We want to give a massive welcome to Beverley Kendall, historical romance author, and the mastermind genius behind The Season. Beverley’s début novel, Sinful Surrender, was released last year and the second book in the Elusive Lord series, A Taste of Desire, will be released January 4th. My review for A Taste of Desire will be posted just before the official release date.
And here is the lovely trailer for A Taste of Desire:
Book Pushers: Beverley, welcome to The Book Pushers and thank you for agreeing to this interview!
Bev: Hi Sarah. Thanks so much for having me.
Book Pushers: Can you tell us how many stories there will be in The Elusive Lords series, and are you able to give us any sneak peeks of what’s coming up after A Taste of Desire?
Bev: Right now I have a total of three stories in this series. The final book, An Heir of Deception, hasn’t been contracted yet, so the series is in very much a holding pattern. My fingers are crossed that Alex and Charlotte will get their story though.
Book Pushers: Your upcoming release, A Taste of Desire, is Thomas’ and Amelia’s story. What was your inspiration for writing about such two strong headed characters, and will Thomas be getting a little payback for the grief he put James and Missy through in Sinful Surrender?
Bev: The inspiration for A Taste of Desire came from a contemporary I started to write four years ago that I targeted for the Harlequin Presents line. It was about a hero who’d asked the heroine out years ago and she turned him down flat. Now years later, she’s working for him and is talking about him to a co-worker. He overhears her telling the co-worker that his car—a Lamborghini—says everything thing about him. Essentially that he’s undoubtedly overcompensating for the other areas where he lacks (if you get my meaning).
When I was deciding how Thomas and Amelia’s story would go, I took that outline and retrofitted into a Victorian setting and voila, that is how I ended up with A Taste of Desire.
Book Pushers: Will we see any more of the Armstrong siblings have their very own stories?
Bev: I do love the Armstrong family and I would love to write stories for Thomas’s younger sisters, Emily and Sarah, as well as James’s half-sisters, Charlotte and Catherine. But that really depends on whether there will be sufficient interest and demand for more books in this series.
Book Pushers: Can you tell us the story on how Sinful Surrender came to be published?
Bev: LOL. Well I’ll give you the short version. After being turned down by every agent I queried, I sent the manuscript to a couple of editors who expressed interest in seeing the full, one who was Hilary Sares at Kensington Publishing. I sent it to her in August of 2007. By January of 2008 I hadn’t heard back so I decided to send her the revised manuscript—I’d made some changes, especially to the opening scene. One week after I sent it off, I received her rejection letter. At that point, I thought all was lost and was kicking myself for wasting the postage to send out the second revised manuscript. On September 4, 2008 she called to offer me a contract on that same revised manuscript.
Book Pushers: Is there a favourite historical time period of yours that you would love to write in?
Bev: I would say definitely mid to late Victorian. I love writing about a time on the cusp of such great industrial changes. I firmly intend that my stories will be set closer and closer to the dawn of the 20st century, which I think is an interesting time in history.
Book Pushers: What are your all time favourite historical romance characters, and your all time favourite historical romance?
Bev: I’m a huge Lisa Kleypas fan so I would have to say Marcus Westcliff and Lillian Bowman from It Happened One Autumn. I can’t tell you how much I love the fact that, ostensibly, they do not like each other but it’s quite obvious there’s this unwanted attraction between the two. I love setups like that.
Book Pushers: If you had to choose, what type of hero would you pick that would sweep you off your feet from any time period? Such as: Roman Centurion/Gladiator, Duke/Lord or Billionaire Greek tycoon…ect. Which would it be and why?
Bev: My specific preference isn’t for dukes, lords, Greek or Italian tycoons, mine is for a really confident man (and only slightly arrogant) in any time period, with the capacity for tenderness, love, fidelity and utter devotion.
Book Pushers: Do you have any plans to expand in different sub genres within Romance?
Bev: Actually I do and I am. I’m currently working on a contemporary romance, which is what I started writing long before I tried my hand at a historical. In the past, I really only ever dabbled when writing contemporaries and never managed to finish a manuscript, but this time around I’m definitely more focused and determined.
Book Pushers: Do you remember reading your first ever romance? What was the title, and can you remember your reaction to it?
Bev: I will never ever forget the first romance I read. It was a Harlequin Presents by Anne Mather titled, No Gentle Possession. My sister was shocked because the heroine bit the hero when he tried to kiss her. I was very young and found the scene slightly forbidden yet very very intriguing. Not only did I read that particular scene, but I finished the rest of the book and then read it from beginning to end. I was hooked on romances from that point on.
Book Pushers: And lastly, if you could choose any romance hero, who would you kiss, marry and chuck off a cliff?
Bev: LOL. Well I would kiss and marry Alex Cartwright, who is the hero in the third book in the series, An Heir of Deception. Alex has just the right amount of wit, charm and dark brooding bitterness I love in my heroes and in all three books, you get to see all those wonderful and compelling sides of him.
As for which hero I would chuck off a cliff, I might just chuck Adrian Alistair Rohan from Anne Stuart’s Reckless. I think he needed to evolve another 45 degrees to be the hero I wanted him to be.
Once again Sarah, thanks for having me and for the great questions. I would like to offer a commenter a copy of A TASTE OF DESIRE.
Big thanks to Beverley, and we hope you enjoyed the interview. 😀
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