Just finished Lure of the Moonflower - what a wonderful end to the series. I'm curious, when you wrote Jack for Betrayal of the Blood Lilly, did you know that you meant him for Jane?
Thank you, Erin!! I actually didn't know until the very end of the book. Jack was just part of Alex's context (although I did notice, as I was writing it, that the absent Jack was taking up a remarkable amount of air time-- everyone spent a great deal of time talking about him).
I'd had an image, for a very long time, of the man I wanted Jane to end up with. She was going to be paired with him for a mission in Portugal during the early stages of the Peninsular War. He was a battered, Han Solo, soldier of fortune type. I could picture him perfectly, sitting by a camp fire in the hills of Portugal-- but I didn't know anything more about him.
Then in Jack walked in that big show-down scene in "Blood Lily" and I had one of those "ack!" moments as I realized, OF COURSE-- that was the man I'd seen sitting by that campfire. Hello, Jane's hero!
That was in 2008. The hardest part was keeping it under wraps for the next six years....