Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Wager by Diana Bold

(Lords of Scandal Book 1)


Diana BoldDiana Bold wrote her first book in elementary school, and has been writing ever since. For the last ten years she has been seriously pursuing a writing career, while also juggling a full time job as a police dispatcher. She has won or finaled in over a dozen writing contests, including RWA's Golden Heart. She lives in a small Colorado town with her wonderful husband and three teen-aged boys.

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Why did you become a writer?
I can't NOT be a writer.

Was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I've written since I was in elementary school, gave it up for awhile, but have been writing seriously since my early twenties.

What do you love about being an author?

Is there anything you dislike?

How do you balance your personal and writing time?
I'm not sure I do. LOL I've had times in my life when I let the writing take over completely, neglecting everything else, and times when life totally gets in the way of my writing.

How do you write? Do your characters come to you first or the plot or the world of the story?
My characters always come to me first.

What genre(s) do you write? Historical romance Why do you write the stories that you write?
I've always been fascinated by history, and this gives me an excuse to dive into moldy old history books

What is the biggest misconception about being an author?
That it's easy

Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
Totally from my imagination

Out of all the characters that you've written, who is your favorite and why?
I'm usually the most in love with whatever hero I'm currently writing. :) Right now, it's Sebastian, from my fantasy historical. He's so tortured, poor guy.

If you were writing a script for the big screen, who would you want to act in your movie?
JOSH HOLLOWAY! I love him!!

What would you want readers to take away from your books?
Love is hard, but so worth it.

Do you have any advice for beginning writers in regards to writing a book?
Read, read, read. Then write, write, write. And don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't do it. Never give up.

Who are your favorite authors?
Laura Kinsale, JR Ward, Candice Proctor, Judith Ivory and Susan Carroll

What are you reading right now?
The 7th Harry Potter



Captain Dylan Blake has spent the last decade fighting for his country. Desperate for a little peace, he sells his commission and returns to England, but soon finds himself angry and adrift in London society, searching for The Wager by Diana Boldsomething to fill his empty days. When an old nemesis challenges Dylan to a wager - he must get Lady Natalia Sinclair to dance with him twice in one evening - he is willing to play along.

Lady Natalia Sinclair fears her enormous dowry is the only thing that draws her many suitors. But heroic Captain Dylan Blake seems different. Unfortunately, she soon realizes his smile is false, his interest superficial.

Dylan sees Natalia’s rejection as a challenge and the stakes increase when he discovers his father has ordered his older brother, Michael, to win Natalia’s hand. Passed over for Michael far too many times, Dylan needs to prove he can be first in someone’s heart.

As the lines between the wager and attraction blur, can Dylan and Natalia find the courage to take the biggest gamble of all - love?


Captain Dylan Blake, recipient of the Victoria Cross.

Natalia knew all about him. She'd read a hundred newspaper articles touting his courage, but she'd never actually met him.

“He's dreadfully good-looking,” she mused, as she cast a subtle glance in the captain's direction.

In his scarlet dress uniform, with confident military bearing and chest full of medals, he stood out in the crowd of somber lords. His thick, black hair, caught at his nape with a piece of ribbon, contrasted sharply with his light blue eyes. His high, chiseled cheekbones, square jaw, and clear, sun-kissed skin stole her breath.

Amelia gave a delicate shudder. “How can you say such a thing? He hasn't a title or farthing to his name. He's been in the military for years, serving with the very dregs of society and probably doesn't know the first thing about how to act around civilized people.”

“Surely the fact that he fought to preserve our way of life gives him the right to a few eccentricities. He's a hero, Amelia.” Natalia didn't bother to point out that a man's wealth had nothing to do with his attractiveness. It wouldn't do any good. In Amelia's eyes, money and power did determine a man's worth.

Unfortunately, Natalia's father shared Amelia's opinions, and he would choose her future husband.

The Wager by Diana Bold
PRINT ISBN 1-60154-088-4
Length: 216 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
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