Rubies from Shana Galen
Posted by Anna Campbell Feb 21 2013, 12:02 am
I’ve got a great treat for you today. Shana Galen is such a popular visitor to the lair and she’s here to tell us about her latest book (out 5th March) IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY.
Here’s the blurb:
HER MYSTERIOUS PAST IS THE BEST REVENGE . . .
Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, is a celebrated courtesan with her finger on the pulse of high society. She’s adored by men, hated by their wives. No one knows anything about her past, and she plans to keep it that way.
ONLY HE CAN OFFER HER A DAZZLING FUTURE . . .
Warrick Fitzhugh will do anything to protect his compatriots in the Foreign Office, including seduce Fallon, who he thinks can lead him to the deadliest crime lord in London. He knows he’s putting his life on the line . To Warrick’s shock, Fallon is not who he thinks she is, and the secrets she’s keeping are exactly what make her his heart’s desire . . .
RT Book Reviews awarded IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY top pick status, and said: The second in Galen’s Jewels of the Ton series is a gem of a read, and Galen is at the top of her game. The suspense builds alongside the passion as her three-dimensional characters are trapped in an adventure-filled labyrinth. Galen is a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre.
If you’d like to know more about Shana and read excerpts from her books, check out her website: http://www.shanagalen.com/
You can follow Shana on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shana.galen2?ref=ts&fref=ts
And on Twitter: @ShanaGalen
Shana, welcome back to the lair! We love it when you visit. I’m so looking forward to IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY, book 2 of the Jewels of the Ton series, which is out on the 5th March. Can you tell us about this story?
Thank you for having me back, Anna! I had a blast on my last visit.
IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY is about Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery. She’s one of The Three Diamonds, a trio of glamorous Regency courtesans. Of the three women, Fallon has the darkest past. There is a reason she has kept it a mystery. And then she meets Warrick Fitzhugh—she actually doesn’t so much meet him as he insinuates himself into her life. He’s the youngest son of an earl and a spy for the Crown. His life is in danger, and he knows Fallon has information that will help him apprehend the man trying to kill him. Fallon isn’t exactly cooperative, so he blackmails her and drags her along on what becomes something of a wild ride.
What were the inspirations behind this book?
The series was inspired by real life courtesan Grace Dalrymple Elliott. She was a courtesan—some say a lover of even the Prince of Wales—who lived in Paris during the Revolution and spied for the English. Fallon’s story was also inspired by Dickens’s OLIVER TWIST. I had Dickens’s Nancy in mind as I wrote Fallon’s character.
Any hints about the third story in the series?
I’m writing SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND right now. It’s about Lily, the Countess of Charm, and Andrew, Earl Darlington. She has always been in love with him, but he has never looked at her twice. Now they’re thrown together in this final instalment, where they must deal with a traitor to the Empire as well as the villainous Lucifer from WHEN YOU GIVE A DUKE A DIAMOND.
What other exciting things have been happening in the world of Shana Galen?
I just turned 40 and got a new car! Ultimate Sportsfan threw me a surprise party with lots of friends and family, and the biggest surprise was a 2013 VW Beetle in the driveway with a big red bow. On top of that, we went to Vegas for the weekend to celebrate. He spent too much at the gambling tables, and I spent too much at the spa.
Happy birthday! Sounds like a great celebration! I’m intrigued to know whether you see any particular trends in historical romance at the moment (apart from luscious, romantic covers!).
I’m seeing more historicals featuring heroes who have tattoos. That’s been an interesting trend to watch. I write a lot of action and adventure, and I’m noticing more authors penning books in that vein. Of course, Joanna Bourne comes to mind, newish author Tracey Devlyn, Jillian Stone, Elizabeth Essex. I’m seeing more pirate books too, which is a trend I certainly embrace.
Ooh, interesting. Do you have a question for the Bandits and Bandita buddies to get the conversation off to a great start?
I’m wondering what trends your readers are noting. Anything I haven’t mentioned? And, readers, do you like reading historicals that deviate from the status quo or do you prefer those that stick to the traditions of the genre?
Thanks, Shana! Get commenting, people. Shana has very generously offered one commenter today a copy of IF YOU GIVE A RAKE A RUBY (international). Good luck!
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