Welcome back to Under the Covers! We are so excited to have you here today.
I’m happy to be here!
Your new series is called Spare Heirs. Can you tell us more about the Spare Heir Society and what we can expect from this new series?
I’ll tell you about the Spare Heirs Society, but you have to promise not to repeat it. *leans in closer and lowers voice* Hidden from the watchful eyes of the ton, The Spare Heirs is a secret society of second, third, and fourth sons of titled families who have banded together for survival in society. No one knows of this secret club’s existence, their scandalous means of business, or their control over most of London. But when a few of the key members become entangled with ladies, all bets are off.
The first book in the series is called THE INFAMOUS HEIR. Tell us more about Roselyn Grey.
Many of you may remember Roselyn from Must Love Dukes. She is Devon Grey, Mad Duke of Thornwood’s younger sister. When we catch back up with Roselyn in The Infamous Heir, it’s one year later and finally the time of her come-out season. She has everything arranged and in order from her gowns and accessories down to the gentleman she’s going to marry. But when Ethan Moore, younger brother of her intended, arrives in town, things begin to unravel. Soon disaster strikes and Roselyn is left to face a very different season from the one she had designed. Of course organizing plans is something Roselyn does quite well.
Her new plans:
Sneak about London and gather clues to prove Ethan Moore is a guilty scoundrel.
Break in her new black dancing slippers with the rose embroidery on the toes a.k.a. her spy shoes.
Ethan Moore is a very intriguing hero. In your opinion, what quality or characteristic must all heroes have?
For me, a necessary trait for a hero is strength of character. Heroes can possess any number of characteristics that make them different from others, but for me to fall for them, they have to be strong in mind and spirit… Well, muscles don’t hurt either, do they? *winks*
When we first meet Ethan in The Infamous Heir, he’s reckless in his actions and his words. Even then before he becomes the hero we know he can be, he’s decisive and has a commanding presence. I think that is the quality that allows the man at the beginning of a story—regardless of his flawed circumstances—to truly become a hero by the last page.
As you know, we absolutely loved your last series. Can we expect more of the same feel or are you going for something a bit different with this one?
Awww! Thank you! This new series is hinged together by the gentlemen of the Spare Heirs Society. While this offers some exciting stories, the overall feel of the series will be very much like Tricks of the Ton. In fact, the heroines of the Spare Heirs series were all characters in previous books. I mentioned Roselyn’s ties earlier, and book 2 of the series, The Rebel Heir is Evangeline Green’s book, (Sue’s younger sister in Desperately Seeking Suzanna.) I’m really excited about the dark, secretive nature of these heroes’ lives clashing with the light, fun ways of the ladies in these books.
Let’s get nosy shall we? What were your top 5 experiences after your Tricks of the Ton series was released?
- The day I got my first piece of fan mail. In the letter, the reader explained how she lived through stories like mine because she has medical issues that keep her bed-ridden. I cried. That’s why I write. For her. For any of you who needs that happily ever after, and that escape into a book today.
- This past July, I went to an awards ceremony in New York and they actually called out my name as the winner of the Booksellers Best Award. I looked around to see if I’d imagined it or if it was real and I saw everyone looking at me and smiling. That will always be one of the highlights of my life.
- Taking my little boy to the library and seeing my books on the shelf, experiencing that with him.
- Signing books and getting to meet readers. I hug them and chat unless there’s a line. I love it!
- Even though it was embarrassing…A few months ago, a sales person at the lingerie store noticed my book cover on my phone case and asked me if I was Elizabeth Michels—while folding my lacy underwear to put them in the bag! I think I turned tomato red, but she said she liked my books so in the end it was pretty awesome to be recognized.
If you’re not writing, what can we normally find you doing?
Spending time with my loved ones. Family is really important to me, so you can usually find me cooking for my husband and little boy, or chatting with my in-laws. I spend most Saturdays with my husband, working on the ongoing project that is our backyard, or curled up with my son, watching a movie. We’re in the process of building an addition on our house for my in-laws, so that’s been taking up most of my non-writing time. Here we are posing with the box that holds our building permit.
Other than books, what are some of your other loves and addictions?
I’m sort of ashamed to admit this, but I’m totally addicted to hair and make-up tutorial videos. They always go so fast and then, boom! The person in the video is transformed. In real life, my attempts never go quite that well, but a girl can dream. *grins*
What’s the last book you read and loved?
Sherry Thomas’ Not Quite a Husband –The descriptions were beautiful! I was transported to India with her writing.
Who is your favorite historical romance author or book and how has it had an impact on you?
Lisa Kleypas! I love her books! There’s a great deal of variety in terms of writing style within historical romance, which creates some big decisions for new authors. There are darker spy stories and tales more ingrained with the historical aspects of the time than others. What direction do you go when you first decide to write a historical romance? Personally, I think it helps to have a beacon on the opposite shore to aim for—an author role model, for lack of a better term. From the beginning, I’ve always looked up to Ms. Kleypas’ books and her writing style. I hope one day I get to meet her. There will most likely be fangirling involved.
Anything you can tell us about what you’re working on next?
I’m still wrapping up the Spare Heirs series at this point. The Rebel Heir is in the final phases of edits now and I’ll have a cover for that one to reveal soon! And The Wicked Heir and The Unsuitable Heir are going to be so much fun. If you remember the twin ladies, Isabelle and Victoria, from my last series, you’ll know why. I can’t wait to share these books with all of you!
Thanks for stopping by today and sharing with us!
Thank you for having me! I always enjoy stopping by for a chat.
The Spare Heirs Society Cordially Invites You to Meet Ethan Moore: The Scoundrel Lady Roselyn Grey’s debut has finally arrived, and of course, she has every flounce and flutter planned to perfection…that is, if the brother of the man she intends to marry doesn’t ruin everything first. Ethan Moore is a prizefighting second son, and that’s all he ever should have been. But in an instant, his brother’s noble title is his, the eyes of the ton are upon him, and the lady he’s loved for years would rather meet him in the boxing ring than the ballroom. He’s faced worse. With the help of the Spare Heirs Society, Ethan’s certain he can get to the bottom of his brother’s unexpected demise and win the impossible lady who has haunted his dreams for as long as he can remember…
by Elizabeth Michels
Released: March 1st 2016
Series: Spare Heirs #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genres: Historical Romance
The Spare Heirs Society Cordially Invites You to Meet Ethan Moore: The Scoundrel
Lady Roselyn Grey’s debut has finally arrived, and of course, she has every flounce and flutter planned to perfection…that is, if the brother of the man she intends to marry doesn’t ruin everything first.
Ethan Moore is a prizefighting second son, and that’s all he ever should have been. But in an instant, his brother’s noble title is his, the eyes of the ton are upon him, and the lady he’s loved for years would rather meet him in the boxing ring than the ballroom.
He’s faced worse. With the help of the Spare Heirs Society, Ethan’s certain he can get to the bottom of his brother’s unexpected demise and win the impossible lady who has haunted his dreams for as long as he can remember…