Lavinia Kent and Georgianna: The Last Real Duchess

bio_picWelcome back my friend Lavinia Kent! Lavinia is known for her hot, smart, sexy and intelligent Regency Historicals for Avon. What the Duke Wants, for example. Or her very creative Real Duchesses of London ebook short story series.

I thoroughly enjoyed Lavinia’s Real Duchesses series! But I’m not alone. Here are a few of the Amazon reviews:

“…she managed to capture intense emotions and give great characters even in a really short novella, so kudos!” — Stella (Ex Libris), Of Kathryn, The Kitten.

“Another fun, fresh addition to what is shaping up to be a fantastic set of novellas that feature tests to the bonds of friendship, cattiness, laughter, and the overpowering result of true love.” — Lisa Wolff, of Linette, The Lioness.

“The marriage of convenience is one of my favorite tropes in romance and Kent’s Elizabeth, The Enchantress is a magnificent marriage of convenience tale.” — Yvonne.

PO456_RMS_Kent_Book_Georgianna_finalLavinia has continued the Real Duchesses of London series with a brand new novella — Georgianna: The Last Real Duchess and she’s giving away a Kindle download of the novella (or a copy of a signed copy of an earlier book) to one lucky commenter.

Here’s the Amazon blurb:

Lavinia Kent returns to her iconic Real Duchesses of London series of novellas to tell the story of Georgianna, the last Real Duchess. When Georgianna’s husband. Lord Richard, unexpectedly becomes a duke, the two are brought together and then torn apart as each tries to find a place in their new lives. Georgianna had married for love – only to discover her husband’s mistress. Now the two find themselves sharing residence at the ducal estate. Are circumstance and passion enough to bring the two together? Can Richard reveal the love he has barely admitted to himself? Can Georgianna forgive him for all the hurt and lies?
Will one night of passion become a lifetime of love?

Welcome back, Lavinia! Tell us about The Real Duchesses of London series and about Georgianna, The Last Real Duchess.

I had so much fun writing this series.  I loved the idea of writing about a group of strong women who would support each other during hard times.  The first four novellas are definitely tied together in an overarching story.

Georgianna is more of a stand-alone story, although the other duchesses do appear.

I had originally hoped to write her story as full-length novel, but time and circumstance got in the way.  I had a hard time cutting some of the earlier scenes to create something tighter, but I think in the end I succeeded in creating a novella about emotional trust.

 You created quite a challenge for yourself. Both writing short novellas AND planning a series. How did you manage it?

The first four were relatively easy – except for the time pressure involved in writing a novella a month.  They left me feeling a little burned out.  I discovered that I get so attached to my characters when writing, that I needed more time to make the transition to the next hero and heroine.

I found writing Georgianna to be more difficult because I wasn’t following my original plan, but I still wanted to write a compelling love story.

What is risky about Georgiana, The Last Real Duchess?

Georgianna has to learn to trust a man who has completely betrayed her.  Everything she believed when she fell in love and married turned out to be a big lie.  She must make the decision to take a great risk, rather than live without love.

 Did you come across any interesting research while writing the novella (or the series)?

I had a lot of fun researching political cartoons when I was working on the earlier four books of the series.  I enjoyed thinking about the different ways information has been distributed over time.  We take so much for granted today about how quickly information spreads.  It was interesting to consider how differently a scandal would spread during the Regency.

For Georgianna, I researched funerals, but none of my work made it onto the page when I shortened the story.  I’m saving it for later.

RDoL- largeWhat’s the connection between the caricature of the Real Duchesses on your website and Risky Regencies? 

The fabulous Janet Mullany’s daughter drew the original sketch for the caricature.  I loved it, and it helped make the characters really come alive in my mind.

ImageYou’ve recently embarked on an indy published series. Tell us about it. How can readers find the books?

The series is called The Desire Series and consists of three books: Hint of Desire, Price of Desire, and Taste of Desire.  This series is a prequel to my books for Avon.  The hero of my first book, A Talent for Sin is the younger brother of the hero in Taste of Desire.

The series is currently on available on Amazon for Kindle, but I am working on increasing formats.

What’s next for you?

Ahh, the most difficult question of all.  Currently, I’m working on (and about to finish) a prequel novella for a brand new regency series.  This series is completely unrelated to any of the books I’ve already written.

If all goes as planned, this series will be darker and more erotic than my current books.

I’m also working on a steampunk romance that requires more world building than I’ve ever done before.  It features a wonderful hero, and I’m working hard at getting him out of my head and onto page.

Thank you for having me at Risky Regencies.  I love having the chance to visit.

And now my question for readers – one of whom will win either a Kindle copy of Georgianna: The Last Real Duchess or a signed copy of one of my earlier books.

At the end of the prequel I’m currently writing, the hero sends the heroine a gift.  I’m debating whether he should give her a beautiful enameled hand mirror or kitten.  There are reasons why each would be appropriate.

The hero has never actually seen the heroine’s face, and in the next book he will recognize the heroine because of the gift.

So, mirror or kitten?  Help!

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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16 Responses to Lavinia Kent and Georgianna: The Last Real Duchess

  1. Lavinia says:

    Good morning everyone — and it truly is a beautiful morning. I do love spring in Washington. Is there anything better than a bright sunny morning with that cool tinge to the air and the birds singing?

  2. Lesley A. says:

    I suggest the hero give a kitten!

    Hi Lavinia, I’m looking forward to getting into the Real Duchess series and as soon as the Desire series expands to Nook or print, I shall pounce on it! They sound delightful! Best of luck on your new series too!

  3. My goodness, Lavinia, you have been busy!! Can’t wait to read this latest and the books you have planned sound intriguing to say the least!!

    My animal loving self would have to go with the kitten. A kitten is a living, breathing symbol of what the hero hopes for and sees in the heroine. And she can always tell the kitten all of the secrets she wouldn’t dare tell the hero yet.

    • Lavinia says:

      There is nothing more valuable than a pet to talk to when nobody else is about — works both in reality and as a way to make your H/h talk instead of just thinking.

  4. Marsha says:

    I’d go with the mirror…always leaves open the possibility of 7 years bad luck later. HA! I love gifts for what they say about the giver’s understanding of the person getting the present. What does your hero learn about this heroine? Love your work.

    • Lavinia says:

      In this prequel novella (finished first draft 5 minutes ago — although gift is still open) neither the hero or heroine ever sees the other ones face. It really is about learning to see beyond masks — the mirror is very fitting.

      Although she also tells him a childhood story that ties into the kitten.

      Decisions, decisions.

  5. Debra Key Newhouse says:

    Lavinia, you have become the Queen of Regencies. Or one of them since Diane is also a Queen of the Regencies. Perhaps I should just call you Duchess Lavinia and Duchess Diane 🙂 I love both your books and Diane’s. Fan gushing here!

    That is a difficult choice. I keep wanting to say kitten, but then I think of my beautiful kitteh and how I have to take an allergy pill every morning. lol And as Ogden Nash once said…..The only problem with a kitten is that, it becomes a cat. If your hero is giving the heroine a kitten and has never seen the heroine’s face, how soon after the gift is given will the hero meet the heroine? The kitteh will quickly grow! And is the heroine carting this kitteh around with her ala Paris Hilton with her toy dogs? I could go on but I’m laughing too much.

    So sadly, I’m going with the mirror since they last forever without changing. Unless dropped. Hmmm. That could be a way they meet. He hears a crash and finds her in tears looking at her broken mirror. He will of course replace the mirror in its original beautiful gorgeous setting.

    Good to run across both of you on this beautiful day! Sending hearts and joy to both of you!

    Debra

  6. Barbara Elness says:

    I’d choose the kitten, because I always love animals in a story, and hopefully the kitten will be more entertaining than a mirror. 😀

  7. Janice says:

    I favor the mirror because it’s going to remain easily recognizable, whereas a kitten will grow and change, or might even die — and one cat looks much like another to many people.

    If the guy really wants to be remembered, though, he ought to give her both!

    • Lavinia says:

      I’ve thought about him giving both. I am also thinking that it’s easier for me to control when he sees a mirror. A cat is a little more opinionated about when it makes and appearance.

  8. Karen H in NC says:

    Tough choice…I’m not an animal hater, but I’m not an animal lover/owner either…but kittens are cute and they have a lot going for them. That said, I think I’ll opt for the mirror. It’s a keepsake that will last forever.

    Loved reading their first Duchess books and I’m so looking forward to Georgianna’s story.

  9. Hi, Lavinia! It was great fun hearing about your latest novel. Can’t wait to read it. I’ve been deep into the Victorian era for my own writing in recent years, so it will be interesting to dive back into Regency years for a change. Best wishes for a gazillion sales! Kathryn Johnson, aka Mary Hart Perry

  10. Stefanie D says:

    Difficult choice. But after reading your comment about the hero and heroine not seeing eachother and trying to look behind masks, I would go for the mirror.

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