Spotlight on Eloisa James
Destiny will be decided between the sheets in this all-new tale of “The Princess and the Pea.”
On Sale: December 27, 2011
Featuring: Olivia Lytton; Tarquin, Duke of Sconce
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New York Times bestselling author Eloisa
James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A
reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found
herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People
Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her
novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and
Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.
After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford
University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor,
publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is an
associate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham
University in New York City. Her "double life" is a source of fascination to
the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she's written a New York
Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from
women's magazines such as More to writers' journals such as the Romance
"James's Regency-era rendition of 'The Princess and the
Pea' hits the trifecta of sizzling romance, engaging
characters, and an enthralling, quick-moving story."
~ Publishers Weekly on The Duke Is
With rapier wit, bawdy wordplay, and a stinging sense of
fun, James targets social rigidity, explores the meaning of
perfection (and heroism), and catches readers off guard with
any number of unexpected twists. A brilliant new spin on
another classic tale; readers will never again look at peas,
mattresses, or even heroes in the same way.
~Library Journal on The Duke Is
Destiny Is Decided, Between the Sheets!
In New Reimagining of "The Princess and the Pea"
By New York Times Bestselling Author Eloisa
"Quin did have one major of resemblance with
the hero of 'The Princess and the Pea,' whether he would
have acknowledged it or no; his mother was in charge of
choosing his wife, and he didn't give a hang what criteria
she applied to the task. If she thought a pea under a
mattress – or under five mattresses – was the
way to ascertain the suitability of his future duchess, Quin
would agree, just as long as he didn't have to bother about
the question himself."
~~ from THE DUKE IS MINE
When a Romance is More than a Romance
Most pop culture novels are not structured around T.S.
Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"—but
Eloisa's last novel, When Beauty Tamed the Beast,
offered just that, and readers adored it. Moreover,
they loved the resemblance between her hero and Dr. House,
star of the popular Fox TV show. Beauty stayed on
the New York Times Bestseller List for weeks, and
boasts Eloisa's highest sale figures to date (recession?
Eloisa's new romance, The Duke is Mine, offers a
similar reading experience: a delightful concoction with a
deeper strain. A poem winds its way through the novel, and
Eloisa's characters will speak directly to readers whose
lives have been touched by Asperger's Syndrome and its
darker cousin, intellectual disability. At the same time,
readers will thrill to meet Lord Justin Fiebvre (a young man
with a beautiful voice!) and sigh with satisfaction when
they realize that Olivia's fiancée is named Rupert G…G for
Gump. And the fact that Eloisa's heroine, Olivia, is deemed
too plump for beauty will speak to every reader who ever
winced at the scale.
What type of man allows his mother to chose a bride for
That is the burning question lying at the heart of Hans
Christian Andersen's fairy tale, The Princess and the
Pea, the story of a queen who personally selects the
perfect bride for her son. As we all know from childhood
reading, the queen sets impossible standards for the sodden
princess who shows up on her doorstep…the poor girl is
forced to endure a sleepless night, tormented by the
presence of something hard in her bed.
Andersen was roundly censured by literary critics of his day
for The Princess and the Pea's bawdy double
entendres, but New York Times bestselling author
Eloisa James delights in ratcheting up the witty (and
steamy) wordplay in her delightful new reimagining of this
classic tale, entitled THE DUKE IS MINE (Avon Books;
on-sale 12/27/2011; ISBN 9780062021281; e-book ISBN
Olivia Lytton is in the enviable position of being betrothed
to a duke, although one could say that being affianced to
Rupert, the Duke of Canterwick, is more of a curse than a
happily-ever-after. Still, Olivia's status as a future
duchess will surely enhance her sister Georgiana's chance to
marry the brooding, handsome Tarquin, Duke of Sconce.
Georgiana simply has to pass the tests posted by Tarquin's
mother, the Emily Post of her day, and Olivia has to stay
out of dowager's way…which puts her in Tarquin's way.
Only one thing—one small, hard object—can bring
this fairy tale to a happy ending…and, naturally, it waits
under a pile of mattresses.
The Genesis of the Tale:
Many readers have asked Eloisa James why she is re-writing
fairy tales. She explains, "The answer has to do with my
father, Robert Bly, and his interest in reworking fairy
tales (most famously, Iron John). But I also like
them because they present a challenge: can I surprise my
readers when they already know the outlines of my plot?"
About the Author:
New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James
writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her
novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from
Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she
"found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a
Hershey bar"; later People
Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get
much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly
received starred reviews from Publishers'
Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on
the best-seller lists.
After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an
M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and
eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an
academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is
an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing
program at Fordham University in New York City. Her
"double life" is a source of fascination to the
media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she's
written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as
well as articles published everywhere from women's magazines
such as More to writers' journals such as the
Romance Writers' Report.
Discover more about Eloisa online:
Eloisa James Book Signing Events:
December 29, 2011
Posman Books, Grand Central Terminal
New York, New York 10017
January 7, 2012
Fort Lewis Main
Bldg 5280 Pendleton AVE
Fort Lewis, WA
With: Connie Brockway, Christina Dodd, Eloisa
James, Lisa Kleypas & Julia Quinn
January 8, 2012
990 – 102nd
Bellevue, Washington 98004
romance lovers' tea featuring Connie Brockway, Christina
Dodd, Eloisa James, Lisa Kleypas & Julia Quinn*
A new e-novella, written by New York Times
bestselling author Eloisa James!
On-sale December 6, 2011; ISBN 9780062191823; $0.99
Mr. Cyrus Ptolemy Ravensthorpe wants only one thing in
his life: to reclaim his family's status in society, lost
after his mother married a solicitor scandalously below her
station. To do this, Cyrus has a plan, one step of which is
to marry a woman of eminent respectability. Lucy Towerton,
unassuming and proper with a pleasing figure and no
noticeable passions, is the perfect choice. So he meets he
meets her, speaks to her father, and is promptly betrothed
to her. He just might not have remembered to woo her...
Lucy Towerton, known not-so-affectionately as "The Tower"
by the ton for her vertically-gifted appearance, has
recently come into a large, unexpected fortune, and is now
one of the most sought after society misses. Some would say
her transformation wallflower to the belle of the ball is a
real life fairy tale. All Lucy knows is that now she must
break her engagement to the very attractive, but lamentably
untitled Cyrus—a perfectly acceptable fiancé when she
was penniless, but now her mother insists she must aim much
And even though Lucy is undeniably infatuated with Cyrus,
she will break the engagement. Because no matter how
proper a girl is, she deserves some passion in her life. And
she's not sure Cyrus is the man to provide it. Cyrus,
however, is quite sure that he is....
An enchanting fairy-tale plot provides the perfect
setting for James' latest elegantly written romance, and
readers will quickly find themselves falling under the spell
of the book's deliciously original characters and delectably
~ Chicago Tribune on A Kiss at
"James' smart, sexy romances reach a new level
in her 'fractured fairy tale' series."
Times BOOKClub on When Beauty Tamed the Beast
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