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The Other Guy's Bride Paperback – December 22, 2011
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Question: You’ve written over 20 different titles ranging from historical romance to contemporary women’s fiction. What inspired you to write The Other Guy’s Bride?
Connie Brockway: For years, readers have been asking me to write sequels to two of their favorite books, As You Desire and All Through the Night. Happily, they happen to be two of my favorites also, so the idea of revisiting the characters and settings has always been particularly appealing and always something I intended to do. After spending the last five years doing Regency romances, I’ve been starving to write something set outside the British Isles, something that would be both familiar and exotic. Turn-of-the-century Egypt fit the bill. Not only is it historically and culturally rich but a treasure trove of fun and fascinating minutiae (and I do love my minutiae)--bonus points for being peopled with intriguing historical figures from all over the world. And finally, that sort of milieu provides the opportunity to write a love story outside the mainstream of Polite Society, where the rules are different, the stakes are higher, the romance more exquisite.
Question: Since this is, as you mentioned, a departure from your Regency romances, what research did you do while writing the book to help you create the setting and characters?
Connie Brockway: Books. Dozens of nonfiction books. I read about Thomas Cook’s ship tours and the advent of all-inclusive cruising, Mark Twain’s journals about his trip to Egypt, histories of ancient Egypt and the Sudan, books about the French Foreign Legion and the life of Sir Eldon Gorst, and books about the birth of archeology and the establishment of Arabian horse bloodlines. And then there were the websites and the hyperlinks and...
Question: Is there any character you most identify with? Why?
Connie Brockway: Well, since I just finished cleaning up the house after the Easter extravaganza, I’d have to say the housemaid.
Question: How does The Other Guy’s Bride compare to your previous titles? What can readers expect?
Connie Brockway: I expect readers will find all the elements they’ve enjoyed in the past: engaging characters, irreverent humor, and sigh-provoking romance. But it will have a freshness and spark that comes out of my feeling less of a need to follow a proscribed romance blueprint.
Question: What other authors or books have influenced your writing?
Connie Brockway: Such a hard question! I read constantly in all sorts of genres, and it’s hard to pinpoint specific titles. But as far as romances go, I started out being drawn to the rich, detailed narrative styles of Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. Dorothy Cannell’s mysteries, starting with The Thin Woman, gave me my first inkling that romance could be downright hilarious and still breathtaking. The unique, fully fleshed characters created by such authors as Pat Gaffney, Laura Kinsale, and the wonderful late Edith Layton have certainly inspired me to be equally conscientious in creating my own characterizations.
Question: Have you considered trying your hand at other genres?
Connie Brockway: I’ve already authored two books that crossed from contemporary romance into contemporary women’s fiction. I’m very intrigued about relationships outside of strictly romantic ones, how those bonds morph and develop throughout a lifetime, as well as community and family dynamics. Those books gave me the chance to indulge my curiosity. As for the future, I’m almost always in the middle of reading a mystery and hope to some day try my hand at historical mystery.
"Brimming with wonderfully dry wit, infused with lush sensuality, packed with action and adventure, Brockway's spin-off of her popular As You Desire (1997) features one of the best romantic match-ups since Hepburn and Bogart verbally duked it out on the African Queen. The title that launched Amazon's Montlake Romance line, this is simply sublime." --Booklist (starred review)
“Take one enchanting, free-spirited woman and one hard-hearted loner, toss in some witty dialogue, some heated passion, and the sweeping adventure of an Indiana Jones movie and you have the perfect recipe for romance--Connie Brockway's THE OTHER GUY'S BRIDE.” --Christina Dodd, New York Times best-selling author of Revenge at Bella Terra
“He’s a hard-eyed loner, out to prove that he has nothing to give. She’s a Victorian lady, with everything to prove and no time for love. THE OTHER GUY’S BRIDE is a battle-of-the-sexes caper so witty and sensual that only Connie Brockway could have written it. Romancing the Stone meets Roman Holiday…in Egypt! I absolutely loved it!” --Eloisa James, New York Times best-selling author of When Beauty Tamed the Beast
“When I heard Connie Brockway was writing a sequel to her classic romance AS YOU DESIRE, I did a little jig of joy. THE OTHER GUY'S BRIDE was well worth the wait! It's an absolutely spectacular blend of breathtaking romance, unforgettable characters, thrilling adventure and sensual delights. I was rooting for Ginesse and James from their very first meeting. I haven't had this much fun since The Mummy hit the big screen!" --New York Times best-selling author Teresa Medeiros
“THE OTHER GUY’S BRIDE is filled with the romantic magic that only Connie Brockway can create…deep emotion, high adventure, sensuality, and sly wit combine to make this a book you will read over and over again. A knockout story by an exquisitely gifted author." --Lisa Kleypas, New York Times best-selling author of Love, Come to Me
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Top Customer Reviews
They'll tell you that you can't go home again.
They'll say that sequel is never as good as the original.
I'm here to tell you this: They haven't read THE OTHER GUY'S BRIDE by Connie Brockway. So they're feeling unlucky and a bit left out. The mysterious `They' mean well but gift them a copy so they can see what they've been missing.
I know there are a lot you out there like me, who wanted more after reading the last word of AS YOU DESIRE. We wished, we asked, there was even begging and pleading, bribes offered and maybe even a few threats made (that's not a confession).
Our efforts have not gone in vain.
Ginesse Braxton, daughter of Harry and Dizzy Braxton, is returning home to Egypt from England where she was banished to boarding school for her own safety. She has a colorful history of reckless, impulsive incidents that got her into trouble and kept her there for most of her life. She's a calamity and known as much for that as for being a Braxton. She used her time away studying, earning a degree in ancient studies. While working for one of her professors, she made a discovery that if it is as she suspects, will led her to the fabled lost city of Zerzura. Zerzura would be the archaeological find of the century, certainly of a lifetime. Finding the Lost City will make her career. And, Ginesse believes, finally make her worthy of the illustrious Braxton name. All she has to do is get there, the middle of desert with men and supplies and without the aid of her family.
Ginesse meets Mildred Whimpelhall, fiancée to Colonel Lord Pomfrey while on the journey home. Ginesse gets to know the lady and by extension, her fiancé.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a lightweight story that never intended to be serious. Though somewhat predictable, the plot was still fun.Published 10 days ago by DustiSue
This book had some things that were o.k. but the main woman in the book was not realistic so it was only meant mediocrePublished 22 days ago by Ken Richardson
What a delightful romp! I had not read Connie for a long time and was so glad I chose this one. I would have given this a 5 star except for some smallish irritatants. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Great Dane Dame
I was hesitant bout this book placed as it is in an unusual time and place, but I got over that in about ten pages. Read morePublished 3 months ago by a romance junky
Not the same old story! Brockway does an excellent job, taking the reader on an exciting adventure. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lynette Collins
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was refreshing, and had humor, conflict, romance and a terrific ending.Published 5 months ago by The Gremlin
I loved Book 1 of the Braxton series. This book did not reach the splendor of As You Desire but was certainly good. I love all of Connie Brockway's books. Read morePublished 7 months ago by yardtree