Everly Ryan

Historical Romance Author

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

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I was tagged by the supremely talented Naima Simone in this Blog Hop thing where writers answer questions about themselves and then tag others to reveal all the juicy details of what they’ve got coming up next? So, here’s the skinny on my next historical romance Rakehell that should be out sometime later in 2013.


I don’t have a cover for it yet, but I’ll treat you to the updated cover for my short read, Lover by Chance – Didn’t cover artist Trish Pickyme Schmitt do a wonderful job on this cover?

1). What is the working title of your next book?

Rakehell – I’ve always loved this term for a rascal, rogue, scoundrel, libertine and have been intending to write a book with the title for several years. And my hero, Adam Black, is very much up to the task of being deemed a Victorian era rakehell.

2). Where did the idea come from for the book?

This story was inspired by several different elements, but mostly, Dorian Gray and Adam Driver’s portrayal of a quirky dom on HBO’s Girls.

3). What genre does your book fall under?

Rakehell is an erotic historical set in Victorian England and will have bdsm elements similar to Badcock and Slave to Fashion.

4). What actors would you choose to play the parts of your characters in a movie rendition?

Adam Driver as Viscount Adam Black, the eldest son of the Earl of Scarborough. Some actors just have an “it” factor that makes them stand out in salient contrast to their other castmates. Driver’s swarthy, devilish looks and his portrayal of a sexually domineering character on Girls first caught my attention. Though his look would have been unconventional in Victorian society, he would have attracted the attention of ladies with his subtle, smoldering sexuality. Quiet, dominant, dark, and with eyes filled with harbored secrets, Driver would make the perfect rakehell.

Click HERE to read Driver’s interview in GQ Magazine.

Since the hero’s presence in Rakehell is so strong, I needed an equally stalwart heroine. Strength and maturity has been forced upon Primrose Black and she’s risen to the task. The one thing the Viscountess is missing, however, is the love of her husband who deserted her on their wedding night. For inspiration for my determined but damaged heroine, I chose Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows 2012). Her delicate build, wide eyes and plush lips give her the look of an innocent. But her strong jawline reflects a stubborn nature she’ll need to stand toe to toe with her wayward husband.

Learn more about the hauntingly beautiful actress who inspired my character at http://www.bella-heathcote.com/.

5). What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

An aristocrat who discovers he's not the true heir to the familial estate finds love in an arranged marriage.

6). Who is publishing your book?

Ellora’s Cave
7). How long did it take you to write the first draft of the synopsis?

Synopsis? Seriously? Only my characters are into bdsm. Not me! I’m only eight thousand words into what will most likely be a fifty-five thousand word book. If I stay focused, it’ll take around six weeks.

8). What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Badcock, Having Patience, Slave to Fashion

9). Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The title Rakehell.

10). What else about the book might pique the readers' interest?

Besides smoldering love scenes? The romance, of course! Two characters who overcome past secrets and learn to trust within a relationship that will offer them a happily ever after.