I am so excited to welcome Valerie Bowman to the blog today. Valerie's The Footmen's Club trilogy has brought me three highlights of my summer romance reading. These stories, all set at the same house party, are filled with sparkling banter, steamy romance, a bit of danger (in the final book), humor aplenty, and heart-tugging happily ever afters. If you're looking for a historical romance that makes you laugh, sigh, and cheer for characters who deserve to find their happy endings, look no further than The Footman and I, Duke Looks Like a Groomsman, and The Valet Who Loved Me. I hope you love them as much as I have.
Q&A with Valerie Bowman
Welcome to the blog, Valerie, and congratulations on your new series.
Thanks so much for having me, PJ!
What should readers expect from the books in The Footmen’s Club series?
Fun, fun, fun! I like to call my books Racy Regency Romps and that’s exactly what these are. One country house party and a whole lot of shenanigans.
Your current release, Duke Looks Like a Groomsman, is a second-chance romance. What is it about this trope that inspires you as an author?
Second-chance romance is my favorite trope, actually. I love to read it so I’m always looking for a plot to write it. In this case, the perfect plot fell into my lap. The hero is posing as a groomsman in the stables at his friend’s country house party and the hero’s former flame shows up, recognizes him immediately, and proceeds to give him hell. There’s just something about the shared history between the characters that I love to read about and write about.
In each of the three books, the hero is masquerading as aservant. If you were to “go undercover” at a Regency house party, what position would you choose, and why?
Ooh, what a fun question! If household dog walker was an option, I would do that. If not, I’d choose lady’s maid. I’m not particularly good with clothes or hair, but I’d be close enough to hear the gossip. Ha!
The last chapter of Duke Looks Like a Groomsman sets up book three, The Valet Who Loved Me, and has me eagerly anticipating its August 25th release next week. From the scene in question, it appears our hero and heroine are headed to France. Is there a country you haven’t explored as a writer yet where you would like to set a romance?
Italy! It’s such a beautiful country. I have a book that’s ‘under the bed’ as writers say, which just means it needs work. I’d love to pull that out someday, fix it, and publish it. It involves a spy heroine and shenanigans in Italy.
Where’s the best place(s) for readers to interact with you online?
I’m on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ValerieBowmanAuthor
or you can email me via my website at https://www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com/connect/
Are you able to give us any insight into what you’re planning next?
Sure! I’ve already started writing another book in the Footmen’s Club series. It’s the story of Clayton and Theodora (who are the hosts of the infamous house party). I’m also about to publish my very first contemporary rom com called Hiring Mr. Darcy!
Oh, I'm so glad you're writing Clayton and Theodora's story! And I had no idea you were also writing a contemporary rom com. How exciting!
Let’s play a quick round of “finish the sentence.”
If I had more time I would…watch TV.
My perfect breakfast would include…coffee with cream and sugar and an English muffin with butter and jam.
The last book that made me laugh was…Wow. I’ve been reading a lot of True Crime and World War II history lately. I just realized neither thing is funny. Thank you for reminding me I need a laugh!
My favorite show to binge watch is…I began bingeing Outlander and have yet to finish. I’d love to get back to it someday.
The characteristic a hero must have to win my heart is…intelligence and humor.
Thank you, Valerie! Would you like to add anything or ask my readers a question?
Well, apparently, I need to read something funny so I’m all ears for suggestions. What’s a funny book that you recommend?
One randomly chosen person who comments before 11:00 PM, August 18, will receive one e-copy of Duke Looks Like a Groomsman.
Must be 18 or older
Valerie Bowman’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.