Welcome back to UTC, Sarah! Let’s quickly touch upon your latest and final release of the Rules of Scoundrels series, NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER! This has to be my favourite of the bunch simply because of the heroine, Lady Georgiana. What sets her apart from the other heroines you’ve written?
In some ways, Georgiana is exactly like my other heroines — it’s a strange truth that romance writers (maybe all writers?) have a mythology to their work…they have heroines they love and heroes they love and they tell different stories with these same characters again and again. Georgiana is strong and smart and clever and I like to think that if she hadn’t found Duncan West (her hero), she would have been just fine without him. But because she did find him, her life is that much brighter. And more romantic. At the same time, Georgiana has been through quite a bit of strife, and she’s dealt with it in a very different way than my other heroines might have. In part, it’s because her ruination was tremendously public, and irredeemable (being a single mother in the 1820s is no cakewalk) and, in part, it’s because she was lucky enough to have a tremendously rich brother, who was willing to bankroll that ruination…which makes her much more a classic romance hero than any of my other heroines — extremely strong, exceedingly powerful, and very very broken.
How did you feel wrapping up the series with this book?
Of course, it is hard to think that the Rules of Scoundrels are over and that Bourne, Cross, Temple and Chase have all found their happily ever afters. At the same time, I was tremendously gratified by the finish to the series; it was a long time coming…I’d wanted to tell Chase’s story for years, and I was really ready for her to find her hero.
What’s next on your writing agenda? I hear there’s something exciting coming called THE ROGUE NOT TAKEN. Care to share what that will be about?
Yes! The Rogue Not Taken is the first book in my new Scandal and Scoundrel series, which will be out in late 2015. I pitched it to my editor as 19th Century TMZ — Modern Celebrity Scandal with a Pre-Victorian Twist. The book follows the story of Sophie Talbot, who scandalizes society and has no choice but to leave London in a carriage belonging to the Marquess of Eversley — known to all of England as “The Royal Rogue.” He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he was the last man on earth. Of course, they’re made for each other.
Has becoming a mother changed/altered/affected your style of writing? Or perhaps how you approach writing these days?
I think my readers would know best if my books have changed since my daughter was born — Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover is the first book I wrote post-baby — but I can say that I have less time to fuss about with the internet if I want to meet my writing goals each day! That said, I think having more love in one’s life is a pretty great thing for a romance writer…after all, love is our business, so the more we experience, the more honest our books.
I know this is like asking you to pick your favourite child, but which book of your own has been your favourite?
That’s a tough one. My favorite to write was One Good Earl Deserves a Lover. My favorite at the end of the whole process was definitely Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart–in part because it inspired my entire next series. But all books are special, and they all teach you something.
What do you hope readers take away when they read one of your books?
That love is power, than romance requires equality and that we should all have high expectations — and wait until someone comes along who meets them.
When not reading or writing, what would be find you doing in your downtime?
I love to cook, and my kitchen is my favorite place in the world. There’s something about the balance of craft and creativity — it’s a lot like writing. So…that’s where I spend most of my free time.
She is the most powerful woman in Britain,
A queen of the London Underworld …
But no one can ever know.
He is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth,
Putting all she has at risk . . .
Including her heart.
The fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean’s incredible Rule of Scoundrels/Fallen Angels series. These four dark heroes will steal the hearts of their heroines and the readers alike! This is the last in the Rules of Scoundrels series—Chase’s story
By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.
Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.
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