I had a request to do trivia on this book. Thanks to the person who requested it! It helps me to know what book to do trivia on if people let me know which book they’d like to see in one of these posts. 🙂
Next up are the books in the South Dakota Series (Loving Eliza, Bid for a Bride, and Bride of Second Chances). If you’d like to see a book featured I haven’t done yet, let me know. I’m more than happy to do trivia on any of them, and it’s more fun to do them on books people are interested in.
- Originally, I was going to name the book Ruined by a Kiss, but since I also write historical western romances, I eventually went with Ruined by the Earl. That way, people would know right away the book was a Regency. This is why most of my Regencies contain a nobleman’s title.
- Logan is my most controversial hero of all time. Either people love him or they hate him. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground when it comes to him. He was written to be a comical type of character, and about half of the people I come across don’t like my sense of humor, so the fact that this character rubs a lot of people the wrong way doesn’t surprise me. I have a weird sense of humor. I find humor in things most people don’t.
- My favorite scenes in this book are the ones between Logan and Melissa’s brother, Malcolm. Malcolm’s serious nature is the perfect balance to Logan’s carefree attitude. Often while writing a book, I’ll pick characters that end up balancing each other out, and these are two of them.
- Melissa wore all black on her wedding day. This was inspired by a romance I had read in the 7th grade. The heroine wore a black dress to protest her marriage, and I thought the idea was so funny that I put it in this book.
- Logan’s older brother didn’t exist when I started the story. But when I put in the scene where Malcolm took Logan out to do a duel, I had to explain why Logan didn’t kill him. To do that, I gave Logan an older brother who had suffered as a result of a duel.
- One of my kids had picked up an interest in juggling during the time I was writing this book, so I decided to take what I had learned from him and applied it to Melissa. This is why she juggled objects in her free time.
- Since most of my Regency heroines don’t know “the book” that teaches gentlemen how to pleasure a lady exists, I thought I’d have one who found it and read it. This is why I opted to have Melissa sneak around and search through Logan’s things. Yes, she was a snoop, but it was the only way she was going to find this book. Logan never would have told her about it.
- Melissa’s apprehension about meeting Logan’s brother is based on how I felt when I met my friend’s grown autistic son. I wasn’t sure how to act and worried I might unwittingly say or do something wrong. Since then, I had a better appreciation of how people must feel around my deaf son when they first meet him.
- Marybeth, one of Logan’s sisters, has a name and personality based on my own sister (Mary Beth). My sister is really outgoing and talks a lot. As my mom used to put it, she has the “gift of gab”.
- I felt that Logan needed a friend but also needed someone who would be able to handle someone like him. In my opinion, Logan is a likable person, but he does joke around quite a bit. A person would need a good sense of humor and have a pretty mellow attitude in order to get along well with him. That’s why when someone mentioned bringing Logan back while I was writing Kidnapping the Viscount, I knew I had finally found someone to be Logan’s friend. The hero in Kidnapping the Viscount had the perfect personality to be friends with him. Sometimes it takes me a couple of years to complete something I really want to do for a character. I never think of my books as 100% over when I finish them. I always leave a small opening for the future in case something like this pops up.