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A Long Weekend with Loretta Chase: Interview and Giveaway

Loretta Chase writes wonderful historical romances and her book Lord of Scoundrels is constantly hailed as one of the best if not THE best romance novel of all times.

It must be pretty clear by now how much I love Loretta Chase’s books and how she figures very highly in my favorite writers list. We are talking real fan girl here. So, it should come as no surprise to you when I say that when Loretta replied to the email I sent her, praising her work right after I read and loved The Lion’s Daughter, I stared numbly at the computer screen for a good 5 minutes. And when I created the courage to ask her for an interview and she said yes? I was incoherent for 3 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. No kidding.

So here we go ladies and gentlemen, a chat with the one and only Loretta Chase:

Book Smugglers: First and foremost, thanks very much for taking the time to have this chat with us, especially since it’s around the time your new book is coming out – how hectic is this moment for you?

Loretta: Thank you for inviting me. I’m delighted to be here. And yes, this time of year is extremely hectic but that’s mainly because it requires me to do something out of my normal routine and I disorganize and distract easily. Most of the time, my life is very boring: research and write today, research and write tomorrow, research and write the next day. Or for an exciting change of pace, go to a bookstore or library for more research material. When a book comes out, things get lively: Real human beings want to talk to me!

Book Smugglers: Your Scandalous Ways is your new release and it it’s the story of Courtesan Francesca Bonnard and James Cordier, an English spy. Can you tell us more about the story and how it came to be?

Loretta: The story, in a nutshell: James Cordier, my half Italian 007 of 1820, is fed up with the spy business. But before he can go back to England and try to have a normal life, His Majesty’s top secret agent gets one last mission: He must relieve Europe’s most expensive and exclusive courtesan of a packet of letters. He deems the assignment beneath him. Any beginner secret agent man could get some letters from a girl, he thinks. But Francesca Bonnard isn’t just any girl. She’s smart, sexy, and brilliant at manipulating men. The jewels adorning her beautiful body announce that she, too, is #1 in her profession. In short, James meets his match, and the world’s lamest assignment turns into the toughest and trickiest of his career.

Some of my books come from a deeply hidden place in my psyche. This one came from the local multiplex cinema. The James Bond movie Casino Royale gave me the idea for an early 19th C secret agent. It also inspired the setting.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale

Near the end of the film is one of those big special effects scenes, in Venice, in a building undergoing repairs. Usually, I view those kinds of crash-explode-fireballs-body-parts-flying scenes as Boy Entertainment, and promptly forget them. But this one stuck in my mind because of all the water–under the building! It was a revelation: “Venice is built on water!” I know this should be obvious but I didn’t grasp the situation. I had envisioned canals dug into solid ground, as elsewhere in the world. And that was all it took, really: curiosity to find out more. I’d scarcely started researching the place before I realized it was the perfect setting for my characters.

Book Smugglers: I fell in love with both James and Francesca and how they were both jaded, flawed individuals. I specially liked that you made Francesca a very wealthy courtesan and unlikely many courtesans in romance novels, she is an unrepentant one with a lot of joie de vivre. In fact, one of the reasons why James is so attracted to her is because she is a lot of FUN: she fully embraces who she is. What made you take this sort of angle?

Loretta: A number of factors contributed to Francesca’s character. When I thought of creating a courtesan heroine, the first thing that came into my mind was the aria “Sempre libre”–“Always free”–from the opera La Traviata.

I had an image in my mind of Violetta–but without TB–before she falls in love, before the big heartbreak and self-sacrifice. I envisioned a glamorous woman, free to choose the man she wants, and men vying for the privilege of being with her. I remembered the start of Regency-era courtesan Harriette Wilson’s memoirs, and her unrepentant attitude. It reminded me–again–that a courtesan, unlike a common prostitute, had a degree of freedom that other women of the time could only dream of (if they could even conceive of that level of freedom or dare to dream of it). And an important nudge came from Susan Holloway Scott’s Royal Harlot, and her view of Lady Castlemaine as a woman who relished her sexual freedom.

All this fed into an idea of a woman whose life’s been destroyed, who picks herself up and decides she’s going to take the route so many other women are forced to take–but this time, the woman decides that if she’s going to be a courtesan, she’s going to be the best: the queen of courtesans.

Book Smugglers: The book is set in Venice and having been there before, I was amazed at the detailed descriptions of streets, canals and buildings – it truly transported me back. The same goes for your descriptions of Egypt in Mr Impossible. The setting seems to be very important in your books – be it Paris, Venice, Egypt or Albania. Have you been physically to some of these locations to soak up culture, or is it through love of the cities through books/history?

Loretta: Thank you! Since I’ve been to neither Venice nor Egypt, that’s quite a compliment. Though I have traveled in Albania (many years ago) and in the UK, I rely primarily on books and cyberspace. Books have always transported me to other places and times, so history books, old travel accounts, memoirs, and so on, are as entertaining and fascinating to me as any wonderful piece of fiction. So I want to convey this feeling to readers–of history as another world, not a collection of dry facts, dates, and names. I try to make the setting not call attention to itself but simply be there, so that the reader is living, for the time of the story, in that particular time and place.

Book Smugglers: Your Scandalous Ways is the first in a new series called Fallen Women – can you tell us a bit more about the concept behind the series and what have you planned for after Your Scandalous Ways?

Loretta: Actually, it was my agent who gave me the idea. She pointed out that so many of my heroines are women of experience, though not all are sexually experienced. The idea of tackling fallen women really appealed to my longstanding desire to give history a do-over. There were so many different ways for women to become “fallen.” They were ostracized for having a love affair or bearing a child out of wedlock or being divorced–or even if people merely suspected they’d misbehaved. Meanwhile, of course, men who did the same things didn’t get into trouble. Well, that’s not fair. So Loretta, Justice Crusader, must fix it. The series actually started in the last book (so far) of the Carsington brothers series, Not Quite a Lady. In these stories, I’m responding to the Victorians’–and later works’–tragic ends for less-than-pure women. Each of the ways to be “fallen” becomes a starting point for a new story, a new heroine–and, of course, the man who’ll prove himself truly worthy of her love.

Book Smugglers: I am a “Hero” type of reader i.e. I usually fall in love with the heroes rather than the heroines but the opposite happens when I read your books: Your heroines are so spirited, competent, intelligent and independent that it’s easy for me to relate to them. Do you set out to write them with a purpose or do they spring to life out of their own accord?

Loretta: That is quite a compliment. Thank you! The matter of the heroine is a chicken-and-egg kind of question for me. When I first started writing romances, I knew I wanted to replace the passive or victimized women of the Victorian novels I loved with women who took charge of their lives and would not let the male-dominated culture rule them. But those are the kinds of women who spring to life in my psyche anyway. Here’s the way I see it: Romance demands a powerful, larger-than-life hero. I simply want to create a woman worthy of him. So she needs to be intelligent, savvy, determined, resilient, and so on. This often means she needs to have experiences or abilities that the average lady of the time might not have. Or–as in Francesca’s case–she’ll have survived and triumphed over the kind of personal catastrophe that would destroy other women. Or she fights back–overtly or via manipulation–in situations where other women became victims.

Book Smugglers: One of the things I love about your books is the special attention you give to the historical background – be it Canal building in 19th century England, a discussion of medieval Icons or Albanian nobility. How do you usually build your stories – do you come up with the characters first and then work out the setting and the time period or it is the other way around?

Loretta: My mind isn’t linear, so the creation process is a tangle. A nice word for this is “organic.” But really, it’s just a mess. A setting comes to mind, and I start wondering what kind of people would be there and why. But simultaneously I’ve got character ideas in my head and am wondering where they need to be, what environment will challenge them. So character and setting feed each other. And for me, the setting is a character. Characters have to interact with it. In some ways, the setting is the matchmaker and stage manager, bringing together people whose paths might not otherwise cross. Rupert and Daphne of Mr Impossible, for instance, would never meet at Almack’s, and if she were not in Egypt, facing all those physical challenges, she’d never realize she’s not just brainy but incredibly brave, while Rupert would never have the opportunity to show what he’s capable of. Physical hardship, being cut off from the familiar world–these elements are great for bringing a couple together and forcing them to stay together. The same goes for a canal, a valuable icon, or a rare papyrus.

“I’m a man,” he said…”I can do one or the other. Lovemaking or thinking. But not both at the same time.”

Book Smugglers: In Your Scandalous Ways Francesca and James are both connoisseurs of jewelry. In Lord of Scoundrels, Jess has an eye for valuable art and artifacts, in Mr. Impossible the heroine is a brilliant historian again with an eye for ancient artifacts. Do you have to learn about these items before writing about them – are you a collector yourself?

Loretta: I used to be more of a junk collector than I am now. I think my idea for the antiques and curiosities shop in Lord of Scoundrels came partly from Dickens and partly from the dimly lit little shops I used to haunt, starting in high school. I definitely study the various items, just as I do the settings, though I can’t say what inspires me to start researching, say, Russian icons. I can say that it’s all based on real stuff: the lewd timepiece in Lord of Scoundrels; Francesca’s jewelry, the various artifacts in Daphne’s house and the things she and Rupert stumble over in their travels up the Nile. And yes, I even studied the various attempts to decode the Rosetta Stone, so that I could put Daphne just a step or two ahead of everyone else at the time, in her grasp of some essentials of hieroglyphic writing. In short, while she beats me in the brains department, I win the nerd prize.

The Rosetta Stone

Book Smugglers: Lord of Scoundrels is hailed as one of the best romance novels of all time and constantly figures as reader’s favorites – What are Loretta Chase’s top 5 favorite romance novels?

Loretta: There’s no way I can choose a top 5. Maybe a top 100. I’d have to include all of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. Even their weaker works contain jewels. My keeper shelves include some traditional Regency gems (The Duke’s Wager by Edith Layton, His Lordship’s Mistress by Joan Wolf, The Ice Queen by Elizabeth Hewitt), Eva Ibbotson’s A Countess Below Stairs, a couple of LaVyrle Spencer’s books–mainly the later, bigger books–and contemporary romances by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jennifer Crusie. The list is mainly oldies for a reason: As time has passed, I’ve been reading fewer and fewer books in my own genre. This is because I can no longer read them like a normal person. I get all analytical–and no, I can’t turn that off–and it’s like grading papers instead of reading. Even the A+ work gets over-analyzed, which takes a lot of the fun out of it. This is one of the drawbacks of working in the same genre for so many years. But having an excuse to buy gigantic picture books of Georgian jewelry or Venetian palazzi, for instance, is some compensation.

Loretta Chase holds a B.A. from Clark University, where she majored in English and minored unofficially in visual art. Her past lives include clerical, administrative, and part-time teaching at Clark and a Dickensian six-month experience as a meter maid. In the course of moonlighting as a corporate video scriptwriter, she fell under the spell of a producer who lured her into writing novels…and marrying him. The union has resulted in more than a dozen books and a number of awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Rita award. You can talk to Loretta via her email address Author@LorettaChase.com, visit her website at www.LorettaChase.com, and blog with her and six other authors at WordWenches.com.

We would like to thank Loretta for this amazing opportunity to learn more about her and her books.

And now, to close our Long Weekend with Loretta Chase event, we have three copies of Your Scandalous Ways to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment by Sunday midnight . We will announce the lucky winners on Monday. Good Luck!

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45 Comments

  • jessewave
    June 20, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    I have never read any books by Loretta Chase before because I typically read different genres, but this interview makes me want to go out and buy Your Scandalous Ways. Great interview!!

  • Rosario
    June 21, 2008 at 12:45 am

    I love the idea of the Fallen Women series, giving them happy endings rather than those horrid tragic ones. Do we know anything about the next book? (I know, I’m greedy, I haven’t read the last one yet and already I’m thinking about the next!)

  • Ana O.
    June 21, 2008 at 1:44 am

    I’ve heard great things about Loretta Chase from a couple of friends and I’d really like to enter this giveaway! 🙂

  • Maered
    June 21, 2008 at 3:10 am

    Fantastic interview! I love the heroines Ms Chase creates, and really like the Fallen Women theme.

    Lord of Scoundrals is one of my favourite books *sigh* how I love Dain and Jess. She was a superb heroine.

  • Kristie (J)
    June 21, 2008 at 3:33 am

    What a great and fascinating interview! Unlike you, I’m a heroine type reader – it’s the heroine who makes or breaks the book for me but like you, I love all of Ms. Chase’s heroines. And like Rosario, I LOVE the idea of a whole series of happy endings for fallen women. All too often ‘experienced’ women are the villains and I’m glad she is writing them as heroines!
    And no need to enter me into the contest. I have a copy and I’m reading it right now. I’m not far into it yet but I am LOVING it so far. So much in fact that I had a friend over last night and I was oh so close to canceling so I could read. But since we were planning on watching North and South *g* I didn’t. And a bit off topic – my friend loved the movie and is now planning on getting her own copy.
    Anyway – I just wanted to say I love all of Loretta’s books and have 3 copies of LOS – two of the original and one of the reissues. And I have versions of her other two also *g*

  • Melissa29624
    June 21, 2008 at 5:10 am

    I really enjoyed reading the interview and learning more about Loretta’s books! I am definately going to add her to my list of authors to read!!

  • Shannon
    June 21, 2008 at 6:00 am

    OK, now I have to add all of her books to my TBR list. How have I been reading all these years and never picked up one of her books?

    Thanks for the great interview!

  • Carolyn Jean
    June 21, 2008 at 6:17 am

    What a great interview!

    I love the story about how Ms. Chase got the idea for this book from that Bond movie. And I enjoyed hearing her thoughts on heroines, and the way setting becomes a kind a character.

  • Ann
    June 21, 2008 at 6:37 am

    Excellent interview. I’m a great fan of Loretta Chase and enjoyed learning more about Your Scandalous Ways. Also enjoy reading the books and authors on the keeper shelf but could it be The Ice Maiden by Elizabeth Hewitt?

  • AnimeJune
    June 21, 2008 at 6:38 am

    What an interesting interview.

    I LOVE that Loretta Chase brings importance to the creation of a competent heroine. In romances, I’ve always been able to tolerate the heroes more than the heroines, and when a heroine is incredibly awful, it actually gets met angry because somehow this fantastic guy falls in love with her! AGH!

  • Katie(babs)
    June 21, 2008 at 7:15 am

    Thank you Loretta for the idea of having both experienced men and women who enjoy life and not these naive people who are TSL!
    Also, I love the idea of stories in different places. It gets quite dull reading historical romances during the early to mid 19th century, always in London and constant story lines about balls and the ton.
    I gave my good guy friend Lord of Scoundrels to read after it was number one at AAR’s best romances of all time. He wanted to know what it was about historical romance I loved and I had to give him the one book that puts most romances to shame.
    As always Thea and Ana another wonderful and insightful interview. 😀

  • Nancy Butler
    June 21, 2008 at 8:03 am

    While I love Lord of Scoundrels, Captives of the Night is my favorite Chase. It’s very dark, everyone is damaged, and yet the book is just so alive and full of passion. Thanks, Sherri, for a great interview, and thanks, Loretta, for contributing such classy, wry, sexy books to the genre. Like Loretta, I have trouble reading romances without doing postmortems, but I see I need to catch up with her latest offerings. It’s hard to critique “the master.”

    Nancy Butler

  • kim
    June 21, 2008 at 8:27 am

    Great interview! It’s wonderful to learn more about one of my all time favorite authors.

    I am one of these people that reads for the hero in the story, and Ms. Chase writes awesome heroes. Dain, well what can I say about him? He broke my heart and stole it at the same time. I loved his inner dialog, his mental dictionary! The same thing happened with Vere in The Last Hellion. Their emotional baggage…whoa…it was packed in steamer trunks. But their heroines didn’t let that get in their way, but they didn’t try to change the heroes or put conditions on them, they did it sublety with love and understanding and helped each man grow on his own and make discoveries about themselves along the way.

    *sigh* I loved Dain and Vere and now James too. Thanks Ms. Chase for great heroes and the heroines worthy of them. Oh and Susan (The Last Hellion) ROCKS! Love that dog!

    Oh and don’t enter me in the contest…I already ran out and snatched a copy as fast as I could!

  • little alys
    June 21, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Oh, very nice. I’ve hear about her books and now I’m rather interested. It’s a good idea, to learn more about the other side of the spectrum in historicals. Need to keep my eyes on this.

    Fun interview for sure. ^_^

  • M.
    June 21, 2008 at 8:42 am

    don’t put me in the draw as i already have my copy and am halfway through, stopped by to say:

    hello, and i love the campanile tower climbing scene so much because a)how romantic! and b)this is only halfway, meaning there are even more romantic scenes to come!

  • kimmyl
    June 21, 2008 at 8:53 am

    If you haven’t read Loretta Chase’s books then you need to. You will not be disappointed. She’s fantastik.
    Loretta Chase is one of my all-time favorite authors and I think she’s one of the best writers ever to grace the romance genre.
    “The Last Hellion” is one of my favorite Chase novels. I think one of the reasons Rupert is my favorite Carsington is because he reminds me of Dain.

  • jennybrat
    June 21, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Great interview! Loretta, do you have any secondary characters whom you would like to feature as hero/heroine in the future?

  • Buffie
    June 21, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Hey Loretta!!! We have been seening a lot of each other lately! I think you already know how much a adore your writing.

    And to all those posters who haven’t read a LC book yet . . . get thee to the bookstore and buy. Buy I say, buy! 🙂

  • LorettaChase
    June 21, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Hello, everybody! I’m a little late joining the conversation because I had to write an essay first. (Due tomorrow) Felt like I was back in school: Can’t go out and play until you do your homework. First, thank you for the wonderful interview–and all those excellent illustrations, plus the nice plug for ROYAL HARLOT–a wonderful historical novel–and I’m not just saying that because Susan is my friend and a sister Word Wench. I’m also enjoying the response to the Fallen Women theme. Clearly, others agree that it’s long past time these women got some happy endings. And it’s always so interesting to learn which books are readers’ favorites and why.
    I’ll tackle some of the questions in a separate comment.

  • LorettaChase
    June 21, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Now for questions: Yes, Ann, it’s Hewitt’s THE ICE MAIDEN. I read a lot of Regencies back in the day but only a handful stick in the memory banks as well as remain on the bookshelf–even if I can’t get the title right, two minutes after staring at it.__ Jennybrat, several characters from the Carsington brothers series might get stories or appear again in the future. I really would like to deal with Olivia and Peregrine of LORD PERFECT at some point, and maybe Morrell from NOT QUITE A LADY. I wonder about Daphne’s brother Miles, and about Rupert’s brother Geoffrey. It will simply depend on the right story coming along for the right character(s).

  • Tracy
    June 21, 2008 at 11:36 am

    I’ve heard such great things about L. Chase’s books but haven’t read one yet. What’s wrong with me. Those who know me, please don’t answer that! 🙂 I will do my best to get one and read it soon. They sounds great!

    Loretta I loved seeing a glimpse into your books shelves. Wonderful.

    Great interview Book Smugglers!

  • Mary M.
    June 21, 2008 at 11:47 am

    I must say, despite all the good I had heard about Your Scandalous Ways, the idea the heroine was a courtesan – a real one – didn’t attract me at all. But the way Loretta presents it…it sounds deifferent. Now I am really curious :).

    I haven’t read Lord of Scoundrels yet; I was saving it for my trip in Europe next month. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to wait until then :).

  • Lori
    June 21, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Fabulous interview, ladies!

    And I’m so pleased to hear that Olivia (and Peregrine) might someday get their story. I loved them in Lord Perfect!

    The concept of the fallen woman getting her HEA is a great one, and I appreciated that Darius was so accepting of Charlotte’s secret in Not Quite a Lady. I can see how that was the first book in the new series.

    I love the way your heroines are always so strong and fabulous, and that you aren’t afraid to make your heroes so in need of them (does that make sense?).

  • Aymless
    June 21, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Great interview. I too have not read any books by Loretta Chase. But thanks to your review and enthusiasm, I’ve got her on the top of my wish list for next month book allowance.

  • Ana
    June 21, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks to everyone who commented.

    For those who never read Loretta Chase, you are in for a treat. I would love to hear your opinions later!

    Loretta, thanks for taking the time to stop by and answer the comments! And I am too delighted to hear about Olivia and Peregrine, I loved them in Lord Perfect!

  • News From the Holmestead
    June 21, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    I’m a relatively new convert, having discovered Loretta just a few years ago. In a way, I’m glad, because that gave me a nice backlog of her already-published books to feed my instant addiction. I even went on an obsessive online search for some of her out-of-print, hard to find novellas. Now my collection is complete, save for THE LAST HELLION, which is going to be reprinted later this year.

    My favorite is LORD OF SCOUNDRELS, followed closely by MR. IMPOSSIBLE. One of my very favorite secondary characters is Lord Carsington, father of all those wonderful Carsington brothers. Another favorite secondary character is Marigold, the Mongoose from Mr. Impossible. IIRC, Marigold even received an award of her own as “favorite animal character.”

    My favorite opening scene has to be in NOT QUITE A LADY, where Darius Carsington is lying on his belly in the long grass watching dragonflies mating. When Lady Charlotte walks by and Darius’s head pops up out of the grass, startling her, the ensuing sequence is one of the most hilarious scenes ever, and the bit about her bonnet makes me LOL every time!

    Sherrie Holmes

  • Christine
    June 21, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    What a great interview! Thank you Ana and Loretta.

    I have not yet read a novel by Loretta, but have recently put Lord of Scoundrels on my reading wish list after hearing so many of my romance blogging friends rave about it. After reading this interview, however, I’m completely sold on Your Scandalous Ways and would love to read this first!

    I love the ‘Majesty’s special agent sent off to retrieve a packet of letters from a mere woman’ plot line … and the surprise that awaits him! I bet James and Francesca are quite the match for each other. 😉

    Best wishes on your new release, Loretta.

  • Katie(babs)
    June 21, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Hey Loretta!
    I have an all important question that you probably have been asked over and over….
    Peregrine and Olivia were such wonderful characters in Lord Perfect, which is one of my favorites by yours! Are they old enough now to have their story told?

  • AnimeJune
    June 21, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Oh, I do hope Morrell gets his own book. That man may not have been for Charlotte, but he had a good head on his shoulders.

  • Kate
    June 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    First and foremost, ladies, wonderful interview, and thanks to Ms Chase for some great answers that have completely intrigued me about your work!

    I have to admit I’ve never read any Loretta Chase and now want to – I’ve only recently started reading Regencies and could use a few good ones to bolster my view! So sign me up for the giveaway…I’m feeling lucky 🙂

  • Lil
    June 21, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your interview. Lord of Scoundrels was a book that I stumbled across around the time I was growing dissatisfied with the way heroines were portrayed. It was refreshing and I have the book on my keeper shelf.

  • CrystalGB
    June 21, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Loretta. Great interview. Your Scandalous Ways sounds wonderful.

  • Ita
    June 21, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks for the great interview. LOS is my favorite romance of all time and a regular re-read, especially when I’m blue.

    Really looking forward to reading her latest.

  • Shu
    June 21, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Great interview! This makes me want to read Loretta’s books – have never picked one up, but I think now is as good a time as any.

    Thanks for the chance to peek inside your mind Loretta!

  • naida
    June 22, 2008 at 8:21 am

    I havent read her before, but I’m adding her to my TBR list 🙂

    great post and interview!

    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

  • sydney
    June 22, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Nice interview, thanks. Your Scandalous Ways sounds great, and has now moved up on my list.

  • Stephanie
    June 22, 2008 at 10:56 am

    I’ve heard so many great things about this book. I can’t wait to read it!

  • Anna
    June 22, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I’d love to give this a read-through. An unrepentent courtesan as a heroine? Yes, please!

  • Malin
    June 22, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Darn, darn, darn! I’m going to have to pick me up some Loretta Chase now. My funds are limited so I rarely – if ever – buy new-to-me authors new, but I’ve been reading so many good things about LC that I’ll have to cave. Anyway, if what I’ve been reading is true then her books are keepers so it’s not like I’d be able to find them used…

  • sparkettawu
    June 22, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Great interview, and nicely covered topics. I finally gave the library back their copy of Lord of Scoundrels – they were considering me quite the scoundrel, oops. 🙂 Off to the bookstore I go to get caught up on Loretta’s backlist!
    Julia

  • Lyn H.
    June 22, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I heard so many great reviews of Ms. Chase’s works that I couldn’t wait to read one of her books. I was going to start with Lord of Scoundrels, but Your Scandalous Ways had me very intrigued!

  • Katie(babs)
    June 22, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I have another question!
    Loretta, which actor is your favorite one who has played James Bond?
    Mine is Sean Connery 😀

  • Ciara
    June 22, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    I LOVE Loretta Chase! I just started Not Quite a Lady today. Miss Wonderful and Mr. Impossible are two of my favorite romance novels. LC has such a unique and lovely voice – bouncy and colorful. I can’t help but imagine it read in a crisp british accent. Her sense of humor is also delicious, and I constantly find myself snorting out loud while reading her books. Thank you for the interview ladies!

  • Jessica
    June 22, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks for the interview. I really like the idea behind the Fallen Women series. It is refreshing to read about women of experience and maturity finding happiness. Loretta Chase always creates some of the best heroines out there, and I always look forward to her future books.

  • peggy
    December 4, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I have read Loretta Chase books.
    Shes a wonderful historical writter.I can’t wait to read her next book.the Fallen women series
    sounds great.

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