If you’ve stopped by the website contest this month, you know what a fan I am of Shana Galen‘s historical romances. Her books are a delicious blend of adventure, passion, humor, and–of course–romance. On March 5, Shana will release IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY, the second in her Jewels of the Ton trilogy. It’s been earning great reviews, with both RT Book Reviews and Night Owl Reviews naming it a Top Pick!
While I wait impatiently for her new book’s release, I asked Shana if she’d be willing to join me for an interview about her work. Delightful lady that she is, she agreed–and even offered an international giveaway! One commenter on this post will win a signed copy of IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY. Stick around to learn more about Shana’s new book and get all the giveaway details.
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Shana, thanks so much for joining me!
Hi Theresa! Thanks so much for having me today.
You’re known for lacing your romances with mystery and adventure. What drew you to start writing that kind of story?
It was a gradual process. I didn’t start out to write that sort of book, but I would get bored as I was writing more traditional Regency scenes in drawing rooms and at Almack’s. I’d want some excitement and would end up having my characters kidnapped or running from pistol-wielding thugs. Finally, I stopped fighting that aspect of my books and embraced the fast-paced adventurous aspect.
IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY is the second book in your Jewels of the Ton series. The first, WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND, introduced a mystery element along with its delicious romance. How much did you have to plan out the continuing plot threads, and how much did each book’s plot grow on its own?
I don’t plan much at all. In fact, it was my editor who challenged me to think of a more interesting plot twist in When You Give a Duke a Diamond. Initially, the diamonds really were diamonds. But once I expanded that mystery, the other parts of the series plot sort of fell into place. And, still, everything except the most general aspects of the overarching mystery grew out of the writing of the story.
The hero and heroine of RUBY—Warrick and Fallon—both deal in secrets for a living, but in very different ways. How did you turn a patriot and a courtesan into the perfect matches for one another?
Very carefully—almost more carefully than turning a duke and a courtesan into perfect matches! Fallon and Warrick are secretive because they’re damaged and because the truth of what they hide is dangerous. Because they have both been through traumas, they understand one another in ways others couldn’t. But that doesn’t make falling in love easy. They have to learn to trust one another and realize they need one another.
What was your favorite part of the book to write—or what scene most made you want to tear out your hair?
I liked the very first scene with Fallon and one of her admirers. She kicks his butt, and that is always so much fun for me to write. I knew I would write that scene long before I knew anything else about the book.
The heroines of your Jewels of the Ton series are known as The Three Diamonds: fascinating women with mysterious (and surprising!) pasts. In honor of the Three Diamonds, will you share something mysterious or surprising about yourself?
Oh, I have lots of secrets! One is a secret project you may have read and not even known I was the one who wrote it! That’s all I can say…
Intriguing! All right…what projects are coming up next for you?
In September, the next book in what has become my Lord and Lady Spy series will be out. It’s titled True Spies and continues the story of Sophia and Adrian from Lord and Lady Spy, as well as introducing a new couple who must fight to save the Barbican group from the man bent on destroying it and England with it.
Sounds wonderful. Shana, thank you for being here today!
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Readers, it’s your turn to answer a question. Giving a rake a ruby worked for Warrick and Fallon; now we want to hear about your gifts! Please leave a comment telling about the best or most surprising gift you ever got–or the gift you most wish you would get! One random commenter will win a signed copy of IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY.
This giveaway is open internationally and will remain open until noon ET on February 26, 2013. The winner’s name will be posted in the comments; the winner will be contacted using the email address submitted with the comment.
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About Shana: Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ShanaGalen) and Twitter (@shanagalen).
You can also download Shana’s author app for Android or Apple and check out her blog posts with the Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills. And if you haven’t entered this month’s contest yet, stop on by–Shana’s giving away copies of WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND and LORD AND LADY SPY to one winner, open internationally!