Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Viscount Beckinridge to the Rescue-Interview with Stephanie Lauren:Goddess Fish Tour Stop

Today it is my pleasure to present New York Bestselling author, Stephanie Lauren.  Stephanie is currently touring her book Viscount Breckinridge to the Rescue.  Scroll down to find out more about a fabulous giveaway opportunity and a brief, but very interesting interview.

You are cordially invited to the wedding of Miss Heather Cynster

...but not before she encounters kidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the hands of Viscount Breckenridge.

Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who will sweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairing of finding him in London's staid ballrooms, Heather Cynster steps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree.

But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremely interfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her out of scandal-and straight into danger when a mysterious enemy seizes her, bundles her into a coach, and conveys her out of London.

Now it's up to the notorious Breckenridge to prove himself the hero she's been searching for all along...


A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book and others (up to $25,000) will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

Stephanie and Avon / HarperCollins will be giving away a $100 Amazon.com gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the course of the tour AND All commenters will be entered into a drawing for not only the grand prize of a $100 Amazon gift card, but one of four autographed sets of Stephanie Lauren's Avon backlist.
So, follow along and comment at each stop!

Were there any special challenges in plotting this trilogy?

Whenever you are working with more than one book, there’s an additional challenge in scripting the overarching storyline. However, working with a set of three, consecutive-in-time – meaning running directly one after the other in time – books for this trilogy was a lot, lot easier than the work involved in scripting and working with the concurrent villains’ storyline in the Black Cobra Quartet. That was a real headache, and not something I’ll soon do again! In comparison, the trilogy was relatively easy, although of course more work than three entirely separate books. In the case of the overarching story in this trilogy, the principal decision to be made in progressing through the books is how much to reveal in each book – however, there is, of course, a twist to the tale, as there so often is in my books! – and that, I’ve discovered, imposes additional demands on how much must be revealed of that overarching story earlier rather than later.

Most of the action in the trilogy occurs in Scotland. Why Scotland?.

That’s one of those questions that I really don’t have an answer for – I just always knew that Heather and her hero ended up with Richard and Catriona, their family and household, at the manor in the Vale of Casphairn. That was one of those “story” things that simply always was – I had no idea how they got up there, or why. I just knew that’s where they ended up. Later in the interview I’ll touch on how that “story fact” for want of a better term played into the rest of the story that unfolds in Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue.

How did the “searching for a hero” concept come about?

This was one of the earliest elements of the trilogy to become clear to me – from the time I wrote the Cynster twins’ stories, On A Wild Night and On A Wicked Dawn, way back in 2001, I knew that this – actively searching for their hero - was what would motivate Heather and Eliza especially in proactively initiating their stories. As younger girls, schoolgirls at that time, they saw their older cousins, Amanda and Amelia, go out and seek their heroes, both stepping beyond the accepted social lines to do it, and saw them succeed in every respect. After that, of course Heather and Eliza would have similar hero-standards, and once they failed to find their heroes in the obvious places, neither would hesitate to look beyond polite circles for their man. From that background, I knew that they would actively do something that would precipitate the action – they would be actively searching for their hero, would do something, go somewhere, and that would lead them to him, albeit in ways neither of them anticipate.

Thank you so much, Stephanie, for taking time to share a bit of the background so that we can have a general picture of how various aspects of this story were brought together.  It's been interesting and informative!

Goddess Fish Partner


August 17: REVIEW Words of Wisdom from the Scarf Princess
August 18: REVIEW Romancing the Book
August 19: INTERVIEW Books Like Breathing
View the Full Schedule


Carol L. said...

I just wanted to say I love all your books Stephanie. I'm a Devil's woman when it comes to the Cynsters and always will be. I can't wait to read this newest release and Congrats on that by the way. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. And thank you Laurie for bringing Stephanie to us.
Carol L
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mbreakfield said...

I love the Cynsters and can't wait to read about the twins.

Jean P said...

The Cynsters are such wonderful characters, can't wait to read more of them.

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Na said...

I'm looking forward to these Cynster ladies. I like the idea of searching for a hero and the ladies taking their own destiny into their hands. I'm not surprised because they have spunk like the Cynsters I have met but it should make things interesting.


Pauline B Jones said...

I've also enjoyed the books of yours that I've read! Congrats on the release. :-) it sound very fun!

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Cathy M said...

Thanks for the background scoop, Stephanie.

I love the Cynster family, and Amelia and Amanda's stories were two of my favorite's.

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Maria said...

I'm looking forward to reading this book a lot. I like the idea of "looking for a hero" and of a series set in a consecutive timeline, I think it makes it easier for a reader to follow the books too.


Stormy said...

Ms. Laurens, I am really enjoying the latest in the Cynster series. Heather's story was really terrific and I can't wait to see what you do for Eliza and Angelica! The mysterious Laird doesn't seem terribly evil but certainly determined!!

Anonymous said...

it was lovely to read about an author i enjoy. thanks!

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Laurie said...

WOW! Thanks everyone for all the great comments. And good luck to everyone in the awesome contest.

Di said...

I'm enjoying these stops along your tour to get more background on your creative process.

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marybelle said...

I always appreciate 'a twist to the tale' in my reading. I'm loving the insight along the way thank you.


Julie said...

Thanks for some background on your book, Stephanie. I'm so glad you sent them to Scotland. I don't know why, because I've never been there myself, but it seems like such a magical romantic location!!
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ruby95660 said...

Great interview! This story sounds really interesting. It's now on my TBR list.


melanie said...

I loved the interview and cannot wait to read your books.

JaneE2059 said...

Stephanie--I love your books, and I read them asap when they come out. Thanks so much for the chance to win the Giftcard and/or your backlist.

JaneE2059 said...


Thanks again for the drawing...It would be great to win.

Tracy Smith said...

I am really enjoying getting to know these Cynster ladies. I will have to look for more.

Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

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Lexi said...

A new series for me that I must add to my TBR list! The Cynster ladies sound very intriguing.
Thanks for a chance to win (beautiful cover by the way)

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msmjb65 said...

I'm new to your books, but thought I'd check out your tour and see what they're all about and, who knows, win some stuff!
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melora said...

This sounds like a fun idea and it seems atypical from the usual husband hunting during the Season balls!

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Chelsea B. said...

Nice interview! I am enjoying these tour stops!!


LadyVampire2u said...

Love the interview and love your books!

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Allie said...

I love your books.

desitheblonde said...

wow the book cover is great and the info on the book sound great ty for the contest and hope you haveing a good summer

Sarah said...

Great interview! Just saw this series for the first time on another blog. I'll have to add it to my to-read list now! :]

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♥ Sarah @ I'm Loving Books

Leigh Ann said...

Great interview! Love her books and the fact that part of the profits go to ovarian cancer research- it is such a great cause!


latishajean said...

Great interview thank you so much for sharing! Thank you so much for the great giveaway!
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CharliDenae said...

I'm excited!! I love the Cynsters!!

What a terrific give-away! Thanks for the chance to win!

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Karen H in NC said...

I have been so looking forward to the release of the Cynster girls books. Long time coming. They really sound good.

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cheryl c said...

I love historical romances, and this one sounds like a really fun story!
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Patsy said...

Love the cover! Can't wait to read it!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

happy to find another new read.. very attractive cover !

winnie said...

Great questions, I enjoyed the interview!


Rosie Hong said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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ann said...

I have never read any of the Cynster books yet but they sound great

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Abby said...

Oh dear, historical romance lover here!! *fans self* The book sounds wonderful! First time hearing about it but better late than never! Congrats and good luck with the book!

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