Talkin’ About MY Books
Only have a minute but want to now about the New Entangled Historical releases, including Duchess Decadence? Here’s my four-question interviews with Mia Marlowe, Ally Broadfield, Nicola Davidson and myself.
First up? Mia! Welcome, Mia! Please give us The Madness of Lord Westfall in one line.
When Pierce Langdon, Lord Westfall fell from an oak tree as a boy, the accident so rattled his brain, it left him hearing voices. Now he’s fallen again…this time for a totally unsuitable woman!
Delicious! Which came first, The Madness of Lord Westfall’s plot, premise or people?
My hero came first. The Madness of Lord Westfall is Order of the M.U.S.E. book two, and we first meet Pierce in book one, The Curse of Lord Stanstead. I was fascinated by the idea of writing a hero who’d spent time confined to Bedlam.
Indeed, that *is* a fascinating challenge. What do you love about The Madness of Lord Westfall?
The book is all about redemption and the way love binds up the hurts of our pasts and makes us whole.
Hear! Hear! Before you go, will you share your favorite advanced review quote for The Madness of Lord Westfall?
I’m thrilled to share that there have been lots of terrific ones, but one of my favs was the review with a 5 star rating from a Goodreads reader: “I never thought I would start with this sentence… I fell for a man who has been in a prisoner in Bedlam. But when you read this wonderful tale you will too.”
Oh, that is just perfect! Thank you for stopping by, Mia! Next up, my two Entangled Scandalous release-day sisters Ally & Nicola. First, Ally. Welcome Ally! Please give is Say You’ll Love Me in one line.
Lady Abigail Hurst enlists her friend’s brother, Edmund Townsend, the Marquess of Longcroft, to help determine whether her betrothed is guilty of murder, but before the investigation concludes, Abigail discovers with Edmund the kind of love she always wanted…a little too late.
Oh, I love a good betrothed-to-the-wrong-man story! Which came first, Say You’ll Love Me’s plot, premise or people?
The premise. One evening while I was cleaning the kitchen, an idea, or rather a conundrum popped into my head. How would a Regency lady react if she found out her betrothed might have murdered his mistress? She could immediately end the engagement, but what if he had been her childhood sweetheart, and their fathers were close friends who lived on neighboring estates? Would she stick around to see whether he was innocent before deciding what to do, and if he was proven innocent, could she get past the fact that he had a mistress?
I can imagine that got the plot wheels churning! What do you love about Say You’ll Love Me?
I love Edmund, the hero. He’s so wonderfully awkward and clueless about matters of the heart, yet extremely capable in all other areas.
*Big grin* he sounds like a wonderful hero. Before you go, will you share your favorite advanced review quote for Say You’ll Love Me?
“Love, romance and a mystery to be solved, that and exceptional writing made this book an amazing one.” ~wrecked_life, Goodreads review
High praise! Thank you for coming, Ally! Nicola! Your turn. Welcome Nicola! Please give us One Forbidden Knight in one line?
After her physician father’s mysterious death, Catherine Linwood must navigate the intrigue of Queen Mary’s court with a handsome stranger who could save or destroy her.
Edge-of-your-seat wonderful! Which came first, One Forbidden Knight’s plot, premise or people?
Premise! I chanced upon an article about Queen Mary Tudor, who had not one, but two phantom pregnancies. It got me thinking, what might a fervent Catholic queen on a rocky throne do to keep her secrets – even to my heroine, her loyal lady in waiting? Naturally my hero had to be the queen’s enemy, an illegitimate Protestant. And so it began…
I’m breathless just reading the description. What do you love about One Forbidden Knight?
I love the blend of real life events, suspense, sweet romance and wickedness. 🙂
Sounds like a recipe for a great read. Before you go, will you share your favorite advanced review quote for One Forbidden Knight?
“From the start this reader was enchanted with Catherine and Brandon’s characters. Their escapades and steaming chemistry was beyond scorching. Action aplenty throughout the read and a story that I wanted to just keep reading.”
OOOH! Beyond Scorching. Love it. Thanks for stopping by, Nicola! And so it is down to me! Here is Duchess Decadence in one line:
A disgraced duchess must confront the wounds of her past if she is to protect her duke from a malevolent murderer and so she takes the greatest gamble of her life.
As to which came first, Duchess Decadence’s plot, premise or people…
From the very first draft of Lady Vice, the first book in the Furies Series, I knew the hero, Max, worked closely with a powerful Duke. To complicate matters, I made that Duke’s estranged wife the heroine’s close friend. Both the Duke and the Duchess jumped into the pages of Lady Vice in all their prickly complexity. It was a true challenge to find a way for two proud and wounded people to come together once again.
Of course, I’ll share what I love about Duchess Decadence…
My favorite part of writing the series has been showing the value and closeness of female friendship, especially in times of hardship. For a duchess getting in touch with her sensual side, the support and information only true friends could share proves essential. And I love what happens when a stitched up Duke lets the floodgates open.
And finally, my favorite advance review quote for Duchess Decadence was:
“We’ve seen the Duke and Duchess interact with each other through each of the other Furies books and I knew that when they finally got back together, it would be explosive. LaCapra did not disappoint me!!” -Amy A, Goodreads. What a pleasure and a relief that was to read!
Thanks for stopping by!
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Book 2, The Furies Series (Can be read as a stand-alone)
He had everything under control, until she proved him wrong…
Sophia Baneham has lived in the poison of her dead father’s shadow for longer than she cares to admit. Now she exists outside of polite society’s influence, holding gambling parties for London’s most dangerous men. When a man walks into one of her soirees, a compelling mix of charisma and icy control, he offers the lady of sin a wager she can’t refuse…
Lord Randolph is a spy in the service of His Majesty, but he’s given an oath to protect the daughter of his mentor. Even as his gamble of marriage starts to spiral out of control and his passions ignite, Randolph is determined that he’ll handle things his way…
But when danger closes in, Randolph won’t just have to protect Sophia from an intended killer. He’ll have to protect her from himself…
Incredibly explosive, Lady Scandal is a daring romp that combines enough wit, sex and intrigue to knock your garters off. I loved it! — USA Today Bestselling Author, Delilah Marvelle
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Lady Vice is finally here. Happy Book-Birthday to me!! Yayyayyayyayyayyayyay!
In celebrating, I’d like to share the acknowledgments from the book. In addition to those here, I’d also like to thank all the generous book bloggers that have taken a chance on a debut author and given me a review. I am grateful.
For their help creating this book and the world within, I’d like to say thank you to:
My agent Rebecca for believing in the book and series, and editor Erin for finally making it click.
Sue McGee, Carolyn Martin, and Kiersten Krum for their enthusiasm and feedback in the conceptual stages.
Bill Haggert and Nancy Mayer for help with research on (respectively) flintlocks and coroner’s courts.
Miranda Laisson, Sarah Jane Stone, Anke Fontaine, Madeline Iva, Becca St. John, Joanne Lockyer, Inara Scott, Kirsten Koster and Mary Behre for in-depth critiques on the full, and for so much more.
Sally MacKenzie for too many reasons to list.
The Beau Monde and my early volunteer friends Sharon, Ann, Megan, Carolyn, Isobel, Pam, and Janet.
The LaLaLas for being there every day.
The 2012 GH Class, the Firebirds, especially Tamar and Alison.
The ladies of LSFW whose amazing energy and generosity have taught me so much…especially Caridad.
The NYC locals: Tamar, Stacey, Katrina, Kwana, Kate, Lynn, Nisha, Lisa, and Sarah.
Finding Romance Novel Writers of America was like coming home. But no book can come to life if the author does not have support in her daily life.
For helping me achieve my dream, I’d like to thank:
The family of my birth, the Gavels (especially my sisters Jo and Charlotte), who cannot get through a gathering without a pun, rhyme, alliteration, and guffaw.
The family of my heart, the La Capras, whose hard work and focus are matched only by their celebratory joy.
The nieces and nephews from both sides (looking at you Bart, Tali, Ethan, Luc, Q & Mik)—being your aunt is my favorite thing.
The girls who acted out my first stories on the press dumpster, in the attic, and in the barn: Samra, Leilani, Carol, and Amy.
The teachers who remain an inspiration: Dwight Wilson and Mark Goodman. And ‘Doc’ LaVia, resting in peace. Also Mary, Shannon and my small MFS class which was blessed with a disproportionate number of excellent writers.
Aunt Hazel and Aunt Alta for letting me find and enjoy your Regencies when I was young. And Aunt Roo, too.
Alice and Buddy for sharing my love of historical romance novels.
Bob, Henry, Nadine, Marilyn, Helen, and David for woo-hooing at every turn.
Mom, I love you. Dad, I miss you. Thank you for the stories and the wonder and the laughter.
And lastly, to Richard and Debbie, to whom this book is dedicated. You both believed I could do this before I did. Plus, you know what a PIA I am, and you love me anyway. I love you both.
The character named Vaile was inspired, loosely, by the real-life Lord Worsley as portrayed in Hallie Rubenhold’s gripping historical accounting of the Worsley scandal titled, Lady Worsley’s Whim. Monte is entirely my own creation. But, for use of his name, I owe an apology to David and Greg’s dog Monte. You’re a good dog. The Monte in this book was in no way influenced by your occasional spazzy-freakout-heroic-defense of your David.
Thank you for celebrating with me!
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