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The Next Big Thing!
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

My dear friend Vanessa Kelly, author of His Mistletoe Bride, tagged me to take part in this blogging hop-along, and I thought it sounded like fun. I’ll answer some questions about my current work in progress (WIP), and then tag some other authors to do the same thing on their blogs next week.

Here goes…

What is your working title of your book? Why Dukes Say I Do

Where did the idea come from for the book? From a totally random brainstorming session with some author friends where we were coming up with gimmicky Regency historical titles. The one that started my imagination on this new trilogy was I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SEASON.

What genre does your book fall under? Regency historical romance/romantic suspense.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? For my hero, Trevor, I’ve chosen dishy British actor Toby Stephens, shown here in the BBC adaptation of Anne Bronte’sThe Tenant of Wildfell Hall.


For my heroine, Isabella, I’ve chosen Anna Chancellor, better known to American audiences as Duckface from Four Weddings and a Funeral. Here she is playing Miss Bingley in the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A socialite widow with a dark secret must convince a reclusive duke to abandon his vow to remain in the country, or risk being publicly accused of murder.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? This is the first book in my new trilogy with St. Martin’s Press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Three months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I tend to think of my books as being in the vein of old school Amanda Quick with just a dash of Julia Quinn and a soupcon of Lisa Kleypas.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? Like my previous books, this trilogy will center on female friendship as well as romance. In this case, my three heroines are all widows whose first marriages were not particularly happy. All three heroines are survivors. And the fact that two of the heroines are sisters makes their relationships with one another even more emotional. Even so, there’s a lot of humor here too. I especially enjoyed pitting the social butterfly Isabella against the country-bred, down to earth, Trevor. There are some fun fish-out-of-water scenes in this one as well as my favorite scenes to write…bromance!

Now I get to tag a few awesome author friends too, who’ll be posting about their latest projects on their blogs next Wednesday, Dec. 12th. Can’t wait to hear what they’re working on!!

The Lovely and Amazing Virna DePaul, author ofShades of Temptation.


The Always Entertaining Tiffany Clare, author of Wicked Nights with a Proper Lady.

Readers, be sure to check out these talented ladies next week and find out what they’re working on!

3 comments to “The Next Big Thing!”

  1. Amy Kennedy
      · December 5th, 2012 at 1:56 pm · Link

    “…a soupcon of Lisa Kleypas.” Love it! New series sounds very cool. I love it that there’s suspense in with the romance.

  2. Manda_Collins
      · December 5th, 2012 at 3:10 pm · Link

    Thanks, Amy! I have to admit that I love suspense as much as I love romance. Glad you like it too:)

  3. Virna DePaul
      · December 5th, 2012 at 4:36 pm · Link

    Hi Manda! Congrats on your new trilogy. I loved seeing the actors you’d pick — always fun! :)