Writing any book—let alone a series—is always adventure. Even for a die-hard
plotter like myself, there are twists, turns and surprises in every story. My Keeping Up With The
Cavendishes series is no exception. Here's a few things I learned while
writing the four books in this series, including the newest (and final) one, IT'S HARD OUT HERE FOR A DUKE:
Writing sibling banter is my favorite thing
The Cavendish series is
about an American family who unexpectedly inherits a dukedom in Regency England.
As one does. The duke and his three sisters travel to London to...be ducal or
something. As they attempt to navigate London high society, they lean on each
other and tease each other, which made for some very fun scenes to write.
Writing four novels that take place at the same time is...hard
It's true: the events of each of the four books in the series take place
approximately at the same time as the others, so a reader might "attend" the
same event in different books and experience it from multiple points of view.
The hard part was making four different love stories intersect and
connect...without spoiling it for any readers! That was the fun part, too ;-)
Death makes a lady
In an early version of the story, the duke dies and the title immediately passes
directly to his nephew, James who is busy being a hunky horse-trainer in
Maryland. But another author told me that the sisters could only be called
lady if James's father held the title—however briefly and even if he
didn't know it! And so, a line was added rather than changing the title LADY BRIDGET'S DIARY
because one could not relinquish such a great title on a mere technicality.
Romantic comedies are the best plots
Speaking of LADY BRIDGET'S
DIARY: I came up with the title on a lark, my editor loved it, and the
entire series was spun around it. The next logical step was to write all four
Regency novels based on the plots of contemporary romantic comedies, including
Roman Holiday and She's All That. The duke's novel is mostly
based on The Princess Diaries.
It's hard out there for a duke!
I know, I know: the struggle is real for a wealthy, powerful male. There are so
many rules to follow, so much concern for one's reputation and so many people's
happiness to consider instead of your own. There are so many reasons
not to pursue the duchesses companion who is Not Suitable and Off
Limits. But then again, when one is an unconventional duke, can one really be
expected to follow the rules?
Keeping Up with
In the fourth novel of Maya Rodale’s tantalizing series, a newly minted
duke spends one night with his perfect woman...but can he win her for a
When American-born James Cavendish arrives in London tomorrow, he’ll become
the Duke of Durham. Some might be ecstatic at the opportunity. Not James. He’s a
simple man, fond of simple pleasures. And right now, nothing could be more
pleasurable than spending his last night of freedom with a beautiful stranger.
Are Far Too Good…
One wild night, Meredith Green, companion to the dowager Duchess of Durham,
said yes to a man she thought she’d never see again. Suddenly, they’re living
under the same roof, where Meredith is expected to teach James how to be a
duke—while trying not to surrender to temptation a second time.
To Be Forgotten
For a duke and a commoner, marriage would be pure scandal. Yet nothing has
ever felt as right as having Meredith in his arms…and in his bed. Soon he must
choose—between a duty he never desired, and a woman he longs for, body and soul…
[Avon, On Sale: November 28, 2017, Mass Market
Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9780062386816 / eISBN: 9780062386793]
Keeping Up With the Cavendishes
An American family unexpectedly inherits a dukedom in Regency England.
Romance and hilarity ensues.
Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's
insistence. She is now the author of numerous "dazzlingly sexy and witty"
historical romance novels. A champion of the romance genre and it's readers, she
is also the author of the non–fiction book Dangerous Books For
Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a
co–founder of Lady Jane's Salon, a national reading series devoted
to romantic fiction. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a
rogue of her own.
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