The duke’s five daughters have beauty, breeding, and impeccable reputations. Or at least, they did. Now that two have chosen to follow their hearts, can the others be far behind?
It was easy for society to overlook Lady Ida Howlett; they found her bookish, opinionated, and off the marriage mart. But little did they know that behind a calm exterior beats the heart of an adventuress, one who, determined to discover her runaway sister’s whereabouts, steals a carriage and sets off on a daring mission. Then she discovers she’s not alone! Bennett, Lord Carson, is inside, and he refuses to leave.
Lord Carson’s plans had always been to find a soft, gentle wife who would run his home and raise his children. Still, he makes a bargain with Ida—he won’t desert her during her mad adventure. He’ll make sure she’s safe, and then find a suitable lady to fall in love with. But when rules (and garments) become discarded during this long, intimate journey, it’s soon clear that this surprisingly daring lady is the woman he’s needed all along.
About the Book
Lady is Daring
by Megan Frampton
The Duke’s Daughters
September 25, 2018
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I went to Bath because of Jane Austen, the White Horse Tavern because of Dylan Thomas, the Algonquin because of Dorothy Parker (although, let’s be honest, the last two places serve alcohol, so there was that factor too)
What is the first book that made you cry?
Little Women, probably.
What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
I don’t think I’m qualified to weigh in on that—I do know that the issue of inclusion in romance is a big deal, and it’s clear there’s been systemic racism in certain publishing decisions.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Twitter, not listening to constructive feedback, and getting ahead of themselves
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
I’d say hurt, but I have a wee ego, which is also problematic. I think a big ego means you know your stuff is great, but it also might mean you’re not listening to anyone.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Plotting! And letting my characters suffer. I hate when they’re miserable, so I likely solve the problem a lot sooner than I should.
Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
Yes, it’s been hard for me to read since the 2016 election.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I actually published one book under a pseudonym! It was Vanity Fare, published by William Morrow under the name Megan Caldwell.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Both? I write within the box, but my writing style is definitely quirky.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Of course, but they might not necessarily be a romance writer.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
SO MANY. My BFF is Liz Maverick, my CP is Myretta Robens, and I am good friends with Chelsea Mueller as well as Sabrina Jeffries, Sarah MacLean, Joanna Shupe, Caroline Linden, and so many more.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I like each book to stand on its own, with a loose connective thread.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Lean into your voice.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Buying other authors’ books.
What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?
Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, Laura Kinsale; but usually, if I dislike an author, I move on. Life is too short, and there are too many books to read to give authors second chances.
What did you do with your first advance?
It was SO LONG AGO! I bought a Brooklyn sweatshirt from Brooklyn Industries.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
OH! I have a lot of ideas for this one. Cockfighter by Charles Willeford; Run to You by Charlotte Stein; Feed by Mira Grant; Radiance by Grace Draven; The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
Heh. My thanks for helping me with dialogue and situations? I don’t think the people upon whose experiences I’ve drawn know that I’ve done so.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Maybe around five?
What does literary success look like to you?
Growing my audience as I also satisfy the readers who’ve been with me.
What’s the best way to market your books?
I wish I knew! I think my desire to engage with readers as a reader is helpful. But basically that just means I get to talk books a lot.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I research as I go—usually etymology, to make sure my characters can say a certain word or phrase. I also research situational things that come up in the course of writing the book.
How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one?
Uh—until now? I still have a day job.
How many hours a day do you write?
What did you edit out of this book?
The whole ramp-up to the carriage hijinks—it was boring.
How do you select the names of your characters?
Usually the names just come to me.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I read them! I try to parse the criticism in bad ones, and think about them, and ways to respond.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Always—things that are in-jokes with myself or my husband (and he doesn’t read my books!).
Do you Google yourself?
What is your favorite childhood book?
Andrew Lang's Fairy Books of Many Colors
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Turning the wifi off so I can concentrate on the writing.
Does your family support your career as a writer?
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
Start writing earlier than I did (I started around age 37, I think)
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Tour Wide Giveaway
To celebrate the release of LADY IS DARING, we’re giving away one paperback set of LADY BE BAD and LADY BE RECKLESS by Megan Frampton!
GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS: Open to US shipping addresses only. Three winners will each receive a paperback set of Lady Be Bad & Lady Be Reckless by Megan Frampton. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance. Giveaway ends 10/8/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address. Duplicates will be deleted. CLICK HERE TO ENTER!
About Megan Frampton
MEGAN FRAMPTON writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction under the name Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.