Sarah MacLean’s debut Regency romance, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, was published three short years ago, but she immediately became one of the romance community’s best-loved authors. Known for her witty, vivacious heroines and her sinfully sensual heroes, Sarah is here this week answering questions about her latest release, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover. And she’s giving away a copy! Woo hoo!
1. I’ll start with an easy question. All this month on your blog, you’re celebrating women and girls who wear glasses. Who do you think is the most awesome bespectacled woman in history, ever?
Oh! Not fair!! SO SO hard!
It’s been really hard for me to pick my favorites this month—especially since everyone else is choosing such wonderful examples! But I have to put a vote in for a strong, smart heroine who would leap up and save the world if necessary, so my choice is Gloria Steinem. I think she’s so fabulous—and so willing to stand up for what she believes in. And those glasses? Forget it.
Add to that the fact that she is the source of the most important heroine adage ever: “Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself,” and she’s my choice. Hands down.
2. Those are some spectacularly cool specs. Excellent choice. One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second in your latest series, the Rules of Scoundrels quartet. Can you tell us more about the quartet? And should readers read the first in the series, A Rogue By Any Other Name, first?
The Rules of Scoundrels series is centered on a pre-Victorian casino, The Fallen Angel. The Angel is widely believed to be the most scandalous, most exclusive club in London. It’s filled with excess and sin, and a member of the club can get anything he likes there. The four owners of the casino are Bourne, Cross, Temple & Chase—four fallen aristocrats, each exiled from society either by chance or by choice, and now royalty in the London underworld—where scoundrels rule.
One Good Earl Deserves a Lover is the second in the series, and it’s the story of a brilliant, bespectacled bluestocking and the dark, haunted financier of the club. There’s no need to read its predecessor, A Rogue By Any Other Name, first, but if you’re a “series” reader then you might prefer to do so!
3. I read on your blog that Pippa, the heroine of One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, was never supposed to have her own book. What happened??
Pippa took over. This has never happened to me (and I honestly hated it, so I’m kind of hoping it never happens again). But Pippa knew how she wanted her story to be told, despite the fact that she wasn’t supposed to be a heroine at all, but rather a quiet side character. Once she announced that she’d like a book, though, the whole thing was a little bit in her hands. This was a supremely terrifying experience for me, in part because it was so different than all my other books. I don’t like being so totally out of control!
4. I was recently reading Ten Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord, and I couldn’t put it down. My husband grabbed it from me when I was reading at breakfast. After reading the back cover copy about Lord Nicholas St John being named a Lord to Land by one of the ladies’ magazines of his day, my husband asked me, “Is he a LILF?” Answer: YES! What do you think are the key characteristics for creating a Lord I’d Like to…um…Fancy?
Ha! That’s so funny! LILF!
Ok…here we go:
Humor, honor, willingness to work hard, a scar or two (either physical or emotional), and undying, unwavering adoration for the woman he loves.
5. The first book you published was a young adult novel called The Season. Do you plan to write another YA?
Absolutely! I miss YA terribly (most of my friends are YA authors—met in the aftermath of writing The Season), and can’t wait to get back to it.
Now…if only I didn’t have these fast-approaching romance deadlines…
Favorite Jane Austen hero: Knightley. I go for older, more serious, unsung heroes. Also, Frank Churchill. He’s a charmer.
Favorite British slang word or phrase: Bollocks to him/it/that/her/etc.
What’s your biggest pet peeve? When people use “that” instead of “who” when referencing a real live honest-to-God person.
Sarah’s giving away a copy of One Good Earl Deserves a Lover to someone who leaves a comment here. I’ll randomly choose the winner on Tuesday February 19th. Good luck!
Lady Philippa Marbury is…odd.
The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She’s looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest–fourteen days to research the exciting parts of life. It’s not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London’s darker corners.
She needs…a Scoundrel.
She needs Cross, the clever, controlled partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, with a carefully crafted reputation for wickedness. But reputations often hide the darkest secrets, and when the unconventional Pippa boldly propositions him, seeking science without emotion, she threatens all he works to protect. He is tempted to give Pippa precisely what she wants…but the scoundrel is more than he seems, and it will take every ounce of willpower to resist giving the lady more than she ever imagined.