Sabrina Jeffries interviews Nicole Jordan on Romance At Random + Giveaway!
As her second Legendary Lovers Regency historical, Lover Be Mine, goes on sale today, Nicole Jordan answers questions posed by sister Regency author, Sabrina Jeffries. Both have many New York Times bestsellers to their credit and blogged together for years on TheGoddessBlogs.com.
Sabrina: Having lived in New Orleans for many years, I love celebrating, and the publication of Lover Be Mine is certainly cause to celebrate! What are you doing today to toast the publication of Lover Be Mine?
Nicole: Usually my hubby takes me out for a romantic dinner at a favorite restaurant, but this time, I want to pig out on popcorn while I watch “Star Trek Into Darkness.” I’m a long-time Trekkie, in addition to being a die-hard book-lover and romance reader.
Sabrina: Lover Be Mine was inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. What scene in Lover Be Mine had particular ties to Shakespeare’s classic star crossed lovers tale?
Nicole: The scene where Lord Jack Wilde climbs the rose trellis outside Sophie’s bedroom is probably most like Will’s classic play (although my story is a lot sexier and a lot less tragic!). And the deep passion Jack and Sophie share by the end of Lover Be Mine is incredibly romantic to me. But . . . when I’m racing toward a deadline, need to pack for an upcoming horse show, company’s due to arrive any minute, and I’ve neglected to buy groceries, I fantasize about being carried away from it all by a secret prince. So when Jack whisks Sophie away from an arranged marriage with an older, doting duke (who happens to be a rival nobleman)—that’s the scene that most makes me smile.
Sabrina: Have you ever been whisked away like that? If so, share all the fun details!
Nicole: If a guy—even a wickedly charming one like Lord Jack—abducted me in real life, I would want to deck him (or much, much worse). But in fiction, as Jack’s matchmaking, meddling cousin, Lady Katharine Wilde says, “Abduction is a romantic expression of passion.” And it certainly generates sparks in Lover Be Mine.
Sabrina: What are some of your favorite adaptations of the Romeo & Juliet story in movies, TV series, or other romance novels?
Nicole: Oh gosh, to perfectly honest, I’ve never cared for any of Shakespeare’s versions, except for the beautiful prose, of course. I just hate tragic endings! But I adore the music from West Side Story, which is a New York City gang take on Romeo & Juliet. In fact, I was married to the song “Somewhere”—or at least that was what was playing right before we said our vows. (I had a small wedding—12½ people. We counted my six-week-old nephew as the half.)
Sabrina: Lord Jack and Sophie meet through the matchmaking efforts of Jack’s cousin, Skye. Before you met your real life prince, were you ever the object of matchmaking efforts by well intentioned friends or family? Or have you ever set up a blind date for someone else, and with what results?
Nicole: My experiences with blind dates have not been good, so I’ve never tried to inflict them on anyone else. (I’m sure my friends would thank me for that.) On the other hand, my mom and dad met on a blind date, so I have to credit matchmaking with my even being born. Maybe that’s why I think matchmaking is fun in Regency historicals.
Sabrina: Most of us novelists admit that there’s a part of us in every character we create. How are you like Sophie?
Nicole: Sophie is much sweeter than I am! But I love that she’s so loyal to her family and is willing to sacrifice her own happiness for her parents’ sake. To me, that shows real strength of character.
Sabrina: Which secondary character in Lover Be Mine is your favorite and why? What role does he or she play in the story?
Nicole: Sophie’s crabby, wealthy great aunt is a hoot. Contrary to the rest of the high-browed ton, she’s a fan of Jack’s scandalous ways and outrageous charm, and so unexpectedly winds up aiding his courtship (if not his actual seduction), much to Sophie’s exasperation and dismay.
Sabrina: Because you write in the Regency period, horses provide the means of transportation, but I know, for you, horses are a part of your daily life. Tell us about your own magnificent horse and what she means to you.
Nicole: My horses are my kids. I named my late Irish Thoroughbred jumper Irish Outlaw, after the book I was writing at the time. Lover Be Mine is dedicated to the wonderful vets and caretakers who helped my beloved hunter mare, Riva (aka Cloud Nine), recover from life-threatening complications after leg surgery last fall. She’s still rehabbing, so I have a wonderful new young Warmblood gelding named F’Amos who jumps like a dream.
Sabrina: Back to the prince business, I see on Facebook you’re running a Sweepstakes. For a chance to win a beautiful necklace, a reader must vote by May 31 for one of five hunky contemporary actors. So, tell us; if you were swept away by a handsome prince, your husband notwithstanding, who would that prince be?
Nicole: I fell in love with Jake Gyllenhaal in “The Prince of Persia,” so I modeled Lord Jack after him in personality, looks, and heritage. (My Jack is the son of a prince also, although his royal blood is a family secret at first.) So if JakeG would deign to sweep me away, I would probably go very willingly.
Sabrina: Now it’s time for you to ask Romance@Random readers a question. And in classic Nicole Jordan style, you’re providing an exquisite necklace and earring set reminiscent of that worn by Sophie on the cover of Lover Be Mine—this will go to one reader who answers your question.
Nicole: Thanks, Sabrina—and my best to you on the publication of What the Duke Desires, the launch of your delicious Duke’s Men series on June 18. And thanks also to Romance@Random‘s fabulous Sue Grimshaw for the opportunity to share my passion for books and romance with readers here. And finally, a big thank you to my wonderful readers for being a constant source of inspiration and motivation. You make all the long hours at the computer worthwhile.
My question for all you readers is, What’s your favorite romantic fantasy? Carried away by a secret prince? A rendezvous with your secret lover on your lunch hour? A steamy reunion with your high school sweetheart?
And a bonus question! For my Legendary Lovers series, I chose my favorite classic love stories: Cinderella (Ash’s story); Romeo & Juliet (although nobody dies!); Beauty & the Beast (Skye and “Hawk,” the Earl of Hawkhurst in Secrets of Seduction); Taming of the Shrew (for sexy cousin Quinn Wilde, Earl of Traherne), and finally, Pygmalion/My Fair Lady with a twist (Lady Kate struggles to turn a bold American sea captain into a proper British lord).
And so, dear readers, for bonus credit, What are your favorite Legendary Lovers tales?
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About Nicole Jordan:
Nicole Jordan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous historical romances. She lives with her real-life hero (her husband) in the Rocky Mountains of Utah, where she is at work on her next enthralling tale about the sparks that fly when Regency lovers play the matrimonial mating game.