>Emma Wildes and I first met at Lori Foster’s Author/Reader event in 2007 (correct me if I’m wrong on the date, Em). We had dinner in a Mexican resturant with a waiter that I embarrassed the hell out of, or was it the other way around?! LOL We’ve been fast friends since then, chatting on the phone or email as we commiserate about the trials and tribulations of the publishing business. I also happen to LOVE her writing (and I’m SUPER ENVIOUS of her incredible covers!), so please welcome my good friend Emma for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.
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Monica, thanks so much for inviting me! I’m delighted to be here, and Pleasure Me is on my to-read list. I loved Kismet and Mirage, so naturally, I can’t wait.
In the Notorious Bachelors series I thought it was delighted, wicked fun to bring three gentlemen to their knees by introducing them to their heroines and letting the games begin. Of course, as usual, they didn’t quite cooperate as I expected, throwing me curve balls during the entire process (which made it even more entertaining, and as I said, it was fun already). Alex (My Lord Scandal) did as he was told and fell in love at first sight, but with the wrong woman! Luke (Our Wicked Mistake) was resistant and it took an exceptional lady to bring him around, and Michael (His Sinful Secret)…well, let’s just say a former spy who is embroiled in an old vendetta with a deadly enemy is much too distracted to pay attention to his brand new bride, especially since he wasn’t all that interested in marrying her in the first place. Luckily, Julianne was resourceful enough to get his attention. Text
My Lord Scandal
Alexander St. James may be a thief of hearts, but he is no burglar. Nevertheless, he must recover an item belonging to his family to avoid a scandal, and so he has stolen into the home of Lord Hathaway, not expecting to come upon the beguiling Lady Amelia in her bedroom, wearing nothing but a lacy chemise…
From their first meeting, Alexander leaves Amelia breathless—but is it from fear or excitement? Captivated by her beauty and charmed by her intellect, he ignores the scandalous whispers as he sets out to seduce the woman of his dreams…
So, once His Sinful Secret was done and my notorious bachelors no longer bedeviling my life, my mind started to wander in a different direction. Hmm, in a society where a young woman was expected to marry by a certain age, what about the ones who didn’t? Not because they couldn’t have, mind you, but out of choice because they refused—for varying reasons—to not settle for less than true love. It appealed to the romantic in me to write their stories, and so the Ladies in Waiting series was born…
One Whisper Away will be out May 3rd, and I have to admit that Lady Cecily Francis chose just about the least conventional hero ever (what was she thinking?). Jonathan Bourne can’t wait to leave England to return to America, he has no desire at all to join British society except to quickly marry off his sisters. To make it all worse, he’s part Iroquois, and though most of the ton thinks his dark, dramatic coloring is barbaric and have dubbed him Earl Savage, she finds him quite deliciously attractive. As she has a very good reason to avoid her looming engagement to a respectable viscount, she decides it isn’t prudent to wait a moment longer…
Then came Twice Fallen, book two. Yes, yes, this one is a long time coming, but for all the wonderful fans that wrote and asked about Damien Northfield’s story (Lessons From a Scarlet Lady) I am happy to say, here it is! (Jan 2012). Lady Lillian is Jonathan Bourne’s younger sister, and if it isn’t bad enough to have such a controversial half-brother in charge of her life, she also has looming over her a four-year old scandal that blackened her name to the point she withdrew from society altogether. Enter the ever-clever Lord Damien, who has been through hell and back in the war and finds the whispers of gossip a superficial bore, but the lovely Lily quite fascinating. He has absolutely no doubt there is more to her past disgrace than meets the eye, and after all, his specialty is unearthing secrets. She isn’t saying a word in her own defense and it puzzles him, so a battle of wits ensues…who will win?
Is it any wonder I love what I do?
What do you find most compelling about characters, their strengths, or their weaknesses? Do you love a heroine because she’s gutsy, or because she can’t abide spiders even though she will walk down a darkened alley? Does the hero get to you because he’s decisive and fast-thinking, or because he has a well-concealed sentimental streak a mile long and adores his grandmother?
Sum of the parts, I know, but I am WAY curious to know which way the wind blows hardest.
Can’t wait to see the answers!
from Emma’s Notorious Bachelor’s series
My Lord Scandal, Our Wicked Mistake, or His Sinful Secret
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Emma has been an Eppie finalist eight times, won the 2007 Eppie for best erotic historical, was a 2009 RT Reviewer’s Choice nominee, won the 2010 Gayle Wilson Award for Excellence, the 2010 Passionate Plume for best historical, has received three gold stars from JERR, a perfect 10 from Romance Reviews Today, and a starred review and Pick of the Week from Publisher’s Weekly.
She lives on a lovely lake in rural Indiana with her hubby, three children (all in college at the same time!) who pop in and out on breaks and holidays, and a temperamental cat named Mr. Poot who closely supervises her writing. She loves to hear from readers