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.
What’s your favorite quote from THE HUNTER?
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.
Released: February 2nd 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Victorian Rebels #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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