I'm so happy to host Lavinia Kent for Eleven Questions today...as you know, I've plans to celebrate the release of Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart all month long with a host of wonderful authors stopping by to hop in the interview chair and answer some hard-hitting questions about romance! Eleven Questions for Lavinia Kent:
1. Alpha or Beta? As far as reading goes, I am all about the Alpha man. I think it’s part of why I like historicals so much. The hero can act in ways that I’d hate in a modern man, but can accept in a man of a different time. If a modern hero drank in the morning, smoked, visited prostitutes, gambled away a fortune, and perhaps killed someone in a duel, I am not sure that I could ever see him redeemed. If he did the same things in the Regency . . .
Real life is, of course, a very different story. I don’t want to think what I’d do to the man who tried to treat me the way some of my favorite heroes would.
2. Virgin Widow or Secret Baby? I am a sucker for a Secret Baby – and have very little patience with Virgin Widows. I can’t say I’ve never met one I believed, but there are very few that don’t make me snort.
A Secret Baby is such a great device to bring about conflict while at the same time tying the couple together. If there’s a baby, there’s no way that they can just go their separate ways.
3. Time Travel or Futuristic? I can go either way on this one. I love J.D. Robb, but I am not big on post-apocalyptic worlds.
I really enjoy a time travel that displays humor in showing how out-of-place characters can act when displaced to a different time, but often I’m unsatisfied by the endings. They either seem contrived or depressing. But, if you give me Jamie from Outlander, I don’t really care. I just smile happily.
4. Hot as Sin or Cold as Ice? Hot as Sin. I like a good slice of deep emotion and torment.
5. Spinster or First Season Out? Neither or both. It all depends on the story. I have a hard time with innocent, naïve misses. I like that Alpha man, but I want a heroine that can go toe-to-toe with him and win. I want a heroine who is smart and understands how the world works.
I laugh at myself as I write this, because the first of my The Real Duchesses of London stories has a heroine who, despite having been married for several years, is still quite innocent (but definitely not a Virgin Widow). I had a wonderful time writing about her awakening to the world after hearing rumors that her estranged husband was the father of her best friend’s child. My favorite novellas have always been reconciliation stories, and it was a real treat to get to write my own.
6. England or Anywhere but? I don’t care. I’ve come to think of myself as wanting England, but when I look at my favorite books, they can be take place anywhere. (And after cleaning my basement this weekend I really know that’s true). I have Westerns, and books that take place in Asia and India. I used to love Greek and Roman stories, although I haven’t read one in awhile. And Vikings. Sigh.
My favorite non-England romances are probably Gilded-Age American. I love the Astors, and imagining New York during that time period.
I think the only setting I don’t like are ones where I know the history is going to turn really depressing. I don’t want my romance to end in Georgia right before the Civil War or in the American West as the Indians are being slaughtered. I want to not only have my hero and heroine have a “happily-ever-after,” but to imagine that their children can as well.
7. Vampire or Shape Shifter? I’ve never read a Shape Shifter book that I adored. I am not opposed to the idea, but I’ve just never found the one that made me start to dream and imagine. I’d actually love recommendations if anybody knows of a “have-to-read” one.
8. Small town or Big city? I am not big on the American Heartland small town. I grew up in one, so perhaps it’s too familiar for me. As with almost everything else I can be persuaded by a great book, but I am unlikely to pick one up unless I get a strong recommendation.
I enjoy small towns in other countries, where the whole setting is much more alien to me. I like settings that let me fill in all the details with my imagination.
9. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Wallflower. I always love the idea of seeing beneath the surface. I love books where either the hero or the heroine is not that attractive to the outside world, but they are wonderful and special within their love’s point of view. Who doesn’t want a hero who slowly sees the heroine as becoming more and more beautiful?
10. Unrequited love or love at first sight? Unrequited love. I love it when my gut clenches in fear that it will never work out. I don’t mind love at first sight, but it’s never drawn me into a book.
11. Lavinia's choice! She's turning the tables on you...answer her question in comments for a chance to win Taken By Desire!
I have two questions: First, Autocratic Duke or Unrepentant Rake? (my two favorite heroes)
My second (and yes, time for the self-promotion, but I really am curious) is completely unrelated.
Does anyone watch the Real Housewives of . . . and do you have a favorite housewife? I always see questions about who is one’s least favorite housewife, but never about the one viewers really like.
I am very excited about my The Real Duchesses of London coming out this summer on Avon Impulse (an internet exclusive), and as I start work on my third and fourth novellas for the serial I’d love to know what readers enjoy most about the show.
The serial is based upon a series of mysterious and scandalous cartoons that appear in shop windows and force my duchesses to reexamine their lives and to fight for what they really want.
I love the idea of a Real Housewives... twist in historical London...and I can't wait to read these serials, Lavinia! Thanks for coming over to play!
Answer either (or both!) of Lavinia's questions in comments for a chance to win her Taken By Desire!