I’m thrilled to welcome Sophia Nash to the virtual offices today!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Sophia! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Sophia Nash] Mother, friend, artist, fearless, directionally-challenged (that’s 2 words, but will count as one)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book?
[Sophia Nash] The Once and Future Duchess has been the most requested story since I began writing. Readers are very curious to see what will happen in the major wrap up to the series. It took a long time to write this book, and I’m so excited about how it came together! Not only will readers watch the central love story of the series unfurl, i.e. between the Duke of Candover and the Duchess of March, but fans will also learn how the Duke of Barry finds his happiness. And the grand finale is not to be missed!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Sophia Nash] The Royal Entourage series was born of several thoughts: First, I always wondered why the French Revolution did not inspire other populace’s in nearby countries to rebel against monarchy, such as in Great Britain. Secondly, I was a big fan of the first hangover movie, and Entourage on TV. Add these two together, and I wondered what would happen if a royal band of dukes in England had a Regency-era bachelor party of the century, and incited a revolution against the excesses of the royals. A series was born.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
[Sophia Nash] This was the last book in the series and it was fun to see all the final pieces of the overall story fall into place. While this is a “stand-alone” book, there are glimpses of some of the other characters.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?
[Sophia Nash] It was difficult to have the hero, the Duke of Candover break a promise. He is an extremely duty-driven gentleman and his word is everything. But to find happiness, he must delve deep into his heart to find the solution. I would challenge anyone to consider what circumstances would have to occur to make you break your word!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Sophia Nash] Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
[Sophia Nash] Clothes
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Sophia Nash] Compass, arrowhead, flowers
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Sophia Nash] God
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Sophia Nash] Gone Girl, The Secret Life of Bees
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Sophia Nash] Hiking, swimming, surfing, eating, traveling, and serious adrenaline-infused adventure!
The Once and Future Duchess
Royal Entourage Series Book Four
By: Sophia Nash
A duchess in time saves a noble line…
In theory, the Duke of Candover is the most eligible peer in the realm. But in truth, he has a deep aversion to the merest hint of marriage, not to mention two botched engagements which have marked his jaded soul. Now, after a debauched bachelor party that causes public outcry, the Prince Regent is demanding that it’s Candover’s turn to be brought to heel. And Prinny secretly believes that Isabelle Tremont, the Duchess of March, is precisely the lady up to the challenge.
Isabelle must marry, but a day of reckoning with the man she’s loved for years is her greatest fear. If Candover insists she’s too young and innocent for a seasoned world-weary man like him, there’s no shortage of other candidates. Gentlemen of prestige and position. Gentlemen whose attentions are driving Candover to jealous distraction. Yet one abandoned moment under the stars hints that if they can put aside pride and duty, then a love once denied might just be their destiny.
Sophia Nash was born in Switzerland and raised in France and the United States, but says her heart resides in Regency England. Her ancestor, an infamous French admiral who traded epic cannon fire with the British Royal Navy, is surely turning in his grave. Before pursuing her long-held dream of writing, Sophia was an award-winning television producer for a CBS affiliate, a congressional speechwriter, and a nonprofit CEO. She lives in the Washington, D.C., suburbs with her husband and two children. Sophia’s novels have won twelve national awards, including the prestigious RITA® Award, and two spots on Booklist’s “Top Ten Romances of the Year.”
Two Digital Copies of THE DUKE DIARIES, Royal Entourage #3