Spotlight & Giveaway: Luck Is No Lady by Amy Sandas

Posted April 10th, 2016 by in Blog, Spotlight / 47 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Amy Sandas to HJ!

Hi Amy and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Luck Is No Lady!


Tell us about the book with this fun little challenge using the word “Luck”:

Luck Is No LadyL is for Lies – The lies Emma tells about her identity to protect her reputation and her sisters from scandal.
U is for Ultimatum – The ultimatum Emma receives regarding repayment of a loan that pushes her to take drastic measures.
C is for Club – The gambling club owned by Roderick where Emma works as bookkeeper.
K is for Kin – As in Emma’s sisters, for whom she would risk anything.

Please share your favorite quote from the book:

It was not in her nature to be intentionally challenging, but anonymity bred courage it would seem, and a smart tongue.


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • The Chadwick sisters (Emma, Lily, and Portia) were originally named Polyxena, Galatea, and Eurynome. In an early version, their father was a Greek scholar.
  • The Countess of Chelmsworth is named after my sister, Angelique.
  • The story grew from the idea of an encounter behind a darkened curtain.


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

I would use the scene where Emma is applying for the position as the club’s bookkeeper. There is a lot going on below the surface of that scene for both Emma and Roderick. Although their discussion is about the job and its requirements, they are both thinking about something else entirely…their first meeting.
I would need to see how the actors portrayed the layers of tension between the two main characters in that scene.

A snippet:
“I am Roderick Bentley, owner and proprietor of this club. Have you any references, Mrs. Adams?”
“No, sir,” she answered.
“Any record of your past employment?”
One slashing brow arced just a bit over his steady gaze. “Have you had any past employment?”
Emma resisted a frown. He certainly got to the point, didn’t he? The trepidation that danced down her spine spread across her shoulders, making them ache with discomfort. She had hoped to have an opportunity to prove her abilities before hashing over these unfortunate details. “No, sir, I have not.”
He paused for a moment before asking, “What exactly qualifies you for this position?”
Though his expression remained emotionless and quite businesslike, Emma detected a note of amusement in his voice. She felt herself getting defensive.


If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what – would it be and why?

To believe that they deserve more. Though she doesn’t see it that way, Emma practically martyrs herself for her sisters’ futures, forgetting that she also deserves happiness and excitement. And the stigma of Roderick’s birth has him believing that Emma is beyond his reach no matter how badly he wants her.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2016?

I am currently working on a story set in the American West in the 1880s about a proper young lady from the east and a cold-eyed gunslinger. I have been in the world of the English Regency for so long it has been a lot of fun traveling to the Wild West, which has always been one of my favorite settings for romance.
Book 2 if the Fallen Ladies series is expected to release in 2016, and I believe Book 3 will be coming out in 2017. I am so excited to share Lily and Portia’s stories!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Book Info:

“You should not have kissed me,” she replied breathlessly.
“I do a lot of things I shouldn’t. It does not mean I won’t do them again.”

Gently bred Emma Chadwick always assumed she’d live and die the daughter of a gentleman. But when her father’s death reveals a world of staggering debt and dangerous moneylenders, she must risk her good name and put her talent for mathematics to use, taking a position as bookkeeper at London’s most notorious gambling hell. Surrounded by vice and corruption on all sides, it is imperative no one discovers Emma’s shameful secret or her reputation—and her life—will be ruined.

But Roderick Bentley, the hell’s sinfully wealthy owner, awakens a hunger Emma cannot deny. Drawn deep into an underworld of high stakes gambling and reckless overindulgence, she soon discovers that in order to win the love of a ruthless scoundrel, she will have to play the game…and give in to the pleasure of falling from grace.

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Meet the Author:

Amy SandasAmy Sandas’s love of romance began one summer when she stumbled across one of her mother’s Barbara Cartland books. Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She lives with her husband and children near Milwaukee.

47 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Luck Is No Lady by Amy Sandas”

  1. Amanda Avakian

    I do not think I would want this opportunity because I would say some hard truths and it might hurt the person.

  2. Veronika

    Hmmmm. I don’t know…. if we’re talking anyone then meeting Chris Hemsworth behind a curtain could be pretty awesome. 😉

  3. Patricia B.

    I tend to be a straight forward person. If I have something to say to someone, I will say it in person, and in the open.

  4. Linda

    I can’t think of anyone. I like the idea of meeting I admire anonymously since I would be less self conscious but not behind a darkened curtained. Face to face is much better.

  5. Mary Preston

    I don’t want to be meeting anyone behind a darkened curtain. I doubt they are up to any good. I can just see myself yelling for help.

  6. debby236

    Hmmm, if I were younger I would answer this question differently. I can think of several famous I would love to have just a quiet conversation with but would be inhibited.

  7. Lori H

    I honestly don’t know 🙂 I’d probably meet with my hubby and surprise him with something he would enjoy 😉

  8. laurieg72

    I’d meet my HS boyfriend and tell him off for the way he dumped me for a Freshman girl. He didn’t even tell me to my face. I know I was better off with out him but really he could have had the decency to speak to me.

  9. Lisa Miller

    I really don’t know … but I suppose if it’s anonymous then I wouldnt know would I?
    it would be a sexy secretive mystery

  10. Joanne B

    If I’m meeting someone behind a dark curtain, I think one or both of us are up to no good. I can’t think of anyone I’d like to meet like that.

  11. gamistress66

    can’t think of anyone though prob wouldn’t say anything negative that I wouldn’t be willing to say face to face

  12. Irma

    I’d take my partner before anyone else. And it would be so naughty and thrilling to play this wicked game 🙂

  13. joab4424

    There isn’t anyone I’d like to talk to behind a curtain but I agree with Irma that it would be thrilling to do this if you were so inclined.

  14. Amanda Thompson

    Hmmm there’s a lot of tall, dark, and handsomes I’d like to meet behind a curtain 😉

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