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Brenda Joyce
 
Most of you know Brenda as the bestselling author, who has enthralled audiences for 20 years with her passionate and powerful romances. Brenda's writing career began when she was only twenty-five years old with the publication of her award-winning, bestselling western Bragg Saga in 1988. Her career star kept rising as she explored other historical settings and periods and dabbled in contemporary, too. She turned to a series of Regency and Victorian historicals in 2004 with her on-going deWarenne Dynasty series.  With An Impossible Attraction, Brenda continues this historical series.

Tell us a bit about your latest de Warenne Historical romance?


In An Impossible Attraction, Alexandra Bolton has sacrificed her own happiness to take care of her two younger sisters and her wastrel father. The decision was made nine years earlier, as her mother lay dying. Now, her father has gambled away most of the family fortune, and Alexandra sews the clothes of the ladies who were once her mother's friends. She does not believe she will ever have a second chance at love, and considers herself fortunate when an elderly squire wishes to marry her. But when he takes her to a society affair, the darkly handsome, terribly powerful Duke of Clarewood sets his sights upon her. He instantly makes her a scandalous proposition, which she must refuse.

Clarewood, meanwhile, is used to getting his own way; he is the most powerful peer in the realm. He does not understand why he is drawn to Miss Bolton, and he is determined to make her his mistress—and reward her handsomely. But nothing goes quite as planned! Before Alexandra can blink, she has been seduced—but the furious Duke believes he has planned to trap him into marriage. And when she is thrown out onto the street by her own father, he has a terrible decision to make.

Why the de Warenne Dynasty?

I have always been attracted to powerful men. A constant theme in my writing has been how small, brave women, thrown into the path of that power, find their true courage and strength, and then not only survive it, but ultimately tame the big, bad beast! The de Warenne Dynasty is a world of power, passion and privilege, where intrepid women face of with the powerful men they dare to love and win the day!

Tell us about Stephen. His father is Rex de Warenne (The Perfect Bride), how has their relationship progressed throughout the years?

It has been more of a mentorship by Sir Rex as he could not be a father openly, and Stephen has come to deeply admire and respect and guardedly love him in return.

How is Alexandra different from your other heroines in The de Warenne Dynasty?

Alexandra is a very mature Cinderella heroine, and hardly my first of that sort. But her fall from grace is certainly a first for me.

Can you tell us whose story is next in The de Warenne Dynasty?

I have just finished Alexi de Warenne's story, which my readers have been clamoring for. (Tentatively titled The Promise, on sale October, 2010). Alexi has known Elysse O'Neil since they were children, and he marries her to save her reputation, then leaves her before even consummating their marriage in a deep, quiet fury. Six years later, Alexi is a national icon—he has set the record for the sea voyage from Canton to London, not to mention he has a terrible reputation as a ladies' man. And Elysse is now a reigning London socialite—who is fostering the illusion that her life is perfect! But when their paths cross, passions explode. She wants her marriage to be a genuine one—he wants nothing to do with her—other than to take her to bed. So Elysse decides to gamble her life on him by following him back to China.

Any other books in the works?

I am currently writing the 9th Deadly novel. Deadly Vows will be released in March 2011. And let me merely say that Vows begins with Francesca on her way to her wedding—until a blackmailer with her stolen nude portrait interferes, leaving Hart jilted at the altar.
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