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Olivia Dade

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While I was growing up, my mother kept a stack of books hidden in her closet. She told me I couldn't read them. So, naturally, whenever she left me alone for any length of time, I took them out and flipped through them. Those books raised quite a few questions in my prepubescent brain. Namely: 1) Why were there so many pirates? 2) Where did all the throbbing come from? 3) What was a "manhood"? 4) And why did the hero and heroine seem overcome by images of waves and fireworks every few pages, especially after an episode of mysterious throbbing in the hero's manhood?

Thirty or so years later, I have a few answers. 1) Because my mom apparently fancied pirates at that time. Now she hoards romances involving cowboys and babies. If a book cover fe

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I just finished the rough draft of BOY MEETS WENCH (title subject to change, of course) set in a modern-day living history museum (à la…more
Hi, Nicole!

I just finished the rough draft of BOY MEETS WENCH (title subject to change, of course) set in a modern-day living history museum (à la Colonial Williamsburg). My blurb-in-progress:

Colonial Williamstown interpreters Abby Richards and Maxwell James are determined not to let history repeat itself. She won’t trust men who don’t offer a future, and he won’t allow romance with a coworker to destroy his life a second time. But when she’s assigned to portray his eighteenth-century wife for one steamy summer week, both of them may discover that the heat of passion can ignite a revolution in their hearts.

As far as the setting: I worked in costume at Colonial Williamsburg for a number of years, and it was an inherently hilarious place to have a job. I mean, you’re a modern woman running around with a cap on your head and side hoops jutting out from both hips, trying to teach history; stop kids from impaling themselves on bayonets; and check your cell phone discreetly.

Plus, I have never connected so intensely with my coworkers as I did there. In between tours and shifts, we’d sit in various breakrooms and chat (i.e., bitch) about the heat, the chill, the visitors, the management…anything and everything. And I still have those friends, even though I haven’t worked at CW for a decade. Turns out, standing under the hot Virginia sun for hours in colonial garb is a true bonding experience.

As far as my heroine: I had a friend at CW who worked at several different trades. I thought she was a total badass. Still do, actually. So I took her badassery, transferred it to Abby, and created a new backstory explaining why she was so skilled and hardworking and awesome. Then I gave Abby a group of smart, sharp-tongued friends called the Nasty Wenches, all of whom participate in an erotica-reading book club.

Why an erotica-reading book club? Because I’m extremely fond of dick jokes.

As far as my hero: I had two main inspirations for Max.

1) There’s a dash of Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy in there. By that, I mean that Max’s shyness and social awkwardness is mistaken—by the heroine and others—for arrogance.

2) I had a long (and I mean LONG) Twitter discussion with author Rose Lerner about Jamie Dornan’s portrayal of Christian Grey in "Fifty Shades of Grey." Lerner argued that what critics dismissed as woodenness on Dornan’s part was actually an acting choice, a way to portray Grey’s discomfort in situations outside his control and experience.

Though I’m not sure I agree with her completely, the discussion raised a few interesting points for me. It occurred to me for the first time that shyness and anxiety are probably harder to detect in attractive, successful people, simply because we assume such people are confident. So their social discomfort can easily be mistaken for other, more negative, traits. It also occurred to me that successful, highly visible people might go to greater lengths to hide their vulnerabilities than normal(ish) people like me.

So I have a heroine with a warm heart who’s been tossed aside by other (lesser) men, a hero who adores her but has trouble getting past his own fears, and a bunch of foul-mouthed friends in petticoats.

In other words: I LOVE THIS BOOK. Thank you for asking about it!(less)
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On June 20, Hidden Hearts—the sixth and final book in my Lovestruck Librarians series—gets unleashed upon an unsuspecting populace! Mary Higgs, the sweetest of all my librarian friends, is the heroine. And rest assured, I give her the hero and the Happily Ever After she deserves.

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