A Scandalous Affair: Kerrigan Byrne

Posted February 10, 2016 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Featured Authors, Interviews / 14 Comments

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Welcome to Under the Covers!  This is your first time here with us and we’ve been telling anyone who will listen about your new series, VICTORIAN REBELS.

Thank you so incredibly much for having me!  I’m a huge fan of your reviews!

Your latest book is THE HUNTER.  How would you describe Christopher Argent? What makes him such a “rebel?”

That’s an easy question to answer in this case.  Christopher Argent was born in prison.  In those days, the government didn’t know what to do about these kids, so they just stayed in prisons with their mothers.  He saw some pretty terrible things as a result, and it’s no wonder that he grew up to be an assassin.  He sort of… murders people for a living, so you can’t get much more rebellious than that!

Your heroes are certainly bad boys. But they are also pretty romantic as well. Who is your favourite romantic hero? What was it about their character that spoke to you?

Oh geez.  That is one of the toughest questions as there are so many.  I have to say that I do adore those larger-than-life alphaest (is that a word?) of alpha males.  In romantic fiction, I’d have to say that Jericho Barons from KMM’s Fever series is a particular favorite of mine.  Though he does have a ton of competition.  I love a few of J.R. Ward’s BDB and Lisa Kleypas’s Bow Street Runners.  I think something that draws me to these men is that they are confident in their masculinity.  Their ability to fight, protect, and kill if necessary, but often they’re very emotionally vulnerable.  I find that attractive in the extreme!

Your writing has this lush, romantic quality to it that fits this genre so well while also breathing fresh air into it.  What is it about the Historical Romance genre that drew you to it in the first place and made you want to write in this genre?

Thank you for the compliment first of all, and I believe that in it you will find the answer. My love of the historical genre is equally the language and the traditions.  In this evolving world of acronyms, shortening words, and emojis, I like to escape to a place that almost every sentence seems like poetry to me. There are many things about the past that I’m very sorry that we don’t continue to practice.  That isn’t to say I don’t appreciate my tablet, antibiotics, a car, and the right to vote, et al.  I’m just saying it’s nice to romanticize something that is lost to us.

When writing such bad boys, how do you draw your lines of how far can you go with a storyline without turning people off?

I’ve never met a line that I haven’t at least considered crossing, but the ultimate question is this.  Can the hero be redeemed?  Or, better yet, should he?  There is a certain amount of darkness that no one could come back from. My Heroes would never be true misogynists, that I know, neither would they be rapists.  I know that I already have turned a few people off with the dark content of my stories, but I suppose I’m sensationalizing reality, and that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

Was there a scene in either book that especially hard to write?

I think the scene where Christopher’s mother was killed was particularly difficult to write.  Also, in THE HIGHWAYMAN, where Farah offers Dorian her heart and he refuses it.  It’s a very large big black moment for them both, and I almost didn’t want to see it happen.

Almost.

What’s your favorite quote from THE HUNTER?

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I attached it here.  I just love this whole scene. 😉

Let’s not forget about the heroines.  Millie has this quiet strength I admire.  What’s your favorite thing about her?

I think what I loved about Millie is that she is doing what many of us women tend to do.  She’s just getting by as best she knows how.  She flies by the seat of her pants and figures things out as she goes and, what’s better, is she’s a success!

If you could pick two of historical romance characters to ask to be scribbled into your dance card for a waltz, who would they be and why?

Oh… good question.  I think I would chose John Thornton from the BBC’s North and South as played by Richard Armitage.  And then I’d chose The Count Vronsky from The Anna Karenina that Keira Knightly was in.  There’s a dance scene in there that I ADORE.

What can you tell us about the next book in the series, THE HIGHLANDER? 

I can tell you that the heroine is the battered and much wronged Philomena St. Vincent and Dorian Blackwell’s half-brother The Marquess Ravencroft.  It’s my Jane Eyre story with a dangerous twist!  The Highlander is my most fiery hero to date, and they’ll both have to fight a great deal of demons in order to claim their happy ending.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thank you SO much for having me on your blog!  I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed it.

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A Scandalous Affair: Kerrigan Byrne
The Hunter
by Kerrigan Byrne

BOOK INFO


Released: February 2nd 2016
Series: Victorian Rebels #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Pages: 400
 

They're rebels, scoundrels, and blackguards—dark, dashing men on the wrong side of the law. But for the proper Victorian-era ladies who love them, a hint of danger only makes their hearts beat faster...

A scandalous proposal.

As one of London't most elite hunters, Christopher Argent never misses his mark and always gets his man. But when his latest target turns out to be a woman—the popular, and stunningly beautiful, actress Millie LeCour—it turns his whole world upside-down. Overwhelmed by the heat that simmers between them, Christopher can't complete his mission. On the contrary, he'll do anything to save Millie's life—even if it means risking his own...

A dangerous passion...

When she learns what Christopher was hired to do, Millie is torn between the fear in her heart and the fire in her soul. Putting herself in this dangerous man's arms may be her only path to safety—but giving in to her desire may be the deadliest mistake she's ever made. With both of their lives in jeopardy, Millie and Christopher must learn to trust the real feelings they're hiding—to find the true love they're looking for...

"Captured me from page one and never let go. Romantic, lush, and suspenseful."-Suzanne Enoch on The Highwayman


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About Kerrigan Byrne

If you're anything like me, the best night is one spent with a brawny highlander, a mysterious werewolf, a conflicted vampire, or a hot-headed Irishman. My stories span the spectrum of romantic fiction from historical, to paranormal, to romantic suspense. But I can always promise my readers one thing: memorable and sexy Celtic heroes who are guaranteed to heat your blood before they steal your heart. Lose yourself in the enchanted Celtic Isles, you never know who, or what, will find you...

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Esther Gerdzen

Great interview 🙂

erinf1
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I just got this book from Amazon and I’m so excited to get started 🙂 I loved the first book! Thanks for the fun spotlight!

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the post, this book and series sounds good.

Glittergirl
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I adore highlander romance and I’ve hears such great reviews about this series. She’s a new author to me…

Elizabeth
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That part in the highwayman just about broke my heart

JenM
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JenM

Both this book and the first one in the series are books I would love to read.

Sharlene Wegner
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Sharlene Wegner

Thanks for the interview! The story sounds unique & I love the book cover!

Laura Lovejoy Brunk
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Laura Lovejoy Brunk

Thanks for the interview…New author and series for me !

Timitra
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Timitra

I’m so looking forward to reading this series!

Glenda
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Glenda

Thanks for the interview! I’ve got this series on my wish list – it looks great!!

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Love the excerpt! 🙂

Sue G.
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Sue G.

Thanks and Happy Saturday!

Crystal Cox
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Crystal Cox

This book sounds sooo good! And I have to agree Barrons is the best bad boy ……oh and Devil Cynster ehh ok maybe I have too many as well lol.

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Looks like I won <3
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