They say all the girls love a soldier, and all the girls love a Prince Charming – so what happens when one man is both at the same time?
That’s what my June 2014 release is about. The Soldier Prince is part of the 200: Harley Street continuity series, set in a clinic of plastic surgeons in London.
Working on a continuity is great fun– it means you get to bounce ideas off other authors working on the same series, and you can have a lot of fun with their characters. Amy Andrews and I had particular fun with my hero and hers – two Alpha males locking horns.
I think my editor had a lot of fun choosing the pictures for my story of the continuity – because she sent me a picture of Antonio Banderas as inspiration for my hero! She knows I’ve had a crush on Antonio for years and years, and the amount of times I’ve begged for him as my cover model (she always just laughs and says no).
It meant I had a little bit of fun, too, in giving my hero attributes from various Banderas films – and for once my ed let me get away with it. So you have the guitar-playing from Desperado; the fencing from Zorro (and I pinched his nickname from there, too); the ballroom dancing from Take the Lead; and the semi-secret nature of his job from My Spy and Spy Kids (have I mentioned that I have a *lot* of Banderas films to choose from?).
Add in a totally gorgeous house at the edge of Regent’s Park (the one I used as a basis was for sale for something like £35 million!), a feisty heroine with a seriously dark past, and you have glamour and emotion a-plenty.
I’m giving away a signed copy of The Soldier Prince to one commentator. To be in with the chance to win, tell me your favourite Banderas film!
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