We are so happy to welcome one of our favorite authors and people to The Romance Dish today! New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.
Please give Eloisa a very warm Romance Dish welcome!
Last night I dreamed a romance, by which I mean that I found myself the heroine of my own dream in which I was falling in love with a tall blonde man in a blue shirt. It started at a reunion (very improbable, if you knew my high school). I had two girlfriends, who warned me that he might be hard to catch. I answered loftily, “If I want him, I’ll simply take him.” And then I apparently did, because we were sitting together on a couch and he leaned over and gave me a swooningly romantic kiss. (Though that’s as far as we got, alas.)
When I woke up, obviously I wanted to tell someone about it—which, naturally, meant my husband, since he was lying right there. I happily recounted my dreamy triumphs with the blue-shirted man, and then he said, rather grumpily, “Is this something I should worry about?” It stopped me in my tracks.
He didn’t understand. For a romance lover to dream a romance, no matter how short and unconsummated, is as delicious as a baker discovering creating the perfect lemon tart. My brain gave me a treat. I just happened to be the main character, that’s all.
So you’re probably wondering how this ties to my new book, The Duke is Mine. Well, it doesn’t. But then…maybe it does. My heroine, Olivia, would never consider herself worthy of a romance. She thinks she’s plump and imperfect, the kind of woman no man would find attractive. But inside? Inside she has as many dreams as anyone. So, in some sense, The Duke is Mine is the dream of every girl who thinks she’s not a heroine—but finds, to her delight, that she is just that.
Who are your favorite imperfect heroines?
Two randomly selected readers will each receive a copy of WHEN BEAUTY TAMED THE BEAST.