We at My Book Addiction and More would like to welcome the talented author of Never a Gentleman, Eileen Dryer..
So sit back with your favorite beverage and enjoy…
NEVER A GENTLEMAN
Born and raised in Brentwood, Missouri and a product of Catholic Schools, she lives in St. Louis County with husband Rick and her two children. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the glare of the limelight.
Dreyer won her first publishing award in 1987, being named the best new Contemporary Romance Author by Romantic Times. Since that time she has also garnered not only five other writing awards from Romantic Times, but five RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, which secures her only the fourth place in the Romance Writers of America prestigious Hall of Fame. Since extending her reach to suspense, she has also garnered a coveted Anthony Award nomination for her last paperback, Bad Medicine. She has over three million books in print world wide, and has made regular appearances on the Waldenbook and B.Dalton bestsellers list, and now the USA Today list.
A frequent speaker at conferences, she maintains membership in Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and, just in case things go wrong, Emergency Nurses Association and International Association of Forensic Nurses, for which she is the unofficial mascot.
Eileen is an addicted traveler, having sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world, and admits she sees research as a handy way to salve her insatiable curiosity. She counts film producers, police detectives and Olympic athletes as some of her sources and friends. She’s also trained in forensic nursing and death investigation, although she doesn’t see herself actively working in the field, unless this writing thing doesn’t pan out.
MBA: How do you see your Drake’s Rakes Series’ future,how many books will there be in this series?
If I have my way, there will be nine books in all, unless I stumble over any more Rakes. The last book will be Drake himself, because he has an amazing story to tell. And his heroine is perfect for him. If there’s anybody out there who loves Chuffy as much as I do, don’t worry. He’ll get his own love. I couldn’t leave him alone.
MBA: Do you feel a deep connection to your characters and why?
I always end up feeling really close to my characters, especially after spending months with them as they reveal themselves to me, and sometimes argue with me over who they really are. If I’m really lucky, characters will literally take on a life of their own, but at their hearts, they have to share certain beliefs and values with me, or I can’t root for them. So, in a way, we understand each other.
As for Olivia, Grace and Kate, I’ve become more close than usual, as they’ve lived in my head for at least nine years. This series has been my fun project, which I’ve played with while writing suspense novels. By the time I finally got to actually write their stories, they were old friends.
Maybe that’s it. They’re friends, people I would like to know, who surprise and excite and compel me. If they didn’t, I wouldn’t be able to spend that much time with them. And I’m not only speaking of the heroes and heroines. I might not want to be friends with my villains, but I have a wonderful time crafting them, and I’m intrigued by them.
MBA: Can you tell your readers why you enjoy writing Marriage of Convenience stories?
There are several things that attract me to Marriage of Convenience. I love the idea that people who would never come together in a normal way find themselves irrevocably locked together for life(which is why I really only like them in historicals. I simply don’t believe in contemporaries that the couple can’t just head for divorce court). The finality of the marriage ups the ante on a relationship that is already fraught with conflict. It heightens the emotions and intensifies the conflict, and that’s fun to write. Even better, it includes surprised families into the mix, which often complicates things immeasurably.
The other thing that has to be negotiated is the couple’s sexuality. This is a situation where you can’t assume the couple will come together from mutual attraction. Certainly Diccan doesn’t join Grace for that reason. Diccan has a definite idea of who his lover should be, and Grace definitely isn’t it. So they have to maneuver through a minefield.
Now I’m going to share a secret about me. I’m much happier in historicals, if a couple does their sexual exploration within the confines of marriage. It’s not that I’m prudish. It’s that I know too much about real history to be able to be comfortable with a heroine who blithely puts her entire life at risk just because the guy’s hot. The whole “duke’s daughter willing to be his mistress if only he’ll love her” plot line makes me shudder, because in historical times, a mistress wasn’t just an adventurous girl. She was an outcast, even from her own family. She risked so much with no guarantee of security, and part of my fantasy in romance isn’t just that a man will love my heroine, but that he’ll love her enough to keep her and their children safe. If they’re married, though, even if they aren’t happy about it, at least she has some stability.
MBA: Can you tell your readers why you enjoy Regeny England period?
Oh, yes. I adore history, but my favorite periods are those when the world is in upheaval. There is such an energy at those times, a raw force that can drive myriad stories. During the Regency period, the vast percentage of the civilized world was at war. The U.S. was trying to assert their autonomy, India was being gobbled by Britain, the East was on the verge of opening to commerce, Europe was struggling against Napoleon, and nations were being redrawn in government salons.
Socially, it was the last moments of the agrarian past. The classes still existed, which meant that there was a strict social code within which we have to fit our stories. But the Industrial Revolution is beginning to create ripples. The middle class is beginning to rise, wealthy industrialists knocking at society’s door. Economies are fragile at best, and the poor are beginning to demand a voice. The monarchy of England was in turmoil, Mary Wolstencraft has fired the first shot in the war of sexual equality and Beau Brummell has taught the ton to bathe(very important to me in a romance).
On one side, society continues its mindless search for pleasure. On the other, its sons are dying in appalling numbers on the battlefields of Europe. So the range of possible stories can range all the way from light, witty social comedy to the terrible trauma of war and still represent the period.
MBA: What do you want your readers to come away with by reading “Never a Gentleman and why?
I want them to have a riproaring time. I love a good emotional catharsis, and I hope they get one from Gentleman. I hope they love Grace as much as I do, and let Diccan win them over as he learns what true beauty is. I loved writing about a hero who is forced to abandon all his preconceived notions about beauty and learn what it truly is. I think it’s one of the most important themes in romance, that a person deserves to be loved for themselves, with all their flaws and strengths.
NOW ABOUT “NEVER A GENTLEMAN”
Never a Gentleman By Eileen Dreyer
Published by: GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING
Genre: FICTION , ROMANCE Published on: 4/01/2011
Format: MASS MARKET
HE HIDES HIS TRUE COLORS . . .
Miss Grace Fairchild is under no illusions about her charms. Painfully plain, she is a soldier’s daughter who has spent her life being useful, not learning the treacherous ways of the ton. She may have been caught in a scandal with society’s favorite rogue, but how can she marry him when it means losing herself?
WHILE SHE HIDES HER TRUE SELF . . .
Diccan Hilliard doesn’t know which of his enemies drugged him and dumped him in Grace’s bed, but he does know the outcome. He and Grace must marry. To his surprise, a wild, heady passion flares between them. Yet Diccan is trapped in a deadly game of intrigue Grace knows nothing about. Will his lies destroy Grace just as he realizes how desperately he needs her? And how can he hope for a future with her, when an old enemy has set his murderous sights on them both?
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SOURCE: THIS BOOK WAS RECEIVED FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVIEW FROM THE PUBLISHER FOR MY HONEST OPINION!!
Now for the good stuff.
Thanks to the wonderful Brianne at Grand Central Publishing we have 3 copies of “Never A Gentleman” up to win.
Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win. No P.O. Boxes,please AND giveaway copies will be sent directly to the winners from the publisher. You MUST make a comment in order to be eligible.
This contest will run from April 18 until April 25,2011 at midnight.
GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!