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.