Mix together a Marquess hell-bent on revenge, a seemingly cursed bride, and a forced marriage that might just end in love after all and you’ll get Janna MacGregor’s sparkling debut, THE BAD LUCK BRIDE (St. Martin’s Paperbacks; May 2, 2017). This new Regency era romance finds its heroine, Claire Cavensham, unable to keep a suitor…again. Claire is convinced her bad luck will never end, that is until Alexander Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke, steps in and changes everything. His need for vengeance has him plotting to marry his enemy’s fiancée, but soon he finds himself falling for her. Once secrets are revealed about the real reasons behind their engagement, will the scandal that ensues prove that Claire truly is cursed, or is their love strong enough to endure it… Readers of Regency romances and love stories alike will find themselves swept up in the tantalizing first installment of the Cavensham Heiresses series!
1. Tell us about your release.
First, let me say how excited I am to be here today! Thank you, Patti for having me.
The Bad Luck Bride, aka Lady Claire Cavensham, believes she is cursed. After three failed engagements, she discovers her fourth fiancé has just jilted her at a very public ball. Alex Hallworth, Marquess of Pembrooke, swoops in like a knight in shining armor and declares in front of everyone that Lady Claire has agreed to marry him. Completely shocked, Lady Claire walks away not believing he’s serious. Oh, but Alex is quite serious. He is determined to marry Lady Claire as an act of vengeance against her fourth fiancé who Alex believes mistreated his sister. What appears as a simple marriage of convenience quickly turns into something special between Claire and Alex. However, when Claire discovers the truth behind his proposal, the couple-especially Alex-must work hard for their happily ever after.
2. What makes your story special to you?
Alex and Claire are wounded. Both have suffered real tragedy in their lives. Yet, they understand that they share a special chemistry together which neither one can resist. Slowly, the couple comes to terms with the losses they have experienced in life. As they find their way together, both come to realize they must forgive not only others but themselves, if they want their marriage to succeed. It’s so true in real life. We all make mistakes. How we atone for our actions reveals our true character.
3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
After I graduated from law school, I’d decided I would write a book. However, life and my children had a different idea for how I would spend my time. After my children graduated from college, I attended the 2013 Romantic Times Convention in Kansas City. It was my very first romance reader conference—and I was instantly hooked. I love being around fans of romance, cause I’m a HUGE fan. I was lucky enough to discover a Cherry Adair plotting class. Within the month, I had this book outlined.
4. What is a typical writing day like?
I like to get up early and answer emails. By 6:30 in the morning, I’ve swilled my first two cups of coffee. I refill my cup with a third, and my two pugs, Pollie and Moose, escort me into my writing room. While they take the mandatory morning nap, I start writing. Once I get my word count in, I will take a break for social media. Then I’ll outline the next scene. Sometimes, I write until the late evening. It depends upon how the story is progressing. I still practice law, but have limited my days in the office so I can write the majority of my time.
5. Do you have an interesting writing quirk or habit?
I write with two computers side by side. One has the actual story I’m writing on it, while the other has the Oxford English Dictionary always open. I’m constantly checking the etymology of a word. If the OED nixes a my word choice as not Regency period appropriate, then I go to google books and search the volumes during that period of history. It takes time, but it’s so important.
6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned as a published author?
How much work is required to make a successful launch of a book! My publisher has been incredibly responsive and supportive. It’s been a fabulous experience.
7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
Without a doubt, I have to say Eloisa James, Lily Blackwood/Lily Dalton, and Maggie Robinson. In 2015, I attended a two week workshop in Tuscany with Eloisa James. I learned not only how to become a better writer, but also the business aspects of writing. That time was invaluable, and Eloisa is such a supportive and giving person. One year, I won an auction from the Romance Writers of America’s Beau Monde Chapter for a critique from Lily Blackwood/Lily Dalton. She taught me so much about the emotional aspects of writing. I’m eternally grateful to her. I’m a huge fan of Maggie Robinson, too. When I first wrote the book, Maggie graciously read it. She taught me the craft of writing. I am so, so lucky that these talented writers took an interest in my stories and me!
8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
My darling husband, who is also my law partner, adores it! He’s constantly promoting my books and me to other attorneys and judges. As a matter of fact, a legal newspaper in Missouri did a feature on my writing for Valentine’s Day. If anyone is interested in reading the article, it’s posted on my website. http://www.jannamacgregor.com/news-events/ My lovely children are thrilled. My mother and my two sisters are my biggest fans.
9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
I love baseball, particularly the Kansas City Royals—fitting team for a Regency romance writer! Seriously, I like hiking. Behind my house, we have trails that extend for twenty-six miles in a wonderful wilderness area. I love discovering new restaurants, particularly if they specialize in Southern cooking. It reminds me of my mom’s cooking.
10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
The Bride Who Got Lucky features Claire’s cousin, Lady Emma Cavensham and Nicholas St. Mauer, the Earl of Somerton. It’s scheduled for an October 31st release. Emma and Nick’s story was an absolute joy to work on. There was a magic between the two that just leapt from the pages. I just finished the third book in the Cavensham Heiresses series. It features Lady Claire’s cousin, Lord Michael Cavensham, the Marquess of McCalpin, and Miss March Lawson, an embezzling sheep farmer. McCalpin meets his match with March, who’s introduced in The Bride Who Got Lucky.
11. How can readers connect with you online?
Oh, I love to hear from readers! We can always talk books! www.jannamacgregor. com is my website. You can find me on Facebook at Janna MacGregor, Twitter @JannaMacGregor, and Instagram.
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