The Major’s Faux Fiancée
When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau. He figures now that he’s missing a leg, a faux fiancée is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man—and he’ll ensure she gets one.
Miss Daphne Vaughan hates that crying off will destroy Major Blackpool’s chances of finding a real bride. She plots to make him jilt her first. Who cares if it ruins her? She never wanted a husband anyway. But the major is equally determined that she break the engagement. With both of them on their worst behavior, neither expects their fake betrothal to lead to love…
The Major’s Faux Fiancée is a standalone story in the Dukes of War regency romance series, featuring roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.
Release Date: June 2015
Publisher: Intrepid Reads
Length: 300 pages (65-70k)
Genre: Historical Romance
Erica Ridley: Q&A
What is your all-time favorite book?
Ooh. Picking a single all-time favorite book is so hard. I can barely pick favorite genres! I love everything too much. But if I had to narrow it down to historical romance, I’ll cheat and say any historical written by Julie Garwood is my favorite!
If you could have been friends with a writer from the period of The Dukes of War series, who would it have been?
I would love to have been friends with Jane Austen! She must have been a riot. It would also have been great to talk shop with her—writers back then didn’t have the resources and support networks we have now, so she wrote all those wonderful stories completely on her own. She’s amazing!
Have you considered writing historical romances in other periods of history?
Yes, actually! I have an unfinished manuscript set in prohibition-era Chicago that I would love to get back to someday. I imagine it’s a vastly different audience than Regency/Victorian/Medieval England would be, so I’d likely have to take a pen name if I ever publish in that genre.
I’ve spent entire days from open to close poring over the books, photos, and newspaper archives in the Chicago History Museum, and hope I do get to write a flapper series!
Is it difficult to write Regency England books while living in a tropical climate?
It’s actually easier to write in Costa Rica than it was when I lived in London! Maybe because London is so… distracting? Rainforest life is undoubtedly more peaceful, but that’s not the whole answer.
When I write—just like when I read—my brain shuts off to everything around me, and I’m fully submerged into the world of the characters. I won’t notice the monkeys (or the double decker red buses) out the window, or the fact that it’s way past lunchtime and I haven’t changed position in three hours.
As long as I can get lost in the story world, it doesn’t much matter where I really am!
If you weren’t a writer and could be anything you want, what would it be?
I love to travel, and I love languages, so my non-writer dream job would be traveling the world, learning and teaching other languages. I have a friend who was born in Italy, studied in Spain, then moved to the United States, and now teaches French. My kind of lady! I would happily be a fry cook, if it included travel around the globe. 😉
The Dukes of War romance books in Series Order:
#1 The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation Nov. 2014
#2 The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower Dec. 2014
#3 The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress Mar. 2015
#4 The Major’s Faux Fiancée Jun. 2015
#5 The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride Sept. 2015
Erica Ridley is a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.
When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.
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