Hi, I’m Shana Galen, and I write fast-paced, adventurous Regency romances. My latest is the follow-up to Lord and Lady Spy, and I’m here with Winn and Elinor to talk more about the book. Let’s start with Elinor. Elinor, you’re a mom of two girls. How do you find the time to plan Society functions, attend soirees—all the duties required of a baroness—and still spend time with your husband and kids?
Elinor: As you know, Shana, it has not been easy. The girls are older now and do not need me as much as they did when they were young. I miss that, actually. Winn travels quite a bit, and I find myself rather lonely and seeking a bit of adventure.
Winn: Is that why you’re contemplating an affair?
Elinor: I have no idea what you are referring to, my lord.
Shana: Baron Keating, you have a few secrets of your own. What’s it like being a spy for the Barbican group.
Winn: I’m rather tired of it, if the truth be known. I’d like to spend more time at home. I feel as though I looked around and my wife and my children have all changed and moved on without me.
Shana: That can happen even in my time when men become too wrapped up in work.
Winn: In my defense, I was out there saving the country from the diabolical plan of one of the most sadistic criminal underlords ever known. It was rather important work.
Elinor: And can you believe he kept that from me? I feel like I don’t even know him. We’re virtual strangers.
Winn: I can remedy that. Give me a half hour in your bed chamber, madam. We can very quickly become reacquainted.
Shana: Right, so let’s chat about something else. Readers have been asking about Adrian and Sophia from Lord and Lady Spy.
Winn: Wolf and Saint. They’re some of the best spies in the Barbican group, but they’ve retired.
Shana: Didn’t you meet with Wolf about the case mentioned in True Spies?
Winn: I might have met with him about…something.
Elinor: And I consulted with Sophia. She’s lovely.
Shana: I think the one thing many readers want to know is whether Sophia is indeed pregnant. Can you answer that?
Elinor: Shana, that’s simply not an appropriate topic for mixed company. Your readers will have to read the book to discover that (or a review with a spoiler).
Shana: I wanted to mention this book is based on the film True Lies. Elinor, at one point you have to perform a strip tease. Do you think you measure up to Jamie Lee Curtis’s performance in the film?
Winn: I haven’t seen the film—what is a film?—but personally, I was impressed.
Elinor: No comment.
Shana: Last question. Do you think there’s a chance for the two of you to reconcile? It seems there’s a pretty big chasm separating you.
Elinor: No. I think we must go on living separate lives. I don’t love Winn any more.
Winn: I don’t accept that response. She does still love me, and before the end of the book, I’ll win her back.
Shana: Thanks both of you. I wish you a wonderful happily ever after!
Melanie, thanks for hosting us. Readers, are there any movies you think would make good inspiration for a book? One reader who comments will win a copy of Lord and Lady Spy (U.S. and Canadian residents).
Warning! This agent’s secret identity—and his heart—have been compromised!
Winslow, an elite spy in Regency England, has managed to keep his identity secret from everyone—including his beloved wife Elinor. But his success with these covert affairs has taken a toll on their marriage, leaving Elinor to entertain the idea of a secret liaison with a rakish spy.
She believes she will finally have the danger and excitement her marriage has never afforded her—until things get too dangerous, and she ends up being kidnapped. In this world of intrigue, Elinor discovers that no one is who they seem to be—not even her own husband.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Shana Galen is the author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the Lord and Lady Spy Series, the Jewels of the Ton Series, as well as the Sons of the Revolution Trilogy. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time, and is working on more regency romance novels! She’s happily married to the Ultimate Sportsfan and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website, or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.