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I know what you’re wondering. What about the rest of the Rakes? Well, I have every intention of giving each of them their own story. And for those of you (like me), who hate to read a series before all the books are out, I think I’ve found a solution. There are 9 books in the Drake’s Rakes series. I am dividing them into 3 trilogies, seperated by the heroines. The first trilogy was informally known as The Three Graces. The second trilogy will be Last Chance Academy. Then the third trilogy is patiently waiting to be named. The good news is that Grand Central has just asked for the first two books in the Last Chance Academy trilogy! Stay tuned for the latest news and updates.


What is the working title of your book?

Once a Rake
Where did the idea come from for this book?
I’ve been working on a series of gentleman spies in Regency England, and ended my last book with Ian Ferguson getting shot and landing in the ocean and presumed dead. I wanted to pair him with Sarah Clarke, a woman who stands to lose everything if she helps him.
What genre does your book fall under?
Historical romance
How long did it take to write the first draft?
This was kind of an unusual book for me. There were a lot of distractions, so it took 9 months. Usually it take about 6.
What actors would you use for a movie rendition of your book?
Ooh, my hero would be Kevin McKidd. I saw him on Rome, and heard that lovely Scottish accent of his, and with red hair, he’d be perfect. As for my heroine, I think Kate Winslet would be perfect. She has the knack of being plain and beautiful at the same time, but you know she’s strong.
What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?
When Sarah Clarke stumbles over a wounded Scot by the name of Ian Ferguson in her barn, she doesn’t realize that she will risk everything to save him from the hangman’s noose—especially her heart.
Will it be self published or represented by an agency?
Grand Central is publishing it.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’d have to say that all of my historical romances are inspired by early romance author Patrician Veryan, who wrote what I called historical romantic adventures. The perfect proportion of everything exciting. Except I added sex.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I hope my books could be compared to Jo Beverly’s League of Rogues series. That was another inspiration.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Well, besides the ‘love on the run’ theme, and a lovely wounded hero, I do have one of my favorite secondary characters I’ve ever written. My heroine Sarah has a 600 pound pig who has a bad tendency of falling in love with animals on other farms—sadly, though, not other pigs. His latest amour is the squire’s horse. Sarah named him Willoughby after another faithless pig in Sense and Sensibility.


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