I'm delighted to welcome one of our favorite people back to the Dish to help us celebrate our first anniversary. Besides being one of the nicest, smartest (Harvard Grad, M.Phil. from Oxford University, Ph.D. from Yale) and most giving women I've had the pleasure of meeting, Eloisa James is also one heck of a good writer! The New York Times Bestselling author has published eighteen books (most of which are on my keeper shelves) and two novellas.
Eloisa's current book, A Kiss at Midnight, is in my top 10 books of 2010...
...and her next book, a "novel in three parts" collaboration with Julia Quinn and Connie Brockway titled The Lady Most Likely..., will be released December 28th. (I've read it and it's terrific!)
For more information about Eloisa, visit her website and to follow her fascinating life adventures, "like" her facebook fan page and follow her at twitter! Please give Eloisa a warm welcome to The Romance Dish as she blogs about one of my favorite topics: those quirky dogs that bring a special something extra to the romances we love!
Call of the (not so) Wild
by Eloisa James
I love dogs in books. Jennifer Crusie’s Tell Me Lies comes to mind: I adored the heroine, Quinn, for rescuing a neglected, nervous dog. Of course, I also loathed her former boyfriend/stalker, but even more so after he kicked the poor dog. I was just surprised that the man didn’t have a little brush mustache and the ability to bark things in German. In fact, as the stalker’s mental state continues to break down, the dog became the tool that Jenny used to reveal his innate cruelty and instability.
So I suppose you’re wondering whether I put a dog into my February novel, When Beauty Tamed the Beast. As a matter of fact…I did! I happen to be a huge fan of the Fox TV show, House, M.D., the story of a brilliant, irascible doctor at the Princeton-Plainsboro hospital. I found a similarly brilliant, grumpy doctor in the Regency period, and used the Regency doctor plus Dr. House as my inspiration for Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, who was a brilliant diagnostician and a Beast. (But not doggishly so.)
So—what’s your favorite romance-with-an-animal? And, if you were writing a romance, which animal would you include? (Be specific as to the breed, if relevant!)
One randomly selected commenter will receive an Eloisa tote bag and a signed copy of the UK edition of When the Duke Returns.