Scandal To Remember ~
Book Two of the Gentleman Rogues
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would be completely scandalous for a royal princess to
give her heart to a mere English nobleman....
Romantic Times K.I.S.S. Hero of
the Month for September 2004 -
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~ Read chapters
1 & 2 here!
The exiled Princess Caroline
has quite the dilemma. In the middle of an elegant ball given in her honor,
she is stalked into a moonlit hedge-maze by a toweringly handsome man who
then spirits her off to his gentleman's club. Then he informs her that not
only is her life in danger from an unknown assassin, but he's there to
protect her, whether she approves or not!
A spy for the Foreign Office, Andrew Chase, the dashing Earl of Wexford,
detests playing nanny to arrogant royals. But the brazen and beautiful
Princess Caroline takes his breath away, and the more he learns about this
remarkable lady, the more she enchants him. Yet to save her life, Drew must
reveal a shocking secret that could send Caroline's world spinning out of
control...and risk losing his lady's love forever.
Cinderella-In-Reverse story, A Scandal to Remember
is a From Riches to Rags story...from Royal to Commoner...but
with a delightfully regal happily ever after.
Now that you've read the chapter
peek, you can see that Princess Caroline hasn't time to deal with the likes
of Andrew Chase, the arrogant Earl of Wexford who seems to think he has some
control over her activities. Not when she has her Boratanian treasures
and historical artifacts to rescue before the Great
Exhibition of 1851 to take place at Crystal Palace (see image below). And with her coronation fast approaching, the
last thing she needs is the mysterious Wexford looking over her shoulder at
her every move. Next month: the release of A SCANDAL TO
July 2004 -
So what do you think? After reading the
sneak peek of the chapter 1, can't you just see Drew and Princess
Caro together in the garden maze? Okay, maybe they
weren't exactly dancing, but they would have been if she
hadn't been skulking around and he hadn't been following
her through the shadows. But the princess of Boratania
has her own agenda and it surely doesn't include the
surly, but exceedingly handsome, Earl of Wexford. Hint:
it all works out in the end. And that's why I
loooooooove romance! Be sure to come back next month
for a sneak peek at Chapter 2.
June 2004 -
Isn't that a gorgeous clinch? Not only beautifully
romantic, but all of the elements are correct! In fact,
the opening chapter actually takes place on the terraced
garden and in the hedge maze on the grounds of
an estate, at a ball being given in honor of the Princess Caroline.
Next month, you'll be able to check those elements for
yourself. Come on back for a visit and a sneak peek at
Chapter One of A Scandal to Remember. See you
Here it is! The official cover for my next book!
(Check back next month for the back cover image - with
the most wonderful "clinch"/ artwork showing the hero
I'm often asked where I get the ideas for my books.
That question always stumps me, because I rarely have a
ready answer that points directly from the original
idea, to the finished story. Although A Scandal to
Remember is already on its way to the printer and
therefore no longer a true "Work in Progress", it
doesn't hit the stands until September, and has a great
example of the process of taking an idea and turning it
into a publishable story.
A Scandal to Remember is a Cinderella-In-Reverse
story. From Riches to Rags. From Royal to Commoner.
But with a delightfully regal happily ever after.
The seed of the idea had been following me since I was
16 years old and I first performed a scene from
Anastasia in my drama class. It was the
unforgettable confrontation between the exiled Dowager
Empress and the young woman who calls herself Anastasia,
daughter of the executed Romanov Tsar Nicholas and the
Tsarina Alexandra. You probably know the story -- the
tsar and tsarina and their entire family -- including
Anastasia -- were killed by the Bolshevics shortly after
the Russian Revolution. But long afterward rumors still
circulated that Anastasia and her little brother Alexi
had been spared and had been spirited out of Russia,
where they went into hiding.
The play Anastasia opens ten years later. An
amnesiac young woman named Anna has surfaced from a life
of wandering the streets and is being introduced to
Paris society as the resurrected princess. Anna's big
test is to convince her grandmother, the Dowager
Empress, that she is indeed the lost princess. The
confrontation scene is long and heart-wrenching as the
Empress goes from disdain for the imposter princess, to
scoffing, to wanting to believe, to finally believing
that this woman is her precious granddaughter, her son's
only surviving child. Needing desperately to resurrect
the love she had thought long dead, the Empress
surrenders her heart to her memories, joyfully accepting
Anna as her granddaughter.
And here's where the seed of the idea for A Scandal
to Remember comes in: just before the empress
leaves, bubbling over with her joy, she turns to
Anastasia and says: "Malenkaia, if you're not
Anastasia. . . please. . . don't ever tell me."
I love that line! It speaks of the longing for love
between two lost and lonely people, and the need to
believe in each other. The young woman's identity
doesn't matter, as long as both of them believe she's
the long-lost Anastasia. Is the woman Anastasia because
the Empress believes her to be? Does it matter who she
is? What is our identity based upon? Does it depend
upon how others see us? Or how we see ourselves?
Years later, with that simple line of dialog plaguing me
ever more strongly the older I got, I finally found a
story to work around the concept -- A Scandal to
As you can imagine, the exiled Princess Caroline
Marguerite Marie Isabella of Boratania is quite an
imperious handful. A perfect match for Andrew Chase,
the Earl of Wexford, diplomat and master spy, whose
assignment to protect the princess from an assassin
thrusts them into a scandal of royal proportions.
Now, how I got from Anastasia to Cinderella-In-Reverse
is another part of the story.