Jaunty: Hello! It is I, Jaunty P. Quills, Porcupine Extraordinaire, and I am here with yet another fabulous, poignant, and awe-inspiring interview. This time I have Shana Galen, author of When You Give a Porcupine a Pine Nut. Shana, how are you?
Shana: I was fine until—
Jaunty: I’m doing well, thank you for asking. Now to the important questions: do you think my fur looks a little drab? I was thinking of having it highlighted.
Shana: Jaunty, I really don’t care about your fur, and don’t point your needles at me. I have a lot of work to do and no time for your shenanigans.
Jaunty: My—? You authors! Always using those big words. You can just say how awesome I am in plain terms, Shana. You don’t have to use a thesaurus. Now, let’s talk about you.
Shana: Great. I have a book out this month.
Jaunty: Right. And back to me. Did you know there are two dozen porcupine species? Guess which one I am.
Shana: Jaunty, I don’t care.
Jaunty: Come on, guess!
Shana: Are we going to talk about When You Give a Duke a Diamond?
Jaunty: What’s that?
Shana: My new book. The one you’re interviewing me about.
Jaunty: I thought your book was about porcupines and pine nuts.
Shana: No, you didn’t! You just want it to be about porcupines. It’s actually about a glamorous Regency courtesan who gets mixed up with some dangerous diamonds and an equally dangerous duke.
Jaunty: Snooze. Did you know porcupines can live on their own at only two months of age. Tell your Baby Galen that!
Shana: Jaunty, I’m just going to post the links to the book and the blurb, okay?
Jaunty: Are you saying this interview is over? No one tells me when my interviews are over.
Shana: Do you have another question?
Jaunty: As a matter of fact–
Shana: About my book.
Jaunty: This interview is officially over. Go out and buy When you Give a Porcupine a Pine Nut.
Shana: (bangs head on desk) Never mind. Here’s the info about When You Give a Duke a Diamond, the first in my Jewels of the Ton series. And tell me your favorite jewel for a chance to win a copy of When You Give a Duke a Diamond. The contest is open internationally, and the winner will be posted on Sunday and notified by email.
He had a perfectly orderly life…
William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that’s the way he likes it. But he’s in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossip papers link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn’t begin to describe what happens next…
Until she came along…
Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It’s disruptive to have the duke who is the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William’s darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide…
Read an excerpt from When You Give a Duke a Diamond
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