We are super excited to welcome back Avon historical author Miranda Neville as our special guest today! I met Miranda at this year's RWA conference and she is just as lovely as her online presence. Miranda grew up in beautiful Wiltshire in southwest England and has an accent that I could listen to for hours. Miranda's first book, Never Resist Temptation (March 2009), garnered terrific reviews. Her subsequent book, The Wild Marquis (March 2010), started her new Burgundy Club series. The Dangerous Viscount (out now!) is the second in the series and features an . . . unusual hero. *vbg* Join us as Miranda dishes about epilogues!
Baby Epilogues: Love ‘em or hate ‘em?
My working title for THE DANGEROUS VISCOUNT was “Regency Revenge of the Nerd.” Sebastian Iverley is the antithesis of the dark, looming, alpha male nobleman who reduces ladies to quivering pools of jello with a single look. He dresses badly, wears glasses, and collects rare books. Diana Fanshawe takes one look at him and knows he’s not for her. Especially when her mother tells her he’s the kind of man she should marry. “Not in this millennium” is Diana’s reaction. No indeed. The rich, but socially inferior widow has set her sights on Lord Blakeney, heir to the duke next door. To impress Blake with how cool and sexy she is, she bets him she can get Sebastian to kiss her. Everyone knows Sebastian won’t have anything to do with women.
Trouble is, Sebastian took one look at Diana’s accidentally exposed leg and fell for her. A lifetime of scorn and avoidance goes out the window and he’s planning happily ever after. Until he discovered her bet with his detestable cousin Blake. Hell hath no fury like a bookworm scorned. With the help of his buddies in the Burgundy Club, Sebastian gets an extreme makeover and plots to seduce Diana.
Boy does he clean up well. In no time Sebastian is the most desirable bachelor in London and Diana can’t figure out why he’s ignoring her.
She looked up through a gap in the crowd and with a sense of inevitability she saw him, a tall man in beautifully tailored black evening clothes, a red embroidered waistcoat, and a new haircut. The steel-rimmed spectacles had been replaced with a striking pair carved from tortoiseshell. Yet without a doubt this vision of masculine elegance was Sebastian Iverley.
He threaded his way in her direction with a smile on his face.
Marianne sighed. “Look at the breadth of those shoulders. And his legs! I love a man with good legs. And I’ve never really thought of it before, but spectacles draw attention to a well-sculpted face. He has the most beautiful cheekbones. And a lovely smile. Very shapely lips.”
She was right about the lips. Diana had noticed them before. More than noticed them. A glow kindled in her chest. Was it possible this transformation had been undertaken on her behalf? That was something, she had to admit, that impressed a woman.
He was quite close now. She drew herself up, preparing a welcoming smile for the man who, the last time they met, had kissed her.
He bowed. “Lady Gee” he said.
And walked straight past Diana without noticing her.
I was going to ask you guys to discuss unusual heroes – and I won’t stop you -- but I see you had that conversation with Courtney Milan last week. So I’m changing the subject.
Books often end with an epilogue where we see our couple married and blissful, often with a baby or three. Now I happen to love epilogues. I adore getting that glimpse of our hero and heroine living their HEA. I know a lot of people hate them, but in historicals, given the paucity of birth control, it’s only natural that the couple have procreated.
I included a “baby epilogue” in THE DANGEROUS VISCOUNT because I thought it was needed to complete Sebastian’s emotional journey in a couple of ways. (You’ll have to read the book to see why and then let me know if you disagree!)
Do you like epilogues? Hate them? Any particular favorites? One commenter picked at random will win a copy of THE DANGEROUS VISCOUNT (or one of my other books if she prefers).
For more information about Miranda and her books, please visit her website at: www.mirandaneville.com.