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He told me he would treat my heart with great care.  He was lying of course, for it was all a very clever, skillful seduction…

The night I met Lord Vincent Sinclair, son of the Duke of Pembroke, was the night I lost control.  I never imagined that I, Cassandra Montrose, could engage in such wicked, wanton behavior with a man I hardly knew.  But in that fateful moment, alone in his coach, the passion I felt for him was undeniable, even though I knew that after my surrender I was unlikely to ever see my lover again.

Until a fateful secret brought me to his door…

I always believed my pride would prevent me from becoming any man’s mistress – especially a rogue like Vincent, who cares for nothing but his inheritance.  Yet I have very good reason to remain in his life.  If only he did not tempt me so…

After much debate with my editor over a title for my new book, we finally settled on THE MISTRESS DIARIES.  This followed a week of title insanity, which is what often happens after I turn in a book.  I never get too attached to my working titles, because usually I’m asked for other ideas.  I must have sent in about 40 alternatives before this one struck my editor’s fancy.  And somehow, I knew, the minute I typed it in the email, that it would be THE ONE.

How did I know?  It’s not as if “diary” titles are terribly original or haven’t been used before.  Need I mention THE PRINCESS DIARIES, or THE NANNY DIARIES?  There are even books currently listed on Amazon with my exact title – THE MISTRESS DIARIES.  Most of them are erotic tales, but hey, I’m happy to be in such provocative company .

As it happens, I started out my writing life by keeping a diary at the age of 12.  At the time, I never saw it as a foreshadowing of my future calling, but looking back on it, it definitely was.  Whenever something interesting happened at school, I would experience a swell of excitement, and couldn’t wait for bedtime, so that I could write all about it.

A few years ago, I dug my big box of diaries out of my basement (I had books for every year from grade 6 to post university), and read them all in chronological order.  What page turners they were!  I was deeply engrossed and entertained by this young, passionate girl who went from child to woman over the span of a decade.  At times I hardly recognized myself.  At other times, I could totally relate to my former self.

There I was, reading from a very different perspective as a mother, finding all those diary entries to be a fascinating window into the heart and mind of a young teen, which is where I’m headed now with my own daughter.  It really helped me to see the world from another point of view, and reminded me what it was really like to be fourteen.  Not always an easy time.

So how many of you kept diaries when you were young, or still keep one now?  And why do you write in it?  Is it a simple urge to write, or do you want to keep a record of things that happen in your life so you won’t forget?

I’d love to hear your comments, and I’ll give a copy of THE MISTRESS DIARIES away to one lucky commenter!

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