Saturday, October 13, 2012

Fallen Women Week: Madeline Hunter (& Giveaway)

Co-hosted by Kati and Jamie (from
Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance) & Myself

This event showcases some of the amazing authors and books that feature “fallen women” as the heroine.  Make sure to stop back each day as we will have guest posts, interviews and lots of giveaways!

Today for FWW I have the lovely Madeline Hunter and the ladies at RRFTLOR have Leigh Michaels!

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Madeline Hunter is two- time RITA winner and seven-time finalist, and has twenty-two nationally bestselling historical romances in print. A member of RWA’s Honor Roll, her books have been on the bestseller lists of the NYTimes, USAToday, and Publishers Weekly. She has received two starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. Over six million copies of her books are in print and her novels have also been translated into thirteen languages. She has a Ph.D. in art history which she teaches at the university level. Madeline’s next romance, The Conquest of Lady Cassandra, will be published in February of 2013. You can visit Madeline at her website or on Facebook


Hi Madeline, thank you for agreeing to take part in our Fallen Women Week Event!

1. What is your all time favorite “fallen woman” and why?

If you mean from history, my favorite was Eve. At least she made up her own mind and took responsibility, unlike Adam who tried to blame someone else. If you mean my favorite of my heroines--- it would be Phaedra in Lessons of Desire. She refused to bow to society’s views on these things, and created a life where those views did not really matter.

2. What inspired you to write about a “fallen woman”?

I like to write about different characters in each book. I am not interested in having all my books be variations of the same theme when it comes to characters and conflicts. So in thinking about the various ways people live their lives, eventually I ended up writing about some women considered “fallen” by society. In some cases the heroines feel “fallen” and in others they do not. My next book, The Conquest of Lady Cassandra, will have a heroine who does not, for example. It all comes down to my interest in exploring human nature, and how we react to society’s expectations for us.

3. If Hollywood optioned your book into a movie, who would play the lead characters?

Oh, dear. I have never been very good at this, since I do not picture celebrities playing my characters while I write. Hmmm. I suppose for Emma Fairbourne it would be Emma Thompson when she was younger, mostly because the actress has often played forthright, sensible characters already. And for Southwaite, it would be Richard Armitage because I think he has the acting skill to handle the character’s range.

4. If your book were to have a theme song, what would it be?

Uh oh! Another thing I don’t do--- create soundtracks for my books. I must be your most boring writer guest ever! What pops into my mind is a song from My Fair Lady called (I think) Why can’t a woman be more like a man. Not for the specific words in it, but for the way the man singing it is confounded by this woman who has entered his life.

5. What are you writing at the moment? Can you give us a sneak peek into your current WIP?

I just finished The Conquest of Lady Cassandra, that will come out at the end of Feb, 2013. In it Cassandra Vernham tangles with Viscount Ambury over the purchase, and possible theft, of some valuable jewels. They each have a long list of reasons not to like or trust each other, some of them very serious ones, but with proximity comes lust, then love.

Quick either/or:

1. Alpha or Beta? Alpha (does anyone choose Beta? Just wondering. . ..)

2. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball? Believe it or not, I find wallflowers more interesting, especially as characters I write about.

3. Debutante or Spinster? Spinster, for the same reason as #2. Also they can be older.

4. Virgin widow or Secret baby? Either will do. I could come up with a good story for either character, I think.

5. Titled peer or Working man? Either. I have written about dukes, merchants, lawyers, and the son of a coal miner.

6. Love at first sight or Second chances? I am a sucker for love at first sight.

7. Naval officer or Swashbuckling pirate? Naval officer.

8. Vampires or Shifters? When really well done, I can enjoy either.

9. Past, Present or Future? (sneaky) For my reading I prefer past and future.

10. Writing or Reading? Reading. Less stress.

11. Paperbacks or e-books? paperbacks

12. Plotter or Pantser? Pantser

13. Author’s choice: You get to ask a question for the readers to answer.

Who was the most unusual character you met in a novel?

A woman running a prestigious London auction house? Preposterous! But that is exactly what Emma Fairbourne intends to do when her father dies, leaving her the reins of this fabulous enterprise. Of course, she is not addlepated enough to do this openly and scare away her wealthy collectors. So she and her friend concoct a deception, hiring a handsome and charming front man who will do her bidding...

All would have proceeded smoothly—if it weren’t for the maddening interference of Darius, the arrogant Earl of Southwaite, who has been her father’s “silent partner” and now shares ownership of Fairbourne’s. An earl, of course, has no interest in running an auction house—and Darius is certainly not interested in allowing Miss Fairbourne to run it either, her ludicrous scheme notwithstanding. Clearly the business must be sold, especially since Darius suspects that Fairbourne’s has been involved in shady activities that could embroil everyone associated with it in crime and scandal.

But the headstrong Emma is like no other lady he has ever encountered, refusing to follow his dictates. He finds her infuriating, but her direct speaking and lack of artifice create a powerful attraction as well, one that that has him following his inclinations to seduce her into surrendering to him about Fairbourne’s, and in every other way imaginable.


One lucky commenter will win a copy of THE SURRENDER OF MISS FAIRBOURNE!

Please fill out the form below to enter & answer Madeline’s question in the comments!

Who was the most unusual character you met in a novel?

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  1. I think the honour of most unusual character must go to Ian Mackenzie from Jennifer Ashley's The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. I love that story. :)

  2. I like Miles from Lois Bujold McMaster's series. It's fantasy/sci-fic.

  3. Love your books Madeline!! I can't wait for Cassandra and Ambury's story. I don't think I have met any unusual characters or don't remember anyone that sticks in my mind as unusual. But thanks for the interview.

  4. Levet the gargoyle from Alexandra Ivy's Guardians of Eternity series.

  5. I read a lot of different genres and the character that comes to mind right now as the most unusual is Snow for Felicity Heaton's Vampire Erotic Theatre series (a historical vampire with bloodlust).

  6. The character that I thought was unusual and that I always remember is Petre d'Avernio in Jo Beverley's A Lady's Secret. The story starts out with her disguised as a nun and being overheard cursing by Robin Fitzvitry, the Earl of Huntersdown. I've always loved that beginning.

  7. I would have to say the most unusual character would be Nikolas from Guilty Pleasures by Laurell KHamilton. She is a crazy 1000 year old vampire. She is crazy scary.

  8. Interesting question, but I don't think I have met a strange character yet, or at least I don't think they were strange:)

  9. i think jeff martini, he is an alien :D

  10. The Hound from George RR Martin's series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. A character that is easy to loathe, but then I saw fleeting traces of humanity. Fascinating.

  11. I have to agree that my most unusual character(s) comes from George RR Martin's series A Song of Ice and Fire. However, I would have to say that every character is unusual, in his or her own way. That's one thing that makes the books so interesting!

  12. The most unusual character I've met in a novel, would have to be Gillian Leigh from Noble Intentions by Katie MacAlister. She was so clumsy and accident prone, she was a riot, I couldn't stop laughing at all her mishaps.


  13. Juliet Dante from The Iron Rose by Marsha Canham is a female pirate or privateer, I can't remember but she was very unique and interesting.

  14. Hmm, Benjamin Archer from Firelight. His character stood out for me.

  15. I found it extremely unusual to read about blind characters in Christina Dodd's 'Candle in the Window'.

  16. Alek Wilder in the Wilder Series by Christina Dodd.


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