Hi Readers! Tammie King here along with author Grace Burrowes. Grace is here to answer some questions. Thanks for joining us Grace.
What inspired your True Gentlemen series?
In the course of writing several other books, I’ve come across a few characters who really, truly deserved a happily ever after, but their stories couldn’t be compressed into a subplot. These fellows qualified as “secondary heroes,” without whose selflessness and honor, the main characters would never have found their happily ever afters. For my peace mind—and I expect for my readers’ too—Tremaine, Daniel, and Will had to have their stories told. Had to. Simple as that.
Title: Daniel’s True Desire
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
An honorable life
Daniel Banks is a man of the cloth whose vocation is the last comfort he has left-and even his churchman's collar is beginning to feel like a noose. At the urging of family, Daniel attempts to start his life over as vicar in the sleepy Kentish town of Haddondale, family seat to the earls of Bellefonte.
Challenged by passion
Lady Kirsten Haddonfield has resigned herself to a life of spinsterhood. Then the handsome new village vicar, Reverend Daniel Banks, becomes a guest of the Haddonfield family while the vicarage is being renovated, and Kirsten finds herself rethinking her position. Lady Kirsten does not know that Daniel's past is about to cast a shadow on love's future.
What can readers expect from this series with book 2?
Daniel Banks isn’t just a good guy, he’s nearly a saint. He’s a vicar who risked his standing in the community to take in a relative’s child, and his wife used that situation to create all manner of mischief. He’s been betrayed by the woman he’s bound to for life, and his clerical profession is all that’s left to him. As an author, I painted Daniel (and myself!) into a very bleak corner indeed. Getting him out of the corner took a pack of mischievous boys, a very determined Lady Kirsten Haddonfield, a herd of shaggy ponies, the occasional classroom toad, and maybe even some divine providence. The story is as warm-hearted as any I’ve written, because Daniel is that deserving of the love and laughter.
What is one interesting historical item that you've come across in your research?
The MOST interesting historical item would be a spoiler, so… Jane Austen had a brother she barely knew, and saw virtually never. He was probably what we would call “special needs,” and though Jane’s father was a vicar, her family was quite large. This brother was sent off to live with another vicar’s family, which was apparently not unusual. The local pastor was expected to take in strays, and even have boys living in as they were tutored in anticipation of attending public (boarding) school.
Have you ever had one of your book cover gowns made into a real dress for yourself?
The gorgeous, scrumptious, delectable covers for this series were done by Jon Paul Ferrara, and from what I understand, he has a period-specific dressmaker creating all of the lovely gowns we see in his work. Each one is handmade to his description and fitted for his models, who are also chosen on a cover-by-cover basis. I don’t own any period-accurate ensembles yet, but I certainly know where I’ll look first for design concepts!
What makes the Regency period so enthralling for romance authors?
I could write volumes about this, about how the entire Romance genre has a Regency taproot thanks to Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and some of the earliest romance authors. I grew up reading Regencies, and so I’m likely to gravitate to them naturally as a writer. Then too, there are some brilliant authors who can only be found in or near the Regency—Loretta Chase, Mary Balogh, Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, Julie Anne Long, Joanna Bourne. With inspiration like that, the Regency positively sparkles as a romance destination!
Thanks so much for joining us Grace.
Grace Burrowes: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.