by Lecia Cornwall
5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, June 7, 2013!
About the Book:
Seduction is the sweetest secret…
One kiss, then another, and before she knows it, Lady Julia Leighton succumbs to the breathtaking charms of a stranger at a ball celebrating her betrothal to a man who thinks of her more as a sister than a wife. The steamy encounter dramatically changes her life, and when she meets her seducer again, Julia is no longer an earl’s daughter, or a duke’s bride-to-be, but an outcast, and a paid companion to a lady who used to be her equal. She has never forgotten Thomas Merritt.
Thomas Merritt is a thief with a secret past. He came to steal her jewels, and ended up stealing her heart, and losing his own to the lovely Lady Julia. But after their one glorious evening together, Thomas leaves, knowing he can never be part of her world again.
Now in a Vienna rife with scandal, dangerous secrets, and political intrigue, a perilous secret is about to be revealed, and the only one who can save the day is Thomas, thief of jewels and hearts.
Exclusive Interview with the Author!
1) What genre have you not yet written but really want to try?
I love historical fiction! I think real history is every bit as fascinating, if not more so, than anything a writer can dream up! Unfortunately, a lot of real historical tales don’t have a happy ending, but that makes them memorable and poignant and human. I’d also love to try writing a children’s book someday—an adventure story, perhaps.
2) What’s the first thing you do when starting a new book, and what’s the first thing you do when you finish a book?
Once the basic idea forms, I do research. Lots of it. The Secret Life of Lady Julia takes place in Vienna, at a Peace Conference to end the Napoleonic Wars—oh, I can see your eyes glazing over, but wait. Every king and queen in Europe was in Vienna, along with every charlatan, courtesan, and thief. There were lavish parties, balls, gossip, and love affairs. Some of the secondary characters in the book are real people (like the wonderful Madam Anna), fascinating enough on their own to deserve a role in a romance novel. There’s lots of plotting, and character name-choosing and character outlines before the first word gets written.
At the end of every book, I cry. Every time I read it, even if it’s my sixth revision. I keep a small sample-size bottle of Writer’s Tears Whiskey on my desk. When the crying’s done, I toast the story and have a wee sip to celebrate.
3) If you weren’t a writer, what job would you love to try?
I am a very lucky person! I wanted to be a photojournalist in my teens, or work in a museum. I had a passion for Russian and English history. I became a writer instead (which lets me use all my loves). To my surprise and delight, my children are now discovering those passions on their own. My son is graduating this spring with a degree in Political Science and Russian—and he hopes to make a career in international photojournalism. My daughter is studying history, and hopes to become a museum curator. I get to live it all vicariously!
4) What fictional character do you have a secret crush on?
Bernard Cornwell’s Richard Sharpe. Yum!
5) Who’s your favorite character in the book, and why?
I always fall in love with my characters as I write them—even the villains (a little). I love the richness and humor that unique secondary characters add to a story.
In The Secret Life of Lady Julia, I love Madam Anna. She’s a minor character, but she’s based on a real life lady-in-waiting to Catherine the Great of Russia. Queen Catherine loved men. Anna Protassoff served as the Queen’s ‘tester’, trying out each man who caught Catherine’s fancy and recommending them for service in the royal bedchamber—or not. I loved imagining the tales Anna might tell!
About the Author:
Lecia Cornwall is the author of five historical romance novels. This award-winning author lives and writes in the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with two grown children, five cats, a crazy chocolate lab, and one very patient husband. On any given day, you might find Lecia volunteering, walking her dog by the beautiful Bow River, or hard at work writing her next book. Visit her online at www.LeciaCornwall.com
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