One Scandalous Kiss
An Accidental Heirs Novel
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Date of Publication: September 8, 2015
Number of pages: 256
Debut Victorian historical romance author Christy Carlyle delights in the first book of her Accidental Heirs series in which a suffragete bookshop owner agrees to a devil’s bargain that results in one scandalous kiss. When a desperate Jessamin Wright bursts into an aristocratic party and shocks the entire ton, she believes it’s the only way to save her failing bookstore.
The challenge sounded easy when issued, but the one thing she never expected was to enjoy the outrageous embrace she shares with a serious viscount. Lucius Crawford, Viscount Grimsby, has never meet, or kissed, anyone like this beautiful suffragette. He’s determined to protect the title he’s unexpectedly inherited and Jess doesn’t fit into his plans.
When a country house party brings these two people together once more, neither can resist the temptation and both find that one scandalous kiss just isn’t enough.
About the Author:
Christy Carlyle writes sensual, and sometimes downright steamy, historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there is nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with her die-hard belief in happy endings.
Where are you from? I’m originally from the Midwest and now live in the lovely Pacific Northwest.
Tell us your latest news? One Scandalous Kiss, the first book in my new Accidental Heirs series from Avon Impulse came out on September 8th!
When and why did you begin writing? I think the why has to do with those stories and characters swirling around in the heads of all writers. They want their stories told, and I have a craving to tell them.
As to the when, I’ve been writing since I was kid. I can remember writing stories on my mom’s steno notepads and then on the big green Hermes typewriter we had at home. I let my writing get sidetracked for many years, but I got serious about it again in the last few years.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? I’ve considered myself a writer for a long time, but I didn’t have the courage to say it aloud to others until I published my first book in 2014. However, I don’t advocate that approach. I had it wrong. Youngsters and teens and storytellers of any age should find the courage to call themselves “writer.”
What inspired you to write your first book? My first book was a quite short novella, Scandalous Wager, and the story, characters, and setting came to me in a kind of inspired flash. I wrote it fairly quickly, and it’s now a story I wish I’d spent more time on and developed a bit more.
Do you have a specific writing style? I think voice is the hardest thing for a writer to define, especially about themselves. I try to write relatable, interesting characters, emotionally satisfying romances, and I’ve been told my writing has a bit of humor to it.
How did you come up with the title? My current release, One Scandalous Kiss, was originally titled The Worth of a Kiss. I like my current title much better and am grateful for a clever editor who helped me come up with it. The original title was taken from a line in Percy Shelley’s poem called “Love’s Philosophy” that features in a key scene in the book.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I think the theme or message of One Scandalous Kiss is to trust oneself and to trust in love. Both the hero and heroine have to learn to trust their own abilities, good judgement, and their love for each other before they can be together.
How much of the book is realistic? I hope the characters are realistic, with hopes and fears and some virtues and a few flaws, just like all of us. My favorite romances are those where I fall in love with the hero and want to be friends with the heroine. Those are the kinds of stories I aim to write.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? I think some aspects of the hero and heroine’s desire to please their fathers is something I can relate to, and I’ve always fantasized about owning a bookstore. However, most of the story is the stuff of my chaotic writer’s mind. J
What books have most influenced your life most? Reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as a teenager changed my life. After that, I only wanted to write stories with happy endings.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Jane Austen made me want to write romance, but I would say Lisa Kleypas, as far as modern authors go, has had the biggest influence on me as a writer.
What book are you reading now? I always have several books on the go! I’m reading The Titled Americans by Elisabeth Kehoe, the non-fiction story of American heiresses who married titled Brits in the mid to late 1800s. I’m also reading a review copy of the historical mystery A Study in Death by Anna Lee Huber and a Regency romance, The Maddening Lord Montwood by Vivienne Lorret.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? I just read The Likelihood of Lucy by Jenny Holiday and really enjoyed it. Her heroine in the novel is a great advocate of author and philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft, and my heroine in One Scandalous Kiss expounds her views too.
What are your current projects? I’m putting finishing touches on One Tempting Proposal, the second book in my Accidental Heirs series, and I’m getting to work on book three.
What would you like my readers to know? At the risk of sounding sappy, I truly appreciate everyone who takes a chance on me as an author and reads my books. Writers create stories and characters, but they only truly flourish in the hearts and minds of readers.
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