[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Miranda! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Miranda Neville] Romantic. Cynical. Humorous. Idle. English.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about your book?
[Miranda Neville] Lady Windermere’s Lover is the third in a series of books about a badly behaved set of Georgian boys who got chucked out of Oxford in 1789 for breaking into the Bodleian Library’s erotic art collection. We follow their fate ten years later as they have to face the consequences of their wild youth.
Damian, the Earl of Windermere gambled away his estate at the age of twenty-one and was the first of the group to “reform.” Disgusted with himself, he reformed too much and became a stick-in-the-mud diplomat. Unlike his former friends, he needs to loosen up. To win back his estate, he marries heiress Cynthia, whom he resents and treats badly. After a year abroad he comes to make something of his marriage. Shy and dowdy Cynthia has bloomed in his absence, but she is also apparently having an affair with Damian’s former best friend, the Duke of Denford. Just to complicate matters, Damian’s government job requires him to reconcile with Denford at the same time he is trying to win back his wife.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
[Miranda Neville] I love a marriage of convenience story and in this one the bride has real reason to be pissed off at her husband. He had a lot of work to do to change her mind and it was fun figuring out how to do it. Things like pretending his mattress was too lumpy and he had to share her bed.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What gave you the most trouble with this story?
[Miranda Neville] Because the book opens after they have been married and estranged for a long time, I had to explain what happened in the past without getting bogged down in back story and flashbacks. I did more rewriting for Lady Windermere’s Lover than any other book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had a theme song, what would it be?
[Miranda Neville] I Get A Kick Out of You.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
[Miranda Neville] My iPhone.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name three things on your desk right now.
[Miranda Neville] Scissors, Metrocard for the New York subway, and a copy of Katharine Ashe’s My Lady, My Lord that I need to pack up and mail as a contest prize.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?
[Miranda Neville] Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue. I would love to have the power to make everyone change their wardrobes for next Spring. She was the model for the boss in The Devil Wears Proda and I promise I would be much nicer to my staff!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
[Miranda Neville] Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James was just fabulous; I love her books and this is one of her best. The Bad Boy Billionaire trilogy of novellas by Maya Rodale; Maya usually writes historicals but this venture into contemporary romance is so funny and sexy. It Takes a Scandal by Caroline Linden, another favorite author.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Miranda Neville] Apart from feeling guilty about NOT writing, which happens a lot and is no fun at all, I like to walk, ski, potter in my garden, chat to my friends, and complain about the weather. (That’s because I am English.)
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Lady Windermere’s Lover
The Wild Quartet Series Book Three
By: Miranda Neville
Releasing June 24th, 2014
Damian, Earl of Windermere, rues the day he drunkenly gambled away his family’s estate and was forced into marriage to reclaim it. Now, after hiding out from his new bride for a year, Damian is finally called home, only to discover that his modest bride has become an alluring beauty—and rumor has it that she’s taken a lover. Damian vows to keep his wife from straying again, but to do so he must seduce her—and protect his heart from falling for the wife he never knew he wanted.
Cynthia never aspired to be the subject of scandal. But with her husband off gallivanting across Persia, what was a lady to do? Flirting shamelessly with his former best friend seemed like the perfect revenge . . . except no matter how little Damian deserves her loyalty, Cynthia can’t bring herself to be unfaithful. But now that the scoundrel has returned home, Cynthia isn’t about to forgive his absence so easily—even if his presence stirs something in her she’d long thought dead and buried. He might win her heart . . . if he can earn her forgiveness!
Goodreads Page for Series, https://www.goodreads.com/series/89518-the-wild-quartet
Miranda Neville grew up in England. During her misspent youth she devoured the works of Georgette Heyer, Jean Plaidy, and any other historical novels she could lay hands on. As a result she attended the University of Oxford to study history, ignoring all hints that economics might be a more practical subject. She spent several years writing catalogs of rare books and original letters and manuscripts for Sotheby’s auction house in London and New York. Much of her time in this job was spent reading the personal correspondence of the famous. This confirmed her suspicion that the most interesting thing about history is people.
Since moving to Vermont, she has worked in Special Collections at Dartmouth College and as an editor and journalist on Behind the Times, a small, idiosyncratic (and now defunct) monthly newspaper. She is the owner and editor of a weekly advertiser in the Upper Valley, a job that leaves her enough time to write fiction.
Her first book, Never Resist Temptation. was published by Avon in 2009. The first two books in the Burgundy Club series will be published in 2010.
She lives with her daugher, Becca, a college student and confirmed drama queen, and two cats who are never on the right side of any door.
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