And, to bring our Two Dukes and a Scandal day to an end, Gayle Callen is here to answer a few questions about her release Redemption of the Duke.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Gayle! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Gayle Callen] Wife, mom, author, dog-obsessed, skating-fan (okay, that last hyphen was incorrect…)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book?
[Gayle Callen] REDEMPTION OF THE DUKE is the third book of my “Brides of Redemption” trilogy—but you don’t need to read the books in any order. All you need to know is that, in the past, something went wrong for three soldiers at war, and when they return to England, they want to help the families of their fellow soldiers who died. The tag line for the newest book is “A duke who needs to be tamed; a lady who refuses to be rescued.” Adam is determined to help Faith, who had to go into service as a lady’s companion when her brother died. She doesn’t want to be beholden to another man again, but he doesn’t give her a choice, and manipulates each situation to his benefit. He thinks he’s been redeemed, but she’s going to show him otherwise.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Gayle Callen] After writing the “Scandalous Lady” trilogy about three women, I wanted to focus on the men. I wanted them to be as close as brothers—and what makes them that way more than serving together in the army? And I liked the idea of them coming home determined to make up for the mistakes of their past. To build each story differently, the heroines were connected to the dead soldiers three separate ways: one was a widow, one was a sister, one was a daughter. Because of that, our heroes had to approach them differently.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
[Gayle Callen] The brainstorming. I have two critique groups made up of longtime friends who are fellow writers, and we bounce ideas off each other in person or by email. Sometimes the plotting takes weeks to figure it out, but they’re always there to answer questions or come up with more solutions. And boy do we laugh together.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?
[Gayle Callen] In some ways, setting the identical back story for all three heroes—that they feel guilty for mistakes in their past that ended tragically—made me pay special attention to creating the heroes themselves. They had similar goals, so by the time I hit the third book, it really forced me to dig deep and find new and interesting motivations that guided my hero.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Gayle Callen] “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.” Old-fashioned but so true! I try to be positive all the time, because doubts aren’t good for writing or for life.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
[Gayle Callen] A lot of people probably say this, but it’s my cell phone. I like to be able to call my husband and kids, to find a map of where I’m going, to search for something, to look at all my lists. And I make a lot of lists…
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Gayle Callen] Index cards for plotting; different colored markers to color the corners of those cards so I know if they pertain to the hero, the heroine, the romance, the main plot, etc.; and a big glass of ice water.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Gayle Callen] I’d love to be J.K. Rowling for a day, just to see how her brain works. The world of Harry Potter is so brilliantly created. I’m rereading the series for the third time now, and I keep finding new things to be amazed at.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Gayle Callen] I just finished reading Simply Perfect, by the great Mary Balogh. Now I have to go read the others in the “Simply” series. Also, as I mentioned above, I’m rereading Harry Potter, and just finished The Half Blood Prince. Can’t wait to dive into the final book again!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Gayle Callen] I really enjoy being outside, hiking or snowshoeing with my husband and our two dogs, Apollo and Uma. I love to travel, although I don’t get to do it nearly as often as I’d like. My daughter did a semester abroad in London last fall, and I was able to visit her and tour the country for a week. Such great research—and fun, too. I also like to sing, read, watch TV, and crochet, but not at the same time.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Gayle Callen] Website: http://www.GayleCallen.com
Newsletter (sent when I have a book coming out): http://tinyurl.com/pfchxk3
Thanks so much for the great interview!
Blurb (Redemption of the Duke by Gayle Callen)
USA Today bestselling author Gayle Callen concludes her new series with a tale of generosity, passion, and the true kindness of the heart.
A duke who needs to be tamed…a lady who refuses to be rescued.
Adam Chamberlin was the third son of a duke, known for gambling binges and drunken nights. No one expected anything of him …until tragedy strikes. Now Adam is the new Duke of Rothford, determined to right the wrongs he’s done. Except a secret in his past means helping the one woman who doesn’t want his help at all…
It’s not every day that a duke introduces himself to a woman sitting by herself in Hyde Park. Faith Cooper is even more surprised when Adam offers her a position as a lady’s companion to his elderly aunt. Faith refuses to be beholden to a man again-certainly not this man, who both infuriates and attracts her. But with the simmering passion between them, will Faith surrender to forbidden desire?
After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, Gayle Callen found the life she’d always dreamed of as a romance writer. This USA Today bestselling author has written more than eighteen historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion and the Laurel Wreath Award.
Gayle lives in Central New York with her three children, her dog, Apollo, and her husband, Jim the Romance Hero.
Visit her website at www.gaylecallen.com.
(Setup: The duke wishes to employ Faith to help her, since he feels guilty about the death of her brother, a fellow soldier. But she’s refused.)
Faith gasped and put a hand to her chest, glancing up and down to see if they were alone before frowning at him.
And they were alone, more so than they’d been in the park or on Bond Street. They were dangerously alone.
“Can Miss Warburton work you any harder?” he asked softly.
She took a step backward. “Believe me, Your Grace, I would fetch a reticule for a sister or friend, why not Adelia? You make too much of how I help her.”
“I don’t think so. I saw your bare hands at dinner.”
She clutched them together, though they were now hidden under gloves. “You could not have—we were too far apart.”
“Not that far. You are embarrassed about their roughness, embarrassed about what you do.”
“I may not like the look of my hands,” she insisted, “but I am not embarrassed by respectable employment.”
“I’ve offered you better employment.”
“And I’ve refused.”
He took a step closer. “I could push the matter.”
She groaned and wished she could childishly stomp her foot. “And I will still refuse. I cannot make you feel better about yourself.”
“That is not the point—I can make your life better.”
She stared up at him in confusion, wondering how long it would be before he’d take her at her word. And then she realized she was standing too close, that he was leaning over her to make his point, that if anyone saw them—
And worst of all, she was actually flattered by his persistence.
Giveaway (Three Gift Packs from Avon Romance including a Piece of Custom Jewelry and Copies of Release from All Three Authors)