I don’t know about you dear reader, but I could use a historical romance fix! Yes? You too? Lucky for us our guest today has the remedy. Welcome back Samantha Grace!
Samantha: Hi, Lexi! It’s great to be back. I always have a lot of fun at Reading Between the Wines.
Lexi: We are so excited to have you back Samantha! Even if we haven’t been able to help you pick out your book’s cover models. No matter, because we still have wine *lifts two bottles* and thanks to you, another great HR! In Bed with a Rogue, Rival Rogues book 2! You did promise us a happy ending for Sebastian after being jilted, and you delivered. Did it feel like a weight off your shoulders giving Sebastian his HEA?
Samantha: I hear you about picking out the cover models. I’m still waiting for Sourcebooks to invite me to a photo shoot. I’m not that far from Chicago. *hint, hint* How fun would it be to see how the magic is created?
I couldn’t wait to give Sebastian his HEA. My heart ached for him in the first Rival Rogues book. I knew he would be okay, but it was still hard to put him through the pain and embarrassment.
Lexi: You continue to introduce new secondary characters that we fall in love with, how dare you. *wink* We knew the alluring Sebastian would find his lady, and at first when I read about the widow Lady Prestwick I worried she would be just another boring proper miss. But oh did you ever make a fun character with her! She leads a double life! Did you chuckle in glee the first scene you wrote of her risky side running through Whitechapel?
Samantha: I did! Helena’s first scene just flowed. I had to write the first chapter when I proposed the series, and I was ecstatic to have this wonderful character pop out of the alley. I was a little worried about her being such a risk taker, because historical heroines who step outside of the box aren’t always believable. Helena made me a believer. As she says, her risks are calculated and when she weighed her safety against her sisters’ lives, I didn’t have trouble accepting that she would be hiding in an alley in Whitechapel. And Fergus was such a great addition. He was the muscle she needed to back her up.
Lexi: I want to be her friend, especially since she seems to keep company with people like Sebastian! But really, Helena is great because she has a secret, and it’s not just some fluff secret that doesn’t hold any real consequences. Her secret would truly make her an outcast, and she is sitting up on a shiny white ton pedestal! Do you put yourself in your characters shoes? Would you find it thrilling or terrifying to sneak around the ton’s back?
Samantha: Ooh, good questions. I definitely try to get into their minds and poke around a little, and sometimes my heart will be pounding when I’m writing a suspenseful scene or…ahem…other scenes. But I cried when I wrote the scene where Prestwick comes to collect Helena. I didn’t include the full flashback in the book, but I needed to see what happened to understand her character better. As far as sneaking around behind the ton’s back? I have a tendency to thumb my nose at the rules sometimes, but I would still be a bit scared of getting caught. And when I got away with it, I’d be thrilled!!!
Lexi: I have a sneaking suspicion that more of your characters will end up in more interesting places than the finest ballrooms. Care to share any spoilers about Eve Thorne or any prospective new Main Characters? You mentioned a spin off series, I love how all your books are connected, you could have a Dueling Debutante series!
Samantha: LOL. I love that idea!!! Dueling Debutantes. You aren’t very far off. I think the next set of heroines in the spinoff series are going to be a joy to write.
In Eve’s book (A Good Rogue is Hard to Find), readers will see more of Sir Jonathan Hackberry, who first appears in Sebastian and Helena’s story. Holy moly! I never thought I would come to adore him—he seems like a total crackpot—but he is a very interesting gentleman in Eve’s story. I seriously had no idea he would step up like he did. Sir Jonathan is engaged to Eve at the beginning of her book. Anyway, long story short, the hero Ben ends up joining forces with Sir Jonathan to make Eve want to break off the engagement. (There’s a lot involved that leads up to that point.) The men’s scenes together were a blast to write. It was also a challenge to redeem a character that would abandon his bride on their wedding day. I hope I pulled it off. I should know soon. I’m waiting for notes from my wonderful editor.
Lexi: Thanks Samantha, for stopping by again! And thank you even more for Sebastian. *grins* And, you know, if you ever can’t decide on a cover model…we are here for you! In the meantime, please keep bringing us more romance!
Samantha: I love how y’all have my back. *wink* It was a pleasure to be here, Lexi. Thanks so much for inviting me back. If it’s okay, I’d like to ask everyone a question. Ballroom scenes are always fun, but plentiful in Regencies. Are there any unusual places you would like your Regency characters to visit?
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