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Interview w/ William, Earl of Abingdon from Julie Tagan's STAGES OF DESIRE

Manic Readers welcomes Julie Tagan, author of Kensington’s historical romance, STAGES OF DESIRE. Today readers are treated to an interview with Julie’s hero, William, Earl of Abingdon.

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My hero in Stages of Desire is an unwilling earl who took the title after his brother’s scandalous death. He studied to be a physician and is more interested in working in a laboratory than being a member of the peerage. However, duty calls, and part of that involves wooing the daughter of a duchess, although she’s more interested in silk gowns than science. But now the duchess has asked him to find her runaway ward and bring her back to London.

What do you do for fun?

I fiddle in my lab for hours at a time. My dear sister, Claire, suffers from malaria, and I’m determined to find a better cure than what we have now. I know I’d be further along in my research if I wasn’t managing our estates during the day and attend dreary balls and dinner parties in the evenings.

What do you dread most in life?

Truly, I hate the idea of my family’s name being dragged through the mud as it did when my older brother passed away under less than ideal circumstances. Now this ward, Harriet Farley, has run off to find her actor father, bringing shame upon my beloved’s family. Will there be no end to these attacks on reputation?

What’s been the most jarring experience so far?

Trying to convince Harriet to return to London with me. At first, she’d have none of it. However, I believe we’ve reached a reasonable agreement. In the company of a chaperone, we’ll head up to Birmingham and she can straighten out this nonsense with her father, while I’ll be able to meet with an associate who’s also been working on a cure. I can’t imagine anything will go wrong with my plan, can you?

Is there anyone who peeves you?

Definitely Harriet. I mean, Miss Farley. She’s headstrong and won’t listen to logic and her eyes are the same blue as an apothecary bottle. Sorry, I got distracted for a minute. It’s enough to drive any man up the wall. But I’ll straighten her out, I have no doubt of that.

Stages of Desire

To be or not to be — in love . . .

As a ward of the Duchess of Dorset, Harriet can hardly expect more from a match than the ringing endorsement of “from what I’ve heard, the man is financially secure and his teeth are quite regular.” After all, she’s only the lowly daughter of traveling actors, not the actual daughter of the duchess.

William Talbot, Earl of Abingdon is set to marry the duchess’s daughter. After his elder brother’s scandalous death, his family’s reputation is paramount, and he’ll allow nothing to damage it again. But when Harriet disappears to save her father from debtor’s prison, the scandal threatens William and his intended’s family.

The simple task of fetching the duchess’s runaway ward turns complicated when Harriet insists on traveling with her father’s acting company. William’s forced to tag along, and finds himself entranced. The stage transforms Harriet into a free-spirited, captivating beauty. But someone’s been sabotaging the theater company, and instead of facing scandal, William and Harriet discover a threat not only to their growing passion, but to their lives…

Kensington Books, Lyrical Press imprint

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Julia Tagan lives with her husband and goldendoodle in New York City. A journalist by training, she enjoys weaving actual events and notorious individuals into her historical romances. Her favorite activities include walking her dog in Central Park, scouring farmers’ markets for the perfect tomato, and traveling to foreign cities in search of inspiration.

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