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A COMMON SCANDAL
The Grantham Girls #2
Releasing May 30th, 2016
Finishing school taught Amelia Wheeler how to put on a well-mannered performance—when she’s not bored and looking for trouble. Lady Grantham’s is behind her and now it's time for Amelia to keep her promise to her dying mother: marry a title and leave her wild days behind.
That promise would be much easier to keep if Nate Smythe hadn’t just reappeared in a London ballroom. The son of an impoverished sailor, Nate—Natty, as he used to be called—has grown up to become handsome, rich and polished. He claims to be looking for a proper bride who can advance his business interests, but that doesn’t stop him from seeking out Amelia every chance he gets. Challenging her. Kissing her.
Suddenly, struggling against her simmering passion is the least of Amelia's problems—one of her titled suitors is hiding a desperate secret that could stop Amelia from pleasing her parents or finding happiness with Nate. As a weeklong house party threatens to derail her hard-won future, Amelia must decide: fight against disaster or act like the lady she's promised to become?
Amanda Weaver has loved romance since she read that very first Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel at fifteen. After a long detour into a career as a costume designer in theatre, she’s found her way back to romance, this time as a writer.
A native Floridian, Amanda transplanted to New York City many years ago and now considers Brooklyn home, along with her husband, daughter, two cats, and nowhere near enough space.
1. What inspired you to write this book? I’ve always been fascinated by the Gilded Age and the “Dollar Princesses”, the working class heiresses wo married impoverished European nobility by the dozens in the latter half of the 19th century. This book and the Grantham Girls series explores that world.
2. What has been your most successful venture as a writer? The first book of this series, A Duchess in Name, became an Amazon Bestseller, so that was pretty exciting!
3 How did you come up with the title of your book? The heroine is feisty and unconventional. She spends most of the book teetering on the edge of scandal and social disaster, so we knew “scandal” had to be in there somewhere. Carina Press took it from there.
4. How important do you think it is for an author to read their own writing? Vital. And necessary. You can’t get a book through to publication without re-reading it a million times.
5. Is this a stand alone book or will there be a part two? This is actually the second of a three-book series. The first, A Duchess in Name, is already out, and the third, A Reluctant Betrothal, will be out in September.