Sunday, February 8, 2009
Spotlighting Sarah MacLean's THE SEASON
I am so excited to spotlight Sarah MacLean's THE SEASON this week!
Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. After receiving a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Sarah returned to New York, where she lives with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She is currently working on a series of regency-set romances to be released in 2010 from Avon/HarperCollins.
In THE SEASON, Lady Alexandra Stafford doesn't fit into the world of Regency London — she's strong-willed, sharp-tongued, and she absolutely loathes dress fittings. Unfortunately, her mother has been waiting for years for Alex to be old enough to take part in the social whirlwind of a London Season so she can be married off to someone safe, respectable, wealthy, and almost certainly boring. But Alex is much more interested in adventure than romance.
Between sumptuous balls, lavish dinner parties and country weekends, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get entangled in her biggest scrape yet. When the Earl of Blackmoor is killed in a puzzling accident, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. It's a mystery brimming with espionage, murder, and suspicion. As she and Gavin grow closer, will Alex's heart be stolen in the process?
NM: So, how old are your protagonists?
SM: Alex, Ella and Vivi are all seventeen.
NM: What is the single, most important bit of advice you'd give to the You that was the same age as your leading ladies?
SM: Oooh...good question! How about, Sarah, in ten years, you'll sell your first novel. And none of this will matter anymore. I promise.
NM: Great advice! Now, complete the following sentences, if you will:
Everyone should definitely, for sure _____________.
You should NEVER, EVER ___________. But if you absolutely must, make sure to ____________.
SM: Everyone should definitely, for sure read at least one Jane Austen novel in their lifetime.
You should NEVER, EVER fall in love with a rake. But if you absolutely must, make sure to take him down with you.
NM: Ha! Great answers.
Thank you, Lady Sarah! And we wish you much success with THE SEASON!
Click here to purchase a copy of THE SEASON from Amazon, and here for Indiebound.
To learn more about Sarah MacLean and her work, visit her website.