Ever since I first saw the 24 series on tv, sitting cross legged in front of
tiny 11 inch tv screen, I was captivated by the idea of real time story
Okay – clearly I had to suspend my disbelief… not that Kiefer Sutherland's
character could pull of the amazing death defying struggle against the
but that he could cross LA in less than five minutes! But still. The idea of
narrative unfolding as I watched was something thrilling, new and
And then I read the wonderful HIS UNTIL MIDNIGHT by
Logan – set in Hong Kong, the hero and heroine meet once a year in December
several years, until one night, and one incredible gourmet meal, the hero
decide whether he will fight for the heroine, or lose her forever. Apart
the fact I am a massive ‘foodie', I loved the way this story unfolded over
series of ‘one nights', and loved the way it played with time.
And I couldn't shake the thought… could I combine my love of 24 and real
story telling with my passion for romance? Could I really do that within a
I will hold my hands up and most definitely agree that I'm not the first
to do so, but could I find a way for two people to fall in love in just
hours? The only way to find out was to try!
First, I decided that these two characters must know each other. For their
to be a deep, solid, and true love that lasted long after the last page, it
would only be believable if they already had a basis for that love. So I was
able to combine this idea with one of my favourite romance tropes… marriage
I LOVE a marriage reunited story. There's so much passion, emotional
hurt and betrayal, but underneath it all is the one thing that first drew
hero and heroine together, love. Complicated and messy, a reunion story
the overcoming of those hurts and deep sense of betrayal, and more
how each character has changed, become the person that the other always
they would be. It's a journey about the individual characters as much as
relationship and to reach their happy-ever-after at the end? Ohhhh, gives me
goosebumps every time!
And where to set the story that takes just one night? There are things that
location must have – and sadly with just 12 hours, there's not really
time for the hero to whisk the heroine away on his private jet to some
location. (I settled for a limo, and no – even on the page you can't
London in five minutes!). I needed a hotel, a glamorous function room and a
spectacular view. A few years ago a friend had invited me to a party at the
Heron Tower in London. It was only when we were in the lift, flying our way
nearly forty floors did she reveal that she had a fear of heights! But even
couldn't resist a squint at the stunning view of London at night from the
fronted elevator. It was absolutely the perfect setting for my 12 hour
And lastly the couple in question… Odir Farouk Al Arkrin worked his way in
mind full of brooding intensity, struggling within the chains of duty and
furious at the woman who threatened to undo him. Eloise was once the girl
had let others control her life, and now she was determined to live it her
In my mind she matched him toe to toe, barb to barb, kiss to kiss. And I can
only hope that this translated onto the page.
I'm thrilled with my title, and the incredible covers from Mills & Boon
Harlequin. It's truly an incredible moment when you see the thing that is
book, a real book, that came from a little spark years before,
sitting in front of an 11 inch tv screen cross legged on the floor.
I really hope that you enjoy CONQUERING HIS VIRGIN
as much as I did writing it.
In the meantime, as I've said, I love a marriage reunited story…
what's your favourite and why?!
Six months ago, their marriage ended…
He has twelve hours to claim her back!
Odir Farouk is about to become king—but to take his throne, he needs his
errant wife by his side! Odir denied his hunger for Eloise, refusing to
compromise power for passion. His rejection drove her away. Now Odir has
news of his succession breaks to win back his queen…and pleasure will be
most powerful weapon!
[Harlequin Presents, On Sale: March 20, 2018, Mass
Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781335419316 / eISBN: 9781488083310]
Mills & Boon author Pippa Roscoe lives in Norfolk near her family and
daily promises that this will be the day she will leave the computer and
long walk in the countryside. She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t
of gorgeous alpha males and misunderstood heroines. Totally her mother’s
of course—she gave Pippa her first romance to read at the age of seven! She
inconceivably happy that she gets to share those daydreams with her readers.
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