Extras: The Inside Take

The Inside Take

This is where I tell you interesting connections between characters as well as cool historical facts that you might enjoy. But do be aware that these are written for people who have already read each book; the outcome of the books are no secret. Please do not read any of The Inside Take posts if you're wary of knowing who is paired with whom!

All the ExtrasTop of Page

Inside When the Duke Returns

This is the fourth book in the Desperate Duchess series. So, although it stands alone, a number of characters appeared first in earlier books, such as the Duke of Villiers, and the Duke and Duchess of Beaumont (Jemma and Elijah). Jemma’s story, This Duchess of Mine, will be next in the series, publishing in June, 2009. […]

Read More →

All the ExtrasTop of Page

Inside Duchess By Night

This is the third book in the Desperate Duchess series. Although it stands alone, there are a number of characters that appeared first in Desperate Duchesses, such as the Duke and Duchess of Beaumont (Jemma and Elijah). The Duchess series has a formal structure: each new book opens at the same party that closed the previous […]

Read More →

All the ExtrasTop of Page

Inside Desperate Duchesses

I dedicated this book to my father, Robert Bly, winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. Least you think that I am the only one in the family writing of love, here’s a snippet of one of my father’s love poems, taken from Loving a Woman in Two Worlds (1985): I want to be […]

Read More →

All the ExtrasTop of Page

Inside An Affair Before Christmas

This is the second book in the Desperate Duchess series. So, although it stands alone, there are a number of characters that appeared first in Desperate Duchesses, such as the Duke and Duchess of Beaumont (Jemma and Elijah). An Affair Before Christmas opens at the same party that closed Desperate Duchesses – a party thrown by Jemma to celebrate her brother […]

Read More →

All the ExtrasTop of Page

Inside Once Upon a Tower

As a Shakespeare professor, I teach Romeo and Juliet every year—one would think the play held no mysteries for me. But I’d been plagued by the question of what Romeo and Juliet’s marriage would look like if their parents hadn’t been so grumpy. Here I am, answering a reader’s question about where the play fits in to the novel. […]

Read More →

All the ExtrasTop of Page