Title: The Rogue You Know
Series: Covent Garden Cubs, #2
Author: Shana Galen
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical Romance
She’s beyond his reach…
Gideon Harrow has spent his life in London’s dark underworld-and he wants out. A thief and a con, he plans one last heist to finally win his freedom. But when everything goes wrong, he finds himself at the tender mercies of one of Society’s most untouchable women-Lady Susanna Derring.
…and out of her depth.
Susanna has spent her life in London’s glittering ton, under the thumb of a domineering mother-and she wants out. When a wickedly charming rogue lands at her feet, she jumps at the chance to experience life before it’s too late. But as she descends into London’s underworld, she finds that nothing- not even Gideon-is as it seems. As excitement turns to danger, Susanna must decide what price she’s willing to pay…for the love of a reformed thief.
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Guest Post: Bad Boys That Inspire by Shana Galen
When we think about Regency England, we tend to think of the balls, the carriages, the gowns. We forget that for every duke or marquess, there were hundreds of thieves and pickpockets living in the slums of the city. Covent Garden was an area of London with plenty of rookeries, and the thieves who lived there often banded together because there’s protection in numbers. My fictional gang called the Covent Garden Cubs is made up of the leader Satin, his second-in-command Beezle, and an assortment of pickpockets and house-breakers with names like Gap, Racer, and Stub. The gang also has one girl, Marlowe, and I wrote about her in Earls Just Want to Have Fun. Her best friend in the gang is Gideon, and he’s the hero in The Rogue You Know. Gideon is the ultimate bad boy who can cheat, lie, and steal with the best of them. He was orphaned at a young age and had no choice but to steal to survive. Now Gideon wants a different life for himself, and if he can just complete one last job, he’ll have it…or die trying.
When writing about my bad boy hero, I had plenty of inspiration.
1) Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind
I think I fell in love with Rhett the first time Margaret Mitchell wrote him on the page. He was charming, cynical, and unabashedly unsentimental—except that underneath it all he had plenty of honor and integrity. I’m not sure Rhett even realized how much good there was in him until he followed his heart.
2) Lestat from Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles
Lestat is one of those heroes you loathe in the first book and love in every other. He was so unabashedly evil in Interview with the Vampire. Even so, there was something delectable and sensual about his descent into sin. Like Lestat, Gideon is drawn to the debauched and corrupt, and he can’t resist taking good girl Susanna, the heroine in The Rogue You Know, down a few of the darker paths with him.
3) James Dean
This guy was coolness incarnate. He stepped onto the screen and female hearts fluttered. There was something about the mocking curl of his lip and the promise of sex in his eyes. He broke the rules and made no apology for it. Dean lived fast and died fast, and though his short life is a tragedy, he left an indelible mark on pop culture and inspired a new generation of bad boys.
I enjoyed taking inspiration from each of these bad boys and creating the character of Gideon. He may be a thief and a rogue, but underneath it all he has hidden honor and integrity. And that’s what my books are about—characters discovering that love reveals unplumbed depths.
Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, “The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun,” and RT Book Reviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching.” She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston’s inner city. Now she writes full time. She’s happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter. Stop by her website at shanagalen.com.
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