Susan Sey & Christina Brooke Release Day

Christina Brooke: Hi All! Yes, Susan and I are twins! Or at least our books are. Today is the release date of both my A DUCHESS TO REMEMBER and Susan’s KISS THE GIRL. So it’s double the fun in the lair.

Susan Sey:  I’m so excited to have a debut day twin!  I loved The Sullivan Twins and Sweet Valley High when I was a pre-teen reader, & desperately wanted a twin.  I also desperately wanted to attend boarding school, though my parents laughed out loud when I mentioned it.   My sisters were very supportive of the boarding school idea, but had no interest in dealing with two of me.  So neither dream came true.  Not until today, anyway, when Christina graciously agreed to be my twin for the day.  Yay!  

CB: LOL the closest I’ve come to being a twin was having two boys at my school who were born on the same day as I was. I used to call them my blood brothers, which makes absolutely no sense, but there you go!

SS:  I find it’s best not to spend too much time worrying about making sense.  That’s what revisions are for.  

CB:  Today we thought we’d chat a little about our sources of inspiration. That old ‘Where do you get your ideas?’ question is so difficult to answer most of the time.

 SS:  Usually it is.  But this time I actually have an answer.  I wrote KISS THE GIRL several years ago, back when Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie had their first biological child.  Remember that?  They named her Shiloh Nouvel, which I was astonished to learn translates roughly to New Messiah.  And I thought to myself–if you can believe this–“That poor kid.”  

Really.  That was my first thought.  Because think about it.  The poor girl is the product of the universe’s most perfect gene pool in terms of talent, beauty and philanthropy, and heir to an eye-popping fortune to boot.  The world already expects her to grow into an insanely beautiful young woman, talented beyond description and rich beyond imagination.  So what did her parents do?  They named her New Messiah.  That’s right.  As if the pressure on her wasn’t crushing enough already.  Let’s throw in saving the world, too.  Because, hey, we’re amazing.  She’d better be us times infinity. 

So I got to wondering just who this child would grow up to be.  Who could she grow up to be under those circumstances. And suddenly, I had Nixie kicking around my imagination.  Phoenix Kasmira Leighton-Brace to be specific.  (Translation:  To Rise Up From the Ashes and Command Peace.  Of course.)    And here’s where Nixie’s story begins:

Nixie Leighton-Brace is ready to quit the family business. It’s not the work–she loves building hospitals, schools and orphanages for her family’s humanitarian organization. But when her movie-star mother steals Nixie’s boyfriend to generate publicity for their latest cause, Nixie snaps. She quits her job, walks away from her family, and boards a plane to the one place on earth she’s never been. Home.

Dr. Erik Larsen likes to keep his private life private, a word he doubts crazy-famous Nixie Leighton-Brace even knows. Fundraising, though? She’s got that one nailed, and Erik’s free health clinic is barely keeping the lights on. So when Nixie walks in and asks for a job, he gives her one. But he’ll be damned if he hands over his heart along with it.

Loving America’s princess is no easy task. Neither is being America’s princess, and both Nixie and Erik struggle to balance the scars of the past against the demands of their hearts. But with some courage, a little luck and a lot of love, they might just find their way home. Together.

 I had the best time imagining a life for my crazy-famous second generation do-gooder, & coming up with her perfect match.  I hope you’ll check her out, & let me know what you think!  You can read an excerpt on my website, or pick it up at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  I hope to have a print version available soon but for now it’s in e-format only.

CB: I am so looking forward to KISS THE GIRL!!! I’m such a huge fan of Susan’s work. Isn’t that cover amazing?

SS:  Speaking of awesome covers.  Wow!  Yours is gorgeous!

CB:  For A DUCHESS TO REMEMBER, I already knew my heroine, Lady Cecily Westruther, who had appeared in the previous Ministry of Marriage books, HEIRESS IN LOVE and MAD ABOUT THE EARL.

Here’s the blurb for DUCHESS:

Lady Cecily Westruther is nothing if not practical. By agreeing to marry an older duke who already has an heir and a mistress, she can assume a wifely role—without the wifely duties. Only one thing stands in her way—a  letter that could destroy her betrothal. Desperate to retrieve that letter, Cecily must match wits with the most dangerously seductive man she’s ever known…

Disguised as a footman, Cecily gains entry to her adversary’s house—only to be unmasked byLondon’s most powerful man. Rand, Duke of Ashburn, is accustomed to getting any woman he wants—and he wants Cecily. He will stop at nothing, including seduction, to make her his. But Rand holds a secret more shocking and destructive than that letter could ever be…

Cecily can only be described as precocious–she marauds about London in men’s clothing, matches wits with the Duke of Montford, her haughty guardian, and has no intention of doing anything as silly as falling in love with her own husband. Cecily has an independent mind and a lot of restless energy with relatively few opportunities to use either. In short, she’s a powder keg, ready to explode.

Her character reminded me very much of the Mitford Sisters. I’ve mentioned them before on this blog, but just in case you don’t know them, the Mitfords were daughters of Lord Redesdale. They led extraordinary lives, and all were transformed by living through World War II. One sister became wife to the head of the British fascist party, one became a communist and ran away from home to Spain where the communists were fighting the fascists.

Nancy, who wrote LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE among other works, became the lover of Charles de Gaulle’s second in command. Deborah married the man who became Duke of Devonshire and is largely responsible for Chatsworth’s burgeoning success as a commercial enterprise today. Yet another sister was an accolite of Hitler (possibly his mistress) and shot herself in the head when she heard the allies had won the war.

All of these women were refused any kind of formal education. When reading about their upbringing, you sense the utter frustration they felt at the role society assigned them as females. It is easy to see how such an upbringing could produce rebels, brilliant successes and terrible tragedies. But one thing is certain, the Mitford sisters did not do things by halves. Nor does Lady Cecily Westruther.

Of course, unlike the case for many of the Mitford sisters, Cecily gets her happily ever after at the end. So my task was to find the perfect hero for her.

For Cecily, I needed a man confident and secure enough in his own abilities that he felt challenged and enlivened by her, not threatened. The Duke of Ashburn is the only man who can throw Cecily off balance enough for her to topple into love. I’ve included a little visual inspiration here–Ashburn’s physical characteristics came from a few sources–Matthew Goode, Michael Fassbender, the model in the Armani code ad.. *G* Maybe if you look closely you can identify some other characters from the series.  

So tell us, dear BBs, do you have anyone you consider a twin (who actually isn’t a blood relation at all?) How do you think you’d cope with having famous, perfect parents? And who are your favourite smart (or smart-mouthed) heroines in romance?

Christina will give away a full set of her Ministry of Marriage series (HEIRESS IN LOVE, MAD ABOUT THE EARL & A DUCHESS TO REMEMBER) to one lucky commenter.  And Susan will toss in an e-copy (Kindle or Nook format) of KISS THE GIRL to an equally lucky–but different–commenter.  So don’t be shy!  Let’s hear from you!

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  • Nancy Northcott says:

    Susan and Christina, whoo-hoo! Congratulations on your fabbo new releases. I can’t wait to read them.

    Thanks to the Bobbseys, I wanted a twin. Preferably one like Bert Bobbsey, but if you don’t acquire a twin at birth, the odds are against you. My mom was a twin, so I had hopes of producing twins, but that didn’t happen, either.

    Eilis Flynn and I joked about being twins at one point because we had so much in common.

    I wouldn’t like to have had famous parents.

    My favorite smart mouth heroine is Meg from Northern Lights. My favorite Nora heroine, though, is Rowan from Chasing Fire. She’s smart and gutsy and strong.

    Congrats again, and what a fun post!

    • Jane says:

      Congrats on the GR, Nancy.

    • Helen says:

      Have fun with the GR Nancy

      Helen

    • Thanks so much for the congrats, Nancy. And congrats yourself on the Golden One! Don’t you love Susan’s cover?

      ” if you don’t acquire a twin at birth, the odds are against you”

      –this quote reminds me of one of the reasons I adore you! That dry wit…I’m going to miss our traditional time together this July!

      Very few people do the smart-mouthed heroine as well as Nora, do they? I love Eve Dallas, myself.

      • Nancy Northcott says:

        Thanks, Christina. 🙂

        I’ll miss the get-together, too. I hate not going, but the cost of the flight, alone, was such that I just couldn’t see it. I think the bandit population will be low this year.

        My copy of Duchess will be here Thursday, and I’m so looking forward to that and Smoov’s KTG.

        • Nancy, my only consolation is that at least neither of us could go to conference this year! I won’t be there either:(

          Thank you for buying my book! You’re a treasure.

          • Nancy Northcott says:

            That’s some consolation to me, too.

            Of course I bought the book, as I expect it to be fabbo, yours and Smoov’s! And yes, I do love her cover.

    • Anna Sugden says:

      I agree with you, Nancy – Rowan is an awesome mouthy heroine!

    • Susan Sey says:

      Hey, Nancy–

      I’m with Christina on this one. When you said, “If you don’t acquire a twin at birth, the odds are against you” I laughed out loud. I can’t wait for you to hit the shelves because I have a feeling it’s going to make for some really good, fun reading.

      And I know we’ve talked about this, but I too loved Rowan from Chasing Fire. That was just such a great book, with amazing camaraderie and a band-of-brothers feel. I won’t tell you how many times in a row I read it….

      • Nancy Northcott says:

        Thanks, Susan! I appreciate that. I downloaded Kiss the Girl today, for reading when I leave the cave. 🙂

      • I haven’t read Chasing Fire. Must see if I can get it on audiobook. Love Nora’s books but that one slipped past me.

        • Nancy Northcott says:

          You haven’t read Chasing Fire?! Aaack! You must. Duchesse and Smoov and I _all_ love it!

    • Nancy Northcott says:

      Thanks, everyone. I posted my comment and toddled off to bed without realizing the GR was coming. We had a rude awakening when he leaned on the doorbell at 2 am.

      Then he strutted in, grousing about inconvenience and waiting on the porch and rude hosts and demanding chocolate. Until Her Majesty growled at him. I think he visits so many homes, he forgets which menacing pets live where. If he sees her as rude, he knows better than to say so. *g*

      He’s upstairs watching old Dr. Who episodes with the boy while Herself keeps a beady eye on him. Then she’ll take him outside to weed the petunias.

      I’m glad to have her and the boy in charge, as I’m in the deadline cave!

  • Jane says:

    Happy Release Day, Christina and Susan. Can’t think of anyone who isn’t related to me as a twin. I think the person most like me is my guy cousin. Our personalities and tastes are quite similar. It would seem that having famous parents is a great thing, but I also know they might not be around as much do to work and there’s also a lot of pressure.

    • Jane, how lovely to have a guy cousin so similar to you in tastes etc. I always wanted cousins but both parents are only children.
      Thanks for the happies!

    • Susan Sey says:

      Thanks for the good wishes, Jane! And your “twin” cousin sounds wonderful. I didn’t have many cousins growing up but I had three sisters. You’d think with so many to choose from I’d have found at least some twin qualities. But people who’ve met all of us sisters are always astonished at how incredibly different we all are. Until you see us smile/laugh, you’d have no idea we belonged in the same family tree.

  • Helen says:

    Whoohoo Christina and Susan

    WOW twin releases this is great news and I can’t wait to read both of these books love your stories both of you.

    I don’t think that I ever wanted to be a twin when I was growing up LOL I was close enough in age to my 3 sisters although we all have different personalities we were close then and still are now. As for having rich and famouse parents that was a dream of mine just so as I could get to travel a bit more and perhaps have more things that I wanted LOL although I never had anyone persific in mind as long as they were rich and famous would have done me so fickell when I was a child LOL. As an adult though I am sure it would not have been fun with cameras and people trying to film you all the time just being a child would be hard.

    As for smart (or smart mouthed heroines) some of Victoria Alexander’s heroines are extremely good at this and I love them all and of course and Rosamund in Mad about The Earl was one smart cookie as well and I think that Lady Cecily will overtake her can’t wait to read this one and yours as well Susan, I am so excited for you both congrats on the double release Ladies

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Thanks so much for the lovely words about MATE and Cecily, Helen! Hope you enjoy Duchess.

      Wow, THREE sisters. No wonder you weren’t hankering for a twin:) Yes, when you’re a child, fame doesn’t seem to have any down side, does it? LOL To be honest, I’m not terribly sympathetic toward stars who complain about their lack of privacy when you hear that most of them are constantly feeding stories about themselves to the press.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Helen, you’re one of three girls as well? Hey, WE could be twins! Where do you fall in the line up? I’m #3…far enough back to be crowded but not the baby so no chance of getting spoiled. 🙂

      As for famous parents, yeah, I’ll admit I would have been in it purely for the travel & getting more of the things my heart yearned for. But the constant paparazzi thing would have been a bummer.

      And like Christina, I don’t feel sorry for the stars themselves. Especially as they tend to feed the fame themselves. But I do feel sorry for their poor kids, who never asked for the attention & have very little chance at growing up normally unless their parents grab the reins & remove them from Hollywood.

      • Helen says:

        Susan

        I am the eldest of 4 girls and there is only 5 years and 10 days between me and the youngest so we are very close LOL.

        I downloaded your book yesterday can’t wait to read it

        Have Fun
        Helen

  • Wow, a double launch? I don’t think my liver can cope. No wonder Paolo is looking hunted! Congratulations, Susan and Christina, on your new books. They both sound fantastic. Christina, as you know, I’ve been dying to read Cecily’s story ever since your first Ministry of Marriage book, the RITA nominated HEIRESS IN LOVE. I can’t wait to see who you’ve paired her up with.

    • Thanks so much for saying that about HIL, Anna. This one went down to the wire, didn’t it? But I’ll be sure to send you a copy when I get it. My author copies are a little late this time!

      • Oh, how you torture me, you wicked woman! Here I am suffering and you know a copy of A DUCHESS TO REMEMBER would cure me immediately! And yet you stand beside me and scoff at my misery!

        • Snorking at all this talk of misery! I’ll see you one novella and raise you… An apple crumble, missy!

          • Susan Sey says:

            Wait, there’s apple crumble? Why did nobody mention the apple crumble?? Is there vanilla ice cream for the top? Because if there is, I’m skipping breakfast & going to wherever this alleged apple crumble is.

          • There’s ALWAYS vanilla ice cream for the top. I’m off to Anna’s house on the weekend and one of the many treats she often serves in winter is a beautiful apple crumble. Delish! Only, perhaps that was a bit too broad a hint? Hmmm. My mother would be appalled at my manners!

          • Hmm, you know if you were visiting this weekend and I was cooking, I might just make you an apple crumble. What’s that? YOU ARE??!!!! To the kitchen I go, lickety spit. No, no licking and spitting going on. I run a hygienic ship!

          • I would hang my head in shame but, you know, there’s not much I wouldn’t do for apple crumble…

            I’m going to regret saying that, aren’t I?

          • Nancy Northcott says:

            None of you have (has?) ever made apple crumble for ME, I notice! I like apple crumble.

            Um, excuse me a second.

            No, Rooster, no one here has any apple crumble!

            To resume, I like apple crumble, and I’m not picky about the ice cream. 🙂

            Just sayin’…

      • Susan, if you’re passing swing by! Plenty of vanilla ice-cream.

        Christina, your mother has just been in touch to say she’s APPALLED!!!! 😉

  • Mary Preston says:

    I have too many quirks to have a faux twin. I’m not really like any of my sisters either & I have 5 of them.

    If I had famous, perfect parents I can see myself rebelling. BIG TIME!! Just to relieve the pressure.

    I don’t know that I have an absolute favourite when it comes to a witty heroine. I appreciate smart & smart-mouthed. Got to keep those heroes on their toes.

    • Oh, absolutely, Mary! I so agree about keeping those heroes on their toes. FIVE sisters!!! Oh, my goodness, I cannot imagine having one sister, much less five.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh my. FIVE sisters? That throws my three in the shade! How ever did you survive? Where do you fall in the lineup?

      I love a good smart-alecky heroine, too. For my money, Susan Elizabeth Phillips & Jenny Crusie write some of the best smart-mouthery around.

  • Maureen says:

    Congratulations on new releases! They are such different stories but both heroines sound like they are strong minded. When I was a kid I did think it would be great to have a twin and when my daughter was young she would pretend that her brother was her twin even though he is two years younger than her. My husband and I still remember her saying, “Let’s sit as twins” which meant that they sat side by side exactly the same way.

    • Thanks, Maureen! There’s something about the special bond twins share, isn’t there? We had twins in our year at school and they used to do fun things like swap classes to see if the teacher noticed the difference. I envied them then but now I realize it wasn’t all plain sailing!

    • Susan Sey says:

      “Let’s sit as twins.” That’s adorable! How long did her brother play along? I remember distinctly when my little sister (three years younger) threw off my gentle tyranny when it came to playing pretend. It was a dark day indeed.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Yay! Two more fabulous Bandita books – can’t wait to get them!

    LOL Susan – as one who survived boarding school, I can tell you it’s not all it’s cracked up to be in those Mallory Towers books!

    My BFF and I are often told we’re like twins, but not because we look alike – she’s a tall, slim, blonde with blue eyes and a pale English complexion! Yet people always confuse us because we think alike and seem to be on the same wavelength.

    I love smart-mouthed heroines – our Beth and Tawny do excellent ones as well. Plus my dear friend Kathleen Long – Bernie in Chasing Rainbows is a favourite! And, I agree with all those who love Nora’s heroines.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Ah, but twinship runs so much deeper than the skin, doesn’t it? I can totally see how BFFs can turn into twins after a while.

      I wouldn’t say I have a ‘spirit twin’ exactly, but I do have one particular friend who, when I call her up bursting with laughter to say, “You’ll never in a million, billion, bajillion years guess who rang my doorbell out of the blue today!” can totally guess right. And it doesn’t even take her three tries.

      I think that counts.

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    No one that I would consider a twin and I don’t think the world could handle two of me anyway. I don’t think I would have handled the rich and famous part well either, the rich yes, famous, not so much.

    I think twins are really cool, I work with two women that have twins and though I haven’t met the other halves they are apparently identical. I have noticed that neither one calls their twins by name, they just say “my twin”.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Maybe the world couldn’t handle two of you, but we in the lair will take as much of you as we can get! And I’m with you on the rich and famous thing. Rich, I’d take. Famous? Not so much.

      And that’s interesting about the “my twin” thing! There’s such a special bond between twins. I’d love to read more of the research on how that whole deal works.

      • WIth all this talk of twins I think we’re going to have to write some! LOL on the world not handling two of you, Dianna!

        As for fame, that’s one of the things I love about being a writer. You have to be JK Rowling for anyone to give a damn about your personal life or recognize you in the street. You can have fame without the disadvantages.

  • Aline Tobing says:

    Congrats Susan & Christina! Hope for the best to both of you and your books 🙂

    I don’t think I have a twin who isn’t blood related. I have a cousin whom everybody said is my twin, though 😀

    Well, I don’t think I want famous, perfect parents. That would be awful! I love my parents with all their flaws and quirkiness 🙂 I mean yeah, they could be annoying sometimes (believe me!) but for me, they’re the best!

    Hmm.. my fave smart-mouthed heroine? That’s a tough one! But I think I have to go with Annabelle Granger from SEP’s Match Me If You Can 🙂

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, Annabelle. I loved her! SEP is the queen of warm-hearted snark as far as I’m concerned. Have you read her latest yet? The title is escaping me, but it’s Lucy’s book. Talk about the child of famous parents! Her mom was the president! I can’t wait to get my hands on that one!

      • Aline Tobing says:

        Oh, you mean The Great Escape? Yeah, I’m looking forward to read it too! Curious about what happened to Lucy. I hope it’ll be an enjoyable one. You know, I don’t really enjoy Call Me Irresistible. I kinda hate Ted and really want to smack him in the head for being a total jerk!

    • Aline, I think Annabelle is probably my favourite contemporary romance heroine ever. I love that she’s whippy with the comebacks but so full of generosity and kindness. SEP got the mix exactly right with her. Looking forward to Lucy’s story too, Susan!

  • Barb says:

    Congratulations on your book releases Christina and Susan… can’t wait to read them

    I think I would be twin to one of the Mothers chaperoning there daughter LOL…. I actually have a twin … a brother who is half an hour younger than me …. he likes telling people that I am his older sister…..

    • Susan Sey says:

      “…he likes telling people that I am his older sister…” Ah, brothers. They do love that sort of thing, don’t they? 🙂

      Do you think the twin thing would have been different had your sib been a girl? I’ve always wondered how the gender thing affects the twin bond.

    • Yep, brothers are something, aren’t they? Actually I think it would be coolest to have a boy twin. THink of all the friends he’d bring home. You’d never be short of a date for a formal or prom.

  • Sharyn L says:

    Congrats on your release day! I had a best friend growing up that was like a twin to me. We would always finish each others sentences and would know what the other was thinking about.

    I’ve never wanted to be famous so probably wouldn’t want famous parents either.

    I’ve always liked Elizabeth Bennett as a strong heroine. I mean, she turns down Mr. Darcy to his face!

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, Elizabeth is magnificent in that scene, isn’t she? Truly wonderful. I think that’s when the real love story starts, don’t you? When Mr. Darcy is forced to see that Elizabeth is no ordinary woman? [big happy sigh]

      And I have no desire to be famous either. I think it would be a pure misery, so it’s fascinating to me how many people pursue it with such singleminded determination.

    • Ah, Lizzie! She really is the quintessential Regency heroine, isn’t she?

      Lovely that you were so close with your friend, Sharyn. THat sounds like a special relationship.

  • Mozette says:

    Strangely enough, when I was working my first job at a big insurance company here in Queensland, I found that my boss kept me there for a few different, personal reasons.

    I was a dead ringer for his daughter. I’m 5ft, have long red hair, am Epileptic, bite my nails and have more or less the same kind of personality.

    It was uncanny. He actually found it very difficult to interview me and became extremely nervous when I sat across the desk from him… and you should have seen him when it came to making me redundant…. he was even worse! 🙁 I felt really sorry for him; and tried to make it easier for him by getting him to close it eyes and use imagery instead of looking at me. It broke his heart to let me go and he wasn’t there on my last day either.

    I do know his daughter is still around and I sometimes have people mistaken me for her; but they don’t say her name… they catch up with me, really look closely then shake their heads telling me it’s really uncanny… then walk away. I know who they’re talking about but don’t say anything.
    His family live over at Redland Bay; and they’re still there. 😀

    Otherwise, I look like my Great-Great Aunty Crooks. If I plait my hair in braids and pin it around my head and wear a bonnet and an outfit with a buttoned-up shirt to my neck, then hold a basket with my thumbs straight (which is something I habitually do sometimes without realising I do), I look like her. It’s really weird.

    And my brother looks like our Great-Great Cousin… who was in WWI or in of the earlier wars…. right down to the hair length, colour and stance… I have a photo of him.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Wow, Mozette! They say every person has a twin out there somewhere but your resemblance to your boss’s daughter sounds uncanny! You’ve never met her, though? Fascinating!

      And it’s always fun to find the traits coming down the family tree. My mom likes to find photographs where the resemblances are really pronounced & put them in tandem frames. We have one particular one of my grandmother & my second sister that I love where the resemblance is nothing more than the way they’re holding their mouths. But it’s so distinctive. People remark on it immediately.

    • Mozette, very strange to have a doppleganger in the first place, much less when it’s your boss’s daughter! Sounds like there’s a lot of family resemblance too.

  • Gannon says:

    Woo hoo! Two fabulous new releases from two amazing authors—how wonderful can you get!!

    I don’t remember wanting to be a twin when I was growing up, but my best friend in high school was an identical twin, so I saw the good, the bad, and the ugly of twindom. lol

    I do have a friend—you know, the friend you’ve never met in person, but thanks to hours of online chatting you feel like you’ve known each other forever—-and the more we talk, the more we discover we are practically twins. Well, aside from the fact that she is 11 years younger than me, has red curly hair to my blonde, and is about 7 inches shorter than me. *VBG* Yes, definitely twins. 😉

    Hmmmm, as far as smart mouth heroines go, I have to say Eve Dallas, from J.D. Robb’s (aka Nora) In Death series. She is tough, savvy, and never hesitates to speak her mind. Plus, I envy the fact that she is married to the uber sexy, ultra rich Roarke. *sigh*

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, Gannon, I think we’ve all spent some quality time envying Eve Dallas. And considering what the poor woman’s been through, I think it says a great deal about how impossibly hot Roarke is. 🙂

      She does have a way with one liner, though, doesn’t she?

    • Nancy Northcott says:

      How could I forget Eve? She’s, like, the queen of snark!

    • Ah, thanks Gannon, lovely to see you here today. Yes I think there is definitely a down side to twindom. I discovered a similar online (and later in person) rapport with Deb Marlowe. We were both amazed when we read each other’s debuts at how similar the sensibility was. It really was uncanny:) Now we call each other sister!

      So with you on the attractions of Roarke!

  • sue p says:

    No – don’t think I have a twin. I would have said yes if you had asked when I was in college because my roomie and I were like that. But we don’t live anywhere near each other anymore, so have lost that.
    I think I’d cope fine with my famous parents who are oh so not perfect. As there is no such thing as perfection out there. And I think famous people are the least perfect of us all.
    My favorite heroine of all is Eve Dallas.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Sue wrote: “And I think famous people are the least perfect of us all.”

      That’s such an interesting insight, Sue! I think you’re probably right. I’ve been reading lately about psychopaths (research, people, purely research!) and it turns out there’s a disproportionate number of people who score highly on the psychopathic tendencies test in leadership/celebrity roles. It’s sort of a fascinating comment on what it takes to either achieve or aspire to that lifestyle…

    • Another Eve Dallas fan! Yes, Susan, isn’t it fascinating that both the best and the worst leaders seem to share the same letters on the Meyers-Briggs test? If only they’d used their talents for niceness instead of evil…

  • Laurie G says:

    Congrats on your twin releases. They both sound like books I would enjoy reading!!

    My MIL was a twin and my grandmother had twins but even with 4 pregnancies no twins for us. I think twins would be an awful lot of work especially the first two years!

    My sister and I were two years apart in school. We were constantly mistaken for one another. I personally didn’t see the resemblance.

    I would not want to be a child of a celebrity. Invasion of privacy! Too much pressure to be good, beautiful, nice….

    Smart mouthed heroines: Jill Shalvis and Jillian Hunter come to my mind.

    • Susan Sey says:

      I’ve not read Jillian Hunter but I can totally get behind Jill Shalvis for her smart mouthed heroines! I’ve been lucky enough to sit next to Jill at a few signings (Sey, Shalvis, the alphabet works in my favor on that one) and she’s as funny & delightful in person as her books are to curl up with.

    • Laurie, I might be in trouble for saying this but it sounds like you had a lucky escape! Cannot imagine having to get up in the night to two babies! I am not a pretty sight when I’m sleep-deprived.

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Woohoo!! Double Trouble…er, I mean Double the fun (am I in a gum commercial?)

    😀

    You know I adore both of you all and the great stories you write!!! Can’t wait to read both of these though my time reading is often inhibited by a kitt lying on my chest..sigh…Grayson…

    As to a twin. REally? There really is only one JoanieT 😀

  • May Pau says:

    Oh congrats! 🙂

    Yes, one of my friends has the same taste as me and I call her my twin. 🙂 It’s kind of freaky actually. 🙂

    I think it may be fun to have famous parents. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have their money and privileges! Although things would probably be harder once you get older and there are more expectations…

    • Susan Sey says:

      Yeah, I think about that every time I see another article about the Jolie-Pitt kids cleaning out a toy store. Rich and famous would be fun before you got old enough to be aware of what people were saying about you, & the expectations the world had of you. Once you hit that awkward middle school age, it would be utterly miserable. And I don’t know that it would get much better as life went on… Remember how cruel the press was to poor Chelsea Clinton? I’m so glad she grew up smart and accomplished. I was rooting for her from the moment she got her braces put on.

    • Isn’t it amazing how many people have non-blood twins? Lots of kindred spirits in the world:)

  • eli yanti says:

    congrts Susan & Christina 🙂

    i think have a twin sometimes will be fun, but i dont have a twin and perfect parent, i think i dont want it, just want my mom *grin

    for fave heroine hem, i’d a bad brain to remind name so i will tell the tittle book : minx by julia quinn 🙂

  • CrystalGB says:

    Happy Release Day. I don’t have anyone I consider a twin. I think it would be hard to have parents who are famous. I would strive to keep out of the limelight as much as possible and be my own person.

    • Susan Sey says:

      See, this is what my strategy would be, too! And then they’d dangle that AmEx Platinum card in front of and point me toward the shoe store on Rodeo Drive & I’d be totally lost. Sure, take my picture! Are those Louboutins?? Excuse me, press corp. I’m going to go melt mommy’s plastic….

      Weak willed. That’s me.

  • Kathleen O says:

    Ladies a wonderful interview.. I am new to both of your books and I would love a chance to read them both.. They sound wondefully delightful..
    I would say a friend of mine that I actually met on-line on a book club chat, good be my twin in our family lfe and our though process.. I enjoy chatting with her, because hse understand my family dynamics…
    Happy Release Day to you both and I wish you many, mnay great sales..

    • Susan Sey says:

      Thanks, Kathleen! And your friend sounds wonderful. It’s lovely when somebody really gets your family situation, & how you think. Nothing is as satisfying as not having to explain certain things. 🙂

  • Deb Marlowe says:

    Yay! Congrats to you both! How exciting! I have lots of great reading for my vacay next month!

    And she’s not my twin, but Christine is the writing sister of my heart!

    • Susan Sey says:

      Ooooh, vacation! Color me envious. We’re not going anywhere until August. There are a lot of swimming lessons and dance classes to endure before August. Happily RWA rolls around right at the end of July, which is conveniently about the end of my rope. 🙂 Will we see you there?

    • Oh, Deb! Were your ears burning?? My sister, thank you so much for coming to celebrate with us. I am so late with my reply because this darn computer of mine is as slow as a wet week!

      Sorry everyone! It’s been a very frustrating day.

  • Beth Andrews says:

    Whoo hoo! Double launch day in the lair! Congrats, ladies! I can’t wait to read these books 🙂

    I often tell Tawny it’s as if we share one brain as we have similar views on most things *g*

    You’d think twins would run in my family as my mom is a fraternal twin and my grandmother had 3 sets of twins, all boy/girl 🙂 But none of her 8 kids or grandkids (something like 20) had multiples. Maybe the next generation.

  • Kim says:

    Congratulations on your new releases!

    It must be interesting to have an actual twin, especially if their identical. Certain twins also seem to have a certain telepathy with one another.

    As far as sassy heroines, you can’t beat the heroines in Julie James’ and Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ books. They’rea always smart and funny.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, I’m such a SEP fan! And I love me some Julie James, too. Nobody does smart-alecky heroines better!

      As for the telepathy between twins, I’d love to read more of that research. I bet it would be fascinating!

  • Woohoo – Double trouble in so many ways 🙂

    I’ve always thought it would be cool to be a twin. I have twin nieces and the two of them are as different as night and day, yet closer than ordinary sisters.

    I do think it would be difficult to be the child of famous parents. I think there’s a certain merit in struggle (I know, sad), and to have everything handed to you without struggle must be exasperating to one’s character. However, I’d be more than willing to give being the wealthy offspring of wealthy parents a try. Check please. 🙂

    • Susan Sey says:

      I know, right? All in the name of research, of course. 🙂 You’re such a team player, Donna. I’m in line right behind you.

  • Diane Sallans says:

    Happy Book Birthday to you both!
    Don’t have a twin (either actual or ‘by-a-different-mother’) – tho it would have been fun! It would be interesting to have famous parents – probably would lead to very interesting experiences. Love the sassy heroines, especially if their sass is based on humor.

    • Susan Sey says:

      I was just thinking about this today, & have decided to coin a phrase: Goodhearted Snark. It’s sort of an oxymoron, but I don’t care for humor, no matter how smart or sharp, if it’s unkind. The writers I love best (SEP, Jenny Crusie, Kristan Higgins) all manage to walk that very fine line between snark & meanness. So…goodhearted snark. It’s a tough balance but when it’s done right, it just tickles me.

  • catslady says:

    Congratulations to both of you!!! I can’t think of anyone that’s like me that isn’t related. Otherwise, I take very much after my one grandmother and my youngest daughter takes after me lol. Which is funny because my other daughter takes more after her father and it was the same for my sister and me since she was like our father. We are opposites as are my two daughters.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Funny you should mention how one of your kids is a mini-you & the other one takes after her father. There are a couple families I know (my 2nd sister’s family among them) where there are only two kids, & it’s like each parent got their own. One kid is an exact replica of the mother, one of the father. My kids are a confounding mix of me, my husband, & random branches of the family tree that are still making themselves known. But some families get a “one for me, one for you” sort of thing. It’s sort of fascinating, isn’t it?

  • jo robertson says:

    Christine and Susan, what a delightful post! Congratulations on both of your new releases. I’m whipping over to Amazon for my copies post haste!

    When I was growing up, Nancy Drew was my go-to smart heroine. She was always able to solve the mystery!

  • Kelly says:

    I have a doppelganger, but I don’t know anyone, besides my sister (not a twin) who is very similar to me in personality. I prefer to live up to very low expectations, so I would not be thrilled to be the offspring of famously accomplished parents, but maybe I would have a different approach to others’ expectations if I had been raised in such different circumstances (hard to say). You can’t really beat Elizabeth Bennet for a smart and sassy heroine.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, Elizabeth Bennet. Yeah, she’s kind of the gold standard for smart heroines, isn’t she?

      And I hear you on the low expectations thing. My favorite part of being a stay-at-home mom is the wardrobe. It’s not every job that’ll reward you for wearing the same dingy yoga pants all week, but when you’re the chief laundry-doer, it’s the equivalent of giving yourself a bonus. And you’re comfy to boot.

      • Kelly says:

        Comfy = heaven. I recently discovered jersey maxi skirts, which are the workplace equivalent of yoga pants. I bought one on a whim, loved it, and then bought seven more. I may never wear slacks again…

  • Cassondra says:

    What a great blog! I love hearing what inspired these two books from two of my favorite writers.

    I’m going straight to the Kindle to download.

    Susan, I don’t follow a lot of trivia and cannot believe Brand and Angelina named their child that. I suppose she’ll grow up in Hollywood and in the public eye, and won’t get made fun of for that name. I noticed when I was in the music biz that kids with names like Huckleberry were not made fun of by the other kids in the school. I guess that’s a privilege that comes with celebrity.

    Christina, I love the MOM series, and have been waiting for this one. Interesting about the three sisters.

    Now…as to twin-dom. I call Duchesse Jeanne my evil twin, and actually mean that. It’s kind of scary the things we have in common, but had never met until RWA 2006. In spite of our food wars, (I’m thinkin’ it’s about time for another one of those–you up for it Jeanne?) every time we turn around we find another interest in common.

    It gets a little spooky.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Hey, Cassondra! Yeah, it’s funny how money & fame give you a pass on being named Apple or Inspektor or some crazy thing. But that poor kid’s got to answer to it all her life.

      And I think the lair is impossibly blessed to have you & Jeanne twinning it up for us! I know for me the party doesn’t start until you’re both here. 🙂

  • alisha woods says:

    I can’t think of anyone to consider being a twin

  • blodeuedd says:

    Sadly no twin for me, though a buddy tell me that I look like Michelle Pheiffer..which I so do not. I look more like that girl who was Sutherland’s kid in 24

    • Susan Sey says:

      Well, see, that’s what true friends are for! To tell you you look like Michelle Pfieffer when you really don’t. And you know you don’t. But it’s nice to hear anyway, isn’t it? Friendship. It’s lovely.

  • Pat Cochran says:

    Hi, Susan and Christina, “Congratulations” on
    your Release Day! I’ve added your books to
    my list for a book run already set for Saturday!
    WOO HOO!!!

    As for a twin, Anna S. and I have teased each
    other here in the Lair because we seem to be
    alike in many ways!

    Pat C.

  • Pat Cochran says:

    How could I forget about Anna C – just a few
    weeks back we commented on being
    sisters with different mothers and we were
    even born on the same date in August!
    BTW, another similarity between Anna C,.
    Anna S, and myself: my middle name is
    Ann! Can you say triplets?

    Pat C.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Whoa, triplets! I’d love to be a fly on the wall when you three get together to talk books over a bottle of wine or two. 🙂

  • Limecello says:

    Hi Christina and Susan! Happy release day!!!

    Christina someone just recommended your first book as a “must read” to anyone who loves historical romances, so … how fortuitous you’re in the lair, right?! ;D

    As for twins… confession time. :X Twins freak me out. I don’t even know why. And not even in person, particularly. Just.. the idea of them? Too many horrors and psychological thrillers for me, I suppose.

    Otherwise… sometimes I joke about someone being my “twinsies” but it’s kinda rare. I’m all over the place and really eclectic. So unfortunately, no twin for me.

    Some people might say that’s for the best! ;X

    • Susan Sey says:

      Well, I can’t say that twins freak me out but…it does seem like ripe territory for intrigue. 🙂 Must be the writer in me coming out but I just see plot lines leaping into the air whenever twins appear. I think Christina is right–somebody up in this house needs to write some twins.

  • Congratulations, Susan and Christina! I’ve been looking forward to both these books for some time now!!

  • Fedora says:

    Woooohoooooo!!!!!!!

    Congrats, Susan and Christina! How exciting to be release twins! I always, always wanted a twin growing up, and actually kind of wanted to bear twins… that is until I actually HAD kids. Now I’m quite thankful that God chose to turn a deaf ear to that particular prayer 😉

    Seriously, I have found a few fellow readers who are maybe bookshelf twins 🙂 It’s awesome to be able to share reading recs with someone you trust 😉

    As for having famous parents, seeing as I detest the limelight, I imagine I’d deal not well at all! So thankful I don’t have that to worry about!

    And favorite smart mouthed heroine? I do have quite a soft spot for Jennifer Crusie’s. And Goose, of course 🙂

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, Fedora, you’re so right on! Twins is one thing but bookshelf twins? A person you can share books–and book recommendations–with? Oh, heaven!

      And I’m delighted that you’d even mention Goose in the same breath as Jennifer Crusie! My husband (who’s reading Kiss the Girl for the first time right now) was just telling me that–while he liked MONEY SHOT and Goose, Nixie is a much easier heroine to love. Goose was kind of polarizing–people either loved her or hated her, and it’s so interesting to see how she grabbed different people. I’m dying to see what kind of reception Nixie gets…

      • Fedora says:

        REALLY?? Because I kind of loved Goose and was kind of waffling on the idea of Nixie–I guess I kind of like those tough-talking, “I can take care of myself” heroines a lot, and while Nixie sounds lovely, I have a slightly harder time initially with those born with a silver spoon, so to speak. Can’t wait to read for myself!

  • Deb says:

    Hurray on your book releases, Susan and Christina!

    My niece Karalynn is the spittin’ image of Taylor Swift…seriously, it’s almost unreal how much she looks like TS. We sometimes call her Karalynn Swift. When she went to a campaign rally for one of the pres. candidates earlier this spring, he took a double-take and said, “Wow, you look just like Taylor Swift!” I wish I knew how to put a photo on here so you could all see the resemblance because it is uncanny.

    When he was younger, my husband looked like Tom Selleck and sometimes Tom Cruise. BUT, my DH is much better- looking! 😉

    When I was younger and thinner and had my hair cut like hers, my husband thought I looked like Princess Diana. I don’t think so, but since I loved that gracious, wonderful lady, I was flattered.

    • Susan Sey says:

      My husband gets asked sometimes if he knows he looked like Tom Hanks. He’s always flattered by it, because seriously, who’s nicer than Tom Hanks? Sometimes when he breaks into any faster than a walk I’m seized by the desire to yell, “Run, Forest! Run!” But he frowns on that, so I resist. Mostly. 🙂

  • Oh, what a fun post! And two fabulous books out on the same day. How did we get so lucky? Your covers are both fabulous and the blurbs are so enticing! I just received A DUCHESS TO REMEMBER in today’s mail–hoorah! And I’m off to order KISS THE GIRL as soon as I finish this comment.

    Madame, I love your visual inspiration board. How did you create that? Please share!

    I always wanted a twin sister! (Parent Trap was my favorite movie when I was young – the Hailey Mills version.) It probably had something to do with the fact that I had four brothers. So unfair! But at least I always had my own room. 😉

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, the Parent Trap! The original one with Hailey Mills! I *loved* that movie! And it only fed into my ‘maybe I *could* be a twin!’ fantasy because they didn’t know they were twins either!

      Alas, my sisters were more on board with convincing me I was adopted. Which also seemed like a decent option from time to time. 🙂

  • bn100 says:

    Congratulations on the books! Very interesting post. I like Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark heroines because they’re funny.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Kresley Cole is another author I’ve never read who’s on my TBR list! Sounds like I’ll have to bump her closer to the top….

  • Taking a break from working to come join the rocking party! Congrats on your new book releases, Christina and Susan. I just bought both of them, and I know they’ll both be fantastic since you’re both such talented ladies.

    I don’t have a twin, but my bestie M.J. Fredrick and I are freakishly similar in many ways. It’s just not a complete day unless we’ve e-mailed at least half a dozen times.

    My sister and I were sometimes mistaken as twins when we were younger, though we are four years apart in age. We don’t look so much alike anymore, but she’s the only other person in the world who gets some of the stupid in jokes I utter. We get to laughing so hard sometimes that my hubby thinks we’ve gone bonkers. And what we’re laughing about wouldn’t be funny, wouldn’t even make sense to anyone else.

    • Susan Sey says:

      My youngest sister can make me crack up with a single syllable. It doesn’t even have to be the whole word. Just a syllable of it will do, & we’re off. Sometimes it’s just an expression. That’s the beauty of sisters, isn’t?

  • Oh, btw, Christina, I love both Matthew Goode and Michael Fassbender. Matthew’s movie Leap Year is one of my faves, and I’ve loved Michael since he was in a short-lived British show called Hex.

  • Maryde says:

    Thanks for posting the invite Christina 🙂
    How lovely to meet you Susan. Both books sound delicious and I look forward to adding some new books to my TBR pile and another new Writer to my growing list.
    God luck with the launch ladies 🙂

  • Louisa says:

    Stopping by late to the party to say CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTINA AND SMOOV !! I cannot WAIT To read them !! I’ve never had anyone I considered a twin. When I was in the first grade there was a little boy in my class who apparently looked so much like me everyone THOUGHT we were twins. I didn’t see it, but at age six I wasn’t terribly impressed with boys!

    I definitely don’t have a twin out there and as I have been told I am a bit of an odd duck I think that is a good thing! More than one odd duck in a pond can be trouble! 🙂

    One of my favorite smart-mouthed heroines is Jessica in Lord of Scoundrels. Can’t get much sassier than to shoot the hero! AND tell him it is his fault!

    And Nancy in a scrap between Herself and the GR, my money is on Herself, every time!

    • Susan Sey says:

      One odd duck per pond? I think we’ve maxed out our limit in the lair. 🙂 But we always enjoy ourselves, so maybe we just have an odd pond.

  • Jeanne Adams says:

    Hey gals! Waaaaay late to the party today, but SO excited about BOTH books! WOOT! Y’all know my Evil Twin (or am I hers?) Cassondra. Grins. And I love, love love smart mouthed heroines even though I’m too tired from a 3-hour-baseball-championship-game (oh, shoot me now) to remember any of thier names. :>

    (No, our team did not win, alas, but they battled hard, as evidenced by the 3-freakin’-hour game!)

    Love the blog ladies and excited about the new books! WOOHOOO!

    • Susan Sey says:

      Jeanne, you deserve a big glass of something cold and alcoholic. A 3 hour game? Even if you weren’t playing, your nerves have to be shot! So sorry your guys didn’t win. That’s a bummer. Hope they aren’t too crushed. I don’t suppose they care right now that they’re building character?

      • Jeanne Adams says:

        Nope, they’re pretty down, alas. And yes, the 3 hours nearly kilt me ded.

        They’ve beat this team in tournaments any number of times, and beat them several times in reg. season.

        They beat them last night in the semi-finals. Then, tonight, they lost to them. Since it’s the second year in a row they’ve lost to this team for the final game, they were TOTALLY bummed. Sigh.

        Not inconsolable, but pretty darn close. Double sigh.

        • Susan Sey says:

          Well, pooh. I’ve been there & it blows. I hope the sting fades quickly. But if it doesn’t, I recommend a matinee & a movie featuring tremendous amounts of boom tomorrow.

  • Deb Marlowe says:

    Yes–can’t wait to see Banditas in Anaheim!

  • LilMissMolly says:

    Happy Release day! My BFF Teri is like a twin with me. We are so much alike. Too bad she lives in Michigan while I live in Ohio.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Two of my favorite states! (I’m from Michigan originally, & have extremely fond memories of summer trips to Cedar Point so I have a soft spot for Ohio as well.) Thanks for swinging by!

  • That’s weird–I just blogged about this blog and it’s shown up as a comment here! Ignore that, everyone, or you will be caught up in some strange wordpress vortex. *G*

  • Susan Sey says:

    Sometimes the internet is mysterious & inexplicable. This is one of those times. Let’s all just hold this post in awe.

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