Jo Beverley talks about The Secret Duke

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Mary Jo interviewing Jo

Jo Beverley needs no introduction since she’s a charter Wench.  Certainly there is no need to list her many books and awards–for that, you can go to her website.  But it's always a pleasure to talk to her about a new book, in this case, her April release, The Secret Duke

The Secret Duke is third in her Georgian Rakish trilogy, which started with A Lady’s Secret and then moved to The Secret Wedding.  Having read them all, I can guarantee that they are rip-roaring historical romance of the sort that has been delighting readers since the Scarlet Pimpernel made his first bow. 

The Rakish Trilogy

So—Jo, what was the genesis of this trilogy, and in particular the inspiration for TSD?  What elements tie the three books in the trilogy together?

JB: I’d been writing my Regency Rogues books, and the last few turned out to have heroes with a restrained lifestyle, even if only by force of circumstances, and I thought it would be fun to write three enjoying a free-living lifestyle. I happened to have an opening fragment that I wanted to do somThe Secret Duke ething with that saw a man encountering an unusual woman at an inn, so I decided to use that detail for all three books, but the rest, as they say, is a mystery! Things just happen in a writer’s brain, don’t they?

Thorn, the Duke of Ithorne, developed as the series progressed. It was time to write a duke (I’ve only used one as the hero of a novel before) and I wanted a character in the Malloren World who could challenge the Marquess of Rothgar. A duke takes precedence over a marquess, of course, but Rothgar is a decade older and firmly established at the center of power. I had no idea what Thorn’s story would be, but as I learned of his escape persona as Captain Rose of the Black Swan, I knew that would play a part. He’s generally such a hard working, dutiful aristocrat, and it’s important to me that he be so, that he’d be more likely to fall into a wild adventure as Captain Rose.

Keeping the Mallorens in their place

MJP:  The Rakish trilogy takes place within the Malloren world and occasionally a Malloren will appear.  Would you care to expand on the challenges of returning to a much loved setting without overburdening the story with background and older characters?

JB: As it turned out it wasn’t a challenge at all. I knew I’d have to connect to the Mallorens or my fans would be frustrated, but I was determined not to contrive it. In A Lady's Secret the first story – spoiler alert for those who haven’t read A Lady’s Secret – the heroine, Petra, turns out to be Rothgar’s illegitimate daughter. That idea floated some time ago on my yahoo groups chat list – that during his youthful grand tour Rothgar could have sired a child. It turned out to be a fabulous story to write.

The Secret Wedding involved industry and it suited a Yorkshire setting. As Rothgar’s wife, the Countess of Arradale, is a Yorkshire woman it was easy to make a connection with Caro, so that when Caro goes south to London it’s natural for her to stay in Rothgar’s house and involve the Mallorens in her predicament.

And in The Secret Duke, Thorn is already in rivalry with Rothgar, so that creates a link. I also managed to get everyone at Rothgar Towers for Christmas and an important Malloren event.

Keeping them the bits and pieces straight

MJP: The Malloren world is complex and getting ever more so. How do you keep the characters and their relationships straight? 

JB: It is challenging, and I try different ways. I’m toying with building a wiki, but it seems like a lot of work. I have ring binders and reference cards. I also plot the family details in a genealogy program. I had it on line, but when I moved to England and changed my internet server it went down and I haven’t had time to update and fix it.

In addition to keeping track of children and such, I have to keep a wide view of all the characters’ lives, alert for things that would be important in a family. Beneath that is the real history. My characters are usually involved in important events of the day.

Winter Fire The problem is always the details I didn’t think important at the time. One of those turned up in writing The Secret Duke. When Bella, the heroine, goes to Rothgar Abbey for Christmas I realized that I needed to know who’d been there the previous year, as it was established as a tradition. Panic! I was somewhere in the middle of Canada, didn’t have a copy of Winter Fire, or a copy of the book on my laptop. I posted an appeal on my chat list and thank heavens, my readers came to my aid. I love the internet!

As it happened I amended the party a bit, but I still needed to know.

MJP:  Two weeks ago you did a fun post on dukes and why you so seldom write them.  There’s a interesting dynamic between Thorne, hero of TSD, and Rothgar, the all seeing, all powerful head of the Malloren family.  What lies behind that? 

JB: As I said, the rivalry seemed natural to me. Thorn is a serious, hard-working aristocrat who outranks Rothgar and thinks him a negative influence on the king and out to aggrandize himself and his family. He sees it as his duty to limit that influence.

I enjoyed writing from the point of view of someone who doesn’t at all admire the Dark Marquess, and I think that different point of view brings greater texture to the Malloren World.

Moving and writing

MJP:  The Secret Duke was written under the extremely challenging conditions of moving yourself and your business from Canada back to your home country of England.  How did that affect the book?  For that matter, how on earth did you manage to get the book written while moving between continents?!!!

JB: Laptop! I had a good start on it, but yes, I did finish it while packing up, then driving across Canada – or rather, while my husband drove. Fortunately most of the drive across Canada is on empty roads through lightly inhabited land so the distractions were minimal.

Jo in bookstore I’m normally a writer who likes a stable setting – my study, my writing computer, and my Aeron chair, as well as all my research books around me – but somehow this works. One blessing is that today so much research material is on the internet – as well as helpful readers, as noted above. We made sure to always stay in places with wi-fi!

MJP:  Once you moved regularly between Regency, Georgian, and medieval settings.  More recently, you’ve restricted yourself to Regency and Georgian.  Do you have any plans to return to your medieval world? 

JB:  I’d love to write more medievals because it’s such a different world and generates different stories, but I have slowed down a bit, which is a factor. I’m hoping that now I’m settled again, sort of, I might be able to play with one. Of course my story in Chalice of Roses is medieval, so I got a bit of a fix that way.

Other genres?

MJP:  You’ve leavened your historical novels with occasional science fiction and fantasy novellas and short stories.  Do you think you might ever do full length sff novels? 

JB: Again, I’d love to, but time’s a factor. The other part is that when I let my speculative creativity free it goes wild. I don’t write what seems to be most commercial – either modern settings with SF or fantasy, or worlds based on the middle ages, China, Russia or whatever. I like to invent worlds, cultures, rules etc etc. I do it for fun.

You and I both have stories in Songs of Love and Death, a SF Romance collection coming later this year. My story there is a more mundane fantasy historical, however. It’s Georgian, but with no Malloren connection.

MJP:  What will your next book be?

JB:  Another Georgian, following the others in time sequence, but not connected. I hope there’ll be a Malloren thread, but I won’t force it. The title is An Unlikely Countess, and it’ll be out in March 2011.

MJP: Jo will be giving away a copy of A Lady’s Secret  or The Secret Wedding to someone who leaves a comment before midnight April 6th.  So ask away!

  Jo, thanks so much for giving me an excuse to read The Secret Duke early! 

Manx cat

I'll sign off now with a picture of one of your fierce cat rabbits of Hesse, courtesy of Wikipedia Commons. <G>

Mary Jo

 

190 thoughts on “Jo Beverley talks about The Secret Duke”

  1. Can’t wait to add this to my keeper pile of Beverley books.Jo, I really enjoyed your “into the mist” article in RWR. I can’t for the life of me plot “properly.” Something always gets me off the path I thought I was on. 🙂
    I hope you’re well-settled in your new home so we can expect lots more books!

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  2. Can’t wait to add this to my keeper pile of Beverley books.Jo, I really enjoyed your “into the mist” article in RWR. I can’t for the life of me plot “properly.” Something always gets me off the path I thought I was on. 🙂
    I hope you’re well-settled in your new home so we can expect lots more books!

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  3. Can’t wait to add this to my keeper pile of Beverley books.Jo, I really enjoyed your “into the mist” article in RWR. I can’t for the life of me plot “properly.” Something always gets me off the path I thought I was on. 🙂
    I hope you’re well-settled in your new home so we can expect lots more books!

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  4. Can’t wait to add this to my keeper pile of Beverley books.Jo, I really enjoyed your “into the mist” article in RWR. I can’t for the life of me plot “properly.” Something always gets me off the path I thought I was on. 🙂
    I hope you’re well-settled in your new home so we can expect lots more books!

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  5. Can’t wait to add this to my keeper pile of Beverley books.Jo, I really enjoyed your “into the mist” article in RWR. I can’t for the life of me plot “properly.” Something always gets me off the path I thought I was on. 🙂
    I hope you’re well-settled in your new home so we can expect lots more books!

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  6. when I first read the blurb for this book I found myself quickly adding it to my wish list for when it comes out. I’m in awe that you were able to write this while moving between countries — I had enough trouble managing to get to my office on time & ready to work when I moved last time and it was only a couple miles btwn places. 🙂 congrats.

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  7. when I first read the blurb for this book I found myself quickly adding it to my wish list for when it comes out. I’m in awe that you were able to write this while moving between countries — I had enough trouble managing to get to my office on time & ready to work when I moved last time and it was only a couple miles btwn places. 🙂 congrats.

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  8. when I first read the blurb for this book I found myself quickly adding it to my wish list for when it comes out. I’m in awe that you were able to write this while moving between countries — I had enough trouble managing to get to my office on time & ready to work when I moved last time and it was only a couple miles btwn places. 🙂 congrats.

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  9. when I first read the blurb for this book I found myself quickly adding it to my wish list for when it comes out. I’m in awe that you were able to write this while moving between countries — I had enough trouble managing to get to my office on time & ready to work when I moved last time and it was only a couple miles btwn places. 🙂 congrats.

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  10. when I first read the blurb for this book I found myself quickly adding it to my wish list for when it comes out. I’m in awe that you were able to write this while moving between countries — I had enough trouble managing to get to my office on time & ready to work when I moved last time and it was only a couple miles btwn places. 🙂 congrats.

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  11. Hi Jo I am waiting very impatiently for the Secret Duke to arrive. I have enjoyed your books for a long while now… {Same with Mary-Jo. First in Texas now in New Brunswick Canada}. I have all the recent books but would love to get more of the earlier books. hint to publisher. Joan Wilson

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  12. Hi Jo I am waiting very impatiently for the Secret Duke to arrive. I have enjoyed your books for a long while now… {Same with Mary-Jo. First in Texas now in New Brunswick Canada}. I have all the recent books but would love to get more of the earlier books. hint to publisher. Joan Wilson

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  13. Hi Jo I am waiting very impatiently for the Secret Duke to arrive. I have enjoyed your books for a long while now… {Same with Mary-Jo. First in Texas now in New Brunswick Canada}. I have all the recent books but would love to get more of the earlier books. hint to publisher. Joan Wilson

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  14. Hi Jo I am waiting very impatiently for the Secret Duke to arrive. I have enjoyed your books for a long while now… {Same with Mary-Jo. First in Texas now in New Brunswick Canada}. I have all the recent books but would love to get more of the earlier books. hint to publisher. Joan Wilson

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  15. Hi Jo I am waiting very impatiently for the Secret Duke to arrive. I have enjoyed your books for a long while now… {Same with Mary-Jo. First in Texas now in New Brunswick Canada}. I have all the recent books but would love to get more of the earlier books. hint to publisher. Joan Wilson

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  16. I also am counting the hours now for Jo’s book to be “out there”! Our Borders and other bookstore are strick on release dates! (I even tried bribery once,said I’d buy a CD and fancy coffee there if they’d let me have one of Jo’s books the night before the release! and I’m not a coffee drinker!) LOL!
    All of Jo’s books are the type (like MJP) that once I open them–when I “have to put them down” to cook a meal or answer the phone–I wonder what I’m missing!
    Thank you for all the hard work involved mixed in with the love of what you’re doing Jo!

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  17. I also am counting the hours now for Jo’s book to be “out there”! Our Borders and other bookstore are strick on release dates! (I even tried bribery once,said I’d buy a CD and fancy coffee there if they’d let me have one of Jo’s books the night before the release! and I’m not a coffee drinker!) LOL!
    All of Jo’s books are the type (like MJP) that once I open them–when I “have to put them down” to cook a meal or answer the phone–I wonder what I’m missing!
    Thank you for all the hard work involved mixed in with the love of what you’re doing Jo!

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  18. I also am counting the hours now for Jo’s book to be “out there”! Our Borders and other bookstore are strick on release dates! (I even tried bribery once,said I’d buy a CD and fancy coffee there if they’d let me have one of Jo’s books the night before the release! and I’m not a coffee drinker!) LOL!
    All of Jo’s books are the type (like MJP) that once I open them–when I “have to put them down” to cook a meal or answer the phone–I wonder what I’m missing!
    Thank you for all the hard work involved mixed in with the love of what you’re doing Jo!

    Reply
  19. I also am counting the hours now for Jo’s book to be “out there”! Our Borders and other bookstore are strick on release dates! (I even tried bribery once,said I’d buy a CD and fancy coffee there if they’d let me have one of Jo’s books the night before the release! and I’m not a coffee drinker!) LOL!
    All of Jo’s books are the type (like MJP) that once I open them–when I “have to put them down” to cook a meal or answer the phone–I wonder what I’m missing!
    Thank you for all the hard work involved mixed in with the love of what you’re doing Jo!

    Reply
  20. I also am counting the hours now for Jo’s book to be “out there”! Our Borders and other bookstore are strick on release dates! (I even tried bribery once,said I’d buy a CD and fancy coffee there if they’d let me have one of Jo’s books the night before the release! and I’m not a coffee drinker!) LOL!
    All of Jo’s books are the type (like MJP) that once I open them–when I “have to put them down” to cook a meal or answer the phone–I wonder what I’m missing!
    Thank you for all the hard work involved mixed in with the love of what you’re doing Jo!

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  21. Thanks for all the kind messages! It’s always exciting when a book’s coming out.
    Maggie, I’m getting a lot of positive comments about my article. I thought I’d stamped out the “you MUST pre-plot” ten years ago, but I forgot that there are new writers all the time, and new adamant pre-plotters, I suppose.
    Jo

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  22. Thanks for all the kind messages! It’s always exciting when a book’s coming out.
    Maggie, I’m getting a lot of positive comments about my article. I thought I’d stamped out the “you MUST pre-plot” ten years ago, but I forgot that there are new writers all the time, and new adamant pre-plotters, I suppose.
    Jo

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  23. Thanks for all the kind messages! It’s always exciting when a book’s coming out.
    Maggie, I’m getting a lot of positive comments about my article. I thought I’d stamped out the “you MUST pre-plot” ten years ago, but I forgot that there are new writers all the time, and new adamant pre-plotters, I suppose.
    Jo

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  24. Thanks for all the kind messages! It’s always exciting when a book’s coming out.
    Maggie, I’m getting a lot of positive comments about my article. I thought I’d stamped out the “you MUST pre-plot” ten years ago, but I forgot that there are new writers all the time, and new adamant pre-plotters, I suppose.
    Jo

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  25. Thanks for all the kind messages! It’s always exciting when a book’s coming out.
    Maggie, I’m getting a lot of positive comments about my article. I thought I’d stamped out the “you MUST pre-plot” ten years ago, but I forgot that there are new writers all the time, and new adamant pre-plotters, I suppose.
    Jo

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  26. Writing while moving… my hat is off to you, Jo! Looking forward to reading Thorn’s story.
    Great interview, Mary Jo. Is that really a cat-rabbit?

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  27. Writing while moving… my hat is off to you, Jo! Looking forward to reading Thorn’s story.
    Great interview, Mary Jo. Is that really a cat-rabbit?

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  28. Writing while moving… my hat is off to you, Jo! Looking forward to reading Thorn’s story.
    Great interview, Mary Jo. Is that really a cat-rabbit?

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  29. Writing while moving… my hat is off to you, Jo! Looking forward to reading Thorn’s story.
    Great interview, Mary Jo. Is that really a cat-rabbit?

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  30. Writing while moving… my hat is off to you, Jo! Looking forward to reading Thorn’s story.
    Great interview, Mary Jo. Is that really a cat-rabbit?

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  31. From MJP:
    Nina, the picture is of a Manx cat, which is what Jo’s “fierce cat rabbit of Hesse” really was. *g* A Manx has a genetic mutation that gives it a short or no tail, and they usually have large hindquarters and long rear legs, so on the Island of Man, where Manx cats are common, there’s a legend that they’re the off spring of cats and rabbits.
    Jo’s cat-rabbit is a particularly fun character in The Secret Duke. *g*

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  32. From MJP:
    Nina, the picture is of a Manx cat, which is what Jo’s “fierce cat rabbit of Hesse” really was. *g* A Manx has a genetic mutation that gives it a short or no tail, and they usually have large hindquarters and long rear legs, so on the Island of Man, where Manx cats are common, there’s a legend that they’re the off spring of cats and rabbits.
    Jo’s cat-rabbit is a particularly fun character in The Secret Duke. *g*

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  33. From MJP:
    Nina, the picture is of a Manx cat, which is what Jo’s “fierce cat rabbit of Hesse” really was. *g* A Manx has a genetic mutation that gives it a short or no tail, and they usually have large hindquarters and long rear legs, so on the Island of Man, where Manx cats are common, there’s a legend that they’re the off spring of cats and rabbits.
    Jo’s cat-rabbit is a particularly fun character in The Secret Duke. *g*

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  34. From MJP:
    Nina, the picture is of a Manx cat, which is what Jo’s “fierce cat rabbit of Hesse” really was. *g* A Manx has a genetic mutation that gives it a short or no tail, and they usually have large hindquarters and long rear legs, so on the Island of Man, where Manx cats are common, there’s a legend that they’re the off spring of cats and rabbits.
    Jo’s cat-rabbit is a particularly fun character in The Secret Duke. *g*

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  35. From MJP:
    Nina, the picture is of a Manx cat, which is what Jo’s “fierce cat rabbit of Hesse” really was. *g* A Manx has a genetic mutation that gives it a short or no tail, and they usually have large hindquarters and long rear legs, so on the Island of Man, where Manx cats are common, there’s a legend that they’re the off spring of cats and rabbits.
    Jo’s cat-rabbit is a particularly fun character in The Secret Duke. *g*

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  36. Hi Jo,
    I guess I really need to get a kindle or ipad. My bookshelves are overloaded, but I see I must get this series.
    See you in Dunnettland.
    Mickey

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  37. Hi Jo,
    I guess I really need to get a kindle or ipad. My bookshelves are overloaded, but I see I must get this series.
    See you in Dunnettland.
    Mickey

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  38. Hi Jo,
    I guess I really need to get a kindle or ipad. My bookshelves are overloaded, but I see I must get this series.
    See you in Dunnettland.
    Mickey

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  39. Hi Jo,
    I guess I really need to get a kindle or ipad. My bookshelves are overloaded, but I see I must get this series.
    See you in Dunnettland.
    Mickey

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  40. Hi Jo,
    I guess I really need to get a kindle or ipad. My bookshelves are overloaded, but I see I must get this series.
    See you in Dunnettland.
    Mickey

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  41. My favorite period to read about is the Regency period. Will have to get my copies of the Rakish trilogy. Duke’s are so much fun to read about.

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  42. My favorite period to read about is the Regency period. Will have to get my copies of the Rakish trilogy. Duke’s are so much fun to read about.

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  43. My favorite period to read about is the Regency period. Will have to get my copies of the Rakish trilogy. Duke’s are so much fun to read about.

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  44. My favorite period to read about is the Regency period. Will have to get my copies of the Rakish trilogy. Duke’s are so much fun to read about.

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  45. My favorite period to read about is the Regency period. Will have to get my copies of the Rakish trilogy. Duke’s are so much fun to read about.

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  46. Hi Jo, boy Mary Jo is a lucky lady. I want to read the story now too. LOL Oh well i’ll have to wait for it to come out at the stores. (bummer) Anyway I loved the Mallorens and especaill Rothgars story. It will be nice to
    revisit all of them again.

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  47. Hi Jo, boy Mary Jo is a lucky lady. I want to read the story now too. LOL Oh well i’ll have to wait for it to come out at the stores. (bummer) Anyway I loved the Mallorens and especaill Rothgars story. It will be nice to
    revisit all of them again.

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  48. Hi Jo, boy Mary Jo is a lucky lady. I want to read the story now too. LOL Oh well i’ll have to wait for it to come out at the stores. (bummer) Anyway I loved the Mallorens and especaill Rothgars story. It will be nice to
    revisit all of them again.

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  49. Hi Jo, boy Mary Jo is a lucky lady. I want to read the story now too. LOL Oh well i’ll have to wait for it to come out at the stores. (bummer) Anyway I loved the Mallorens and especaill Rothgars story. It will be nice to
    revisit all of them again.

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  50. Hi Jo, boy Mary Jo is a lucky lady. I want to read the story now too. LOL Oh well i’ll have to wait for it to come out at the stores. (bummer) Anyway I loved the Mallorens and especaill Rothgars story. It will be nice to
    revisit all of them again.

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  51. A duke to challenge Rothgar? WOW! I’d quake to write such a book, but I’m keenly looking forward to reading it.
    Agree with Maggie. The RWR article was great fun. I’ve heard you talk about it at RWA, but it always bears repeating. What matters is not what the process is, but really, what the process achieves.
    (If I could set up an automated book buying scheme by author with Amazon, I wouldn’t have to go up there and ask them ever time to send Jo’s newest book. Alas, I have to do work in order for new books to arrive. As it is, Amazon says my copy of DUKE should be here this week.)

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  52. A duke to challenge Rothgar? WOW! I’d quake to write such a book, but I’m keenly looking forward to reading it.
    Agree with Maggie. The RWR article was great fun. I’ve heard you talk about it at RWA, but it always bears repeating. What matters is not what the process is, but really, what the process achieves.
    (If I could set up an automated book buying scheme by author with Amazon, I wouldn’t have to go up there and ask them ever time to send Jo’s newest book. Alas, I have to do work in order for new books to arrive. As it is, Amazon says my copy of DUKE should be here this week.)

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  53. A duke to challenge Rothgar? WOW! I’d quake to write such a book, but I’m keenly looking forward to reading it.
    Agree with Maggie. The RWR article was great fun. I’ve heard you talk about it at RWA, but it always bears repeating. What matters is not what the process is, but really, what the process achieves.
    (If I could set up an automated book buying scheme by author with Amazon, I wouldn’t have to go up there and ask them ever time to send Jo’s newest book. Alas, I have to do work in order for new books to arrive. As it is, Amazon says my copy of DUKE should be here this week.)

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  54. A duke to challenge Rothgar? WOW! I’d quake to write such a book, but I’m keenly looking forward to reading it.
    Agree with Maggie. The RWR article was great fun. I’ve heard you talk about it at RWA, but it always bears repeating. What matters is not what the process is, but really, what the process achieves.
    (If I could set up an automated book buying scheme by author with Amazon, I wouldn’t have to go up there and ask them ever time to send Jo’s newest book. Alas, I have to do work in order for new books to arrive. As it is, Amazon says my copy of DUKE should be here this week.)

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  55. A duke to challenge Rothgar? WOW! I’d quake to write such a book, but I’m keenly looking forward to reading it.
    Agree with Maggie. The RWR article was great fun. I’ve heard you talk about it at RWA, but it always bears repeating. What matters is not what the process is, but really, what the process achieves.
    (If I could set up an automated book buying scheme by author with Amazon, I wouldn’t have to go up there and ask them ever time to send Jo’s newest book. Alas, I have to do work in order for new books to arrive. As it is, Amazon says my copy of DUKE should be here this week.)

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  56. I am looking forward to the Secret Duke. I truly wish I could force myself to read slower and to put down the book so that it would seem to last longer but have been unable to do so.

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  57. I am looking forward to the Secret Duke. I truly wish I could force myself to read slower and to put down the book so that it would seem to last longer but have been unable to do so.

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  58. I am looking forward to the Secret Duke. I truly wish I could force myself to read slower and to put down the book so that it would seem to last longer but have been unable to do so.

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  59. I am looking forward to the Secret Duke. I truly wish I could force myself to read slower and to put down the book so that it would seem to last longer but have been unable to do so.

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  60. I am looking forward to the Secret Duke. I truly wish I could force myself to read slower and to put down the book so that it would seem to last longer but have been unable to do so.

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  61. Laura, I know what you mean about wanting a good book to last and last. That is one thing with Dorothy Dunnett, the books are long and most are in long series, so I’m usually restricted by time, not trying to stretch them out!
    Jo 🙂

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  62. Laura, I know what you mean about wanting a good book to last and last. That is one thing with Dorothy Dunnett, the books are long and most are in long series, so I’m usually restricted by time, not trying to stretch them out!
    Jo 🙂

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  63. Laura, I know what you mean about wanting a good book to last and last. That is one thing with Dorothy Dunnett, the books are long and most are in long series, so I’m usually restricted by time, not trying to stretch them out!
    Jo 🙂

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  64. Laura, I know what you mean about wanting a good book to last and last. That is one thing with Dorothy Dunnett, the books are long and most are in long series, so I’m usually restricted by time, not trying to stretch them out!
    Jo 🙂

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  65. Laura, I know what you mean about wanting a good book to last and last. That is one thing with Dorothy Dunnett, the books are long and most are in long series, so I’m usually restricted by time, not trying to stretch them out!
    Jo 🙂

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  66. I don’t know how I’ve missed your books because you write what I enjoy – especially medievals but anything historical. I also like syfi lol. I love finding new authors!

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  67. I don’t know how I’ve missed your books because you write what I enjoy – especially medievals but anything historical. I also like syfi lol. I love finding new authors!

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  68. I don’t know how I’ve missed your books because you write what I enjoy – especially medievals but anything historical. I also like syfi lol. I love finding new authors!

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  69. I don’t know how I’ve missed your books because you write what I enjoy – especially medievals but anything historical. I also like syfi lol. I love finding new authors!

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  70. I don’t know how I’ve missed your books because you write what I enjoy – especially medievals but anything historical. I also like syfi lol. I love finding new authors!

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  71. What a lovely, intelligent interview – both questions and answers!
    And now I’ve got my hopes up for a future new medieval novel, Jo. I’ve never read another author who writes such believable and well-rounded medieval characters. Thank you for that.

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  72. What a lovely, intelligent interview – both questions and answers!
    And now I’ve got my hopes up for a future new medieval novel, Jo. I’ve never read another author who writes such believable and well-rounded medieval characters. Thank you for that.

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  73. What a lovely, intelligent interview – both questions and answers!
    And now I’ve got my hopes up for a future new medieval novel, Jo. I’ve never read another author who writes such believable and well-rounded medieval characters. Thank you for that.

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  74. What a lovely, intelligent interview – both questions and answers!
    And now I’ve got my hopes up for a future new medieval novel, Jo. I’ve never read another author who writes such believable and well-rounded medieval characters. Thank you for that.

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  75. What a lovely, intelligent interview – both questions and answers!
    And now I’ve got my hopes up for a future new medieval novel, Jo. I’ve never read another author who writes such believable and well-rounded medieval characters. Thank you for that.

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  76. Love the Malloren’s. Loved The Secret Duke, just fantastic. I received a Barnes & Noble Nook for Christmas and love it and getting new books at midnight the day of release but as of Friday The Secret Duke was not offered in e-book at B-N. I did go to Wal Mart & there it was so I couldn’t resist. First book I have bought since X-mas that wasn’t on my Nook. I did miss Rothgar being called Bey.

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  77. Love the Malloren’s. Loved The Secret Duke, just fantastic. I received a Barnes & Noble Nook for Christmas and love it and getting new books at midnight the day of release but as of Friday The Secret Duke was not offered in e-book at B-N. I did go to Wal Mart & there it was so I couldn’t resist. First book I have bought since X-mas that wasn’t on my Nook. I did miss Rothgar being called Bey.

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  78. Love the Malloren’s. Loved The Secret Duke, just fantastic. I received a Barnes & Noble Nook for Christmas and love it and getting new books at midnight the day of release but as of Friday The Secret Duke was not offered in e-book at B-N. I did go to Wal Mart & there it was so I couldn’t resist. First book I have bought since X-mas that wasn’t on my Nook. I did miss Rothgar being called Bey.

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  79. Love the Malloren’s. Loved The Secret Duke, just fantastic. I received a Barnes & Noble Nook for Christmas and love it and getting new books at midnight the day of release but as of Friday The Secret Duke was not offered in e-book at B-N. I did go to Wal Mart & there it was so I couldn’t resist. First book I have bought since X-mas that wasn’t on my Nook. I did miss Rothgar being called Bey.

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  80. Love the Malloren’s. Loved The Secret Duke, just fantastic. I received a Barnes & Noble Nook for Christmas and love it and getting new books at midnight the day of release but as of Friday The Secret Duke was not offered in e-book at B-N. I did go to Wal Mart & there it was so I couldn’t resist. First book I have bought since X-mas that wasn’t on my Nook. I did miss Rothgar being called Bey.

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  81. “The Secret Duke” sounds interesting, as did your story about not having a copy of “Winter Fire” to check out the new and old traditions at Christmas.
    By the way, I read “Winter Fire” when it came out, but last fall I listened to Jenny Sterlin’s reading of it and fell in love with it all over again. What a fantastic recording!
    Hope TSD does well.
    elainec

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  82. “The Secret Duke” sounds interesting, as did your story about not having a copy of “Winter Fire” to check out the new and old traditions at Christmas.
    By the way, I read “Winter Fire” when it came out, but last fall I listened to Jenny Sterlin’s reading of it and fell in love with it all over again. What a fantastic recording!
    Hope TSD does well.
    elainec

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  83. “The Secret Duke” sounds interesting, as did your story about not having a copy of “Winter Fire” to check out the new and old traditions at Christmas.
    By the way, I read “Winter Fire” when it came out, but last fall I listened to Jenny Sterlin’s reading of it and fell in love with it all over again. What a fantastic recording!
    Hope TSD does well.
    elainec

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  84. “The Secret Duke” sounds interesting, as did your story about not having a copy of “Winter Fire” to check out the new and old traditions at Christmas.
    By the way, I read “Winter Fire” when it came out, but last fall I listened to Jenny Sterlin’s reading of it and fell in love with it all over again. What a fantastic recording!
    Hope TSD does well.
    elainec

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  85. “The Secret Duke” sounds interesting, as did your story about not having a copy of “Winter Fire” to check out the new and old traditions at Christmas.
    By the way, I read “Winter Fire” when it came out, but last fall I listened to Jenny Sterlin’s reading of it and fell in love with it all over again. What a fantastic recording!
    Hope TSD does well.
    elainec

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  86. I love the Regency period, and also love Jo Beverley novels. When I see your name on the book, I don’t have to read the blurbs, i just buy it. I have been reading regencies for about 35 years and have quite a collection. Thank you for the gift of escapism in my favorite genre.

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  87. I love the Regency period, and also love Jo Beverley novels. When I see your name on the book, I don’t have to read the blurbs, i just buy it. I have been reading regencies for about 35 years and have quite a collection. Thank you for the gift of escapism in my favorite genre.

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  88. I love the Regency period, and also love Jo Beverley novels. When I see your name on the book, I don’t have to read the blurbs, i just buy it. I have been reading regencies for about 35 years and have quite a collection. Thank you for the gift of escapism in my favorite genre.

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  89. I love the Regency period, and also love Jo Beverley novels. When I see your name on the book, I don’t have to read the blurbs, i just buy it. I have been reading regencies for about 35 years and have quite a collection. Thank you for the gift of escapism in my favorite genre.

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  90. I love the Regency period, and also love Jo Beverley novels. When I see your name on the book, I don’t have to read the blurbs, i just buy it. I have been reading regencies for about 35 years and have quite a collection. Thank you for the gift of escapism in my favorite genre.

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  91. You always know with a Jo Beverley book that the history, use of titles, how the aristocratic world worked, etc, are going to be correct, with no annoying errors or anachronisms to yank you out of the story.
    There might be too many dukes in Romanceland, but I am looking forward to this one.

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  92. You always know with a Jo Beverley book that the history, use of titles, how the aristocratic world worked, etc, are going to be correct, with no annoying errors or anachronisms to yank you out of the story.
    There might be too many dukes in Romanceland, but I am looking forward to this one.

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  93. You always know with a Jo Beverley book that the history, use of titles, how the aristocratic world worked, etc, are going to be correct, with no annoying errors or anachronisms to yank you out of the story.
    There might be too many dukes in Romanceland, but I am looking forward to this one.

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  94. You always know with a Jo Beverley book that the history, use of titles, how the aristocratic world worked, etc, are going to be correct, with no annoying errors or anachronisms to yank you out of the story.
    There might be too many dukes in Romanceland, but I am looking forward to this one.

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  95. You always know with a Jo Beverley book that the history, use of titles, how the aristocratic world worked, etc, are going to be correct, with no annoying errors or anachronisms to yank you out of the story.
    There might be too many dukes in Romanceland, but I am looking forward to this one.

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  96. This is the second site tonight that highlights this book. I enjoy your books, Jo, and look forward to reading this one. I’ve not read this series yet, but they all sound good. Will have to keep my eyes open for all three.
    Best of luck with this release and your next book.

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  97. This is the second site tonight that highlights this book. I enjoy your books, Jo, and look forward to reading this one. I’ve not read this series yet, but they all sound good. Will have to keep my eyes open for all three.
    Best of luck with this release and your next book.

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  98. This is the second site tonight that highlights this book. I enjoy your books, Jo, and look forward to reading this one. I’ve not read this series yet, but they all sound good. Will have to keep my eyes open for all three.
    Best of luck with this release and your next book.

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  99. This is the second site tonight that highlights this book. I enjoy your books, Jo, and look forward to reading this one. I’ve not read this series yet, but they all sound good. Will have to keep my eyes open for all three.
    Best of luck with this release and your next book.

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  100. This is the second site tonight that highlights this book. I enjoy your books, Jo, and look forward to reading this one. I’ve not read this series yet, but they all sound good. Will have to keep my eyes open for all three.
    Best of luck with this release and your next book.

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  101. Robin, sorry for your disappointment, but from the author’s point of view it’s great when the stores keep to the on-sale date. It increases the chances of doing well on bestseller lists.
    And that pleases the publisher and means we get more contracts to write more books. Which pleases readers…..
    And so it goes!
    Alas, I’m celebrating pub-date with a cold, but that should only hinder An Unlikely Countess, the book I’m writing now.
    Jo

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  102. Robin, sorry for your disappointment, but from the author’s point of view it’s great when the stores keep to the on-sale date. It increases the chances of doing well on bestseller lists.
    And that pleases the publisher and means we get more contracts to write more books. Which pleases readers…..
    And so it goes!
    Alas, I’m celebrating pub-date with a cold, but that should only hinder An Unlikely Countess, the book I’m writing now.
    Jo

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  103. Robin, sorry for your disappointment, but from the author’s point of view it’s great when the stores keep to the on-sale date. It increases the chances of doing well on bestseller lists.
    And that pleases the publisher and means we get more contracts to write more books. Which pleases readers…..
    And so it goes!
    Alas, I’m celebrating pub-date with a cold, but that should only hinder An Unlikely Countess, the book I’m writing now.
    Jo

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  104. Robin, sorry for your disappointment, but from the author’s point of view it’s great when the stores keep to the on-sale date. It increases the chances of doing well on bestseller lists.
    And that pleases the publisher and means we get more contracts to write more books. Which pleases readers…..
    And so it goes!
    Alas, I’m celebrating pub-date with a cold, but that should only hinder An Unlikely Countess, the book I’m writing now.
    Jo

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  105. Robin, sorry for your disappointment, but from the author’s point of view it’s great when the stores keep to the on-sale date. It increases the chances of doing well on bestseller lists.
    And that pleases the publisher and means we get more contracts to write more books. Which pleases readers…..
    And so it goes!
    Alas, I’m celebrating pub-date with a cold, but that should only hinder An Unlikely Countess, the book I’m writing now.
    Jo

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  106. Went to Borders yesterday, their in house computer said the book was likely in store. They were strict on the embargo so I have to wait until today after school. Now that I see a benefit to me, I will try to be more patient. Fortunately the bookstore is near the grocery store. But I picked up Miranda Neville’s new release since that was out in a prominant place. Is it possible to walk into a bookstore and not leave with a new book? Take care of your cold.

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  107. Went to Borders yesterday, their in house computer said the book was likely in store. They were strict on the embargo so I have to wait until today after school. Now that I see a benefit to me, I will try to be more patient. Fortunately the bookstore is near the grocery store. But I picked up Miranda Neville’s new release since that was out in a prominant place. Is it possible to walk into a bookstore and not leave with a new book? Take care of your cold.

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  108. Went to Borders yesterday, their in house computer said the book was likely in store. They were strict on the embargo so I have to wait until today after school. Now that I see a benefit to me, I will try to be more patient. Fortunately the bookstore is near the grocery store. But I picked up Miranda Neville’s new release since that was out in a prominant place. Is it possible to walk into a bookstore and not leave with a new book? Take care of your cold.

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  109. Went to Borders yesterday, their in house computer said the book was likely in store. They were strict on the embargo so I have to wait until today after school. Now that I see a benefit to me, I will try to be more patient. Fortunately the bookstore is near the grocery store. But I picked up Miranda Neville’s new release since that was out in a prominant place. Is it possible to walk into a bookstore and not leave with a new book? Take care of your cold.

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  110. Went to Borders yesterday, their in house computer said the book was likely in store. They were strict on the embargo so I have to wait until today after school. Now that I see a benefit to me, I will try to be more patient. Fortunately the bookstore is near the grocery store. But I picked up Miranda Neville’s new release since that was out in a prominant place. Is it possible to walk into a bookstore and not leave with a new book? Take care of your cold.

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  111. I’ve gone e-book for eyesight reasons (among others) and this market turmoil is killing me. Not reading this on release day? Not the way I live my life!!!

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  112. I’ve gone e-book for eyesight reasons (among others) and this market turmoil is killing me. Not reading this on release day? Not the way I live my life!!!

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  113. I’ve gone e-book for eyesight reasons (among others) and this market turmoil is killing me. Not reading this on release day? Not the way I live my life!!!

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  114. I’ve gone e-book for eyesight reasons (among others) and this market turmoil is killing me. Not reading this on release day? Not the way I live my life!!!

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  115. I’ve gone e-book for eyesight reasons (among others) and this market turmoil is killing me. Not reading this on release day? Not the way I live my life!!!

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  116. Good luck with the new book, Jo! I too love e-books, so will try and get it in that format, if possible.
    Entertaining about the cat-rabbit detail. I lived on the Isle of Man 23 years – marvellous scenery! – and have seen many Manx cats (true mutations) and Stumpies (cats with tails snipped off at birth, poor things) in my time. So I knew what it was as soon as I saw the photo, lol. 😉

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  117. Good luck with the new book, Jo! I too love e-books, so will try and get it in that format, if possible.
    Entertaining about the cat-rabbit detail. I lived on the Isle of Man 23 years – marvellous scenery! – and have seen many Manx cats (true mutations) and Stumpies (cats with tails snipped off at birth, poor things) in my time. So I knew what it was as soon as I saw the photo, lol. 😉

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  118. Good luck with the new book, Jo! I too love e-books, so will try and get it in that format, if possible.
    Entertaining about the cat-rabbit detail. I lived on the Isle of Man 23 years – marvellous scenery! – and have seen many Manx cats (true mutations) and Stumpies (cats with tails snipped off at birth, poor things) in my time. So I knew what it was as soon as I saw the photo, lol. 😉

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  119. Good luck with the new book, Jo! I too love e-books, so will try and get it in that format, if possible.
    Entertaining about the cat-rabbit detail. I lived on the Isle of Man 23 years – marvellous scenery! – and have seen many Manx cats (true mutations) and Stumpies (cats with tails snipped off at birth, poor things) in my time. So I knew what it was as soon as I saw the photo, lol. 😉

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  120. Good luck with the new book, Jo! I too love e-books, so will try and get it in that format, if possible.
    Entertaining about the cat-rabbit detail. I lived on the Isle of Man 23 years – marvellous scenery! – and have seen many Manx cats (true mutations) and Stumpies (cats with tails snipped off at birth, poor things) in my time. So I knew what it was as soon as I saw the photo, lol. 😉

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  121. I saw The Secret Duke yesterday at a Coles bookstore in west end Ottawa, so I snapped it up. I didn’t realize it was due to come out, or that I managed to snag it a day early!:-) I started it last evening, and am really enjoying it. Love the heroine. Haven’t got to the cat/rabbit yet though…:-)

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  122. I saw The Secret Duke yesterday at a Coles bookstore in west end Ottawa, so I snapped it up. I didn’t realize it was due to come out, or that I managed to snag it a day early!:-) I started it last evening, and am really enjoying it. Love the heroine. Haven’t got to the cat/rabbit yet though…:-)

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  123. I saw The Secret Duke yesterday at a Coles bookstore in west end Ottawa, so I snapped it up. I didn’t realize it was due to come out, or that I managed to snag it a day early!:-) I started it last evening, and am really enjoying it. Love the heroine. Haven’t got to the cat/rabbit yet though…:-)

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  124. I saw The Secret Duke yesterday at a Coles bookstore in west end Ottawa, so I snapped it up. I didn’t realize it was due to come out, or that I managed to snag it a day early!:-) I started it last evening, and am really enjoying it. Love the heroine. Haven’t got to the cat/rabbit yet though…:-)

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  125. I saw The Secret Duke yesterday at a Coles bookstore in west end Ottawa, so I snapped it up. I didn’t realize it was due to come out, or that I managed to snag it a day early!:-) I started it last evening, and am really enjoying it. Love the heroine. Haven’t got to the cat/rabbit yet though…:-)

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  126. Jo, you are my hero! Writing while you’re moving. I’d never have managed. I can’t wait to read this.
    I sure wish we’d move to England though. I only visit places like that through books, so thanks for making it all so real.

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  127. Jo, you are my hero! Writing while you’re moving. I’d never have managed. I can’t wait to read this.
    I sure wish we’d move to England though. I only visit places like that through books, so thanks for making it all so real.

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  128. Jo, you are my hero! Writing while you’re moving. I’d never have managed. I can’t wait to read this.
    I sure wish we’d move to England though. I only visit places like that through books, so thanks for making it all so real.

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  129. Jo, you are my hero! Writing while you’re moving. I’d never have managed. I can’t wait to read this.
    I sure wish we’d move to England though. I only visit places like that through books, so thanks for making it all so real.

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  130. Jo, you are my hero! Writing while you’re moving. I’d never have managed. I can’t wait to read this.
    I sure wish we’d move to England though. I only visit places like that through books, so thanks for making it all so real.

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  131. I love the Mallorens. I really love the Rogues. And I hope you get back to your medievals soon! Can’t wait to read TSD!
    Hope you are starting to feel settled in your new (old) home. 🙂

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  132. I love the Mallorens. I really love the Rogues. And I hope you get back to your medievals soon! Can’t wait to read TSD!
    Hope you are starting to feel settled in your new (old) home. 🙂

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  133. I love the Mallorens. I really love the Rogues. And I hope you get back to your medievals soon! Can’t wait to read TSD!
    Hope you are starting to feel settled in your new (old) home. 🙂

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  134. I love the Mallorens. I really love the Rogues. And I hope you get back to your medievals soon! Can’t wait to read TSD!
    Hope you are starting to feel settled in your new (old) home. 🙂

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  135. I love the Mallorens. I really love the Rogues. And I hope you get back to your medievals soon! Can’t wait to read TSD!
    Hope you are starting to feel settled in your new (old) home. 🙂

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  136. Chiming in super late here, but thank to both of you for a great interview! Jo, I am in awe that you were able to be a “writing gypsy” I find it SO hard to work outside my regular room with all my things arranged just so.
    But am delighted that you managed it! The new book is staring from atop the TBR pile and I can’t wait to start it. Sounds wonderful!

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  137. Chiming in super late here, but thank to both of you for a great interview! Jo, I am in awe that you were able to be a “writing gypsy” I find it SO hard to work outside my regular room with all my things arranged just so.
    But am delighted that you managed it! The new book is staring from atop the TBR pile and I can’t wait to start it. Sounds wonderful!

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  138. Chiming in super late here, but thank to both of you for a great interview! Jo, I am in awe that you were able to be a “writing gypsy” I find it SO hard to work outside my regular room with all my things arranged just so.
    But am delighted that you managed it! The new book is staring from atop the TBR pile and I can’t wait to start it. Sounds wonderful!

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  139. Chiming in super late here, but thank to both of you for a great interview! Jo, I am in awe that you were able to be a “writing gypsy” I find it SO hard to work outside my regular room with all my things arranged just so.
    But am delighted that you managed it! The new book is staring from atop the TBR pile and I can’t wait to start it. Sounds wonderful!

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  140. Chiming in super late here, but thank to both of you for a great interview! Jo, I am in awe that you were able to be a “writing gypsy” I find it SO hard to work outside my regular room with all my things arranged just so.
    But am delighted that you managed it! The new book is staring from atop the TBR pile and I can’t wait to start it. Sounds wonderful!

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