me way back then. So sorry.

      We did have a wonderful time in the theatre then, and doing this book has reconnected me to many of my old acting friends. What a blessing.

      A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing is fun, and I hope you’ll give it a chance. I promise it responds faster than me!
      Elf Ahearn

  1. panzador

    There’s nothing quite so romantic as theatre, even in a shoebox! We must share theatre tales one of these days. I adore Goldsmith, and your Rogue certainly sounds intriguing…. best of luck and success to you! – Pan

    1. elf ahearn

      Dear Pan Zador,
      For the first time since I posted my Crimson Romance blog, I revisited the site today only to learn that you and a whole bunch of other sweet hearts commented! Yikes!! So now I’m trying to make up for lost time.

      Even if you didn’t “adore Goldsmith,” I’d want to talk with you. Pan is my favorite diety.
      Elf Ahearn

  2. Becky Lower

    I love little theatres and the inspiring performances put on there. My small home town hosts a college, and there are live performances, open mike nights, and amateur theatre all the time. It’s one of the reasons I live here. Can’t wait to read your book. I’m way behind on my Crimson historicals.

    1. elf ahearn

      Hi Becky,
      I’m going to hand you an apology too. On April 4, you responded to my blog posting at Crimson Romance and like a geek, I didn’t realize people would write to me there! Sooo, I’m trying to make up for lost time now.

      You said you love little theatres, and I spent a lot of years in a few of them, especially the Westside Repertory Theatre, which I blogged about. You sound like a good patron of the arts who supports these tiny playhouses. Bravo!

      I’ve heard of your book, “Blame it on the Brontes.” My girlfriend in college was obsessed with Emily. She wrote her thesis about mysticism in the Bronte novels, then she named her dachshund Emily.

      Hope you’ll give A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing a read, and I’ll be buying Blame it on the Brontes. I’m also going to let my girlfriend know about the novel. She’s a prime candidate.
      Elf Ahearn

    1. elf ahearn

      Hey Kay,
      A month ago you commented on my Crimson Romance blog, and I finally noticed that people were trying to reach me! So, I’m sorry, and I hope you’ll forgive me, and I hope you’ll give A Rogue in Sheep’s Clothing a read. Even though it’s an inanimate book, it’s more responsible than I am.

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