Just listen to this:
Lily Andrews, the beautiful, headstrong Countess of Merrill, is rumored to have authored a scandalous pamphlet.has scared the ton’s young ladies away from the marriage mart. The young widow soon meets her match when recently jilted Devon Morgan, Marquis of Colton, issues her a challenge: write a retraction or prepare to be seduced...to find out just how good a wedding night can be.
Valerie was kind enough to answer the Frivolous Five for me, and I have a copy of SECRETS OF A WEDDING NIGHT - autographed! - in my hot little hands for one lucky winner! (Be SURE to check back; we've had a couple of winners never show up again! Boo!)
The Frivolous Five:
AD: Sweet tea or Diet Coke when you need deadline caffeine? And, more important (frivolous) even that that: You are a southerner, so please explain. What the HECK is this SWEET TEA thing?? I cannot understand it. Why are you not honest with us poor Yankees and call it A BIG GLASS OF SUGAR WITH A DROP OF LIQUID POURED OVER IT???
VB: Regular Coke. I don't like DIET soft drinks! And usually I'm drinking Dr. Pepper to be honest. I was actually born and raised in Illinois (remember, Rantoul?) so I'm not technically southern, HOWEVER, I was raised by two southern parents (my dad was in the military and stationed in Illinois) so I know a bit about southern food and sweet tea. One of my sisters who lives in Chicago and loves sweet tea always says that getting her sweet tea fix is one of the best parts of visiting me. I'll also admit to liking fried okra! :) My southern fiance loves tea, but he prefers the unsweet variety.
AD: You had a rocking launch party for your debut book and sold hundreds of books, and even had food and drinks and a kajillion delicious mini-cupcakes. So, why don’t you bring me cupcakes every time you see me?
VB: That's a good question. I should travel with cupcakes at all times. My favorite cupcake flavor is strawberry. I need a little strawberry cupcake pouch.
AD: Why is it called a bustle? Have you ever worn one? Also: Whale bones in corsets--discuss.
VB: Snort. I have no idea why it's called a bustle. Thank goodness my heroines don't wear them because that was more of a Victorian thing. Us Regency authors stick with stays and an empire waist. Can you imagine wearing a bustle? I think that's one reason I don't write Victorians. I can't write the sentence, "And then he gazed longingly at her super hot...bustle." without cracking up. I've never worn a corset but I do have a Regency-era gown and when I wear it I can't bend over. I have to bend at the knees. I am ever so glad that modern clothing involves neither bustles nor bones.
AD: You will soon be a stepmom to a lovely young man and young woman. Do you plan to be Wicked or Not Wicked? Name your favorite evil stepmother.
VB: I plan to be like the stepmom in the movie Juno. I saw that movie long before I knew I would ever be a stepmother and I just adored Alison Janney's character. What a terrific stepmother! Evil stepmothers are too cliche. : ) But Snow White's evil stepmother really broke the mold as far as I'm concerned. I mean, a poisoned apple? Seriously?
AD: I freely admit it: I clean house to the rocking songs of ABBA & the soundtrack of GREASE. What are the 3 most embarrassing songs on your iPod?
VB: I have the world's worst taste is music. If I told you the ACTUAL 3 most embarrassing songs, you'd probably stop hanging out with me and I value your friendship. But some of the most embarrassing include...Lucille by Kenny Rogers and Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. I am also the proud owner of the Bee Gees Greatest Hits! Woot!
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Valerie Bowman writes Racy Regency Romps with a focus on sharp dialogue, engaging storylines, and heroines who take matters into their own hands! Publishers Weekly calls Secrets of a Wedding Night, an “enchanting, engaging debut that will have readers seeking future installments” and Romantic Times Book Reviews says, “This fast-paced, charming debut, sparkling with witty dialogue and engaging characters, marks Bowman for stardom.” Booklist gave Secrets of a Wedding Night a starred review! You can find Valerie on the web at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
Valerie has a degree in English Literature from Smith College and lives in Jacksonville, FL with her rascally dog, Roo. You can find Valerie on the web at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
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