A: Evie Duggan’s meteoric rise to London notoriety—from the Covent Garden Stage to courtesan to Countess (thanks to being won in a card game, no less)—comes to a an ignominious halt with the (suspicious, according to London gossips) death of her husband., and she retreats to the only legacy left to her, a manor house in Pennyroyal Green. She’s sworn off men forever—she’s tired of being seen as a commodity—but she doesn’t count on the vicar, Adam Sylvaine (an Eversea cousiun) who’s unlike any man she’s ever before known. Quiet, smoldering, preternaturally confident, a very no B.S. kind of guy (and devastatingly handsome—she’s jaded, not blind), he has no patience for her attempts to manipulate him with charm. He forces her to be real, and to be real is to be vulnerable, and to be vulnerable is to risk her heart—and Adam’s too. Their attraction is irresistible, unlikely, and dangerous—surrendering to it would ruin both of them. The popular vicar’s entire life rests upon maintaining the trust of his parishioners, and the countess’s acceptance into a new life, all depend on their behavior remaining faultless.
Do they succumb?? (it’s a romance, after all. What do YOU think??) And just how explosive is it when they do? ;) Read “A Notorious Countess Confesses” and find out!
Q: Will those of us who are long-time fans of the series ever find out more about Lyon Redmond and Olivia Eversea? Will Lyon get his own happily ever after?
A: Well, let’s see. ..the series premise hinges on the feud between the Everseas and Redmonds, which allegedly began back in 1066, when William the Conqueror first hit English shores. ;) And there’s a curse: allegedly an Eversea and Redmond are destined to fall in love once per generation, with disastrous results. So the series opens (with The Perils of Pleasure) with Colin Eversea going to the gallows against the backdrop of revived, intense, simmering enmity between both families, because Lyon Redmond , the golden child and heir, has allegedly disappeared because Olivia Eversea broke his heart.
So this theme, and Olivia and Lyon’s story winds through the series – and to tell their story would be to essentially end the series, because we’ll need to explore what happens between the Everseas and Redmonds. I’ll keep readers posted as to when they can expect stories for either of them, and readers can expect more developments for both characters in ensuing stories.
Q: The world of Pennyroyal Green is large and complex. How do you keep track of all of the characters in this series, the Redmonds, the Everseas, the townspeople and the various lords and ladies that make an appearance?
A: Truthfully, I just rely on my memory! I suppose I have a pretty good memory, because people keep remarking about how this is unusual. LOL. I never really thought of it that way. I do know I’m fairly good at remembering details (whether I remember my house keys when I leave the house is another matter). I guess once I fully develop these characters I know them—the way you know, say, details about family and friends—and that’s how I can remember who they are and what their back stories and interrelationships are.
Q: What historical romances do you recommend for fans of your books?
A: Ohhh…tough question, because I love so many, for so many reasons: Julia Quinn, Amanda Quick, Loretta Chase, Meredith Duran, Madeline Hunter, and many, many others. J I think I’ll answer this question by encouraging readers (especially aspiring authors) to check out books by some authors who may not be as well known: Kris Kennedy, Theresa Romain, Manda Collins, Leigh Lavalle, to name a few. It’s good karma for aspiring authors to try new and debut authors. ;) And each of these authors has impressed or charmed me in some way.
Q: What is next up for Julie Anne Long?
A: “It Happened One Midnight” will be out in July 2013.
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