Romance Author Rose Gordon’s upcoming release December 1, 2011—Her Secondhand Groom is her third in the Groom series. She released the first Groom title, Her Sudden Groom, in August and the second, Her Reluctant Groom in October. The prolific Gordon is on a roll with five titles published within the past year. She pens six novels a year and has no plans to stop.
Her Secondhand Groom
Widower Patrick Ramsey, Viscount Drakely, fell in love and married at eighteen only to be devastated by losing her as she bore his third daughter. Now, as his girls are getting older he realizes they need a mother—and a governess. Not able to decide between the two which they need more, he marries an ordinary young lady from the local village in hopes she can suit both roles. But this ordinary young lady isn’t so ordinary after all, and he’ll either have to take a chance and risk his heart once more or wind up alone forever.
Q: What made you want to become a romance writer?
A: I never in a million years would have guessed I’d write romance novels. I didn’t even read one until about a year before I started writing them. I read so many in that year, I got burned out. So I decided to try creating a story I hadn’t seen done before. It was so much fun creating the story that I wanted to see what happened next. Then, it became a madness and I’ve just continued on.
Q: How would you describe your type of book?
A: I like to read and write humorous books. I’m not opposed to adding suspense, but I have a hard time writing a book that doesn’t have some element of humor in it.
Q: Tell me your favorite “when I was doing research for this novel you wouldn’t believe what I did” story:
A: In my second novel, Liberty for Paul, Liberty’s sister blurts out a slang term for a man’s privates. Well, I didn’t really know what terms they used back then (1813) so I did a Google search and found literally thousands of terms. I started reading through them, and my husband came home… Then we had an awkward conversation that went something like this:
“What are you doing?“
I snapped the lid down on my laptop. “Nothing.”
“It’s not nothing. What are you doing?”
I sighed. “Looking up a slang term for a man’s privates.”
“I believe you heard me correctly.”
He shook his head. “No, I’m not sure I did. I could have sworn you just said you were looking up a slang term for a man’s privates, but I know that cannot be correct.”
I nodded. “You heard right.” With a sigh,I opened my laptop and show him the thousands and thousands of naughty terms on the screen.
“And why are you looking at this?”
“Because I need to think of something funny for Madison to say.”
“And it needs to be a slang term for…for…” He waved his hand in the air.
“Yup,” I said as proudly as I could.
Then he sank down beside me and started reading through the list. For the next fifteen minutes, we read the list and casually threw out terms we thought might work.
“No, that’s common.”
“No, that’s too dirty.”
“Absolutely not! What if someone I know reads this.”
“Uh, then if you’re concerned about that, then you shouldn’t be writing this scene anyway.”
I waved him off and kept reading—losing IQ points at a rapid rate as I scanned the columns. Finally I sighed. “I’m just going to use wedding tackle.”
“No, no, keep looking. You’ll find something better.”
“No, I don’t think so. Half of these words are far too vulgar, and the ones that aren’t are terms that I’m sure weren’t around back then.” Then, as I went to click the X and close the page, I saw it:Love Musket. “Perfect!“
Find out more about Rose Gordon on her website www.rosegordon.net.
National Romance Novel Examiner, Stephanie Giancola, also writes romance novels. You can find out more about her books at www.StephanieQueen.com.