Our guest author today has written it all. She’s wowed us with contemporary romance, paranormal, and New Adult as well as the genre she’s here to talk about today…historical romance! Welcome, Sophie Jordan!
Lexi: There’s something about summer that pulls me back to historical romance. Maybe because it’s easy to get lost in a love story while reading on the beach or sipping a nice glass of wine. Your hero and heroine in The Duke Buys a Bride, Marcus and Alyse, have to travel to his estate in Scotland. In what season does this book take place?
Sophie: You’re making me think! Well, it was cold during THE DUKE BUYS A BRIDE – which honestly could be Scotland in the summer! When I visited Scotland in July I had to wear a sweater. In all seriousness, the book is set in late winter. The book opens immediately after THE SCANDAL OF IT ALL and that book is set in winter, too.
Lexi: I’ll read your HR books any time of year! Book one in The Rogue Files came out in the fall, While the Duke Was Sleeping, and was a perfect cool weather read. I credit your characters and how easy it is to fall in love with them. So I was incredibly excited to see that book three is Marcus’s story! What was different about writing Marcus’s story compared to Struan and Collin?
Sophie: Marcus is an English duke and that really defines him. He’s entitled … and much of his baggage results from events that happened both in WHILE THE DUKE WAS SLEEPING and THE SCANDAL OF IT ALL. It was fun to use those books as the impetus for this book.
As for Marcus … he is a VERY different hero from Struan and Colin.
Struan is Scottish and a bastard. He grew up in a state of neglect and penury. Huge difference right there! Colin is a little more similar to Marcus in that he is an earl, but Colin grew up without family – contrary to Marcus who has a loving stepmother and two sisters.
Really … Marcus is at rock bottom when the book opens. It was fun to write him that way … as a hero with nothing to lose. I think you can get a sense of that from the first sentence of the book: Marcus, the fifth Duke of Autenberry, woke with a startled jolt, face-down in horse shit.
Lexi: The plot in The Duke Buys a Bride is certainly different. I’d never heard of wife auctions before and this was a one legal practice? How did you research this obscure historical fact?
Sophie: It was one of those things I stumbled across years ago and it just stuck with me. The custom of wife-selling seemed too unbelievable. It’s such a testament to the patriarchal era and I felt like it begged further exploration and really…it just begged a story with a “happily ever after”. I’ve always loved writing underdogs that triumph and find their HEA -- this book is the quintessential underdog story.
Lexi: I love that you used a wife auction to kick off The Duke Buys a Bride. And that they have to travel together, forced close quarters and all that. *wink* Congrats on your release, Sophie. And THANK YOU for stopping by the blog to talk about it! Cheers to Marcus and Alyse!
Sophie: It was such a fun book to write. Thank you for celebrating the release with me, Lexi. Cheers!