Summer of Scandal
by Syrie James
Dare to Defy Series
*Each novel is a standalone story.
Publisher – Avon Impulse
About the Book
Madeleine Atherton is no typical American heiress, sent to England to marry an English lord. A brilliant college graduate who secretly dreams of becoming a published author, she wants to marry for love. After receiving a proposal from a future duke, Madeleine flees the London Season for Cornwall to seek her sister’s advice, never expecting her decision to be complicated by a charming, handsome earl she’s certain she dislikes—even though his every touch sets her blood on fire.
Charles Grayson, the Earl of Saunders, has secrets and ambitions of his own. Although under pressure from his mother and gravely ill father to marry his cousin, Charles cannot find the words to propose. But this fascinating American visitor does not figure into his plans, either.
Thrown together unexpectedly at Trevelyan Manor, Madeleine and Charles struggle to rise above their intense attraction. But as things heat up between them over a summer that becomes increasingly scandalous, Madeleine and Charles will both be forced to make a difficult choice. Can two dreamers dare to defy convention and find their own happily ever after?
Interview with Syrie
What is your favorite childhood book?
The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables, and The Children of Noisy Village, by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. I read those books over and over as a child, and I still enjoy re-reading them.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Every book is different—the length of time it takes to write depends on how much research is involved and what else is going on in my personal life. If everything goes well, I usually take 6 – 9 months to write a novel. The fastest I’ve ever written a book was 3 months, but I don’t recommend it— I never left the house and don’t think I changed out of my pajamas! On the other hand, it took me two years to write The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte because I spent so much time researching.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
I’d probably be an elementary school teacher. I love young children. I volunteered as a teacher’s aid for years during high school and college, and spent several summers as a camp counselor. I married young right out of college, though, and didn’t get a teaching credential. So I poured my love for kids into raising our two sons (who are the delight of my life), and put my English degree to good use writing novels and screenplays.
What did you edit out of this book?
Actually … nothing. I outlined the novel carefully and managed to write just what was needed to tell the story, without anything extraneous … which is pretty rare for me!
How do you select the names of your characters?
Choosing names is an important part of my writing process. I go online and study popular first names and surnames for the era and region in which my novel takes place, narrowing it down to a list of favorites. I assign names from that list to all the characters, giving particular attention to the names of my hero and heroine—I have to really love their names and feel that it represents who they are. Sometimes, a character’s name just pops into my head, and I have to research it to make sure the name is appropriate to that era and nationality. There have also been times when I’ve changed the name of a character hallway through a book—thank goodness for Microsoft Word’s “replace” feature!
Tour Wide Giveaway
To celebrate the release of SUMMER OF SCANDAL by Syrie James, we’re giving away one paperback copy of Runaway Heiress!
GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS: Open to US shipping addresses only. One winner will receive a paperback copy of Runaway Heiress by Syrie James. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance. Giveaway ends 9/24/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address. Duplicates will be deleted.
About the Author
SYRIE JAMES is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Nocturne; Dracula, My Love; The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte (Great Group Read, Women’s National Book Association; Audie Romance Award, 2011), and the international bestseller The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen (Best First Novel 2008, Library Journal.) An admitted Anglophile, Syrie loves paranormal romance and all things 19th century. She lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.