The Jaunty Quills are excited to welcome New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Sophie Jordan back again. Her newest release is Lessons From a Scandalous Bride, which went on sale yesterday.
Keep reading to find out how to win your copy of Lessons From a Scandalous Bride.
Shana: Welcome back! Tell us about Lessons From a Scandalous Bride. Didn’t I have something to do with the inception of this book?
Sophie Jordan: YES! I owe it to you, Shana! I actually came up with the idea for the FORGOTTEN PRINCESSES series when, several years ago, you gave my daughter a book of fairy tales from around the world (thank you a thousand times!). This book contains a fairy tale from China called The Beggar Princess. In the story, The Beggar King is super wealthy but lacks position/title. He wants his daughter to marry “well” … so he “buys” her a well-bred husband. This groom wants the bridal settlement but isn’t thrilled about being married to the beggar princess. Okay. Are you ready for this? He actually throws her over the side of their wedding barge into the river on their wedding night! I remember being so stunned and horrified as I read this to my daughter.
Clearly, the story stuck with me, and I came up with the idea for the Forgotten Princesses series – illegitimate daughters of the “King of the London Underworld”. Their father wants good matches for his daughters. Only the daughters aren’t the most malleable pawns to his ambitions. Cleo, in Lessons From A Scandalous Bride, is one of those daughters. She agrees to marry someone well-bred and focuses her energies on a very old, decrepit earl – she has her reasons! But then his young, virile, sexy Scotsman comes along to shake up her world, thwarting her plans and tempting her.
Shana: This is the second book in your Forgotten Princesses series. What if readers haven’t yet picked up Wicked in Your Arms? Can they still enjoy Lessons From a Scandalous Bride? And how many books are planned in the series?
Sophie Jordan: Absolutely! You can dive in at any time. The books are stand-alone, although you might prefer to read Wicked in Your Arms first. Actually, the first Forgotten Princess sister is Marguerite, and her book is Wicked Nights With A Lover. There are a total of four sisters. Cleo is the third.
There’s one more Forgotten Princesses book after Lessons From A Scandalous Bride. It’s Annalise’s book – no title yet. The exciting thing about Annalise’s book is that her story will be my actual retelling of The Beggar Princess …yes, that means she will be thrown over the side of the wedding barge by her husband on her wedding night! Obviously, the hero is not the man she married but someone else. I’ve waited so long to tell this story! I can’t wait.
Shana: You also write paranormals as Sharie Kohler and Young Adult novels as Sophie Jordan. How do you manage to juggle all those books and genres?
Sophie Jordan: I just try to tackle it one deadline at a time. I’m on a three book a year schedule. It can be overwhelming during the summer when my kids are home from school, but I’m pretty used to this schedule by now. It also helps to have a supportive spouse that understands my work load/schedule.
Shana: I’ve known you for years, but our readers may not be aware that you have two precocious offspring and an assistant—I mean, husband. How do you manage to find time to write with a busy family life?
Sophie Jordan: My husband started helping me when it became clear I needed an assistant. It has definitely freed me to write more. I think my writing style has adapted to having children underfoot. I don’t need silence or solitude to write. I write when I can … in snatches during the day, and then an hour or two at night when everyone is asleep. Of course, when the kids are in school, I can get a lot more done. Weekends I almost always discount and give to the family. If I write on weekends, it’s almost only at night.
Shana: Finally, tell us what you have coming next.
Sophie Jordan: Next up is the release of HIDDEN, the last book in my young adult Firelight trilogy. If you like the romance in my adult novels, there’s still plenty of romance and adventure in my YA. I also just finished the first draft of my next young adult novel, Uninvited. Here’s a peek at that:
The first in a two-book series pitched as The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report; in which a teen’s perfect world unravels when mandatory genetic profiling reveals she’s a carrier for HTS (Homicidal Tendency Syndrome), otherwise known as the “kill gene” and she’s forced to question herself, her world, and her love.
And now that I’ve completed the draft of Uninvited, I’ve started the final Forgotten Princesses book – yay!
Readers, now it’s your turn. What’s one lesson you think any bride should know? One reader who comments will be randomly chosen to win copies of Lessons From a Scandalous Bride. The winner will be announced on Sunday and contacted via email.
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