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Archive for July 16th, 2008

We have a winner! The winner of Lucy’s post is….

CherieJ!

Congrats Cherie!

Please email me your snail mail addy at mad @ romancereaderatheart.com (without the spaces) so we can get the book mailed to you. Enjoy!

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We have a winner! The winner of Lisa’s post is….

SueA!

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We have a winner! The winner of Julie’s post is….

Estella!

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We have a winner! The winner of NJ’s post is….

CathyM!

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It’s such a treat to be here with you today. Thank you for inviting me.

The idea for the Scoundrels of St. James series came to me in a dream. These dirty little scamps were running around the London streets. One of them said, “We’ve got nufin’.” And another replied, “We’ve got each ov’r.” And at that moment they won my heart. I woke up, went to my office, and wrote what I called “An introduction to Lucian Langdon,” “An introduction to Jack Dodger” and “Final musings from Lucian Langdon.” I saw these two characters so clearly. I also saw Frannie Darling and another character names James Swindler. Originally I thought James Swindler was an actor or performer. And I had no idea that William Graves even existed.

Yes, I’m a write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants author. I usually have an idea of who the characters are and where the story is going but it’s only as I’m writing it that the story becomes clearer.

As I was writing In Bed With the Devil I realized James Swindler was an inspector with Scotland Yard. When Luke was in need of a physician, I realized there was a character named William Graves who was not only a physician, but also a scoundrel. At this point, all I know about James Swindler’s early childhood is that he saw his father hanged. I know William Graves was a grave robber.

The first book, In Bed With the Devil, has just been released. The second book, which is Jack Dodger’s story, Between the Devil and Desire, will hit stores Dec. 30—just in time for readers to spend New Year’s Eve with Jack. I’m working on Frannie’s story now.

Since I’ve just started on it, I only have a vague idea of where it’s going. I do know that it’s presently untitled. And I’m torn. Do I search for another title with “Devil” in it – and keep with my Devil theme or do I shift away? In Frannie’s story there is a duke and Duke always works so well in a title. So what do you think? Devil or Duke? And without even knowing what the story is about, do you have any suggestions for titles with Devil or Duke in them?

****Leave a comment for the chance to win a copy of one of my Avon historicals (A Rogue in Texas is the first one). If you have read them all and would rather have Between the Devil and Desire sent to you, I’ll mail you a copy as soon as they’re available in late December, early January.********

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