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Manda also writes contemporary erotic romance. How did you settle on the idea to make the Ugly Ducklings cousins rather than friends or sisters?

I modeled the mothers of the Ducklings The Fabulous Featherstone Sisters after the famous Gunning sisters who were actual Regency figures. They came to London from questionable backgrounds but took the ton by storm with their beauty.

The Ducklings were their not so glamorous daughters—who were, of course, cousins. Just that by comparison they were found lacking by the ton.

I suppose I was thinking of daughters of famous beautiful women who are scrutinized within an inch of their lives and always feel pressure to measure up. In historical romance, wounded heroes are a lot more common than wounded heroines.

Why do you think that is, and how did you come up with the character of Juliet? I chose to make Juliet the injured one because, quite honestly, I wanted to read a character who is like me. Not to say that she IS me. But I get tired of reading about heroines who are perfect all the time. The world around us is filled with people who are dealing with disabilities.


And they live their lives, fall in love and get along just fine. I wanted to read about a character who goes through physical and emotional trauma and comes out of it a stronger person. So I wrote one. Your books mix mystery and suspense elements with rollicking Regency fun. What draws you to the pairing of suspense with Regency romance?

I grew up reading romances and mysteries. So when I came time to write I knew I wanted to combine my two loves. I also adore the trope of the hero and heroine working together to solve a mystery.

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And I like the notion of the hero and heroine as a team. Your newest now and heroine, Alec and Juliet, each hold secrets from one another and from society. In their honor—will you share a secret with us? I kept my romance writing a secret for a while there. I am shamefully addicted to reading celebrity gossip. I especially love Blind Items.

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I read a lot of contemporary tl so that helps. Regency speak is like second nature to me at this point. Which makes me feel really old! Have there been changes or surprises since you took on yet another role—as published author?

And what readers are talking about. I might self-censor more now—but for the most part, I keep my same online routines. I think readers will really love seeing the sparks between these two! Manda is offering a signed cover flat, too! Hop over there ok, you can just mouse-click for more giveaway details. The contest closes in one week!

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Time travel being what it is, she resigned herself to life rakw electricity and indoor plumbing, and read lots of books. An affinity for books led to a graduate degree in English, followed by another in Librarianship. By day, she works as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches college students how to navigate the tangled world of academic research.

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A native of coastal Alabama, Manda lives in the house her mother grew up in with three cats, sometimes a dog, sometimes her sister, and more books than strictly necessary. Find her online at mandacollins. Theresa Romain July 24, 3: Manda, thanks so much for being here today! Thanks so much for having me, Theresa!

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