I’ve been a fan of Eva Leigh’s Union of the Rakes series since I met her on tour. The series has been a favorite of mine from the first page of book 1 and now with the last book, I’m pretty much ready to do a reread.
When Avon asked if I wanted to do an interview with Eva for Waiting for a Scot Like You, I couldn’t respond fast enough. And before we get to Eva’s answers, let’s check out the book.
For a merry widow and a stoic major, it’s a bumpy road to love…
Adjusting to life in peacetime isn’t easy for Major Duncan McCameron. Escorting a lady on her journey north seems like the perfect chance to give him some much-needed purpose. That is, until he learns the woman in question is the beautiful, bold, reckless Lady Farris. She makes his head spin and being alone together will surely end in disaster.
Beatrice, the Dowager Countess of Farris, is finally free of a stifling marriage and she has no plans to shackle herself to any other man. Ready to live life to the fullest, she’s headed to a week-long bacchanal and the journey should be half the fun. Except she’s confined to a carriage with a young, rule-abiding, irritatingly handsome Scottish soldier who wouldn’t know a good time if it landed in his lap. But maybe a madcap escapade will loosen him up…
Between carriage crashes, secret barn dances, robbers, and an inn with only one bed, their initial tension dissolves into a passion that neither expected. But is there a future for an adventure-loving lady and a duty-bound soldier, or will their differences tear them apart?
Sounds good, right?
1. Please give the elevator pitch for Waiting for a Scot Like You.
Inspired by ‘80s films such as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “The Sure Thing,” Waiting for a Scot Like You is a road romance with a younger man, older woman, grumpy one soft for the sunshine one, just one bed, and a lot of very hot love scenes.
2. Which came first: the characters or the plot line? (ps: I have been LIVING for this series)
Thank you! I knew that for the third book in my ‘80s inspired series that I wanted a Ferris Bueller/Cameron Frye story, but I wanted to make sure that the Ferris-inspired character was a woman. Then I thought about what would be a great scenario in which to put polar opposite main characters, and a road story was exactly the right fit. With that in mind, I began coming up with misadventures for them to have on their trip. I also definitely wanted a Dom vibe from my hero (especially after writing a sexually submissive hero in Would I Lie to the Duke), which led me to a greater understanding of who my main characters were and what they both wanted and needed.
3. Why do you love Beatrice and Duncan and why should readers root for them?
I’m a little of both characters—Beatrice is 46, as was I at the time of writing this book, and I want to believe that my life and my adventures aren’t over now that I’m no longer young. However, I feel a close kinship with Duncan, who’s always been about following the rules, and when the rules aren’t followed, it freaks him out. So, there was a lot of empathy for both characters. Like Beatrice, I want to live my best life, unencumbered by society’s dictates, and like Duncan, I often toe the line.
4. Were there any weird things you googled while researching?
How to make a Bedfordshire clanger!
5. Without spoilers, which scene was your favorite to write?
There’s a brawl in a tavern that’s inspired by an ‘80s movie, and I really enjoyed not only Duncan getting to be a tough guy, but how Beatrice puts an end to the fight. Also, I really enjoyed writing the sex scenes. They’re amongst my hottest to date.
1. You find out you’re being published for the first time. Describe the next 5 minutes.
I remember that call, and how I wandered around my office (I was working as a legal assistant at the time), in a daze. I also called my husband, and my mom. It was an amazing feeling after spending years trying to break into the industry.
2. What 3 things would you take to a desert island?
If we aren’t talking about things you’d need for survival (like a flint and water purifier and a good knife), I’d want coffee, chocolate, and a picture of my husband (Nico Rosso, who’s also a romance author!).
3. You can only read one book for the rest of your life. What is it?
Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient.
4. What is the one thing about publishing you wish someone would have told you?
Buckle up because it’s a bumpy ride, but stick it out, because it’s worth it.
5. You wake up and discover that you are Bella in Twilight. You know how it plays out. What do you do differently?
Pack Mustache Dad into our truck and move to a new town.
Eva Leigh is a romance author who has always loved the Regency era. She writes novels chock-full of determined women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and listening to music from the ’80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.
Huge thanks to Avon Books for the opportunity and to Eva for taking the time. Waiting for a Scot Like You released today and buy links are above.
Have you read any of Eva’s books? Which was your favorite?