[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Vivienne! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Vivienne Lorret] Word-crazed, romance-junkie, and tea-fanatic
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book?
[Vivienne Lorret] Daring Miss Danvers begins with the hero, Rathburn, needing money and fast. As a reformed rake, he has to marry (or at least pretend to) in order for his austere grandmother to release his inheritance. For reasons beyond his understanding (at least, in the beginning), he has the perfect candidate in mind.
Enter Emma Danvers, wallflower. She’s secretly had a crush on her brother’s friend for years, but she’s amazingly adept at hiding her feelings. Against her better judgment, she agrees to Rathburn’s scheme. All too soon, she finds herself swept away in a pretend betrothal, daring to wish it could become real.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Vivienne Lorret] Actually, my editor invited me to come up with an idea for a spinoff of “Tempting Mr. Weatherstone” from Avon Impulse’s Five Golden Rings Christmas anthology. Since the heroine and hero’s siblings were already married, I used Penelope’s interest in needlework as a starting point. Not long after that, The Wallflower Wedding Series was born.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
[Vivienne Lorret] I loved seeing Emma come out of her shell.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?
[Vivienne Lorret] Forcing Emma out of her shell. ?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Vivienne Lorret] At last by Etta James <3
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
[Vivienne Lorret] A book. ?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Vivienne Lorret] Pink laptop (aka Pinky), postcard image of the Biltmore’s library (sigh), and a handwritten sign with the word “FOCUS” in magenta ink.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Vivienne Lorret] Miss Elizabeth Bennet.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Vivienne Lorret] I love historical romance, but I don’t read that sub-genre while I’m writing. Instead, I stick to contemporary and paranormal romance. I’ve read some fantastic books recently. Candis Terry’s Sweetest Mistake was amazing. I re-read two of Jeaniene Frost’s from my keeper shelf: Once Burned and Twice Tempted (you can never have too much Vlad). Jill Shalvis’ Once in a Lifetime left me in a puddle of happy tears. And Kristan Higgins’ Waiting on You affirmed my belief in happily-ever-after.
As for what’s waiting in my tbr pile for when I finish this 3rd book, I absolutely cannot wait to read Eloisa James’ Three Weeks with Lady X, in addition to Tessa Dare’s Romancing the Duke.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Vivienne Lorret] Read, walk, crochet, eat chocolate…wash, rinse, repeat. ?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
Thank you so much for having me here at Manga Maniac Café! ?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you for answering my questions!
Daring Miss Danvers & Winning Miss Wakefield
Wallflower Weddings Books One and Two
By: Vivienne Lorret
Daring Miss Danvers- Releasing May 6th, 2014
It’s all fun and games … until someone falls in love.
Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn, needs money—and soon. With time ticking away and his inheritance held hostage until he’s properly wed, Rathburn’s slim options point to a single solution: a faux engagement. In need of the perfect bride, he knows of only one candidate: his best friend’s wallflower sister. The plan seems flawless, except for one problem … He can’t help falling in love with her.
Poised, polished Emma Danvers knows nothing good can come of Rathburn’s scheme. Spending the next two months engaged in a mock courtship is not what she’d imagined for her final season. Yet, charmed by his roguish ways and the inexplicable hammering he causes in her heart, she accepts his challenge.
For Emma, keeping the secret seemed easy when it was just a game … But as Rathburn begins to see past her reserved exterior to the passionate woman within, the risk of losing her heart becomes all too real.
Winning Miss Wakefield- Releasing June 10th, 2014
She’s got nothing left to lose …
With her fiancé suddenly engaged to another and her reputation in tatters, Merribeth Wakefield needs a bold plan to reclaim her life. She must be brave. Confident. She must … kiss a rake? The suggestion is ludicrous! Yet when Merribeth finds herself alone with the dark and brooding Lord Knightswold, suddenly the plan doesn’t seem so farfetched. So she does something she never thought she’d do—she kisses him.
But he has everything to gain …
The Marquess of Knightswold—Bane to most—has no use for the affections of women. Well, none lasting longer than a single night. A plot for revenge weighs heavy on his mind, leaving no room for romance. But then a shy, witty miss borrows a kiss from him in a darkened room, and everything he thought he knew about innocent debutantes vanishes along with her.
When a twist of fate brings Merribeth within Bane’s grasp, he’ll have to resist her charms—or risk losing everything—for the sake of his heart.
I fell in love with fairy tales and the romance behind happily ever after at a very young age. Like a lot of you, I tweaked the fables bit by bit in my imagination until they suited me perfectly. By the time I was eleven, a teacher encouraged me to start writing.
Throughout the years that followed, my teachers remained my most fervent supporters, giving me the tools I needed to continue my journey as a writer.
My husband and I have two teenage boys, who are heroes in their own right. For now, we live in a small Midwestern town near Lake Michigan…until a time in the future when a new adventure calls us to other shores.
I am currently working on my next novel, but I always enjoy hearing from my readers. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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