Happy Wednesday everyone! Are you ready for another bookish spotlight? We have a tasty Historical Romance in store for you today. Jenny Holiday and Viscountess of Vice are center stage.
Secrets and lies, scandals and spies.
All Lady Catharine, Viscountess Cranbrook, wants is a little excitement. Bored of playing the role of the ton’s favorite slightly scandalous widow, she jumps at the chance to go undercover as a courtesan to help with an espionage mission. After all, beneath her outrageously low bodice beats the heart of a patriot.
Social reformer James Burnham is conducting a study of vice in England’s capital. Driven by his own secrets, he is methodical, intelligent—and wickedly handsome. Catharine is the last sort of woman the upstanding James should want. But want her he does, though she stands for everything he opposes.
When Catharine and James are forced to band together to advance their causes, they’ll be drawn into a web of secrets and lies that endangers their lives—and their hearts.
Now, please enjoy an interview with Jenny Holiday, herself! And don't forget to add Viscountess of Vice to your reading list. Buy links are below.
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1) Hi Jenny, and thank you for being in the spotlight today! If you don't mind, I thought we'd start with a Lightning Round! Please fill in the blank spaces below:
* My favorite place to read is in bed, no matter what time of day.
* I can't live without Zevia cherry cola to eat/drink while I write.
* One book I'd absolutely recommend right now is anything in Kate Meader’s Hot in Chicago series.
* I think my spirit animal is probably a cat? (At least that’s what a Buzzfeed quiz once told me, and I do enjoy lazing around in bed—see question 1!)
* One fun fact about me is I can remember long strings of numbers freakishly well. I remember all my account numbers and library card numbers, past and present.
2) I read in your biography that you were lucky enough to have a children's librarian for a mom. Were there any books that she shared with you that still stick in your mind today? Did you have a favorite that you read and re-read?
Oh my gosh, my mom was so amazing. She took us to the public library every week, and we checked out stacks and stacks of books. I can remember her having a showdown with the librarian at my elementary school because that librarian had rules about having to be a certain age before you were allowed to check out chapter books. She was limiting me to picture books, and I wanted chapter books. Oooh, my mom got so mad! Librarian throw-down! My mom never regulated what my sister and I read—if we thought we were ready for it, that was good enough for her. And she never imposed her taste. My sister went through a little Sweet Valley High phase (I was a little too old for SVH, otherwise I’m sure I would have, too). My mom hated those books, but she grinned and said nothing.
In the summers, I used to climb a willow tree in our back yard to read. I had rigged up a pulley system by tying a bunch of jump ropes together and hooking them through the handles of a cloth bag. I would use that to haul the books up. Then my mom would make appearances and put snacks in the bag, and I would haul those up too! And we used to do this thing called “Friday Night Read-A-Thon,” where we would each take our books and sit in her bed and read them and eat junk food. I have continued that tradition with my son.
Okay, sorry, I got off topic there. It is just that my mom rocked so much! (Still does.) She turned me on to tons of books as a kid. There was a writer called William Sleater whom I loved but never would have discovered on my own. Also John Christopher’s Tripods series. I am not a big re-reader in general, but the one from my childhood that I have reread a handful of times into adulthood is Beverly Cleary’s Fifteen. Oh the sweet romance between Jane and Stan!
3) If you had to choose one character that you've created to go on a lavish vacation with, who would you choose and why?
Probably I should pick one of the dashing millionaire heroes from my 49th Floor series, but I would totally go with Rose Verma, who is the heroine of one of them (The Engagement Game). She is sassy, brassy, and a ton of fun, and I think she’d make an excellent travel companion.
4) What's your favorite part about writing Romance?
I love romance as a reader so much. Lots of people talk about romance novels as escapism, which doesn’t offend me or anything, but I read romances because I think love is the greatest thing. It’s “the” thing. I mean, what we are all going to think about on our deathbeds? How much we worked? How much money we made? Of course not. We’re going to think about the love we had in our life. To me, there is nothing better than reading stories about love. So to then be able to write some of those stories? To maybe contribute in a small way to making other people happy with this crap I made up out of my brain? That is the greatest feeling!
5) Finally, and thank you again for all the wonderful answers, what would you say to readers out there looking to pick up your books?
Thank you for reading! I hope you like them! If you do, I hope you leave a review somewhere! If you don’t, I hope you keep quiet! (No, I’m kidding about that last part. I’m delighted to receive any honest review.)
Jenny Holiday started writing at age nine when her fourth grade teacher gave her a notebook and told her to start writing stories. That first batch featured mass murderers on the loose, alien invasions, and hauntings. From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Later, she channeled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format, picking up a PhD in geography and then working in PR. Eventually, she figured out that happy endings were more fun than alien invasions. You can follow her on twitter at @jennyholi sand @TropeHeroine or visit her on the web at jennyholiday.com.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.