Interview with Caroline Linden, Author of It Takes a Scandal

Continuing with the Two Dukes and a Scandal book tour, please enjoy this interview with Caroline Linden!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Caroline! Can you tell us a little about your book?

[Caroline Linden]  IT TAKES A SCANDAL is about a girl who seems to have everything, and a guy who seems to have nothing. Abigail is a beautiful young woman with a loving and very wealthy family. Sebastian, on the other hand, is virtually bankrupt because his father went mad and frittered away the family estate, then disappeared—leaving Sebastian to be suspected of murdering him. Even though Sebastian is star-struck by Abigail at first sight, he’s quite sure she’s never going to give him the time of day. But Abigail doesn’t see him as everyone else does; Sebastian treats her like a real person instead of a nouveau riche social climber, and he intrigues her. Unfortunately, her parents have other plans for her…


There’s a bonus offer for IT TAKES A SCANDAL as well. Everyone who submits proof of purchase by 5/6 will receive three issues of 50 Ways to Sin, a scandalously naughty story Abigail reads. It was also featured in LOVE AND OTHER SCANDALS, the first book in this series. Details here:

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Caroline Linden] My original plan was to write a love triangle, with two men who grew up as brothers falling in love with the same woman. But then the hero, Sebastian, just turned out differently. He wasn’t charming and chipper, he was brooding and somewhat reclusive. The heroine, Abigail, was in my previous book so I already knew her; she’s sensible and sensitive, with a strong sense of loyalty and justice as well as an independent streak. In a way, the book wrote itself by the way the two characters interacted.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

[Caroline Linden] The hero, Sebastian. I have a real soft spot for heroes who aren’t Lords of All They Survey, who are suffering a bit of hard luck. They have to work harder to prove themselves, both to believe they deserve happiness with the heroine and often to earn her respect and approval (and in this book’s case, her parents’ approval).

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?

[Caroline Linden]  The other man! I had a terrible time figuring out Benedict: was he a good guy, honestly in love and destined for a cruel heartbreak? Or was he not so pure of heart or motive? It took me a while to sort him out, because I knew I wanted him to stick around for another book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?

[Caroline Linden] No idea! It would probably change from day to day. My kids know I’ve finished a book when they come home and hear my 90s hits playlist on the stereo. There might be dancing as well, which usually sends them running in horror.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

[Caroline Linden] My cell phone. I would be in serious trouble without it. (NB: my dog would like to add that the answer here really should be, “I won’t leave home without my dog,” because she loves to ride in the car. Doesn’t care where we go, either.)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.

[Caroline Linden] A book on web design (because I’m re-doing my website); a cat, trying to spread himself over my keyboard; and a mug of tea, which is in serious danger of getting swept off by the cat’s tail.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

[Caroline Linden] Someone who is going on a two week long spa vacation in Aruba. It has been a terrible winter around here; I cannot wait to feel the sun on more than my forehead.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?

[Caroline Linden] I just finished Dorothy L. Sayers’s HAVE HIS CARCASE, which features Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. Harriet’s a mystery author who finds a dead body; Peter’s a detective who keeps asking her to marry him. Mystery + Romance = WIN. Plus, they solve the murder in part by asking themselves what Harriet’s detective character would do, which was just hilarious to this author.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Caroline Linden] Anything that doesn’t involve sitting at my desk. Baking cookies. Reading. Going out with my husband. Walking the dog. Sometimes sewing, when I let my daughter talk me into making her an elaborate Halloween costume.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Caroline Linden] I’m on Facebook (AuthorCarolineLinden) and on Twitter (@Caro_Linden), and I have a website which is pretty up to date. I also answer every single email I get from readers, so please drop me a line!

About the book:

The second book in a deliciously sexy new series from USA Today bestselling and RITA award winning author Caroline Linden, in which an utterly shocking book–Fifty Shades of Grey for the Regency era– has all of London talking and gives more than one young miss a mind for scandal.

Sometimes it takes a scandal . . .

Abigail Weston has everything: beauty, wit, and one of the largest dowries in England. Her parents hope she’ll wed an earl. Abigail hopes for a man who wants her desperately and passionately. But the money seems to blind every man she meets-except one.

Sebastian Vane has nothing. He came home from war with a shattered leg to find his father mad and his inheritance gone. He’s not a fit suitor for anyone, let alone an heiress. But Abigail lights up his world like a comet, bright and beautiful and able to see him instead of his ruined reputation. And it might end happily ever after . . .

To reveal your heart’s desire

Until Benedict Lennox begins courting Abigail. Ben is everything Sebastian isn’t-wealthy, charming, heir to an earl. Sebastian won’t give up the only girl he’s ever loved without a fight, but Abigail must choose between the penniless gentleman who moves her heart, and the suitor who is everything her parents want.

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Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer software before turning to writing fiction. Ten years, twelve books, two Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. Her books have won the NEC Reader’s Choice Beanpot Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. Since she never won any prizes in math, she takes this as a sign that her decision was also a smart one. Visit her online at


This time he stopped so suddenly, she ran into him. Instinctively she clutched at his shoulder, and his arm went around her waist to catch her. Abigail’s eyes grew wide as she stared up at him. His eyes were no longer hard and angry, but dark with raw longing. “As if I want you?” he asked, not making any effort to release her. “I do. I came into the woods today because I wanted to see you, even though I said I wouldn’t—even though I know I shouldn’t. I want you in every wicked way a man can want a woman. And if I had you, I could show you many, many more than fifty ways to sin.”

Her eyes had grown wide at his first words, but she froze in shock at the last bit. “What?” she squeaked.

“You know what I mean,” he murmured. His hand moved up her back, his fingers spread wide to hold her to him. “The pamphlet you bought in Mrs. Driscoll’s shop.”

“You read it?”

He nodded.

Abigail made a silent vow to murder her sister for this. She’d known it would land her in trouble somehow. “But—but—why did you buy it?” She really wished she could look away, but her wits—and her will—seemed to have gone missing.

“Because you bewitched me, and I wanted to know you, even if just what you read.” He wound a stray wisp of hair around his finger before smoothing it back from her temple. “Why did you buy it?”

Abigail’s heart was beating a tocsin against her breastbone. It was tempting to blame it on her sister, but she’d found that issue so arousing … “Curiosity,” she finally whispered.

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7 thoughts on “Interview with Caroline Linden, Author of It Takes a Scandal

  • April 21, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Great Interviews! Thank you for hosting this tour!

  • April 21, 2014 at 10:50 am

    congrats to Caroline on the new release!!! This sounds awesome 🙂

  • April 22, 2014 at 12:51 am

    I’ve preordered this book and can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the great interview.

  • April 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Interesting to see how people in high social circles react and behave when involved in scandals, especially in historical romances.

  • April 22, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    @Caroline – Thank you for stopping by!

  • April 23, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I’ve always enjoyed your books, and I can’t wait to read this. 🙂

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