Spotlight & Giveaway: The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London

Posted May 23rd, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 62 comments


Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Julia London to HJ! 

Hi Julia and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, The Scoundrel and the Debutante!


How much research goes into writing historical romance?

The Scoundrel and the DebutanteThat depends on the period. I have written so many historical romances set in a very confined time period (the Regency era spanned about twenty years), and have collected so many research books, that I have become a bit of a mini-expert in that time period. I know what was going on, and if I have any questions, I know exactly where to look to find the answer. However, I am starting a new historical series and setting it about one hundred years earlier, when Scotland and England united. I’m reading a couple of different books to get up to speed. But, unlike historical fiction, where the actual history is often a character in the story, in historical romance the history is always part of the background and not the main feature—the love story is—so a writer needs to know enough to set the tone, the milieu and the place, but doesn’t need to memorize any acts of Parliament or know the names of the king’s children.

You’ve written over thirty historical romances and you’ve also published several contemporary romances. What is it like to switch back and forth from one type of romance to the other?

First, I don’t think of them as different subgenres although, technically, they are. I just think of them as another story. No matter what the setting, these books are about people and falling in love, and that is timeless. The inherent conflicts between men and women are timeless. So if a man is wearing pantaloons or jeans, when he falls in love, he feels the same way. From a technical standpoint, I like switching between time period settings—I think it keeps me fresh. The cadence of the language changes slightly, and sometimes I am so relieved I can just put people in a car and move them somewhere as opposed to readying a coach and a team of four and having to deal with a coachman and the butler just to get out the door. But those are minor details. Historical or contemporary, women’s fiction or whatever I am writing, it’s all about the story to me.

Do you think that being raised in rural West Texas had an effect on the type of romances you wanted to write?

I don’t think being raised on a ranch influenced the type of romance so much as it influenced the stimulation and stretch of my imagination. I was making up swashbuckling and romantic stories from a very early age. The world outside my house was my canvas, and there were canyons and gullies and miles and miles of wheat fields. With my sisters and brother, I may have explored it all—my mother frequently kicked us out into fresh air. We would ride our bikes for miles, or go out into wheat stubble and stomp down rooms to form our mansion and playact. The sky was big, the land stretched forever, and I had siblings and animals as an audience to my tales.


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About the Book:

The dust of the Cabot sisters’ shocking plans to rescue their family from certain ruin may have settled, but Prudence Cabot is left standing in the rubble of scandal. Now regarded as an unsuitable bride, she’s tainted among the ton. Yet this unwilling wallflower is ripe for her own adventure. And when an irresistibly sexy American stranger on a desperate mission enlists her help, she simply can’t deny the temptation.

The fate of Roan Matheson’s family depends on how quickly he can find his runaway sister and persuade her to return to her betrothed. Scouring the rustic English countryside with the sensually wicked Prudence at his side—and in his bed—he’s out of his element. But once Roan has a taste of the sizzling passion that can lead to forever, he must choose between his heart’s obligations and its forbidden desires.

Meet the Author:

Julia LondonJulia London is the NYT, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of historical romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction with strong romantic elements. Previous series include the Secrets of Hadley Green and Homecoming Ranch. She is a six-time finalist for the RITA Award of excellence in romantic fiction, and the recipient of RT Bookclub’s Best Historical Novel. She lives in Austin, Texas.



62 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Scoundrel and the Debutante by Julia London”

  1. Mary Preston

    A great post thank you. Loving the thought of a man in pantaloons ..or jeans for that matter. I’m going to enjoy this book immensely.

  2. Glenda

    I’ve been looking forward to The Scoundrel and the Debutante for awhile. I’m glad it’s finally here!

  3. Darlene

    I am looking forward to reading this book. I have read a few of your books so far and have really liked them. I really enjoy reading historical romances, it is so interesting to learn about the past and still get a really good romance all in one book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy : )

  4. carol L

    I always enjoy your books Julia. Historical ERomance is at the top of my list. Thanks for the post and giveaway chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  5. Kate Sparks

    I’ve enjoyed and been greatly entertained by her other books.. I’m looking forward to this one!

  6. Gretchen H

    I prefer historical over comtemporary, and I love that you are exploring away from the Regency era. I can’t wait to read it!

  7. Janie McGaugh

    Sounds like an enjoyable read. I love the fact that you had such a great area to play in as a child. I was lucky enough to have small wooded areas close to both of my childhood homes, and it was a great place to play, too.

  8. Cathy P

    I love your books, and this one sounds like another winner. Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

  9. BookLady

    What a fascinating book! I love Julia’s historical romances and look forward to reading her new release.

  10. marcyshuler

    My first book love was historical romance, so I’m looking forward to reading this. I also like how Prudence is described as an unwilling wallflower.

  11. Irma

    Wow, this looks awesome. I’ve read a lot of Julia’s books and loved every single one of them.

  12. ML

    I think one of the reasons authors concentrate on certain historical periods is the research involved. Thanks for the honest assessment of that effort, and please know it’s very appreciated by readers!

  13. VanillaOrchids

    I’m definitely a fan of historical romances, so I would love to read this! I’ve always kind of wished that I lived in a simpler time, so maybe that’s why I’m drawn to historical stories.

  14. Melody Gonser

    I don’t think I had enough information about this book to have many feelings about it. I did wonder about them being together and sleeping together. During that time wasn’t it frowned upon? Thank you for your giveaway and I am looking forward to reading it.

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