Monica Burns invited me to join a unique rolling blog hop called The Next Big Thing. Each author on the hop answers the same 10 questions about their current work-in-progress and offers a giveaway to readers who leave a comment or question. Enjoy!
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
What is the working title of your book?
Between a Rake and a Hard Place. It’s Book 3 of the Royal Rakes series and rounds out the amorous adventures of three rakes from Waking up with a Rake and One Night with a Rake. Between a Rake and a Hard Place will be out in January 2014.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Jonah and Serena’s love story branched out from the idea for the series. In 1817, Princess Charlotte died along with her newborn son. The succession was suddenly in question and the younger sons of King George III realized they could put their progeny on the throne if they could be the first to present their mad father with a legitimate grandchild.
However, an influential member of Parliament doesn’t want to see the House of Hanover to continue. So what better way to thwart a royal duke who’s gone courting than to put a determined rake between him and his chosen lady?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I’m pretty crazy about the idea of a young Nathan Fillion (think Firefly!) as Sir Jonah Sharp, an assassin for the Crown who’s weary of the weight of his sins, and Charliz Theron for my risk-taking heroine Lady Serena Osbourne.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A rake seduces a lady who’s being wooed by a royal duke by helping her tick off all the items on her secret list of “forbidden pleasures.”
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
This book is repped by my agent extraordinaire, Natasha Kern, and will be published by Sourcebooks.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
It’s still in process so I can’t answer that. However, it will be done by January 13th because that’s when I have to turn it in.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hard question. Maybe Shana Galen’s When you Give a Duke a Diamond.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was noodling around with some Regency research when I ran across the term “Hymen Race Terrific.” It shocked me so, I had to check to make sure I’d read it correctly. But it turns out that’s what the tabloids of the day called the race to be the first to sire a legitimate heir to the British throne after Princess Charlotte’s death. The Prince Regent and his wife were estranged so they would never have another child. It was up to the younger royal dukes, Clarence, Cambridge and Kent, to “rise to the occasion.”
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Lady Serena Osbourne isn’t the typical Regency debutante. She lost her mother to a freak accident and it turned her into something of a dare-devil. She’s determined to live every day to the fullest and she has a list of “forbidden pleasures” she wants to accomplish before she becomes a royal and has every moment of her day decided for her.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into my next big thing. Leave a comment or question for me and one lucky commenter will win their choice from my “How to” series in Kindle or Nook format.
And be sure to check out Monica Burns’ Next Big Thing!