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.
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