My good pal Marilyn Bryant, author of A Summer in Europe, tagged me to take part in this blogging hop-along, and I thought it sounded like fun. I’ll answer some questions about my current work in progress (WIP), and then tag five other authors to do the same thing on their blogs next week.
So, here goes on my Next Big Thing:
What is your working title of your book? A Royal Seduction.
Where did the idea come from for the book? From reading histories and biographies about the British Royals during the Regency period.
What genre does your book fall under? Regency-set historical romance.
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? The illegitimate son of the Prince Regent, who is also a spy for the British Crown, must protect a young noblewoman (a beautiful and brilliant cardsharp) from kidnapping and forced marriage to a Russian prince.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? This is the first book in my new series, The Renegade Royals, for Kensington Publishing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Four months, which included the beginning of revisions.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? It’s a sexy Regency historical, with some adventure and a spy for a hero, so I’d say it’s similar to what Shana Galen writes. But I also have quite a bit of humor and Regency social settings in my book too, so I think readers who like books by Katharine Ashe will like it, too.
Who or what inspired you to write this book? I read a wonderful biography of the Prince Regent, the eldest son and heir of George III. Like most of his brothers – who were a pretty scandalous lot – he had at least one or two illegitimate children. All told, the brothers probably had close to twenty illegitimate offspring, some of whom were never identified. I thought it would be pretty cool to write a series about those children who never emerged from the shadows of history. They were the sons of princes, and yet had such murky backgrounds. This WIP is my story of Aden, the Prince Regent’s bastard son.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? I really love the heroine and think she’s a very interesting character. She’s funny and sweet, and a total math genius. Her family is a nightmare, always spending themselves into massive debt, and Vivien has to use her math skills at the gambling tables of the ton to keep her family afloat. She was a lot of fun to write.
And now I get to tag a few awesome author friends too, who’ll be posting about their latest projects on their blogs next Wednesday, Dec. 5th. Can’t wait to hear what they’re working on!!
Readers, be sure to check out these talented ladies next week and find out what they’re working on!