Get Lost in This Story…
If You Give a Rake a Ruby by Shana Galen—in stores March 2013
HER MYSTERIOUS PAST IS THE BEST REVENGE . . .
Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, is a celebrated courtesan with her finger on the pulse of high society. She’s adored by men, hated by their wives. No one knows anything about her past, and she plans to keep it that way.
ONLY HE CAN OFFER HER A DAZZLING FUTURE . . .
Warrick Fitzhugh will do anything to protect his compatriots in the Foreign Office, including seduce Fallon, who he thinks can lead him to the deadliest crime lord in
He knows he’s putting his life on the line . . . London
To Warrick’s shock, Fallon is not who he thinks she is, and the secrets she’s keeping are exactly what make her his heart’s desire . . .
Today I am so pleased to welcome back Shana Galen to the blog, this time to celebrate the release of the second of her Jewels of the Ton series! Shana not only writes fabulous books, but she’s mom to a toddler affectionately known across the internet as Baby Galen, is active on Facebook and Twitter, as well as is a contributor to blogs such as The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills and Peanut Butter on the Keyboard…in short, she exhausts me just thinking about all that she does (and does well)!
I’m so thrilled she’s found time to come visit us here today.
More about Shana:
Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in
inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter
who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers:
visit her website at www.shanagalen.com
or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.
And now, the GLIAS interview…
Heather: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Shana: Sliding Doors, featuring Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah. Gwyneth Paltrow’s character is fired and we see what happens if she’d caught the train and if she hadn’t. Love the parallel storylines.
Heather: I adore that movie! I knew I liked you for more than just your writing… Okay, next question: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
Shana: Not surprisingly, I most often get lost reading historicals. I love the language, the gowns, the balls, and the rules and manners. I also enjoy young adult literature. I read quite a bit of it when I was a middle school teacher.
Heather: What’s the first book you remember reading?
Shana: It was The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. I was in first grade and on vacation with my parents. I couldn’t put it down, even to go swimming in the lake or play outside.
Heather: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
Shana: Definitely Beauty and the Beast. I love the idea of the heroine taming the beastly hero. Most of my heroes are beasts in one way or another. Some of my heroines need a little taming as well.
Heather: What turns you off like nothing else?
Shana: Prejudice. I can’t stand it when someone stereotypes another race or ethnicity.
Heather: Where do you read and how often?
Shana: I read in bed or while I’m sitting outside gymnastics or swimming or soccer class. I read every night before bed, if I can keep my eyes open.
Heather: What’s in your refrigerator right now?
Shana: A lot of fruit and a lot of microwave meals. I am trying to cook more, but I hate cooking and only manage dinner three nights a week. And, of course, my daughter only likes three or four foods, so most of the time my efforts are an exercise in futility.
Heather: Dog person or cat person?
Shana: I love all animals, but I have always had cats. Right now I have two kittens, Mickey and Maisy (my daughter named them after her favorite mice). They are incredibly sweet and very snuggly and extremely patient with my daughter.
Heather: How much money does it take to be happy?
Shana: I need enough to buy a soy chai latte and get a pedicure. I’m perfectly happy with those two luxuries.
Heather: I noticed on your website that one of your first attempts at writing was a Star Wars story (with romantic elements, of course!). Is there a close science-fiction/fantasy lover in you?
Shana: I am a huge Star Wars fan. I used to have all the action figures, and I played with them endlessly. I knew all the trivia and every minute detail. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Men I’ve Dated was about a geeky girl who loves Star Wars, but she falls for a hunky guy and tries to impress him by acting like someone she isn’t. You can guess what happens next…
GOT A QUESTION YOU’D LIKE TO ASK YOUR FANS?
Shana: If You Give a Rake a Ruby is a book about a courtesan and a spy. The Prince Regent dubbed her the Marchioness of Mystery, while her glamorous Cyprian friends are the Duchess of Dalliance and the Countess of Charm. If you had a nickname, what would it be?
WILL YOU HAVE A DRAWING FROM THOSE LEAVING COMMENTS?
Shana: Yes. I’d be happy to give away a copy of When You Give a Duke a Diamond to a random commenter (US and Canada only, please. Please enter via the rafflecopter widget below).a Rafflecopter giveaway
If you’d like to learn more about Shana, you can find her on the web at:
Thanks for being here with us today, Shana. If you missed Shana’s first visit to GLIAS and would like to know even more about this fabulous author, you can find it here.