Sunday, January 27, 2019

#Interview with author Eva Leigh of Dare to Love a Duke

Lexi: We’ve been swooning over the gorgeous cover of DARE TO LOVE A DUKE. So we’re very excited to welcome our guest of the day, the author of said beautiful book - Eva Leigh!

Thank you so much for inviting me!

Lexi: Congrats on the release of your third book in your London Underground series! Not only is it a lovely addition to the set, its packed with a powerful message about consent and equality. How did our world’s current issues impact this series?

Consent has always been a part of the ethos of the Orchid Club, but #MeToo helped shine a light on the fact that so many people have been sexually harassed or assaulted, and with the horrendous events surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, it became extremely important for consent to be foregrounded.

Further, gender equality was and is crucial to my version of a HEA. The law in England at the time of DARE TO LOVE A DUKE was unfavorable and sometimes downright cruel to women. Yet even as women pushed for greater equality, there were men, too, who advocated that (white) women be considered the equal to men. I believe firmly that my heroes never be misogynists, and would, in fact, support a heroine’s need to be seen as an independent human being.

Please note that the advancement of WOC’s rights has lagged far behind that of white women, and it’s critical that we acknowledge that much of that bias came from white women—as it does to this day.

Lexi: For those of us who are fans of your writing, we know your words are powerful. And you make us feel them through every character. Lucia, the heroine in DARE TO LOVE A DUKE, is quite a woman. She runs a secret club where fantasies can become reality. Did you have any specific person or thing inspire Lucia?

We’re living in a time when, yet again, immigrants are vilified, which is maddening and heartbreaking. Lucia is an immigrant, and she must endure great hardship to survive. But this only strengthens her commitment to do right by others and lift up as many people as she can in her journey. Immigration has become maligned across the globe—most notably when the immigrants are black or brown people—but here in the United States, there seems to be a collective amnesia that many in this country are immigrants or descendants of immigrants. Yet bringing many cultures together only strengthens community and country. To quote Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Immigrants/ We get the job done.”

Lexi: So far we’ve chatted about the pretty serious stuff. But DARE TO LOVE A DUKE is a historical romance novel and is also filled with plenty of gorgeous gowns and scenery. In a time when society is strained and tenuous, we need an escape more than ever, and we believe our dear readers will adore the third book of The London Underground. How about you, are you able to escape through reading? Do you read historical romances in your downtime?

The funny thing about being a writer is that it winds up cutting into my time so that I have less opportunity to read! But when I can get the headspace for it, I definitely turn to different subgenres of romance. For historical romance, my favorites include Julie Anne Long (who’s coming back to writing historicals, YAY!), Tessa Dare, Joanna Bourne, Meredith Duran, and I’ve been reading more Vanessa Riley and Alyssa Cole. Lately, I’ve been reading more contemporary romance to help keep my mind fresh, and I’ve really enjoyed books by Talia Hibbert and Tracey Livesay. They’re sexy, fun, and also quite emotional.

Lexi: Your books are filed with strong messages told with powerful words. Thank you so much for stopping by to share DARE TO LOVE A DUKE with us! Cheers to your newest release!

Thanks again for having me!

36396429Dare to Love a Duke
(The London Underground #3)
by Eva Leigh
ebook, 384 pages
Published December 24th 2018 by Avon
ISBN 0062499467
For a dashing duke and the proprietress of a secret, sensual club in the London Underground, passion could lead to love… if they dare 

Thomas Powell, the new Duke of Northfield, knows he should be proper and principled, like his father. No more dueling, or carousing, or frequenting masked parties where Londoners indulge their wildest desires. But he’s not ready to give up his freedom just yet. The club is an escape, a place where he can forget about society and the weight of his title… and see her, the woman he’s wanted forever.

Lucia—known as Amina—manages the Orchid Club, a secret society where fantasies become reality. But for Lucia, it’s strictly business, profitable enough to finance her dream: a home for the lost girls of the streets. Surrounded by lovers, she only observes, unwilling risk her future for any man. No member has ever intrigued her...until him, the masked stranger whose heated looks sear her skin. After months of suppressed longing, they dare to give in to temptation…

But the late duke’s legacy comes with a shocking secret, and the scandal threatens to destroy everything Tom loves… his family, the Orchid Club, and even Lucia. 

London Underground Series

About the author:
Eva Leigh
Eva Leigh is the pen name of a RITA® Award-nominated romance author who writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, Tweeting about boots, and listening to music from the ‘80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

1 comment:

  1. You listed some excellent HR authors as your go to reads! I'd add you to that list! :)


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