YAY! Erica Vetsch is here today! She, of the fabulous books & swoonworthy covers 🙂 Always a delight to chat with this friend & today I’m especially happy that she’s chatting about her new Regency romance, The Gentleman Spy!
THE GENTLEMAN SPY
SERIES: Serendipity & Secrets #2
GENRE: Inspirational Regency Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 28, 2020
He only wanted a duchess for a day―but she’s determined to make it a marriage for life
When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she’s meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life―as a secret agent for the Crown.
But his bride has other ideas. She’s determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society―the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.
Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?
Carrie, girl, thank you so much for having me at RIMSP again. I am so excited about my newest release, The Gentleman Spy. Often when I write, I find myself drawn either more to the hero or more to the heroine. Weird, I know, since I’m the one who is creating them, but there it is.
But, I found as I wrote The Gentleman Spy, that I was equally drawn to each of the main characters. This made the book so fun to write! I couldn’t wait to get back to it each day to see what would happen to Marcus and Charlotte.
I’ll confess, I developed a bit of a book-boyfriend crush on Marcus while writing book one in the series, The Lost Lieutenant. He was so mysterious and bright and observant. I knew he was going to be fun to write, because for all his spy-craft and social acumen, he was a bit of a dolt when it came to women.
Marcus is chivalrous, tolerant of his mother’s histrionics (up to a point) and very focused. When he zeroes in on an issue, a mystery, a clue, he cannot leave off until he’s gotten to the heart of it. He is a problem solver, and he likes things to be quite tidy. Everything belongs in its proper place, and that includes people. He moves through London Society well because he knows the rules…the very strict rules…that keep everyone in those imaginary boxes. He can predict most behavior, because it will follow the well-established mores of the day.
Until he meets Charlotte.
Charlotte is my favorite heroine I’ve ever written. She’s bright, inquisitive, a book lover!!!, with a heart for justice and fair play. She’s concerned about others, but she’s also quite unsure of herself. Not one of nature’s great beauties, she often compares herself to others, to her detriment. In order to cope, she loses herself in books. History books mostly.
She’s not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get to work on a problem, which is where she and Marcus are most alike. When someone is in need, Charlotte wants to help, even if doing so puts her on the wrong side of Society’s rules.
One of the most fun scenes in the book to write was the meeting of Charlotte and Marcus in Hatchard’s Bookstore on Piccadilly in London. It was fun because it was 1) A Bookstore!, and 2) Hatchard’s is a real bookstore from Regency London that is still a bookstore today!
I was all set to visit Hatchard’s in London this past May, but alas, the pandemic put an end to that notion. We’re hoping to reschedule what was to have been a wonderful anniversary trip, and I hope to visit England (and browse Hatchard’s) next year.
I love finding pictures of actors/models who represent what I think my hero and heroine look like, and I was pleased to find photographs from of all things, an Italian series that had exactly what I was looking for in Charlotte and Marcus. I think they’re perfect, matching exactly what I had in my head!
Question for Readers: Do you like an author to describe in detail what characters look like, or do you prefer to imagine them for yourself?
Best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. She’s a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota, and she married her total opposite and soul mate! When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks. You can connect with her at her website, www.ericavetsch.com where you can read about her books and sign up for her newsletter, and you can find her online at https://www.facebook.com/EricaVetschAuthor/ where she spends way too much time!
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What about you? What makes you want to read The Gentleman Spy by Erica Vetsch? Do you like an author to describe in detail what characters look like, or do you prefer to imagine them for yourself?