Sophie Jordan's Nine Rules to Guarantee a Scandal

There are few things cooler than meeting an author who you've been fangirly over for years.  For a voracious romance reader and newly debuted romance author, about the only thing cooler than that is when you actually meet that author--and she is cooler than you'd ever imagine.

That's how it went with Sophie Jordan. We met (with Tera Lynn Childs) at a burger joint in midtown for what she had heard was the perfect New York burger -- I'll let her tell you whether it was (but next time she comes, we're going to the Burger Joint with capital letters, and then we'll really see) -- and yakked about romance and books and her new YA series, which looks AMAZING, and just...stuff.  And I had a great time.

And...we just so happen to have had the same release date.  Her FABULOUS In Scandal They Wed (go get it. immediately.) was released last Tuesday, and it's lush and lovely and everything that romance should be.  And, I'm totally in love with the hero, Spencer (don't tell Ralston. Or Nick. Or--oh yeah--my husband.)

Anyway...Sophie graciously agreed to write her own Nine Rules for my release month celebration of Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake--and they're the perfect teaser for In Scandal They Wed!

Nine Rules to Guarantee a Scandal

1. Attract the lascivious attentions of your mistress’s wretch of a husband.

2. Resist said advances and get yourself sacked and shipped home without references (not so fortunate when your family hovers on the brink of poverty).

3. Return home to find your younger sister compromised by a lad who left for the Crimea.

4. Raise your sister’s illegitimate child as your own and tell the world you’re a widow (you couldn’t do as your stepmother wished, after all, and send the baby to a foundling home!).

5. Watch helplessly, years later, as your dotty great-aunt shoots an arrow into the cousin of the man who ruined your sister.

6. Agree to marry said (arrow-impaled) cousin … who thinks you’re the girl his cousin ruined and is now determined to right the wrong committed on you – er, your sister.

7. Sit on the truth of your identity even as you learn your husband has a particular aversion for liars.

8. Resist your attraction and avoid consummating your marriage so your new husband won’t discover that there is no possibility you gave birth to a child.

9. Actually fall in love with your husband – a man who doesn’t even know your true name.

*sigh* so. good. **runs off to reread In Scandal They Wed.*

Contest!

Sophie is generously offering up a signed copy of Sins of a Wicked Duke (the first book in the ISTW series), and I've got one copy of ISTW for one lucky commenter! To enter, comment with the scandalous activity you would have been most likely to be caught doing if you lived in Victorian England. Don't forget to leave your email address so I can reach you if you win! I'll choose the winner on Saturday morning!

And stay tuned for the rest of the month--and a dozen more Authors Rule(s) posts from an awesome range of authors! To read more of Authors Rule(s), please click here!