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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sofie Darling On Her New Release: Three Lessons of Seduction

Welcome to Sophie Darling, celebrating the release of Three Lessons of Seduction: Book One in the Shadows and Silk Series

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Paris, September 1824
Lord Nicholas Asquith needs his wife. Too bad he broke her heart ten years ago. 
Can he resist a second chance at the love he lost?

When Mariana catches the eye of the man at the center of an assassination plot, Nick puts aside their painful past and enlists her to obtain information by any means necessary, even if it means seducing the enemy agent. Even if the thought makes his blood boil.
Only by keeping his distance from Mariana these last ten years was he able to pretend indifference to her. With every moment spent with her, he feels his tightly held control slippingCan she trust the spy who broke her heart?

Mariana spent the last decade forgetting Nick. Now she has the chance to best him at his own game, an opportunity she can’t resist, even as her view of him begins to shift. Increasingly, she wants nothing more than to seduce her own husband . . . 

It’s only a matter of time before mad passion ignites, a passion never convincingly extinguished. A passion that insists on surrendering to the yearning of the flesh and, quite possibly, of the heart.

“Do you not understand how difficult it is to find a lady’s maid who speaks English in Paris? She is as rare as a Woolly Mammoth in London.”
“A Woolly Mammoth in London?” he asked with a confounded laugh.
“Given my involvement with The Progressive School for Young Ladies and the Education of Their Minds, I spend a good deal of time perusing London’s museums.
Nick cocked his head. “I would have thought finding you in a stuffy museum would be as rare as finding a Woolly Mammoth in London.”
“I enjoy it.” She sounded defensive. Drat. “And I happen to know that the Museum of Natural History in Paris has its very own Woolly Mammoth.”
In fact, she was disappointed to have missed it on this trip. But Nick needn’t know that. She’d revealed too much about her life already.
“That’s,” he began, a reflective note in his voice, “new.”
“Actually, they acquired it more than one hundred years ago.”
“I wasn’t speaking of the mammoth.”
Mariana’s traitorous insides went light at his words and at the implication within them. The moment could grow soft, and a sense of ease could steal in, if she allowed it. It was an ease she’d felt the first time they’d locked eyes at a dinner party at Uncle Bertie’s country estate—so very long ago. She’d felt they were two halves of the same whole and had been waiting all their lives to be joined together.
She gave herself a mental shake. Such memories were a trap.
Over the last decade, she’d done quite well forgetting what she liked about her husband. She wouldn’t allow softness to shake her resolve.
This was Nick. He was as soft as a razor blade.

Sounds like this book has some suspense and intrique mixed in with romance.
Tell us a little about yourself and your writing.
After some worldwide adventuring with my husband in my early twenties, we decided to settle down and raise a family. As the boys grew up, though, I realized I wanted to write the sort of books I loved. So, in my thirties, I went back to university and finished my English degree with the intention of becoming a historical romance writer. When I was pregnant with my first son, I fell in love with the genre, tearing through every Kathleen Woodiwiss and Mary Jo Putney novel I could get my hands on. Now, six years after graduating, my dream is coming true!

Do you write full time?
One of my sons flew the coop this year, so I’m still part-time mom / part-time writer.

What are your writing inspirations?
Mostly, I find inspiration through reading other genres, especially upmarket women’s fiction and historical non-fiction. Sometimes, though, I find a spark in real people and situations.

How did you come to write this story?
Funny enough, when I conceived this series, Three Lessons in Seduction was supposed to be book two of the Shadows and Silk series. However, after I’d written the manuscript for “book one,” a critique partner explained to me why the books needed to be switched around. She was right, and I did. So I wrote Three Lessons. Although, I must say, it’s been great having book two of the series already finished.

Tell us a bit about the characters and who we might be meeting in the future.
The story centers around a married couple, Nick and Mariana, ten years after they became estranged due to a very public scandal. Now, they must learn to trust each other as they work together to prevent the assassination of the King of France. The next book, Tempted by the Viscount, will center around Mariana’s twin sister and the man she can’t seem to keep out of her life!

What project are you working on next?
Since Tempted by the Viscount is already finished and in the hands of my editor, I’m currently writing book three of the series.

Tell us one surprising or interesting fact about yourself.
I took up marathon running several years ago. Now, I meet up with an out-of-state friend in a different state every year for a “masochistic girls’ weekend.” Actually, it’s a blast. We’ll be running our fifth one this Fall. It’s been a fantastic way to see to see the country.

Author Bio
Sofie hails from Austin, Texas. She spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized that she was no longer satisfied with simply reading the books she loved, that she must write them, too, she decided to finish her degree and embark on a writing career. Mr. Darling and the boys gave her their wholehearted blessing.
When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon in a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent relationship with her beagle, Bosco. 

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