Interview, Excerpt, & Giveaway: DARING MISS DANVERS & WINNING MISS WAKEFIELD by Vivienne Lorret


*Avon is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a Two Digital Sets of DARING AND WINNING by Vivienne Lorret.

Daring Ms DanversTitle: Daring Miss Danvers (Wallflowers Weddings Book 1)
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
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It’s all fun and games … until someone falls in love.

Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn, needs money—and soon. With time ticking away and his inheritance held hostage until he’s properly wed, Rathburn’s slim options point to a single solution: a faux engagement. In need of the perfect bride, he knows of only one candidate: his best friend’s wallflower sister. The plan seems flawless, except for one problem … He can’t help falling in love with her.

Poised, polished Emma Danvers knows nothing good can come of Rathburn’s scheme. Spending the next two months engaged in a mock courtship is not what she’d imagined for her final season. Yet, charmed by his roguish ways and the inexplicable hammering he causes in her heart, she accepts his challenge.

For Emma, keeping the secret seemed easy when it was just a game … But as Rathburn begins to see past her reserved exterior to the passionate woman within, the risk of losing her heart becomes all too real.



Winning Ms WakefieldTitle: Winning Miss Wakefield (Wallflower Weddings Book 2)
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
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She’s got nothing left to lose …

With her fiancé suddenly engaged to another and her reputation in tatters, Merribeth Wakefield needs a bold plan to reclaim her life. She must be brave. Confident. She must … kiss a rake? The suggestion is ludicrous! Yet when Merribeth finds herself alone with the dark and brooding Lord Knightswold, suddenly the plan doesn’t seem so farfetched. So she does something she never thought she’d do—she kisses him.

But he has everything to gain …

The Marquess of Knightswold—Bane to most—has no use for the affections of women. Well, none lasting longer than a single night. A plot for revenge weighs heavy on his mind, leaving no room for romance. But then a shy, witty miss borrows a kiss from him in a darkened room, and everything he thought he knew about innocent debutantes vanishes along with her.

When a twist of fate brings Merribeth within Bane’s grasp, he’ll have to resist her charms—or risk losing everything—for the sake of his heart.



Interview with Vivienne Lorret:


Can you tell us more about Daring Miss Danvers & Winning Miss Wakefield?

Sure! Daring Miss Danvers and Winning Miss Wakefield are the first two books in The Wallflower Wedding Series. The series is all about a group of wallflowers who are disenchanted by their failed London seasons. They find more enjoyment in their needlework circle than in looking for suitable husbands. Yet, sometimes love stumbles in when least expected… 


What are some of your favorite things about writing these two books?

My favorite writing moment is when the h and h have their first encounter and I really get a sense of who they are.

With Emma and Oliver, all the things they’d never said to each other stood between them, even in the beginning. The rest of the book was like writing a slow striptease of thoughts and feelings.

With Bane and Merribeth, it was all about instant chemistry. Meeting for the first time was a life-altering event for both of them, testing their own firmly held beliefs. I loved the challenge of building on that.


Can you share with us your writing process?

It all starts with a very large mug of tea, my pink laptop and a somewhat organized writing space. Quiet works best for me. I’m the type of person who tends to daydream, so I have a hand-written note with the word FOCUS staring at me above my screen. And then I write—butt in chair and hands on the keyboard. 🙂


If you could describe your Emma and Oliver of Daring Miss Danvers in three words each, what would they be?

Emma: reserved, passionate, insecure

Oliver: smooth, responsible, patient


How about Merribeth and Bane of Winning Miss Wakefield? How would you describe them in three words each?

Merribeth: clever, dreamer, uncertain

Bane: driven, loaner, tormented


If you could cast actors to play Emma and Oliver, who would they be?

Let’s see…

For Oliver, Chris Pine

chris pine

And for Emma, Lily Collins

lily collins


If you could cast actors to play Merribeth and Bane, who would they be?

For Bane, whoever this guy is… (yum!)

david gandi

And for Merribeth,  Megan Fox

megan fox


I love the names you’ve given your characters in these two books, with Bane being my favorite out of the four. How do you decide what to name your characters?

❤ Thank you!

Sometimes the name is just in my head the instant the story idea comes to mind. That’s the way it was with Bane.

Other times,  a line of dialogue will pop into my head—like Rathburn comparing the shade of Emma’s eyes to “steaming cups of chocolate on a rainy morning”—and I’ll suddenly stop whatever I’m doing and wonder what type of person would say something like that. Who is he? He sounds pretty cocky and self-assured. Did this attitude stem from parents who loved him? If so, would they have wanted to pass down a family name to their precious angel?

As crazy as it sounds, that’s how Oliver Goswick, Viscount Rathburn was born.


Do you enjoy reading historical romance as much as writing them? What are some of your favorite tropes?

I LOVE reading and writing historical romance. However, while I’m writing I tend to indulge in contemporary and paranormal romance instead. As for tropes, I guess my favorite would be the “ugly duckling” stories. And of course, absolutely any story with a tormented hero. *sigh*


If you’re not writing, what occupies your time?

I frequently find myself on safari for Post-its and other writing supplies in their native habitat. J I also like to crochet, read, walk…

Of course, if a deadline is looming, I like to dust, wash windows, attempt to solve complex math equations, schedule dentist appointments… The usual. 😉


Who are your favorite authors and their works?

Everything Jude Devereaux has ever written (<3 her!). Anything by Christina Dodd, Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, Lorraine Heath, Sophie Barnes, Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, and Elizabeth Boyle. If they teamed up to write jokes on bubblegum wrappers, I’d collect them all. J I also love Rachel Gisbon’s Truly Madly Yours, Katherine Ashe’s I Married the Duke, and Jeaniene Frost’s Once Burned and Twice Tempted, Candis Terry’s Sweetest Mistake, and so many others; especially my fellow Five Golden Rings: A Christmas Collection authors:(the aforementioned) Sophie Barnes, Sandra Jones, Karen Erickson (aka Monica Murphy), and Rena Gregory.


Do you imagine yourself writing in another genre? 

I really love historical romance and history in general; however, writing contemporary also appeals to me.


What’s in store next for you?

Right now, I’m working on edits for the third book in The Wallflower Wedding Series. Finding Miss McFarland comes out on August 5th of this year. Plus, my imaginary friends have started whispering about The Rakes of Fallow Hall, so who knows? 🙂


Do you have anything you want to share with your readers/fans?

Yes…my gratitude.

I’m so thankful for all your support! ❤

And also, thank you for having me here today. This was a lot of fun!





“Precisely what I’ve always wanted. To be loved for my money.” Oh no, she was starting to sound like her father. His exact reason for keeping her dowry so low was to keep fortune hunters away. She’d always felt cheated because of it before. Yet now, when threatened by the probability of having a man marry her for her money, luring him in such a way seemed tawdry. Rathburn didn’t respond. Not that she’d expected him to. He was still waiting for her answer.

Emma drew in a deep breath as if preparing to dive off a cliff into dark, murky water. “You’re confident this ruse won’t get that far?”

He nodded.

“We’ll make it perfectly clear that we’re incompatible. That scenario shouldn’t be too difficult to present.”


Was she actually considering this? Perhaps insanity did run in the family. Although, if everything went as planned, it wouldn’t be too terrible a venture. After all, she finally had her parents’ approval, a feat indeed. In addition, Rathburn had come to her—her—for help. How could she turn her back on him? Still, if this had been anyone other than him . . .

“I don’t know why I’m doing this.”

“But you are . . . doing this?”

She closed her eyes, knowing that if she agreed there would be no turning back. After a moment, Emma met his gaze and nodded. His shoulders sagged in visible relief and he tilted his head back as he let out a breath. The tight cording of his throat bunched as he whispered his thanks to the ceiling. His Adam’s apple lifted above the knot of his cravat and then disappeared beneath it. For reasons she couldn’t fathom, the sight held her attention. Her own hand lifted to her throat as she swallowed, leaving her to wonder why her pulse was suddenly so quick. When he resumed a proper stance and regarded her with a wide grin, she quickly averted her gaze and lowered her hand.

“Then it is settled.”

He strode forward, his pleasure in the outcome of their conversation evident in each confident step.

“Shall we shake hands to seal our bargain?”

Not wanting to appear as if she lacked confidence, she thrust out her hand and straightened her shoulders. He chuckled, the sound low enough and near enough that she could feel it vibrating in her ears more than she could hear it. His amused gaze teased her before it traveled down her neck, over the curve of her shoulder and down the length of her arm. He took her gloveless hand. His flesh was warm and callused in places that made it impossible to ignore the unapologetic maleness of him. She should have known this couldn’t be a simple handshake, not with him. He wasn’t like anyone else. So, why should this be any different? He looked down at their joined hands, turning hers this way and that, seeing the contrast no doubt. His was large and tanned, his nails clean but short, leaving the very tips of his fingers exposed. Hers was small and slender, her skin creamy, her nails delicately rounded as was proper. Yet, when she looked at her hand covered by his, she felt anything but proper. She tried to pull away, but he kept it and moved a step closer.



About the Author:

I fell in love with fairy tales and the romance behind happily ever after at a very young age. Like a lot of you, I tweaked the fables bit by bit in my imagination until they suited me perfectly. By the time I was eleven, a teacher encouraged me to start writing.

Throughout the years that followed, my teachers remained my most fervent supporters, giving me the tools I needed to continue my journey as a writer.

My husband and I have two teenage boys, who are heroes in their own right. For now, we live in a small Midwestern town near Lake Michigan…until a time in the future when a new adventure calls us to other shores.

I am currently working on my next novel, but I always enjoy hearing from my readers. Feel free to email me at

Connect with Vivienne Lorret:

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