Friday, 26 October 2012

Interview with Miranda Neville + Giveaway

It is my great pleasure to welcome to Ex Libris the wonderful Miranda Neville, who is celebrating the release of The Second Seduction of a Lady, which is the introductory novella to her new historical romance series The Wild Quartet! Join us as I discuss with Miranda this new series of hers, the inspiration behind it and our favourite Mr. Darcy among many other things, and you could even win yourself a copy of The Second Seduction of a Lady! ;-)

Stella: Hi Miranda, welcome to Ex Libris! Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

Miranda: Hi Stella. Thanks for inviting me and asking such excellent questions! I’m an ex-pat Brit living in rural Vermont, exact age and natural hair color a closely guarded secret. I’ve always been a fan of both history and happy endings. Since they in real life they didn’t always go together, writing historical romance is the perfect way to combine my two passions.

Stella: Your latest story, the introductory novella in your new historical romance series, The Second Seduction of a Lady was released last Tuesday, congratulations! Can you tell readers what they can expect of this new series of yours, what is the concept behind The Wild Quartet series?

Miranda: The series title refers to a wild foursome of young men who met at Oxford and quickly got kicked out of school. They raised a fair amount of hell, and as time went by they got into different kinds of trouble and drifted apart. The series deals with them a few years later when they are grown up and have to deal with the consequences of their youthful folly. That sounds preachy, but anyone who has read my books knows that they are light hearted and tolerant of my characters’ flaws. The first book, The Importance of Being Wicked, actually features Caro, the widow of the leader of the group Robert. (Death, the ultimate comeuppance!) I have a great deal of sympathy for the sins of youth and I believe that people who make mistakes are interesting to write about. That said, Caro’s hero Thomas is not at all wild and needs to be loosened up. Despite his far from misspent youth I adore him and he may be my favorite hero yet!

Stella: Can you tell readers what The Second Seduction of a Lady is about?

Miranda: Max and Eleanor fell in love five years ago but she discovered he was wooing her on a bet and broke off the relationship. When they meet again by chance, Max is determined to win her again, forever. With Max in hot pursuit, Eleanor has to take a good look at her own reasons for not forgiving a man she truly loves.

Stella: Could you introduce Eleanor Hardwick and Max Quinton, the heroine and hero of The Second Seduction of a Lady?



Vital statistics: 30 years old, tall, handsome rather than pretty.
Interests: visiting her relatives, especially the children and youth.
Favorite things: common sense, expensive hats.
Best & worst characteristics: loyalty & stubbornness
Greatest fear: losing her independence

Every so often he’d catch a glimpse of a tall, trim figure in a crowd and his heart would leap. But it never was her. The world, it sometimes seemed, was full of well-dressed brunettes. He hadn’t set eyes on Eleanor Hardwick in almost five years. In a crowded street or an assembly, it wasn’t unreasonable to anticipate an encounter. Any such expectation in a Somerset meadow, many miles from either of their homes, was irrational. Still, as always, he had to be sure. Blue cloth flashed among the branches of a willow. His inattention allowed the line to slacken; his trout broke away from the hook. It had been a large one.
One that got away. Just like Eleanor.


Vital statistics: 35 years old, ruggedly handsome in a countrified way.
Occupation: horse breeder, estate manager.
Favorite things: sports, Shakespeare, Eleanor Hardwick.

He was a man comfortable in his own skin. A countryman through and through, he would never be mistaken for a man of fashion. His broadcloth coat in pine green and buff buckskin breeches were plain and only discreetly hinted at his powerful figure. As Eleanor had reason to know, the hints did not deceive. He responded to the sallies of his youthful admirers with sense laced with humor that would charm the birds out of the trees, or a lady out of her virtue.

Stella: How did the idea for the story come to you? Any specific moment/event that sparked the inspiration for it that you could share with us?

Miranda: Max and Eleanor made an appearance in The Importance of Being Wicked. As always with secondary characters, I started wondering about them and how they met. Caro’s youthful marriage to Robert is the back story to the book, so I decided it was entwined with Max and Eleanor’s romance.

Stella: You must have done quite some research for your historical romances, could you share with us one of the most interesting/amazing/weird historical tidbit you discovered?

Miranda: Don’t get me started! I love finding out of the way facts that haven’t already appeared in a dozen Regency romances. They often inspire bits and pieces of my plots. In Confessions from an Arranged Marriage my couple go to Paris for their honeymoon. Reading nineteenth century guides to Paris, I learned that, unlike in London, it was perfectly acceptable for ladies to dine out in restaurants. Then I discovered a slightly seedy cafe occupying a converted theater. I had so much fun setting a scene there, complete with a kissing competition in a theater box.

Stella: Being a historical romance author I bet you love period dramas ;-) Which one is your favourite?

Miranda: You’re right there! My daughter always says no costume drama is too far fetched for me to see! If I have to pick one it would be North and South, for Richard Armitage and The Best Kiss Evah.

Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe in North and South

Stella: Oooh! I SO agree, that series is also my favourite and Richard Armitage's Mr. Thornton definitely replaced Mr. Darcy as my favourite fictional hero :-D

Speaking of period dramas: who IS the real Mr. Darcy? A) Colin Firth, B) Matthew McFadyen, C) Laurence Olivier, D) Orlando Seale, E) Martin Henderson, F) someone else? Who then?

Miranda: A). No one does wet shirt like Mr. Firth.

Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy

Stella: So agree! lol :-D Would you care to summarize The Second Seduction of a Lady or The Wild Quartet series for us Twitter-style (in 140 characters or less)?

Miranda: Max must grovel & accomplish THE SECOND SEDUCTION OF A LADY to win back his true love.

A WILD QUARTET with Oscar Wilde titles know the love of art and the art of love

Stella: What is next on your schedule? Any future plans you’d like to share with us?

Miranda: I’ve almost finished the second WILD QUARTET book. I’m not saying much about it until after The Importance of Being Wicked appears. The hero is one of the wild foursome and the title is AN IDEAL SCOUNDREL. After that, I have two more books to write (the other two guys) then I will likely take to my bed. Seriously, I don’t know. I have various plot bunnies cluttering up my brain but no time to see if they’ll run!

Miranda Neville grew up in England devouring historical novels and romances. She now lives in Vermont where she is hard at work on her seventh full length novel. THE SECOND SEDUCTION OF A LADY is a prequel to THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WICKED, coming November 27th.

She can be found on Facebook and Twitter and on her website. She also blogs regularly at The Ballroom Blog.

The Second Seduction of a Lady by Miranda Neville

Book #0.5 in The Wild Quartet series

Enter the thrilling, sexy world of Georgian England in this splendid Miranda Neville novella—and catch a glimpse of Caro, the heroine of the upcoming The Importance of Being Wicked, on sale December 2012.

Eleanor Hardwick and Max Quinton shared one night of incredible passion . . . that was shattered the next day, when Eleanor learned of a bet placed by Max's friends. Now, five years later, Max still can't get Eleanor out of his head or his heart. He has a single chance to make a second impression—one that will last forever.

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Author Rescue is generously offering an ebook copy of The Second Seduction of a Lady by Miranda Neville (either Kindle or Kobo copy) to a  lucky commenter!

To be entered just leave a comment and tell us: Do you like period dramas? Which one is your favourite? 

The giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 2 November 2012!

Good luck!

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