Vivacious Vivienne Taylor has finally won her family’s approval by getting engaged to the wealthy and upright John Vandergrift. But when threatened by a vicious blackmail scheme, it is to her childhood friend that Vivienne turns; the deliciously wicked Viscount Dashiell.
When Being Wicked is so Much More Exciting…
Lord Dashiell promised himself long ago that his friendship with Vivienne would be the one relationship with a woman that he wouldn’t ruin. He agrees to help her just to keep the little hothead safe, but soon finds that Vivienne has grown up to be very, very dangerous to all of Dash’s best intentions.
About the Author
Susanna Ives started writing when she left her job as a multimedia training developer to stay home with her family. Now she keeps busy driving her children to various classes, writing books, and maintaining websites. She often follows her husband on business trips around Europe and blogs about the misadventures of touring with children. She lives in Atlanta.
Dick and Jane, I’m not kidding. I was very slow learning to read and, to be honest, I memorized the book more than read it. But my four-year-old self was convinced that she could read “see Spot run. Run Spot run” and was pleased as punch.
2. What are you reading right now?
Emily Greenwood’s Gentlemen Prefer Mischief, Eloisa James’ When Beauty Tamed the Beast, Dennis Palumbo’s Mirror Image: A Danial Rinaldi Mystery, Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath.
3. How does your garden grow?
It doesn’t. The deer ate all the vegetables I planted. I need to remove all the borders and let the garden return to the lawn and grow tomatoes and cucumbers in containers on the deck (Can one grow cucumbers in a container? Hmm…)
(Mary — yes you can! I did on a tomato cage! Squash does really well like that too.)
4. What is the last thing you Googled?
I don’t remember, but it was something wholesome and intellectually stimulating, I’m sure.
5. What makes you cringe?
When someone runs their finger down a guitar or violin string.
6. Do you have a secret talent?
Supposedly, I can make some kick ass salad dressing.
7. Is there a song that really reminds you of your book?
I wrote a blog post about this topic on the Sourcebooks Casablanca Authors blog. I adore music and constantly have something playing on Spotify, Pandora, or Sirius XM. However, I was greatly distressed that none of my characters in Wicked Little Secrets had a song, not even a love song between the hero and heroine.
During the revision process, I was asked to rewrite a female character. For days, I tried to reimagine her, coming up with nothing and the deadline was approaching. Then one morning, I’m driving my kids to school and AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” came on. Suddenly, inspiration spewed forth. I cranked up the volume, dancing in the car seat, so happy. Then my kids made me turn it down.
So, the answer is AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” reminds me of my Victorian romance.
8. What was the easiest thing about writing this book?
Dialogue. I talk to myself very well.
9. Is there a word you love to use?
“Just” and “strange.” Many things in my book are just strange. And I start many sentences with “and.” And I have to go back and just delete all the strangeness.
10. Any real or imaginary pets?
I have a dog, nine gerbils, and a stray cat that comes around. The gerbils really aren’t mine but my daughter’s. She thought she had purchased two male gerbils. Turns out, she didn’t.