Guest Author & Giveaway: Julia London "My Muse is Lazy and Mean"

Thursday, November 12

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This Thursday, my special guest is Julia London.  A Courtesan's Scandal is her newest release, and the final book in the Scandalous series.  This summer I had the pleasure to read Summer of Two Wishes, a new contemporary romance series, which I absolutely loved (5 stars), so I could not wait to read A Courtesan's Scandal.  Today she is here to talk about her Muse :)  Enjoy.

My Muse is Lazy and Mean

You’ve heard of the illusive muse, right?  The thing or person that inspires one to create a compelling book?  Usually depicted as a Greek goddess with long flowing robes and one of those round cherubic faces?  I’d kill for that kind of muse.  My muse is worthless.  She is lazy, she is sloppy, she smokes, she drinks like an alcoholic and she thinks flatulence is funny.   And she calls me names!  Dufus, dolt, hack…those are the ones I can print.  

Most days, my muse doesn’t contribute to anything but the grocery bill.  I have to kick her out half the time, and when I do, she lurks around the patio and the pool, peering in the window at me, mocking me for being unable to come up with anything on my own.  Her greatest inspiration seems to get me up from the desk and into the kitchen for a snack.  She even thwarts my good intentions of exercise by teasing me with the promise of a really inspired idea, and then fails to deliver.

But every once in awhile, my muse can snub out the smoke, put down the whiskey, pull her shirt down over her stomach (it is constantly riding up) and give me something.  Not a lot—just an idea.  I have to do the hard work while she reposes on the couch in front of Oprah.  But at least she gives me an idea.

In the course of writing the Scandalous series—books that centered on a true-life royal scandal in the first years of the 19th century—I had come to the last book and needed something really cool to close out the series.  I knew it was going to be about a duke who was an upstanding guy, a duke who valued his name and honor and family and didn’t cat about like his friends.  I wondered, who would be the foil for him?  What sort of woman would bring him to his knees?  I toyed with all the usual suspects:  an innocent yet bold debutante.  A lustful widow.  No one seemed to fit.  Every character I came up with seemed too easy.

Enter my muse during a commercial break.  She said courtesan.  I scoffed at the idea—talk about easy.  What duke in a regency romance didn’t have a mistress on the side?  Been there, done that.  But my muse, who now had a brownie in hand, said courtesan again, then stuffed the brownie into her mouth.   Naturally, I had to interpret what she was thinking.  As I began to ponder, I began to believe it could work.  What if the duke already had a mistress?  What if he was forced into taking this courtesan and wanted nothing to do with her?  What if the courtesan was not an aristocratic widow down on her luck as some seemed to be, but a woman who really had to depend on her looks and her ability to please men to make a living?  What if she wanted nothing to do with the duke, either?  And what if she knew that she had to save every pence because some day soon, she would be considered too old and would have no living?  

I mulled it over for a day or two and decided that my courtesan would be the perfect foil for my duke.  She was everything he was not.  He was everything she was not.  They could not have been more ill suited for one another, but then, because they were forced to keep one another’s company because of a scandal, they began to discover things about each other that went much deeper than their trappings and expectations and, okay, their pride and prejudices.  

That is how A Courtesan’s Scandal came into being.  I would give credit to my muse, but she’s been completely unreliable and unhelpful since then.  In the historical I am writing now, I am stuck at a point where some backstory must be introduced, and frankly, I could use some inspiration.  She’s not going to help me.  She’s wearing a robe that should have been burned years ago, her head bent over the paper reading the obituaries, a plate of waffles by her elbow.  Useless.  And she stinks.

Thank you so much for having me!  I hope you enjoy A Courtesan’s Scandal!

Kate Bergeron is the beautiful and mysterious former mistress of a cloth merchant...and the latest beauty to capture the interest of the Prince of Wales.  Mired in a disastrous divorce, the Prince attempts to distract attention from his next amorous pursuit by ordering Grayson Christopher, the eligible Duke of Darlington, to pretend to London society that he is having the affair with Kate.

When Grayson reluctantly agrees to his Prince's demand, he finds the lady no more willing than he is.  Kate will grudgingly act the part in public, but her favors are not for sale to any man.  

As Grayson and Kate mimic ardor for the world to see, they find what started as a deception becoming all too real.  And when passion flames into love, their predicament becomes extreme.  For while marriage between a duke and a courtesan could never happen, Kate knows in her heart that she is willing to accept nothing less...

Contrary to her beliefs, it appears to me that Julia and her Muse work well together :)  You can find Julia on her website which has lots of links and ways for you to contact her in addition to news, information about upcoming releases and a monthly contest.

Since it is the season of giving, Pocket books is giving away two copies of this book to two commenters!  Here's how you enter to win one...

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Alicia0605 November 12, 2009 at 12:55 AM  

My favorite Julia London book would have to be The Secret Lover!!

+5 I'm already a follower


jeanette8042 November 12, 2009 at 12:58 AM  

My favorite book is Highland Scandal!!

I'm a follower!

Virginia C November 12, 2009 at 8:18 AM  

Hello, Ladies! Julia, how long have you and your muse, "Antithesis", been working together?

My favorite book would be SUMMER OF TWO WISHES.

+5 Google Friend Connect Follower

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Scorpio M.,  November 12, 2009 at 10:06 AM  

Hi, my favorite is HIGHLANDER IN LOVE.

Mitzi November 12, 2009 at 12:34 PM  

The Secret Lover is a shelf keeper of mine.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

I an already follower.

Estella November 12, 2009 at 3:39 PM  

My favorite is the Book of Scandal.

I am already a follower.

kissinoak at verizon dot net

Bethie November 12, 2009 at 4:15 PM  

My favorite is the Summer of Two Wishes.

+5 I follow

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

throuthehaze November 12, 2009 at 5:04 PM  

I like The Dangerous Gentleman

+5 follower

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

alba November 12, 2009 at 5:07 PM  

Hello Julia I think I may have a relating to your muse Snick.
I have some wonderful reader friend who when asked for favorite authors to You are on that list I have yet to read any of your books This year when making our secret Santa list I added you to mine.
I know without a doubt I will bet more than 1or 2 books.
Cant wait to read this one.
I really enjoyed the except.

Jane November 12, 2009 at 6:38 PM  

"The Devil's Love" is my favorite Julia London book. It was also my first.

I'm already a follower.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

Emma,  November 12, 2009 at 9:29 PM  

My favorite is the Summer of Two Wishes.A Courtesan’s Scandalsounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

heatherzilla November 12, 2009 at 10:13 PM  

+1 I love the Highlander trilogy, I guess Highlander in Love is my favorite.

+5 Follower

librarypat,  November 13, 2009 at 2:28 AM  

The Highlander series was my favorite and of those, Highlander In Love was my favorite.
She writes such wonderful Historicals. I look forward to reading her newest book.

BUSY BEE November 14, 2009 at 7:44 PM  

I have a favorite London series: the School for Heiresses. I loved them all and have just finished rereading them all.

+5 I am already a follower of this great site.

Anita Yancey November 19, 2009 at 12:35 PM  

Love her books. But my favorite is Summer of Two Wishes. Please enter me. Thanks!
I am an email subscriber!


CherylS22 November 21, 2009 at 10:03 PM  
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CherylS22 November 21, 2009 at 10:05 PM  

+1 - I loved "A Summer of Two Wishes"
+5 - I already follow

Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

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