Jen: Today we welcome Amanda Mariel to Romancing the Book. Amanda, will you share a short bio with us?
Amanda: Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family. Some of Amanda Mariel’s favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper’s Ferry West Virginia and Sea Brook New Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits every chance she gets.
Amanda Mariel lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Amanda: Scandalous Intentions (Ladies and Scoundrels #2) is for the fans because they inspired it. When I wrote book one it was never intended to be a series. However, once it release and I started getting reader feedback I knew I had to write more. Ideas started filling my head and I now have five books total planned for the series.
Here is the blurb for Scandalous Intentions:
When faced with losing his inheritance, notorious rake Lord Julian Luvington sets his sights on Lady Sara. She’s as respectable as they come, just what his father ordered. But the lady shall not be easily won.
She’s determined to marry for love or not at all, and she’ll do anything to obtain the freedom granted to men. A blackguard like Lord Luvington could destroy her hard-won reputation, but marriage to him also offers her the opportunities she can’t achieve on her own. What’s a lady to do?
When Lord Luvington refuses to abandon his pursuit, Lady Sara proposes an arrangement. Only the price may be more than either bargained for. Lady Sara could lose more than her social standing and Julian could lose his heart.
Sarah pushed out a sigh as Lord Luvington lead her toward a stone bench nestled among the lush green hedge.
“Shall we sit for a moment? I wish to explain.” He pressed his arm against her hand then loosened it again.
She looked away. “Very well. Though I cannot imagine what you might say to change things.” Sarah hesitated for a moment, reluctant to release her grip on him before she lowered herself onto the bench. The stone’s cool exterior seeped through her skirts, a welcome contrast to the warmth radiating through her. She rested one hand on her lap and waved her fan with the other.
Lord Luvington positioned himself on the bench a smidgen closer than was proper, angling himself so that he faced her. The fresh spring scents of foliage and flowers took on a heady intensity. She stared fixedly at the hedge in front of her. Her face flamed though she could not credit it to the heat of the atmosphere.
She needed to take control of the situation before it swept her away. “Speak your piece and be done with it. I do not wish to linger here over long.” He flashed a toe-curling grin just before she glanced away.
“What I said in the park was the truth. Is the truth. But there is more to it than just my need of a respectable wife.”
“Do tell.” She lowered her fan to her lap, its ribbons trailing in the breeze, and locked her gaze with his.
“I have come to care for you, admire you, even. You’re a fascinating and attractive woman.”
She plucked at her satin skirts as the heat climbed back into her face.
“It is true that I will not inherit the duchy without a proper society wife. It is the very reason I began looking for one. I shall not deny it, but nor is it the reason I continue to pursue you.” He reached up and brushed a curl that had escaped her bonnet away from her cheek.
His fingers left a tingling trail in their wake, and something inside Sarah began to crumble. She glanced down at the path they had just walked.
“I would like the chance to make this right. Allow me to court you, Lady Sarah. Let us discover if there might be something real between us.”
She glanced at him, unsure how to respond. Her mind screamed no, but her heart and soul begged for him. She wanted to reach out and run her hand across his strong jaw, feel his lips pressed against hers, discover what it felt like to be in his arms.
“Spend the rest of the party in my company, Lady Sarah. Grant me one afternoon to change your mind.”
A wave of tingles ran down her and congregated in her abdomen at his smile. This was dangerous, and she knew it. And yet…
Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Amanda: Yes! My sister Dawn Brower is also an author. She released her first book about a year before I released mine. I challenged her to write and she accepted. I had no idea it would led me to write my own stories!
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Amanda: I am a mix. I loosely plot then pants it from there…lol. After creating character notes and jotting out my main plot points I dive in.
Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?
Amanda: I spent copious amounts of time on Google researching everything from courting rituals and manors to wedding vows of the Victorian era. The thing that took me the longest to research was the Royal Opera House. I wanted the layout and to know what it looked like inside during the time of my story. It was a beast to find out but I did eventually win!
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Amanda: Johanna Lindsey is a long time favorite. I have been on a big Meara Platt and Christi Caldwell kick lately though I am not currently reading anything. I would highly recommend both of these authors.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Amanda: I have three projects going at the moment. I am actively working on a novella (Enchanted by the Earl) for a box set that takes place in the Regency era. I am working with some fantastic authors on the project and am very excited to be involved in it. I also have the first chapters completed on book three in my Ladies and Scoundrels series (Scandalous Redemption) as well as a medieval romance (Once A Lady) started. The box set will release in February, and I hope to release Scandalous Redemption early next year. Once A Lady is planned for this December.