- Greydon Sharpe, the Marquess of Ainsley, former soldier, and former assassin for the Home Office. Moody, cynical, and in desperate need of saving. Thankfully his wife has that covered. Oh sure, he thinks he’s the one saving her, but we all know the truth. She might just give him the reason for living he had not been searching for.
- William Nicholas Wells—Nick to his friends—the Earl of Pembridge, former soldier, former assassin for the Home Office, and incurable romantic. This man can see love a mile away, unless, of course, it’s him who has fallen. Once it hits him he will be utterly devoted for eternity, but it will take a haughty French widow to bring him to his senses—and his knees.
- Drake Ramsey, the Earl of Saint Brides, Chief Operating Officer, and Home Secretary at the Home Office. This man runs the Office, and he has the brains and the steely glare to do it well. He is brilliant, just, and never, ever wrong. At least, he hadn’t been wrong until he met her.
Archives for July 2016
How I came up with the setting for To Win a Scoundrel’s Heart was quite simple. It all started in Paris. Paris is such a lovely city. Enchanting, really. What it isn’t, is a place one skips when touring Europe. Thankfully I was successful in convincing my husband of this fact before we made all the travel arrangements for our humble version of a Grand Tour.
Two or three days after arriving, my husband and I made our way up the Eiffel Tower along with every other couple in Paris. It was crowded and cold. And it was raining. Of course, it was raining. A giant rain cloud had rolled in sometime between us shuffling into the elevator and arriving at the top. It was just our luck. Thankfully it wasn’t nearly as cold as London had been, but by the time the rain had passed we were icicles. Still, the view of the city was marvelous after a good rain. While I stood there looking out over a city that has been here for nearly 2000 years, I was overcome with the history, beauty, and energy of the city. I knew then and there Nick’s story had to take place in Paris. He’s romantic, debonair, slightly wicked, and he belonged here. He was also going to be drenched with rain.
I might have come up with the entire story on the spot, but my own scoundrel was pulling me into his arms and kissing me senseless. The book would just have to wait until after we left Paris. You understand.
What books/authors have influenced your writing?
Desperate Dukes will be my next project, and I am very excited about it. I already have two of the books in the series started.
It’s difficult to pick just one. I think my most favorite part was the chase toward the end. That’s the best answer I have without giving anything away.
Ooh, I like clean-shaven and I like some scruff, but the beard thing is too much for me, and unless the man in question is Clark Gable or Errol Flynn, a mustache by itself is a no-go. Ink doesn’t bother me as long as there isn’t too much of it. Everything in moderation. Except chocolate, wine, and books, of course.