Title: A Talent For Trickery
Author: Alissa Johnson
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The Thief-takers, Book 1
The Lady is a Thief
Years ago, Owen Renderwell earned acclaim-and a title-for the dashing rescue of a kidnapped duchess. But only a select few knew that Scotland Yard’s most famous detective was working alongside London’s most infamous thief…and his criminally brilliant daughter, Charlotte Walker.
Lottie was like no other woman in Victorian England. She challenged him. She dazzled him. She questioned everything he believed and everything he was, and he has never wanted anyone more. And then he lost her.
Now a private detective on the trail of a murderer, Owen has stormed back into Lottie’s life. She knows that no matter what they may pretend, he will always be a man of the law and she a criminal. Yet whenever he’s near, Owen has a way of making things complicated…and long for a future that can never be theirs.
Alissa Johnson is a RITA-nominated author of historical romance. She grew up on Air Force bases and attended St. Olaf College in Minnesota. She currently resides in the Arkansan Ozarks where she spends her free time keeping her Aussie dog busy, visiting with family, and dabbling in archery.
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What is on your nightstand?
At this very moment—a white noise machine, my cell phone, a book of crossword puzzles, a scented candle, a nylabone (I’ll be moving that) and my Galaxy tablet which functions pretty much exclusively as an e-reader.
What author would you totally fan girl?
There are about a dozen, but I have more Lisa Kleypas books on my keeper shelf than any other romance author.
What makes you cringe?
The idea that I might meet Lisa Kleypas and squee like a fan girl instead of a fully-grown, dignified fan woman.
Also, sex scenes involving characters who share the same name as an immediate member of my family. It’s irrational, I know. But I just…can’t. Those scenes are skimmed. Really, really quickly.
Are you worried that your google history will get you into trouble?
Not so much. If the internet had been around back when I was an inquisitive teenager, then we’d have a different story. As it was, I had to rely on the local library to satisfy my curiosity. God bless whatever helpful soul thought to add the Health & Sexuality section.
Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
As a rule, I go with the flow. But the writing process for A Talent for Trickery was a little different simply because of the mystery involved. I had to map the hints, clues, motives, etc. in advance. That was a challenge for me, and gave me a whole new appreciation for mystery writers.