Five Q’s with: Wendy LaCapra
Thank you for having me, Melanie!
What was your favorite book as a child?
Heidi. My sister played the part of Clara in a church production of the play and after sitting in on the rehearsals, I read the book…again and again and again. Living in the mountains with goats was an appealing contrast to my flatter-than-flat South Jersey existence.
Is there a book you’re never tired of reading over and over?
I’ve read the second half of Rebecca Brandewyne’s Rose of Rapture a gazillion times. Also, Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm, Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. I recently listened to Lord of Scoundrels on Audible, too. Speaking of Audible, I think I’ve listened to Heyer’s abridged Venetia, oh about 10 times just this year (I listen as I exercise). But that has more than a little to do with Richard Armitage’s, a-hem, vocal presence.
Do you like reading classics and is there one that you’ve never read?
I do like reading classics. I return to Jane Austen every now and then, and of course, the Bronte sisters. On the dark side, I’ve read Dracula, Frankenstein, the Turn of the Screw & the Monk a few times. I have never read the Count of Monte Cristo…I should fix that!
Is there a book that you recently read that you wish you had written?
I just finished Tessa Dare’s When a Scot ties the Knot. Every time I read her books I am in awe of how skillfully she blends humor and romance and deeply-felt emotion.
What’s a movie adaptation of a book/series that you loved or that you wish it is made?
I’d love to see more historical romance made into film. Most period pieces are lovely, but slow. I think Mary Balogh’s books would work wonderfully on screen.
BOOK BLURB: Thea Worthington, Duchess of Wynchester divides her time between social engagements and playing her luck against fickle fortune. Yet every gamble is only a bluff—a means to hide from the pain deep within her, and the loss of a babe she never held in her arms. Now Thea’s luck is about to run out. Her estranged husband has returned and seeks a reunion…
Plagued with guilt over what happened to his wife three years ago, the Duke of Wynchester has kept his distance. The duke is resolved to piece his family back together, especially now that he’s discovered his beloved brother—long thought dead—still lives. But Thea’s lovely, porcelain facade is on the verge of cracking…spurred on by the duke’s brother’s secretive, malevolent animosity.
With everything riding on her future, Thea plays a daring game of chance for love and her marriage…and this time, the dice are most certainly rigged.
Curious stares fixed on them, radiating malice as strong as the heat from the hundreds of candles burning in the sparkling chandeliers. They wanted her to fail. They wanted her to slink back into the darkness, so their perfect duke could be absorbed into their numbers once again. They wanted to titter behind raised fans at the failed attempt of the disgraced duchess to capture her duke’s regard.
She would silence them. She would deny them their sneering triumph. She would. If she was a duchess good enough for Wynchester, she was a duchess good enough for them.
“Shall we, Wynchester?” she spoke in her huskiest voice—not the wife he had known but the woman the years of independence had forged—Duchess Decadence.
Wynchester wanted her to be good, did he? She’d be more than good. She’d be remarkable—in the very best sense.
The music, made faint by the noise of silk against silk
and muffled whispers, began. They led the promenade, and she executed each step with grace. They did not speak. She danced, not as much with him as for him. Boldly, she seized every opportunity to meet his gaze.
Come out—she spoke to the wild within him—come out and let us tangle.
The next sequence required she turn, while he placed one of his hands on her waist, and joined the other in an arc above their heads.
She was tall. The duke taller—proudly she realized there wasn’t a woman in the room who would fit him with as much perfection. Together they made lovely form.
He placed his palm against her back. And as he drew her into a mock embrace at the next turn he inclined his head to whisper in her ear.
“What are you about?” His voice was low.
She glanced up beneath her lashes. “Must I have motive?”
His mouth bore a not-quite-smile, the shadow of dark amusement.
“If I follow,” he made a masculine pivot, “where will you lead?”
“It is you,” she curtseyed and looked into his eyes, “who guide this dance.”
He chuckled. “I think not.”
Thrill—torrid as melted wax—trickled down inside her chest.
1 Winner – Signed copies of Lady Vice, Lady Scandal & Duchess Decadence with swag (compact mirror, 2 oz. Lady Scandal Rose Bath Salts, and pens!) USA/CA shipping ONLY
7 Winners – Will win an eBook copy of ONE of the following books from the ladies from http://www.PastThrills.com:
- The Accidental Duchess, by Madeline Hunter
- Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, by Vanessa Kelly
- Good Earl Gone Bad, by Manda Collins
- The Dukes Daring Debutante, by Ann Lethbridge
- The Love List, by Deb Marlowe
- I Spy a Duke, by Erica Monroe
- Reckless Wager + Bonus Novella Wanton Wager, by Christy Carlyle
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AUTHOR BIO: Wendy LaCapra has been reading romance since she sneaked into the adult section at the library and discovered Victoria Holt & Jane Aiken Hodge. From that point on, she dreamed of creating fictional worlds with as much richness, intrigue and passion as she found within those books. Her stories have placed in several contests, including the 2012 Golden Heart®. She lives in NYC with her husband and loves to hear from readers.
Awards: Lady Vice (also titled A Dangerous Desire) took first place in the 2013 Laurie and finaled in the 2013 Marlene and 2013 Royal Ascot. An earlier version took first place in the OK RWA Finally a Bride Contest and finaled in the Great Beginnings Contest.
Scandal in Spades finaled in RWA’s 2012 Golden Heart® & finaled in the 2012 Emily Contest.
Devil’s Heartache finaled in the Toronto Chapter’s 2010 Toronto Golden Opportunity Contest and took first place in the Northwest Houston Chapter’s 2010 Lone Star Writing Contest.