on October 3rd 2017
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For centuries, the volumes of a priceless Renaissance manuscript, The Duke's Book of Knowledge, have been the subject of legend and rumor. Three members of London's Bibliomania Club have promised a beloved professor they'll find the manuscripts before the professor retires. They are determined to vindicate his faith in the Duke's existence while rescuing a great literary work from obscurity. The problem? The book must be found in ten days. Matters of the heart intrude as each book hunter realizes that locating an ancient manuscript might just lead to happiness ever after.
This is the last day of our week at Buried Under Romance, and Grace, Carolyn, and Shana hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about How to Find a Duke in Ten Days.
Today we wanted to share a few fun facts about the anthology and as a thank you for sticking with us this week, we also have a giveaway. Keep reading for information on that!
I met the Earl of Ramsdale when he was sidekicking for the Duke of Lavelle in another novella. (see: The Duke’s Bridle Path) The first time I left Ramsdale alone, he went directly to the duke’s library, and he just looked so natural (means “attractive” in romance author-ese) wearing reading glasses, a book in his hand, that I knew there was more to his story.
Lorenzo the Magnificent, Duke of Florence, and patron who (fictitiously) sponsored creation of The Duke’s Book of Knowledge, only lived to be 43 years old. His predecessor as Lord of Florence was Piero the Gouty, his successor Piero the Unfortunate.
My heroine, Rosalyn Dashner, was inspired by the character of Inej in Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows. I loved the idea of a female who could be both athletic and graceful.
The town I live in has many antique shops, and one of them has a rare books section that includes books that are, indeed, quite rare. One of the books they have (or had, perhaps someone has bought it) is a psalter dating from circa 1450. It is Italian in origin, hand-lettered, and decorated, and is bound in a dark red velvet. It was such a beautiful volume I’ve never forgotten it. When my fellow anthology authors and I were discussing this project, I brought up this book as an example of what the book our heroes are searching for might look like. We embellished some details and added some others, of course, but I had such a good time imagining that book from the antique shop!
When I was writing a scene when Lord Daunt, the hero of my story, has thrust his arm into a delicate and beautiful Chinese vase, Magdalene, the heroine, said, “What if there are spiders?” Daunt is appropriately, I think, horrified by that possibility. All along, I thought I’d end up cutting that exchange, but as the story progressed it worked better and better, and so the exchange remains, much to my delight!
Carolyn, Grace, and Shana:
This book is dedicated to Miranda Neville. Miranda had to drop out of the project for personal reasons, but she was instrumental in formulating the premise of the book as a whole, and we owe her an enormous debt of gratitude.
Win a $25 Starbucks Gift Card (via email) and ebook copies of Traitor in Her Arms by Shana Galen and Lord Ruin by Carolyn Jewel.
A signed ARC of No Other Duke Will Do
(Grace Burrowes November release, Book 3 in the Windham Brides)
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