“The Desperate Debutantes” is a new series about two sisters and a cousin who are society darlings in the early 19th century. But then their mother and aunt dies unexpectedly, and her money goes to the stepfather who is intent on marrying them off to the first person to ask. So the three of them must pull themselves up by their bootstraps and get creative to avoid marrying someone without the social stature they desire.
The first book, The Hazards of Hunting a Duke was fun to write. The idea came to me during the Charles and Camilla nuptials. I wondered what would have happened if Charles had fallen in love with Diana after they married? When her mother dies, Ava, the oldest of Phoebe and Greer, determines she must marry well to keep them in good standing among the ton. But she’s not settling for the first guy that comes along. She has her sights set on a really great catch, Jared Broderick, the Marquis of Middleton and the sole heir to the Duchy of Redford.
As it happens, Jared’s father has been hounding him to marry and provide heirs. Jared is happy to oblige, but the problem is, he can’t abide the woman his father has hand-picked for him. He finally succumbs to the pressure to marry and provide an heir, but chooses Ava because he likes her spunk. They strike a devil’s bargain—her womb for his status. Ava is happy that she has married a man of standing that will allow her to live in the style she adores, but then she goes and falls in love with him... only he doesn’t seem to love her.
The next two books in the series will be about Ava’s sister and cousin and what they do to avoid being married off to some stuffy old lord. The next book, The Prince’s Prisoner, is set in a gloomy old castle in Wales and is about Greer, the cousin.
Tell us, Julia, do you ever read Amazon reviews for your own books? What’s the funniest/most maddening review you’ve read so far?
I don’t as a rule because my skin is just not thick enough, LOL. Some of the reviews are wonderful. Some are funny because you can tell the reviewer did not read the book—the names and events are wrong, and it sounds like they guessed what happens after reading the back cover. Some reviews are mean. It doesn’t happen very often, but I have had readers talk about how stupid my characters or story is, and how they threw it across the room it was so bad. You know, life is too short to search that sort of thing out! I’d rather just live in ignorant bliss like I normally do.
The readers are, of course, entitled to their opinion, but were I an author, I too wouldn’t torture myself reading bad/mean reviews about my books LOL. Speaking of books and bitches who love them, *g* do you stop by The Book Bitches blog often; and if not, WHY aren’t you?
Well, I am now! I didn’t know about you bitches until a week or so ago, and I can’t believe I missed you! I love a good snarkfest. You guys sound like the women at my blog, The Whine Sisters, where all we do is kvetch about celebrities, men, and shopping. Not books so much, because we just have so many things to complain about in front of books.
Trollop and I love dishing about those topics too! Especially male models; we’re a bit obsessed with them, you see (check out our fave Raoul here). *wink* I thank the heavens everyday I was born a girl—you know, we do all have the fun! LOL
Okay, now for the silly question: What do you think Victoria’s secret is?
She’s a fatty.
Personally I think her secret is she’s a transvestite. A fatty transvestite perhaps?
After imagining Arthur grilling something for me a la naked chef, you know, just to remove those horrible VS images from my mind—don’t think I’ll forget that soon!—Julia, Trollop and I want to thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions. But before you go, one last question: What would you like to ask your fans and The Book Bitches readers?
First, let me say thanks so much for inviting me! I loved the interview and I love your site, and I am honored you actually wanted to talk to me.
Here is my question: Which sort of romance do you and your readers like best: the kind that is hero-centric, or is essentially about a guy as opposed to a girl—my “Thrillseeker Anonymous” books are an example—or that kind that is heroine-centric, like the “Desperate Debutantes” series I am starting with Hazards of Hunting a Duke?
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