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…Yes, I’ll be chatting tomorrow beginning at noontime, EST, at the Signet/NAL Authors Forum. If you get a chance, come by and ask a question–maybe something like ‘why do you like wearing black so much?,’ ‘what’s the difference between a yam and a sweet potato?’ and ‘who was the last king of Albania?’

Or who is your hero Edwin named after? Is your villain modeled after anyone you actually know?!?

I have the answer to these questions, and more!

If you are unable to make the live chat, you can still stop by the message board and review the questions and answers. I’ll check back into the message board after the chat is over in case there are any straggling questions. Or if you want, you can post a question here in the comments.

(Virtually) See you soon!


A bit about Megan:

Megan Frampton’s love affair with books began when her gormless parents (not an ounce of gorm between them. And let’s not even mention feck) moved her to a remote town in New Hampshire where there was only one television station.

And then the TV broke.

She devoured every book of fiction in her well-read parents’ library, finding special joy in Barbara Cartland, Georgette Heyer, C.S. Lewis, Anya Seton and the fairy tales collected and translated by Andrew Lang.

Megan majored in English literature at Barnard College, and worked in the music industry for 15 years. Megan married one of her former interns and lives in Brooklyn, NY, with him and her son. Now that she stays at home, Megan has returned to reading – and writing – the fiction that was her first love.

Learn more at, or read her Authors’ Journals at All About Romance here.


“This book will touch readers who enjoy a sentimental love story with a nice touch of sensuality. The powerful, sexy hero knows exactly what he wants, and the spunky heroine is proud of being quite the bluestocking. This book is topped off with a dry wit that consistently finds its target.” — Romantic Times Bookclub
4 Stars

The Interview

Q. How did you think of writing this particular book? Did it start with a character, a setting, or some other element?

Like everything I write, it started out with a character–Titania, my heroine. Instead of wanting to marry for love, like most heroines, what would it be like, I wondered, if she had to marry for money? And what if the guy she falls in love with has absolutely no money . . . or so she thinks.

Q. How long did it take? Was this an easy or difficult book to write?

It took three years, although the last year was probably the most productive. By then I had learned a lot about writing, and was able to implement my new-found knowledge in my head-hopping, unbelievable manuscript. It was the first book I ever wrote, so I’m not sure if it was easier or harder to do than any others.

Q. Tell me more about your characters. What or who inspired them?

Um, me. Only my heroine is younger, prettier, smarter, and more self-assured. My hero was sort of supposed to be an anti-hero–he’s not a dandy, he’s just as happy reading as dancing, and he’s very to the point. Of course, he does look like Hugh Jackman (in my mind), but with even broader shoulders. So I guess that is kind of heroic.

Q. Did you run across anything new and unusual while researching this book?

I found that your entrance fee to the London Menagerie would be waived if you brought a dead chicken or something else for the carnivorous animals to eat. I cut that part, though.

Q. What do you think is the greatest creative risk you’ve taken in this book? How do you feel about it?

I think the greatest creative risk I took was tweaking the cliches behind Regency historicals: my heroine is sharp-tongued, insecure, realistic in her views of marriage, she’s got a broken nose and is terrible on a horse. My hero wears old clothes, has a temper, and thinks about pregnancy when fooling around with the heroine. Neither of them would have been given admittance to Almack’s, so I gave them an alternative place to be on their Wednesday nights, and I twisted another few things around that I hope are unexpected and funny.

Q. Is there anything you wanted to include in the book that you (or your CPs or editor) felt was too controversial and left out?

When my editor bought the book, she bought it as a traditional Regency, which meant I had to cut 20,000 words. Unfortunately, as a traditional Regency, that meant I had to cut a lot of the sex scenes. She and I were both bummed about that, but it wasn’t necessarily controversial, just limited by space constraints. I think it’s still racier than average, although nothing close to Janet’s.

Q. What inspired your heroine’s column?

I’ve found I love the interstitial writing–chapter headings, fragments of letters, random poetry, etc.–and in my writing have found it really augments the story itself. My dad is a journalist, so of course had quibbles with my heroine’s columns, but he provided the details behind her visits to the newspaper offices. In a way, I guess, those columns are my homage to my dad, who wrote columns for the Boston Globe for a long time.

Q. How do you pronounce your name?

Okay, I have to confess–I added that question. See, my parents named me back when the name “Megan” was unusual. It’s pronounced with a long e, like “Meeee-gan,” although most people who spell their name that way use a short e. The parents were thinking about naming me Regan, but my dad’s favorite play is “King Lear,” and she’s one of the bad daughters. Thank goodness they completely avoided Goneril. So they flipped the first letter around to match my maiden name–McLaughlin–but kept the long e pronunciation. Way more than you wanted to know, but it’s been a personal bugbear my whole life. I’m getting over it now, can’t you tell?!?

Q. What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished writing a contemporary mommy-lit. It’s first person, and is basically my story if my husband left me. It ends up okay, though. I’ve got a half-finished historical written, a spin-0ff of A Singular Lady whose hero is Julian, the bastard son of the woman who hosts the Wednesday night literary salon. We’ll see if I ever get to finish it.

Thanks for the interview, this was fun!

The past 24 hours, I’ve been devouring EL James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, a book that was recommended to me by a reader whose opinion I respect. One of the reasons I thought I’d like it is that even though it is an erotic BDSM book, its characters have issues. Like, serious issues.

In other words, the characters are like me. And I like that.
I think it started with quiet, plain Jane Eyre; I definitely identified with that character, even though I wondered why she didn’t just settle for foxy St. John Rivers. Later on, of course, I was all about the fun of getting Mr. Rochester, external damage added to his internal damage.
But in reading some opinions of Fifty Shades, I saw some people thought the heroine was wishy-washy, insecure, and self-obsessed. Um, again–like me. I like characters like that, characters who don’t make the right choices, think they’re the center of the universe even if they absolutely know they’re not, characters who think and overthink and think again.
Which, being that kind of post, leads back to me. I’ve just sent in a revision for my upcoming book, and in re-reading it, I am guessing many, many people will hate my heroine. I wish they wouldn’t, but they will–she’s self-absorbed, neurotic, self-questioning, insecure, and self-deprecating. Ahem.
That’s not to say I don’t appreciate the feisty, says-what’s-on-her-mind heroine; I do. I just have that much more of a step back in my perspective of viewing her, so it takes that much more for an author to get me into her heroine’s head. Usually, that happens, although sometimes I do wonder what the heroine was thinking to rush into danger like that.
Do you like reading characters who are similar to you? Do you notice?
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Remember that game, “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” You can play it on Facebook, now, apparently. Well, at Risky Regencies we are playing a game today called “Where in the World is Megan Frampton.”

Right after the RWA conference, our Megan disappeared. Rumor has it she is on a much coveted vacation somewhere in the world (because, unless you are on today’s Space Shuttle, that is the only place she could be). Unlike Carmen, she is not a fugitive from the law. Just a fugitive from the daily grind–at least that is what we hope.
Where do you think Megan is and what do you think she is doing? Let’s be fanciful. You know Megan from her blog postings. Tell us Where in the World is Megan Frampton and be creative!
One lucky commenter will be chosen at random to receive a 99 cent download of the book of your choice from Amazon Kindle. I’ll announce the winner by Monday.
But be sure to come back on Sunday for our Risky guest, Lavinia Kent, who will be giving away a Real Duchesses of London Limited Edition T-Shirt bearing this logo:
Lavinia will also be giving away one download of her Avon Impulse novella, Kathryn the Kitten, first in the Duchesses series
And we’ll have a video….
But, first, Where in the world is Megan Frampton?
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I know I’ve gone on and on about how busy I am these days (really, people with full-time jobs: How do you do it?).

And also gone on and on about how great it is to commute by subway because I can read. So this week I read Eloisa James‘ latest book, When Beauty Tamed The Beast.

I’ve long been a fan of James’ work, and I marvel at how intricately she wraps up her great casts of people and finds small moments that become big events in the course of her books. But this book, I feel, is a game-changer for her, one that takes her talent and catapults it to the next level.

If you’ve paid attention to this new release at all, you know that the hero is modeled after the character of House, MD, played on TV by Hugh Laurie. And James gets it all right: The irascibility, pain, frustration, impatience, and despair at the thought of losing patients.

Her heroine is not normally someone with whom I would have a lot in common: She’s stunningly gorgeous and used to having men fall at her feet. But, and this is what is frustrating to her, she is also very clever, but no-one sees that because they stop assessing her after they see her beauty.

James does a few unusual things in this book, most notably not having an HEA when you would reasonably expect it to happen, and she strips away the things that each character holds most dear in order to make them vulnerable enough for love.

I appreciated, also, having the main romance be the Main Romance, not muddled by a lot of ancillary stories–speaks to the linear person in me, I suppose.

I did that delicious sigh of satisfaction as I finished the book, and I was really impressed that after writing for so long, James has improved with this release; it seems, sometimes, as though authors start to cycle downwards after a long and successful career.

Have you read this book yet? What’s the most recent book you sighed over?


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