Luck Is No Lady (Fallen Ladies #1)
by Amy Sandas
Coming April 5, 2016
“You should not have kissed me,” she replied breathlessly.
“I do a lot of things I shouldn’t. It does not mean I won’t do them again.”
Gently bred Emma Chadwick always assumed she’d live and die the daughter of a gentleman. But when her father’s death reveals a world of staggering debt and dangerous moneylenders, she must risk her good name and put her talent for mathematics to use, taking a position as bookkeeper at London’s most notorious gambling hell. Surrounded by vice and corruption on all sides, it is imperative no one discovers Emma’s shameful secret or her reputation—and her life—will be ruined.
But Roderick Bentley, the hell’s sinfully wealthy owner, awakens a hunger Emma cannot deny. Drawn deep into an underworld of high stakes gambling and reckless overindulgence, she soon discovers that in order to win the love of a ruthless scoundrel, she will have to play the game...and give in to the pleasure of falling from grace.
What is the most exciting part about launching a series?
The most exciting thing about launching a series is knowing that the rest of the world is finally going to get a chance to meet this collection of characters who have been with me for so long. Over the last couple of years, the people who inhabit the world of the Fallen Ladies series became permanent fixtures of my internal world…their idiosyncrasies, their expressions, their hopes, dreams, and fears. Even their voices echoed through my head. It is exciting and a little frightening to know that the time is here to set them free.
Hopefully, readers will enjoy joining Emma and Roderick on their journey through London ballrooms, a midnight garden, and a gambling hell to their happily-ever-after. And then there are Emma’s sisters, Lily and Portia, who will each have their own stories of love and romance to reveal. That is the best thing about a series, your journey doesn’t end with one book. In each consecutive story, you get to revisit people you’ve come to know and maybe catch a glimpse of what comes after the happily ever.
My Fallen Ladies series is little different in that regard since all three stories take place at roughly the same time. The series centers around the three Chadwick sisters and their individual experiences during a single London Season. So when you go from one sister’s story to the next, it is more a discovery of what the other Chadwicks were up to that you hadn’t been aware of. There are a few overlapping scenes where the reader gets a view into what’s going on from each sister’s perspective. You discover that someone may not have been saying what she was actually thinking. The Chadwick sisters tend to keep a few secrets from each other.
Over the last two years of writing about the Chadwicks, I truly came to love these three young women. The oldest sister, Emma, is pragmatic, dutiful, and so very determined to see her sisters’ futures settled, even at the expense of her own happiness. Lily is the quiet middle sister, but still waters run deep with this young lady and she has a carefully guarded secret of her own. And then there’s Portia, with a rebel’s heart and an adventurer’s spirit, who would rather be anywhere that flouncing through high society.
I won’t say much about the dashing heroes who earn their love, choosing to leave these special gentlemen for the reader to discover along with the heroines. But trust me, they are certainly worthy of these ladies. And then, of course, we cannot forget to mention the Chadwicks’ wonderfully flighty great-aunt Angelique, the threatening and desperate Mason Hale, and the variety of other people who exist in the lives of the Fallen Ladies.
I am so unbelievably excited to introduce all them to the world and I hope the series will prove to be as intriguing and fun to read as it was to write.
Amy Sandas's love of romance began one summer when she stumbled across one of her mother's Barbara Cartland books. Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She lives with her husband and children near Milwaukee.
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