Extras: 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!
Sebastian’s mother originally began as a truly tough, nasty character (I wrote Sebastian’s visit with his mother, now Chapter Six, first). But I’m not much good at writing truly villainous types – and how did Sebastian become so great if his mother was a true horror? – so before I noticed it, she wiggled her […]Read More →
The Duchess quartet should be read in this order: Duchess in Love, Fool for Love, A Wild Pursuit, Your Wicked Ways. I wanted Simon to be a challenge: a man who wore lace, appeared to be without any money, and had no title. Thus he was a man who had none of the obvious testosterone markers that signal HERO to […]Read More →
If you’d like to see more of Carola, read the novella “A Fool Again.” Since this book takes place after Duchess in Love, Carola and Tuppy are happily married. Tuppy doesn’t appear, because he’s off fishing, but Carola is happily knitting tiny booties! The Duchess quartet should be read in this order: Duchess in Love, Fool for Love, A Wild Pursuit, Your Wicked […]Read More →
Josie’s sisters – Tess, Annabel, and Imogen – married in the three books that precede Pleasure for Pleasure. The proper order of the four books is: Much Ado About You, Kiss Me, Annabel, Taming of the Duke and, finally, Pleasure for Pleasure. But they read perfectly well out of order as well. Josie quotes the poet Andrew Marvell to Mayne, teasing […]Read More →
Cristobel’s songs come from a wonderful collection of seductive verse: Bawdy Verse: A Pleasant Collection, edited by E. J. Burford and published by Penguin in 1982. The songs in his collection date from around 1400-1786; I judged some too wild for our delicate contemporary ears Josie distorts Shakespeare on page 113, as Annabel points out. She’s […]Read More →