Co-hosted by Kati and Jamie (from Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance) & Myself
This event showcases some of the amazing authors and books that feature “fallen women” as the heroine. Make sure to stop back each day as we will have guest posts, interviews and lots of giveaways!
Shana Galen is the national bestselling author of numerous fast-paced, adventurous Regency historical romances, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice for Best Historical Hero, The Making of a Gentleman. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city.
Now she writes full time. She’s happily married to an incredibly supportive man she calls Ultimate Sportsfan, and she has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making.
Hi Shana, thank you for agreeing to take part in our Fallen Women Week Event!
Thanks for having me, Aislynn!
1. What makes “fallen women” special to you as an author?
I feel like our Society, much like the Regency society, is always studying our celebrities and waiting for them to fall from grace. Everyone loves a scandal. Well, no one is perfect. All of us have done things we’re not proud of. Fallen women, like the courtesans in my Jewels of the Ton series, embrace their fallen status and turn their notoriety into success.
2. If you could trade places with any fallen woman (real or fictional) who would it be and why?
I’d trade places with the woman who inspired my series about courtesans, real courtesan Grace Dalrymple Elliott. She knew everyone and went everywhere in the Georgian era. Her daughter was the acknowledged offspring of the Prince Regent. She was the lover of the Duc d’Orléans before he went to the guillotine during the French Revolution, and she spied for the English during the Revolution. She also saved the lives of some of those condemned to the guillotine. She was remarkable.
3. What are the characteristics of a hero would you want for your “fallen woman”?
I think Will in When You Give a Duke a Diamond is a great hero for a fallen woman. He is straight-laced, rigid in his thinking, and unforgiving. He’s exactly the kind of man—the kind of person—who needs to realize that no one is perfect. If someone like that can accept and love a woman with a less than lily-white reputation, then we can all learn to look beyond the exterior.
4. If your book were to have a theme song, what would it be?
I think it would be “Tonight” by Hot Chelle Rae. It’s not exactly Regency-sounding, but it really expresses the impulsiveness of Juliette, my heroine, and the way that Will finally learns to let some things go.
5. What book is at the top of your TBR pile?
Valerie Bowman’s Secrets of a Wedding Night.
1. Alpha or Beta? Alpha
2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Belle of the Ball
3. Debutante or Spinster? How about courtesan or spy?
4. Virgin widow or Secret baby? Virgin widow
5. Titled peer or Working man? Titled peer
6. Love at first sight or Second chances? Second chances
7. Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Swashbuckling pirate
8. Vampires or Shifters? Vampires
9. Past, Present or Future? (sneaky) Past
10. Writing or Reading? Reading
11. Paperbacks or e-books? Both
12. Plotter or Pantser? Panster
13. Author’s choice: You get to ask a question for the readers to answer.
Readers, since we’re talking about fallen women and second chances, do you like second chance at love stories or are you a love-at-first-sight reader all the way?
He had a perfectly orderly life...
William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable—that's the way he likes it. But he's in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossip papers link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn't begin to describe what happens next...
Until she came along...
Juliette is nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance and has the cream of the nobility at her beck and call. It's disruptive to have the duke who is the biggest catch on the Marriage Mart scaring her other suitors away. Then she discovers William's darkest secret and decides what he needs in his life is the kind of excitement only she can provide..
All you have to do to enter is answer Shana’s question – Do you like second chance at love or are you a love at first site reader all the way?
No PO Boxes please
Must be 18 yrs or older
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