Thursday, January 10, 2013

Think of the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard as James Bond in a Bowler.


Congratulations to "Christine B.", the winner of Jillian's giveaway.  Thank you to all who participated!

I’m very excited to be here today at Just Romantic Suspense to celebrate the recent release of A Private Duel with Agent Gunn. Thanks for inviting me!  

Those of you who read or write Romantic Suspense, may or may not be familiar with The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series, which is set in the gaslit streets of 1887 London.
For the most part, the books are often labeled as historical romance, and as such I am sometimes invited to participate in historical romance blog events.

I gleaned an interesting insight last month as I read a few entries in a Christmas Blog event hosted by Ramblings from this Chick and Not Another Romance Blogs. A number of historical authors were asked to contribute brief Christmas Eve stories. In my case, the theme was A Mission on Christmas Eve. Curious about some of the other offerings, I read a few others. Mostly, I concentrated on those authors who were assigned the same theme as me. Reading along, I began to realize, how different my story was, compared to the others.

The fact was, it hit me in the most shocking way possible, how gritty and edgy the Scotland Yard men were in comparison to the other dukes and damsels in distress. There just aren’t many prominent peers in my novels. My heroes tend to be wickedly street smart and sexy, and the heroines shockingly progressive young women. Suddenly, I walked the foggy gray streets of London alone, surrounded by ball gowns, soirees, and country manors.

Just to make sure I wasn’t overreacting, I reread my entry––a gritty, edgy tale about a detective laid up with a broken leg, who is on surveillance Christmas Eve. Well, what else is he going to do in a full leg cast? In the first paragraph of chapter one, he adjusts his binoculars, and observes a scene though an open window across the row. A prostitute loosens the ribbon on her chemise to disrobe for her customer...he mutters words of encouragement under his breath...

Of course there’s more––but in the interests of keeping this PG-13, I ask you to use your imagination! To make a long story short, right then and there, I realized I wrote romantic suspense that happens to be set in 1887. If you think about it, does anyone ever call Doyle or Christie’s work historical mystery? It seems to me, that a crime, espionage or suspense story doesn’t have to be contemporary. So. I’m warning you, from now on, when someone asks me what I write, I’m going to say, “Just romantic suspense.”

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard, let me give you a bit of background on the series. Several years ago, I got to thinking about Scotland Yard detectives. It seemed to me that Yard men were always portrayed as bumbling inspectors, five moves behind Sherlock Holmes. So I thought, what if there was an elite group of detectives? I began to do some research and found out that there was a division of Scotland Yard created in the 1882 called Special Branch. I added a dash–as in dashing–of James Bond gadgetry and that was the start of the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard.
Each novel features a new love story and crime to solve, so a reader can pick up the series anywhere As for my latest release? Cate and Finn's adventure begins with a double cross and crackles with secrets, lies and sexual tension. The crime is clear, breaking and entering each other's hearts, but as the clock ticks down, who will be the first to surrender?

Here’s a blurb for the just released, A Private Duel with AgentGunn:

Prima ballerina Catriona de Dovia lives the glamorous life of a starlet, filled with glittering jewels, sumptuous dinners, and admiring suitors. She’s grown up considerably since losing her heart to Hugh Curzon once upon a time, no longer wasting her emotions on the empty promises of charming gentlemen. On her own since the untimely death of her parents, she will do anything for the only family she has left: her brother, a notorious anarchist.

Scotland Yard Agent Phineas Gunn–sometimes known as Hugh Curzon–receives his new assignment reluctantly. He’s up for something a little more strenuous than playing nanny to a ballerina, until he sees who his charge is. Then, it’s a completely different story, because he’d been unable to forget the trusting, beautiful Cate since he had to leave her behind in Barcelona. And he suspects Cate is more than a ballet girl––in fact, she just might be a jewel thief, or even more arousing––a clever undercover operative.

Finn is determined to find out as the two race across the Continent–by land, by sea, even through the air by zephyr–it becomes uncertain who is keeping tabs on whom, and Finn and Cate must battle the sexual tension that snaps and sizzles between them every step of the way.


QUESTION FOR COMMENTERS:
Let’s face it, detectives are daring and dashing and full of awesome sauce! The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard work for Special Branch, which is the Victorian era MI-5 (FBI) or Homeland Security. James Bond works for MI–6 (CIA). What is it about British detectives and undercover operatives that is so attractive? I suspect it has something to do with a brilliantly sexy mind, and that custom tailored Savile Row suit.

I’m giving away a signed copy of A PRIVATE DUEL WITH AGENT GUNN to one lucky commenter today.

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Brief Author Bio:

Jillian’s first book in The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series, An Affair with Mr. Kennedy, won the 2010 Golden Heart for Romantic Suspense. The latest novel, fourth in the series for Pocket Books is A Private Duel with Agent Gunn. She also writes the Phaeton Black, Paranormal Investigator series for Kensington Brava.

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Thanks again, to Just Romantic Suspense for inviting me to guest blog today.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Jan. 10th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


29 comments:

  1. I think it is imagining the accent as they woooo you, and the sexy way they wear those suits...lsscarchuk@att.net...thanks

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    1. Hi LS!

      Yes, the British accent and the daring dashing thing is a great mix, kind of like sweet and salty! ;)

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  2. Hi

    I just wanted to stop by to say that I LOVE Jillian's books and have read all for both series (so far).

    Do not enter me in the giveaway - just wanted to say how much I enjoy her books.

    Thanks
    Pam

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    1. Thanks, pamerd!

      I have made a big decision for the Scotland Yard men. These books are NOT historical romance. They are gaslight romantic suspense and that's that!

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  3. For me, I think how they deal with situations... handle the danger... that is sexy... the wonderful accents do not hurt either! :)

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    1. Yep, I totally agree, Colette. Very sexy combo!

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  4. Hmmm good question !:) While the brilliantly sexy mind is always attractive, I like the reserve.. with the hint of emotion simmering beneath the surface. They'll always be proper in public, but in private, all bets are off. :D (Hah, my imagination is running wild)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    readsalot81 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hi Readsalot81,

      WOW! You just described Mr. Kennedy (book #1) perfectly. Of course, because they're Brits, the Yard men are appropriately reserved in public...that is most of the time!

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  5. I love that you have romantic suspense in a historical setting. I think you ought to flat out call it historical RS. I have trouble describing my own genre and finally decided it was easier just call it historical fantasy romance rather than steampunk or gaslight because it required a much longer explanation. I'm so often irritated by how people need neat little boxes to label writing.

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    1. Lol, Allison!

      If only I could stick to one genre at a time...but I can't! I'd like to encourage readers who think they wouldn't enjoy a romantic suspense story set in another time period to try one.

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  6. I think it's the intelligence and accent.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi bn100,

      The British accent and the daring, dashing thing is so irresistible!

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  7. I've heard a lot about this series and, while the books are on my TBR list, I just haven't read any yet (I know - shame on me!). The sexy mind and Saville Row suit are nice, but for me it would be the "awesome sauce". And the accent wouldn't hurt either.
    kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. Karen C,

    I should have written, awesome hot & spicy sauce! ;)

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  9. Definitely the accent!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. The British accent seems to be the one characteristic everyone agrees on!

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  10. Well as I am typing this Sherlock is on the tv, so I think it's the British accent! At least, it is for me.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hi Martha,

      The accent definitely contributes to the charm of the Scotland Yard men. I like to surprise the reader with just how physical they are. ;)

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  11. Thanks for the fun post and congrats on the newest release! I already have a copy so please don't enter me. Just wanted to fangrrl a bit :)

    I think you hit the nail on the head... even though it's set waaaay before James Bond and all of that, I can still picture that same sort of spy stuff... the bond theme song does run through my head just a few times ;) But what makes them so much sexier is that they have to "rough" it w/out all of the nifty gadgets and last minute saves. *They* have to do all of that themselves!

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    1. Hi erin,

      Lol! I do provide a few aids to help the Yard Men in their investigations. They have their government issue Webley Mk1 pistols and those experimental dry cell battery torches, but you're right, nothing as fancy as an Aston Martin equipped with machine guns!

      So happy you are enjoying the series!

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  12. I would absolutely love a signed copy of A PRIVATE DUEL WITH AGENT GUNN to go on my bookshelf thank you.

    I think it's the wit, the charm, the accent & the intelligence.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  13. For me it is the accent and the mystery of them. Plus most secret agent portrayed on television are super sexy. Like daniel craig and sean connery. This is a new author and series. Gonna have to check out the 1st book, but definately a must try author/series for me.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Christinebails at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Chris!

      Even though the series is connected by supporting characters, you can really start anywhere as the books are all separate stories. However, if you want to begin at the beginning (which is always preferable) start with An An Affair with Mr. Kennedy. If you read paperback, there's a good price at Book Depository right now + free shipping!

      Thanks for your interest!

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  14. I think the accent and the suit that makes them cool, although I prefer Bourne kind of secret agent.

    pinglecoon at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi izz,

      If you like the intense suspense the Bourne stories than I think you would really enjoy book #2 in the series, A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis. Pretty much nonstop action!

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  15. I know I missed the giveaway, but this sounds wonderful! I'm off to check it out on Amazon now!

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    1. Hi Maeclair,

      Not sure you missed the giveaway! But thanks for checking out the series on Amazon!

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  16. Congrats to Christine B! Email you soon, Jillian

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