Friday, August 05, 2011

Vicky Dreiling: The Rules in Regency England

The idea for HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL originated the afternoon my daughter and I watched the movie He’s Just Not That Into You. The vulnerability of the couples negotiating the complicated modern dating scene really grabbed me. After seeing the movie, I recalled that controversial how-to book The Rules. I bought a copy and to my surprise, I learned that The Rules is based on the advice of a grandmother who received numerous proposals back in 1917. When I read that, I just couldn’t resist writing a Regency-era version.

In HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL, my hero Hawk reluctantly agrees to be the guardian for his best friend’s sister Lady Julianne for the season. Hawk and Julianne have known one another since she was a little girl. But in the year since he last set eyes on her, Julianne has undergone a subtle womanly transformation, and she’s acquired a bit more polish. Hawk is a bit taken aback at first, but he’s determined to think of her as his ward. After all, a friend’s sister is forbidden. He has no idea that Julianne is determined to win his heart.

Matters go awry when Hawk denies his attraction to her after a steamy waltz. Julianne is at first heartbroken, but soon she’s angry that he would toy with her. Determined to get even, Julianne secretly pens a pamphlet advising young ladies how to entice determined bachelors to the altar. Needless to say the notorious pamphlet creates quite the scandal.

I had a blast writing HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL. It was especially fun to watch Hawk try to deal with his growing attraction to Julianne. But best of all, I loved their happy ending.

Thanks for stopping by to visit with me!  I will give away a copy of HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL to one commenter US & CA only.

Vicky Dreiling is the bestselling author of HOW TO MARRY A DUKE and HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL. She’s also a historical romance junkie, anglophile, and yes, she really did set off an alarm in Windsor Castle.  To learn more about Vicky’s books and listen to her playlists, visit her website:


Sonali said...

Vicky, How to Seduce a Scoundrel sounds absolutely scandalous. I love a heroine who knows what she wants and goes after it even if she does create a bit of scandal on her way...

Can't wait to read your new book and wishing you all the best for it.

marybelle said...

HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL is on my list. My kind of book. I'm eager to get hold of the pamphlet myself.

Laurie G said...

It does sound like Julianna turns Hawk's life upside down! I do like the guardian falling in love theme.

I'm off to check out your website.

johnslake at usa dot com

Man Candy Fans said...

Thanks Sonali, Marybelle, and Laurie G - I had fun writing the book. Cheers!

Vicky Dreiling

Pat Cochran said...

Seems as if Ms. Vicki writes some very
good "how to" books! I won't share with
Honey the titles of these books which I
will certainly be reading!! LOL

Pat Cochran

romancebookworm said...

I had a blast reading Hawk and Julianne's story. Got a love a woman that knows who and what she wants! Keep up the amazing writing and know that we will continue to enjoy it!

Michele L. said...

Woohoo! Love the cover and title! Definitely putting your book on my To-Buy list! Love your books Vicki!

Georgie Lee said...

I enjoyed reading about how history influenced your story. Congrats on the new release.

Lisa Jo @ Once Upon A Chapter said...

Hawk sounds like a great hero! Oh! And who can resist a 'steamy waltz!' Squeee! Love those!


Lisa @ Once Upon A Chapter

Na said...

I like how Lady Julianne takes charge of her situation and turns it into a fun adventure. I'm glad her and Hawk have some history since he's best friend with her brother. It makes it sweeter when they do fidn themselves in love.