Get Lost in a Story readers, we're in for a treat today as multi-published and the prolific Sue Swift joins us to talk to us about Lord Devere's Ward and answer the Get Lost Crew's Fun Questions.
ABOUT LORD DEVERE'S WARD
A lighthearted Regency in the tradition of Georgette Heyer, but with a sensuality unique to Sue Swift's books, in which you can expect the unexpected. Orphaned Kate Scoville is trapped in a tower prison by her scheming uncle, who plans to wed her to his loathsome son in order to gain control of her fortune. Plucky and resourceful, Lady Kate escapes to London to ask for help from her guardian. She's sure the elderly Earl of Devere will help her in her plight. Kate is astounded to find that the Earl has died, and his son has become her guardian. Quinn, the present Earl, remembers Kate from his childhood as an awkward child he loved to taunt and tease. But now his ward has grown into a beautiful young woman. Though honor prevents Quinn from making Kate his, their attraction is irresistible... Will Kate tempt Quinn into abandoning honor? Will the wicked uncle trap Kate, compromise her and steal her fortune?
Originally published by Zebra Books in 2000 as Hopelessly Compromised; now reissued by Etopia Press in a fresh new edition!
DONNELL: Welcome, Sue: I almost didn't recognize you behind the mask. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
DONNELL: Er, no. The pictures do nicely. Which of your characters would you invite to dinner? Which character would you not?
SUE: Wow…I’ve created some lovely couples and some awful villains. I think my most interesting couple would be Audryn and Storne, the title character in Queen of Shadow and her chosen mate. I would hesitate to eat with Herbert Scoville, the villain in Lord Devere’s Ward—I might not survive the meal and would not leave the room with my virtue (ahem) intact.
DONNELL: Coffee, tea? Or Something else?
SUE: Both, but especially a good coffee in the morning. I worked for Starbucks as a barista for awhile because I love the aroma of coffee.
SUE: Bad guy, bad guy, bad guy. There are few ways to be virtuous and they are all dull. Baddies come in all stripes and many acts.
DONNELL: Favorite sport?
SUE: The game of love.
DONNELL: When you’re not writing, where will we find you?
SUE: Editing, taking my teenage niece to the mall, at hot yoga or drinking red wine with my friends.
DONNELL: How many pairs of shoes do you have in your closet?
SUE: Umm…about two dozen, but it’s the handbags that really garner the most comments. I have about three dozen, and some are quite unusual.
DONNELL: Who’s someone you’ve never met, but would have loved the opportunity?
SUE: Jon Stewart. He’s cool and funny. I want him to adopt me. I bet he’s the funnest (is that a word?) dad in the world.
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