We are beyond excited to welcome one of our favorite authors to UTC today. Tessa Dare recently released the second book in the Girl Meets Duke series, THE GOVERNESS GAME and we had a chance to chat with her about it. Lets give her a warm welcome to UTC today.
How could you describe this book in three words?
I think (at least, hope) all my books can be described as Funny, Sexy, and Heartfelt.
Your books hold a lot of humour. What’s your biggest tip for maintaining balance between humour and heart?
Personally, I don’t know how one can exist without the other! Falling love is funny, and laughter brings people together. As for a tip, I would say—a hero or heroine must be willing to laugh at themselves, as much as (preferably more than) they laugh at anyone else.
What are your favorite kinds of heroes? (Broody, alpha, beta, recluse, rakes, etc)
Can I cheat and say all of the above? I love heroes who have an outward façade and then an inner soul that only the heroine can see. The playboy rake who’s secretly loyal to the core. The hard-hearted hero with hidden tenderness.
What do you do when you get stuck?
Oh, I try various things. Anything and everything! Taking a shower, or going for a walk. Talking it through in my head. Talking it through with a writer friend. Talking it through with my editor. Crying. Crying to a writer friend. Crying to my editor. Giving up and bingeing Netflix. It just gets uglier from there.
What distracts you the most when you’re trying to write?
Definitely social media—and by social media, I mostly mean Twitter. It’s so easy to tell yourself you’ll just take a 5 minute break, and then an hour flies by.
Is there an idea out there that you wish you’d thought of?
Well, of course! I wish I’d thought of Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, Outlander, Game of Thrones, and every other brilliant and hugely successful series, lol. But even if I had thought of those ideas, I wouldn’t have written them as well as those authors did. I just have to keep writing my own ideas, to the best of my ability.
What can we expect from you next?
Right now, I’m working on The Wallflower Wager, which is Girl Meets Duke book 3. This will be Penny’s book. If you’ve read the other books in the series, you know that Penny is always taking in injured and abandoned creatures. She’s soft-hearted, trusting, and an incurable romantic. So naturally, her hero will be jaded and ruthless…and therefore her greatest challenge. The most wild, wounded, untamed beast of all. 😉
Thanks so much for sharing with us today!
Thank you so much for having me!
by Tessa Dare
Released: August 28th 2018
Series: Girl Meets Duke #2
Published by Avon
He’s been a bad, bad rake—and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson
The accidental governess
After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart . . . without risking her own.
The infamous rake
Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to give her an education—in pleasure. That should prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling . . . and he’s in danger of falling, hard.
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