Welcome, Megan! What 5 things should readers know about you?
- I can’t write a book unless I know what real-life person the hero looks like. The hero in My Fair Duchess looks like David Gandy.
- I can name all of Henry VIII’s wives in order (Catherine, Anne, Jane, Anne, Catherine, Catherine).
- I love to dance, and I think I’m pretty good at it.
- I think cream soda is an abomination
- I am a big fan of Korean assassin movies.
Well, #1 only makes sense. I’m with you there…now excuse me a moment while I do a quick Google image search…
Ah, yes. Verrrrry nice! 😉
How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?
I’ve been writing since early 2002; I got laid off from my job thanks to 9/11 (long story, not very interesting), and my kid was 2 ½, so I decided to try being a stay-at-home mom. I thought why not try writing that romance novel I always thought I had in me? I did, and I kept writing and rewriting, and then it sold! And then I wrote some more.
Fantastic! (Well, except for the 9/11 and losing your job part of it, of course.)
What are you working on right now?
I’m writing the second book in my new Duke’s Daughters series. The premise is if Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice was a duke, and had five daughters, and they all needed to make respectable marriages. Only, of course, they don’t.
Of course not! 😉 Sounds great!
What can readers look for from you in the next year?
Lady Be Bad, the first book in the Duke’s Daughters series comes out in August. I believe there will be a holiday anthology including me coming in October, and then more books in the Duke’s Daughters series.
What are you currently reading, and what are your thoughts about it so far?
I have a trigger-happy DNF finger, so I am usually loving what I’m reading. But thanks to my deadline, and my kid’s college application process, I’m not reading anything! But I can’t wait for the final book in Anne Bishop’s Others series (out in early March), plus I have KJ Charles’s latest book in the TBR queue.
I hear you re: kids’ college application process. I don’t remember being this stressed about my own! (And trust me, I was pretty stressed…)
If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?
Foxy ex-Army guy has to help a clueless aristocrat navigate the course of becoming a female duke. #sexytimes
Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son. You can visit her on her website, @meganf, and at Facebook.
Loved! As always, I’m a sucker for retellings, so a My Fair Lady/Pygmalion where the Eliza character is a female “duke”? Yes, please!
Genevieve and Archie were wonderful characters, both separately and when together in a room and giving off enough sparks to light up every single one of the ducal properties that Genevieve inherited. I absolutely adored their letters back and forth, especially the parts they
crossed outthought better of and even more especially the letters they didn’t send…yet. Such an adorable idea!
The book titles that Genevieve kept coming up with to help her situation: How to Duchess Without Being a Dullard, How to Receive and Politely Decline Marriage Proposals from People You Don’t Wish to Be Married To, and How to Trust That the Person You Love Loves You Back and Wants to Marry You After All, You Idiot were highly entertaining as well. Overall, there was as much to smile at in this book as things that made you want to break out the fan–a fun read from start to finish.
I would have liked to have seen Archie’s (fingers crossed there really is one) reunion with his family at some point, but honestly, that’s the only criticism I have for the story.
This is the fifth book in the Dukes Behaving Badly series (though of course in this instance it’s a duchess who’s not conforming to society at all times) but it worked just fine as a standalone. I’m quickly becoming a big fan of Ms Frampton’s writing style, and am looking forward to whatever she writes next, in this series or another!
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.