Wicked Nights with Tiffany Clare

So excited to have the wonderful Tiffany Clare back with us today. She’s got a new book and a new series to tell us about too – how great is that?

Tiffany’s latest, WICKED NIGHTS WITH A PROPER LADY, is already garnering great buzz in Romancelandia. RT Book Reviews gave WICKED NIGHTS WITH A PROPER LADY a Top Pick and said, “Clare debuts the Dangerous Rogues series to readers’ delight. Three naughty lords and their friend, the widow Jezebel, turn the ton on its ear in a most sensual, seductive manner. Clare sets up the series carefully without ever losing sight of the powerful “second chance at love romance” between a proper chaperone and her childhood sweetheart. Here’s the type of sexy love story that makes hearts beat faster and readers sigh with pleasure.” Sounds absolutely delicious.

Not only that, WICKED NIGHTS WITH A PROPER LADY has just been announced as one of RT Book Reviews‘ Reviewers’ Choice Award nominees for 2012! Congratulations, Tiff!

You can find out more about Tiffany and her wonderful books on her website: http://www.tiffanyclare.com/

Tiffany, welcome back to the lair! We love it when you visit. Congratulations on the release of WICKED NIGHTS WITH A PROPER LADY, the first book in the Dangerous Rogues Series.  Can you tell us about this story?

Thank you so much for having me. This is one of the most awesomest (I know that’s not a word) places to blog. You ladies know how to throw a party!

The first book is a reunion story. Leo and Genny met four years ago at one of the Carletons’ infamous house parties (there’s always a scandal going on at these particular sojourns in the country) and fell in love, but weren’t able to confess their feelings because someone interfered with them finding everlasting happiness. Leo is relentlessly charming in his pursuit of Genny and I do hope all my readers fall in love with him as much as I did writing him. Here’s the back cover blurb:

Leo Harrow, Earl of Barrington, is a regular subject of the scandal rags. Once an unrepentant pleasure seeker, he knows that young ladies are warned to look the other way when he enters a room. But when he comes face to face with a woman from his past—the one that got away—he will do anything to keep the rumors about him at bay. Or risk losing her forever…

Genevieve Camden is no stranger to Leo’s seductive ways. Years ago she was fooled into believing that he cared about her…and now that he’s back on the ballroom floor, he appears to be making amends. But this time Genny knows better: A scoundrel never changes his stripes—not even one as charming and handsome as Leo. Unless maybe he’s been in love with her all along…?

What were the inspirations behind this book?

I had this idea about four friends who caused all sorts of mischief because they eschewed the rules of the ton. But because of their high standing in society (a duke, a marquess, an earl & a countess—all rich beyond reason) no one would dare ostracize them. That is until an event changes everything for one of their friends and drastic measures are taken to save that person’s standing in society. I confess that Dangerous Liaisons had a bit of influence on this story (it’s written with such a modern flare of language that I was completely inspired by all the delicious scandal). I love intrigue and scandal and this story gives me a perfect opportunity to play around with both!

I notice book 2 in the series, MIDNIGHT TEMPTATIONS WITH A FORBIDDEN LORD, is out next April. Can you give us a sneak peek at this story?

This book was SO MUCH FUN to write. The hero and heroine’s story starts in the middle of a great scandal that will rock society! Tristan knows exactly how to charm a woman into doing everything he wants, but Charlotte throws him for loop after loop until he’s not sure who is leading the ruin of Lady Charlotte. The back cover blurb:

Tristan Bradley, the notorious Marquess of Castleigh, is a danger to any woman’s reputation. Devastatingly handsome and devilishly seductive, he delights in the challenge of a lovely new conquest—especially when she’s engaged to a man he despises. But when this particular young lady asks him to dance, Tristan realizes he may not be the only one playing a game.

Defiantly bold and disarmingly beautiful, Lady Charlotte Lindsey will do anything to break free from her loathsome fiancé—even destroy her good name to do it. What better way to seal the deal than a tryst with Lord Tristan, who’s led many a girl to ruin? But when Charlotte looks into his eyes—and Tristan takes her in his arms—all of their schemes melt away…because the heart has a plan of its own.

That sound fabulous! Any hints about the third story in the series?

All I can say is that it’s Hayden’s book (my dashing duke) and is currently scheduled for release in November 2013. I’d have to kill you if I revealed more! I do also have a prequel out November 5th, via Heroes & Heartbreakers that I can’t wait for readers to read. It’s a bit of a Regency romp for my scandalous Carletons in their heyday!

It’s a while since we’ve hosted you here. What exciting things have been happening in the world of Tiffany Clare?

We adopted a four-year-old Cavachon named Lucky to keep Scarlett company. They run around the house like a pair of lunatics and I wonder at my sanity in begging the husband for a second dog! LOL But they lurve each other so that makes it totally worth it.

In a bid to live healthier (really, I just want to eat anything and everything I want without gaining weight) and to not have to take the Toronto transit that I despise so much, I’ve started cycling. I just put my bike away for the cold rainy season we seem to be having, but I’ll be on the road again when we have a patch of sunny weather in the coming months! This is huge for me because I’ve NEVER found any exercise I loved to do enough to you know, actually do it (aside from swimming, but public pools ick me out). And how could you deny yourself the beauty of my city on my morning cycle?

And the best news for me recently: I became an auntie recently! ‘Lexi’ is the youngest bundle of joy in our family… Look how tiny she is curled up in my brother’s hand! She’s a darling.

Great stuff! I’m intrigued to know whether you see any particular trends in historical romance at the moment (apart from luscious, romantic covers!).

There are so many fairytale-like stories! I love fairytale takes and want to try my hand at one for sure! Other than that, I’ve only noticed an influx of Victorian settings, which I think is awesome, because it’s such a great period to write in!

You now know I have a certain fondness for Dangerous Liaisons, so tell me your favorite scandalous novel or scene in a book or even a movie!

Tiffany has very generously offered us two Kindle downloads of WICKED NIGHTS WITH A PROPER LADY for U.S.A. commenters and a mass market paperback edition for our international visitors. So get commenting, people!

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  • Helen says:

    Is he coming back to my place?

    Have Fun

  • Helen says:

    Hi Tiffany and Anna

    I do love the sound of this series I love me a good regency romp with scandal LOL I have put this book on my must have list I love your stories.

    I know I have read many books with dangerous liasions in them but for the life of me I can’t think of any titles at the moment maybe that is because it is hot here and I have 2 grandchildren here with me LOL

    Congrats on the release

    Have Fun

    The GR is in for some fun tonight with Jayden and Hayley and I have Tim Tams although the kids don’t like sharing them LOL

    • Ooh, Helen, that sounds like a right royal battle for the Tim Tams – the GR against the grands. Not sure who I’d put my money on! This series sounds right up your alley, doesn’t it?

      • Yummy, TimTams!!!! Did I ever tell you they sell them in Canada in the Australian/New Zealand aisle with my dutch licorice! 🙂 My favorite ones are the caramel!

    • Thanks, Helen! I hope you love this story as much as the last ones. It’s always difficult to recall something specific when put on the spot. Aren’t most romance novels a bit scandalous to begin with? Especially historicals since our characters are often so naughty!

      Have fun with the grand kids.

  • Dangerous Liaisons has always been one of my favorite movies as well. It was on television just last week, so deliciously corrupt.
    Good luck, Tiffany on your series release.

  • Linda says:

    Congrats on your nomination! *cheers*. The series sounds like an awesome read!

    I just read Christy English’s “How to tame a willful wife”; the heroine who’s a strong, feisty spitfire (she fights, trains with knives, fences & rides a warhorse in breeches no less) quite scandalized the hero with what he considered “unladylike” behavior. Loved the book.

    • Linda, that book sounds like huge fun! I must check it out.

    • Thank you, Linda. I was really excited that Leo was up for a KISS! He’s quite a charming devil (IMHO) maybe my most charming hero to date — aside from George in Kiss Me, Kate–a true Regency Romp (the rest of the books are early Victorian).

      I love the title of How to Tame a Willful Life! I’ll have to look that one up!

  • Carol Cork says:

    Hi Tiffany and Anna

    Tiffany, Dangerous Liaisons is one of my favourite movies and your Dangerous Rogues series sounds intriguing. They’re definitely going on my must-have list!

    One of favourite scandalous scenes is the risqué opening scene in Elizabeth Hoyt’s ‘Notorious Pleasures’. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet but I can say that circumstances force the hero to dive under the nearest settee!

  • Mary Preston says:

    I don’t have an absolute favourite when it comes to scandalous novels. I think I can safely say that there are many.

    I actually have a DVD copy of DANGER LIAISONS. It is wickedly good viewing. The intrigue & plotting.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Welcome back, Tiffany – great to have you here again. Congrats on the new book and series – they sound delightful!

    Am I allowed to admit I’ve never seen Dangerous Liaisons? I don’t know why, other than that I saw part of a film based on that story with Ryan Phillippe and didn’t enjoy it. That and the sad ending!

    • Anna, you must rent it immediately! It’s absolutely one of the best movies ever made! EVER! It is sad, but a very worthy ending.

      And I love partying in the lair. You gals throw an awesome party!

      • Anna, it’s one of those sad endings which actually has an element of emotional uplift about it. There’s redemption there although it all ends in tears, if you know what I mean. And the acting is wonderful!

  • Good morning, Lovelies! First, I just want to say thank you to the bandits for having me, I love a good blog party! Second, I took the day off work to party with y’all! And I hope you’ll ask lots of questions about my new series. 🙂

  • Beth Andrews says:

    Welcome back to the lair, Tiffany! Triple congrats on your new release, the fabulous RT review and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award Nom!! Wicked Nights with a Proper Lady sounds wonderful and it has one of my very favorite romance hooks (I love reunion stories) *g* Can’t wait to read it!

    I hope you’re getting some mild, dry weather and can take your bike back out soon! My son has decided that next semester he’s going to buy a bike to get around Nashville. Hopefully it’ll work out for him as he really doesn’t want to take the bus 🙂

    • Beth, Thank you so much for the kind words! I love reunion stories especially when my hero is so charming and hard not to fall in love with over and over again.

      We are going up to ten degrees today, it’s going to be fabulous. I’m just sad it wasn’t ten yesterday when I rode my bike to work, but minus five (Celsius). I’m still riding, I figure I’ll stop when it starts to snow and that is usually late December in Toronto.

    • Beth, bikes are really popular around where I live (basically on reclaimed swamp!). It’s nice and flat and the council have put in wonderful cycling and walking paths. The only problem comes when the walkers and cyclers tangle with one another!

  • An oh, no! My pic of Lexi didn’t turn up, sorry everyone, just picture a tiny green striped ball in my brothers hand. 🙂

    And on another note, With the horrible storm that was Sandy, everything in New York was on hiatus during the crazy week of no power and terrible waters. So, Kiss Me, Kate will be available exclusively on Heroes & Heartbreakers on November 19th and then go on sale November 27th at all e-retailers!

    Anyone that had to go through Sandy, my heart goes out to you and I hope you are back to some normalcy.

  • Connie Fischer says:

    I am at a total loss to pinpoint a particular book or movie title with a dangerous liaison scene, but I know there have been many. The best scenes like that are those that have me sitting on pins and needles hoping they don’t get caught! When I feel that way, I know that’s a well written novel or well produced movie!

    I’m sighing as I read the blurb of “Wicked Nights with a Proper Lady.” Misunderstandings between a hero and heroine can be so captivating and I find myself mentally pushing one or the other to say or do something so their love really comes out! Of course, that anticipation is what keeps me not wanting to put the novel down.

    I have enjoyed reading your novels, Tiffany, and love the way you write. Congratulations on your new release and I cannot wait to read it! All the best!

    • Thank you so much, Connie! I hope you love this one, too! I love that pins and needles feeling where you are literally at the edge of your seat wondering what’s next. There are so many books like that where you are just waiting any second now where hero and heroine are caught!

    • Connie, there’s a dangerous liaisons scene in my next book – the hero and heroine are up in the loft doin’ what they shouldna and the groom brings a horse in down below. Oh, dear!!! Glad to see you’re already Tiff’s fan girl!

  • May says:

    I would have to say Dangerous Liasions still shock me somewhat when I watch the movie. Fifty Shades of Gray too…. Those are the most scandalous things that I have watched/read….

    Congrats on your books!

    • Thank you, May! I cannot wait to see how they create a 50 Shades movie! It’ll be very scandalous to watch. Kind of like Magic Mike which I took a girlfriend to see on her birthday. Our big joke was buying that when it’s available and watching it alone over and over again! LOL And definitely not with the hubby especially after watching that fine man dance.

    • May, I haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey. I think all the hype turned me off the idea! Maybe I should! My post office lady absolutely loves it and raves about it every time I’m up there.

  • Susan Sey says:

    Good morning, Tiffany & Anna! I love the sound of your wicked quartet, Tiffany! I’ll look into it immediately.

    As for scandalous scenes that still thrill me, I have to go with a classic–Rhett sweeping Scarlett up that staircase with her fighting the whole way. Mmmmm…..

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    I am like our Helen, I have read a lot of really scandalous encounters but to call one to mind, just not happening. Asking such a question is like saying the word “test” everything vacates my mind immediately.

    I do love an improper heroine myself. More than a little fiesty and well able to stand up to the hero or any other man that gets in her space.

  • Hellion says:

    Woohoo!! I bought my copy last week, Tiff! I’m so excited! Congrats on your newest release!

    Scandalous book/movie/scene? I don’t know if it’s scandalous but I did love how they handled the wedding night scene in Twilight…I loved the destroyed bed and the feathers and stuff. It’s a lot of tension but not a whole lot of detail–very romantic and swoonworthy.

  • Janga says:

    Congrats on the new release and on all the accolades, Tiff! I haven’t read WNWAPL yet, but it’s on my ereader waiting for me to get caught up with reviews. Reunion romances are my favorite, and I’ve heard great things about this one.

    I’m glad you cleared up the H&H date. I was wondering how I missed that.

    As for scandal in romance novels, is it cheating to use one that hasn’t been released yet? I love Miranda Neville’s The Importance of Being Wicked. The heroine has been creating scandals since she eloped at seventeen. The fact that she’s paired with a stuffy hero makes it even better.

  • Phyllis Lamken says:

    I much prefer Valmont with Colin Firth over Dangerous Liaisons. My favorite scandalous movie has to be Gone With the Wind. Love the scene when she dances with Rhett Butler in her widow weeds.

    • Pyllis, I’ve tried to watch Valmont and I just couldn’t get through it. Colin Firth in period has to play Mr. Darcy. He’s just not anit-hero, mean enough to be Valmont in my mind! LOL And another for Gone with the Wind! I really must sit down and watch it again.

    • Phyllis, that scene in Gone with the Wind is a beauty, isn’t it? Scarlett seems to be getting some scandalous love today!

  • Brenda Rumsey says:

    Excited about your new books of scandal and romance. Fear of being caught and following your heart anyway makes a great combination. Though there are many scenes that I like, my favorite is still the original Romeo and Juliet balcony scene.

  • I’m out and about with the hubby at the moment trying to track down a bag for the back rack on my bike. I’ll be in and out over the next two hours. But will respond to everyone!

  • Hey, Tiffany. Great to see you in the Lair again. An RT nomination, a new niece, new book, new dog, and bicycling for better health. Wow, that all sounds awesome. Congrats on all of it.

    • Thank you, Trish. When you word it like that it makes me sound like I’m uberwoman! 😉 It’s been a busy year, but all in all, pretty awesome. And I love that you guys keep inviting me back to the lair! I love it here.

    • Trish, it’s all good for Tiff, isn’t it? Tiff, lots of great stuff going on for you right now. Huzzah!

  • catslady says:

    I’m horrible at remember specifics but since I read a lot of historicals, I think there is usually a little scandous in all of them lol. I love the sound of all your stories and what gorgeous covers too!

    • Thank you, catslady! Every time I think I can’t have a more beautiful cover, St. Martin’s gives me something that blows me away! I’ve been very blessed by the cover Gods.

    • Catslady, I think that promise of scandal adds a delicious frisson to pretty much every Regency I’ve ever read! Seems to come as part and parcel of the genre!

  • Minna says:

    I don’t think I’ve never seen Dangerous Liaisons, either.
    Scandalous novel… I can’t think of a single one right now. And I’ve read plenty of them.

  • Hi Tiffany – Welcome back to the lair!

    Oh my word – those covers are GORGEOUS!! Between your talent on the inside, and those covers on the outside – this new series is destined to fly off the shelf. Love the sound of the new series.

    Scandal…hmmm…I do enjoy Dangerous Liasons (or is it just Daniel Day-Lewis (grin)), but I like the modern tv version as well – Gossip Girl.

    Hoping you get some warm temperatures up in Toronto – and then send them down to Ohio. I’m hoping these unseasonably cold temps will dissapate in time for an unseasonably warm winter (grin).

    • Donna, I’m praying for another unseasonably warm winter (much like the one we had in Toronto last year). I’ll wish some down your way too!

      I never watched gossip girl–I think it started when I was in deadline mode–but it looks like it would have been a fabulous series to get lost and swept up in!

    • Donna, I love that vivid colour that seems to be what they’ve decided should be Tiffany’s brand. That Kiss Me Kate cover is just gorgeous too. I didn’t realize it but apparently this is its first showing in the world! Aren’t we lucky?

  • Louisa says:

    Good on you, Helen! He is enjoying the warmer weather I’m sure.

    Two of my favorite authors – great interview Tiffany and La Divina Campbell! Can’t wait to get my hands on your latest, Tiffany. I have a feeling the Rogues are going to be very good company.

    I love the film Dangerous Liaisons and I actually enjoyed Valmont as well. I love the entire scandal of Devil in Winter. I think at one point St. Vincent is trying to convince Evie to wear black velvet for mourning which simply was not done. He reminds her she is living in a gaming hell and eloped with the most notorious rake in London – how much more scandalous can she be? LOL

    • Louisa,

      May the rogues keep you warm at night 😉

      Devil in Winter was such a fantastic book. I was actually thinking about it a week or so ago — thinking I needed a reread because he was one of my favorite LK characters! He was so bad he was sooooo good.

    • Ah, love Devil in Winter, Louisa! Great choice! And lovely to see you and thank you for saying such lovely things. Mwah!

  • Hey, Tiffany! Great to see you back in the lair. This series is so luscious and wicked, I love the premise. Love Dangerous Liaisons, too.

    Thanks for having Tiffany today, Anna:)

    Those are very cute dogs. Isn’t it lovely they adore each other? So pleased for you about the biking, too. It’s wonderful to get a physical activity you love. I’ve just rediscovered running after many years away from it and I love it. Not very good at it, but I love it anyway.

    All my fave parts of books are the most scandalous, I think, but mayb they’re R rated so I’ll just say I Love the bit in Lord of Scoundrels where Jessica shoots Dain.

    • Actually one of my fave scenes in LOS is when they’re kissing on the Roman statuary out in the garden at the ball. Definitely scandal there. Hey, I didn’t know you’d taken up running. Good for you! I’m enjoying the pool at the moment. I wouldn’t say it’s strenuous exercise but at least it stretches things out and gets me moving a bit.

    • Ha! I’m not that great at cycling–all the pros pass me on the way to work and disappear beyond vision before I can even think about catching up! YAY on running, being healthy is good for our writerly selves who sit in front of a computer.

      LoS – SIGH! I love all the R-rated scandalous bits, too!

  • Cathy P says:

    Hi Tiffany and Anna! Tiffany, I love your books and am looking forward to reading your new series. I don’t think I have ever seen or read Dangerous Liaisons either. As far as other scandalous stories go, there are too many to mention, and I can’t think of even one that really stands out right now.

    Congratulations on your new Dangerous Rogues series and the birth of your niece, Lexi! I have to admit, I read that part several times, wondering where the little bundle and your brother’s hand was. Lol!

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Hi Tiffany! Just dropping in to congratulate you on the release of Wicked Nights With a Proper Lady. Loved this book! It’s my favorite of the books you’ve written so far and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Already so invested in these characters!

    Adorable pic of Scarlett and Lucky! ♥

  • Thanks so much to Tiffany and to everyone who swung by to say hello today. We’ve had a great scandalous day in the lair. Don’t forget to swing back to see who won the prizes. Again, thank you to Tiffany for her generosity! We wish you all the best with WICKED NIGHTS WITH A PROPER LADY!

  • Margay says:

    Tiffany, I have a special affinity for fairytales, too!

  • eli yanti says:

    Love Tiffany’s book, can’t wait to read wicked night with a proper lady and midnight temptation with a forbbiden lord, love both cover book too 🙂

  • LilMissMolly says:

    I love the duet scene with the Phantom and Christine. Yummy!