I managed to lure Alexandra Hawkins out of her writing lair where she is hard at work with Frost’s book, the last of the Lords of Vice series book. Now don’t worry, everyone. This short interview will inno way impact the release of that book, or the impending release of the Duke of Huntsley’s book, “Dusk With a Dangerous Duke.”
But loving these books as I do, (they were the first Regency series I found and read, well devoured, and I eagerly await each release) I was thrilled when she granted me her time away from editing to do this interview.
Can you tell I’m a fan?
Ok, let’s find out a little bit more about Alexandra Hawkins and her sexy Lords of Vice.
Nancy: You state that you fell in love with romance novels when you were a teenager. Do you remember your first romance novel and why Regency.
Alexandra: The very first one? No. I became hooked on romance novels when a friend began to bring her older sister’s books to school. Most of the books were traditional Regencies and Harlequins. I recall reading Barbara Cartland and Patricia Veryan. While I enjoyed the contemporary stories, it was the Regencies that really captured my imagination. I loved the elegance of the period and jaded rakes quickly became my favorite type of hero. Ten years later, when I finally sat down to write my first book, I knew that I wanted to set my story during the Regency period.
Nancy: Why do you think people love to read about romance in the Regency period so much?
Alexandra: Who can resist a sexy rogue? Okay, that’s only part of the appeal. I also think readers enjoy the history, the fashions, the art and music, the lavish estates, and the ton.
Nancy: Please tell us how you devised the concept of your Lords of Vice series.
Alexandra: Originally, I was playing with the idea of basing the series on the Seven Deadly Sins. Hence, my pitch for seven books. While I was working on the proposal, I learned another author was releasing a series under that name, which only proved to me that it was a great idea! Instead of tossing out all of my hard work, I decided to keep my seven heroes and switch the series vices.
Nancy: Hunter has always been the most enigmatic Lord of vice to me. Please tell us about the newest release “Dusk With a Dangerous Duke”.
Alexandra: Betrothed when he was twelve-years-old, Hunter has spent the last nineteen years trying to forget that he must marry Lady Grace Kearly by her twenty-first birthday or forfeit his grandmother’s inheritance to his greedy cousin. Hunter has no intention of losing. However, Lady Grace has other plans. Tired of waiting for Hunter, she travels to London with the intention of changing her fate. If she must marry, she has decided it will be a gentleman of her own choosing—and most certainly not a Lord of Vice.They were children when the Duke of Huntsley was introduced to Lady Grace Kearly. The young duke—nicknamed “Hunter”—took one look at his future bride and thought only of escaping his responsibilities to his family. Marriage was for grown-ups and Hunter still had years of skirt-chasing ahead of him. But now the time has come for Hunter to heed the call: if this Lord of Vice hopes to keep all of his inheritance, he’ll have to claim his long-neglected betrothed…
We are lucky to have a blurb of dusk With a Dangerous Duke:
With her twenty-first birthday approaching, Lady Grace dreads the thought of marrying the duke she has met only once—especially since he’s grown into a notorious rake who will probably beget his heir and abandon her in the country while he pursues fresh game in London. So when Lady Grace coolly decides to call the wedding off, even Hunter is surprised by his refusal to let her go. Suddenly, the notion of claiming and taming this green-eyed beauty is one challenge he cannot resist…
Nancy: After Frost’s novel (which you have to know is one of the most eagerly anticipated novels of the year), what is up next for you?
Alexandra: I have a few surprises for readers this year, but everyone will have to wait a little longer before I can share the news.
Frost’s book is the final book in the Lords of Vice series. However, I’m currently exploring the possibilities of writing a few books that would be connected to the Lords of Vice world.
What do you all think-Should Grace forgive Hunter for his neglect all these years, or should she make him grovel?
Two lucky commenters can choose a copy of one of the previous Lords of Vice books!