posted on January 18, 2018 by Julie Johnstone

Let’s hear it for the not-so-perfect heroine!

One of my all-time favorite secondary characters is now getting her time to shine! I created Miss Anne Adair for the third book in my Once Upon a Rogue series.  I really loved Anne from the beginning, and what drew me to her was her imperfection. Anne has one leg slightly shorter than the other, so she walks with a limp. I was thrilled when readers started writing to me to tell me that they wanted to see Anne become the star in her own book. It has taken quite a while to make it happen, as an entire seven book series got in the way that I had to write, but one day in the shower about six months ago, I was struck suddenly with Anne’s story. I knew it had to be written next, so I set pen to paper, or really fingers to the keyboard, and wrote MY DARING DUCHESS. I adore that Anne is not your typical, perfect heroine, and she is a very strong woman as well. Anne blazes across the page determined to get revenge and perhaps, just perhaps, she will find love in the process! The book releases on January 30.

Here is a little bit about it:

When a lady bent on ruining rogues and a duke set on revenge attempt to derail each other’s plans, passion erupts into a love for the ages.

 After being left brokenhearted by a duplicitous rake, Anne Adair no longer desires a husband—she wants justice. She’s traded in her foolish dream of happily-ever-after for the much more sensible one of thwarting the blackhearted lords who prey on innocent debutantes. But her first mission proves rather complicated when the dashing, devilish Duke of Kilmartin comes to the aid of her target.

Simon Sedgewick, the newly titled Duke of Kilmartin, never thought he would return to England, let alone attend a ball full of simpering lords. But when his oldest friend’s reputation is being smeared and Simon discovers that the perpetrator is none other than his enemy’s granddaughter, his long-festering desire for vengeance flares to life.

The moment Simon spies Miss Anne Adair across the glittering ballroom, he knows that the ravishing beauty is the perfect instrument for the retribution he thought lost to him. He does not know, however, that Anne has devised a scheme of her own. And soon, these two wary hearts will discover that the best laid plans are no match for love.

You can pre-order Anne and Simon’s story here:

    

What’s your take on not-so-perfect heroines?

Julie Johnstone

Julie Johnstone

As a little girl I loved to create fantasy worlds and then give all my friends roles to play. Of course, I was always the heroine! Books have always been an escape for me and brought me so much pleasure, but it didn't occur to me that I could possibly be a writer for a living until I was in a career that was not my passion. One day, I decided I wanted to craft stories like the ones I loved, and with a great leap of faith I quit my day job and decided to try to make my dream come true. I discovered my passion, and I have never looked back. I feel incredibly blessed and fortunate that I have been able to make a career out of sharing the stories that are in my head! I write Scottish Medieval Romance, Regency Romance, and I have even written a Paranormal Romance book. And because I have the best readers in the world, I have hit the USA Today bestseller list several times. You can download my Medieval Romance, CHRISTMAS IN THE SCOT'S ARMS, to try for FREE. Just visit my website and download your copy from the home page. If you love me (I hope you do!), you can follow me on Bookbub, and they will send you notices whenever I have a sale or a new release. You can follow me here: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/julie-johnstone. You can also join my newsletter to get great prizes and inside scoops! Join here: https://goo.gl/qnkXFF. I really want to hear from you! It makes my day! Email me here: juliejohnstoneauthor@gmail.com. I'm on Facebook a great deal chatting about books and life. If you want to follow me, you can do so here: https://www.facebook.com/authorjuliejohnstone. Can't get enough of me? Well, good! Come see me here: Twitter, Goodreads.

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