Interview with historical romance author Darcy Burke

Today’s guest, Darcy Burke, is doing a tour for her historical romance series, Secrets and Scandals. There are blurbs and excerpts for all 3 novels below. The interview highlights the newest novel, To Seduce a Scoundrel.
Darcy will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, a copy of the anthology Born to Bite, an ebook of The Runaway Countess by Leigh LaValle, and a Sara Ramsey ebook. If you want to be entered to win, make sure to leave your email address with a comment below or at any of her other tour stops. (If you don’t want to enter, you can still comment!)

She is also running a contest on her website: sign up for her newsletter during the tour and you might win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Bio: 
Darcy Burke wrote her first book
at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female
swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. An RWA Golden Heart® Finalist, Darcy loves all things British
(except tomatoes for breakfast, or any other time of day, actually) and happy
ever afters.
A
native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted
husband, their two great kids, and three cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a
serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,”
but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her
happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge. 

Visit Darcy
online at
http://www.darcy-burke.com, follow her on
Twitter at
http://twitter.com/darcyburke, or like her
Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/darcyburkefans.
 

Welcome, Darcy. Please
tell us about your current release.
To
Seduce a Scoundrel
is the third book in the Secrets and Scandals series. Set
half in London and half in Cornwall, it’s the second “fight club” book in the
series, following His Wicked Heart, which introduced readers to Philippa and
Ambrose. I like to describe the opening of this book as Regency Date Night—that
movie with Steve Carrell and Tina Fey. Ambrose and Philippa encounter a series
of misadventures that literally change the course of their lives. It’s quite a
roller coaster! I call this a “fight club” book because Ambrose, Lord Sevrin,
runs a fight club made up entirely of working class men who spend their
evenings engaging in pugilistic bouts. They have to audition for Sevrin to gain
membership to the club, which is what Jasper does in His Wicked Heart (the
first fight club book). The club is a huge part of who Ambrose is at the start
of the story. Fighting plays a major role throughout the book, which is funny
because I don’t watch boxing, nor do I particularly care for the sport! I did a
lot of research and hope the pugilism aspect of the story is as interesting for
readers as it was for me to write.
Blurb for To Seduce a Scoundrel:
A LADY
ON THE BRINK OF DISASTER
Quintessential
debutante Lady Philippa Latham is determined to avoid scandal at all costs so
that she may marry well. When her mother’s outrageous behavior threatens their
family’s reputation, Philippa
unwittingly
follows her to a party no unmarried Society girl would risk attending. As if
that wasn’t bad enough, Philippa is “rescued” from disaster by England’s most
notorious scoundrel, which sets them both on a path
to public and personal ruin.
A
SCOUNDREL IN NEED OF SEDUCTION
Lord
Ambrose Sevrin
is infamous for ruining his brother’s fiancée and refusing to marry
her. Content to remain among the fringe of the upper ten thousand, he is an
intriguing enigma to London’s elite. Philippa thinks she’s met the true
Ambrose—a gentleman who
would fight to defend her and help her secure a husband before it’s too late.
But he can’t be that husband, even for her. He won’t tolerate redemption—or
love—for his crimes are far worse than anyone can imagine.

Excerpt from To Seduce a Scoundrel:
“Is
that what you’ve been doing with your dance partners tonight? Husband hunting?”
The notion filled Ambrose with a disturbing sense of nausea.
“Yes.”
They
danced apart again and Ambrose took the opportunity to mentally review the men he’d
watched her with. When they came together, he said, “That foreign boy…you
danced with him out of obligation, not because you’re considering his suit?”
Philippa
smiled up at him, her ale-colored eyes sparkling beneath the glow of hundreds
of candles. “Oh, stop. I’m not considering his suit, but he’s perfectly
charming.”
“Charm
is your chief requirement in a husband?”
Her
body moved with precision and grace. “Along with honor and kindness.”
“You
might do better with a dog.”
She
laughed as they danced apart again. Such a warm, lovely sound. He would miss
it.
When
they came together, she gave him a contemplative look. “Is there a breed you
recommend?”
“Something
loyal who’s ready to defend you.”
“Like
you?” She gazed at him alluringly and he had to work to focus on the dance
steps.
“That
is not how I’d describe myself.” Unfaithful,
selfish, arrogant
…these were far more accurate adjectives.
“But
your ability to defend me and my honor is well-established. And here you are
with me again tonight.” She shook her head, her lips set firmly together. “I’m
dubbing you loyal.”

He leaned forward slightly and lowered his voice to just above a
whisper. “Please, stop. You’re going to reverse my black reputation. I can’t
have that.”

What inspired you to write this book?
I’d wanted to write a story about a man whose passions got the best of him, and so he starts a fight club to better cope with them. That was going to be His Wicked Heart, featuring Jasper, the Earl of Saxton. However, in that story, Jasper ended up joining an already existing fight club—Sevrin’s—and so I found that I needed to write a story about the guy who started the fight club!
What
exciting story are you working on next?
I’m
working on the next book in the Secrets and Scandals series, which is a novella
due out at the end of September. To Love a Thief features a character readers
met very briefly in Her Wicked Ways, Lord Kersey. A former constable, he’s
inherited a viscountcy from a distant relative, which is both a blessing and a
curse. A curse because he doesn’t know the first thing about how to be a
viscount and a blessing because the title gives him the ability to advocate
police reform at the highest levels of Society and in the House of Lords. The
only thing he needs is a viscountess to help him navigate his new life, and he
thinks he might have found her until he catches her stealing from his mentor.
When Jocelyn sees her family’s stolen heirlooms in the possession of a wealthy
earl, she demands their return. However, the earl insists they’ve been in his
family for generations and Jocelyn realizes it’s her word against his. She sets
out to recover the treasures the only way she can think—by stealing them. I can’t
wait to share this story with readers! Watch my website—and subscribe to my
newsletter—for the latest information on this story, including the cover reveal
coming soon!
After
To Love a Thief, the final two books
of the series will follow. Never Love a
Scoundrel
about the mysterious Lord Lockwood and the gossipy Lady Lydia
Prewitt will be out in December, and Scoundrel
Ever After
about dangerous bad boy Jagger and wallflower Audrey Cheswick is
due in March 2013.
When
did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’ve
considered myself a writer most of my adult life. I’ve done technical writing
for banks and software companies, written marketing creative, and written and
edited for a variety of non-profit publications. I started writing romance with
a goal of publication about six years ago.
Do
you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do
other than write and how do you find time to write?
Yes,
I write full time. My work day is a bit haphazard as it’s largely dependent on
my kids, ages 11 and 7. During the school year, my schedule is much more
regular as I can plan my day around school. Since I work at home, I pretty much
work all the time, which can be good and bad. My kids are a priority, but they
also understand I have to work and that my job is at home. They don’t mind sharing
me with work because they prefer that to me having to go to a job somewhere
else (and I do too!).
What
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’m
not sure I have a quirk, but I spend far too much time herding cats off my desk
and/or chair. One of our three cats in particular is a bit of a pest. Love her,
but she invariably sits right on top of what I’m trying to look at!
As
a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A
teacher or a movie star. J I took a class in
college that was a prerequisite to pursuing a teaching certificate. The class
included practical experience in a classroom, and I wrote a bunch of papers
where the more I used the teacher’s favorite buzzwords, the better my grade. I
aced that class, but after attending a local school board meeting and
witnessing the politics involved in education, I decided teaching wasn’t for
me. While I’m not a teacher, I’ve been quite involved in my kids’ schools,
serving in the parent support organization (like my bio says: serial volunteer!)
and working in the classroom, which I really enjoy. So maybe I could’ve been a
teacher!
Anything
additional you want to share with the readers?
I
just want to thank everyone who’s downloaded or bought one of my books. I know
there are a lot of choices out there, so I’m thrilled when someone decides to
curl up with one of my stories. I sincerely hope to provide a satisfying
reading experience. Thanks for having me today!

It’s been my pleasure to host you as part of your virtual book tour.

Readers, remember Darcy will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card, a copy of the anthology Born to Bite, an ebook of The Runaway Countess by Leigh LaValle, and a Sara Ramsey ebook. If you want to be entered to win, make sure to leave your email address with a comment below. (If you don’t want to enter, you can still comment!)

She is also running a contest on her website: sign up for her newsletter during the tour and you might win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Here are the blurbs and excerpts for the first 2 books in the series:

Blurb for book 1: Her Wicked Ways
SHE WAS HIS SAVIOR
Banished from London
for her reckless behavior, Lady Miranda Sinclair is robbed by a dashing
highwayman en route to the country. By offering him a kiss in lieu of the
jewels she had to leave behind, she commits the very type of act that caused
her exile. When her dour guardians extend her punishment to performing
charitable work at the local orphanage, she’s further tempted by the home’s
owner, a provincial gentleman who stirs her passion in a most wicked way.
HE WAS HER DOWNFALL
Desperate to save
his orphanage from financial catastrophe, Montgomery “Fox” Foxcroft
leads a double life as a highwayman. The arrival of wealthy, well-connected
Miranda, whose kiss he can’t forget, presents a lawful opportunity to increase
his coffers. His problems seem solved—until she rejects his suit. Out of
options and falling for the heiress, Fox must risk what principles he has left
and take advantage of her wicked ways—even if it ruins them both. 

Excerpt from Her Wicked Ways:
She sighed, a sound of deep regret. “I
told you, I have no money.”
“You’re lying. You reek of wealth.” Fox
sniffed loudly to punctuate his statement and got a nose full of her alluring
scent for his trouble.
“I know.” Her lips curved into a small,
almost seductive smile. It stole his breath. Literally. When he finally
remembered to take air, he did so quite audibly. Her mouth widened then, and
her face shone like the sun on the brightest summer day.
What the hell kind of highwayman fixated
on some chit like a cheap Byron impostor?
Fox reined in his wayward lust. “You
must have something of value. A piece of jewelry? A quizzing glass?”
She arched a brow. “What do you take me
for? A doddering dowager?”
Good God, no. Never that. If they’d been
anywhere else, he would’ve laughed.
Instead, he called out to Rob, as much
to distract himself from her as to determine his
steward’s progress. “How are you doing over there?” He was careful to lower his
voice lest Carmody determine his identity. Highway robbery shouldn’t be this
bloody complicated.
“Coming along. Gent’s being quite
accommodating.”
He returned his attention to the girl,
disappointed she hadn’t sprouted a wart in the last few seconds. “I don’t have
time to discuss the finer points of your doddering or lack thereof. Return to
the carriage and retrieve whatever it is you have of value. I’d hate to have to
use my pistol.”
Her gaze flicked downward. “Your
pistol?”
Hell’s teeth, had she just looked at his
crotch?
“You’re not even pointing it at me.”
She was quite maddeningly correct.
Blurb for book 2: His Wicked Heart
IT’S
HARD TO BE RESPECTABLE
Jasper Sinclair,
Earl of Saxton, made a bargain with his devil of a father to marry in one month’s time. But instead of shackling himself to
an acceptable debutante, he indulges his baser
needs. He joins a fighting club and pursues a delectable woman who may
not be what she seems. Soon he finds himself battling addictions that threaten
his already wicked heart.
WHEN YOU’D RATHER BE
WICKED
Orphaned
seamstress Olivia West wants the chance to lead an honest, respectable life,
but the arrogant Earl of Saxton launches a daunting campaign to make her his
mistress.
Destitute and desperate,
she agrees to one night with the dangerous lord, hatching a scheme to take his
money and keep her virtue. However, Jasper uncovers
her deception and vows to claim what he’s owed—not his money, her.

Excerpt from His Wicked Heart:
Olivia stood taller and thrust her chin
at him. “I came from Devon several months ago and took a position at the
theatre as a seamstress. I only filled in onstage for an actress who left
temporarily to care for a sick relative. It was then I had the misfortune of
encountering—and being bedeviled—by you.”
Bedeviled? He’d show her bedeviled.
Jasper closed the gap between them until they nearly touched. “And when is it exactly that you came from Devon?”
She tipped her head back, but didn’t
shrink from him. An auburn curl loosened and grazed her ivory cheek. “March.”
He took in the graceful sweep of her
neck, partially covered from his hungry gaze by the starched collar of her
shirt beneath the deep sage green of her riding habit. His lust threatened to
destroy any semblance of propriety, which, alone as they were in the gallery,
was nonexistent. “So you really are from Devon.”
“Yes.” Her voice deepened, stirring his
desire further.
He tucked the stray lock of hair behind
her ear. “And your parents died last year. Were they ill?”
Her breathing hitched as his fingers
skimmed the outer shell, and he felt a surge of triumph. “A coaching accident.”
“You said you didn’t own any horses.”
The flash of disquiet in her eyes
confirmed the lie. She drew back, and his body regretted that his mind had
pursued this course instead of kissing her senseless. “They’d borrowed someone
else’s carriage.” A plausible excuse, but he still didn’t believe her.
So disappointing—both her dishonesty and
his unquenched lust. “Ah, and therein lies the tragedy.”
She turned, quickly, before she showed
him any emotion.
Liar.


12 thoughts on “Interview with historical romance author Darcy Burke

  1. JackieW says:

    I'm always looking for new authors to read…I think I've found one…your book sounds like one I would enjoy reading.
    JFWisherd (at) aol (dot) com

  2. Unknown says:

    I love historical romances, thanks for introducing me to a new author I've never read before. I'll have to check out the books on amazon.

  3. Darcy Burke says:

    Hi Ingeborg, MomJane, and Trix – good to see you here! 🙂

    Jackie, Joye, and Shannon: You can get the first book, Her Wicked Ways, FREE at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords right now. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Karen H says:

    Just popping in to say HI and sorry I missed visiting with you on party day! Hope you all had a good time!

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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