Janet Mullany just cracks me up. At first meet you might think she's a proper English lady. She certainly has that beautiful way of speaking. But then you actually listen to the words...and see her pebbled nub pin...and realize she's one of the funniest people on earth. Not that being a proper English lady and being laugh-out-loud funny are by any means mutually exclusive. Just check my DVR. Or my movie collection. The fact remains that when you crack open one of Janet's novels, you're in for a treat, whether it's her chick-lit Regency The Rules of Gentility("It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman of fortune and passable good looks amuses herself in London with fashion, philanthropic works, and flirtation, until a suitable gentleman makes an offer. I consider the pursuit of the bonnets and a husband fairly alike - I do not want to acquire an item that will wear out, or bore me after a brief acquaintance, and we must suit each other very well.") or her upcoming mash-up Jane and the Damned (October 2010).
But don't take my word for it. You can comment below to win a signed copy of her latest!
[back cover blurb for her latest, Improper Relations]
Must a lady always put her husband first?
After losing best friend and cousin Ann Weller in marriage to the Earl of Beresford, sharp-witted Charlotte Hayden is even ruder than usual to potential suitors. Introduced to Beresford’s wayward cousin, Shad, Charlotte may have met her match in witty repartee–but he’s hardly husband material. Caught in a compromising situation, Charlotte and Shad are forced to wed, resigning themselves to a marriage of convenience. And they aren’t the only ones with marital problems… Have both Ann and Charlotte married in haste to repent at leisure? And where do their loyalties really lie? With their husbands, with each other, or somewhere else entirely?
"What I continue to love about Janet Mullany’s books is how she manages to convincingly tell her story in first person from both her hero and her heroine’s perspective. The first person narrative gives an extremely refreshing take on the insanity which populates the plot; from the way her heroine observes the foibles of her own family, to the slowly beautiful dance it takes the hero to discover he’s in love. I can’t wait to see where she goes next." Beyond Her Book
"Improper Relations has it all from compromising liaisons, secrets, unfaithful friends, misunderstandings and even a duel. What more could a fan ask for in a historical romance?" Joyfully Reviewed
"[T]he author's upbeat and adroit prose as well as her sparkling characters win me over...Really, if you haven't read anything by this author before, you're missing out on a lot of fun." Mrs. Giggles
And now, without further ado:
Things you don’t tell an agent.
Dear Ms. Diver,
I am seeking representation for a funny Regency romance [14-word title that became The Rules of Gentility] written in first person present tense alternating between two characters, and which has many bad jokes including a fart joke in the heroine’s point of view. In a refreshing change to the clichéd marriage proposal scenes so common in romance, most of mine take place in water closets. My first book, Dedication (2005), was a Signet Regency with two bondage scenes and a middle-aged celibate hero who cried a lot, and shortly after its publication NAL ended the line.
In the orgy scenes (of which there are many) in my contemporary erotic romance WIP, the characters break off to play Scrabble every time and it has me worried, particularly as the heroine invariably ends up with the Q and Z tiles but still wins, apart from the time she had a threesome on the board (she was in the lead until that point). I feel this is inconsistent with a heroine’s character arc. Do you think there’s another board game that would be more acceptable to the editor? [Working title Red Light, Harlequin Spice, 2011, w/a Liz Diamond]
I’m glad you liked A Most Lamentable Comedy. I love this book. Both the hero and heroine are lying, deceiving rogues and the heroine in particular has a real talent for creating mischief and treating people badly. In addition, I introduce a deus ex machina character halfway through the book to resolve the romantic conflict—well, actually, two if you include Daisy the dancing bear—and, although I feared I had overused the device in The Rules of Gentility, there is yet another water closet episode.
Is it okay if Jane Austen has sex? With a vampire? In public? [Jane & the Damned, HarperCollins, October, 2010]
So how big will MY name be on the cover of Bespelling Jane? [Anthology headlined by Mary Balogh, Harlequin, October, 2010]
I’m so excited about the release of Improper Relations this month. I adore the hero, Shad, even though he has a fish’s name (but he’s a retired naval captain so I guess it’s symbolic) and the heroine is my usual sort of bad-tempered girl who comes on to men inappropriately. Otherwise I feel I’ve depicted Georgian attitudes to sex with great historical accuracy—Charlotte, the heroine, makes mention on the wedding night of a frying sausage, and all the men are convinced that nice girls don’t enjoy it and you pay bad girls for what you really want, particularly after marriage. I feel it’s a refreshing change from the multi-orgasmic Regency bonkfests that infest the genre. Somehow I missed my trademark water closet scene although there is a mention of a chamber pot (behind a screen in a drawing room).
Thanks for having me as your guest today, Lucienne.
You’re invited to share your confessions of inappropriate emails and other embarrassments (who hasn’t hit “reply” instead of “forward” at one time?) and one random shameful story or comment wins a signed copy of Improper Relations. You can buy my Little Black Dress books at bookdepository.com with free shipping worldwide. For further revelations about me and my books visit www.janetmullany.com, where you can read excerpts and listen to soundbites, and enter a contest!