Spotlight & Giveaway: Wicked, My Love by Susanna Ives

Posted March 10th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 55 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Susanna Ives to HJ!

Hi Susanna and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Wicked, My Love!

Thank you for having me. Your site is absolutely lovely. Beautiful colors and graphics.

Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Wicked-my-Love-coverA farcical, screwball road trip through Victorian London as two life-long adversaries join forces to track down a common villain, falling in love along the way.

Or as the book cover says, “Handsome, silver-tongued politician Lord Randall doesn’t get along with his bank partner, the financially brilliant but hopelessly frumpish Isabella St. Vincent. Ever since she was his childhood nemesis, he’s tried-and failed-to get the better of her. When both Randall’s political career and their mutual bank interests are threatened by scandal, he has to admit he needs Isabella’s help. They set off on a madcap scheme to set matters right. With her wits and his charm, what could possibly go wrong? Only a volatile mutual attraction that’s catching them completely off guard…”

Please share a few Random facts about this book…

There is a scene in the book where Isabella agrees to let the housekeeper of Randall’s love nest try to style Isabella’s hair. Naturally this is outrageous for a respectable lady, but Isabella is desperate for help with her seemingly untamable curls. I’ve been searching for decades for a great hair stylist and recently found one. I really wanted to show in those scenes the extent of my own desperation and the depths I would willingly sink to for a good stylist.

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. 

Isabella possesses a precise, analytical mind. She enjoys crunching numbers and making mathematical predictions but flounders in social and romantic settings. She shies away from unpredictable, pesky things like emotions and her business partner, Lord Randall.

As she explains to Randall:

“Admit it, I’m awkward and clumsy. I might as well speak an entirely different language—the

language of the odd, ungainly people. It contains a hundred different ways to say ‘Oops, I’m sorry.’”

Nonetheless, inside her beats a caring, loyal heart that bravely reaches out with love.

Lord Randall is a charismatic politician. With his attractive face and dazzling manners, he easily charms everyone except Isabella, who appears to have a natural immunity against him. He struggles with choosing to follow his own political ideas, which would cause him to fall from popular graces, or continuing to bask in the adoration of others and be a “yes” man for his party, a path that will lead to greater political fame, maybe even prime ministership.


As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

The depths of my hero’s profound kindness surprised me. Inside he struggles with his own perception of himself, but from the outside perspective, I and the reader know all along the choices he will make. He is just too caring and compassionate.

Isabella is a truly brave soul, even though she would disagree with that statement. She suffers from a crippling lack of self-confidence and has difficulty communicating with others, typically stammering out very embarrassing words. But despite these personal obstacles, she keeps moving forward, reaching out to others as best she can, and allowing herself to be put outside her comfort zone.

The First kiss…

The first kiss was such a washout. He was trying to hush her so they wouldn’t be detected in the house they had just broken into to locate their errant business partner. But she thought he was truly kissing her. Very awkward and embarrassing.

The second kiss got them tossed from a hotel.

But the third kiss! Ah! That one was a keeper and led to many more sensual delights.

Did any scene have you crying or laughing (or blushing) while writing it?

I love Victorian illustrations in journals with the little captions underneath. In the book, I needed a clean, swift transition of time, so I decided to use the idea of captions and came up with this. (Please note, throughout the book my characters change their names to Mr. Randy and Miss Izzy May, or some variation thereof, to conceal their identity.)

The previous night’s soft spell was ruined by bells ringing around them before dawn had even broken. Men shouted train arrivals, babies cried, feet shuffled, and trains roared into the station. Isabella would remember the surrounding twelve hours like captioned illustrations in a book: Lord Randall kisses the naked Miss St. Vincent. Miss. St Vincent and Lord Randall divulge their innermost feelings in a darkened train station. Miss St. Vincent thinks four and a half hours of sleep isn’t enough. Mr. Randy finds forgotten money in the lining of his coat and buys first-class tickets. Alas, Izzy May can’t fall back asleep because of their fellow passenger’s cigar smoke and endless talk of horseracing. Izzy May hates everyone and everything as she arrives in London.


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

The story is a farce, harkening back to the farces I saw at the local theater as a child, Charley’s Aunt, The Nerd, The Importance of Being Ernest, The Funny Thing That Happened On The Way To The Forum, and Noises Off. Hence the humor is over-the-top and physical. So, I would choose the scene where Isabella stuffs hay down her corset and pretends to be Randall’s pregnant sister. They search for their suspect under the pretense that he knocked Isabella up and then abandoned her, and Randall is intent on making an “honest” woman out of his sister. In the scene, Isabella’s metaphor of economic theory as love comes across as embarrassingly sexual.

“But then the market loses confidence because maybe love’s expected growth wasn’t as big as you had projected, never achieving the anticipated rise in…in ardor, or the initial gain rises sharply but then sags off prematurely.”

“Oh God,” she heard Randall mutter.

“So, so the shares in love go down,” she explained. “People start sticking their assets in other promising openings in the market…the love exchange, that is. Meanwhile, you’re left holding options that you can’t sell. You’re stuck holding a…a baby.” Wait, that didn’t sound right.


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

Ha! You can give my characters good advice all day, but they won’t listen. No, no, they must go hurtling headlong into trouble and then painfully digging their way out to learn anything. Otherwise, this love story would have been over before it began.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

I’m working on the third Wicked book, but Wicked, My Love is all I have for 2015. I’m a very slow and easily distracted writer.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Book Info:

A smooth-talking rogue and a dowdy financial genius

Handsome, silver-tongued politician Lord Randall doesn’t get along with his bank partner, the financially brilliant but hopelessly frumpish Isabella St. Vincent. Ever since she was his childhood nemesis, he’s tried-and failed-to get the better of her.

Make a perfectly wicked combination

When both Randall’s political career and their mutual bank interests are threatened by scandal, he has to admit he needs Isabella’s help. They set off on a madcap scheme to set matters right. With her wits and his charm, what could possibly go wrong? Only a volatile mutual attraction that’s catching them completely off guard…
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Meet the Author:

Susanna IvesSusanna Ives started writing when she left her job as a multimedia training developer to stay home with her family. Now she keeps busy driving her children to various classes, writing books, and maintaining websites. She often follows her husband on business trips around Europe and blogs about the misadventures of touring with children. She lives in Atlanta.

You can email me at or hang out with me on Facebook or Pinterest (I have a Pinterest obsession. It’s rather unhealthy.)



55 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Wicked, My Love by Susanna Ives”

  1. Lori Meehan

    I’m not a big comic fan but I did read some Archie, Betty and Veronica comics oh and Mad magazine.

  2. glam009

    I didn´t read comic magazine but when I was little I like to watch Sailor Moon and Robotech

  3. frllarsson

    Janet Evanovich never fails to make me laugh, the 40 year old virgin, as well =)
    Oh, and the Nanny? <3 Debra Anastasia´s Fire Down Below? LOL
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Wednesday!

  4. ki pha

    LOL I’m so loving that scene where Isabella pretends to be Randall’s pregnant sister. Brilliantly hilarious!

    I would have to say I love When Harry Met Sally and How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days. They were hilarious yet romantic. But as I look from what the other comments have, The Big Bang Theory is definitely on my list too, along with the new show, Moms. Oh and Kristen Wiggs in Bridesmaid!

  5. Glenda S. Hefty

    Janet Evanovich also immediately came into my mind…she makes me laugh out loud. Her books are good to read after I’ve read something heavier.

  6. Monique Daoust

    The screwball comedies of the 1930s: A Damsel in Distress, The Perils of Pauline (nobody knows those hilarious movies). His Girl Friday with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, anything with Cary Grant really, the brilliant Arsenic and Old Lace, and so many more!

  7. Isha

    Love sitcoms. Especially ones like Baby Daddy, Boy Meets World, California Dreams, Friends, Melissa and Joey and Will and Grace.

  8. Susanna Ives

    I thought I would popover after dropping the kids off at school. Wow. I’m overwhelmed at the response. Thank you so much for the comments. Y’all have fabulous taste and are very kind to share. I’m taking notes of things to watch and read.

    And thank you, Harlequin Junkies, for having me. I truly adore your site. Years and years ago I was a web developer, so I get excited about great web design.

  9. Joye

    I like to read stories with comedy scenes in them. One that I can remember is ALL JACKED UP by Penny McCall.

  10. Riley Moreland

    I do enjoy a good farce. A few years back I read Lynsay Sands’ The Countess. It is still one of my favorite historical romances just because it made me laugh – a lot!

  11. Kim

    I have no favorite comedy now, but Once Upon A Time, Castle & The Mentalist blend humor into their shows.

  12. ndluebke

    Used to read Garfield in the comics but some of the old comics I really like is George Burns and Gracie, Lou and Costelo. I like the classics but not dark humor.

  13. Janie McGaugh

    One of my favorite romantic comedies is Notting Hill, and there are a lot of the early screwball comedies I like, such as Bringing Up Baby and It Happened One Night. On TV, currently, Big Bang Theory is my favorite comedy.

  14. Colleen C.

    I do not usually watch comedy shows… but I do watch specials of specific comics on Comedy channel.

  15. rachael constant

    i love all the comedy shows- friends, big bang theory, scrubs.
    my favourite comedian is russell howard xxx

  16. Vicki Clevinger

    As a kid I loved the Archie comic books, Now I like a lot of things, but what comes to mind is Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. It cracks me up.

  17. taswmom

    Although I wasn’t alive in the thirties, I’d have to agree with Monique on Cary Grant! He played self deprecating parts that were hilarious and romantic. Jimmy Stewart and Rock Hudson did it also. Doris Day movies…. I used to watch all the old movies I could find. Lucille Ball was first chosen for her beauty, but chose comedic roles over romantic ones.

  18. Jen

    For comedy films, I like: 27 Dresses, The Proposal, While You Were Sleeping, Practical Magic, Despicable Me (films), Shrek (films), Madagascar (films), most Disney animated films…. Also I like the Big Bang Theory. I am sure I left out so many great films.

  19. Debbi Wellenstein

    I like romantic comedy movies, such as Sleepless in Seattle. Big Bang Theory is funny, as is The Middle.

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