THE SCOUNDREL AND THE DEBUTANTE
New York Times bestselling author
Harlequin; May 1, 2015
352 pages; $7.99 US/$8.99 CAN
The dust of the Cabot sisters' shocking plans to rescue their family from certain ruin may have settled, but Prudence Cabot is left standing in the rubble of scandal. Now regarded as an unsuitable bride, she's tainted among the ton. Yet this unwilling wallflower is ripe for her own adventure. And when an irresistibly sexy American stranger on a desperate mission enlists her help, she simply can't deny the temptation.
The fate of Roan Matheson's family depends on how quickly he can find his runaway sister and persuade her to return to her betrothed. Scouring the rustic English countryside with the sensually wicked Prudence at his side—and in his bed—he's out of his element. But once Roan has a taste of the sizzling passion that can lead to forever, he must choose between his heart's and its forbidden desires.
Did you have any influence on the cover art for this novel?
Harlequin has such a great art department that they don’t really need my input. What I offer is limited, although I feel that the publisher welcomes any input I have. It’s just that I’ve discovered over the years that my talents are not in cover design, LOL. That being said, I generally provide ideas for looks I think would work, and the art department uses that as a jumping-off point. They try to incorporate my thoughts to the extent possible. For this series, we all agreed that the close-in crop of the couples was a great look, but they are the ones who came up with the poses and colors. I love them.
You worked in the White House for some time. Did you have any experiences there that made for great stories?
I had experiences that make for great dinner party stories, but that’s about it. I have never found anything from that time in my life that translated easily into a book. Except for perhaps some colorful secondary characters. Mostly the crazy ones.
Are you doing any book signings or attending any writers conferences in the near future?
I will be at Book Expo at the end of May. My writing schedule is so tight this year that I won’t have time to attend my usual haunts.
Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of more than thirty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming.
Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Austin, Texas.