I'm known for writing dark, dark books. Heroes who are borderline psychotic (yum!), violence, sex, violent sex (always consensual), pushing the boundaries, etc etc. But you know, I write another kind of book too.
Occasionally I write romps. Books with charming albeit slightly dangerous heroes and feisty females and adventure and cartoon villains and wisecracks. In fact, some of my very best books are romps: The Devil's Waltz, Shadow Dance, Cinderman, Never Marry a Viscount, Catspaw. I think I saw the Rohan books as more romps than they were -- I can find my heroes less threatening than other people do, but then, I know them better. They may threaten but they lie to themselves. But that's a topic for another day.
My perfect world is to alternate historicals with romantic suspense. When I write romantic suspense I tend to go to the Dark Side. The heroes have black hearts and souls, and it takes a lot to redeem them. Some are never completely redeemed.
When I write historicals things tend to be lighter. The heroes usually come from society and their manners, when they choose to use them, are impeccable, their conversation deliciously sarcastic. It's little wonder that Alan Rickman is a great avatar for my heroes. That jaundiced way he looks at things is luscious. I expect Benedict Cumberbatch, with longer, curling hair would make a great historical hero, rather like his version of Sherlock transplanted into a Regency rake. It would be glorious.
Today's deal is PRINCE OF SWORDS, free at Amazon, both here and in the UK and Au/NZ. (Alas it's an Amazon exclusive so no Nook or Kobo this time). It's a clear romp -- an aristocratic cat burglar, the crown jewels, Oliver Cromwell, accidental beheadings, and I actually got to use the word "defenestration" in dialogue (Susan Wiggs was very impressed). I have a character who never appears -- she's nothing but a carping voice - and the entire idea came from an early piece of Tarot software (I'm very fond of Tarot. The I Ching is my divination form of choice, but Tarot runs a close second). It was fun, a little silly, steamy, unlikely, and completely entertaining. In other words, a romp.
If you look at my reviews at Amazon (only read the good ones) a lot of them will says "this book isn't for everyone." A lot of people don't want to travel into the darkness along with my hero and heroine, and that's understandable. PRINCE OF SWORDS isn't for everyone either -- no book is. But today it's free, and how can you resist that? Has anyone been able to fill up their Kindle yet? I'm in awe of how many delicious books I can fit onto my e-readers. It's like a secret treasure hoard that I can gloat over in private.
Here's the incredibly … er … shiny original cover. We will tactfully not discuss matters of taste.
Anyway, free for today only: http://tinyurl.com/pumw5bv Watch how the Queen of Darkness romps.