The Jaunty Quills are excited to present historical romance author Susanna Ives, author of Wicked Little Secrets. This book has garnered great reviews and praise. It’s a nominee for Best First Book for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book awards and Eloisa James included it on her Barnes and Noble Best of 2013 list.


Readers, keep reading to find out how to win your copy.

Shana: Welcome, Susanna! Tell us about Wicked Little Secrets. Is this part of a series or a standalone?

Susanna Ives: Thank you so much for letting me come and play on the Jaunty Quills blog!

Wicked Little Secrets is a funny, fast-paced, and wickedly sexy adventure in Victorian London. Vivienne Taylor has finally won her family’s approval by getting engaged to the wealthy John Vandergrift. She is determined to uphold her fiancé’s rigid Victorian ideal of womanhood. But when her beloved aunt gets enmeshed in a vicious blackmail scheme, she can only turn to her childhood hero, the notorious rake and adventurer Viscount Dashiell. 

The book is the first in the Wicked series which is set in Victorian London.

Shana: Tell us all about your hero Viscount Dashiell. He’s described as a notorious rake and adventurer. He sounds delish!

Susanna Ives: My first book was set in Regency England but I decided with Wicked Little Secrets to switch to the Victorian era. Then I started throwing every Victorian cliché I could think of into the story.  I made Dashiell a world traveler because at that time the British were all over the globe, building their empire, seeking treasures or exploring virgin lands.

Also, Dashiell has some issues with women. So, he collects safe, beautiful Greek statues, which can’t hurt him or drive him mad. Then Vivienne comes along and upsets his wild world.

Shana: I love historical romance with adventure, and it sounds like yours has plenty. Did you enjoy that aspect of the plot? Do you think readers of historical romance are looking for more adventure in their books (and yes, this might be a self-serving question!)?

Susanna Ives: Don’t we all want adventure and interesting, sexy men?

I wasn’t sure what I was doing when I started Wicked Little Secrets. I was just writing. Many of my friends are mystery writers, so for a bit, I thought I was writing a mystery. My agent believed it was a stronger romance than mystery, so I edited down the mayhem and accented the love. I have to admit the book was difficult to write.  I twisted my brain trying to get all the threads tied together without being obvious. So hats off to mystery writers!

Shana:  I noticed you have a lot of research links on your website and your blog is also full of interesting historical tidbits. Do you enjoy research? How much research did you do for Wicked Little Secrets?

Susanna Ives: I love research, just not researching my own book. I have a passion for history that extends beyond writing. My blog is filled with interesting tidbits that I found in old books. Typically, I post public domain source material. I really wish I had more time to devote to my blog. It’s like my little research garden. Also, I forget a great deal, and my bookmarks are a mess. Those hundreds of research links on my blog are for me.

I did a great deal of research for Wicked Little Secrets on strange, tiny details that most people wouldn’t notice: were Persian cats bred in 1845? Did plain-clothed police investigators exist? Could a solicitor speak in police court but not in the other courts?

Shana: Finally, tell us what you have coming next.

Susanna Ives: More Victorian wickedness!

Readers, now it’s your turn. Do you enjoy a little mystery with your romance? And doesn’t a book with wicked and secrets in the title sound delicious? One reader who comments will be randomly chosen to win a copy of Wicked Little Secrets (US/Canada only). The winner will be announced Sunday and contacted via email.


Susanna Ives grew up in the rural South, where she spent most of her youth at the local theater, acting in productions, working in the lighting booth, and building sets. Eventually she left her small town for the city lights of Atlanta, where she attended college and worked in corporations as a multimedia developer. These days she chases after her two curious, energetic children, designs web pages, and writes.

You can learn more about Susanna Ives’ work at:

 Website/Blog  | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Google+

45 thoughts on “The Jaunties Welcome Susanna Ives

  1. Lisa Hutson says:

    A little mystery is good. And of course, wicked and secrets are awesome words in a title. haha Really. 🙂
    And on top of the hard to answer questions, it is a terrific cover. 😉

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Thank you! I LOVE the cover. It’s so lush and sexy.

  2. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

    Welcome! I love mystery with my romance!!

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Thanks for having me, Shana. The Jaunty Quills blog is just beautiful.

  3. girlygirlhoosier52 says:

    I love a bit of mystery to my romance… Thanks for sharing!

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Thank you!

  4. Melissa Cowling Terry says:

    I like mystery mixed in with the romance. I am not a really adventurous person so I live my adventures through the safety of books. Anything with wicked and secrets in the title sparks my interest. I look forward to reading your book.

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Thank you. These days, I’m a bit home bound, so I live my adventures in books (and BBC’s Sherlock) too.

  5. Cindy Hutcheson says:

    Both a little wicked and a little mysterious? Sounds great!

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Thank you!

  6. Laurie W G says:

    Hi Suzanna,

    WOW! I love the cover! The dress is such a beautiful color. Handsome couple too. Storyline, yes a little intrigue spices up a romance! It’s amazing to me all of the little details that make a book accurate. I’m off to your website to see all of your fun research facts.

    Best wishes for your books!

    I’d love to read John and Vivienne’s exciting love story!

    johns lake at usa dot com

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Oh, thank you! And I hope you enjoy the blog! It’s my little research baby. Have a great weekend!

  7. Sue Gorman says:

    I love intrigue and romance !
    Your book sounds wonderful!
    Have a great weekend!

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Thanks! May you have a wonderful weekend as well.

  8. Terri C. says:

    Yes! I do enjoy a bit of a mystery with my historical romances and have read several lately. Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      The Victorian era just begs for mysteries as you had Poe, Dickens, and Doyle writing the early ones.

  9. May says:

    Yup… I like a little mystery with my romance. 🙂

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      It adds a little spice and intrigue…

  10. RobynDeHart RobynDeHart says:

    Welcome Susanna, your book sounds right up my alley! I write Victorian-set adventures too. 🙂 Congrats on your RT nom too.

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Thank you! I’m thrilled. So nice to meet you. Those busy Victorians were always on adventures- finding the source of the Nile, exploring polar regions,etc! It’s fun to write about them.

  11. LSUReader says:

    The title, the description–it all sounds good. I enjoy mystery and adventure in my romance novels. Thanks for visiting today.

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Thank you for your kind words!

  12. Maria says:

    This book sounds like something I definitely want to read! I don’t mind a little mystery in a romance, but not at the expense of the romantic story. Many authors do this very well, including Sarah MacLean, Shana Galen, and Zoe Archer, and I love their stories.

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Wicked Little Secrets has pretty strong mystery and comic elements. And I think that Shana Galen author is awesome!

  13. Crystal Broyles says:

    A little mystery is great. It makes for a more exciting read. Love the cover to your book. 🙂

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Thank you! I could just look at the cover all day…

  14. Debbie Mccreary says:

    Mystery along with romance is good. But combine mystery, wicked and secrets and you got a winner!

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Hahaha! Thank you!

  15. Virginia says:

    Oh yes I love a little mystery in my romance. Your book looks fabulous and I would love to win. Love the cover, its beautiful.

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Thank you! And good luck!

  16. Michelle Fidler says:

    I love to read mysteries so that addition would be great. Secrets, etc., bring them on! Also, I love cats and you mentioned researching cats so I hope there’s a cat in the book.

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Sorry, the cat was for a painting in the book. There is a pug dog! Do you like dogs? Have a great weekend.

  17. Deb Hinshaw says:

    OOOOH, the cover is so lush! The color of the heroine’s gown is gorgeous! My favorite color is pink of any hue, and this fuchsia is beautiful. I like a little bit of mystery in stories, but, I will be honest, not a lot. I have read books in the past that had me wondering if they were romantic mysteries or mysterious romances, hehe. Wicked and secrets makes for a clever and intriguing title. Congratulations, Susanna, on the release!!

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Thank you! I adore the color combination! Wicked Little Secrets has strong mystery and comic elements.

  18. Sheryl N says:

    I love when there is some mystery in my romance, especially a historical one. I love that cover and can’t wait to read this! Thanks

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Thanks! I should mention it’s a rather wicked little mystery that the hero and heroine must unravel.

  19. Raquel Gallardo-Procell says:

    I do enjoy a little mystery with my romance and now I’m intrigued to know what these wicked little secrets really are 😉

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Ooh, very naughty secrets. The kind that make Victorian women reach for their smelling salts. Thanks for commenting!

  20. Lisa says:

    I Loved your book! Twists, turns, dark alleys, halo’s and men in wigs and gowns…oh my! The mystery was a great wrinkle. I have you on my to be followed list!

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Oh, yay! I’m so happy you enjoyed the book. Have a great weekend.

  21. Marcy Shuler says:

    I like a little mystery, as long as it doesn’t overshadow the romance. How many books are you planning for this series, Susanna? I love series/connected stories. 🙂

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      There will be two more books in the Wicked Victorian series. They have different characters but keep the same tone and humor.

  22. Barbara E. says:

    A little mystery always adds to the story in my opinion, and since I’ve always enjoyed a good mystery, I’m all for it. I think having wicked and secrets in the title sound great, they definitely catch my interest.

    1. Susanna Ives says:

      Thanks! I enjoy a yummy mystery as well, but I always need an element of romance in them. Basically, in my favorite books two people fall in love and it ends well.

  23. jcp says:

    A little is good

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