Friday, 18 November 2016

Interview with Darcy Burke + Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming romance author Darcy Burke to the blog, who is celebrating the release of her latest historical novel The Duke of Deception, book #3 in her Untouchables series! Darcy was kind enough to answer some of my questions, so read on to get to know Aquilla and Edward better and for your chance to win the super prize pack at the end!

Stella: Hi Darcy, welcome to Ex Libris! Could you tell our readers what they can expect of this novel?

Darcy Burke: They can expect a slow burn romance with two characters who are trying to play it safe...but you know what happens when people do that! Readers can also expect some twists and turns—hopefully a few surprises!

Stella: Could you introduce the hero and heroine to us?

Darcy Burke: Aquilla Knox has been a failure on the Marriage Mart despite being beautiful and from a good family (her father is a baronet). She’s a bit of a chatterbox (there are Reasons!), which tends to drive men away—something she doesn’t mind. Edward Bishop, Earl of Sutton, has been looking for a wife for years, but she has to meet his very specific requirements. He harbors a secret that she must be able to keep and support (he IS the Duke of Deception after all). Their love story is full of witty banter and smoldering chemistry. Here are a few snippets!

“Demand? I’m not at all sure I enjoy autocratic gentlemen.”
He looked suddenly terrified. “Do you mean to change my nickname to the Duke of Demanding?”
“You’re joking.” She hadn’t been sure, but the crinkles next to his eyes gave him away.
“Yes, you’re joking. Just for that I’m going to call you the Duke of Disagreeable.”

“I thought men liked vapid women.”
“Not smart men.” His fingertips skimmed the space above her waist. Tingles of awareness danced up her spine. “Not the ones worth having,” he said softly.

“Please, don’t ever stop talking. Except when I’m kissing you.” He pulled her into his arms again and kissed her thoroughly.
She pulled back. “But what if it’s terribly important?”
“What could be more important than kissing?”

Stella: Could you whet our appetites for the story in Twitter-style (in 140 characters or less)?

Darcy Burke: Warning: I am not good at this!

A chatty young lady drives men away until a sexy, charming earl rescues her. Will they find love or will deception keep them apart?

Stella: If the story were made into a movie, who could you picture portraying your characters?

Darcy Burke: I think Evangeline Lilly would make a great Aquilla and Jude Law would be a scrumptious Ned.

Stella: Would you like to share with us your future plans, what shall we be on the lookout next?

Darcy Burke: My next book will be a contemporary, in my series, Ribbon Ridge: Love on the Vine. SO RIGHT will be out in early 2017 and features Luke Westcott, the middle Westcott brother, and librarian Kelsey McDade. Set in small town Ribbon Ridge with the Westcott brother’s new winery as a backdrop, it’s a flirty, friends to lovers story with a bit of suspense thrown in for fun! (The first book in that series, SO GOOD is available now and the entire six-book Ribbon Ridge series is available from Avon Impulse.) After that, it’s back to The Untouchables with Ivy’s story in THE DUKE OF DESIRE, which I’m hoping will be out in March.

Stella: After such a release I think it goes without saying that you must be a period drama fan. So tell us: what is your favourite Jane Austen novel? / Modern Jane Austen movie/TV series adaptation?

Darcy Burke: This is the part where I shamefully admit that the only JA novel I’ve read is Pride and Prejudice. But I want to read Sense and Sensibility (in my spare time) because that’s my favorite movie. Emma Thompson crafted an amazing screenplay. I have a fantastic book by Thompson about the movie – it contains the screenplay and her diaries. So that’s my favorite JA-related book!

Stella:  And your favourite Downton Abbey character?

Darcy Burke: Oh man, this is so hard! The Dowager is the obvious answer, but other than her, Mrs. Hughes, I think.:-)

Stella:  ... favourite British tradition?

Darcy Burke: I don’t know that I have one, but my mother was born in England and my grandparents were exceedingly British, so I grew up doing a lot of British things (or certainly eating the foods anyway). I am the proud owner of my grandmother’s various Royals collectibles, including a commemorative book from Elizabeth II’s coronation and a variety of dishware celebrating everything from her coronation to Fergie and Andrew’s wedding. I love it all!

Stella: Did you discover anything interesting/funny/weird during your research for the novel?

Darcy Burke: The research into Bedlam and the care of the insane was interesting. It’s a bit difficult to write about something when we know so much more about it (in this case, schizophrenia) today than they did then. 

Stella: Anything else you’d like to add? What can we be on the lookout for from you in the future?

Darcy Burke: Thanks so much for having me today! I’m really enjoying telling these stories of these intrepid wallflowers and the untouchable noblemen they bring to their knees. I’d planned at least one more in this series (THE DUKE OF DESIRE), but I have an idea to set up three more books in THE DUKE OF DESIRE, so stay tuned!

Book #3 in the Untouchables series

After five years on the Marriage Mart, Miss Aquilla Knox is ready for spinsterhood until a benefactress steps in to help her secure a husband. Only Aquilla doesn’t actually want to marry—her failure is entirely on purpose. When the earl she’s nicknamed the Duke of Deception sets his sights on her, she refuses to be drawn in by her attraction to him. If there’s one thing she knows it’s that a gentleman is never what he seems.

Edward Bishop, Earl of Sutton, has a reputation for courting young misses and dropping them without a second thought. This has earned him a reputation for deceit, a description he can’t refute because he does in fact, harbor secrets and will do anything—deceive anyone—to ensure they don’t come to light. As he comes to know the charming Miss Knox, his resolve is tested. However, trust comes at a price and Ned won’t pay with his heart.

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About the author

Darcy Burke is the USA Today Bestselling Author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and three Bengal cats. 

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Giveaway for a Duke of Deception Prize Pack filled with the following:

o Jane Austen jigsaw puzzle
o Jane Austen inspired candle
o Pride & Prejudice board book
o Bath salts from author Wendy LaCapra
o Darcy Burke trading cards, bookmark, and cleaning cloth

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