Editorial Manager Danielle Dresser
chats with bestselling author CHRISTY CARLYLE!
Welcome back to the Fresh Fiction blog! For readers who arenít familiar, can you tell
us more about the Dukeís Den Series?
The idea behind the series is that itís a Victorian take on the reality TV show, Shark Tank,
in which inventors present their ideas to venture capitalists. In this case, those with capital are
dukes (except for the hero of this book) and they are investing in the wild plethora of
inventions and innovations that were popping up with regularity during the Victorian era.
I really loved that Diana Ashby was an independent woman, focused on her
inventions and work. What inspired Dianaís tenacity and creativity?
I know lots of women creators: writers, artists, and innovators, and Iím
inspired by their tenacity. Diana wasnít inspired by one single woman I know but by many who
believe in themselves and their work and donít let disappointments or even rejection stop
them. Diana definitely embodies the kind of woman Iíd like to be.
Aidan Iverson had humble beginnings, but has become a successful and wealthy
man. Nonetheless, he still strives to be accepted by high society. Why is this acceptance so
important to him? Was he an easy or difficult character to work with?
I adored writing Aidan. I loved that he was kind and good-hearted despite all heíd been
through as a child. I think Aidan was responding to societyís expectations, which is hard not to
do, and that yearning for acceptance into high society probably got tangled up in a desire for
belonging that was rooted in his childhood. †††††
Dianaís inventions are very practical and make life easier! If you could come up with
an invention to make your life easier, what would it be and why?
I feel like itís already been invented and itís called the Instant Pot. :) I used to love
cooking, but I often donít have time or energy for it lately. Itís definitely nice to have a cooking
apparatus that makes that task quicker!†††††
I love a set-up where the characters think theyíre doing favors for the other and they
can keep things strictly business, but then love swoops in and mucks things up! Diana and
Aidan are no different, LOL! What was your favorite part of their love story?
I liked that there was an attraction and an, admittedly very brief, history
between them. They didnít go into their deal completely unaware of each other in the sense of
attraction, but they are both practical and driven enough to think they could, as you say, keep
things strictly business. I loved writing them trying to do that. And failing. :)
My favorite thing about their romance overall is how kind they are to each other. I love
banter as much as the next romance reader, but I also love moments when characters show
each other understanding and meet each otherís emotional needs. ††††
What do you love about writing Victorian romance, as opposed to other time periods?
I love the era so much, the inventions, the personalities, the literature, art,
and fashion. I think if you love history, you tend to have a time period that resonates with you,
and thatís how I feel about the Victorians and that era. I remember seeing the film Oliver!
when I was young and thinking how much Iíd love to walk into that Dickensian world. Itís been
a love affair with the late 19th century for me ever since.
What can readers expect next from you?
Iím working on the third and final book in the Dukeís Den series. For readers
whoíve read A DUKE CHANGES EVERYTHING, this is the third man who makes up the Dukeís
Den trio. Rhys is my true rogue of the group, so itís been so much fun giving him a romance
that, for him, is entirely unexpected.
Rapid Fire Random Questions
Favorite animal: Ugh, hard! I love animals, but Iíd
probably have to say cats. Though I once had a horse and theyíre grand too.
Coffee or tea: Both? Coffee is a necessity. Tea is a
Favorite book to re-read: Austen. Probably Pride and Prejudice, but
Iíve read Emma a lot too.
Beach or mountains: Hmmm. I love the ocean, so
probably the beach, but I live near both mountains and ocean and sometimes you can sort of
have both when youíre in the Pacific Northwest.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?:
An archaeologist (particularly an Egyptologist) or a librarian, so basically
Evie from The Mummy. :)
Dream vacation: A tour of Europe, including Eastern and
Western European countries.
Aside from reading and writing, what are your hobbies?: I have
just started getting back into sewing, but I also love knitting and crocheting and making
Five people youíd invite to your book club (dead or alive): Mar
y Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, John Steinbeck, Oscar Wilde, and Charles Dickens.
Favorite movie: Any Star Wars movie. I am a huge Star
You have a totally free afternoon - no deadlines, no obligations, no Twitter
notifications!† What do you do?: READ. Since Iíve started writing
full-time, finding time to read is a challenge, and I miss it a lot. I try leveraging the
convenience of audiobooks, but I find that I try to listen and do five other things and get
distracted. But they still allow me to consume books when I donít have time to sit down with
The Duke's Den #2
Self-made man Aidan Iverson has seen more closed doors in
his thirty years than heís ever cared to count. As a member
of the elite Dukeís Den, he has all the money he could
possibly need but the one thing he canít purchase is true
power. If roguish Aidan canít buy his way into societyís
hallowed halls, heíll resort to a more extreme measure:
Brought up to be a proper lady, the only thing Diana Ashby
desires is to be left alone to the creation of her own
devices. But when her dreams are crushed, she must find
another way to secure the future of her invention. Knowing
his desire to enter her world, Diana strikes a deal to
arrange Aidanís marriage to the perfect ladyóas long as that
lady isnít her. She doesnít need any distractions from her
work, particularly of the sinfully handsome variety.
As Diana and Aidan set out to find him an aristocratic
match, neither are prepared for the passion that ignites
between them or the love they canít ignore.
In the Dukeís Den, can happiness ever be a winning prospect?
Romance Historical [Avon, On Sale: April 30,
2019, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780062853974 / eISBN:
Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume
drama she can get her hands on, Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the
Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of
their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there's nothing better than
being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.
Fresh Fiction Editorial Manager Danielle Dresser is an avid reader,
lackluster-yet-mighty crafter, and accomplished TV binge-watcher. Once upon a time, she
was a publisher publicist and continues to cultivate her love of books and reading by chatting
with the best authors in the business. She lives in Chicagoland with her very own romance
hero husband, darling daughter, and two tempestuous cats. Follow her on Twitter
and Instagram, @dj_dresser.
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