Please give a warm welcome to Julie Ann Long this morning! I am so excited to have her visiting the virtual offices that I stayed up all night cleaning the dashboard in anticipation of her visit.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning!! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Julie Ann Long] Curious. Intense. Eclectic. Amused. Observant.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book?
[Julie Ann Long] Inveterate rogue Ian Eversea finally meets his match in orphaned American Heiress Titania “Tansy” Danforth. And irony of ironies, the one woman who finally has him thinking about forever is the one woman he can never have—she’s the Duke of Falconbridge’s ward, and he has the last say in who she marries. And if you’ve read WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE, you’ll understand why.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Julie Ann Long] Readers have been eager for Ian Eversea’s story since he first upended the Duke of Falconbridge’s world in WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE (and really inadvertently, and in a roundabout way, helped the duke find his true love). And I knew it was time to tell Ian’s story and resolve his rather, er, tense standoff with the Duke of Falconbridge.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
[Julie Ann Long] Writing the perfect heroine for Ian Eversea—Ian and Tansy’s dialogue, banter, and growing relationship was just a pleasure to write, and the scenes between the two of them crackled as I wrote them—it felt so natural. I also loved setting up the ultimate confrontation between Ian and the Duke of Falconbridge. They legendarily, er, crossed swords in WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE. I’m very happy with how it concludes! I hope readers will be, too.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Julie Ann Long] You mean, the theme song they play when I stroll out onto the Tonight Show stage, that sort of thing? Brick House, by the Commodores. Ha! Maybe “Glad Girls” by Guided by Voices? “Moby Dick” by Led Zeppelin? Too many choices!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
[Julie Ann Long] My house keys!! (not after that one time, anyway…)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Julie Ann Long] My cat. A cup of green tea. The number “11” in a tiny ornate frame.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Julie Ann Long] Hmmm…I think my cat. I wouldn’t have to cook—my meals would magically appear before me!—and I love back rubs and head scratches. And I’ve always wondered what it would be like to sleep in a nice pile of warm laundry.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Julie Ann Long] The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson were both brilliant reads. I’m also going through a strange little phase where I’m reading a lot of Faith Baldwin romances written in the 30’s and 40’s. She was the first Nora Roberts, if you will, and she’s a delightful writer.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Julie Ann Long] Reading! Naturally, right? I read a LOT. I love hiking/walking, great live music of all kinds, amazing food, museums, art shows, lectures, the ballet, just hanging out with good friends and laughing until it hurts.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Julie Ann Long] Readers can find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJulieAnneLong, Twitter at @JulieAnneLong, and on my website, http://www.julieannelong.com. I look forward to hearing from everybody!
Between the Devil and Ian Eversea
Pennyroyal Green Series #9
By: Julie Ann Long
Releasing March 25th, 2014
She might look like an angel…
The moment orphaned American heiress Titania “Tansy” Danforth arrives on English shores she cuts a swath through Sussex, enslaving hearts and stealing beaux. She knows she’s destined for a spectacular titled marriage—but the only man who fascinates her couldn’t be more infamous…or less interested.
…but it takes a devil to know one…
A hardened veteran of war, inveterate rogue Ian Eversea keeps women enthralled, his heart guarded and his options open: why should he succumb to the shackles of marriage when devastating good looks and Eversea charm make seduction so easy?
…and Heaven has never been hotter.
When Ian is forced to call her on her game, he never dreams the unmasked Tansy—vulnerable, brave, achingly sensual—will tempt him beyond endurance. And fight as he will, this notorious bachelor who stood down enemies on a battlefield might finally surrender his heart…and be brought to his knees by love.
Link to Pennyroyal Green Series at Goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/series/45155-pennyroyal-green
The author of five popular novels from Warner and eight from Avon, Julie Anne Long lives in California with a fat orange cat (little known fact: they issue you a cat the moment you become a romance novelist).
Giveaway (A Print Copy of Pennyroyal Green Series Book #8, IT HAPPENED ONE MIDNIGHT)