Thursday, December 11, 2014

Virtual Book Tour for A Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior By Megan Frampton

All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?
When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.
As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.
But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything . . .

Guest Post from Megan

In praise of the interstitial

Interstitial, according to the dictionary, is the space occupying interstices, which is an intervening space, especially a very small one.

For books, specifically my books, the interstitial parts are the fragments from the fictional book The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior, which is just that—a guide for how to be a duke.

Once he makes up his mind, a duke will pursue what he wants, without hesitation. And he will get it. – The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior

Marcus, the hero of The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior, has no clue how to be a duke—correctly, that is. The interstitial fragments from the book are a way to highlight just how he is getting it wrong, while also pointing out, subtly, what he might be getting right.

I first encountered the beauty of the interstitial with Julia Quinn, who employed it brilliantly in her Bridgerton series. Her Lady Whistledown wrote a gossip column that revealed what Society was thinking about the Bridgertons and often specifically about the hero and heroine of that particular book. And of course, when she revealed who Lady Whistledown really was, that was also a brilliant piece of writing.

Elizabeth Hoyt also uses interstitial material to great effect, including story fragments in her Four Soldiers series that relate, but not always directly, to the action of the story. The interstitial material augments and highlights the action, and the story wouldn’t be as lovely without them, although the story itself would still be complete.

A duke should utilize all of his available resources when in pursuit of a ducal goal. Not just his financial ones, although those may be utilized. He should employ his position, his eminence, and most importantly, his eyebrows, to achieve what requires achieving. – The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior

Many historical authors, more than I can mention, use interstitial material to give the flavor of the historical period, from newspaper columns, to etiquette guides, to journals, and so on. I love how an author can perhaps show more flare and zany wit in those bits than in the actual story itself.

What are your favorite books with interstitial material?

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Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.

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